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Jordan Spieth!!!

It is kind of funny. Many folks are asking what is wrong with Jordan Spieth? I like Jordan but I’m don’t have any inside knowledge on “what’s wrong” with Jordan. I would say that there is nothing wrong with him. He has added about 20 yards to his drives. 2 years ago when Jordan won 5 times on the PGA tour his driver wasn’t an asset.  It didn’t hurt him but it wasn’t all that helpful. In contrast, Dustin Johnson’s driver is a huge weapon. He (Dustin) won at Oakmont by driving the ball 310, 320 or 330 yards into the fairway.

So, Jordan is getting more out of his swing. He won earlier this year at Pebble Beach. He has played well but has had trouble with the driver. He has put up some big numbers (double and triple bougies). He was in position at the Master’s but had trouble with putting up a big number that he couldn’t overcome. At the US Open he was never really a factor as he had trouble hitting the fairway but he played well on Sunday. So coming into the Travelers there really wasn’t high expectations.

He came out of the gates red hot with a 63 on Thursday. He played pretty well on Friday and Saturday. He was leading the Travelers coming into today. He birdied the first 2 holes to jump out to a 3 stroke lead. Then the wheels seemed to be coming off the cart. He struggled the rest of the day. His driver was all over the place.  15 is an excellent example of his troubles. He decides not to use driver on the 296 yard drivable par 4. He uses his 3 wood and the ball heads left rather than fading right. The ball almost lands in the water. Instead he is in the rough. He punches out of the rough to 16 feet from the hole. He hits his putt and thinks that the ball was going to miss right instead it goes in the hole.

Somehow, Jordan ends up in a playoff with Daniel Berger who was playing great golf on Sunday. They both hit their tee shots left. Berger is in the tall rough. Jordan is so far left that he hits a tree and the ball bounces back into the fairway. Jordan has over 220 yards to the green. He hits a 5 iron and leaves it in the front bunker. Berger hits a great shot onto the left side of the green and the ball wanders into a little depression just left of the green. Jordan from the bunker hits a phenomenal shot.

Notice the sportsmanship that Daniel Berger shows. I tip my hat to Berger. That’s class. (We don’t see that enough in pro sports!)

Gutsy performance from Jordan Spieth!!! Congratulations Jordan on your 10th PGA win!

 

News Roundup – London Fire, Bill Cosby, US Open

I’m still having some trouble understanding how a relatively modern apartment tower goes up in flames. Today, apartment complexes are supposed to be built so that the fire is contained. In the United States, modern buildings are supposed to have multiple fire suppression systems including sprinklers. It does not appear that this was the case in this building built in 1979. Initial estimates of five or 10 people who died appear to be completely wrong. Latest estimates put over 58 people dead. Now, it appears that the finger-pointing has started. The relief effort has been described as “absolute chaos”. This is bad.

A mistrial has been declared in the Bill Cosby assault case. I am sorry but I find this whole thing extremely sad. Bill Cosby was one of my heroes. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, it was rare to see a Black face on TV. The constant was Bill Cosby. He was playing an international spy or he was on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He was funny, thoughtful and always portrayed a black man who was positive. He developed a Saturday morning cartoon based on some of the characters in his stand up. Again, it was funny and positive. I think is pretty clear that Bill Cosby has done something wrong. When over 60 women over a 40 to 50 year period stand up and say similar stories, something is going on. In my opinion, my hero, Bill Cosby, is a serial rapist. It breaks my heart to say that.

Michelle Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for telling her boyfriend who was trying to kill himself to get in the truck which was filled with lethal carbon monoxide gas via cellphone.

On the other hand, Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found NOT guilty of second degree manslaughter after shooting an unarmed Black man, Philando Castile. His girlfriend streamed the aftermath on Facebook. I would just like to know when it is NOT okay to shoot a black man.

The final round of the U.S. Open begins in a couple of hours. As with any major sporting event, there is lots of discussion. Most of it is nonsense. Most the experts thought that Jason Day, Rory McIlroy or even Dustin Johnson would be contending for this US Open. They are all at home. Now, Brian Harman, who won earlier this year, Tommy Fleetwood, a European player who has never won in the US, Brooks Koepka, is one on those extremely long hitters who the pundits thought should win and win often and Justin Thomas, who shot a 63 yesterday, are all in contention. This should make for an interesting final round.

Sports – Warriors, Rick Fowler, Mayweather

The Golden State Warriors
The wonderfulness of the Warriors is hard to describe. I have seen some truly great basketball over my life time. The Celtics of the Bill Russell era, the Lakers with Magic and Worthy and Kareem, the Celtics with Bird, the 76’ers with the Doctor, the Spurs of the last 15 years and the Bulls with MJ. Now, I love watching the Warriors.  Watching them is like listening jazz. It is effortless. The ball moves – Curry to Green to Durant to Iguodala- bam.  They can score inside and outside. BUT and this is a huge BUT they also play defense.

The biggest difference between the Warriors of this year and last year is Curry didn’t have to carry the team.  Curry didn’t shoot that well in the 4th and 5th games. It didn’t really matter. Why? He still played defense and dished the rock very well. KD carried the team when Curry wasn’t hitting 3’s. KD showed up and played extremely well every game. (MVP!)

Let’s me take a second to address those folks who are dissing KD for leaving OKC to go to the Golden State. Y’all are haters. Let’s think about this. KD could continue to play in OKC with Russell Westbrook who believes that the most important player on the court or in the world is Russell Westbrook. Or he could leave and be a part of a team that shares the ball and understands what it takes to win a championship??? There is NO decision. He was NEVER going to win a championship with Russell Westbrook. Never.

Cleveland never had the fire power to keep up with Golden State. Everyone had to play perfectly in order for Cleveland to win. See Game 4.

Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors!!!!

The US Open

The first round of the US Open has been completed and Rickie Fowler is leading with a 7 under 65. If Rickie can avoid the big number I think he has a good chance to win. Dustin Johnson who is #1 in the world shot a 3 over par 75. Jon Rahm shot 76. He has been playing great all year. Rory who was talked about as been the next dominant player. Everyone thought that he would contend every week. Rory McIlroy has been struggling since late last year. He is 6 over par after a single round.

Mayweather vs McGregor

Really? I’m sorry I really don’t care.