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ECCOcardioGraeme – Ecco signs Graeme McDowell

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, January 6th, 2011
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Graeme McDowell

What endorsement deal is next for Graeme?

The endorsement deals are flowing in for 2010 US Open winner Graeme McDowell.  I recently posted about Graeme’s switch to Srixon and I just got word from Ecco that Graeme is now wearing Ecco golf shoes.

Terms of the multi-year deal weren’t disclosed, but I’ve sent an email back to them to see if they’ll release that info.


A stitch in time saves $70K? Ogilvy likely to withdraw from PGA Tour opener today.

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, January 6th, 2011
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This week’s PGA Tour event, they Hyundai Tournament of Champions, is an invitational for players who won in the 2010 season.  There are no alternates and there’s no Monday qualifying or anything like that.

A stitch in time saves $70,000

Geoff Ogilvy cut his hand in an accident on the beach in Hawaii.  He had to get 12 stitches.  He’ll likely withdraw after hitting one shot from the tournament, so he can collect the guaranteed $70,000 money.

Geoff Ogilvy’s agent, Pro-Sport Managment’s Paul Galli:

“It’s not so much a big cut, it’s just in an awkward position.  It was fairly deep, and when you’re on the reef, you’ve got to be careful with an infection. They cleaned it out and put in some stitches. He hasn’t hit any shots. He was practicing swinging his room and it was giving him discomfort. It’s not ideal.”

How many of you would cut your hand so you could get 12 stitches in Hawaii and then make one golf swing to guarantee 70 grand?  Tough gig.  How do I volunteer for that?


TGC wants to mic up players? Is that a good idea?

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
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So Golf Channel wants to mic up some PGA Tour players eh?  And by the way folks, being a former audio engineer for 25+ years I want to clarify that the correct spelling is “mic” and not “mike.”  “Mic” is short for “microphone” alright?

Is putting mics on the players that great of an idea?  Yes it may make the game more interesting, but will it backfire?

I’ve caught some great audio when live golf is on TV.  There was the time Fred Couples was in a playoff in some tournament and dumped a tee shot in a water hazard:

“God damn it I hate this f**king game.”

Another time Freddy (love the guy, don’t get me wrong ok?) walks up to a green and despite being just a few feet off the green, his ball is buried deep in grass which the grounds crew must have missed when they mowed.  A fan laughs, then Fred looks at him:

“Yeah that’s pretty f**king funny.”

How about the millions of F-bombs Tiger has dropped on the course?

Then there’s the Tiger Woods Buick Invitational fart incident last year.  Someone right next to a microphone lets a huge fart go, Tiger and his caddy Steve are laughing uncontrollably.  They thought perhaps it was David Feherty.  I had that video posted on YouTube, but TGC or CBS or whoever was doing the broadcast that day had it pulled.

On second thought, I like the idea!


Augusta National in a video game for the first time

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
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Tiger tees off at Augusta, 8th hole

Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’12 will be a groundbreaking video game by EA Sports.  Not in the technology necessarily, but in the fact that for the first time Augusta National Golf Club will be featured in a video game.

Soon video game players will be able to play the famous par-3 12th hole, Amen Corner, try to hit the Eisenhower Tree…

Peter Moore, president of EA SPORTS:

“For more than a decade, the Masters Tournament has been the most requested and coveted feature for the Tiger Woods PGA TOUR franchise among our fans.  Pairing the number one golf video game franchise with the most prestigious golf tournament in the world is a perfect marriage and we’re thrilled to bring our fans this exciting opportunity to experience Augusta National Golf Club like never before.”

Billy Payne, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club:

“Our sincere motivation is to draw an even greater audience to this wonderful sport and continue to inspire its growth by building off the success seen in previous versions of the Tiger Woods PGA TOUR franchise.  The beauty of Augusta National and the rich history of the Masters have inspired the dreams of golfers for generations. Three years of collaboration with EA SPORTS has resulted in a game we feel presents a truly authentic Masters experience.”

Tiger Woods:

“I am very happy and excited that the Masters Tournament is featured in the Tiger Woods PGA TOUR game.  There are many new and unique elements in the game that will make everyone feel like they’re really competing at Augusta National. This is great for the sport and will connect a new audience with the Masters, a tournament I’ve been fortunate to experience since 1995. Continually growing the visibility of golf is important to attracting newcomers to the sport, and I agree that showcasing the Masters Tournament in the game will bring an entirely new dimension to that approach.”

Tony Korologos:

“I’d rather play real golf than a video game.  I’m better at that.”


A Look Back At 2010 – HOG

Part two of my look back at 2010.  This one is from the HOG (Hooked On Golf Blog) perspective.  What big events and happenings happened to, with or by HOG this last year?  Check out part one, A Look Back At 2010 – The Golf World.

January

In January 2010 I was able to nail down sponsors for the year’s fantasy golf.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get Rife Putters to come through with a prize at the end of the season after my contact left the company.

Of course, the buzz was the Tiger Woods scandal and I blogged about it a lot.

I started a new gig, working as national sales manager for Sumi-G.  Over the course of the year I’d build up a rep force in the USA for the company, as well as work on many media related items like the company web site etc.  That gig ended (on good terms so no worries) in October.

January saw me traveling to the PGA Merchandise show with Sumi-G and experiencing a perspective to the PGA Show which I hadn’t seen before.  That was one of working very hard for 15 hour days on and in the booth, meeting and talking with potential customers.

February

February I continued to blog and review gear.

Tried to tune in to Pebble Beach but couldn’t stand all the hack “stars” like George Lopez.

March

March was huge.  On March 1st I found a letter from Augusta National, letting me know that I had tickets to the Tuesday practice round at the Masters!  My life would forever be changed.

Sand Hollow Golf Course

On March 3rd I posted a review of Sand Hollow Golf Course, one of the coolest courses I’ve EVER played.

On March 12 I was in Puerto Rico, covering the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open.  On my first night there I got to hang out with one of the coolest cats ever in golf, Chi Chi Rodriguez.  The next night I met Stefania Fernandez, Miss Universe.  What a gig.  During the off hours of  tournament I hung out in the casino with Rocco Mediate and Rory Sabbatini for about an hour.

While in Puerto Rico, I shot a two part series of videos, interviews and photos of The Golf Channel.  It was a very cool “behind the scenes” look at a live broadcast by TGC and the people who make it happen.  Months later, I was contacted and asked to pull it because nobody had “permission.”  Party poopers if you ask me.

 

Tiger Woods Masters

April

In April I started the first ever “HOG Putter Week” where I reviewed putters like the Nike Method, Heavy Putter Mid Weight K4-M, Double Duty Divot Repair Putter, Bob Burns Roll-In Putter, Bettinardi BB32 Putter,

On April 7 my “Dream Foursome” attended the Tuesday Masters Tournament practice round at Augusta National Golf Club.  I’ll never be the same and it was SO cool to have my best friend, my son and my dad there with me!  Man that was cool.

May

We saw the birth of the new category “How Not To.”

May 22 I married the most awesome lady in the universe! The day before I won my own tournament, the Non Annual Korologos Wedding Invitational Golf Tournament.

Started playing with the new Bridgestone B330-RX and B330-RXS golf balls.  One of my favorites now.

June

Speaking of Bridgestone, I had my first Bridgestone ball fitting on June 6th.

Tiger Woods divorce and scandal was still the big talk.  Divorce wasn’t confirmed yet, but rumors were flying that Elin was going to get $750 million.  That estimate was a little off.

On June 21st, my pop and I won the club’s annual Father’s Day tournament.

Graeme McDowell won the US OPEN.

In possibly my best work ever, I posted the Potty Putter Review.

For the first time in 10 years plus, I finished in the money in the Salt Lake City Amateur golf tournament, despite finishing bogey double-bogey on the 35th and 36th holes.

July

Summer heat, the altitude of Salt Lake, and no moisture in the air added up to the longest shots of the year.   350 yard drives, 205 yard 7-irons, 150 yard gap wedges…

I post my lowest round of the year on my home course on July 11th, a 69 from the black tees (tips).

My friend and St. Andrews caddy John Boyne posts an awesome three part guide to St. Andrews for the British Open.

 

August

Hooked On Golf Blog gets a new logo.  I like skulls.

HOG moves to a new, faster, bigger dedicated server because the site is getting so much traffic the old server was melting down!

Played in a great charity tournament for Homes For Our Troops, an organization which builds homes for disabled veterans.

September

In a move which rarely happens, I put a new putter in the bag.  My Dornoch Putter by Grant Mackay is the best putter EVER.

I shoot my best score ever at Wingpointe Golf Course, an Arthur Hills design.  That 70 topped my previous lowest round of the year because it was -2 for 18 while my 69 at River Oaks as -1 (par 70).  Needless to say, my opponents were hurting pretty bad that day.

I review the fanciest golf shoes I’ve ever worn, Royal Albatross’ hand made Italian leather Black Jack Nero Golf Shoes.

Vdara Las Vegas

October

I travel to Colonial Williamsburg to review the two great courses there, Golden Horseshoe Green Course and Gold Course.  I also do a review on the Historic Area in Colonial Williamsburg.

After six years, I retire as president of my local men’s club at the final tournament of the year, Hell Day.

I reviewed the Vdara Hotel and Spa in Las Vegas.

I started a new food and drink web site called MegaChomp.

Posted a bunch of Ryder Cup blogs.

In October my working relationship with Sumi-G ended, but my golfing relationship continues!

November

On November 16th my YouTube golf channel topped 3,000,000 views.

Posted the annual HOG Turkey Awards, featuring the year’s biggest boneheads in the golf world.

On November 30th, I posted my 3000th golf blog.

I travel to Notre Dame University to watch my Utah Utes football team.  Despite the Utes terrible performance on the field, visiting Notre Dame with my best friends and my dad was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had.

I find a picture of myself sitting on the potty, in the men’s restroom at a local golf course.

Palmilla

December

I travel to Puerto Rico, Mexico.  There I review Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club, Palmilla Golf Club and the One And Only Palmilla Resort.  I also happen to enjoy the 83 degree weather while my friends back home were freezing to death.

I post my look back at the golf world in 2010.

On 12/22 I review the new Nike Sport Cart Bag.

On 12/11 the HOG Golf Photo Gallery went over the 13,000 image mark.

On 12/31/10 I vowed to blog my golf ass off in 2011!


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