4:25 pm Update: Jordan Spieth just mentioned Emiliano Grillo as a player who traveled the national junior circuit along with he and Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger and the rest when they were all youngsters. Did not know they had that connection!
2:55 pm Update: Credit Where Due
People love giving Kyle Porter a hard time for not doing enough original reporting. Well, he just published an exclusive interview with Rickie Fowler from Whistling Straits, so stop complaining, and go read it!
11:10 am Update The strongest OWGR event so far this year was the Players at 850. This event is looking to come in at 910.
10:55 am Update Tiger Woods is on the driving range. Golf Channel has a split screen. Both windows have Tiger Woods. Two simultaneous camera angles of Woods on the driving range… Yay!!! Great job, Golf Channel. He’s so relevant and everything.
Spieth signing autographs for a few kids handing things to him below a fence/barrier. Funny.
When the golf media says, “These young players aren’t afraid of Tiger Woods,” the message is, “In the past, players were afraid of Tiger Woods.” Does anyone really buy that? Woods was a tough competitor, and players knew that, but was it “fear”?
French Revolution: More than anything, the Euro Tour protecting the French Opening at the expense of the WGC-Firestone shows how idiotic golf in the Olympics is — WHEN IT INVOLVES PRO PLAYERS. Let the amateurs have the Olympics.
More and more I think the idea of golf in the Olympics was a failed plan for Nike and Golf Channel/NBC to have a Tiger Woods circle jerk at the Olympics. I really do. I’m a fairly major golf fan, and I have no interest whatsoever in watching golf at the Olympics. Are “casual golf fans” Joe and Jane going to go ga-ga over a sport they don’t care about just because it’s in the Olympics? The equestrian events say, “Good luck with that.” If the purpose is to “grow the sport” in other countries, then go with amateurs and leave the pros alone.
Professional golfers playing in the Olympics is just as “compelling” to me as the Tavistock Cup was.
Tiger Pan: I turned on Golf Channel this morning and found a replay of a Live From the PGA Championship I had not seen. David Duval was there; I wish they’d replace the entire Morning Drive crew with Duval, Chamblee, Nobilo, and Lerner. Anyway, Nobilo was going through a paint-by-numbers Tiger Woods apologia. Lee Westwood rose to number one from even further back, blah blah blah. He then said something like, “And once the fans return and start supporting him again, he’s really going to get it going.” I immediately thought of Peter Pan where the audience is asked to clap their hands to keep Peter Pan alive.
Lerner threw some cold water on the idea by pointing out that fans have already moved on to guys like Spieth, Fowler, and Rory.
When Morning Drive came on, Chris DiMarco, within the first minute or two of the show starts his commentary by mentioning Woods ahead of anyone else. Of course, Woods gave a shoutout to DiMarco yesterday during his press conference. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch your back…
Lahiri! So Anirban Lahiri won the long drive contest. I didn’t see Brandt Snedeker’s name anywhere on the leaderboard.
Dinosaur vs Sea Monster (commercials): I’m sick of the guy acting like a dinosaur when he can’t get a tee time; there is something grotesque about those commercials, not to mention the annoying loudness of the dinosaur sounds. On the other hand, I find the commercial with the sea monster grabbing the golfer quite amusing. Of course, I’ve only seen it once.