6:25 pm Update: Bombers dominating leaderboard at Firestone; DJ and Bubba make moves. Koepka, Day lurking.
1:05 pm Update: Jordan moves to T-2!
Tiger Woods, who publicly opposed physically-handicapped Stanford teammate Casey Martin using a cart, received an exemption into the Hero World Challenge, and now there is a golf media-driven push for additional exemptions into WGC events. Rules only apply to other people, I guess.
FINCHEM AND WOODS
THEN AND NOW
The PGA has taken a firm stance on this issue. Tim Finchem, PGA Tour commissioner, says there are two main issues in the Casey Martin case. First, “The Tour should always have the ability to make its own rules and regulations. Second, walking is an integral part of the game and shouldn’t be lost.”(Strange, 1998) All of today’s top players seem to be in agreement with their commissioner. Even Tiger Woods, who considers Casey Martin a good friend, doesn’t believe Martin should ride a cart.
Tiger Woods sought and received an exemption into the Hero World Challenge, an event he hosts, later this year that will allow the tournament to continue to give world ranking points to its competitors even though Woods is unlikely to be ranked among the top 50.
[W]e felt the request was reasonable,” said Ty Votaw, executive vice president of the PGA Tour. “After consulting with the Official World Golf Ranking people, we approved it.”
Give Tiger An Exemption! I’m sure by now you’ve heard the pleas in the golf media to give Tiger Woods an exemption into WGC events. All you can do is laugh. They so badly want Woods to play in these limited-field events at a course where he has had past success. To hell with actually, you know, qualifying. Sorry, Golf Channel, Freddie Couples doesn’t get to pick the field.
Giving out such an exemption would degrade the entire game, of course, but make no mistake, the golf media truly wants Woods playing these events he is no longer good enough to qualify for. But, in the case of the WGC, it ain’t gonna happen.
These calls for a special exemption into a WGC event show what a huge mistake it was to grant Woods an exemption in to the Hero World Points Giveaway.
Hunter “Ace” Mahan: Can someone please explain Mahan’s ubiquitous Ace Hardware commercial? A guy is holding a mailbox and some other items, and Mahan hits the mailbox with a golf ball. Why does Hunter then jot down the reminder, “newww… mailboxes…”? Did hitting the mailbox trigger an otherwise unrelated reminder? Did he hit his own newly-purchased mailbox and intend to replace it on his next visit? Was it someone else’s mailbox the guy was loading? I can’t figure it out.
Man in the Street Interviews about Tiger Woods: I don’t know what to say about this Hannibal Buress video other than every golf media person needs to watch it ten times. SB Nation has it.
Golf Announcers, Baseball Announcers: I used to follow baseball, but now I catch a few stray half-innings a year on the radio. However, I well remember how low-key the baseball announcers on the radio are when the game/series calls for that. There is a comfortable flow to it. In 162 games, not every one of them is a Can’t Miss game. They also discuss every player in the game. They have lengthy discussions about obscure players on visiting teams. Golf coverage is like that on occasion, but it’s usually the Thursday and Friday telecasts of lesser tournaments. Baseball does not focus on one player and discuss him in games he isn’t in; they don’t show him standing around in right field when the third baseman is making great plays; they don’t show footage of his at-bat while another player double to clear the bases. “While we were showing slo-mo video of Tiger Woods striking out, Matt Kuchar just tripled to clear the bases.”
Tatoo Idea: Under Armour has filed for patents on a new Jordan Spieth logo. Here’s a slight modification our art department was up all night crafting:
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