Welcome to the Monday after Christmas. We're still recovering around here from a fabulous weekend. I hope yours was great as well.
The golf world is fairly quiet during this time of year, but a week from now when the PGA Tour starts up with the new year we'll be deep in golf news.
USGA's David Fay Retires
After 21 years of service, the USGA's executive director David Fay is retiring. Fay has been instrumental in some big events regarding the USGA like US Open setups and venues. Perhaps his biggest accomplishments remembered will be bringing golf to public courses like Beth Page and Torrey Pines. as well as bringing golf back to the Olympics.
World Golf vs USA
There is a lot of discussion about 2011 and where some of the non-USA players are going to play. Many of the top players in the world are choosing to play on the European Tour rather than in the USA for the PGA Tour for most of the season. Of course those top players will cherry pick some big tournaments and majors, but for the most part some top European players are staying home in Europe.
That discussion is firing up thoughts of combining tours to create one "world" tour. Time will tell what happens.
Speaking of Tiger, the Australian Masters moved the date of their tournament. It now is the same date as Tiger Woods' Cheveron World Challenge. Tiger will be missing out on a $3 million appearance fee by missing the Aussie Masters. Woods' camp tried to get them to move the date, but they say his pull is not what it once was, off the golf course that is.
So the Australian Masters is trying to bring in the next best big draw, Phil Mickelson. The problem there, is that the tournament starts on Thanksgiving day so even the $1 million appearance fee Phil would receive may not be enough to convince him to play.
With the end of 2010 come some of those special envelopes golfers all hope to find in the mail, their invitation to the Masters Tournament in April. 12 more players have been added to the 2011 list, which is now at 91. For the current list of invitees, follow this link to the Masters 2011 player list.
64 Year Old Plays 600 Rounds In 2010
Richard Lewis is our kind of guy. He played 600 rounds of golf this year, and walked the whole thing. He broke his old world record of 500 rounds of golf in one year and the year isn't even over. Richard has hit over 50,000 shots and walked over 2,500 miles. I wonder how his club brush held up?