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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 150 - US Open Preview
NOW is definitely the time of year for players to put their foot down and find top gear. With full respect to the Masters, if you can peak in mid-June there are three majors in a two-month span to feast upon. West Coast Swings and Florida Forages are great but when it’s summer up north, that’s when the big shiny trophies come out. Fifty-nine days separate the first round of the US Open and the last day of the US PGA this year, giving players a concentrated period in which to find their best stuff. But that means there are 48 other weeks when apparently being in form isn’t nearly so rewarding. OK, so the $1 million-plus cheques that get doled out on a weekly basis might suggest otherwise, but as we enter golf’s ‘major window’ it’s a good time to ask the question: do we place too much emphasis on the majors? Tiger Woods, he of the 14 majors and now of the 14 catastrophic swing flaws, two years ago authored a phenomenal season in which he won five times, including the tournament viewed globally as the most prestigious outside the four majors. No one won more in 2013 yet golf’s premier feline suggested as the calendar turned to 2014 that he’d under-achieved (as if US$8,553,439 in prizemoney and five trophies can represent underachievement). How so? He hadn’t won a major. Asked if he’d swap his season for that of Adam Scott, who won twice that season in America including the Masters, Woods hinted he would, even though his peers voted him the PGA Tour Player of the Year based on what he did win. It’s all about the majors these days for Tiger and has been for some time, but five wins versus two? Really? Turning this argument the other way, the FedEx Cup awards a mere 100 extra points for winning a major (600 versus 500 for regular Tour events), which might be a shade miserly but perhaps more accurately indicates where the majors deserve to sit in the public’s consciousness. It’s no slam against the Grand Slam events, which I revel in either watching or attending. It’s more a viewpoint that the formats and fields of week in, week out tournament golf doesn’t differ greatly. The standard of courses might but the calibre of players competing rarely does, which does little to truly elevate the four majors. There is no answer here, of course, just perhaps a slight attitude shift. After all, the last thing golf needs to do is go down the LPGA or Champions Tour path of adding or creating majors where one wasn’t required. That’s just plain silly. OTG the VIEW A REAL MAJOR MINUS IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN THE GOLF SEASON HITS OVERDRIVE. BUT DON’T SELL THE REST OF THE CALENDAR SHORT. by Steve Keipert Golf Australia deputy editor Awarded #1 Overall Winner in the ‘2015 MyGolfSpy Most Wanted Driver Awards’ # 1 MOST WANTED DRIVER 2015 LEARN MORE
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