I would be surprised if Obama has not played Augusta at least once. All presidents who played golf which is most of them have played there with Ike being the most notable. Ike played there dozens of times in the 50s when he was president. He even had a tree named for him on the 17th hole. They named it the Eisenhower tree. It was a loblolly pine that hung over the left side of the 17th fairway. To hit the fairway a right hander would have to either hit the ball straight or with a draw and Ike could only hit a slice. He would always hit the tree and the most powerful man in the world at the time told them he wanted the tree removed. That's where his power ended. The tree stayed. In February of this year the tree was badly damaged by a storm and had to be removed. I imagine Ike was smiling from his grave.
His birthday is tomorrow, August 18.
Congratulations to Rory. Another great performance, won the last two majors and the last three tournaments against the greatest golfers in the world. He didn't win it as easy as I thought he would but showed what he's made of. Wasn't playing up to his standards until the 13th when he knew he needed to turn it on. Was behind by two shots at that point and he turned into a different player when he knew he had to. What a tremendous talent and a tremendous person at the same time. Can't wait for April to get here and see if he can win the career grand slam. He now has four majors and if he stays healthy and motivated, who knows how many majors he can win. I fully expect him, baring injury, to surpass Tiger Woods in majors and most likely Jack Nicklaus. What's even more impressive is that golfers have become much fitter and there are a lot more top notch golfers than seven to fifteen years ago when Tiger was winning all his. Personally, I've never seen a better golfer, ever.
I didn't mention that Tiger Woods missed the cut. He started doing his I'm hurt acting job but played it out. I was looking for him to withdraw when it became apparent that he wouldn't make the cut which was about the eighth hole of his round. The announcer did mention that if he withdrew again, the wrath would come down on him. I guess most everyone knows that most of the show he puts on when playing bad is just an act and nobody knows it better than the people out there playing with him. It was a terrible act last week at the Bridgestone when he withdrew. He started his act on the course and withdrew and when he got to the parking lot and the camera's were all on him, he acted like he couldn't even stand and it was an obvious act. Then he said he felt great this week until his play was poor and suddenly when it was obvious he wouldn't make the cut, he started acting injured again. I have no respect for someone like that. Just admit your game is not very good and move on.
Rory takes a one shot lead into the weekend which was a big feat in itself. Rory drew the late start Thursday and the early start Friday which was the worst weather. The late early group had tougher conditions on Thursday and had to play in the rain most of the day Friday before it cleared up, yet he still sits atop the leaderboard. Rory has a good chance of walking away with this one and winning by a big margin. He is so talented and so locked in right now that I can't see anybody beating him.
As I said, you can change handles all you want but you are nothing but a 100% worthless loser. All of you board gnats are going on ignore. I like opposite views but just posting nothing but garbage is a waste of everyones time.
When will you realize that when you offer nothing of value to the board, you and everyone else would be much better off if you just left and quit bothering people, you bore. It does not matter how many handles you use, it all comes out to be an exercise in nothingness.
People like you are like a gnat that has no use but to bother people. If you can't discuss something logically and post something thoughtful, why do you even post? I would bet that you have never made anything of yourself in life. Am I right?
Just shows you don't understand the fast food industry. Quality does not necessarily mean equal to steak or a fine restaurant. Quality means putting out the best of what you are producing. Years ago McDonalds was all about quality. You could buy a quarter pounder with cheese or fries or anything they served in Florida and it would be the same quality as the same product you would buy in New Mexico, Wyoming, New Hampshire or any state. They were meticulous about their quality and spent a lot of money assuring it. They had a lot of undercover people in the field assuring that quality standards were met and if not managers or franchisees were instructed go get the food up to the quality required. If not, the manager was fired if it was a company owned store or the franchisee had his franchise taken away from by the company and would receive compensation for it. There was nothing they could do about it because it was spelled out in the contract that they could do that if quality standards were not met. Its no longer like that. Quality verys a lot from store to store now. They dropped the ball and it is hurting them. They saw all those dollars they could save by not enforcing the quality standards but it is coming back to bite them.
Its not the consumer, its the company. They took their eye off the ball on quality and offerings and have been going downhill. Others like Jack In The Box have picked up their customers and are doing great. McDonalds management has done a horrible job running the company and the workers have a terrible attitude. People are taking their business elsewhere. Reminds me of Wal-Mart.
Its the last major of the year. After seeing where Rory McIlroy's game was in the British Open, I had already chosen him for my PGA pick and my 2015 Masters pick. How could you not love him this week? He is clearly the best that's out there right now and honestly, the way he's playing, I think he is better than Tiger Woods at his peak. He has that great combination of great strength, super accuracy, great putting and emotions that he has learned to control. Add to that now that his confidence level couldn't be higher after winning the British Open and coming back in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational over the weekend and winning it in another tournament that had all the worlds top golfers in the field. It sold me more than ever. I thought he would have a bit of a let down after the British Open and play decently but not win. I think his let down week's are now better than other golfers great weeks. Golf is a fickle game and one's swing can leave at any time but there is no way that I'd bet against him. Someone could give me the entire field against Rory this week and I wouldn't take that bet.
On a side note, Dustin Johnson is out of golf for 6 months after testing positive for the third time to recreational drug use. He tested positive for cocaine. What a great talent being wasted there and word from those on the tour is that he really doesn't care. Sorry to hear that. Also, its not known if Tiger Woods will play in the PGA. He withdrew during play from the Bridgestone yesterday due to what he described as back spasms. He does get injured at times but it also seems he is a pretty good actor when not playing well, coming up with injuries that he puts on display for the camera's. Who knows. Anyway, it really isn't a relevant factor because there was no way, healthy or not, that he was going to contend for the title. Golf has a new king and his name is Rory. Rory also took over the number one ranking in the world after his win yesterday & may be there for many years.
The third round is complete and I'm more impressed with Rory now than I ever was and that's saying something. He entered today with a four shot lead. He wasn't playing all that well. Not well but not terrible. Rickie Fowler was having a hot round and tied Rory after 13 holes. It would have been easy for a player to panic after seeing his lead disappear and fall apart but Rory rose to the occasion. I know he has the most talent of any player out there but he showed how much he has inside today. Its like he flipped a switch after being tied and went on a tear. Fowler did have a few problems but Rory just went to a new level, including getting an eagle on both 16 and 18. Rory has now gone from a four shot lead after two rounds to a six shot lead going into the final day tomorrow. Anything can happen but I really don't see how anybody can catch him or even come close. If he wins tomorrow, he will have one three of the four majors and the only one left to win will be the Masters and Rory looked like he would win that a few years back but blew up on the final day. He learned his lesson well about what to do and what not to do from that Masters defeat. It had to hurt to lose that tournament but it looks like it may have been the greatest lesson a golfer can ever get. I have to give him the nod as my pick for the last major of the year, the PGA tournament but I'm already making him my pick for the Masters next year. I can't tell you how impressed I am with him. He's turning into what Tiger Woods used to be and I think will turn out to be even better.
One more item. On the first day of any golf tournament they have half the field go off early and the other half go off in the afternoon. The second day they reverse it so the late golfers the first day go early and the early golfers the first day go off late. The golfers who went off early Thursday and late Friday got much better conditions to play in both days. Most all of the top golfers in the world were the ones that played in those favorable conditions although it didn't help Tiger Woods. I'm wondering if they set up the tee times based on the weather forecast and put the best golfers in the early group on Thursday. If so, I have no problem with that. They've earned it by becoming the best.
Anyone been watching. Rory McIlroy is really looking good and has a four shot lead over Dustin Johnson after two rounds and a six shot lead over six others. Can Rory hold on? Don't know. We will see but if he keeps playing like he has the first two days, this tournament is over. I hope he keeps widening and wins by a big margin. He is such a quality person and the most talented player in golf today. I really didn't think he had his game in shape to win this week but he is proving me wrong and I hope he keeps proving me wrong. My picks aren't doing too well. Martin Kaymer is pretty much out of it and Justin Rose will need two great days over the weekend and have Rory come back to the field. One thing I was right about was Tiger Woods having no chance to win. He did make the cut right on the number and is 14 shots back of Rory. To put it in perspective, Woods is tied with Tom Watson who will be 65 and eligible for Medicare coverage in just over a month. Anyway, it will be an exciting weekend. If Rory pulls away, it will be exciting to see the best talent in the game play and if he falters, it will probably be a big battle among a bunch of people. Rory and his Tennis pro girlfriend broke off their engagement a little while back. Maybe all he needed was to get rid of the ball and chain and get his mind back on his game. I'm glad its the weekend though. Getting up in the middle of the night on Thursday and today is killing me. With the field reduced in size after the cut, they will be starting at a more reasonable hour tomorrow. Won't start until very early in the morning instead of the middle of the night US time.
The steel industry was a big factor but you're placing blame in the wrong place. Many steel companies in this country destroyed themselves with executive greed. They chose to collect huge bonuses and hand out big dividends instead of spending the money to buy state of the art equipment to stay competitive. They're operations became obsolete and they could no longer compete. That's always been a big problem with corporate management in this country. Corporate management in many other countries chose to look out 30 years ahead while corporate management in too many cases in this country chose to look out 3 months ahead. Its gotten somewhat better in recent years in this country but there's still too many in leadership positions who only care about the next quarter and next year. Its the best argument this country has for limits on corporate compensation. It puts an end to the grab and run mentality which leaves others holding the bag in the future.
I imagine they are preparing a release of what the effects of the accounting changes will mean to the financials, ie: past and future earnings and revenues. My guess it will not be anything material but we will just have to wait and see. One thing for sure is the people in their finance department have been working their tails off yesterday and today.
That's the oldest trick in the retail book. You lure people in with good buys but have very little sale product to sell hoping that people will buy other items. That never works anymore. People will just leave upset and go elsewhere. That's a sure fire way to lose your customers. WalMart has been around long enough that they should know that this way of doing business is a detriment to the company. Who is calling the shots at this company?
Time to get those British Open picks in if you want to take a stab at the winner. You need to do it today because the first groups tee off very early tomorrow morning at 1:25 am Eastern Time. If you wait until after play has started and pick the winner, you'll have to live with that dreaded asterisk next to your name.
It starts this Thursday. My pick this year is Martin Kaymer. I'm predicting he will make it an Open double by winning the US Open and The British Open. His game still seems to be at an extremely high level. My second pick is Justin Rose whose game is really rounding into form now and his game is made for the British Open. The top betting pick in the United Kingdom is Rory McIlroy. I don't think his game is where it needs to be to win. In betting in the US, Adam Scott is the top pick and Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy tied for second and Woods was the top betting pick until a couple days ago. I don't know why people keep throwing away money on Tiger Woods. He's played one tournament a few weeks ago after his surgery and he was horrible and badly missed the cut. What chance do I give Tiger Woods of winning? As close to zero as any golfer could be. It just will never happen.