When he’s not delivering scathing one-liners or taking down Bob Saget with the most unintentionally funny five minutes in Comedy Central Roast history — Google it — comedian Norm MacDonald picks winners.
And man, is he good at it.
The Star tweeted to McDonald late Friday, asking him for his pick to win The WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. His choice: Jason Day.
Day advanced past Louis Oosthuizen Saturday 2 and 1, moving to within two victories of a Match Play title. (MacDonald also liked Jordan Spieth to beat Ernie Els in Saturday’s quarterfinals, but who are we to quibble?)
MacDonald, a Canadian by birth living in Los Angeles, live-tweets most major PGA Tour events, adding insight worthy of the best golf experts. Give him a follow @normmacdonald, and prepare to be amazed.
Graeme McDowell’s final shot of what might be the final year of Match Play was a long putt that he missed by mere inches.
It’s a shame, too, because few PGA Tour players have a closer connection with Tucson. McDowell received a sponsor’s exemption to play in the 2003 Chrysler Classic of Tucson. The recent Alabama-Birmingham graduate was so thrilled that he visited the tournament offices personally to offer his thanks.
McDowell made the cut, finished 44th and brought home $9,620 — about one-thirtieth of the $280,000 he made by advancing to this year’s Match Play quarterfinals.
Jordan Spieth might have known he was in for a long day after what happened on hole No. 2.
The American was preparing to chip out of a bunker and onto the left corner of the green. He lined up his shot using a green-side microphone as a guide.
“I’m going to hit it right … there,” he told his caddie, gesturing to the mic.
And he did — only the ball got stuck between the microphone and the rough. Spieth was furious — and, maybe, just a little amazed at his own ability.
“You’ve got to be kidding me! That was so good!” he barked. “I even said, ‘Right at the mic.’ ”
Spieth moved the mic, chipped on to the green and eventually lost the hole with a par.
Tweet of the day
I’m embarrassed about the way I acted on the course today. Played like the 13-year-old version of myself mentally. A lot of positives from the last three weeks and ready to come back strong at Doral! Everybody has tough days, and I’ll handle it better next time for sure.
— Spieth (@JordanSpieth), following Saturday’s loss to Els
Just a fan
The most powerful man on the course Saturday afternoon wore a black golf shirt, a hat slung low over his eyes and a smile on his face.
Developer David Mehl, president of Cottonwood Properties and the mastermind behind the homes and golf courses at Dove Mountain, watched Saturday’s quarterfinals with his friends. He clapped and cheered when Els and Spieth hit their tee shots on No. 3 to within feet of the pin.
The big number
60 Number of holes played by McDowell this week before he finally took a lead during regulation play. McDowell birdied No. 2 in his match against Victor Dubuisson to go 1 up, the first time all week that he’d led before reaching the end of 18 holes.
Another big number
$11.25 Cost of a cheeseburger and Gatorade at one of the course’s many snack shops. In fairness, the burger might have been the best sports-venue food we’ve ever had. Seriously.
Outfit of the day
McDowell kept it simple Saturday, rocking a powder blue shirt, white hat, white pants and white shoes. It was a weclome change from the oranges and reds we’ve seen all week.
Today's tee times
Sunday's tee times for the final day of Match Play
|Round||Tee time||Player (seed)||Player (Seed)|
|Semifinal||7:05 a.m.||Jason Day (8)||Rickie Fowler (53)|
|7:20 a.m.||Ernie Els (31)||Victor Dubuisson (27)|
|Consolation||11:40 a.m.||Day-Fowler loser||Els-Dubuisson loser|
|Final||Noon||Day-Fowler winner||Els-Dubuisson winner|