Thursday, May 31, 2007
And where's the rain?
All the media hype surrounding Mickelson and Wie and it was for nothing since they both withdrew. That will teach the media for trying to manufacture news.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- The European Tour plans to strengthen ties with the rest of the world in order to rival the PGA Tour in the United States.
The European Tour currently includes tournaments in Australasia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. But many events have weakened fields because of conflicting tournaments in the United States.
"The idea of amalgamating with other tours to put on a really attractive schedule, by whatever name we call it, is one that we are in the final stages of refining," European Tour executive director George O'Grady said Sunday.
"Certainly it won't be a World Tour -- that's far too grand for me to come up with -- but there might be a name change."
One factor hurting the European Tour is that three of the four majors and all three World Golf Championship tournaments are held in the United States.
Last week's Irish Open attracted only two of the world's top-50 players, mainly because it was moved from March to May this year, just after the Players Championship on the PGA Tour.
"We're the European Tour and we're working with all our partners to make, I would say, a hugely strong alternative to the PGA Tour," O'Grady said.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
I'm not much of a Rory Sabbatini fan, but I don't see anything wrong with his comments. Everyone is whining that there's no one out there challenging Tiger Woods. Now that there is someone who has the attitude and the belief that it's possible out there, everyone is criticizing Sabbatini - "How dare he challenge the great blah, blah, blah Woods". Proving that, one, the media only cares about stirring up a fight and the players can't trust a one of them, and, two, the fans are just a bunch of wishy washy flipfloppers who are too scared to pick a stance and stick with it.
As for the notion that Tiger isn't beatable? I believe Jim Nantz said that Tiger's response was something like "I've won 9 out of 12, so yeah, that's beatable". Talk to Henrik Stenson and Zach Johnson. A WGC event and the Masters and Tiger couldn't get it done. The past 9 don't mean a whole lot in that context. And where was Tiger on Sunday at the Players?
Sabbatini's right. Tiger is beatable and while I'm not much of a fan of Rory Sabbatini, it will be very enjoyable to watch him do it.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I admire Michelle Wie. She could have quit in the face of all the naysayers and complainers who can't even play half as well as she does, but she's hung in there. She's not giving up her dreams and that's what kids, boy or girl, need to learn from her.
And another thing - everyone said she shouldn't turn pro, she should stay a kid and go on dates and go to prom etc. Well, she's had a chance to do that while she's recovered from her injury and what do these critics say now? That she hasn't played and is too rusty to play well in any event, be it LPGA or PGA. So, which is it critics? Do you flip a coin each morning to decide which side you'll argue that day?
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
On the positive side, I can record the European Tour event now on Thursday and Friday and hopefully see Jose Maria play. They probably won't show him though.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
"It was a dream round," said Ishikawa, who finished at 12-under 276. "I just kept trying to make birdies."
The previous record was set by Spain's Seve Ballesteros, who won the 1977 Japan Open when he was 20.
Click here to read the whole article
I will have to figure out a way to watch both that and the European Tour event on Thursday and Friday. I can only record one or the other since they are on different networks. Maybe the Golf channel will do a re-air of something.
I'm watching the final round of the AT&T Classic and this tournament is a good opportunity for some of the guys who get overshadowed by the big names to get their day in the sun. Some of these guys, like Stephen Marino and Ryuji Imada miss cuts and you don't see them on the weekend. And here Imada is in contention for the win. There is talk about the Tour changing the cutline from top 70 and ties to something less in an effort to reduce playing time. Well, if they do that, then these guys like Imada won't have the chance to play enough rounds in a row to get their game into shape to finally win when a chance like this comes along. Reducing the cutline is just an attempt by the Tour to make the top guys even richer since the purse wouldn't be split between so many players. And of course they could then increase the number of precious fed ex cup points awarded to the winner of a tournament. I predict a "Tiger Woods has amassed more points than anyone in history" moment if this happens. The Tour will do anything to give Tiger Woods a trophy or award.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
I watched a little of this today. The course is beautiful. Why the European players would prefer American courses is beyond me. Ours aren't that pretty.
Friday, May 18, 2007
The Gunter family of Guntersville completed a sort of cosmic circle on Wednesday when young Seve Gunter met a golfing legend at Ross Bridge.
Seve, 18, is the son of Keith and Sallie Gunter and the brother of Taylor, 28.
When Mrs. Gunter was expecting her second child, she told big-brother-to-be that he could pick the name - fully expecting to be able to sway his choice to hers, which was Dalton, her father's name.
Not so fast, Mom.
Taylor was a golf fan in 1988 and one of the hottest names on the circuit was Spaniard Seve Ballesteros. His mind was made up. He insisted that his new brother would be named Seve.
"Mom gave me the choice of Dalton and two other names and Seve, but there was never any choice, really," said Taylor. "Seve stuck out to me. It's always been a unique name.
"I knew he wouldn't like it until he got older. He had to deal with it when he was younger, but he's all right now."
Seve, from Guntersville, not Pedrena, said his unusual name hasn't been a burden.
"Sometimes people would call me Steve or `Seeve,' but besides that it's been great," said the junior at Guntersville High, who is a member of the school's golf team and an academic scholarship winner from the University of Alabama.
The Bruno's Event Team set up a meeting of the two Seves on Wednesday after Mrs. Gunter wrote to executive director Gene Hallman explaining all the family's "ties" to Ballesteros.
Taylor Gunter shares Ballesteros' birthday of April 9 and Ballesteros won the Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic in September 1988 - on the day Guntersville's Seve was born.
Didn't get to watch any of this today. There were spaniards in all four quarterfinal matches of the tennis tournament going on in Germany. I just had to watch that instead.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
South African Ashleigh Simon, 18, who just turned professional, accepted a sponsor's exemption to the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship, becoming the first golfer to enter the 64-player field.
The event features the world's top 30 ranked players, the top 30 on the LPGA money list, the No. 1 ranked player on the LET Order of Merit, the defending champion and two sponsor's exemptions.
"I can't wait to get out on the Tour," said Simon. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my amateur career and feel I am absolutely ready for the next stage of my golfing journey. I have been fortunate enough to have already experienced the professional environment so I know it is a place where I feel comfortable and I feel I have learned a lot from the tournaments I have played so far."
The tournament will begin on Thursday, July 19 and conclude on Sunday, July 22 with 18-hole semifinal, third-place and title matches.
Brittany Lincicome defeated Juli Inkster, 3&2, to win her first career LPGA title at last year's event.
I've read some comments on news websites that suggest that 'no one' is showing up for the Irish Open because of the Fed Ex Cup and how all the European Tour players are abandoning the European Tour to chase the $10 Million first place prize for winning the Cup. Well, I think there are a lot of good players at the Irish Open this week. And as I said in my previous post, I don't think it's the Fed Ex Cup that's motivating the European Tour players to play so much in America, I think it's the revamped schedule.
Graeme McDowell is here and is another to voice concern. The Portrush player recognises that the US Tour is proving more and more attractive at the moment.
There’s a $10 million carrot being dangled in the form of the FedEx Cup which builds to a climax in September.
“They are going all out to steal all our top players off us and get them playing over there as often as they possibly can,” McDowell said.
“I guess you can’t really resent them for it. They do have money to offer; they do have TV; they do have the stars; they have Tiger Woods. It’s tough."
My Thoughts: I think what people need to focus on is that part where he says "They've got Tiger." If the European Tour players keep that in mind, then they shouldn't be trying to make an effort to win the Fed Ex Cup. Stay in Europe and win tournaments instead of coming over here and missing the cut and not making it through the playoffs. I think what's hurting the European Tour is the revamped US schedule. Now for something like 4 months in a row, the European Tour players who play the WGC events, the Majors and the special tournaments like the Memorial are possibly having to miss some European Tour events to play in America since there's a big tournament each month. Europe might get lucky in July with the British Open, some players will be over there warming up.
There's a lot of interesting points and quotes on that BBC page. Click the link and read the rest of it.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Where do I come down on the controversy? If you're a newbie (like Kresge), your best way to address something like that is "Hey Sergio, I'm not completely up on the rule. Would you mind if we call a rules official so he can explain it to me?" You're less likely to offend people that way. Plus, if there's one thing I've learned about the rules of golf, it's that no one really knows what they are.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Comments so far:
When NBC's coverage first started today, Dan Hicks showed Tiger highlights and said that his was the 'round of the championship, today so far, matching Oberholser'. Allow me to supply a hypothetical internal monologue going on while Dan was saying that: "Tiger's the greatest, our cash cow... wait, didn't Quinney shoot a 64 yesterday.... but today Tiger did great.... except he went out early which means there are dozens of other players to complete their rounds and Oberholser shot a 67 too..... If I use my stellar announcer voice and make it sound great, the viewers won't know I'm such a suck up to Tiger"
Sergio made a lot of good putts today. He made a 38 ft (NBC said 38, Brandel Chamblee said 48) putt on the 'gimmicky' 17th for birdie. Going to break, you heard Johnny Miller (I love that man) say, "That was better than most."
As for Sergio and Jose Maria, it has been a wonderful, spectacular, tournament for them. Jose Maria moved from 108 after the first round to maybe top 5 or so when the tournament ends. Sergio had two great rounds Saturday and Sunday.
Sean O'Hair is really suffering right now on the 17th. You have to feel really bad for him. But this is the first time he's ever been on this big of a stage so at least he can walk away with that in his mind. He made it this far. It's a stepping stone to build on for the future.
As a side note: I don't want to think that me getting the puppies this weekend, who are named after Sergio and Jose Maria, had anything to do with their good play. I would rather think that Sergio's and Jose Maria's good play is a good omen for how well things will go with me and the puppies. The puppies already have a good idea what puppy pads are for. I'm taking the whole week off to puppy pad train them, so hopefully, they will learn quickly and I will have well trained dogs who will live for about 15 years. I'd rather not have to puppy pad train any others for a while.
An update: Sergio is now in second place after Phil and Sean O'Hair completed the 17th.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Sergio and Jose Maria are at -3. Finally Sergio had a really good round of golf with -5 today. I got to see both him and Jose Maria today. Fitting since the puppies are named after them (see my previous post).
Other 3rd round scores: Jose Coceres -4, jeff Quinney -8, Luke Donald -7, Henrik Stenson -6.
It's nice to actually see other golfers actually play golf for a change. Bless NBC, they only mentioned several times that Tiger was way, way behind. They didn't show lowlights or anything. I have to think that Johnny Miller has something to do with that. I don't think he's too much into sucking up to 'stars'.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Players You Didn't Know Were There: Colin Montgomerie, Niclas Fasth, Paul Casey, Bobby Wadkins - they missed the cut.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
I got to see a little bit of Sergio and Jose Maria today. I was shocked.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
So, to sum up the effect of alternative programming: 1/3 happy, 2/3 depressing. Still better than Tiger-Fest.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Note to the PGA Tour: Your problem isn't slow pace of play, you're problem is the media's devout committment to only show Tiger Woods no matter what he's doing. Soon they will have port-a-potty cam to catch him in the port-a-potty during his round. And they will sneak a hidden camera in his Tiger Head Cover too. Just you wait.
Note to the PGA Tour and CBS: I'm currently watching Cash in the Attic on BBC America instead of your lousy Tiger Love Fest called the Wachovia Championship. Good luck to Sabbatini and Oberholser.
Arron Oberholser, Arron Oberholser, Arron Oberholser, Arron Oberholser, Arron Oberholser, Arron Oberholser, Arron Oberholser, Arron Oberholser, Arron Oberholser, Arron Oberholser,
Arron Oberholser, Arron Oberholser, Arron Oberholser, Arron Oberholser, Arron Oberholser, Arron Oberholser, Arron Oberholser, Arron Oberholser, Arron Oberholser, Arron Oberholser.
(And yes, I typed all those - no copy and paste involved. He deserves the special effort)
And Steve Sands is talking on the pre-game show about discussions going on about what the cutline should be changed to and Steve said people at the players meetings were suggesting that no one wants to see the best players in the world on saturday and sunday sitting on tee boxes instead of playing golf. Seems to me that people tune in to watch golf and if there are people waiting on a tee box then that means there's golf being played somewhere on the course. Someone needs to slap some sense into the Tour and the media people and tell them that we want to see all the players on tv, not just three straight hours of Tiger (Yuck and Double Yuck).