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2014 Masters First Round Comments

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, April 11th, 2014
Categories: PGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryThe MastersTiger Woods

Masters AugustaDespite the Masters missing Tiger Woods, and the Eisenhower Pine (lost in an ice storm this past winter), the first round of the tournament was quite entertaining.  There were quite a few surprises, and some players hovering near the top like Adam Scott who were not surprises.

Agua-Balls

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the first round was all of the shots which ended up in some kind of water hazard, like the one short of the par-3 12th or the water short of the par-5 15th.  Adam Scott found the water on the par-3 12th as many players did.  It was tough watching Ben Crenshaw on 12.  It looked like he put half his bag in the water, ending up with a triple-bogey six.  Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson found the water on the par-5 15th with little tiny wedges in their hands for their 3rd shots.

Bad Starts

Some top players had less than expected opening rounds.  Luke Donald shot a 77, or so he thought. He hit a bunker shot which came to rest in the same bunker.  Later on he was informed that he would incur a 2-stroke penalty because he touched the sand before the 2nd shot.  He admitted it was a mistake and took his medicine politely.  The 77 turned into a 79.

Jason Dufner limped to an opening round 80.  He should have the game for Augusta, but it may take a few years for him to become comfortable there.  The lowlight of his round was the nine he scored on the par-5 13th.  If a player of his level scores a nine on a hole, I guess that means I would score a 15.

Other bad starts include former Masters champions Trevor Immelman (79), Zach Johnson (78), Angel Cabrera (78).  They’re going to have to go mega-low Friday to make the cut.

Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson, and Justin Rose are all big guns who struggled to an opening round +4 76.  Not out of it, but starting Friday eight shots back.  They’ll need a solid round two in order to make their first priority happen, making the cut.

Looking Good

2011 FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas is in solo 1st place with a -4 round of 68.  Solid.  This is the first time Haas has led a major championship at any point.  The cynic in me says that he will not remain atop the leader board.  Seldom to the Thursday leaders  retain that position.

Adam Scott’s game is built for Augusta National Golf Club.   He’s one shot back in 2nd place, tied with another player who seems to find the course fitting for his game, Louis Oosthuizen.  Also tied for 2nd is Bubba Watson.  Bubba certainly has the power and short game creativity for this course.

Flashes of Brilliance

Jonas Blixt came out mega hot and shot to the top of the leader board early Thursday.  Of course Puma’s social networks were going nuts.  He settled down and ended  in a solid position, tied for fifth at -2 70.

What would a Masters be without Fred Couples hovering around the leader board?  It seems that every year we see Freddy at or near the lead on the first day or two, then the back and the age catch up to him toward the end of the weekend.

I was the most excited when for a few minutes the player atop the leader board was the most interesting man in golf, Miguel Angel Jimenez.  He had it to -4 at one point, finishing T12 at -1.

Solid

Strong rounds include rookie Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlory, and Rickie Fowler.  All at -1.  One shot ahead at -2 is a solid group including Blixt, K.J. Choi, Brandt Snedeker, and Gary Woodland.

ESPN Coverage

I do have to give credit where credit is due.  I’ve been quite critical of ESPN and their golf coverage over the years.  But the broadcast yesterday was a birdie.  Hats off to their production team for what must have been painful for them, not showing excessive Tiger highlights.  In fact, I’m not sure they showed any at all.

Well played ESPN  Well played.

Friday

Friday will be great to watch.  Some players who look to be in good position will falter and miss the cut.  Some players whose first rounds were sketchy will pull a solid 2nd round together to make the cut.

And who will be on top of the leader board after day two?

Can’t wait to watch.


2014 Masters Round One Leader Board

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Categories: PGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryThe Masters
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POS Player To Par Total
1 Bill Haas -4 68
T2 Louis Oosthuizen -3 69
T2 Adam Scott -3 69
T2 Bubba Watson -3 69
T5 Jonas Blixt -2 70
T5 K.J. Choi -2 70
T5 Marc Leishman -2 70
T5 Brandt Snedeker -2 70
T5 Kevin Stadler -2 70
T5 Jimmy Walker -2 70
T5 Gary Woodland -2 70
T12 Fred Couples -1 71
T12 Rickie Fowler -1 71
T12 Stephen Gallacher -1 71
T12 Miguel Angel Jimenez -1 71
T12 Matteo Manassero -1 71
T12 Rory McIlroy -1 71
T12 Francesco Molinari -1 71
T12 Jordan Spieth -1 71
T20 Sang-Moon Bae E 72
T20 Bernhard Langer E 72
T20 Graeme McDowell E 72
T20 John Senden E 72
T20 Kevin Streelman E 72
T20 Steve Stricker E 72
T20 Nick Watney E 72
T27 Thomas Bjorn 1 73
T27 Roberto Castro 1 73
T27 Stewart Cink 1 73
T27 Jamie Donaldson 1 73
T27 Russell Henley 1 73
T27 Thongchai Jaidee 1 73
T27 Matt Kuchar 1 73
T27 Patrick Reed 1 73
T27 Charl Schwartzel 1 73
T27 Henrik Stenson 1 73
T27 Boo Weekley 1 73
T27 Mike Weir 1 73
T27 Lee Westwood 1 73
T40 Steven Bowditch 2 74
T40 Darren Clarke 2 74
T40 Victor Dubuisson 2 74
T40 Harris English 2 74
T40 Jim Furyk 2 74
T40 Sergio Garcia 2 74
T40 Matt Jones 2 74
T40 Hunter Mahan 2 74
T40 Larry Mize 2 74
T40 Jose Maria Olazabal 2 74
T40 Thorbjorn Olesen 2 74
T40 Webb Simpson 2 74
T40 Brendon de Jonge 2 74
T53 Keegan Bradley 3 75
T53 Jason Day 3 75
T53 Ken Duke 3 75
T53 Ernie Els 3 75
T53 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 3 75
T53 Lucas Glover 3 75
T53 Billy Horschel 3 75
T53 John Huh 3 75
T53 Martin Kaymer 3 75
T53 Chris Kirk 3 75
T53 Joost Luiten 3 75
T53 Mark O’Meara 3 75
T53 Vijay Singh 3 75
T53 Scott Stallings 3 75
T67 Derek Ernst 4 76
T67 Matthew Fitzpatrick 4 76
T67 Oliver Goss 4 76
T67 Sandy Lyle 4 76
T67 Phil Mickelson 4 76
T67 Garrick Porteous 4 76
T67 Ian Poulter 4 76
T67 Justin Rose 4 76
T75 Matt Every 5 77
T75 Dustin Johnson 5 77
T75 Ryan Moore 5 77
T75 Ian Woosnam 5 77
T75 Y.E. Yang 5 77
T80 Angel Cabrera 6 78
T80 Peter Hanson 6 78
T80 Zach Johnson 6 78
T80 David Lynn 6 78
T80 Mike McCoy 6 78
T80 D.A. Points 6 78
T80 Tom Watson 6 78
T87 Tim Clark 7 79
T87 Luke Donald 7 79
T87 Trevor Immelman 7 79
T90 Graham DeLaet 8 80
T90 Jason Dufner 8 80
T90 Chang-woo Lee 8 80
T90 Hideki Matsuyama 8 80
94 Jordan Niebrugge 9 81
95 Craig Stadler 10 82
96 Ben Crenshaw 11 83
97 Branden Grace 12 84

 

(a) = Amateur DNS = Did Not Start DQ = Disqualified MDF = Made Cut Did Not Finish WD = Withdrawn


Leading Golf Blogger Tony Korologos Releases 2014 Masters Apparel Script

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Categories: BoneheadsMiscellaneousPro GolfSite NewsThe Masters

2013 was a big year for me.  It was the first year I started to release MY OWN “apparel scripts” for the major championships in golf.  And every so often, I post a daily script and let all my fans readers patrons know what kind of socks or underwear I’m wearing.  This all came about with the golf public relations trend of releasing apparel scripts of the players who represent their client golf company’s product line.

I’ve complained many times online and in my many social networks that if these golf companies are going to release the apparel scripts of players like Tiger Woods or Rickie Fowler, which I believe nobody gives a damn about, they should make them interesting and complete.  None of them include the player’s underwear for starters.  Why not script what underwear they wear, what condom brand they used the night before, or what toothpaste they use?

2014 Masters Apparel Script - Golf PR Companies Take Note

2014 Masters Apparel Script – Golf PR Companies Take Note

In putting together my apparel script for this year’s Masters I decided I would only use Masters apparel items I have laying around the house.  I decided to pose in the Golf Digest Paulina Gretzky “fitness” pose.  It is a fantastic combination of creativity on my part, and paying respect to the journalistic brilliance of the Golf Digest Paulina photos.

Please note that I did this script all by myself.  The wife didn’t help with the scripting at all, though she does get photo credit.  Thanks dear.

I’m already looking ahead to the U.S. Open and what groundbreaking apparel scripting I might come up with then.  Perhaps a men’s thong? A lampshade on my head?  Feel free to send in ideas.

Related Links

My 2013 Masters Apparel Script

My 2013 THE PLAYERS (always spell THE PLAYERS in ALL CAPS, that’s what they do) Championship Apparel Script

My 2013 PGA Championship Apparel Script


2014 Masters Round One Pin Sheet

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Categories: PGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryThe Masters
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How fun.  Here’s today’s Masters pin sheet for you to follow along at home.

2014 Thursday Masters Pin Positions – click to enlarge


2014 Masters Tournament TV Schedule

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Categories: PGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryThe Masters
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Masters AugustaESPN
Live TV coverage of the Par 3 Contest from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET on Wed, April 9, 2014.

Live TV coverage of Tournament play from 3:00 PM to 7:30 PM ET on Thurs, April 10 & Fri, April 11, 2014.

CBS
Live TV coverage of Tournament play from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM ET on Sat, April 12 and from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM Sun, April 13, 2014.

CBS Sports Network
Live TV coverage of the Masters driving range show, Masters on the Range, starting Mon, April 7 at 12:00 PM and continuing through Tournament week.

Masters Radio
Tune into a live streaming radio broadcast of the Masters Tournament each day at 2:00 PM ET


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