“Hooks and Slices” will bring you news on whats happening in the golf world.
It’s here, finally. The 2010 PGA Tour season kicks off this week at Kapalua. Sure, many of us are snowed in and limited to putting on our living room rug, but there is hope. It comes in the form of watching some warm weather golf. I’m ready to see some golf that doesn’t involve an Escalade, lawyers or cocktail waitresses.
The SBS Championship in Hawaii isn’t a bad deal for the pros or the fans. This is a limited field event (only 2009 winners) with no cut. That means a guaranteed paycheck, a $1.2 million winners share and a week in beautiful Hawaii. I like Lucas Glover or Sean O’Hair to win, in case you are wondering. For us couch potatoes, we get to see some shots of palm trees and gorgeous Hawaiian beaches and watch some golf in prime time on The Golf Channel. Not a bad deal all around.
The Champions Tour doesn’t start for a few weeks yet but look at some of the golfers that are eligible now or turn fifty in a few months: Freddy Couples, Paul Azinger, Tommy Armour III, Corey Pavin, Mark Calcavecchia, Kenny Perry and Frank Nobilo. I’d love to see Nobilo out there. He’s great on The Golf Channel and watching him on the course would be a treat.
This is a banner year for all four major venues: The Masters at Augusta of course, The US Open at Pebble Beach, The Open Championship at St. Andrews and The PGA Championship at Whistling Straights. It won’t get better than that for a long time. St. Andrews is the most historic course in golf and Pebble Beach and Augusta are two of the most storied courses in America. While Whistling Straights doesn’t boast the lineage of the others it is well on its way to establishing itself as a significant major venue. We all should be in for a treat this year.
Wow! Look at this, four paragraphs and I haven’t mentioned Tiger’s name. Ok, so he never plays this time of year anyway. Maybe he’ll show up at Torrey Pines, no one really knows. While he is away it gives the Tour and its broadcasting partners a chance to showcase the other fine players on tour. Let’s hope some of the talented, likable characters on The PGA Tour take this chance to grab some titles and give us more to watch other then all Tiger all the time.
By the way, according to Cynthia Fagen in Sunday’s New York Post, Elin Nordegren spent the weekend at an exclusive ski resort in the French Alps and is planning to take Tiger for all she can. Sounds just like Tiger: he took all he could get too.