For the first time in weeks, I anticipate a new possibility. Golf—the game itself—might actually return as a topic of conversation. A bit of wishful thinking, I suppose. At least we can start to warm up to the idea.
In anticipation of the season kickoff, I made my first visit to PGATour.com in more than a month. I spend a fair amount of time on the site during the season. And it has a new look. The folks in Ponte Vedra hyped enhancements in an early December press release, including these site updates:
• Video Enhancement: Video will be at the forefront with a bigger, bolder presence. Fans can watch video on the homepage via a larger, embedded player, and video will also be accessible from the Leaderboard for the first time.The site navigation appears to be mostly unchanged, but I’m still learning my way around the redesigned site.
• Leaderboard Redesign: PGATour.com is the exclusive home of live PGA Tour competition scoring and will feature a redesigned leaderboard to improve performance and navigation.
• FanZone: The updated FanZone section will make social media feeds from providers such as Twitter and Facebook easily accessible from the homepage.
• Refreshed Tour pages: The Nationwide and Champions Tour pages will have their own look and feel with dramatic updates and enhanced features including drop-down menus, advanced search capabilities and innovative applications.
Unlike the men, the women of the LPGA Tour don’t get underway until mid February. Theirs is a gappy schedule, with only two events in March and May, and just four events in August and September. I expect another difficult year for the women’s tour and pro golf in general.
−The Armchair Golfer