In our latest reader essay, reflections on what we're missing, and what this 2020 season could still turn out to be
Throughout this difficult period, this 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 the second essay in our series. (Read our first essay here.)
They say good things come to those who wait. For golf fans and beyond, 2020 may be the very epitome of that statement. The final week in March is typically reserved for anxious fans clinging to hope in their March Madness brackets and anticipating the start of the Masters, just days away.
But no Jim Nantz narrations are forthcoming. There will be no roars for four April afternoons around Amen Corner. No azaleas. No green jacket. So golf fans can only do one thing: wait. While the world continues to watch in horror as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, sports have stopped, and are suddenly an afterthought. A global health crisis makes our game seem entirely irrelevant. But we remember.
Golf fandom is different from team sports; fans weren’t born into rooting for one player or the other. There are no jerseys, home fields or mascots. What makes our game so unique is what draws many of us to it in the first place: the human element. Last April’s Masters represented far more than a 15th major title for Tiger Woods. It was Woods’ payoff after years of personal struggles and physical agony. It’s a shame we won’t see him defend his title in April.
But there is still plenty to anticipate. We could be building toward one raucous stretch of golf later this year, where players compete for the highest stakes seemingly all at once. With the desire of each governing body to postpone, rather than cancel, their respective championships, all signs point to an unprecedented stretch of majors in a condensed period.
The array of storylines are almost too much to comprehend. Could Jordan Spieth put his career back on track? Might Rory secure the elusive career grand slam and pass Phil Mickelson on the all-time list in a 30-day stretch? Could it be a coming-out party for fresh young stars like Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa? Or perhaps Woods captures more major magic and puts a scare in Jack’s magic number of 18.
For now, we wait. And when that day comes, when sports are a priority once again, golf fans just might be rewarded with some of the sweetest moments our game has ever seen. I can’t wait.
(McDonald is an employee of Buffalo Agency, which operates Golf News Hub.)
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