The 2014 golf season has already teed off and while there has yet to be a tournament of considerable note, there is a lot to look forward to. The four majors will be the backbone of the golf season and on top of that, it’s a Ryder Cup year. We’ve come to view THE PLAYERS as a pseudo fifth major and now that the TOUR Championship has proven to be appointment television, there will be no lull in 2014.
With a packed schedule, it’s up to the golfers to fill in the rest of the script, and as we’ve come to learn, there will be drama on and off the course. Here’s what I’m looking forward to hopefully filling some of that script:
Phil Mickelson Wins the US Open
Lefty has been so close, so many times, that it is starting to seem like cruel and unusual punishment when he falls short. It’s the final box he needs to check on his career checklist. I’d love to see him do it this year at Pinehurst No. 2.
Tiger Woods Wins Another Major….Any Major (Except the US Open)
This has less to do with me being a fan of Woods and more to do with me not wanting to have to continue the conversation of when/if Woods will get his 15th major. I don’t really care if he ever gets to 18 and ties Jack Nicklaus anymore. I just want him to get one this year so the conversation can end and I don’t have to pick him to win anymore and feel stupid afterwards.
Rory McIlroy Forgets 2013 Ever Happened
Following a 2012 that thrust McIlroy to the top of the golf world, the young phenom fell flat on his face in 2013. It started with a great Nike commercial and ended with a whimper. He was never close in any of the majors and simply couldn’t put all facets of his game together in the same tournament. It was almost sad to see, until you remember he still made millions of dollars for playing bad golf. I wrote many times last year that I thought his switch to Nike had a huge effect on his game and I’m hoping he’s had enough time to make that adjustment.
Dustin Johnson Plays in Every Tournament and Makes Every Cut
This has nothing to do with Johnson and everything to do with his lady, Paulina Gretzky.
Long Putters = Disqualification
Unless you’re on the Champions Tour, a long putter should not be in your golf bag. Period.
Jim Nantz Swears During a Masters Broadcast
I put the odds of this happening at 1,000,000:1, but I can’t think of anything that would be more funny this golf season. Imagine the outrage. It would probably blow up the Internet. It’s so absurd… and that’s what would make it so great.
I Play More Than 4 Rounds of Golf
This has nothing to do with the PGA Tour, but it's important. I played 4 rounds of golf in 2013 and I’m ashamed of it. I’ve never played so few rounds since I started playing golf regularly in 2000. The saddest part is, without practicing at all or taking time to hone my golf game, I still shot the same scores in the low 40’s on 9 holes that I did when I obsessed over playing and getting better. I guess that says all you need to know about my game. It’s consistently mediocre no matter what I do.