The PGA needs to do a better job promoting these events, I had no idea this event was taking place until Sergio Garcia hit a hole-in-one at the 17th green. I know The Player's Championship isn't a one of the four designated "majors" in golf but it's a big event that I should know about if I'm a typical sports fan. I think golf is doing some great things to try and grow it's game, specifically their new rule changes and new alternate shot PGA tournaments, but one of your biggest events of the year can't go under the radar.
Saw on the bottom scroll of ESPN yesterday that Jordan Spieth shot a 1 over 73 yesterday. That puts him in a tie for 67th place. Plenty of time for Jordan to make a run this week but when I saw his name on the scroll listed as a notable score I started thinking how we haven't heard much from Jordan recently. After winning the Masters in 2015 and having an incredible rookie season in 2015, it looked like he was on the verge of being the next phenom in golf. Something golf desperately needs right now. He won the Masters, then won the US Open, then got 4th at The Open, and finished his year off with a 2nd place finish at the PGA Championship. That's a Tiger-esque run.
And maybe that was a problem too. Fairly or unfairly, that set some pretty high expectations on Jordan. Tiger set a standard that may be unreachable. It was unworldly. Now when Spieth, or any new stud, doesn't come in and continually dominate the game of golf it may look like a disappointment. I think Spieth has underperformed since then and expected more from him...again, as unfair as that may be for a young player in his 2nd and 3rd full year on tour.
After that grand 2015 year from Spieth he looked like he would follow it up again in 2016 when he got 2nd at The Masters in 2016 trying to defend his Green Jacket. But since then it's been kinda....eh. No other Top 10 finishes in majors and he's only one two other events on tour since then. He's been solid, making north of $8 million during that time frame, but not spectacular. Not "carry the game of golf on my shoulders" level that the PGA Tour may need from him.
The curse of Tiger.
Feeling more and more confident today about my 'Under 1,000 Days in Office for President Trump" bet. How people in high positions of power still allow this POTUS to run a Twitter account is beyond me.