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Q-School Final Stage TV Times

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Categories: Champions TourPGA TourPro GolfWeb.com Tour

It is time for the most pressure packed tournament of the year, and I’m not talking about the U.S. Open.  The final stage of PGA Tour Q-School starts today at PGA West (Nicklaus Tournament & Stadium).

Who will make the PGA Tour for 2012 and who will have to find another gig?  Players like David Duval, Lee Janzen and Boo Weekly no longer have their cards and need to qualify for next year.  Can they beat the young guns, or the old guns like Tommy Armour III?

Should be some fun golf to watch for you diehards.

Q-School TV Schedule

Sat., Dec. 3: 3-6 p.m. ET – Golf Channel
Sun., Dec. 4: 3-6 p.m. ET – Golf Channel
Mon., Dec. 5: 3:30-7 p.m. ET – Golf Channel


THE 25 – Nationwide Tour Players Graduating To The PGA Tour In 2012

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, October 30th, 2011
Categories: PGA TourPro GolfWeb.com Tour
Pos. Player Age College
1 J.J.
Killeen
30 Texas Christian
2 Ted
Potter, Jr.
28
3 Mathew
Goggin
37
4 Jason
Kokrak
26 Xavier University
5 Jonas
Blixt
27 Florida State University
6 Danny
Lee
21
7 Ken
Duke
42 Henderson State University
8 Scott
Brown
28 University of South Carolina at Aiken
9 Gary
Christian
40 Auburn University
10 Miguel
Carballo
32
11 Troy
Kelly
33 University of Washington
12 Russell
Knox
26 Jacksonville University
13 Erik
Compton
32 University of Georgia
14 John
Mallinger
32 Long Beach State
15 Kyle
Thompson
32 University of South Carolina
16 Kyle
Reifers
28 Wake Forest University
17 Gavin
Coles
43
18 Matt
Every
28 University of Florida
19 Daniel
Chopra
38
20 Steve
Wheatcroft
33 Indiana University
21 Garth
Mulroy
33 North Carolina State University
22 Mark
Anderson
25 University of South Carolina
23 Roberto
Castro
26 Georgia Tech
24 Martin
Flores
29 University of Oklahoma
25 Billy
Hurley
29 U.S. Naval Academy

Rising Star Bud Cauley

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, October 10th, 2011
Categories: PGA TourPro GolfWeb.com Tour

A few weeks ago the Nationwide Tour was here in town to play the Utah Championship, just about a five minute drive from my house.  I snagged a media cred and followed around a local kid who was on Golf Channel’s Big Break, Tony Finau.

Bud Cauley

Bud Cauley - click to zoom

In Finau’s group was a very young player (pictured above) who was very small in stature but caught my eye, Bud Cauley.  I hadn’t seen him before.  After watching him play for a few holes I was intrigued.  After watching the power he had teeing off on the par-5 12th hole, I was amazed.  This kid who makes me look tall and is about 40 pounds lighter, could crush it.  I followed Bud for a few holes and snapped some pics with my big lens on my Nikon.  Glad I caught this rising star on digital film.

Cauley would finish the Utah Championship T4.

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The PGA Championship was exciting, despite the 68 hole wait and the endless low testosterone ads

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 15th, 2011
Categories: European TourPGA ChampionshipPGA TourPro GolfTiger WoodsWeb.com Tour
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2011 PGA ChampionshipFor quite a while fans, media and even tour players were complaining about this year’s PGA Championship.  The complaints were about the course, the endless low testosterone ads (read below) and the leader board’s lack of star power.  It took a while, but the PGA Championship FINALLY had the feel and excitement of a major championship on the back nine Sunday, despite the relative unknowns atop the leader board and completely insane number of commercials on the CBS broadcast.

Keegan Bradley 2011 PGA Championship

2011 PGA Champion Keegan Bradley

Keegan Bradley

I’ve been a Keegan Bradley fan ever since I followed him around at the HP Byron Nelson Championship a few months ago for his first win.  That win was in a playoff as was his win this week at the PGA Championship.  Being in close proximity to Keegan on the course and in interviews at the Byron, I definitely felt a confident and energetic vibe.  The guy has a very positive energy which you can feel as soon as he walks into the room.

The win this week for Keegan had some very cool aspects to it.  The win was his first major start.  The win was the first major win ever for a player with a long putter.  I haven’t looked, but I’m guessing it is the first major win a player has ever recorded with a triple bogey on the final nine.  If anyone has heard about that stat, let me know.

“I just kept telling myself, don’t let that hole define this whole tournament.” ~Keegan Bradley on his triple bogey in the final nine, 15th hole

What amazed me most was the poise and fearlessness Bradley displayed, especially on the 18th hole during regulation and in the playoff against Jason Dufner.  Those approach shots of roughly 185 and 195 yards will trigger the gag reflex of just about any player who is trying to win his first major.  The shot he hit into the first playoff hole, after Dufner nearly holed his approach for eagle, was a fantastic answer to the challenge laid down by his only remaining opponent.

“It feels unbelievable.  It seems like a dream and I’m afraid I’m going to wake up here in the next five minutes and it’s not going to be real.” ~Keegan Bradley on the PGA Championship win

I’m amazed at how well Bradley played the final brutal holes at Atlanta Athletic Club.  With the playoff he played the final three holes five times and was -1 for that set.  The field averaged well over par for those final three holes.

Rookie of the year is a lock for Bradley.  For that matter, with two wins including a major title, Bradley is definitely a candidate for player of the year on the PGA Tour.

Jason Dufner - 2011 PGA Championship

Jason Dufner

Jason Dufner

I was amazed by Jason Dufner’s performance and really thought he’d win the tournament because he was so calm and in control.  But his swings and putts really started showing his nerves in the final few holes.  Unfortunately he gave up a five shot lead which he held late in the round.  The final tough holes of AAC made the difference.

“Everybody has struggled on them. Unfortunately, I had the lead and I struggled on them. That was the deciding factor, and Keegan made a couple birdies there, and I made a couple bogeys.” ~Jason Dufner on the final three holes

Non Factors

It was truly amazing to hear the confidence Tiger Woods had in interviews at the beginning of the week, only to watch him flame out and finish missing the cut at TEN over par.  Tiger’s game is really a train wreck right now.  Based on the fact that he says he’s 100% healthy, that must mean it is all in Tiger’s head.  What he’s trying to do with his new swing, or other things on his mind are like kryptonite to golf’s former superman.  Will Tiger ever get back that mental edge he once had? Not any time soon it seems.  Listening to and reading comments from Tiger fans and haters is quite entertaining.  Amazing how polarizing Tiger has become with fans.

Phil Mickelson lurked in striking range for the whole tournament, yet never struck.

World #1 Luke Donald was lurking, but found a watery grave on the par-3 15th and made bogey on the 18th.  He finished tied with world #2 Lee Westwood for 8th place.

Many top players didn’t even make the cut, including my pick to win Jason Day. Other big names who watched the PGA from their couches over the weekend surprisingly included Graeme McDowell, Martin Kaymer, Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen and Stewart Cink.

Random Thoughts

TNT produced an awful intro to their coverage which was basically a Tiger Woods love fest.  Gag.

Many fans complained that CBS‘s coverage was too commercial heavy and I completely agree.  In fact, print/web media members calculated a ratio of three commercials per every five golf shots shown.  Some theorize they’re making up for the lack of ads they can show in the Masters.  Within that CBS ad lineup were about a million too many erectile dysfunction or low testosterone ads.  I’m getting really sick of those ads in golf broadcasts.  I guess they’ve done the demographic research and 99% of golf viewers on TV are men who can’t get it up.  I’m happy that I’m in the 1%… for now.  Some fans had a neat drinking game idea.  Take a drink every time CBS aired a commercial.  You’d be drunk faster than at any fraternity party.

Even John Daly chimed in on the ads via twitter:

“some great golf today but I don’t need anymore of these CBS ads every 2 mins–erectile dysfunction & those pesky frequent flyer programs!” ~John Daly

I don’t know when or if Atlanta Athletic Club will get another major, but if it never gets another one that would be fine with me.

It is sad that the last major has come and gone.  The golf season is now far past the half way point.  Yes the FedEx Cup playoffs are coming and that will be somewhat interesting.  Personally, I’ll be counting down the days until April, 2012 and the next Masters.


2011 PGA Championship Final Leader Board

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 15th, 2011
Categories: European TourPGA ChampionshipPGA TourPro GolfTiger WoodsWeb.com Tour
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Final 2011 PGA Championship Leader Board

POS Player
TO PAR
R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Keegan Bradley – Wins in playoff
-8
71
64
69
68
272
2 Jason Dufner
-8
70
65
68
69
272
3 Anders Hansen
-7
68
69
70
66
273
T4 Robert Karlsson
-5
70
71
67
67
275
T4 David Toms
-5
72
71
65
67
275
T4 Scott Verplank
-5
67
69
69
70
275
7 Adam Scott
-4
69
69
70
68
276
T8 Lee Westwood
-3
71
68
70
68
277
T8 Luke Donald
-3
70
71
68
68
277
T10 Kevin Na
-2
72
69
70
67
278
T10 D.A. Points
-2
69
67
71
71
278
T12 Trevor Immelman
-1
69
71
71
68
279
T12 Gary Woodland
-1
70
70
71
68
279
T12 Sergio Garcia
-1
72
69
69
69
279
T12 Bill Haas
-1
68
73
69
69
279
T12 Nick Watney
-1
70
71
68
70
279
T12 Charl Schwartzel
-1
71
71
66
71
279
T12 Steve Stricker
-1
63
74
69
73
279
T19 Brian Davis
E
69
73
69
69
280
T19 Phil Mickelson
E
71
70
69
70
280
T19 Ryan Palmer
E
71
70
69
70
280
T19 Matt Kuchar
E
71
71
68
70
280
T19 Hunter Mahan
E
72
72
66
70
280
T19 John Senden
E
68
68
72
72
280
T19 Brendan Steele
E
69
68
66
77
280
T26 Charles Howell III
+1
72
68
73
68
281
T26 Robert Allenby
+1
72
70
71
68
281
T26 Jerry Kelly
+1
65
73
74
69
281
T26 Bubba Watson
+1
74
68
70
69
281
T26 Mark Wilson
+1
69
71
71
70
281
T26 Scott Piercy
+1
71
68
71
71
281
T26 Brendon de Jonge
+1
68
72
69
72
281
T26 Spencer Levin
+1
71
70
68
72
281
T34 Chris Kirk
+2
72
72
69
69
282
T34 Francesco Molinari
+2
72
71
67
72
282
T34 Alexander Noren
+2
70
72
68
72
282
T37 Matteo Manassero
+3
68
74
71
70
283
T37 Ben Crane
+3
71
72
66
74
283
T39 Johan Edfors
+4
71
70
73
70
284
T39 Harrison Frazar
+4
72
69
72
71
284
T39 Ian Poulter
+4
74
68
70
72
284
T39 K.J. Choi
+4
70
73
69
72
284
T39 Bill Lunde
+4
71
71
69
73
284
T39 Jim Furyk
+4
71
65
73
75
284
T45 Pablo Larrazabal
+5
70
73
76
66
285
T45 Ross Fisher
+5
71
69
76
69
285
T45 Seung-yul Noh
+5
71
70
75
69
285
T45 Andres Romero
+5
72
70
74
69
285
T45 Yuta Ikeda
+5
73
68
72
72
285
T45 Brandt Jobe
+5
68
69
73
75
285
T51 Rickie Fowler
+6
74
69
75
68
286
T51 John Rollins
+6
72
72
70
72
286
T51 Jhonattan Vegas
+6
70
68
74
74
286
T51 Johnson Wagner
+6
71
69
72
74
286
T51 Simon Dyson
+6
68
72
71
75
286
T56 Ryan Moore
+7
75
69
76
67
287
T56 Ricky Barnes
+7
69
75
71
72
287
T56 Bryce Molder
+7
74
69
70
74
287
T59 Michael Bradley
+8
70
74
74
70
288
T59 Zach Johnson
+8
71
72
73
72
288
T59 K.T. Kim
+8
73
71
70
74
288
T62 Robert Garrigus
+10
70
70
74
76
290
T62 Kevin Streelman
+10
73
71
71
75
290
T64 Sean O’Hair
+11
71
73
77
70
291
T64 Peter Hanson
+11
71
71
76
73
291
T64 Padraig Harrington
+11
73
69
75
74
291
T64 Rory McIlroy
+11
70
73
74
74
291
T64 Miguel Angel Jimenez
+11
69
73
72
77
291
T69 Edoardo Molinari
+12
75
69
76
72
292
T69 Y.E. Yang
+12
71
73
74
74
292
T69 Mike Small (Club Pro)
+12
73
71
70
78
292
T72 Paul Casey
+14
72
72
78
72
294
T72 Davis Love III
+14
68
71
76
79
294
T74 Shaun Micheel
+15
66
78
77
74
295
T74 Rory Sabbatini
+15
73
69
73
80
295

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