House: OK Geoff Shackelford, let’s get a little match started as we debate which swing is better, the west coast swing or the florida swing. Being that the sunshine state is way closer to the DMV, I will of course take Florida and let me remind you I am undefeated in email match play situations. I’m the Patrick Reed of this genre so here goes my opening shot.
The Florida swing is better than the west coast swing on the strength of fields. From Honda all the way to Bay Hill, many of the European stars will make their PGA Tour debuts. I’m talking about the likes of Stenson, Garcia, and - if healthy - Rory. Those folks missing from the left coast make Florida the easy winner.
Shack: Whoa! We’ve already seen Day, Spieth, Justin Thomas, Matsuyama, Phil, and that Tiger guy, need I go on House? The fields are just fine out here. Yes, you get a few European stars who need to get ready for the Masters, but Justin Rose, major champion and gold medal winner is teeing it up out west because Florida courses mess up his game. The west coast swing is a runaway winner above else? The GOLF Courses.
Look at the variety and memorability: Pebble, Riviera, Torrey, Kapalua, Waialie, TPC Scottsdale…all PGA Tour, even national treasures, and three of those have hosted some of the greatest MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS of all time!
House: Yes Shack, your courses are great. Some could argue that beauty is your strongest asset. But what you don’t have is nicknames. And in Florida, I have nicknames. I have a Bear Trap and a Snake Pit. Yes, we lost a Blue Monster - but if Ray Romano had to play either of those nicknamed venues he’d run out of golf balls before finishing. Plus, the Florida swing winds up with Bay Hill, and no one who has a heart will have a dry eye when we return to the home of The King for the first time since he passed. The golf courses are way tougher in Florida, Shack - no 25 under par winner on this coast.
Shack: Not going to argue you on The King, what a moment that will be for sure though it sure would have been nice if some players played last year too. My final argument: golf takes center stage out west as it has since...the 1920s! Football is over, baseball has yet to begun, and the very unimportant race for 65 spots in college hoops is not capturing anyone right now. The PGA Tour was built on the LA Open starting a few days after the Rose Bowl with a $10,000 purse! And now, this is golf’s time to shine with week-to-week variety unlike any other time on the schedule. Besides the history, and architecture, the west coast whets our appetite for the major season, weeds out the fields and sets the stage for the great events to follow. The west coast swing could and should be the most important part of the season, and the TV ratings after Hawaii back me up on that.
House: Did you just make the argument that the West Coast swing is an appetizer?!? How about this – I AGREE!! My congrats to the West Coast swing - truly the wings and nachos of the golf season!! Here is what I leave us with. The Florida swing is the lead up to Augusta, which no sane person would argue is anything but … the most delectable 32oz, fifty-day dry-aged prime Tomahawk Chop … accompanied by a wonderful pimento cheese sandwich! Those who play well in Florida absolutely, positively will receive an allocation of my hard-earned capital allocated to them in April. In fact, Florida is so good for the game, the tour rolls back in May, (for now…) for the Players. This match is over.
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