With the start of the Masters, golf season has officially arrived! I used to think of the Players Championship as the start of the golf season but didn’t have time to write a review for it so now I think the Masters is the start of the golf season.
I guess you could say for me, the start of the golf season is either the masters or the players, depending on whether I have time to write a preview article.
It’s been almost eight months since we’ve had a major golf championship. That’s long for a sport where everyone really cares about the majors. All the major golf events condensed into four months. Of course, the Fed Ex Cup runs all year round, but not many people follow the Fed-Ex Cup standings.
Is this a viable business plan?
Apparently because everyone in and around the world of golf is wealthy! Golf tournament purses are at an all-time high, with this year’s Players Championship winner Cameron Smith taking home $3.6 million. $3.6 million for winning a golf tournament when there are people like me who can barely afford all the privileges of playing at a mid-level country club? Aren’t they ashamed? When asked what he was going to do with this large payment, Cameron Smith said he would buy a solid gold house. Purses rose in the short term due to the Saudi Golf League scare. Saudis don’t play golf, you say. So why do they have a league? Where are the Saudi golfers? They have all this money and great courses. Why didn’t they produce a player? Why are they trying to create a league to rival the PGA Tour when they can’t even produce golf talent?
All good questions, Dan, thanks.
Jack Nicklaus says he’s too old to compete in the Masters Par 3 contest. My God, this is depressing. The greatest golfer of all time is too old to play on a small par-3 course. It kind of makes you think about mortality, and nobody wants to do that. At least Nicklaus did something great on this Earth. He can leave this death coil with his head held high. The rest of us? Not really. The best thing to do is not think about it, which is why Jack should hold back for a few more years so we can all stop thinking about our mortality.
Speaking as one of Rory McIlroy’s biggest fans, he gets a bit boring. Why does he have to be the spokesperson on all golf-related matters? How about winning a major? It’s been eight long years. The Irish are supposed to be in the background making jokes and BS’ing, not moral examples. Rory has also become a darling of the press…not a good thing. You don’t want journalists to like you. It means you are doing it wrong. I will forgive him if he wins and celebrates at Mar a Lago.
Golfer Rory McIlroy (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
All the mainstream golf writers are making a huge deal that Tiger will play in the Masters. The greatest comeback of all time! Incredible resilience! Yada yada yada. He had a pretty serious car accident, and it happened 14 months ago. The human body is resilient, and with modern medicine, we can come back from the abyss quite quickly. They say he “nearly had his leg amputated!!” I really don’t know the extent of his injuries, but I can guarantee you that they didn’t come close to amputating his leg. People who say these things are always lying and exaggerating – 100% of the time. And Tiger also loves drama, so he agreed, saying the idea of amputation was “on the table.”
Things must be really bad to have a leg amputated with the quality of vascular surgeons today. Frankly, that’s an insult to the many Civil War soldiers who really lost a leg in places like Shiloh, Antietam, or The Wilderness. I just read 2 Civil War biographies, by the way. Grant and Lee. They were both very good generals – that was my big lesson. That and many soldiers lost their legs.
After his comments on the Saudi Golf League, Phil Mickelson is officially persona non grata at the Masters. I’m not a huge fan of Phil or Saudi Arabia, but the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.
Golfer Phil Mickelson (Oisin Keniry/Getty Images)
Phil sounds like Trump – he says it like it is, which can be a problem because no one really wants to hear the truth. Phil was open and honest (and misguided) and has now been shunned by the PGA. Now I appreciate a good avoidance, but it’s unfair. An iconic three-time winner, Masters winner, not playing on mildly controversial comments. Ridiculous. Again, I always thought Phil was a bit of an impostor. For a while, I went so far as to think he was fake nonsense…but Americans are a forgiving people, and we should be grateful to Philly Mick. I also think the reason Tiger is coming back to play Augusta is just to stick with Phil.
Returning champion Hideki Matsuyama is coming a bit under the radar. Winning the Masters last year was supposed to make him a global icon, but I didn’t see it. Is it in advertisements? I try not to watch ads anymore, but I don’t remember seeing it in any. I think Hideki is just a normal guy who doesn’t feel like he has to be bossy and in all commercials like Tom Brady. Good for him. I wish him continued success. As for Tom Brady, ever since he sold out Trump at Biden’s Rose Garden ceremony, he’s been dead to me. I will not return his calls.
Who won’t win?
Scottie Scheffler – flavor of the month – no chance.
Hideki – He was lucky to win last year after Xander Schauffele hit him in the drink on the 16th. The wheels were starting to fall off. His goal is simply to look good.
Rory plays poorly, can’t putt and has too many bad memories of Augusta. Plus, he wants to be the conscience of golf, and you can’t be that and a champion.
Dustin Johnson – seems content with two majors.
Tiger – lucky to win in 2019 after everyone crumbled around him. Also, haven’t you heard that he almost had his leg amputated!!!
Jon Rahm – the betting favorite at 10-1. I do not see it.
Collin Morikawa – arrives too cold and under the radar.
Viktor Hovland – he admits he’s not a great chipper, so how can he win in Augusta?
Who can win?
Cameron Smith- just won the players. Cool client who is the only player to spin in the 60s for four rounds…still lost to DJ in 2020.
Justin Thomas – “in the know” people think this could be his year. He is made to win a few Masters, but it won’t be this year.
Xander Schauffele – had it in his grasp last year but the water ball on 16 doomed him. He said he landed that shot perfectly, though… so maybe he didn’t choke. The jury is still out.
Jordan Spieth – he says he’s confident and he can win, and I believe him.
Who will win?
When healthy, Brooks Koepka should be the favorite at every major. Great putt in the clutch. Hit a mile. Love the pressure. You can have it at 18-1, and I suggest you do.
Dan Redmond has been purged from Twitter (total BS), but you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org