10:15 pm Update: The Rout is On? The leads are not huge at this point, but the U.S. is off to a strong start.
7:35 pm Update: Looks like coverage has begun. Pregame is on right now. I think the weather is interfering with promoted hours of coverage. At any rate, coverage is on now. Four people are going over the matches one-by-one. I have not heard a weather report yet.
Time Update: Good news (and bad). Good news. The sun has risen over the Presidents Cup! Not much longer now! Bad news. Weather looks awful. Rainy. They should push it off until tomorrow, if you ask me. It’s always something.
The Longest Day
Is time running backward? Even with football to fill the time, this day is passing slowly. The sun will rise in Incheon four hours from now. I guess that’s something.
Does Morning Drive Regular Geoff Shackelford Hate Jordan Spieth?
In the month of October, Geoff Shackelford has mentioned Jordan Spieth three times at his blog. Once he gave a link to a DiMeglio article about the somewhat surprising DJ-Spieth pairing. Another time he mentioned Spieth in passing when writing about Tom Gillis (“Gillis, who lost to Jordan Spieth in the John Deere Classic playoff, did not have to…”). The third time, Shackelford presented a Jaime Diaz article claiming Jordan’s golf skills would have a short shelf life, adding that it was “hard to disagree” with that contention. Anyway, that’s it. That’s all he could find to write about Jordan in the past ten days. This is odd. VERY odd.
By the way, if Jordan Spieth’s golf skills are not the type to last long, how is it that he was making cuts at PGA Tour events as a 16-year-old and is now winning majors six years later? And consider Jim Furyk: He won at least one tournament in 13 of 16 consecutive years; I guess he stayed good so long because he’s a bomber off the tee?
Woods wins a major young, and he’s projected to win 30. Spieth wins two majors young, and he is a flash-in-the-pan. Uh, huh, that’s some solid journalism…
The reviews are in:
- Jordan Spieth is unconscious with every club, carrying US late at Presidents Cup — SB Nation
- Spieth on Fire — The Malaysian Star
- Classy Spieth turns tables on Day again at PGA Presidents Cup — Yahoo
- Superb Spieth keeps US noses in front — The Gauteng (South Africa) Citizen
- Spieth wins hole with sand shot after calling it — Golf Channel
- Jordan Spieth inspires USA to keep hold of slim one-point lead in Presidents Cup — London Daily Mail
- Presidents Cup: Jordan Spieth & Dustin Johnson keep USA ahead — BBC Sport
Geoff Shackelford, on the other hand, seems hopelessly mired in the past. His only offering since noon Thursday… “Wrap: Mickelson Wrong Ball, Wrong Ruling Antics.” I guess Geoff missed yesterday’s Spieth Spectacular. Probably busy preparing a Tiger Woods bit for Morning Drive on Monday.
I’ts 4:17 am. Do you know who SI’s Sportsman of the Year is? Yes. Yes, we do. It’s over, folks. Jordan Spieth clinched it by calling his shot — a holed bunker shot — channeling the spirit of Babe Ruth. After coming back from 3-down to win in the third round with DJ, Jordan returned to his partner of yore, Patrick Reed, and won handily in the fourth round. Night had fallen by the final hole, but the luminance of Jordan’s game allowed the players to complete play.
After holing the magical bunker shot, Spieth pointed to assistant captain Davis Love the Third — you remember Love as the 51-year-old who handed media darling Tiger Woods his tail at the Wyndham, depriving Damon Hack of his “Story of the Year” — to say “I told you so.”
How did Dan Hicks put it? “Is there any more this guy can do this year?” Answer: No. No, there isn’t. The only thing left now is for Sports Illustrated to name Jordan 2015 Sportsman of the Year.
Singles Pairings: First off, I have to point out that Golf Channel’s attitude during the captain’s match selections was consistently inappropriate. They were impatient and constantly asked, “What is taking so long?” They don’t seem to understand that what you do in life matters. They are so used to just babbling nonstop nonsense which has no consequence whatsoever. To them, I guess, the only goal in life is to “entertain.” But, hey, no one is forcing them to cover the match selections; if they think it’s “boring,” don’t freaking show it. Are they incapable of focusing for five or ten minutes? First graders have longer attention spans. What’s odd is that Golf Channel hosts go on and on about nothing damn near 24/7, repeating their same old cliches, but when they actually have something worth showing, they suddenly develop ADD.
On to the pairings… I’m glad Haas didn’t go for the Day-Spieth matchup. Why do people get caught up in the media’s bullshite narratives? Is the play of Spieth and Day less important if they don’t play each other? Either way, Spieth and Day’s matches are one of twelve, no more or less important than any other. Golf Channel would have put way more emphasis on that one match than it deserved, and the quality of the coverage would have suffered. If you are disappointed Spieth and Day aren’t matched, ask yourself why? If you have a reason, ask yourself if that reason even makes sense? Don’t get caught up in the media nonsense; don’t let the media lead you around by the nose. Remember, the media guys pushing the idea that Spieth vs Day would be INSANELY AWESOME are the same guys who said Woods winning the Wyndham would be the “Story of the Year.” On the other hand, Jay Haas is trying to, you know, win.
Oh, before looking at the individual matches, I have to say that Adam Scott is problematic. He qualified for the team using a long putter, but shows up and plays with a short one. He is hurting the Ints, and it seems unfair to the rest of the team. Of course, the real unfairness was in allowing the long putter, then arbitrarily deciding it was illegal after Scott and many others adopted it.
- Reed v Oosthuizen: Interesting matchup. Did Reed get his mojo back after playing with Jordan? Oostie, along with Grace, is 4-0. This is a big match. If Oostie rolls in this one, we’ve got a tie score on our hands.
- Fowler v Scott: Fowler hardly lighting it up, but Scott is struggling with the short putter.
- Dustin Johnson v Danny Lee: DJ playing well, so you have to give him the better chance. A Lee win would be big.
- J.B. Holmes v Hideki Matsuyama: Toss a coin.
- Bubba Watson v Thongchai Jaidee: Bubba is playing well. Euro Sevener Jaidee won’t roll over, although I thought I heard them say he was nursing a slight injury.
- Jimmy Walker v Steven Bowditch: Neither is playing well.
- Phil Mickelson v Charl Schwartzel: Mickelson has much better results, but I like Schwartzel’s play better than his results.
- Chris Kirk v Anirban Lahiri: Both are 0-2. Rookie nerves? I’m picking Euro Sevener Lahiri, but who knows.
- Jordan Spieth v Marc Leishman: I am taking SI’s 2015 Sportsman of the Year.
- Zach Johnson v Jason Day: Winners of the last two majors. You tell me. Jason might be the favorite in a four-day tourney, but in a one-round match, I rate it a toss-up.
- Matt Kuchar v Branden Grace: Euro Sevener was a monster long before his 4-0 here. jalnichols won’t like this result.
- Bill Haas v Sangmoon Bae: This is the best final match possible. Bae has played lights-out in front of the home crowd. If Haas gets the W, it’ll be a nice story of winning for dear old dad.