Champions Tour


This Week on Tour – PGA, LPGA, Champions, European Tours – Mickelson & McIlory in Action

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Categories: Champions TourEuropean TourLPGA TourPGA TourPro GolfRory McIlory
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Wells Fargo Championship
Dates: May 1-4
Venue: Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 3-7 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 3-7 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

In the field: Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson, Justin Rose, Jimmy Walker, Rickie Fowler, Lee Westwood, Webb Simpson, Jonas Blixt and Derek Ernst.

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North Texas LPGA Shootout presented by JTBC
Dates: May 1-4
Venue: Las Colinas Country Club, Irving, Texas

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Live)

In the field: Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis, Na Yeon Choi, Cristie Kerr, Jessica Korda and Angela Stanford.

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Insperity Championship
Dates: May 2-4
Venue: The Woodlands Country Club (Tournament Course), The Woodlands, Texas

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Saturday 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Sunday 7-9:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)

In the field: Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Nick Price, Kenny Perry, Mark O’Meara, Rocco Mediate, Mark Calcavecchia, Jay Haas, Fred Funk and Colin Montgomerie.

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The Championship at Laguna National
Dates: May 1-4
Venue: Laguna National Golf and Country Club (Masters Course), Changi, Singapore

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Friday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Saturday 6:30-10:30 a.m. (Tape Delay)
Sunday 6:30-10:30 a.m. (Tape Delay)

In the field: Peter Uihlein, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Ross Fisher, Chris Wood, Simon Dyson, Thomas Levet, Bernd Wiesberger and Brett Rumford.


Do Great Post-Masters Performances Shed Light on Mental Aspects of Golf?

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, April 21st, 2014
Categories: Champions TourEuropean TourPGA TourPro GolfThe Masters

Did you know that the week after the Masters there’s professional golf? Suffering from Masters hangover like I do every year, I usually don’t track the pro golf tours a week or two following the Masters. But this past week had many interesting storylines, which I have some theories about with regards to the mental aspect of the game. Begin the unscientific study…now.

Masters Heartbreak to Great Performances

There are four specific players I’d like to discuss here. Those four are players who all competed in the Masters last week, but left without a victory or without even making the cut.

Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood had a solid Masters, finishing in solo 7th place, seven shots behind winner Bubba Watson. Westwood has left Augusta with no Masters or Major win on a yearly basis.

This past week Westwood smoked the field at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. I believe the term coined on the European Tour website was “Westwood Romps to Victory.“ What constitutes a romp or smoking the field? A seven shot margin of victory.

Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar was tied for the lead on the 4th tee at the Masters during the final round. After four-putting that same hole, his hopes for the 2014 Masters win were crushed. Kuch finished T5.

This past week at Harbour Town Kuch was fantastic, holing out his bunker shot on the final hole for birdie to steal the win from Luke Donald. Final round: 64.

Luke Donald

Speaking of Luke Donald, this former #1 player in the world is third of our four players. Luke missed the cut at the 2014 Masters. The following week he found himself leading at Harbour Town and nearly winning on Sunday, if not for an amazing finish by Kuchar.

Jimenez

Miguel Angel Jimenez

Miguel Angel Jimenez

Finally we have golf’s most interesting man in the world, the fabulous Miguel Angel Jimenez. Jimenez. Miguel had the lead in the 2014 Masters at one point. Very cool to see him atop the leaderboard at the Masters. He was close all week, finishing in solo 4th place just four strokes behind winner Bubba Watson.

This past week, the now 50-year-old made his first start on the Champions Tour at the Greater Gwinnett Championship in Duluth, Georgia. Jimenez took the lead immediately and led the tournament wire-to-wire, holding off the nearest competitor Bernhard Langer by two shots.

What Does This Mean?

As this unscientific piece continues, I think about the mental aspects of the game and playing under pressure. I can relate in my own small way. There are so many times where I felt like I was not able to handle the pressure (self imposed usually) of a tournament, event, or round. Once I figured I’d shot myself out of contention, the pressure was off and suddenly I played far better. No pressure, better scores.

The same, in my not-so-professional opinion, applies here. The four players above found the week after the Masters to be free of the pressure of a major championship. They found it much easier to be relaxed and perform well.

Sure you can make a “horses for courses” argument, especially with Donald and Kuchar at Harbour Town. Those two are two of the most accurate players in the world, and the course is best suited for that type of player, but still. These players were able to pull off wins or near-wins in my opinion largely in part because they did not have the high pressure of a major championship to deal with.

Now you could say that for these four players there are dozens who did not shine this past week and it would be a valid argument. But three of these four players had a shot at winning the Masters, Donald the exception, then followed up with wins the following week.


This Week on Tour – PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, European Tour, Jimenez’s Champions Tour Debut

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Categories: Champions TourEuropean TourLPGA TourPGA TourPro Golf
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RBC Heritage
Harbour Town Golf Links
Hilton Head, S.C.

Thursday, April 17: Golf Channel 3-6 p.m.
Friday, April 18: Golf Channel 3-6 p.m.
Saturday, April 19: Golf Channel 1:00-2:30 p.m.; CBS 3-6 p.m.
Sunday, April 20: Golf Channel 1:00-2:30 p.m.; CBS 3-6 p.m.

Notables in the field: Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker, Jach Johnson, Tom Watson.

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Greater Gwinnett Championship
TPC Sugarloaf
Duluth, Ga.

Friday, April 18: Golf Channel 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 19: Golf Channel 3-6 p.m.
Sunday, April 20: Golf Channel 3-6 p.m.

Champions Tour debut of Miguel Angel Jimenez!

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Maybank Malaysian Open
Kuala Lumpur G&CC
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thursday, April 17: Golf Channel 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18: Golf Channel 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 19: Golf Channel 6:30-10:30 a.m.
Sunday, April 20: Golf Channel 6:30-10:30 a.m.

Notables in the field: Lee Westwood, Nicholas Colsaerts.

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LPGA LOTTE Championship
Ko Olina Golf Club
Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii

Wednesday, April 16: Golf Channel 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 17: Golf Channel 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Friday, April 18: Golf Channel 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 19: Golf Channel 6:30-10:30 p.m.


2014 Masters Tournament Final Leader Board

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, April 13th, 2014
Categories: Champions TourEuropean TourPGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryThe Masters
POS Player To Par R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Bubba Watson -8 69 68 74 69 280
T2 Jonas Blixt -5 70 71 71 71 283
T2 Jordan Spieth -5 71 70 70 72 283
4 Miguel Angel Jimenez -4 71 76 66 71 284
T5 Rickie Fowler -2 71 75 67 73 286
T5 Matt Kuchar -2 73 71 68 74 286
7 Lee Westwood -1 73 71 70 73 287
T8 Bernhard Langer E 72 74 73 69 288
T8 Rory McIlroy E 71 77 71 69 288
T8 Jimmy Walker E 70 72 76 70 288
T8 John Senden E 72 68 75 73 288
T8 Kevin Stadler E 70 73 72 73 288
T8 Thomas Bjorn E 73 68 73 74 288
T14 Stewart Cink 1 73 72 76 68 289
T14 Jamie Donaldson 1 73 70 76 70 289
T14 Henrik Stenson 1 73 72 74 70 289
T14 Adam Scott 1 69 72 76 72 289
T14 Justin Rose 1 76 70 69 74 289
T14 Jim Furyk 1 74 68 72 75 289
T20 Bill Haas 2 68 78 74 70 290
T20 Jason Day 2 75 73 70 72 290
T20 Chris Kirk 2 75 72 71 72 290
T20 Ian Poulter 2 76 70 70 74 290
T20 Fred Couples 2 71 71 73 75 290
25 Louis Oosthuizen 3 69 75 75 72 291
T26 Joost Luiten 4 75 73 77 67 292
T26 Steven Bowditch 4 74 72 74 72 292
T26 Hunter Mahan 4 74 72 74 72 292
T26 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 4 75 69 74 74 292
T26 Gary Woodland 4 70 77 69 76 292
T31 Martin Kaymer 5 75 72 73 73 293
T31 Russell Henley 5 73 70 75 75 293
T31 Steve Stricker 5 72 73 73 75 293
T34 Stephen Gallacher 6 71 72 81 70 294
T34 K.J. Choi 6 70 75 78 71 294
T34 Jose Maria Olazabal 6 74 74 73 73 294
T37 Brandt Snedeker 7 70 74 80 71 295
T37 Billy Horschel 7 75 72 75 73 295
T37 Thongchai Jaidee 7 73 74 75 73 295
T37 Brendon de Jonge 7 74 72 76 73 295
T37 Vijay Singh 7 75 71 74 75 295
T42 Lucas Glover 8 75 69 77 75 296
T42 Kevin Streelman 8 72 71 74 79 296
T44 Sandy Lyle 9 76 72 76 73 297
T44 Mike Weir 9 73 72 79 73 297
T44 Nick Watney 9 72 75 76 74 297
T44 Thorbjorn Olesen 9 74 72 76 75 297
T44 Darren Clarke 9 74 74 73 76 297
49 Oliver Goss 10 76 71 76 75 298
50 Francesco Molinari 11 71 76 76 76 299
51 Larry Mize 16 74 72 79 79 304

This Week on Tour – Bay Hill Invitational (Tiger Woods OUT), LPGA Founders Cup, Champions Tour

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Categories: Champions TourLPGA TourPGA TourPro GolfTiger Woods

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Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard
Dates: March 20-23
Venue: Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Orlando, Fla.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Friday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Saturday 12:30-2 p.m. (Live) / 2-5 p.m. (Live, Spotlight Coverage) / 9:30 p.m-3 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 12:30-2 p.m. (Live) / 2-5 p.m. (Live, Spotlight Coverage) / 9:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes On NBC (Eastern):
Saturday 2-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 2-6 p.m. (Live)

Tiger Woods withdrew from the field due to continuing back spasms.

Notables in the field: Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Jason Day, Graeme McDowell, Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson and Harris English.

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JTBC Founders Cup
Dates: March 20-23
Venue: Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Ariz.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 6:30-9 p.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Replay, Friday)
Friday 6:30-9 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 7-9 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 7-9 p.m. (Live)

In the field: Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Ai Miyazato, Suzann Pettersen, Na Yeon Choi, Paula Creamer, Lydia Ko, Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson and Brittany Lincicome.

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Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic presented by C Spire
Dates: March 21-23
Venue: Fallen Oak Golf Course, Saucier, Miss.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-2:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 5-7 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 5-7 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Replay)

In the field: Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Kenny Perry, Tom Lehman, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Faldo, John Cook, Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Jeff Maggert and Michael Allen.


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