We’re getting back to normal-ish in and near Grey Goatee Global HQ, which means 52-ish Fahrenheit and precipitous, while in La Quinta, Calif., in the winter desert, it’s looking like 65 for a high all week with a chance of moisture.
So it’s not so hot, all in all, and the hot guy’s not here anyway at the CareerBuilder Challenge, but apparently they’ll still go on with the tournament without Justin Thomas. It’s tough to win on the PGA Tour, tougher yet to win in consecutive weeks, but Thomas did it in the first two weeks of January. Maybe when he wins a major this year (you read it here first) he’ll fit in the conversation with the Days and Spieths and DJs.
Or maybe he’ll fade back into the field … but nobody much believes that. Last weekend at the Sony Open, he was sticking his irons, and he has another virtue in his game that will keep him around.
The little fucker hits it a long ways.
That is, when he’s in the field, which he isn’t. The defending CareerBuilder champion is Jason Dufner, who for no clear reason is a particular favorite of Grey Goatee Nation. Last year, the CareerBuilder trophy was presented to Dufner by President Bill Clinton on behalf of his (and Hil’s) Clinton Foundation. The foundation was in the news a little bit last year, you might have noticed.
Phil Mickelson is the goodwill ambassador for this year’s edition of the tournament, once known as the Bob Hope Desert Classic. Mickelson is the only real star power in the desert; this tournament’s been lacking in juice for a few years. Sorry, Duf. Sorry, Big Bill.
This week in golf
Jan. 19-22: CareerBuilder Challenge, TPC Stadium Course, PGA West, La Quinta, Calif.
Jan. 19-22: Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Speaking of star power, Rory McIlroy has dropped out with a rib injury.
PGA Tour Champions
Jan. 19-21: Mitsubishi Electric Championship, Hualalai Golf Club, Ka’upulehu-Kona, Hawaii
Jan. 26-29: Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, Ocean Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas
April 6-9, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.