by Mike Livingston; Host, The Clubhouse Radio Show
What if they played a tournament and no one came? Better yet, what if they started a tournament and just couldn’t play it? In most cases, there are delays where players are forced to wait around, sit in the locker room, sit in the clubhouse and play cards, watch T.V., etc. In fact, there are some much ballyhooed stories of what does or has happened between players during such instances of delay…..some bru-ha-has and some great camaraderie, depending on who you ask.
That said, no one wanted to go over to Hawaii for the first tournament of the year and sit around…..who wants to go to Hawaii and ever sit around (unless you’re on a beach)?! Well, this past weekend took it to a whole new level….I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything like it.
The Hyundai Tournament of Champions kicks off the PGA Tour each season with a limited field of just those that had won an event the previous year – no win last year, no play in the Hyundai. Pretty simple. What wasn’t simple was getting this tournament played!……..They played the opening round on Friday – or part of it……..a few players finished their round before tropical wind and rain stopped it cold. Before that occurred however, Webb Simpson had FINISHED his round and posted a -3. Jason Dufner a -2….then something nutty happened…..they wiped out ALL of the scores and said they were going to re-start the ENTIRE tournament (and thus the 2013 season) on Saturday. Again, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen that!
So there were some concerns, questions, comments, etc……and away we go to Saturday which was started and then stopped again….3 holes into the season AGAIN. And very quickly CANCELLED AGAIN! Unreal! So, then, when Rickie Fowler and Jason Dufner teed off on SUNDAY (now), the 2013 season was finally underway…..there was another delay of course but none-the-less, the tournament was started and shortened to 54 holes so as to allow for practice and getting ready for next week’s event, also over in Hawaii albeit with a regular tournament field. An auspicious start to say the least…….however, one thing seems for sure. No one can wait to get this season started!
Locally, the big news in local sports talk radio is “The Clubhouse with Mike Livingston” radio show on KNEWS 94.3 FM, Saturdays mornings from 6 – 8 a.m. Guests o‘ plenty with lots of big surprises ahead so join me as we talk sports here in the valley and across the globe! We’ll be looking for you in The Clubhouse on Saturday mornings from 6-8 a.m. on KNEWS 94.3 FM……Heads Up!
Mike Livingston is the Host of The Clubhouse Radio Show on KNEWS 94.3 FM on Saturday Mornings from 6:00-8:00 a.m.; Additionally, Mike is the Director of Management for Personalized Property Management Company, in Cathedral City.