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30 winners from last year tee it up on Friday in Kapalua!! (The Pro-Am is Thursday.)
The field this week: Charlie Beljan, Jonas Blixt, Keegan Bradley, Ben Curtis, Jason Dufner, Rickie Fowler, Tommy Gainey, Bill Haas, J.J. Henry, John Huh, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Mark Leishman, Hunter Mahan, George McNeill, Ryan Moore, Carl Pettersson, Scott Piercy, Ted Potter Jr., Ian Poulter, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Scott Stallings, Kyle Stanley, Steve Stricker, Johnson Wagner, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson, Mark Wilson
Eligible, but not participating: Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods
This season will be shorter than most too, as the PGA Tour will be ending the season after the Tour Championship for the first time ever this year. The 2013-14 season will start with the 2013 Fall Series, and go through the 2014 Tour Championship. I personally like the change.
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Always great watching Kapalua in HD. Played there when Terps were in Maui in 2000. Majors should be good this year, all great courses.
US Masters Augusta National, Georgia April 11-14
US Open Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pennsylvania June 13-16
Open Championship Muirfield, Gullane, Scotland July 18-21
US PGA Oak Hill CC (East Course), Rochester, NY August 15-18
And we're off!! Webb Simpson birdies #1 to take the lead!! I can't wait to watch golf all night.
Couple tweets from Poulter that the weather is terrible.
What a disaster. 36 tommorrow and 18 on Monday hoping for a 54 hole tourney.
This is comical at best to watch. I always assumed the weather was perfect everyday in Maui.
It is! It's like 84 and sunny there every single day.
They're wiping out today too - Ben Curtis rejoices. What a weird week. Dufner and Fowler have player like 14 holes on two different days that don't count, and guys at the end of the rotation (Snedeker, Stricker) haven't even hit a shot yet.
I doubt many were watching today because it was during the Ravens' game, but the scene on #10 with Kuchar and Simpson trying to tee off (with Poulter poking his head in too) wash hilarious.
Trying again for 36 tomorrow. with a Tuesday finish.
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I caught a few minutes around 6:00 tonight and I think it was taped coverage of the wind just howling when Kuchar was trying to tee it up on #10 and the ball was blowing off the tee. How many times have they started this tourney and then wiped out all the scores a short bit later?
Russell Henley wins the Sony in his first-ever start as a PGA Tour member (7th Tour start overall.) Heck of a debut. He's super-talented too - he's been an amateur star for years (Georgia.) I don't think this will be a Jhonny Vegas situation.
- Tim Clark finishes 2nd. He's had at least one runner-up finish on Tour every year since 2005.
- Charles Howell III finishes in a tie for third. He's never lived up to his potential, but his record at this tournament is funny. He's played it 12 times, and he'd been in the Top 5 in seven of them (with zero wins.) Pretty sick.
pretty impressive win for Henley, looked like a 20 year veteran with multiple wins
Not quite a stellar field this week, but Phil is playing. Didn't know Parnevik was even still playing golf.
I got a new flat screen so I could watch golf at the same time as the NFL playoffs. Since the playoffs are a way bigger deal to me the sound is turned to that so it was difficult to follow the golf. But it's nice to watch the shots and the scenery. Can they play in Hawaii for a few more weeks?
I know it is still a long way away, but I plan on going to the Open this year. For those who have gone before, what is the best way and time to get tickets and how much do they generally go for? Am I better off waiting until the last minute or do they just go up in price? I went to Congressional, but those prices were off because Tiger wasn't there. They look to be about 200 for a weekend session. Is it really going to be that much? I was hoping to do a Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday type deal, but not for like $400.
You might want to post in the golf meta-thread on the Suque. Gets more traffic than this one does, typically, especially with the Tour still in early season lower-interest mode.
The best way to get tix is to become a USGA member. I would check the USGA website first, they may have tickets left for the general public. They used to sell books only, no daily tickets, but I think that's changed in the last few years. Tuesday tickets would probably be no more than $10 from scalpers, the can't give those away. And, depending on who makes, the cut, the Saturdays could drop in value quickly if Tiger/Phil/Rory miss the cut or have an early tee time.
The other thing to keep in mind is you generally have to take a remote shuttle bus to the course, unless it's a setup like Congo where they have neighborhood of people selling spots in their yards.
If you could use video to combine brant snedeker and kj choi's swings you would end up with russell henley.
Clark shot 64 66 66 63 AND LOST. I guess the "these guys are good" slogan is true
Tickets could be a little tighter this year....due to Merion's size, only 25,000 or so tickets were sold for each day of the tournament (usually 35,000 - 40,000 are sold, I think), and full books sold out within days of them going on sale last year. Of course, PGA Championship tickets were readily available this past year for Kiawah Island/the Ocean Course at less than face value, and they also restricted ticket sales to about 25,000 per day, but the US Open generally holds a little more cache than the PGA Championship.
Yeah, I knew they were sold out. My boss lives a few blocks from the course and couldn't get tickets in the lottery they had for township residents. I have a feeling demand will be very high. Combine the large host city, lack of a local tour event, and the top notch course and it should be a tough ticket.
Can someone point me in the direction of some good sites/links/twitter people to follow for Fantasy Golf info?
I'm a degenerate gambler, so I joined a "pick one golfer a week, can't use the same guy twice" pool this year based on money earned and don't know enough to be competitive on a weekly basis...
1. Plan out the season (in general) ahead of time. Know how many tournaments there are, when you definitely want to use certain guys, etc. Hint: you'll rarely have to use someone outside of the OGWR Top 50 if you don't want to. There aren't that many tournaments in a season. Almost everybody that plays a pool like that for the first time will leave several very good golfers on the table because they don't use enough quality guys throughout the year.
2. Find opportunities to use good golfers that don't play on Tour all that often. Use Charl Schwartzel or Martin Kaymer at a WGC event they have good history in. Take a look at Ian Poulter or Graeme McDowell when they happen to play a rare "regular" Tour event to see if they're a good fit, etc. You don't have too many opportunities to use guys like that, and there are typically better options for Majors.
3. pgatour.com has two lists each week that are helpful. Rob Bolton posts his Top 10 every Monday evening: http://www.pgatour.com/power-rankings/2013/01/14/power-rankings--humana-challenge-in-partnership-with-the-clinton.html . and on Tuesdays(?), a panel of 10 "experts" draft from the field (Last week's list: http://www.pgatour.com/expert-picks/2013/01/09/expert-picks--sony-open-in-hawaii.html). They're not always great, but they're worth reading.
4. Look at regular sports betting sites to see who the favorites actually are each week.
That's perfect! Thanks for your help.
I tried two years ago but was so in over my head...I took last year off and now I'm back this year. I did find I left at least 15/20 OGWR Top 50 unused at the end of the year, so I wanted to make sure to use as many as possible.
Is there any site that reflects who tourneys guy tend to do well/not do well at? A couple of guys in the pool were always nailing top 5/top 10 money payouts each week and toward the last 1/3 of the year, I would've needed to hit at least 2 or 3 winners just to get into the top 3 overall (i.e. in the $$).
so rory finally officially joined nike today. disappointing for me since I'm no longer a nike guy in general, and definitely not with golf. I'm scarred by the nike one golf balls i bought like 5 years ago that truly were like 7% shorter than ProV1s.
the new commercial was predictable and sucked. i'm not sure what direction they should have gone in.
this was a great commercial (not the ball bouncing one)
I used to be a pretty damn good golfer bit pretty much hung them up a few years ago but still love watching golf. I would love to get in a good fantasy pool. Where r they and am I too late?
Not saying it's going to happen, but how many times have guys changed clubs and had a fair amount of trouble? I think more often than not. Maybe he and Tiger will be the exceptions.
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