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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?

Other bloggers talking about Wimbledon:

Iain’s Football and Tennis Blog

Tennis Kibitzer

Tennis Abides 

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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 


Photo by: (David Cannon/Getty Images)


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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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Should the club throw be glorified?

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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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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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Humana Challenge Preview

Event Name:   Humana Challenge
Courses: Arnold Palmer at PGA West- Host Course

Jack Nicklaus at PGA West

La Quinta Country Club

Where: La Quinta, CA
Dates of the event: 1/22-1/25
Course Yardage: Palmer: 6,950

Nicklaus: 6,924

La Quinta: 7,060

Par:      All three courses are par 72
Defending Champ: Patrick Reed
Purse:  $5,700,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

Welcome back Lefty! Phil Mickelson is making his first appearance of the season at the Humana Challenge. This is his first start since the Ryder Cup. He will be looking to get off to a hot start in 2015 because his 2014 season was awful. Lefty had twelve top 25 finishes. The highest finish he had was second at the PGA Championship to Rory McIlory.

Defending champ, Patrick Reed will look to become the first repeat champion since Johnny Miller did it in 1975-76. At this event last season he became the third player to win this event wire-to-wire.

Players in the field:

Phil Mickelson

Patrick Reed

JJ Henry

Kevin Streelman

Keegan Bradley

Jason Dufner

Billy Horschel

Matt Kutcher

Francesco Molinari

Tim Clark

Ben Crane

Charley Hoffman

Kevin Na

Jhonattan Vegas

Scott Stallings

Luke Donald

D.J. Trahan

Paul Casey

Chad Campbell

Stewart Cink

John Daly

Ryo Ishikawa

Ryan Moore

Sung Joon Park

Rory Sabbatini

Mark Wilson

Scott Piercy

Ryan Palmer

Retief Goosen

Lucas Glover

Mike Weir

Scott Verplank

Brandt Snedeker

David Toms

Bo Van Pelt

Nick Watney

Jerry Kelly

Charles Howell III

Bill Haas

Jeff Overton

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño


Last Year’s Top 10:

Player Place Score
Patrick Reed 1 -28
Ryan Palmer 2 -26
Zach Johnson T3 -25
Justin Leonard T3
Brian Stuard 5 -24
Bill Haas T6 -23
Brendon Todd T6
Chad Collins 8 -22
Stuart Appleby T9 -21
Charlie Beljan
Ben Crane
Charley Hoffman

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Jerry Kelly T13 -20
Keegan Bradley T18 -19
Webb Simpson T23 -18
Ryo Ishikawa T25 -17
Rickie Fowler T44 -16
Kevin Na T48 -14
J.J Henry T82 -7

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