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2011 PGA Championship Round One Leader Board

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, August 12th, 2011
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2011 PGA Championship Round One Leader Board

1 Steve Stricker -7 63
2 Jerry Kelly -5 65
3 Shaun Micheel -4 66
4 Scott Verplank -3 67
T5 Brendon de Jonge -2 68
T5 Matteo Manassero -2 68
T5 Davis Love III -2 68
T5 John Senden -2 68
T5 Bill Haas -2 68
T5 Brandt Jobe -2 68
T5 Anders Hansen -2 68
T5 Simon Dyson -2 68
T13 Bob Sowards (CP) -1 69
T13 Adam Scott -1 69
T13 Stewart Cink -1 69
T13 Brendan Steele -1 69
T13 Brian Davis -1 69
T13 Miguel Angel Jimenez -1 69
T13 Mark Wilson -1 69
T13 Trevor Immelman -1 69
T13 D.A. Points -1 69
T13 Ricky Barnes -1 69
T23 Gary Woodland E 70
T23 Jason Dufner E 70
T23 Luke Donald E 70
T23 Nick Watney E 70
T23 K.J. Choi E 70
T23 Robert Garrigus E 70
T23 Alexander Noren E 70
T23 Pablo Larrazabal E 70
T23 Jhonattan Vegas E 70
T23 Robert Karlsson E 70
T23 Rory McIlroy E 70
T23 Camilo Villegas E 70
T23 Michael Bradley E 70
T36 Ross Fisher +1 71
T36 Phil Mickelson +1 71
T36 Peter Hanson +1 71
T36 Spencer Levin +1 71
T36 Keegan Bradley +1 71
T36 Bill Lunde +1 71
T36 Jim Furyk +1 71
T36 Steve Marino +1 71
T36 Johan Edfors +1 71
T36 Johnson Wagner +1 71
T36 Y.E. Yang +1 71
T36 Justin Rose +1 71
T36 Ryan Palmer +1 71
T36 Charl Schwartzel +1 71
T36 Jason Day +1 71
T36 Matt Kuchar +1 71
T36 Lee Westwood +1 71
T36 Zach Johnson +1 71
T36 Jonathan Byrd +1 71
T36 Ben Crane +1 71
T36 Sean O’Hair +1 71
T36 Scott Piercy +1 71
T36 Seung-yul Noh +1 71
T59 John Rollins +2 72
T59 Tetsuji Hiratsuka +2 72
T59 Andres Romero +2 72
T59 Angel Cabrera +2 72
T59 David Toms +2 72
T59 Paul Casey +2 72
T59 Charles Howell III +2 72
T59 Stuart Smith (CP) +2 72
T59 David Horsey +2 72
T59 Chris Kirk +2 72
T59 Brian Gay +2 72
T59 Martin Kaymer +2 72
T59 Sergio Garcia +2 72
T59 Hunter Mahan +2 72
T59 Robert Allenby +2 72
T59 Harrison Frazar +2 72
T59 Francesco Molinari +2 72
T59 Steve Schneiter (CP) +2 72
T59 Kevin Na +2 72
T78 Kevin Streelman +3 73
T78 Charlie Wi +3 73
T78 Martin Laird +3 73
T78 Alvaro Quiros +3 73
T78 Padraig Harrington +3 73
T78 Scott Stallings +3 73
T78 Bo Van Pelt +3 73
T78 Mark Brooks +3 73
T78 Brad Lardon (CP) +3 73
T78 Yuta Ikeda +3 73
T78 Mike Small (CP) +3 73
T78 Hiroyuki Fujita +3 73
T78 Rory Sabbatini +3 73
T78 Steve Elkington +3 73
T78 K.T. Kim +3 73
T93 Stephen Gallacher +4 74
T93 Ian Poulter +4 74
T93 Bubba Watson +4 74
T93 Thomas Bjorn +4 74
T93 Sean Dougherty (CP) +4 74
T93 J.J. Henry +4 74
T93 Fredrik Andersson Hed +4 74
T93 Ernie Els +4 74
T93 Anthony Kim +4 74
T93 Brandt Snedeker +4 74
T93 Rickie Fowler +4 74
T93 Rich Beem +4 74
T93 Bryce Molder +4 74
T93 Graeme McDowell +4 74
T93 Cameron Tringale +4 74
T108 Ryan Moore +5 75
T108 Edoardo Molinari +5 75
T108 Jeff Overton +5 75
T108 Jeff Sorenson (CP) +5 75
T108 Webb Simpson +5 75
T108 Marty Jertson (CP) +5 75
T108 Charley Hoffman +5 75
T108 Ryuji Imada +5 75
T108 Dustin Johnson +5 75
T108 Retief Goosen +5 75
T108 Geoff Ogilvy +5 75
T119 Craig Stevens (CP) +6 76
T119 Vijay Singh +6 76
T119 David Hutsell (CP) +6 76
T119 Gregory Bourdy +6 76
T119 Louis Oosthuizen +6 76
T119 Tom Gillis +6 76
T119 Thomas Aiken +6 76
T119 Fredrik Jacobson +6 76
T119 Raphael Jacquelin +6 76
T119 Jeff Coston (CP) +6 76
T129 Mike Northern (CP) +7 77
T129 Faber Jamerson (CP) +7 77
T129 Wenchong Liang +7 77
T129 Tiger Woods +7 77
T129 John Daly +7 77
T129 Jerry Pate +7 77
T129 Aaron Baddeley +7 77
T129 Jamie Donaldson +7 77
T129 D.J. Trahan +7 77
T138 Brendan Jones +8 78
T138 Arjun Atwal +8 78
T138 Rob Moss (CP) +8 78
T138 Dan Olsen (CP) +8 78
T138 Jose Maria Olazabal +8 78
T138 Larry Nelson +8 78
T138 Darren Clarke +8 78
T138 Robert McClellan (CP) +8 78
T146 Rocco Mediate +9 79
T146 Richard Green +9 79
T148 J.B. Holmes +10 80
T148 Scott Erdmann (CP) +10 80
T148 Lucas Glover +10 80
T148 Heath Slocum +10 80
T152 Daniel Balin (CP) +11 81
T152 Tommy Gainey +11 81
154 Todd Camplin (CP) +12 82
T155 Ryo Ishikawa +15 85
T155 Brian Cairns (CP) +15 85

PGA Championship TV Schedule

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
Categories: European TourPGA ChampionshipPGA TourPro GolfTiger Woods

Set your DVR. Here’s the TV schedule for the PGA Championship:

THU 8/11 TNT 1 – 7 PM ET
FRI 8/12 TNT 1 – 7 PM ET
SAT 8/13 TNT 11 – 2 PM ET
SAT 8/13 CBS 2 – 7 PM ET
SUN 8/14 TNT 11 – 2 PM ET
SUN 8/14 CBS 2 – 7 PM ET

Who will win the PGA Championship, glory’s last shot? Or should I say which Irishman?

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
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During this week of the PGA Tour season I get a little bummed out.  Glory’s Last Shot means the season is winding down.  Before I know it there will be snow on the ground here in Salt Lake and every other blog post will be me whining about it.  There’s still some good golf to be be played though, both by the tours and locally.

Aussies?

Jason Day

Jason Day is my PGA Champ pick

My PGA Championship Pick: Jason Day

I think Jason Day‘s “day” will come, this week. Day has been playing some spectacular golf and knocking on the door of major championships for a year now.  He seems to be close to winning every major these days, 2nd place finishes in this year’s Masters and U.S. Open.  Just looked at Day’s money list stats for the last 4 years a minute ago and it shows a total rising star.  Back in 2008 he made $700K, 2009 $1.2M, 2010 $2.9M and this year already at $3.1M and counting.

The one thing which could derail Day would be his confidence level.  He seems to be a bit fragile and hard on himself.  Perhaps a little too emotional sometimes on the course.  Can he keep it in check?

After watching Adam Scott‘s big win last week, there doesn’t seem to be a better ball striker playing right now.  Name me one?  Another Aussie with a good chance of winning.

Irishmen?

Seems like Ireland owns major championships lately between Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlory.  I’d mention Padraig Harrington too, but his game seems to be a jigsaw puzzle right now, for him.  Which Irishman has the best chance this week?  To me that is obviously the future PGA Tour member Rory McIlory.

American Players?

Tiger Woods

As I’ve been saying for a week or two now, Tiger Woods‘s comeback will be a work in progress and cannot be judged by a few rounds, or a tournament or two.  How well will Tiger fare this week? I don’t think Tiger will win, and I doubt he’ll be a huge factor.  But by saying that, I wonder if I’m putting part of my foot in my mouth already.  I just haven’t seen anything yet to lead me to believe he will perform really well.

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Rory McIlroy to play PGA Tour in 2012

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
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Rory McIlroyRory McIlroy confirmed on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive show that he will in fact be taking up membership on the PGA Tour in 2012. Score a point for the PGA Tour over the European Tour for sure. I’m very excited to hear that we’ll be seeing Rory more here in the states.

And speaking of Rory, how do you think he’ll fare in the PGA Championship this week. He was so close last year.


Open Championship Final Thoughts

British Open ChampionshipOn this Monday I’m once again watching the final round of the (British) Open Championship.  Great background media for golf blogging.

Congrats to Darren Clarke

This week’s Open was fantastic, and I’m so thrilled that I was wrong in my prediction that Clarke wouldn’t hold on and win.  Very happy for Darren Clarke, especially with the heartbreaks he’s gone through both on and off the course.  Well done and congratulations.  I really hope some day I run into Clarke in a pub somewhere.

Phil Mickelson

Perhaps Phil Mickelson has quieted the critics who say he can’t play links golf, myself included.  Looks like he may have finally figured it out after that super low 30 on the front nine yesterday and the T2 finish.  Strangely enough, Phil’s play actually improved as the conditions worsened.  Not sure he’ll ever win an Open, but it would be quite a story if he finally did.  He needs to do it soon though.  Not sure how many really good year’s he’ll have left with age and his physical condition with the psoriatic arthritis.

Dustin Johnson

For the 3rd time in what, the last six majors, Dustin Johnson is in the final group?  You’d have to think it is only a matter of time before DJ notches a win in a major.

Rory McIlroy

Despite being the favorite coming in to this Open, I wasn’t surprised that Rory McIlroy didn’t quite have it this past week.  This year has been huge, and I think he may have been a bit burned out.  I do think he’ll be fresh for the PGA Championship.

Miguel Angel Jimenez

Here’s another guy I’d love to hang out with in a pub somewhere.  Jimenez was in the mix for much of the week and you have to love this guy’s flare.  It almost seems like golf gives Miguel something to do during the day to kill time before he enjoys a fine wine and a cigar in the evening.  Jimenez got a ton of air time with his warm up routine.  Between his not so flat-belly body shape, his long hair and his cigar, the moves in his warmup were more entertaining than a Lady Gaga video.  His description of the routine included, “that’s me on the dance floor.”  Love it.

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler is building up a wealth of experience in pressure situations and major championships.  Though he has yet to win a tournament as a PGA pro, hanging out in the top few spots on major championship leader boards will pay dividends in the future.

Fowler’s T5 this past week is his first top-5 in a major.

Tom Watson

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again…  If all major championships were played on links courses, Tom Watson would have won about 3x as many majors as Jack Nicklaus.  It was fantastic to watch Watson’s ace on the par-3 6th hole in the 2nd round.  Even more fantastic and amazing that Watson made the cut in the Open at the ripe young age of 61.  Final position for Watson, T22.

Bubba Watson

Speaking of Watsons… Bubba Watson’s (T30 at +9) skill level is sick.  He is an amazing talent who curves the ball more than anyone in golf right now.  But those high spin shots could make playing in windy “Open” conditions could make it more difficult to control the ball.  Bubba has the power for sure, but he’ll need to master low spin shots to contend in the Open in the future.

Top 10’s who missed the cut

It was quite amazing that though the Open was played in England, the top two ranked players in the world who happened to be English, missed the cut.  Perhaps #1 Luke Donald emptied his gun in winning the Scottish Open the week before?  And one of my picks to win this Open, Lee Westwood (#2 in the world) missed the cut too.  Very surprising.

Add to those two a pair of other top 10 players who missed the cut, Graeme McDowell and Matt Kuchar.

One major to go – Which Irishman will win the PGA Championship?

With the conclusion of the Open, the PGA Championship is coming up next.  Based on the fact that an Irish player has won three of the last six majors, which Irishman will win the PGA Champonship?  Perhaps Padraig Harrington?  His game hasn’t been at its best lately.  He has won it before.


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