Question: If winning takes care of everything, what does T80, T41, WD, T25, MC, 69, WD, MC, T17 (of 18), MC, WD, T17, T69, 71, MC, T32, MC do?
Rustin Jay, Stat O’ The Day: From our Senior Researcher and Statistician Extraordinaire: “Tiger will be chasing Jack tomorrow. Jack was unable to miss the cut in two consecutive majors as a pro until age 45. Tiger could do it tomorrow — before age 40! #TigerMakingHistory #LegendGrows“
“Also, Tiger could miss the cut in his third major in four tries, a feat Jack did not accomplish until age 52!”
Euro Magnificent Seveni: Sneds in at +1. He currently trails all seven of the Euro Seven.
Elling Yelling: I told you Steve Elling is the best:
Here’s Elling’s full article on Woods’s stellar play today: “Woods picks up where he left off at Chambers Bay — at back of pack”
Quick Detour: In case you haven’t seen the Ronda Rousey comments about Floyd Mayweather after the ESPY awards last night (where she beat out Mayweather for Fighter of the Year). Mayweather, as you may know, has been found guilty of battering women on multiple occasions:
8:25 am Update Seriously, Kelly, what’s the holdup?
8:11 am Update Great save by Jordan at No. 14. He gave back a shot on NO. 13 but is still just two off the lead. DJ is playing great. His distance is such an advantage; there is not enough penalty for stray tee shots for the long-knockers, if you ask me. Not that DJ has been wild off the tee; he’s playing great; it’s just that the course favors distance off the tee too much.
A pack of five Englishmen at -4 and -5.
6:45 am Update Curtis Strange (Elling says it was Zinger) asks of Woods — who remains the focus of ESPN’s coverage — “Who are you and what have you done to Tiger Woods?” The real question is, “Curtis, do you follow golf, or do you just watch fifteen-year-old VCR tapes?
Euro Sevener Bjorn in the clubhouse at -2, sits at T-24. The rest of the Euro Seveners are on the other side of the draw.
6:10 am Update Spieth birdies No. 6 with boldness. Too much boldness for my nerves. Plenty sufficient speed, and safely in the middle of the cup. Minus-four after six.
Woods hacking it up, shaking his wrist now. Poor Oostie. He’s E after four on a day when the opening holes are there for the taking. Woods is +3, and ESPN is giving him more coverage than anyone. Only Rod Pampling keeps him from dead last.
5:00 am Update After nearly an hour of ESPN building him up, Woods dunks his second shot into Swilcan Creek on the first hole. They they show a multitude of reaction shots, along with a replay of the shot.
4:55 am Update Spieth birdies No. 1, has a look at No. 2. I just checked GolfChannel.com to see if they have their Jordan Spieth Tracker in operation. No, they don’t. Here, you read it:
GolfChannel.com is tracking the men’s third major of the season through on-site reporting and social media. For additional Open coverage, click here for full-field scores and click here for our Tiger Tracker.
So they have a tracker for Woods, and another one for Woods and the Also Playings. They consider Spieth an Also Playing.
Zinger (I think) earlier referred to Tiger Woods as Curtis Strange. Is Curtis Strange self-identifying as Tiger Woods now? Curtis says something about how confidence can turn on in an instant, pushing the idea that all Woods needs is to flip his confidence switch.
Spieth has birdied his first two holes. I guess “so far, so good” nicely fits.
4:30 am I wake up, turn on ESPN. I see Lee Westwood hit an approach to No. 1. We’re about fifteen minutes away from Jordan Spieth’s tee time, so of course ESPN next switches to Tiger Woods on the range. Shot-tracking his practice shots, giving us a detailed account of his warm-up session.