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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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Peter Oosterhuis diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

It was sad to hear that one of my favorite golf broadcasters now has early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

The reason I liked the Oosterhuis, Nick Faldo, and David Feherty style of broadcasting is because for some reason internationals make golf sound more interesting. Do they know more? That’ s debatable. Peter would be on the course describing the ball position and all other scenerios like no other.

“I feel it is the right time to step away to focus on things in life that I have always wanted to do.” Oosterhuis said when he retired in January.

I wish he and his family the best of luck as his story yet to be finished. Keep fighting Peter!

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The Championships, Wimbledon 2015 Ladies Preview and Winner

Event Name:   The Championships, Wimbledon 2015
Where: London, England
Dates: June 29- July 12
Surface: Grass
Tour: WTA & ATP
Defending Champ: Petra Kvitova
Runner-up:      Eugenie Bouchard

When I think of Wimbledon every year I think of strawberries and cream. It looks so good. I’ll have to try it whenever I go to London. However, that has nothing to do with The Championships this year.

Once again the favorite is Serena Williams. The only person that can possibly beat her is Serena Williams. Every opponent she may have in the tournament will have to play their A+++++ game and have Serena commit a lot of unforced errors. Williams is 69-8 against the current top 10 players in the world. Is that a form of intimidation or a lack of motivation for the other ladies? With a Wimbledon win Serena will:

  1. Complete her second Serena Slam (win all four majors consecutively, but not in the same year.
  2. Be one major shy of completing the season grand slam. This feat has been done three times (Maureen Connolly Brinker in 1953, Margaret Court in 1970, & Steffi Graf in 1988) Graf actually completed the Golden Slam that season. She won an Olympic Gold medal that season as well.
  3. Will only be one major behind Graf for the most all-time in the Open era.
  4. Pick up her 6th win at the All- England Club. She would then be three back of Martina Navratilova.

You can see the gentlemen’s preview here.

The matches are played on the court and not on paper and that’s why these people may have an outside chance of winning if Serena is unable to get the job done:

  • Petra Kvitova is the defending champion and has won two of these titles in the past four years. She will need to play strong in the early rounds to gain momentum. She does have tendencies to get upset early in majors.
  • Maria Sharapova would love more than to be the person to stop Serena as she has already accomplished this feat in 2004 to claim her first major. Sharapova also has the ability to get upset. She is my favorite is Serena goes out.
  • Caroline Wozniacki has been playing great since breaking up with Rory McIlroy last season. However, she still has yet to win a major. She has the ability to fly under the radar to win the title.
  • Venus Williams has won this championship on five separate occasions and may still have some magic left in the bottle. Sloane Stevens knocked her out in the first round of the French Open. Venus didn’t play bad in the match. Stephens outplayed the veteran.
  • Madison Keys is my dark horse pick. She has the power and pace needed to contend on this surface. Keys proved earlier this season at the Australian that she belongs in the conversation of players for the future.
  • Finally, there is a young woman named Vika. Victoria Azarenka is much better than her ranking. Reminder, it is because of her injuries last season. She has played great since coming and I expect that to resume.

Notable ladies in the field:

Seed Players
1 Serena Williams
2 Petra Kvitova
3 Simona Halep
4 Maria Sharapova
5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Lucie Safarova
7 Ana Ivanovic
8 Ekaterina Makarova
9 Carla Suarez-Navarro
10 Angelique Kerber
11 Karolina Pliskova
12 Eugenie Bouchard
13 Aga Radwanska
14 Andrea Petkovic
15 Timea Bacsinszky
16 Venus Williams
17 Elina Svitolina
18 Sabine Lisicki
19 Sara Errani
20 Garbine Muguruza
21 Madison Keys
22 Sam Stosur
23 Victoria Azarenka
24 Flavia Pennetta
25 Alize Cornet
26 Svetlana Kuznetsova
27 Barbora Strycova
28 Jelena Jankovic
29 Irina-Camelia Begu
30 Belinda Bencic
31 Camila Giorgi
32 Caroline Garcia

After all of that it is time for my pick. Drum roll please…

Of course I’m going with Serena. She is playing out of her mind. As tennis players mature in age they are supposed to regress in skills (i.e. Roger Federer) but Williams has gotten stronger. She knows what a win this year means in respect to history and I do not expect any person to be able to prevent her from winning Wimbledon.

Who do you have winning The Championships?

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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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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.

Arnold Palmer Invitational Preview

Event Name:   Arnold Palmer Invitational
Course: Bay Hill Club and Lodge
Where: Orlando, FL
Dates of the event: March 19-22
Course Yardage: 7,381
Par:      72
Defending Champ: Matt Every
Purse:  $6,200,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel (Thursday & Friday)

NBC (Saturday & Sunday)


Last season, Matt Every was able to shoot a 70 in the final round to claim his first PGA title at Bay Hill. He will return to Orlando to attempt to repeat.

Tiger not teeing it up at Bay Hill. 

Players in the field:

Rory McIlroy Sang-Moon Bae Matt Every
Adam Scott John Senden Davis Love III
Webb Simpson Keegan Bradley Vijay Singh
Scott Stallings Hideki Matsuyama Angel Cabrera
Padraig Harrington Graeme McDowell Paul Casey
Kevin Streelman K.J. Choi Billy Horschel
Francesco Molinari Charles Howell III Kevin Na
Ryo Ishikawa Camilo Villegas Zach Johnson
Jason Day Matt Jones Bubba Watson
Ernie Els Harris English Gonzalo Fernandez- Castano
Rickie Fowler Martin Laird Ian Poulter
Gary Woodland Seung-Yul Noh Brandt Snedeker

Last Year’s Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Matt Every -13
2 Keegan Bradley -12
3 Adam Scott -11
4 Jason Kokrak -10
T5 Henrik Stenson -9
  Erik Compton
  Francesco Molinari

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T10 Graeme McDowell -6
T20 Gary Woodland -4
T26 Chesson Hadley -3
T35 Aaron Baddeley -1
T52 Patrick Reed +1
Cut Stuart Appleby
  Justin Rose
  Lee Westwood
  Jeff Overton

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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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Should the club throw be glorified?


For the past 24 hours I have seen the media glorify the three-iron that Rory McIlroy propelled on Friday. I must say that it was a heck of a throw, but should this throw be celebrated.

If Tiger “bleeping” Woods would chuck any club any where on the course he would be chastised and told about why clubs should not be thrown.

Yes, it is true the world hates Tiger. I do not, but most people do. We need to be fair across the board and criticize all players equally.

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Puerto Rico Open Preview

Event Name:   Puerto Rico Open
Course: Trump International GC (PR)
Where: Rio Grande. PUR
Dates of the event: March 5 – 8
Course Yardage: 7,569
Par:      72
Defending Champ: Chesson Hadley
Purse:  $3,000,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

Chesson Hadley was able to get his first PGA Tour victory last season at the Puerto Rico Open at -21. He was able to cruise to victory in paradise as he shot all four rounds in the 60s.

The Puerto Rico open is the B tournament this week, as all of the world’s finest will be playing in the World Golf Championships- Cadillac Championship.

Players in the field: 

Chesson Hadley Ryo Ishikawa John Daly
Mark Calcavecchia Alex Cejka Daniel Chopra
Ben Curtis Brendon de Jonge David Duval
Gonzalo Fernandez- Castano Steve Flesch Paul Goydos
J.J. Henry Jason Gore Chris DiMarco
Jerry Kelly Troy Matteson Jeff Overton
Alvaro Quiros Bo Van Pelt Boo Weekly

Last Year’s Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Chesson Hadley -21
2 Danny Lee -19
3 Ben Martin -17
T4 Carl Pettersson -16
  Jason Gore
  David Toms
  Wes Roach
  Richard H. Lee
T9 Jerry Kelly -15
  Ricky Barnes
  Chris Stroud

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T19 Ryo Ishikawa -11
T29 Nicolas Colsaerts -9
T37 Y.E. Yang -8
T43 Ryuji Imada -7
69 Jhonattan Vegas -1
CUT Miguel Angel Carballo
  Nathan Green
  David Duval
  Chad Campbell
  Matt Jones
DQ J.J. Henry

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Quail Hollow to host the Presidents Cup

Team International and Team U.S. will battle in the 2021 Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Charlotte is a major hub of business in the Southeastern United States with a growing economy and broad base of sports fans, and the Presidents Cup matches perfectly as we look to bring it to exciting, emerging markets and allow a new fan base to experience the competition, pageantry and international goodwill that the event represents.” US PGA Tour commissioner Tim FInchem said.

The course has been home of the Wells Fargo Championship since 2003.

The U.S. holds an 8-1-1 advantage in the event.

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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

Photo By: Jeff Gross

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Honda Classic Preview

Event Name:   Honda Classic
Course: PGA National
Where: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Dates of the event: February 26- March 1
Course Yardage: 7,241
Par:      70
Defending Champ: Russell Henley
Purse:  6,100,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel (Thursday & Friday)

NBC (Saturday & Sunday)


Russell Henley will return to PGA National defend the title that he won last season in a four man playoff. One of the players, Rory McIlroy, will be making his first PGA Tour start of the 2015 season. He has been on the European Tour where he picked up a win at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic earlier this season.

Players in the field:

Rory McIlroy Phil Mickelson Justin Rose
Charl Schwartzel Martin Kaymer Brooks Koepka
Ernie Els Matt Every Stewart Cink
Keegan Bradley Luke Donald Rickie Fowler
Sergio Garcia Lucas Glover Ryo Ishikawa
Zach Johnson Hideki Matsuyama Francesco Molinari
Scott Stallings Boo Weekly Mark Wilson
Lee Westwood Jhonattan Vegas Vijay Singh
Patrick Reed Ian Poulter Billy Horschel
Russell Henley Harris English Paul Casey
Sang- Moon Bae Robert Allenby Jason Dufner

Last Year’s Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Russell Henley -8
T2 Rory McIlroy
  Ryan Palmer
  Russell Knox
5 Billy Hurley -7

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T8 Sergio Garcia -5
T12 Adam Scott -4
T33 Zach Johnson -2
T46 Lee Westwood E
CUT Phil Mickelson
CUT Martin Kaymer

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Tiger out indefinitely

Tiger Woods just announced on his website that he will be out indefinitely because he needs “a lot of work on my game.”

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“Right now, I need a lot of work on my game, and to still spend time with the people that are important to me,” he said. “My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf. Like I’ve said, I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I think I’m ready, I’ll be back,” Woods said.

Tiger is now ranked 62nd in the world. This is his lowest ranking since coming on tour in 1996. He will surely fall even farther on the Official World Golf Rankings as long as he is out, The Masters is in eight weeks, so the chances of him playing there are quite bleak.

He went on to add that the injury he suffered last week at the Farmers Insurance Open had nothing to do with he deciding to take a break.

Jason Day wins the Farmers Insurance Open. 

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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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Billy Casper passes away

Golf legend, Billy Casper, passed away Saturday at the age of 83.

Casper played alongside Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player, however he never did reach their popularity.

He was able to win 51 times on the PGA Tour including three majors. He happens to be seven on the all-time wins list.

Casper became a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1978.

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AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Preview

Event Name:   AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Course: Pebble Beach

Monterey Peninsula CC

Spyglass Hill

Where: Pebble Beach, CA
Dates of the event: February 12-15
Course Yardage: PB 6,816

MPCC 6,838

SH 6,858

Par:      PB & SH 72

MPCC 70

Defending Champ: Jimmy Walker
Purse:  6,800,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel (Thursday & Friday)

CBS (Saturday & Sunday)


The PGA Tour returns to three of the most beautiful courses on the tour as they travel to Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, and Monterey Peninsula CC.

Last season, Jimmy Walker nearly squandered a six-stroke lead in the final round. He was able to scramble and make par on the par-5 18th hole of Pebble Beach.

“I made it a little more dramatic than it needed to be,” Walker said.

Players in the field:

Jimmy Walker Jordan Spieth Brandt Snedeker
Kevin Stadler Patrick Reed Vijay Singh
Ian Poulter Nick Watney Sung Joon Park
Ryan Palmer K.J. Choi Jason Day
John Daly Sang-Moon Bae Ernie Els
David Duval Billy Horschel Jim Furyk
Fred Funk Seung-Yol Noh Davis Love III
Dustin Johnson Charles Howell III Matt Jones

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T19 Phil Mickelson -3
T35 Jim Furyk E
T52 Russell Henley +2
MDF Jason Day
Cut Chad Campbell
Cut Brandt Snedeker
Cut Charley Hoffman
DQ D.A. Points

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Tiger withdraws from the Farmers Insurance Open

In Tiger Woods’ second outing of the year he was forced to withdraw due to a back injury.

On the day he began on the back nine of the north course of Torrey Pines. Woods received bogey on his first and third hole. He was able to get back to par before getting a double bogey on the 11th. He then had to pull out of the tournament due to the injury.

The Masters is nine weeks away, hopefully he will be able to play at Augusta.

You can see his pitch in below.

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Charlie Sifford dead at 92

The first African- American PGA Tour member, Charlie Sifford, died Tuesday night.

He was known as the Jackie Robinson of golf because he was a pioneer for blacks who wanted to play golf. Because he was not allowed to play on the tour, he and other African- Americans organized their own tournaments.

In 1961, he became a member of the tour. The only two wins he has came at the Greater Hartford Open Invitational in 1967 and the Los Angeles Open in 1969. The Suntree Classic and the PGA Seniors’ Championship were the only wins Sifford had on the Champions Tour.

He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004 and awarded him the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Koepka wins the Waste Management Phoenix Open


Brooks Koepka was able to shoot a 66 en route to winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It was his first tour victory.

Hideki Matsuyama had a chance to send the tourney to a playoff, but missed his left-to-right breaking putt. However, he did record a fairway eagle on the first.

Martin Laird was tied with Koepka after his birdie on the par 5 15th, but he stumbled into the clubhouse as he recorded a bogey on the drivable 17th and he doubled on the 18th after driving into the drink.

The shot of the tournament had to go to Francesco Molinari who recorded an ace on the signature 16th hole.

You can preview next weeks Farmers Insurance Open here.


Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Brooks Koepka -15
T2 Bubba Watson -14
Ryan Palmer
Hideki Matsuyama
T5 Jon Rahm (a) -12
T5 Martin Laird

Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T10 Zach Johnson -10
T17 Keegan Bradley -8
T30 Boo Weekly -5
T40 Patrick Reed -4
76 Bill Haas +8
Tiger Woods CUT
Phil Mickelson CUT
Robert Allenby CUT
Sang-Moon Bae CUT
Jason Dufner CUT

FedEx Cup Standings

Place Player Score
1 Jimmy Walker 957
2 Robert Streb 879
3 Bubba Watson 833
4 Charley Hoffman 757
5 Sang-Moon Bae 721

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