Thursday Night Roundup
Exciting day coming up tomorrow! Jordan, Rory, and Jason will play meaningless rounds! And Rickie Fowler will be playing for… I don’t know, is he mathematically eliminated or still in the hunt? Who the heck knows.
Bring back true match play!!!
By the way, I turned on GC this afternoon to watch some action. I came in at the point where Smylie rinsed two in a row, handing Rory the hole and evening the match. I believe GC broke for commercials at that point, then returned with — get ready for it — a segment on Tiger Woods. I am not kidding. It was a video replay of a guy saying, “Better than most,” on a Woods putt, and then they had that announcer start discussing how he felt that day or something. I turned it off, never to return (the movie “Bullitt” was on a movie channel) and just now checked the online scoreboard.
I’m one of the biggest golf fans in the world, and I find GC coverage unwatchable. That can’t be a good sign.
It’s early yet, but already this golf season feels “lost” to me. Maybe last year was too hard an act to follow, I don’t know. Or maybe it’s the Trump phenomenon overwhelming everything else. Whatever the case, I have been less than captivated thus far, and lately began thinking what it would take to keep this year from coming off the tracks entirely. Some thoughts:
- Rory or Jordan winning this week would be a good start. Meeting in the finals would be huge.
- Rory or Jordan must win the Masters. A final round, final group pairing would add much-needed spice.
- Alternative Masters scenario: Bubba winning his third in a romp, making people debate the merits/fairness of the course.
- Wildcard: Adam Scott going crazy all year long.
Tim Finchem and the golf Power Elite have turned what was once the greatest day in sports into three days of tedium. As if that’s not enough, they scheduled their Three Days of Slumber to compete against the win-or-go-home March Madness Sweet Sixteen.
- Location/Schedule Change: Two or three has-been golfers didn’t like Dove Mountain.
- Format Change: The same players, and a few others, didn’t like losing in the first round and having their weeks end after one day.
So, by all means, bend the event to make the participants happy. To heck with golf fans. We can’t inconvenience Phil Mickelson, can we? Poor little thing. A one-and-done week is just too much to ask from a guy making tens of millions a year from corporate sponsor endorsements.
As for me, I used to love this event. Wednesday was my favorite day of the entire golf year. If you doubt that, go back and read what I wrote in the years prior to the format change. Now? Well, I still haven’t bothered to look at the brackets. Oh, wait, there aren’t any brackets.
Maybe someone can wake me Friday night when there are brackets.