Here are a few things (I think) I learned from the Farmers Insurance Open
1) Bubba Watson is a heckuva player. He’s not only long, he’s got the short and putting games under control.
2) Phil has lots of fire left. And he’s playing smarter.
3) Tiger’s game is not ready for prime time. I stand by my statement that he won’t win a Major this year.
4) There is a LOT of young talent on tour this year. Look at the list of those players finishing at T9 or better. Their birth years follow each name:
Bubba Watson (1978)
Phil Mickelson (1970)
Dustin Johnson (1984)
Jhonattan Vegas (1984)
DA Points (1976)
Nick Watney (1981)
Anthony Kim (1985)
Hunter Mahan (1982)
Troy Matteson (1979)
Mark Leishman (1983)
Brandt Snedeker (1980)
Bill Haas (1982)
That’s a relatively young crowd. Most were born in the 1980s. The winner, Watson, is just three years younger than Tiger, but I still consider him part of the new generation. He’s only been on the PGA Tour since 2007. Most of the others have had similarly short turns in the Show.
5) Grouping players in threes is the way to go. All the PGA Tour events should go with that format. I think it creates more tension having more of the players in direct contact.
Add you own thoughts in the comments.