Saturday PGA Championship Semi Live Blog

Day Leads Spieth By Two; Nantz Upbraids Golf Media!

For a while, the tournament didn’t quite click.  Then, the leaders faltered a little, and here came Jordan Spieth.  We’re looking at the prospect of a really special Sunday afternoon.

What a beautiful course, what beautiful weather, and what beautiful fans.

Jim Nantz, near the end of the broadcast, fed off a remark by Nick Faldo that Rory pushed golf in a new direction a couple of years ago, and now Jordan is reinforcing that movement.  Jim Nantz jumped in and said, paraphrasing, “It’s about time people recognize this change instead of trying to push the same old stories.”  Gee, I wonder what he meant.  Are you listening, Golf Channel?  This is not the first time Nantz has said something like that.  Remember this from last April?

Here are a few samples:

There are people in the media who still are wrapping the game entirely around Tiger Woods,” Nantz said.

“But the truth is, Rory has won four majors (since 2011) and Tiger hasn’t won a major in seven years. Are we accurately covering the story? In terms of who is at the top of the game, that has not been accurately reflected in the broad scope of the media.”


“Guess how many questions I got asked about Rory in that hour?” said the veteran CBS lead golf announcer. “Zero. His name never came up. It was all about Tiger. As a journalist, how do you justify that?

Nantz says the example shows that many members of the media, not to mention golf fans, are missing the point.

And the best of all:

Nantz says if he does get asked about McIlroy, it usually is in the context of whether he is “ready to take the torch from Woods?” Don’t get Nantz started on that one.

“Asking that question is unfair and uneducated,” Nantz said. “I’m not making any wild prognostications, but if Rory won his 19th major (breaking Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18), will people still ask, ‘Do you think he’s ready to take the torch?‘”

4:50 pm Update  Is it wrong for me to be pulling against Matt Jones?  Am I for Day?  Yes.  Lahiri, yes.  Grace, yes.  Jordan, Rory, of course.  Matt Jones?  Not my top choice.

I’ll add another.  Finau, yes.  Lingmerth and Kaymer, too.

2:46 pm Update




2:40 pm Update:  Rory just hit his second to Snake, the twisting par-5.  In 2010, Rory, on Sunday, hit up near the green but appeared to be stymied by a bush.  He was in one of the final groups, and very much in the hunt.  So of course they switched to No. 18, where Tiger Woods was putting out meaninglessly.  Instead of seeing Rory, we watching Woods lining up that meaningless putt.  After that captivating television, we were told Rory parred.  Unless you personally know Rory or J.P., you’ll never know what happened.

2:22 pm Update:  Mickelson is really moving today.  I remember, back in the day — i.e., this morning on No. 1 — when he holed a loooooong putt to save par.  In an alternate universe where he misses that putt, I wonder how the rest of his round would have gone.

1:50 pm Update:  I hope the leaders finish their rounds.  Would be a shame for them to have to get up in the morning to play one or two holes.

How did Rory’s putt on No. 1 not go in?

The course seems to be playing easy today.  Par is probably -2 or so, if you ask me.  Unless the finishing holes are a lot tougher.

9:00 am Update:  The golf media theory that the morning finishers would stretch the lead didn’t pan out — unless Matt Jones finishes strong.  Ernie, from TNT, just pointed out that the stands on No. 18 are full for Woods finishing.  Yeah, it’s because of Tiger.  Nothing to do with people sitting there this morning to watch all the final groups come in, or with half the course devoid of players.

My Tiger Woods/Wyndham Theory:  I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner.  Finchem grants Woods an exemption into the Hero Challenge, and Woods signs up to play the Wyndham.  Nothing quid pro quo about that, is there?  No, just a coincidence, I’m sure.  If Woods bails, so much for my theory, but the PGA Tour sure was quick last night to announce Woods was playing:


Kyle Porter goes off deep end with anti-Tiger-media rant on Twitter!

Kyle Porter, who has given us such memorable articles as “WATCH: Woman (possibly?) urinates during Tiger Woods interview,” seems to have finally realized the SS Tiger Woods is rapidly sinking.  He launched an entertaining Twitter rant last night showing his frustration with the current state of the golf media.  Here are a couple of samples:

The pre-tourney pressers, stop the featured group coverage, stop the “what are Tiger’s odds this week” and just say “dude used to be great.”

And yeah, I’m hypocritical here bc I’ll write 3 Tiger posts tomorrow bc sex sells (even if it’s bad) and I love my job

Note the reference to “my job.”  That harkens back to my Old Lions thing.  I think you are only going to see true sports journalism from people who have nothing to gain or lose.  Take a guy like me (and many of the others who post comments here and elsewhere) whose career is behind him.  I don’t make a penny off of what I write about golf, nor do I want to.  I can write whatever I want, without a single thought going to advertisers, corporate executives, access to players, or a paycheck.

8:04 am  Woods misses his putt for par, falls to +5.

8:00 am  Mr. Elling highly recommended this article about Tony Finau, so I’m reading it.  (“Incredible story, period.” — Steve Elling)  Are you going to ignore his suggestion?

Play has resumed.  TNT is on with live coverage.

6:12 am  Twelve minutes in, and Golf Channel says to heck with the PGA Championship, let’s talk about Tiger and the Wyndham!  [By the way, Steinberg is now saying Woods is still deciding whether or not he will play.  A cheap ploy to draw attention away from the PGA Championship?]



5:00 am  Just woke up, coffee brewing.  What are we looking at regarding weather and scheduling?  Weather should be fine from here on out: zero percent chance of rain today and tomorrow.  Rain only totaled about 0.37 of an inch, so the course shouldn’t stay soft for too long.  It came and left very quickly, so most of it probably ran off, anyway.

Scheduling…  Let’s see…  Play will resume at 8:00 am EDT, which is 7:00 am Wisconsin time.  Morning Drive comes on at 6:00 am EDT; they should have information on television coverage.  It looks like what had been planned today was TNT from 11:00-2:00 EDT, then switching over to CBS.  My guess is that stays the same, and that TNT will add some morning coverage of the completion of the second round.

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115 Responses to Saturday PGA Championship Semi Live Blog

  1. Ken says:

    Real class move. Commit, but not really, to the Wyndham. Screw the tournament and someone else who wants to play.

    There is simply nothing admirable anout Tiger Woods.

    • lannyh says:

      I have a theory. I’ll post it in a minute. (I got distracted by the Kyle Porter rant.)

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        …..Ian Baker Finch with EVERY bad shot is now reminding us about the Wyndham……It’s hilariously lame announcing…….
        …..It reminds me of the Star Wars prequels, where the first one sucked, but the fans said “Well the next one will better”…Then the 2nd one sucked worse, and the fans said “Um, well surely the third one won’t suck”….Then the third one said “NOOOOOOOOOOO” and people said, “Um, well, um…but wait till Disney does the next one”…….sigh….

    • Bird says:

      “There is simply nothing admirable anout Tiger Woods”
      Other than seriously competing against my scoring record in college.ha ha

  2. Sports-realist2 says:

    That 18th hole has to be one of the toughest finishing holes in Major history…….

    • lannyh says:

      I love that hole. No one seems to ever use that left-and-long portion of the fairway, but it’s cool that it’s there. I think DJ kind of went that way Thursday, but he said he pulled it unintentionally and was glad he carried everything. Still, he didn’t go for the chute on the left. (Maybe that is for amateurs laying up?)

      At any rate, it’s a great hole!

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        Have they said how long it is to clear all that on the left? Obviously over 300 yards…..

      • lannyh says:

        I think DJ flew his 310. Let me look for that article… I can’t find it. It was real good, with a nice diagram and all.

    • Bird says:

      Two or three holes in one. a design that got away. ha ha Pete’s a good guy. He can do goofiness, but do no wrong.

  3. Sports-realist2 says:

    …..The CUT SLAM is alive and well…At 39 years old, Eldrick misses his THIRD straight Major CUT…..Not to mention missing 4 of his last 5 MAJOR CUTS…..
    …..Wasn’t too long ago when they kept comparing Jack to Eldrick with different Major stats….Those are getting quieter and quieter now aren’t they? Has anyone heard Jack Nicklaus even mentioned in this tournament?
    …..Jack from when he turned pro in 1962 missed 4 MAJOR cuts to the age of 40(Jack didn’t miss his 5th Major cut until he was 45 years old)……Jack didn’t miss his 8th until he was 48 years old..
    …..Eldrick has now missed 8 Major Cuts at 39 years old……..

  4. Sports-realist2 says:

    ……Eldrick saying he has PLENTY of INTERNATIONAL events to play, and that his PGA season is done….? Isn’t the Wyndham a PGA event?
    ……As far as international events, are we talking about the Iranian Open or the Wing-wang-wu Classic?

  5. Sports-realist2 says:

    ……TNT is showing everybody tee off……This makes total sense to me…Who cares if there isn’t 60 people on the course……
    ……In fact, I would wager this will rapidly become the new thing to do…Possibly due to the ‘Eldrick effect’ of being so far out of tournaments leads, that he hardly got any camera time on the weekends(on the cuts he made)…..Showing the entire event from start to finish just seems too logical to pass up……You would ALWAYS get to show your BIG NAMES(assuming they make the cut) for their entire round….Nike, Calloway, Titleist would make extra money ect……Would ANY network really be against this?
    ……The golf channel pregame thing has run it’s course—it sucks….Just show the action from start to finish, instead of the ‘choppy’ nonsense the golf channel does…….It would WORK so much better….More people would watch that, than Law and Order reruns or replays of sports highlights from the night before….Hey I should be hired as a PGA executive….
    ……Finchem will give it the green light, and soon EVERYONE that makes the cut will be shown in their entirety…..

  6. OmegaSux says:

    I bet the will have aired that Rory Omega commercial over 100 times by the time the weekend is over. This on top of the 1000’s of times it’s already been aired.

    • Ken says:

      The profit margin on luxury watches like Omega and Rolex must be abdolutely insane. Rolex and Omega spend a fortune on all that advertising; I guess it pays off.

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        ………Well if you want to impress a lady, they have the Omega Deville Ladymatic on sale for $58,100….The original price is $83 thousand……
        ………Heck for only $58 grand I might just buy two….After all, I can be the greatest if I buy the watch right?

      • Ken says:

        $83K for a watch. Even if I waz loaded, that wouldn’t make sense to me.

        Thought about a nice $5K Omega once. Came to my senses and bought a Citizen that’s solar powered and sets itself by the atomic clock.

    • OmegaSux says:

      Normally I’m pretty good about putting 2 and 2 together quickly but this was one of the few that I didn’t. Omega has a huge partnership with the PGA and PGA Professionals. Being that this is the PGA Championship, one can see why they are getting so much air time. Still annoying as hell though.

  7. Ken says:

    Phil looks like he’s found whatever weight he had lost. At 45, still has a long backswing and makes 600 yards par 5s in two. But can’t string goods rounds together anymore.

    • Bird says:

      Yup, PP’s done. His Nicklaus Twilight Win was at Muirfield. I cringe to think how fat he’ll get on the Ol’ Farts Tour. Any swingin’ done there?

  8. Sports-realist2 says:

    …..Well if recent golf history means anything, Matt Jones will fall off, Day will start to miss fairways and putts, and Spieth will make a move to the top….
    …..The wild card seems to be Justin Rose…..
    ….Really surprised Dustin Johnson fell off, but as the one guy said, Dustin is ‘like a James Bond villain’…..Interesting, dangerous, but in the end, always defeated(paraphrasing)….That was kinda funny….

    • Ken says:

      Funny description.

      Coverage of DJ is kind of weird now. He probably doesn’t care, but it seems unfair. He blew a shot at a playoff at the US Open and at the 2010 PGA. But every bad round now seems to be portrayed as another collapse. He didn’t blow the British any more than any other 40th place finisher. Good start, bad weekend; nothing unusual. He had a great first round here and a poor second. It shouldn’t be portrayed as “here we go again.”

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        Long drivers tend to have the biggest expectations put on them, when that’s only a third of the game…..

      • lannyh says:

        You were right about the TNT coverage. It was really nice watching all the players tee off and play the first few holes. We got to see the players who were hot (Dubuisson and Danny Lee), and not a lot of unnecessary hopping around.

      • Bird says:

        Dusty’s The Natural, but that weird top o’ the swing action (not too unlike SirGO), will ruin most major crunchtimes.

  9. Ken says:

    Maybe Nantz is reading Porter’s Twitter feed. No Tiger mention and it’s 2:13.

  10. Sports-realist2 says:

    Kinda of having ‘golf lag’…With the British Open, you turn on the tv and the round is half over….With this being at Whilstling in the Central time zone, it’s like 6 hours time difference with the two majors……

  11. SolidBlack says:

    Johnny Cash playing golf today! Or, is that Gary Player?

  12. TruthTeller says:

    There goes your theory about Jordan’s wardrobe and recognition. Although, if you can’t immediately tell who some of the stars are by their stature/setup/swing, you must not be a real golf fan

  13. Ken says:

    More of what we already know, but good analysis and stats. Woods’ biggest problem is that he was born in 1975.

    • lannyh says:

      Kind of a weird article. It’s funny how these guys who wouldn’t write about Woods’s age for the past five years now feel able to do so.

      But that really bothered me about that article… how old is Posnanski? Are my eyes going to lose 100 percent of their ability to focus??

      • Ken says:

        Yeah that eye thing got me thinking too.

        Posnanski is one writer who has written honestly about Woods in the past too.

        He does some good stuff. If you like baseball, search for his piece on relief pitching a while back. He does analysis back to the 40s showing that one inning closers have had absolutely no impact on how often teams win when leading after 8. They’ve won at the same percentage in every decade, roughly 95% I’ve long felt that closers were really overrated and that the specialization in baseball and babying pitchers with low pitch counts has really hurt the way the game is played.

      • lannyh says:

        He’s in Wiki — way younger than me!

      • lannyh says:

        I don’t follow baseball much any more. Probably because of how slow it is with all the pitching changes. 🙂

      • Ken says:

        Yeah the speed of the game has driven me away too. I catch an inning on tv here and there. Listen in my car. Read the boxscores. I can’t do whole games anymore. When I was young, I rarely missed a pitch.

      • Ken says:

        Holy cow he’s younger than me too. I don’t wear glasses yet at 52, though it does takes me longer to focus on books. Not bad considering I work with computers for a living.

        Based on his picture, I’d have guessed he was 5 years older than me.

    • Jaybird says:

      I thought it was a great article.

  14. Sports-realist2 says:

    Spieth doing his British Open 3rd round impersonation so far….

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      Well i thought the RESTED players would play better than the ones who had to go out early today to finish….Lingmerth is +1 while Finau is -3……Spieth is -1 and DJ is also -1….so the rest didn’t mean much—so far…

    • Bird says:

      Impressive, but ‘cept fo’ 18, WS’ difficulty is an il-lu-sion. Playin’ like a country club t’day.
      Nay wind (80 mph), nay goff, laddie.

  15. Sports-realist2 says:

    I vote the girl trying to sound like a whore with the cell phone, and acting like Eldrick’s next perkins waitress as the MOST annoying commercial….At least I can sing ‘you can be the greatest’, even though I STILL can’t understand the last line of that song…..

  16. Sports-realist2 says:

    Ok, why aren’t they showing more of Spieth???? Not hitting great shots you say? They’ve rarely shown Rory too…..Had Eldrick been playing, he’d be 24 over par, and they’d be showing almost every shot…

    • newsflash says:

      Get a life.

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      It’s called consistency. Spieth and Rory are the #1 AND #2 players in the world……You show them EVEN when they aren’t playing their best….Eldrick no longer deserves the coverage, or does THREE STRAIGHT MISSED CUTS sound like quality golf to you? Usually Eldrick fans have their heads so far up their azz they can’t see it…As you can’t either…

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      hey ‘leadersmatter’…is spieth close enough yet for you? idiot….

      • LeadersMatter says:

        2 is a lot different than 6

      • lannyh says:

        See!! That’s why you cover the winner of two of three majors (who missed the third by a single shot).

        Today was like not following Bobby Jones in order to show 3rd rd contenders.

      • lannyh says:

        How you like THEM apples, Mister LeadersMatter?

      • LeadersMatter says:

        You guys don’t get it at all.

        If a player is, say, 4+ back, who gives a flip? Get to 3 back or less, then we care.

      • lannyh says:

        The contrast is to Woods who is covered incessently, when he’s OWGR #266 and fifteen shots out of the lead. Jordan is a threat to win every event he enters, is OWGR #2, with the potential to reach #1 this week, and is going for his third major of the year. You cover that guy; that’s all there is to it.

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        If the coverage was consistent with EVERY golfer, I could agree to a point, but 3 shots isn’t very much in golf(as we found out today)……..
        ….Jordan is trying to do what only 2 others have done in the history of the PGA, and that DEMANDS some extra coverage IMO…..NOW all that EXTRA Matt Jones coverage walking around the hospitality tent looks really foolish and out of place by CBS……
        ….Why did Eldrick deserve all that coverage in 2000? He had only won 1 major in 1997, so by 2000, at this point, he had only won 3 majors by the PGA championship of 2000….
        ….And Jordan is JUST 22 years old….Younger than Eldrick was in 2000…..

  17. DanishDude says:

    Should Spieth win, he’ll be the first player ever to pull off an american slam (winning the three american majors in the same season) and at the same time he’d secure an american sweep of all the majors. The last time americans won all four majors was in 1982. Right now an international win looks a bit more likely, though.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Nobody Hates Tiger. We are just sick and tired of him being “the show” any more. When are people going to get it that he ain’t comin back. So much good golf out there and none of it has one damned thing to do with Tiger Woods. Another missed cut. It is the new norm for him.

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      exactly….Spieth birdied BACK TO BACK HOLES, and the ONLY Shot they showed was his 2nd birdie putt?????? that’s it? MAKE IT 3 in a row……

  19. GolfFan says:

    Tony Finau

  20. lannyh says:

    My interest level was ebbing when Jones started building a lead, but, now, suddenly, half the field is in the hunt. Good stuff!

  21. Sports-realist2 says:

    10 under puts Spieth in 5th place, 2 out of the lead….HMMM, maybe CBS will show more of him now, since he’s only going for his THIRD MAJOR this year……

  22. Sports-realist2 says:

    Last time’s winning score was -11….Now it seems it will take around a -16 or better just to win….Technology?

  23. Sports-realist2 says:

    The PGA championship record is in jeopardy…..18 under is the record set by both May and Woods…..Seems like you will need more than that to win this thing….Maybe the first 20 under?

  24. Ken says:

    Wow. Jordan just two back!

  25. Sports-realist2 says:

    Gee, now CBS has egg on their face for their LACK of Spieth coverage earlier…..

    • lannyh says:

      They sure do. They really do.

      Remember this happened at the L.A. Open. Jordan was hardly shown, but finished one shot out of a playoff.

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        ……I mean what does Jordan have to do to get the SAME camera treatment as Eldrick? If Jordan wins this, he MATCHES, and actually exceeds what Woods did in 2000, based on placement in the non won Major and score under par……
        ….Jordan will be way ahead of Eldrick’s Major pace also…..So the producers better get their heads out of their azz…..
        ….I wasn’t into golf when Nicklaus played in his prime, and they showed alot less coverage, but I did see the OVER THE TOP coverage of Eldrick which STILL hasn’t changed……I don’t know if it’s a combination of ‘race’ or ‘nike’, but my gosh, these producers are terrible…

      • Bird says:

        Where are the BOB HOPE CLASSIC girls when yuh need ’em?

  26. DanishDude says:

    Day, Spieth going head-to-head tomorrow..

  27. Sports-realist2 says:

    …..Yeah Nance gets it, although he tends to fall into the “I have to mention Woods just because” category at times also…..It’s like a bunch of drug addicts who can’t help but keep falling off the wagon…..
    …You almost HAVE to break a Major record to win now…..Ofcourse some of that is technology, but still…..Masters -18 under, British 15 under….This one will be around 18 under to win or better…

    • lannyh says:

      Well, this is a par 72. A lot of time, they rename two par-5’s as par-4’s. You can knock eight shots (under par) off for Whistling Straits if you do that.

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        ……Yeah the aggregate score by David Toms of 265 is the record…..So right now Day’s score is 201 strokes, so he would need to shoot a 64 to match that…Ofcourse a 64 would set the record to 23…….Or Jordan shoot a 62…..
        ……OH MY…Just heard the golf announcer say that the “‘Tiger Era’ as great as it was, is over”……

  28. Bird says:

    Rumor true, that PD’s doin’ Whistlin’ Dixie?

  29. GamblingFailure says:

    Alright, at this point I put a little somethin’ on Jordan to win so guess what? Jordan ain’t winning! Will be interesting to see who does. Hopefully it’s Day!

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