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2016 Masters Commentary

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
Categories: Jordan SpiethPro GolfRory McIloryThe MastersTiger Woods
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I’ve never done crack or any severely addicting drug… or even mildly addictive drugs.  But I feel like I’m in a serious withdrawal state right now after the Masters concluded a day and a half ago.  The Masters is as close to a drug as tournament golf can get.

Most “journalists” have a large portion of their articles written before the tournament ends.  I’m starting mine over a day later, and honestly, I’m coming up pretty blank.  Perhaps I’m partially brain dead from traveling all last week to the other side of the planet, and then suffering a sudden passing of an uncle on Masters Saturday.  That’s my excuse.  Then again, I’m not a journalist.  I’m a blogger.  Thankfully I don’t have a deadline a minimum number of words to turn in.

Willett Winning or Spieth Collapsing – Which Will Be Remembered?

Quick quiz: Who won the Masters the year Greg Norman blew a 6-shot lead?  Golf aficionados probably know, but the average joe doesn’t.  It was Nick Faldo, the first englishman to win the Masters.

Will the 2016 Masters be the same? Will it be known as the year Spieth blew the 5-shot lead with nine holes to play?  I hope not and here’s why.  Danny Willett played his ass off.  His final round was as close to flawless as it could have been.  Willett had five birdies and NO bogeys.  None.  Willett shot a 67 in the final round of only his 2nd Masters to win it.  That’s spectacular golf people.  Spectacular.  Hats off to Danny Willett.

Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth was fighting his swing in the final round of the 2016 Masters.  He was getting away with it until #12 where he dunked two shots in the water and one in the back bunker on the world’s most famous par-3.  He was able to recover from his off-shots previously and make up for it with great putting, but you can’t hit a recovery shot from water.

I think this Masters will be a very good learning experience for Spieth.  It might take a little while for the sting and mental effects to subside, but in the long run it will be a character builder and something he can look back on and build from.  Greg Norman used his Masters meltdown as a building block to great golf and business success.

Rory McIlory

One major championship left for Rory to claim the grand slam.  I think this one is going to be more and more difficult for Rory to obtain.  He has the perfect game for the Masters physically, but mentally this one is going to be tougher and tougher for him.

Rory played some very questionable shots from a game management standpoint. One in particular is the punch shot he hit out of the left trees on the par-4 11th.  Too aggressive and it went in the water.

Jason Day

Jason Day should win a Masters one of these years.  He too has a perfect game for Augusta.  He just didn’t seem to have it this past week, especially with the putter.

Ernie Els and the Yips

On the first day we watched Ernie Els 7-putt (later it was recounted and was determined to be a 6-putt).  Bad case of the yips and impossible to watch.

Aces on 16

The Sunday pin placement on the par-3 16th lends itself to aces and that’s just part of the great setup that produces excitement at the Masters.  The 3rd and final ace was by Louis Oosthuizen and was amazing.  His ball hit another player’s ball and still went in the hole.  Never seen anything like that before.

No Tiger. No Phil. No Problem.

This is the first time since possibly the mid-90s that neither Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson have at least been part of the Masters conversation.  Times aren’t changing.  They have changed.  Welcome to the new world.  We may have a flash of Phil and Tiger in the future still, but the new guard has taken over.

The Masters Never Disappoints

I say this every year and it’s true every time I say it.  The Masters Tournament never disappoints.  Thanks to Bobby Jones and Allister Mackenzie for setting up a golf course and event that is truly the best and most exciting and entertaining, year in and year out.  Even though I was not able to watch Thursday or most of Saturday this year due to more important things conflicting, it was still a thrill.

Good news! Only 359 days until the 2017 Masters Tournament!


Everyone is Excited About the Saturday Spieth vs McIlory Showdown But…

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, April 9th, 2016
Categories: Jordan SpiethPGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryThe Masters
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Rory McIloryCan’t wait for Masters Saturday to start. The big showdown between Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlory is about to commence. They’re paired together and every fan and media member seems to be salivating like mad. But…

Often times when there’s a big matchup like this it ends up being a dud and some player from the pack overtakes them. If that happens who would it be? Windy conditions and fast greens would separate a player who has the experience and guts to weather tough and high intensity golf. My quick look at the leader board didn’t produce any obvious players within a couple of shots. However there are two players at +1 who could definitely shake it up, Angel Cabrera and Jason Day.

The forecast is for winds from 18-26 mph, and the wind will worsen as the day goes on.  The advantage is for the early players, not the final groups.

I loved Jordan Spieth’s comments when asked about playing with Rory. He said he’d rather play against someone less threatening. That’s fantastic.

Let’s go.


This Week on Tour

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
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 ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2016) – World No. 1 Jordan Spieth will tee it up at the Asian Tour’s SMBC Singapore Open, and his opening round will air in primetime on Golf Channel beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday night. The LPGA Tour kicks off its 2016 season with the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, as Nos. 2-4 in the world: Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson lead a field that includes 11 of the top-20 in the world. The PGA TOUR shifts to Torrey Pines outside of San Diego for the Farmers Insurance Open, with Jason Day (No. 2 in the world) and Rickie Fowler (No. 4) headlining the field. On the European Tour, South African Branden Grace defends his title at the Qatar Masters.

ASIAN TOUR

SMBC Singapore Open

Dates: Jan. 27-30

Venue: Sentosa Golf Club (Serapong Course), Sentosa Island, Singapore

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Wednesday     8-11 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)

Thursday         8-11 p.m. / 2-4:30 a.m. (Live)

Friday              11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-Noon (Saturday replay)

Saturday          11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-Noon (Sunday replay)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Spieth’s opening round airing in primetime at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday: World No. 1 Jordan Spieth is in the field competing in the 50th edition of Singapore’s national open. Spieth will tee off in his opening round at 6:50 p.m. ET, with the majority airing in primetime on Golf Channel beginning at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday night.

Event returns for first time since 2012: The event is being played for the first time since 2012, and is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour. Matteo Manassero won the event in 2012 when it was last contested.

Headlining the field: Jordan Spieth, Byeong Hun An, Darren Clarke, Jamie Donaldson, Y.E. Yang, Jeev Milkha Singh, K.T. Kim and Shingo Katayama.

 

LPGA TOUR

Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic

Dates: Jan. 28-31

Venue: Ocean Club Golf Course, Paradise Island, Bahamas

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Live)

Friday              11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          3-5 p.m. (Live) / 5-7 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            3-5 p.m. (Live)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Season-opening event: The 2016 LPGA Tour season kicks off this week with the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, airing live on Golf Channel Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 28-31. The event begins a series of eight LPGA tournaments airing live on Golf Channel over the next 10 weeks leading into golf’s first major championship of 2016, the ANA Inspiration.

Kim defends: Sei Young Kim defeated Ariya Jutanugarn and Sun Young Yoo with a birdie on the first playoff hole to earn her first career LPGA Tour win.

Headlining the field: Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Sei Young Kim, Hyo Joo Kim, Cristie Kerr, Michelle Wie, Anna Nordqvist, Brittany Lincicome, Brooke Henderson and Cheyenne Woods.

 

PGA TOUR

Farmers Insurance Open

Dates: Jan. 28-31

Venue: Torrey Pines Golf Course (North & South Courses), La Jolla, Calif.

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         3-7 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

Friday              3-7 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-11 p.m. (Replay)

Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 7-11 p.m. (Replay)

Sunday            1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Golf Central special: Day, Fowler news conference, Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. ET: Jason Day and Rickie Fowler (ranked No. 2 and No. 4 in the world respectively) headline the field and will take part in a Golf Central special news conference from Torrey Pines, airing at 3:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Course rotation: The event utilizes both the North and South courses at Torrey Pines, with players competing once on each course over the first two rounds prior to the 36-hole cut. The final two rounds are then contested on the South Course on Saturday-Sunday.

Day defends: Jason Day defeated J.B. Holmes with a par on the second playoff hole to win his third PGA TOUR victory.

Headlining the field: Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose, J.B. Holmes, Hideki Matsuyama, Brandt Snedeker, Anirban Lahiri and Bill Haas.

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

Dates: Jan. 27-30

Venue: Doha Golf Club, Doha, Qatar

 

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Wednesday     1:30-4:30 a.m. / 6-8:30 a.m. (Live)    

Thursday         1:30-4:30 a.m. / 6-8:30 a.m. (Live)

Friday              4:30-8:30 a.m. (Live)

Saturday          4-8:30 a.m. (Live)

 

Broadcast Notes:

Grace defends: Branden Grace won by one shot over Marc Warren for his sixth career European Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Bryson DeChambeau (a), Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Branden Grace, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Louis Oosthuizen, Thomas Pieters, Peter Uihlein and John Daly.


This Week On Tour – Presidents Cup

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
Categories: European TourJordan SpiethPGA TourPro Golf
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Presidents CupPGA TOUR
The Presidents Cup

Dates: Oct. 7-11
Venue: Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, Incheon, South Korea

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live) / 2-7 p.m. (Thursday replay)
Thursday 8:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Friday replay)
Friday 6 p.m.-4 a.m. (Live) / 3:30-8:30 p.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 9:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-1 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday Day Three Re-Air (Noon-3:30 p.m.)
Sunday Final Day Re-Air (Noon-6 p.m.)

Broadcast Notes:
Format: The biennial match play event will feature five foursomes matches contested on Day 1; five four-ball matches on Day 2, four morning foursomes and four afternoon four-ball matches on Day 3, and 12 singles matches on the Final Day. The total number of matches this year has been reduced from 34 to 30, and a team must earn 15 ½ points to win the Presidents Cup. Each player must compete in at least two of the four sessions of play prior to the singles matches on the final day.

Event coverage: NBC Sports Group will dedicate nearly 60 hours of live news, analysis and tournament coverage surrounding the 2015 Presidents Cup, Oct. 5-11, including more than 25 hours of live tournament coverage on Golf Channel kicking off each night in primetime. Golf Central’s Live From the Presidents Cup will feature comprehensive news, highlights, and expert analysis; player/captain news conferences; exclusive “look-ins” that will show players preparing for their matches; the Opening Ceremony (Wednesday, Oct. 7, 5 a.m. ET) and Closing Ceremony (Sunday, Oct. 11, 3:30 a.m. ET) and compelling feature stories throughout the week.

Captains to Set Day 1 Foursome Matches Lineup Live on Tuesday, 7-11 p.m. ET: Captains Jay Haas (United States) and Nick Price (International) will announce their respective lineups for Day 1 foursome matches live within Golf Central’s Live From the Presidents Cup on Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 7-11 p.m. ET.

United States Team: Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar, Chris Kirk, J.B. Holmes, Bill Haas and Phil Mickelson.

International Team: Jason Day (Australia), Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa), Adam Scott (Australia), Hideki Matsuyama (Japan), Branden Grace (South Africa), Marc Leishman (Australia), Anirban Lahiri (India), Charl Schwartzel (South Africa), Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand), Danny Lee (New Zealand), Steven Bowditch (Australia) and Sangmoon Bae (South Korea).

championstour-fCHAMPIONS TOUR
SAS Championship
Dates: Oct. 9-11
Venue: Prestonwood Country Club, Cary, N.C.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday 3-5 p.m. (Live) / 6-8 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 1-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 6-8 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 3:30-6 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Triplett defends: Kirk Triplett defeated Tom Lehman by three strokes for his fourth career Champions Tour victory.
Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Kenny Perry, Tom Lehman, Jeff Maggert, Marco Dawson, Kirk Triplett, Corey Pavin, Lee Janzen and John Cook.

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Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
Dates: Oct. 8-11
Venue: Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (East Course), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday Noon-2 p.m. (Tape delay) / 11:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. Wednesday (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Friday 5-7:30 a.m. (Tape delay) / 11:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. Wednesday (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Saturday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Tape delay) / 11:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. Wednesday (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Sunday Noon-3:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 11:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. Wednesday (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)

Broadcast Notes:
Elite field: The field features nine of the top-10 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, including Inbee Park (No. 1), Lydia Ko (No. 2) and Stacy Lewis (No. 3).
Feng defends: Shanshan Feng finished three shots ahead of Pornanong Phatlum for her fourth career LPGA Tour win.
Headlining the field: Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis, So Yeon Ryu, Lexi Thompson, Hyo-Joo Kim, Shanshan Feng, Suzann Pettersen, Paula Creamer, Charley Hull and Michelle Wie.

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British Masters
Dates: Oct. 8-11
Venue: Woburn Golf Club (Marquess’ Course), Milton Keynes, England

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 7 a.m.-Noon (Live)
Friday 7:30-10 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Saturday 8-11 a.m. (Live) / 11 a.m.-Noon (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Sunday 8 a.m.-Noon (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
British Masters returns for first time since 2008: This is the 63rd edition of the British Masters, but the first since 2008. The event was discontinued in 2009 after struggling to find a sponsor, but was revived this year with the support of Sky Sports and backing of Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Justin Rose and Lee Westwood, who will rotate hosting duties and have input on the host course over the next four years. Poulter will act as tournament host this week at Woburn Golf Club.
Headlining the field: Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Shane Lowry, Lee Westwood, Danny Willett, Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington.


Go Ahead, Make My Jason Day

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 17th, 2015
Categories: PGA ChampionshipPGA TourPro GolfRory McIlory
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Today is a Jason Day to remember. It is a Jason Day I get to write all my Jason Day idioms.  Without further delay, here are my Jason Day idioms, all in a Jason Day’s work of course.

  • Go ahead, Make my Jason Day.
  • Jordan Spieth was a Jason Day late and a dollar short.
  • Jason’s PGA Championship win was all in a Day’s work.
  • With each passing Day I knew Jason would win a major
  • Jason held the lead, not giving any competitors the time of Day
  • The Monday after the PGA Championship will be a Day off for Jason
  • Jason’s diet looks to be three square meals a Day
  • I’d love to golf like Jason, but I won’t give up the Day job
  • I’d love to be as good at golf as Jason, but there aren’t enough hours in the Day for me to practice
  • Years from now we’ll look back and say, “back in the Jason Day…”
  • It was night and Jason Day
  • Jason had a field Day at Whistling Straits
  • A Jason Day of reckoning
  • It took forever and a Jason Day to win the the PGA
  • Jason put in a hard Day at work Sunday at the PGA
  • Rory McIlory will live to fight another Jason Day
  • From this Day forward, Jason is a major champ
  • Rome was not built in a Jason Day
  • It was plain as Jason Day who the best golfer at the PGA was
  • Live to see the light of Jason Day
  • Time to call it a Jason Day
  • I’m going to take a Jason Day off tomorrow

Cheers.

 

 


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