Man, where did summer go? It seems like just the other day we were gearing up for Amen Corner and a wonderful April weekend at Augusta. Crazy to think that it’s already been half-a-year since Bubba Watson’s triumphant weekend at The Masters and four months since Webb Simpson lead the US Open field at Olympic Club. And what about Ernie Els’ magical final round at The Open Championship . . . nearly three months ago already!
It has truly been a phenomenal golf season, which could not have received a better encore than this years’ Ryder Cup. The incredible European Team’s comeback, the drama of the US Team’s collapse, the pure energy of the game — honestly, I cannot remember the last time I sat glued to my television for the entire weekend, my emotions rising and falling with every swing of the players’ golf clubs. The Ryder Cup is such a unique and exciting event, and it really made me think about how much fun the 2016 Olympics will be with Golf part of the games.
And now that brings us to autumn and the conclusion of the 2012 Golf Season. The weather is changing and the leaves are falling . . . and at least here on the East Coast, the fairways are getting ready for hibernation and the greens are getting thicker. While many sports fans are transitioning from weekend rounds to tailgating, football and playoff baseball, there is still plenty of time to sneak in 9 to 18 holes. These late-year swings make for unexpected and enjoyable times with friends, and while they do not necessarily breed lasting results for the start of the 2013 season, it will be worth battling the elements to sneak in those final cuts. After all, a bad day on the course is better than a good day, well, anywhere else . . .