1:55 pm Update: Last week, Golf Channel had a Twitter Tiger Woods Tracker all four days. The Strength of Field was 137. The SOF this week is 745. We get no Tracker whatsoever.
1:35 pm Update: What the…? Jordan Spieth tees off on No. 1. Alright! Finally! So, of course, Golf Channels sends us “back to the studio” for thirty minutes of Tilghman and Chamblee.
Well, at least they cut back to the course to show him birdie No. 1. Kelly, when describing Spieth seems bored and distracted when discussing Spieth. But let Woods make a six-footer for bogey and Tilghman acts like Larry Mize just holed his chip against Norman.
1:30 pm Update: It’s Jordan Time!!
8:45 am Update – Exemptions for Trump and Woods: The more I think about the exemption Woods got to play in the OWGR-points-giveaway Hero Challenge, the more stupefied I become. Consider a timely analogy: Donald Trump.
Why not give Trump an exemption into the White House? He’s good for politics because, as last Thursday’s highly-rated debate showed, he moves the needle. His past success in real estate and television are more than enough to earn the exemption. And, frankly, no other politician is going to bring the interest and ratings. More than ever, we need to grow politics, and Trump does that. The haters watch because they hate him, the lovers because they love him. We have not replaced the immensely-popular Ronald Reagan, and it is well past time to do that.
You can see how asinine it is to think television ratings are the be-all, end-all of existence.
Now consider these factoids about Woods and OWGR points:
- Twenty-nine percent of Woods’s current OWGR points come from the two 18-man silly season Hero Challenges he has played in. Take those points away and he drops another 100 rungs in the OWGR rankings.
- Woods has earned 12.44 points in 9 events in 2015, for an average of 1.38 per event. Woods could shoot 102-99-109-98, finish dead last in the 18-man Hero Challenge, and yet CLIMB in the OWGR rankings because dead last awards 3 points.
- If Woods could finish 4th, topping only 14 players (several of whom will not have touched a club in over a month), he would earn more points than he has in the entire prior two years.
- Should he win the 18-man silly season non PGA Tour event, he’d get double the total points he’s acquired the past two years. Think about that: winning a silly season event — when some of the participants have shut it down for the year and aren’t even practicing — could net him more points than two full seasons of Tour play have.
- Considering the above, you can see why Woods insiders like Finchem and Steinberg and Rosaforte fought so hard to put Woods in position to grab some of those free OWGR points.
- The capitulation of the OWGR overseers have emboldened the press to call for Woods to be exempted into every tournament for which he does not qualify. They are even lying about and distorting the words of other professional golfers. Jason Day said, “It’s tough, though. It’s something that, for us as players, we have to earn our spots in these tournaments.” Golf Channel, among many other distorters, ignores that point and headlines their article, “Day Wants Exemption.”
Mandatory Reading for All Tiger Woods Apologists: From Tim Baffoe, analysis of fans defending the regrettable personal life of hockey player, Patrick Kane:
You don’t know him on a meaningful level. Maybe he signed your kid’s hat that one time. Maybe you took a picture with him at a golf outing a few years ago.
But Patrick Kane is not your friend. You are not his dawg, and he is not your bro. For all intents and purposes he doesn’t care about you no matter how many times you’ve swooned at him saying something about “not being able to accomplish this without you great fans.”
And you need to stop with the garbage default setting of rushing to defend him.
The reflex of “Leave Kaner alone—you’re ruining his reputation!” […] shows you’ve let sports fandom strip you of your humanity. Your ethics have grown so out of whack while drunk on being a fangirl or fanboy that you’ve drowned your soul.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to Whistling Straits: Two holes stand out in my memory:
No. 5, the par-5 “Snake” It’s pretty obvious why it has that name.
No. 18, “Dyeabolical” I don’t think many players, if any, used the left route, but it makes for a visually impressive hole.