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French Open Preview

Event Name:   French Open
Where: Roland Garros; Paris, France
Dates: 5/24/15 – 6/7/15
Surface: Clay
Tour: WTA & ATP
Defending Champs: Rafael Nadal & Maria Sharapova
Runner-up:      Novak Djokovic & Simona Halep

The 2015 is loaded with questions and will surely be two weeks of action that we fans will not want miss. Is it time for a “changing of the guard” on the women’s side? If it is who will be there to take over? Underdogs like Carla Suarez Navarro can make a huge push. What? Navarro is ranked 8th and you are calling her an underdog? Yes, she has improved her game that much. She has somehow run into a monster named Serena every time, but she has played great against everyone else. it is hard for me to pick Ivanovic, Bouchard, and Wozniacki just because you never know which one of those ladies will show up. The only person outside of the top 10 that I believe has a chance to win is Vika. You’ll find the reason later on.

On the guy’s only seven of the top eight players have a chance of winning to be frank. David Ferrer is the Aga Radwanska of men’s tennis. Both players receive high rankings, but they can not beat better players. Like ever! Last season Kei Nishikori thrusted himself into the conversation of being the best men’s player, but I do not believe he is ready to win. John Isner continues to play well in none major events, and I expect that trend to press on. More on the chances of Amercians and the French later on.

Women’s Side:

  • All eyes are on Serena as it is her tournament to lose. She seeks to claim major win number twenty and her third straight major victory overall. Will her elbow injury prevent her from a victory?
  • Can Sharapova go into a major tourney without losing in an upset early? She should be able to come out of her quarter easily.
  • Simona Halep is a finalist from last year, will she be able to break through to get her first major win.
  • Victoria Azarenka seems to be getting back to her old self, as she is now healthy. She had Serena down for a couple of match points down in Madrid before choking. Vika is ranked 27th, but is clearly not an underdog. She will most likely face Serena in the 3rd round.
  • 1st round match I am most looking forward to seeing: Venus Williams versus Sloane Stephens. People wrote the 34-year-old Williams off a few years ago, by she has fought off disease and non-believers to get back to being a major championship threat. In 2013, Stephens was pronounced the American heir to Serena’s crown, but she followed up with an awful 2014. Sloane has been up and down all season, as her record is 11-9, but I expect her to put up a battle against Venus.

Men’s side:

  • So this guy named Rafael Nadal has won this event in the past five years. Actually, he has won nine of the past ten French Opens. He will come into the tourney ranked sixth, but I must say that I do not expect him to win this year. For his standards he has been awful on clay. Typically, he wins every match on the red stuff, but he has only won one clay tournament he entered this year. It will be tough; if anyone can defy the odds it’s him.
  • Can Novak finally win the French? No other questions needed.
  • 33-year-old, Roger Federer will pursue his second major at Roland Garros. He has played great in 2015, but can he defeat Novak and Rafa. They seem to be his kryptonite.
  • Will an American break through to win the title? No.
  • Will a Frenchman break through to win the title? No, but they have better chances than the Americans.

Top 32 Seeds:

Seed Men Women
1 Novak Djokovic Serena Wiliams
2 Roger Federer Maria Sharapova
3 Andy Murray Simona Halep
4 Tomas Berdych Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori Caroline Wozniacki
6 Rafael Nadal Eugenie Bouchard
7 David Ferrer Ana Ivanovic
8 Stan Wawrinka Carla Suárez Navarro
9 Martin Cilic Ekaterina Makarova
10 Grigor Dimitrov Andrea Petkovic
11 Feliciano Lopez Angelique Kerber
12 Gilles Simon Karolina Pliskova
13 Gael Monfils Lucie Safarova
14 Jo-Wilfred Tsonga Aga Radwanska
15 Kevin Anderson Venus Williams
16 John Isner Madison Keys
17 David Goffin Sara Errani
18 Tommy Robredo Svetlana Kuznetsova
19 Roberto Bautista Agut Elina Svitolina
20 Richard Gasquet Sabine Lisicki
21 Pablo Cuevas Garbiñe Muguruza
22 Philipp Kohlschreiber Barbora Strycova
23 Leonardo Mayer Timea Bacsinszky
24 Ernests Gulbis Peng Shuai
25 Ivo Karlovic Jelena Jankovic
26 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez Sam Stosur
27 Bernard Tomic Vika Azarenka
28 Fabio Fognini Flavia Pennetta
29 Nick Kyrgios Alizė Cornet
30 Adrian Mannarino Irina-Camelia Begu
31 Viktor Troicki Caroline Garcia
32 Fernando Verdasco Zarina Diyas

My Predictions: Serena Williams & Novak Djokovic

Other Bloggers say:

Iain’s Tennis & Football Blog

Adjusting The Net

The ATP World Tour Tennis Blog

Ming Yu Musing

Tennis Thoughts

Tennis Translations

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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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Bush and Hawk cut

Wednesday was a tough day for veterans in the NFL as A.J. Hawk, Jacoby Jones, and Reggie Bush were both released by their high profiled teams.

Linebacker, A.J. Hawk, is the leading tackler in Green Bay history with 1,118 in nine seasons. After the season was over he had surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle.

“A.J. is a consummate Packer and we are grateful for all that he has given and how he represented the organization over the past nine seasons,” “He was a durable and consistent contributor to our success, but more importantly, he is a great person and teammate. The Packers are grateful for all that he has done on the field and in the community. We wish A.J., his wife Laura, and the rest of their family all the best.” Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson said.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported via Twitter reported that Reggie Bush, Lions running back, was shown the door after two seasons. This will save the team over $3 million in 2015. In the 2014-2015 season he only played in eleven games. Detroit has two stud backs, however. Joique Bell and Theo Riddick have the capabilities of being a great combo back duo.

I would think that both players will be highly sought after as second tier players who are still capable of being great.

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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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Jason Day outduels J.B Holmes to win the Farmers

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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.

You can view next weeks AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am here. 

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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Nishikori looks for three straight in Memphis (Preview)

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Event Name:   Memphis Open
Where: Memphis, USA
Dates: 2/7 – 2/15
Surface: Indoor Hard Court
Tour: ATP
Defending Champ: Kei Nishikori
Runner-up:      Ivo Karlovic

Kei Nishikori will be looking to win his third straight Memphis Open next week in Tennessee. He is coming off of a trip to the quarterfinals in the Australian Open. This year he may have to play the number one ranked male American, John Isner.

This tourney is one of the longest-running American tournaments on the ATP Tour.

Notable players in the field: 

Kei Nishikori John Isner
Kevin Anderson Sam Querrey
Ivo Karlovic Alexandr Dolgopolov
Steve Johnson Benjamin Becker
Bernard Tomic Donald Young

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Berdych will look to repeat at ABN World Tennis Tournament (Preview)

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Event Name:   ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament
Where: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Dates: 2/9 – 2/15
Surface: Hard
Tour: ATP
Defending Champ: Tomas Berdych
Runner-up:      Marin Cilic

Tomas Berdych will look to win his second ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in as many years. Last season he was able to defeat Marin Cilic 6-4 6-2. This year a very tough field will join him. Four members of the top ten players will be playing in the Netherlands.

Notable players in the field:

Stan Wawrinka Andy Murray
Tomas Berdych Milos Raonic
Jo- Wilfred Tsonga Ernests Gulbis
Roberto Bautista Agut Gael Monfils
Gilles Simon David Goffin
Philipp Kohlschreiber Julien Benneteau
Jeremy Chardy Guillermo Garcia- Lopez
Jerzy Janowicz Andreas Seppi
Marin Cilic Grigor Dimitrov

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BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games returns (Preview)

Event Name:  BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games
Where: Antwerp, Belgium
Dates: 2/7-2/15
Surface: Hard
Tour: WTA
Defending Champ: Justine Henin (2008)
Runner-up:  Karin Knapp

The BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games returns next week for the first time in seven seasons. Tennis legend and four-time major champion, Kim Clijsters is the tournament director. The last time this tournament was played Justine Henin won the final 6-3 6-3.

Notable players in the field:

Eugenie Bouchard Angelique Kerber
Dominika Cibulkova Andrea Petkovic
Lucie Safarova Carla Suarez Navarro
Alize Cornet Karolina Pliskova

Photo: Larry Marano

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Koepka wins the Waste Management Phoenix Open

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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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Serena aces Aussie Open

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Serena Williams was able to serve eighteen aces en route to winning her sixth Australian Open championship.

She defeated Maria Sharapova for the fifteenth time in a row. The last time Sharapova was able to beat Serena was in 2004.

Williams, who has now won 19 majors, moves past Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. She is only three back of Steffi Graf and five shy Margaret Court.

“Standing here with 19 championships is something I never thought would happen” Williams said.

Which begs the question…

With 19 major championships, is Serena Williams the best women’s tennis player ever?
Yes
No

Poll Maker


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Farmers Insurance Open Preview

Event Name:   Farmers Insurance Open
Course: Torrey Pines South
Where: San Diego, CA
Dates of the event: February 5-8
Course Yardage: 7,569
Par:      72
Defending Champ: Scott Stallings
Purse:  6,300,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel (Thursday/Friday)                                   CBS (Saturday/Sunday)

One of my favorite tournaments on the PGA Tour is the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. The course is beautiful and quite challenging.

Dustin Johnson returns to the PGA Tour after taking the last five months off because he wanted to seek professional help for personal challenges. He has won at least one event each year since 2008. You may expect him to come out hot but he may some rust to knock off.


Players in the field:

Tiger Woods Dustin Johnson Paul Casey
Phil Mickelson Jimmy Walker Hideki Matsuyama
Rickie Fowler Camilo Villegas Davis Love III
Jordan Spieth Luke Donald Ryo Ishikawa
Justin Rose Ryo Ishikawa Angel Cabrera
J. B. Holmes K.J. Choi Stewart Cink
Jason Day Jeff Overton Seung Yul Noh
Marc Leishman Padraig Harrington Bill Haas
Charley Hoffman Sung Joon Park Rory Sabbatini
John Senden Harris English Brandt Snedeker
Scott Stallings Nick Watney Mike Weir

Last Year’s Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Scott Stallings -9
T2 K.J. Choi -8
Graham DeLaet
Jason Day
Pat Perez
Marc Leishman
T7 Charley Hoffman -7
Ryo Ishikawa
Will MacKenzie
T10 Seung-Yul Noh -6
Russell Knox
Justin Thomas
Brad Fritsch
Gary Woodland

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T16 Keegan Bradley -5
T19 Jordan Spieth -4
T43 Bill Haas E
T47 Hunter Mahan +1
MDF Tiger Woods
CUT Jimmy Walker
CUT Rickie Fowler
CUT Vijay Singh
WD Phil Mickelson

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Haas shoots 67 to win the Humana Challenge

Bill Haas was able to shoot four rounds in the 60s en route to his sixth PGA Tour title.

He was able to hold off beat Charley Hoffman, Brendan Steele, Sung Joon Park, Steve Wheatcroft, and Matt Kuchar by one stroke.

Phil Mickelson could not recover from a first round 71. He finished at -15 tied for 24.

The Tour will move on to TPC Scottsdale. You can view the preview of next week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open here.

Top 10:

Player Place Score
Bill Haas 1 -22
Charley Hoffman T2 -21
Brendan Steele
Sung Joon Park
Steve Wheatcroft
Matt Kuchar
Webb Simpson T7 -20
Boo Weekly
Justin Thomas
Colt Knost T10 -19
Francesco Molinari
Ryan Palmer
Erik Compton

 

Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
David Toms T24 -15
Patrick Reed
Harris English T30 -14
Billy Horschel T41 -13
Keegan Bradley T48 -12
Paul Casey CUT
Zach Johnson CUT
Ryo Ishikawa CUT

FedEx Cup Standings

Player Place Score
Jimmy Walker 1 957
Robert Streb 2 814
Charley Hoffman 3 575
Sang-Moon Bae 4 721
Ben Martin 5 655

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Waste Management Phoenix Open Preview

Event Name:   Waste Management Phoenix Open
Course: TPC Scottsdale
Where: Scottsdale, AZ
Dates of the event: 1/29-2/1
Course Yardage: 7,216
Par:      71
Defending Champ: Kevin Stadler
Purse:  $6,300,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

Tiger Woods will make his season debut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This is his first time playing the course since 2001 when happened to ace the par-3 16th in the third round. The last time Tiger played in a competitive tournament was his Hero World Challenge where he came in tied for 17th. He has a new swing consultant and it will be very interesting to see how he performs in his first outing of 2015. Rickie Fowler is making his first start on the PGA Tour in Scottsdale. He played at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship earlier this month. He finished T66 2-under. Darius Rucker will be performing at the Coors Light Birds Nest He will both be performing on January 29th in Scottsdale. You can view the top 10 Darius Rucker songs here.


Players in the field:

Tiger Woods Jason Dufner Bill Haas
Jordan Spieth Keegan Bradley Brandt Snedeker
Phil Mickelson Bubba Watson Rickie Fowler
Matt Kuchar Patrick Reed Billy Horschel
Kevin Stadler Hunter Mahan Kevin Na
Geoff Ogilvy Hideki Matsuyama Zach Johnson
Gary Woodland John Senden Kyle Stanley
Robert Streb Kyle Stanley Mark Wilson
Kenny Perry J.B. Holmes Angel Cabrera
Retief Goosen David Toms Mike Weir
Padraig Harrington Ryan Moore Ryan Palmer
Sang-Moon Bae Aaron Baddeley Kevin Streelman
Martin Laird K.J. Choi Ben Crane
Matt Every Charley Hoffman Russell Henley
Carl Pettersson Scott Verplank Bo Van Pelt
Scott Stallings Boo Weekly Camilo Villegas
Seung-Yul Noh Ryo Ishikawa Charles Howell III
Stewart Cink Jhonattan Vegas Nick Watney

Last Year’s Top 10:

Player Place Score
Kevin Stadler 1 -16
Graham Delaet T2 -15
Bubba Watson
Hunter Mahan T4 -14
Hideki Matsuyama
Charles Howell III T6 -13
Brandon Steele
Harris English 9 -12
Webb Simpson 10 -11

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Matt Jones T12 -9
Kevin Na T19 -7
Gary Woodland T37 -4
Phil Mickelson T42 -3
Martin Kaymer T53 -1
Vijay Singh 77 8
Lee Westwood CUT
Rickie Fowler CUT
Keegan Bradley CUT

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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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del Potro to miss the Aussie Open

Juan Martin del Potro will miss the 2015 Australian Open due to a nagging wrist injury. This injury has plagued him for nearly the entire 2014 season. Ten months to be exact.

Last week, del Potro played in the Apia International Sydney to prepare for the Aussie Open. There he did win two matches before losing.

He said this in a Facebook post:

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The 2009 US Open champion also said this recently:
“I have to do what the doctor says. I’m still positive. I want to play tennis. It doesn’t matter how. But after seeing my level in Sydney, I think if I am in good shape and I’m healthy, without pain, I could be competitive again very soon.”

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Australian Open Preview

Event Name:   Australian Open
Where: Melbourne, Australia
Dates: 1/19-2/1
Surface: Hard Court
Tour: Both
Defending Champ: Stan Wawrinka & Li Na
Runner-up:      Rafael Nadal & Dominika Cibulkova

It feels as if the 2015 tennis season just started and players are already down under for the first major of the year. Many different storylines at play for this year’s tournament.

Women’s Side:

  • Is Serena poised for #19. Last season, in the first three major championships she did not make it into the quarterfinals. She is seeking her fifth championship.
  • If Maria Sharapova does go against Serena in the finals, can she figure out a way to beat her?
  • Can someone break through to get their first major title? Players like Simona Halep, Aga Radwanska, Eugenie Bouchard and Caroline Wozniacki.

Men’s Side:

  • Will Stan Wawrinka prove that last year was no fluke?
  • Does Roger have one more push left in him?
  • Can an American make it to the Round of 16? At this point they all seem hopeless.

Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from the tournament. Click here for the story.


Seeded Players:

Seed Male Female
1 Novak Djokovic Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori Ana Ivanovic
6 Andy Murray Aga Radwanska
7 Tomas Berdych Eugenie Bouchard
8 Milos Raonic Caroline Wozniacki
9 David Ferrer Angelique Kerber
10 Grigor Dimitrov Ekaterina Makarova
11 Ernests Gulbis Dominika Cibulkova
12 Feliciano Lopez Flavia Pennetta
13 Roberto Bautista Agut Andrea Petkovic
14 Kevin Anderson Sara Errani
15 Tommy Robredo Jelena Jankovic
16 Fabio Fognini Lucie Safarova
17 Gael Monfils Carla Suarez Navarro
18 Giles Simon Venus Williams
19 John Isner Alize Cornet
20 David Goffin Sam Stosur
21 Alexandr Dolgopolov Shuai Peng
22 Philipp Kohlschreiber Karolina Pliskova
23 Ivo Karlovic Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
24 Richard Gasquet Garbine Muguruza
25 Julien Benneteau Barbora Zahiaviva Strycova
26 Leonardo Mayer Elina Svitolina
27 Pablo Cuevas Svetlana Kuznetsova
28 Lukas Rosoi Sabine Lisicki
29 Jeremy Chardy Casey Deliacqua
30 Santiago Giraido Varvara Lepchenko
31 Fernando Verdasco Zarina Diyas
32 Martin Klizan Belinda Bencic

For personal reasons, I want to see Serena and Federer win the titles. Who do you want to see take the title home? Comment below.


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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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Richardson a bust?

Trent Richardson will not suit up for the Indianapolis Colts divisional round playoff game against the Denver Broncos. He will be a healthy inactive player.

Last week, Richardson played only one snap.

So, is it time to label Richardson a bust? Typically, when young athletes go to the University of Alabama they expect to have a great career. As a member of the “Roll Tide” he had over 3,700 total yards. He was so good that the Cleveland Browns drafted him third overall in 2012. (Go figure)

In 17 games with the Browns, he rushed for 1,055 before being traded to the Indianapolis Colts.

As a Colt, he rushed for a lackluster 977 yards in the past two seasons. His career average is 3.3 yards per rush.

Hopefully, he gets a chance with another team next year, but as of now the future for Trent Richardson seems very unsuccessful.

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Sony Open in Hawaii Preview

Event Name:   Sony Open in Hawaii
Course: Waialae CC
Where: Honolulu, HI
Dates of the event: January 15-18, 2015
Course Yardage: 7044
Par:      70
Defending Champ: Jimmy Walker
Purse:  $5,600,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

The PGA Tour hula dances into the capital of Hawaii to partake in the Sony Open. This is the first full field in 2015. Jimmy Walker returns to the place where he shot a -7 63 on Sunday en route to the victory. It was his second career win. Nine of the last ten winners will return to Waialae CC. The last person to win back-to-back titles was “The Big Easy” Ernie Els in 2003 and 2004.

Last Year’s Top 10:

Player Place Score
Jimmy Walker 1 -17
Chris Kirk 2 -16
Jerry Kelly 3 -15
Harris English 4 -14
Marc Leishman 5 -13
Brian Stuard 6 -12
Jeff Overton 7 -11
Charles Howell III T8 -10
Adam Scott
Matt Kuchar
Kevin Na
Matt Every
Hudson Swafford
Ryan Palmer
Zach Johnson
Hideto Tanihara
Retief Goosen
Pat Perez
Will Wilcox

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Stewart Cink T20 -9
K.J. Choi T20 -9
Jason Dufner T32 -8
Sang-Moon Bae T32 -7
Mark Wilson T51 -4
Jordan Spieth CUT

Players in the field:

Jimmy Walker

Jason Day

Angel Cabrera

Tim Clark

Luke Donald

Zach Johnson

Webb Simpson

Kevin Streelman

Sang-Moon Bae

Paul Casey

Stewart Cink

K.J. Choi

Fred Funk

Lucas Glover

Matt Every

J.J. Henry

Davis Love III

Hideki Matsuyama

Kevin Na

Geoff Ogilvy

Chris Kirk

Jerry Kelly

Francesco Molinari

Carl Pettersson

Vijay Singh

Brendon Todd

Camilo Villegas

Jhonattan Vegas

Mark Wilson

Boo Weekly

JB Holmes

Scott Piercy

Yusaku Miyazato

Gary Woodland

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Hobart International Preview

Event Name:   Hobart International
Where: Hobart, Australia
Dates: January 11-17, 2015
Surface: Hard Court
Tour: WTA
Defending Champ: Gabine Muguruza
Runner-up:      Klara Koukalova

The Hobart International will soon take place next week, as the annual tournament will host a few up and coming stars of tomorrow. Gabine Muguruza made an unexpected run last year en route to the capturing of the championship. Klara Koukalova lost the title match 6-4 6-0. Muguruza will not be back to defend her title.

Notable players in the field:

Sloane Stevens

Heather Watson

Daniela Hantuchova

Casey Dellacqua

Varvara Lepchenko

Klara Koukalova

Mona Barthel

Allison Riske

Kirsten Flipkens

Roberta Vinci

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