- The next chapter in Jordan Vs. Jack is only one week away.
- The next chapter in Jordan Vs. Rory is only one week away. (Here’s a tremendous piece on the rivalry. I believe my take is slightly different, though similar. Rory’s problem, in my opinion, is straying from logic in a costly manner. Consider two top-notch poker players, who always play the percentages. One of them, though, can’t help but on one or two hands a days “going with his gut.” He might luck out sometimes, but overall the odds are against him, so, long term, as in 72 holes, you are gifting your foes a couple of hands/strokes. It’s common for Rory to get those backdoor top tens, with a double or triple, or a bogey on a par-5, on Thursday or Friday being very painful on Sunday. And the costly hole comes compliments of an ill-considered choice of driver off the tee, or a similar lapse in playing the percentages. Now, to be sure, some of Rory’s problems come when he judiciously hits, say, an iron off the tee and misses the fairway. [I realize pros are not robots, but you’ve simply GOT to put those in the fairway.])
- Congrats to Jhonattan Vegas for winning the Canadian Open.
Reasons this week’s event suffers:
- Limited Field #1: Fewer players make for weaker events. Yet, bizarrely, the WGC awards more points due to “strong field.” While overall I’m a fan of the OWGR rankings system, they place too much emphasis on the players at the top. This past week, for example, DJ brought a ton of points to the event, but seven guys beat him, none of them ranked in the top 35. (You can check me on that; I think Hoffman at #38 and Woodland at #47 were the highest-ranked.)
- Driving accuracy means nothing, giving long hitters great advantage whether they hit it straight or not. It’s the equivalent of those bowling gutter guards that kids use.
- (Quick Aside… The OWGR website is the worst website on the Internet. The information there is great, which only amplifies the problem. Their website is the 2017 version of yellow text on a florescent orange background, intentionally distracting those who sincerely want to peruse the data. I dread having to look up information there and feel relief when I am able to close the window. The people who designed and approved that website are low IQ, I guarantee you. Why distract people if you are not getting revenue for doing so?)
- Limited Field #2: The limited field means Thursday and Friday tee times don’t start until late in the morning. Whether you attend the event in person or follow it from home or office, the excitement level suffers. Driving to work and hearing on the radio about the leaders at the Masters or U.S. Open whets fans and potentials fans’ appetites.
- The fact that this week’s event is weaker than full-field events yet will be sold to the public as uber-strong.
- It’s obvious the idea is to have a “name” win, bestowing, over the years, a gravitas to these WGC events. A phony, WWE gravitas, I would point out. It’s an expanded version of Battle at Bighorn.
But, take heart, it gives (top-ranked) foreign players something to do while adjusting to the time change before Glory’s Last Shot.
Glory’s Last Shot: I used to hate that nickname. It doesn’t make logical sense. (Glory doesn’t have a shot at anything.) However, now that the PGA Tour has decided it doesn’t like the nickname — as it denigrates the FedEx Cup’s glory (please, it’s not polite to laugh) — I officially love “Glory’s Last Shot.”
Random Rant: For years, I used an antiquated PC. A lot of stuff on the web didn’t work properly. It was the price I paid for not upgrading. Or so I thought. Now I have the latest and greatest hardware and software on two machines — and I still have as much stuff fail as I did with the ancient equipment. I’m not talking about stuff where I have not properly configured settings; I’m talking about buggy software. Also, some old functionality — convenient old functionality — has been purposely removed, the better to push ads and mine data from “social.” (An example, from right now, a problem I’ve seen many times… I click on “Edit” at WordPress to edit this article. Nothing happens. I refresh the page, then click “Edit,” and the editor comes up. These are 1975 bugs, not something you’d expect in 2017.)