It has nothing to do with multiple first time winners over the start of the season. It has nothing to do with split fields and overseas events. It has everything to do with the lack of a tangible off season. And if the PGA Tour won’t take one, I’ll darn well take one myself.
I loved Q School. I liked the ‘silly’ season of golf. There was something about the casual, more relaxed nature of events where players seemed more engaging, relaxed and seemingly playing without pressure. In its place there is, really, no off season. Depending on where you are on the PGA Tour food chain this is either time for a (very) brief break or time to make hay while the sun shines (meaning, a chance to earn a victory, Fed Ex points or simply get an exemption into an event). I am happy for these first time winners and how being a PGA Tour event winner will change their life. Regardless, call me disinterested at the start of this 2016 season.
Once the tour moves to its Hawaii swing, then I will fully engage. I loved the anticipation, the prime time viewing opportunity and the chance for some meaningful golf after an extended break. Now, it is just another tour stop, week after week. But, I am going to take the two months off from the PGA Tour and allow myself the traditional build up for a fun and exciting winter start to the 2016 season.
Added to this is the fact that the PGA Tour is losing a little lustre in my eyes. I am gravitating more and more to the women’s game. And I will get into this more in a future post but safe to say their game resembles my own (power, distance) and I appreciate that and can learn more from them and the way they play (and that is important to me).
PGA Tour, I need a break. I won’t be tuning in to watch you until you tee it up at Kapalua this January. Starting the 2016 season in 2015 just seems wrong.