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Final Look Back At 2011 – July To December

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
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Welcome to the fourth and final post looking back at 2011 for myself and Hooked On Golf Blog.  I start this post in July 1 2011, which happens to be when I’m on an airplane to golf’s home, St. Andrews, Scotland.  What comes up first is the trip of a lifetime and the shot of a lifetime.

July 2011

My first July golf blog came on the 2nd, Greetings From St. Andrews.  It was a quick hello from the home of golf.  Not much time to write, too much golf to be played and pubs to be experienced.

My 2nd July post is Great times in St. Andrews, more to come.  Look at the killer pic of my golf group standing in the Road Hole bunker.

Within a couple of hours of arriving in St. Andrews, we were teeing off on the Old Course.  Having traveled all day and having no feel for the huge difference between American golf and Scottish golf, I was happy with my 81.

Shot Of A Lifetime

At 7:00am the next day, we played the Old Course again.  This is where I hit the shot of a lifetime–the greatest par I’ll ever have on the Road Hole, the 17th.  To cap that off I make birdie on #18 to shoot a satisfying 77.

St Andrews

Picking my ball out after holing out from 196 yards, Road Hole – St. Andrews, Scotland

Other courses played while in St. Andrews include the amazing Castle Course, the unbelievable Kingsbarns, Strathtyrum, Jubille Course, New Course and the Eden Course.

Robert Duvall

Interviewed Robert Duvall

August 2011

I had the great pleasure of interviewing Academy Award winning actor Robert Duvall about his starring role in the golf movie Seven Days In Utopia.

In August I had the pleasure of seeing my golf writing appear in an actual print magazine.  My article on the Solstice Golfathon appeared in the Utah Golf Association’s Fairways Magazine.

On August 8th I posted a review of one of the best courses in Southern Utah, Coral Canyon.

The HOG World Tour headed for some sea and sun to southern California and the beach.  While there I took some time away from basking in the sun to visit the Cleveland/Srixon world headquarters.

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A Look Back At 2011 – Part Three – Hooked On Golf Blog – January through June

Part one and part two of my look back at 2011 covered the professional golf world, Tiger Woods, PGA Tour etc.  Part three today covers the first half of 2011 for Hooked On Golf Blog as well as my own unique experiences.  I’m lumping them together because it is too hard to separate them.  So here’s a sequential look at January to June 2011 through the HOG and TK filter:

January 2011

January is always a big post month because of the start of the PGA Tour season, and because of my annual trek to do live blogging from the PGA Merchandise Show.  At the PGA Show I did a ton of interviews including Titleist, Taylormade, Bridgestone Golf, Cleveland/Srixon and many others.

Unfortunately in January I separated my shoulder skiing.  I was blogging and shooting photos with one arm in a sling.  The injury caused me to miss the annual Battle of the Golf Blogs in Orlando at the PGA Show.  My role became photographer, reporter, tweeter and videographer.

Nike Machspeed Black Driver

Nike Machspeed Black Driver - click for review

February 2011

My new Nike Machspeed Black driver review was posted.

Did a review of the Hexcaliber, a golf ball compression and roundness testing device.  Very cool.

Nailed down Nike Golf as the grand prize provider for 2011 HOG/Space fantasy golf.  I rule.

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A Look Back At 2011 – Part Two – Pro Golf

Today’s post is part two of my Look Back At 2011Part One – Pro Golf, covered the first six months of 2011, ending with Rory McIlory’s fantastic win at the U.S. OPEN.  Today we start from July 2011, pass through the Tiger Woods hot dog incident and finish out the year.

British Open ChampionshipJuly 2011

In July the Nationwide Tour was in my back yard at the Utah Championship.  I watched soon to be NWT player of the year J.J. Killeen win in a tight battle with Jeff Gove.  I also followed around a few future PGA Tour stars like Bud Cauley.

In July it became official that Steve Williams was no longer Tiger Woods’s caddie.

In a puzzling move, the LPGA added a “5th” major.  What’s next?

The 2011 (British) Open Championship was an all time historic tournament.  Darren Clarke was possessed.  He was SO consistent and calm.  He finally got that major win, the Open.  The one he wanted most.  Congrats to Darren.

Keegan Bradley PGA Championship

Keegan Bradley wins 2011 PGA Championship

August 2011

Dustin Johnson won the first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs with a -19 score at the Barclays.  Donald Ross courses are just too easy anymore.  Too short.  The tournament was too short too, cut short by hurricane Irene.

J.B. Holmes underwent successful brain surgery.  Glad he’s okay.

Despite complaints about the course and the endless low testosterone ads, the PGA Championship was terrific.  Keegan Bradley locked up PGA Tour rookie of the year with his 2nd win of the season and his first major win.  That’s one major win in one start for those scoring at home.  Bradley wore the same exact outfit on Sunday that he did when he won his first tournament at the Byron.  Wonder if he’ll wear that every Sunday… (more…)


A Look Back At 2011 – Part One – Pro Golf

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
Categories: BoneheadsChampions TourEuropean TourGolfGolf CoursesGolf For WomenGolf LifeGolf LifestyleGolf MediaHOG World TourInterviewsLPGA TourMiscellaneousPGA TourPro GolfSite NewsTiger WoodsU.S. OPEN

There were many newsworthy items in the 2011 golf world and obviously I can’t mention all of them.  But here are a few which stand out in my mind, with relevant links to the original HOG posts.  Part One of my look back at the golf world of 2011 covers professional golf, January to June.  Part two, tomorrow, covers July to December.

2011 General

2011 was a year of parity.  No player won more than two times on the PGA Tour in 2011.

The official world golf rankings were about as volatile as John Daly in a Hooters.  The #1 golfer in the world position seemed like a hot potato, switching from Lee Westwood to Martin Kaymer to Lee Westwood to Luke Donald.

Feherty joins Golf Channel

Feherty joins Golf Channel

January 2011

Ben Crenshaw recorded a 59, his 59th birthday.

David Feherty joined Golf Channel.

Camillo Villegas signed with TaylorMade.  Later he was disqualified at the Tournament of Champions.

Tiger Woods begins his free fall from the top of the world golf rankings.

Rookie Vegas wins Bob Hope in 3-way playoff.

The billion dollar Tiger Woods golf project in Dubai is scrapped – Abandoned Dunes.

Bubba Watson's watch

People freak over Bubba's $525,000 watch

February 2011

Martin Kaymer moves to #1 in the world, Luke Donald #2.

People freak out because Bubba Watson wears a $525K watch which was loaned to him by watch sponsor.

The PGA Tour allows mobile devices at their tournaments.

Tiger Woods “spit gate” in Dubai. Later Tiger apologizes via Twitter.

Sandra Gal

Sandra Gal records first LPGA win

March 2011

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.

Mega hot LPGA player Sandra Gal wins first LPGA tournament.

During a time when Tiger Woods’s swing was not working well, the Tiger Woods golf swing app is released.

I interview Fred Funk.  What a cool cat.

Team Lake Nona wins the Tavistock Cup.

Japan earthquake and tsunami rocks the world. (more…)


Interview: Actor Robert Duvall from the film Seven Days In Utopia

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 29th, 2011
Categories: Golf VideosInterviewsMiscellaneous
Robert Duvall

Robert Duvall as "Johnny Crawford" in Seven Days In Utopia

When I started this golf blog in 2004 there were a couple of things I never expected would happen as a result.  The 1st would be possessing enough BBQ sauce to last the rest of my life and beyond.  The 2nd would be interviewing an academy award winning actor.  Who could have imagined?

Robert Duvall talks about the film Seven Days In Utopia

Years ago I read the novel Golf’s Sacred Journey.  I enjoyed the story.  This Friday, September 2nd 2011, the movie based on that novel, Seven Days In Utopia hits theaters.  My review of the film will be posted the day the movie opens.

I had the great pleasure of interviewing Robert Duvall about his major role in the movie as the character “Johnny Crawford.”  What a cool cat Mr. Duvall is.  It would have taken me 12 years to type out the interview, so instead I put the audio up with some still images on a YouTube video.  Enjoy.


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