MARTIN: I know Little John Daly has been playing this event
for several years but I didn’t realize that his resume was as good as it
is. Little John was the 25th-ranked signee in the Class of 2021,
according to Golf Channel. He’s headed to his father’s alma mater,
Arkansas. I always relish the opportunity to see Lee Trevino swing a
golf club, as well. Truly one of the game’s best ballstrikers.
makes a great point about the Dalys. We could get an even greater look
at how his progression towards a future in professional golf is
trending. But of course I can’t pass up the opportunity to get another
look at a legend of Australian golf in Greg Norman. His son might be
more into kite-boarding and adventure sports, but he’s still got some
skills. And as for the Shark – you always get a glimpse here or there of
the old magic despite the fact he rarely plays.
curious to see Little John, as I’ve heard all the stories. And I’m such
a golf nerd I’ve already imagined a fascinating PGA TOUR rivalry
between Little John and Charlie Woods starting in about nine years. Team
Goosen is worth keeping an eye on. Retief and son Leo have finished
second three of the last four years. They’re overdue and should be tough
with Leo one year older (17). Team Kuchar will be one to watch. Cameron
(great name!) is only 13, and Matt and Sybi just started letting him
caddie, which he did in a winning effort at the QBE Shootout in Naples
last week. Is it too early to say I’ll take this team to win the 2023
BOLTON: At the risk of sounding like a homer (even
though I don’t care about that possibility), it’s the Lehmans. I always
was a fan of the father, so to get the briefest of peeks at his son,
Thomas, on the course and standing beside his dad for my interview (as
my son stood behind me taking photos in March) was a special moment in
SOBEL: I suppose that I could answer this one with
Team Daly, as well, but since we don’t get to watch Annika Sorenstam
compete anymore, I’m excited to see if she’s still got it. Playing with
her father should be a thrill for both of them. I’d love to see her
rekindle some of that old magic for a couple of days.
BOMBS AWAY in the Daly pairing is worth the price of admission alone.
Come for the monster tee shots and pick up a few on-course fashion tips
along the way hahahaha!
And finally, give me a sleeper team.
a Cal Poly grad, I have a rooting interest in Team Lehman. His son,
Thomas, played golf at Cal Poly and another son, Sean, has signed to
play for the Mustangs. Tom’s wife, Melissa, is a proud Cal Poly alum, as
well. In the words of the alma mater, “Cut a rusty!”
The Norman’s are sleepers to compete for the title but I’ll also
nominate the Kuchars here. Matt is coming off another win at the QBE
Shootout and seems to always find a way up near the top money when the
whips are cracking in the “off-season” tournaments.
Thomas could be tough, if Mike isn’t too nervous. Team Lehman is a good
sleeper. It’s always dangerous when you put a major or PLAYERS winner
with a son/partner who has the potential to earn a living playing golf;
Davis and Dru Love shot 16-under 56 to win the Willie Park belts in
BOLTON: If I adhered to my stringent (albeit
unofficial) criteria to determine who qualifies for Sleepers, everyone
at Grande Lakes would be ruled out based on career achievement alone.
That said, I can’t resist the unique opportunity to slot Gary Player and
his grandson, James, accordingly. Gary is a spry 85 and his team is the
only that consists of a skip in generations.
not sure we can call the defending champions a sleeper, but with the
influx of in-prime talent in this field, I think Team Langer is entering
the week a bit overlooked. A two-day tourney is right up Bernhard’s
alley, who will most likely spend more time on the Ritz-Carlton range
than anyone not named Singh.
GLASSCOTT: Team Langer
shouldn’t be a sleeper because Dad wins just about every event he signs
up to play, minus the Masters. They qualify as sleepers this week
because of the Thomases and Woods hogging all the headlines. Oh, and
they won this event in a playoff last year!