Friday Barclays Semi Live Blog


Rory McIlroy lost his world No. 1 crown after the PGA Championship — but not for long.  Rory McIlroy, who is on track to beat Jack’s mark of 18 majors, has retaken the World No. 1 slot from Jordan Spieth, who is also on track to beat Jack’s mark of 18 majors.  These postseason playoffs just got a lot more interesting.

Congratulations, Rory!

1:30 pm Update

A couple of Woods items from last week.  Remember when I said it looked like Woods grabbed at his back after his second shot on No. 11, but that the media was ignoring it?  Here’s an update.

I noticed that Woods was walking very upright the entire week.  Like he was trying to walk around while balancing a book on his head.  Someone asked him about that in a presser, and he made a joke that he was just getting old.  I didn’t think much more about it until I saw him seemingly reach for his back on No. 11.

I later encountered these two mentions, the first from ESPN:

Woods fell out of contention on the 11th hole, where he clutched his back after his tee shot and struggled to a triple-bogey 7. He also hit a poor tee shot at the 12th hole, leading to another bogey.

Then from Golf Channel:

Woods appeared to grab for his back after his second shot went left on the par-4 11th. Woods made a triple bogey, bogeyed the next hole and fell out of contention for his first win in more than two years.

The report from Golf Channel seemed to match my observation.  (I didn’t see the tee shot on that hole.)  My question, or point, is that the golf media would not discuss the injury until Woods specifically said afterward that it was “just my hip.”  A rather cryptic remark which the press must have felt was not worth a followup, like, oh, I don’t know, “Why is your hip hurting?”  Or,  “When did this start?”

7:55 am Update

Idea for Morning Drive:  More segments like the Geoff Shakelford segments.  Bring on more outside guests for regular multiple segment appearances.  Invite guys like Shane Ryan and Steve Elling, and tell them they are free to express any opinion — even if it is poking fun at Woods.  Or equipment manufacturers.  Or the PGA Tour, including, oh, say, these goofy “playoffs.”  Most other areas of the media, including the sports media, thrive on controversy.  You guys run from it.

Early Bird Special…

Another Problem With Playoffs:  No Euro Seven players whatsoever.  The Western Open, say, could have been expected to attract several strong Euro players were it still a regular tournament.  As it is, there is no substory of Sneds vs the Euro Seven.

The Spencer Levin Story:  Three or four years ago, for a period of about a year, two players’ names kept showing up on leaderboards.  Week after week, Spencer Levin and Kyle Stanley, two guys I knew nothing about, were in the top 25 constantly.  But neither could get a win.

Their good form continued the next year.  Then, as you probably remember, Kyle Stanley built up a big lead at the San Diego Open, only to let it slip away with a triple-bogey on the final hole.

The following week, however, Kyle Stanley finally got his first win when another player faltered after holding a huge lead.  The player that let it slip away allowing Stanley to get his redemption?  Spencer Levin.

That’s why I pull for Spencer Levin every time he is in the hunt.

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38 Responses to Friday Barclays Semi Live Blog

  1. Ken says:

    I get the impression that the golf media is waiting for Spieth to fail, or at least is reluctant to believe he’s really that good.

    Few of the talking heads that I heard had the #1 ranked player in the world among their top picks for the playoffs. That just seems odd. Imagine that during the Woods years. And there’s almost a hint of, “See, I told you so!” when Spieth shoots a bad round like yesterday.

    • lannyh says:

      Yeah, it’s a pretty dysfunctional situation. You’d think they’d be trumpeting from the highest tower that Spieth won two majors younger than Woods. Maybe they think that undercuts Woods to the point no one would care about him at all. It would be, “Not only is Woods old, but this young guy coming up is trumping Woods’s career benchmarks.”

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s always about Woods with you. I agree they’re not pumping up Speith (not sure why), but you believe it’s because they’re afraid it will undercut Woods achievements? I like to read your stuff Lanny, but seriously – no one cares that much about Woods anymore (except you of course).

      • lannyh says:

        What are you talking about? Just last week we were told Woods winning the freaking Wyndham would be a bigger story then Jordan winning two majors at age 21. Woods at #268 or whatever got an exemption into an OWGR points giveaway limited to those in top 50. If you can’t recognize how corrupt this has gotten, you’re not paying attention. They will do any and everything to prop up Woods’s memory.

    • Anonymous says:

      You are giving the media way too much credit for this type of conspiracy – when you think they are intentionally underplaying Spieth in order to keep the “memory” of Tiger greatness alive? It’s when you make these outlandish comments that you creep into the UFO conspiracy theorist camp. The number one tv network/website that is keeping Woods at the forefront is LannyHGolf.

  2. Sports-realist. says:

    Well Spieth just 4 hit from 66 yards….very amateurish there…

    • Sports-realist. says:

      You do wonder a little, if Spieth having to play with the LONGER hitters is starting to cause him to OVER swing…..His swing has been more inconsistent, then in the beginning of the year….

      • Sports-realist. says:

        Spieth is also probably getting really annoyed at losing to Jason Day, primarily by being out driven by 30 yards a hole……

      • Bird says:

        Yes, it has. And if he’s not making everything he looks at, he’s often in trouble. The putter really is his saving grace.

  3. TruthTeller says:

    Looks like Rory will be back to #1 after this week.

  4. Sports-realist. says:

    I would have expected day is fall off while Spieth to play better, but so far Day is still playing out of his azz….somewhat surprising…

    • Sports-realist. says:

      Since turning on the coverage, I’ve seen speith 3 putt from 30 feet, then on a down hill chip 3 hit from there, and also miss every fairway…….Almost reminds you of a young pitcher in baseball who has pitched too many innings for the season….

      • RealGolfFan says:

        I think Kostis made a good point. With players of this caliber, these types of misses are often times due to some pre shot fundamental; alignment, ball position, grip pressure, and for Jordan, it could be head position as he general cocks his head back slightly.

        Hard to tell for sure due to camera positioning but it does seem his shoulders are lined up farther left than anything else. That would definitely cause what we’re seeing (it’s also what we see with Tiger right now)

      • lannyh says:

        Yeah, it’s a long season. And Jordan played many West Coast events.

    • Bird says:

      It shouldn’t be surprising at all.

  5. Sports-realist. says:

    Ofcourse with a few bogeys, Peter who loves to suck Eldricks dick Kostis tell us, about how it just shows how good Eldrick was to do it week in and week out…………what a twaaat

    • TigerFan says:

      You may not like it but it’s true.

      • Sports-realist. says:

        ……Spieth just turned 22 years old….Eldrick won ONCE at 22 years old, so try holding on to REALITY….I’m sure you also don’t account for the STEROIDS that were involved in Eldrick’s career…..
        ….Jack Nicklaus was more consistent in Majors than Eldrick(just check out the CUT stats till 40 years old), so if you are going to build up the past Peter should mention the BEST—-Jack Nicklaus….Who also did NOT take steroids….

      • TigerFan says:

        It’s not that hard. from ’97 to about ’09….Tiger showed up, Tiger made cut…..Tiger showed up, Tiger made cut….Tiger showed up, Tiger made cut. That may also be true of Jack but that was 40 years ago, not just 10-15. Like Jack, people still reference Babe Ruth but they’re more inclined to make comparisons to more recent “generations”.

        And I’ve said this before…good for Jordan for his accomplishments at a younger age. But you look at how many starts he’s had, compared to Tiger, or even Jack, It’s not even close.

      • lannyh says:

        Only after Woods failed to get close to Jack did “makin’ cuts” become the touchstone of golf immortality.

      • Sports-realist. says:

        Love to see your ‘not even close’ stats…….Jack had fewer missed cuts than Eldrick in Majors up to the age of 39……Jack missed the majority of his cuts after the age of 45 years old….Total cuts, including regular tournaments and majors: Jack missed 13 cuts up to the age of 39….. Woods missed 16 cuts up to 39……..

  6. lannyh says:

    I’m all in for Spencer Levin at this point. I’d love to see him bring this one home. But there’s a loooong way yet to go. But it seems like the course suits him.

  7. Bird says:

    Spieth +5 watch, what’s that all about? Let this guy go down the road in peace. No more featured coverage, please.

  8. TruthTeller says:

    Guess yesterday wasn’t a fluke, Jordan

  9. Lawrence says:

    Re the Woods back/hip injury. He was asked by a media person about grabbing his back. Woods reply: it wasnt my back. Another question asking what it was. He said it was my hip. A follow question was rebuffed. He wasn’t going there. The whole thing wasn’t 7 minutes. Check out a transcript. Until you are there to ask the questions best not to criticize those who are trying to ask them.

    • lannyh says:

      Hold on, padnuh! He “rebuffed” them? Oh, boo hoo hoo. Obviously no Jorge Ramoses in the golf media.

      Come on, if Woods is hurt, they should find out why? This hip thing is something totally new. And if the golf media is 24/7 Woods, how the hell can they NOT find out what was wrong.

      If you have a transcript, post a link here and I’ll read it. I couldn’t find one the other day when I looked.

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