April 7, 2012

The main reason I look forward to the Masters every year is because watching the television coverage from hole to hole is like seeing an old friend after a long absence. It’s the only major that never changes its location, which is something that makes it so special. It’s the course, the colors, the tradition, and the way previous excellence is rewarded. As a golf-watching event, the only other event that even comes close is the British Open, which I love almost as much. There are few things in life more enjoyable than enjoying a brewskie in front of a big-screen TV at the golf course grill before and after a Goodboys Invitational round to watch golf being played on the terrain and in the elements as it was conceived.

I can’t recall a more intriguing leaderboard as the Masters heads into “moving day” and beyond: Fred Couples, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy are all in the mix. Of course, the big loser in all of this is Golf Channel: think about it, unless Tiger Woods is able to turn it around and work himself back into contention, what will Kelly, Rich, and the crowd have left to talk about? Their coverage is so Tiger-centric it’s become almost a joke; perhaps they should just call it Tiger Channel.

And while on the subject of the Masters, is there anything President Barack Obama won’t try to politicize? The fact of the matter is, Augusta National is a private club, and private clubs can – and should – be able to invite (or not invite) whomever they want. If people don’t like it, they don’t have to play at Augusta, watch the Masters, or support its sponsors. To Barack and all the whining feminists out there I say get a friggin’ life. I know this president consistently feels the need to stick his nose into things that, frankly, are none of his business, and he is, after all, running for reelection, but I wish he’d stick to matters of state and the real important issues this country faces. Not that I expect that to happen anytime soon….

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