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
RORY EAGLES SNAKE!!!
RORY EAGLES SNAKE!!!
RORY EAGLES SNAKE!!!
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.