Kostis, Mired in the Past, Spoils Broadcast
It’s hard to believe the fantasyland in which some people reside.
Nick Faldo and Jim Nantz were discussing golf’s new Big Three of Day, Spieth, and Rory. They asked Kostis his opinion, and he responded that if Tiger and Phil can get their games back, we’d really have something special. What???
Kostis said the next few years had the potential to be “something special.”
At this point, Nick must had enough of the nonsense and pointed out “we already do,” and referred to this year, with Spieth coming closer to winning the Grand Slam than anyone since Bobby Jones actually did it. And Jason Day just set the scoring record for ANY major. Of all time. And Rory? He’s merely on pace to beat Jack Nicklaus’s total majors number.
Yeah, Peter, you just keep waiting for the 40-year-old and 45-year-old to start competing regularly with the Big Three. Don’t hold your breath, though.
4:20 pm Update: Our statisticians have just informed me that Jason Day would have the chance to become world #1 next week if he closes this out today.
9:15 am Programming Note: If you are not already watching… The Euro event is quite good, with young Matthew Fitzpatrick seeking his first win.
- What great rounds by Day and Bae (and Ortiz) (and Rose). Hard to pull against Day or Bae, so I won’t, other than pulling for Spencer Levin. I guess I’d put them in this order: Bae or Levin, then Day, then Bubba. Those are my rooting interests.
- There was a lot of discussion about the Wyndham last week getting its highest-ratings since 1993. (Wyndham Championship Ties 22-Year High Thanks to Tiger Effect) [“According to Sports Business Daily, the 3.9 is tied with 1995 as the highest for final round coverage since 1993 (4.2).”] Hardly surprising. During an era when the media insisted Only Tiger Matters, a tournament Woods never played gets higher ratings when he finally plays. However, there’s one huge omission in this narrative: Why was it lower than in 1993? That kind of goes against the claims of Tiger inventing golf, doesn’t it? I thought Woods saved golf, made ratings go through the roof, etc., etc. How can it be that Rocco Mediate winning in 1993 outdrew last week’s Woods extravaganza? And Jim Gallagher Jr.’s win equaled the Woods? What was that, the Jim Gallager Jr. Effect? And what about the years prior to 1993? How many of those topped last week?
- Woods last week gained 4.7 strokes putting ranked #10 in the field, but couldn’t do much of anything with it. You’re not going to putt that well most weeks. And remember the very first hole on Thursday when he chipped in. Much more like to take three from there than chip in, obviously, so there was another “found” stroke. A weak field, great putting, a fortuitous chip-in netted him a T-10. On a course where you can tee off with irons on most holes, hiding Woods’s glaring weakness. Hardly the stuff of legends.
- A talking point I’ve noticed from the golf media is that Woods’s decline “was not just one long decline of seven years; why just two years ago he won five times.” I guess falling off a cliff twice doesn’t scare them the way a long decline does.