Masters Friday Live Blog

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, April 6th, 2012
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7:35PM ET

Once again, quite a while ago Fred Couples finished with a 67 today at is tied for 1st at -5 with Jason Dufner.

Thankfully Tiger Woods is finished for the day. A up-and-down par on 18 gave him a round of 75, his 2nd worst round at the Masters.  In the post round interview Tiger said, “I didn’t quite have it today with my swing.”  Tiger finishes the day tied for 40th at +3.

Tiger’s playing partner Miguel Angel Jimenez finished where he started the day, -3.  Jimenez is tied for 8th.

World #1 Luke Donald finished the day at +4, tied for 47th with nine other players.

Nick Watney finished up the day at -2, T11.

7:00PM ET

Tiger Woods hit a really poor 2nd shot on 15 and beaned someone in the gallery right of the green.  Following the bad 2nd shot the microphones picked up a “Goddamn it.”  He ended up making a good recovery par after trying to flop the 3rd shot but ending up in the bunker.

Then the temper showed itself on 16 tee.  Tiger blocked his tee shot right of the par-3 green into the bunker.  He let go of his club then turned around and kicked the club a good 10-15 feet.  At that point Nick Faldo commented, “We can officially say Tiger has lost his game, and his mind.”  The ball was plugged and Tiger was lucky the bunker shot didn’t end up in the water left of the green.  Bogey.  On 17 tee he’s at +3.  More bad swings could make missing the cut a possibility.

Jimenez knocked his 2nd shot in the water on 15 and made bogey.  Through 16 he’s at -3.

6:00PM ET

Not too many players left on the course right now.

Tiger Woods is not having his best day.  He is showing frustration.  Having started at even par Tiger is +2 for the tournament through 13.  52% of fairways hit so far.

Jason Day has withdrawn.  I hear it is an ankle injury but not sure yet.

Miguel Angel Jimenez is playing very well, and in Tiger’s pairing.  He is -4 total through the 13th hole.  He can knock a big crowd of people out of the tournament with the 10 shot rule if he can make a couple of birdies coming in to finish at -6.

There is a group of active players still on the course at -3 which includes Matt Kuchar, Henrik Stenson and Nick Watney.  They’re through holes 16, 14 and 12 respectively.

4:20PM ET

Wow. Fred Couples is in the house with a total of -5, tied for the lead with Jason Dufner.  Freddy shot a 67 today, after starting with a bogey on the first hole. Turn back the clock.

There’s a five way tie for 2nd at -4 among players who have finished: Rory McIlory, Louis Oosthuizen, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson.

Phil Mickelson has really worked his way back into a good spot, three shots back of the lead. Phil shot 68 today, turning a +2 upside down and now at -2.

Tiger Woods is struggling a bit today. He started the round at even par and has made two bogeys and two birdies.  Still at even after seven holes.

Luke Donald is quite a bit out of sorts.  Donald made double bogey on the par-5 8th hole and is sitting at +5 after eight holes. He’s flirting with the cut.

3:20PM ET

Ouch. Lee Westwood came into the 18th hole with a one shot lead at -6.  After hitting a poor approach his chip above the hole surprisingly did not come down.  From there, he 3-putted for a double bogey and is now one shot behind the lead.

There’s a FOUR way tie for the lead now at -5 between Fred Couples (yes you read that right), Rory McIlory, Jason Dufner and Sergio Garcia.  Dufner is finished while Couples is through 17, Garcia and McIlroy through 16.

Bubba Watson is at -4 through 16.

2:15PM ET

Jason Dufner started the day at -3 and had brought his score to -6 through 16 holes. He is alone in the lead, ahead of Lee Westwood who is still at -5.

My dark horse pick Oosthuizen is in the clubhouse at -4, sitting well.

Fred Couples is playing very well, -3 through 13 holes.

Rory McIlory got it to -4 on the front, and then made bogey on #10.  He is in good position at -3.

Phil Mickelson is clawing back.  He started the day at +2 and is now +1 through 12.

Sergio Garcia is putting well.  He is tied for 2nd currently, at -4 through 13 holes.

Tiger Woods made birdie on his first hole today and sits at -1.

Kevin Na had the shot of the day on hole #13 when he holed out with a wedge for eagle.  He finished the round at +2.

Angel Cabrera is struggling greatly. +5 through 12.  Needs to make up serious ground to make the cut.

12:15PM ET

Temperatures are colder.  Players are all in sweaters.  The winds are kicking up a bit as well.  Conditions look to be a bit tougher today so far.

Leader Lee Westwood is through seven holes, seven pars.  Still at -5.

Peter Hanson is now tied for the lead at -5.  He has completed five holes so far.

Jason Dufner had it to -5 but is back at -3 for the first nine.

Rory McIlory has appeared on the first page of the leaderboard.  He has made birdie on #3 and #4 to climb to -3.

Phil Mickelson is on the course now. He started the round at +2 and is now +1 through four holes.

Tiger Woods has yet to tee off.


McIlroy handling it with class

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

Charl and Rory - click for larger image

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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Great news! Only 361 days until the 2012 Masters

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, April 10th, 2011
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mastersI’m having a massive Masters adrenaline dump.  Haven’t even been able to look at the TV or the ‘puter.

During about a two hour stretch in the most intense part of the tournament, I couldn’t even sit.  I was standing with my golf buddy Guy sitting on the couch.

I’m still processing this Masters, but it was one of the all time best.  I’m guessing though, if I were to read my initial comments after each of the last 7 years’ Masters I probably would have said the same thing.  I’ll post more thoughts on this Masters tomorrow, when I’ve had time to sleep on it and contemplate it over a cup or two of Joe.

Interviewed On New Zealand Radio

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