11:40 am Update
Jordan doubles the very next hole. Wake me when this stinker is over. Excuse me for not caring if DJ beats Tringale and Perez. Not exactly edge-of-your-seat golf. I called this one on Friday:
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.
11:11 am Update
Jordan birdies the par-3 sixth just when I was about to give up on golf for the day. He started the day by three-putting the par-5 first hole, parring rather than birdieing, giving most of the field a stroke. They are playing the ball down all day, so maybe the leaders will get some mud balls.
Morning Drive is even more insipid than I remembered from past years. This happy-slappy morning stuff just ain’t my cup of tea. I’d far rather be seeing live action. I turned it off pretty quickly. Live action starts at the top of the hour.
8:30 am Update
Looks like live coverage will coincide with Morning Drive, which leads into Pregame, so at least we’ll have live look-in at a minimum. I can’t complain too much.
Looking over the leaderboard, there is a threat of a snoozer today. By that I mean big fan favorites are trailing quite a number of players. Vegas, Rodgers, Lahiri, Grace, and Schniederjans might be interesting to me, but not to the average television-viewing fan. DJ is being pushed by the media, but he’s never going to be an Arnie/Jack/Rory/Jordan type.
Which is fine. I realized yesterday as DJ holed the putts on Nos. 17 and 18 that there is something I do like about him. (And I’ve never disliked him; it has always been more of a not-care-one-way-or-the-other.) What I like about DJ is how NON-reactive he is. He makes a putt, he misses a putt — the reaction is the same. He must not have gotten the memo about the excitement generated by fist pumping and melodramatic facial grimaces. The golf media must hate that. (I like the outspoken Pat Perez, but after missing a putt yesterday, he grimaced, raised his putter to his shoulder, and posed for five to ten seconds. Come on, you’ve been playing serious golf for 30 years. You’re not twelve years old any more.)
Also annoying about DJ, though not his fault: The media pushes the “athlete” meme for DJ, reminiscent of early Rickie Fowler never being mentioned without “dirt bike” or “action sports” or “daredevil.” I burn out quickly on forced, awkward media taggings.
To wrap this up… Go, Jordan!
By the way, it was pretty lame last night for Golf Channel not to cover the third round live action. I can understand logistics playing a role (a long day coming today), but they could have at least done some kind of panel “radio coverage,” like they do on the pregame. Oh, well. I was surprised and disappointed, although maybe I should not have been. I will say this: I’ll be very disappointed if they treat today as any normal Sunday. I want coverage of the third round. As I said above, the fourth round might be a total snoozer.
Having said that, they might used this “opportunity” to get fourteen more people to sign up for “live streaming coverage” and stiff us on coverage. I don’t know. If I had to bet, I’d bet on being disappointed. But who knows.