It’s Here At Last!

After a seemingly endless off-season, opening week has finally arrived.  Did you suffer withdrawal symptoms?  Can you still remember the difference between a birdie and a bogey?

Rory McIlroy is all business as he prepares to battle back from injury in 2016.  Or 2015.  Or 2015 and 2016.  Parts of each.  At any rate, he’s playing this week at the Open!

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9 Responses to It’s Here At Last!

  1. Ken says:

    Seeing the commercials last night, I was thinking “Really? Already?” It seems too much, but I guess the sponsors are the ones paying the purses.

    • lannyh says:

      It’s probably more sensible to think of golf tournaments as being like marathon races, rather than as a baseball or football season. The runners want to win the big ones (I assume the Boston Marathon, the New York Marathon, probably some foreign ones), but pretty much anyone can hold a marathon race if they put up the money. There’s not really a marathon season (at least as far as I know).

      I think golf is going to, at heart, be about the four majors, with spring and early summer being the prime months both for playing and spectating.

  2. Ken says:

    Some President’s Cup thoughts:

    1. Golf Channel called Bill Haas a “controversial pick” more than once. He was eleventh in the standings. By definition since the top ten qualify, he was the least controversial pick possible.

    2. Bill and Jay Haas have always seemed like really good people. Bill is a very underrated player, as was his father. Imagine that pressure. Having to face the local boy in the last match for all the marbles. The hopes of your team and your Dad on your shoulders. Great stuff.

    3. I know you’re not a fan, but in two years if Phil Mickelson doesn’t qualify but is inside the top thirty in points, I wouldn’t hesitate to pick him again. The other players like him and he has become a very good match play player as he’s aged. I’ve always felt that leadership is really overrated. Some guys are just veterans, but not leaders. Phil is both. He likes the attention and having someone like him, who is a lightning rod for controversy and media attention, can let other guys who may not want that spotlight fly under the radar.

    4. One of the suggestions tossed out for Ryder Cups has been to make the team all captain’s picks and drop the point. I don’t agree with that, as some guys really set making these teams as a goal and I think that’s a good thing. But I could see having more captain’s picks. Mickelson is a past-his prime player. But a 45-year old, HOF-caliber player can contribute in these events, where they don’t play every match and where all their shots aren’t critical. I think a lot of older players could be good Ryder Cup members. Nicklaus and Watson could have been contributors all through their 50s; both had plenty of good golf still in them. The European team doesn’t need the help, but Langer and Monty could probably both still be valuable. I think it would make it a more interesting event. It really is an exhibition anyway, so why does it have to be locked down only for current top players? Give the captains more ability to pick who they think may help the team and not be saddled with guys like Jimmy Walker who only played well months earlier.

  3. DanishDude says:

    Langer and Monty, while both still excellent players, are way too old to compete at the highest level.

    • Ken says:

      I tend to agree about Monty, though he’s had a few good majors the last two years.

      With Langer, the only issue as always with him is putting. The man can still hit it really well ans stays in great shape. In a team format, I think he could do really well.

  4. JoseyWales says:

    @Ken…your points: 1,2,3…well stated…especially the Golf Channel blather re: “controversial” Haas pick. Anyone who knows golf understands that pick is not “controversial”…but the Golf Channel is not about golf…never has been…they are about grabbing eyeballs and selling advertising…pure golf is too boring for them….thus they have to “dress it up” for fear people won’t watch. I say next year will be pivotal to see if the Golf Channel can maintain viewership if their horrible programming continues.

  5. JoseyWales says:

    latest Tweet from Geoff Shackelford: “Tiger Ready And Willing To Be A ’16 Ryder Cup Cart Driver:”

    Really Shack? are things that slow for you?

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