Sunday Firestone Semi Live Blog

Erin go Bragh!

5:49 pm Update:  Shane Lowry does it!  Erin go Bragh!!!

4:20 pm Update:  Game On!   A tournament has broken out at the WGC Firestone.  Shane Lowry and Bubba going toe-to-tie!  A few others with a chance to contend.  I like both Lowry and Bubba (I mentioned both this morning, to pat myself on the back), but I’m for Lowry today.  But Bubba would make a nice winner, too.

Whistling Straits Odds:  Here are the odds for the top betting favorites at Ladbrokes:

  • Jordan Spieth            5/1
  • Rory McIlroy              8/1
  • Dustin Johnson       12/1
  • Jason Day                 14/1
  • Adam Scott               20/1
  • Bubba Watson         20/1
  • Justin Rose              20/1
  • Rickie Fowler           20/1
  • Henrik Stenson       25/1
  • Louis Oosthuizen    33/1
  • Martin Kaymer        33/1
  • Phil Mickelson         33/1
  • Sergio Garcia            33/1

Hallmark Card Tournament:  With Jordan Spieth dropping off the pace, and no other big favorites of mine near the lead, my interest in the Firestone is ebbing.  Furyk or Rose either one would make a fine champion, but neither is a golfer I live and die by.  Shane Lowry, my favorite among the leaders, has been fun to watch this year, and it would be nice to see him get a big win.  It would be good for golf to have a winner with a few extra pounds and a lumberjack beard; I’m so tired of the golf media insisting there is some optimum body type for the game.  (In football, wide receivers certainly don’t look like offensive linemen.)

Why did I title this section “Hallmark Card Tournament”?  Because it’s proclaimed “a limited field of elite players” in the way that Hallmark greeting cards proclaim Boss’s Day or Secretary’s Day is a big deal.  We’re all expected to be good lemmings and go along with the choreography.

Life isn’t really like that, though, and neither is golf.  Even the big holidays, planned and scripted for weeks, often end up falling way short of expectations.  They can become dreary obligations.

On the other hand, a true celebratory day can spring out of nowhere.  Two of your foursome cancel late; the remaining two decide to play anyway, but your hearts are not in it.  You get to the course Saturday and are grouped with two out-of-towners who are more fun than any of your regulars.  Oh, and a cool front passed through two days earlier, wringing the heat and humidity out of the air.  You have the most fun of any round all year.  You get to the clubhouse for a beer with your two new friends and see the first college football Saturday has just gotten underway, and your favorite team is about to spring a big upset on a national powerhouse.

That day, which started with such poor prospects, winds up being the most fun day you have the entire year.  There is no Hallmark card for Playing Golf With Two Hilarious Guys in Great Touch-of-Fall Weather Day.  It just spontaneously occurred.

It’s the same with golf.  The Hallmark Golf Media can champion the WGC Firestone all they want, but that doesn’t mean it will pan out as a great event.  On the other hand, they probably cringed at the thought of the Valspar, but it turned out to be one of the top events of the year.  This year’s Valspar, with Spieth holing dramatic putts and beating Reed and O’Hair in a playoff, will be among the best events of the year.  And there was very little fanfare leading up to it.  No Hallmark card.

Of course today’s finale at Firestone could surprise; for example, I would love to see Graeme McDowell burst out of the pack and climb to the top, and I’m slightly invested in Lowry, as well.  Maybe Bubba can put together a big run and win in dramatic fashion.  We’ll have to wait and see, but it’s likely the Firestone will prove to be more sizzle than steak.  More Hallmark card than actual fun.

As it is, I’m already looking ahead to Whistling Straits.

Lanny Knows Golf:  The Euro Seven are not having a great week, but remember some of them are seeing the course for the first time.  Consider Anirban Lahiri’s three scores:  77, 72, 67.  See the trend?  As he learns the course, he is seeing dramatic improvement.  Branden Grace shows a similar trend: 73, 69, 67.  I wrote this two days ago, after his opening round: “It’s the first time many of them are seeing the course. I wasn’t necessarily surprised by any of them other than Grace. I expect Grace to shoot three rounds better than today’s.”

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19 Responses to Sunday Firestone Semi Live Blog

  1. Sports-realist2 says:

    Well, history would say Furyk won’t win with a lead going into Sunday, but we’ll see……

  2. TrueGolfFan says:

    So, you finally admit you’re a fare weather fan. No Rory, no Jordan (in contention) = no interest from Lanny.

    • lannyh says:

      Whenever someone starts a comment with, “So you finally admit…,” you know that what follows will have no resemblance to the truth, whatsoever.

      • TrueGolfFan says:

        You bitch and bitch and bitch about those “Tiger Only” fans and you turn out to be of the same ilk. No Rory, No Jordan, No interest.

      • lannyh says:

        Like I said, when someone says something like, “You turn out to be…,” prepare yourself for nonsense.

      • TrueGolfFan says:

        Call it nonsense if you want but you are full of shite. Your website isn’t “the only website that matters”. It’s “The best golf comedy ever!”

      • lannyh says:

        I urge you to go to You’ll be much more at home there.

      • TrueGolfFan says:

        Hail no I won’t! Nothing is funnier than the shite I find here!

  3. Irony says:

    So I tune in to watch some golf and all I see is Jordan hitting on the range. What a load of BS. Show actual golf dammit!

    Oh, and now that they are showing coverage, all I see is Jordan. Hello, there are other golfers!

  4. USARules says:

    Damn! They just showed the current International team for the President’s Cup. That team gonna get run off the course!

  5. Jackasses says:

    They should allow patrons to carry firearms so that when some jackass says “baba-booey” someone can shoot them.

  6. lannyh says:

    Did anyone hear the vulgarity that apparently came from the gallery? Jim Nantz mentioned it, shortly after Lowry won, right after the commercial break. I missed it and am curious.

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