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McIlroy handling it with class

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
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Charl Schwartzel and Rory McIlroy

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I’m more of a Rory McIlroy fan now than perhaps if he would have won the Masters.  His post round interviews were classy and considerate unlike what some other players’ interviews were, according to some.  He has handled the whole thing in an honorable and fun way.

Here’s a cool shot from Rory’s twitter of him and Masters champ Charl Schwarzel on a plane to Malaysia.

“Flying to Malaysia with Charl! Glad one of us has a green jacket on!!!” ~Rory McIlroy


2011 Masters – One Of The Best Ever

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, April 11th, 2011
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I’m in HOG world headquarters with my 3rd cup o’ Joe, Masters flags on the walls and a picture of Bobby Jones above me. I’m ready to post my (perhaps) final thoughts on the 2011 Masters. My big toe hurts, from nearly cutting it off five minutes before the final round TV coverage started.  I’ve actually got golfer’s elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome in my left wrist from all of the blogging, tweeting, facebooking and high fives the last four days.

Charl Schwartzel Masters Champion

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Charl Schwartzel, tears in his eyes, Masters champion

I’ll admit I knew next to nothing about Charl Schwartzel before this year’s Masters.  In fact, about the only few things I know now is that he’s from South Africa, he has nerves of steel and is the 2011 Masters champion.

I was sure his lack of experience in this tournament would lead to him gagging in the last few holes.  Boy was I wrong.  He amazingly lit up the final nine, performing what will forever be referred to as a “Schwartzel” in my golf group: making birdie on the last four holes.

Many HOG congratulations to Charl, whose life will never be the same.  Welcome to the most exclusive club in golf.

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2011 Masters – Final Leader Board

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, April 11th, 2011
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mastersBelow is the final leader board for the 2011 Masters, with Charl Schwartzel’s name in slot #1. Well done Charl!

If if you can’t see the board, click read more below:

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2011 Masters Sunday Live Blog – 3:20pm ET

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, April 10th, 2011
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mastersHoly Schwartzel!  Charl Schwartzel chipped in for birdie on #1, then holes out for EAGLE on #3 from 108 yards.  He’s tied with the lead after McIlroy’s bogey on #1.

McIlroy hit some bad shots on #2, but made a great up-and-down for par on the par-5.

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods is catching fire with birdies on #2, #3, #6 and #7.  He’s marching hard and the galleries are very loud.  Roars everywhere.

This is getting intense.  Welcome to Sunday at The Masters.


2011 Masters Sunday Live Blog – 2:40pm ET

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, April 10th, 2011
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mastersTiger Woods got off to a great start with birdies on #2 and #3.  Something distracted him in his swing on #4 tee and he commented “not in my swing.”  Camera, sneeze.. who knows.  Could have been a bird chirping over on the other side of the course.  He’ll have a very difficult two putt ahead of him on #4 green.

Jason Day has bogeyed #1, leaving the group at -8.

Angel Cabrera and Rory McIlroy are just about to tee off.

Update: Tiger did miss the par putt on #4.

Cabrera and McIlroy have teed off.  McIlroy is in the fairway and Cabrera is in the treeline left.


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