Thursday, July 10, 2008
Thank You PGA Golfers (Not Named Tiger)
Over at the FanHaus a week or so ago, I wrote a little mini-column asking if the PGA Tour is dying because of Tiger Woods. No, not like I'm dumb enough to think Tiger is a problem, just the fact that he gets so much attention that people tend to forget about golf sans Mr. Woods.
"Hey, is Tiger playing this week. No? Alright, time for some yard work."
With Woods out, every golf fan took a collected gasp at the possibility of having to endure the rest of the season without our top dog. What are we to do? How will we cope? Who will WIN?
It turns out, the PGA Tour is still fine. Sure, ratings are down, but the play has been extremely impressive, with some great players coming through and winning some of the bigger tournaments.
We've had the great story of a 47-year-old, Kenny Perry, dominating a sport when most are just trying to survive until they're invited to the Champions Tour.
We've had a 23-year-old, Anthony Kim, show us that youth can dominate and Tiger didn't kill the inner fortitude of all the under-25 golfers in the world.
Sergio learned to putt, Phil has an actual shot at a British Open and even Woody Austin is making golf enjoyable again.
The PGA Tour will survive, it appears, and it might just make the coming years fairly competitive when all these guys see they don't need Tiger to survive.