Golf feels old this New Year.
All the significant birthdays being reached in the game are making my bones creak and joints ache.
Arnold Palmer turned 80 last September.
Jack Nicklaus will turn 70 on Jan. 21.
Tom Watson turned 60 in September.
Fred Couples is about to make his Champions Tour debut after turning 50 in October. Paul Azinger turned 50 two days ago.
Ernie Els turned 40 in October and Phil Mickelson hits 40 in June.
Sergio Garcia will turn 30 on Saturday.
When Trevor Immelman turned 30 on Dec. 16, it left the men’s game with no major championship winners under 30. Lucas Glover turned 30 in November.
Tiger Woods is only 34, but he may be gray or bald when he finally re-emerges because he must feel like he’s aged a decade in the last month.
Golf's breaking out in age spots and wrinkles.
You wonder why there’s such intense media interest in Rickie Fowler, who just turned 21 in December? Or Rory McIlroy, who turns 21 in May? Or Ryo Ishikawa, who’s 18? Maybe it’s because the game needs an injection of youth to appeal to a younger generation.
Sorry guys, but do you mind hurrying up your development? The game needs you while you're young.
For all you golf intensive fans who visit this site, does the age of the game's best players matter to you?