As 2009 comes to a close it is time for my annual HOG SPACE awards. For those new readers, HOG is short for my blog Hooked On Golf Blog. SPACE is short for my golf networking site called The Golf Space.
The awards come in no particular order. Just how they leak out of my cranium. Drum roll please…
Player of the year & “Playa” of the year
Best golf course I played in 2009
Black Mesa in New Mexico, pictured below. And yes I played TPC Sawgrass this year and like Black Mesa better…
Black Mesa, New Mexico
Best new driver
TaylorMade r9. I would have picked the Nike STR8-Fit, but since my STR8-Fit head caved in and Nike wouldn’t replace it, I’m awarding the best new driver to TaylorMade’s r9.
I’m proud to announce that all the hard work I’ve put in over the last year has finally won me a golf tournament. Countless hours of practice, conditioning, consulting with trainers, mental coaches, coaches, dietitians has brought me the honored championship of the 5th annual Christmas Classic. Since legal issues force me to document every second of my life in video form, I happen to have video of the tournament below for you to enjoy.
There’s a reason why golf nuts around here like me golf as much as they can when there’s no snow on the ground. It is called snow.
Yesterday I managed to play 11 holes. These were the only holes open since the rest had snow.
Today it has been snowing all day. Yesterday was probably the last time I’ll see dirt for 3-4 months. Yes for the next 3-4 months it will be all white, all the time. No dirt visible. No grass. Cold. S***ty.
The snow has melted enough for my home course to open holes 2-11. Today, though it was 33 degrees, I played golf. I had on a shirt, sweater, sweatshirt, lined windbreaker hoodie, levis, fleece hat, lined rain pants and two pairs of gloves.
With my propane golf heater in tow, I started on #4 making a bunch of bogeys. It is hard to swing with 57 articles of clothing on and frozen hands. I played #8 twice, making my first two pars of the day. The 2nd par on #8 my ball was in the greenside bunker buried in snow. I blasted out of the “snow trap” to about 15 feet and made a sand save for par.
I played #11 twice too, getting up and down out of a plugged lie in the sand. So today I was 2/2 in sand saves. I had 5 bogeys and 6 pars which is fine for 12/21 of any year in this area…
Hitting the greens in these conditions isn’t a great idea. They’re frozen. I had a gap wedge hit next to the flag on the green, bounce 30 feet in the air and fly over the green. You need to hit short of the green and bounce it up on the ice.
It is time for the 5th annual HOG Turkey Awards. This is a time when I reflect back on the golf year and make a short list of some of the biggest turkeys, or what I like to call “boneheads” in golf. First let’s take a look back at the last four year’s turkey award winners to get a flavor. The winners are listed below. Click on them to see the entire turkey list of that year.
And now, without further ado, the 2009 HOG Turkey Award winners are below, in no particular order except for the winner which is posted LAST. I went a little crazy this year. I posted a bunch of turkeys rather than just the top 10. I couldn’t resist.
Rule Twenty One golf pocket towels are shaped like neckties and hang from your pocket. Rather than giving this thing a poor review I decided to just not do one. Their press releases are so “over the top tree hugger green” it is nauseating (link to a .doc press release). They’re obviously trying to jump onto the “green” wave. According to their press releases, this golf towel increases the player’s concentration level, increases blood circulation, cures headaches, cures insomnia, restores agricultural lands, reduces rain runoff. All this from a golf towel? Wow. Not only that, this golf towel repairs the ozone hole, feeds hungry children, cures cancer, brings peace to the Middle East, solves the USA’s economic problems, cures AIDS, turns water into wine and does stuff that would make even Jesus himself say “how’d you do that?” Soon this golf towel will replace all the light bulbs in all the homes on the planet, saving the entire earth from running out of energy too. I heard Al Gore uses this golf towel, so they have that going for them. Somebody please stop me any time.
Related to the last post, we might as well mention TGC. TGC doesn’t stand for “The Golf Channel.” It stands for “Tiger is God Channel” or “Tiger Golf Channel.”
Awful golf announcing in general should have a Turkey Award. There’s a lot of it going around.
A few notable names who didn’t crack the top 125 on the PGA Tour: David Duval (sorry “Do Val,” 130), Chris DiMarco (135), Stuart Appleby (137), Brad Faxon (221), Jesper Parnevik (219), John Daly (215).
Speaking of John Daly… Can’t have a Turkey Award without mentioning big John. He gets an award for being suspended for most of the year.
Kenny Perry chomps on a turkey leg for not sealing the deal at the Masters. Then later he fires his caddy before the end of the season run. Happy Holidays.
Ernie Els gets a turkey for playing far below his potential.
Sergio Garcia for his whining about the Masters conditions after playing poorly. Yes the terrible conditions at Augusta National were to blame for his poor play. I hate playing that course. It is such a dog track that I never score well there.
Stupid drunk golf fans who yell “you’re the man” or “get in the hole” after every shot. SHUT THE HELL UP YOU MORONS!
Someone (the economy, management, banks) should get a turkey for Nickent going out of business.
Tom Watson for failing to make par on the 18th at the British Open and failing to seal one of the most incredible feats in sports history. Man I wanted to see that happen! Damn! Still amazing what he did though. I don’t want to take away from what he accomplished by any means.
Annika Sorenstam for marrying someone other than me and having his child. 🙁
Nike ad tout’s themselves as #1 driver yet their promo pictures shot Tiger Woods with a Titleist putter in his hands.
On February 18th Steve Williams says Tiger Woods’ return is a “few weeks away.” Tiger returns seven days after that.
I score a nine on the 17th at TPC Sawgrass, becoming the first person to put the 2009 model ProV1 in the water there…. twice.
Whoever passed gas on the 18th hole at the Buick, whether it was Tiger, Stevie or David Feherty. Oh and how about YouTube for taking my video of that event down after only one hour of being up. In that hour that video was viewed 20,000 times.
Runner up for the 2009 Turkey Awards is the PGA Tour for banning a complete no-name, unknown player for using performance enhancing drugs. Way to step out on a limb and make a stand! Bravo!
And the #1 Turkey Award Winner for 2009… drum roll please…..
I’m a big Tiger fan so don’t get me wrong. But Tiger displayed very poor sportsmanship throughout the year with his temper tantrums, club throwing on numerous occasions, cussing and bag kicking. His behavior at the British was very disappointing. Many videos surfaced over the season of Tiger throwing clubs. I wish Bobby Jones could have a talk with Tiger about club throwing. He threw a club once and never did it again.