Sunday Coca-Cola Classic Semi Live Blog

“At 22, he’s the youngest player to win five times in a season since Horton Smith in 1929.” — Golf Magazine

Flashback: Remember When Kelly Tilghman Ludicrously Insulted Jordan To Praise Woods

(see here and here)

$12,030,465 Season Shatters Vijay’s Former Record

NBC Victory Song for Jordan Spieth:

5:36 pm Update

Jordan Cements Legacy

Youngest Ever, Greatest Ever

Clinches SI Sportsman of the Year

Hicks: “Year of Spieth”

Most Money Won in a Year

Lanny H: “Young Tom Jordan!”

Jacobson: Have Not Seen Such Putter Since Watson

2:55 pm Update

  • I’m still trying to figure out what word Johnny Miller was looking for when he referred to a so-so approach shot as “commercial.”  Did he mean pedestrian?  Generic?
  • Jordan, should he win, will set a couple more “youngest ever” marks.

T minus two hours…

I’m getting fired up.  It dawns on me that Jordan’s year won’t end today.  Regardless of what happens, Jordan will be leading our U.S. team into international battle.  Jordan could equal the U.S. women’s soccer team’s accomplishment — a mere afterthought to him — in addition to the little matter of winning two majors by age 21.

If Jordan wins today and the U.S. then goes on to win the Presidents Cup, there would be no doubt: Jordan Spieth, Sportsman of the Year!

THONGCHAI DOES IT!!

Euro Sevener Thongchai Jaidee has claimed victory at the Porsche European Open.  American Ryder Cupper and PGA Tour hero Hunter Mahan failed to make the cut.

[Note: Euro Sevener Thongchai Jaidee is currently tied for the lead at the European Open.  Golf Channel is showing the finish live!  Invincible PGA Tour player Hunter Mahan missed the cut, for those keeping score.]

7:30 am

Playoff Feel:  Finally, these “playoffs” have a playoff feel.  We’re down to a two-man contest; that’s the way playoffs are supposed to be.  The way the real playoffs work (i.e., the WGC Match Play).

Of course, golf being golf, today’s action is not really a two-man duel.  If the leaders falter or tread water while someone chasing gets hot, we could wind up with a winner coming from the pack.  But the table is set for a two-man battle, like, oh, say, the Super Bowl.

Sportsman of the Year:  What nominees could there be for SI’s Sportsman of the Year award this year?

Jordan Spieth (won two majors by age 21, far surpassing Woods did at that age — and yet Woods won Sportsman of the Year for two amateur wins and some weak fall events)

Victor Espinoza/American Pharoah (the only argument against I see is that Ron Turcotte/Secretariat didn’t win)

Serena Williams (she had a great year, but her best argument is her career)

U.S. women’s soccer team (they won the women’s World Cup, which is not even a competitive event; in thirteen world cups/Olympics, the worst the U.S. women have eight wins and have never finished worse than 3rd; look up “institutional racism” in the dictionary, and you’ll find a picture of the U.S. women’s soccer team)

Tom Brady (the argument here is television ratings, because some think that would be a factor if the women’s soccer team got the award; Brady was MVP of Super Bowl for the third time; he’s won before, but so has the U.S. women’s soccer team, and the Super Bowl ratings dwarf women’s soccer)

Crowns and Slams (this would be my choice if it weren’t Jordan Spieth outright; it’s a way to honor Espinoza/American Pharoah, Serena Williamsm and Jordan Spieth all in one fell swoop.

Serena and Soccer (this would be the funniest; SI might think throwing Serena a bone would hide the inherent racism of choosing the women’s soccer team; this would, rather hilariously leave Spieth and Espinoza/Pharoah in the cold)

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15 Responses to Sunday Coca-Cola Classic Semi Live Blog

  1. Sports-realist. says:

    …….I’m so excited, someone else is going to win $10 million, PLUS another $2 million for winning this tournament…Then they will spend it on lucrative housing and cars and plants…..Then we will be told how important it was to win it…..Then it will never be shown again…..
    ….The Fed Ex Cup reminds me of the $10000 Pyramid with Dick Clark….Eventually going to the 25000 Pyramid, and finally to the 100,000 Pyramid…….It’s attractive at first, then you have to keep upping the ante to keep interest…….I suppose if we are here, the $10 mill would eventually become the $25 million dollar Fed Ex Cup, and we will all cheer, for some reason…..
    …..Seriously, had the Fed Ex Cup been around since 1953, I wonder how we would view it now, in context to some of the other ‘long standing’ tournaments of the PGA….Ofcourse then the purse would have been $100,000 for the winner, instead of $10 million, maybe less……

    • lannyh says:

      Great post! I agree whole-heartedly.

      • Sports-realist. says:

        Yeah watched Jaidee win, clutch putt in the end to do it….Is it just me or do European courses look kinda run down compared to the PGA courses?

      • lannyh says:

        You could call them run-down, but I think of them as not over-manicured. In the past few years, I’ve lost my appreciation for “immaculate” golf courses. (One Augusta is enough.) I’m more into the natural ones.

        In a world of unthrottled distance, why make every lie perfect? Let them play golf!

  2. HennyB says:

    Can anyone tell me why their is a large Muscle Pharm advertisement with Tiger Woods posing at the top and lower left of the Golf Channel website? I must also add Notah was on Morning Drive today and was asked how Tiger was doing. Notah hit all the talking points and spewed the same old propaganda about Tiger’s rehab and his lack mobility and this is all “normal after you have had two back surgeries”. All this time away from the game is really good for him and allowing him to spend more time with his kids. “He took Charlie and Sam to their soccer games this week” blah blah blah.

    • lannyh says:

      Sheesh. Typical Notah. I never go to Golf Channel website other than via a Google news search, but I have to go see the MusclePharm ad. Too funny. Woods has been breaking down like mad since hooking up with MusclePharm. Very odd, though. Makes you wonder if Steinberg is buying ads on the GC website in return for the continuing obsession. Nothing formal, wink, wink.

      • HennyB says:

        My bet is this week on Morning Drive (maybe they did last week, if so I missed it) they will bring in a back surgeon, a biomechanics guy, a rehab specialists, and a psychologists to reassure us that this second back surgery is no big deal and Tiger will return to dominant form in no time. Just like they did before. It will be “What does all this mean and what can we expect?” Then we will have to choke on the lies about how nobody works on their game as hard as Tiger and if anybody can come back from this it’s him. He’s so competitive and wants it so bad. Nobody has determination and drive like Tiger. Remember when he was fighting the chipping yips and Notah told us he practices his short game so much he is wearing out the faces on his wedges every week? I laughed my head off at that one. The propaganda never ends.

    • Sports-realist. says:

      …….Because the golf channel is bought and paid for by Eldrick’s agent and company…It’s very obvious NBC is financially invested in it….I’ve never seen anything like it in sports, where they keep CLINGING to a past athlete…..No way does Eldrick get Jack’s major record now, and now they can only hope that somehow Eldrick can win 4 more events, but even that might be a tall ladder to climb now…
      …….Golf channel is advertising some 2003 president’s cup, where they are showing Eldrick make a putt or something…..I mean, does anyone really care about the presidents cup at any time? I don’t, but it’s just another way of keeping PAST Eldrick in their spotlight….
      …….The golf channel keeps trying to tap their heels together 3 times and say: there’s no place like 2000, there’s no place like 2000….Notah is there for one reason, and even that is rather bizarre, if you think about it…

      • HennyB says:

        HAHAHAHAHA! Right on right on! I have noticed the “Tiger Highlights” on GC lately. Their always showing him holding a trophy or making a clutch putt from days of yore.

  3. RealityCheck says:

    Absolutely! Jordan, with his 6 tour wins including 2 majors, is by far and away the best golfer EVER! Way better than Jack who is like 200 and something on the all time earnings list. His 73 and 18 is no match for Jordan!

    • lannyh says:

      “Jack who is like 200”

      No. Jack is like 75. Jordan is like 22.

      Bob Dylan:
      Come mothers and fathers
      Throughout the land
      And don’t criticize
      What you can’t understand
      Your sons and your daughters
      Are beyond your command
      Your old road is rapidly agin’
      Please get out of the new one
      If you can’t lend your hand
      For the times they are a-changin’

  4. gcSUCKS says:

    Hang on just a second….as Golf Central went off the air they asked the question…essentially,…based on what Jordan did this season, and if by some random chance, Jordan doesn’t win another tournament, is he HoF material?

    My answer, based on this absurd question, and 6 wins and 2 majors…..HAIL NO.

    But, based on his overall trajectory, he’ll be a shoe-in

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