8:10 pm Update Unless Woods goes out with injury, or announces retirement, I don’t think the Tiger Woods nonsense is ever going to stop. Why do I say this? Well, USA Today just published an article with this line:
Woods’ resurgence hit another major roadblock Saturday in the third round
So Woods playing like crap all year then having two decent rounds which put him at T-5 in a weak tournament equates to “resurgence”? It’s just crap. If it’s “another” roadblock in his resurgence, to when do they date the resurgence? And if it’s “another” roadblock, what was the first one? Surely, they are speaking of a two-day resurgence, so what other “major roadblock” was there.
Maybe the problem is me. Maybe I expect too much out of sports writers. But I think their jobs would be a lot easier if they stopped trying to force Woods to be the story even when he’s not. Woods’s entire season can be summed up the same way as 90 percent of pro golfers. He played poor to mediocre golf with a few good rounds sprinkled in.
Of course, that’s the nature of golf. And all golfers know that. It’d be nice if the golf writers wrote with the assumption that their readers know that. Don’t try to paint two decent rounds as “a resurgence.”
6:20 pm Update I was looking forward to a nice Golf Channel Tiger Woods Apologist roundtable, but, alas, they are not on. However, this Utah web.com event is live and has been quite enjoyable the past two evenings. Nice, live, kind-of-prime-time golf.
5:40 pm Update
Tiger Woods refuses CBS post round interview!!
5:22 pm Update Woods needs to hole this one for par on No. 18. The problem is he’s above a giant greenside bunker, short-sided, everything is downhill. He needs to jar this one to save par. Bogey would be a good score. Bogey is what he got.
I really seemed to have given Rickie Fowler the kick in the pants he needed when I gave him the lecture when he played in New Orleans earlier this year.
4:16 pm Update LIMP ALERT!!
Ian Baker-Finch hints that Woods may be “limping.”
I see Tiger Tracker set the over/under score for Woods today at 68.5, between -3 and -2. If he pars in, he’ll shoot 75.
3:40 pm Update CH III is eating Woods’s lunch today. They need to stop this one. TKO.
3:05 pm Update
CBS Coverage has begun. Generally, they are a little less Tiger-obsessed than NBC/Golf Channel. Woods is self-destructing right on cue. Hits an approach onto a cart path near green; plays it from the cart path and whacks it 50 yards over green; pitches it onto the green, where it may be in the same zip code as the pin, but probably not.
Anyone who took CH III over Woods today (getting 7-4 odds) has to be wearing a big smile right about now.
9:56 am Update: Odds Info
- Rickie 3-1
- Jimmy Walker 8-1
- Woods 8-1
- Chappell 9-1
- Ry0 11-1
- Lingmerth 12-1
Those are from Bovada, which seems to be a place many Woods supporters support; they consistent offer some of the lowest odds on Woods. William Hill has Fowler, Walker, and Chappel all ahead of Woods.
Wow, Tiger Woods is an even-odds bet versus Jason Bohn. Even with all the Tiger money, it’s only even? The times sure have changed. On the other hand, Woods is a clear favorite over CH III at Ladbrokes.
9:10 am Update Cara, a Golf Channel host I’ve defended in the past, just said she was openly cheering for Tiger Woods yesterday. First off, isn’t she supposed to be a disinterested professional journalist? Second, why would she make a point of saying that on national television?
Damon says he remembers watching Woods “hit shots he’d never seen before.”
8:35 am Update I forgot about Morning Drive until quite some time after it started. Heard Charlie Rymer say, paraphrasing, “For Tiger to win, after all he’s been through, would be front page news.” What all has he been through exactly? He won in 2013, so the scandal stuff has already been followed by a win. Remember the “Winning Takes Care of Everything” ads? So “all he’s been through” would mean, “he had an injury.”
Of course, Charlie is confusing the nonstop, repetitive Golf Channel Tiger chit-chat with actually “going through” something. Again, if Golf Channel wants to obsess over Woods, they need to hire a guy who likes to poke holes in their Gospel of Tiger.
6:05 am Reminder: Don’t forget this week’s Quicken Loans National is a limited-field event with only 120 participants instead of 156.
Another reminder: Don’t forget Golf Channel is replaying the 2010 PGA Championship next Tuesday evening. It was played at Whistling Straits, site of this year’s event. You may recall Rory finished one back, DJ was penalized on final hole, and Bubba and Kaymer were in a playoff.