Sunday Scottish/Deere Semi Live Blog

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.

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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.

A: 400%

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.

BREAKING NEWS!!!

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.

gctwitI 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…

cartoo9:30 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.

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Two days ago, I said I was suffering “golf ennui.”  Now, I’m too pumped up to sleep.

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73 Responses to Sunday Scottish/Deere Semi Live Blog

  1. SpinDoctor says:

    Love the qualifier, “at the age of 21”

    • lannyh says:

      Right, Spieth is 21 years old and acts with the grace and composure of a beloved monarch. Quite a contrast to Mark Steinberg and his “leave the kid alone” about the 35-year-old “kid.”

      I was thinking, though, how, back in the day, a lot of 21-year-olds acted like Jordan. I’d say most of them. That everyone is so ga-ga over Jordan’s good behavior — and it is good! — says a lot about today’s down-in-the-gutter expectations.

  2. GolfFan says:

    C’mon Danny Lee!

  3. RickieRicardo says:

    LITTLE RICKIE GETS IT DONE!

  4. TruthTeller says:

    Yes, it was all you Lanny. Rickie should give you credit for sure.

    What a joke.

    Here’s a secret. You weren’t the only one saying that. Maybe compared to the actual media, who has shown their incompetence, but folks like myself were saying the same things as the all wise LannyH. I should get some credit too, dammit!

    • lannyh says:

      “Yes, it was all you Lanny.”

      Please re-read what I wrote. Thanks.

      • TruthTeller says:

        I know what you said and I know what I said was an over exaggeration of that. But, the point remains, you trying to take any ounce of credit is just stupid.

      • lannyh says:

        Oh, I see. What I wrote was “stupid.” You probably said the same thing when I gave Rickie the advice that changed the course of his career.

      • TruthTeller says:

        Well considering I was thinking the same thing before you even published it, what you said wasn’t stupid. What is stupid is trying to take credit for the improved play Rickie has had based on an observation numerous fans also had. I’m certainly not trying to take credit.

      • lannyh says:

        Those people would probably tell you they called the last 20 Super Bowl winners, too. But, here’s the thing: I wrote an article about it well before the “overrated” poll came out. I put my credibility on the line. Very publicly. On the world’s fastest-growing golf website.

        Just sayin.

      • TruthTeller says:

        What you did was make an observation; a prediction of sorts. It turned out to be correct. Good for you (and me!) but trying to take credit for having an influence on the outcome? I don’t think so.

      • lannyh says:

        The term you are looking for is “called him out.” I called him out, and Rickie responded. Shows he has a lot of character.

        Prior to me, the golf media only said things like, “Kids love Rickie,” and, “Look at his fancy clothes.” I brought a dose of reality.

        And Rickie took it to heart.

      • TruthTeller says:

        Whatever makes you feel better about yourself.

  5. GolfFan says:

    No win for the Spiethinator this week but a good finish heading to The Open.

    • lannyh says:

      It doesn’t look good, but I wouldn’t give up yet. I was just looking at his scorecards for the week, and he hasn’t bogied any of these last 7 holes, and has played them at -3.3 per day. Of course, he’ll probably need the top guys to falter a little (or at least not keep birdieing). He’s still T-3, so it’s not like he has to jump all that many.

  6. Sports-realist2 says:

    Well Jordan, SO FAR, has done the classic “I JUST SHOT A 61 AND HAVE GOLF FIGURED OUT” on Saturday, only to do the “I DONT HAVE GOLF FIGURED OUT LIKE EVERYONE ELSE AFTER SHOOTING A 61” today…..again, so far…..But this course just doesn’t have alot of bite to it…..How about a 47 year old possibly winning…This is the course to do it on though…

    • lannyh says:

      Yeah, I didn’t expect it. That 61 came after a 64, so I assumed he’d keep it going — at least better than he has. The real par for this course is probably -3.

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        I’d say that’s pretty accurate, since the cut was -4 to play the weekend…

  7. KingJordan says:

    If you boil stats down to Driving, Irons, and Short game, and then apply a 1-10 rating to each, my subjective results for Rory and Jordan are as follows

    Rory – 10, 7, 5
    Jordan – 8, 8, 9

    Everyone raves about Rory’s driving distance, which is nice, but Jordan is better than Rory in the more important categories and that is why we are seeing what we are seeing.

  8. KingJordan says:

    That’s why you take the flag out around the greens. No chance that goes in if it hits the flagstick. And, it’s a good thing it hit the hole cause that was going to be a good 10 footer coming back.

  9. Sports-realist2 says:

    Uh, is Jordan just going to find a way after all…..nice chip in..

  10. TruthTeller says:

    Problem with your conspiracy theory is that Brandel Chamblee is in Scotland so, yeah, pretty sure it wasn’t him. And, yeah, Kelly is in studio in Orlando, so, that’s kind of a problem too.

  11. lannyh says:

    That was an interesting decision for Danny Lee. Play as if you need a par, or a birdie?

  12. GolfFan says:

    Gotta feel a little for Danny Lee. If not for that brain fart on #4 (thinking it was Lift, clean, and place), he’d be in the playoff too.

    • Ken says:

      Probably. I tend to believe though that things don’t necessarily happen the same way if you change something. Kind of the butterfly effect. Had Lee been one closer maybe he plays different shot selections and something different happens.

    • Ken says:

      Thank god he’s not a fist-pumping fool. But Jordan has the “it” factor. He exudes confidence. And he’s just cool. True, natural, Palmer-like charisma.

  13. Ken says:

    C’mon Jordan.

    Another great performance. No bad winner here. Even if not Jordan, it would be nice to see a guy who has been out there forever finally get a win.

  14. lannyh says:

    A nice little Valspar putt would work here…

  15. Kris says:

    I have to say, Jordan’s “beard” is repulsive. He’s 21 and blonde. He won’t be able to grow a good beard for another 15 years if ever.

  16. GolfFan says:

    Well look at that. Winner winner chicken dinner for Spiethinator!

    • lannyh says:

      Sure looks like it. Rickie and Jordan in the same day. That’s not a bad appetizer for next week’s main course.

      I’m sorry for Gillis, but he had a great week. Got some good publicity. I think he finished second in one of the Florida tourneys Rory won pre-Nike.

  17. Ken says:

    Wow. 4 wins, 3 seconds.

  18. Kris says:

    There is something about Jordan Spieth and the 16th hole. 16 at the Masters was pivotal, 16 at the US Open was pivotal, and today’s chip in at 16 was pivotal. Congrats to Jordan. Wow!

  19. Sports-realist2 says:

    Jordan is DOMINATING the tour, and the gc will probably talk about ‘what a nice young man’ he is, instead of saying how he’s POSSIBLY, the best 21 year old in the history of the PGA tour……..

    • lannyh says:

      Yes, this next week will be very interesting to observe. Coming off of a win — make that two wins — going for the third leg of the Slam. No Rory. Outside of Rickie, they should be Nothing But Jordan. But they won’t…

      They’ll say “calendar” more often than “Spieth.” : )

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        I’ve said this a few times, but the Open record will be broken this weekend….I predict 21 or 22 under will be needed, barring weather issues(technology is just too much for St Andrews)…..
        The fact that Jordan won Augusta at -19(did get to -20 there), and -20 under at the John Deere, puts him ‘mentally’ in a very comfortable spot….To him, it’s RAPIDLY becoming no big deal to play scores this low and win in regular and in major golf tournaments….
        Right now, there are very few who can match that consistency, and one of them is hurt……Three majors in a row wouldn’t surprise me a bit…..

      • lannyh says:

        Noted. A mere week from now we’ll know.

        David Duval said not long ago that, because his father was a talented player, he learned very early on not to be afraid of going low. If you are looking at a mid-60’s score, don’t freak out. Keep playing and make it a low 60’s or, in Duval’s case one time, a 59. Jordan seems like he’s got that mindset embedded in him.

  20. Sarcasm says:

    What a bad move for Spieth. Should have spent this time over preparing for The Open instead of staying stateside and winning a golf tournament.

    • lannyh says:

      Playing all the Texas tournaments (which needed a boost), playing the Deere. He’s doing some good things for the Tour. Even Valspar. He’s freshening up the Tour, or turning the mattress, or some other better comparison. Polite, modest, understated demeanor. Even with Under Armour (who by now must be getting bulk purchase deals on champagne).

  21. Kris says:

    Just watched Jordan’s winner’s press conference. He was cuttin’ up with the moderator talking about how the guys on the charter flight are going to be mad at him for holding them up. When the moderator was talking about Jordan’s wins this year he left out the Valspar, which Jordan quickly corrected without coming off like a douche bag. He doesn’t seem to be letting his success get to his head. Aside from his ever-increasing use of the word “feels”, he’s the same guy he’s always been.

    • lannyh says:

      I wish I would have seen it. If it was streaming online, I’m almost out in the cold, anyway. My machine keeps locking up when doing video, sometimes even quite a bit later after I watch a stream. I’m retiring this machine in a month or so when Win 10 comes out.

  22. Barry Burn says:

    It really, really, really sucks that McIlroy is out this week.

    Things were really setting up for a colossal week at probably the most important course in golf.

    • lannyh says:

      I agree. It’s still going to be great, but it would have been, as you said, colossal. Very unfortunate. I can’t help being a little angry at Rory.

      I was going to be for Jordan this year, anyway, due to the Slam, but I think under normal circumstances, all things being equal, I lean a little more toward Rory. But I like them both a lot.

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        Mcllory’s to do list: 1. DONT PLAY SOCCER WITH FRIENDS DURING GOLF SEASON..
        2. Refer to #1

  23. Sports-realist2 says:

    Also, why do they allow pro’s to play the Major tournament anytime before the week of the Major…..
    In other words, I could see allowing pros to play the cours around 2 months before, but after that, TO BE FAIR, everyone should ONLY be able to play during the practice round, instead of folks like Eldrick, who tries to play a bunch rounds on that course, before the start of every major……
    It just seems unfair to those who played in the John Deere or ANY tournament before a major…..Not sure why the PGA doesn’t change those rules….Granted Finchem wouldn’t enforce them for EVERY golfer anyway…..

  24. Anonymous says:

    I think Tiger should have won. I know he wasn’t playing but he still could have won anyway according to TGC. To most of you, that doesn’t make sense but that’s about how bad it is. Tiger can win even if he doesn’t play. Who won today ?

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