10 Reasons We're Buzzing for Golf in 2022
As another year begins, many of us are just settling back into our usual working routine. The festive period most probably feels like a distant memory but, fear not, we're here to highlight the reasons we're buzzing for golf in 2022.
Without further ado, check out our list and let us know what you're looking forward to most in the next 12 months.
New Year, new challenge
OK, let's start the year with a dash of positivity and a standout reason we're buzzing for golf in 2022. It's pretty simple: we're in love with the game.
In fact, what we particularly love about golf is the never-ending mental and physical joust between golfer and golf course, and the fact that - as the famous Tiger Woods quote reminds us - no matter how good you get, you can always get better.
If you performed well last year, take advantage by zoning in on those areas of weakness and redouble your efforts to get that handicap hurtling south.
If you've had a 2021 to forget - like a few of the golfers here at Hole19 HQ -, now's the time to get back to basics before the new season starts.
Even more great Hole19 features
We're only days into 2022 and already our band of dedicated devs are working tirelessly to bring you more innovative feature releases to enhance your Hole19 experience further.
We've been listening to your feedback on the new and improved features you would like to see. All we can say is... watch this space!
Golf... and more golf!
We're keeping everything crossed for a year with fewer global COVID restrictions, and many more opportunities for our golfers to hit the golf course.
It won't come as any surprise that we have absolutely ZERO expertise in the field of virology, but we're hopeful that 2022 will be the year when we all return to some sort of normal life.
Remember normal? Na, us neither!
2022: The year of endless possibilities
Have you broken 100/90/80/par yet? Ever won a monthly medal before? Have you joined the hole-in-one club?
Whichever golfing milestones you still need to tick off, 2022 CAN be your year!!
Tiger ready to roar. Again!
In the immediate aftermath of his horrific car crash back in February, the chances of Tiger Woods playing any level of golf in the near future looked pretty bleak.
After a lengthy recovery he managed to play alongside his son Charlie at the PNC Championship last month. There was a noticeable limp and an understandable loss of distance - encouragingly though, the short game magic was there for all to see.
The 'Big Cat' will play at carefully selected events in 2022 and just seeing him in a competitive field once again will be enough for many of us.
We refuse to completely dismiss the chance of a miraculous win at some point in the future though.
Women's golf going from strength to strength
We've enjoyed watching the development of the women's professional game over the past few years, and the number of lady Hole19ers has rapidly increased over that same period.
2021 was a great year for women's golf with many standout stories capturing the attention.
We were all-in on the competitive duel between Nelly Korda and Jin-Young Ko as the two superstars combined to claim 10 wins between them. Now that's seriously impressive!
The Masters at Augusta National
The four days in springtime at Augusta National each year both enthrals and excites in equal measure. It's simply the perfect way to start the major golf season, and we're anticipating a highly competitive 86th Masters Tournament this year.
Can Hideki grab a second Green Jacket in as many years? Will Tiger be fit to tee it up? Can Rory complete the career grand slam? Could we get another maiden champion?
The potential for great storylines is endless.
PGA Championship at Southern Hills
The 2021 PGA Championship delivered one of the biggest stories in golf over the past few years as Phil Mickelson became the oldest ever major champion at the age of 50 years and 11 months.
'Lefty' will defend his title this year at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Back in 2007, the last time the venue hosted the event, Tiger Woods won the most recent of his quartet of Wanamaker Trophies.
US Open at The Country Club in Brookline
The US Open is often viewed as the toughest test in golf, and the golfers this year will be faced with a stern examination of every facet of their golf game at The Country Club in Brookline.
The course hasn't been a major venue since 1988 so there's very little to guide us towards a possible champion. Whoever comes out on top, they'll need to tame the big dog as the course is super tight and demands accuracy off the tee.
The 150th Open Championship at St Andrews
It seems perfectly fitting that the 150th Open Championship will take place at the spiritual home of golf - St Andrews' Old Course. It will be the 30th time that St Andrews will have hosted the oldest major championship since the inaugural edition back in 1860.
Collin Morikawa will return the Claret Jug in the customary ceremonial fashion before we all settle in to watch the world's best do battle over four days of true link-style golf.
We can't wait! 🤗
We would like to wish every one of our Hole19ers a successful 2022, both on and off the golf course.