Golf on TV This Week – PGA Tour Championship-FedEx Cup Finale

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Categories: Champions TourEuropean TourPGA TourPro GolfTiger Woods

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Tour Championship by Coca-Cola
Dates: September 19-22
Venue: East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Ga.

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 1-6 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 1-6 p.m. (Live) / 8:30 p.m. -1:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 10 a.m.-Noon (Live) / 9 p.m. –12:30 a.m. (NBC Replay)
Sunday 12-1 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (NBC Replay)

NBC Airtimes (Eastern)
Saturday Noon-3:30 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 1-6 p.m. (Live)

Headlining the Field – The field includes Woods, Stenson, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Graham DeLaet, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Steve Stricker, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Jason Dufner, Gary Woodland, Jim Furyk, Kevin Streelman, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, Boo Weekley, Webb Simpson, D.A. Points, Billy Horschel, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Roberto Castro, Brendon de Jonge, Zach Johnson, Harris English, Charl Schwartzel and Lee Westwood.

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Pacific Links Hawaii Championship
Dates: September 20-22
Venue: Kapolei Golf Course, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Friday 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 6:30-9 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 7-9 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Replay)

Headlining the Field – The field includes Singh, Couples, Price, Bernhard Langer, Kenny Perry, Corey Pavin, Rocco Mediate, Mark O’Meara and Hale Irwin.

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70th Open D’Italia Lindt
Dates: September 19-22
Venue: Golf Club Torino, Turin, Italy

Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-3 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 12-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 1-3 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 8-11:30 a.m. (Live) / 1-3:30 a.m. (Replay)

Headlining the Field – The field includes Matteo Manassero, Nicolas Colsaerts, Alvaro Quiros, Francesco Molinari, Peter Uihlein, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Shane Lowry and David Duval.

Tiger Woods BMW Invitational Rules Controversy

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 16th, 2013
Categories: FedEx CupPGA TourPro GolfTiger Woods
Tiger Woods

Did Tiger see his ball move at the 2013 BMW?

Admittedly, I have not watched the BMW Championship. Like many golf viewers, I find my interest in watching professional golf wanes as college and NFL football season begins. It also wanes when the final major championship is over, the PGA Championship.

Jim Furyk shot a 28 on the back nine Friday at the BMW, his first nine hole. Amazing. 6th time in PGA Tour history. 59’s are becoming more and more common. The bar is moving lower and lower. Nice job Jim.

I did manage to watch footage of Tiger Woods’s rules violation Friday. I tend to not write much about Tiger as the rest of the golf media nauseatingly over-covers him. But I felt this time I would share some thoughts on his quadruple bogey Friday.

On his first hole Friday, Tiger knocked a shot into some trees. Inside the trees Tiger then began moving loose impediments. No problem. He was working away at moving small twigs and rocks until he came upon a larger twig next to his ball. He started to move the twig and the ball moved. He immediately stopped moving the twig and paused. It was at that time that I expected Tiger would have called a rules official or his playing partner over to inform them that he caused his ball to move. He did nothing of the sort. He proceeded to hit his shot, make double bogey on the hole and move on.

A few holes later Woods was assessed a two stroke penalty for causing his ball to move. Woods denied that he moved the ball. PGA Tour rules official Slugger White played the video for Woods several times before Woods accepted the penalty and walked off.

Later unverified reports stated that Woods punched a wall in anger. He still contends that the ball “oscillated,” meaning that it moved but returned to its original position. The video however, shows clearly that the ball did move.

The penalty would have only been one stroke if Woods would have proceeded properly and put his ball back to its original position. Since Woods didn’t return the ball to the proper position, he was assessed another penalty stroke.

What I Saw

I clearly saw the ball move, as did the PGA Tour’s rules official Slugger White. I find it odd that Woods stopped at the very moment the ball moved, no longer moving any more impediments, yet says he didn’t see the ball move.  Tiger would have been a hero to the press if he would have called the penalty on himself.  He would also be one one shot closer to the lead.

What are your thoughts on this? Did he see the ball move and knowingly cheat by not calling a penalty on himself? Only one person really knows, Tiger.  Perhaps he saw the ball oscillate and return to its original position? Or did he not see anything? If you think he didn’t see anything, how could he not, as he was moving a stick right by the ball? If he didn’t see the ball move, why did he suddenly stop when the ball moved?

I’d like to hear your opinion on this.

Golf on TV This Week – BMW Championship – FedEx Cup Playoffs 3rd Round

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
Categories: European TourLPGA TourPGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryTiger Tour

BMW ChampionshipPGA Tour
BMW Championship – 3rd FedEx Cup Playoff Event
Dates: Sept. 12-15
Venue: Conway Farms Golf Club, Lake Forest, Ill.

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-3 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (NBC Replay)
Sunday Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (NBC Replay)

NBC Airtimes (Eastern)
Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 1:30-6 p.m. (Live)Evian Championship

Evian Championship
Dates: Sept. 12-15
Venue: Route du Golf. The Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 6:30-11:30 a.m. (Live) / 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 8:30 a.m.-Noon (Tape Delay) / 9-11 p.m. (Replay)

NBC Airtimes (Eastern)
Sunday Noon-1:30 p.m. (Tape Delay) Tour Tour – 3rd Playoff Event
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship
Dates: Sept. 12-15
Venue: The Ohio State University Golf Club, Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Friday 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Saturday 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Sunday 7-9 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 5-7 a.m. (Replay)

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KLM Open
Dates: Sept. 12-15
Venue: Kennemer Golf & Country Club, Zandvoort, Netherlands

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Friday 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Sunday 2-6 a.m. (Tape Delay)
Monday 2:30-5 a.m. (Tape Delay)

FedEx Cup Extended Through 2017

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
Categories: FedEx CupPGA TourPro Golf

FedEx Cup LogoFedEx has extended its umbrella sponsorship of the year long PGA Tour Cup five more years, though 2017.  This is good for the Tour.

“We’re delighted with the opportunity to make this announcement.  That’s become a big part of what the PGA Tour is all about.” ~Tim Finchem, PGA Tour Commissioner

Bill Haas is the $11.4 million man, wins FedEx Cup and Tour Championship

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 26th, 2011
Categories: PGA TourPro Golf
Bill Haas - 2011 FedEx Cup Champion

Bill Haas - 2011 FedEx Cup Champion

Wow what a big payday for Bill Haas.  Never thought that I’d see someone win $5.4 million more in a golf tournament than what it took to make the Six Million Dollar Man better, stronger, faster…  Congrats to Bill Haas, one of the most consistent players all year on Tour.  I can’t imagine what it would be like to try and hit a golf shot or a putt with that much on the line.  I have a tough time making a good swing when I have a $2 nassau riding on it.

The Playoff

The playoff between Hunter Mahan and Bill Haas was highly entertaining.  Both player’s swings on the first playoff hole were shaky, but both made amazing up-and-down pars to extend the playoff.  Very clutch putts for both players.

Then there was the “$10 million shot.”  On the 2nd playoff hole, the par-4 17th, Haas found the fairway bunker and had an approach of 150 yards.  He tugged it just enough for it to hit the green but go over the green and down into the hazard left and deep.  But the ball was half exposed in the water, 10 feet below the surface of the green.  With his right foot submerged in the water, Haas opened up his wedge and hit one of the most amazing shots I’ve seen, especially with that much on the line.  The shot landed with amazing spin and zipped to a stop in easy par range.  Mahan might have already been counting is big prize before that… (more…)

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