S E V I O S U N D A Y !
Best. Masters. Sunday. Ever?
Worst. Masters. Sunday. Ever?
2:30 pm: It’s go time!
Great line from ESPN: “Not only that, but no one has rallied from 10 shots back after 18 holes — Spieth was 10 behind Charley Hoffman after Thursday — to win a major since the ’96 Open Championship. That would be the 1896 Open Championship, and it was done by none other than the venerable Harry Vardon.”
I didn’t notice Els’s 83 until this morning. Very sad Els never won a green jacket. Would have been nice to see him playing in this event for the next twenty years. As it is, this is likely his last.
ESPN: “It’s not as distinctive as Rory McIlroy’s head-bobbing, club-twirling alpha male strut…” Bad description. Better would be: head-bobbing, club-twirling, it-ain’t-bragging-if-you-can-do-it schoolboy bounce. Other than that minor complaint, though, it’s a fantastic article.
Is it better to be paired with someone you know well and like, or with someone you don’t much know and can politely ignore for the most part? All else being equal, I think I’d prefer the latter. (Friends or foes, if I am a Corey Pavin, I would prefer not to be paired with a Dustin Johnson bomber.)
It’s 10:45, video just went live at masters.com. I gave up on Morning Drive. Tried cable news for a while, but on Masters Sunday they seemed even more inane than normal.
Why the Masters is the Greatest Sports Event in the
Beauty of the Masters, Told in Headlines
GERMANY: Routinier Langer genießt nach Masters-Aus Familienzeit (Mitteldeutschen Zeitung)
MEXICO: Desde el Masters 2017 (II) (Excelsior)
FRANCE: Le résumé vidéo du 2e tour (L’equipe) “Des eagles de Thomas Pieters et Branden Grace aux meilleurs coups de Sergio Garcia et Phil Mickelson, revivez l’essentiel de cette deuxième journée ventée à Augusta.”
JAPAN: Matsuyama moves up to 16th at Masters (The Japan News) “AUGUSTA, Ga. — Hideki Matsuyama fought off the winds and battled his way into contention at the Masters on Friday, firing a 2-under 70 to easily make the cut and move up to 16th place.”
UNITED KINGDOM: Masters 2017: Justin Rose admits putting will be crucial to winning first Green Jacket (London Daily Star)
The Masters 2017 third round: What time do Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia tee off, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds? (U.K. Telegraph)
Masters 2017 on TV: UK start times, highlights and radio coverage (London Evening Standard)
That’s just a small sampling.
- What a leaderboard! Nothing to add to last night’s blog entry and comments.
- Tirico just said “slick and cool and hip” or something, in regards to golf and kids. If you have to tell people something is cool, it’s not. Golf has been going for nearly 600 years old. Do you think hipsters, skinny jeans, and watch chains will still be around in the year 2617? Fads are “cool.” Golf is golf.
- Charley Hoffman and Ryan Moore, the two forgotten men of the leaderboard. The talking heads go straight from Jordan Spieth to Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel.
- Rickie Fowler was defined by the golf media, back in the TOE (Tiger Obsession Era), as “one of the new, young guys.” He’s 28 years old now, and the golf media is still stuck in the past. Can we agree Rickie is a full-grown man now, playing golf in his prime? You know, at some point, Little Stevie Wonder became simply Stevie Wonder. Shirley Temple became a United States foreign ambassador. Opie became a film director. I know the media likes to define and pigeonhole, but a label of “young” has an expiration date. Golf media, you gotta let them grow up, no matter how painful.
- Doesn’t look like any of the leaders are in a Featured Group live stream at masters.org. In a way, I’m glad, as I would have watched that over CBS. Yesterday’s Rory-Kuch-Spieth-Mickelson stream was simply spectacular. (No commercials; just two groups; no cutaways to chips by non-contenders that you know in advance are going in; the sounds of birds and distant gallery roars. It was almost like being there.) On the other hand, I’ve been watching Masters Sunday on CBS for as long as I can remember, so it’s nice to keep the tradition going. And CBS does a great job. The live streams don’t have Sir Nick, after all.