Off The Tee: Teeing Up 2015 in Maui, Tiger’s Latest Comeback, a Look at This Season Major Venues
Some of the best from the 2014 PGA Tour are gathering in Hawaii this week to kickoff 2015, with the Tournament of Champions event in Maui, an event open only to tour winners from last season.
In this installment of 'Off The Tee', I talked with Joel Harrington from 4 Deep Golf blog about who's playing, and who's missing, at Kapalua:
The 1999 winner of this event (when it was known as the Mercedes Championships) is settling into his new role in golf.
David Duval will be in Hawaii as a studio analyst for the Golf Channel.
Joel has some thoughts on how the former British Open winner and 12-time PGA Tour winner will do in his new gig:
While all eyes are on Hawaii this week, there's already buzz building for a PGA Tour stop later this month.
Various reports say Tiger Woods will be making his 2015 debut at the Phoenix Open the last weekend in January.
Tiger provided one of the tournament's most memorable moments in 1997 with a hole-in-one on the 16th hole during his rookie season on the PGA Tour.
If Tiger does play in Phoenix, it would be his first tournament start since last August's PGA Championship. After missing the cut that weekend, Woods decided to take the remainder of the season off to recover from a back injury.
Joel talks about Tiger's potential return to Phoenix:
Looking further down the schedule, 2015 will feature a first-time host for June's U.S. Open, the Chambers Bay Golf Course in Washington.
I asked Joel about this season's majors, which includes two of golf's most iconic courses:
As for players to watch in 2015, Joel has a few to keep an eye on: