Quote of the day
"He's undefeated." -- Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, when asked about interim manager Mike Quade’s decision to lift Dempster for a pinch hitter in the 8th inning of a scoreless game. That PH ended up scoring the winning run, and Quade is now 3-0 as manager since taking over for retired Lou Piniella
Two of last night’s losing baseball teams scored double digits in runs. One blew a 9-run lead, while the other loser managed to come back from a 9-run deficit before succumbing in extra innings. All told, only five teams scored 10 or more runs last night, and four of those teams were from just those two games.
The Barclays teed off early this morning. Ryan Moore and Carl Petterson are the the holdover favorites in GuruGolf, in spite of both of them missing last week’s cut.
Meanwhile, Tiger has had an interesting week. His divorce was finalized on Monday, and his ex-wife’s interview with People Magazine was published yesterday. Then today, he was in the first group to tee off in the morning – an unusual tee-off time for Tiger. He needs to at least make the cut this week to advance, so it’s good that his alarm batteries apparently held their charge overnight. Only the top 100 in FedExCup points will advance to next week’s tournament, and Tiger currently ranks #112.
But just because Tiger is ranked near the bottom at the start of the Cup series, he’s not out of it. Last year, Heath Slocum began the Playoffs next-to-last in points, but thanks to his 2,500 points in winning The Barclays, he moved up to third in the standings and eventually finished eighth. As of this moment, Tiger is -5 through 15 holes, so he’s already in good position.