I'm sitting on the sofa where I was a week ago, up to watch the Saturday morning matches and to give my back and neck some TLC as I was going to be hitting the road again soon to head back down to the Sunday final round of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine. I had thought about skipping right to Sunday, but Saturday was part of the journey!
So it's Saturday morning and I'm rotating between a heating pad and ice on my low back, in a blanket cocoon catching up on some work, and checking out what was being said on Twitter about the Ryder Cup while having NBC on my TV (I pride myself on multi-tasking!).
Happy New Year! It's Crystal Golf Ball time again!! I'm optimistic about following the PGA Tour again after feeling a little disconnected this past year. I've got my accounts set up for Fantasy Golf and I've been reading up on some of the new players on tour....but as you know, my heart often wins, so you'll probably be seeing some of my old favorites, too. Let's get to it!
It's a cold December morning in Minnesota and on days like this my mind tends to wander back to summer and golf! And as we see another year come to a close I also think back to my yearly predictions. If you have followed my yearly crystal golf ball posts you probably know that these are usually more entertaining than accurate, but on occasion I have some good guesses! I'm cringing just a little to read what I predicted because, honestly, this wasn't a year where I followed the PGA Tour very closely. So I apologize in advance if my crystal ball is more horrible than usual - I'll be researching as I go, so let's get to it!!
As per tradition, I will do the Majors first. You know who I want to pick for the Masters. I mean I REALLY want to, but even though he has recently had surgery and hopes to be 100% this spring, I'm going to forego my obvious heart pick and go with my other heart pick - Matt Kuchar. Kuchar held a share of the lead in the final round in 2014 but just couldn't keep it up going into the back 9. He's SO due for a Major and I think this Georgia Tech grad would be a perfect pick for 2015.
Well, this didn't go well! Kuchar made the cut but ended up with a T46 finish at +2...he had 3 even par rounds and a 2nd round 74 which never got him rolling. As I'm sure you remember, it was Jordan Spieth who donned the green jacket with a 4-stroke win over Mickelson and Rose. I'm not going to lie, I did give Spieth a standing ovation in my living room...it was a great Masters!!
I can't believe I didn't post anything following the 2015 Masters win by Jordan Spieth. But as usual, Masters weeks takes a lot out of me! Even though Spieth was in the drivers seat all of Sunday, I was exhausted by the time the Green Jacket ceremony was happening. My Masters tradition of watching it alone at home stayed in tact and there was barely time to have my lunch and snacks since there were so few commercials. I suppose Masters Sunday could have been boring for some, but I think part of me wondered if Spieth would be able to withstand the pressure of it all and seal the deal. Having Phil Mickelson in the mix was fun for me and all of his fans, and honestly, having Justin Rose trying to make a charge was fun, too. But the truth is, I was thrilled for Spieth. He's a great golfer and a great ambassador for the game, and he seemed to love every moment of it, too. He received my standing ovation in my living room and when he went to Harbour Town the next week I had even more respect for him. The Masters lived up to my expectations, and more!
I love golf and I love to write, so I can't think of anything better than having a happy place like this to write about golf to my heart's content. Thanks for joining me!