Yesterday I predicted that Golf.com would use Dustin Johnson’s victory at Doral this past weekend as an excuse to post Paulina Gretzky photos. Like clockwork the photo galleries are popping up. Golf journalism at its best!
For my next unbelievable feat, the oracle will predict the sun rising in the east.
Now I’m positive that Golf.com has lost its mind. This was in my Facebook “stream” today. What the *&*%*^* does this photo have to do with anything?
Paulina Gretzky and Dustin Johnson and an elephant? WTF?!?!?!?
I can see the production meeting at Golf.com unfolding:
Editor: “People, Dustin Johnson won this weekend. We need Paulina Gretzky photos!”
Intern: “How about the elephant one?”
Golf Magazine is changing its name to BOOB Magazine.
We’ve seen this change coming. We’ve seen the transformation happening right before our eyes as Golf Magazine has been posting gallery after gallery of Instagram feeds and photos of hot women in golf. “Hot tour wives and girlfriends” articles… “hottest women in golf” articles…. They don’t even have to be golfers, as long as they’re holding a golf club, or simply have big boobs and live in the same city as a golf course.
Hooked On Golf Blog inside sources, under condition of anonymity, have sent in the new cover for BOOB Magazine, which will hit the shelves in time for the 2015 Masters this April, even featuring a hot G-string spread with Martha Burk.
New BOOB Magazine April 2015 Cover
Honestly it is about time Golf Magazine came clean with their “golf journalism” turned Red Light District. I’m happy to see the rebranding/renaming, and look forward to honest tits and ass journalisn, not under the auspices of “golf” but for what it really is, posting BOOOBS for hits.
Well played Boobs Magazine. Well played.
Pass the milk…
Here’s a recap of the highlights of the last two years as part of the Hooked On Golf Blog 10 year anniversary. Many interesting stories, both personal and in the golf world, happened over the last two years.
Dufnering was the biggest story of 2013
Rory McIlory switched to Nike Golf.
Asher Golf’s James Roundy, a local friend, passed. Sad.
The Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour traveled to Bogota, Colombia.
I got to play golf with Web.com Tour star Kevin Foley in the Web.com Tour Colombia Championship Pro-Am.
Played golf at La Cima Golf Course, 10,000 feet above sea level in the Andes mountains.
Bye bye belly putter! USGA and R&A announced the ban on anchored golf clubs, beginning January 1st, 2016.
Played golf in St. Andrews for the second time. In high winds the Old Lady ate my lunch and crushed my confidence! I gained new respect for the Old Course.
I played Carnoustie, considered the toughest golf course in the world.
Carnoustie Golf Links – click for more images
On a trip to Cabo San Lucas I played the #1 (Diamante Dunes) and #2 (Cabo Del Sol) courses in Mexico.
I played every round from the first week of July to August 8th without losing a golf ball. 199 consecutive holes. Couldn’t make it to 200. Choker!
Latest Hooked On Golf Blog site design adapts to mobile devices.
A skinny female streaker who wasn’t quite naked ran at the Presidents Cup because “golf is boring.”
Jason Dufner won the inaugural “Most Entertaining Golfer of the Year” award with his internet craze, “Duffnering.”
I posted an article in January with thoughts on how to change things up for 2014. I need to evaluate again, and see if I actually did any of that.
In one of the biggest moments in HOG history, I had a great interview with golf legend Gary Player.
A new hobby and passion for me surfaces, aerial photography and video. Perhaps one day it will graduate from hobby to money-maker. See photo below:
Salt Lake Country Club
Visited Washington D.C.
Can’t take the watermarking anymore. Had to post the 10 worst GolfWRX watermarked photos.
Miguel Angel Jimenez IS the most interesting man in the world, and his stretching video proves it.
Best golf photo of 2014: The Gretzky Boys.
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant…
Did my first automotive review, the Hyundai Genesis.
I seriously consider quitting golf.
Played Rhodes Ranch in Vegas for the first time.
I post the Top 51 Things Golf Can Do Without.
I card my best finish in the Salt Lake Amateur, 2nd place. Win $500 in prize money.
I visit Michigan, highlighted by many great golf course rounds and a stop at the Henry Ford Museum.
Tried fly-fishing for the first time. Didn’t 3-putt once.
Posted a very information and educational article, “Things Golf Bloggers do to Make Themselves Look Like Idiots.”
Rory McIlory won the Open Championship.
Visited the Beautiful Paako Ridge Golf Course in New Mexico.
Rory McIlory wins the PGA Championship. Kid’s good.
Witnessed a hole-in-one. My opponent won that hole.
Top 10 Nauseatingly Repetitive Questions Golf Publications Keep Asking Over and Over….. and Over… Again… and Over
Craziest Round of Year Features TWO Eagles, Four Birdies
Won my SECOND club championship!
TaylorMade’s First FootGolf Shoe? The R15 FGZLDR Tour 360 SuperMegaOcto.
I used the internal GPS to find my stolen phone, which had traveled to Missouri.
Swam with pigs in the Bahamas. Yeah, you read that right.
Played Greg Norman’s Emerald Bay Golf Club in the Bahamas. Had lunch AND dinner with Greg Norman, then he tried to chop his arm off with a chainsaw then next day.
Shot of the year: I eagled a 470 yard par-4 by holing out from 173 with a 7-iron.
Stayed at the fabulous Sandals Emerald Bay in the Bahamas.
Possibly found a stretch for when my bad back goes out?
This is the second to last look-back post celebrating the DECADE I’ve been blogging about golf here at Hooked On Golf Blog. Below are some quick comments including links to the original golf blog posts, featuring some key nuggets from the years 2010-2012.
I took on a new job as National Sales Manager for the high end golf accessory company Sumi-G.
I handed over the Battle of the Golf Blogs crown to the Orlando Golf Blogger in Orlando at the PGA Merchandise Show.
Tiger Woods publicly apologized for his “transgressions.”
“Speed” is the year’s buzzword for marketing golf clubs. It’s always something.
Acushnet sold Cobra to Puma.
I attend the Puerto Rico Open.
I’m the first to break the news on the new TaylorMade R15 SuperMegaQuad Driver. See image:
TaylorMade R15 SuperMegaQuad
I attend my first Masters practice round. Here are some Masters photos you don’t see on TV.
I was asked to remove my photos of the TPC Sawgrass Yardage Book. Lame.
I got married. Golf babes worldwide go on suicide watch.
I added the “How Not To” category to the blog.
Possibly my most detailed and best review ever was the Potty Putter.
My dad and I win the Father’s Day tournament!
Rumors of Tiger Woods’s divorce start surfacing.
I visit the fabulous Gran Melia resort in Puerto Rico. That did NOT suck.
HOG gets a NEW LOGO! Big doings ’round here.
Tiger Woods divorced Elin Nordegren.
I put a new putter in the bag, Dornoch Putters by Grant Mackay. The Putter is STILL in the bag.
Europe wins the Ryder Cup.
“Cigar Guy” is the biggest rage on the internet for 2010.
Cigar Guy on right…
Tiger Woods starts using Twitter.
Unfortunately in January I separated my shoulder skiing.
The Japan earthquake and tsunami made it hard to think about golf.
June and into July was perhaps the most insane HOG schedule in history. In 1.5 months I played in the Salt Lake City Amateur tournament, went to St. Andrews, played the Mesquite Am, played 72 holes in one day in four states, and traveled out of town to no less than 15 golf courses.
Met Kristen Williams, the world famous and mega cool Golf Chick.
People freak out because Bubba Watson wears a $525K watch which was loaned to him by watch sponsor.
Tiger Woods puts his yacht “Privacy” up for sale for $20 million. My attempts to get 20 million people to each chip in $1 and buy it with me fail.
I interview Fred Funk. What a cool cat.
Rory McIlory blew a huge lead in the Masters, but handled the loss with class.
Rookie Keegan Bradley records first win of PGA Tour career at the HP Byron Nelson and I WAS THERE. Shot the picture below:
Keegan Bradley HP Byron Nelson Championship – © Tony Korologos
HP invites me to cover the HP Byron Nelson Championship as resident blogger and social media expert. What a blast.
Golf world saddened as legend Seve Ballesteros died at the young age of 54. RIP Seve. You will be missed and always remembered.
Rory McIlroy destroys the field at the US OPEN shooting 16 under par and blowing away Tiger Woods previous US OPEN record score of -12. McIlroy set a number of records which may never be broken. I doubt Congressional will hold another major.
Tiger Woods’s caddie Steve Williams moves to Adam Scott’s bag for the US OPEN.
Steve Jobs died.
Me and my son Seve
The biggest news of the YEAR for me was the birth of my son Seve Anthony. Yes, his name was inspired by Seve Ballesteros. Little Seve has been nothing but a joy. SO thankful.
On a sad note, I lost a golf buddy who I’d played 100’s of rounds of golf with. RIP Dave Shields.
I got to tour Golf Channel’s facilities, and even get a shot of myself behind the Golf Central desk. Fun stuff.
Sadly, the great golf announcer Jim Huber died.
TaylorMade bought Adams Golf.
I attended two practice rounds of the 2012 Masters Tournament. My comments and some photos of the 2012 Masters can be found here.
Golf architect Gil Hanse was named the designer for the Rio 2016 golf course.
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.
Suzanne Pettersen, blonde Scandinavian golf babe, posed nude for ESPN’s Bodies magazine. That didn’t suck. Golf media trending toward link bait.
Suzanne Pettersen nude – Golf is awesome
Rory McIlory won the PGA Championship by EIGHT shots. Amazing performance.
Miguel Angel Jimenez, the wine drinking-cigar smoking golfer from the European Tour, broke a leg skiing. Fortunately the cigar made it unscathed.
The last and final Q-School EVER, graduated to the PGA Tour.
Ah what a time of year. Black Friday, Thanksgiving, Christmas on the horizon… Golf season has concluded, except for those who live in warmer climates than I do. The best part of this time of year though, is that I get to put together my annual Hooked On Golf Blog Turkey of the Year awards. The Turkey of the Year awards recognizes the biggest boneheads in golf for the past year. Previous winners include John Daly for, well, being John Daly. Sergio Garcia for spitting in the cup and then denying doing it despite watching it on video, Tiger Woods for, you know…
This year was a little bit of a slower year for boneheads and blunders. Nothing huge. Not too many scandals. I thought of even awarding myself a TOY award for making two doubles and a triple in the city amateur, and still taking 2nd place a mere three shots behind the winner…
Enough pillow talk. Let’s get down and dirty. Here are the 2014 golf Turkeys of the Year, and a little ranting to go along with them!
Drum roll… the envelope please…
Talk about “blowing” the season. Dustin Johnson took a self imposed leave of absence from the PGA Tour to work on “personal issues” which he did not care to discuss. The rest of the golf world knew what was up. It would seem that DJ had to take the leave because of failing drug tests, one allegedly for pot and two others for cocaine.
Along with the drug issues, many stories floated around about DJ having affairs with more than one wife of fellow PGA Tour members. Not sure when those alleged affairs took place, but it would be puzzling to think that this may have happened while he was with Paulina Gretzky. Despite having plenty of gourmet food, it is tough to resist an all-you-can-eat buffet.
To cap it all off, Dustin Johnson and Paulia Gretzky announced that she was pregnant.
Johnson was in very good position with regards to FeEx Cup points, and playing well. He had a very good shot at the $10,000,000 first prize. Had. For “blowing” that opportunity, DJ earns a Turkey of the Year award.
Many theorized the Tour gave DJ an ultimatum, take a leave of absence or be kicked off the tour for six months. The PGA Tour would not discuss Dustin Johnson’s situation to confirm or deny that. But when media outlets started postulating what was going on, the Tour then decided to clarify what they were not going to discuss. For that, the PGA Tour gets a Turkey Award.
15 inch golf holes and other changes to the core of the game were ideas from the newly formed organization “Hack Golf.” Hack Golf was a child of now former CEO of TaylorMade, Mark King. Hack Golf’s goal seemed to be an honorable one, “grow the game.” The reality was they knew their driver sales were dropping faster than a tour groupie drops her panties. Hack Golf was a bad attempt at bastardizing a great game with the hopes that it would grow their bottom line, not the game itself.
Speaking of hacking, Greg Norman nearly hacked his arm off with a chainsaw. There are many interesting angles to this story. First Greg tweeted seconds before about doing the job himself and showed a picture of himself with the chainsaw. The next photo was him n the hospital.
The real reason he tried to hack his arm off? He had lunch AND dinner with me the day before. Apparently nothing tops meeting me. Nothing more in life to accomplish. Not worth living at that point. I’m glad that Greg made a full recovery.
Along the “grow the game” line of things is another boneheaded idea which earns a Turkey of the Year: Foot Golf. Foot Golf is played on a golf course with large holes and soccer balls. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Foot Golf does not grow golf. Courses who introduce Foot Golf will lose their golf patrons. Footgolf produces no equipment sales, no lesson revenue, no range revenue.
Equipment Release Cycles
2014 may go down as the year golfers finally rebelled against TaylorMade and Callaway and their ridiculous equipment release cycles. Each company has released NINETEEN drivers since 2010! NINETEEN. 19. I find it amazing too that the marketing campaign for each driver always seems to guarantee gaining more yards. If that’s the case why am I not hitting my drives 500 yards now? WTF? False advertising!!
TaylorMade’s sales tanked in 2014. Golfers stopped believing the hype and realized that all the knobs, sliders, weights, and other “technology” wasn’t giving them more yardage or lowering their scores. It was only lowering their bank account.
For causing more damage than good to the golf industry through overzealous product release cycles, the likes of TaylorMade, Callaway, Nike and Cobra all get Turkey of the Year awards.
2014 was statistically the worst year Tiger Woods has ever had as a professional golfer. Tiger’s best finish in calendar year 2014 was the WGC Cadillac Championship, a non-cut event where he tied for 25th. In the other six starts for 2014 he was cut twice, withdrew twice, placed 69th at the Open Championship and tied for 80th place at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Total winnings on Tour for 2014 was barely over $108,000, probably not enough to keep the private jet or yacht fueled for a week.
At the end of the season Tiger announced the change of swing coaches to unknown Chris Como. I can’t wait for another year of watching his swing change and hearing him say “its a process.” What will be even worse is how the media will lap it up like a starving cat lapping up a cup of milk.
USA Ryder Cup Team
A Turkey of the Year leg goes to the USA Ryder Cup team. Every RC it amazes me that a team with so much individual talent can manage to lose so dramatically. But that’s the point, they’re all individuals who are not used to, or interested in playing as a team. They’re all independent contractors.
For getting their asses kicked in the 2014 Ryder Cup, then throwing captain Tom Watson under the bus after the loss, the USA Ryder Cup Team wins a Turkey of the Year award.
Ryder Cup Task Force
A big bonehead of the year goes to the “Ryder Cup Task Force.” The whole idea is really dumb. No task force is needed. Here’s the what the USA Team has to do to win the Ryder Cup, and I’m giving this advice away free:
Ted Bishop -Former President of the PGA of America
While I can’t say I disagree with Ted Bishop’s assessment of Ian Poulter and his sniveling about Nick Faldo in Poulter’s autobiography, it was not something the PGA of America president should have said. Still, hats off to him for saying it. Unfortunately we do not live in a world where one can be that candid anymore, without offending someone.
His comments? “Really? Sounds like a little school girl squealing during recess. C’MON MAN!” I’m surprised this was thought of as offensive and sexist against girls. I would have thought that little girls would have been more offended being compared to Ian Poulter.
I must admit, I need a barf bag at the ready whenever I see anything produced by the Back9Network. Their attempt at mixing lifestyle with golf is off-the-charts-bad. Obviously in desperation the “network” has dumbed down to simply posting pictures of slutty, scantily clad women who don’t necessarily have anything whatsoever to do with golf. Some of their “articles” are twitter and instagram streams of Amanda Dufner. I swear if Amanda Dufner left the limelight B9N might have to close permanently.
I’m especially not fond of their series, “The Caddy Girls.” This is where they post a picture of some slut in a bunker or bending over a on a golf cart. Nice job. You can’t even spell “caddie” correctly you morons.
I prefer the name “Trash9Network.”
Is this photo about golf or Paulina Gretzky’s boobs? You be the judge.
Golf.com, Golf Digest, Sexist Photo Galleries
Speaking of scantily clad women, sluts, and bad golf journalism, I’m very disappointed to see the direction that Golf.com and Golf Digest are heading. They’ve dumbed down to Back9Network levels by posting slutty pictures of Paulina Gretzky, Amanda Dufner, “Hot tour wives” or whatever they call them.
Oh, but this is about “fitness” isn’t it? No. To be candid, it is about tits and ass and the traffic they generate.
Um, where’s the golf journalism? I’ll tell you where… It is gone. These slutty pictures are simple link-bait so they can report to their advertisers that they have X number of hits and page-views per month. Posting Natalie Gulbis’s nude body paint photos or Paulina Gretzky in a G-String generates traffic; much more than the millionth “fix your slice” article.
Doesn’t it seem hypocritical that the golf media went nuts over Ted Bishop’s little girl comment about Poulter, calling that sexist? In the meantime they’re posting the latest slutty photos of some “model” or hot tour wife?
There are a lot of boneheads and turkeys for 2014. Nothing stands out to me as a clear winner above the rest. They’re all bad. I lean toward the hypocrisy and sexist ways golf “journalism” has gone. Am I against looking at pictures of hot women? Hell no. But not under the guise of golf journalism. Are you a soft porn site or golf site?