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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


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


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


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.

Tiger Woods Turns 38

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, December 30th, 2013
Categories: PGA TourPro GolfTiger Woods
Tiger Woods

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

Today is Tiger Woods’s 38th birthday.  Love him or hate him, you can’t deny his impact on the golf world.

Let’s just hope that today’s birthday isn’t an excuse for the golf media to break out the “will Tiger break Jack Nicklaus’s major championship record?” articles again!  Please…

Here’s Your Chance to Have Tiger Woods’s Personal Chef Cook for You

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, December 16th, 2013
Categories: Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods Hot Dog

Official carries the wiener off the 7th green…

Slow news day I guess…

This article in the Broward Palm Beach New Times discusses a new bistro called “kitchen” (yes with a lower case “k”) in West Palm Beach, FL which was opened by chef Matthew Byrne and his wife.  Byrne is a former personal chef for Tiger Woods.

“…for several months out of the year — South Florida. Later, he was introduced to Tiger Woods, and became not only his personal chef, but also the estate manager of his Jupiter home.”


This Week in Golf – Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, Nedbank Golf Challenge, Hong Kong open

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Categories: European TourPGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryTiger Woods

Northwestern Mutual World Challenge
Dates: December 5-8
Venue: Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 8-11 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 8-11 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-3 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 1-3 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Replay)

NBC Airtimes (Eastern)
Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Live)
Purse: $3,500,000 Winning Share: $1,000,000

Headlining the Field: Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Webb Simpson and Bill Haas.

Nedbank Golf Challenge
Dates: December 5-8
Venue: Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 4-9:30 a.m. (Live) / 6:30-8 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 4-9:30 a.m. (Live) / 6:30-8 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 4-9:30 a.m. (Live) / 3-6 p.m. (Replay) / 9:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 4-9:30 a.m. (Live) / 3-6 p.m. (Replay / 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)

Headlining the Field: Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Luke Donald, Charl Schwartzel, Martin Kaymer, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Matteo Manassero, Gary Woodland and D.A. Points.

Hong Kong Open
Dates: December 5-8
Venue: Hong Kong Golf Club (Composite Course), Fanling, Hong Kong

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday Midnight-4 a.m. (Live)
Friday Midnight-4 a.m. (Live)
Saturday Midnight-4 a.m. (Live)
Sunday Midnight-4 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Replay)

Headlining the Field: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Guan Tianlang (a), John Daly, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Daniel Chopra, Thorbjorn Olesen, Thomas Levet and Jeev Milkha Singh.

2013 Hooked on Golf Blog Turkey of the Year Awards

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, December 1st, 2013
Categories: BoneheadsGolfGolf MediaMiscellaneousPGA TourPro GolfRory McIlorySite NewsTiger WoodsU.S. OPEN
Presidents Cup Streaker

Nice shoes…


Each year around Thanksgiving break I post the Hooked On Golf Blog Turkey of the Year awards. The golf turkey of the year awards is top-10 style list of the boneheads of the year in the golf world.

Previous winners include the likes of John Daly (for simply being John Daly), Sergio Garcia (spitting in the cup, watching a video of himself spitting in the cup and then refusing that he spit in the cup), Tiger Woods (cheating on Elin), etc.

This year was an interesting year. There are numerous candidates for the Turkey of the Year. It seems like some players, such as Sergio Garcia, manage to keep themselves on the list year after year.

And now, the Hooked On Golf Blog Turkeys of the Year for 2013. Drumroll please….

Rory McIlory

I admit I jumped on the Rory McIlory bandwagon. After the impressive PGA Championship and U.S. Open wins where he lapped the field, I was very impressed.

Then in the end of 2012 leaks started going out to the public that McIlory was switching primary sponsors from Titleist to Nike. At the time McIlory was still under contract with Titleist. Then after switching to Nike, McIlroy had an awful season with missed cuts, walking off the course and even destroying his own equipment on camera.

Was it the equipment switch? Nike haters would say yes. Hindsight tells us it was likely a combination of the switch plus a whole bunch of legal issues which came about because of his formation of his own management company, dumping his two previous management companies and not properly giving Oakley their first right of refusal on his endorsement deal with them.

Now that most of worst legal stuff is over and Rory has had a year to get used to the gear, there shouldn’t be any excuses in 2014.

Sergio Garcia

During THE PLAYERS (always spell “The Players” with all caps, that’s what they do) Championship, Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia were paired together. Yes, predictably the golf media treated us for the billionth time to the ever tiring and nauseating replays of Sergio’s most famous moment, when he ran and jumped during the 1999 PGA Championship. I digress.

During the 2nd round, Sergio was hitting a shot on the par-5 2nd hole. Tiger was trying to decide what club to hit, whether to go for the green in two or lay up. As Tiger pulled his 5-wood, signifying that he was going to go for it, the crowd cheered… right in Garcia’s backswing.

After the round Garcia complained (of course) that the action Tiger took was intentionally done. Following those complaints, Garcia futher shoved his foot in his mouth with racist comment about Tiger, even going Fuzzy Zoeller and mentioning fried chicken. Very poor judgement and worth of a TOY award. Later Garcia apologized.

In the Arnold Palmer Invitational Garcia gained quite a bit of media attention by hitting a shot out of a tree. He injured himself and had to withdraw. That’s worthy of a TOY award as well but I had other thoughts, which I never bothered to research. During the shot Garcia braced his left hand on the trunk of the tree. I’m not sure if that is legal or not. Rules gurus may chime in and clarify that one for me.

Ian Poulter

Over the past year or so of following Ian Poulter on Twitter, I’ve begun to like the guy. I wish more players would freely speak their mind like he does, rather than being so politically correct. Though this is a turkey award, I have to give a thumbs up to Ian for this gesture at the 2013 Masters.

Frustrated with poor driving and missing the cut, Poulter gave his Cobra driver to a kid who was completely decked out in the Rickie Fowler orange traffic cone outfit. Later, in an even cooler gesture, Poulter worked to find out the kid’s name so he could sign and authenticate that it was his driver.


A TOY award goes out to the United States Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golfing Society, the two governing bodies in golf. They dropped the ball, so to speak, with regards to anchored putting. Anchored putting should have been banned decades ago and they’ve basically fixed the cart barn door after the carts came home.


I have to give another TOY award to the USGA, a “non profit” organization that works “for the good of the game.”  They went for the money and moved the U.S. Open to Fox Sports, a network which has never broadcasted any major league golf event, ever.

When did they announce this change? This quote from Geoff Shackelford says it best:

“…in an utterly low class, ungentlemanly fashion on the eve of the PGA Championship which happens to be run by the organization that did not support us on the anchoring ban. Coincidence?”

For the good of the game? Let’s check back on this one in a year and see.

Presidents Cup Streaker

I have to hand it to Kimberly Webster, the “streaker” who outran security for quite a while at the 2013 Presidents Cup. Her reasoning for streaking was to make the game more interesting. Can’t say I disagree on that one.

BUT, Kimberly, if you are going to streak then REALLY streak. This g-string and pasties gig is gutless. That is not streaking. It is running around with a g-string and pasties on. Next time, take it all off or stay home.


Speaking of g-strings…

For a long time I had NO idea what Back9Network was. I saw them online and at the PGA Merchandise show, but it seemed like a bunch of hype with no substance. There’s substance though. Its called silicone.

Back9Network is golf’s version of TMZ, only even more sucky (if that is possible). This entity seems solely dedicated to posting photos of Paulina Gretzky in her bikini, or 20 hottest women in golf posts…

Not golf journalism. It is tits and ass to get cheap hits.

What’s the over/under on when their VC funding runs out?

Golf Media

An instant turkey award goes to any “golf journalist” who writes, tweets or Facebooks the tired and worn out question, “will Tiger Woods break Jack Nicklaus’ major record?”

Yep. This is a good old standby subject golf writers turn to when they can’t think of anything else to write about.

Surely this question hasn’t been asked and argued enough. I think 47 billion more times might do it.

The golf media deserves TOY awards for their over-coverage of the Sergio-Tiger “incident” mentioned above. The coverage was nauseating.

The golf media deserves TOY awards for their over-coverage of Tiger Woods. I love the shots of Tiger’s “empty parking space” and the video clips of him blowing snot out of his nose while some other player is busy winning the tournament. Lets not forget the “here’s Tiger going in the porta potty,” and “here’s Tiger leaving the porta potty.”

Tiger Woods

One might argue that Tiger Woods should win the Turkey of the Year and until a month or two ago, he had it in the bag. There were three major rules problems which reflected quite badly on the world #1.

At the 2013 Masters Tiger’s 3rd shot on the 15th hole hit the flagstick and then bounced into the water. Tiger took a drop and hit one stiff, saving bogey. Later Tiger mentioned to the media that he moved back a yard to get a better number. Rules infraction. He wasn’t on the line that the ball entered the hazard.

The Masters committee had already made a ruling and decided not to disqualify Tiger for signing an incorrect scorecard, so he played on. Adam Scott (soon to be illegal belly putter), won the tournament.

At THE PLAYERS Championship (always write “The Players” in ALL CAPS, it is what they do), Tiger pulled his shot left on the par-4 14th into a water hazard. He took a drop which sent Johnny Miller though the roof. Johnny called the drop improper and much discussion ensued. Tiger lovers defended the drop and of course, Tiger haters called him a cheater.

In the BMW Championship Tiger Woods hit a ball into some trees by the first hole. He started moving loose impediments. While moving those sticks and things, Tiger’s ball moved. The split second the ball moved, Tiger stopped. He did not assess a penalty on himself for moving the ball. Did he see the ball move? If he didn’t, why would he have suddenly stopped rather than continuing to clean up the loose impediments? Tiger fans and haters have been arguing this point ever since it happened.

PGA Tour rules official Slugger White showed Tiger video of the ball moving. Tiger still argued that the ball didn’t move.

Later in the year, the USGA would make an announcement that phone-in rules issues will no longer be accepted.


For a long time I’ve had respect for Brandel Chamblee. He is one of the few media members who has the golf balls to be critical of Tiger Woods.

My respect for Brandel’s golf balls peaked when he wrote an article in Golf.com grading Tiger an “F” for the 2013 season. I thought it was funny that a player with five tour wins on the season could get an F. Five wins would make a great career for most players. But when talking about Tiger Woods, major championship wins are what are most important now. Tiger had zero, and has had zero since winning the 2008 U.S. Open.

So hats off for Brandel for grading Tiger his F. The media of course went nuts and blew this whole thing way out of proportion (another TOY award for the golf media). This story was so over-publicized.

Why does Brandel Win the TOY for 2013? After many weeks of pressure and negative publicity, Chamblee gave in and apologized for grading Tiger his F.

Not having the golf balls to stand up for what he originally wrote (and surely still believes) means lost respect and the 2013 Turkey of the Year award for Brandal Chamblee.

Related Links

Be sure to check out my buddy Jay Flemma’s 2013 “Jazzy” awards. His version of the Turkey of the Year. Guess who wins?

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