I received the following e-mail from reader Chris Stewart a few weeks back, just before the Masters:
- I'm thinking of dragging my girlfriend to a PGA Tour event this summer. We can pretty much travel anywhere. I'm just wondering if you have any suggestions on which events might be the most fun, taking into consideration location (things to do outside the course), fun galleries, good field, cool courses and ease of gaining access. Obviously, we won't be trying to go to Augusta, and I'm guessing the U.S. Open is a pretty tough ticket. We're 29 and don't have kids, if that helps.
- They're both coming up fairly soon, but the Wachovia and Players are both pretty fun events with fantastic fields and in pretty cool locations with lots of other stuff going on. If you wanted something later in the summer, check out the AT&T National. You know Tiger will be there, it's on a world-class course and there are plenty of other things going on in D.C. The Buick Open gets great galleries, but there's not much to do in Flint, Mich. [I've been there, folks; you can't convince me otherwise.] Might want to check out the Deutsche Bank, which is later in the summer and (even though they play at TPC Boston) isn't really very close to Boston, but has a great field and is a pretty fun tourney to watch. And if you're willing to wait for mid-September, try the Tour Championship. East Lake GC is one of my favorite courses on tour and since it's the FedEx Cup finale, maybe you can get Tim Finchem's autograph or something.