Nothing feels better after coming inside from 10-degree weather than knowing there are a bunch of wealthy men playing golf in Hawaii. It leads to a nice afternoon of staring out the window, daydreaming that your professional life could only have been so lucky.
Perhaps that's part of the glory of golf. Few can do it well enough to earn money, and the rest of us only dream about it. Which makes it pretty fantastic the PGA Tour is back and ready to taunt the cubicle/office hermits with its majestic outdoor workplace.
Now that Tiger Prowling headlines are mostly behind us, the new year brings the first tournament of the year: the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii.
(Quick side note before we get into some recap/analysis... Why does Hawaii, similar to Canadian destinations, get three locations in its name, while every other United States destination gets two? AKA Cleveland, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois, etc... It's strange and makes me think Hawaii is simply trying to make up for its not-a-continuos-United-State syndrome. Guess you have to throw them a bone once in awhile).
Anyway, Jonathan Byrd shot an opening round 66 to take the early lead in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Two-time defending champion Geoff Ogilvy withdrew from the tournament after a gouge on his index finger from a Coral Reef limited his ability to make a full golf swing. The injury will most likely shelve Ogilvy for next weeks tournament as well.
Stuart Applebee managed to shoot a 69 while playing a new putter - price tag still glued to the shaft - when his was missing from his bag when he showed up.
Jim Furyk - T4, -5
Matt Kuchar, T7, -4
Anthony Kim - returning after an injury left him sidelined for the better part of 2010, T7, -4