4:00 pm Update
Jordan finishes 16 holes. I jinxed him, I guess. They might have let the players keep going, but a tree fell down. Hard to ignore that, as continuation would have brought some huge liability issues into play. I have to admit, though, I was thinking, Come on, let them play!
Rain turning to showers near daybreak tomorrow morning. I’ll forego a prediction, as I was pretty far off today. I don’t know if the course drains well or not. I suppose if they could get the other half finished tomorrow, they might play 36 on Sunday. That would be pretty darn sweet!
3:00 pm Update
I’ve been out of pocket most of the day. I had written off golf viewing until, with luck, tomorrow. I return and find Jordan not only started his second round, but has only four more holes to go! He’s -2 on the day and T8. If he can post a score and get out of the rain, he’ll be sitting pretty. Although, there’s always the chance the other wave will not be able to play until the storm passes completely — and will be able to throw darts at soggy greens in good conditions.
As I type, Jordan makes a birdie! He got a very good bounce/rebound/roll on a par-3 and took advantage by making the putt. Surely it was luck, but we’ll find out after the round I’m sure. He’s sitting T4. If he can get in the house at -5, he should in the thick of it after the cut.
The verdict: Luck. A replay showed Jordan saying, “Don’t go there, don’t go there.”
11:oo am Update
Well, they are on the course. I wouldn’t have guessed that. Jordan got his two-putt par and also parred No. 18, so he sits T33 with a few players having started their second rounds. He tees off shortly himself. I turned on Golf Channel to get the latest on the weather, and they were discussing… Tiger Woods. No kidding. I don’t know what the latest is, but the radar shows a real soaker about to arrive, so Jordan’s warm-up might end of being nothing more than a practice session. The radar shows the worst just a hair to the north, but evidently the forecasters are certain it is drifting to the south.
Rainy Days and Fridays It won’t be daylight in Los Angeles for three or four more hours, and it will likely be raining by then. Right now, it’s dry, the weather being to the north and east of L.A. Riviera expecting close to four inches, so I doubt we see any golf action whatsoever today. With rain in the forecast for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, it’s very likely we’ll have a 54-hole event this week.
Young Mister Spieth Jordan finished 16-1/2 holes in 2-under and sits T30. He faces a 55-foot birdie putt when he returns to the course.
Flower Power Azaleas are blooming early in my yard once again. I first noticed them around the 7th or 8th. Every year for the past three or four, I have commented about early blooming potentially throwing off Augusta’s Masters Week botany.
Reed Reminder Here’s what Patrick Reed said, and it still doesn’t strike me as outrageous:
“I’ve worked so hard, I’ve won a lot in my junior career, did great things in (my) amateur career, was 6-0 in match play in NCAAs, won NCAAs two years in a row, got third individually one year, and now I have three wins out here on the PGA Tour.
“I just don’t see a lot of guys that have done that, besides Tiger Woods, of course, and, you know, the other legends of the game. It’s just one of those things, I believe in myself and – especially with how hard I’ve worked – I’m one of the top five players in the world.
I looked it up and Reed got to OWGR #7 near the end of last year after a T51(!) at the CIMB Classic. Stating the obvious, the media is always looking to stir “outrage.” Donald Trump and Patrick Reed well know this.
Worth Reading, or The Viciousness of Phil Mickelson Jason Sobel has a decent article on the bogus comparisons re longevity between Woods and Mickelson. Mickelson’s comment at the very end… very cold-blooded! Almost mean-spirited in its bluntness, but he was just telling it like it is. Woods career was front-loaded, and the media projected that forward to age 46. Sobel didn’t make it a focus of the article, I could not help but recall all the claims that Woods would win in his “old age” at a higher rate than Vijay or some of the other late bloomers.