How would you like to be Brendan Jones tomorrow at 2:02 p.m. ET?
Mr. Jones will stand on the tee with one, Tiger Woods, participating in one of the most highly anticipated returns of an athlete since Michael Jordan retired and returned and retired and returned, or however that happened.
At least he has a sense of humor. ESPN writer Bob Harig asked Jones, who makes his living on the Japan Tour, what is the first thing he would ask Tiger: “Can I have three a side?” he said.
As nerve-wracking as this round might be, who knows how it might play out. I get the feeling it could be squeaky close, or Tiger will run away with it. Nothing in between. Really, it just depends on how tuned up Woods is. If he’s 100% back, and last year doctors said he couldn’t be 100% back by now, then he should thrash Jones. But if he’s off, it could be an interesting match.
This is a long event, so there’s no need to overanalyze the first round matches. But the Woods-Jones match will be one to watch tomorrow.
Some other matches I’ll be watching: Paul Casey vs. Aaron Baddeley, Phil Mickelson versus Angel Cabrera, Steve Stricker versus Dustin Johnson, and Mike Weir versus Hunter Mahan.
Golf is back. The Accenture Match Play, to me, is basically the kickoff to golf season. Spring is almost here. Tiger is back. Good times.
Check out Bob Harig’s profile of Brenden Johnson here.