And there was much rejoicing! No George Lopez!
I was just reading one of my regular blog stops over at Geoff Shackelford’s blog. I found out that George Lopez was no longer going to be the celebrity host for the Bob Hope Desert Classic. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to actually be able to watch that tournament now! To say I’m not a George Lopez fan is as big an understatement as saying Tiger Woods is an average golfer.
Every year I’d turn on the broadcast and practically injure myself diving for the remote to change channels when Lopez would come on with his not-funny shtick.
No Michelle Wie at the Sony!
I was setting my fantasy team for this week’s Sony in Hawaii and realized that Michelle Wie wasn’t in the field. This is good. I hope this means Wie is concentrating on her LPGA season, rather than making a fool of herself.
Why not make it three?
I’m glad enough to see these omissions, but why don’t we make it a complete set? Let us go ahead a give Kenny G the boot now. He can take his kazoo and his long hair and, oh, maybe play for mountain bikers or something.
The global financial crisis has hurt many industries who sponsor PGA Tour events. That combined with the fact that the Tour’s contract with Kapalua ends next year, opens up a possibility that the season opening tournament will move to a new location.
“We have one more year on the contract with Kapalua and we are looking at some options in terms of what is the best future for this tournament.”
Personally I’ve grown to love having the Tour open in Kapalua. It has become a small tradition and I look forward to the positive golf vibe I get in early January. I love seeing the 400+ yard drives due to the winds and hills of the course. I especially love seeing all the green grass of the course while I’m bundled up freezing to death in several feet of snow here at home.
I hope the tourney stays in Kapalua, but if it doesn’t I hope they’re able to find a decent replacement.
Geoff Ogilvy is the first confirmed contestant in the 2010 Mercedes Championship, where only winners from the previous year can play.
Ogilvy ran away from the field with a score of -24. Mighty low.
I didn’t get a chance to watch much of the Mercedes, but I did catch some of the HD broadcast. HD golf is the ticket, if you can’t be there in person.
Vijay Singh has been a Titleist ball player for a looooong time. That has now changed with Cleveland/Srixon’s announcement that Singh will be playing the new Srixon Z-STAR golf ball.
Z-STAR golf ball review coming soon
The new Srixon Z-STAR may be good enough for Vijay Sing, Jim Furyk, Henrick Stenson and Tim Clark. But is it good enough for the hacker “Mediagru” from HOG? We’ll soon see as I’ll be putting some in play soon.
Singh to get knee surgery
More news for Vijay. He’ll be playing the Mercedes this week in Hawaii and then going under the knife. He’ll be down for roughly five weeks following repair on a torn meniscus.
Once you’ve watched a few things in HD, it is really hard to go back and watch the blurry, grainy and dark images of standard TV. Watching The Masters last year in HD was awesome. Even the sound of the drives and putts is so much better.
Now The Golf Channel (or Tiger Golf Channel as some call it) is broadcasting in HD. This is a very good thing. I can’t wait to see some of the great courses the PGA TOUR plays in HD.
GOLF CHANNEL HD and its standard definition channel will simulcast more than 100 tournaments in 2009 featuring many of the world’s best players like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Lorena Ochoa. These players, among other stars, will appear in GOLF CHANNEL’s HD coverage of full-round PGA TOUR events plus all early round and weekend lead-in action from spectacular venues, such as the TPC at Sawgrass and Pebble Beach Golf Links. HD coverage also will include some of the biggest events in golf like the McDonald’s LPGA Championship, as well as The Presidents Cup and Solheim Cup – two continental clashes that have become major events on the golf landscape. And viewers will travel around the world with a generous slate of European PGA Tour events in HD.