Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Bob May…
- Tyger Campbell is a 5-9, 145-pound point guard who is ranked No. 1 nationally in his class by several services that rank the nation’s best high school underclassmen.
Campbell is in the class of 2019 and will play at Christ Presbyterian Academy this year after previously having gone to school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
I watched some summer basketball tapes on Campbell and he has all the tools of a player years older than he is. His family has moved to Nashville.
- What a rush it must have been for Temple Hills CC general manager Johan Kok to not only be playing in this week’s PGA Championship field, but to drain a 97-foot eagle putt on No. 10 in his first round Thursday. It was ESPN’s Play of the Day.
During a practice round, Kok had the third longest drive on No. 10 in a PGA sponsored long drive contest. Playing partner and fellow South African, Louis Oosthuizen, had the longest drive for the day.
“I really wasn’t thinking about it during the day, but once we stepped on the 10th tee, Louis and I looked at each other and said, ‘Let’s hit it hard,”’ Kok said in a media room interview.
“It’s a hard week for these guys. Me, I’m just kind of a guest for the week. This is a fun thing for everybody, for the fans and for the kids as well.”
Bubba Watson must not have found it to be a fun thing, declining to compete. He cited it was his first time to play Valhalla and he was trying to learn the course. He didn’t want to lose his concentration by trying to blow a drive by everyone. I don’t blame Watson. He is trying to win the final major championship of the season. He instead teed off with an iron.
Kok started his round on No. 10 and finished with a first-round score of 6-over 78. That tied former PGA champion Mark Brooks, who won this tournament in a playoff over Kenny Perry on this same course.
Kok followed up Friday with an impressive 67, lowest round of the week for any of the 20 club professionals in the field. He missed the cut by only two shots. His second round included three birdies and an eagle on the 18th hole.
He chipped in on holes 6 and 12.
“On 12, I was yacking all over the hole and then canned it from behind the green,” Kok said in his second day of being in the media interview room.
It was a fairytale week for Kok, who had a large contingent of family, friends and Temple Hills members in his gallery.
“(Friday) was so solid,” he said. “It’s really cool. It’s been a great week. For me, I had some goals, just come out here and have fun and not make a fool of myself and enjoy my first major.
“It makes me hungry to keep my golf game back up in shape. I really have been neglecting it the last couple of years. I’m not saying I’m going to compete with these guys, but I can have a good week and make the cut and enjoy it.”
Kok is married to Dawn Davenport, a longtime WKRN-Channel 2 sportcaster, currently a co-host on the station’s early morning show.
He is scheduled to play in the Buy.com Knoxville News-Sentinel tournament next week.
- Small wonder the Fab Five major college conferences were weighing an option to depart from the NCAA and make their own rules if they were not afforded autonomy.
South Carolina self-reported several NCAA minor violations last year. One was for impermissible icing on “cookie cakes” given to football recruits.
Oh, the shame.
- Timing is everything.
The Oakland A’s handed out 10,000 T-shirts celebrating outfielder Yoenis Cespedes winning the All-Star weekend’s Home Run Derby.
The shirt had a likeness of Cespedes, along with the words, La Potencia (The Power), on the front. Two days before the game giveaway, the A’s traded Cespedes to Boston.
- I don’t know what doctor worked on Tiger Woods‘ back after he dropped out of the Bridgestone Invitational last Sunday, but if I have anything go wrong with my back that’s the doc I want.
Woods walked like Grady of Sanford and Son as he slowly limped off the course after nine holes and eased into a car that whisked him away.
Three days later, Woods showed up at Louisville’s Valhalla CC and showed no signs of back pain as he played nine holes and walked the other nine holes to see the course.
It was a medical miracle. Woods claimed it was fine after the doctor put the bone back in place. Curiously, no one in the media asked him to identify what bone that was and where it was.
Claiming his back was fine, Woods’ game obviously was not, missing the cut with rounds of 74-74 on the par 71 course. Unless he is able to return to close to where he was before his latest injuries, I don’t think Woods will reach Jack Nicklaus‘ total of winning 18 majors. The way he has played lately, he won’t win another major. Unlike when he was at his prime, his opponents today don’t have any fear of competing against him.
- During the first round, Brandt Snedeker‘s group had a Persian Gulf veteran serving as a marshal.
Snedeker tweeted that the veteran walked the entire 18 holes at Valhalla, on a most difficult course to walk, on one leg.
“A hero,” the Nashville golfer tweeted.
- With a 66 Saturday that included a back nine score of 31, Snedeker has now had 9 rounds in the 60s over his last 11 rounds.
So Saturday was truly moving day for the defending FedEx Cup champion who got off to a slow start in the first round at Valhalla, but has rebounded nicely.
Today is the day Snedeker needs to go low to show Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson he deserves to be one of Watson’s three captain’s choices.
- The Predators have solidified their radio and TV broadcast teams for this season. Veteran Pete Weber returns as the TV play-by-play voice and will be joined by former Predator Stu Grimson as analyst.
Former analyst Terry Crisp will contribute to home game telecasts by providing analysis and also co-host pre- and post-game shows with Mark Howard.
Willy Daunic will be the radio broadcast play-by-play voice with former Predators assistant coach Brent Peterson as analyst.
- On a local sports radio talk show, and I don’t recall which one, one of the co-hosts wondered if anyone had been added to the PGA Championship field and gone on to make the cut. No one thought it had happened and they knew for sure an alternate had never won the tournament.
I was in the car and about ran off the road. Had they never heard of John Daly being called and told to get there as soon as he could because he was in the PGA field? No, evidently not. Daly drove most of the night, slept in his car and went on to win the 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick GC in Indiana.
Eventually, someone clued in the on-air sports talkers.
- The first five favorites to win this season’s Heisman Trophy are quarterbacks according to Bovada.
Defending Heisman winner Jameis Winston is a 9/2 favorite with Oregon’s Marcus Mariotta second at 6/1 and Ohio State’s Braxton Miller at 15/2. Baylor QB Bryce Petty is 12/1.
UCLA QB Brett Hundley and Georgia RB Todd Gurley are both 14/1 choices.
Contact wkrn.com Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at firstname.lastname@example.org.