The Re-Gift That Keeps On Giving


Yes, it's that time again.
Be careful what you ask for on your holiday gift list. It may be recycled by the time you get it.
I'm not sure if the nomenclature of 're-gifting' actually started on 'Seinfeld although a lot of people seem to think so. But the concept of re-gifting was around a long time before the concept of the sitcom.
It is in that spirit that I present my annual Christmas list for prominent people and organizations in golf. From the depth of my personal archives, I dredged up last year's list. Stay with me on this.
Last year I wished a season-long driving accuracy percentage of 60 percent for Tiger Woods. 'The rest,' I wrote, 'would take care of itself.'
Fact of the matter was, Woods didn't come especially close to 60 percent off the tee and he still won two majors, the U.S. money list and finished the season ranked No. 1 in the world.
Woods found the fairway off the tee in 2005 54.6 percent of the time. That was good for 188th place on the PGA Tour. If he gets that up to 60 percent in 2006, I predict he will win the calendar Grand Slam.
Last year I wished for Christmas Ernie Els would have better luck in the majors. This year I wish he just plays in all four majors.
Last year I wished U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman the emergence of a young gun. In 2006 I wish him the presents of the presence of Sean OHair and an old cannon, John Daly, on his team at the matches in Ireland.
Last year I wished Davis Love III another major. In 2006 I wish him another Tour victory. Hes the best current player not to have won since 2003.
Last year I wished Jack Nicklaus a fast start at The Masters. In 2006 I wish Nicklaus to play in a major.
Last year I put a win in the States on Colin Montgomeries Christmas list. In 2006 I put that same request on the list of the PGA Tour.
Last year I wished more silliness for Fred Couples. In 2006 Im hoping we see Fred Funk in a skirt again. Between the Skins Game and The Players Championship (five rounds of golf) Funk made almost $2.5 million.
Last year I wished Vijay Singh a good book. In 2006 Id like to see him hire a good ghost writer. His is a story, in its unexpurgated entirety, I would very much like to read.
Last year I wished Annika Sorenstam full recognition, in all circles, for being the dominant player she is. Actually, I think she got that gift in 2005.
Last year I wished Hootie Johnson narrower fairways, longer rough and faster greens at the Masters. Not added length. Maybe the present will arrive in 2006. Meanwhile Augusta National would do well to study the way the USGA will be setting up Winged Foot for the U.S. Open in June.
Finally, I wished the PGA of America the right person to replace Jim Awtrey. That gift arrived, too, Joe Steranka was right under their nose and they were smart enough to realize it.
OK, so maybe these arent all technically re-gifts. But you get the idea.
They play the major championships every year. And every year we seem to get a Birdie Kim or a Todd Hamilton or a Jack Fleck. Thats a re-gift that keeps on giving, too.
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