I was mountain biking with a buddy, and he was telling me about high-tech superlightweight bikes and how his cost more than his first car. Then he said, "Of course, the heaviest part of any mountain bike is the motor." I think that applies to golf too.
Same Time Next Year
Check your calendars carefully this fall, guys. The 2014 PGA Tour season starts in October 2013. Are you in favor of that?
Commissioner Tim Finchem finally outthought himself. He's done so many things right. I don't get this. Players don't get it. Fans don't get it. It's going to make things more complicated to find a natural stopping place to sum up the year. It doesn't seem like this is going to work.
I disagree slightly. The Tour hung the fall events out to dry once it created the FedEx Cup and sold it as the season finale, even though there were more tournaments. Now with competing events in Asia and the Middle East, the PGA Tour is trying to legitimize the fall events it had previously bastardized. The fall tournaments should count for something, and this is a way to do it. But all they've really done is turn January into a must-vacation month for the best players.
I am a fan of the fall events, but I don't like the calendar overlap. The fall events have always been treated like the ugly stepchild. They've gotten absolutely killed—the purses, the fields, the TV coverage. Their significance was gone. This is a way to restore some significance, although I don't see the fields improving dramatically. Phil and Tiger aren't going to play.