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!
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.