WGC Mexico – It is the start of the WGC/big tournaments so you have to get pumped up for it, but in my humble opinion it does not have the flare that Doral had. I believe it is a solid tournament, and the altitude helps the long hitters hit the ball even further and gives this tournament an interesting aspect. Overall though, I think the PGA Tour could do a lot better for a WGC, it just does not have the same prestige that the Blue Monster had. Doral, was the start of the Florida swing. Mexico makes absolutely no sense on the calendar. Hopefully the PGA Tour will figure it out soon because I’m still not understanding the switch from Doral and would love an honest answer.
Valspar Championship – Innisbrook host’s a solid event, and “The Snake Pit” on holes 16-18 make for a very interesting close out of the tournament. This is a small event though; you do not get the names you want, but Tiger sure did make it intersting this year and the Patrick Reed-Jordan Spieth playoff was pretty cool a few years back. There seems to be great endings here, but once again the course and the field just can’t get the viewers tuned in on a yearly basis.
Arnold Palmer Invitational – Aside from the Majors, WGC’s, and Players, this tournament has started to become very prestigious. Honoring the late great Arnold Palmer, this tournament gets a very solid field. The course at Bay Hill is gorgeous, and the closing hole is sensational. Orlando does this tournament right. Golf is a game about honoring the greats, and I absolutely love that we have a tournament dedicated to Arnie. He meant so much to this game that we all love and to see a tournament in his name every year makes this event that much more special.
WGC Match Play – A tournament that changes courses every year, but I think this tournament needs that. It is the only time outside of the Ryder and President’s Cup that we see professional golfers playing each other in match play. Who doesn’t love seeing the best players in the world battle each other 1 v 1. DJ vs Rahm, JT vs Spieth, Day vs Rory: these are the match-ups that we all want to see and have seen previous years. I mark this one on the calendar each year because it brings a new element to the game and the battles we see do not happen anywhere else.
Shell Houston Open – This tournament is always the one right before The Master’s, so obviously it does not get much love. The Houston Open routinely has a pretty solid field though with Jordan and Phil usually headlining. We have seen some great battles in the past, but once again the course and the way it lands on the calendar will always hold this tournament back. I would not make a trip to view this tournament unless I was in Houston on business.