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Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
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PGA TOUR
Hero World Challenge
Dates: Dec. 3-6
Venue: Albany Resort, Albany, Bahamas

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday Noon-4 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-7:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday Noon-4 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-7:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 5:30-8 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday Noon-2 p.m. (Live) / 6-11 p.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday 2:30-5 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 2-5 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Leonard to take part in Golf Channel / NBC coverage of Hero World Challenge: 12-time PGA TOUR winner, major champion and 1999 Ryder Cup hero Justin Leonard will work as a tower analyst for Golf Channel and NBC’s live coverage of the event.
Elite field: The field includes six of the top-10 players in the world, and each of the 18 players are currently ranked in the top-43 in the world. 11 of the 12 members of the victorious United States Presidents Cup team also are in the field.
New venue: This week marks the 17th playing of the event, but the first time being held at the Albany Resort on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas. The event is not an official PGA TOUR stop, though players will receive Official World Golf Rankings points.
Spieth defends: World No. 1 Jordan Spieth separated himself from the field with a 10 shot victory at Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Florida last December.
Headlining the field: Paul Casey, Rickie Fowler, Bill Haas, J.B. Holmes, Billy Horschel, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Chris Kirk, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar, Anirban Lahiri, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker and Bubba Watson.

PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA / EUROPEAN TOUR
Australian PGA Championship
Dates: Dec. 3-6
Venue: RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Australia

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 8 p.m.-1 a.m. (Live)
Thursday 8 p.m.-1 a.m. (Live)
Friday 8 p.m.-1 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 8 p.m.-1 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Chalmers defends: Greg Chalmers defeated Adam Scott and Wade Ormsby on the seventh playoff hole for his second Australian PGA Championship title.
Final event of “Australian Triple Crown”: This week marks the third and final event of the “Australian Triple Crown,” which also features the Australian Masters and Australian Open. Australian Masters winner Peter Senior is in the field but Australian Open champion Matt Jones is not. And for the first time, the event is being co-sanctioned by the European Tour and will count as an official event.
Headlining the field: Brandt Snedeker, John Senden, David Lingmerth, Peter Senior, Cameron Smith, Peter Uihlein, Jarrod Lyle, Robert Allenby, Greg Chalmers and Paul Dunne.

EUROPEAN TOUR
Nedbank Golf Challenge
Dates: Dec. 3-6
Venue: Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 3-10 a.m. (Live)
Friday 3-10 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 4-10 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 4-10 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Event changes: This is the 35th edition of the Nedbank Golf Challenge and the first of two times that it will be contested during the 2016 Race to Dubai season. The event will move to November in 2016 and become the second leg of the European Tour’s Final Series. The field of 30 this week will increase to 72 next November. Following the conclusion of play on Sunday, the European Tour will take a four-week hiatus and resume in 2016 with the South African Open in Johannesburg on January 7.
Willett defends: Danny Willett defeated Ross Fisher by four shots to earn his second career European Tour win.
Headlining the field: Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer, Robert Streb, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Danny Willett, Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley.

ASIAN TOUR
Ho Tram Open
Dates: Dec. 3-6
Venue: The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, Vietnam

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 1-3 a.m. (Live)
Friday 1-3 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 1-4 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 1-4 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Inaugural event: This week marks the first playing of the Ho Tram Open, being contested in Vietnam, two hours southeast of Ho Chi Minh City.
Headlining the field: Sergio Garcia, Geoff Ogilvy, Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjorn, Robert Rock, Oliver Wilson, David Lipsky, Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal.

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR
The Queens
Dates: Dec. 4-6
Venue: Miyoshi Country Club, Aichi, Japan

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Saturday 2:30-5 p.m. (Tape delay)
Sunday 2-5 p.m. (Tape delay)

Broadcast Notes:
Format: The inaugural match play event features four nine-person teams comprised of members of the Ladies European Tour (captained by Laura Davies), LPGA of Japan, Korean LPGA Tour and Australian Ladies Professional Golf Inc. The format features 34 matches being contested over three days: eight fourball matches on day one, eight foursomes matches on day two, and 18 singles matches on day three, with 102 total points available. Each match is worth three points to the winning team, and one point will be given for matches ending all square.
Ladies European Tour Team: Laura Davies (captain), Hannah Burke, Karine Icher, Nanna Madsen, Catriona Matthew, Gwladys Nocera, Emily Kristine Pedersen, Melissa Reid and Marianne Skarpnord.
LPGA of Japan Team: Momoko Ueda (captain), Erika Kikuchi, Ayaka Watanabe, Misuzo Narita, Akane Iijima, Shiho Oyama, Erina Hara, Miki Sakai and Ritsuko Ryu.
Korean LPGA Team: In Gee Chun, Sei Young Kim, Sung Hyun Park, Jung Min Lee, Yoon Ji Cho, Jin Young Ko, Seon Woo Bae, Min Sun Kim, Bo-Mee Lee.
Australian Ladies Professional Golf Team: Rachel Hetherington (captain), Nikki Campbell, Nikki Garrett, Whitney Hillier, Sarah Kemp, Katherine Kirk, Stephanie Na, Sarah Jane Smith and Lindsey Wright.


2015 Masters Tournament Round Three Pin Sheet

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, April 11th, 2015
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For you to follow along at home, the 2015 round three pin sheet.  Some of the usual pins on holes like 13 and 16, but 12 is a little different than last year.


Tiger Woods Loses World #1 Ranking to Adam Scott – Will He Ever Regain it?

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, May 19th, 2014
Categories: PGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryTiger Woods
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Tiger Woods

Will Tiger Break Jack’s record? Before you ask that question the billionth, pass me the barf bag…

Get ready for a nauseating number of articles and features in the golf media about the latest shakeup in the world rankings. Without either player playing a tournament this past week, Adam Scott has attained the top ranking in the world, overtaking Tiger Woods. Tiger moves to #2. Refer to the top 100 golf ranking table as of May 19, 2014 in the previous post.  At least the focus will be Tiger and Adam and the world golf rankings, rather than “hot wives and girlfriends of the PGA Tour,” or some trash like that.

For Adam Scott this is fantastic, the culmination of years of hard work and sticking with it.  The questions I have about Scott:

  • How long will Scott sit at #1?
  • Would he be in this position without the belly putter?
  • What will happen on January 1, 2016 when he can no longer anchor his putter?  He did move to that putting style for a reason.

My opinions? Perhaps I can answer all three questions in one sentence.  Scott could stay at #1 as long as he can anchor his putter.  The swing is practically flawless.

Now that Tiger has lost the #1 spot I have a few questions and comments:

  • How far will Woods fall and how fast?
  • Will Tiger ever gain the #1 spot again?
  • I will NOT ask the mind-numbing question which the media and golf forums have asked about a billion times too many, regarding whether or not he will break Jack’s record.
  • Perhaps a better question: will Tiger win another major?

My answers to these questions? First, nothing can be answered until Woods returns. And when he does, who knows what kind of shape his game will be in, physically or mentally.

Will Tiger ever regain the #1 spot? At this point I doubt it. He’s not getting any younger and his body is quite beat up. Decades of high torque and his violent swings have taken a toll. The advantages he once had over the other players, like length, are no longer advantages.  He is older, not as long, and no longer feared.  The edge is gone, like it or not.

Will Tiger win another major?  I have no reason to think he will based on the last few years, younger players, longer players, etc.

Speaking of #1 rankings, here’s another question:

  • What happened to Rory McIlory?  He has dropped from #1 to #10.
  • Will McIlory regain the #1 ranking?

Opinions Welcome

I’d love to hear your opinion on any of these questions or comments.  I’ll even offer up a friendly debate if you disagree with me.  Comment here, or on any of the HOG social networks.


Shake-up at the Top – Adam Scott Now #1 – Current Top 100 Rankings

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, May 19th, 2014
Categories: PGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryTiger Woods
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Official World Golf Ranking – May 19, 2014

This Week Last week End 2013 Name Avg Points Total Points Events Points Lost Points Gained Events Played
1 2 2 Adam Scott 7.9936 327.74 41 -120.67 54.98 41
2 1 1 Tiger Woods 7.8495 313.98 40 -170.58 5.07 36
3 3 3 Henrik Stenson 7.7203 401.45 52 -120.40 44.92 59
4 5 7 Matt Kuchar 7.1229 370.39 52 -110.33 160.81 53
5 4 28 Bubba Watson 7.0429 323.97 46 -71.33 232.98 46
6 6 11 Jason Day 6.6067 264.27 40 -64.66 96.28 38
7 7 10 Sergio Garcia 6.2649 306.98 49 -82.90 124.59 49
8 9 4 Justin Rose 6.1097 305.48 50 -130.15 63.13 50
9 8 22 Jordan Spieth 6.0949 274.27 45 -44.15 152.37 45
10 10 6 Rory McIlroy 5.7644 288.22 50 -137.57 107.35 50
11 11 5 Phil Mickelson 5.7570 276.34 48 -115.24 45.65 48
12 12 19 Jim Furyk 5.4783 262.96 48 -79.05 123.81 48
13 13 9 Zach Johnson 5.3312 277.22 52 -96.59 91.13 53
14 14 16 Dustin Johnson 4.9370 246.85 50 -77.86 94.16 50
15 16 14 Graeme McDowell 4.2574 208.61 49 -94.44 42.74 49
16 15 8 Steve Stricker 4.2573 170.29 40 -77.06 18.42 31
17 17 47 Jimmy Walker 4.2071 218.77 52 -44.77 134.19 55
18 18 18 Charl Schwartzel 4.1899 217.88 52 -78.42 46.41 58
19 19 17 Luke Donald 4.0114 200.57 50 -96.63 63.73 50
20 22 12 Ian Poulter 3.9586 193.97 49 -83.85 21.14 49
21 21 20 Keegan Bradley 3.9367 204.71 52 -84.29 62.15 56
22 20 15 Jason Dufner 3.9361 196.81 50 -99.77 37.75 50
23 23 32 Victor Dubuisson 3.8834 155.34 40 -33.05 56.18 40
24 24 73 Patrick Reed 3.8557 188.93 49 -23.03 136.57 49
25 34 37 Miguel A Jimenez 3.7836 170.26 45 -38.51 77.81 45
26 25 23 Hideki Matsuyama 3.7194 148.77 40 -41.01 34.76 39
27 26 25 Lee Westwood 3.7037 192.59 52 -77.97 79.38 54
28 28 39 Martin Kaymer 3.6606 190.35 52 -48.17 97.63 58
29 27 13 Brandt Snedeker 3.6309 181.54 50 -98.52 26.18 50
30 29 26 Jamie Donaldson 3.5704 185.66 52 -54.44 60.76 52
31 30 21 Webb Simpson 3.5236 176.18 50 -80.78 37.86 50
32 31 24 Thomas Bjorn 3.5176 179.40 51 -47.90 35.35 51
33 32 36 Graham Delaet 3.4512 172.56 50 -44.12 68.05 50
34 33 29 Bill Haas 3.2359 168.26 52 -58.36 52.38 55
35 35 42 Jonas Blixt 3.0219 157.14 52 -43.82 64.47 53
36 36 31 Hunter Mahan 3.0008 156.04 52 -64.89 52.50 54
37 37 40 Rickie Fowler 2.9920 149.60 50 -54.49 70.97 50
38 39 34 Louis Oosthuizen 2.8857 150.06 52 -78.75 74.74 52
39 38 33 Ryan Moore 2.8427 139.29 49 -52.45 30.77 49
40 40 66 Stephen Gallacher 2.7249 141.69 52 -36.20 78.61 52
41 41 53 Harris English 2.7174 141.31 52 -34.85 57.80 56
42 45 56 Gary Woodland 2.7072 140.78 52 -29.11 56.63 52
43 42 38 Francesco Molinari 2.6718 138.93 52 -55.95 51.53 57
44 43 88 Matt Jones 2.6676 138.72 52 -21.50 81.08 54
45 44 89 Russell Henley 2.6013 135.27 52 -30.06 83.27 58
46 49 49 Joost Luiten 2.6008 132.64 51 -34.99 47.54 51
47 46 133 Matt Every 2.5469 132.44 52 -25.46 90.72 55
48 47 60 Chris Kirk 2.4799 128.95 52 -35.56 57.06 57
49 48 27 Ernie Els 2.4774 128.83 52 -79.01 30.00 61
50 53 108 John Senden 2.4561 127.72 52 -31.47 82.00 57
51 50 35 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano 2.4236 126.03 52 -46.91 20.37 59
52 51 44 Kevin Streelman 2.4230 126.00 52 -42.10 33.37 54
53 52 41 Billy Horschel 2.3548 122.45 52 -41.53 27.57 56
54 54 46 Thongchai Jaidee 2.3475 122.07 52 -43.94 33.13 61
55 55 113 Kevin Stadler 2.3030 119.76 52 -29.59 75.34 55
56 58 126 Ryan Palmer 2.2659 106.50 47 -28.65 70.24 47
57 56 51 Richard Sterne 2.2405 105.30 47 -38.00 26.35 47
58 57 30 Nick Watney 2.1989 114.34 52 -66.51 10.06 56
59 60 43 Matteo Manassero 2.1523 111.92 52 -48.84 25.07 56
60 61 103 Chesson Hadley 2.1269 87.20 41 -14.50 41.35 41
61 59 98 George Coetzee 2.0927 106.73 51 -32.65 61.29 51
62 71 72 Marc Leishman 2.0863 108.49 52 -38.57 52.39 53
63 138 186 Brendon Todd 2.0675 105.44 51 -13.64 70.65 51
64 62 84 Mikko Ilonen 2.0520 94.39 46 -24.28 44.58 46
65 63 101 Pablo Larrazabal 2.0471 106.45 52 -30.66 57.61 57
66 78 78 Charles Howell-III 2.0038 104.20 52 -31.19 43.72 59
67 73 54 Boo Weekley 1.9775 102.83 52 -35.40 20.95 57
68 65 52 Bernd Wiesberger 1.9741 102.66 52 -41.29 24.90 55
69 66 106 Scott Stallings 1.9589 101.86 52 -30.30 55.46 57
70 68 233 Kevin Na 1.9588 78.35 40 -19.50 65.22 40
71 64 111 Anirban Lahiri 1.9499 79.95 41 -17.20 34.76 41
72 69 475 J.B. Holmes 1.9459 77.84 40 -9.97 74.65 33
73 67 50 Branden Grace 1.9401 100.89 52 -51.75 29.37 58
74 70 62 Kim Hyung-sung 1.8651 96.99 52 -30.79 22.05 55
75 72 45 David Lynn 1.7827 92.70 52 -46.55 5.26 59
76 75 102 Charley Hoffman 1.7726 90.41 51 -28.43 40.25 51
77 74 65 Thorbjorn Olesen 1.7604 91.54 52 -44.01 29.61 59
78 76 118 Tommy Fleetwood 1.7402 90.49 52 -19.79 38.65 56
79 77 48 Peter Hanson 1.7311 86.56 50 -54.29 20.72 50
80 81 71 Ross Fisher 1.7255 89.73 52 -30.28 25.84 56
81 82 67 Koumei Oda 1.7170 84.13 49 -26.33 12.03 49
82 83 58 Brendon de Jonge 1.7110 88.97 52 -37.89 22.81 69
83 79 59 Kiradech Aphibarnrat 1.6987 88.33 52 -31.68 9.75 54
84 80 81 Chris Stroud 1.6917 87.97 52 -25.11 23.47 56
85 88 134 K.J. Choi 1.6497 85.79 52 -25.58 45.38 52
86 85 83 Ryo Ishikawa 1.6382 85.19 52 -30.63 32.33 77
87 87 63 Peter Uihlein 1.6221 84.35 52 -26.69 8.39 58
88 84 86 Brooks Koepka 1.6201 74.52 46 -18.73 28.56 46
89 86 64 Angel Cabrera 1.6071 77.14 48 -28.66 11.06 48
90 90 317 Will Mackenzie 1.5909 82.72 52 -7.61 62.96 54
91 91 55 Scott Piercy 1.5849 76.08 48 -47.70 6.50 48
92 95 87 Paul Casey 1.5812 82.22 52 -22.79 24.96 53
93 92 161 Jason Kokrak 1.5794 82.13 52 -16.96 42.02 55
94 89 70 Roberto Castro 1.5786 82.09 52 -28.56 16.42 60
95 93 138 David Hearn 1.5709 81.69 52 -21.15 38.06 59
96 94 176 Noh Seung-yul 1.5687 81.57 52 -23.54 54.38 62
97 98 74 Chris Wood 1.5483 77.41 50 -32.65 19.96 50
98 106 150 Alejandro Canizares 1.5358 79.86 52 -18.72 38.35 55
99 96 136 Daniel Summerhays 1.5237 79.23 52 -23.01 38.01 58
100 97 245 Russell Knox 1.5169 78.88 52 -11.86 54.00 57

This Week on Tour: 2014 Sony Open, Volvo Golf Champions

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
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Sony Open in Hawaii
Dates: January 9-12
Venue: Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 7-10:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay) / 3-6 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 7-10:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay) / 3-6 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 7-10:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay) / 3-6 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 7-10 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay) / 3-6 a.m. (Replay)

Field

Notables: Adam Scott, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar, Tommy Gainey, Harris English, Russell Henley, Vijay Singh, Bo Van Pelt, Stewart Cink, Guan Tianlang.

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Volvo Golf Champions
Dates: January 9-12
Venue: Durban Country Club, Durban, South Africa

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Saturday 7-11 a.m. (Tape Delay)
Sunday 7-11 a.m. (Tape Delay)

Field

Notables: Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Paul Casey, Thomas Bjorn, Matteo Manassero, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Darren Clarke, Branden Grace and Padraig Harrington.