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Phil Mickelson, Las Vegas, Pyrotechnics, Justin Timberlake, Callaway

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, December 16th, 2011
Categories: Golf EquipmentGolf GearMiscellaneous
Mirage Volcano


Just read a piece in the USA Today (not that I read that publication much) which talked about Callaway’s new direction in marketing.  They’ve brought on a new agency (Factory Design Labs) and also Justin Timberlake to consult with them.

“Looking to pump up sales and promote its two new products for 2012— the RAZR Fit driver and the Hex Black Tour golf ball — Callaway Golf is pumping up the volume in a game long known for its tranquility. Callaway hired marketing agency Factory Design Labs, who came up with the concept to take golf to a place it has never been – the neon-induced, over-the-top, volume-busting Las Vegas Strip. Factory Design then got in touch with Kahn and Justin Timberlake, the multiple Emmy and Grammy Award-winning actor, musician and avid golfer, to collaborate on a campaign that is as unique as it is eye-catching.”

The result is a campaign which is going to start toward the end of January which features Phil Mickelson and other Callaway players hitting shots on the Las Vegas strip with volcanoes erupting and pyrotechnics exploding.  Sounds fun.  I’d like to try that.  I’m not really a Justin Timberlake fan so I guess I’m not the demographic they’re going for, even though my demographic is the one with the money to spend.

It will be interesting to see what they do and how successful the campaign is.


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.

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