Sunrise: I still can’t gin up much excitement for golf this week. There is so much going on in the political world, it is difficult for golf to compete. But you know what? That’s fine. Golf suffers from lack of a real, substantial off-season, so it’s natural a person would jettison more than a few tournaments in any given year.
I continue to believe the move of the Match WGC Play from its February date in Arizona was a major mistake. The move has a lingering negative effect that adversely affects events up to the Masters. For about five years, the Match Play marked the start of the golf year for me. Then it was moved for no other reason, apparently, than FBI-targeted, inside trader Phil Mickelson wanted it moved. Of course, when Finchem finally did movie it, Mickelson still didn’t play because it conflicted with a deposition/interview with the FBI.
Dell and Austin, TX, might be a good fit for the Match Play, but late March isn’t. February is probably out of the question for Austin, though, so I don’t see the date changing back any time soon. (I hope I’m wrong.) The only WGC event that has any kind of character is the Match Play, so it’s a shame to see it treated as an afterthought and a Masters warm-up.
As for today’s Valspar, Jordan is three shots out of third, so if the top two falter, he could find himself in the mix this afternoon.