The PGA TOUR season is done. Soon the LPGA will be a thing of the past. The Nationwide Tour season finishes this week. And Europe is already beginning 2007s schedule.
So with a year nearly behind us, and the European Tours new season already upon us, what are we left with?
Images, trophy holders and ... random opinions about what happened. The Silly Season might be now. But there was nothing silly about the PGA TOUR season that just concluded. Tiger Woods lost his Dad, Chris DiMarco lost his Mom, among other things. Which puts everything into perspective.
Tigers season was incredible considering the result of the first major and the loss of his Dad. To win the last two majors, and to run off six-in-a-row is amazing.
Its great that Lorena Ochoa battled Annika Sorenstam, and that Karrie Webb came back to battle both of them. In fact, I think its been a great season for the LPGA Tour. But for me, the biggest disappointment of the LPGA season has been the lack of Paula Creamer in the winners circle. And not just her. The fact that Natalie Gulbis and Christina Kim ' fresh off the Solheim Cup glory ' couldnt answer the victory bell often enough is equally newsworthy.
What happened to the Big Four? Or the Big Five? Retief Goosen and Ernie Els are sixth and eighth in the World Golf Ranking, respectively.
The highest ranking Americans in the final PGA TOUR All-Around Ranking (not named Tiger) are Steve Stricker (fourth) and Jonathan Byrd (fifth.) Neither was on the Ryder Cup Team.
Joe Durant made roughly $2.5 million in the last month of the season to finish 13th on the Official Money List. Now you know why Paul Azinger wants to find the hot player for his 2008 team -- if he can find one.
No matter how I rationalize it, its just not right that Tiger and Phil Mickelson werent in the field at the TOUR Championship. Yet nobody will convince me that Tiger shouldnt be able to call almost any shot he wants.
It took $660,898 to finish No. 125 on the PGA TOUR money list. Not bad. And dont forget that a spot inside that number guarentees players a ton in endorsement money beyond that. About $250,000 would probably be a low figure for No. 124.
Is there any player in golf more on the 2007 cant wait to see list than Phil Mickelson? Who knows how hell come out of the gates.
Twelve of 2005s Nationwide Tour graduates finished among the Top 125 on this years PGA TOUR money list. Three of them won a tournament (Troy Matteson, Chris Couch, Eric Axley). If that doesnt provide reason to up the number of cards given to 25 ' what does?
Another public divorce for John Daly, which makes four. His PGA TOUR victory total stands at five. Remember the jolt he gave the PGA TOUR season a few years back by winning in San Diego? It would be great for golf, the FedEx Cup and most importantly John, if he could somehow do it again.
Paul Azinger as Ryder Cup captain? How fast can we get to September 2008. Can he get 12 picks?
He might need 14 given the great players on the European side right now. From my view, clearly the other side of the pond has better talent and greater depth. And if you disagree with that, you cant tell me Europe doesnt have it.
Come January, TGC is on board for more PGA TOUR coverage than ever before. If company meetings in 2006 have a direct effect on producing innovative programming and a fresh and exciting look for professional golf in 2007 ' then were okay. If you could only see what I see around this building!
As always, I know Ive missed some things so let er rip.
Email your thoughts to Kraig Kann