THE SHOT HEARD ROUND THE WORLD
7:30 pm: Then birdies No. 18, of course. Mister 61!
7:15 pm: Jordan Spieth just jarred one from the fairway on No. 17 at the John Deere Classic, and the cheering was heard all over the course — and in Scotland. A little message to the boys at the Scottish Open: I’ll be seeing you next week.
Two eagles on the day… Day of the Eagle…
5:20 pm Update Jordan shooting lights-out today, tied for the lead with five others. Seven players are a stroke back, four are two back. That’s what you call a jam-packed leaderboard. Over in Scotland, Fowler is T-3 and two back.
3:00 pm Update Looks like the weather broke at the Deere. Jordan just teed off. When the NLU guy interviewed Justin Thomas, Thomas said he was pretty tired of being described as “Jordan Spieth’s good friend.” GC and CBS still say that just about every time they mention him.
Quick thought on the Sports Update before golf. Wouldn’t more people who accidentally found themselves tuned to golf at the top of the hour be tempted to stay if golf coverage began immediately? Instead the voiceover says, “Golf coming up, but here’s a few highlights of sports stuff you already heard about to give you time to change the channel!” Just a thought.
2:15 pm Update Roberto Castro started -4 on his first three holes. I hope he can go low today. He’s one of those golfers I really want to see win an event.
9:00 am Update
- I already covered this territory, but the National Enquirer calls out Mark Steinberg for his comments about the Tiger Woods-Amanda Dufner scandal.
- Don’t forget Serena and Garbina this morning at Wimbledon. You can flip back and forth between tennis and golf.
- Good article by Brandel Chamblee about the obsession with “growing the game.” Here’s a quote: “Golf used to be mostly a break-even business. Courses and the experience were designed for the enjoyment of players. Profits went back into the facilities. This began to change when conglomerates began taking over ownership and/or management of courses.” It’s worth reading.
7:00 am: Today’s Endorsements:
Scottish: Graeme McDowell, Shane Lowry (I’ve become quite a fan of late), Emiliano Grillo (22-year-old Argentine with a second-place on both the PGA and Euro Tours), Tommy Fleetwood, Matthew Fitzpatrick, and Eddie Pepperell. And of course, Victor Dubuisson. Among the Yanks: Rickie Fowler, Kuch, and Jimmy Walker. And of course all of the Euro Seven who are playing.
Deere: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Spencer Levin (I’m probably his biggest fan outside his family and inner circle), and Danny Lee (two in a row would turn some heads).
Women’s U.S. Open: I usually get pretty excited about big LPGA tournaments, but for some reason, this one hasn’t caught my attention yet. Maybe because they hassled one of my favorite player’s caddie. (Why would you leave confidential information out where people could see it?) That said, we endorse: Stacey Lewis, Sei Young Kim, Charley Hull, Azahara Munoz, Lydia Ko. We can’t endorse Michelle Wie because of media overkill. She’s like Cheyenne Woods in that she seems to be a cheerful, friendly, great person, but the media covers her out of all proportion to her relevance, pushing me away from her. They’ve even resorted to making excuses for why they over-cover her.