One: The PGA Tour understands it’s no use going up against first week action in the NCAA Tournament. That would be a potential ratings disaster. So golf takes a back seat with the second-tier event, Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla. Tiger, Rory, Phil, Bubba, among others, are skipping it but WGC-Cadillac champion Justin Rose will be there along with Luke Donald, Charl Schwartzel and John Daly, among others.
Two: The NCAA tournament actually begins Tuesday with play-in games. Two of those early games involve West Coast interests. Tuesday, BYU plays Iona in Dayton, Ohio, with the winner moving on to play Marquette in the West region. Wednesday, Cal faces South Florida, also in Dayton, with the winner moving on the Midwest bracket to play Temple.
Three: It’s mid-March and the LPGA finally plays its first tournament on U.S. soil, the RR Donnelley Founder’s Cup at the Wildfire GC in Phoenix beginning Thursday. The tournament honors the 13 players who were the original creators of the women’s Tour back in 1950.
Four: NFL free-agent signing period begins Monday. QB Peyton Manning, the hottest commodity on the market, has said he wants to make a decision as early as Tuesday, although that’s unlikely. Arizona and Denver appear to be the front-runners. Also, look for a lot of interest in Houston’s OLB Mario Williams. Atlanta, Seattle and San Diego will chase him – if the Texans can’t sign him.