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2013 Golf Preview

I know it's only January but for those of you saying it's too early to start thinking about Golf tell that to Dustin Johnson who already has $1.14 million in his bank account. Not to mention last week there was some crazy weather in Hawaii that was fun for a while. Oh and Tiger Woods will be back in our lives the next two weekends. You sold yet?

Before we get into this years schedule I just wanted to mention how insane the weather was last week. I watched guys on the 18 hole waiting several minutes to take their shot because the wind and rain was so crazy. Meanwhile on the first hole it was still windy but sunny as hell and the course was beyond beautiful. And of course I must mention Dustin Johnson won the wild week by chipping in for eagle after a double bogey to hold on and win by four strokes.

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2013 Schedule

Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Jan 24-27

Like I said earlier Tiger will debut next week in Abu Dhabi, but this will be his first PGA start. He has won here seven times including five straight from 05-08. This will be a good measuring stick for what kind of Tiger Woods we should be getting this year.

The Masters at Augusta National Apr 11-14

Bubba Watson is the reigning champ, after one of the more special moments of 2012. That shot he hit out of the woods was shades of Phil Mickelson. The Masters is without the doubt the best tournament of the year and will be again this year.

The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass May 9-12

One of the more fun tournaments of the year. The dreaded island green on 17 will either make or break the leaders on Sunday.

The US Open at Congressional Country Club June 13-16

The US Open is annually the toughest tournament of them all. Anything under par could be good enough to win. Deep thick roughs, fast tricky greens. It always brings out the question, is it good for them to play in such tough conditions? Yes it is hit the ball straight and your fine assholes.

The Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Links in Scotland Jul 18-21

Crazy pot bunkers galore and high winds make The Open Championship what it is. It's tough but if you are accurate and strong enough to take advantage of some shorter par 4s you can go low. But few do. The Open Championship can make for some of the biggest blowouts and some of the closest most fun/crazy finishes. Just look at Jean Van De Velde's 18th hole.

He needed a six on the final hole to win the tournament, seven to go to a playoff. He blew a three shot lead on 18 in famous fashion. Then a few weeks later he filmed a commercial, re-playing the 18th hole at Carnoustie, this time with only his putter... he scored a six.

PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club Aug 8-11

The final chance to add a major notch to the belt in 2013.

The Barclays at Liberty National Facility Aug 22-25

This is the first tournament in the Fedex Cup playoffs. The field will rapidly dwindle from here on out, so anything can happen. Anyone can get hot and go on a run. It should be a fun ride and it all starts here.

The Tour Championship at East Lake Country Club Sept 19-22

And it ends here. The final PGA event of the year. The title of Tour Champion, Fedex Cup Champion and the $10M prize that goes with it will be on the line. So many story lines to follow here it's spectacular. Also following this tournament the PGA has a new schedule. One in which will not allow for an off season. I don't know if the players will like it. But the fans certainly should. The wraparound schedule will mean the 2014 season will start following this tournament.

The Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club Oct 4-6

Similar to the Ryder Cup but it consists of the USA vs the World (not including Europe). Captains this year are Fred Couples and Nick Price. 

Questions for the 2013 season  

Can Tiger win a Major?

Like I said earlier, the next two weeks will tell us a lot, especially at Torrey Pines. We will be able to see how well together his game is after the offseason. Personally I think he is going to get at least one if not more. The field has obviously caught up to him, but he's still almost always in the mix. He just needs to get a good feel with the short stick on Sunday to finish these tournaments off. He hasn't done it the past couple years, 2013 will be back to normal for Tiger. In this guys opinion anyway.

Can Brandt Snedeker match his 2012?

The short answer no. The long answer is a bit more complicated. Snedeker was one of the best on the greens last year riding it to a Fedex Cup championship and a spot on the Ryder Cup team. After all that success his mind has to turn to winning a major. It should be interesting to see if he can play at the same level this year as last. It's not going to be easy, but he could win himself a major championship this year.

Will Rory live up to #1 status?

Absolutely he will. He is the favorite in any tournament he is in at this point. He struggled to start 2012 losing the worlds number 1 spot but quickly regained that and tore off a crazy run of strong play to finish out last year. He's the closest thing to dominant the sport has right now. He could be slated for a monster year, with multiple major victories.

Who will break out in 2013?

I believe we have only scratched the surface of Rickie Fowler. If we can only get him to grow a big thick mustache now and we can start calling him Rick Fowler. It just sounds funnier. But this kid is one hell of a golfer. He can do it all and has been around late in tournaments. He just couldn't really get over the hump. He did get one victory last year, but this year he's going to be mentioned a lot, watch out.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

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