A snowstorm is currently hitting Toronto hard, and we at Knetgolf.com hope that everywhere snugly indoors, either curled up with a good book or in front of the television riding out thestorm.
Speaking of the television, The Golf Channel has shown significant increases in viewers these past three weeks, up 59% from the January of last year. While golf doesn’t solely depend on TV ratings, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem says such good news never hurts. Hopefully, this will be an excellent year for the sport of golf!
Generosity is making the headlines today as both the PGA Tour and the LPGA Tour are donating money to charity causes. The PGA Tour has recently donated $150, 000 on behalf of the PresidentsCup and International captain Greg Norman to the relief appeal to help victimsin Australia’s Queensland state that have been rocked by devastating floods, killing 35 people and destroying over 30,000 homes and businesses. We’d personally like to thank the PGA Tour for giving so generously to a cause that needs it so much!
As well, for the first time in history an LPGA sanctioned event will be donating the winnings to charity. While there has been some controversy and criticism over the event, as not all of the winnings will be heading to charity. The top five players will each award $100,000 to their favourite philanthropic organization, while $500,000 will be going to LPGA-USGAGirls Golf. While some of the money is being used to offset the cost of the tournament,it’s still a worthy cause.
As always, we come back to Tiger Woods. Again, the poor man is taking blow after blow. Recently in Dubai of the United Arab Emirates, the plans for a Tiger Woods signature golf estate which would include a boutique hotel and palaces has been shelved and put aside as Dubai’s financial downturn continues. Not only that, but he has officially lost his spot as the most powerful athlete in the world, according to Bloomberg Business Week’s annual power 100 ranking, where this year Woods slid into third place behind Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and snowboarder Shaun White.
As Tiger’s rankings slowly slip, we turn back to Lee Westwood, considered the golf worlds number one. ThisThursday, Westwood will be defending his ranking against Martin Kaymer whenthey tee off in the Qatar Masters. Westwood, who rose to the No. 1 spot inOctober, needs to finish at least second in order to remain at the top,otherwise Kaymer will push him into second place. Kaymer, who won last month’s AbuDhabi Golf Championship, just might be our new No. 1.
However, there are some that say that Kaymer is already No. 1. Some claim that while Lee Westwood is considered number 1, he has not played in months and should not be allowed to coast through on his past achievement. If people choose to go by recent wins and point total, Westwood is in third place, with Graeme McDowell in second and Kaymer already wrapped in Glory in the first place.
Whichever you choose to believe, this year should be an interesting one as Golf top’s players vie for the number one spot.
And that’s it for today, wishing you all a very safe and warm weekend.
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