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Monday, January 5, 2015

The Limerick Summary: Here We Go Again

Winner: ?

Around the wider world of golf: The pros weren't playing this past week... but I would like to note a couple of North Carolina happenings. On the good side, my Carolina Panthers made it through the first round of the NFL Playoffs and will play the defending champions, the Seattle Seahawks. (It's good news that they won. Facing the Hawks is NEVER a good thing.)

I also need to note the passing of ESPN anchor -- and North Carolina boy -- Stuart Scott, who died Sunday morning after his third bout with cancer. Stuart is generally recognized as having revolutionized sports reporting -- not just at ESPN, but for all the sport networks -- and was awarded the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance just last July. ESPN posted a long article about him at this link that includes the tribute done by ABC's Robin Roberts. He was only 49 but I can't even remember ESPN without him. I never met you but I'll miss you too, Stu.

The 18th tee at Kapalua

"And so it begins." That's actually a line from the science fiction TV show Babylon 5, spoken by the alien Kosh in the final first season episode, Chrysalis. It's a cryptic warning to Babylon 5's commander, Jeffrey Sinclair, that a war is coming.

Okay, perhaps that's a bit over-dramatic for the beginning of the 2015 part of the PGA Tour's wraparound season. Nevertheless, this is the week when it all begins in earnest -- the prep for the Majors, the race for the FedExCup, and the final qualifying for the Presidents Cup. This is the week when the storylines begin to play out -- Rory and Phil's pursuit of the career Grand Slam, Tiger's pursuit of Jack's 18 majors, and the public's pursuit of the Next Big Thing, whoever he may be.

It all begins at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Kapalua Resort on the north shore of Maui in Hawaii. (Whew! That's a lot to say.) Zach Johnson comes in as defending champion, and he heads a field filled with most of the Tour's 2014 winners. We still won't see a number of the top players because they either didn't win on the PGA Tour last year or have simply opted to wait and make their debuts in the next month or so. But they all face the same problem...

How to regain the momentum they had last year -- you know, the form that got them to this event in the first place.

So as I said earlier, this is the week when it all begins in earnest. And it's in that spirit that I offer this generic little Limerick Summary that names no one in particular and really doesn't say much at all. After all, that's where we are right now...
Well, the Tour boys are back on the road!
Last year’s winners are up—they were owed
One on Maui’s north coast.
Who will win? Who’ll be toast?
We’ll soon learn whose momentum has slowed.
The photo came from the tournament qualifiers page at PGATOUR.com.

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