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Happy Birthday Seve Ballesteros

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Categories: European TourMiscellaneousPro GolfThe Masters

Seve Ballesteros walking the grounds at Augusta National Golf Club – Photo by Alan Nelson

Today is the birthday of the great Seve Ballesteros, a golf legend we lost way too soon at the age of 54 back on May 6, 2011.

Seve Ballesteros was the inspiration behind the name of my now 1.5 year old son, “Seve.”  How fun.

"Drive for show.  Putt for dough, son."

“Drive for show. Putt for dough, son.”

Worst “Will Tiger break Jack’s major record?” article ever?

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Categories: BoneheadsGolf MediaMiscellaneousPGA TourPro GolfThe MastersTiger Woods

Hats off to Sports News IRELAND for the bonehead of the week award.

No, Tiger will not break the major record of Jack "Nicholas"

No, Tiger will not break the major record of Jack “Nicholas”

Not only did they regurgitate the most over-asked and tired question in golf history, they didn’t even spell the greatest golfer in history’s name correctly.

I can safely say that Tiger Woods will in fact NOT break the major championship record of Jack “Nicholas.”

Actually the title itself in this awful piece is quite puzzling.  Are they asking if Tiger will break Mr. “Nicholas’s” record of six Masters wins or the “Nicholas” record of 18 major championships?

Photo Gallery: Masters Tournament – Augusta National Par-3 Course

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Categories: Golf CoursesHOG World TourPGA TourPro GolfThe Masters

Today is the par-3 tournament day at the Masters Tournament.  This tournament has been going since 1960.  The par-3 is a fun tournament where players interact closely with fans.  Some players who are not in the Masters Tournament are allowed to play the par-3 tournament.   Prior to the par-3 tournament there used to be a driving contest.

Augusta National Golf Club - Par-3 Course

Augusta National Golf Club – Par-3 Course – Click for more images

The par-3 tournament takes place at Augusta National’s par-3 course, possibly the most beautiful par-3 course in the world, though the folks at Three Tops located at Treetops Resort might argue that point.  As you will likely hear, no player who has won the par-3 contest has gone on to win the Masters Tournament.

Augusta Par-3 Course

Tiny greens… Augusta National Par-3 Course

I walked every hole of Augusta National’s par-3 course a couple of years ago and shot a ton of photos.  For one shot I even snuck onto a little boat I found in the lake.  The skies were a little gray the day I shot them but they still look great.  I put together a gallery of 77 images of the course, the largest and most complete online photo gallery of the course that I’m aware of.  All for you HOG “patrons.”  Click the photos or the link below to view the gallery.

Augusta National Par-3 Course Photo Gallery

2014 Masters Tournament Thursday Groupings and Tee Times

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Categories: PGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryThe Masters

Masters AugustaThursday’s Masters pairings are below.  There are a couple of very interesting groupings, which I’ve put in bold type.

Interesting also to note that of the 33 groupings, only 11 feature two american players, and none have three.  They like to mix up the nationalities.

7:45 a.m.: Stewart Cink, Tim Clark

7:56: Ian Woosnam, John Huh, Kevin Stadler

8:07: Ben Crenshaw, Y.E. Yang, Jonas Blixt

8:18: Mark O’Meara, Steven Bowditch, Jordan Niebrugge

8:29: John Senden, Boo Weekley, David Lynn

8:40: Craig Stadler, Scott Stallings, Martin Kaymer

8:51: Tom Watson, Billy Horschel, Brendon de Jonge

9:02: Mike Weir, Matt Every, Roberto Castro

9:13: Angel Cabrera, Gary Woodland, Ian Poulter

9:24: Fred Couples, Webb Simpson, Chang-woo Lee

9:35: Graeme McDowell, Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker

9:57: Zach Johnson, K.J. Choi, Steve Stricker

10:08: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Bill Haas, Matteo Manassero

10:19: Hideki Matsuyama, Brandt Snedeker, Jamie Donaldson

10:30: Charl Schwartzel, Jim Furyk, Thorbjorn Olesen

10:41: Adam Scott, Jason Dufner, Matt Fitzpatrick

10:52: Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy

11:03: Kevin Streelman, D.A. Points

11:14: Larry Mize, Branden Grace, Michael McCoy

11:25: Sandy Lyle, Matt Jones, Ken Duke

11:36: Jose Maria Olazabal, Lucas Glover, Garrick Porteous

11:47: Nick Watney, Stephen Gallacher, Darren Clarke

12:09 p.m.: Vijay Singh, Thomas Bjorn, Ryan Moore

12:20: Matt Kuchar, Louis Oosthuizen, Thongchai Jaidee

12:31: Trevor Immelman, Graham DeLaet, Oliver Goss

12:42: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Derek Ernst, Sang-moon Bae

12:53: Bernhard Langer, Francesco Molinari, Chris Kirk

1:04: Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson

1:15: Bubba Watson, Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia

1:26: Joost Luiten, Marc Leishman, Hunter Mahan

1:37: Keegan Bradley, Victor Dubuisson, Peter Hanson

1:48: Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Justin Rose

1:59: Harris English, Lee Westwood, Russell Henley

Odd Masters Things Not Seen on TV – Part One

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Categories: Pro GolfThe Masters

We’ve all seen the par-3 12th hole at Augusta National and the Masters a million times.  Same with the par-5 13th’s green complex, 18th green, Magnolia Lane, the Clubhouse…  The times I’ve been there I’ve had fun finding things the average person does NOT see on TV. Here are a few highlights.

Collecting Data

The guy above was sitting in the bushes right of the 10th hole. When I asked him what he was doing, he said “collecting data.” The machine he was using to collect that data is below:

Data collecting device…

Not sure what that device is below, but I presume these gentlemen are measuring the moisture level of the green (15th green if I recall).

Green testing?

Testing greens and setting pins below.

Mini stimpmeter to test green speed and set pins?

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