Thursday/Friday/Saturday Semi-Interested-At-Most Blog

Saturday Morning Update (stolen from Ken):

Spieth has a shot. A long shot. But 7 back isn’t insurmountable.

Friday Final Update (stolen from Kris):

Jordan made the cut, but he’ll be a dew sweeper. Hadley shot a 76 today, so he’s tied with Jordan and likely out of contention. Stricker came out of hibernation and is tied for the lead. I like the Copperhead Course because it rewards strategy and short game, not bomb and gouge.

On a side note, it’s nice have sports separate from politics again. Sports and politics go together like cheese and Chinese food.

Thursday Sunrise: Can anyone tell me why the world should care?  Maybe if Jordan makes a run, the weekend will be fun.  That’s all I got.

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20 Responses to Thursday/Friday/Saturday Semi-Interested-At-Most Blog

  1. Jaybird77 says:

    It’s golf. That’s why.

  2. Jaybird77 says:

    Maybe I haven’t paid close enough attention to this event but kind of surprised to see as many high scores as there are.

    • lannyh says:

      If you want to do a guest column for tomorrow, now’s your chance.

      • Jaybird77 says:

        I’m good at writing but including stats and specific facts about golf isn’t my strong suit.

        What I know going into this week is that Spieth was looking to become the youngest defending champ since 1923. Not looking promising now.

        I believe something like 7 of the top 11 in the world are in attendance this week which is pretty impressive for an “off week event” like this.

        I believe I heard the Copperhead course was top 5 in hardest 3-4 closing holes.

        Keegan Bradly is tied for the lead day 1. Promising start to his career has seen some lean years, to put it nicely, since his last win in 2012. Charles Howell III is also tied for the day 1 lead. Very above average career given he’s only won a few times. But he’s had a pretty good career all things considered. Good ole Ken Duke. Journeyman who broke through in the last couple years. Can he get #2?

        Danny Willett has been flying under the radar and is in the mix after round 1. Nice story and a player to watch.

        Apparently the higher scores was due to windy conditions. We’ll see if that trend continues through the weekend.

      • Kris says:

        The average winning score is -11.5, and that’s factoring in a couple outliers of -18 and -17. It’s definitely one of the most difficult regular tournament courses. Jordan may have shot himself out of it, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t people to watch this week. One person you didn’t mention, Chesson Hadley, is only one shot back. From that finger snap to getting chased by waterfoul, he’s always entertaining.

      • Jaybird77 says:

        True. Didn’t mention hadley but definitely noticed him on the leaderboard. He’s like Willett. Certainly a player to keep an eye on.

      • HennyB says:

        My hats off to you Lanny! That’s very democratic of you.

      • lannyh says:

        It’s pretty much a standing offer. If anyone ever has the desire to “submit an article,” he or she can do so by leaving it as a comment to an old article. I’ll see the post, but no one else is likely to. (Unless you leave it at a post like the Macklemore ones; those things are still bringing readers every day and they must be three years old. I’d never heard of Macklemore when I wrote those post, and now he’s as famous as Lady Gaga. I guess I did for him what Colonel Parker did for Elvis.)

      • DanishDude says:

        “I believe something like 7 of the top 11 in the world are in attendance this week which is pretty impressive for an “off week event” like this.”

        More like 4.. and 7 or so so from the top 30.

      • Jaybird77 says:

        I stand corrected. Couldn’t remember if it was 7/11 or 4/11. 7/11 sounded better.

  3. Ken says:

    Didn’t you suggest the Valspar as the replacement major for the Masters last year?

    • Ken says:

      From a British Open post last year. I think you were frustrated at the over-the-top, “let’s play in the dark and screw ourselves just for Tom” spectacle….

      “10:20 am Cancel This Sham of a Tourney; Tom Watson and the Bridge

      I’m sorry. I cannot recognize this sham of a tournament as a major. I nominate the best tournament of the Florida swing as a replacement: the Valspar.

      The stands are packed with people who have nothing to entertain them. Tom Watson could have done his bridge walk today. In fact, he could have filmed a four-hour epic movie about it. Bridge Over River Swilcan, maybe. A Burn Runs Through It?”

      • lannyh says:

        That’s some good writing!

        You know, I stand by that, too. The truth is, playing in the dark and wind cost Jordan a slot in the playoff. He had to finish a hole in the wind one morning, but after they acknowledged no one should have been sent out, and brought the players back in. Jordan had a simple chip and putt, but took three in the insane wind.

    • lannyh says:

      Possibly. It’s a full-field event, and if granted major status, all the top players would be there. And the course is much tougher than Augusta. No need to have Goofy Golf greens. If I didn’t suggest it, I am now.

  4. Kris says:

    Jordan made the cut, but he’ll be a dew sweeper. Hadley shot a 76 today, so he’s tied with Jordan and likely out of contention. Stricker came out of hibernation and is tied for the lead. I like the Copperhead Course because it rewards strategy and short game, not bomb and gouge.

    On a side note, it’s nice have sports separate from politics again. Sports and politics go together like cheese and Chinese food.

  5. Jaybird77 says:

    Glad to see Stricks playing well. One of my personal favorites.

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