Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Here We Go Again!

I'm sorry for the extended absence. I've been thoroughly enjoying the holidays, and I hope all of my readers had a nice break and are excited for the new year.

The PGA TOUR season is just one day away, and I'm expecting some fireworks. Tiger's long-awaited return will keep everyone on the edge of their seats, and I'm predicting the guy comes back stronger than ever in 2009. I leave in a couple of weeks for the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in Palm Springs, and I'm anxious to get back out into the TOUR mix.

Adding closure to my Webb Simpson "Watch"...the first-year pro from Wake Forest played six straight rounds under par at Q-School Finals, easily finished in the top 25, and captured a coveted TOUR card for this year. I knew that kid could do it! The medalist at Q-School was my friend Harrison Frazar, who was so down on his game a couple of years ago that he considered a new line of work. Hopefully this small victory will catapault him to great things in 2009 (Comeback Player of the Year?). If you love the game golf, you never throw in the towel...way to hang in there, Harrison.

Everyone should keep an eye on two other long shots who made it through Q-School, solely because these guys are living proof of "never in my wildest dreams"! Brian Vranesh, a 31-year old from Arizona who was waiting tables just a year ago, shot a final round 65 to make it right on the number. Matthew Borchert, also 31, was washing golf carts at a club in Orlando in early 2008 just to make ends meet. He also shot 65 on the last day. I'm going to be rooting hard for these "underdogs" this year, in hopes that they can improve their TOUR status and enjoy their new tax bracket.


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