I’m desperately trying to get into the spirit. It’s going to take a win by Rory or Jordan, though. Or something special like a Long John Daly coming out of nowhere.
I read a piece on Fox’s upcoming coverage. Holly Sanders will (mercifully) not be doing post-round interviews, awkwardly fiddling with a big screen TV monitor. In fact, she’ll be in the studio this time around. Her job — sans the TV monitor — is being filled by… Shane Bacon! Which I think he worked at CBS with Mr. Elling, and maybe even worked at NBC Golf back when that was a really cool little club of posters. I think he predated Ballengee there, but I might be delusional. I’ve seen him do TV a couple of times, and he handled it capably. Such interviews are annoying at best, excruciating at worst, so Bacon will have his hands full. One the positive side, the bar is pretty low after Holly last year. Let me measure… the bar is set at 1-1/4 inches. Yeah, Bacon should be able to clear that.
You know, speaking of Holly, I wonder how much money she makes in relation to her salary at Golf Channel. How many days a year does she work? I’d set the over/under at ten.
You know, I thought Fox’s coverage was great last year. The problem was the brown greens, which made following the ball difficult. And of course the fans had to watch from Canada and Oregon, so the on-screen gallery often had that high school district finals look about it. I certainly didn’t think Norman was awful. And they seemed to limit stupid crap like graphics. The truest thing in life is that less is more. I got the impression that Fox is going the more route this year. Oh, well, we’ll know in two or three days. Unless they cameras jiggle and pan and zoom to the point of causing dizziness, eye-strain, and nausea, it’ll still be better than anything NBC/GC (excepting when Gannon is on) in a decade.
Speaking of coverage, I sure hope Mr. Elling’s article at Bleacher Report was a sign he’s going to be covering the U.S. Open.
After that, I read a Tour Confidential. It was pretty decent. Lots of discussion of Oakmont, which was useful since I’ve done exactly zero prep work up until now. I didn’t even know what state it was in.
Picking players ahead of time is pretty useless, if you think about it. The pickers rattle off the same five or six players who happen to be — surprise, surprise — the betting favorites. Once in a blue moon someone will point out a logical match between a particular longish-shot player and a course, but not often. Also, too, while recent form is not nothing, it doesn’t always mean much. Was it James Hahn who earlier this year missed eight cuts in a row then won? They’d be better off listing the betting odds for the top players and let it go at that.
That said, I wouldn’t think this course suits Rory if it is dry. If it is wet, well, any course wet suits Rory. But what do I know? My sum knowledge of the course comes from today’s Tour Confidential. Hey, did you know an Interstate splits the course in two?
Anonymous Pro said: “Oakmont’s fairway bunkers are very shallow front to back, so the ball almost always comes to rest against a steep, deep face.” I totally don’t know what that means. Shallow, yet deep. M’kaaaay.