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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.

Martin Laird and Bob Heintz in the lead at Wyndham Championship!

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Martin Laird and Bob Heintz are both in the lead at Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour.

Both pros shot a whopping 7-under 63s on Sedgefield Country Club with par of 70.

Bob Heintz actually was at 8-under until the last hole where he scored a bogey.

Other notables include Scott McCarron at 5-under par, Zach Johnson at 4-under par, and David Love III at 4-under par.

From purely scoring point, tour players seem to be having an easy time on this golf course after weeks of hard golf on U.S. Open, British Open, and the PGA Championship.

Of course, a lot of big-name pros are missing this week probably due to the fact that the end of the year is near.

It’s still terrible too early to tell who will win this week, at least Bob Heintz and Marin Laird got their low scores in today.

In the meanwhile, we will do some swing analysis of Martin Laird and Bob Heintz to see who has a better swing.

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.

Watch Golf – 2008 PGA Championship Live on the Internet!

Friday, August 8th, 2008

For those of you in cubicles still trying to finish up work for the weekend, you can watch the 2008 PGA Championship Live here:

Watch 2008 PGA Championship Live

1986 PGA Championship – Bob Tway Chips in to win by one over Greg Norman!

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

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The greatest part about today’s internet is the fact that we can look back at history at the click of a button.

Here’s Bob Tway’s chip shot that went in to beat Greg Norman by one shot.

This is the reason why you need to keep playing golf until the last putt is holed. (or the last bunker shot in this case)