Your stories: April was surreal, but golf may be inching closer to a new normal

Sheri Hooley

In the sixth essay of our series, a look at golf emerging from the virus

Throughout this difficult period, Golf News Hub will explore what it’s like to actually live through this moment. Here we will print your stories about how this is affecting you, your family, your friends … your daily life. Email us your story.

Here is the sixth essay in our series. (Read previous essays here.)

Golf is a universal game that levels the playing field like no other. It doesn’t matter if you're quick and tall or slow and short. Or, old or young. A plus-four handicap can take on a 15 and have a great match. A 42-year-old with a stiff back can win the Masters.

That unity attracts so many to the game. It's why these past weeks and months have been painful for many avid golfers.

April typically kicks off the national golf season. Winter states come out of hibernation and the azaleas at Augusta paint the background for golf's most-viewed telecast. But this year was different.

On what would have been Masters weekend, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods each joined Jim Nantz to relive their respective 2004 and 2019 victories, which CBS re-aired. Tiger and Phil recounted some special moments that helped define their legacies, and it was a unique glimpse into their minds. It was something.

Other developments while we rode out the virus: European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington sharpened our mental game. Viktor Hovland went from winning his first PGA Tour event to wreaking havoc indoors like so many other golfers itching to get back outside. And Brooks Koepka’s haircut grabbed most of the headlines that were left. Yes, it was a slow month.

For a while, there were more U.S. courses closed than open, but as we turn the page to May, hope emerges. Golfers in New York have been back on the course for several days now, with Pennsylvania set to reopen on May 1. Washington, one of the first states to shut golf down, has circled May 8 as the day golf returns. And on Memorial Day weekend, it'll be Tiger vs. Phil (and Manning and Brady) in a new made-for-TV match.

Things can change quickly, but it sure feels like "normal" isn’t too far off. Soon we’ll return to what we do – whatever that means to you. For some it will be heckling old friends on the course. Others will try to shoot the lowest rounds they can. A very select few will refocus their intentions on tour events, major championships, Ryder Cup glory and more.

Whatever normal means to you, here's hoping we're all inching closer to golf as we know it.

Colin McDonald
Portland, Oregon

(McDonald is an employee of Buffalo Groupe, which owns and operates Golf News Hub.)

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About the Author
Colin McDonald joined Buffalo Groupe in January of 2019. He began his career in golf with the American Junior Golf Association in 2015 and managed communications for the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open and American Express as well as the Korn Ferry Tour’s regular-season finale, the WinCo Foods Portland Open. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Colin can often be found on the golf course where he enjoys competing in amateur events. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon.