PGA TourOctober 3, 2015

Why we're missing the PGA Tour this weekend and not ashamed to admit it

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This is one of the best times of the year for sports. The NFL season isn't even through a quarter of its season. College football conference games are starting. The MLB Playoffs will start next week.

Life is good for a sports fan in October.

Except for the hardcore PGA Tour fan. Sure, the Tour Finals wrap up this weekend. Golf fans can check out the next wave of young talent coming up from the next level. That's cool.

But after such a thrilling 2015 season of golf, I'm pretty disappointed that I won't have a PGA Tour telecast to watch on Saturday or Sunday. Yes, there's actually a genuine sadness right now with no PGA Tour this weekend. Ordinarily, I might be worried about myself. In all honesty, I'm not...because golf was that good in 2015.

Aside from a week after the Deutsche Bank Championship, the tour hasn't taken a week off since last December. There were 34 straight weeks of golf. Remember the buzz and excitement headed into the final round of the Open at St. Andrews? Jordan Spieth going for the Grand Slam. How about the U.S. Open before that? Man, does it get more memorable? That dramatic finish won't soon be forgotten.

The Players saw one of the best finishes of 2015. Rickie Fowler's electric playoff win. Then Jason Day's dominant stretch. The dude matched Spieth's level of play to win five times even in a year where Spieth made it look easy. Amazing.

Just the year as a whole. Getting a chance to watch Spieth compete as often as we did -- and we were lucky to have him tee it up in 25 events? That's more than Tiger Woods ever played in the U.S. in one season. (Woods played in 21 tournaments three times: 1997, 1999 and 2005.)

Jordan Spieth celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Masters. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

We were treated to a full year of Spieth. A 22-year-old playing the best golf in the world. Playing near perfect golf for most of the 72 holes at the Masters. It was captivating -- from April through the middle of July -- to be watching him have a chance at having one of the best seasons of all time.

With the rare off week this week, I should be excited about catching some good football games.

Call it FOMO or whatever you want. This is real emotion.

Who knew I'd be so excited for the Presidents Cup next weekend and the Open coming up? That's what the PGA Tour did for golf fans in 2015.


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