One month in and where do we stand? In America, Dustin Johnson beat a limited field in Kapalua, was annointed the next King Of The Golfing World by the press…..and has a WD and a T51 since. Rookie Russell Henley came seemingly out of nowhere to dominate in Hawaii, Brian Gay came back from nowhere to win in Palm Springs, and two old men – Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson – reminded everyone that they’re still very much in the game with commanding wins in San Diego and Phoenix respectively. Meanwhile in Europe, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen won back-to-back home soil events in South Africa (the latter climbing to a career-high 4th in the OWR) and – as Renton Laidlaw so astutely observed – a Welshman (Jamie Donaldson), an Englishman (Chris Dodd) and a Scot (Stephen Gallacher) carried the day during the Tour’s three-week Desert Swing through the United Arab Emirates.
All that and it’s only the first week of February. So far it's looking like a very good year.