7:20 pm News Flash: Woods playing next week at Wyndham. Oh, joy. Now, mark my word: Golf Channel will lead with that when they start their Live From the PGA Championship at the top of the hour. Well, they’ll WANT to lead with it, but it will probably be the second or third thing they mention in their opening tease. It’ll be: Weather Delay, Spieth, TIGER AT WYNDHAM!!! With plenty of analysis about “what this means.”
7:05 pm Reading Material While Waiting For Golf To Resume: I stumbled upon this article about golf writer Stephanie Wei. She’s got a weird background I did not know about. Very privileged. Part of NYC social party scene. I’ve read about half of it so far; I will not be able to look at her the same again. She’s written things other golf writers wouldn’t, but I can also see why some of them might have little patience for her. Her prima donna actions regarding Periscope make a lot more sense now.
Here are two short excerpts:
On a Monday night in the middle of Fashion Week, Ms. Wei was in the two-bedroom apartment her mother bought her in the West Village.
For her 16th birthday, in exchange for promising to practice really hard, her stepfather bought her a BMW 323ci.
Yeah, I relate to that exactly zero percent. Rickie Fowler hitting golf balls with his grandfather at the scrappy Murrieta Driving Range, I identify with. Daddy buying me a BMW for “promising to practice really hard,” not so much.
They have a term for rich kids who move to the Village to live the wild life: Trustafarians. I’ll still judge her on her golf writing, but I’ll view her differently, I’m sure.
6:45 pm Weather Delay I’ll use the delay to mention how much I liked the live stream this morning. Michael Breed, who normally drives me crazy, was really great on the live stream. Also, there were remarkably few commercial breaks. I went 3.5 hours without a single glitch in the stream, then I lost it and had to refresh the page. That was it. You got to hear a ton of caddy/player discussion. Spieth did curse one time: I very clearly heard a “dang it.”
There was a delay on a few holes, and it was actually nice to see the players milling about, and the announcers casually telling stories. One of them lasted over five minutes. I didn’t mind it one bit.
There was no jumping around between holes — where when you see a putt heading toward a hole, you try to quickly figure out who hit it so you can root for a miss or make. Oh, and no “pieces.” You know the type: “Joe was born on a farm. Then something sad happened, yet he prevailed.” There may have been one or two, but mainly the entire time was camera on the group, announcers talking about the hole. Which meant, too, that you got MUCH better analysis. On one hole — perhaps the first? — they were discussing how Rory and Jordan hit too far to give them a good number. Then they said, well, the fairway is widest there, so maybe they liked that tradeoff. I can’t say enough good things about it.
The PGA Tour live streams USED to be like this, but the last few times I saw them, they had as many (or more) commercials (with widely varying sound levels, so sometimes you would get blasted). And they had set pieces, and “studio updates.” It was as awful as the regular broadcasts. But it used to be good.
The PGA is doing a far better job then the PGA Tour does. (I assume they are different operations. If not, then the Tour improved their stream coverage.) I watched about four-and-a-half hours this morning, and I never got bored or annoyed.
5:08 pm Update I like Jason Day and Russell Henley, but I still find myself basically pulling against the entire afternoon wave, to better help Rory and Jordan’s chances.
3:44 pm Update Tiger Woods goes from bunker to bunker. Greenside. On same side of green.
Wound up with double bogey…
2:30 pm Update TV coverage has begun, and I’m back on my standard machine, which makes typing much easier.
Here comes Tiger Woods! Golf Channel is showing Tiger’s opening tee shot! Yay!!! Oh, no. He yanked a three-wood left. 😦
1:26 pm Update Spieth Leads!!!
Yes, some of the afternoon guys will pass him, but he is well-positioned. Rory T-14, and that after doubling a hole earlier today.
2:14 pm Update Rory chips in for eagle, erasing double bogey!
11:37 am Update Spieth birdies No. 18! (his 9th hole of the day) McIlroy doubles after stray approach into tall grass. He will need a blazing back nine to get back in the hunt.
9:00 am Update I made it. I’m now a very slow — painfully slow — typist, but I made it. I have the video stream up; some kind of Cajun-y music is playing. Now the broadcast is beginning.
8:40 am Update Lanny de la Renta
Spieth is dressed very similarly to yesterday. Blue shirt, light hat. Gray pants today, white yesterday. Is that intentional? Is Under Amour cultivating a defining, instantly recognizable look for Jordan? We will continue our analysis this weekend.
Okay, now I’m swapping out machines. Wish me luck!
Sleeping In: Well, I didn’t really sleep in, but I got a late start. I’ve been distracted this morning trying to get ready for the Spieth-Rory live stream using an alternate PC. Call it an alternate-field PC.
I haven’t seen too much Golf Channel this morning, but I did catch a segment where a reporter (I think) was telling Golf Channel that Woods’s group was no longer the marquee group among fans, that he had been superceded by Spieth and Rory. The GC yapper (Damon?) used that as a stepping stone for a long conversation about… Woods.