Spring isn’t in the air in my neighborhood yet, but through the magic of television, and golf, I can see it’s just around the corner. With the first month of 2014 almost in the books, all of the major tours are finally underway as the LPGA has gotten its new season started this week in the Bahamas. The PGA Trade show in Orlando was a huge success, and now all we need to do is wait for spring.
If you are an older golf fan such as myself, it’s hard to watch the success that Lizette Salas is finding on the LPGA Tour, and not remember a young Nancy Lopez. Nancy took the golf world by storm in the late 70’s, and was the rags-to-riches story of the decade.
This is a good article from Ron Sirak at Golf Digest that highlights the career of the up and coming LPGA Star.
“You can’t imagine what a big deal this is for us, two Mexican immigrants, to see our daughter play for the United States,” Martha said. “We are so proud of how well she represents us, our new country and our homeland.”
Everyone was worried if Jordan Spieth would be intimidated by playing the first two rounds at The Farmers Insurance Open being paired with Tiger Woods. I’m not sure it wasn’t Tiger who was intimidated. Tiger has won 79 tournaments, and Jordan only one, but after play ended on the North Course at Torrey Pines, it looks like Jordan will be fine. He won’t be paired with Tiger on Saturday.
“I wasn’t intimidated by any means,” Spieth said. “I grew up watching him.… I idolized him.…When you see some of the shots he pulls off, it’s cool to play with him.”
The Morning Drive Show at the Golf Channel was broadcast all week from the Golf Trade Show in Orlando Florida. The concern most execs were having is the loss of the 18-34 year-old audience. The big question I heard all week was how does golf keep this demographic interested in the game.
Jason Dufner is in the Far East this week playing golf at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. You have to wonder if he has been able to talk the Sheiks into a Dufnering session.
“You look at the old-time players, Mr. Nicklaus, Mr. Player and Mr. Trevino travelled all over the world winning many, many tournaments. We are a little spoiled in the States given the schedule we play and the purses we play for but this way I get to see the world. It’s a win-win situation for me.”