Masters Friday

Setting Sun

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.

Lengthening Shadows

Jordan Leader!

Playing with Mr. Rory McIlroy.

Lunch Time

Jordan Spieth: One hole, one birdie.

Sunrise

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:

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Predawn

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.

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39 Responses to Masters Friday

  1. Sports-realist. says:

    Jordan is a +210 to win this tournament after the first round…..You think if Jordan is close THIS time to the record, he will KNOW where he sits, as far as getting to at least -19 under….

    • lannyh says:

      That still bugs you! He definitely could have taken more care on the 72nd hole last year, no doubt about it.

      But look at ticket prices this year in a Woods-less Masters. Through the roof! All-time highs! Yahoo and USA Today have finally written about it. I wonder if Darren Rovel has tweeted about it — or if he ever will…

      Some say, “With Woods, they would have been even higher.” Uh, sorry, Charlie, they never have been! I guess they are saying Woods would have added another $2 to the $2,000 Jordan added!!

    • Jaybird77 says:

      At this rate, I think -20 or lower is definitely in play.

  2. Sports-realist. says:

    5 shot lead already for Spieth…We’ll see if it holds…The leaderboard behind him shouldn’t scare him too much…And yes, I like athletes/coaches ect who understand clock management, situational course management, and course records and tournament records……

  3. Jaybird77 says:

    Guess it’s time we talk Jordan-proofing, right?

    • lannyh says:

      How could they Jordan-proof it? Slow down the greens? They Jack-proofed it by adding distance and trees, but Jordan isn’t long like Jack was.

  4. lannyh says:

    Heroic. That’s the only word for Jordan’s birdie on No. 8.

  5. Jaybird77 says:

    Sure the base rate has risen this year due to the outstanding play of the Fresh Four last year, but you’re insane if you don’t think there would have been a rise in the price had Tiger said he was in instead of out.

    I’m not trying to be a Tiger Woods Dinosaur, as I essentially stated that 2015 would dictate the end of Tiger Woods or not (It dictated the end). I just pay attention to what I see and hear and it’s pretty clear that more people want to see Tiger than don’t.

    • lannyh says:

      I guess I’m confused as to how the sky-high prices this year without Woods — higher than they have ever been — validates your theory that Woods makes ticket prices go up like no other player can.

  6. Jaybird77 says:

    Right or wrong, you and I are looking at this differently.

    Last year there were story lines but, other than Rory going for the Career Slam, the story lines were pretty tame. As such, the demand was relatively low. This year, Jordan, Jason, and Rickie have added their names to the story lines, in addition to Rory, so the starting prices are higher than last year because there is much more excitement/anticipation.

    Once Tiger added his “story line” to the mix last year, the prices went up. There is no reason to think there wouldn’t have been a similar effect this year.

    • lannyh says:

      That’s a nice story, a friendly narrative, a ego-salvaging rationalization, but the facts are that this year w/o Woods has record ticket prices. I don’t see how you can spin that into a claim that Woods makes the prices go up in a way other players don’t.

    • lannyh says:

      It’s like your claim is now that Woods adds to prices in some small incremental way. Well, so does every player in the field. That’s a far cry from “Woods is the major reason for after-market ticket prices” — which was the narrative for twenty years.

  7. Jaybird77 says:

    It’s not MY claim. It’s my observation. Tiger = more attention. That’s not what I think, it’s what I see and hear.

  8. Jaybird77 says:

    Anybody heard of this Byron DeChambeau player? That’s what Vern Dumbquist just said on #16.

  9. Jaybird77 says:

    So much for a runaway for Jordan. Yeesh.

  10. Jaybird77 says:

    Get the popcorn ready! Jordan and Rory in the final group tomorrow! If we’re lucky, we’ll have them in the final group all weekend!

  11. Jaybird77 says:

    By “bearded homeless man” did you mean all of his family. I saw him hug is wife, his son, daughter, son/daughter in law, Andy North (2 time US Open Champ), and Ben Crenshaw (2 time Masters Winner).

    Tom Watson is among the greats and he was playing his last Master’s. Show some respect like you do to Nicklaus.

    • lannyh says:

      Well, if Watson hadn’t already messed up St. Andrew’s last year, maybe I’d be kinder. As it was, I was unable to send good karma to Jordan on either his tee shot or approach putt.

      And, let me remind you, there was not cutaway to Ben Hogan hugging anyone when Watson chipped in on No. 17 at Pebble Beach.

      By the way, one of the first things I said this morning what that it was a travesty that the live stream at Masters.org was shafting Rory. Yet ANOTHER thing I was prescient about.

  12. Jaybird77 says:

    BRYSON DeChambeau is won cocky piece of shit. No Thank You.

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