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Twitter Blowing Up. Not Because of GOP Debate But Because Rory McIlory is Heading to the USA

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, August 7th, 2015
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This is from Rory McIlory’s Twitter:


In case anyone forgot, McIlory is still the #1 golfer in the world. He has been off nursing an injury, but as the above photo seems to indicate, he is headed to the USA. Why would he be headed here? Where is he going? My guess is the private jet will be landing at the nearest airport to Kholer, Wisconsin. There’s a little golf tournament here next week at a course called Whistling Straits, the PGA Championship.


2014 PGA Championship Commentary – Choo Choo! Hop on the Rory McIlory Bandwagon!

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 11th, 2014
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I have now watched TV for a third time this year, during the PGA Championship. The first two times were the Masters and the Open Championship. I live a sheltered, golf blogger life I suppose.

I’ve considered the PGA Championship to be the red-headed stepchild of the major tournaments, but the finish this year was more exciting than the other three majors. All that despite a hoaky golf course in Valhalla which seemed to strictly dictate playing strategy on many holes, leaving no room for creativity by the players.

Rory McIlroy NikeChoo Choo! Hop on the McIlory bandwagon!

Hop aboard the Rory McIlory bandwagon with me! I’m a fan! The McIlroy era has begun. Watch the golf media go all ape gaga over Rory now as Tiger fades. They’ll latch onto him like a baby monkey latches onto its mother. Soon we will be reading all the “will Rory break Jack’s major record?” drivel from the scribes. Quote me on it. Book it. So predictable.

The 2014 PGA Championship was a great major win for Rory because he found himself behind by two shots midway through the round. He found a way to come back and win by two shots. A different win than his previous front-running style wins.

Hard not to like this kid. He is still a kid, but growing up fast. There’s something authentic about Rory. He’s not a mercenary robot like Tiger Woods was. He has a human quality to him and an open, perhaps slightly naive quality to him. This makes him much more likable than Tiger ever was. Time will tell if the endless stupid media questions and taking what he says out of context will sour that likable human aspect. I hope not.

Rickie Fowler

I’ve poked fun at Rickie Fowler for quite some time now. For a few years now, this kid has been more well known for his apparel style than his golf game. That has changed as has my opinion. In EVERY major this year Fowler has been right there, even had a chance to win. I respect that. He’ll get one.

Phil Mickelson

Phil has had a very lackluster season so far. I was pleased to see Phil bring it this past weekend and he produced some great drama, even tying for the lead for a bit. Ironically it was his short game failing him on the 16th hole Sunday, which led to a bogey which put him one back of McIlory.

Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson had a share of the lead for a bit. When he three putted I ducked, and I’m 2,000 miles from Valhalla. Stenson is a ticking time bomb and I wonder what he destroyed after yesterday’s round. Still, he’s an amazing player. Just ask his accountant.

Lee Westwood

I like Lee Westwood. He had the lead after the first round. But I’m not sure he can get over the hump and win a major championship. Maybe he hung around too much with Colin Montgomerie?

Bubba Watson

I missed much of this. Apparently Bubba Watson had some not-so worthy f-bombs which fell in earshot of not only the TV microphones, but small children. His behavior was enough to warrant many articles and commentary, and an apology on Twitter.

Dustin Johnson

DJ took a leave of absence before the PGA to work out personal issues. Many rumors and articles cited a suspension for drug use but the PGA Tour denied DJ was suspended. Sounds like a self-imposed suspension.

You are a reflection of who you hang out with. ‘Nuff said.

Tiger Woods

Will Tiger Break Jack’s record? I might break your jaw if you ask that question one more time…

Tiger Woods

Last but not least Tiger Woods. After withdrawing from the WGC Bridgestone the previous week and almost crawling to his courtesy car, Tiger was back at the PGA and was there to “win.” He did not win. He did not make the cut after shooting consecutive rounds of 74.

Many pundits are theorizing that he came back from back surgery too soon. Tiger insisted he was 100% healthy. Sounds to me like he’s floating down the river of de-Nile.

I’m not sure what to make of Tiger these days. Part of me thinks he should retire now, or at least take the rest of 2014 off and get healthy.

Final Thoughts

The PGA Championship marks a little bit of a sad day. It is symbolic of the golf season winding down. Summer is more than half over and soon here in northern Utah the snow will be flying and the golf clubs will be shelved for months.

I’ve been thinking of quitting golf lately, but if I’m going to I’d like to do it on my own terms, when I’m pissed off at it!
Right now I’m suffering from a bad case of golfer’s elbow. That injury may bench me before the snow flies.


2014 PGA Championship Final Leader Board

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 11th, 2014
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POS PLAYER TO PAR R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL
1 Rory McIlroy -16 66 67 67 68 268
2 Phil Mickelson -15 69 67 67 66 269
T3 Henrik Stenson -14 66 71 67 66 270
T3 Rickie Fowler -14 69 66 67 68 270
T5 Jim Furyk -12 66 68 72 66 272
T5 Ryan Palmer -12 65 70 69 68 272
T7 Jimmy Walker -11 69 71 68 65 273
T7 Ernie Els -11 70 70 68 65 273
T7 Victor Dubuisson -11 69 68 70 66 273
T7 Hunter Mahan -11 70 71 65 67 273
T7 Steve Stricker -11 69 68 68 68 273
T7 Mikko Ilonen -11 67 68 69 69 273
T13 Brandt Snedeker -10 73 68 66 67 274
T13 Kevin Chappell -10 65 74 67 68 274
T15 Charl Schwartzel -9 72 68 69 66 275
T15 Marc Warren -9 71 71 66 67 275
T15 Brooks Koepka -9 71 71 66 67 275
T15 Lee Westwood -9 65 72 69 69 275
T15 Adam Scott -9 71 69 66 69 275
T15 Graham DeLaet -9 69 68 68 70 275
T15 Jason Day -9 69 65 69 72 275
T15 Louis Oosthuizen -9 70 67 67 71 275
T15 Bernd Wiesberger -9 68 68 65 74 275
T24 Justin Rose -8 70 72 67 67 276
T24 Jamie Donaldson -8 69 70 66 71 276
26 Joost Luiten -7 68 69 69 71 277
T27 Jerry Kelly -6 67 74 70 67 278
T27 Kenny Perry -6 72 69 69 68 278
T27 Bill Haas -6 71 68 68 71 278
T30 Thorbjorn Olesen -5 71 71 70 67 279
T30 Alexander Levy -5 69 71 68 71 279
T30 Danny Willett -5 68 73 66 72 279
T33 Cameron Tringale -4 69 71 71 69 280
T33 Daniel Summerhays -4 70 72 68 70 280
T33 Nick Watney -4 69 69 70 72 280
T36 Vijay Singh -3 71 68 73 69 281
T36 Hideki Matsuyama -3 71 72 70 68 281
T36 Richard Sterne -3 70 69 72 70 281
T36 Jonas Blixt -3 71 70 68 72 281
T36 Sergio Garcia -3 70 72 66 73 281
T41 Koumei Oda -2 74 68 71 69 282
T41 Jason Bohn -2 71 71 71 69 282
T41 Brendon de Jonge -2 70 70 72 70 282
T41 Luke Donald -2 70 72 68 72 282
T41 Brian Harman -2 71 69 69 73 282
T41 Ryan Moore -2 73 68 67 74 282
T47 Shane Lowry -1 68 74 74 67 283
T47 Robert Karlsson -1 71 69 74 69 283
T47 Graeme McDowell -1 73 70 71 69 283
T47 Marc Leishman -1 71 71 72 69 283
T47 Pat Perez -1 71 71 71 70 283
T47 Fabrizio Zanotti -1 71 70 71 71 283
T47 Matt Jones -1 68 71 72 72 283
T47 Scott Brown -1 71 70 70 72 283
T47 Geoff Ogilvy -1 69 71 71 72 283
T47 Edoardo Molinari -1 66 73 71 73 283
T47 Branden Grace -1 73 70 68 72 283
T47 Chris Wood -1 66 73 70 74 283
T59 Brendan Steele E 71 70 73 70 284
T59 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano E 71 70 72 71 284
T59 Francesco Molinari E 71 71 71 71 284
T59 Ian Poulter E 68 73 71 72 284
T59 Patrick Reed E 70 71 70 73 284
T59 Billy Horschel E 71 68 69 76 284
T65 Bubba Watson +3 70 72 73 72 287
T65 Chris Stroud +3 70 73 73 71 287
T65 Kevin Stadler +3 71 70 72 74 287
T65 J.B. Holmes +3 68 72 69 78 287
69 Shawn Stefani +4 68 75 72 73 288
T70 Freddie Jacobson +5 72 69 73 75 289
T70 Colin Montgomerie +5 70 72 72 75 289
T70 Zach Johnson +5 70 72 70 77 289
73 Brendon Todd +9 70 73 75 75 293
74 Rafael Cabrera-Bello +10 69 71 74 80 294
CUT Charley Hoffman 70 74 144
CUT Erik Compton 71 73 144
CUT Gary Woodland 72 72 144
CUT Scott Piercy 73 71 144
CUT Martin Kaymer 70 74 144
CUT Tommy Fleetwood 73 71 144
CUT Tim Clark 70 74 144
CUT Padraig Harrington 73 71 144
CUT Ryan Helminen (CP) 73 71 144
CUT Russell Henley 69 75 144
CUT Anirban Lahiri 72 73 145
CUT Tom Watson 72 73 145
CUT Davis Love III 72 73 145
CUT Seung-Yul Noh 68 77 145
CUT Johan Kok (CP) 78 67 145
CUT Ben Martin 74 71 145
CUT Russell Knox 75 70 145
CUT Brian Stuard 71 74 145
CUT Matt Every 73 72 145
CUT Kevin Streelman 69 76 145
CUT Ryo Ishikawa 72 74 146
CUT Rory Sabbatini 75 71 146
CUT Stuart Deane (CP) 75 71 146
CUT David Hearn 74 72 146
CUT Y.E. Yang 75 71 146
CUT Keegan Bradley 74 72 146
CUT Chris Kirk 74 72 146
CUT Hideto Tanihara 74 72 146
CUT Paul Casey 74 72 146
CUT Kevin Na 74 72 146
CUT Steven Bowditch 74 72 146
CUT Roberto Castro 73 73 146
CUT Jamie Broce (CP) 74 72 146
CUT Ross Fisher 73 73 146
CUT Harris English 74 72 146
CUT Eric Williamson (CP) 74 73 147
CUT Webb Simpson 73 74 147
CUT Chesson Hadley 74 73 147
CUT Charles Howell III 73 74 147
CUT George Coetzee 73 74 147
CUT Stewart Cink 72 75 147
CUT Stephen Gallacher 70 77 147
CUT Darren Clarke 79 69 148
CUT Pablo Larrazabal 79 69 148
CUT Jordan Spieth 71 77 148
CUT John Daly 76 72 148
CUT Tiger Woods 74 74 148
CUT Hyung-Sung Kim 73 75 148
CUT George McNeill 73 75 148
CUT Scott Stallings 71 78 149
CUT John Senden 75 74 149
CUT Rod Perry (CP) 74 75 149
CUT Miguel Angel Jimenez 72 77 149
CUT Bob Sowards (CP) 75 75 150
CUT Will MacKenzie 76 74 150
CUT Steve Schneiter (CP) 72 78 150
CUT Thongchai Jaidee 71 79 150
CUT Thomas Bjorn 75 75 150
CUT Shaun Micheel 72 79 151
CUT Michael Block (CP) 77 74 151
CUT K.J. Choi 72 79 151
CUT John Huh 78 73 151
CUT Jason Kokrak 78 73 151
CUT Brian Norman (CP) 78 74 152
CUT Rich Beem 74 79 153
CUT Rob Corcoran (CP) 76 77 153
CUT Matteo Manassero 80 77 157
CUT Jim McGovern (CP) 83 74 157
CUT Mark Brooks 78 79 157
CUT David McNabb (CP) 77 80 157
CUT Dave Tentis (CP) 79 79 158
CUT David Hronek (CP) 81 77 158
CUT Jerry Smith (CP) 80 78 158
CUT Frank Esposito (CP) 83 78 161
CUT Aaron Krueger (CP) 84 77 161
CUT Dustin Volk (CP) 81 82 163
CUT Matt Pesta (CP) 79 89 168
WD Ben Crane
WD Kiradech Aphibarnrat
WD Boo Weekley
WD Angel Cabrera
WD Jason Dufner

2014 PGA Championship TV Coverage – Bonus Channels for DirecTV Subscribers

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, August 7th, 2014
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DVR Alert!

Below is the PGA Championship TV schedule, along with information about bonus coverage and channels for DirecTV subscribers. For 24/7 coverage of Tiger Woods’s parking spot tune into Golf Channel.

2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Television Schedule

Thu,Aug 07 TNT 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
Fri,Aug 08 TNT 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
Sat,Aug 09 TNT 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET
Sat,Aug 09 CBS 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
Sun,Aug 10 TNT 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET
Sun,Aug 10 CBS 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

Press Release From DirecTV

DIRECTV’s bonus coverage of major golf events concludes this year with the PGA Championship Experience, featuring professional golf’s last major, unfolding at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 7-10.

Teaming up with TNT and CBS, DIRECTV will offer golf action on its exclusive four-screen Mix Channel, and alongside, access to an interactive menu of apps for an instant view of player stats, bios, scorecards and tee times.

The PGA Championship Experience Mix Channel (701) includes: the main TNT/CBS broadcast (702); Featured Group One (703); Featured Group Two (704) and Featured Hole(705). Any four channels on the Mix can be tuned to full-screen. The live coverage schedule is: 1 p.m. to 7p.m. EDT Thursday and Friday on TNT; On Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT on TNT and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on CBS; and on Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT on TNT, and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT on CBS.

Viewers who want more in-depth information on players and pairings can select the red button on their remote to bring up the following list of interactive features alongside the broadcast video: Player Scorecard offers key bioinfo, player headshots, scores and stats; Player Bio provides player biographies and their scorecards, and fans can add a player to their favorites list; Pairings and Tee Times displays all groups and tee times for the current round.

DIRECTV’s Mix Channel, interactive coverage includes all four of professional golf’s major tournaments along with select PGA tournaments this year. For more information visit: http://www.directv.com/sports/golf


My 2014 PGA Championship Tiger Woods Themed Apparel Script

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
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Every major championship I wait for all the golf blogs and golf media to regurgitate the latest golf “apparel scripting” which is bulk emailed to them by golf PR firms and golf apparel companies.  Such a win/win for all involved.  The bloggers/writers don’t have to spend time actually writing content, and the PR gets their message out!  And it is such valuable information!

I wasn’t going to get up a 2 a.m. and watch the Open Championship, but as soon as I saw Jonas Blixt’s scripting I couldn’t sleep.  I HAD to watch it. Then after the first round, I went to the golf store and bought every piece of Blixt’s scripting for all four rounds.  Unfortunately he missed the cut.  So sad for those dead Saturday and Sunday scripts.  I threw the two weekend outfits in the trash.  I never even got to wear them.

2014PGAApparelScript

In the spirit of “glory’s last shot” in the 2014 PGA Championship, I’ve spent a ton of time and effort crafting my own apparel script (above).  This script takes on the Tiger Woods daily theme for the week.

Are you interpreting that I think Tiger will miss the cut this week?  I sure hope not.  The whole golf industry is dependent on Tiger and it costs jobs and billions of dollars in the economy when Tiger misses the cut.  We need him.  In fact, if he misses the cut I think I’ll cancel my weekend tee times.

Let me know your thoughts…


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