Week Three & The Reverse Sweep

So that went exactly how you thought it was going to go, huh? Well look, I’m not going to hide behind excuses like it being a holiday week, that I didn’t actually get to watch one round of golf, or that the second round was delayed for four hours on Friday (due to 30mph winds), suspended for darkness, and picked up on Saturday after all of my guys were already off the course. I won’t do it. Continue reading “Week Three & The Reverse Sweep”

DAY 1

All in all a great opening day for the biggest week of the year. Some low numbers and ideal weather with warm temperatures and minimal breeze to challenge the field. The Masters App is top notch and the American workforce lost some serious man-hours today….. well done folks. General sentiment is encouraging, we’ve got a stacked leaderboard and most importantly Tiger is giving us hope. Let’s start there.

Tiger looked smooth – really smooth. Drove the ball like a beast and his iron play continues to impress. He needs the putter to heat up to keep pace. If the conditions change and the course toughens up, I think his odds improve. But he needs to dial in the Scotty – we all need him to dial in the Scotty. Please Tiger – give the world what it deserves.

Vomit Levels:

  • Speith (gag)
  • Hideki + Rose (mouth throw up)
  • Paul Casey (puke – ebola level puke)

Random Thoughts:

  • Mike Weir shot even – so everybody can fuck off with those takes (he will shoot +8 tomorrow)
  • Kisner continues to play well, and would be a revered champion
  • Langer is a monster
  • Bet on Freddy next year to be Top 5
  • How did Jimmy Walker qualify for this tournament?

Am Jam:

The amateurs held their own out there today for the most part.  Hovland is legit – he looked in control throughout the entire round. A bogey at 18 will leave him feeling slighted, but both the near and long term appear bright for the young Norwegian. Being the teammate of Matt Wolff has its pro’s and cons:

Pro: You form one of the most dominant teams in college golf history.

Con: You are the reigning US Amateur Champion – yet somehow playing second fiddle on your own team.

From an outsider’s perspective it appears as though Hovland is embracing his unique position. Playing alongside the other top am in the world likely fuels him every single day, and he will someday be a household name in his own right. Have a day tomorrow Viktor, I think we’ll be seeing you Sunday night in Butler Cabin.

BK:

Let’s be very clear with one another. This is not Chuck Hoffman posting a 5 under on Thursday, and Brooks has me scared.

He is the story after 18 holes of play, make no mistake about it. You look at the leaderboard right now – and no doubt it is pure class. Studs left and right – absolute quality.

But take a look at that leaderboard and ask yourself this – how many of those guys can shoot two more rounds of 4,5, maybe 6 under? Brooks is the obvious choice. I believe DJ is the other.

Yes they are all incredible golfers, but for the sake of the tournament I hope this does not become a runaway. If he posts another 4 under tomorrow we have problems. If that’s the case – we might only have 1 hope over the weekend.

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PS:

I know Bryson is -6 and tied for the lead. But I don’t trust Bryson at Augusta yet, I think he wants this tournament too badly and if it came down to crunchtime (or tomorrow for that matter) we might be staring at a nuclear implosion. I hope that doesn’t happen for Bryson’s sake, I do not believe he would handle it well.

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Masters Preview – BUY/SELL

Hello Friends…. Is there any more iconic line in golf? Seriously, I can’t believe that Masters Week is here. The official start of golf season, all the disrespect to the player’s championship. College Basketball is over. The NBA and NHL regular seasons are done. And, people need to find places to light money on fire. I’ll be here to stoke the flames all summer. Continue reading “Masters Preview – BUY/SELL”

PLAYERS Halftime – Potential Storylines

Been a solid few days out there for viewers. Multiple aces, birdies everywhere, and some big names at the top of the leaderboard. Pundits are giving the TOUR some flack for the course setup and scoring conditions. I think the criticism is fair from a purist’s perspective – the wind hasn’t been as advertised and the result is a course with no great defense. I think what’s lost in the shuffle with that take is the audience for this weekend. More people are tuning in, people who may watch golf a few times a year, or never at all – those people want to see birdies.

On to the important stuff – Rory, Tommy, CAPTAIN. Let’s take some guesses at what the headlines will be Sunday night.

  1. Begins and ends with Rory. 67 – 65. One bogey in 36 holes. Striking the ball like a maniac. Rory has made 5 starts this season and hasn’t finished outside the top 6. He’s 1st SG off the tee, 1st SG tee to green, and 1st SG overall (FOR THE SEASON). No he doesn’t have a win – and that’s all that people seem to want to talk about lately – but that’s a lazy take. Consistency vs. wins is a common debate in golf, but Rory’s stats don’t lie. 1st SG overall means he’s played the best golf – and he’s been doing that since the turn of the year. If Rory wins this week a lot of people are going to jump back on the bandwagon, and green jacket hype will be at an all time high. This and Tiger talk would dominate the golf news circuit.
  2. Tommy Fairways. Tommy has yet to win on US Soil – but he’s been one of the best golfers on the planet for two seasons now. His 63 at Shinnecock last year was probably the best round of golf played in 2018. Follow that with a dominating Ryder Cup performance and a great start to the 2019 circuit and here we have it. This would be the biggest win of Tommy’s career and launch him into the conversation for best in the world. Might seem like a bit of a stretch – but he’s in the JT, DJ, Rory, Rose, Brooks category with a W.
  3. Poulter. Would the crowd at 17 turn on him on Sunday? I doubt it. Americans love to hate on Poults, I think that hate fuels him. Would be a feather in the cap of great villain.
  4. CAPTAIN JIM. This would be an unreal redemption story. After an embarrassing Ryder Cup performance and a captaincy that endured plenty of scrutiny, winning the PLAYERS would be an incredible accomplishment. Reed tossed him under the bus, crazy fallout stories ensued – the team really just came out looking like a mess. What’s happened since? Jim has sneaky been playing good golf! 32nd in SG total and 2 Top 10’s this season. He’s 48 and been put through the ringer – the media would eat this story up and rightfully so.
  5. Day’s back is back.
  6. Keith Mitchell continues a hot streak for the ages – becomes the king of the Florida Swing.
  7. None of the above – Lot of talent lurking in the 5-7 range. Those guys are going to have to go crazy low over the weekend to make a move but its definitely plausible. Of that group -DJ, Rahm, and Scott stick out. Stud City – all capable of 65 or below on a given day and going completely ballistic.

The past few years Sawgrass has had runaway winners. You have to go back to the Kis, Sergio, Rickie battle of 2015 to find a second place finisher within 3 shots. Let’s hope this field condenses or we get a Tommy/Rory duel for the ages.

Check back in with you all Sunday.

 

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