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Longing for PGA dominance

by Mark Daniels

Since the Tiger roared to his last major championship, number 14 of his career at the 2008 US Open, there have been 17 different major winners on the tour.  Since 2010, there have been over 30 first time winners on the circuit.  What's happened to domination?  Not that there's anything wrong with it.  Just ask the millions of Fifty Shades of Gray readers.

I grew up in the age of dynasties, be it the Green Bay Packers in the 1960's, the Steelers of the 70's, the Yankees, Muhammad Ali and yes, more recently Tiger Woods.   I believe sports is better when there's one team or one player you either love or hate, but rules supreme.

As the 2013 Players Championship tees off this week at TPC Sawgrass, the unofficial 5th major of the year, with one of the best fields of the season, including Mr. Woods, I'm waiting for someone, anyone to step up and take the golf world by the throat.  

I learned to play the game when week after week, it was Jack Nicklaus or Tom Watson who were the prohibitive favorites to hoist that tournament's trophy on Sunday.   Now I have to lean on Wikepedia just to find out who the next tourney champion is.

The up and comers on tour played what was called the rabbit tour, under the umbrella of several corporate friends over the years, the Nike Tour, Nationwide, now Web.com.  They were called rabbits because they scrambled from location to location, with their bag in the trunk, hoping to pocket enough cash to move on to the next stop, earning enough credits to eventually take their shot at Q school.  But as we know, rabbits have a way of proliferating.  The new generation of rabbits have exploded on tour.  While you have to be happy to see the emerging names enter the winner's circle, do you really want the John Huh's, Ted Potter Jr.'s, Kyle Stanley's, Charlie Beljan's and Jonas Blixt's of the world to be cashing the million dollar tour winning checks?  They were all first time tour winners in the past year.  Billy Horschel just joined the ever expanding first time winners club two weeks back at the Zurich Classic.

With one of the top tourney rosters of the year about to attack Pete Dye's Sawgrass track, here's hoping Tiger, a three time winner already this year, or maybe Master's champ Adam Scott, takes the bull by the horns and lights the fuse for a dominating run right through the PGA Championship in August.  I long for the day when all are chasing one versus uncovering the next, new one to join the chase.