If the Minnesota Vikings do ever make it back to the Super Bowl, then what happens to those purple people-eaters who lord over the 16th tee box like it is some sort of Nordic funeral pyre? Do they abandon their post in an effort to be there for their favorite football team as they play for the first NFL championship or stay in Phoenix and remain members of the loudest arena in golf? We can verify this later but I’d be very surprised to see many Colin Kaepernick or Ray Lewis jerseys hanging around the Waste Management Open this week. Now on to this week’s Superlatives.
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In this week’s Fantasy Foursome, Jon Lord tees it up with the names on the tip of everyone’s tongue, or the names of the tongues saying everyone’s name in New Orleans this weekend.
There might not be any golf destination that’s cooler than Palm Springs. Of course, we’re talking about the region’s cool vibe, not the temperature which, during summer, often hits 110 degrees by noon. That’s definitely not cool. Today’s Palm Springs might not be the Swinging Celebrity Party Central it was in the 1950s and ’60s, but there are still enough nods to the region’s past to conjure up great memories, including omnipresent mid-century modern architecture and superb resorts — none more historic or cooler than the La Quinta Resort & Club.
Mark down the Humana Challenge as one of those PGA Tour events that should consider going back to its old name. The Bob Hope Classic harkened back to the good old days of the California desert, when movie stars and crooners like Frank Sinatra use to treat Palm Springs like there own personal playground. Now the area surrounding the La Quinta Country Club is a magnet for young Hollywood hipsters who consider themselves edgy because they drink Tecate while playing pickup basketball in skateboarding sneakers and V-neck undershirts. Now on to this week’s Superlatives.
With the return of the Players Championship comes the return of the treacherous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. Perhaps the most famous hole in all of golf, the island green at 17 presents a unique challenge …