Here in the World HQ of Grey Goatee Nation, we stare at a forecast for several inches of snow, and we sigh. A round of golf in the sunshine is a prospect seen only dimly down the days.
Thus we consider the PGA Tour, which annually opens the New Year with back-to-backers in Hawaii, the early-season silly season. These blessed souls, already the envy of gods and men for their golf games, are at the Sony Open in Honolulu this weekend playing for wads of cash on an amazing course before adoring galleries and the fawning media.
Is it making them happy? “If you assume tour players are unimaginably happy and content, I assure you that is not the case,” said master teacher Pete Cowen, quoted in the new issue of Golf Digest. “ … If there’s a fact of life I see hit home on an almost daily basis, it’s that money and fame do not bring happiness.”
Maybe not … but playing golf in the sunshine makes up for a lot.
This week in golf
Jan. 12-15: Sony Open, Waialae Country Club, Honolulu
PGA Tour Champions
Jan. 21-23: Mitsubishi Electric Championship, Hualalai Golf Club, Ka’upulehu-Kona, Hawaii
Jan. 26-29: Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, Ocean Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas
April 6-9, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.