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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Thanksgiving Golf Tournaments

No matter how often it happens, it always seems a little strange to talk about pro golf being played on Thanksgiving. I guess it shouldn't; other pro sports play on Thanksgiving -- although there are no NBA basketball games on Thursday, there will be 3 NFL football games. (Seriously -- how can it be Thanksgiving if there's no football? That's almost unAmerican!)

No matter how weird it may seem to me, we've still got 2 tournaments to watch this week.

Adam Scott

The first one -- and certainly the most interesting IMO -- is the Emirates Australian Open which starts broadcasting tonight at 8pm ET on GC. The event is returning to the Royal Sydney Golf Club for the first time since 2008 when Tim Clark won it. In many ways Royal Sydney is like Royal Melbourne; the wind and bunkering make it very difficult, so this should be a very competitive event.

Of course, the main reason this event will draw attention is Adam Scott's attempt to win the Australian Triple Crown (Australian PGA, Masters, and Open) in a single year. Jason Day is also playing -- in the same pairing with Scott and Kevin Streelman, in fact -- and Rory McIlroy is also in the field.

You can check out the Emirates Australian Open website at this link. (The photo is from this site.) And you can get to the live leaderboard with the "Scoring" button just under the header.

The other tourney is the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa. The big question here is whether Charl Schwartzel -- who won this thing by a whopping 12 strokes last year -- can find his game again. It's not like Charl is playing horrible golf but lately it seems that he gets in contention, only to have one or two holes derail his game. He's won this tourney twice though and with that 12-stroke victory last year, you've got to figure this is a good place for him to break through again.

The Alfred Dunhill Championship tournament main page is here. The leaderboard isn't showing yet, so just use the button on this page to get there once the tourney starts. (And yes, that button is labeled "Leaderboard.") And the event itself starts broadcasting Thursday morning at 6:30am ET on GC.

So we'll have plenty of chances to watch golf before stuffing ourselves with turkey, and plenty more opportunities after we get stuffed. I guess that's something to be thankful for as well.


  1. Don't forget the Ricoh Cup, the JLPGA's last event and last major, with the money-list title and POY on the line and Ji-Yai Shin trying to keep her card for 2014....

  2. AARGH! I forgot that some of the foreign tours hadn't finished up since they aren't on TV here... but thanks for reminding me to check the winners for Monday's "Around the wider world of golf" list.

    And have a Happy Thanksgiving, Bruce!