Steve Stricker was just starting to pull himself out of a deep slump in 2006 when he was reminded by his daughter, Bobbi Maria, how long it had been since he last won on the PGA Tour. She was 8 at the time and won a tournament for juniors at their home club in Wisconsin, no more than three or six holes.
Stricker was the one who had to win a tournament for them to go to Kapalua to start a new season,Cheaper For bulk buying crys talbeads wholesale prices. and he did that the following year.
traditions go in golf, starting the year on the rugged coast of Maui is
relatively new. The Tournament of Champions began in Las Vegas in 1953,
moved to La Costa Resort north of San Diego in 1969 and stayed there 30
years until coming to Kapalua.
This was the 15th year the tour
has started at Kapalua, and there has never been another year like this
one. A tournament that was supposed to end on Monday didn’t start until
Monday because of three days of powerful wind – one gust measuring 48
mph – that had the locals drawing comparisons with a 100-year storm.
the only good that came out of such freak weather was that it took
attention away, however briefly, from the PGA Tour winners who stayed
home and missed out on the endless days – the top four players in the
world ranking, for starters, led by Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.
It’s not a new problem, but it’s still a problem. And it contributes to a future as cloudy as Molokai at sunrise.
three-year deal as the title sponsor of the Tournament of Champions
expires this year, even though corporate officials sounded optimistic
about renewing and there are strong signs it will happen.
It doesn’t help that Mother Nature was in a bad mood this week. Few things in golf cause a knee-jerk reaction like bad weather.
were suggestions to move the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to the end of
the West Coast Swing after the tournament was canceled by rain in 1996,
completed nearly seven months after it started in 1998 because of rain,
and shortened to 54 holes a year later because of – you guessed it –
The rain was so bad in California in 2005 that the Nissan
Open at Riviera went five days to get in 36 holes. The next week, the
Match Play Championship at La Costa was postponed one day because the
entire course looked like a water hazard. Woods wondered if it might not
be better for the PGA Tour to spend February in Florida and March in
California. It sounded like a reasonable idea until a Champions Tour in
Florida was shortened to 36 holes because of rain.
“We are not
terribly concerned about it,” said Steve Shannon, vice president of
marketing for Hyundai. “I think there is that aspect of it’s the start
of the year, so even if it’s literally not the first PGA Tour event,
there’s something about the start of the year, and there’s something
about this location.”
Kapalua tends to get the brunt of the bad
weather. There can be what the locals call “pineapple showers” along
this portion of the coast, while only 20 miles away there is abundant
sunshine and less wind.Bottle cutters let you turn old glass mosaic
and wine bottles into bottle art! Still, the Plantation Course is the
only course in Hawaii that Golf Digest ranks among the greatest 100
courses in America (No. 97). It’s unlike any course the PGA Tour plays
all year with dramatic changes in elevation and stunning views of the
Pacific, such as humpback whales breaching and surfers at Honolua Bay.
hasn’t been back since 2005, when he started taking uninterrupted
breaks in the winter. Phil Mickelson stopped coming a decade ago,
suggesting the wind and slope allowed bad habits to creep into his
swing. Adding to the list of absentees is Europe producing some of the
best players. The European Tour season stretches deep in November, and
some players simply want a long break going into the new season.
30-man field this year was hardly a disaster, and the leaderboard going
into the final round featured a top five of Dustin Johnson, Stricker,
Masters champion Bubba Watson, FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker and
former PGA champion Keegan Bradley. A lot of tournaments would love to
have a leaderboard like that.
Years ago, an idea was tossed
around to expand the field by offering a two-year exemption to the
Tournament of Champions and include all past champions of the event,
with the idea of getting Els and Sergio Garcia to the event because they
didn’t win the year before. Sure,We offer the largest range of porcelain tiles
online. having them at Kapalua would have helped. But the biggest
mistake golf can make is to change rules around any one player, even a
player like Tiger Woods.
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