Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Things Are Tough All Over

There’s a frightening undertone to this week’s Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines.

The first of which is Phil Mickelson coming off a terrible showing at the FBR Open this past week (T121-Missed Cut). Lefty has won the Buick three times in his career and is always a favorite in his backyard of La Jolla, CA. A poor showing here would be a step in the wrong direction this season.

Aside from tournament play, more economic woes have set into the business fabric of the PGA with the news of Ginn Resorts pulling all of its golf-related sponsorships. This accounts for 2 PGA-sanctioned events (1 on LPGA, 1 on Nationwide) and LPGA Tour member Cristie Kerr, who wore the company’s apparel.

A resort & real estate development company, Ginn Resorts boasts a plethora of golf getaways throughout the United States & Caribbean.

Between GM reducing its exposure and releasing Tiger from his Buick endorsement contract, U.S. Bank dropping the GMO and the aforementioned Ginn Resorts, it’s easy to see that the PGA’s immunity from our floundering economy will not improve anytime soon.

Make no mistake; Tiger’s comeback from knee surgery will be a great draw at the box office and on Television. According to what Woods wrote in his monthly newsletter, he states, “"A lot depends on the baby, which is due pretty soon. That takes precedent over anything I do golf-wise.”

We, the editors at IB18, cannot argue with this, for we know an ultimate good when we hear one. Moreover, recovery from a knee injury is no trip to Detroit.
And even though we have yet to read Barack Obama’s “The Audacity of Hope” and very much want to… we are still not sure if Tiger’s return to Pro Golf, in and of itself, can or will save the sport from its current malady.

2 Comentários:

DeeDee said...

This is a gloomy time for all.....take one day at a time and try to enjoy it.

Bobbio said...

It's time to relax.

No one gets out of this alive anyway!

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