18 things to be grateful for in golf
November 27, 2014
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- It's time to reflect on what to be thankful for in the world of golf. (Photo illustration by Marc Lepecheur)
Whether your Thanksgiving menu features turkey or ham, mashed or sweet potatoes, pumpkin or pecan pies, we'll likely all eat too much and watch too much football over the next few days.
Hopefully, you'll take a little time between the Macy's Parade and Black Friday sales, though, to think about what really matters -- the things you are thankful for in your life. The family who supports you, the friends who sustain you and the love you feel for each other would be a good place to start.
Just for fun, PGATOUR.COM came up with a list of 18 things we're grateful for in the game of golf. If you can pry yourself away from the table, give us some of yours in the comments section below.
Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Need I say more?
Waves crashing against the cliffs at the Pebble Beach Golf Links on a cool, gray day.
Phil Mickelson's unpredictability -- and his unwavering optimism.
The passion Keegan Bradley and Ian Poulter bring to international team competition. It shows in their eyes and is accentuated by their fist pumps.
Nights spent chipping into the fireplace in the lobby of the Pinecrest Inn where Payne Stewart's signature is preserved over the door to the men's bathroom.
An approachable and engaging superstar in Rory McIlroy.
Billy Horschel's octopus pants and Rickie Fowler's all-orange Sundays.
Golf in Scotland and the way the past and present of the game co-exist in in such harmony in St. Andrews.
Tiger Woods' overwhelming talent and the chance to witness his dogged pursuit of history.
"The Golf Boys" and the dash of personality they bring to the game.
The opportunity to see not one, but two career Grand Slams potentially completed at the first two majors of 2015 -- Rory at the Masters and Phil at the U.S. Open.
Jarrod Lyle's good health and Erik Compton's transformation from two-time heart transplant recipient to contender at the U.S. Open.
The ageless Bernhard Langer and the agile Miguel Angel Jimenez.
The azaleas and dogwoods that bloom so much brighter at Augusta National than in my front yard.
My only hole-in-one ... but not the 10 I scored on the next hole when I could barely draw the club back.
Giving back, which not only is at the heart of the PGA TOUR but in the hearts of its players.
The stories told, bets settled and friendships cemented at 19th holes around the world.
And most of all, I am -- and always will be -- thankful for getting to play golf with my mom and dad, who taught me to love the game.