Wentworth - just shut up about Rory and go watch it May 05 2016
So news has broken that Rory fancies a week off. Like an accountant at the local council he has submitted his holiday form and it has been signed off. I have to say I am surprised. This is Europe's flagship event and it is a big blow that he will not be there. He says its inevitable because otherwise he will have played too much golf prior to the US Open. I am sure he and his advisers know that they are doing but it is a massive shame. The PGA is the closest thing we have to a local golf event and it is extremely well ran. So many youngsters get to go and see him there. Most of the juniors in my groups would choose watching Rory above all other players.
It maybe that a few are less inclined to make it to Wentworth. But believe me that would be very foolish indeed. There will still be some great golfers on show including Danny Willett our newly minted (we all saw his tweet about going to visit a supercar showroom) Masters champion and I can recommend watching his golf. He plays without fear and is very good ball striker. Surprisingly long he is a compact player that is super efficient.
Alternatively go and see Paul Casey. Not universally liked on tour he can be abrasive but he is a powerful player who knows Wentworth very well. I expect him to play well at the PGA. He is the living embodiment of the new breed of hyper fit and hyper strong golfer. The youngsters will see that he really does hammer the ball but still has a very very good short game.
I also fancy Shane Lowry. He played very well at Wentworth two years ago and I love to see him play. He shapes the ball more than most and if you watch him for more than four holes you are certain to be entertained. Then get out and see the course specialists Simon Khan and Eddie Pepperrell. These two rarely slip up round what they both should list as their favourite course. They come with the added benefit that frankly on Thursday or Friday you will probably be watching them on your own.
The big groups pull the crowds but if you take your youngster out a bit further and watch a few of these guys you will have a world class view.
So it could just be that Rory not going allows you to broaden your view and see a bit more of what the European Tour has to offer.