7:55 pm Update Golf Channel is broadcasting a web.com event from Utah this evening, and they just had a great interview (by phone) with Johnny Miller. He designed the course (I think) and it was a good conversation. Thanksgiving Point, that was the place.
4:15 pm Update Woods will be playing tomorrow with either CHIII or Jimmy Walker. I’m hoping for Walker.
1:00 pm Update Oh, my! The golf media is going to have a weekend where Tiger Woods is in contention. Yesterday morning, they were calling for him to fire his swing doctor, now, “He’s back!”
9:30 am Update Nice match going on between Peter Uihlein and Matthew Fitzpatrick at the Paul Lawrie match play thing in Europe. Golf Channel has live coverage.
Woods parred the four holes he birdied in a row yesterday. Golf Channel’s comment? Woods off to a better start than yesterday when he had early bogies. Speaking of bogeys, Woods bogied his first par-5 of the day, so is +1 on the day. Shot Link says his drive on that hole went 161 yards. Hmmm.
Tiger is Back, Etc., Etc.
I turn on Golf Channel expecting live coverage, but Morning Drive was on at its regular time. They are about 25 minutes in. It’s All Tiger All The Time. Ryo and Rickie made hole-in-ones yesterday, so GC shows footage of Woods making a hole-in-one at the Phoenix Open fifteen years ago. They had a discussion about cynicism and Woods being on TV for every shot, but I joined midway through, and could not really get the gist of it. The takeaway is that GC obsesses over Woods as much as ever if they are given even the flimsiest of excuses.
Here’s a sampling of headlines for the T-27:
- Tiger Woods able to turn the tables after slow start (ESPN)
- Woods bounces back after rough start with 3-under 68 (Golf Channel)
- Tiger Woods goes on birdie binge to shoot 68 at his tournament (USA Today)
- Tiger Woods Gets Hot After Bad Start and Shoots a 68 at Quicken Loans (NY Times)
- Tiger Woods rallies from rough start for 3-under 68 at Quicken Loans National (Yahoo)
- Tiger Woods enjoys good start to Quicken Loans National (BBC Sport)
Of the headlines I saw, only one mentioned Woods being T-27:
- Tiger Woods Tied 27th After US PGA Quicken Loans National First Round (NDTV Sports)
And I’m not sure what NDTV Sports is.
30-somethings: Assuming Woods doesn’t win the upcoming PGA Championship, he will have won four majors in his 30’s. Phil Mickelson won five majors in his 30’s. (Well, actually just four, because one was in his 40’s.) Mickelson got more coverage than the average golfer because the media annointed him the “anti-Tiger” (no one could complain about the Woods obsession if the media spoke about Mickelson a little more often than other players; that was their mindset; they also prodded the Tiger Only crowd to “hate” Mickelson ).
London Calling: Golf fans are fed up all over the world. Here’s a comment to a London Telegraph article about Tiger Woods:
Sorry to keep harping on, but Danny Willet wins the European Masters in Switzerland with Matt Fitzpatrick coming second and not a bloody mention. However it is deemed we are all interested in another shoddy article about what Tiger is up to. Get a grip Telegraph, your golf coverage is woeful these days.
I’m Shocked: There has been shockingly little coverage of Tim Finchem granting OWGR #266 Tiger Woods an exemption into a tournament requiring participants be in the top fifty. This is an issue ready-made for vigorous debate. It’s a Tiger topic, and it’s actually interesting, but the media all but ignores it because it shows the special treatment Woods gets from the Tour. So instead of Chamblee and Rosaforte having a knock-down dragout, we get, “How to chip from dewy grass.”