Time to take a break, right?
Well, not everyone.
Theres no rest for World No. 1 Tiger Woods. Following this past weeks Tour Championship, Woods now travels to Hong Kong for an exhibition (Nov. 10-11) before going to the World Cup (Nov. 15-18) in Japan, where he and David Duval are the defending champions.
Then its off to Hawaii for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf (Nov. 20-21), followed by the Skins Game (Nov. 24-25) in California and his own Williams World Challenge (Dec. 13-16) in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Three weeks later hell be starting the 2002 campaign back in Hawaii at the Mercedes Championships.
For Tigers World Cup partner, Duval, its much of the same.
Its definitely not the end (of the year) for me, he said. I have a long way to go.
In addition to the World Cup, Duval will play in another event in Japan. He will then join Tiger in Hawaii for the PGA Grand Slam, which is for the 2001 major champions.
Im excited about making my debut in Japan, Duval said. But it is a long trip. And its not so much about playing five weeks in a row. Its more about the mileage. Thats a lot of traveling to do.
Spains Sergio Garcia has already spent the better part of the year traversing the globe, and thats not about to stop now.
I am taking one week off, said the 21-year-old. Then I am going to go and play two (events) in Japan, then one in South Africa. Then I will take the week off after that, and then get ready for the Mercedes.
Others will be more centralized from now until then.
Brad Faxon will compete in this weeks Franklin Templeton Shootout in Miami, Fla., and thats it.
Former Florida Gator Chris DiMarco will be living Saturday-to-Saturday.
I got a Gator game in South Carolina; Gator game in Gainesville (Florida); Gator game in Gainesville, the SEC Championship and then (the Mercedes Championships), DiMarco said with a laugh.
Just football, actually, and family. Family and football, just take some time off and spend some time at home.
Like DiMarco, not everyone will be chasing Dollar Bill. PGA Championship winner David Toms still has the Grand Slam, the Hyundai Team Matches (in California, Dec. 7-9) and the Williams World Challenge on his playing schedule; but nothing overseas.
'I have already turned down a couple of lucrative deals in Japanand South Africa, he said.
I have heard the South Africa tournament (the Nedbank Challenge) is just unbelievable. You go over there, its two million (dollars) for first place, but you drop down to second place, its 300 (thousand dollars) and you are only guaranteed 130 (thousand dollars) to go over there, plus 50% tax, plus 20% to your manager, plus another percentage to your caddie, its like, well, do you want to travel halfway across the world, miss your duck hunting season, fly on airplanes with terrorists all over the place? Why do it?
Killing birdies ' or larger creatures ' instead of making them is a favorite of many tour players, and an activity in which many will partake over the next couple of months.
Hal Suttons schedule will consist of, huntin and fishin
And Frank Lickliter ' the apparent Ted Nugent of golf ' said after the Franklin Templeton Shootout, where hell partner with John Daly, hes going to fly directly from Naples (Florida) to Colorado for the last three days of Elk season out there. Then Im going to try and take Rocco (Mediate) hunting, and probably hunt the rest of that week. Probably not pick up a club for a few days after that and go hunting again somewhere.
What else would you expect from a man whose family vehicle is a Hummer.
In a sport where the off-season is so short, many players are forced to step away from the game during the year.
I had my break already, said Woods. I took five weeks off (from the first of September to the middle of October) to just get away from the game and get my mind and body right and I was able to do that.
I travel quite a bit from here on out.
Said Duval, You gotta have time off at some point, so I make sure I get four or five weeks off at some point during the year.
Due to the length of the schedule and the toll it takes on the body, many of the games top players have reduced the number of events that they play in each year.
Duval played in 20 PGA Tour events on the 43-week calendar (not including the canceled WGC-American Express Championship), as did Davis Love III. Tiger played in 19 tour events.
The PGA Tour season is certainly more like a marathon than a sprint. But the thought of a tour player actually running 26.2 miles seems slightly absurd, unless youre talking about Justin Leonard.
Leonard, who has been doing some training in his free time, is about to put his endurance to the test. He will run in the Dallas White Rock Marathon on Dec. 9. His fianc has already run in three of them, including the New York City Marathon this past Sunday.
Leonard, a Dallas native, has a goal of trying to complete the feat in less than four hours.
Needless to say, many of the pros wont attempt such a physically demanding endeavor. Theyre more likely to follow in Ernie Els footsteps.
Having already recently taken about five weeks off, the South African will play in his homeland, Japan and Australia throughout November.
Then, Ill have about three weeks off in December and drink some beer.
Now that sounds like an off-season.