I know golf is not the most glamorous sport in the world, but I love it.
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 was the first time I had ever attended a live PGA event: the Honda Classic at PGA National Golf Course in sunny Jupiter, Florida.
My dad and I decided to buy tickets to the event when Tiger Woods declared he was playing. We both love watching Tiger and there is nothing quite like seeing him on the leaderboard. As evidence, consider the 2018 FedEx Cup Final. While walking to the green of the 18th hole about to clinch victory, what looked like the entire crowd rushed the course, tailing after him. We were hoping the same kind of energy would follow him into this tournament in his hometown.
Then a week and a half before the tournament he decided to pull out. Un-fucking-believable. What’s even the point in going anymore? All I wanted was a chance to see Tiger Woods up close and it was just taken away from me. At this point I was hoping his name was attached to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa scandal. Lock him away forever and throw away the key, I said.
The sad thing is that there were people there who didn’t know Tiger wasn’t part of the field. The poor southerner next to me on the 8th hole said to his buddy, “see what time Tiger Woods is suppose to go out”. I didn’t have the heart to tell them he wasn’t playing, so I let them figure it out for themselves. I must give it up to them, they took the news better than I did.
Thankfully my next favorite golfer, Rickie Fowler, was playing. We got there before he teed off and were able to watch him warm up at the driving range. What’s really cool at these events is you can basically stand right next to these guys. The standing area while these guys are playing is about 3 feet away. There is no other sporting event where you are that close to the athletes.
That is where all the excitement pretty much ended though. Going to a PGA event is just hiking with golf going on around you. You are on your feet for hours on end; and in southern Florida, it's hot as balls. I got the worst sunburn of my life. It would be an understatement to say the pain is making me want to end my life.
I am one of those people who thinks sports are better watched on the couch at home. The thing about going to live golf is that you have no idea what is going on. The entire time we followed Fowler we had know no idea how anyone else was doing. You would just hear cheers from the distance. The advantage of watching the game television is that you can follow everybody.
I can now scratch off a PGA event from my sports bucket list. But unless its the majors, I’d much prefer to watch the PGA from the comfort of my home.
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