7:00 pm Update
I give up way too easily. It’s a character flaw. I’m way better as a front-runner than a come-from-behind type. I relate to John Daly hitting ball after ball into the water, just wanting to get out of Dodge. I gave up again today. I gave up on Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Emiliano Grillo, and the entire Canadian Open.
I just pulled up the leaderboard — so I could write something here — and I was pleasantly surprised. Somehow, all three of those guys got back into the hunt. And we’ve got a Canadian leading — no Canadian having won the Canadian Open for something like 60 years (which is pretty strange) — so there is plenty to look forward to tomorrow.
And Matthew Fitzpatrick leading in Europe. Could be a darn decent golf weekend after all.
11:25 am Update
20-year-old Matthew Fitzpatrick making a nice run at the Euro Masters. He is currently T1 with Willet, who is playing his final hole.
7:30 am Contest, Placement Ad Redux
Contest: A free two-year subscription to the Lanny H Golf website goes to the first person who can explain why the OWGR website has that damnably distracting scroll. What is its purpose other than to distract? It’s a fantastic website, soiled by a wanking techie and a spineless manager (who couldn’t tell the techie no). Perhaps an “expert consultant” was also involved.
Tiger Placement Ad: Remember this photo collage from yesterday? It’s from the main Player page at PGATour.com. Tiger Woods hasn’t won in two years and is OWGR #258. Phil Mickelson hasn’t won in two years and is #22; Adam Scott hasn’t won in fifteen months and is ranked #11; Bubba Watson, who is missing, has four wins in the past year-and-a-half and is OWGR #3. And why is the featured player Tiger Woods over one of the three young guys? Rickie Fowler is #6, with two recent wins. Rory McIlroy is #1 with six wins in the past year. Jordan Spieth is #2 and has six wins in the past eight months. And, oh yeah, just lost out on the third leg of the Grand Slam by a single shot.
There must be some money changing hands for Tiger Woods remain PGATour.com’s featured player — and for Bubba Watson to not even be rate a photo.
6:30 Morning Express Jason Day shot himself into the Canadian Open on Friday and now sits in 5th place, four back of leader, two out of second. Emiliano Grillo shot E, which is bad and fell to T9, six back. Don’t look now, but Bubba is only one back of Day. I have a gut feeling Day or Bubba will prevail. Graeme McDowell failed to make the cut; Ollie Schniederjans, who as an amateur last week at the British Open finished T12, sits at a respectable T44 going into the weekend at this, his first professional tournament. Brooks Koepka is at T9.
Euro Masters: Danny Willett leads in Switzerland. Last week, he finished T6 at the Brit Open. Willett went into the that event as OWGR #39, but that didn’t stop the American media from playing the who-the-heck-is-this-clown routine when he was clubhouse leader on Friday. Anyway, here he is leading in Switzerland, showing why it’s embarrassing the US media considered him a bizarre unkown.
By the way, did you know Patrick Reed was playing in this event? He sits T17 midway through his Saturday round, which is eight back, so he’s unlikely to contend on Sunday. (And he just bogied, so Dandy Don can start singing.)
Oh, by the way, Y.E. Yang is in the hunt. The Man Who Burst The Balloon.