Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - I found a $100 bill yesterday.
Arriving home from the office, I stepped out of my car and there it was: a
crumpled, faded Benjamin suffering under the weight of my size 13 boot. The
bill was soggy with snow, but it was intact and, by the looks of it,
Standing outside my house, without a soul in sight, I happily invoked the
time-honored English adage, finders, keepers and walked inside a slightly
My newfound wealth didn't last, however. Knowing that money burns a hole in my
pocket, I had no choice but to purchase a case of Mad Elf before my jeans were
reduced to smoldering ash.
I spent the night beneath the warm, multicolored glow of my Christmas tree,
contemplating the brew's malty notes. Enveloped in the holiday spirit, I made
this wish list for the upcoming 2014 year in golf:
MAJOR WINS FOR TIGER AND PHIL
This is like asking for a PlayStation4 and an Xbox One, but what the heck, I'm
Tiger won five times on the PGA Tour in 2013, reclaimed the No. 1 world
ranking and was named Player of the Year by his peers, but he also prolonged
one of the most notorious droughts in professional sports.
We all know the numbers. It's been five years and 18 major starts since Tiger
won the 2008 U.S. Open. He is stuck on 14 majors, four shy of Jack's record,
and he has been for some time. Yet his pursuit of the Golden Bear remains
All sports are better when the marquee names play to their top billing. This
is especially true in individual pursuits such as golf, where the presence or
absence of a Tiger Woods can drastically influence coverage and ratings, not
to mention the significance and outcome.
Phil falls into this category as well. His British Open win, secured with one
of the greatest final rounds in the championship's history, was perhaps the
highlight of 2013.
As memorable as that moment was, Lefty will likely top it if he wins the U.S.
Open in 2014. Not only will the Hall of Famer complete the career grand slam
with a triumph at Pinehurst No. 2, but he will do so at the site of his
heartbreaking runner-up finish to Payne Stewart in 1999.
AN AMERICAN RYDER CUP WIN
Now I'm really getting greedy.
Including their historic collapse at Medinah in 2012, the Americans have lost
seven of the past nine Ryder Cups and four straight on foreign soil.
Their-not-so secret weapon in 2014: Tom Watson, the last U.S. captain to guide
his team to a win outside the States (in 1993).
Watson will be 65 when the biennial showdown hits Gleneagles in September,
making him the oldest U.S. captain ever -- by eight years. He hasn't held the
position since that 1993 victory at the Belfry, which marks the longest-ever
span between captainships
It's certainly a departure, as American captains tend to be 40-ish former
major winners who are still active on the PGA Tour, but what has this squad
got to lose?
The 2013 PGA Tour season opened with a windy, weather-shortened Hyundai
Tournament of Champions and Mother Nature never relented.
Twenty-two events were delayed by inclement weather during the 2013 campaign,
the most bizarre of which occurred at the WGC - Accenture Match Play
Championship, where a mini-blizzard dropped over 1 1/2 inches of play-halting
powder on the Golf Club at Dove Mountain ... in Arizona!
Three events were subject to unscheduled Monday finishes and the new 2013-14
wraparound schedule saw three of its six tournaments affected by the elements.
AN OFFICIAL RED RYDER, CARBINE ACTION, TWO-HUNDRED SHOT RANGE MODEL AIR RIFLE
Movie references. Ha.
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