Around The Links: A new Year Begins In Hawaii

Oct 5, 2013; Dublin, OH, USA; Brandt Snedeker and Hunter Mahan celebrate on the 9th green during the third round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2014 PGA Tour Schedule resuming today at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Maui, it’s time to forget about 2013 and get busy with the New Year. I’m sure that Brant Snedeker is eager to get the injury plagued 2013 season in his rear-view mirror and get the new season started like he did last year, when he was playing lights out before the rib injury.

Brandt Snedeker taking it gingerly

Coming out of the gate strong after his 2012 FedEx Cup victory, Brandt Snedeker finished third at Kapalua, second at Torrey Pines, and second in Scottsdale before securing a victory at Pebble Beach last spring. He was never the same for the remainder of the year.

Then he fell of a Segway in China and had to miss the Franklin Templeton Shootout, and the Northwestern Mutual World Golf Challenge.

“I had been on one all day in this pro-am,” Snedeker said yesterday. “I was going down the last hole, seeing how fast I could get it going. I hit a sprinkler head, lost control a little bit and jumped off. I landed on my knee and my knee popped.”

 Rules Of Golf And Armchair Officials

I’ve never had a problem with fans calling or emailing rules violations into the golfing headquarters. The problem I’ve always had, was a player being disqualified a day later for a rules violation that he didn’t know he made after the fact.  Decision 33-7/4.5 addresses this problem in 2014.

Needless to say golf is a great sport. It’s fun to play, and entertaining to watch. From what I see the golfers at the professional level would rather lose than cheat. As far as I see no sport has flawless officiating, and they probably never will. I just hope the the word controversy stays out of the golf world vocabulary. Lets try to keep it simple.

Four New Year’s Resolutions for golfers in 2014

Not only do golfers make resolutions about their personal lives at the start of a new year, but typically make resolutions regarding their golf games. This article from Paul Kaster at GolfWRX makes some suggestions for ways to improve your game in 2014.

Some people don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, but golfers are hopeful types and we love setting new goals every winter. So, in that spirit I bring you some suggested golf resolutions for 2014. You may not adopt them all, but I promise that if you implement just one, you’ll lower your scores and have more fun. And isn’t that what golf is all about?

 

Ten things we hope happen in 2014

If you read my blogs on a regular basis, you already know that I enjoy the guys from Devil Ball Golf at Yahoo Sports. Shane Bacon is looking through Rose Colored Glasses as he gives us Ten things we hope happen in 2014. Shane saves the best for last, so make sure you read number 10. The only thing that would have made it better was, he beats Tiger Woods to win.

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Topics: Brandt Snedeker, Golf, PGA, Tiger Woods

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