Most Anticipated Pairing in History? I vote yes. Day is OWGR #1, however, and is only five back.
Remember when I said this?
Some have complained at lack of “marquee groups.” Lanny H Golf likes these non-forced groupings. Fewer distractions for top players on Thursday and Friday means more “marquee” groups late Sunday.
Wow, talk about prescience!
And I also wrote this:
I think the groupings were wise. Instead of jamming top players together, causing distraction, they spaced them out, and, as a result, we are looking — potentially, it’s still early days — at a Rory McIlroy vs Jordan Spieth Sunday showdown.
My goodness! That Lanny knows his stuff!
Oh, by the way, I hope everyone else enjoyed the Watson hugs and Mickelson bogeys we saw instead of Jordan’s 16th hole. We’d already seen Jordan’s ball on the green before they showed him hit his tee shot. But we saw Watson hug every bearded homeless man between Augusta and Atlanta, or wherever he was walking to. By the way, Jordan sent Mickelson packing with that par save on the 18th.
Playing with Mr. Rory McIlroy.
Jordan Spieth: One hole, one birdie.
No Rory Stream? According to BroBible.com, Rory McIlroy’s will not be one of the feature groups on the Masters.org live stream. How idiotic is that?
Pro Knows: Blayne Barber on Jordan Spieth:
Elling Yelling: I’ve now read four of the five articles Mr. Elling has at Vice. I’ve also looked over and read about the website a little. My first impression is that it is a good fit. Maybe Mr. Elling can become for golf and sports at Vice what Matt Taibbi is for Wall Street and politics at Rolling Stone.
Dinosaur Monologues: The Dinosaur Narrative becomes more laughable every day. After being told for years that Tiger Woods was the be-all and end-all of golf, golf fans are openly mocking the golf reporters who tried to sell that narrative. Let me cut to the chase: StubHub has more bad news for the dinosaurs. Last year, Woods announced he was playing the Masters and the golf reporters gleefully reported that ticket prices were skyrocketing. I guess that depends on your definition of “skyrocketing.” Here’s a couple of updated comparisons between this year and last:
Last Yr This Yr (w/Woods) (w/o Woods) Saturday & Sunday: $3,350 $5,500 Saturday: $1,353 $2,156
What? Ticket prices are approaching a double from last year’s skyrockety prices? Oh, my, the dinosaurs better come up with some new false narratives — and in a hurry!
Tim Herron Scripting: If you have not seen the clothes Tim Herron will be wearing during the Masters, scroll down to the bottom of this Elling article. I found it amusing.
Morning Drives Into The Ditch: I turned on Morning Drive for some early-morning Masters news. Woods is mentioned twice within 30 seconds, then they bring up a picture of Woods and DiMarco, and DiMarco starts his one and only golf story. Talk about a one-trick pony. I turn to CNN.