2007 HOG Time Capsule

Today is the last day of 2007. I’m going through the year’s posts and highlighting by month, some of the best subjects of the year.

January 2007

January 2007 saw me at my first PGA Merchandise Show and I got a ton of hits, comments and thousands of video views of my interviews. I even had people from the pga.com staff watching me kick their butts delivering info from the show. In their words, “you’re doing in minutes what would take us days to do.”

When TaylorMade introduced the new Burner and Superquad drivers, Hooked On Golf Blog had the #1 and #2 spots on Google’s search results for those keywords, even over Taylormade’s own web site!

January 2007 also saw the first decent press for Tadd Fujikawa.

February 2007

February 2007 had some miracles and some tragedies.

In the miracle department, Spiro from Bogey Lounge had is first child.

In the tragedy department, a close friend of mine had most of his family killed by a drunk driver.

Titleist introduced the new ProV1 and ProV1x golf balls

Tadd Fujikawa won the Hawaii Open.

Ernie Els switched to Callaway.

March 2007

I tried to drive a golf ball through a 32 inch Sony TV from point blank range.

Tiger Woods signs a ball retriever endorsement contract.

Nike admitted to selling illegal drivers.

Arjun Atwal under investigation for street racing death.

Sergio Garcia shows how classless he is by spitting into the cup at Doral and then brushing it off in a “Clintonesque” fashion in a post round interview. “I didn’t spit, I just let it go down anyway. It’s no big deal.”

April 2007

My Ping Zing putter, the best putter EVER, was stolen.

Phil Mickelson switches to swing coach Butch Harmon.

The Golf Space social networking site, celebrates its one year anniversary.


Tiger Woods stops his full driver swing when a bird flies over him.

Tiger Woods breaks a club which would eventually cost him the Masters victory. He needed that club to reach #15 in two but didn’t make it and went in the drink.

Arnold Palmer is the ceremonial starter for the 2007 Masters. I can’t hold back the tears!

Zach Johnson wins the 2007 Masters.

May 2007

Michelle Wie withdrew after 16 holes at the Ginn, in jeopardy of being banned from the LPGA tour if she posted an 88 or worse. Then she somehow gets an exemption to the John Deere? WTF?

The course TPC Sawgrass was the winner this year, and #17 gobbled up golf balls like a hungry dog.

My back went out and I spent a good portion of May laying on the floor.

June 2007

Another episode of “Golf & Strippers” is etched into golf history.

Tiger Woods’ guest house burned down.

Hooked On Golf Blog is the first site to publish pictures of Tiger Woods’ baby’s birthmark.

John Daly’s wife allegedly attacks him with a steak knife. He shows up to #1 tee with scratches all over his face.

Tiger Woods’ baby is born.

I go to Primm Nevada and my server goes down.

Thankfully Michelle Wie decides not to play in the John Deer.

Hooked On Golf Blog dedicates an entire week’s worth of posts to all the different golf tees out there.

Angel Cabrera wins the U.S. Open!

July 2007

I shoot 69 on the day of my big match. Unfortunately, my opponent wasn’t there to be defeated.

Sergio Garcia melts down and Padraig Harrington wins the British Open.

Natalie Gulbis notches her first LPGA victory.

Seve Ballesteros retires.

I review one of the two awesome courses in Primm Nevada/California.

August 2007

Doing golf reviews and taking pictures of golf gear in the Summer heat, I almost pass out.

The Golf Space logs its 1,000,000th visitor.

Bill Murray is busted for drunk driving in a golf cart.

I meet Mark O’Meara!

Mr. 62 sends me home with my tail between my legs.

Swilor/Guru III – The Redemption
. I finally win my first match against Luke Swilor.

Tiger Woods wins his 13th major championship, the PGA. During the course of the tournament Tiger ties the lowest round in a major with a 63 which could have been a 62 or 61 easily.

Sergio Garcia is disqualified from the PGA.

September 2007

My good golf pal Jimmy V. ties the knot.

Tiger Woods wins his 9th PGA Tour player of the year.

HOG Space fantasy golf 2007 season ends and winners announced.

I go on a great golf blog trip to Monterey and visit Pebble Beach. I get to review the Mazda MX-5 Miata!

Boo Weekly fouls up Sergio Garcia’s scorecard again!

Phil Mickelson kicks the FedEx Cup in the golf balls and withdraws from the BMW.

The coolest course I’ve played, Ballyneal, makes it into Golf Magazine’s top 100.

October 2007

Me, Jay Flemma and several other golf writers convene on Black Mesa Golf Club in New Mexico. Black Mesa is one of the BEST golf courses I’ve ever played. Click here for my review of Black Mesa.

I shoot my lowest score ever, a 68.

Tiger Woods signs a $100 Million deal with Gatorade. Gatorade Tiger coming soon.

November 2007

My golf pals and I witness a drunk driver fly off the freeway and crash into the forest near the golf course. We get to him first and save his life.

I review the Bobby Jones Hybrids. These are the best new clubs I’ve reviewed for 2007.

Utah’s smoking laws are just as strange as their liquor laws. #15 at Bonneville is a designated smoking area?

The third annual HOG TURKEY AWARDS
highlight the boneheads of the 2007 golf year.

Charles Howell III is dumped by Callaway.

December 2007

I manage to crash the 2007 Christmas Classic tournament with video camera in hand.

Wie decides to play with the girls, thankfully.

Callaway wins suit against Titleist.

Devil Driver.

John Daly decides to take golf seriously. This one should be on April 1.

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