With the start of a new year tomorrow, and the Hyundai Tournament of Champions getting underway on Friday, it’s time for me to get back to work. I’m very excited about the new season getting into full swing in January, and anxious to bring you stories from around the Internet on a daily basis in “Around The Links”.
Even though I am excited about the PGA Tour getting back to the business of providing meaningful golf, I tend to agree with Fred Alvater from The Bleacher Report. The Hyundai Tournament of Champions has lost some of its luster. Even though there are 13 new first-time winners, the field is questionable to say the least. No Tiger Woods, no Phil Mickelson, no Justin Rose, and no Henrik Stenson. The only players in the top 10 on the Official World Golf Rankings are Adam Scott, and Matt Kuchar.
Why travel to Hawaii for a chance to win $1 million when a top player can show up in Abu Dhabi for $3 million guaranteed?
Obviously, the biggest question on everyone’s mind as we go into the new season is “Can Tiger Get Number 15 this year?” This article from the golf writers at ESPN breaks down the odds, and places where the World’s number one golfer might end his o-fer streak in majors that has lasted since the 2008 US Open. I think 2014 is Tigers best chance to get at least one more on his resume.
One of the biggest reasons that Team Europe is so good at Ryder Cup time has mainly to do with culture. This article that mentions the 2014 Ryder Cup is buried in an Associated Press article posted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Ryder Cup news has been all over the European sites since October. Team USA Captain, Tom Watson has his work cut out when he gets to Gleneagles in September.
One of my favorite places to find golf news is from the staff at Yahoo Sports. Writer of “Devil Ball Golf” Shane Bacon has featured a series this month called the 10 Best Golf Moments of 2013 Golf, and I have pretty much agreed with his assessment of the season. I personally thought that Adam Scott’s Masters win, and Phil Mickelson’s Open Championship wins were a toss-up for number one, and Shane has selected Phil’s win number one.
I wonder how Phil would have ranked if he had gotten the US Open monkey off his back.
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