Tiger Woods Bows Out of Ryder Cup Consideration, Saving Tom Watson From Not Picking Him

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, August 14th, 2014
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Tiger Woods Hot Dog

Official carries the wiener off the 7th green…

I don’t do a lot of Tiger Woods posts.  There are billions of other sites regurgitating every bit of news they can find about Tiger, even covering his empty parking spots or his entry into the porta potty.  My favorite is when he blows a big snot out of his nose and they show it in super slo-mo on the Konica Minolta Tiger Booger Vision Camera.  With the Ryder Cup coming up I feel Tiger is worthy of some commentary here.

Tiger Woods has withdrawn from consideration as a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup.  Here’s his post regarding his withdrawal:

I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed. They’ve advised me not to play or practice now. I was fortunate that my recent back injury was not related to my surgery and was muscular only.

I have already spoken to Tom [Watson] about the Ryder Cup, and while I greatly appreciate his thinking about me for a possible captain’s pick, I took myself out of consideration. The U.S. team and the Ryder Cup mean too much to me not to be able to give it my best. I’ll be cheering for the U.S. team. I think we have an outstanding squad going into the matches.

I plan to return to competition at my World Challenge tournament at Isleworth in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 1-7. It’s an event that’s important to me and my foundation, and it will be exciting to be playing again.

Thankfully this announcement puts an end to the nauseating over-posting of the “should Tom Watson pick Tiger for the Ryder Cup team?” questions.  Glad that’s over.  Seems like every article and every social network feed had about as many of those posts as the “dump ice on your head” ones.  By sheer numbers alone, one might conclude that the Ryder Cup team is better of without Tiger Woods, even when he’s healthy.  His record in the event is quite poor.  Based on recent play I don’t understand how anyone would remotely consider him for the team.  They’re just Tiger homers.

I can’t help wondering if Woods should not have played in the Bridgestone and the PGA this past month or so.  He was obviously not at his best yet told the media he was 100% and there to win.  Is that denial, stubbornness, rust, or was he really 100% only to become injured again during the course of the Bridgestone?  I’d have to question his doctors about that, or Woods himself for perhaps ignoring their advice and playing anyway?  We will never know.

Now that Woods has bowed out of any competition until at least the first week of December are we going to be subjected to more posts about how Tiger not being around is killing the golf economy?  Probably but I sure hope not.  Personally I don’t buy gear or book tee times based on whether Tiger Woods is playing and I don’t know anyone else that does either.  The Tiger effect hurts the media, but they took too many trips through the Tiger buffett anyway.  Sooner or later the Tiger media bubble was going to burst.


2014 PGA Championship Commentary – Choo Choo! Hop on the Rory McIlory Bandwagon!

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 11th, 2014
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I have now watched TV for a third time this year, during the PGA Championship. The first two times were the Masters and the Open Championship. I live a sheltered, golf blogger life I suppose.

I’ve considered the PGA Championship to be the red-headed stepchild of the major tournaments, but the finish this year was more exciting than the other three majors. All that despite a hoaky golf course in Valhalla which seemed to strictly dictate playing strategy on many holes, leaving no room for creativity by the players.

Rory McIlroy NikeChoo Choo! Hop on the McIlory bandwagon!

Hop aboard the Rory McIlory bandwagon with me! I’m a fan! The McIlroy era has begun. Watch the golf media go all ape gaga over Rory now as Tiger fades. They’ll latch onto him like a baby monkey latches onto its mother. Soon we will be reading all the “will Rory break Jack’s major record?” drivel from the scribes. Quote me on it. Book it. So predictable.

The 2014 PGA Championship was a great major win for Rory because he found himself behind by two shots midway through the round. He found a way to come back and win by two shots. A different win than his previous front-running style wins.

Hard not to like this kid. He is still a kid, but growing up fast. There’s something authentic about Rory. He’s not a mercenary robot like Tiger Woods was. He has a human quality to him and an open, perhaps slightly naive quality to him. This makes him much more likable than Tiger ever was. Time will tell if the endless stupid media questions and taking what he says out of context will sour that likable human aspect. I hope not.

Rickie Fowler

I’ve poked fun at Rickie Fowler for quite some time now. For a few years now, this kid has been more well known for his apparel style than his golf game. That has changed as has my opinion. In EVERY major this year Fowler has been right there, even had a chance to win. I respect that. He’ll get one.

Phil Mickelson

Phil has had a very lackluster season so far. I was pleased to see Phil bring it this past weekend and he produced some great drama, even tying for the lead for a bit. Ironically it was his short game failing him on the 16th hole Sunday, which led to a bogey which put him one back of McIlory.

Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson had a share of the lead for a bit. When he three putted I ducked, and I’m 2,000 miles from Valhalla. Stenson is a ticking time bomb and I wonder what he destroyed after yesterday’s round. Still, he’s an amazing player. Just ask his accountant.

Lee Westwood

I like Lee Westwood. He had the lead after the first round. But I’m not sure he can get over the hump and win a major championship. Maybe he hung around too much with Colin Montgomerie?

Bubba Watson

I missed much of this. Apparently Bubba Watson had some not-so worthy f-bombs which fell in earshot of not only the TV microphones, but small children. His behavior was enough to warrant many articles and commentary, and an apology on Twitter.

Dustin Johnson

DJ took a leave of absence before the PGA to work out personal issues. Many rumors and articles cited a suspension for drug use but the PGA Tour denied DJ was suspended. Sounds like a self-imposed suspension.

You are a reflection of who you hang out with. ‘Nuff said.

Tiger Woods

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

Tiger Woods

Last but not least Tiger Woods. After withdrawing from the WGC Bridgestone the previous week and almost crawling to his courtesy car, Tiger was back at the PGA and was there to “win.” He did not win. He did not make the cut after shooting consecutive rounds of 74.

Many pundits are theorizing that he came back from back surgery too soon. Tiger insisted he was 100% healthy. Sounds to me like he’s floating down the river of de-Nile.

I’m not sure what to make of Tiger these days. Part of me thinks he should retire now, or at least take the rest of 2014 off and get healthy.

Final Thoughts

The PGA Championship marks a little bit of a sad day. It is symbolic of the golf season winding down. Summer is more than half over and soon here in northern Utah the snow will be flying and the golf clubs will be shelved for months.

I’ve been thinking of quitting golf lately, but if I’m going to I’d like to do it on my own terms, when I’m pissed off at it!
Right now I’m suffering from a bad case of golfer’s elbow. That injury may bench me before the snow flies.


2014 PGA Championship TV Coverage – Bonus Channels for DirecTV Subscribers

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, August 7th, 2014
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DVR Alert!

Below is the PGA Championship TV schedule, along with information about bonus coverage and channels for DirecTV subscribers. For 24/7 coverage of Tiger Woods’s parking spot tune into Golf Channel.

2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Television Schedule

Thu,Aug 07 TNT 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
Fri,Aug 08 TNT 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
Sat,Aug 09 TNT 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET
Sat,Aug 09 CBS 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
Sun,Aug 10 TNT 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET
Sun,Aug 10 CBS 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

Press Release From DirecTV

DIRECTV’s bonus coverage of major golf events concludes this year with the PGA Championship Experience, featuring professional golf’s last major, unfolding at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 7-10.

Teaming up with TNT and CBS, DIRECTV will offer golf action on its exclusive four-screen Mix Channel, and alongside, access to an interactive menu of apps for an instant view of player stats, bios, scorecards and tee times.

The PGA Championship Experience Mix Channel (701) includes: the main TNT/CBS broadcast (702); Featured Group One (703); Featured Group Two (704) and Featured Hole(705). Any four channels on the Mix can be tuned to full-screen. The live coverage schedule is: 1 p.m. to 7p.m. EDT Thursday and Friday on TNT; On Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT on TNT and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on CBS; and on Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT on TNT, and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT on CBS.

Viewers who want more in-depth information on players and pairings can select the red button on their remote to bring up the following list of interactive features alongside the broadcast video: Player Scorecard offers key bioinfo, player headshots, scores and stats; Player Bio provides player biographies and their scorecards, and fans can add a player to their favorites list; Pairings and Tee Times displays all groups and tee times for the current round.

DIRECTV’s Mix Channel, interactive coverage includes all four of professional golf’s major tournaments along with select PGA tournaments this year. For more information visit: http://www.directv.com/sports/golf


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

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 4th, 2014
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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

This Week on Tour – Tiger Woods & Rory McIlory in Dubai, Mickelson in Phoenix

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
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Waste Management Phoenix Open
Dates: January 30 – February 2
Venue: Stadium Course, TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 3-7 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 3-7 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)

Notables in the field: Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson, Gary Woodland, Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter, Nick Watney and Bill Haas.

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Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Dates: January 30 – February 2
Venue: Majlis Course, Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 10:30 p.m-Midnight (Live)
Thursday Midnight-4 a.m. / 5:30-8:30 a.m. (Live) / 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 1-8:30 a.m. (Live) / 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 4-8 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Replay) / 6:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 4-8 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Replay) / 6:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)

Notables in the field: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Ernie Els, Fred Couples, John Daly, Matteo Manassero, Thomas Bjorn, Stephen Gallacher and Mark O’Meara.


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