As we know, the PGA Tour playoffs is off to a start and many names are all over the leaderboard at the Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club in New Joisey (Jersey), and looks to be another great finish at the beautiful new course. I hear people complaining about Liberty National’s design but honestly I think it’s fine and the scenery really helps that. The Barclays is always a great tournament to watch and for good reason because the first tournament of the playoffs can always be a challenge especially for those new to it. There’s also a lot of people who complain about the playoffs and the FedEx Cup as a whole and it really drives me nuts because there’s too much complaining and not enough golf and it’s really sad, I mean there’s complaining in every sport but in golf, the complaints are about the most silliest things and it’s really eye rolling. Just enjoy the game, there’s going to be changes over time, it’s called, the past, the present and the future, yeah you probably heard of them, they’re great friends, they always hang out and hit the golf course, past hits 250 off the tee, present hits 300+ off the tee and future hits…??? off the tee. I just say, deal with it, I understand these golfers are passionate which is good especially with a lot of athletes nowadays just playing for the riches, glamour and glory.
The problem however is the fact they they can be really annoying, it’s like “just play golf please!”, because the FedEx Cup playoffs extends the season and gives the golf season an actual ending, rather than, play the majors and then end the season with a bunch of other random tournaments, don’t get me wrong, every tournament to me is fun BUT it feels more dramatic when you have the FedEx Cup playoffs, without question. Am I saying the FedEx Cup is bigger than the majors? Absolutely not, but none of the majors are the very last tournament of the PGA Tour season though making it where the season doesn’t have a proper ending. There’s always complaints when every little new thing comes to golf, do you want us to stick with spoons and jaggers (wedges and irons back in the day)? Thought so, now, if we did still use them then I’m cool with it because I just love golf as you do too. But the complaints need to stop, I think the playoffs is great for the game and you have a great course in East Lake that hosts the championship each year and that’s wonderful when you get a chance to play on Bobby Jones’ home course in Atlanta.
I also love the playoffs because of the BMW Championship (Originally the Western Open, the third oldest golf tournaments in PGA Tour history and was once considered a major) which usually takes place in Chicago which is special for me being a Chicago kid but it’s unfortunate that it’s not called the Western Open anymore but nonetheless, it’s the same tournament but with a different name. As we know, the BMW Championship is always one of the great tournaments of the year and always unleashes the true talent out of some players. Make a long story short, the FedEx Cup playoffs is fine, stop complaining and enjoy this beautiful game of golf. Golf is golf, no matter what changes and FedEx Cup playoffs is just another way for us to enjoy, cherish and celebrate this great sport. From Chicago with love, stay golf minded everyone!
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Well, the rumors are out there saying that the Tiger Woods PGA Tour video game series by the ever popular EA Sports company may not be made next year. There have been 15 or 16 games in the series since Tiger Woods got his name on it and has seen major success since it’s launch. The only other game that was in competition with it was the Hot Shots Golf series and may be more popular but it’s not a golf simulator like the TW series. When you think about though, there hasn’t been any competition with the TW series besides the Links series which only lasted until 2004 and that game received very high praise from golf gamers. The game however has received it’s share of criticism in recent years with many fans saying that every game after the release of Tiger Woods 10 was not very good with some going as far as saying that the game was bad after the the release of Tiger Woods 2005 onward. I will say, the earlier versions of the game (03, 04, 05) had a better and fun environment with some fun mini games, fantasy courses, characters and awesome music and they were hard games to put down. I still enjoy the Tiger Woods series and I got it every year since 08. I didn’t play 03, 04 or 05 until I started playing 08 and onward because I was still new to the game at the time so I wanted to try previous versions and I was not disappointed. The game since those years have been fun but they took out key aspects like the great music, the addicting mini games and goofy broadcasting of David Feherty and Gary McCord although David is back in the game but he’s now with Jim Nantz who is a great broadcaster but it takes out some of the humor. Also, there were many great courses in the older games that never returned to the series like Couer D’Alene, Paradise Cove which was a very popular fantasy course and Kapalua Plantation course.
There are so many things that have changed since then making it a bit more boring but I will say that Tiger Woods 14 is a great game, the best one arguably since 2010 which was also a fantastic game but TW 14 has its share of bugs however. Tiger Woods 11 was popular with the fans mostly because of the True Aim feature which gave the gamers a true golf experience and really led you to strategize your way around the golf course and that was a sweet feature but that game was one of the lowest if not the lowest selling game in the franchise’s history likely due to Tiger Woods’ off course issues but for the people who did play it like myself, I though it was solid especially having the Ryder Cup and the beautiful Celtic Manor course in their for the first time (Celtic Manor was built exclusively for the Ryder Cup that year by the way). Although I have enjoyed the recent games, I still think it could be like the earlier versions because it made golf look really appealing to non fans. And people wonder why a lot of sports fans think golf is boring. With the recent versions people will think that, I didn’t see nothing wrong with the fun and goofy way the game was played back then. You still had your golf fix but it had a bit of flare and vibe to it and was a deep game full of features. So that leaves us with the questions, will we see the release of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 15? Will it be on the PS4 or Xbox One or maybe even the sleek Ouya system? Or will we be stuck without a golf game for the following spring? Will another developer step up and create a great golf game? Who knows but this is why it is an exciting topic too because it really gets your minds wondering what will happen.
It’s like reading a great book and closing it for the night after you read the latest chapter. What’s next? Or will things be like how they were in the previous chapter? Only time will tell but it will be really exciting to see what happens especially since we got the brand new game systems on their way and with the Ouya already being released back in June on the day of my birthday (The 25th). Trust me, mark your calenders for any month between November and January because it is around that time where things start leaking out with the announcement of the Tiger Woods game usually around December, maybe January. You would thin k this would be bad news of the likely hold off of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 15 but it’s really exciting for those of us who have curiosity in what will happen. Plus, this gives the opportunity for other game companies to put out a great game with a true golfing experience because let’s be honest, it sucks when there’ only one simulation golf game on the market. So, all of the game companies, it’s time to release from your shells and create a golf game and NO you do NOT need the PGA Tour license to make a heck of a game because I feel that if the Tiger series does return, then there should be some fun competition too. So we will see what happens if Tiger Woods PGA Tour will be ready for next year or not or if they do come back, will they have new friends to play with? Stay tuned.
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All four major championships have been completed this year and all were very good without question beginning with a classic Masters duel between Adam Scott and former Masters champion Angel Cabrera, following by a U.S. Open that featured a course that literally tore the players apart with Justin Rose taking the crown and throne. Then came a great Open Championship that saw Phil Mickelson come almost out of no where to dominate the field in the final two days to finish off a course that had every other player finishing over par besides Phil, making it two majors in the row that had the majority of the players finishing over par. The only player that was even at the Open Championship at Muirfield was former Players Championship winner Henrik Stenson but other than that the second and third majors of the year were devastating challenges for the golfers, and then you just had a PGA Championship that was a great battle between great control players in Jason Dufner, Adam Scott and Jim Furyk along with a recovery master in Matt Kuchar. It was anyone’s tournament to win and looked to be a classic and who knows, it very well could have went to a playoff but, “Duff” shot a PGA Championship record on that Saturday and went on from there to take the Wanamaker trophy for his first major title. So, four great major winners this year in Scott, Rose, Mickeslon and Dufner, so the question now is, which major winner this year preformed the best or which story was the best? There are four great choices here in players as they all played very well to win their major this year. You have a terrific driver in Adam Scott, all-around players in Phil and J-Rose, and then a masterful approach shot artist in “Duff” so the choice is kind of up in the air but I’m not finishing this piece until I say who I think was the best this year at their major. Adam Scott winning the Masters was very interesting.
It was the first time an Australian won the Masters so it was a huge story and a great one for the people over the great country of Australia and that’s one of the reasons why we love sports, because of the touching stories and how deep it is, especially in golf because there are endless amounts of players with many different stories and walks of life. Justin Rose, winning the U.S. Open was the first major of his career like Scott and Dufner, but Justin was able to take on arguably to toughest test in all of golf and proved why he is one of the greats in the game and looks to add another major shortly because if he can handle Merion, then he can tackle almost any course and he had a great season up to this point. Phil Mickelson added another major to his legendary career. The hall of fame lefty took down Muirfield and made sure he put himself in a position to take home the Claret Jug and put himself just one major shy of the career grand slam which would make him only the seventh player in golf history to accomplish one of the rarest milestones in all of sports. And then you have Jason Dufner winning the PGA Championship this year. As I mentioned before, he was a guy coming into the year with high expectations, and although he didn’t live up to the hype, he ended the year of majors out with a bang making this a great comeback kind of story not to mention one of the greatest rounds in PGA Championship history on that Saturday. So, who was the best major winner of 2013? Let’s do a process of elimination. As much as I hate to say it but Phil and Justin Rose are out on this one and here’s why. J-Rose played great golf on a tough course in a tough field but it wasn’t all Justin the whole way, it was Phil who led most of the way and Justin made a terrific charge up the leaderboard to take the crown and I love J-Rose.
Phil is out simply because, if he won the Open Championship to complete the career grand slam then that would be the best story hands down and he could have got it if he didn’t collapse at the U.S. Open, then again his mind set would probably be different if he did win the U.S. Open because there would be so much more pressure on him at the Open Championship. Although he played great, I just don’t see it if it wasn’t for a grand slam, however it was his first Open Championship victory. So that leaves us with Adam Scott and Jason Dufner. Now, I know I said Justin Rose didn’t lead the whole way at the U.S. Open but neither did Adam Scott at the Masters but the way he was hitting his shots was incredible and he was MASTERFUL (See what I did there?) from the fairway and off the tee. He went into a playoff against a former Masters champ in Angel Cabrera who is familiar with Augusta so Adam had unbelievable of taking down Augusta, taking down a former champ, and winning it for his home country that has never seen an Australian win the coveted Green Jacket. So now we’re down to our last choice and that would be Mr. Jason Dufner who as wek now just won the PGA Championship. The reason why “Duff” is a finalist is because he had very high expectations before the year started and people were putting him high in the world rankings and had him winning a couple of tournaments. However, he was fairly quiet most of the season with his best finish coincidentally being at another major at the U.S. Open where he finished tied for 4th. Before then though, things weren’t looking good for Jason as he didn’t even finish in the top 10 all year until the U.S. Open.
Many people thought he had a shot to reach no.1 in the world rankings after having a great season last year finishing with two victories and finishing in the top 10 in the rankings. Plus, he had was so close to winning the PGA Championship just two years ago when, then rookie Keegan Bradley took the title who is now good buddies with Jason. The pressure he was feeling was probably crazy (Then again it’s Jason Dufner…) coming into PGA Championship week. It’s the last major of the year, you’re trying to prove that you are one of the best in the world, you’re not leading up to expectations and you have an amazing looking wife watching you the whole way, now if THAT isn’t pressure then I don’t know what it is and my life is full of lies! Also, can’t forget the record performance he had on the weekend. So, on that note, I think it’s time to see who is the winner of the best major champion of 2013. The winner is…..hold on a sec…..alright I’m ready! No wait…… let me just take care of something real quick…..I’ll be RIGHT BACK I PROMISE!…….Okay NOW the moment we’ve been waiting for…the winner is….ADAM SCOTT! This was a very tough choice.
I was leaning towards Jason Dufner a bit but the way Adam Scott has had the potential his whole career to win a major and for him the finally win one at the most famous golf tournament in the world is truly a great story and for him to be the first Australian is really remarkable and will be something he will embrace for the rest of his life and then this was just a year after he lost a heartbreaker to Ernie Els at the Open Championship at St.Andrews. I think all the emotions that went into the Adam Scott victory touched a lot of lives of the fans of this great sport. We love it because it brings people together from all over the world and Adam gave an entire nation something celebrate and for him to do it at Augusta National, at the Masters, a place with so much rich history is truly one of the most beautiful things we have seen in golf in recent memory and for it to end in a dramatic playoff is special. So big ups to all of these major winners, they all played terrific golf and I know we are all looking forward to next year’s majors and the Ryder Cup as well! But there’s still some season left this season to enjoy thankfully!
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This year’s PGA Championship had its ups and downs with different leaders at times but only one prevailed and it was a guy who many thought was going to be arguably the most dominant American player this year but has been fairly quiet this year but, Jason Dufner took on the task of trying to win the final major of the season and he did it in a fine matter already having a PGA Championship record of 63 on Saturday giving him a lead over Jim Furyk who was playing great golf himself. “Duff” like Jimmy Furyk, is a fan favorite so it was a lot of fun seeing those guys towards the top but Jason took home the Wanamaker trophy and proved to the world that he is one of the best players on Tour and that he will be a force come next season. Because imagine this: Dufner, Woods, Kuchar, Mickelson, and Snedeker all representing the U.S. in the top 10 World Golf Rankings next year, how cool would that be? Not to mention you have Steve Stricker who is a top 20 guy. Jason is a guy who can destroy any course with his dead one accuracy from the fairway, he can easily hit a shot and get within 10 or five feet from the hole and that will help any player win a major but “Duff” is extremely dangerous with it and is a huge reason why so many people had him being a stud this year but was kind of quiet but ended up with a major title anyway and that’s why this is such a great story.
Plus, he’s a very popular player like I mentioned before and that’s also why it’s a great story and he goes out on the course cool, calm and collected and there aren’t many players who have that, he shows hardly any emotion out there but then he strikes hard and plays some tremendous golf in one of the finer PGA Championship performances in recent memory. The way he was hitting his approach shots was incredible and the crowd was into the whole way at Oak Hill in New York. Jason’s going to be a great player for a long time if he adds more wins to that PGA title he has and I’m sure after winning the PGA, he’ll be even more motivated to win more tournaments next year or even before this season is out, he could have one exrta win or two under his belt and the future looks bright for the almighty Jason Dufner so congrats to him and what a wonderful year it’s been for the majors this year including the Players Championship and next year’s majors and Players Championship should be even more fun. Looking forward to it and I know you guys are too! Keep it cool ya’ll and keep enjoying golf! From Chicago with love.
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Hello all, surprise! Didn’t think I was going to write while I’m on my “Vacay” (Vacation) in Alabama? Then guess again because I got a shorty for you here in regards to the interesting names in the top five on the leaderboard at the PGA Championship. Jason Dufner is your leader at 9- for the tournament and is playing like the Duf everyone predicted to be a true threat on the PGA Tour this year. He was my preseason pick to win the Masters a while back even because the solid season he had a year ago made him much more attractive and respectful of the media in golf. Duf is already a very popular player among the Twitter world with well over 100 thousand followers. The thing that’s really helped Jason Dufner the fist couple of days is his incredible ability to hit the greens in regulations with such ease and if that’s not important then I don’t know what is. It’s his tournament to lose honestly because who else hits the greens like Duf? The one thing that will come back to get him is his putting ability and it’s very difficult to win a major if you can’t putt but if he can get some really good approach shots which he’s capable of then he’ll be in great shape.
The one guy that could come back and destroy him is Matt Kuchar who is 7- and we know how much of a monster he’s been this year and would like nothing else better then to get his first major championship under his belt. Matt could beat you in so many different shapes and forms and that’s what makes him dangerous so Jason better be ready for what’s ahead, not to mention you have two guys in the top five that one majors this year, those guys being Justin Rose and Adam Scott not to mention you have Jim Furyk who was the leader at first, who’s still playing terrific golf, being vintage Furyk. So, just look at these names and think of them as the “Fab Five” or at least for now because I’m sure the leaderboard will be bouncing around if ti isn’t already. Great golf is on the way!
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The PGA Championship is off to a hot start this season and the leaderboard is filled with likely and unlikely players which is already making this a really fun tourney. The reason I am writing about weekend guys to look out for so early is because I won’t be writing tomorrow as I will be out of town but without question it will be a great tournament at Oak Hill. Jim Furyk has been playing well, taking advantage of his accurate driving. There are several great players to look out for and the leaderboard is filled with so many different type of players whether they’e heavy hitters or putting masters or, it’s almost anybody’s title. At a course like Oak Hill, it’s always very important to have solid accuracy off the tee and soft touch around the greens. However, it’s both a course for power players and control players which is why Oak Hill is a terrific course to host a major championship and it already shows as there are several players within striking distance. As mentioned above, Jim Furyk is a great guy to look out for at this tournament this weekend as he is one of the most accurate hitters in golf history despite having arguably the lowest power. That’s why Jim Furyk is awesome because he figures out other ways to beat you even though he barely averages 270 yards off the tee. He’s a grinder, he has that trademark looping swing and can be a great putter when he’s on his game. The 2010 PGA Tour Player of the Year is a great choice for a player to look out for.
Another player to look out for is Masters champ Adam Scott as he features a unique combination of power and solid putting so it could very well be possible that he can win another major this year. He is arguably the only all-around player within the top 10. He can easily tear this course apart but with so many other great players on the leaderboard, it will be tough for him to take the Wanamaker trophy and run, plus it’s tough to win two majors in one year unless maybe he changes his name to “Inbee Scott” (Sharing the name of LPGA star Inbee Park who won three majors this year). A surging Paul Casey is also a top player on the leaderboard and Paul hasn’t been a factor on Tour in quite some time. At one point he was one of the most dangerous players in all of golf and was also an all-around kind of player at one point but I feel like he doesn’t have it as much anymore but can still be a solid player.
He’s still one of the best power hitters on tour averaging 299 yards off the tee and if he can putt well the rest of this tournament then it will bid well for a popular player in Paul. Finally, one guy you just can’t help but watch is Matt Kuchar who has had the best season of his career to this point and looks to only get better. The amazing thing about “Kuch” is that he doesn’t have a lot of power or accuracy off the tee but he figures out other ways to win, whether it’s being clutch, having great touch around the greens or getting amazing sand saves. That’s a key thing. He always manages to get himself out of trouble and that’s what can make a player extremely dangerous because he can take advantage of mistake that other players can’t and that’s just one of the many reasons to look out for Matt Kuchar this weekend. Enjoy the rest of the tournament everyone!
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