JERSEY CITY, N.J. ' From the Solheim Cup to the FedEx Cup, golf runneth over.
The Playoffs were just never legitimate the first two years with the world No. 1 bypassing the No. 1 market. Tiger Woods is here now, and that means more fans, more media and more punch.
Michelle Wie blew people away with her Solheim Cup play. She was Tiger-like in her ability to hit mind-blowing shots ' like her second at No. 2 on top of Helen Alfredsson ' and, at last, her penchant for making putts that mattered. Theres no pressure from here. All she needs to do is win five times a year and save the LPGA.
Best views in golf: Pebble Beachs seventh hole (and Pebble's eighth and 18th), anywhere at Kapalua with whales breaching in the Pacific, Harbour Towns 18th late in the day, the 12th tee at Augusta National, No. 18 at St. Andrews and Liberty National. Liberty National? In Jersey City? Yes, its that spectacular.
Trying to gauge the weight of these playoffs, I posed a question to Frank Nobilo. If Lucas Glover wins The Playoffs to go with his one major, is he Player of the Year over Tiger Woods, with Tiger's five, or say even six, wins should he claim one of the next four? Frank said yes, that Glover ' or Cabrera or Cink or Yang, for that matter ' would win Player of the Year by winning The Playoffs.
Unless I missed something, Christina Kim didnt commit a crime, did she?
Tigers won in 16 states but never in New Jersey. The careers not complete until you win in Jersey.
Half-million-dollar memberships on what was once contaminated land? Only in America.
Youll see the leading lady more than the leading man this week. The Statue of Liberty could get more TV time than Tiger.
Cant believe how much buzz the Solheim Cup is generating. Everywhere I go people want to talk about it.
The Liberty National property was formerly the site of massive storage warehouses, one of which was supposedly used by the Gambino crime family. The place has gone from whod you hit to whatd you hit? Only in America.
On the plane flying to Newark, guy next to me saw me reading tournament notes and asked, Wheres the Tour stop this week? Jersey City, I said, as if it were Pebble or Scottsdale.
Big markets with strong fields and Tiger possibly playing all four is a major, major improvement over where we were four years ago when the juice dried up after the last major.
Is the golf course manufactured? No question. Are The Playoffs manufactured? Of course they are. But what isnt manufactured in modern sports? Wildcards, new ballparks designed to look old ' its all manufactured. The more relevant question is: are you more inclined to watch? The answer is yes, because the big names are here. And if it takes a manufactured post season to make that happen, so be it.
I heard Eli Manning lives on the Sopranos side of the river. Jersey Citys actually been revitalized. The rents are reasonable compared to Manhattan and the views kill.
New York Yankees, New York Times, New York minute, New York skyline, New York Giants. What else?
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Lerner, a mainstay at Golf Channel since 1997, is an anchor/reporter for Golf Central.