Contributed by Brian Hewitt for GlobalGolfPost
All sorts of highly decorated players were competing in all manner of richly endowed events last week. Trouble was, if you live in Europe or the Americas, most of these money grabs were over before your Sunday lunch.
Which means in the U.S. – unless you are an insomniac or remembered to set your DVR and stay off the websites – you missed Nick Watney’s closing 61 in Malaysia that muted the closing thunder of Tiger’s final-round 63.
It’s that time of year in golf, when most of the important stuff has been replaced by all sorts of Q-Schools, points races, POY palaver, lowercase grand slams and farflung co-sanctioning that makes for strange tee sheet bedfellows.
In Shanghai, Peter Hanson held off Rory in a Euro Tour event that looked for all the world like a Ryder Cup reunion when Luke Donald, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose all finished among the top 6.
In Taiwan, Suzann Pettersen won for the second straight week, making a late case for LPGA Player of the Year.
And back on this side of the International Date Line, you got jet lag just trying to keep up with it all.
That said, there’s a legitimately good one in Guangdong, China this week. HSBC Champions. Purse: Seven million American. WGC backing.
But no McIlroy or Woods.
Draw your own appearance fee conclusions. And set your alarm clock.
Finally, if you don’t know by now what Korean sensation Gangnam Style (574 million YouTube views) is, Jesper Parnevik’s very own Scandinavian version is featured in our weekly PostScript video.
Move over, Golf Boys.