Honestly, I didn't think I'd be doing this again. But when my editor at HarperCollins asked if I wanted to write any new material for Follow the Roar's paperback edition (not due out till August or September), the natural thing to write about was the return of Tiger. So I told him that wherever Tiger resurfaced, I'd be there for one last hurrah.
I'll leave Tuesday, in my same car, hoping it can hold on for yet another trip across the desert from California to the Accenture Match Play in Tucson. While the city is the same, the venue is different, and advance reports from people who have seen The Ritz-Carlton Course at Dove Mountain promise me it won't be the absurd trek that The Gallery Golf Club was last March. Actually, that's good news for Tiger, too, who seems wary only at the thought of walking golf, not playing it.
Information on the new course is hard to find. The Ritz website says a lot but it all reads like a PR guy wrote it, not a golfer:
"A reflection of the Sonoran Desert’s lush, mountainside terrain, the original 27 holes of this Jack Nicklaus Signature Design present unique challenges and distinct character, blended naturally among noble saguaros that line the surrounding Tortolita Mountain Range."
Thank heavens for "noble saguaros." I can't stand those desert courses with blue-collar cacti on it.
Next I went to Google Maps, but the satellite photo pre-dates the course being built. That said, I did have a laugh when I saw what the old Gallery Golf Club looks like from above. No wonder I was so tired after every match.
More updates to come this week, of course.