Welcome to part two of my three golf blog series covering the highlights of the HOG golf world in 2012. Some Tour events, some HOG World Tour events, some gear and course reviews… Part two takes us from May through August 2012. For part one, visit this link.
Each short comment will likely contain a link to the detailed post, or you can click the heading of each month to see that month’s archive.
Ugliest driver in the world? I think so.
May 2012 – 49 Posts
Two fellow golf bloggers released books this year: Golf Blogger and Armchair Golf Blog. Check ’em out.
Luke Donald once again moved to #1 in the world golf rankings. That wouldn’t last long…
Passing motorcyclist’s teeth knocked out by errant golf ball. Ouch.
The HOG World Tour made a stop at my favorite golf course in the world, Black Mesa in New Mexico. Brilliant! The best!
HOG World Tour also did a stop at Taos Country Club.
I played 112 consecutive holes with one Callaway Hex Black golf ball. The people at Callaway thought that feat was so cool they sent me a whole box of them, or the equivalent of 1,344 holes.
Rory McIlory claimed the #1 spot in the world golf rankings, again.
On May 1st, 2012, I posted my 4,000th golf blog post.
Caroline Wozniacki Underwear – click to zoom
June 2012 – 38 Posts
On June 29th I gave away a new Ping Scottsdale putter when the Hooked On Golf Blog Facebook page reached 1,000 fans.
On June 27th the Nationwide Tour became the Web.com Tour.
Webb Simpson won the U.S. Open, but the TV media missed all but about one shot of his final round. DOH!
I reviewed the very easy to hit Nike VR_S Driver. My fairway percentage with this driver was over 80%!
Rory McIlory’s girlfriend and pro tennis player Caroline Wozniacki released her own underwear line. Great excuse to post, and drool over pictures of Caroline Wozniacki in her undies.
July 2012 – 37 Posts
I undertook a massive migration from my old dedicated server to a new and much higher performance one. Unfortunately the image gallery engine for the web site instantly became obsolete. There are still a lot of bad image links here as a result and I clean up a few every week. PITA.
My vote for best golf shoes of 2012 goes to the Ecoo BIOM. SO comfortable.
Ernie Els won the British Open, but it was Adam Scott who got more air time as he melted down and gave away a four shot lead in the final round.
I visited Tuhaye Golf Club for a golf photo safari. Only got photos. Didn’t get to play it.
The HOG World Tour drove five minutes to cover the Web.com Tour’s Utah Championship.
I also visited Rees Jones designed Victory Ranch Club. Do yourself a favor and look at the photos. Amazing.
Suzanne Pettersen, blonde Scandinavian golf babe, posed nude for ESPN’s Bodies magazine. That didn’t suck.
The 87th USGA Public Links Championship was contested here in Utah at Soldier Hollow Golf Course. I attended the whole thing and shot a million photos.
I swear this guy stuffed his performance pouch…
August 2012 – 41 Posts
August I traveled to the golf mecca of Gaylord, Michigan. I played a lot of fantastic courses there, including Treetops’ “Three Tops” par-3 track. Awesome course.
Other courses I visited and/or reviewed on the Michigan trip include Otsego Club, Black Lake Golf Club, Black Forest Golf Club, Treetops Fazio Course.
One other great event was the in-person meeting of possibly the two biggest golf blogs in the world, Hooked On Golf Blog and Golf Blogger. John Retzer (Golf Blogger) and I teed it up for a round at Black Lake Golf Club. Fantastic.
My dad appeared on PGA.com’s Free Lesson Friday. Very cool.
Rory McIlory won the PGA Championship by EIGHT shots. Amazing performance.
I reviewed a shirt charged with negative ions which is supposed to help your golf game.
I reviewed “performance underwear.” Did the performance package stay in the performance pouch?
Chambers Bay – Click for more…
September 2012 – 37 Posts
The USA Ryder Cup team blew a 10-6 lead in what I term the “Meltdown at Medinah.”
I posted my review of the fantastic Salish Cliffs Golf Club in Shelton, Washington. Loved this track.
Brandt Snedeker won the Tour Championship and the $10 million in cash. Got a few spare bucks I can borrow?
I reviewed Polara golf balls. These balls are illegal and are self-correcting.
Posted five reviews from the Michigan golf trip: Otsego Club & Resort, Otsego Tribute Course, Treetops Resort, Treetops Signature Course by Rick Smith, Black Forest Golf Course by Tom Doak, Treetops Fazio Premier course by Tom Fazio.
The HOG World Tour visited Seattle, Washington.
HOG World Tour visited Chambers Bay, home of the 2015 U.S. Open.
Miguel Angel Jimenez breaks leg skiing. No damage to cigar.