Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Rory laps the field and leaves everyone else playing for 2nd
No Tiger? No Problem. Who said the PGA doesn’t have any other appealing players if TW can’t reduce the noise between his ears. Rory McIlroy is providing his own “Tigeresque” type of performance in the second round of the 2011 US Open. Even with a double-bogey 6 on No. 18 Friday, Rory McIlroy managed to shoot a 5-under 66 and set a new 36-hole U.S. Open record at 11-under 132 and has a huge lead at Congressional. Unfortunately, although we may recognize his brilliance and enjoy his play the ratings don’t show the nation has yet. Not only is Tiger sill hibernating but we can’t get a US player to step up and challenge the Irishman as the closest competitors are Robert Garrigus, Zach Johnson, and Brandt Snedeker all at -2 a full nine strokes behind the leader. I think the absence of Tiger reminds us how spoiled we were to always have that polarizing figure at the top of the leaderboard at every tournament. Weather you liked him and wanted to see him win, or hated him and wanted to see the challenger take him down it made for must see TV and suddenly golf was hip again. A Father’s Day without tiger, Lefty, or DL3 at the top will not bode well for NBC on Sunday, who didn’t do well with the NHL either, because although there isn’t much on, it will be hard take away from family day to watch when the only storyline will be if the kid finds a way to commit the worst collapse in the history of golf to come from ahead to lose. Well, maybe he will take two steps back and Yang two forward and then at least we’ve got something to go with the hot dogs. Is the US Open of any interest without the big names at the top or at least a competitive match? Let us know here and in any of the quick links.
Posted by Smacchat at 1:52 PM