I generally do not comment on tournaments while they are playing, but I thought I would jump in with one observation. It is something that I have noticed during this event that has evolved over the past 5 years on the PGA Tour. My earth shattering thought is that distance is king!
Every reader is now going: “Well, Duh!” Of course this is not something that took weeks of analysis because when I watched Rory McIlroy hit an iron 312 yards to within 6 feet on the par 4, 10th hole, I thought: wow, distance really is king!
Of course I am talking a bit tough and cheek, but the top players are demonstrating once again that hitting a the long ball is important to modern day golf. I mean hitting a 375+ drive (even at altitude) and keeping your ball in play is amazing. There is no way that new golf courses can be built to withstand that onslaught these young players.
Having said that, these big hitters still have a fantastic short game and most can putt very well. This trifecta of skill is tough to beat. Tiger Woods is by far the best example in the modern era of how a single player can dominate the golfing world with elite skills.
As I watch the rest of the weekend, I will continue to marvel at how far the pros continue to crush their ball. However, unless these boomers show some short game skill, they will not step into the winners circle on Sunday. At this time, I am cheering for Rory McIlroy to win. He looks good over the first couple of days and if he shoots another 63, he will be very hard to beat.
Are you watching the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship? Who are you picking to win?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!