8:40 pm Update Jason Day sits two off the lead, very quietly positioned. Emiliano Grillo with a very solid -2. Several of the Euro Seven faltered late, but, all in all, a very good day for them.
8:20 pm Update Rory and Jordan both could have done far worse in the tough afternoon wind. They are both 3 shots out of third place, so very much in the thick of things even though they got the worst of the weather. Hopefully tomorrow will be better in the morning, so they can close the gap more easily. I think I’m going to hook up a laptop (which is newer) so I can try to watch the Rory-Jordan live stream. (WITHOUT MY MACHINE CRASHING EVERY FIVE MINUTES!)
Jordan on the putting green right now. Don’t forget you have the early tee time tomorrow, Jordan! Go eat and get some sleep!
6:40 pm Update: Yahoo Comment
I just saw this in a comment to a Yahoo article:
Golf is like gambling, in that you get intermittent reinforcement of positive outcomes that makes you think that you’ve got the answer and it brings you back for more
The comment was in response to Tiger Woods and his rationalizations about being close.
4:45 pm Update: The guessing game crap that McCord (I think) keeps doing is not appropriate for a major. It’s fine for the first two rounds at lesser events, but at a major, they should not be distracting from the actual play.
I noticed Jordan looked away as his birdie putt went past the par-5 hole. Then he missed the short comebacker for par. Had he watched the birdie miss roll out, would he have made the par putt?
Also, the anti-smoking commercials showing messed-up people are inappropriate. For people who don’t smoke — and that would be the majority — they are pointlessly showing grotesque images. They might as well let Woods cuss on air and say, “Well, some people enjoy the cussing.”
2:25 pm Update: We’re told Woods is playing “what might arguably be his last tournament of the season.” That doesn’t make no sense. It’s not an arguable premise. Either it will be or it won’t. There’s nothing to argue or debate. It might “possibly” be his last, yes, but not “arguably” his last. Damn golf media idiots.
12:00 noon: Plain and simple, the Euro Seven are kicking ass today. Leader, three in top five, four in top twelve. Two others are T-23. The seventh has yet to tee off.
10:40 am: Okay, Golf Channel… turned off!! The PGA’s leaderboard… closed!! The live stream… crashes my system!!
I’m going with the full-hole-behind PGA Tour leaderboard. It works, it has Shot Tracker, doesn’t have Tilman/Begay/Feinstein, and doesn’t crash my machine. I’ve got some reading to catch up on, so I’ll put on some music and read, checking the scoreboard once in a while.
It’s a shame to have to watch the entire morning of a major this way, but that’s my only alternative. I wonder how big golf would become if they had competent people managing it.
10:20 am: Well, my live stream lasted about ten minutes before the inevitable crash. The PGA Tour leaderboard appears to be lagging by more than a full hole, and the PGA leaderboard, while reasonably up-to-date, doesn’t have Shot Tracker. Not to mention, with all its graphics and other “movement,” it brings my machine to a crawl. I’m left with Golf Channel: Kelly and Notah and Feinstein ostensibly discussing a “rivalry” between Spieth and Rory, but really discussing “how it used to be with Tiger.”
We have all this technology, but none of the workers seem to care about it consistently working. If you think my words are sour grapes about a soon-to-be-updated PC, recall all the millions of people who paid for the Mayweather fight but never got it.
It’s too bad. It looked like a beautiful day for golf. Blue skies, scenic course.
Live Coverage (free) online: Here is a link from the PGA. (It’s free since it’s not a PGA Tour stream). My machine has been crashing left-and-right with live streams, but maybe I got a critical patch or something in the interim. We’ll see. If I last ten minutes, that’ll be a very good sign. The feature group is — surprise, surprise — Tiger Woods
6:30 am An idiotic comment by Hack led me to an idiotic question at Spieth’s presser yesterday. A media person asked Jordan, roughly, “Jordan now that you can’t win the career grand slam this year…” It wasn’t a freaking career grand slam, you fool, it was THE Grand Slam! Oh, how I hate the golf media.
6:00 am Hack and Rymer reporting live from Whistling Straits in the dark! An early start! Less than two hours until the first shot.
5:15 am Two-and-one-half hours until the first tee times. Forty-five minutes until Morning Drive. It’s strange/annoying that there will be no live coverage on television until this afternoon.
Observations about betting odds:
- Ladbrokes has Branden Grace and Brandt Snedeker as a pick’em.
- Head-to-head matchups involving Woods, once a staple of golf betting, can be hard to find these days.
- In a three-way proposition at Ladbrokes, Kaymer and Woods are equal at 13-8, with Keegan Bradley a slight dog (2-1) to those two.
- Ladbrokes has Spieth 7-1, Rory and Day at 12-1, Woods at… 66-1.