A Masters full of sweet endings

Yesterday's Masters was full of sweet endings. Once Dustin Johnson hit over the water on 15, the Masters was largely over, and DJ finished the job with the stoicism and chill that we have all associated with him. I loved the hugs and tears with his brother and Paulina, but to me, the best part was his interview with Amanda Balionis. Sure, DJ may have felt a sense of validation after his other major heartbreaks, but when Balionis … [Read more...]

Before you play golf again, I have a little question for you: Why? (The question works for non-golfers too)

The day after the Masters is traditionally a day of renewal for golfers.If not for the coronavirus, we would be rehashing another Sunday thrill-ride at Augusta National.Last year, we were caught up in the afterglow of one of the greatest comebacks in the history of sports when Tiger Woods inexplicably won the Masters for his 15th major after it appeared that his battered body and soul were incapable of more.Having watched a good portion of … [Read more...]

What I learned from my early morning encounter with Tiger Woods

That's Tiger at the 2000 RBC Canadian Open—the one he won with the amazing 6-iron into 18 at Glen Abbey—and that's me behind him on the ground with the horrible shades, white hat and badge on my oversized shirt. Five years later, I had an interesting early morning encounter with him. I figure with Tiger Woods winning his 82nd PGA Tour event to tie for most victories all-time, it’s as good a time as any to trot out my one and only … [Read more...]

Hey Tiger! You’ve lost a step but you’ll win again

Hey Tiger, I hope you’re feeling better. I know it sucks after coming so close to winning the Open Championship. Well, I kinda know what you might be feeling. Sorta anyway. At least, the part that you might be feeling about being 42 and getting older, and not being able to do what you used to do with such ease. I feel somewhat empowered to write you given how long I’ve watched you—hey, I was there in 1997 when you won that first green … [Read more...]

What do you really want from your golf this season?

For golfers, this is that most wonderful time of the year. We’re enchanted by azaleas, a dangerously beautiful junction known as Amen Corner, and our own favourite Masters moments. And this year is even more special with the return of Tiger Woods, and great story lines around Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Tony Finau. And after a long winter, the Masters also signifies the start of the golf season for most of us in North America. So, … [Read more...]