Well its time to start paying attention to golf. Why you ask? If you don't know by now you'll never know, but Tiger Woods is back so whip out the champagne! Well at least advertisers and the PGA is celebrating already.
"Television ratings, ticket sales, media coverage and general interest in golf have declined significantly since Woods was forced to miss the second half of last season and the first 20% of 2009. The Tour remains on solid financial footing, but the worldwide recession is raising doubts about crucial sponsorship agreements for about 20 tournaments whose deals are set to expire in 2010 — including 10 from the battered automobile and financial services industries." USA TODAY.
Interest declined? That is the understatement of the month. I wouldn't say interest declined I would say golf fell into a vegatative state right after the U.S. Open last year. Does anyone remember who won the British? Does anyone know who won the FedEx Cup? Did you even know there was a FedEx Cup?
Tiger will tee off today at 2pm in the Accenture Match Play Championship. Match play means he wont be playing the course but he'll be trying to beat his opponent which is good for Tiger because this guy can intimidate Jesus. So who is Tiger's first victim? None other than Brendan Jones...WHO?
"Jones said, "I didn't fly all this way to try to lose, but if I get beat by anybody, I would like to get beat by Tiger." Chicago Tribune.
Well alright that settles that. Jones is from Australia and he has won eight tournaments...in Japan!