Request: If anyone watches a replay, if you see Woods hit from the fairway on No. 11, please watch to see if you think he is grabbing his back. He doesn’t drop the club, but he kind of does a miniature loop thing with it, then he reaches with his right backhand toward his right lower back. He kind of holds back, like he’s been coached not to do that.
Final Update: 7:50 pm
Don’t forget the ladies; it’s looking very Lydia right now, but there are still nine holes to be played. [8:20 Update: It got tight in a hurry. Lead is down to one stroke now.]
I just stumbled upon an Emily Kay article which is pretty cool. Especially considering she wrote it Friday night:
Considering the way Twitter reacted to Tiger Woods’ surge into a share of the two-day advantage at the Wyndham Championship, it would seem the entire golf world is smoking crack.
No sooner had Woods buried an eagle putt after a heat-seeking missile to 10 feet on the 15th hole at Sedgefield CC, than the punditry went berserk with fantasies about Tiger running the table in the postseason.
For Tiger Woods, it was “win or go home.” We heard that pretty much every ten seconds. Okay, Woods was FedEx #187 going in. How many times did you hear it was win or go home for Davis Love III this past week? He was FedEx #186 going in.
The golf media is a joke on the level of Paris Hilton, who, unlike the golf media, probably realizes her popularity peaked ten years ago and it is time to move on.
Ho Hum: DLIII Wins, Becomes Third Oldest PGA Tour Winner
Tiger Winning Would Have Been Bigger Than Spieth (just ask Damon Hack).
Woods gets few OWGR points. Unless he does well at frys.com or another event, Finchem is going to look very bad for granting the exemption into the Hero Challenge point giveaway.
Note: If you see replays of Tiger Woods, notice right after he hits his second shot on No. 11 that he makes a backhand grab at this back.
By the way, the Ryder Cup players will be told about this win a million times, haha.
Baker-Finch Sez: Tiger Tips Put DLIII on top of leaderboard Didn’t we all know the story of DLIII winning would be… all about Tiger.
Woods is Injured: I wrote this morning how I was Joan Didion’s “outsider” when it came to the golf media. Well, Woods grabbed his back after hitting his second on No. 11, and no one in the golf media is going to report it until “someone else” does it first. It was clear as day on television, but they are all going to ignore it, just like the political reporters ignored the phoniness of the pitch-and-catch routine on the tarmac. It’s been focus-grouped, don’t you know.
MELTDOWN AT WYNDHAM !!!
TIGER WOODS IMPLODES ON NO. 11 !!!
Alert! Developing! Tiger Woods takes triple bogey on No. 11… skulls chip across green… chili dips next chip… chips well past hole… misses putt…
What the media is not saying, but Lanny H Golf noticed immediately: Tiger Woods. after hitting his second shot from the rough, reached for his lower right back, kind of back-handing it. I had been noticing all week how stiffly he was walking. His very next shot was the skull, and then came the chili dip. This is precisely what happened early in the year, if you recall. Everyone in the media wanted to call it a “case of the yips,” but it happened when he was battling back problems, and that looks to be the case here.
Is the golf media under orders to avoid all talk of a potential lingering Woods back injury?
[I debated whether or not to publish the following section, “Explaining the Golf Media,” but after seeing Golf Channel’s ridiculous red-shirt paean to Woods this morning, I felt compelled to do so.]
Explaining the Golf Media: Golf is not unique in having a silly-acting media. I recently mentioned a New Yorker book review of a new Joan Didion biography. Here are a few excerpts from that review which hit the nail on the head regarding Golf Channel, Golf Digest, and the rest. Perhaps I’m being vain, but I recognize myself in Didion’s “outsider”:
In 1988, [Didion] covered Michael Dukakis’s campaign for President. Dukakis was having “regular guy” problems running against George H. W. Bush, a Connecticut blueblood who had somehow managed to trans-class himself into a self-made Texan. […] To address the guy gap, Dukakis and his aides came up with the plan of having the candidate, whenever his plane landed somewhere, play catch with his press secretary on the tarmac. Reporters duly filmed this performance, often in hundred-degree heat, to be shown on the evening news. It was, as Didion wrote, “a repeated moment witnessed by many people all of whom believed it to be a setup yet most of whom believed that only an outsider, only someone too ‘naïve’ to know the rules of the game, would so describe it.”
In this next excerpt, substitute appropriate golf industry movers and shakers for the political functionaries:
[Didion] thinks that this is how what she calls “the permanent political class”—the press, the talk-show experts, the campaign strategists, the political parties, even the candidates themselves—has rigged the game. Everyone knows that what you see in politics is fake or confected, but everyone’s O.K. with that, because it’s all been focus-grouped.
I have read those two paragraphs at least a dozen times, and I hope you will take the time to read them a couple. They are critical to fully grasping how the media deliberately and knowingly distorts. That is important to know if you want your criticism to have more gravity than, say, that of Little League parents insisting an umpire called a strike on their kid “that was a foot outside the strike zone.”
The political media knew the pitch-and-catch on the tarmac was phony, but the rules of the game prohibited them from admitting that. Consider the myths of Tiger Woods (“Tiger is the reason prize money rose”) that I have repeatedly poked holes in : the golf media knows those myths are phony, but the rules of the game prohibit them from admitting it.
If some of you reading this find it dry, boring, or pedantic, I do not apologize. I have said from day one that I do not cater to the GolfChannel.com flame warrior types.
SOF: This week’s event is indeed one of the year’s weakest. With a Strength of Field rating of 218, it’s the fourth lowest-rated tournament of the year (excluding opposite-field events). That said, it’s a full-field event, and, in my opinion, the OWGR system doesn’t put enough emphasis on that; for example, the 18-man Hero Challenge awards more points than this 154-man event, which is just plain silly.
Drive For Show? You have to admit it’s pretty funny at Wyndham how Woods is often hitting 4-iron off the tee and yet, still, Golf Channel and CBS show every single one of his tee shots. He’s hitting an iron to a 90-yard wide fairway, and it is covered like he’s trying to drive the No. 10 green at Riviera.