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Shots of the Bridgestone U.S. Open staff bag

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
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Bridgestone Golf U.S. Open Staff BagHere are shots of the Bridgestone staff bags for this week’s U.S. Open.  Love the colors, especially since the 4th of July is coming up.

Click the image or click here for a full sized version.


2011 U.S. Open Players List

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
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2011 U.S. Open Players List By Name & Country2011 U.S. Open - Congressional

Brad Adamonis, United States of America
Robert Allenby, Australia
Aaron Baddeley, Australia
Sang-Moon Bae, Korea
Briny Baird, United States of America
Michael Barbosa (A), United States of America
Scott Barr, Australia
Brad Benjamin (A), United States of America
Bennett Blakeman, United States of America
Zack Byrd, United States of America
Jonathan Byrd, United States of America
Angel Cabrera, Argentina
Chad Campbell, United States of America
Michael Campbell, New Zealand
Patrick Cantlay (A), United States of America
Paul Casey, England
William (Bud) Cauley, United States of America
Alex Cejka, Czech Republic
Greg Chalmers, Australia
Kevin Chappell, United States of America
K.J. Choi, Korea
David Chung (A), United States of America
Stewart Cink, United States of America
Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium
Ben Crane, United States of America
Jason Day, Australia
Christopher DeForest, United States of America
Bubba Dickerson, United States of America
Robert Dinwiddie, England
Luke Donald, England
Jason Dufner, United States of America
Johan Edfors, Sweden
Matthew Edwards, United States of America
John Ellis, United States of America
Ernie Els, South Africa
Rickie Fowler, United States of America
Harrison Frazar, United States of America
Hiroyuki Fujita, Japan
Fred Funk, United States of America
Jim Furyk, United States of America
Stephen Gallacher, Scotland
Sergio Garcia, Spain
Robert Garrigus, United States of America
Brian Gay, United States of America
Elliot Gealy, United States of America
Lucas Glover, United States of America
Andres Gonzales, United States of America
Retief Goosen, South Africa
Christo Greyling, South Africa
Bill Haas, United States of America
Adam Hadwin, Canada
Todd Hamilton, United States of America
Peter Hanson, Sweden
Padraig Harrington, Ireland
Andreas Harto, Denmark
Gregory Havret, France
Wes Heffernan, Canada
Scott Hend, Australia
Russell Henley (A), United States of America
J.J. Henry, United States of America
Justin Hicks, United States of America
Charley Hoffman, United States of America
Beau Hossler (A), United States of America
David Howell, England
Jesse Hutchins, United States of America
Trevor Immelman, South Africa
Steve Irwin (A), United States of America
Ryo Ishikawa, Japan
Fredrik Jacobson, Sweden
Miguel Angel Jimenez, Spain
Brandt Jobe, United States of America
Dustin Johnson, United States of America
Zach Johnson, United States of America
Sunghoon Kang, Korea
Robert Karlsson, Sweden
Martin Kaymer, Germany
Dae-Hyun Kim, Korea
Do-Hoon Kim, Korea
Anthony Kim, United States of America
Kyung-Tae Kim, Korea
Kenichi Kuboya, Japan
Matt Kuchar, United States of America
Maarten Lafeber, Netherlands
Martin Laird, Scotland
Joey Lamielle, United States of America
Marc Leishman, Australia
Thomas Levet, France
Brian Locke, United States of America
Adam Long, United States of America
Davis Love III, United States of America
Shane Lowry, Ireland
Hunter Mahan, United States of America
Matteo Manassero, Italy
David May, United States of America
Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland
Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland
Phil Mickelson, United States of America
Jon Mills, Canada
Edoardo Molinari, Italy
Francesco Molinari, Italy
Ryan Moore, United States of America
Kevin Na, United States of America
Ryan Nelson, United States of America
Seung Yul Noh, Korea
Alexander Noren, Sweden
Nick O’Hern, Australia
Geoff Ogilvy, Australia
Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa
Jeff Overton, United States of America
Ryan Palmer, United States of America
Cheng-Tsung Pan (A), Chinese Taipei
Brett Patterson (A,), United States of America
Tim Petrovic, United States of America
Scott Piercy, United States of America
Scott Pinckney (A), United States of America
D.A. Points, United States of America
Ian Poulter, England
Michael Putnam, United States of America
Alvaro Quiros, Spain
Chez Reavie, United States of America
Matthew Richardson, England
Alexandre Rocha, Brazil
Robert Rock, England
Justin Rose, England
Rory Sabbatini, South Africa
Sam Saunders, United States of America
Charl Schwartzel, South Africa
Adam Scott, Australia
John Senden, Australia
Marcel Siem, Germany
Webb Simpson, United States of America
Geoffrey Sisk, United States of America
Heath Slocum, United States of America
Michael Smith, United States of America
Brandt Snedeker, United States of America
Henrik Stenson, Sweden
Kevin Streelman, United States of America
Steve Stricker, United States of America
Michael Tobiason Jr., United States of America
David Toms, United States of America
Kirk Triplett, United States of America
Ty Tryon, United States of America
Marcel Turnesa, United States of America
Peter Uihlein (A), United States of America
Bo Van Pelt, United States of America
Camilo Villegas, Colombia
Nick Watney, United States of America
Bubba Watson, United States of America
Lee Westwood, England
Michael Whitehead, United States of America
Will Wilcox, United States of America
Chris Williams (A), United States of America
Chris Wilson, United States of America
Mark Wilson, United States of America
Gary Woodland, United States of America
Y.E. Yang, Korea


Geoff Shackelford Videos From Congressional Are Awesome

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
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I’m so busy doing my own thing with HOG and all of my other web sites that I don’t get out and read a lot of other blogs lately. One blog I always make the time to visit however, is Geoff Shackelford‘s. Geoff is one of the best and most entertaining golf writers/bloggers.

Geoff has been doing some videos from the site of this year’s U.S. Open which are really cool. They’re all available on his “TwitVid” channel here. Below is an example.


June 6 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying – Who is in and who is out

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
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2011 U.S. Open - CongressionalYesterday was a huge day for many golfers around the country, as the sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open took place in 11 locations around the USA.  Here’s a list of who made it by sectional.  I’ll post a few big names who did not make it as well. An (a) in front of the player’s name denotes that the player is an amateur.

Ball Ground, GA

Ryan Nelson
(a) Brett Patterson
(a) Russell Henley

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Hack Shack discusses US OPEN, Tiger Woods, Golf Media, Christie Kerr

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, July 5th, 2010
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The Hack Shack is a group of golf fans and golf bloggers who like to comment on the current events in the world of golf.

WE’VE HAD SOME TIME TO LET THINGS MARINATE FOR A BIT:  WHAT ARE THE IMPRESSIONS FROM THE US OPEN THAT YOU THINK WILL STAY WITH YOU THE LONGEST?

Stefan – Pebble continues to be one of the most beautiful places in all of golf.  Great win for McDowell.  I’ve liked him since watching him with Rory in the World Cup last year.  I go back and forth on that 14:th hole, whether it’s fair or if now and then professional golfers can just stop the whining and play the thing.  Tom Watson walking up 18 was very memorable.  I still maintain Tiger is not far away from being his usual world-beating self.

Jack – I thought it was a pretty memorable US Open. I love Pebble to death and, no matter how much players whinge about it, I still feel the same: you just can’t beat that place as a Major Championship venue. Woods is not himself, but I love the fact that he still has the ability to put the spark and electricity back into a tournament and its galleries with one round. Anyway, this one was all about McDowell for me. He left himself enough breathing room to make a few mistakes on Sunday, and walked away the worthy winner.

Jeff – I think this year’s US Open was great. You can’t get a better venue than Pebble Beach, and having Tom Watson there made it that much more memorable. It was great to see him not only be there because of his history at Pebble/US Open, but because he deserved to be and played quite well, all things considered.

That 14th hole is insane and I’m up in the air if it’s fair or not. I’ve heard fom Tour players that they say while it’s unbelievably difficult, it’s also very fair. But maybe it’s those guys just not wanting to make waves! I also thought the little 7th hole added some excitement. Nowhere else in the world do you see a 100 yard par 3 give the best players in the world such a headache. It was great to see Graeme McDowell play well and hold off the big guns of Woods, Mickelson, and Els. He’s been knocking on the door for a while and it was nice to see him break through. Hopefully the 2010 Open will be remembered more for his steady play under pressure, than Dustin Johnson’s complete meltdown.

Tony – I thought it was a good open but not a great one.  I loved how the USGA had Pebble prepared, with the long grass around the bunkers and the difficulty level of the greens.  The cool thing about this course’s length and setup was that it brought the whole field into play, not just the bombers.  That being said a bomber (Dustin Johnson) was on the brink of winning the thing until he realized he was leading the US OPEN on Sunday and completely lost it.  When he hit that shank/flop on #2 I knew he was toast.  I almost fell out of my chair.

Regarding 14, I’m of the belief that it was fine.  If all the players play the same hole in the same conditions that is fair.  I personally like US OPEN golf and seeing the big boys struggle.  It makes me feel like they’re actually human.  I wonder how much easier 14 would have been if the players could have played it with square grooved wedges?

What I thought was most notable on Sunday was that everyone at the top of the leaderboard, including McDowell, gagged.  Nobody within reach made a run at it.  It was just that McDowell gagged the least and calmed himself down enough to pull it off on the back nine.  Tiger, Phil and especially Ernie all had good chances to win the thing but they all made mistakes.  Both Tiger and Phil had terrible putting days.  It sounds like a broken record, but Tiger’s putting was “not Tiger like.”  Phil has been hot and cold in US OPEN with his putting historically so it wasn’t as big of a surprise to me.

The one person who didn’t gag and was very impressive was Gregory Havret, who shot the best final round of those on page one of the leaderboard.  His swing looked as good as any I’ve seen.  I wonder if that was a flash in the pan or if we’ll see more of him.

I love Tom Watson.  I followed Tom around on Tuesday at this year’s Masters practice round.  He was so cool and nice.  I think it is amazing that he made the cut in a US OPEN at that age and it shows how much of a stud he is.

WHERE DO YOU THINK TIGER’S GAME IS AT THIS TIME, AND HOW DO YOU THINK HE’LL DO THIS YEAR AND IN THE FUTURE?

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