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Great or Disappointing? Comments on Tiger Woods’s 2013 Season

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 30th, 2013
Categories: PGA TourPro GolfTiger Woods
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Tiger Woods

Will Tiger Break Jack’s record? I might break your jaw if you ask that question one more time…

The results are in… Love it or hate it, Tiger Woods has won his 11th PGA Tour Player of the Year award, as voted on by his peers. While I may have preferred to see Adam Scott or Phil Mickelson win POY, based on the pure numbers I can’t say I disagree with the outcome.

The Numbers

Tiger won five times on tour in 2013: Farmers Insurance Open, WGC Cadillac, Arnold Palmer Invitational, THE PLAYERS (always write “The Players” in ALL CAPS, it’s what they do) Championship, WGC Bridgestone.  Two of the five events were World Golf Championships events. These events have stronger fields in terms of world rankings.

Five wins makes a great career for most tour players.  For perspective, these PGA Tour players have recorded five wins in their entire careers: Nick Watney, Justin Rose, Scott Verplank, Billy Mayfair, Hunter Mahan, Tom Lehman, Padraig Harrington, Bill Haas, Luke Donald, John Daly.

Tiger led the season long FedEx Cup points standings until the final round of the playoffs where he “ran out of gas.”

Woods led the world golf rankings by a large margin over #2 Adam Scott.

Woods also led the money race, finishing at $8,553,439. The closest competitor was Henrik Stenson at $6,388,230.

Tiger also won the Vardon Trophy for adjusted scoring average at 68.985.

Looking at these numbers it is an easy pick, as Scott and Mickelson both only had two wins.

No Majors

The funny thing about this season is that most Tiger Woods fans would call his season disappointing. I can’t say I disagree there, based on the standard which has been set.

I believe that major championships, just like in FedEx Cup points and world rankings, should have considerably more weight in calculating awards like Player of the Year. A major in my mind is worth several regular tour victories.  How many?  I’d say at least three.  That’s why I would have had no problem voting for Adam Scott or Phil Mickelson, if I had a vote to begin with.

Rules Infractions

2013 was quite a year for Tiger with regards to rules infractions. First was the bizarre situation at The Masters where Tiger’s approach on the par-5 15th doinked off the pin and into the water. He then made an improper drop and later signed an incorrect score card as he did not assess himself the penalty. Nobody would have known about the improper drop had Woods not commented that he dropped his ball farther away from the original position. But the Masters rules committed ruled in his favor before his round concluded and Woods was not disqualified. Tiger haters were throwing fits online, calling for him to be disqualified, while fans argued the opposing view.

Then there was the drop on the 14th hole at THE PLAYERS (always write “The Players” in ALL CAPS, it’s what they do) Championship. Woods pulled his tee shot left into a water hazard. The position which he dropped was harshly questioned on the air by Johnny Miller.

Finally there was the infamous ball moving problem on Friday of the final FedEx Cup event at East Lake. Tiger was in some trees and moving loose impediments from near his ball. His ball moved at which time he immediately stopped as if to say “uh, oh. I just caused the ball to move.” But he didn’t call a penalty on himself, nor did he call a rules official over. After video review, PGA Tour rules official Slugger White tacked on two more shots to the already double-bogey Woods scored on the hole. Despite seeing the video several times, Woods still refused to admit moving the ball.

Final Comments

Tiger is a very polarizing figure no doubt. Reading social networking threads and blog comments regarding Tiger can be quite entertaining as the fans and haters tend to go at each other’s throats digitally.

I was quite surprised to hear Tiger cite “running out of gas” as a reason for his poor performance down the stretch of the FedEx Cup playoffs. When I first heard that statement I thought, “what the #$&? He’s a world class athlete!”

But Woods is not getting any younger. Perhaps all the wear and tear on those knees and back are catching up to him?  Maybe. I suspect the bulk of the fatigue Woods was referring to was mental.  Anyone who plays golf would understand that.

How many majors Tiger wins from this point on, if any at all, remains to be seen. Any conjecture is just that, conjecture. Personally I’m very tired of the constant “will Tiger break Jack’s record?” dribble from the mainstream golf media. Its so old, and its getting older. Maybe that dribble will “run out of gas” too.

I hope so.


2013 FedEx Cup Final Money List

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 23rd, 2013
Categories: FedEx CupPGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryTiger Woods
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Rank Player Name Winnings
1 Henrik Stenson 10,000,000
2 Tiger Woods 3,000,000
3 Steve Stricker 2,000,000
4 Adam Scott 1,500,000
5 Zach Johnson 1,000,000
6 Matt Kuchar 800,000
7 Jordan Spieth 700,000
8 Graham DeLaet 600,000
9 Phil Mickelson 550,000
10 Justin Rose 500,000
11 Webb Simpson 300,000
12 Brandt Snedeker 290,000
13 Dustin Johnson 280,000
14 Jim Furyk 270,000
15 Nick Watney 250,000
16 Billy Horschel 245,000
17 Jason Day 240,000
18 Keegan Bradley 235,000
19 Jason Dufner 230,000
20 Hunter Mahan 225,000
21 Roberto Castro 220,000
22 Sergio Garcia 215,000
23 Gary Woodland 210,000
24 Bill Haas 205,000
25 Kevin Streelman 200,000
26 Brendon de Jonge 195,000
27 Charl Schwartzel 190,000
28 Luke Donald 185,000
29 Boo Weekley 180,000
30 D.A. Points 175,000
31 Harris English 165,000
32 Matt Jones 155,000
33 Kevin Stadler 150,000
34 Chris Kirk 145,000
35 Charles Howell III 142,000
36 Jimmy Walker 140,000
37 Bubba Watson 138,000
38 Rickie Fowler 137,000
39 John Merrick 136,000
40 Daniel Summerhays 135,000
41 Lee Westwood 134,000
42 John Huh 133,000
43 Chris Stroud 132,000
44 Russell Henley 131,000
45 Kevin Chappell 130,000
46 Rory Sabbatini 129,000
47 Brian Davis 128,000
48 David Lynn 127,000
49 Scott Piercy 126,000
50 Rory McIlroy 125,000
51 Ryan Moore 120,000
52 Jonas Blixt 115,000
53 Ian Poulter 114,000
54 Patrick Reed 113,000
55 Graeme McDowell 110,000
56 David Hearn 110,000
57 Brian Gay 110,000
58 Matt Every 110,000
59 Marc Leishman 110,000
60 Nicholas Thompson 110,000
61 Charley Hoffman 110,000
62 Jason Kokrak 110,000
63 Scott Stallings 110,000
64 Bryce Molder 110,000
65 Angel Cabrera 110,000
66 Michael Thompson 110,000
67 Ken Duke 110,000
68 Ernie Els 110,000
69 Sang-Moon Bae 110,000
70 Brendan Steele 110,000
71 Ryan Palmer 80,000
72 Freddie Jacobson 80,000
73 K.J. Choi 80,000
74 Martin Laird 80,000
75 David Lingmerth 80,000
76 Stewart Cink 80,000
77 Kyle Stanley 80,000
78 Josh Teater 80,000
79 Cameron Tringale 80,000
80 Tim Clark 80,000
81 John Rollins 75,000
82 Camilo Villegas 75,000
83 Bob Estes 75,000
84 Martin Kaymer 75,000
85 Jerry Kelly 75,000
86 Justin Leonard 75,000
87 Martin Flores 75,000
88 Scott Brown 75,000
89 Bo Van Pelt 75,000
90 Luke Guthrie 75,000
91 Robert Garrigus 75,000
92 Brian Stuard 75,000
93 Derek Ernst 75,000
94 Brian Harman 75,000
95 Stuart Appleby 75,000
96 Richard Lee 75,000
97 Greg Chalmers 75,000
98 Pat Perez 75,000
99 Erik Compton 75,000
100 William McGirt 75,000
101 Aaron Baddeley 70,000
102 George McNeill 70,000
103 James Driscoll 70,000
104 Geoff Ogilvy 70,000
105 Ted Potter, Jr. 70,000
106 J.J. Henry 70,000
107 Carl Pettersson 70,000
108 Jeff Overton 70,000
109 John Senden 70,000
110 James Hahn 70,000
111 Mark Wilson 70,000
112 Charlie Beljan 70,000
113 Jason Bohn 70,000
114 Lucas Glover 70,000
115 Jeff Maggert 70,000
116 Justin Hicks 70,000
117 Morgan Hoffmann 70,000
118 Chez Reavie 70,000
119 D.H. Lee 70,000
120 Andres Romero 70,000
121 Johnson Wagner 70,000
122 Scott Langley 70,000
123 Charlie Wi 70,000
124 Steven Bowditch 70,000
125 Ben Crane 70,000
126 Robert Streb 32,000
127 Peter Hanson 32,000
128 Nicolas Colsaerts 32,000
129 Brad Fritsch 32,000
130 Padraig Harrington 32,000
131 Bud Cauley 32,000
132 Ricky Barnes 32,000
133 Fabian Gomez 32,000
134 Greg Owen 32,000
135 Shawn Stefani 32,000
136 Chad Campbell 32,000
137 Woody Austin 32,000
138 David Toms 32,000
139 Jim Herman 32,000
140 Tommy Gainey 32,000
141 Ryo Ishikawa 32,000
142 Tag Ridings 32,000
143 Trevor Immelman 32,000
144 Dicky Pride 32,000
145 Brendon Todd 32,000
146 Vijay Singh 32,000
147 Doug LaBelle II 32,000
148 Ben Kohles 32,000
149 Brandt Jobe 32,000
150 Justin Bolli 32,000

Tour Championship Final Leader Board

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
Categories: FedEx CupPGA TourPro GolfTiger Woods
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POS PLAYER EARNINGS TO PAR R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL
1
Henrik Stenson 
$1,440,000.00
-13
64
66
69
68
267
T2
Jordan Spieth 
$708,000.00
-10
68
67
71
64
270
T2
Steve Stricker 
$708,000.00
-10
66
71
68
65
270
4
Webb Simpson 
$384,000.00
-9
68
71
69
63
271
5
Dustin Johnson 
$320,000.00
-8
68
68
67
69
272
6
Justin Rose 
$288,000.00
-7
68
68
70
67
273
T7
Billy Horschel 
$264,000.00
-6
66
70
70
68
274
T7
Zach Johnson 
$264,000.00
-6
69
68
69
68
274
T9
Roberto Castro 
$227,733.34
-5
67
71
72
65
275
T9
Jason Dufner 
$227,733.33
-5
74
70
66
65
275
T9
Sergio Garcia 
$227,733.33
-5
68
71
69
67
275
T12
Keegan Bradley 
$200,000.00
-4
72
65
72
67
276
T12
Phil Mickelson 
$200,000.00
-4
71
67
70
68
276
T14
Jim Furyk 
$173,600.00
-3
70
68
73
66
277
T14
Jason Day 
$173,600.00
-3
68
74
68
67
277
T14
Adam Scott 
$173,600.00
-3
65
69
74
69
277
T14
Nick Watney 
$173,600.00
-3
72
65
70
70
277
T18
Brendon de Jonge 
$158,400.00
-2
70
72
71
65
278
T18
Luke Donald 
$158,400.00
-2
70
70
67
71
278
T20
Brandt Snedeker 
$152,000.00
-1
69
75
67
68
279
T20
Hunter Mahan 
$152,000.00
-1
70
69
71
69
279
T22
Tiger Woods 
$145,600.00
E
73
71
69
67
280
T22
Gary Woodland 
$145,600.00
E
70
67
71
72
280
T24
Kevin Streelman 
$139,200.00
+2
69
72
74
67
282
T24
Bill Haas 
$139,200.00
+2
70
69
69
74
282
T26
Matt Kuchar 
$133,600.00
+3
69
74
69
71
283
T26
D.A. Points 
$133,600.00
+3
72
67
70
74
283
28
Graham DeLaet 
$131,200.00
+4
68
71
72
73
284
29
Charl Schwartzel 
$129,600.00
+10
68
79
77
66
290
30
Boo Weekley 
$128,000.00
+12
70
75
73
74
292

Golf on TV This Week – PGA Tour Championship-FedEx Cup Finale

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Categories: Champions TourEuropean TourPGA TourPro GolfTiger Woods
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PGA Tour LogoPGA Tour
Tour Championship by Coca-Cola
Dates: September 19-22
Venue: East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Ga.

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 1-6 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 1-6 p.m. (Live) / 8:30 p.m. -1:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 10 a.m.-Noon (Live) / 9 p.m. –12:30 a.m. (NBC Replay)
Sunday 12-1 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (NBC Replay)

NBC Airtimes (Eastern)
Saturday Noon-3:30 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 1-6 p.m. (Live)

Headlining the Field – The field includes Woods, Stenson, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Graham DeLaet, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Steve Stricker, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Jason Dufner, Gary Woodland, Jim Furyk, Kevin Streelman, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, Boo Weekley, Webb Simpson, D.A. Points, Billy Horschel, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Roberto Castro, Brendon de Jonge, Zach Johnson, Harris English, Charl Schwartzel and Lee Westwood.

championstour-fChampions Tour
Pacific Links Hawaii Championship
Dates: September 20-22
Venue: Kapolei Golf Course, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Friday 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 6:30-9 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 7-9 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Replay)

Headlining the Field – The field includes Singh, Couples, Price, Bernhard Langer, Kenny Perry, Corey Pavin, Rocco Mediate, Mark O’Meara and Hale Irwin.

European Tour Logo - GolfEuropean Tour
70th Open D’Italia Lindt
Dates: September 19-22
Venue: Golf Club Torino, Turin, Italy

Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-3 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 12-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 1-3 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 8-11:30 a.m. (Live) / 1-3:30 a.m. (Replay)

Headlining the Field – The field includes Matteo Manassero, Nicolas Colsaerts, Alvaro Quiros, Francesco Molinari, Peter Uihlein, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Shane Lowry and David Duval.


2013 PGA Tour Championship Field

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Categories: FedEx CupPGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryTiger Woods
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PGA Tour LogoThe 2013 Tour Championship field is set. The top 30 players listed below make it to the Tour Championship at East Lake this week. Despite the penalty controversy, Tiger Woods managed to overtake Henrik Stenson and comes in with the lead. Notably absent from this list is Rory McIlory.

The table below shows the current FedEx Cup standings on the left, player name in the middle and current points on the right.

1 Tiger Woods 2500
2 Henrik Stenson 2250
3 Adam Scott 2000
4 Zach Johnson 1800
5 Matt Kuchar 1600
6 Steve Stricker 1400
7 Graham DeLaet 1200
8 Phil Mickelson 1000
9 Justin Rose 800
10 Brandt Snedeker 600
11 Jim Furyk 480
12 Nick Watney 460
13 Jordan Spieth 440
14 Jason Day 420
15 Hunter Mahan 400
16 Keegan Bradley 380
17 Gary Woodland 360
18 Bill Haas 340
19 Kevin Streelman 320
20 Jason Dufner 310
21 Webb Simpson 300
22 Billy Horschel 290
23 Charl Schwartzel 280
24 Roberto Castro 270
25 Sergio Garcia 260
26 Boo Weekley 250
27 Brendon de Jonge 240
28 D.A. Points 230
29 Luke Donald 220
30 Dustin Johnson 210

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