And we're off
The 2017 PGA Tour season is off and running after Thursday’s opening round of the Tournament of Champions. Heavy rains have soaked Kapalua’s Plantation Course, resulting in a soft course and a lot of red numbers. Alone at the top is reigning PGA Champion Jimmy Walker after a sizzling 8-under-par 65. Walker drove it well and his wedge game was on point, leading to multiple tap-in birdies. Jimmy is hardly alone as 11 players are within 4 shots of his lead, and they have all won tournaments in the last year. Should prove for an interesting weekend of golf. Catch the coverage in primetime on the Golf Channel.
Ever since Tiger made his return in December at the Hero World Challenge, the golf world has been speculating about where and how often he will play. On Thursday, he made public his plans to play a lot of golf early in the season. Woods is now committed to play 4 times in 5 weeks starting with the Farmers Insurance Open at the end of January, the Dubai Desert Classic, the Genesis Open at Riviera and the following week’s Honda Classic. Woods posted about his journey back and his desire to win again on his website’s blog.
With Tiger’s announcement of playing 4 times in 5 weeks, it’s safe to say he is back to feeling 100%. One might call it a comeback?
The new year ushered in a new boss of the PGA Tour with Jay Monahan taking over for long-time commissioner Tim Finchem. Monahan opened with a bang by affirming his support of a hot rumor regarding potential schedule changes for the tour. The schedule changes would be massive and lead to changes in 3 of golf’s marquee events: The Players Championship, the PGA Championship and the FedEx Cup. Here’s what you need to know about the potential changes:
- The Players Championship would move back to its March date and spot within the Florida Swing. This should lead to much better course conditions for the Tour’s marquee event.
- The PGA Championship would move up to May, becoming the season’s second major. This would be huge for the major that struggles most with its identity. Only one month removed from the Masters, the PGA Championship should be packed with storylines and should no longer be just an afterthought.
- The FedEx Cup would be cut from 4 events to 3 with Boston getting the axe while moving up in the season to end on Labor Day Weekend and avoid the start of the NFL season. This would be a great move for the Tour as it would no longer fight for ratings with the NFL during its “playoffs”.
A Sunday start?
The Web.com Tour kicks off their season on Sunday in the Bahamas for the Great Exuma Classic. It will be the first of two events in the Bahamas that test a Sunday - Wednesday tournament format. The hopes of the test are to bring more exposure and ratings to the secondary tour that houses many of the PGA Tour’s future stars. Golf Channel will carry live coverage of the Great Exuma all days, with Sunday’s coverage starting at 3pm EST.
Golf Digest releases its top 100 list
It’s that time of the year again... get ready to scroll through and cross off your conquests on Golf Digest’s most recent “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses”. I am not going to sit here and debate an individual course’s ranking, but after the top 20, this list is a piece of steaming hot garbage. There are a lot of great raters in the Golf Digest system, but unfortunately most of the 800+ have no clue what a good golf course is. A couple bad raters with an abysmal criteria system, and you get rankings that make many throw their hands up.
Not sure what the worst part of Jason Day’s outfit was. (Read the replies to this tweet, you’re welcome.)
Bad week for Day, the star plans to play slower in 2018.
Twitter to stream 31 PGA Tour events in 2017.
Cal’s Tanner Hughes wins the Saguaro Amateur.
The best golf tweets of 2016
Soly sweat over this one for days (not really); a fun look at some of the lasting memories and witty tweets from 2016.
If Jordan wears it, you should too.
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