Evening Update: I forgot about the coverage tonight. The storylines for me are whether Graeme McDowell and Adam Scott can make the cut. I find myself cheering for Kisner among the leaders.
Don’t forget Stephanie Wei is in Hawaii covering the event. She’s a Kisner fan so she came to mind just now. I soured on her last week after she went Dino Mode on us, but it’s probably worth your time to check out her coverage at Wei Under Par. I shouldn’t give a link because I’m still too ticked off from the dinosauring last week, but here it is… WeiUnderPar.
Morning Line: I am not too enthused about this week’s event, but any week would be a good week for Spencer Levin to get his first win, so we have that going for us. Kisner is up among the leaders; I don’t think anyone would be shocked if he won. Sneds is near the top, too; that reminds me that I need to check with jalnichols to see if he has a comment about the last year’s success of the Euro Seven.
Abu: The primary reason for my lack of enthusiasm is next week’s looming battle between Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth in Abu Dhabi. This will be the first time those two have met since last November’s WGC-HSBC Champions, where Jordan finished T-7, besting Rory (T-11) by a single shot. I expect them both to be in good form. Jordan is coming off the win, and Rory has historically played well (no wins, but a long list of runner-ups) at Abu Dhabi.
Football: Going head-to-head with the NFL playoffs is not going to help the Hawaiian Open.
PGATour.comical: Jordan Spieth wins the Tournament of Champions by eight shots. He talked up the importance of the tournament both before and after it was played, upping its stature immensely by promising to play every year. His victory gave him a solid grasp of OWGR #1 ranking. Still, he is not the featured player on the PGA Tour website’s Players page.
Lanny’s Mnemonic of the Year: Here’s how I memorized the Tour events up to the Masters:
- Hawaii, Hawaii
- Cali, Cali, AZ, Cali, Cali: Specifically, Desert, Diego, Drunks, Pebble, L.A.
- Florida Swing (March): Jack, Trump, Valspar, Arnie
- Texas Two Step: Dell (WGC Matchplay) and Shell
Sister Website: We’ve got a link to a stream of Donald Trump’s Friday morning rally at our new sister website.