Ugh…The Fucking M-Word Is Lingering At The Honda

The M-Word Is “Monday”

There is no chance the Honda Classic will conclude on Sunday thanks to the near 7 inches of rain the golf course received on Friday and Saturday. Four hours of play was lost on Friday thanks to delays. On Saturday players finished their 2nd rounds in the morning, and those making the cut got in a few holes before play was suspended again. The leaders never teed off.

Third round spills over to Sunday

Some of the images (like the one above) showing the carnage from the weather have been incredible. Not destructive, just hard to fathom thanks to the amount of rain. The Honda auto that is sitting in the water hazard near the 18th green had H2O rising up near the floor boards late on Saturday. Play is scheduled to resume at 10 a.m. Sunday to give the grounds crew a chance to clean up and to allow for the course to drain a bit. With the late start, round 4 cannot begin until at least 3ish on Sunday. The sun sets just after 6 pm eastern time in this area, the leaders will be forced to come back on Monday to play about 2/3 of their final round. Strangely, on Thursday in round 1 the announcers on Golf Channel were chatting about how firm the course was and how it needed to be watered to make it more fair. Be careful what you wish for.

In The Lead

With the championship only half complete, the 36 hole leaderboard seems a bit irrelevant, but there are a few surprises at the top. First round leader and Monday qualifier Jim Herman dropped 2 shots in round 2, but is still -3 and T6. Luke Donald is back from the dead at -4 and holding the 5th position. Luke has played well at the Honda before and even won it, albeit at a different course. Fellow Englishman Ian Poulter (the ‘man’ part of his origin should be taken with a grain of salt) is one shot better than Donald at -5 with Brendan Steele. Who’s leading? Padraig Harrington. I shit you not. Paddy is ranked 297th in the world right now. He moved to that spot on Monday when James Hahn vacated it thanks to his win at Riviera. And just last week I had this to say about Paddy:

I must have struck a nerve. There are no sure things in golf, but this one is close. Paddy won’t win the Honda this year. No fucking chance. Why? Because Patrick Reed trails him by a shot and will eat Paddy’s first born if he has to in his efforts to win another PGA Tour event.

Lurking

The field at the Honda is always one of the best of the year for a non-major/Players/WGC event. Tiger obviously isn’t there, but Phil, Rory, Dustin, Sergio, Rickie, Kaymer, Westwood, Zach, GMac, Horschel, Keegan and Charl were all in South Florida this week to play. The problem is most of those guys missed the cut and only Phil and Sergio have a chance to contend over the next 36 holes. Phil’s 2nd round was pretty entertaining. He made birdies after hitting his tee shots off line and behind trees. Then he went complete FIGJAM with this tasty treat at the 14th:

Lucky for us, the PGA Tour website had Phil, Sergio, and Kaymer’s group as their round 2 ‘featured group’ and golf fans could get a little taste of the Honda early Saturday morning. With play suspended all afternoon, NBC went without showing a live shot on their national network broadcast. That might be the only way to shut Johnny Miller up.

Looper Lounge

By now you have likely read about the caddies who are suing the PGA Tour over the right to show their own advertisements on the bibs they were. If not, my take on it can be read here again. I’ll hold my ground on that part of the suit. Also included in this fight for rights is the fact that caddies are not allowed in the club house during tournaments. I assume this goes back to 100 years ago when caddies were considered 2nd class citizens. Shit, back then the pros playing in tournaments also weren’t allowed in the club house. Obviously times have changed and rules applying to caddies should too.

From what I understand, most tournaments set up pretty decent caddy lounge areas for them to hangout, eat well, and take a load off while they wait for their player or wait out a weather delay. It seems this week at the Honda is an exception to such treatment. During yesterday’s storm, loopers took to Twitter to show how they’re being shit on.

Scotty Vail is Brandt Snedeker’s caddie and they’re not even in the Honda this week, but Vail went to bat for his mates on the Twitter too. He re-Tweeted the footage from above and then said this:

While I disagree on the whole bib thing, this treatment of caddies is beyond ridiculous. Let them in the locker rooms or set up a better lounge area with decent food and shelter. There is no excuse to put them in harm’s way and to have them in primitive areas with no air conditioning. The beauty of Twitter is that when things go viral like this results usually come fast. If an airline fucks up and you tweet about it, they help you NOW. Vail and his fellow loopers action will not go unnoticed. This will be fixed, probably as soon as today.

New WAG Of The Month

Wake up man, it is March already. And that means golf for those of us in the snow isn’t that far way. It also means that there is a new WAG of the Month here at SFG. As you can see, Mrs. Jason Day got the nod for these 31 days. My choices came down to Ellie and Mandy Snedeker based on their hubby’s wins in February.

I like Mrs. Sneds, but I don’t think this was a fair fight. Congrats to Ellie. Perhaps this is an omen for the Days as we head towards the Masters.

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One Response to Ugh…The Fucking M-Word Is Lingering At The Honda

  1. The Rental Leader says:

    The Irishman surprises and delights! He’s a good interview.

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