Bits, Bites and Barbs from the world of golf:
So: Every sport has been impacted by Omicron, with multiple players added to the protocol roster daily and many NHL and NBA games postponed. How professional golf – an outdoor sport but with indoor locker rooms, restaurants, fitness trailers, etc. – will he behave? Could we see mad scrambling to fill in the fields? Tournaments that cannot fill in the fields? Will the visits restart the weekly tests? Won’t that really be a problem at all? … A New Years Resolution: Play courses outside of Ontario. The last time I did it was in 2019. The track? Capilano Golf and Country Club. Which, to be fair, is good enough to count as five courses… Top of my must-see list: Sagebrush… Another resolution: Err short of green / hole between clubs. Everytime. Unless there is a risk head on. Nothing good ever comes out long… I can’t wait for Cameron Smith to put on a green jacket at the Masters sporting this wild mullet… Quick, before Smith on Sunday, name the last player to win a PGA Tour event… Three reasons for why the Sentry Tournament of Champions is one of the top 10 events on the PGA Tour: 1. Kapalua is phenomenal; 2. Watching golf in Hawaii with such a dull weather here is therapeutic; 3. Golf in prime time.
There is nothing more impressive in the sport than the scores regularly achieved by professional golfers. Yes golf is their job and they practice almost every day, but hitting 30 under par in four days like three guys did in Hawaii is just mind boggling considering how fickle the game can be, frustrating and difficult. No matter the width of the fairways or the calm of the conditions… Protect your skin of course but I always like caddies that put on so much sunscreen that they could pass for mimes… Response to the above: Talor Gooch at the RSM Classic . Did you know ? No, you didn’t… Why don’t OEMs release their new clubs before Christmas? … The LPGA Tour will adopt the new rule of golf prohibiting drivers over 46 inches. That means a big fit for Brooke Henderson, who has hung on to a 48-inch driver – with huge success – since her teenage years. Henderson, an aggressive player, has previously said she was not happy with her results with a shorter club. Something to watch out for as his season kicks off later this month … Henderson has faced many challenges over the past two years including COVID keeping his parents, including his father and longtime trainer Dave, away from almost all tournaments.
Ok, it’s time for predictions. Some of them are quite sane, others less so. Let’s have fun.
• Tiger Woods will play the Masters. Many don’t think so and the extremely hilly Augusta National would be an arduous walk for his still recovering leg, but the tournament is three months away, he doesn’t take days off from rehab and he’s stubborn and proud. . He will be here.
• Corey Conners will win the Players Championship. Perfect place for a sublime striker like him.
• A nasty war of words between two prominent golfers over his participation in Saudi-backed Asian Tour events will make Brooks Koepka vs. Bryson DeChambeau look like a pillow fight.
• Someone will equal Jim Furyk’s PGA Tour record of 58.
• No golf courses in Canada will be closed due to COVID this year.
• The US Women’s Open won’t be the only major women’s tournament to see a huge increase in the stock market.
• The Canadians will play in the final group Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open and CP Women’s Open.
• Mike Weir will win several times on PGA Tour Champions.
• In shocking upheaval, the international team will win the Presidents Cup. Adam Scott will not be part of the squad.
• Auston Matthews and his friends will not be in touch early this spring.
• And finally, I will finally get a hole in one fell swoop.
Dark Thought of the Week: Why get out of a parking space when you can get back into a parking space?
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