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Friday, November 25, 2011

Silly Season Golf

When the last putt dropped on October 23rd at the Children's Miracle Network Classic in Disney the upper echelon of professional golf (at least American pro golf) entered what is known as the Silly Season.  The Silly Season ends with the first tee shot at Kapalua in January.  It's considered the Silly Season because most of these tournaments are partial field events where everyone is making money and the outcome has no bearing on PGA Tour status.  It's basically a cash grab for the more well known players on Tour.  In some cases the bigger names in golf are also paid appearance fees for playing in foreign tournaments.  If you ever wonder why Phil might skip a tournament an hour from his home but travel half way around the world in the Silly Season to play golf, it's safe to assume the reason included at least one comma and five or six zero's behind it.

This week, the Silly Season takes golf to the Omega Misson Hills World Cup in China.  Basically every country that has a professional golfer ranked above a certain cut off in the World Golf Rankings gains entry into this tournament and the highest ranking person from that country picks his partner for the tournament.  We don't hear much about this in the United States because most of our highest ranked players sit it out.  This year the American's have Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland competing and are a respectable 3 shots back through 2 rounds.  Not surprisingly, tied for the lead are the Irish team of Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy.  Just behind them are a strong Spanish team of Miguel Angel Jimenez and Alvaro Quiros and a little further down the leaderboard are the Italian Molinari brothers.

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