We like myth-busters. Here’s a good (non-golf-related) article from the Atlantic.
1:20 pm Update
I tried to watch the Golf Channel pregame show, but Brandel Chamblee kept making blue-sky mentions of Woods. You can’t tell me GC employees are lectured that they must mention Woods over and over again. Also, for some reason, this pregame is 1.5 hours today. Oh, wonderful… I’ll try CNN or maybe football (or radio!) sports talk. I am certainly not going to watch another of Brandel Chamblee’s Tiger Woods circle jerks.
Jason Day: You know the drill. Three holes, three birdies.
Jason Day: Make that two holes, two birdies.
Jason Day: One hole, one birdie.
This week’s event is relatively new. Last week’s Barclays was originally the Westchester Classic, which dates back 50 years, and is played on a rotation of real golf courses. Next week’s (well, two weeks, actually) BMW was originally the Western Open, which dates back 116 years, and is played on a rotation of real golf courses. The final event is the Tour Championship, and while it only dates back 30 years, it’s played on the historic East Lake Golf Course which was built 110 years ago. It is also said to be the course upon which Bobby Jones played his first and last rounds of golf.
But this week’s event… there is no history. It began in 2003. It doesn’t even predate the corporatization of golf; it was never known as the Massachusetts Open or the Boston Invitational. No, it’s always been the Deutsche Bank Championship. The course is, fittingly, a TPC McGolf Course. It was built all the way back in… 2003.
Why not dump the Deutsche Bank and give this “playoff” to, say, the Greater Hartford Open? Hartford is only 100 miles from Boston. Yeah, I know. The answer is “follow the money.” But is it fair to punish the loyal and historical tournaments to reward newcomers?
If you don’t like that idea, what about this one? Just dump the Deutsche Bank. Make the playoffs three events. The three events with historical significance.
Media Madness: Ladbrokes has Donald Trump at 12-1 to win the presidency. Ladbrokes has Tiger Woods at 20-1 to win the Masters. The media tells us “Trump has no chance” and points to polls showing his high unfavorable numbers, but tells us “Tiger’s swing will soon click” and points to T-17 finishes as evidence he’s “getting close.”
Grand Slam of Goof: What can you say about the PGA’s rush to distance themselves from “Donald Trump the Racist”? Stray thoughts:
- If Trump is elected president, will the PGA continue to pull events from his courses because he is such a horrible person?
- Did they think the political media’s Outrage of the Week was going to stay in the headlines until December?
- Was this really just a way to permanently cancel the event while deflecting the blame? Next year, the PGAT can say, “Oh, well, no one really missed it, so we’re not bringing it back.”
- Did NBC lobby for them to pull the event from the Trump course? We know there is an incestuous relationship between pro golf and the golf media, so isn’t it plausible that NBC, seeking to build a “story” — either for ratings or to damage Trump — might enlist the PGA?
- Wasn’t it a little odd that the Grand Slam of Golf so yanked so quickly, but the much more visible Doral was left alone (at least for now)?
Morning Drive Watch: I have Morning Drive on as it begins. I will stay until the first superfluous Tiger Woods mention.
Twenty minutes in, and no mention of Woods that I’ve heard. Had a nice video clip of Spieth saying the OWGR system is fair. Very logically pointing out that the system could measure a month, a year, four years, but it’s for two years and that is fine. Why is that concept so difficult for so many people to grasp?
It occurs to me that the “complicated, nonsensical” (it’s neither) OWGR rating system is a safe scapegoat for the golf media. They unfairly bash the OWGR system, but treat Woods and Mickelson with kid gloves. Actually they don’t just treat them with kid gloves, they defend them. Remember all the “Phil is Cleared!” articles when the Clorox case against Mickelson was dropped. The Dean Foods case remained — and still does — but they pushed the meme that Mickelson was falsely accused and already cleared.
Well, I must credit Morning Drive for avoiding Woods this morning. I haven’t heard him mentioned. Oh, they most assuredly will mention him, but at least the focus seems to be on this week’s event.