Monday, August 17, 2009
“Y.E. Yang Beats Tiger Woods at PGA.” That’s the unfortunate headline you’ll read on most sports pages today. Why so unfortunate? This was Tiger’s last chance to win a major, a win that would’ve meant an invitation to the Grand Slam of Golf held this October at the newly renovated Port Royal Golf Course here in Bermuda. So instead of watching Tiger compete against a field including British Open champion Stewark Cink, Masters champion Angel Cabrera, and U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover, we’ll be watching Y.E. Yang, a virtually unknown golfer from South Korea. Nothing against Yang of course—he certainly earned his spot in the tournament by beating the number one golfer in the world—I just really wanted to see Tiger swinging his clubs on Bermuda’s biggest stage. And what a beautiful stage it is. After investing more than $14 million regrassing fairways, rebuilding cart paths, and creating sweeping water views on the back nine, the government has turned Port Royal into one of the finest public courses in the world. Not to mention Tiger would've looked great in the tournament's famed pink jacket. Ah well, I guess there’s always next year.