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Breaking: Tiger Woods to Replace Arnold Palmer in Ceremonial Masters Opening Tee Shot

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, April 1st, 2016
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April 1 2016 – Tiger Woods announced today that he would be replacing Arnold Palmer in the traditional opening tee shot ceremony at the 2016 Masters Tournament. Palmer, 86, has been suffering from a lingering shoulder injury and earlier in March announced that he would not be able to participate in the opening tee shot.

Arnold Palmer Now Driving

Arnold Palmer Teeing Off In The Masters Opening Ceremony

Four-time Masters champion Woods, 40, has been battling injury as well and is recovering from another back surgery.

“I have concluded I’m not at a physical or mental state to compete in the Masters Tournament at this time. By taking part in the opening tee shot ceremony Thursday morning I will be able to participate and contribute to the event. I’m looking forward to seeing if I can out-drive Gary (Player).” ~Tiger Woods

Woods will join six time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus and three time champion Gary Player as part of the modified “Big Three.”

“I look forward to hearing the announcement, ‘fore please, Tiger Woods now driving.’  That said, I don’t plan on permanently relinquishing myself to a ceremonial starter and hope to return and compete for another green jacket in 2017.” ~Tiger Woods

The ceremonial tee shot takes place Thursday morning at 8:00am eastern time on the first tee of Augusta National Golf Club.


Wage Gap Between PGA Tour and LPGA Tours is Not Broken

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, March 21st, 2016
Categories: GolfGolf For WomenLPGA TourPGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryTiger Woods
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I’m probably going to tick a few people off with my following comments but you can’t fix what isn’t broken. I stumbled across a Twitter discussion the other day that got the two of the three brain cells in my cranium activated.  The reason only two cells is because the 3rd is in charge of keeping my heart beating and lungs pumping air, but I digress.  The question:

“How can we golf fix the wage gap between the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour?” 

LPGA star Stacey Lewis in a recent Golf.com piece laments the pay gap:

“It’s pretty frustrating to still see the huge gap in what the guys are paid and we are paid, you know. When really we are doing the same thing and the only difference is the TV numbers and the TV ratings.  That’s really it. We’re probably actually hitting more fairways than the guys and more greens than the guys, you know.  There’s certain parts of the game we actually do better. Um, you know when I play with the guys a lot they’re like ‘do you ever miss a fairway?’  That’s usually what they say to me so, I mean, our games are pretty comparable so it’s just the exposure.”

My first reaction to the stats argument is that I know a guy who golfs every day and is 80 years old.  He’s practically deaf and can barely see.  I’ve NEVER seen this guy miss a fairway.  He hits his driver about 100 yards and dead straight every time.  He should be making $10 million a year!   Think back to when Tiger Woods was dominating professional golf.  His driving accuracy was terrible, barring a few stretches where it was just mediocre.  But he could hit recovery shots nobody else could.  He made the putts when he had to at the most dramatic times.  It was golf entertainment at a level which had probably never been higher and may never be again.

How does TaylorMade market their drivers?  The number one thing they’ll hit potential buyers with is distance.  Sure they’ll mention accuracy as a side note but really, the buyer doesn’t seem to care that much.  It’s about distance, power…  It’s not about fairways hit or who hits the most greens in regulation.  Otherwise Fred Funk would have been Tiger Woods.  From a fan standpoint it’s about entertainment.  All due respect to Fred Funk, I’d rather watch Tiger or Rory McIlory, Jason Day.  That said, when Fred Funk won THE PLAYERS (always spell that in ALL CAPS. It’s what they do), his funky chicken dance was very entertaining.

Lewis says that if the women simply got more exposure they would become as popular as the men.  Uh, no.  I rarely watch professional golf anymore, but if I do, I want to watch the best, most exciting golfers on the planet. Those golfers are Rory McIlory, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth… You get it.  Sure the LPGA players are talented and such, I’m not arguing that point.

When it boils down to nuts and bolts the LPGA Tour and PGA Tour are forms of entertainment, just like the NBA.  The salaries of professional golfers are paid by the fans who either support the advertisers for events, or support the players’ sponsors.  The players who draw the most attention naturally are the ones who can draw the biggest paychecks in the form of prize money and endorsements, like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlory, and so on.   The men are obviously more entertaining to the general public than the women are, and therefore draw more revenue.  The general public doesn’t care about fairway percentage or greens in regulation or the LPGA Tour would have surpassed the PGA Tour in viewership long ago.

Pro golf is not an industry like my day job doing web development.  If I have a set of specific web development skills which are the same as a female web developer then it is certainly unfair that on average she would make 78 cents compared to every dollar I make. That is completely unfair and not right.  But pro golf isn’t web development.  It’s not managing a Subway.  It’s not asset management or working at a bank or doing sales or flying an airplane.  It’s an entertainment industry.  In such an industry the money is driven by viewers.

Arguing for gender equity in professional golf is an argument that will never win.  If the LPGA was truly as entertaining as the PGA Tour, it would have already established itself as an equal in viewership and sponsor dollars.  It’s not and it never will be.


According to Golf Digest Steve Williams Learned of Tiger Woods Sex Scandal in New Book

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, November 8th, 2015
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The days of proofreading, editors, grammar, and common sense in the golf media world are long gone…

Steve Williams Tiger Woods Book

So Steve Williams learned of Tiger Woods se scandal in a new book?  It’s amazing it took him until 2015 to learn about the 2008 scandal, being so close to Tiger and all.  Nice job Digest.

On a side note, I’m not interested in Steve Williams or anything he has to say.


I’d Rather Play Golf Than Watch It

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 28th, 2015
Categories: (British) Open ChampionshipFedEx CupGolfHackersJordan SpiethMiscellaneousPro GolfRory McIloryThe MastersTiger Woods
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Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth

Anything interesting happen in professional golf over the last few weeks?  Actually, I wouldn’t know much other than Jordan Spieth set the record for most prize money ever, at somewhere around $22 million.  He won the FedEx Cup Reset Cup.  When I saw him play as an amateur at the age of 16 (picture) I was sure he was amazing, but had no idea anyone could rake in that kind of dough in prize money in one year.

Yes, a great year.  Player of the year for sure.  I have/had no interest in the Reset Cup.

Recently Comcast, or as I like to call them “Crapcast,” doubled my TV bill.  That was the deciding factor in my cutting the cable and going to NO TV.  None.  No golf. Nothing.  It has been quite nice.

Though I’ve attended and covered many professional “tour” events, I find it quite uninteresting to watch other people play golf, as good as they may be.  I’ve watched many greats up close and personal including Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Jordan Spieth, Fred Couples, Rory McIlroy, Chi Chi Rodriguez, John Duval (I know what I’m typing), Lee Trevino…. dozens of others.

The pros are great but after I watch them hit a few shots in person I realize one thing:

I’d rather play golf than watch other people play it.

There are some occasions where that’s not the case.  The Masters?  I’d rather watch it.  British Open?  Watch it.  U.S. Open?  Maybe.  PGA Championship?  Meh.  Presidents Cup?  Not interested.  Ryder Cup?  Okay, I watch that…

Where am I going with this drivel?  This is a blog.  I don’t have to go anywhere.  As much as I’ve struggled this year with my game and my attitude, I’ve not watched much golf nor played as much.  My last round, one of those nuggets the golf gods throw struggling golfers, might keep me in the game for a bit.  Even par.  Kind of like making a blackjack on the last hand in Vegas, that round will get me coming back, but golf hasn’t fooled me this time.


This Week On Tour

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
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Wyndham Championsip
Dates: Aug. 20-23
Venue: Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Final opportunity to qualify for FedExCup Playoffs: This is the 43rd and final regular season event on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR schedule, and the final opportunity for players to move inside the top-125 in the FedExCup standings to qualify for the Playoffs. Those 125 players at week’s end will earn PGA TOUR cards for the 2015-16 season, and qualify for the first of four playoff events at The Barclays next week in New Jersey. Players finishing at 126-200 in the FedExCup standings will be eligible for the Web.com Tour Finals, a four tournament series beginning Sept. 10.

Villegas defends: Camilo Villegas finished one shot ahead of Bill Haas and Fredrik Jacobson for his fourth career PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace, Martin Kaymer, Billy Horschel, Paul Casey, Ernie Els, Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas.

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Canadian Pacific Women’s Open
Dates: Aug. 20-23
Venue: The Vancouver Golf Club, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 6-9 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Friday replay)
Friday 6-9 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-6 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 7-10 p.m. (Live) / 4-6:30 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 7-10 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Elite field: Nine of the top-10 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings are in the field, including the top-3 in Inbee Park, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis. 17-year-old Canadian Brooke Henderson also will tee it up this week in her home country, coming off a win at the Cambia Portland Classic last week as a Monday qualifier.

Inskter joining the booth on Friday with U.S. Solheim Cup selections looming: The U.S. Solheim Cup team will be finalized following the conclusion of play on Sunday, with the top-eight on the LPGA points list and the top-two Americans in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings not already qualified receiving automatic spots on the roster. U.S. Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster will join Golf Channel’s booth during Friday’s second round coverage to discuss her potential options for choosing her captain’s picks. The European team – which already has four automatic qualifiers from the Ladies European Tour points list – will round out its roster on Tuesday, Aug. 25, with the top-four LET members in the world rankings and four captain’s picks.

Ryu defends: So Yeon Ryu won by two strokes over Na Yeon Choi for her third career LPGA Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis, Brooke Henderson, Hyo Joo Kim, So Yeon Ryu, Suzann Pettersen, Shanshan Feng, Lexi Thompson, Anna Nordqvist and Amy Yang.

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Boeing Classic
Dates: Aug. 21-23
Venue: TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday 9-11 p.m. (Tape delay) / 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Saturday 5-7 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 5-7 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Dunlap defends: Scott Dunlap defeated Mark Brooks with a birdie on the first playoff hole for his inaugural Champions Tour win.
Headlining the field: Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Jeff Maggert, Marco Dawson, Kevin Sutherland, Joe Durant, Lee Janzen, Esteban Toledo, Woody Austin and Billy Andrade.

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Made in Denmark
Dates: Aug. 20-23
Venue: Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort (PGA Backtee Course), Aalborg, Denmark

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 5:30-7:30 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday 5:30-7:30 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 7-11 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 6:30-11 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Warren defends: Marc Warren finished two shots ahead of Bradley Dredge to earn his third career European Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, Marc Warren, Thorbjorn Olesen, David Lipsky, David Horsey, Daniel Brooks, Edoardo Molinari, Nicloas Colsaerts and Peter Uihlein.


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