I’m watching some college football games on Saturday afternoon when across the bottom of the screen scrolls an update reading Tiger Woods leads in some golf tournament. As I reach for the remote to rewind what I just saw (gotta love DVR), I’m thinking to myself that I couldn’t possibly have seen what I think I just saw. They must have just been mentioning his name as part of some other story. I mean, it’s December. What golf tournament is still going on?
But sure enough, I was wrong. Tiger, at the time, was leading the World Challenge in California. So I know I’ve mentioned it before but, come on. Doesn’t golf have an off-season? If you take a look at the PGA Tour schedule, it sure doesn’t appear so. Don’t get me wrong, golf is great. But wouldn’t some down time make for more excitement when “golf season” came around? Everyone has heard the expression “Too much of a good thing.” Well, why wouldn’t that apply to golf also? I love football, but I would lose some interest if it was on every weekend. I need the off-season to keep me excited and interested. But if there isn’t going to be an off-season, then why not add a wrinkle here and there?
What do I mean by a wrinkle? How about we see more of a connection between the pros and the hacks like us? If they’re going to play in December, lets see them play somewhere other than southern California where the temperature is still 70 degrees. Head a little more north and play where the temperature is hovering around the 45-50 degree mark. Myself and three other stinky golfers played a nine-hole round last month on a shoreline course. The temperature topped out around 45 degrees and the wind was blowing/gusting from start to finish. I’d like to see the pros play in that once in a while.
Did anyone happen to see the Eagles-Lions game this weekend? They played that game in blizzard conditions with 4-6″ of snow on the ground. Now I don’t want or expect to see golf played in that weather. However, let’s do something other than the “challenge of playing by the ocean breeze of Pebble Beach.” I mean, please.
The problem I’m getting at is, I enjoy golf, but I had absolutely no idea that a golf tournament was taking place this weekend. I truly believe the sport could be helped by simply creating a more condensed season. I mean, December? The NFL is into the final few weeks of the regular season. The NBA is now in full swing, as is the NHL. There’s simply too much competition for viewers. Shorten the season to April through early November (at the latest). The only competition through a good part of the season is baseball.
If it seems like I’ve said this before, it’s because I have. But I’m truly only trying to help! The whole point is, if I as a golf fan had no idea that a golf tournament was even happening this weekend, then there may be a problem. Not that I would have been watching anyway with football going on…but you see my point.
Swing ’til you’re happy!