ULTIMATE WORLD TOUR
Shipnuck: The talk of Tiger joining the Euro tour is interesting. It leads to a lot of speculation about what his schedule would look like. Let's say we could create one global golf tour with 20-25 events. The majors are obviously part of it, but everything else is up for grabs. Which handful of events, here and/or abroad, do you keep?
Herre: The majors, the WGCs, the Players, Jack's and Arnie's (while they are alive), Boston and D.C. (for the TW foundation), and whatever pays best.
Shipnuck: I'd start the year with the South African Open and then the Australian Open. My West Coast swing is Kapalua, Riviera, Pebble Beach and Phoenix. Florida is Doral and then the Players, back in its old March slot. Augusta is followed by Hilton Head. Quail Hollow and the Memorial are the run-up to the U.S. Open. Wentworth and the Scottish Open lead into the British.
Godich: A West Coast guy, and you're going to leave Torrey off your schedule?
Van Sickle: You've gotta have Pebble Beach and the Dunhill, which uses the Old Course and Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. You'd want Wentworth. The Australian Open should be the fifth major, according to a few British writers I know. It's got history and some great layouts. From the Tour, I'd focus more on the venue than the tournaments. I'd want Riviera and Sawgrass, of course. Colonial is a classic course with a lot of history, so I'd love to see that included. I'd leave the rest up to the Euro tour.
Shipnuck: Actually, I'd have the Irish Open precede the Scottish Open, and the Dunhill Links follow the British. The more links courses, the better. After the PGA, we'd combine the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai to form "The Greatest Race." In consecutive weeks, they'd play in New York, Japan, Singapore and Dubai.
Wei: I enjoy some of the lesser-known events because they're more interesting to cover, so let's go with Kapalua, Honda, Hilton Head, Quail Hollow, New Orleans and the Scottish Open. I'd also toss in one of the Australian triple-crown tourneys.
Herre: The real golf will be played in the Southern Hemisphere for the next few months. I'm afraid the U.S. audience will be pretty much checked out.
Godich: I'd have the majors, Players, WGC events, Torrey, Pebble, Phoenix, L.A., Honda, Bay Hill, Charlotte, Nelson, Colonial, Memorial, events in New York, Chicago, Washington and Boston.
Walker: Phoenix has to be on the schedule for the atmosphere. As we saw at the Ryder Cup, the future of golf is loud. I'd have the majors and the four WGC events, so that's eight. From the PGA Tour, I'd take Phoenix, Pebble, Riviera, Bay Hill, Colonial, Quail Hollow, Players, Memorial and the FedEx Cup events (because of the markets). From the European Tour, I'd take the European PGA, the Dunhill, the World Match Play, the Irish Open and Abu Dhabi.
Tell us what you think in the comments section below: Which events, in the U.S. and Europe, would you keep as part of a new "World Tour"?
Shipnuck: Jonas Blixt won the Frys.com. OK, be 100% honest: this very second, could you pick him out of a police lineup?
Godich: Only if he was wearing those nifty read shoes.
Van Sickle: What's the charge?
Shipnuck: Wearing those shoes.
Walker: If he was holding the trophy, maybe I could.
Van Sickle: I briefly interviewed Blixt at the All-American college tournament in El Paso a few years ago so, yes, I probably could've picked him out. But he's kept a low profile on the PGA Tour this year... until now.
Van Sickle: You've got to like Blixt. His gallery is mostly good-looking blondes. He nearly holed out from over the green on the drivable par 4, he made a key up and down from a bunker, and he holed the life-changing four-footer for the win instead of going into a three-way playoff. He's always had a PGA Tour quality short game. That's good for a nice career on the tour.
Wei: I could ID him too, but only because I've been to 30 tournaments this year and those red shoes stand out. I like his swagger and candor and his Swedish-ness. Not the best ballstriker in the world, but I'd take his short game any day. I've seen him get up-and-down from some ridiculous places the past few weeks.
Tell us what you think in the comments section below: Will Jonas Blixt be a household name by this time next year?