It’s hard to believe I’ve been writing about professional golf for nearly four years, but time flies when you’re writing about the likes of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, and more. How do you know when you’re really loving writing about a sport? When you eagerly look forward to each spring to writing the hole-by-hole preview of The Masters just to use Augusta National’s fantastic 360-degree visualization tool. My favorite moments of the past four years? Spieth’s win at The Masters, Stenson’s fantastic double win of the FedEx cup and the Final Series, and the US’ triumphant win at the Ryder Cup in the fall of 2016.
Phil Mickelson took second place at the St. Jude’s Classic on Sunday, fueling speculation that he’s primed for a run at the US Open title this week at Oakmont. Of course, when you’ve finished second six times, odds are that you’re suddenly going to break through at age 46 (Phil’s birthday is Thursday) aren’t so great.
Still, Mickelson is one for the ages, and unlike Tiger Woods has stayed healthy and competitive into his 40s. I broke down Phil’s place in history as a runner-up and revisited his six near misses at the US Open in my latest blog at GolfBlogger.UK today.
Writing for golfblogger.uk in the past 2-1/2 years has allowed me a lot of freedom to follow the trends of the PGA and European Tours and gain a lot of insight into the game’s past, present, and future.
That means a lot of scrutiny of Tiger Woods, who has crashed and burned, regained top form, and been ravaged by injury in the past few years.
This week is the Quicken Loans National, a Woods’ hosted event, with the man with the 14 Majors seeking to win a tournament for the first time in just shy of two years. Despite his slump, he remains constantly in the headlines and on television, as other, worthier players are relegated to less air time despite winning more and more often.
That leads me to ponder the question in my blog today, is it time to stop caring about Tiger Woods?
I do a lot of golf blogging for website golfblogger.uk and in light of Jordan Spieth’s remarkable second Major win this year before turning 21, I did this blog comparing his third PGA season (the one in progress) against those of the other two pre-25 phenoms of the last 20 years on tour – Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.
Check it out!
I started writing weekly golf news and features last April for GolfOutletsUSA.com after being a casual golf fan at best for the last 35 years or so. In the last eight months, I’ve gone from being able to name about 6 golfers (Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and four guys who were playing when I was 10 years old and forced to watch golf on TV because we didn’t have cable) to following the PGA Tour avidly.
The pros were in Maui last week and start another tournament in Honolulu on Thursday. Tough gig, eh?