It really had the feel of a U.S. Open, minus everyone complaining about the layout ' and minus the drama.
While the tournament was tightly contested throughout, and the top of the leaderboard featured names like Appleby and Campbell and Furyk and Singh, there wasnt a lot about which to get excited.
Some of it might have had to do with the absence of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, but there was more to it that just that.
Woods and Mickelson complained last year that the season is too long, and in a way they were right. The PGA Tour season is not too long; the golfing season is too long.
The final official tour event of 2005 concluded on Nov. 6. Had that really been it, we ' at least I ' would have been jonesing for the return of golf in 06. I would have needed a fix. Instead, there was the Franklin Templeton Shootout and the WGC-World Cup and the Target World Challenge and the Skins Game and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. Not to mention the Father/Son Challenge and the Wendys 3-Tour Challenge and the Tommy Bahama Challenge. And events in China and Japan and South Africa and Australia.
It was an off-season overdose.
And when I returned to the office this past week I felt like I was in some kind of suffocating relationship. I just wanted to tell Golf: Hey, I think we need a break. Some time away from one another ' just a week, maybe. Its not you; its me. Actually, its you.
But this did turn out to be a pretty good tournament to kick-start the season. And now I think Im ready. Ready to make commitment to the 2006 season. If not this week, then maybe when they hit the mainland. Certainly by the Florida Swing.
Maybe I'm just bitter because my Cincinnati Bengals lost Sunday. Or maybe I'm just bitter because I didn't get to go to Maui (more likely). But while I wasnt geeked up about this past weeks tournament, I did find plenty things that provoked thought:
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