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Houston gives PGA Tour a blueprint for running a top-class tournament

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Figuring out the blueprint to bring the PGA Tour’s best to your tournament each year can be a daunting task. Tiger Woods only plays a handful of events so if he hasn’t played your event in the last couple of years, there’s a good chance he never will.

The same goes for the rest of the world top 10. Like a person with a specific taste for BMW’s or TaylorMade golf clubs, tournament loyalty can determine whether a tournament thrives or dies from the start.

Redstone Golf Club is certainly one of those courses that brings out the biggest names in the game. Just this week, the Shell Houston Open will be hosting six of the top 10-ranked players in the world, as well as Rory McIlroy, Geoff Ogilvy, Retief Goosen, Luke Donald, Angel Cabrera and Anthony Kim, just to name a few. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Jonathan Wall

03/31/2010 at 8:38 pm

Peter Alliss has a way of confusing everyone in one article

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There are certain things that make the British Open a special major championship. For those of us that live stateside, that would include getting up early to watch the opening rounds live from the UK, as well as the beauty of courses that, unless you live near southwest Oregon, you just can’t replicate in this area of the county.

Aside from the two obvious reasons for watching the tournament each year, the third is of course to watch the tournament and listen as esteemed golf announcer, Peter Alliss, leads you around the course. If you’ve ever listened to golf on television before, then chances are good — if not great — that you’ve heard Alliss’ British accent at some point during the event. He’s known by one name and one name only: the “Voice of Golf.” (On a side note: Jim Nantz has to be up there as well for the title of “voice of golf”.)

While he will always be known as the voice of the game for his insightful and witty remarks, his recent comments to Tiger Woods to the Times Newspaper proved that sometimes even the best can stray from topic at hand, leading us to go on an interview that takes us all over the freaking map, leaving us scratching our head and wondering what the hell it was that we just read. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

03/30/2010 at 12:33 am

Arnold Palmer changes his tune after hearing of Woods press conference

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On Wednesday prior to the first round of the Bay Hill Invitational, Arnold Palmer opened up and spoke his mind about how Tiger Woods could show the game more respect in light of his recent wrongdoings. Palmer, who up until Wednesday had been guarded with his comments about Woods, decided to do exactly what he hoped Woods would do at some point before his return to the game.

“It’s up to him to do and say whatever he feels he needs to do to redeem the situation, put it in the proper place,” Palmer said. “My opinion, as I said . . . I was going to keep to myself. But I suppose the best thing he could do would be open up and just let you guys shoot at him. And that’s just my thought.”

And that’s just what Tiger decided to do, setting up a press conference on the Monday of the Masters, in an attempt to let the media in before Thursday’s first round. While Palmer isn’t a mind reader, it seems a bit ironic that Woods decided to make himself available to the media after Palmer’s comments. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

03/26/2010 at 8:55 pm

Tour denies Ken Green’s medical exemption, but is there a silver lining?

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Ken Green has experienced more pain and suffering in the last 10 months than 20 people go through in an entire lifetime. After losing his brother, girlfriend and dog in a horrific RV accident last June, Green watched as another member of his family, his son, Joseph, died of an accidental drug overdose in his dorm room on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

Green, who lost his right leg in the RV accident, has been trying to mount a comeback to golf ever since. Fighting through the pain of learning to play golf with a prosthetic leg, Green appeared to be on track to get a medical exemption from the Champions Tour. That was until he learned yesterday evening that the tour had denied his request.

Here’s what Green had to say about the matter on his blog: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

03/26/2010 at 7:49 pm

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Harbour Town tour event gets $10 million lifeline from South Carolina legislature; is this the future of golf?

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To some it is, quite possibly, one of the prettiest sights on the Eastern seaboard. Draped by the candy cane striped lighthouse in the background and Calibogue Sound on your left, the 18th hole at Pete Dye’s famed Harbour Town Golf Links is a sight to see.

The Verizon Heritage, which has been played at Harbour Town since 1969, is one of the longest running events on tour played at the same site. Like Colonial Country Club, Harbour Town also represents one of a few classic layouts left on the PGA Tour schedule.

As is the case with most tour events, the Verizon Heritage (as it’s currently known) has changed sponsors numerous times. Verizon will be the sponsor through 2010, meaning the tournament committee will join the other nine PGA Tour tournaments currently looking for a new sponsor.

Unlike most, Harbour Town Golf Links has a parachute to open, should the event fail to find a sponsor by next year. But this “parachute” has a lot of people cringing and wondering if the tournament deserves the bailout.
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Written by Jonathan Wall

03/25/2010 at 8:38 pm

Entertainment media prepared to open up shop outside Augusta National

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It’s a tradition unlike any other, but this year it’s going to have a twist. A big media twist, to be exact. After Tiger Woods announced he’d be returning to the golf world at the Masters, most media markets frantically tried to find a way to get their name on the credential list for the tournament. We all know what happened next. They got stonewalled with their media request.

Even still, the like of TMZ and Extra had to find another way to “report” (I use that term loosely) from the site of Woods’ first tournament. The Augusta Chronicle is reporting that both entertainment news groups have already placed calls to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office looking for information on the tournament. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

03/25/2010 at 7:41 pm

Who’s the “high-profile” golfer laying bets on Steve Williams’ future?

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Well the whole Steve Williams/Tiger Woods saga has hit an interesting juncture. Just after Robert Lusetich broke the news of Steve Williams’ plan to be on Tiger’s bag at the Masters, Geoff Shackelford found an interesting update to the story that should have many in the golf world talking.

As Shackelford pointed out, there seems to be a couple of people that seem to be “in the know” regarding Williams’ future with Woods. And one of them happen to be a high-profile golfer.

Let the madness begin.
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Written by Jonathan Wall

03/24/2010 at 5:45 pm