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Running Down the 2014 Golf Schedule

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For those of us living in warm weather golf season may have never left but for those battling the cold, it is right around the corner. The best we can do now is watching these great events early on the PGA schedule. Last week was a great tourney at Torrey Pines and now this week we have the loudest golf tournament on the planet, yes the loudest. This is a one of a kind event and I could not recommend watching it enough.


January 30th - February 2nd

WM Phoenix Open

TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ

This may be the most underrated golf experience around. Not that I have ever attended this event, but it is certainly on my bucket list. Every year this tournament starts gathering a lot of momentum for a possible “loud” major. I’m not on board with changing the tradition of the four majors, but this tourney charts right up there with The Players Championship. It may not have the prestige of The Players, but being so early in the schedule doesn’t help either. The fans that attend this event are not only allowed to get drunk and loud but it is almost required. With a stadium style par 3 complete with caddie races, this is one of the most fun tournaments on the schedule to watch.


February 19th - 23rd

World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play Championship

The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, Marana, AZ

While the last tournament suffers from its placement on the schedule this one, in my opinion, is right where it should be. There is a little gimmick factor with the match play format, but the gimmick itself is the reason why it’s fun to watch and to follow. This event provides a nice bracket to get us all ready for March Madness. While a lot of the time a tournament will come down to two guys in the same Sunday pairing, this tournament ensures it. You only have to beat the guy you are walking down the fairway with. It takes a lot of balls and a lot of grit to win this. You have to stare down the man standing in your way and just beat him straight up. It’s a fun gimmick but a gimmick none the less.

February 27th - March 2nd

The Honda Classic

PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, FL

March 6th - 9th

World Golf Championships Cadillac-Championship

Trump National Doral, Miami, FL

These two tournaments are two that will host all of the biggest names the golf world has to offer. They are also used as prep time for the Masters. Obviously you will see guys gunning for a trophy but you will see plenty of guys working on their game getting ready to try and win one of those green jackets.

March 20th - 23rd

Arnold Palmer Invitational

Bay Hill Club, Orlando, FL

While this is in fact another tune up for the Masters, it carries Arnold Palmers’ name along with it. The winner will get to shake his legendary hand and have at least a few moments with one of the all time greats. Like winning one of Jack’s tournaments it carries a lot more weight than winning some corporate sponsored event.

March 27th - 30th

Valero Texas Open

JW Marriott, TPC San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

April 3rd - 6th

Shell Houston Open

Golf Club of Houston, Humble, TX

These are the final two stops before the Masters. You should see everyone fine tuning their game for the next big step in the Valero Texas Open and the majority of the greats in the Shell Houston Open.

April 10th - 13th

The Masters

Augusta National, Augusta, GA

The greatest golf tournament on the planet, period.

May 8th - 11th

The Players Championship

TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Is there anything more exciting than watching the par 3 island green 17th hole on Sunday?

May 29th - June 1st

The Memorial Tournament

Muirfield Village, Dublin, OH

The last time you should expect to see everyone on the links before the tour’s next major event.

June 12th - 15th

US Open

Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, NC

This is without a doubt the most difficult golf tournament on the planet in any given year. The rough is as thick and as long as a vintage porn stars bush and they surround some of the most narrow fairways you will see all year. Not to mention the greens are faster than I was when I lost my virginity, jesus where the hell is my mind. Anyway, if you can finish even one shot below par you are likely going to win this thing. This tournament is notorious for breaking the spirits of the best the world has to offer.

June 26th - 29th

AT&T National

Congressional CC, Bethesda, MD

Another event that the worlds best will use as a tune up for the British Open but another one that they will also really want to win. This is one of those events that showcases the best in the world and anytime you can beat the best you have a right to be happy.

July 17th - 20th

The British Open

Royal Liverpool, Hoylake, Eng

This is a weird one to me personally. While I do love this event, I don’t understand why we have turned it into “The Open Championship” when we have named the US Open as such, and especially seeing that the US Open is more difficult and since there aren’t any other links courses on the schedule, yet we devote a major tournament to one. I feel bad for the people that have to cover this event in person. The weather usually sucks and there is usually a ton of wind given the wide open course layout. However the one staple of this event are the giant pot bunkers. This event has created some of the biggest blowouts as well as some of the most spectacular meltdowns the golf world has seen. There are just so many obstacles to overcome for four straight days. While in US Open you must be accurate in finding the fairway, this one is similar yet totally different. You won’t be missing too many fairways even if you and I went golfing at this place. But you also can’t just bombs away at a lot of these holes. Where you ball lands off the tee is as important as anything in this event. If you find one of the million fairway pot bunkers you are giving up a stroke.

July 31st - August 3rd

World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational  

Firestone CC (South), Akron, OH

Another World Golf Championships event and this one comes a few days before the final major tournament of the season.

August 7th - 10th

PGA Championship

Valhalla GC, Louisville, KY

If there was a major that is prone to handing out trophies to first time major championship winners, it’s this one. Jason Dufner did it just last year and we may be in for another this year. Thank god for the FedEx Playoffs, the Sunday night after this was over used to be so effing depressing, but now that gets pushed back a month or so.

FedEx Cup Playoffs

August 21st - 24th

The Barclays

Ridgewood CC, Paramus, NJ

August 29th - September 1st

Deutsche Bank Championship

TPC Boston, Norton, MA

September 4th - 7th

BMW Championship

Cherry Hills CC, Cherry Hills Village, CO

September 11th - 14th

Tour Championship

East Lake GC, Atlanta, GA

What a fun addition this has been to the yearly schedule. It carries its own weight and doesn’t bombard the tradition of the four major tournaments. But with a $10M prize and the year end points champion it carries its own weight at this point. The elimination format is perfect for this sport. Rarely are home runs hit like this but good job PGA you hit one.

September 25th - 28th

Ryder Cup

Gleneagles GC, Perthshire, SCO

Speaking of home runs, that’s what the Ryder Cup is. Us ugly Americans love rooting for our country and against the rest of those silly Euroweenies and you Euroweenies would love nothing more to beat us fat pieces of shit. That makes this event one of the most entertaining golf tournaments around. You get to see a team-like format in a sport that doesn’t traditionally cater to teamwork.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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