Is Tiger Woods the next Jordan Spieth?
Lanny Called It!!!
Over at CBS Golf, I wrote this as a comment to Kyle Porter’s Expert Picks column:
I’m taking Tiger Woods this week. I think he’s peaking. His swing is finally clicking. He was close last week.
I picked Woods before the tournament began. It’s a matter of record.
Ten minutes in and I’m turning off Golf Channel’s live coverage. They just showed two or three minutes of Woods missing a putt. I’m not kidding. They replayed the putt, they replayed his reaction, they replayed his reaction again, this time in slow motion, etc.
All while telling you how Woods “moves the needle.” Yes, they still use that old cliche. I don’t know who the announcers are, but they clearly live in 2001. It’s not Nick and Terry, I can tell you that.
Frank Nobilo now… “Hoge is -11, but clearly the focus is on Woods.”
Sneds Posts 61, Golf Channels Leads With Woods
Does that many any sense at all?
“Thirty thousand fans today, mostly due to Tiger Woods.” Mostly due to Tiger Woods? Last year, they got less than half that number?
Woods Bogeys No. 1 !
Golf Channel will not be happy…
Golf’s Super Bowl Has Started!!
Tiger Woods has just teed off in what is the most important round of his life. What happens from here is dependent on today’s play. His legacy is on the line. I’ve never seen a round of golf with so much riding on it. Buckle your seat belt!
Rejuvenated Tiger Woods Tees Tees Off in Hour!
The golf event of the year continues in just over an hour. Tiger Woods, who has not won in over two years, is on the verge of victory at the Wyndham in Greensboro, North Carolina. A win would revitalize his careere and be a giant step on the road to his ultimate goal of surpassing Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 majors. (Of course, knowledgeable golf experts admit Woods’s 142 consecutive made cuts is a vastly more impressive feat than winning 18 majors.)
History is on the line. But, then, isn’t it always when we are talking about golf’s all-time greatest, Tiger Woods?
Amusing? I pulled up Google Top Stories and found this list:
Inconvenient Truth III: Champions Tour player Davis Love III is now leading at Wyndham, three shots ahead of Woods. I don’t remember DLIII leading Rory, Jordan, or Jason any time lately. But surely I have a faulty memory…
Kind of spoils the golf media narrative, doesn’t it.
Even if you factored in the contingent leisure force, the hippie counterculture was small. The sensationalized press coverage of the period has left a permanent image of the late nineteen-sixties as a time when everyone was tripping or stoned. In 1967, when Didion’s article came out, only one per cent of college students reported having tried LSD. In 1969, only four per cent of adults said they had smoked marijuana. Recreational drug use soared in the nineteen-seventies, but the press was no longer interested. The whole thing had stopped being sexy.
That’s from a New Yorker review of a new biography about Joan Didion. So what’s it got to do with golf? Well, it’s the media coverage. Illegal drug use in the 1960’s was not a big problem, but the media presented it that way; in the middle of the 1970’s illegal drug use was a big problem, but the media had grown tired of the story so didn’t cover it.
Pay particular attention to this part: “The sensationalized press coverage of the period has left a permanent image of the late nineteen-sixties as…”
That permanent image does not match the reality, but it is permanent. Does that remind you at all of the golf media?
I Missed It: I meant to turn on Morning Drive to catch the opening. I’m sure it was Tiger Tiger Tiger, but I got caught up in the Donald Trump circus on CNN and forgot about the Tiger Woods Circus on Golf Channel. Oh, well, it’s the top of the hour now, I’m sure we’ll get another onslaught.
Well, they didn’t disappoint. Gary Williams stumbled and fumbled his way through saying Woods playing this week was bigger than Michael Jordan and bigger than North Carolina Final Four basketball.
Gary Williams: “He wasn’t the only one to post 64, there were three others.” Yes, and three others who shot 63, and two others who shot 62.
Now, Rymer is doing a segment on how to putt, using Woods as his model.
Why don’t these Golf Channel clowns paint their faces and wear big red noses?
Okay, I lasted twenty minutes. Charlie Rymer screaming into the camera WWE-style was the final straw. Back to CNN and the Trump circus. At least they have both pro- and anti-Trump people on; there is no protection of Trump just because he “moves the needle.”