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HOG Eye View of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament – Part Deuce

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
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This is part two in a series of what I hope to be very interesting photos of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.  I’m hoping to show some less common angles, viewpoints, and interesting things in an effort to show a different perspective…because that’s how I roll.

Below is an information board. These are found in a few locations around the course.  Patrons can see where their favorite players are to plan their viewing enjoyment.

Masters beer is fairly cheap, though it did go up $1.00 this year.  Here’s a shot of one of the refreshment stands from behind, showing the spent beer kegs at the end of a practice round.

I presume these two gentlemen are checking the moisture level of one of the greens below.

There are a few parallel fairways at Augusta National.  Honestly I can’t remember which these are, but you can see at least three below:

The new practice range at Augusta National is very nice, of course. It has quite a bit of seating.

Below is a massive open area as seen from the edge of the 18th green, looking toward the 7th green way off in the distance.

Below is a cool look at the par-5 2nd green as it is approached by the players.  This photo is not far from where Louis Oosthuizen made the double eagle.

Below is a look at the front part of the par-4 10th green.  The picture does not do the vertical aspects of this hole justice.  The place where I’m standing is quite a bit higher than the putting surface, and the area short of the green is much lower, going back up a big hill to the tee.

Speaking of elevation changes, look at the drop from the fairway on the par-5 2nd below.  It drops hard to the right, and down to the green.

Check out the HOG EYE VIEW OF AUGUSTA – PART UNO

 


Making Sense of Masters Apparel Scripts

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, April 6th, 2015
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This is without a doubt one of the best weeks of the year in golf.  Yes it is apparel script season.  You see, the golf PR and golf apparel companies have really gone to great lengths to promote their products, and “apparel scripts” are getting more and more elaborate.  While I appreciate fine apparel, I don’t find myself having to have a certain pair of shoes because x-PGA Tour player wears them.  Same with the WITB (what’s in the bag) posts.  These apparel scripts have really flooded the golf media sphere.  The PR agencies send them out and all the sites post them for what I figure are two reasons: 1. They want to continue to get swag and fear if they don’t post, the swag boat will sail.  2. They don’t have to actually create content.  It’s all done for them.

I’ve made it a policy not to post apparel scripts.  When I started this site over 10 years ago I vowed to try and be as original as possible, and not post the same content everyone else does.

Today I’m making an exception though.  I feel I can add some value to these scripts, and a viewpoint (hopefully very twisted) not found elsewhere.  So let’s get to it.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlory

How about that video above? These people are serious about their apparel scripts.  Below are Tiger’s and Rory’s scripts (click to enlarge):

TigerMastersApparelScriptrorymcilorymastersapparelscript

What stands out to me most about the above scripts are that somehow Tiger and Rory will both be golfing in shirts which are missing the right sleeve.  Heaven forbid there being any inclement weather as Rory’s outerwear layer is only the right half of his body.  No left torso or left arm.  Neither of these scripts has socks, which could be tough on those Augusta hills.  Neither has underwear.  That’s an issue.

Rickie Fowler Masters Apparel Script

Below is Rickie Fowler’s Masters apparel script from Puma (click to enlarge).

apparel script

Fowler’s Masters apparel script has no socks or underwear

I guess the “missing right arm” thing is big this year because like Tiger and Rory, Rickie’s script (above) has no right arms at all. Also, no socks or underwear. I suggest some anti-chafe cream.

Jason Day Masters Scripting

Jason Day (my pick once again to win and lost money last year in Vegas) has probably the best apparel script, from adidas.

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As far as I can tell Jason is not missing anything obvious.  Strangely, all of his shirts do come with the right arm intact.  Can’t see if he has socks or underwear on, but I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Louis Oosthuizen Apparel Script

I really like Louis Oosthuizen. He seems to always bring some serious game to Augusta. But he might have some problems this week because of issues with his apparel scripting.

Louis-ousthuisen

While his outfits all do include right arms, I think Louis is going to be at a big disadvantage with no shoes, underwear, or socks.  I don’t see a hat either.  He might get sunstroke without a hat, if he hasn’t had to withdraw due to sore bare feet.

Tony Korologos Scripting

Last year I broke the mold on apparel scripting for the Masters, doing my own Paulina Gretzky poses:

2014 Masters Apparel Script - Golf PR Companies Take Note

2014 Masters Apparel Script – Golf PR Companies Take Note

I’m not sure I can top last year’s script, but I’m going to give it a shot. Stay tuned.


Masters Week Begins

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, April 6th, 2015
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Good morning.  Its’ Masters week.  Starting out with some coffee from one of my several Masters mugs!

Masters Augusta

Augusta National 16th Hole – © Photo by Tony Korologos

 

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Dollars For Strokes – Tiger Woods’s 2014 Earnings Compared to Those of an Elementary School Teacher

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, February 13th, 2015
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Tiger Woods

Yeah, I’m bored.  No, I’m not looking at “hot wives and girlfriends” of PGA Tour players for entertainment.  I’m certainly NOT watching the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. I find it better for my golf health and sanity to NOT watch Chris Berman’s golf swing or listen to the horrid kazoo music that is Kenny G.

I thought I’d analyze the year Tiger Woods had in 2014. According to Forbes Tiger pulled in roughly $61 million in 2014. That figure includes tournament winnings and endorsements. 2014 was less than half of what Tiger had made in his top earning years.  It is interesting to look at these numbers in a few different ways.

Dollars Per Shot – Tiger Woods 2014

Tiger hit a total of 1522 shots in tournament play in 2014. Dollars made per golf shot: $40,078.84.

If I made that much money per golf shot, I’d make $2.92 million in ONE ROUND of golf at my average score.

Tiger played 378 holes of golf in 2014. Dollars made per golf hole: $161,375.66.

Tiger played 21 official rounds of golf on Tour in 2014. Dollars made per round: $2,904,761.90.

Tiger played in seven, yes seven, events in 2014. Money per event: $8,714,285.71.

Tiger’s best finish in 2014: Tied 25th at the WGC Cadillac, a no-cut event with a limited field.

Tiger Woods Compared to an Elementary School Teacher

For contrast, I’m looking at Tiger’s earnings in 2014 as compared to an elementary school teacher. This teacher is SO important the development of our kids and the future of our country. The average elementary school teacher in the USA makes about $41,000.00 per year. These statements are crazy…

It would take an average american elementary school teacher one year of work to earn roughly the same money Tiger Woods made in ONE golf shot in 2014.

It would take an average american elementary school teacher four years to earn what Tiger Woods made in one golf hole for 2014.

It would take an average american elementary school teacher 70 years to earn what Tiger Woods earned per golf round in 2014.

It would take an average american elementary school teacher 212 years to earn what Tiger Woods earned per golf tournament in 2014.

It would take an average american elementary school teacher 1,487.8 years (let’s just call it 1488) to earn what Tiger Woods earned in 2014.


Tiger Woods Pulls Out Citing Glute Activation Dysfunction

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, February 6th, 2015
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Has Tiger lost his bite?

Has Tiger lost his bite?

I’ve suffered from severe back pain for most of my adult life.  In my case a nerve pinches in my lower spine, then it is a week of stabbing pain which brings me to my knees.  Hurts so bad I can’t even tie my own shoes.  Back pain is no joke and I feel for Tiger Woods, who withdrew yesterday at Torrey Pines due to back pain related to his glutes not “activating.”  That WD followed his worst score as a professional golfer last week, an 11-over 82 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.  Here’s his explanation:

It’s just my glutes are shutting off. Then they don’t activate and then, hence, it goes into my lower back. So, I tried to activate my glutes as best I could, in between, but it just they never stayed activated. ~Tiger Woods

This is a strange comment and has already been the “butt” of many jokes.  I find it hard to resist the “glutile dysfunction” jokes myself.  My wife is about ready to kill me.

The back problems come after Woods’s supposed successful surgery to fix his back last year.  Remember he sat out at the Masters following the surgery?

The last 12 months have been horrid for Tiger:

  • Best finish: T25 at the WGC Cadillac, a limited field, no-cut event
  • T80 2014 Farmers (Torrey Pines)
  • T69 2014 Open Championship
  • Three withdrawals
  • Three missed cuts

Former world #1 Tiger has dropped to 56th, and he will continue to drop without a doubt.  His eligibility for some events now becomes a question.  He’s a lifer at Augusta so that’s no worry, but other events like World Golf Championships take the top 50.

Puzzling

I’m quite puzzled by Tiger the last couple of years.  In every interview he tells the press and the fans that he feels great.  He’s 100%.  At the Waste Management Phoenix Open he told the press he was as healthy as he has been in years.  Before Torrey he said he was hitting the ball as good as he was back in 2000, at the peak of his career.  That period of time was possibly the best ball striking of any golfer, ever…in history… Ben Hogan included.

At the same Time he says he’s hitting it as good as ever, he can’t hit a fairway and his chipping is worse than mine.  So what’s the deal?  Is he what he calls a “Ranger Rick” now?  Ranger Rick is the guy who kills it on the range but can’t bring that game to the course.  Or is he trying to use the mind-over-matter theory to convince himself that he’s hitting it good?  If that’s the case, the matter is not listening to the mind.

Perhaps his mind is still what it was, but his body doesn’t, or can’t listen anymore.  In the early 2000’s he could will the ball into the hole.  He could will his young body to do anything.  But his body isn’t young anymore.  He’s 39 his body isn’t.  As USA Today’s Steve DiMeglio said:

“His birth certificate reveals he’s 39, but his body language makes it look like it’s going on 60.”

Analysis Paralysis

Another thing I find very puzzling is Tiger’s comments in just about every post-round interview when he’s struggling.  Between his finishing hole and his courtesy car he’s already told the press what his issue is and how he’s going to fix it.  If he knew it, why didn’t he fix it before?  The issues and solutions are always these bizarre and overly-technical and overly-analytical things.  Case in point yesterday with the glute activation comment.  So is Tiger saying that he’s already got a solution?  Just activate the glutes?

I really think it might be a case of analysis paralysis.  Once again he’s trying to be in complete control, and use his mind to overcome whatever issues.  It also may be a byproduct of having too many cooks in the kitchen from trainers to coaches to massage therapists to nutritionists to witch doctors, all producing a bunch of technical mumbo-jumbo, so they can get paid.  Jack Nicklaus didn’t have any of that.  He just played golf.   I would have much rather heard this in the post round interview:

Press: Tiger what happened out there?

Tiger: My back went out.

End of story.

The Press

Oh boy the pundits were buzzing last week with all the expert solutions to Tiger’s chip-yips.  They are already spouting their expert analysis and solutions for Tiger and his back.  It makes me want to disconnect entirely from golf media.  If Tiger would just listen to them he’d be winning majors again!  The press are like abused dogs that keep coming back to their abuser.

Then there’s this guy who gets kicked off of Tiger’s withdraw cart, then chases it. If I ever become that guy, kill me.


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