By: David Lamm
With the PGA Tour heading to Florida this week and The Players less than three week away, there are a few things I’d like to get off my mind.
• I’m a Sergio Garcia fan, but the 2017 Masters and former Players champ should be suspended by all the world tours for his meltdown at a recent European Tour event. He damaged several greens during a long temper tantum. Six months would be appropriate.
• Slow-play was back in the news after J.B. Holmes took forever in winning the LA Open. The final round took 5½ hours. As others have said, the only way to speed up play is by penalizing the players strokes, not money. One warning and then a stroke penalty.
• Jordan Spieth’s troubles are getting worse. Everyone says he’s working his tail off and getting no results. My advice: take several months off and clear your head, Jordan. Even if that means missing a major or two.
• Phil Mickelson may skip The Players. If so, well, enjoy your week off.
• Matt Kuchar did the right thing giving his one-time Mexican caddy $50,000 after winning south of the border several weeks ago. It became a PR nightmare for one of the Tour’s best guys after Kuchar paid his caddy a pretournament, agreed-to $5,000.
• Dustin Johnson has moved into an all-time elite class of golfers with his 20th PGA Tour victory, yet he remains an afterthought with most fans and media. Just a smidge of personality would enhance his profile 10-fold.
• I miss Johnny Miller as an analyst but not as much as I thought I would thanks to his replacement, Paul Azinger. Azinger may prove to be even better at the job.
• Rory McIlroy, Players champion? He’s on a roll heading to Florida.