11:45 pm Update: Jordan Spieth just cemented his SI Sportsman of the Year award! What a comeback. His putt on No. 17 was critical. This has turned into a great competition. Everyone in America will be sleepy tomorrow because no one is going to bed until this next round concludes.
Oh, yeah, we are getting Spieth and Reed — redux!
9:45 pm: Is this compelling yet? Why, I do believe it is. I wish they were two or three time zones further east, however.
8:26 pm: This isn’t funny any more
Counting the matches on the course, the Intos (Ints, Inters, Interos, Intmeisters?) now lead. Seriously, folks, we need the USAers to win, and Jordan needs to excel. For SI Sportsman of the Year purposes, of course. By the way, why the heck isn’t Lahiri on the course every chance? Oh, and now… right on cue… Reed with the big chokeroo.
By the way, those Kuchar commercials for Sketchers are fairly amusing.
Update: 7:30 pm: Stray Thoughts on the Action
- The camera angle on that one tee shot (No. 1?) is horrible. You see the ball land behind a mound — maybe in the fairway, maybe in the rough, maybe in the bunker.
- The lively debate (vicious is what it was — an all-against-one attack on ole Lanny!) we had in the comment section about Spieth’s “Merry Christmas” is the kind of thing that could enliven Golf Channel’s Morning Drive — if they let the people argue passionately, viewers would get involved and shout at their TV screens. And it should not be a bit, a segment. It should be engrained in the show.
- Were those guys in the stand at the first hole singing Boy George?
- Maybe it’s time Morning Drive started taking viewer calls.
Update: 7:06 pm
I’m seeing the pairings for the first time. Fowler and Reed? I would not have guessed that one. Let’s pull up the others… oh, well, no other surprises.
Why in the heck don’t they call these things “Alternating Shot” and “Low Score” (we always called that Best Ball, but I can see how that isn’t any clearer). Four-ball and Foursomes, what the…?
Update: 7:02 pm
Just when things were looking up… So the score tightens, making all the whining media people cheer up. So… it rains. The first night matches were going to start at a decent television time in the U.S.
Oh, well, if the rain stays away, it was only an hour delay. Could have been a lot worse.
Stupidest Golf Article Ever, aka Third Complaint: Where do they find these idiots? Have they ever played golf? Do they understand English? Check out this article from Golf Digest (Analyst calls Jordan Spieth’s post-round comment at the Presidents Cup “slightly classless”):
Following a surprising 4-and-3 loss to Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace on Day 2 of the Presidents Cup, Spieth was understandably frustrated. And in comments to the Golf Channel after the loss, Spieth let his competitiveness show, saying: “That was Merry Christmas to them.” […] analyst Arron Oberholser calls Spieth’s comments “slightly classless.”
First off, Oberholser, while free to state his opinion, is off the mark. All Spieth was saying was, “We played like crap and were unable to give them worthy competition.”
Spieth and DJ looked almost unbeatable in the opening matches, and you know he and DJ thought they should beat Grace and Oosthuizen without a problem.
Two big problems with this. First off, why would Spieth and DJ think they could beat Grace and Oostie “without a problem”? That’s a total fabrication by the author. At the U.S. Open, the final result was: Spieth -5; Oostie -4; DJ -4; Grace -3. (If Grace were to refer to his OB tee shot on the 70th hole as “Merry Christmas to Jordan and the field,” do you think Jordan would burst into tears, or laugh?) Also, bear in mind, Oostie shot 77 in the first round when grouped with Freak Show Woods, a major distraction. Somehow, all this translates into Spieth and DJ thinking they would “beat them without a problem”?
Second, favorite or underdog, playing poorly and saying, “It was Merry Christmas to them,” is simply a way of saying you played poorly and did not even put up a fight.
[…] you should probably give more credit a team that carded six birdies in a four-ball match to beat you.
Six birdies in 30 holes is not exactly Stop The Presses stuff. Fairly pedestrian.
This kind of nitpicking makes people afraid to say anything of interest, and it stems from the miasma of political correctness currently enveloping our society. Spieth’s comment was not even remotely rude: To try to make it so is the mark of a piece-of-shit reporter lacking the talent to come up with an original idea for an article. (Gee, I hope that didn’t come across as “slightly classless.”) Or lacking the spine to take Oberholser to task for his comment. (Remember, Olberholser is the person we suspected — Arron denied it — that he was the one who said “Jesus… coming home…” after a Spieth presser.)
(Another aside: I don’t much fault Oberholser in this case. He was doing a hot take, and simply remarked, off-the-cuff, how the comment struck him. The guy who wrote the article had time to think it through, edit, etc.)
The author, by the way, was Stephen Hennessey. Here’s an idea for his next article. Working title: Spieth Should Be Crucified. Topic: Jordan Spieth mentioned Christmas in a country where most citizens are not Christians, thereby insulting and causing grave harm to millions.
- Svetlana Alexievich was a bad choice for the Nobel Prize. At a time when people increasingly view reading fiction as a waste of time, what does it say to award the prize for literature to a journalist/documentary maker? I’ve been trying to tell myself that poetry is nonfiction, and that I have no problem with poets winning the prize, but that rationalization rings hollow as justification for choosing a journalist. This is like putting an NFL star in the Golf Hall of Fame. Counterproductive. I’ve always defended the Nobel Prize for Literature, and I’ve never once before complained about the winner, but this troubles me.
- Golf Channel is clearing cheering for the International team. That is funny, actually. It’s understandable: football announcers don’t want to call 42-0 games, after all. Nevertheless, I’m reminded of the old “Dialing For Dollars” movies. Only, in this case, it is “Begging For Ratings.”
Is this funny or what? From the USA Today:
The local crowds got a big thrill when Sangmoon Bae, the only Korean-born player on the team, made a 20-footer for birdie to win the last hole as he and Danny Lee defeated Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, 1 up.
You see the problem, right?
Rules? What rules? Phil Mickelson may go down in history as the man who lost the Presidents Cup. But don’t be too rough on him. After all, Mickelson doesn’t think rules apply to him. Just ask the SEC and FBI. Now we see what Tom Watson had to put up with.