The field is loaded at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai. Too bad very few golf fans will get a chance to watch them go at it.

A 12 hour time difference between Shanghai and the Eastern United States will force fans who don't live a nocturnal lifestyle to miss any live coverage on the Golf Channel. Obviously, it's even worse for people living in the Midwest or on the West Coast, but thats just piling on at this point.

Nothing can be done about the time zone differences around the world, and since golf is such a global game, these problems are going to come up on occasion. However, the knife only twists further into the golf lovers heart when you look at the notable groups listed on

Rory McIlroy/Charl Schwartzel /Nick Watney

Darren Clarke/Bill Haas/K.J. Choi

Lee Westwood/Keegan Bradley/Adam Scott

Those three groups alone make a tournament worth watching. My guess is any highlights on the Golf Channel or Sportscenter are going to get a lot of eyes over the next few days. What I'll miss more than anything, though, is the Twitter interaction while watching such great groups play, especially since it's so late in the season and those opportunities are becoming scarce.

Video that you have to watch and be impressed with of the day....
The Old Wooden Stick by Bubba Watson

Bubba has a way of endearing himself to golf fans that very few of his colleagues could ever hope to. In the span of minute he manages to blend old school golf equipment with new age marketing and make it work exceptionally. Who wold have thought grabbing an old wooden golf club and hitting a ball that has been bounced to him into the distance could actually grab your attention?

Sounds pretty bland in theory, but if Bubba's involved, that's never the case.

PGA TOUR declares no Comeback Player of the Year for 2011
There will be no Comeback Player of the Year for the second time in the past three years. Instead of giving the award the Steve Stricker again - who has been battling neck ailments this year and has won twice - the Tour decided to simply nix it from the end-of-the-year award ballots.

I get the decision, partially. If there isn't truly a great comeback to award, then it shouldn't simply be handed out because it's there, but should Stricker finish up strong, the Tour should reconsider its decision. It's a tricky award to give out in any sport because there is more depth in the qualifications, it's harder to award than the Player of the Year, which more or less always stands out.

However, I think the PGA Tour is secretly holding on to it so it can be bestowed upon Tiger Woods if he learns how to play golf at a high level again. Now that's a trophy Woods never thought he'd get (have) to put in the trophy case. He may not even accept it if he's feeling surly enough.