Cruel Headline from Golf.com:
Tiger Woods, pros react to Lexi Thompson rules controversy
They no longer include Woods in the category of “pros.”
Who the heck wants to watch a replay of Drive, Chip, and Putt? Not me. I didn’t want to watch it live. Won’t kids all be at school, anyway? This is Masters Week, Golf Channel. Get your act together. If you want repeat programming, what about, I don’t know, the Dinah Shore Classic?
- I feel hangover rotten this morning. And I don’t drink. It just now dawns on me that Lexi is all of 22 years old. Turned 22 in February. What a strange, strange day was yesterday.
- Judy Rankin’s (correct me if I got the wrong person) comments about women and emotions were impressive and honest. We live in a world where stating the obvious is sometimes considered heroic and brave. She’ll be criticized, but I just read a while back somewhere… “I would rather have one Plato on my side than all the populace.” (Now, where the heck did I read that?)
- By the way, I’m male, but I tend to the emotional side myself. I’m more like a teary-eyed Raymond Floyd in that regard. Although, in the situation yesterday, I would have been teary at the supportive crowd and, had it worked out, in victory. The delivery of the ruling, on the other hand, would have brought a torrent of cursing and a threat of walking off the course. (Then instead of birdieing two of the next three, I would have made a snowman or two.)
- At least Lexi already has one of these championships. If not, it would have been near impossible to digest. As it is, she’ll gain a legion of fans and fame. (Had Jean Van de Velde won, I would not be able to recall his name.) And the LPGA will get a lot of publicity. Maybe not good publicity, but as long as they spell the initials right…
- Karen Crouse of the New York Times reported: “‘For her to come back, I got goose bumps talking about it,’ said Suzann Pettersen, who tied for third. ‘It shows what character she has.'” During the broadcast interview, Pettersen, a native of Norway, actually said, “It shows what a character she is.” Maybe she tidied it up later; if not, more NY Times fake news…
- The men’s major this week will be a major letdown after the craziness of the Dinah Shore. I doubt I’ll even watch. (Instead I’ll watch replays of the Dinah, to see if I can spot Ryu mis-marking a ball.) But there is some good news from Augusta: The forecast has changed, and now it looks like two cloudy days followed by a perfect weekend. Today and Wednesday might be a bit soggy, but the weather should be fine come tourney time.