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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.

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Tiger Woods won’t be holding a golf club until 2009!

Thursday, August 14th, 2008
Tiger Woods won't be holding a golf club until 2009!

Tiger Woods won't be holding a golf club until 2009!

It looks like Tiger Woods won’t be holding a golf club until 2009 folks.  Well, that’s what I expected after all those surgeries but the real bad news is for the PGA Tour sponsors.

With absence of Tiger Woods, TV ratings have dropped over 50% over last year.  That won’t be a big problem for most folks but for people who are sponsoring the tournaments, they are really losing 50% of their ad revenue.

What’s amazing is that a single human being can effect the TV ratings, especially when you consider the other 200 top players in the world.

Yes, most people would like to watch #1 golfer in the world, not #2 or #3.

As for waiting, I am also really tired of watching golf tournaments without Tiger.

My typical thought process when watching a major these days, “If Tiger was playing, he’s probably going to be 3 better than the field, of course leading the tournament”.

I am sure Padraig Harrington will have plenty to worry about when Tiger comes back.  In the meanwhile, he’s free to take all the freebie tournaments as he can.

Excerpt from LA Times:

“As far as swinging a club, that’s not going to happen until next year,” Woods wrote in a blog on tigerwoods.com. “I just don’t have a choice. We simply don’t know what type of swelling there would be or if there would be any residual effects the next day once you start wheeling and dealing on the knee.

Without Woods, the Nielsen ratings for the last two majors were dramatically lower, despite consecutive inspiring victories by Padraig Harrington.

The PGA Championship on CBS had a final-round overnight rating of 3.0, a drop of 55% from last year when Woods won. And the final round of the British Open on ABC had an overnight rating of 3.5, a decrease of 14.6% from last year.

If the Ryder Cup on NBC can’t deliver big numbers, without Woods, it doesn’t bode well for the upcoming FedEx Cup series, in which Woods won $10 million last year.

One thing I realized though, “Tiger Woods is golf, golf is Tiger Woods“.  Without Tiger, there would be no $10 Million in prizes, we might still have boring PGA Tour pros fighting for $1 Million.

At least for the time being that Tiger Woods is breathing, we will get to be part of golf where purses are worth 10 times more than what they should be.

Segio Garcia finishes 2nd yet again while Padraig Harrington picks up his Back-to-Back PGA Championship!

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Padraig Harrington picks up his back-to-back major championship, the PGA Championship and the Birtish Open.

Meanwhile, Sergio Garcia was in the lead most of the day until the 16th hole, where he put his 2nd shot in the lateral hazard where the green is surrounded mostly by water.  His bogey there might have cost him the championship as Sergio did not make a bogey until that point. (He was at 4 under until 16th hole)

Padraig Harrington picks up a clutch-win here with 1-putts on 16, 17, and 18th hole.  His putter has found him another win while his driving was erratic during the last couple holes.

For the final round, Padraig Harrington shoots a 3-under (4-under for today) and Sergio Garcia shoots a 1-under(2-under today).

Even though Sergio Garcia didn’t win today, it was still a very good score on this course anytime you shoot under par.

Re-cap of British Open and Predictions

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

(Greg Norman says Good-bye to spectators while he uses the Time Machine for the 1st three rounds)

The amazing part about this week is that I actually did predict for “Padraig Harrington” 2 days before the tournament even started:

With British Open coming up, players like Padraig Harrington will be at advantage as they get to play the course more often than American players.

Congrats to Padraig and here’s a re-cap of British Open while I went Norman-crazy:

After Round 1 – Will Greg Norman Win It? – It’s a funny question but he did win it for the next 2 days after that.

After Round 2 – Go Greg Norman! – Wow, Greg IS playing good.

After Round 3 – Greg Norman Leads by 2! – Yeah, it’s not that easy to end up here.

After Round 4 – Greg Norman doesn’t win, but he’s got more to show! – Yeah, it seems like Greg Norman hopped on a time machine, he’s probably got 3-5 more majors left.

Well, those are my predicitions for Greg Norman, let’s see what happens.

Padraig Harrington Driver Swing Analysis

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Padraig Harrington Driver Swing Analysis

With British Open coming up, players like Padraig Harrington will be at advantage as they get to play the course more often than American players.

Let’s look at Padraig’s swing and see his strengths and weaknesses.

I like how Padraig takes his club away from the ball.  He turns everything together nicely.

At the top, Padraig looks real good, starting his lower body as his backswing is finished.

At half-way down, Padraig looks pretty good, maybe a little too much lag than necessary.  (That might be why he hit this ball slightly to the right)

Too much lag can cause the golfer to release too late (or release not at all), causing the ball to fly well right of intended target).

At impact, Padraig hangs back a little too much but looks pretty good other than that.

After impact, Padraig loses control of his left foot, this could really be improved to help his stability and balance.

Overall, Padraig has a really good swing except some minor stuff he might want to concentrate on.

Here’s Padraig Harrington’s Driver swing in Slow-motion:

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Tiger in the lead for PGA Championship

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Here’s the leaderboard:

1 1 USA C Tiger Woods FC SC P S H -6 F -19 64 63 64 – 191
18 2 T3 USA C Mark Calcavecchia FC SC P S H -7 F -16 65 66 63 – 194
10 3 T6 SPN C Sergio Garcia FC SC P S H -6 F -14 68 64 64 – 196
12 4 T19 USA C Zach Johnson FC SC P S H -10 F -13 71 66 60 – 197
20 5 T8 USA C Hunter Mahan FC SC P S H -5 F -12 65 68 65 – 198
17 6 2 USA C Woody Austin FC SC P S H -1 F -11 65 65 69 – 199
11 T7 T22 AUS C Geoff Ogilvy FC SC P S H -8 F -10 68 70 62 – 200
30 T7 T8 IRE C Padraig Harrington FC SC P S H -3 F -10 63 70 67 – 200
9 T9 T16 FIJ C Vijay Singh FC SC P S H -5 F -9 68 68 65 – 201
19 T9 T12 USA C Scott Verplank FC SC P S H -3 F -9 66 68 67 – 201

Who do you think will win the PGA Championship?

Hmm… My guess is that Tiger might win it but then I think Zach Johnson might have a chance due to his 60 today… if he shoots another 60…

pgatour.com leaderboard here