4:45 pm ESPN has a really high-quality article out, but you have to read a long way to get to the good parts. The title, “After Yang took down Tiger, major golf was never the same,” is misleading. I thought it was going to be about the years since Yang won, but it was about that tournament, with way too much “Wasn’t Tiger swell ten years ago?” buildup. I skimmed the first ten or fifteen (or more) paragraphs of it (it’s kind of long) with my mouse hovering over the “close window” button.
Then I got to the good parts:
On the 15th, after Woods chunked a fairway wood, Yang turned to Montecinos and said, “Tiger [seems] nervous,” Montecinos recalled. The caddie responded, “You bet your butt he is.”
If Woods had tried to use gamesmanship on the relative novice, it didn’t work. Some observers thought Woods had crowded Yang and tried to unnerve him at different points in the round. “I wasn’t rattled at all,” Yang would say. “As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know that he was near me.”
Montecinos didn’t notice any encroachment, either, but he did see Yang stick up for himself on the sixth tee when a rules official told him his group needed to speed up after taking forever to play No. 5. Yang immediately pointed at Woods and said, “Not me, him.”
An aside: Woods was a notoriously slow player, but the media simply refused to call him out for it. One more nugget from the article, shining some light on Tiger Woods The Popular:
One clubhouse attendant who was near a locker room TV down the stretch told Montecinos, “You have no idea how many players were down here cheering Yang on.”
It’s an excellent piece, so don’t give up on it too quickly like I almost did.
11:55 am Tiger Woods Presser Coming Soon And Lanny H Golf will be live-blogging it!! Hold onto your hats! Will they ask him about Rock Ishii? Biogenesis? Anthony Galea? Amanda Dufner? The Phil Mickelson investigation? Or will we hear more questions about snorkeling and playing soccer with this kids? Oh, and his new restaurant; now would be a great opportunity for a nice Golf Channel restaurant infomercial; maybe Matt Ginella can do a remote. My bet is on on the latter two.
“Tiger, you dominated the game to an extent we’ve never seen before…” Reinforcing my point from this morning about the fatuity of the golf media.
“What are your memories of holding the trophy?” Holy crap. Revoke that idiot’s credentials.
And, right on schedule, here is a question about the restaurant… Infomercial time!
Okay, mercifully, the presser is over. I found it very difficult to pay attention. It wasn’t horrible or anything, I just find it hard to listen to the repetitious questions and answers.
10:32: am Update: Is that Stephanie Wei Rory just hugged on the tee box of the Long Drive Contest hole? This isn’t a PGA Tour event, so she can be there.
10:30 am Update Geoff Shackelford is really on a roll. He brings to our attention two big developments today. He first addressed the Euro Tour’s decision NOT to sanction next year’s WGC Bridgestone, and he mentions the comments from the New York Times regarding Phil Mickelson’s insider trading case.
Here’s the germane part from the New York Times article on the Mickelson investigation:
[The Securities and Exchange Commission] is also pushing ahead with another insider trading case that involves trading activity in the shares of Dean Foods by the golfer Phil Mickelson and the professional sports gambler William T. Walters, according to several other people briefed on those investigations but not authorized to speak publicly.
Elsewhere, the S.E.C.’s investigation into whether Mr. Mickelson and Mr. Walters possessed inside information about the plan by Dean Foods to announce a spinoff in August 2012 has escalated. The authorities suspect the tip about the spinoff came from a board member at the company who knows Mr. Walters, who then shared the information with Mr. Mickelson, the people briefed on the investigations said.
Late Friday, Dean Foods announced the immediate resignation of Thomas C. Davis, the company’s chairman, in a regulatory filing. Jamaison Schuler, a company spokesman, declined to comment on the resignation of Mr. Davis, 67, an investment banker who has been on the Dean Foods board since 2001.
The Dallas News writes:
One analyst sought more information on the sudden departure of board chairman Tom C. Davis.
Late Friday, Dean Foods issued a brief regulatory filing noting that Davis had resigned from the board, effective immediately.
A Dean Foods director since March 2001 and chair since May 2013, Davis also served on the company’s audit, compensation and executive committees. He was re-elected to the board in May.
On the analysts’ call, Tanner acknowledged Davis’ 14 years of service to the company. He did not give a reason for the resignation but said Davis was leaving “at a time when we feel more optimistic than ever about the future of Dean Foods.”
Davis, who is also is chief executive of the Concorde Group, a private investment firm, could not be reached for comment. His attorney, Thomas M. Melsheimer, issued a brief statement:
“After 14 years of distinguished service on the board of directors of Dean Foods Co., Mr. Davis voluntarily decided to step down from the board [Friday]. He wishes his colleagues at Dean Foods well and believes he is leaving the company in good hands with an excellent management team.”
The piece then goes on to reference the New York Times article about the SEC investigation into inside trading of Dean Foods (which is headquartered in Dallas) stock.
10:00 am Update
Returning to the top of ridiculous media hype…
Charlie Rymer, a little while ago on Golf Channel: “I’m not sure Tiger ever feels nervous, but…”
Tiger Woods: “If you don’t feel nervous, that means you don’t care about how you play. I care about how I perform. I’ve always said the day I’m not nervous playing is the day I quit.”
Do you see the nonsense the golf media spews? I think I’ll tweet that Woods quote to Rymer right now. Done!
Feed Us, Pavlov: For some reason, a practice round today with Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth vs Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson is “a thing.” A story. A reportable event. That’s fine, but I wonder, in the wake of Mickelson’s $3 million gambling loss which he paid to an illegal money laundering operation, if the golf media will lighten up on their wink-wink-ain’t-it-cool commentary about Mickelson’s gambling: “a few dollars are at stake today.” One thing we can be sure of, however, is that Justin Thomas will be referred to as “Jordan Spieth’s good friend” a few thousand times.
Lanny Knows Golf? I thought the first major played at Whistling Straits was DJ-in-the-bunker in 2010. Turns out, the first one was the 2004 PGA Championship. In that year, Vijay Singh won in a playoff, and he took over world no. 1 three weeks later. Now, I ask you, why are we not being flooded with images of Vijay Singh’s victory? If Tiger Woods has won at Whistling Straits in 2004, do you think Golf Channel would have allowed ole Lanny to be ignorant of that 2004 tournament? Now that I’m aware of Vijay’s 2004 win, I’ll be curious to see how many times I hear his name this week — if any.
Notah Alert: Golf Channel has Mark Rolfing interviewing Notah Begay about the importance of this event for Woods. I guess they are searching for some angle or other to explain their coming obsession, which we’ll get as surely as the sun will rise.
Does The Sports Media Ever Admit Overhype? That question occurred to me this morning as I watched Golf Channel hosts say things like, “Tiger was a superhuman who never got nervous. He seems nervous now, which must be a new thing for him.” That’s just one example of about a million. “He hits/hit shots no one could can/could hit.” “In his prime, he never missed an important putt.” You’d think he birdied every hole and won every tournament. And don’t get me started on the nonsense about Woods “making golfers rich.” The hype went way beyond the reality.
Anyway, I starting thinking about other sports. It’s like once the media establishes a “household name,” they refuse to let go. Nevertheless, I came up with a few. Brian Bosworth came quickly to mind. Mike Tyson is another, although the media really only started dumping on him after the problems in his personal life.
Will we, then, ever hear the golf media admit,”Woods was a great player, but, man, did we ever overhype him!” Or, “The reality is that Woods added very little to the increase of money in golf, yet we attributed it all to him as if money was not also rising in every other sport as corporations took over the sports world.” I wouldn’t bet on it.
Shack is Back (on Golf Channel today): My good friend* Geoff Shackelford is back on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive this morning. Maybe he’ll mention the Rocki Ishii ball, since I planted the idea in his head yesterday. No, he didn’t. Well, he’ll be back on tomorrow; maybe he’s saving it for them.
* We are good friends the way the media makes everyone Tiger Woods interacts with his “good friend.”