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This Week on Tour – PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open with Tiger Woods in field, LPGA & European Tours

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
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Farmers Insurance Open
Dates: January 23-26
Venue: Torrey Pines Golf Course (North & South courses), La Jolla, Calif.

Notables in the field: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker.

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) / 6:30-11 p.m. (Golf Channel and CBS Replay)
Sunday 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Golf Channel and CBS Replay)

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Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic
Dates: January 23-26
Venue: Ocean Club Golf Course, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Notables in the field: Stacy Lewis, Suzann Pettersen, Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson, Paula Creamer, Ai Miyazato, Lydia Ko, Morgan Pressel, Beatriz Recari and Natalie Gulbis.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 3-5 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 3-5 p.m. (Live)

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Commercialbank Qatar Masters
Dates: January 22-25
Venue: Doha Golf Club, Doha, Qatar

Notables in the field: Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Jason Dufner, Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Martin Kaymer, Thomas Bjorn, Migueal Angel Jimenez, Branden Grace, Alvaro Quiros.

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


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.


Tiger Woods Turns 38

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, December 30th, 2013
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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
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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
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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.


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