Don’t get me wrong here. I always like seeing new people win their first PGA Tour event, but when it’s week after week, and the bigger names are neither in the mix, or not even on the property, it can get stale. With Tiger Woods on the shelf for back problems, and Phil struggling all year, the casual golf fans are jumping ship quicker than cockroaches running from the light.
I tend to agree with the folks from Tour Confidential at SI/Golf.com. Without Tiger and Phil around to make a Sunday charge, it isn’t quite as exciting.
Not even Patrick Reed, who promised us some action has done anything since winning at Doral, and FedEx Cup Points leader, Jimmy Walker winning three times on the year just doesn’t have the star quality we have been accustomed to with our aging super-stars.
If Rory McIlroy could go on a run here as we get into the US Open, and the summer schedule, it could bail out the season and give Tiger some time to get well, and back on the golf course.
We had hopes that Tiger would be back by the time they go to Royal Liverpool in July, but after his press conference from the Congressional last week, it’s not looking good for the near future. Maybe August for the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup.
Even if he comes back for the PGA, he would not have enough points accumulated to get into the playoffs, so we would need to take a wait and see attitude for the Ryder Cup.
I had hopes that Phil Mickelson could make a legitimate run at Pinehurst, but it just doesn’t seem to be Phil’s year. It would have generated some excitement if he could have tried to recapture his moment with Payne Stewart from 1999.
So if you are a golf fan who wants to see some excitement in 2014 on the course, Rory McIlroy is your best hope. Rory is popular on both sides of the pond, and if he could get on a roll, it just might bail out a season that has had little excitement on both tours.
If Rory can’t find more of the magic he had at Wentworth last weekend, it could be a long wait for the 2015 season to begin.