This week’s kicks off the Florida Swing. For those of us in Florida this is the start of a big five week stretch with the golf and Spring Training Baseball beginning. Also if you are lucky enough to live near orange groves your sinus’ are stuffed up as the oranges are starting to come into season.
The Honda Classic is the kickoff event for the Florida Swing. It’s an amazing event at PGA National Golf Club that concludes with “The Bear Trap.” This is a great stretch of holes that has 2 amazing par 3’s mixed in that can really have a good or bad outcome on the event. Steve has actually tried to qualify for this event twice back before he was a dad.
Then the Tour heads on to Mexico for the World Golf Championship event that used to be played at Doral. Okay so there is now a detour in the mix and the players “have” to go to Mexico. There will be a full Dads Say So on the blog later but we have to say that we found it amusing that the PGA Tour takes a tournament from Doral, owned by the man who wants to put a wall up between America and Mexico, and moves the event to Mexico (we couldn’t help but chuckle).
The Tour then moves to Tampa where they get to tame “The Snake Pit” at Innisbrook on the Copperhead course. This is a course that requires both length and accuracy and the winners tend to be some of the best ball strikers on tour. Steve had Matt on his bag a few years ago for a qualifier here and there are a few funny stories we will share later about qualifiers and the people that end up in your group for them.
Then the Tour comes to the house that Mr. Palmer built here in Orlando, known as Bay Hill. This is going to be a very somber year for Bay Hill as it will be the first year without Mr. Palmer. This has been something the sports media in Orlando has been talking about for quite some time. They have been afraid as to what would happen should Mr. Palmer pass and what will happen to the tournament going forward. We think that the tournament committee has done a great thing getting five great ambassadors of the game to take on the responsibilities that Mr. Palmer used to do. With Peter Jacobsen, Annika Sorenstam, Graeme McDowell, Curtis Strange and Secretary Tom Ridge filling Mr. Palmer’s responsibility it is sure to be a successful event this year and going forward. It will be sad not to see Mr. Palmer riding around the property in his cart still smiling and waving at every fan along the way.
After Bay Hill the tour heads to Austin, TX not only for some Salt Lick BBQ but to play The WGC Match Play event (we will be posting our brackets on here for you to see) and then on to Houston for the Houston Open. Will we see Tiger play in any event during this stretch? The verdict is still out on that one.
It’s at this point on the calendar where our wives know that we are on sports overload because it is Opening Day for baseball, March Madness, and the visit to the Holy Grail at the end of Magnolia Lane. They tend to understand not to try to get us to watch a chick flick and almost “give in” to the understanding that they are going to see a lot of sports on TV.
As we start the Florida Swing (with a couple detours) the Dads Say So that we think that this is the unofficial start of the PGA Tour. Sure it’s an East Coast bias but it also put the focus on The Masters front and center. The closer we get to the first week of March the brighter the light at the end of the tunnel is. So for all of us who killed moms flower bed “about to become The Masters Champion” don’t worry, it’s getting a lot closer.