Golfers are a diverse breed, but we all share one trait: we are optimists at heart, we always hold on to the promise of something better just around the corner – a smoother swing; a purer strike; a lower score; a hole in one go!
With 2021 officially on the books, we turn our hopeful eyes to the 12 months ahead. Whether you’re playing or watching, here are 11 reasons why we believe golf in 2022 will be even better than in 2021.
Tiger on the prowl. Again
As sweet as it is to look at him in a warm laugh, the sentimentality does not extend further. What we’re looking for this year is the raw excitement of Woods returning to elite competition. If that sounds unrealistic to you, you forget all the ways it surprised us before.
Another Open at the Old Course
Not serious. Just an epic milestone for the game’s oldest major, staged at the grandfather of all sites. Postponed for a year by the pandemic, it will be the 150th game of the Open Championship and the 30th round as host of the Old Course in St. Andrews. Past winners here include Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods. Suffice to say that we are going to connect.
Brooks and Bryson
Notice we didn’t say Brooks vs. Bryson. It is about overcoming their sophomoric “quarrel” and letting each man get back to doing what he does best. Hopefully the two will cross paths again – not in another match but in a meeting that really matters, like the final pairing of a major.
Wow, Nelly! And other sources of excitement in women’s football
Fresh out of a season marked by a gold medal, a major and a rise to first place in the Rolex ranking, Nelly Korda shows no sign of slowing down. Add the Kos (Lydia and Jin Young; unrelated aside from their talent), along with Danielle Kang, Lexi Thompson and others, all vying for puffy handbags under new LPGA commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan, and the LPGA has rarely been in a stronger place.
More from Collin Morikawa
Another year brings yet another opportunity to marvel at the talents of Morikawa, who, at 24, has five Tour wins, including two major titles in just nine tries, a career start unmatched by any player in the post-Tiger era.
More essential courses
“Invest in the land. They don’t do it anymore, ”advised Mark Twain, a truism that helps explain why yard renovations are more common than new construction. Still, the coming year has a lot in store, underscored by a stunner in the making at Cabot St. Lucia and a faithful reproduction of the Lido, a long-lost masterpiece by CB Macdonald that is currently cloned to the moors of sand. of Wisconsin.
Scrapped, rescheduled trips
Golf is a global game but let’s face it: 2021 hasn’t been the best to see what the world has to offer. Hoping for a year in which we put these escapades back in the books.
Women golfers under the age of 18 represent the fastest growing segment of the game. In 2022, the future will continue to unfold in the present.
A showcase of great design
In addition to the Old Course for the Open, the calendar will give us two looks at Augusta in the spring; a look at Southern Hills, Tulsa, for the PGA Championship; and a trip to the Country Club in Brookline for the US Open. Add to that the US Amateur in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and the US Women’s Amateur in Chambers Bay (not to mention the usual stops in Pebble and Riviera) and the year should serve as catnip for nerds around the world. ‘architecture.
Philippe after 50 years
Considering he’s already won four times in six tries, it almost seems unfair to let Phil Mickelson let go once again on the senior circuit. But so be it. His appearances on the Champions Tour are good entertainment. And a nice source of income for the man while waiting for social security checks to start appearing.
A flood of live coverage
So apparently $ 6.99 doesn’t buy much in the pro store. But in 2022, it can be spent differently. It’s the price per month for viewers of significantly expanded tournament coverage resulting from a new live broadcast deal between the PGA Tour and ESPN +. Under the deal, the total number of hours of coverage will more than triple, with live broadcasts from featured groups and marquee holes to complement the main broadcast stream.