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Friday, February 14, 2014

It's Hard to Feel Sorry for Jordan Spieth...

Or Fred Couples or Matt Kuchar or any of those players struggling to make the cut at the Northern Trust Open. After all, the rest of us are dealing with this:

snow day

I shot this photo out our kitchen window on Thursday during the second wave of snow. I know many of you are seeing far worse conditions than we are here in NC. We've had between 6" and 8" of snow, which our local TV station says is the most we've had in roughly 18 years, but many of you have had much more and may be without power for several days. (We were lucky here -- we got very little ice.)

Let's face it, the weather is better in Sochi right now than it is along the East Coast and Midwest. I checked the weather forecast -- it's supposed to be 64° at the Olympics today!

But it's supposed to be 72° in Pacific Palasades. No, I suspect there's very little sympathy for those who miss the cut this week!

Jordan had problems with his driver during the first round. (Of course, we've had a lot of driver problems because of this storm!) He also had problems with sand, problems with rough, and problems with the back 9 in general. Even Fred Couples, who's the king of Riviera, had troubles around the course.

But otherwise, the usual suspects are doing what we expected them to do. Dustin Johnson is leading at -5. Jimmy Walker and Scott Stallings are in a huge pack of players a single shot back. Pat Perez and Kevin Stadler are 2 and 3 shots back, respectively.

It's too early to pick a winner yet, but it certainly looks as if one of this season's winners could pick up another one. In the early rounds, form is proving to be very important.

As best as I can tell, none of those forms have been snowmen. (Several 7s have been sighted, however.)

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