Those who choose not to play golf because, “it’s not a challenge to hit a little ball that is sitting still” will never truly understand how tough of a game it is to play even at a local level, and they certainly have no idea of what it is like to play on tour. When amateurs are swinging out of their shoes to maybe hit one drive 250 yards (maybe), the PGA guys are seemingly pounding it 300-plus yards with form that appears effortless. But, the thing that goes unnoticed is the caliber of athletes playing on the PGA Tour. These guys have to post nearly flawless performances four days in a row, and the pin is rarely even setting right in the middle of the green as it normally is at municipal courses.
In fact, it is almost impossible to put up the hot streaks in golf that you can in other sports. You certainly see a lot of pitchers who dominate several straight games, but with the exception of Tiger Woods a few years back, you just do not see this kind of domination in golf. There are too many guys out there who can have one really solid week and blow past the field by several strokes.
And, the first three full-field tournaments on the PGA Tour this year further prove this fact. The first week, we saw Tiger Woods take home the prize. A week later, Phil Mickelson took home the trophy. Then, yesterday, Brandt Snedeker was greeted on the 18th green with his hardware. Where were Tiger and Phil at this week? Well, Tiger is not scheduled to play again until the Masters in April, but Phil wound up with a 60th place finish.
To justify the point even further, Brandt Snedeker was extremely inconsistent in virtually every category for the majority of last season before turning up the heat towards the end of the year. This year, he has already matched last year’s total of top-10s, and his last three tournaments this year have seen him post two consecutive 2nd place finishes followed by his win yesterday. Of course, he never had a huge lead, and he likely would not have won if it had not been for an extremely hot putter and short game.
Snedeker is currently on a hot streak, but you never know who will bring their A-game next week.