Golf fans were treated to an absolute classic this past weekend during the final two rounds of the 2014 PGA Championship at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.
If you watched it, you saw there is a future in golf that doesn’t include Tiger Woods that looks incredibly bright and exciting.
If you missed it because you don’t watch when Tiger isn’t playing, please stop claiming to be a golf fan.
What we saw on Sunday afternoon and late into the Kentucky evening was a heavyweight battle of three of the game’s brightest stars.
The other two, Rory McIlory and Rickie Fowler, represented the future of the game and golf’s new era of brilliant players who are ready to shine in the spotlight. McIlroy was looking to continue his dominant summer with a second consecutive major championship. Fowler was looking to win his first and complete his spectacular play in major tournaments this season.
For five hours on Sunday afternoon, all three men rose to the occasion and gave us something amazing to watch.
This was golf at its best. This was sports at its best.
We saw three of the best players in the world challenging each other with beautiful play. Because of the soggy conditions at Valhalla, the course was set up perfectly for aggressive play and attacks at the pin, which led to constant opportunities for birdie. Fowler, Mickelson and McIlory all made the most of those opportunities.
If one guy would land a punch with a birdie and a roar from the crowd, another would match it on the very next hole.
The emotion and intensity you could see on the face of each golfer was remarkable and they elevated their play to a level that made it something very special to watch.
This is the type of golf I love to see. Great shots were being rewarded. And guys who were making great shots had a chance to succeed.
I’ve always had a tough time watching the U.S. Open because I’m not a big fan of watching the best people at their craft struggle to find a way to get anything accomplished. Seeing guys stumble around the course and have a chance to win at +2 on the leaderboard isn’t my idea of entertaining.
It feels like asking a BBQ pitmaster to make ribs on a George Foreman grill. He could figure out a way to do it but it’s not going to be pretty.
It was the complete opposite during the final round at the PGA Championship.
We got to see the best players in the game show what they’re made of in outstanding fashion. And not surprisingly, the best player in the world and brightest star of the future of golf, Rory McIlroy, finished on top.
This was the PGA at its best and it was fantastic. Now, let’s hope the best is yet to come.
Did you watch the final round of the PGA Championship? Who were you rooting for? Let me know in the comments section.