I know that I haven’t posted in awhile.
I had the opportunity to visit the Normandy Memorial. Over 9,300 Americans are buried here. It spoke of sacrifice, honor and courage.
The attack on Barcelona, Spain is so cowardly it makes you want to cry out with anger. To take a car and plow it into a crowd deserves a special level of Dante’s Place.
Justin Thomas played wonderfully to win the PGA Championship. Sometimes we stress winning way too much. Justin has been playing really good golf for more than 18 months. It was only earlier this year that he started winning and winning often. He was brilliant on the back 9 on Sunday. Congratulations Justin! (Let me say a few words about Quail Hallow. It sucked. I’m not a fan of ridiculously fast greens. I’m sorry I don’t that if you breath on a golf ball and it wobbles for 20 feet down a slope that it slow slippery that ants put out a don’t cross sign, that’s crazy. I know purists say, ” all you have to do is stay below the hole.” I blow those idealists a raspberry. I want to see the best in the world roll the rock from anywhere on the green. I think they took at really good golf course and made it worse. )
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!
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.