Finally, golf season is starting

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Tiger Woods turned 37 on Sunday, and will be looking to build on his three-win 2012 in the upcoming season.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Sunday, December 30, 2012 | 8:00 p.m.

Today has been a bittersweet Sunday in our house. For one thing, it's the final day of the NFL regular season, which means the last day of my wife's favorite TV show – the NFL Red Zone. I can't help but chuckle at how much she loves it, even as I'm frowning over how my home-state Houston Texans nuked my chances of winning this final week of the office football pool.

But I'm also happy because today is the second and final Sunday without pro golf on TV for the year. Yes, after two whole weeks of no golf, the PGA Tour kicks off its 2013 season with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions out at Kapalua in Hawaii, and our global tournament golf cup will runneth over for 50 straight weeks all the way up to the middle of next December.

The Tournament of Champions runs Friday through Monday, in part to give the players a bit more time to get out to Hawaii and also to give us a Monday finish. The TV times for the first three rounds give us plenty of prime-time golf, while play is ending earlier on Monday so as not to run into the BCS National Championship college football game.

Seeing as how Monday is a work day, I'm a little disappointed that most golf fans won't get to see much of the final round. If it were up to me, I think I'd go ahead and play the final round in prime time, even opposite the big game – there are so many starts and stops and commercial breaks that it'd be easy to flip back and forth and not miss much of anything. But, hey, this is no time to be critical. I'm just happy golf is back.

And, oh yeah, today is Tiger Woods' 37th birthday. Happy birthday, Tiger, and we look forward to seeing what you have in store for us over the coming year.