Wouldn’t you love to take a vacation to Hawaii for a weekend? That’s how the PGA Tour will begin their 2018 season as the Sentry Tournament of Champions kicks off what should be a fun year of golf.
Tiger Woods made his long awaited full-time return to the PGA Tour in November at the Hero World Challenge. A golf course co-owned by Woods and a tournament he hosts every year, he decided that would be his first competitive golf match since a back surgery at the beginning of the year.
He finished 8-under and tied for ninth in a field of 18 golfers.
While being in the middle of an 18 golfer field doesn’t sound all that impressive, you must know that Woods usually invites the most prestigious golfer’s in the world and a few of his buddies to compete. To finish in the Top 10 in a field like that serves as a glimmer of hope that Tiger’s days may not quite yet be numbered despite multiple back surgeries and turning 42 on Saturday.
Of course, the Tour doesn’t revolve around one player. Tons of champions will be attempting to win the Tour Championship at season’s end: Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, and Justin Thomas among others.
The new rivalry, assuming Woods can return to a prominent form, likely will be Spieth vs. Woods. At 24, Spieth is already a three-time major champion and won the FedEx Cup in 2015. Those are far from rivaling Woods’ 14 major championships but with the success and likability that Spieth possesses, he is seemingly the face of golf right now.
McIlroy, who took a small step back last season, is still among the favorites in the field at any given event after the success he’s had in his young career. Johnson, one of the longest hitters on tour and currently the number one golfer in the world, has been nothing short of spectacular. Thomas has emerged as a huge threat to becoming the top golfer in the world as he won the PGA Championship last season and really stamped himself among golf’s current elite.
With Woods back and the world’s best golfers competing all season long against each other, this is shaping up to be one of the most hyped and fun-to-watch season’s in a long time.
See you January 5 in Hawaii.