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Arnold Palmer Invitational Live at Bay Hill – Tiger Woods Wins!

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

On the 18th hole, Tiger Woods and Sean O’Hair are both tied for the lead at 4 under.

Sean O’Hair putts from about 35 feet, comes up about 3 feet short for birdie.

Next up is Zach Johnson, about 15 footer downhill for birdie… misses for a par now.

Finally, Tiger Woods from about 15 foot, uphill putt.   (15 feet 11 inches to be exact the announcer says on TV)

Boy, these guys make a LOT of money even if they don’t win the tournament.  What a feeling it is to be a PGA Tour player, making couple hundred thousand dollars just as long as you finish 54 holes and make the cut.

Tiger now putting for the win at the 18th green, this is IT!

Tiger steps back…

Tiger putts… will it go in the hole???

Tiger Woods MAKES THE PUTT on the 72nd of the tournament to WIN the tournament!

It’s over!  Tiger Woods wins his first PGA Tournament at Arnold Palmer Invitational!  Go Tiger!

What a come-back and congrats to Sean O’Hair for his effort.

Tiger Come Back, He Wins Today at the WGC!

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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Tiger Woods won today’s match play against Brendan Jones 3 & 2.  Looks like he’s back to kill the playing field again. :)

On the other hand, Padraig Harrington was beat by Pat Perez.

Read more here

Pat Perez – What’s In the Bag?

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Check out Pat Perez’s new blog and what’s in his bag:

Driver

Taylor Made R9, Fujikura Shaft X-Flex at 8.5 degrees.

3-Wood

Taylor Made Rescue, Fujikura Shaft X-Flex at 15 degrees and 42″.

Irons (2 thru 9)

2 iron Taylor Made Rescue 18 degree steel shaft. (3-9) Taylor Made Forged Blade Irons, Dynamic Gold Ultra Light x100 Shaft.
**All irons are 1 degree upright in lie angle and have standard loft.

Pitching Wedge

Rac Black 47 degree, Dynamic Gold Ultra Light x100 Shaft.

Sand Wedge

Vokey Spin, milled 54 degree, Dynamic Gold Ultra Light x100 Shaft.

Lob Wedge

Vokey Spin Milled E-Grind, 60 degree, Dynamic Gold Ultra Light x100 Shaft.
**All wedges have standard lie angle

Putter

Odyssey White Hot XG#7.

Ball

Titliest Pro V1 X (2009)

Tiger Woods Coming Back Next Week for Accenture Match Play Championship 2009 in Tucson!

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Tiger Woods is coming back to play competitive golf this weekend at the 2009 Accenture Match Play Championship.

Here’s what he had said in an interview:

“One of the great things coming back,” he said last week, announcing the Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson would mark his 2009 debut, “is my bones aren’t moving anymore.

Cool stuff, I can’t wait to see him back on TV. (or the golf course is it?)

Funny, I haven’t posted many blog posts ever since Tiger left town, I guess I will have to make a comeback too! :)

via usatoday

Here’s a video of interview:

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Camilo Villegas Wins the Tour Championships!

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Camilo Villegas wins the Tour Championships to finish the 2008 PGA Tour in style.  What seemed like a bad bogey on 16th hole was recovered with a remarkable birdie on the 17th hole by Camilo.

That makes it 2 wins in the last 2 starts, the last time that someone won 2 consecutive tournaments was over 10 years ago.

What makes it interesting is that Camilo was able to beat all the best players in the world with his A+ game on Sunday yet again.

I feel very sorry for Sergio Garcia, who I believe has more talent but talent and luck must come together on the last day for someone to win.

Make sure to check out our swing analysis on Camilo Villegas too.

Camilo Villegas Iron Swing Analysis!

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Camil Villegas has one of the simplest swings as he never swings beyond 3/4 point and accelerates nicely through the ball while keeping his rhythm super-smooth.

Today we will analyze Camilo’s iron swing and just see how he is able to come up with wins such as the BMW Championships where he beat the top players of the world including Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, Anthony Kim, and others.

At takeaway, you can clearly tell that Camil’s clubface is shut (or closed).  But this isn’t too big a problem as long as he gets it open at the top of his swing.

At half-way, you can tell that Camilo has nicely rotated his forearms so the clubface is square in relation to his swing plane.  He’s slightly inside the plane but that’s not a big deal here.

At the top of his swing, Camilo looks very poised and everything stretched out nicely.  Note that his hands and club are not actually back on-plane, a perfect backswing.

At impact, Camilo dips his head down a little (which most players do) but his impact is perfect.

After impact, Camilo looks pretty good.

At finish, Camilo does a great job of standing up straight.

Overall, I am impressed with this young Camilo’s swing as he never over-swings yet his retains his smooth rhythm.

What’s impressive is that this young man is capable of hitting every shot in the bag although he has a tendency to miss his drives to the right.  (probably due to his short backswing when he’s tempo gets too quick)  But with a swing like this, Camilo will never miss left, mostly to the right.

Most players who have short backswing tend to have a quick tempo but Camilo actually has a nice tempo.  (For comparison, check out Tommy Armour III’s swing analysis)

Here’s Camil Villegas’ swing in action:

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Camilo Villegas gets Down and Under at BMW Championships!

Monday, September 8th, 2008
Camilo Villegas gets Down and Under at BMW Championships!

Camilo Villegas gets Down and Under at BMW Championships!

Carmilo Villegas gets it down and under at BMW Championships and finishes at 15-under par, beating all of the top PGA Tour players by 2 strokes.

We think that most of Camilo Villegas’ skill this week came from his getting “down and under” to read putts as he did also finish #1 in putting.

Now in order for someone to achieve similar putting results, we suggest you go work out your arms and make sure to do some leg streching.  (Without that, you might now be able to get “down and under”.

I was very surprised that Carmilo Villegas came through on the last day and made some solid putts and shots.

Congratulations on your first win Camilo Villegas, I think we have another young PGA star now.

LPGA Tells Players they must speak English!

Friday, August 29th, 2008

LPGA has just announced a new rule that requires all LPGA members(players) to speak English.  Players who cannot communicate in English will be suspended.

Here’s a funny quote:

“Being a US-based tour, and with the majority of our fan base, pro-am contestants, sponsors and participants being English speaking, we think it is important for our players to effectively communicate in English,” Galloway said.

Now, I must disagree with this US-based fans.  LPGA is not simply for Americans it’s really for the world to see.

If LPGA “thinks” its viewers mainly consist of English speaking people, think again please as a big portion of LPGA viewers also come from Korea, Sweden, and other home countries of LPGA players.

I personally know about a thousand people who watch the LPGA in Korea around 3am simply because of the time difference.

What LPGA really need to do is fire the person who made this stupid rule that is simply prejudice from my standpoint and my upbringing in the United Stated after having moved here at age of nine.

To whoever decided to make this stupid rule that is obviously prejudice against players from non-English speaking countries:

If you simply cannot stand all the Swedes and Korean stars that are taking over the LPGA, quit your job and do something else but don’t tell me you are going to stump on some of the best international LPGA players’ faces by telling them you can’t play if you can’t speak English.  Don’t waste my fuckin’ time with you bullshit rules, this isn’t golf this is prejudice bitches.  Sorry to be brutally honest but you were being brutally prejudice.

I can tell you that I know this hurts international players more than anything else as English wasn’t my first language either.

Anytime you want to single out a group of race or people, think about this first, “What if I was one of them, would I want to be treated like this?”

It’s a perfectly clear prejudice of another person simply based on where he/she is from, not who he/she is.

This form of prejudice must be stopped in any professional golf or sporting event.

My great peaceful life was going great until this morning I heard this, and I have to say this unjust rule must be gone very quickly.  Stupid LPGA officials, that’s what I say.

For now, we will have to wait and see what Florida laws say about discrimination based on someone’s LANGUAGE for god sakes:

But if Korea’s most famous female player was broadly supportive, some civil liberties activists in the US claimed a language requirement could violate state law. “Florida law prohibits discrimination in public accommodations,” said Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Florida. “They may well violate Florida discrimination laws because language is a key element of person’s national origin. People should be judged on their ability to perform a job. English fluency has no more to do with the ability to play 18 holes of golf than whether you walk 18 holes or ride 18 holes.”

via guardian

Danny Lee Interview after winning U.S. Amateur!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Here’s an excerpt of Danny Lee’s interview after his 2008 U.S. Amateur win:

Danny Lee, 18, of New Zealand, became the youngest winner in U.S. Amateur Championship history Sunday when he outlasted Drew Kittleson of Scottsdale, Ariz., 5 and 4, in their scheduled 36-hole final match at Pinehurst No. 2.

CRAIG SMITH [Moderator]: I’m going to just say, congratulations U.S. Amateur Champion. You were the equivalent of 11-under par. What a show.

DANNY LEE: Well, I played well. I played really, really well today. That’s all I can say.

CRAIG SMITH: Tell me, you said yesterday it was a dream.

DANNY LEE: Yeah.

Q.: Tell me about the dream and the week. I want to hear you talk.

DANNY LEE: This is my, like what should I say? This tournament, this is my third year trying this U.S. Amateur and I think I never felt — I tried the tournament three times and I never felt like — I don’t know what to say — I’m just so excited I don’t know what else to say right now. I have no idea.

CRAIG SMITH: That’s okay.

Q.: Given the tournament that you just won, have you ever played any, can you play any better than how you performed today?

DANNY LEE: Yeah. I mean, you know, I think I played incredibly well today and I don’t think I can play better than this, I think I played perfect golf. I’m really happy with myself and how I played.

Q.: He cut it to two when he chipped in on eight, or seven. What were your thoughts then and then you proceeded it make two birdies in a row or three birdies in a row?

DANNY LEE: No, I wasn’t really surprised, I knew that it’s going to come back some time and on some hole. And I knew he was a good player, because he made it into the finals here. He’s a good player.

I was expecting to get that, to have that happen, and since after he made that chip in, I was thinking like, I got to play well and I need to just keep focused on my game and just try and make birdies from there.

Q.: Did you watch Michael Campbell win the U.S. Open here on television?

DANNY LEE: Yes, I did.

Q.: What was your reaction when he won the U.S. Open here and what is your relationship with him?

DANNY LEE: Actually, we’re just the same New Zealanders, and we won at the same golf course, which is really nice. And that’s about it, I think.

Q.: Do you remember when he got back home after winning the U.S. Open?

DANNY LEE: No, actually not. No. Sorry.

Q.: Can you talk about the putt to win the match. And just kind of what your thoughts were when you saw that go in?

DANNY LEE: Yeah, it was an easy putt, just a little left-to-right break, you know. Uphill. Just aim at the left edge, hit it firm. I knew that it was going to go in.

CRAIG SMITH: I guess there’s a follow-up question here about your putting. You said it was good all week, today it seemed to be uncanny. If that’s an easy putt, talk about your putting just a little bit.

DANNY LEE: Oh, actually, I putted really well. I don’t know why. Maybe because of the practice that I’ve done. I think that’s what makes me putt really well, actually.

CRAIG SMITH: Do you think when you get over a putt that you’re going to make every one?

DANNY LEE: Yeah, like when 15 foot away from the hole, I still have a feeling that it’s going to drop. I was really comfortable out there.

Q.: Did you read your own putts this week? Who read them?

DANNY LEE: Actually, we both read them and it was, we were discussing about like some holes it’s breaking like opposite way, so I was listening to Boss and we were really discussing about those lies and we read it together.

CRAIG SMITH: How about just for the record we put your caddie’s name on the record. Your caddie’s name is.

DANNY LEE: Bob. And I don’t know his last name. Sorry.

CRAIG SMITH: We’ll just call him Bob.

Q.: Have you been in touch with your parents at all?

DANNY LEE: Just cell phone call every night. That’s about it.

Q.: Were they following along?

DANNY LEE: Yeah, actually they do.

CRAIG SMITH: Tell them Uncle Rambo, how he was doing with the texting.

DANNY LEE: Oh, yeah, actually my uncle called them or texted to them how I did that day or Danny hit it in the bunker and he shanked it from there, something like that.

(Laughter.)

via golfbusinesswire

Danny Lee becomes the Youngest U.S. Amateur Champion ever!

Monday, August 25th, 2008
Danny Lee becomes the Youngest U.S. Amateur Champion ever!

Danny Lee becomes the Youngest U.S. Amateur Champion ever!

Danny Lee becomes the youngest U.S. Amateur champion in history of golf as he beat Drew Kittleson in style 5 and 4.  He also becomes the very first Korean-born golfer to win the U.S. Amateur.  That means Danny Lee is also the very first pure-breed Asian Asian person to win the U.S. Amateur.

UPDATE: Oops, Danny Lee ISN’t the very first Asian person.  Actually Tiger Woods is the very first Asian.  BTW, Tiger isn’t really black at all, he’s more Thai than anything else.

With Korean ladies taking over the leaderboard in LPGA, Danny Lee is also another one of those players starting the act of taking the PGA Tour along with the young PGA star, Anthony Kim.

Pinehurst, N.C. — Danny Lee became the U.S. Amateur’s youngest champion, supplanting Tiger Woods by holding off Drew Kittleson 5 and 4.

Lee, 18 years and one month old, frittered away most of a six-hole lead before regaining control with consecutive birdies midway through his second trip around Pinehurst’s No. 2 course. He capped his 11th consecutive day of competitive golf by sinking a 30-foot birdie putt on the 14th.

Lee is six months and 29 days younger than Woods was when he won the first of his three Amateurs in 1994.

The victory gives Lee exemptions into the U.S. and British opens, a probable invitation to The Masters and a 10-year exemption into the U.S. Amateur as long as he remains an amateur.

via theglobeandmail