Saturday Scattershot

Dubai:  They changed the course up a little bit.  I think they might have changed some holes, but I’m not sure.  What I remember is that they overseeded with a grass that doesn’t require as much water, so the course is firmer.  Now, I don’t know if that had anything to do with Rory’s problems at No. 10, but he’s lost at least two shots there to Goofy Golf.  Two fine shots that wound up in the right side bunker.

Dubai and Television:  Live coverage on GC will begin at 4:00 am EST Saturday morning.  I’m okay with that; I like early.  I’ve haven’t watch a ton of Dubai so far, though.  Rory started round 1 just as I was headed to bed.  He had a putt from the fringe to salvage bogey on his first hole (the aforementioned No. 10), so I turned my TV off, writing him off for a double bogey start.  He made the putt, and played the rest of the round in -5.  This morning I was up before coverage began, but forgot it was on.  When I remembered, I turned it on just in time to see Rory go bogey-bogey-par (on par-5 No. 10…)-bogey.  I gave up and turned it off.  He played his last seven holes in -4.  A good Saturday could put him back in the hunt — and get him more TV time.

Rory tees off 2-1/2 hours before coverage starts.  He’s not only T-23, but in a 14-way tie.  Playing early-late made him one of the last to post, so he’s teeing off 45 minutes before some of the other T-23 players.  Bummer.  That Goofy Golf No. 10 hole has lessened my weekend golf viewing pleasure.

Phoenix:  Record attendance Friday?  Without the Needle Mover?  Does not compute… does not compute… does not compute…  Rest assured somebody somewhere is staying up all night trying to come up with an acceptable narrative.

And you thought the political debates were boring…  I watched the last hour or so of today’s coverage.  Is No. 16 the only hole on the course?  The fans boo when players miss the green; I heard that today, no kidding; oh… you already knew that?  There was also the obligatory “debate” about the hole.  If you missed it, you can catch it on Saturday.  Or Sunday.  Or any of the four days next year.  Or the year after that…

Phowler:  I created a monster with my New Orleans pep talk last year.  Rickie is really playing solid golf.  I think he gets one or more majors this year.  He seems to be in a very good golfic place.  He had a great year in 2015, but I would not be surprised to see him top it in 2016.  I expect him to, to be honest.  I think he’ll top three worldwide wins (he already has one), with one of them being as big or bigger than the Players.  By the way, for those interested, Murrieta to Phoenix is a 346 mile drive.

Rory Afraid of Spieth? Rory says he’d love to face Tiger Woods coming down the stretch in a major. So would every golfer on the planet, including that field goal kicker for Jacksonville. Who they don’t want to face is Jordan Spieth. Hey, let’s get real: Rory has to say that kind of crap because he joined Nike, and they are paying Woods a boatload of money for doing nothing. Dose of Reality: At the 2012 PGA Championship, Rory trailed 36-hole leader Woods by two shots after the second round.  In round 3, Rory shot 67 to Woods’s 74.  On Sunday, Rory shot 66 to win by 8.  Woods shot 72, losing to Rory by 11.

Bubba Trump:  Bubba sounds a bit like Donald Trump.  Bubba said the only reason he was at the Phoenix Open was his “beautiful” sponsors. He wasn’t going to be “PC” about it he said.  Osmosis?  Would Bubba like to see the election of Golf’s Candidate?

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14 Responses to Saturday Scattershot

  1. Jaybird77 says:

    Tiger played in Phoenix, what, once in the last dozen years? It’s one of the few venues where the players in attendance have next to zero influence on spectator turnout. It’s marketed as a 4 day party and in that part of the country….that’s all you need to get people to attend.

    How’s this for an idea. Bring back the “Showdown at Sherwood” type exhibition but have it be a combination of Rory/Spieth/Day/Fowler in a fourball competition. Now, I’d definitely watch that!

    • lannyh says:

      I see. When something good happens and Woods is around, Woods caused it. When Woods is not around, there are “other factors.” Like when golf money increased, it was because of Woods. Money increasing concurrently in all other sports, however, was caused by “other factors.”

      Funny how last year, the narrative was different. From Forbe’s: “2015’s tournament is expected to draw record-breaking crowds. This is largely due to Tiger Woods’ return to Phoenix, which will be his first time playing in 13 years.” So, we must conclude, this year’s record is “largely due to Tiger Woods’ departure.”

      • Sports-realist. says:

        it’s like global warming…when it’s hot OR cold, it’s because of global warming…uh, um, yeah…

    • Jaybird77 says:

      In this case, it would seem obvious that it’s because of the party aspect of this event that drives attendance. As was mentioned, Tiger pretty much never plays this event, but this year you also have no Rory, no Jordan, no Jason and yet they are still talking potential record crowds.

      Hell, my brother is in Phoenix this week and he and some buddies are attending at least one of the days….and I can tell you, none of them are going for the golf.

      • lannyh says:

        You’re catching on. It was never because of Woods. That was always media bullshit.

        The top player always brings more viewers/fans. There was nothing special about Woods, despite the Narrative. The media could have said the new record today was due to Rickie, who just won in Abu Dhabi, but they didn’t. Gee, I wonder why not…

        Norman, Faldo, Woods, whoever. Only once in a lifetime do players like Nicklaus (and now Spieth) come along.

      • lannyh says:

        By the way, I wrote ONE FREAKING SENTENCE about Woods and you turn it into your doctoral dissertation. This website doesn’t exist for your Tiger Woods circle jerks. I realize you are having issues adjusting to the new reality. Go to Golf Channel and see if they can help you.

      • Jaybird77 says:

        Quite the opposite. I am fully aware of the media over hype of Tiger and at times find it comical, if not also kind of sad.

        You were the one that mentioned Tiger first….I simply took that and redirected it to what clearly, at least in my eyes, drives this particular event, and that is the party aspect of it. This could have a caliber field and still draw record crowds….because it’s really not about the golf (or at least not about who is playing golf).

  2. Kris says:

    Rory is 8 shots back at T21 saying he’s come back from larger deficits. I’ll believe it when I see it, Tiger Jr. Bubba also apologized for his comments without apologizing. He maintained that he never liked the golf course, but he doesn’t play just for his sponsors, he plays for the fans. He loves the fans because even though they’re drunk and mean he can manipulate them into loving him again by giving them socks. He needed to clarify because he has trouble communicating just like his wife says. Bubba doesn’t need Jesus, he needs a psychiatrist.

  3. Sports-realist. says:

    Am I the only one who thinks Danny Lee wins this Waste Management tourney?

  4. Sports-realist. says:

    The mute button is a good button for this tournament……What you quickly realize is that NONE of these announcers have any personality or interesting things to say, besides stating the obvious…..

    • lannyh says:

      I have it on with no sound, too. I’m close to muting the video as well. It’s the Phil and No. 16 Show. Can’t we have a little continuity with Rickie? Maybe see him choose a club, stand over a shot.

      My scoreboard says Mickelson is T-32. What exactly is the purpose in showing him? I guess KPMG pays a lot of money to get that hat on TV, so GC does all they can to help.

      Now we’re watching Mickelson lining up a putt. Now standing over it… He makes it. Oh, what excitement. He might be within ten of the leaders, wow-wee.

      I don’t know. They have one of the Big Four leading. Seems like they might want to show HIM lining up putts and standing over them.

      Here’s a stat you won’t see on television: Fowler has more wins in the last year than Mickelson does in the last four. Maybe just maybe, it’s time to turn the page?

      • Sports-realist. says:

        They keep saying ‘PHIL IS TRYING TO MAKE A CHARGE’……Um, ok… every other golfer isn’t trying too…

      • lannyh says:

        Haha, I know. It’s ridiculous. Just heard them say, “Almost 190,000 today.” They did not say, “And most of them are here to see THIS man.” Like last year when they had fewer people in attendance…

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