Saturday Barclays Semi Live Blog

  • Well, I was for Spencer Levin, so of course he falters.  He’s still in it, but so are a dozen or more others, including Bubba.  Tournaments have a way of rescuing themselves, and this one really needs it.  Maybe Day can make a run.  Might be fun to see him clean up in the playoffs.  I always like to see Bubba win, but he’s not usually the guy I am rooting for when a tournament starts.  I do like how he’s turned into a true “pro” the last couple of years.  He’s solid.  (Of course, when he’s hopelessly out of it, he loses focus, but I can relate to that.)
  • I was reading some of the CBS golf section comments just now, and, man, they are depressing.  Were they that bad all year?  In an article about Jordan Spieth, I think half the comments were about Tiger Woods. And then there were the “How can Rory go to No. 1, when he didn’t even play?  That’s stupid,” comments.  As if a baseball team can’t take over first place when they don’t play, but their opponent loses.  It’s really not a difficult concept.
  • I wonder if my comments look as bad to other people as theirs look to me.
  • My intolerance for such must be a sure sign it’s football season.  I need a break.  Golf is all about the majors, and, for whatever reason, these playoffs look more unnecessary than ever.
  • Porter had an article about Spieth changing the model of Titleist irons he uses.  What is it with these guys?  They become number one and want to change their clubs.
  • I pull for Jordan like mad, especially this year after he won the Masters.  He’s a class guy and the situation with this sister is so inspiring; I have nothing but praise for him.  However, I can identify a little bit more with Rory: poor kid whose parents worked two jobs, etc.  If they come down to the last day of the last event, playing for the top prize and OWGR #1, I think I would be for Rory, but I’m never sure until such an event arrives.
  • I do know this: If one of them wins the Masters next year, I’m for him to win the Slam!
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32 Responses to Saturday Barclays Semi Live Blog

  1. benchrat says:

    “I’m for him to win the Slam!”

    of course you must mean the Career Slam Lanny. 😉

  2. Anonymous says:

    How is tiger playing ? I know he isn’t in the tournament but hey ! We just have to know.

  3. Kris says:

    I feel really bad for Jordan. It was just a tough week. Maybe he wasn’t psychologically ready to be World Number 1 and fell apart. He turned back into a whiner who made mental errors like during his sophomore slump. I haven’t really been following the golf too closely since the PGA Championship. Without Rory or Sergio playing and no one I really care about near the lead, I’ve watched maybe 10 minutes of live golf.

    I’m going to rant about this, too. I hate contrived playoffs. I’m going to out myself as a nascar fan, and say that both of their playoff systems are very similar and equally dumb. It makes no sense to have playoffs in an individual sport. One person can be obviously dominant all year, but until the playoffs start all that matters is getting into the playoffs. Once you’re in the playoffs, a bad event or two can knock you out of contention for the cup, even if you led the points all year. It’s volatile and exciting, but also unfair and frustrating. In the final event, there are essentially 5 in golf and 4 in nascar that can win the cup. If someone other than the eventual champion wins the event, the winner gets ignored so everyone can praise the counterfeit champion. At least in golf there’s still a player of the year award where the year-long points leader gets his due even if he doesn’t win the cup. Look at last years cup winners – Billy Horschel and Kevin Harvick. If you watched either sport all year, you know the champions should have been Rory McIlroy and Jeff Gordon. Skins games and Shell’s wonderful world of golf matches were less meaningful, but they were more entertaining to me than these playoffs. Nascar is desperate to get good ratings again, but they’re in denial that the sport grew and died with Dale Earnhardt and not even his son can help them recapture that success.

    • Sports-realist. says:

      Jordan Spieth finished in the top 5 in all 4 majors this year…..The rankings were probably an afterthought IMO…..I doubt he said “WOW I’M #1, then played bad….I think he’s run out of gas a bit, which doesn’t mean he still can’t win, just that we’ve expected him to be PERFECT, which is rather impossible……
      ….Rory needed ONE more birdie on the back 9 in his last event to hold onto the #1 ranking, but I believe parred BOTH par 5’s on the back 9…..So it was as much that Rory slipped up a bit, as it was Jordan backing in a bit to the #1……
      …..Yeah, I don’t really care for the playoffs….It’s just a ‘richer gets richer’ event….I mean if you win a few of these events PLUS the $10 mill, you will have won around $14 million, and why should ANY fan give a rats azz?
      ….The Fed Ex cup is rather unnecessary…..125 man playoff? That sounds a little crazy….Ofcourse the format is improved from what it was in 2008, when you didn’t even have to play in the final events if you had a big enough lead…..It’s just NOT a Major, and there’s little tradition…..
      ….Ironically, just like you say Earnhardt carried Nascar, PERHAPS, the Feds were expecting Eldrick to be there until he was 50….Now who knows if he will ever get there again….

      • lannyh says:

        I think a lot of bad decisions were made with the idea of pushing Woods. The scandal and his physical deterioration really threw a wrench into their plans. (Although, the scandal didn’t really seem to bother them. It was, “Damn the scandals, full speed ahead.”)

    • lannyh says:

      I’m not much of a Nascar fan, but I do know Daytona and the Brickyard and a couple others are the “majors.” I pay attention those weeks. I don’t even understand “The Chase,” though.

      • Kris says:

        They tweak the chase so often even the drivers don’t know what’s going on. Jimmie Johnson’s won it 6 times and said last year that he doesn’t know what the different rounds are or how it works. Daytona, the Brickyard, Charlotte and Darlington are probably the most iconic races that I consider the majors. Just like in golf, when someone wins one of these “majors” they immediately talk about about how it affects their standings in the playoff points. It’s rare for a win to be celebrated as just a win anymore in either sport. Casual fans won’t be turned into avid fans because they’re suddenly enthralled by the playoff standings.

        When Dale Jr won Martinsville last year after he’d been knocked out of the chase it took the wind out of the sails of the chase because the win itself was more meaningful than the contrived playoffs. Kind of like if Ryan Palmer were to win a playoff event this year so soon after his father’s death. He has no chance real of winning the championship, but it would be an emotional win that would at least temporarily overshadow the playoffs.

        Golf and Nascar are extremely similar. Even the way the media treats the star is similar. The biggest difference is Tiger Woods is a scumbag whose results are poor and Dale Earnhardt Jr is a great person whose career is in a resurgence. Tiger is still promoted because he garners attention by being controversial. Dale Jr is promoted because he’s a connection to the past and everyone loves him.

      • Sports-realist. says:

        ………There are some simliarities…I think Nascar had alot of ‘fair weather’ fans when it seemed larger than life a few years ago….The PGA had it’s ‘fair weather’ followers for Eldrick…….Now those fans are in denial that they really didn’t like those sports…..

    • Bird says:

      Dumbing down the cars killed NASCAR.

  4. TigerFan says:

    “I wonder if my comments look as bad to other people as theirs look to me.”

    Yes, Yes they do.

    • Sports-realist. says:

      Hey ‘fair weather eldrick fan’, looks like Eldrick missed more cuts than Jack by the age of 39 years old…..just thought you’d like to know…

      • TigerFan says:

        79 to 73

      • Sports-realist. says:

        Nice change of subject…….So Eldrick had LIMITED field events out the ying yang, where Jack did not….Limited field events shouldn’t even count as regular PGA events……But if that makes you feel better, just imagine if JACK would have had the same WGC events back in his day…Jack would be around 90 wins……

      • TigerFan says:

        Interesting to note that Tiger has basically won half of those limited field, no cut events.

      • lannyh says:

        Exactly. That’s the point. His win total would be far lower if not for the limited-field events.

      • TigerFan says:

        That implies that if he didn’t play those events, he wouldn’t have played, and potentially won, anywhere else.

      • Sports-realist. says:

        As Lanny has pointed out, LIMITED field events are EASIER to win than FULL field events…..
        ….Also just think, there was NO way to MISS a cut at those WGC events, which also SKEWS the stats….I believe they try and have their cake and eat it too, when trying to stretch Eldrick’s stats, by counting the WGC events in his ‘made cuts’ stats, even though you cannot miss a WGC cut….

      • TigerFan says:

        I don’t care about the limited field aspect. Tiger played and won 79 times. Jack played and won 73 times..

      • Sports-realist. says:

        ….Well the Eldrick fan has no choice…..They also have to avoid the HOW MANY WINS did STEROIDS help Eldrick……If we compare his ROIDAGE to others and thier sports and accomplishments from cycling to baseball to football, I’d say Eldrick can thank at least one-third of his wins to steroids, probably more…..

    • Bird says:

      Yes, they do. But, Lanny H Golf must be credited for its no-cut policy. Unlike baby Shack, who can’t take the heat, so bans those in disagreement.

      • JoseyWales says:

        It’s almost comical how often and what type of posts Shackelford deletes. I was an early supporter of his site until he began his quest for mainstream media status. He not only deletes and bans folks but sends nasty emails as well. He cleanses his posters so obsessively he is left with the same small group of elitist posters all basically saying the same thing! How boring. He is absurdly phony and hypocritical.
        He deletes stuff at will for no reason other than it makes him look bad.
        Now he is in the closet with Callaway Golf…touting their stock on his website (NYSE symbol ELY). I’m sure he owns a few shares. The same Shackel who outwardly whines and moans about the golf ball and equipment companies is secretly only too eager to accept their free clubs and balls and actively participate in the Callaway Golf Podcasts online with the Callaway Sr. VP of Mktg. Harry Arnett!
        His father is a regular poster on his site under the screen name “Lynn S” constantly cheerleading and praising his kid while hiding his identity from the posters. Nepotism is alive and well at Geoff!
        Lastly, he has become a Golf Channel pimp. The sucking-up to stiffs like Charlie Rymer and Damon Hack on Morning Drive is beyond pathetic…he evens re-tweets Kelly Tilghman!
        Geoff Shackelford has become the poster boy for the one time “maverick”selling out to the mainstream golf media.
        Some guys will do just about anything to get a press pass and free food in the media tent…and, oh yeah, will say just about anything for a free round of golf and free golf clubs.

  5. RealGolfFan says:

    Real Golf Fans watch golf because it’s golf. Doesn’t matter if it’s a major, the playoffs, or the Po’Dunk Open, Real fans watch ’cause it’s golf.

    • lannyh says:

      You really believe that? I’m a music fan, but I don’t care for all music, and there are certainly times it appeals more to me than others.

      • RealGolfFan says:

        There may be times I have more of a rooting interest than others, but if golf is on, I generally watch, that’s what a Real Fan does.

    • Bird says:

      It’s commercials, with a little golf. Re number of commercials, Friday’s telecast seemed worse than the usual awful.I pvr’d it, and eventually, I just quit watching. Too much stop and start.

      • benchrat says:

        golf (except for the masters) is exceptionally more fun to watch just like most other television, with a dvr. i don’t know if i could watch even a half hour show with all the commercials anymore. kinda spoiled i guess.

  6. Sports-realist. says:

    Tony Finau is showing himself to be another Dustin Johnson….LONG hitter, but when it requires accuracy, he just find ROUGH, and looks very average….At least that’s my impression of him today…..They said the course is only playing 6700 yards today, so DRIVER is showing to be overrated…

    • Sports-realist. says:

      It’s almost a sucker-driver course….Not one birdie for a guy who can hit it 350 yards, yet its amazing how the long hitters don’t know how to take anything but driver out of their bag…

      • Sports-realist. says:

        Finau just proved my point again, on a par 5…hits it into the rough, tries to go over the water anyway, goes in the water, ends up with a 6 on a par 5, negating his length off the tee….

    • Bird says:

      And we don’t hear much from Alvaro Quiros these days.

  7. JoseyWales says:

    Kevin Kisner…there’s that name again.

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