Is it the job that makes the announcers root for players who hate the long putter, or do they genuinely pull for those players who use one?
I wonder, because I just heard Brandel Chamblee say, “Everybody is pulling for Adam Scott to make a comeback.” I am not, and I suspect there are others, the reason being that he anchors his putter, and I simply cannot root for anyone who uses one.
Indeed, the LPs have added a new dimension to my golf viewing experience. In the Pre LP days, I rooted for my favorites, but not against their opponents, just like Jack Nicklaus, who claims that he never hoped for a competitor to hit a bad shot.
While I detest the long wands and anchoring, I do see one silver lining in their usage – I now root openly and unashamedly for golfers to fail, to implode, to hook and slice their tee shots into marshes, bunkers, OB, and to always miss on the short side. In short, I now root during a golf telecast like I do in team sports when it is us against them.
Play began in the weather delayed PGA 45 minutes ago, so it’s time to get to work. I’ve got my GO Rory shirt on, and the voodoo dolls are primed to ruin the hopes of Team LP. I am rooting for McIlroy (-6), and against the threesome of Vijay Singh (-6), Adam Scott (-4), and Carl Petterrson (-5), who round out the top four. (Note: Scores as of 8:35ET.) How about you? Do you really want to see one of the “cheaters,” as Ernie Els calls them, win? Or a real golfer who plays the game the way it was intended to be played?
PS – Just wondering if the combination of the relatively flat paspalum green and the LP have created the perfect storm for those who anchor their putters?