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Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, November 21st, 2011
Categories: European TourPGA TourPro GolfTiger Woods

Presidents CupThis Presidents Cup was enjoyable to watch. The USA won the Cup, 19-15.  Not surprising. They simply had more firepower than the International team.

The star of the week wasn’t Jim Furyk, who went 5-0. It wasn’t Tiger Woods either, who seemed to find it the last two days after going 0-3 the first two days. The star was the course. I’ve got Royal Melbourne on my golf bucket list now. I would love to putt those greens and try hitting shots out of those bunkers.

Sunday Matches

Sunday Singles Matches
USA Result International
Webb Simpson LOSE 1 DOWN K.T. Kim
Dustin Johnson LOSE 2 & 1 Charl Schwartzel
Bubba Watson LOSE 3 & 2 Ryo Ishikawa
Bill Haas LOSE 2 DOWN Geoff Ogilvy
Hunter Mahan WIN 5 & 3 Jason Day
Nick Watney WIN 3 & 2 K.J. Choi
Phil Mickelson LOSE 2 & 1 Adam Scott
Matt Kuchar LOSE 1 DOWN Retief Goosen
Jim Furyk WIN 4 & 3 Ernie Els
David Toms WIN 7 & 5 Robert Allenby
Tiger Woods WIN 4 & 3 Aaron Baddeley
Steve Stricker WIN 2 & 1 Y.E. Yang

Quotes of the week

There were a couple of quotes which really made me laugh, probably because my mind is in the gutter. Greg Norman asks wives and girlfriends of the players to help them relax by “taking care of them.” Ahem.

Tiger was talking about a two foot putt which surprisingly wasn’t given to his partner Steve Stricker:

“I don’t think he’s missed one of those since coming out of the womb.”

During the NBC broadcast, Johnny Miller might have used a better choice of words when describing Tiger:

“Tiger’s been known to make his partners gag a little bit.”

Uh, no comment.

Presidents Cup Sunday Pairings and TV Schedule

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, November 19th, 2011
Categories: European TourPGA TourPro GolfTiger Woods

Presidents CupCritics are commenting about the pairings for Sunday’s Presidents Cup and I can hear what they’re saying.  From a ratings standpoint, the big name players Like Woods may be completely irrelevant by their back nine as the Cup could be over by then.  But that is assuming the early USA players win some matches.  You never know.  That’s why they play the game.

Presidents Cup Sunday Pairings

MATCH 23:  K.T. Kim, International vs. Webb Simpson, USA
MATCH 24:  Dustin Johnson, USA vs. Charl Schwartzel, International
MATCH 25:  Ryo Ishikawa, International vs. Bubba Watson, USA
MATCH 26:  Bill Haas, USA vs. Geoff Ogilvy, International
MATCH 27:  Jason Day, International vs. Hunter Mahan, USA
MATCH 28:  Nick Watney, USA vs. K.J. Choi, International
MATCH 29:  Adam Scott, International vs. Phil Mickelson, USA
MATCH 30:  Matt Kuchar, USA vs. Retief Goosen, International
MATCH 31:  Ernie Els, International vs. Jim Furyk, USA
MATCH 32:  David Toms, USA vs. Robert Allenby, International
MATCH 33:  Aaron Baddeley, International vs. Tiger Woods, USA
MATCH 34:  Steve Stricker, USA vs. Y,E. Yang, International

Presidents Cup Final Round TV Schedule

Saturday: 6:30PM-12:30AM ET Golf Channel
Sunday: 12PM-6PM ET (replay) NBC

Presidents Cup Day Three Results – Did Tiger get his first win of the Cup?

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, November 19th, 2011
Categories: European TourPGA TourPro GolfTiger Woods

Presidents CupAfter 36 holes of play on day three (Saturday in Australia, Friday afternoon/evening here in the USA), the USA team leads the International team 13-9. The International team still has a chance, but they need a big day for day four.

Tiger Woods finally recorded his first win in the 2011 Presidents Cup, then lost in the afternoon. So Woods is 1-3. Good decision for Fred Couples to pick him over Keegan Bradley? Comment in below if you wish.

Saturday Four-Ball
USA Result International
Simpson/Watson LOSE 2 & 1 Goosen/Schwartzel
Woods/Johnson LOSE 1 DOWN Kim/Yang
Stricker/Kuchar LOSE 1 DOWN Ogilvy/Choi
Mahan/Haas WIN 2 & 1 Baddeley/Day
Furyk/Watney WIN 1 UP Scott/Els
Saturday Foursomes
USA Result International
Simpson/Watson WIN 3 & 2 Allenby/Ogilvy
Haas/Kuchar LOSE 1 DOWN Els/Ishikawa
Mahan/Toms WIN 5 & 4 Goosen/Schwartzel
Woods/Johnson WIN 3 & 2 Scott/Choi
Mickelson/Furyk WIN 2 & 1 Baddeley/Day

BMW Championship TV Coverage

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, September 15th, 2011
Categories: Golf MediaPGA TourPro Golf

FedEx Cup LogoFedEx Cup Playoff Round Three
BMW Championship TV Schedule

Set your DVR!

Thursday: 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel)
Friday: 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel)
Saturday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (Golf Channel) & 12-3:30 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday: 12-2 p.m. (Golf Channel) & 2-6 p.m. (NBC)


To get a listing of the qualifying field for this event, check this HOG post from last week.

PGA Championship Round One Thoughts

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, August 12th, 2011
Categories: European TourGolfPGA ChampionshipPGA TourPro GolfTiger Woods

2011 PGA ChampionshipI don’t pass up an opportunity to golf with my dad, especially at his fantastic club Hidden Valley CC.  So yesterday when the email rolled in with an invite I hit record on the DVR to record round one of the PGA Championship and flew out the door.  When I left Tiger Woods had played 5-6 holes and was -3.  It was looking like he was in control of his game.  I was amazed when I got back to find out that he’d apparently completely lost that control and finished with his worst ever opening score in a major championship, 77.  Some how TW had lost 10 shots to par after I stopped watching.  Wow.

The quote below is very telling.  It seems Tiger has no control over his shots at this point.  I’m sure this isn’t good news to his swing coach Sean Foley.

“My shots don’t shape like they used to. I don’t shape the ball as much. I went ahead and, as I said, just played by feel and I just hit it, aimed too far right and it didn’t move. And a lot of fades out there did the same thing. I aimed left for a fade and it doesn’t move, it moves about a yard or two and I’m used to having it cut a lot more than that. And my draw used to move a lot than that as well.” ~Tiger Woods following first round of 2011 PGA Championship

Steve Stricker posted a major championship record tying 63 yesterday.  I’d sure love to see him win a major.  Stricker is certainly one of those who could qualify as “current best player who hasn’t won a major.”  I just wonder if he can keep it together all weekend.  Typically super low rounds aren’t followed up by another.

Rory McIlroy should have dropped away from that tree root yesterday.  Round two is underway as I write this and his wrist is wrapped as he has some tendon damage.  Judging from his swings, he’s a bit worried about it but he’s still hitting some great shots.

I’m very surprised by the performance of Jerry Kelly who shot a 65 yesterday (2nd) and Shaun Micheel shooting 66.  What is it with Micheel and the PGA?  Just plays well in this event?

Phil Mickelson was quite outspoken about his low opinion of the design work on the course by Rees Jones, namely the very long par-3 holes.  He was saying that these holes were fine for tour play, but too hard for the average golfer.  Strangely though, some of what he said was removed from the transcripts from the event.  Hmmm.  Phil is still in it, shooting a +1 71.

There are many other interesting story lines from day one, but I can’t possibly cover them all.  Comment in your thoughts.

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