Americans want to feel united. Unity means prosperity and safety. Being able to feel a sense of unity in the aftermath of a contentious election would mean that America has maintained the status quo of quasi-unity that we have nurtured for centuries. Status quo would be better than suffering a loss.

First to capitalize on America’s need for a group-hug, Hollywood hit a grand slam with feel-good films such as Arrival and escapist films such as Doctor Strange. Quick on Hollywood’s heels, the PGA is quickly wrapping its arms around fans. In 2017, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans will change its format, becoming a two-man team event. Fans are already praising the change pointing to the fact that the PGA picked the perfect, post-election year to show some team-spirit. 

Currently, there are already two confirmed teams: Fowler/Day and Stetson/Rose. Rather than rumbling about these super teams, however, fans are speculating about which teams are still to come. 

A Spieth/McIlroy team, for example, could be the grand slam of the golf tournament. Though Spieth may pull back after a packed but disappointing 2016, he is a hungry player and may come back strong in 2017. And while McIlroy’s personal life has been more exciting than his golf game lately, he is already poised to do great things in 2017. Perhaps Jason Day needs to watch his place at number one in the World Golf Ranking. The Spieth/McIlroy rivalry has been heralded far outside the golf world but a Spieth/McIlroy partnership has the potential to reach even farther. Their united front may be what America – and the rest of the world – needs to see in a shaken, post-election season.

Elise Matson