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Is golf interesting again?

Is it me, or has it been a hell of a lot more exciting to watch the PGA Tour this weekend?

For the first time in a long time I cannot only hear the reaction of a crowd, but I can also feel the emotion that they are radiating. Quite frankly, it’s because of Tiger Woods.

Now I have not had the chance to look at television ratings yet, but I’m pretty sure that viewership is up a great deal. It is good to see him contend. Typically, I say it’s good to see him make a cut.

People are tuned in for one of two reasons. They either want to see Tiger succeed or fail. That’s it. It is one or the other. Jason Gore has been a quality player some time now, but no one is looking forward to watching his round.

This is the first time in a long time I actually planned a weekend around watching golf and one of my favorite athletes. Woods will be catapulted back into the main event picture he can pull this win off.

Can the guy in red and black make a come back? Do you want to see him win?

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Am I the only one losing patience with Tiger?

I cannot articulate my feelings as I watched arguably the greatest golfer play the fourth worst round of his career for well over four hours. I am a Tiger Woods fan, but my patience is wearing quite thin.

The guy looked defeated at Chamber Bay. His body language communicated to the world that he was living up to his 195th official world golf ranking.

From 1996- 2014, Woods had only one 80+ round. He has had three 80+ rounds in 2015 alone.

In every tournament I notice that he is going to play in I say to myself and others, “Tiger will turn it around this week!” Apparently, I am a chronic liar. If only I were a politician I could be paid to say those inaccurate words.

To make his day even worse there was banner that said “Cheater” that flew above him while he was playing.

He was not been able to hit fairways and greens consistently like a player of his caliber should. Woods did sprinkle in a few good looking shots, but not enough to save his amateur-like round.

I believe it’s because he does not play enough. Tiger should play in more tourneys. That is the only way he can gain some type of momentum. What, if anything, do you believe is his problem?

Woods commits to a summer schedule

World number 106, Tiger Woods, announced on Twitter that will be playing in a quite a few tournaments this summer.

Last week, Woods announced that he will be defending at the PLAYERS Championship May 7-10.

You can read here about other tournaments that he may possibly enter before the U.S.Open this June.

Of course, this schedule does depend on his health.

Tiger happens to be coming off of a T17 performance at Augusta.

For more info please see the press release.

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Tiger announces next appearance

Tiger Woods announced on Friday that he will be teeing it up at TPC Sawgrass next month.

It will be his first time competing at the event since he won there in 2013. Well Sergio Garcia choked it away.

The event will also be his first time playing since he finished T17 at The Masters last weekend.

If Tiger wants to win his 15th major championship he will have to play in more events. That’s the only way to a title.

Woods’ schedule is fairly predictable. Let’s see how many times he will play before the U.S. Open in June.

Date Event Chance of playing
4/30-5/3 WGC- Cadillac Match Play Skip
5/7-5/10 The PLAYERS Championship Confirmed Playing
5/14-5/17 Wells Fargo Championship Doubtful
5/21-5/24 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Doubtful
5/28-5/31 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship Doubtful
6/4-6/7 the Memorial Tournament Confirmed with Jack Nicklaus
6/11-6/14 FedEX St. Jude Not Chance
6/18-6/21 U.S. Open Golf Championship Confirmed

With a schedule like that he will have to play a lot more. It is going to be tough, but I believe he can pull it off.

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Sunday at Augusta (Anything can happen)

As Jordan Spieth looks to record his first major championship, we have to look back at some of the greatest moments to ever happen on a Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club.

Jack in ’86. Need I say more.


Tiger with arguably the greatest shot ever in 2005.


Lefty finally gets it done in 2004.


Adam Scott brings the jacket Down Under.


Norman crumbles


Rory learns to fail before succeeding 


Crenshaw grieves his way to victory


Faldo wins his 2nd major


Well Bubba


Mize takes the title from Norman 


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Woods -2 thru 36


Through 36 holes it appears as if Tiger Woods is playing like himself again.

He was able to shoot a 3-under 69 on Friday.

Woods did not take advantage of the very gettable par 5’s however. He was able to birdie hole eight, but pared the other three holes.

It seems as if he has found his short game and will no longer is a hinder his game.

He trails Jordan Spieth by twelve going into the weekend.

Spieth -14 thru 36


Jordan Spieth may very well be in route to his first major championship as he leads The Masters.

While players are still on course it is nearly impossible for anyone to catch his two round score.

This is the lowest 36-hole score breaking Raymond Floyd’s 13-under in 1976.

As of 3:15 PM est. Spieth was four shots ahead of second place Charley Hoffman.

The largest 36-hole lead is five. Floyd, Jack Nicklaus, and Herman Keiser all accomplished the feat.

Tiger not playing at Bay Hill

Tiger Woods announced on his website that he will not be playing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2015.

I spoke to Arnold today and told him that I will not play in his tournament this year. I’m sorry I won’t be in Orlando next week, but I know it will be a really successful event.

I’ve put in a lot of time and work on my game and I’m making strides, but like I’ve said, I won’t return to the PGA TOUR until my game is tournament ready and I can compete at the highest level, Woods said.

Woods had won the tournament eight times.

It really comes as no surprise as he stated last month that he would be taking a break away from the sport.

Hopefully, he will return to play at the Masters. The event will take place April 9-12 in Augusta GA.

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Hahn get first PGA win

For the second time in the last three weeks a PGA Tour event came down playoff holes. This time James Hahn was able to defeat Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey to win the 2015 Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. This was his first Tour victory. He was able to make a putt on the third playoff hole to get the W.

Retief Goosen led after three rounds but crumbled on the last 18 holes. He shot 75 in the final round. He is still winless in the last six seasons.

Sergio Garcia went bogey, bogey on 17 and 18 to miss the playoff by one shot.

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Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 James Hahn -6
T2 Dustin Johnson -6
T2 Paul Casey
T4 Hideki Matsuyama -5
  Keegan Bradley
  Jordan Spieth
  Sergio Garcia
T8 Sang-Moon Bae -4
  Graham DeLaet
  Retief Goosen
  Kyle Reifers

Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T12 Vijay Singh -3
T14 Bubba Watson -2
T30 Charley Hoffman +1
T41 Jimmy Walker +3
74 Brandt Snedeker +15
CUT Luke Donald
  Davis Love III
  Ryo Ishikawa
  Ernie Els
WD Mike Weir

FedEx Cup Standings

Place Player Score
1 Jimmy Walker 1113
2 Bubba Watson 888
3 Robert Streb 879
4 Sang-Moon Bae 834
5 Jason Day 810

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Jason Day outduels J.B Holmes to win the Farmers

The Farmers Insurance Open was nothing but exciting to the last stroke of the tournament.

It came down to the second playoff hole where Jason Day was able to par the 16th to clinch to the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

With the win he is now ranked fourth in the world. This was he fourth PGA Tour victory.

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Day and Holmes were able to salvage birdie to force the second playoff and eliminate Scott Stallings and Harris English.

Jason Day nearly put his third shot on the par 5 18th in the drink. He was able to get up and down to shoot a 70.

Holmes couldn’t make his birdie putt on 18 to clinch the tourney.

Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Jason Day -9
T2 J.B. Holmes -9
  Scott Stallings
  Harris English
T5 Charles Howell III -8
  Alex Prugh
T7 Nick Watney -7
  Jimmy Walker
  Martin Laird
  Shane Lowry

Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T11 Jhonattan Vegas -6
T19 Bill Haas -4
T41 Keegan Bradley E
T53 Angel Cabrera +3
T61 Rickie Fowler +4
Cut Justin Rose
Cut Jordan Spieth
Cut Dustin Johnson
Cut Luke Donald
Cut Phil Mickelson
WD Tiger Woods

FedEx Cup Standings

Place Player Score
1 Jimmy Walker 1039
2 Robert Streb 879
3 Bubba Watson 833
4 Charley Hoffman 756
5 Sang-Moon Bae 757

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Walker wins the Sony Open by 9

Jimmy Walker won the 2015 Sony Open in Hawaii by a record 9 strokes. He was able to shoot four rounds in the 60s to win this title in back-to-back years. On Sunday, Walker recorded a 63 on his scorecard to claim the tourney. This was his fourth career title.

The next tournament on the PGA Tour is the Humana Challenge.    You can read the preview here.

Top 10:

Player Place Score
Jimmy Walker 1 -23
Scott Piercy 2 -14
Gary Woodland T3 -13
Harris English
Matt Kuchar
Jerry Kelly T6 -12
Brian Davis
Zac Blair
Rory Sabbatini
Max Homa
Shawn Stefani
Justin Thomas

Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Webb Simpson T13 -11
Jason Day T17 -10
J.J. Henry T30 -8
Kenny Perry T37 -7
Jhonattan Vegas T44 -6
Camilo Villegas T44 -6
Luke Donald T51 -5
Sang- Moon Bae T51 -5
Zach Johnson T64 -2
Matt Jones 70 +2
Davis Love III Cut
Geoff Ogilvy Cut
Vijay Singh Cut
Angel Cabrera Cut
Matt Every DQ

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Hyundai Tournament of Champions Preview

Event Name:   Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Course: The Plantation Course in Kapalua
Where: Maui, HI
Dates of the event: January 8-12
Course Yardage: 7,411
Par:      73
Defending Champ: Zach Johnson
Purse:  $5,700,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

The 2015 portion of the PGA Tour season begins once again at The Plantation Course in Kapalua. The Hyundai Tournament of Champions is a selective event that only allows winners from the previous season to participate in the event. Last year, Zach Johnson was able to shoot a 33 4-under to steal a victory from Jordan Spieth.

Notable players in the field:

Zach Johnson

Jason Day

Billy Horschel

Kevin Streelman

Bubba Watson

Angel Cabrera

Hunter Mahan

Matt Kutchar

Hideki Matsuyama

Tim Clark

Ryan Moore

Last Year’s Top 10 Finishers:

Player Place Score
Zach Johnson 1 -19
Jordan Spieth 2 -18
Webb Simpson T3 -17
Kevin Streelman
Jason Dufner 5 -15
Billy Horschel T6 -14
Matt Kuchar
Adam Scott
Dustin Johnson
Ryan Moore 10 -13

Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Brandt Snedeker T11 -12
Gary Woodland T13 -11
Patrick Reed T16 -10
Jimmy Walker T21 -7
Bill Haas T24 -5

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Sang Moon Bae off the Tour?

Sang Moon Bae may have to return to return to his home country of South Korea to join the military.

Reports are saying that the golfer has been denied an extension of his oversees travel permit.

What’s the big hoopla? In South Korea all men that that are physically- able between 18-35 must serve in the military for at least two years. Bae, a permanent U.S. resident, by rule needed to needed to have lived in America for at least a year to have his travel permit extended a possible additional three years.

South Korea’s Military Manpower Administration may revoke an overseas travel permit and force military duties on those who have spent a total of six months or more within the past year, or spent three consecutive months within the past year inside of Korea. Bae, however, has not spent three consecutive months in said country. He has traveled to his homeland for a total of 133 nonconsecutive days to enroll in graduate school and to play in Korean PGA Tour events.

From the Yonhap News Agency

“According to the relevant South Korean laws, conscription candidates who have acquired permanent overseas residency and have lived for at least one year in that country may have their overseas travel permit extended for up to three years.

However, the [Military Manpower Administration] may cancel overseas travel permit and impose military duties on those who have spent a total of six months or more within the past year, or spent three consecutive months within the past year, in South Korea.

In the past 12 months, Bae spent 133 days in total, but not consecutively, in South Korea to play Korea PGA Tour events and to handle paperwork to enroll at a graduate school.

According to Jipyong, a Seoul-based law firm representing Bae, the golfer’s period of stay in South Korea was within legal limit, but the MMA still considered it long enough so it didn’t regard him as an overseas resident.”

The 28-year-old has already won the Frys.com Open to begin the 2014-2015 season and has already qualified for a chance to win the Masters in April.

A representative for the firm defending the golfer said, “Bae has spent some time in South Korea recently but his occupation as a touring professional golfer must be taken into account. He should still be considered an overseas resident who has spent a year or more in the United States after getting his residency. It’s up to Bae to take legal action as his last resort.”

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Spieth wins by 10; Woods last

Jordan Spieth won the 2014 Hero World Challenge by ten shots at the Isleworth Golf and Country Club.

Spieth shot 66 en route to his wire-to-wire victory. This is only the second win of his young career. The other came at the John Deere Classic in 2013.

Tiger Woods finished at even par for the tournament. He may have lost by twenty-six strokes, but Woods battled through awful shots and sickness to secure T-17. There’s a bright side for Tiger, however. He said that he could now hit the golf ball as hard as he wants and not feel any pain.

Other Notables who played in the tournament:

Henrik Stenson           -16

Keegan Bradley          -15

Jason Day                   -14

Rickie Fowler              -11

Justin Rose                 -11

Zach Johnson             – 9

Tiger Who?

TIger Woods swinging his driver.
TIger Woods swinging his golf club.

The 2013 PGA Tour season concluded Sunday at East Lake Golf Course.  Henrik Stenson fired four rounds in the 60s en route to the victory.  With the win Stenson also won the $10 million Fed Ex Cup prize.  He had a great year, but the story is not about him.

This year, Eldrick ”Tiger” Woods won five big tournaments at courses that the previously played well at.  Woods always plays well at Torrey Pines, TPC Sawgrass, Firestone Country Club, TPC Blue Monster at Doral, and Bay Hill Club & Lodge.  Yes, the five wins are remarkable and they still may win him the 2013 Player of the Year Award.  Tiger Woods, however, has made it no secret that he only cares about major championships.  Since Tiger was a child he has always had a dream of surpassing Jack Nicklaus record of 18 majors.  With 14 majors it appears that Tiger may not catch Jack.

Why has Tiger not passed Jack?

Is it because of Tiger’s alleged cheating scandal?

NO! Tiger won tournaments prior to getting married, and he has won after the divorce, but he has still yet to win a major.    He has moved on to Lindsey Vonn.  Woods has appears to be happy with his relationship with Vonn.  He has been smiling.  Too much, well that’s a different story.

Is he to likable now?

Tiger used to be this intimidating figure that scared his opponents.  Those days are long gone.  Tiger now walks alongside his playing partners and have conversations.  Tiger is now a good friend of Rory McIlory, the future of the PGA Tour.  He never did this with Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, or even Sergio Garcia.  No one is afraid of him.

Did the talent surpass Tiger?

Maybe.  Yes, players are better.  However, no one can match Tiger.

So, what is the missing piece to the Woods puzzle?

The only thing that makes sense is Steve Williams, Tiger’s former caddie.   Steve Williams carried Tiger’s golf clubs from 1999- 2011.  In that span Tiger Woods won 14 major championships, which is more than anyone else in that span.

In 2011, Tiger and Steve decided to go there separate ways.  It may not be obvious, but Tiger is missing Stevie.  Williams kept Tiger focused.  He didn’t let Tiger self-destruct.  He was the only guy Tiger spoke to on the course.

TIger Woods major championship total according to tigerwoods.com.
TIger Woods major championship total according to tigerwoods.com.

Who is Tiger Woods?  That is a question that is being debated by every fan he has.  Is he this adulterer that won major after major.  He was hated by some, but loved by many because he won a lot.  Is Tiger this guy that wants to be liked on the course because his skill set is dwindling?  Is he a sex addict that is not being truthful to himself?  Maybe he needs “extra attention”.   If that is who he is would the real Tiger Woods please stand up.  If not, Eldrick Woods can go home.