Watching PGA Tour golfers stroll down the undulated fairways of Hawaii golf programs at all times excites me; till it depresses me.
The primary two tournaments of every PGA Tour season are performed on the USA’s most up-to-date state, Hawaii, a tropical paradise ripe with ocean and volcano views.
My preliminary response is at all times anticipation. The vacation season has concluded and a brand new yr has sprung hope and expectation. I’ve been an avid PGA Tour fan for so long as I can keep in mind, and I’m fairly nerdy about finding out stats and outcomes.
The Hawaii swing affords a contemporary alternative for every PGA Tour golfer, and gives me, and numerous different followers, with a contemporary slate of tournaments to take pleasure in.
Final week, all of final yr’s winners and anybody left over who completed within the high 30 of the FedEx Cup standings certified for this week’s Sentry Match of Champions. Enjoying at The Plantation Course at Kapalua, a rugged however inviting par 73, that is at all times a perfect opening course to usher golf again onto your huge display.
As a result of the occasion is performed in Hawaii, with a time zone 5 hours behind the Japanese Time Zone, I needed to wait awhile Thursday to catch any glimpse of golf.
The protection began at 6 p.m. ET this week. I turned it on with ample enthusiasm. By roughly 6:30 p.m. ET, I used to be pissed off and jealous.
What I often put out of your mind, as I’m watching a number of the world’s finest golfers return to competitors, is that it’s often 20 levels or much less in Michigan through the Hawaii swing. As I watch professional golfers hitting photographs on lush inexperienced grass with unimaginable ocean views, I keep in mind it’s bitter chilly and often snowing exterior my window.
My golf golf equipment are amassing mud, giving a non-verbal sigh that they ended up in a golf bag of a Michigander and never a cheerful Florida retiree. I take my putter out, swing it absentmindedly a bit, promising to hit the vary as quickly because the thermometer reaches one thing north of fifty levels. However my putter and I each know that might nonetheless be months away.
As a substitute, now considerably pissed off, I return to watching the PGA professionals compete. Watching them make birdies and eagles doesn’t carry the identical luster it did main as much as the week, nevertheless it’s nonetheless good to see the gorgeous course.
Harris English gained the event, defeating Joaquín Niemann on the primary playoff gap. English and Niemann shot 25 beneath for the event.
Justin Thomas, the defending champion, completed third at 24 beneath. Current main champions Bryson DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa joined Jon Rahm in a tie for seventh at 20 beneath. The event was ripe with leisure, as the professionals launched lengthy drives and constantly went for par 5s in two photographs.
This week, the PGA Tour stays in Hawaii on a course that hasn’t traditionally yielded low scores.
I’ll be watching once more — wishing I used to be having fun with a number of the heat solar with the world’s finest golfers.
Alec Brzezinski is a sports activities reporter for the Petoskey (Michigan) Information-Evaluation, a part of the USA At present Community. Observe @BrzezinskiAlec on Twitter.