Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
Click on the news below to go to the website and read the whole article.
London - Former world number one Greg Norman is to team up with Sergio Garcia and leading designer Pete Dye to create Dubai's first links-style course.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Found a clever article about the FBR Open at www.azcentral.com.
Sergio -7 (with a final round 67 - finally a good round)
Miguel Angel Jimenez -7
Alvaro Quiros -4
Alejandro Canizares -6
Jose Manuel Lara -2
Gonzalo Fernandez Castano +6
Saturday, January 27, 2007
As for the announcers today. Peter Kostis actually got to interview Tiger today. Wow. I guess Tiger's over his primadonna tantrum that started when Kostis criticized his swing a few years ago. It was great to hear David Feherty again after so long. Jim Nantz wasn't a bit afraid (unlike Kelly and Jerry from the Golf Channel) to say that Tiger topped his second shot on 18 yesterday. That was good. Nick and Ian Baker-Finch were great today as well.
They are still touting the whole Tiger Win Streak thing. It's amazing how people still buy into that. It isn't like he won six straight weeks in a row. That would be something to brag about. But Tiger one a couple, then lost one or two in Europe, then he may have won another, then lost some. Maybe someone else will win tomorrow and the media can finally stop trying to cash in on this pseudo-statistic. This is like me saying that I am an undefeated Trivial Pursuit player. I played three times in college and won three times. That was about 15 years ago. But I'm still undefeated. It doesn't matter how much time has past and how little I've played the game. I put all those other Trivial Pursuit players who don't win to shame.
Friday, January 26, 2007
I got to see a little bit of the Golf Channel's coverage of the 2nd round today. How much do I love Nick Faldo???? He wasn't a bit afraid to say Tiger topped his shot on the 18th. Heeheehee. Faldo asked Kelly if she'd ever seen him do that and she quietly said 'no'. Then, Faldo asked Jerry if he'd ever seen that, and he, in a rather subdude voice, said 'never'. You could tell that Kelly and Jerry weren't sure if they were going to say anything the least bit negative about THE Tiger Woods. And you had to wonder if Nick wasn't testing the other announcers to see what they would say. Faldo had no fear. After Tiger had spoken to Jerry, Kelly said he had made a mess of things at the end. But it took her a while to call it like it was.
And how about how many Q School and Nationwide players from last year made the cut? That's something else. I think I'll have to go back to my Q-School post and see which players I was impressed with and start following them.
Rest of Spaniard Watch (Miguel is mentioned above):
Alejandro Canizares -5
Alvaro Quiros -4
Sergio Garcia -3
Jose Manuel Lara Even par
Ignacio Garrido +2 missed the cut.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
At the Bob Hope, Justin Rose was in it right til the end but missed out on a playoff with the way he played the 18th. John Rollins and Charlie Hoffman did make it into a playoff and Charlie got the win. Jeff Quinney won a car for a hole in one. A couple of comments: John Rollins got a lot of negative thoughts attached to him last year for earning all those Ryder Cup points for his win at the B.C. Open. It's good to see him in contention at such a prestigious event. Maybe all those Points Whiners will rethink some of their comments. I didn't see them out there this week in contention. This is Charlie Hoffman's first win so if I was pulling for anyone other than Justin it would have been him. Plus, he had some great shoes on. And as for the hole in one - the announcers kept replaying it and talking about his score in the tournament but they took forever to tell us that Jeff had won a car and what kind of car it was. That's the exciting part about a hole in one.
Now I have a hard decision to make - do I watch the Champions Tour event in wonderful Hawaii, watch the Australian Open tennis coverage in blistering hot Australia, or Digging for the Truth on the History Channel? I have a feeling I might be channel surfing tonight.
Off topic: We got snow today (Booooo!!!!!). I was out shoveling about 3 inches of snow off my quarter of a mile long driveway and I am so sore and tired now. It was really depressing because it was still snowing while I was out there. I figured it would be easier for tomorrow's upper 30s temperatures to melt off the additional inch rather than 4 total inches. Have I mentioned on this blog how much I hate snow? I really, really hate snow. The weather for the rest of the week doesn't look all that great. I have a feeling I might end up carrying milk and other groceries up to my house while I leave my car parked at the main road. That will be a first for me. The one positive thing about that is that it's an extra workout.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Justin Rose had a so-so day at the Bob Hope. At one time he had a 5 shot lead, but when the players are playing 4 courses, you can't rely on the leaderboards that much on Saturday. Tomorrow, everyone plays the Classic Club and I agree with Justin that he will have an advantage for having played the course today. I also hope that today was Justin's typical fourth/final round hiccup that has prevented him from winning on the US tour in the past. If he gets that out of the way, maybe he will play great tomorrow and come away with a win. I also like Lucas Glover up there at the top too.
The Champions Tour looks to be a hotbed of competition this week. Several players within a couple shots of the lead and all the players are tough. Even Hale Irwin's in contention, something we haven't really seen for a year or so. I plan to check out this thing about the Titanic on History International and if it isn't any good, I'll probably come back to the Golf Channel to see more of the Champions Tour event.
10. Less re-runs of old events and infomercials
9. More interviews with and features on the players
8. Your Game Night now starts at 10pm, my bedtime
7. No delays of airing the coverage because of football and basketball running over
6. No Law & Order opening scenes when the golf coverage ends
5. Counting how many times Aimpoint is right and Winzone is wrong
4. No ESPN Carl and his bad impressions of Terry Gannon
3. More Nick Faldo
2. Nick and Kelly's commentary sounds like they are calling the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - and who doesn't love a parade?
and the #1 reason why the TV Deal with the Golf Channel is good:
3rd graders everywhere will get into trouble at school after using Rocco's imaginative names for golf shots in everyday conversation on the playground.
Friday, January 19, 2007
As for the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic; Justin Rose continues to play great. I'm so happy for him. He is a very nice guy. I haven't met him, but he did personally respond to a fan email I sent him. He deserves a lot of success out there. Phil Mickelson hasn't made a move yet. You have to wonder just how much work he did during his off season. Yes, he's a lot fitter, but you'd expect after such a layoff, his game would be dynamically good. But so far, we haven't seen that. That's another thing that's kind of gotten me disappointed - Sergio had several weeks to work on his putting, but from what I saw yesterday, he's still sticking with what he did last year - crouching, stiff as a board, for seemingly forever before hitting the putt. Hopefully that will pay off for him and he will get a win or two this year.
And the Champions Tour begins its season tonight in Hawaii. I wish I was in Hawaii. But that's no surprise. Anyone who reads this blog with any regularity knows I have a fondness for the island paradise.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Phillip Archer shot a -9 to take the lead with Nick Dougherty, Retief Goosen and Henrik Stenson at -6. Padraig Harrington was 4 under par. Defending Champion Chris DiMarco is at -3. Paul Casey and Andres Romero are 1 under par and a bit of a surprise - Johan Edfors +9.
Spaniard Watch at Abu Dhabi: Alejandro Canizares +3, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano +1, Ignacio Garrido - Even par, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Juan Parron -1, Alvaro Quiros -2, Jose Manuel Lara +5 and finally..... Sergio -4. Saw his new outfit - I thought he looked good. One of the best things about the start of a new golf season is seeing what everyone's wearing.
Next: Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
Last time I checked: Scott Verplank -13 (could change), Justin Rose -12, Matt Kuchar -10, Lucas Glover -7, Dean Wilson and David Duval -6, Mickelson was at -4 according to the golf channel, Will MacKenzie -3 and Paul Azinger - even par.
David Duval was only -1 today. Hopefully he'll rebound and do great the next three days. One of my favorites, Justin Rose, is doing really great. Good for him!
............... Now, I'm off to watch the Abu Dhabi coverage I recorded today...............
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
I recently ordered a subscription to National Geographic after watching the Gospel of Judas documentary on tv last month. When I was younger, I had a brief career desire to become a photojournalist for National Geographic. Too bad I'm not that good at taking pictures.
David Duval had a really good round today. Everyone at the golf channel talked about him like he's made some kind of big time comeback. I hope that wasn't a kiss of death for him this week. He should have really great memories of the tournament and hopefully that will help him finish great.
The Golf Channel had a lot of technical issues today. Mics cutting in and out, pictures screwing up. I hope they fix that soon. I would hate to have to put up with that all season.
And the weather. Oh, it's so cold in California. Oh, poor, poor people. It's cold here too but I can't just jet off to some warm weather locale like the players out there. The local weather person here likes to show the temperature in Caribou, Maine each morning. I think this morning it was 16 below or something. Talk to those people about how cold it is.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
St. Augustine, Fla. (January 16, 2007) – The World Golf Hall of Fame has released the 2007 PGA TOUR and International ballots to the respective voting bodies comprised of golf journalists, historians and dignitaries from around the globe. The ballots are due Friday, March 2 and announcements for the 2007 Class will be made later this Spring.
Of the 20 candidates on the PGA TOUR ballot, the top returning finishers from 2006 include Curtis Strange (50%), Craig Wood (37%) and Hubert Green (36%). The International ballot, which has 11 candidates, will again include last year’s vote leaders Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki (46%), Jose Maria Olazabal (32%) and Sandy Lyle (30%). The complete list of 2007 PGA TOUR and International candidates is below, as are the percentages from the 2006 ballot results.
“Each year we look forward to releasing the ballots as it signals the first step in determining new members of the World Golf Hall of Fame,” said Jack E. Peter, the Hall of Fame’s Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We appreciate the voting bodies’ participation in this important process.”
David Toms is the only new addition to the PGA TOUR ballot. Toms, who turned 40 earlier this month, qualified for the ballot with his 12 PGA TOUR victories, including the 2001 PGA Championship. There were no new additions to the 2007 International ballot.
The Class of 2007 is expected to include Se Ri Pak, who has met the LPGA points criteria and is scheduled to fulfill the final requirement for Induction—10 years on the LPGA Tour—when she plays in her 10th event this season.
International ballot voters have the ability to nominate candidates for the Lifetime Achievement category and the World Golf Hall of Fame Advisory Board can nominate for the Veteran’s category. Both discretionary categories will be determined by the World Golf Foundation Board of Directors Selection Committee.
The 2007 World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, November 12 at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.
PGA TOUR Ballot
Davis Love III
Larry Nelson 65%
Henry Picard 53%
Curtis Strange 50%
Craig Wood 37%
Hubert Green 36%
Lanny Wadkins 34%
Denny Shute 30%
Doug Ford 22%
Bob Charles 21%
Fred Couples 18%
Tony Lema 18%
Mark O'Meara 16%
Davis Love III 15%
Ken Venturi 15%
Don January 13%
Macdonald Smith 12%
Fuzzy Zoeller 10%
Harold McSpaden 6%
Dave Stockton 6%
Miller Barber 4%
John Daly 3%
Peter Alliss, England
Max Faulkner, England
Sandy Lyle, Scotland
Graham Marsh, Australia
Colin Montgomerie, Scotland
Kel Nagle, Australia
Christy O’Connor Sr., Ireland
Jose Maria Olazabal, Spain
Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki, Japan
Norman Von Nida, Australia
Ian Woosnam, Wales
Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki 46%
Jose Maria Olazabal 32%
Sandy Lyle 30%
Kel Nagle 29%
Christy O’Connor, Sr. 26%
Graham Marsh 24%
Ian Woosnam 21%
Colin Montgomerie 16%
Peter Alliss 13%
Norman Von Nida 10%
Max Faulkner 7%
Monday, January 15, 2007
|Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Hole-in-One Prize |
The Commercialbank Qatar Masters is boasting a unique hole-in-one prize with a $150,000 luxury cruiser on offer to the first player ace the par three 17th hole at Doha Golf Club when the tournament takes place from January 25-28.
For the first time in the event’s ten-year history, Alfardan Marine has come on board to offer a 26-foot Doral Monticello luxury cruiser for the first player able to hole his tee shot on the par-three 17th hole .
Further sponsorship announcements align two of the Gulf state’s strongest corporate brands, with Qatar Airways appointed the official airline for the Commercialbank Qatar Masters.
The agreement means Qatar Airways will play a key supporting role to the event’s title sponsor, the Commercialbank of Qatar, when £2.2 million event, co-sanctioned by The European Tour and the Asian Tour, is staged at Doha Golf Club later this month.
A further boost to the tournament is the announcement that the InterContinental Doha, one of Qatar’s award-winning five-star hotels, has been appointed Official Hotel for the tenth Commercialbank Qatar Masters.
Conveniently located within ten minutes of the major central business district, the diplomatic area, the city centre and Doha Golf Club, the InterContinental Doha combines heritage and luxury with contemporary comfort. To be found in the prestigious West Bay area overlooking the blue waters of the Gulf, the hotel boasts the largest free-form swimming pool and longest private beach in the city
The 2007 Commercialbank Qatar Masters will see a field of 120 golfers – including household names such as Retief Goosen, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and Chris DiMarco – in action at the Doha Golf Club.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Other notes: Tadd Fujikawa continued to thrill the crowds and I'm sure it was a big thrill for him to play with Jim Furyk today. Paul Azinger had a bad day. But, on the flip side, Geoff Ogilvy had a really good day. Doug Labelle II shot a 65 to finish T4. As for the Golf Channel Coverage - Last week Faldo was a little conservative but this week, he relaxed more and was more entertaining. Heaven knows what he'll be like by Masters time.
Argentina’s Ariel Canete captured his maiden European Tour title in impressive fashion, closing with three birdies in the final four holes to become the inaugural winner of the Joburg Open. The 31 year old former Challenge Tour graduate closed with a round of 67 over the East Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club for a total of 19 under par 266, two strokes clear of South African Andrew McLardy in second place.
On lifting the winner's trophy Canete completed another success story for The European Tour and its policy of giving its members as many playing opportunities as possible. Having finished 146th on the Order of Merit in 2006 and then failing to regain his full playing privileges when he finished 53rd at the Qualifying School in San Roque in November, Canete started the new season with two appearances on the Challenge Tour.
Then came along the Joburg Open and its 200 strong field, which gave many of the less established European Tour players a valuable start. Opportunity knocked and the Argentine answered the call in commanding fashion, producing four rounds in the 60s to seal the biggest win of his career and, more crucially, earn a three year exemption to The European Tour International Schedule.
"I was in Argentina and it was the holidays. My category has not been so good and I was sitting there doing nothing. I thought to myself let’s go to South Africa and give it a try, you never know. Now I am very, very happy," said Canete.
"I putted really well all week. The lines always seemed very clear in my mind while my South African caddie helped a lot with club selection, as the ball travels farther here than it does at home in Argentina."
Canete, who led by one stroke going into the fourth round, bogeyed the par three second hole but then picked up two birdies on the front nine and three coming in to finish on 19 under par.
He sealed his victory with a brilliant up-and-down from a greenside bunker for birdie on the 18th, which gave him a two stroke cushion over McLardy, who equaled his best performance on The European Tour International Schedule following his runner-up spot in Madeira in 2005.
Another South African, Hennie Otto, was alone in third place on 16 under par after shooting a 67. Compatriot Alex Haindl briefly threatened the leaders, before bogeys on the 14th and 17th saw him finish on 13 under, along with countryman Mark Murless.
Earlier in the day Haindl had been one of the biggest movers when 36 players returned to complete their third rounds after Saturday’s play was terminated in the early afternoon by lightning and thunderstorms.
The 23 year old South African, who is 19th on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, put himself into contention with a 66 while Canete and McLardy both completed 65s to go into the final round first and second on the leaderboard, which was exactly where they would finish.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Leguminosae -- Legume family
Roger G. Skolmen
Monkey-pod (Pithecellobium saman), samán in Spanish, is a fast-growing tree that has been introduced to many tropical countries throughout the world from its native habitats in Central America and northern South America. Although generally planted as a shade tree and ornamental, it has been naturalized in many countries and is greatly valued in pastures as shade for cattle. Short-boled, with a spreading crown when open grown, it forms a long, relatively straight stem when closely spaced. Its wood is highly valued in some locations for carvings and furniture (7).
The most widely used common name for the species is raintree, from the belief that the tree produces rain at night. The leaflets close up at night or when under heavy cloud cover, allowing rain to pass easily through the crown. This trait may contribute to the frequently observed fact that grass remains green under the trees in times of drought. However, the shading effect of the crown, the addition of nitrogen to the soil by decomposition of litter from this leguminous tree, and possibly, the sticky droppings of cicada insects in the trees all contribute to this phenomenon (3). The Hawaiian common name, monkey-pod, is used here because it is a logical derivation of the scientific name Pithecellobium (monkey earring in Greek). Besides monkey-pod, raintree, and saman, which is its name throughout Latin America, the tree is called mimosa in the Philippines.
The pods contain a sweet edible pulp that supplies nutritious food for animals. Children also chew on the pods, which have a licoricelike flavor (3). Monkey-pod has long been a favorite of plant physiologists for studies of nyctinastic leaf movements (9).
Although the tree is commonly used as a shade tree in parking lots, it is undesirable for this purpose because of the sticky flowers, gum, and seed pods that fall from it during much of the year.
Monkey-pod wood has been reported as hard and heavy (12), and difficult to work (3,4). Actually, in Hawaii and elsewhere in the Pacific where it has been used much more extensively than in its native habitat, the wood is considered easy to work, particularly because low shrinkage during drying allows it to be machined while green. Articles made from green wood can be dried without serious drying degrade (10). In Hawaii, monkey-pod has been the premier craftwood used for carved and turned souvenir bowls since 1946. As labor costs increased, however, the industry spread to the Philippines and Thailand, which now supply most of the monkey-pod bowls for which Hawaii is famous.
Paul Azinger spent a little time in the booth after his round and it was very entertaining.
I've never heard anyone talk about a tree as much as Rolfing does that monkey pod tree. I'm going to have to research this tree.
And just another comment about Luke, I think his putting is off today. The last few months, ever since the Ryder Cup actually, I've been thinking that his putting has been stellar. But I think he's missed a few today.
Curious to know what this dailyherald.com had to do with my blog, I tried going to the dow_photos blah, blah address and got a page not found message. So, I went to just daily herald part of the address and found out it's a Chicago news website. And that they charge you for just about everything. I hope they aren't charging people for pictures I took when I went to the golf tournament. People can come here and get them for free (well, they have to use their own printer and ink).
Friday, January 12, 2007
Oh, and did anyone see the little, and I mean little, graphics last night during round one - at the top of the screen the Golf Channel showed two players' scores at a time. Unfortunately, you need a 52 inch screen for the graphics to be big enough to actually read.
It's obvious that both the pga tour and the golf channel expect their audiences to have tons of money - enough for broadband internet connections and big screen hd tvs.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
Sunday, January 07, 2007
2. Dean Wilson was under par for his third round. Hopefully he will have another good round today.
3. The Golf Channel announce team kept saying "Let's look at all the scores" but they would constantly leave off Ben Curtis. Just because he's last and would require another page of the leaderboard doesn't mean they can forget him. So, since the Golf Channel didn't bother to acknowledge him, I will: BEN CURTIS, BEN CURTIS, BEN CURTIS, BEN CURTIS, BEN CURTIS, BEN CURTIS, BEN CURTIS, BEN CURTIS, BEN CURTIS, BEN CURTIS.
4. Hopefully Adam Scott, Trevor Immelman, J. B. Holmes and Will MacKenzie will make the final round really exciting. They will need low scores, some really low scores.
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Just another example of the media trying to make the news instead of reporting it.
As for the event itself: I don't want anyone to say that an event needs a Tiger Woods or a Phil Mickelson. This week we have Vijay, Trevor, Will, J.B., and a bunch of other exciting players to watch. Anyone who likes golf would love this tournament this week. The one down side is that Arron Oberholser had to withdraw. Maybe he will stick around in Hawaii for a while though and enjoy the view. I would if I was there.
I saw something on another blog about how the Golf Channel doesn't reach as many tv viewers as ESPN or ABC. Well, for my satellite dish provider, I have to pay $58.00 a month to get the Golf Channel as opposed to about $22.00 a month for the package that includes ESPN (the local channels I get free with an antenna). It isn't so much a matter of no one's watching the network, it's that it's too expensive to get for a lot of people. Hopefully, this year, the Golf Channel will do away with a lot of the infomercials now that they will have more golf coverage to air and people will tune in to see something other than testimonials for the Q-Link. It isn't like there isn't a golf tournament going on somewhere in the world every week they could be covering.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
I was disturbed however to see that my 11/19/06 blog post about Julieta Granada's win at the ADT Championship has recently been placed in the archives with the date of November 1990. I think Julieta was maybe 3 years old in 1990. I was a senior in high school in November 1990. Bad year for me - I single handedly killed a tradition of having three speakers at graduation. I was the last 3rd speaker my high school had. After about a half an hour trying to find the contact blogger support page, I finally told them about this error and asked them to either fix it or tell me how to fix it. I don't hold out much hope of getting a response. They don't email you back. In fact they probably want me to to convert to the 'new' blogger that just came out of Beta. I'm waiting to see what bad things are happening with that beta thing before I convert my blogs. I may convert in a couple of months once I'm sure all the other bloggers have found most of the bugs and they've been fixed. I did take the precaution of changing my password now that I've seen this unexplained change in my blog.