Life is good for Tim Finchem this week. The Commissioner of the PGA Tour must have a smile ear-to-ear. After an epic Sunday at the Honda Classic, golf has moved to the top of the sports page for the first time in a while. The world’s new number one golfer is the media’s darling. Rory McIlroy’s impressive victory last Sunday left no doubt that he is the best golfer on the planet right now. Not to be out done, the man who used to hold that title had something to say. Tiger Woods poured in putts, split fairways, and fist pumped us back to a time when he was the unquestioned favorite every time he teed it up.
So where do we go from here? Well for starters we head down the Florida coast to Doral and the famed Blue Monster. Rory and Tiger will generate rockstar type followings all week. And let’s not forget about some dude named Phil Mickelson. Lefty has been equally on fire, finishing 1st and 2nd in his last two starts respectively. With these three all in action, this could be the most hyped golf tournament since the 2010 Master’s. If you’ll recall, that was the tournament when Tiger made his return after a lengthy, self-imposed break from the game to deal with personal issues (read: to stop banging whores).
Want even MORE intrigue? How about the fact that Donald Trump purchased the whole resort a week ago and has a major overhaul planned? The Donald will most likely be in attendance this week. Can you imagine the scene Sunday if Tiger, Phil and Rory are all in the mix with Trump looking on from the 18th green?
I’ve seen and heard several writers and reporters wax poetically on a new “Golden Era” of golf. While we may be some time away from having that become reality, the fact that we are talking about it is exciting. The PGA Tour would kill for a Tiger-Rory rivalry for the next 5 years. The young gun versus the legend. Rory trying to break all of Tiger’s records, while Tiger says “I’m not done yet.” Throw in some Lefty related magic and you have ratings gold for the PGA. Casual sports fans will tune in this weekend for a tournament that is not a major. They will tune in even though college hoops is entering their signature month. They will tune in even though most of the country is beginning to thaw out from the winter. We very well may be entering a golden era of golf. This weekend will go a long way in determining that. I, for one, cannot wait.