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Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
Categories: Champions TourEuropean TourJordan SpiethLPGA TourPGA TourPro Golf
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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.


Top 100 World Golf Ranking List – Rory McIlory Takes #1 Ranking From Adam Scott

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 4th, 2014
Categories: European TourPGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryTiger Woods
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There is no doubt who the #1 golfer in the world is right now, Rory McIlory. Below is the most recent official world golf ranking top 100 list. Most notably Rory McIlory moved to #1 after this past weekend’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational victory. Adam Scott dropped to #2 while surging Sergio Garcia moved up to #3.

Puzzlingly, Tiger Woods stayed at #10 after the WD at the Bridgestone. Woods is not playing top 10 or even top 100 golf right now.  Also interesting to note that Tiger Woods is tied for the lowest number of competitive rounds counted for this ranking (40).  What does that mean?  That meaning is up for debate.  For reference, McIlory’s ranking is computed based on 50 events.

This Week Last week Name Avg Points Total Points Points Lost Points Gained
1 2 Rory McIlroy 9.4077 470.38 -211.48 363.42
2 1 Adam Scott 9.2368 378.71 -188.00 173.28
3 5 Sergio Garcia 7.7803 381.23 -135.79 251.73
4 3 Henrik Stenson 7.6685 398.76 -190.20 111.47
5 4 Justin Rose 7.4602 380.47 -192.00 199.97
6 6 Matt Kuchar 6.7706 352.07 -165.55 197.77
7 7 Bubba Watson 6.6678 313.38 -115.32 266.39
8 8 Jim Furyk 6.4772 297.95 -117.67 197.43
9 9 Jason Day 6.1919 247.68 -109.84 124.86
10 10 Tiger Woods 5.9077 236.31 -249.75 6.57
11 11 Jordan Spieth 5.6858 272.92 -77.69 184.55
12 12 Martin Kaymer 5.3785 279.68 -72.14 210.93
13 13 Phil Mickelson 5.1451 246.96 -174.27 75.31
14 14 Zach Johnson 5.0157 260.82 -144.13 121.73
15 17 Graeme McDowell 4.9048 240.33 -140.36 120.38
16 15 Hideki Matsuyama 4.8810 209.88 -67.47 122.32
17 16 Dustin Johnson 4.8328 241.64 -126.15 137.25
18 18 Rickie Fowler 4.7877 248.96 -77.88 193.71
19 22 Charl Schwartzel 4.1714 216.92 -123.14 89.85
20 19 Jimmy Walker 4.1548 216.05 -78.03 164.97
21 23 Keegan Bradley 4.1462 215.60 -131.05 120.25
22 21 Victor Dubuisson 3.8801 170.72 -57.23 95.75
23 20 Steve Stricker 3.8790 155.16 -116.35 42.57
24 26 Thomas Bjorn 3.8414 195.91 -77.32 81.29
25 29 Patrick Reed 3.7627 191.90 -48.12 164.63
26 25 Luke Donald 3.7408 190.78 -137.85 95.15
27 24 Jason Dufner 3.7255 193.73 -141.39 76.29
28 27 Miguel A Jimenez 3.4786 160.02 -61.94 91.00
29 28 Ian Poulter 3.4601 169.54 -127.76 40.63
30 30 Webb Simpson 3.4043 177.02 -117.92 75.84
31 31 Stephen Gallacher 3.3499 174.19 -60.99 136.07
32 32 Jamie Donaldson 3.3319 173.26 -88.96 82.89
33 33 Thongchai Jaidee 3.2370 168.32 -68.07 104.19
34 34 Lee Westwood 3.1970 166.25 -112.35 87.01
35 36 Brandt Snedeker 3.1779 165.25 -149.98 61.34
36 38 Kevin Na 3.1517 126.07 -29.78 123.21
37 39 Ryan Moore 3.0938 154.69 -81.37 75.10
38 37 Bill Haas 3.0850 160.42 -90.71 77.21
39 51 Marc Leishman 3.0598 159.11 -57.61 122.10
40 35 Graham Delaet 3.0415 155.12 -72.28 78.76
41 40 Brendon Todd 2.9901 146.51 -22.95 121.03
42 41 Kevin Streelman 2.9174 151.71 -66.31 83.32
43 42 Francesco Molinari 2.8516 148.28 -81.24 84.19
44 43 Chris Kirk 2.7513 143.07 -58.13 93.82
45 44 Hunter Mahan 2.7322 142.07 -94.97 68.51
46 45 Jonas Blixt 2.6236 136.43 -68.42 72.32
47 46 Joost Luiten 2.5943 132.31 -56.66 68.88
48 47 Gary Woodland 2.5741 133.85 -47.92 68.51
49 49 Harris English 2.5669 133.48 -58.06 73.31
50 48 Matt Every 2.5567 132.95 -43.26 109.05
51 53 Matt Jones 2.5047 130.25 -37.86 88.97
52 54 Kevin Stadler 2.5042 130.22 -49.21 105.98
53 52 Angel Cabrera 2.4718 121.12 -44.04 70.42
54 50 Mikko Ilonen 2.4295 111.76 -40.64 78.30
55 57 John Senden 2.3938 124.48 -50.93 97.26
56 54 Louis Oosthuizen 2.3696 120.85 -116.89 83.67
57 56 Billy Horschel 2.3340 121.37 -65.69 50.40
58 58 Shane Lowry 2.2586 112.93 -48.83 72.11
59 59 Russell Henley 2.2441 116.69 -54.12 88.77
60 62 Ernie Els 2.2034 114.58 -115.69 46.31
61 65 J.B. Holmes 2.1722 86.89 -14.69 88.41
62 60 Koumei Oda 2.1691 108.46 -41.37 51.39
63 61 Ryan Palmer 2.1583 103.60 -45.94 84.64
64 63 Pablo Larrazabal 2.1294 110.73 -50.05 82.39
65 64 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano 2.1065 109.54 -73.49 32.76
66 66 Brian Harman 2.0450 106.34 -32.85 86.34
67 67 Matteo Manassero 2.0306 105.59 -74.78 45.21
68 68 Charley Hoffman 2.0212 101.06 -43.45 65.92
69 69 George Coetzee 1.9876 99.38 -54.23 75.51
70 71 Bernd Wiesberger 1.9622 102.03 -61.71 44.87
71 70 Richard Sterne 1.9446 85.56 -58.98 27.59
72 72 K.J. Choi 1.9082 97.32 -40.81 72.14
73 73 Rafael Cabrera Bello 1.8619 96.82 -44.80 74.03
74 74 Erik Compton 1.8336 95.35 -16.03 86.24
75 77 Brooks Koepka 1.8194 87.33 -31.78 54.42
76 75 Tim Clark 1.8164 89.00 -48.17 52.67
77 76 Ben Martin 1.7965 93.42 -24.95 62.96
78 80 Nick Watney 1.7909 93.13 -100.53 25.16
79 83 Fredrik Jacobson 1.7677 77.78 -36.61 50.43
80 78 Charles Howell-III 1.7617 91.61 -48.65 48.77
81 79 Ryo Ishikawa 1.7516 91.08 -47.88 50.33
82 82 George McNeill 1.7396 81.76 -20.43 70.11
83 85 Brendon de Jonge 1.7348 90.21 -57.46 43.71
84 81 Chris Stroud 1.7311 90.02 -39.27 39.55
85 84 Paul Casey 1.7059 88.71 -37.07 45.74
86 86 Boo Weekley 1.6746 87.08 -53.93 23.65
87 87 Anirban Lahiri 1.6587 69.67 -27.48 34.76
88 88 Chesson Hadley 1.6488 79.14 -26.49 45.27
89 89 Scott Stallings 1.6446 85.52 -50.97 60.19
90 90 Chris Wood 1.5639 75.07 -49.47 34.43
91 98 Branden Grace 1.5589 81.06 -76.57 39.38
92 91 Kim Hyung-sung 1.5395 80.05 -48.95 24.54
93 100 Fabrizio Zanotti 1.5377 78.42 -11.50 75.12
94 93 David Hearn 1.5246 79.28 -33.49 47.91
95 92 Tommy Fleetwood 1.5230 79.20 -32.54 40.18
96 94 Ross Fisher 1.5110 78.57 -47.16 30.99
97 96 Edoardo Molinari 1.5070 61.79 -15.44 52.24
98 95 Thorbjorn Olesen 1.5016 78.08 -67.59 41.35
99 102 Danny Willett 1.4990 70.45 -41.22 43.87
100 97 Daniel Summerhays 1.4967 77.83 -34.96 47.05

2013 Year in Review – Part Uno

2013 was quite a year for Hooked On Golf Blog and me, Tony Korologos. This article is part one of two (part two tomorrow), looking back at 2013 from at HOG viewpoint.

Rory McIlroy NikeJanuary

Ah the beginning of a new year and the hopes that my short game would improve. There’s always 2014…

Rory McIlory switched to Nike Golf. Personal issues, business issues, and perhaps the equipment switch would contribute to a less-than-satisfying year on the course for Rory.

Attended the PGA Show for the billionth time. Orlando hates me and my body. Had a great time seeing the new gear, meeting old golf friends and battling in the Battle of the Golf Blogs.

Mike and Kevin Foley & MeFebruary

February I posted a bunch of golf videos from the PGA Merchandise Show.

Asher Golf’s James Roundy, a local friend, passed. Sad.

The Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour traveled to Bogota, Colombia. What a fantastic trip! I got to play golf with Web.com Tour star Kevin Foley in the Web.com Tour Colombia Championship Pro-Am. Kevin would later gain his PGA Tour card for 2014! He must have learned from my dual chicken wing granny over the top swing.

La Cima Club de Golf - Click to enlarge

March

While in Colombia I played golf at La Cima Golf Course, 10,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains. Wow. Ball go far.

Met Web.com Tour player Dusty Fielding. Nice kid.

A fun blog post was “Filtering Out the Noise: Golf Social Networking’s Top 10 Overused Status Updates.

I reviewed the Cobra Amp Cell driver.

Cobra Amp Cell Irons - click for more

April

Bubba’s Hover was the video rage. Bubba Watson released a golf cart hovercraft!

Of course, April is Masters month. Not a month is busier for me or HOG. Lots of Masters related articles. Adam Scott won the Masters in dramatic fashion. Angel Cabrera hit what I consider the shot of the year with his approach on the final hole to about two feet. That shot resulted in a birdie to tie Adam Scott and force a playoff.

I reviewed the Cobra Amp Cell irons.

Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip Golf Shoes - click to see more

May

Ecco Golf came out with hybrid wingtip shoes. Some of the coolest crossover shoes ever.

Tiger Woods won THE PLAYERS (always write “The Players” in ALL CAPS, it is what they do). Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods had a little tiff which the media went into a feeding frenzy over. Sergio eventually apologized for some not-so-nice comments.

HOG poll results told us that Delta Airlines is the worst airline for golf travel.

Good thing Adam Scott won the Masters when he did. The USGA and R&A announced the ban on anchored golf clubs, beginning January 1st, 2016. Bye bye belly.

Eric/Tom sent in some great fan mail, calling me an “asshole who sucks at golf and couldn’t break 100” all because of a golf bag I reviewed. Thanks Eric/Tom!

I fell down a volcano and suffered volcanic road rash. Thankfully my Nikon survived.

Sand BagJune

I played in the Salt Lake Amateur golf tournament. I was right in the mix through 27 holes until my back went out on the 10th tee.  I finished, but the last nine was not pretty. Bugger. Kill me.

HOG readers voted Southwest Airlines as the best airline for golf travel by a landslide.

I reviewed a very cool book: An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing Up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course.

Posted an article on golf CHEATERS. That’s what sandbaggers are.

Justin Rose won the U.S. Open in amazing fashion. That was one of the best ball striking displays I’ve ever seen.

On June 30, I boarded an airplane bound for St. Andrews, Scotland.


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

HP Byron Nelson round three – Just Survive Baby

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, May 28th, 2011
Categories: PGA TourPro Golf
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Ryan Palmer

Ryan Palmer leads going into final round - click for more photos

Conditions today were the toughest they’ve been all week out here at the TPC Four Seasons and the HP Byron Nelson Championship.  The “Texas” winds were stronger than the previous two days, blowing right in the face of the players for the last four holes.  By the way, is a wind just as fast in MPH wise as a Texas wind as strong?  Don’t ask a Texan if you want an unbiased answer.

The two leaders, Sergio Garcia and Ryan Palmer started the day off at -8.  The tough conditions would take their toll on both players.  Garcia carded a four over 74, while Ryan Palmer edged him by one shot with a 73.

The conditions were so tough that no player in the field went without a bogey, and 3 out of the top 10 players on the leaderboard at the end of the 3rd round shot rounds under par.  Winds gusted up to 36 yesterday and while on the course I felt that today’s winds were noticeably stronger.

Amateur Jordan Spieth a big story again

17 year old Dallas amateur Jordan Spieth will be missing his high school graduation ceremonies tonight, to stay rested and prepared for tomorrow’s final round.  Spieth actually outscored Garcia and Palmer today by 2 and 1 shot respectively.  Spieth is currently tied for 8th place at -1, just four shots off the lead.  In tough conditions anything can happen, and Spieth could create one of the biggest stories in recent golf history with a win.

Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia's putting is greatly improved - click for more

My Perspective

I was all over the course today following many groups.  Of course I did spend the most time with the leaders but I spent some quality time following the likes of Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland and Chris DiMarco.  I followed the leading players for most of the back nine, managing to get some killer positions like on #11 where I was literally 15 feet from the pin.  Of course I snapped more pictures and uploaded over 100 of them to the HOG HP Byron Nelson Championship image gallery.  Check it out.

Tired

I’ve been walking all over this hilly course in highly humid conditions with the temps nearly 100 degrees.  Last night I had a hint of heat stroke.  I managed to hydrate myself better today and stay out of the heat a little better as well.  No headache, but do have a blister on the right foot.

I wanted to finish up here in the media center and head out for good ole Texas BBQ somewhere, but I decided to eat and blog at the same time so I can get back to my room early and rest for the big day tomorrow.  I’m greatly looking forward to it.

As I knock on wood, I’m hoping that for the billionth time this season the tour does NOT enter a playoff.  That would really screw up my outgoing flight to Vegas tomorrow night.


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