KEYS TO THE CAR: Geoff Ogilvy won the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship, blowing away the field like Kapalua trade winds. Ogilvy defeated Anthony Kim and Davis Love III by six strokes.
It was a phenomenal performance for the Australian; unfortunately it happened to come during the NCAA football national championship and NFL playoffs. And then there was this ...
UMMM ... NO THANKS: Thirty-three players teed it up in the PGA Tour season opener on Maui. Not among them, however, were the top four players in the world: Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington.
Skipping this event just goes to show you how spoiled Tour players are. Tournament director Gary Planos and company do everything for those in the field but throw rose petals under their feet while they walk the course. Woods, by the way, isn't excused just because he is recovering from injury. He hasn't played the Mercedes since 2005 and likely wouldn't have competed this time around even if he was healthy.
THE WEDDING BELLS TOLL: Four weeks after ending her Hall of Fame career, Annika Sorenstam married Mike McGee Saturday in a ceremony at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club.
Congratulations to Annika and Mike. Hopefully kids will soon follow. Then her kids can play with my kids and we'll create one big college scholarship for them all. I like this plan.
SOONER OR LATER?: Reports say Tiger Woods could return as early as February for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, which he won last year.
No chance. Tiger's not playing his first event in eight months at a tournament where he could get bounced after less than 18 holes. No way he comes back before Doral.
LET'S GO CRAZY: Vijay Singh announced that he would have surgery on his injured right knee after the Mercedes. He hopes to return at Pebble Beach, Feb. 12-15
We know Tiger got antsy sitting on his couch but what's going to happen to Vijay? He might come back to the Tour nuttier than Margot Kidder.
20 OR BUST: Last year, Kenny Perry's desire was simply to make the U.S. Ryder Cup team. His current goal, however, is loftier and his time frame lengthier: Win 20 PGA Tour events before the end of his career.
Perry is currently 48 years old and has 12 Tour victories to his credit. Unless he starts aging like Benjamin Button that's not going to happen.
IT'S JUST MONEY: U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee says he may have lost up to $100 million by not turning pro after his Amateur triumph.
Anyone who thinks it's noble to remain an amateur instead of striking while the iron is hot is either really rich or really ignorant.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Scuttlebutt is the Mercedes tournament may leave Hawaii after 2010. ... Seve Ballesteros hopes to return in ‘10 to captain the Royal Trophy. ... Anders Hansen won the European Tour's Joburg Open. ... Staff members were promoted and others released as the LPGA re-structured its organization.
Here's an idea: Play every Tour event at Isleworth. It's your best chance to guarantee a Tiger appearance. ... Still not sure why we need a competition between Europe and Asia, but it would be great to see Seve back on a golf course in any capacity (Asia won this year's edition, in case you were interested). ... Hansen may be best known for winning the 2007 BMW PGA. Actually he may be best known for not being Soren Hansen. ... No, Carolyn Bivens was not among those let go.
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