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New Nike Slogan: Just Stop Doing It (making golf clubs, bags and golf balls that is)

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, August 4th, 2016
Categories: Golf BallsGolf ClubsGolf EquipmentGolf Gear

Nike Sumo “Mickey” Driver – Didn’t sell too well…

I’m not one to post the same over-hashed topics that most other golf sites post but today I have to.  Nike is going to “transition out of equipment – including clubs, balls and bags.”

For many years Nike was a great sponsor to HOG, especially the fantasy golf leagues.  They provided some huge prizes.  They also sent me a bunch of clubs, bags and balls to test over the years.  Some I liked.  Some I didn’t like, especially the golf balls.  Apparently with no more Tiger Woods fueling sales and buzz, the likes of Rory McIlory and a few others aren’t enough to keep interest at a high enough level to drive sales.

BEAVERTON, Ore. NIKE, Inc. announced today that it will accelerate innovation in its Golf footwear and apparel business and will partner with more of the world’s best golfers. With this new focus, Nike Golf will transition out of equipment – including clubs, balls and bags.

“We’re committed to being the undisputed leader in golf footwear and apparel,” said Trevor Edwards, President, Nike Brand. “We will achieve this by investing in performance innovation for athletes and delivering sustainable profitable growth for Nike Golf.”

“Athletes like Tiger, Rory and Michelle drive tremendous energy for the game and inspire consumers worldwide,” said Daric Ashford, President of Nike Golf. “Over the past year the MM Fly Blade Polo, the Flyknit Chukka and Air Zoom 90 have all connected strongly with golfers. We’ll continue to ignite excitement with our athletes and deliver the best of Nike for the game.”

The golf equipment market is already flooded, so in the long run I think this is good.  Sometimes businesses branch out too much and go away from focusing on their strengths.  Nike’s apparel sales are so huge, golf equipment was really not worth it.  They tried to be groundbreaking and cutting edge with their designs in golf clubs, like the square “Sumo” driver.  In the long run those quirky, weird looking clubs just made Nike look bad.  The Nike Sumo “Mickey” was one of the worst (pictured).

It’s better not to produce a product than it is to just produce one that makes you look bad, or desperate.

New Tiger Woods Swing Looks… Um…

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, April 25th, 2016
Categories: Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods posted this driver swing today.

I’m no expert, but this is not the Tiger Woods we all used to know. He can’t get to his front foot… AT ALL. Watch the front foot and left leg. He’s so upright and the move to the finish looks completely artificial or robotic, or something.

I’m finding this intriguing to watch, in a drunken girl bar fight kind of way…

Breaking: Tiger Woods to Replace Arnold Palmer in Ceremonial Masters Opening Tee Shot

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, April 1st, 2016
Categories: GolfPGA TourPro GolfThe MastersTiger Woods

April 1 2016 – Tiger Woods announced today that he would be replacing Arnold Palmer in the traditional opening tee shot ceremony at the 2016 Masters Tournament. Palmer, 86, has been suffering from a lingering shoulder injury and earlier in March announced that he would not be able to participate in the opening tee shot.

Arnold Palmer Now Driving

Arnold Palmer Teeing Off In The Masters Opening Ceremony

Four-time Masters champion Woods, 40, has been battling injury as well and is recovering from another back surgery.

“I have concluded I’m not at a physical or mental state to compete in the Masters Tournament at this time. By taking part in the opening tee shot ceremony Thursday morning I will be able to participate and contribute to the event. I’m looking forward to seeing if I can out-drive Gary (Player).” ~Tiger Woods

Woods will join six time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus and three time champion Gary Player as part of the modified “Big Three.”

“I look forward to hearing the announcement, ‘fore please, Tiger Woods now driving.’  That said, I don’t plan on permanently relinquishing myself to a ceremonial starter and hope to return and compete for another green jacket in 2017.” ~Tiger Woods

The ceremonial tee shot takes place Thursday morning at 8:00am eastern time on the first tee of Augusta National Golf Club.

According to Golf Digest Steve Williams Learned of Tiger Woods Sex Scandal in New Book

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, November 8th, 2015
Categories: BoneheadsGolf MediaMiscellaneousTiger Woods

The days of proofreading, editors, grammar, and common sense in the golf media world are long gone…

Steve Williams Tiger Woods Book

So Steve Williams learned of Tiger Woods se scandal in a new book?  It’s amazing it took him until 2015 to learn about the 2008 scandal, being so close to Tiger and all.  Nice job Digest.

On a side note, I’m not interested in Steve Williams or anything he has to say.

This Week On Tour

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
Categories: Champions TourEuropean TourGolf MediaLPGA TourPGA TourPro GolfTiger Woods

Wyndham Championsip
Dates: Aug. 20-23
Venue: Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Final opportunity to qualify for FedExCup Playoffs: This is the 43rd and final regular season event on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR schedule, and the final opportunity for players to move inside the top-125 in the FedExCup standings to qualify for the Playoffs. Those 125 players at week’s end will earn PGA TOUR cards for the 2015-16 season, and qualify for the first of four playoff events at The Barclays next week in New Jersey. Players finishing at 126-200 in the FedExCup standings will be eligible for the Web.com Tour Finals, a four tournament series beginning Sept. 10.

Villegas defends: Camilo Villegas finished one shot ahead of Bill Haas and Fredrik Jacobson for his fourth career PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace, Martin Kaymer, Billy Horschel, Paul Casey, Ernie Els, Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas.

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open
Dates: Aug. 20-23
Venue: The Vancouver Golf Club, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 6-9 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Friday replay)
Friday 6-9 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-6 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 7-10 p.m. (Live) / 4-6:30 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 7-10 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Elite field: Nine of the top-10 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings are in the field, including the top-3 in Inbee Park, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis. 17-year-old Canadian Brooke Henderson also will tee it up this week in her home country, coming off a win at the Cambia Portland Classic last week as a Monday qualifier.

Inskter joining the booth on Friday with U.S. Solheim Cup selections looming: The U.S. Solheim Cup team will be finalized following the conclusion of play on Sunday, with the top-eight on the LPGA points list and the top-two Americans in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings not already qualified receiving automatic spots on the roster. U.S. Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster will join Golf Channel’s booth during Friday’s second round coverage to discuss her potential options for choosing her captain’s picks. The European team – which already has four automatic qualifiers from the Ladies European Tour points list – will round out its roster on Tuesday, Aug. 25, with the top-four LET members in the world rankings and four captain’s picks.

Ryu defends: So Yeon Ryu won by two strokes over Na Yeon Choi for her third career LPGA Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis, Brooke Henderson, Hyo Joo Kim, So Yeon Ryu, Suzann Pettersen, Shanshan Feng, Lexi Thompson, Anna Nordqvist and Amy Yang.

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Boeing Classic
Dates: Aug. 21-23
Venue: TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday 9-11 p.m. (Tape delay) / 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Saturday 5-7 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 5-7 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Dunlap defends: Scott Dunlap defeated Mark Brooks with a birdie on the first playoff hole for his inaugural Champions Tour win.
Headlining the field: Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Jeff Maggert, Marco Dawson, Kevin Sutherland, Joe Durant, Lee Janzen, Esteban Toledo, Woody Austin and Billy Andrade.

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Made in Denmark
Dates: Aug. 20-23
Venue: Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort (PGA Backtee Course), Aalborg, Denmark

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 5:30-7:30 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday 5:30-7:30 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 7-11 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 6:30-11 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Warren defends: Marc Warren finished two shots ahead of Bradley Dredge to earn his third career European Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, Marc Warren, Thorbjorn Olesen, David Lipsky, David Horsey, Daniel Brooks, Edoardo Molinari, Nicloas Colsaerts and Peter Uihlein.

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