For those of you who have been reading my weekly post, Ren’s Rants, you know that I am a golf nut. You also know that in golf’s very short off season, I go through a sort of mini-depression. Well, no more, folks, golf is back!
The season resumed last week in Maui at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and boy, it didn’t disappoint! The main story line heading into 2016 revolved around one question: Can Jordan Spieth follow up his historic year in 2015? Well, he answered that question in his first start of the year with a resounding YES. In a field that contained 6 out of the top 10 golfers in the world, Spieth lapped his competitors, cruising to an 8 shot victory. In the process, he became the third youngest golfer to 7 PGA TOUR wins, and accomplished the feat just a few months slower than, you guessed it, Tiger Woods. While Spieth constantly downplays the Tiger comparisons, claiming that it is far too early to compare, he has earned the comparisons, and they will likely follow him around for the remainder of his career.
He has shown a confidence and poise that is unheard of for a player his age. He plays his best golf on the biggest stages, and he does it with a smile and humble maturity that have earned him the praise of all of his competitors.
Anyways, golf is back, and I could not be more excited. The TOUR remains in Hawaii this week for the Sony Open, and while the landscape appears tranquil on TV, the competition will be anything but. Players are all vying for the trophy, while simultaneously trying to get their year off to a great start. Not only are they trying to pad their bank accounts and get into a good position in the race to the FedEx Cup Playoffs, but the European and American stars are also vying for a Ryder Cup berth in what is shaping up to be the most talked about Ryder Cup in years as the Americans try to finally take the Cup back from Europe, and on home soil.
Story lines are a-plenty, and this year ought to be an exciting one week-in, week-out. So, rejoice, golf fans, golf is back. It’s going to be a great year.