Now that Tiger Woods has relinquished center stage to Rory McIlroy it was my firm hope the PGA Tour and it’s network partners would change their approach and allow a broader cast of characters onto the stage.
Thinking of the Travelers Championship invokes a number of indelible images. Corey Pavin sitting on a golf cart behind the 18th green at the TPC River Highlands, casually talking with the media about a spectacular four wood shot at Shinnecock Hills two days earlier, still very much wearing the glow of the moment.
The PGA Fed Ex Cup tournament tees off today with round one of the Barclay’s Championship in Paramus, New Jersey. The top 125 players, as determined by points accumulated by order of finish in events during the regular PGA season, go in this one with the top 100 surviving for next week’s Deutsche Bank Classic outside Boston.
The broadcast of the PGA Bridgestone Invitational was no different from any other that features, Tiger Woods. You can’t teach an old network new tricks, and the Golf Channel and CBS were certainly up to their old tricks.
Today it’s about the futures market. Not on Wall Street, in sports. Today Tiger Woods opens defense of his WGC Bridgestone Invitational title at Firestone in Akron, perhaps his favorite course, having won their nine times.
Heading into the Masters, with Tiger Woods shelved due to back surgery, I painted a picture of a new era dawning in golf, one in which Tiger Woods no longer dominated, with a number of fresh young faces standing by to shake the yoke and claim their birthrights.
Kevin Streelman birdied the last seven holes to win the Travelers Championship by a stroke Sunday at TPC River Highlands.
BUBBA WILL ALWAYS COME TO CROMWELL.
In a year in which he’s gone winless, with a high finish of a tie for twenty fifth, while other golfers have won as many as three pga tour events, Tiger Woods managed to maintain the number one ranking in the world, until yesterday…
For true golf fans, who understood the nuances of the compelling story lines on the Augusta National course on Sunday afternoon, the rewards for staying with it were many.