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Sunday
Mar092014

Final Round 2014 WGC Cadillac Open Comment Thread

What a fantastic mix of playing styles as Reed, Dufner, Mahan, Woods, Donaldson, Jimenez and the two Johnsons all have a shot to win at Trump National Doral Sunday. 

Young guys and old guys, short hitters and bombers and maybe even a deep closer could sneak into the picture based on the early scoring.

Golf Channel is live from 1-3 ET and 3-6 p.m. (Spotlight Coverage). NBC is on from 3-7 p.m. (Live)

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Pretty big day I think for Phil. A nice score and a T5 or so would go a long way towards setting up for Augusta.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Is it me or has the setup team dug in and almost tried too hard to not back off the course setup? Looks like a boring US Open style plodding final round.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavidC
Can someone get Patrick Reed some pants that fit?
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy
Why does Jimmy Roberts narrate commentary pieces with music and a tone that infers his story has enormous weight and importance? It's just golf.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterD.
Tigers done
03.9.2014 | Unregistered Commentergreg c
Lots of red numbers on the board today (-6 by Blixt best as of my last look see).
C'mon Eldrick...get it sorted out man! The whole world is passing by you.

Reed can flat out play btw. Great story right there IMO.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnnycz
Reed looks solid. 2-under thru 7 and he's still on the offensive.

Could be his biggest Sunday yet.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPA PLAYA
I don't know how Tiger's back is feeling, but three-putting the par five doesn't help things.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRandom Fan
Anybody who thinks Tiger was trying to land that big flop shot he hit from behind the green in the rough only believes so because he's got a case of KY in the garage, just waiting to lube himself up fantasizing about Tiger.

He's done. The new breed ain't scared of him at all. And for good reason: he ain't all that scary anymore.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered Commentershivas
Sure enough, after having a few bad holes and falling out of contention, Tiger's back is flaring up. LOL he's a parody of himself.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
Press Agent-
Amazing how that works...even have Notah there to assure us it's happening.
Looks like Doc Middlecoff was right after all about his back going before 40.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
What about Justin Rose - three doubles in four holes; should be a fun back nine for some guys
@Shivas: great name btw. I had shivasirons on a few pre smartphone dating websites. True story, girls don't give a cr@p about the deeper parts of golf.

As for the topic (TW's fugly Sunday yet again). About 90% of my under 18 jr "tournament player" students don't even think about Tiger. They know OF him, but are not familiar with his out of this world dominat technique circa late 1999 to 2004-ish.

But they love Adam Scott for some reason...


Go P.Reed!!
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnnycz
It just amazes me that a guy with a chronic back problem that causes him to flinch on every other swing can still find a way to muster a tee shot out there about 340.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPA PLAYA
@PA Playa -

See Freddie Couples for another example.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
On Pga.tour leaderboard; looking at hole-by-hole scores for Patrick Reed, his photo is still a black silouette. One would hope they can get his picture sorted out by Ryder Cup time. He doesn't look like folding today.
... pga.com ... not pgatour.com...
@jjshaka, yep, Notah is the built-in excuse provider.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
Boy, I sure wish those overpaid, over-pampered pros would shout "fore" when they hit it sideways. Why is this behaviour tolerated?
03.9.2014 | Unregistered Commenterscots wha hae
Why would Tiger try the shot that tweaked his back - awkward stance in bunker, ball below his feet and on the downslope with a mid-iron - when he knows his back is fragile? He made a very hard swing there when he could have easily pitched out and relied on his wedge to save par. It's appears his mental game isn't as sharp anymore.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterShady Golf
Donaldson's 70 on Friday is looking like the round of the tournament so far.
@Scots - pro golfers may be a bit pampered, but they are most certainly not overpaid. On most weeks (and this being one of very few exceptions) 1/2 the field makes no money at all. That after at least 3 rounds of golf on site. For those that make the cut, they provide over 16 or 18 hours of entertainment "content" per week. Compare the average salaries of any other major sports players to that of PGA Tour Golfers (not to mention Euro Tour, or even most emphatically the LPGA):

NBA Hoops: Over 5 million per year
MLB Baseball: $3.3 million
NFL Football: $1.9
NHL Hockey : $2.4
Premiership Football: $2.3 million

Meanwhile, the typical PGA Tour player makes about $1.5 - $2.5 million per year. The very top elite make great money, and their careers are typically long for those that can stay on Tour, but how many guys play a year or two and then fade out ? Lots.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Patrick Reed wins (3 wins in last 15 stroke play events), Bill Haas T-6 (5 wins PGA Tour stroke play events), Jason Day WD thumb injury (1 stroke play win in 130+ events)...

...who wins a major first?
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
It's time for Patrick Reed to lose weight, move to Palm Beach, and grow long, golden, 1970's locks.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered Commenterhighside
Which comes first, playing poorly or the nagging back?
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPat
Del,

I'll answer that one.....Jordan Speith
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterShady Golf
Reed lives in Spring, right outside Houston.

Nobody in Texas wants to live in Florida.

Speith, Walker,Reed...it has happened before...it will happen again.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Begay is being replaced by Berman.....back, back, back .back, back, back ..back, back, back .back, back, back

Seriously, I think TW has real back issues, but acting 101 does seem to kick in, when all hope is lost,

It's an enigma.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Reed was channeling Mike Tyson/Jim Gray in his post round interview.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterD
Did Jason Day run over your dog DTF?

Has Reed even played in a major before?
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterUnderTheChin
Shady I will call your Jordan Spieth and ask you who wins a major and has a better career, Jordan or Matteo Manassero? Just curious, came up on the PGA Tour stream last week...

;-)
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Great win today, Patrick Reed. But just a note: When you're that good, people will tell you. You won't have to tell them.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPA PLAYA
PA

I agree, but he was asked, and he simply answered.

Having pride and being vain are similar, but one is a virtue, and the other is a sin.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
@Del, I'll take Jason Day on the first bet and Jordan Speith on the second. Feel very good about both of them. I will say, I like Reed's aggressiveness though. I didn't see one second of today's coverage but sounds like a good win for him.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Phil hits bad shots and has back spasms and WD's and we all feel bad for him, Watney WD's with back spasms we feel bad for him, Louis O doesn't play well we accept it's because of back issues. Then we get to Tiger. If he has back problems we blame his lifting, his coach, we say he's acting bc he's not playing well. It's an interesting double standard.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterElf
Congrats to Reed on the win. He's a little bit of a rich persons Henley, seems to really capitalize on his good weeks. But his stats profile (at least from last year) doesn't suggest he's going to be a consistent long term force, as opposed to a Spieth or Rory. Should be interesting to track.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterElf
Not really such a double standard, Elf. We have no real reason, compared with Eldrick, to doubt or to question the first three you mention. El Tigre? Hay mucho razones, hijo. Mas que mucho.

In the words of the philosopher, the past is prologue. Prediction, too.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
Too bad that Dufner was channelling Hogan on the greens.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
Missed the live coverage but catching the re-run on GC now. Just heard a classic Johnny statement. Kuchar, on the 9th, camera angle from behind and above. He pulled it way left and Johnny said that Kuchar had the ball "WAY" off his front foot. How can he see that from that angle? Incredible.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
@ Digsouth

I agree. I mean, we tend to crucify players for saying what's on their mind but then two weeks later we hammer them for giving softball type responses.

It's not that Reed said something bad. I think all he really was trying to convey was that he's proven he belongs out there... that he's not only competitive, but proven that he can actually win regularly. It's just that when he started talking about top-5 and then referencing the successes of Tiger and other legendary figures and comparing it to his - the tone took on a bit too much bravado.

But I'd rather him be who he is than be someone that he's not. You take the good with the bad, the birdies with the bogeys. He seems like a good guy and I wish him well. The Tour is entering a time when they're going to have to find other substantive stories to write about other than the 24-7 Tiger fluff, and Reed is a great story at the moment.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPA PLAYA

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