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Best golf blooper ever? Chi Chi Rodriguez hits himself in the Chi Chi’s

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Categories: Champions TourGolf VideosMiscellaneousPro Golf

This is sure to be all over the web, everywhere, but I had to post it anyway because it’s so damn funny.  I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with golf legend Chi Chi Rodriguez on many occasion.  He’s such a cool cat, full of so many stories.

During an appearance in Puerto Rico (his home) on Golf Channel’s Big Break NFL, Chi Chi’s attempt at the “break the glass” gig went terribly wrong.

An instant classic.

This Week In Golf – WGC-HSBC Champions, Charles Schwab Cup Championship

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Categories: Champions TourPGA TourPro GolfRory McIlory

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WGC-HSBC Champions
Dates: October 30-November 2
Venue: Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Wednesday 11 p.m.-4 a.m. (Live) / 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Thursday Replay)
Thursday 11 p.m.-4 a.m. (Live) / 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Friday Replay)
Friday 11 p.m.-4 a.m. (Live) / 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Saturday Replay)
Saturday 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live) / 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sunday Replay)

Headlining the Field: Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Luke Donald, Ian Poulter and Dustin Johnson.

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Charles Schwab Cup Championship
Dates: October 31-November 3
Venue: TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 4:30-7 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 4:30-7 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 4:30-7 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 4:30-7 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10 p.m. (Replay)

Headlining the Field: Kenny Perry, Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Tom Lehman, Michael Allen, Rocco Mediate, Fred Funk, John Cook, Russ Cochran, Mark Calcavecchia, David Frost and Corey Pavin.

This Week in Golf: PGA Tour Season Opener (yes you read that correctly), Nick Faldo’s Champions Tour Debut, LPGA Tour & More

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
Categories: Champions TourEuropean TourFedEx CupLPGA TourPGA TourPro Golf

This week marks the beginning of the PGA Tour season.  Is that as strange to you as it is to me?  Personally, its football season for me and I still consider the beginning of the Tour season to be the first week of January.  BUT, players like my friend Kevin Foley, a Web.com Tour graduate who just got his Tour card, have an opportunity to get started early.  2014 FedEx Cup points start to accrue this week. Its a great opportunity.

On the Champions Tour Sir Nick Faldo is making his debut.  I’m sure his hair will look exactly the same as it has for the last 25 years.

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Frys.com Open
Dates: October 10-13
Venue: CordeValle Golf Club, San Martin, Calif.

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)

Headlining the Field: Davis Love III, Billy Horschel, Charles Howell III, Ryan Moore, Vijay Singh, Hideki Matsuyama, John Huh, Robert Garrigus, Ben Crane, Jonas Blixt and Trevor Immelman.

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SAS Championship
Dates: October 11-13
Venue: Prestonwood CC, Cary, N.C.

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Friday 2-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 2-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 2-4:30 p.m. (Live) / Midnight-2 a.m. (Replay)

Headlining the Field: Bernhard Langer, Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Kenny Perry, Mark Calcavecchia, Corey Pavin, Mark O’Meara and Mark Wiebe.

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
Dates: October 10-13
Venue: Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (East Course), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 12:30-3 a.m. (Live)
Friday 12:30-3 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 12:30-3 a.m. (Live)
Sunday Midnight-3 a.m. (Live)

Headlining the Field: Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson, Paula Creamer, Suzann Pettersen, Yani Tseng, Morgan Pressel, Ai Miyazato, Na Yeon Choi, I.K. Kim and Jessia Korda.

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Portugal Masters
Dates: October 10-13
Venue: Oceanico Victoria Golf Club, Vilamoura, Portugal

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)

Headlining the Field: Matteo Manassero, Martin Kaymer, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Peter Uihlein, Thomas Bjorn, Alvaro Quiros, Francesco Molinari, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Nicolas Colsaerts.

Golf on TV This Week – PGA Tour Championship-FedEx Cup Finale

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Categories: Champions TourEuropean TourPGA TourPro GolfTiger Woods

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Tour Championship by Coca-Cola
Dates: September 19-22
Venue: East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Ga.

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 1-6 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 1-6 p.m. (Live) / 8:30 p.m. -1:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 10 a.m.-Noon (Live) / 9 p.m. –12:30 a.m. (NBC Replay)
Sunday 12-1 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (NBC Replay)

NBC Airtimes (Eastern)
Saturday Noon-3:30 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 1-6 p.m. (Live)

Headlining the Field – The field includes Woods, Stenson, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Graham DeLaet, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Steve Stricker, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Jason Dufner, Gary Woodland, Jim Furyk, Kevin Streelman, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, Boo Weekley, Webb Simpson, D.A. Points, Billy Horschel, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Roberto Castro, Brendon de Jonge, Zach Johnson, Harris English, Charl Schwartzel and Lee Westwood.

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Pacific Links Hawaii Championship
Dates: September 20-22
Venue: Kapolei Golf Course, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Friday 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 6:30-9 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 7-9 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Replay)

Headlining the Field – The field includes Singh, Couples, Price, Bernhard Langer, Kenny Perry, Corey Pavin, Rocco Mediate, Mark O’Meara and Hale Irwin.

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70th Open D’Italia Lindt
Dates: September 19-22
Venue: Golf Club Torino, Turin, Italy

Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-3 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 12-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 1-3 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 8-11:30 a.m. (Live) / 1-3:30 a.m. (Replay)

Headlining the Field – The field includes Matteo Manassero, Nicolas Colsaerts, Alvaro Quiros, Francesco Molinari, Peter Uihlein, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Shane Lowry and David Duval.

Happy 84th Birthday to The King, Arnold Palmer

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
Categories: (British) Open ChampionshipChampions TourMiscellaneousPGA ChampionshipPGA TourPro GolfThe MastersU.S. OPEN

I’d like to personally wish The King, Arnold Palmer, a great 84th birthday. While I grew up on the waning side of Arnie’s career, I still loved to watch him play. I seriously break into tears every time The King leads off the Masters with the ceremonial tee shot. Yeah, I’m soft.

Arnold Palmer after ceremonial tee shot at the Masters

Arnold Palmer after ceremonial tee shot at the Masters

I did follow around Arnie a few times on the course during some Champions Tour (then the Senior Tour) events and it was a blast. Perhaps the best group was the time I followed Arnie, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino. Fantastic. Arnie and Jack didn’t get much of a word in over Lee. No surprise.

Arnold Palmer

Nobody has done for golf what Arnie did. This blog probably would not exist and I’d probably be blogging about pool or something if not for the popularity The King brought to this great game in the 50’s.

Many people have “Arnie stories.” My lovely mother (RIP) had one. She was watching Arnie play during a tournament. After putting out, The King walked up to my mom and gave her a big wink, then went on to the next hole. She melted. I always loved hearing that story from her.

My dad had an Arnie story too. He was a sports writer here for many years and had the opportunity to interview The King for an hour. He asked Arnie, “if I practice as much as you do and hit as many range balls as you, can I beat you?” Arnie’s answer was, “no.” My dad asked Arnie how he could play so great under pressure. What makes him so good? His answer, “I WILL the ball into the hole.” My dad later told me that if he was Arnie’s golf ball, he’d be afraid not to go in the hole.

I hope to have my own similar Arnie story someday.

Thanks for everything Mr. Palmer.  Have a great birthday.

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