And so it goes!
Just as in business, a year can end at a time other than the calendar end of the year. All you have to do is begin at some point and end 12 months later.
Voila! One year.
Disregard the natural phenomena called fall with its turning of the leaves, shorter days and slightly cooler temperatures when people pack up their clubs and unwrap their warm clothes.
Gone is the time when a handful of players graced our TV sets earning ridiculous mega money for 18 hole matches called the “Silly Season,” Also gone is the three-month rest period for PGA Tour players, all replaced by the beginning of the new PGA Tour season and a four-event Web .com Final series.
Now that the playoffs are over, there is absolutely no doubt that Jordan Spieth is the player of the year, not that I had any doubt he would become so after winning two majors, but certain parties who shall go nameless were conjuring up a different outcome.
Does 1950 come to mind when Ben Hogan won one event (U.S. Open) and Sam Snead won 11 times with Hogan named player of the year?
In my mind, Spieth qualifies to be placed on the all time greatest putters list along side Bobby Locke, Billy Casper, Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen.
Many great champions made putts when they had to and many made them when they were supposed to, but other than Locke, they basically made them inside 10 to 12 feet mixed with a few long ones. Spieth makes everything from everywhere.
I must admit, the formula for the play-offs is getting better and the longer the show goes, on I am beginning to understand the FedEx point distribution.
The influence of the Players’ Board is evident with ensuring the season-long top performers ultimately having the best chance to win the $10-million pot.
However, the minor tweaks made over time now allow any qualifying player to gravitate to the top if they enjoy a winning month, but it’s complicated. For example, Spieth missed two cuts in the play-offs but still wins.
In the first playoff event, I had a lot of trouble following the top players in the world. Some missed the cut. Some withdrew due to injury. Some stayed home and some were lost in the middle of the pack.
Others who I had not previously followed closely, emerged into the top 10 making me wonder how those in the lead for the FedEx Cup would ever contend. As the elimination format trudged on, sure enough, when they arrived in Georgia all the biggest stars were on the screen.
Then, a 22-year-old won his fifth title of the year, won the Vardon Trophy and once again became the No. 1 player in the world, the sixth change in ownership this year.
From a spectators’ point of view; I made a rookie mistake on Saturday. Since my wife and I were leaving on a short vacation on Sunday, I had a few jobs and errands to do. I was a good boy on Saturday morning and worked diligently until exactly 3 p.m..
I made a nice sandwich, poured a soft drink and sat down in front of the TV to watch the third round. After about 30 minutes of channel flipping, I went to my computer to see why I couldn’t find the broadcast.
Sure enough, the third round of a $10-million season-ending event was nowhere to be found. It had taken second seat to U.S. college football. I’m sad to say I had to scramble around for hours trying to find Saturday’s results and story lines.
I did watch the other three rounds, but I sure goofed on Saturday or was my expectation to watch one of golf’s biggest stages on Saturday at 3 p.m. too much to ask and golf should take a second seat to college football?