Dont mistake the use of the term dawn for me being asleep. I really believe this.
The Kraft Nabisco Championship marks the first major of the year for the ladies and the Players Championship needs no one rushing to its defense as a big-time event.
To me the U.S. Open doesnt get interesting until Saturday. And every player in the field knows that stringing along a bag full of pars will get you noticed come Sunday. But the first few days can be really uneventful. The Players Championship starts on the first tee on Thursday. Birdies and eagles are out there. Bogeys and doubles - or worse - are waiting too. Who knows? 12-under or 3-under could win?
The Kraft Nabisco has Annika going after her third win in three starts and seven out of her last nine. A win would be her third at this major.
The Kraft has Annika and Grace as its stars. It has Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer and Jenny Rosales and Lorena Ochoa ready to knock down the door. The victory pond is waiting for the next big leap.
The Players has Vijay and Tiger, Ernie and Phil. It has every player in the Top 50 in the World Golf Ranking. It also has room for the likes of a Kevin Sutherland or a Carl Paulson who can make a dent. Or room for a Craig Perks who can walk away a champion.
I like the feel of this week as much as any week in golf. Ive been to each of the mens four major championships and its my feeling that this is right on par. The course is recognizable, the players know what theyre in for and the fans come in droves knowing full well that drama is right around the corner.
Why do I like the Kraft? Its the first designated major of the year ' on any tour. Its finish can define the season for Annika. A win at Rancho Mirage gives her hope for four majors in one year.
It can signal a new beginning for a young player who might steal victory and the headlines that come with it. If Wie were to win look out world.
Dont get me wrong. The Masters week is as good as it gets. Each of the other majors, including the U.S. Womens Open, takes over our thoughts.
But for the all-around golf fan, this might just be the best of them all. A week of great tests. A week of big feel. A week that sets us up for the rest of the big ones. If a golf fan is in hibernation ' this ought to wake them up.
Each on its own is just a great tournament. Together, they make for perhaps the greatest week of the year.
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