Jason Day Finally Seizes the Day

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, August 16th, 2015
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Jason_Day2015 PGA Championship Commentary

A Day of Reckoning – Jason Day Wins His First Major at the PGA Championship

I swear I’m almost as relieved Jason Day captured a major championship as Jason Day must be. I even cried too, along with the wife, and she doesn’t know golf. Jason has been so close and had so many heartbreaking finishes. Day’s is a truly great story of resilience, persistence, tenacity, and heart. Hats off to Jason Day for a truly amazing and inspiring week of golf, and the years of his journey to get to this point.

Day’s historic day was capped off with a finish at -20, never before achieved in a major… ever.

“The way that I felt confidence wise with my game, I just felt like no one was going to stop me today even though this was one of the hardest rounds I have ever had to play. Playing with Jordan was very difficult, just being able to watch what he was doing. But on top of it, grinding it out as hard as I possibly could. It is a fantastic feeling, I can call myself a major champion now and it feels really, really good.” ~Jason Day

Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth is amazing, in a totally different way than Tiger Woods was in his prime.  I can’t pinpoint what makes Spieth so good.  He’s not super long.  He’s not the best ball striker on tour. He’s not the best putter on tour (he’s really good, don’t misunderstand).  His short game isn’t the best on tour…  But what he seems to have is the ability to PLAY GOLF.  He’s as strong mentally as anyone and the pressure simply does not get to him.  In fact, it seems to make him play better.  A look at his stats on the year prove that.  His scoring in majors is better than in non-majors!

Spieth locks up 2nd place in class, giving thumbs-up to Jason Day when he knew the tournament was Day’s.  Spieth’s second place finish at the PGA moves him to #1 in the world golf rankings. Everyone knew he was playing the best golf on the planet, even Rory McIlory.  McIlory shows nothing but class in this tweet:

Tiger Woods

What can you say about Tiger Woods, who missed his 3rd consecutive cut in a major with scores of 75 and 73. The numbers don’t lie. Tiger has dropped to 285th in the world rankings.

Branden Grace

Branden Grace has come out of nowhere (at least in my small cranium) and is suddenly a regular contender in majors. 3rd place finish.

Justin Rose

Justin Rose is a total stud. Rose was in the mix with a 4th place finish. More importantly though his eyewear apparel script was some kind of Elton John, The Fly, Elvis hybrid. Nicely done.

Whistling Straits

I didn’t hear or read one complaint about the golf course this week, unlike Chambers Bay and the 2015 U.S. Open. The course was fantastic and the PGA wasn’t afraid to set it up for low scoring. Majors don’t have to be even-par events. The excitement this week was fantastic and the setup truly produced the player who was the best in the field.

Sad Day

With the PGA Championship’s conclusion comes my yearly moaning that the golf season is for the most part over. The FedEx Cup does not tickle my interest whatsoever, and the Presidents Cup is not far behind that. I will likely tune in to professional golf next when the 2016 Masters Tournament is on.


Psychology 101: After Failing to Win Open Championship Day and Willett Win in Following Week

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, July 27th, 2015
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Jason Day

I’ve been thinking a lot about Jason Day and how close he has come to winning majors over the last few years.  The psychology of winning majors is tough.  You know he has the physical tools to win one, but has yet to overcome the psychological part.

Think about the two winners this week on the PGA Tour and the European Tour, Jason Day and Danny Willett.  Both of those players were on the top of the leader board in the Open Championship 1.5 weeks ago.  All due respect to the RBC Canadian Open and the Omega European Masters, but I think Day and Willett won partly because there was much less pressure than in a major.

Not sure about Willett, but I do believe Day will win a major at some point.  But I think the pressure and psychology of coming so close time after time make winning a major tougher and tougher.


2015 Masters Tournament Round Three Pin Sheet

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, April 11th, 2015
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For you to follow along at home, the 2015 round three pin sheet.  Some of the usual pins on holes like 13 and 16, but 12 is a little different than last year.


Spiethgasm – Masters Thursday Commentary

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, April 10th, 2015
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Arnold Palmer Now Driving

Arnold Palmer Now Driving

Yesterday’s first round of the Masters was, as usual, fantastic.  As I’ve said a million times, the Masters Tournament never disappoints.  Thursday’s round had so many great stories to it.  There was the return of Tiger Woods, the resurgence of Ernie Els, and amazing play of Jordan Spieth and a few surprises like the super round of 67 by Charlie Hoffman.

Spiethgasm

Jordan Spieth was -8 going into the easiest hole on the course yesterday, the par-5 15th.  That hole is practically a guaranteed birdie and he could easily reach it in two.  He was between clubs though, and knocked his approach over the green and nearly in the water on 16.  He failed to get the chip on the green and ended up making a bogey.  He got that stroke back on the 18th with a birdie.

The low round of 63 in a major championship was in jeopardy for a while there and the golf media and social networks were blowing up into a “Spiethgasm.”

It will be interesting to see if he can keep it together for four days.

Woods

My prediction for Tiger Woods’s first two rounds has been 74-70.  Yesterday he shot a 73.  Not bad. Not good.  Nine shots off the lead.  It’s not close to over for Tiger and I expect him to make the cut.  The problem I see is massive dipping in his head during his downswing.  If that gets bad, his shot dispersion goes to hell.  You can’t spray it around August and get away with it.

What the weekend holds for Tiger should be interesting.

McIlory

Rory McIlory finished Thursday at -1.  That’s an okay start and he’s not out of it by any means.  I theorize that Rory wants to win this one so bad, it may cause him some mental issues.

Others

Others on my radar include my pick to win it all, Jason Day.  Jason’s first round was super solid, including five birdies in a row.  He’s right in the mix at -5 after day one.

So many other great stories which could be entire topics of discussion.  Ernie Els, at 45, is right up there.  And speaking of older players, how about Tom Watson shooting 71?  He’s the oldest player to break par at the Masters after yesterday.

Cant’ wait for the rest of the weekend.


2014 PGA Championship Final Leader Board

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 11th, 2014
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POS PLAYER TO PAR R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL
1 Rory McIlroy -16 66 67 67 68 268
2 Phil Mickelson -15 69 67 67 66 269
T3 Henrik Stenson -14 66 71 67 66 270
T3 Rickie Fowler -14 69 66 67 68 270
T5 Jim Furyk -12 66 68 72 66 272
T5 Ryan Palmer -12 65 70 69 68 272
T7 Jimmy Walker -11 69 71 68 65 273
T7 Ernie Els -11 70 70 68 65 273
T7 Victor Dubuisson -11 69 68 70 66 273
T7 Hunter Mahan -11 70 71 65 67 273
T7 Steve Stricker -11 69 68 68 68 273
T7 Mikko Ilonen -11 67 68 69 69 273
T13 Brandt Snedeker -10 73 68 66 67 274
T13 Kevin Chappell -10 65 74 67 68 274
T15 Charl Schwartzel -9 72 68 69 66 275
T15 Marc Warren -9 71 71 66 67 275
T15 Brooks Koepka -9 71 71 66 67 275
T15 Lee Westwood -9 65 72 69 69 275
T15 Adam Scott -9 71 69 66 69 275
T15 Graham DeLaet -9 69 68 68 70 275
T15 Jason Day -9 69 65 69 72 275
T15 Louis Oosthuizen -9 70 67 67 71 275
T15 Bernd Wiesberger -9 68 68 65 74 275
T24 Justin Rose -8 70 72 67 67 276
T24 Jamie Donaldson -8 69 70 66 71 276
26 Joost Luiten -7 68 69 69 71 277
T27 Jerry Kelly -6 67 74 70 67 278
T27 Kenny Perry -6 72 69 69 68 278
T27 Bill Haas -6 71 68 68 71 278
T30 Thorbjorn Olesen -5 71 71 70 67 279
T30 Alexander Levy -5 69 71 68 71 279
T30 Danny Willett -5 68 73 66 72 279
T33 Cameron Tringale -4 69 71 71 69 280
T33 Daniel Summerhays -4 70 72 68 70 280
T33 Nick Watney -4 69 69 70 72 280
T36 Vijay Singh -3 71 68 73 69 281
T36 Hideki Matsuyama -3 71 72 70 68 281
T36 Richard Sterne -3 70 69 72 70 281
T36 Jonas Blixt -3 71 70 68 72 281
T36 Sergio Garcia -3 70 72 66 73 281
T41 Koumei Oda -2 74 68 71 69 282
T41 Jason Bohn -2 71 71 71 69 282
T41 Brendon de Jonge -2 70 70 72 70 282
T41 Luke Donald -2 70 72 68 72 282
T41 Brian Harman -2 71 69 69 73 282
T41 Ryan Moore -2 73 68 67 74 282
T47 Shane Lowry -1 68 74 74 67 283
T47 Robert Karlsson -1 71 69 74 69 283
T47 Graeme McDowell -1 73 70 71 69 283
T47 Marc Leishman -1 71 71 72 69 283
T47 Pat Perez -1 71 71 71 70 283
T47 Fabrizio Zanotti -1 71 70 71 71 283
T47 Matt Jones -1 68 71 72 72 283
T47 Scott Brown -1 71 70 70 72 283
T47 Geoff Ogilvy -1 69 71 71 72 283
T47 Edoardo Molinari -1 66 73 71 73 283
T47 Branden Grace -1 73 70 68 72 283
T47 Chris Wood -1 66 73 70 74 283
T59 Brendan Steele E 71 70 73 70 284
T59 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano E 71 70 72 71 284
T59 Francesco Molinari E 71 71 71 71 284
T59 Ian Poulter E 68 73 71 72 284
T59 Patrick Reed E 70 71 70 73 284
T59 Billy Horschel E 71 68 69 76 284
T65 Bubba Watson +3 70 72 73 72 287
T65 Chris Stroud +3 70 73 73 71 287
T65 Kevin Stadler +3 71 70 72 74 287
T65 J.B. Holmes +3 68 72 69 78 287
69 Shawn Stefani +4 68 75 72 73 288
T70 Freddie Jacobson +5 72 69 73 75 289
T70 Colin Montgomerie +5 70 72 72 75 289
T70 Zach Johnson +5 70 72 70 77 289
73 Brendon Todd +9 70 73 75 75 293
74 Rafael Cabrera-Bello +10 69 71 74 80 294
CUT Charley Hoffman 70 74 144
CUT Erik Compton 71 73 144
CUT Gary Woodland 72 72 144
CUT Scott Piercy 73 71 144
CUT Martin Kaymer 70 74 144
CUT Tommy Fleetwood 73 71 144
CUT Tim Clark 70 74 144
CUT Padraig Harrington 73 71 144
CUT Ryan Helminen (CP) 73 71 144
CUT Russell Henley 69 75 144
CUT Anirban Lahiri 72 73 145
CUT Tom Watson 72 73 145
CUT Davis Love III 72 73 145
CUT Seung-Yul Noh 68 77 145
CUT Johan Kok (CP) 78 67 145
CUT Ben Martin 74 71 145
CUT Russell Knox 75 70 145
CUT Brian Stuard 71 74 145
CUT Matt Every 73 72 145
CUT Kevin Streelman 69 76 145
CUT Ryo Ishikawa 72 74 146
CUT Rory Sabbatini 75 71 146
CUT Stuart Deane (CP) 75 71 146
CUT David Hearn 74 72 146
CUT Y.E. Yang 75 71 146
CUT Keegan Bradley 74 72 146
CUT Chris Kirk 74 72 146
CUT Hideto Tanihara 74 72 146
CUT Paul Casey 74 72 146
CUT Kevin Na 74 72 146
CUT Steven Bowditch 74 72 146
CUT Roberto Castro 73 73 146
CUT Jamie Broce (CP) 74 72 146
CUT Ross Fisher 73 73 146
CUT Harris English 74 72 146
CUT Eric Williamson (CP) 74 73 147
CUT Webb Simpson 73 74 147
CUT Chesson Hadley 74 73 147
CUT Charles Howell III 73 74 147
CUT George Coetzee 73 74 147
CUT Stewart Cink 72 75 147
CUT Stephen Gallacher 70 77 147
CUT Darren Clarke 79 69 148
CUT Pablo Larrazabal 79 69 148
CUT Jordan Spieth 71 77 148
CUT John Daly 76 72 148
CUT Tiger Woods 74 74 148
CUT Hyung-Sung Kim 73 75 148
CUT George McNeill 73 75 148
CUT Scott Stallings 71 78 149
CUT John Senden 75 74 149
CUT Rod Perry (CP) 74 75 149
CUT Miguel Angel Jimenez 72 77 149
CUT Bob Sowards (CP) 75 75 150
CUT Will MacKenzie 76 74 150
CUT Steve Schneiter (CP) 72 78 150
CUT Thongchai Jaidee 71 79 150
CUT Thomas Bjorn 75 75 150
CUT Shaun Micheel 72 79 151
CUT Michael Block (CP) 77 74 151
CUT K.J. Choi 72 79 151
CUT John Huh 78 73 151
CUT Jason Kokrak 78 73 151
CUT Brian Norman (CP) 78 74 152
CUT Rich Beem 74 79 153
CUT Rob Corcoran (CP) 76 77 153
CUT Matteo Manassero 80 77 157
CUT Jim McGovern (CP) 83 74 157
CUT Mark Brooks 78 79 157
CUT David McNabb (CP) 77 80 157
CUT Dave Tentis (CP) 79 79 158
CUT David Hronek (CP) 81 77 158
CUT Jerry Smith (CP) 80 78 158
CUT Frank Esposito (CP) 83 78 161
CUT Aaron Krueger (CP) 84 77 161
CUT Dustin Volk (CP) 81 82 163
CUT Matt Pesta (CP) 79 89 168
WD Ben Crane
WD Kiradech Aphibarnrat
WD Boo Weekley
WD Angel Cabrera
WD Jason Dufner

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