LAHAINA, HAWAII | If you’re stuck someplace where winter has settled in like an old stain and truly green grass disappeared long before the Halloween candy did, seeing the Sentry Tournament of Champions unfolding in high definition from magnificent Maui can do one of two things:
Warm a golfer’s soul, reconfirming the belief that frost delays and muddy fairways are temporary (more temporary for some than for others);
Or, make you jealous.
Either one is, if not entirely OK, at least understandable.
It’s easy, if you follow the PGA Tour closely enough, to tire of the beauty shots or at least all the talk about how spectacularly beautiful it is on and around the Sentry Tournament of Champions. But it really is that pretty.
It really is that different and it’s why there is no better marriage of tournament, site and date than this one. There are others – Augusta in April always comes to mind – but starting the calendar year with Molokai sunlit in the distance works like pepperoni and pizza.
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