This is what happens when…
As I pointed out in prior majors, it is absolutely ASININE to put all the top players on one side of the draw. This week Rory, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, and Rickie Fowler all teed off between 9:00 am and 9:36 am on Thursday.
Mickelson and Stenson? 1:26 pm and 2:15 pm.
What excitement! I have not been this enthralled since Andrew Magee faced off against Jeff Maggert in the first WGC Match Play Championship!
And the announcing is superb! Johnny Miller is so talented! He doesn’t repeat the same old tired crap week after week after week, year after year after year, decade after decade after decade. No, his analysis is fresh and riveting! The only way this broadcast could be improved is if Brandel Chamblee would provide analysis of
Magee Stenson and Maggert’s Mickelson’s swings.
Wow! Excellent comment from Dan Hicks! Mickelson “must feel like he is playing against Tiger!” No way I’m turning this off!
Rory bolts to T-7, only three back of third place. Stenson and Mickelson hear his footsteps and will likely falter!
Kuchar Komedy: Kuchar’s stuggles on No. 8 were funny. No two ways about it.
2016, the Open, and Everything: Golf has been extremely disappointing in 2016. Unless Rory or Jordan can get a win at the PGA in two weeks, I won’t be writing a check to St. Jude’s this year. Regarding tomorrow, there are a bunch of pros about whom one thinks, “I hope he wins a major some day.” But it’s never the current major. No, I always want one of my favorites to win the one being played at that time. DJ was one of those players, and he finally got his. Stenson is another of those players, so he might as well get his tomorrow. Then Westwood can win the PGA.
Worth Reading: Column from Oliver Brown (“Golf’s elitists should look in the mirror – not pick on Rory McIlroy“) on, among other things, the mantra of “growing the game” and Rory’s lack of interest in the Olympics.
Gary Player Comments: Weird stuff from Gary Player:
Player, who is also the captain of South Africa’s first Olympic golf team, said he wouldn’t blame the Olympic Committee for kicking golf out of future games as a result of so many notable players refusing to attend.
“We all worked hard to get golf in the Olympics. I think professional golf should be kicked out of the Olympics…They should replace us with amateurs who would hold it at high esteem to represent this country with great joy,” he said.
Gee, that never occurred to you when you were pushing for golf in the Olympics in the first place?
To be honest, I would be happy if they canceled Olympics golf immediately rather than wait until after 2020. Although Tokyo sounds halfway decent.
Saturday Morn: “We’re looking at a potential big number here.” — Johnny Miller, after Leishman fails twice to get out of a bunker. Great analysis. That’s why Miller makes the big bucks.
The Night Before: Brilliant planning to put The Big Four all on the same side of the draw — the bad side. Pure genius.