9:45 pm Update
Jordan has really got this American squad fired up! They are already up 2-1 on these morning matches. This team has CHEMISTRY!
Better put on a big pot of strong coffee; this is going to be one interesting night! Very reminiscent of a close political election going deep into the night.
8:36 pm Update: Jordan is on the course!!
Update: 1.5 Hours Until Go Time
Zach-Mickelson handshake > Woods fist-pumping histrionics
Isn’t it great to see golfers shaking hands following good shots as befits the gentlemanly game of golf? Excepting Jordan’s great play, I find myself most enjoying this great display of classy behavior from those two. A handshake, a nod, and that’s it. They are not trying to bring unnecessary attention to themselves, nor show up their opponents. Big Phil called it “subdued.” I call it elegant.
Pregame coverage has begun!
A mistake to sit Lahiri. He’s one of the top two or three International players. Glad to see Bae going. Lee might be a decent pairing. Spieth-DJ have a tough match in Oostie-Grace, but if Jordan wins this one, go ahead and preorder your poster-sized reproduction of the 2015 Sportsman of the Year issue.
Update: Two Hours Until Go Time
Sometimes People Are Nice Department: LSU doing what they can to help South Carolina with their away home football game.
The Jordan Effect: Wisconsin waves bye-bye to Adidas, hello to Under Armour.
- Michael Bamburger has a nice article about how the Presidents Cup was close to being boycotted by the International team. I had to laugh at the part about Finchem, Haas, and the Captain’s Agreement. Typical Finchem.
- When Golf Channel last night made the switch from Gannon/Nobilo to Hicks/Miller, I felt it was a major downgrade.
- I like the crowd’s “Foooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre!” reaction after bad tee shots. Of course, if it ever catches on in America, they’ll do it for every tee shot regardless of where the ball goes, and they will do it nonstop for ten years.
- More calls for Spieth to be SI’s Sportsman of the Year. (Surely last night’s big win with DJ cinched it for him.) MadelastCut at Davidson Cats calls Spieth “most probably now SI’s Sportsman of the Year.” leatherhelmet at rivals.com makes this convincing case for Spieth as Sportsman of the Year.
- I came across something kind of funny while researching television ratings for the Presidents Cup. Remember the Woods/Sergio Battle at Bighorn thing? Did you remember there being seven of them! I sure didn’t. I thought there were two. Anyway, the ratings for those events takes the wind out of the sails of the “Tiger moves the needle” crowd. Like everything else having to do with Woods, the narrative is out of touch with the reality. Interest in Woods was in decline prior to the scandals; the scandals ruined Woods’s life, but they helped the TV nets interested in profiting off of Woods. Anyway, take a look at these prime time ratings (from Wikipedia) and contrast to the 13.1 Nicklaus and Johnny Miller drew for the 1972 Pebble Beach Pro-Am, a regular season event shown during the day.