Not me, silly – the PGA Tour, which, having finished its initial phase of the 2011 season, now heads to Florida and the ramp-up to The Masters. They’ve played in Hawaii, in California, and in the deserts in Arizona. A few of the Goodboys have played in Las Vegas. So going forward, let’s see, we have the Honda Classic, the Cadillac Championship at Doral, the Transitions at Innisbrook, and Arnie’s tournament at Bay Hill. So what have we learned during this golf year thus far?
1. Have to agree with Jay Busbee when he says we’ve officially entered the post-Tiger Woods era. While, as I’ve said previously, I’m sure Tiger will win his share of tournaments going forward (including, I’ll bet – a couple of majors ) before he’s done, the days of him dominating the PGA Tour are over. Sooner or later, he’ll figure out his off-the-tee consistency woes, but at 35, he’s just not going to be able to compete on the greens with all the young ‘uns out there. And, as far as the Fowlers, Johnsons, Kayners, McIlroys, etc. out there are concerned, he’s old news and will not intimidate anyone going forward.
2. I think we’ve also seen the best of Phil Mickelson. He’s being slowed by an incurable arthritic condition, and it’s not out of the question that you could see him hang up his spikes within the next year or two. He’s made a ton of money, has interests far beyond the game itself, and, frankly, with all his family concerns, he doesn’t need the weekly grind anymore. You watch, no one listens to The Great White Shank, but I’m right on this one.
3. The Goodboys who played in Las Vegas (Ben “The Funny Guy” Andrusaitis, the defending champs Steve “Killer” Kowalski and Pat “Doggy Duval” McLaughlin, and yours truly) are already ready for this year’s Goodboys Invitational. In fact, I’ve seen a group of golfers so ready for a brawl. We’re all in mid-season form and ready to scrap with anyone who dares come our way.
4. I love the Cobra S2 woods, and can’t wait to add them to my arsenal. I played the straights in Vegas, think the offsets are a little more designed for a high-handicapper’s game like mine.
5. Luke Donald once again proved how much he loves match play. I think he’s got a game well-suited for Augusta, and he’s my early choice to win the green jacket this year.
I can’t stand J.B. Holmes as a golfer. Not only is he an excruciatingly-slow player, but that plum-bobbing he does before every putt drives me crazy. If Goodboy Ron “Cubby” Myerow ever tried to do that during a Goodboys Invitational weekend he’d be hoisted from the nearest yardarm (that is, if they had yardarms on a golf course).
I love Florida golf. Big, wide green fairways, big wide greens, warm humidity, palm trees, alligators by the water, and blue skies and ultraviolet rays. Ought to be fun to see what West Coast golfers get left in the dust as The Tour moves east…