A record-breaking spell of warmer than normal weather allowed Twin Cities golfers the opportunity to play almost until Christmas.
However, things have returned to normal in Minnesota, as evidenced by this photo taken by Championship Director Jeff Hintz of Hazeltine National Golf Club -- site of the 2016 Ryder Cup -- covered in a blanket of snow.
Hard to imagine the European and United States teams will be teeing off there in just nine months. But this weekend's Hyundai Tournament of Champions is the first tournament of 2016 to hand out U.S. Ryder Cup points, a weekly occurance between now and The Barclays in August.
At that point, the top eight in the points will clinch a trip to Hazeltine, with the final four added as Captain's Picks by Captain Davis Love III, who just happens to be playing in Kalapua this weekend.