Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Wanting But Not Kneeding

The Buick Invitational is the next stop on the PGA Tour this week and last year’s champion Tiger Woods will not be able to defend his title. Since his season ending knee surgery this past June, golf fans has waited for Woods to utter “I’m back and I’ll start my season at event XYZ on this date.”

That date has yet to be revealed and golf fans wait.

Thus leaving doors swung wide open for younger, first-class talent to rise to the top and perhaps make Tiger’s job that much harder once he returns. The editors at IB18 have already extolled the virtues of Ryo Ishikawa, the 17-year old Japanese phenom. Go ahead and add another name to the list.

Rory McIlroy, age 19, jumped up from 39th on the OWGR (Official World Golf Rankings) to 16th with his most recent win at the Dubai Desert Classic. He’s no stranger to a big stage either, having been the low Amateur at the 2007 Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Both McIlroy and Ishikawa will be making it to Augusta National for this year’s Masters and it would seem like the perfect opportunity for Woods to make his comeback at that time. The hype, albeit unbearable and unnecessary, would certainly make for great television and put a lot more ‘human’ interest into the sport.

But perhaps above everything, it would seem just, gentlemanly and poetic (are we tearing at your heartstrings, yet?) for Woods, at the very least, to make an appearance at Augusta and be an ambassador to the global future of the game.

Especially if the knee isn’t what it used to be.

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