Would it be possible for an announcer in a post-round interview not to ask, “You have contended in a past major(s). Will anything from that carry over to this tournament?”
Bad streak of missed putts for Rickie, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. Ernie playing well; they said his 99th straight major; I thought he missed Masters this year; maybe it was his last one barring a win or move up rankings. I expected DJ to make the cut after he put himself in position to do so. Cameron Champ, amateur from Texas A&M, playing darn good. Sergio probably kicking himself for not getting more out of his morning round. I saw him miss a putt on his final hole which would have put him one better; I recall he left it short, headed for center of cup.
If you ask me, this is a bit of a squirrelly course. I like Wisconsin as a location, though. I guess this course is a Brit Open type course in America, which, sorry, I’m not a fan of. I don’t want to see Augusta National in Scotland, and I don’t want to see St. Andrews in the U.S.
5:55 pm Update
Time for the switchover to regular Fox. I like CBS, particularly Faldo, and Gannon/Nantz. But this Joe Buck, Azinger, and the rest of these guys — as an entire group, as well as the visual features Fox gives us — get the nod from me as the best golf network going. Maybe part of it is that I’m not totally worn out on these guys’ shtick like I am with GC, NBC, and (to a lesser extent) CBS. Whatever the case, I’m loving this, and I’m glad this is on Fox. Also Fox seems to be proud to host the event, showing it on their main network on Thursday and Friday, not just the weekend.
3:43 pm Update
Okay, this about Erin Hills is weird. Wish I hadn’t read it. So, if you know what’s good for you, skip it!
1:00 pm Update
Not only does it seem like Saturday to me, but it also seems three hours earlier than it actually is. As a result, Fox Sports was two hours into live coverage before I tuned into the tourney. Sergio treading water, which I don’t know if that is good, bad, or indifferent on this morning. Si Woo Kim, all of 21 years old, is playing solid again today and sits T-2, one off the lead. If he wins the U.S. Open after winning the Players, well, he better get a LOT of media coverage or I’ll have to recycle my Asian Bias column.
Can’t believe I’ve gone this long without typing “Xander.”
Selective Player Roundup
- Buh-Bye: Rory, Jason Day
- Buh…: DJ
- Not Out Of It: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Steve Stricker(!)
- In The Hunt: Rickie Fowler, Ernie and a bunch of other well-known players, really. Rory playing poorly — and Jordan somewhat poorly — worsened the day for me more than it should have.
- Going For the Slam: Sergio!
I’m for Rickie, yes. His golfing start in Murrieta, California, with his grandfather is such a great story. But, that said, I am leaning toward Sergio. Wouldn’t Sergio winning be incredible?
By the way, the early groups yesterday definitely got the better side of the draw.
Was Phil Mickelson’s decision to skip this event made easy by the combination of the punitive rough and his wildness off the tee? I say yes.
Today sure feels like Saturday. I don’t know why. It’s a personal issue, I know, but for whatever reason, it totally feels like Saturday to me. Maybe because I already wrote off Rory as having missed the cut.
Poynter has an article out about Doug Ferguson, the golf writer. He’s quoted as saying, “I don’t know a lot of people who go to the [PGA Tour] site except to look at the leaderboard.” Guilty as charged!
Oh, I almost forgot. How ’bout Davis Love and his boy!