6:15 pm Update: Marlin Perkins?
I apologize, but unless the guy closest to Rory is Marlin Perkins, I can’t identify him:
BREAKING: Sarah Palin to endorse “Golf’s Presidential Candidate”
5:10 pm Update: This is a huge moment in the Trump campaign. It will really help in Iowa, which is the focus right now. Every golf fan should be celebrating tonight. Love him or hate him, Donald Trump brings the spotlight to golf. If Trump is elected president, golf could return to the levels of popularity it enjoyed in its Golden Age with Arnie and Jack and President Eisenhower!
Trump is on the cusp of becoming the Most Influential Person in Golf! And that can only be good for golf. [By the way, you can still use the stream if you like, but know this: Every news net will be covering the announcement, which is coming at the top of the hour.]
A New Entrant: A new entrant in the When Does The Golf Season Really Start derby. Phil Casey of the Irish Independent suggests “the real golfing season starts in Abu Dhabi this week.”
Real Journalism From Golf Channel: No, this is not a joke, or a setup for a putdown. I stumbled upon Will Gray’s Monday Scramble while doing a Google search and was shocked at how good it was. Chock full of interesting tidbits and darn near dinosaur-free. I don’t know if Monday Scramble is a new feature or not, but it might be worth looking for on Monday mornings.
A couple of comments on Gray’s column… If the PGA Tour has a rule regulating beards, fine, but while Gray’s comparison was to Duck Dynasty, it could have been to a golfer of some renown, Old Tom Morris:
The second comment is about Jamie Donaldson’s hand injury, or rather a story it reminded me of. Chet Atkins, the extraordinary fingerstyle guitarist, once decided to take up woodworking. His manager came over one day, and Chet proudly showed him the many electric saws he had acquired. The manager reminded Chet that one accident with an electric saw could end his career. Chet Atkins gave up woodworking.
Tuesday Trump: Donald Trump has a very busy day ahead of him. We are pleased to provide three — count ’em, three! — embedded live streams today. Find those and more at our sister website.
McIlroy: Sounds like Rory got to the UAE around January 10. Nearly two full weeks to acclimate by the time Abu Dhabi starts.
Spieth: Looks like Jordan traveled to Abu Dhabi yesterday: