Final Update: I didn’t watch any of the golf coverage. I saw three minutes at the end of the Euro event in Switzerland, then three minutes of Morning Drive. That’s it. I have checked the Canadian Open leaderboard. The good: Jason Day shot -4, and Emiliano Grillo shot -8 and actually leads. Grillo started great last week in the alternate event in Alabama, but fell off on the weekend. It’d be a real feather in the cap of the PGA Tour if Grillo played here. He’s not really a Euro, but rather is from Argentina. So he’s playing closer to his home time zone. The bad news… Graeme McDowell shot +3.
Lanny Needs Racism Lessons: Okay, I am dead serious about this. I have learned two things today I did not know (from the comments section at the Gary Player article at CBS). (1) Michelle Wie is the child of two Korean parents. (2) Derek Jeter is black. I always thought Wie was Native Hawaiian, and that Jeter was white, perhaps of Italian descent. I looked it up; the commenters are correct.
Admittedly, I haven’t followed baseball for decades, but Jeter is incredibly famous, and I well know who he is and what he looks like. How could I have missed that? Am I the only person in the world who didn’t know this? Should I feel badly, or should I feel proud?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., taught us to judge people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin, but that idea is hopelessly out of fashion now. I better abandon it.
How do you think Bubba Watson feels about this? Emily Kay at SB Nation brought the matter up a couple of weeks ago. This collage of photos dominates the main page for “Players” at PGATour.com:
Ridiculous. OWGR #246 gets as much space as #1 and #2 and three others combined. (Notice how prominent the Nike “swoosh” is on Woods’s driver. I wonder if Woods’s photo is a placement ad; my guess is that it is.)
11:10 am Camera Cussin’ Remember how when Tiger Woods would have a meltdown, lose all self-control, and start cussin’ and poutin’? People would say — Internet commenters, yes, but also paid golf reporters — “Oh, but they all do it! It’s just that Tiger has a camera on him constantly.” Well, no one in the history of the world has had a camera on him more than Jordan Spieth. I feel like an eavesdropper because the networks show so much of Jordan and Greller’s discussions. Yet I’ve never once heard him curse. Not once. Another myth BUSTED!!
7:05 am Coming off the British Open, it’s hard for me to get enthused about golf. I just now caught the tail end of the Euro Tour event; it’s in Switzerland; the location looked beautiful; I’ll try to catch some of that before the weekend is over. As for the Canadian Open, I’m for Jason Day and Graeme McDowell (who is going after his sixth national open).
I repeat my appeal: If anyone can tell me where I can find the PGA Tour total prize money by year, I would really appreciate it. It’s important to a major project I have undertaken. I have contacted the PGA Tour, but they have not responded. (I fear I have a certain notoriety among golf’s movers and shakers. “Movers and shakers”? Who am I kidding? Sitters and tremblers.)
I lasted all of three minutes with Morning Drive. Faux happy Blondie is mic’ed too loud, for one thing, and Charlie Rymer started immediately talking about Tiger Woods* at the Canadian Open, so I turned it off. Someone here referred to Morning Drive as having gone “Today Show.” That sums it up. How did we go from Williams and Kuselias sitting in front of mics talking about golf to what we have now.
* Rymer is still pushing Woods on the audience even though:
- Woods is not playing this week.
- Woods missed the cut last week.
- Woods has earned a grand total of 13.05 OWGR points in the past twelve months — for a T-17, a T-32, and finishing 17th in an 18-man field.