Tiger is back ... in the pink
There is a chill in the air these days. And sadly for most of us, the golf season is coming to an end. What a season it has been, with Tiger Woods adding five tournament wins to his impressive total, and despite faltering at the majors, Woods was again recognized as the PGA golfer of the year.
Yes, Tiger’s back. And I’m not just referring to his recurring back problem. Tiger’s familiar wince of pain was evident as he finished the final match of the Presidents Cup. Still, he managed to clinch the third Presidents Cup in a row.
Tiger played almost flawlessly all week, and his two-putt gave the Americans their fifth Presidents Cup in a row, and USA’s record against the world is 8-1-1.
Other members of the American team struggled with the singles matches. At one point, Mickelson — after hitting his tee shot way right of the fairway — managed to hit a carom shot off a tree limb, skimming across a small creek and winding up with a nice fairway lie. He laughed all the way trough his next shot — to just a few feet from the pin, and followed with a tap-in par.
As the PGA commercials say, “These guys can play.”
Changing the subject to a little closer to home, if you have golfed at Maggie Valley Club in recent days, you might have noticed new pin flags — in checkered hot pink and white.
MVC is not permanently changing their colors. These flags will fly the whole month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
As for the fall colors, they will be changing and adding a spectacular backdrop to golf in Maggie Valley and throughout Haywood County. This is a beautiful time of year to golf, so get out there and play a’round.
Soon winter will be upon us, which leads to my third topic for this column.
I will be working with local Haywood County golf professionals throughout the winter season, and reporting to you. The goal is threefold: (1) keep you thinking about golf, (2) helping you stay in shape; and even get into better shape before golf gets into full swing in the spring, and (3) show you simple techniques that will help improve your game.
“Fore the love of the game,” keep on reading sports section of The Mountaineer. And if you have any suggestions or just want to talk golf via e-mail over the winter, you can reach me email@example.com.