The European Ryder Cup team captain for 2014 has been announced. The next victorious Ryder Cup captain will be Irishman Paul McGinley.
Welcome to part two of my three golf blog series covering the highlights of the HOG golf world in 2012. Some Tour events, some HOG World Tour events, some gear and course reviews… Part two takes us from May through August 2012. For part one, visit this link.
Each short comment will likely contain a link to the detailed post, or you can click the heading of each month to see that month’s archive.
Ugliest driver in the world? I think so.
May 2012 – 49 Posts
Two fellow golf bloggers released books this year: Golf Blogger and Armchair Golf Blog. Check ’em out.
Luke Donald once again moved to #1 in the world golf rankings. That wouldn’t last long…
Passing motorcyclist’s teeth knocked out by errant golf ball. Ouch.
The HOG World Tour made a stop at my favorite golf course in the world, Black Mesa in New Mexico. Brilliant! The best!
HOG World Tour also did a stop at Taos Country Club.
I played 112 consecutive holes with one Callaway Hex Black golf ball. The people at Callaway thought that feat was so cool they sent me a whole box of them, or the equivalent of 1,344 holes.
Rory McIlory claimed the #1 spot in the world golf rankings, again.
On May 1st, 2012, I posted my 4,000th golf blog post.
Caroline Wozniacki Underwear – click to zoom
June 2012 – 38 Posts
On June 29th I gave away a new Ping Scottsdale putter when the Hooked On Golf Blog Facebook page reached 1,000 fans.
On June 27th the Nationwide Tour became the Web.com Tour.
Webb Simpson won the U.S. Open, but the TV media missed all but about one shot of his final round. DOH!
I reviewed the very easy to hit Nike VR_S Driver. My fairway percentage with this driver was over 80%!
Rory McIlory’s girlfriend and pro tennis player Caroline Wozniacki released her own underwear line. Great excuse to post, and drool over pictures of Caroline Wozniacki in her undies.
July 2012 – 37 Posts
I undertook a massive migration from my old dedicated server to a new and much higher performance one. Unfortunately the image gallery engine for the web site instantly became obsolete. There are still a lot of bad image links here as a result and I clean up a few every week. PITA.
My vote for best golf shoes of 2012 goes to the Ecoo BIOM. SO comfortable.
Ernie Els won the British Open, but it was Adam Scott who got more air time as he melted down and gave away a four shot lead in the final round.
I visited Tuhaye Golf Club for a golf photo safari. Only got photos. Didn’t get to play it.
The HOG World Tour drove five minutes to cover the Web.com Tour’s Utah Championship.
I also visited Rees Jones designed Victory Ranch Club. Do yourself a favor and look at the photos. Amazing.
Suzanne Pettersen, blonde Scandinavian golf babe, posed nude for ESPN’s Bodies magazine. That didn’t suck.
The 87th USGA Public Links Championship was contested here in Utah at Soldier Hollow Golf Course. I attended the whole thing and shot a million photos.
I swear this guy stuffed his performance pouch…
August 2012 – 41 Posts
August I traveled to the golf mecca of Gaylord, Michigan. I played a lot of fantastic courses there, including Treetops’ “Three Tops” par-3 track. Awesome course.
Other courses I visited and/or reviewed on the Michigan trip include Otsego Club, Black Lake Golf Club, Black Forest Golf Club, Treetops Fazio Course.
One other great event was the in-person meeting of possibly the two biggest golf blogs in the world, Hooked On Golf Blog and Golf Blogger. John Retzer (Golf Blogger) and I teed it up for a round at Black Lake Golf Club. Fantastic.
My dad appeared on PGA.com’s Free Lesson Friday. Very cool.
Rory McIlory won the PGA Championship by EIGHT shots. Amazing performance.
I reviewed a shirt charged with negative ions which is supposed to help your golf game.
I reviewed “performance underwear.” Did the performance package stay in the performance pouch?
Chambers Bay – Click for more…
September 2012 – 37 Posts
The USA Ryder Cup team blew a 10-6 lead in what I term the “Meltdown at Medinah.”
I posted my review of the fantastic Salish Cliffs Golf Club in Shelton, Washington. Loved this track.
Brandt Snedeker won the Tour Championship and the $10 million in cash. Got a few spare bucks I can borrow?
I reviewed Polara golf balls. These balls are illegal and are self-correcting.
Posted five reviews from the Michigan golf trip: Otsego Club & Resort, Otsego Tribute Course, Treetops Resort, Treetops Signature Course by Rick Smith, Black Forest Golf Course by Tom Doak, Treetops Fazio Premier course by Tom Fazio.
The HOG World Tour visited Seattle, Washington.
HOG World Tour visited Chambers Bay, home of the 2015 U.S. Open.
As predicted this week, Tom Watson, the last American team captain to win on foreign soil, is officially the captain of the 2014 USA Ryder Cup team.
“I’ve been waiting 20 years to get the call. This time we need 14.5 points.” ~Tom Watson
Tom Watson – Photo © by Tony Korologos
What are your thoughts now that this amazing 2012 Ryder Cup has come to a close? Comment below. I’ve been staring at my computer screen for nearly three hours, trying to jump start my brain into sharing my thoughts. After starting on my 3rd cup of coffee, I’m ready.
Depending on your affiliation, this is either a historic comeback or a massive choke job. For Europe I’d call it as many have, “Miracle at Medinah.” For the USA I’d call it, “Meltdown at Medinah.”
What an amazing comeback for Europe. Being a BIG Seve Ballesteros fan, I can’t help but think he was there. I picked Europe to win the Ryder Cup, figuring they’d be inspired by Seve. I anticipated that Europe would win the foursomes and fourballs, and hang on for the victory through the singles, which the USA typically dominate. It was the exact opposite.
European players celebrate victory by dumping Moet & Chandon champagne on each other. Shame they didn’t drink it! Click to see more…
Ian Poulter was a captain’s pick. You have to give Europe’s captain Jose Maria Olazabal a thumbs up for this one. Poulter was no doubt the MVP, with 4 wins and NO losses. The wins weren’t all he provided though, as he seemed to be the one to spark the team with the win to put Europe within striking distance after Saturday at 10-6. The performance Poulter put on Saturday afternoon was unreal. He was possessed, making five consecutive birdies to finish. I’m not sure I’ve seen a more clutch match play competitor. Like him or not, Poulter was no doubt the MVP for Europe.
Rory McIlory did not dominate as much as I thought he would, but he does score MVP points for coming in 2nd in total points along with Justin Rose at 3 points. McIlory and Rose are the two European players who played in all five matches. I agree with Olazabal playing Rory in all five matches. How can you not play him?
On the American side it was very refreshing to see the new blood perform so well. Despite the loss in the Sunday singles to world #1 Rory McIlory, Keegan Bradley gets my nod for USA MVP. He truly fired up the team and especially Phil Mickelson. Those two as a pair were 3-0. Phil’s only point loss was in singles, to Justin Rose. And on that loss, I have to admit it felt awkward to see Phil giving Rose thumbs up every time Rose beat him on a hole. It was good sportsmanship, but it looked odd. Jason Dufner comes in 2nd in points and 2nd in my opinion for MVP. Out of four matches, he scored 3 points; only one loss. Zach Johnson was clutch as well, also 3 points in 4 matches.
I’ve been a fan of Steve Stricker forever. I’d really love to see him win a major championship. Unfortunately for this Ryder Cup, Stricker comes in as the not-so-MVP. Of four matches, he scored no points, losing the deciding match to Martin Kaymer, who was not playing terribly well coming into the Cup. You never know, but at his age I wonder if this was his last Ryder Cup. Given Stricker’s record this Ryder Cup, one can definitely call into question Captain Davis Love’s decision to make Stricker a captain’s pick. More on the captain’s picks below.
Tiger Woods’ record in the Ryder Cup is not good, unless you were only to count his singles matches. He started off very poorly, driving the ball all over the place and actually knocking out two spectators with errant shots during the week. He did reel it in and started playing better in the 3rd match, but he and Stricker failed to record any wins in their three two-man matches. As anchor of the team, Tiger’s singles match became irrelevant when Kaymer beat Stricker. Tiger ended up scoring the only halved point of the entire Cup with a tie in his singles match, thus recording a winless appearance in 2012. Tiger only scored .5 points in four matches, just a little better than Stricker’s zero points. What is it with Tiger in the Ryder Cup? That’s been a discussion for many years.
Another disappointing American appearance was captain’s pick Jim Furyk. In three matches Furyk scored one point. Rubbing salt in the would was his final hole, 3-putt loss to Sergio Garcia in the singles matches Sunday. Rough year for Furyk, who said this year’s Ryder Cup was the low point of his year.
Davis Love III
How much credit for the loss do you attribute to team captain Davis Love III? He wasn’t the hitting the shots. He didn’t make Furyk 3-putt the final hole in his singles match. Also, the USA team had built up a nearly insurmountable lead of 10-6 after two days.
Captain’s picks performance will certainly be a source of criticism for DLIII. Lets look at the captain’s picks and their matches-points: Furyk played in three matches and scored one point. Brandt Snedeker played in three matches and scored one point. Steve Stricker played in four matches and score zero points. The only bright spot was the 4th captain’s pick Dustin Johnson. The bomber was the only player on either team without a loss other than Ian Poulter. Johnson won three out of three matches. A tally of the matches versus points scored from the captain’s picks is not stellar. Total matches: 13 – Total points/wins: 5.
This Ryder Cup will no doubt go down in history as one of the greatest. It will be talked about and referred to for decades, just like the USA comeback, “The Battle of Brookline” in 1999.
RYDER CUP SUNDAY SINGLES
||Europe Wins 2 & 1
||Europe Wins 2Up
||Europe Wins 2 & 1
||Europe Wins 1Up
||Europe Wins 5 & 3
||USA Wins 3 & 2
||USA Wins 2 & 1
||Europe Wins 1Up
||USA Wins 2Up
||Europe Wins 3 & 2
||Europe Wins 1Up
Europe’s singles wins bring total to 14.5 against 13.5 for the USA. Europe wins the Ryder Cup.