Old Tom Jordan heading to St. Andrews… with another trophy!
The postgame has been disappointing. Recaps of the day’s tourneys, but little talk about Jordan and the Slam. Right now — I kid you not — they are doing an extended Tiger Woods segment. Holy shite! Jordan wins, Rickie wins, and Kelly and Notah are doing their standard Tiger Woods soft shoe. Ridiculous. I believe Amy Yang got more analysis than Jordan.
Two hours until the postgame show? Bummer. What a week ahead, though. It’s a shame Rory won’t be there, but everything else is in place for something really special to happen.
I think Jordan will need to win at the British Open in order to catch Rory. A second place finish would put him very close, but I estimate he’d fall just short.
6:00 pm Update Jordan Spieth and Tom Gillis headed to extra holes!! I’m for Jordan, but if Tom Gillis wins, I’ll be very happy for him.
Recall: Danny Lee missed out on the playoff because, earlier in the round, he inadvertently lifting his ball, thinking it was lift-clean-place and got a one-stroke penalty.
Lanny H, Baker Street Irregular: The boat with the air cannon… When they motored off, I couldn’t help but notice the occupants’ resemblance to Kelly Tilghman and Brandel Chamblee. Maybe Golf Channel will suspend them for British Open week.
Q: How much has the number of followers grown for GC Spieth Tracker since Lanny H publicized it earlier today?
Be sure to spread the word. The more followers we can put on that account — which has yet to make its first tweet! — the more pressure we’ll put on Golf Channel to track Jordan Spieth at the British Open. I guarantee they’ll track Woods, so if they don’t track America’s top player… well… it WILL be pointed out.
2:45 pm Update I should probably be a life coach. Ever since I gave Rickie Fowler a dose of tough love, he’s been busy hoisting trophies above his head. (He won the Scottish Open today by birdieing 3 of the final 4 holes.) Consider: Rickie has won more tournaments in the past three months than Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in the past two years. Combined. Here’s what I said back in April, words Rickie obviously took to heart:
Fowler is no longer a kid. We should no longer waste time talking about his potential as if he is a rookie like Justin Thomas or Daniel Berger. With 21-year-old Justin Spieth winning right-and-left, the 26-year-old Fowler has never looked older. It’s time to win.
Rickie deserves credit. Butch deserves credit. But so too does Lanny H Golf deserve credit.
By the way, Rickie’s win means he beat Patrick Reed to the OWGR top five.
2:11 pm Update Forget it. Rickie hits it stiff on No. 18. Has a kick-in for the win (unless something weird were to happen, like a hole-out for eagle or whatever).
2:10 pm Update Don’t Forget The Scottish Open on NBC. It’s finishing up right now. Might have a Fowler-Kuch playoff. Lots can still happen.
Jordan starts bogey-birdie at the Deere. Back to even on the day.
Golf Channel has just added a Jordan Spieth Tracker account at Twitter!
I assume it’s new; there was only one follower before me. I did a Google search on Jordan Spieth Tracker and found that Golf Channel had done something yesterday, but they used the Golf Central Twitter account. I started to request they do a REAL Jordan Spieth Tracker, then decided I should check to be sure they didn’t already have one. That’s when I found it.
Upon further reflection, I went ahead and made my request for a real Jordan Spieth account, anyway. They didn’t use it yesterday, so maybe they don’t consider the existing GC Spieth Tracker to be real. At least not yet.
I urge everyone to spread the word and follow the account if you have a Twitter account. It’s time for Golf Channel to move forward!
10:30 am Update: I’ve read about a hundred articles on Spieth in the past 24 hours. A lot of good ones have been written in anticipation of the British Open. These two, along with the one I wrote about last night (scroll down), are the ones I have most enjoyed.
Boston Globe: This one is about a 17-year-old Jordan playing in the Northeast Amateur and the people who remember him.
New York Daily News: Hank Gola with a solid writeup about Jordan, Rory, St. Andrews, the Slam. There is also a simple but effective interactive feature for St. Andrews Old Course. It’s a great read, and the interactive is absolutely perfect in my opinion. I urge you to check it out because, if I send them enough traffic, maybe they won’t throw me in jail for posting this cartoon (by Ed Murawinski) I took from the article…
9:30 am Update: I tried to watch Morning Drive. I really did. I turned it on, being all pumped up about Spieth’s 61 and the battle at the Scottish Open. Their main focus was on the Women’s U.S. Open. Fine, but it’s really not that compelling of a leaderboard. And you can’t tell me that if it were Tiger Woods who shot 61 at the Deere, if Tiger Woods were leading the Deere, if Tiger Woods had won the first two majors with the third coming next week, you can’t tell me that they would have even mentioned another golfer. Let’s cut to the chase: if Woods had shot a 61 at his local pitch-and-putt yesterday, you wouldn’t have heard Stacy Lewis or Amy Yang’s names mentioned even once today.
What is it with these Golf Channel Einsteins? They can’t go two minutes without mentioning Woods. It’s getting really pathetic. They have a guy who is outshining Woods on and off the course — at age 21, too — and they keep trying to cling to Woods. Last night, Tilghman and Notah were doing Golf Central postgame, and were “reminded of Tiger” so often that they started saying “once again I’m reminded of Tiger.” Once again. No kidding. They could see a box of light bulbs and it would “remind them of Tiger. They could see a puppy in a park and it would remind them of Tiger. A bowl of tomato soup. A pair of socks. Enough is enough guys. Time to clean house, Comcast.
Oh, well, I switched to Fox Sports which had some damn good coverage of flat-track motorcycle racing. I rather enjoyed it. Reading about Spieth in the European press, watching/listening to motorcycles. Now it’s time for the Scottish Open. Maybe Rickie can get it done.
7:00 am Update: Two-and-a-half hours of Morning Drive, then the Scottish Open, then it’s Jordan Time. Oh, and the women’s U.S. Open, with Stacy Lewis in the hunt.. Fantastic day of golf and then… British Open week. Three days ago, I was concerned about my ebbing golf interest. Now I will have to pace myself to avoid burnout heading into the British Open.
Return of the Tiger Golf Channel: What’s with Morning Drive’s Gary Williams saying (twice already) “Spieth Happens.” That’s an obvious takeoff on “Shit Happens.” So Golf Channel is trying to associate Jordan Spieth with shit? I guess it’s an attempt at subliminal influence of dumb people, becuase it’s hard to imagine any reasonable person not immediately seeing what they are doing. The phrase is not logical unless it is an intended insult. “Shit happens” means “bad things happen.” Why would Jordan shooting 61 and taking the lead the week before going for the third leg of the slam be a “shit happens” thing? “Shit happens” is what you say after Stewart Cink beats Tom Watson. The Tiger Golf Channel is completely out of control.
Damon Hack continues the propaganda by referring to Nicklaus not as golf’s “greatest champion,” but as golf’s “greatest majors champion.” Because he is still going to make the case the Woods is the greatest champion. They really need to clean house at Morning Drive, and they need to do it based on seniority: Those with the most seniority are fired first.
Saturday Night (Early Edition): I couldn’t wait to recommend an article, “The Open 2015: Jordan Spieth bids to become history boy,” from James Corrigan of the London Telegraph. Check this out:
Golf has never known anything like it. Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Severiano Ballesteros, Rory McIlroy, none of these had the opportunity to win the three first majors of the season at the age of 21.
I truly do not think the American golf press is capable of writing such an article.
Two days ago, I said I was suffering “golf ennui.” Now, I’m too pumped up to sleep.