The TRUMP: Saturday Semi-Live Blog

6:40 pm Update:  Rory, How Good Art Thou?

Consider: Rory shot the best round of the day, barring the two Spaniards in the field; Rory is -12 on a course on which Bowdo has yet to break 80; Rory is -12 to OWGR #10 Patrick Reed’s +9.  It’s probably a 3-man race unless Rory falters Sunday, as Rory is three clear of 2nd and five clear of 4th.

Looking Ahead to Sunday: It’s a bird, it’s a plane…  it’s SuperTrump!

3:45 pm Update:  Rory is leading!  Trump is leading, too.  Leading our country!  What an afternoon!  This is incredible.  And don’t forget: after golf, it’s time to count votes from the four GOP primaries.  Then… tomorrow…  Mr. Trump will be at Doral.  What’s the word they use in astronomy?  A conjunction!

3:29 pm Update:  A new media description from Mr. Trump: “Most disgusting human beings on earth.”  I agree!

3:20 pm Update:  C-Span is carrying the full Trump rally speech, so that’s an option to the online stream.

2:36 pm Update: Rory grabs share of lead!  And the Trump rally is about to begin!

12:45 pm NOTICE: One hour until Rory tees off.  Jordan on the course.  Graeme McDowell making a move and has worked his way into the Top 25 with nine holes remaining.  Don’t forget to keep an eye on Smylie Kaufman.  Earlier in the year, I tipped him to have a better year than both Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas.  Mr. Fowler just teed off.  Mr. Trump is in Orlando this afternoon.  (2:30 pm Eastern)  I don’t expect to see him at Doral until tomorrow.  The place will go wild when his helicopter lands!

Sunrise

Rory Crosshander:  Decent piece from the Telegraph on Rory’s great second round and his new putting technique.

Rory MockIlroy:  Rory mocked for his American accent.  And of course we are on the edge our seats.  We’ll line up before stores open on release day.  Then we’ll fight and steal them from each other.  Welcome to America, you limeys.

Silence Please I:  I’ve said it before: Why do American announcers feel the need to analyze every putt?  Why do they feel the need to analyze any putt?

Silence Please II:  Why do American on-course announcers feel the need to describe shots before they know where they are going?  “He pummels this one, right down the middle.”  “Actually, Rog, it flew into the thick rough on the right.”  Or maybe it’s the bunker on the left.  Or an approach “headed right at the pin” flies into a greenside bunker.  I am quite capable of guessing where it’s going all by myself.  Rog.

Will He or Won’t He?  I’m convinced Mr. Trump will make an appearance at Doral this weekend, and I can’t stress what a good thing that is for golf.  He moves the needle like no other.  Love him or hate him, you care.  He could become our nation’s first Golf President.

“Horrible” Media:  What a glorious time for Mr. Trump to make an appearance at Doral, what with Charles Evers just having endorsed him, putting the lie to the media hit pieces of the past week.  My opinion of the golf media is well known.  Mr. Trump’s opinion of the media is equally well known:

  • “They’re scum.”
  • “They’re horrible people.”
  • They’re garbage.”
  • “Such bad reporting, they are so bad, they are so illegitimate.”
  • “They are just terrible people.”
  • “Thirty percent are good, and some are great. But you’ve got fifty percent that are the worst people I have ever met.”

Well said!  Oh, and by the way, that thirty percent has fallen to twenty percent in his more recent stump speeches.

Lanny Knows Best:  East Coast golf means live action starts at Noon Eastern.  Yeah, baby!  No waiting around for those lazy West Coast bums to get their beauty sleep.

So Sad:  You know, I’d love to watch some pregame golf coverage this morning.  GC has two hours of Morning Drive, and then they have an hour-and-a-half of pregame.  But it’s unwatchable!  No problem: watch this Donald Trump rally (10:00 am Eastern) from Wichita, Kansas, instead.

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33 Responses to The TRUMP: Saturday Semi-Live Blog

  1. asdfasdfadsf says:

    trump link does not work

  2. Sports-realist. says:

    Just amazing how PATHETIC the leaders after Saturday have been playing…Danny Lee 3 shot lead, lost….Phil Mickelson 2 shot lead, lost….Scott/Garcia, Scott won but played even par….The leader(s) have been MOSTLY playing AWFUL on Sunday so far this year, granted last week was a tie for the lead……
    Scott is the more consistent golfer right now between he and Mcllroy….Not a big revelation, but can Mcllroy put back to back rounds together?

  3. Sports-realist. says:

    Ok everyone get ready for the NBC sports report……got my vcr from the 1980’s ready…..

    • lannyh says:

      I missed first five minutes, but I see in time for the wonderful Sports Report! LPGA, NBC property showing it? Check! GC. How about some Premiership soccer from NBC Sports? College basketball? Did a game run long again? Two basketball games? There’s my Premier League! Wow, I swear I started to make a joke: What’s next, the Olympics? Sure enough, the Road to Rio. Tedious, tedious, tedious. I need to check if the Villanova game was on NBC. I assume it was. I forget the first game.

  4. Sports-realist. says:

    Everytime a reporter talks, they show their photo or live stare…Its just soooooooooo unnecessary….Certainly adds NOTHING to the coverage and is more distracting than relevant…Again no one gives a darn who is talking the golf shots…

    • lannyh says:

      100 percent agreement.

      • Sports-realist. says:

        Math is pretty simple…Scott has parred 2 of the 3 par 5’s and Mcllroy has birdied all three of them so far……..That’s the 2 shot difference….Scott putting like crap also….Too bad he didn’t putt like this last Sunday when I picked Garcia…

  5. Jaybird77 says:

    Interesting to see Rory go cross handed but I can definitely identify with it. After struggling conventionally, I messed around with cross handed a bit. Noticed a much better stroke but distance control was a bitch, at least initially. Once I got more practice in I was able to dial it in and it’s pretty good (relatively speaking) now.

    • Sports-realist. says:

      it’s the old ‘switching bowling balls’ thing……We’ll see how it works long term….

    • lannyh says:

      Did you hear them say Rory putted that way his rookie year on the Euro Tour?

      Which reminds me… They made way too big a deal our of Rory saying he expected people to say he was aping Jordan.

  6. Jaybird77 says:

    Of course people will go nuts if Trump shows up. That’s what people do when celebrities show up.

  7. Sports-realist. says:

    This is one cool looking golf course….

  8. Jaybird77 says:

    I might be slightly off but I heard on TGC a guy talking about Doral and the cost ($450) to play the Blue Monster. The reporter was comparing it to Pebble which is apparently $495. The point he was making is that Doral, while a nice looking course, is not a $450 golf course. I didn’t catch who was polled but whatever the group was that did get asked, Doral or Pebble for $450ish? 96% said Pebble.

    On top of that, there are probably 100+ courses that are way better than Doral and you could play 3 or more of them for the same $450 that you’d pay for one round at Doral.

    • Sports-realist. says:

      well most are similar prices….around $400 plus….Like the TPC Sawgrass, Akron, British Open courses are around $400-$500….If you have money to burn, that’s one thing, but my relatives have played the TPC in Florida a few times….

      • Jaybird77 says:

        Sure. a lot of those kinds of courses can get those fees because of the status they have by being associated with a big time event. But, when it comes down to it, there are quite a few courses that I’d play any day over some of these “high status” courses.

    • lannyh says:

      I don’t think Pebble was a fair comparison.

  9. Jaybird77 says:

    When they starting showing (and possibly interviewing) trump, that will be my cue to flip to something else.

    • lannyh says:

      Let me guess… Your favorite campaign slogan is “Make America a British Colony Again.”

      Well, pal, let me tell you something: Here at Lanny H Golf, we drive red, we chip white, and we putt blue!

      (Except for readers from other countries, who drive, chip, and putt different colors altogether.)

  10. Sports-realist. says:

    Well once again, a leader has a MULTIPLE shot lead going into Sunday….Lee and Mickelson couldn’t do it with a 2 and 3 shot lead….Now can Rory do it with a 3 shot lead? You’d think so, but…..

    • Jaybird77 says:

      I don’t have figures, but my perception is that when Ror’s has a lead, he seals the deal. Would be surprised if he doesn’t tomorrow. That said, DJ threw up a 64 yesterday so, under the right conditions, a low number could be out there. If Ror’s gets to 15, he’s more than likely safe. Anything less than that and…..may be interesting.

    • lannyh says:

      I fully expect it. He’s got great confidence with his new putting stroke. Go ahead and engrave the trophy.

      • Sports-realist. says:

        the odds are rather low imo at -175 for Rory to win….To put that in perspective last week after round 2, Fowler with a one shot lead was -135 to win……strange line at only -175..

      • lannyh says:

        I concur. Strange. And with Rory being a “famous” player. For Rory fans, that’s not an insane play. Top baseball pitchers often are -225.

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