Monday, May 27, 2013

Updates Coming! US Open, Open Championship, and more!

Hey all!  I've been extremely busy and am ready to write again.  I hope you are looking forward to the upcoming summer golf schedule!  I can't wait.  Thanks for waiting and I can't wait to get my first piece out again!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

2013 Tampa Bay Championship presented by Everbank: Preview with Fantasy Golf Picks

Well, the tour moves on this week to Tampa Bay for the Tampa Bay Championship.  The tournament returns to Innisbrook Resort and the Copperhead Course, which is comprised of five par threes and four par fives.  The par-71 golf course played to nearly a shot under par last year, which was a record for the tournament.  But don't expect that to happen again this year.

The field is filled with big names, although a few are missing.  Luke Donald returns to defend his title, and Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott are making the trip up the road from Doral to Tampa.  Here is my five picks for fantasy golf this week, and the reasons I am selecting them.

1. Sergio Garcia: Garcia is coming off a T-3 at Doral where excellent ballstriking was key for him.  the Copperhead Course requires precise shotmaking as well, so look for Garcia to continue his hot play.

2. Jason Dufner: It is about time for Dufner to break out on the PGA Tour this year.  He started the year off with top 10s overseas in the Middle East, but a T12 last week at Doral is his best finish on the PGA Tour this year.  With his ballstriking ability, though, Copperhead sets up nicely for his game.

3. Matt Kuchar: Last week was an anomaly for Kuchar, where he struggled to get off level par for the week.  But with a T12 in 2009 and a T10 last year, Kuchar's game sets up for the Copperhead Course.  He should bring in good thoughts even though he had a lackluster Cadillac Championship.

4. Luke Donald: I didn't expect Luke Donald to have such a mediocre start to 2013.  I fully expect the 2012 champion of this event will have good thoughts trying to defend his title.  I think he will break through and have a solid week, if not another win.

5. Jim Furyk: Furyk would love to prove critics wrong after failing to close out multiple wins in 2012.  This course sets up perfectly for the accurate Furyk, who would love to enter the winners circle again.

Dark Horse: Patrick Cantlay

After a win on the tour and a decent showing in Puerto Rico, Cantlay is teeing it up on the PGA Tour again this week.  I expect him to be confident with his game, and the youngster might just go low one of the rounds.  Look for him to be around the top of the leaderboard throughout the week.

Monday, March 11, 2013

What's in the Bag: Tiger Woods 2013 WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral

Tiger Woods captured his 2nd PGA Tour title of the year and his 76th overall this weekend at the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral.  Woods used a record number of birdies in the second and third round to catapult himself to an insurmountable lead heading into the final round, where he held of Steve Stricker to win by two strokes.  Woods hit the ball solid and putted lights out to win the tournament.

Spirited 76th
Chris Condon/PGA Tour

Woods put the new Nike Covert Fairway Wood into the bag this week and used it to perfection off the tee and in the fairway to par 5s.  Here's what else was in his bag:

Driver: Nike VR Tour 8.5 degree with Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 6X

Fairways: Nike VR Pro Ltd. 15 degree and Nike VrS Covert 19 Degree with Mitsubishi Diamana Blueboard 93 X

Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades: 3-PW with Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Nike VR Pro 56 and 60 degrees with Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: Nike Method 001

Ball: Nike One Tour D

Tiger Woods wins 2013 WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral

Entering the final round four strokes ahead, Tiger Woods was almost assured of a victory.  26 previous times has he held a 3 or more stroke lead heading into round 4, and 26 previous times has he won.  And during a week of firsts for Tiger, he didn't want to add this one to the list.

Woods started off the week carding his most birdies through 36 and 54 holes in his PGA Tour career.  He entered the final round with 24 birdies on the card, and added two quick ones on the front nine.  Woods was never really challenged in the final round, holding a five stroke lead through much of the back nine.  A late bogey by Woods and a birdie by Steve Stricker cut the lead to three shots, but a conservative final hole gave Woods the win by 2 shots.

With the win, Tiger Woods becomes the first two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year.  Woods moves into second place in the FedEx Cup standings and closes the gap between himself and Rory McIlroy for #1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.  McIlroy put together solid rounds Saturday and Sunday to move into the top-10.

Stricker fired his fourth round in the 60s to take second place alone at 17-under par, two behind Woods.  Finishing in a tie for third and five shots back of Woods were Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, and Graeme McDowell.  Keegan Bradley finished solo 7th at 12-under par, and wrapping up the top-10 were McIlroy, Justin Rose, Peter Hanson, and last week's winner Michael Thompson, who finished at 10-under par and tied for 8th.

This win is the 76th career victory for Tiger Woods, and his 17th career WGC event.  Woods is now within 6 wins of tying Sam Snead's career PGA Tour win mark.  6 of the 7 times Woods has won multiple events with the WGC Cadillac Championship he has gone on to win a major.  We will see him next at one of his favorite events, the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, where he has won 7 times.  His next event after that will be The Masters.

The tour moves on to the Tampa Bay Championship presented by Everbank, where Luke Donald will be there to defend his title.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tiger Woods tied for the lead with 4 others after one round at the WGC Cadillac Championship

Tiger Woods returned this week to a familiar course.  Having won at Doral 3 prior times, Woods felt right at home during the first round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.  A putting lesson earlier in the week from Steve Stricker lead Woods to nine birdies en route to an opening round 66.  Joining Woods atop the leaderboard are Bubba Watson, Graeme McDowell, Sergio Garcia, and Freddie Jacobson.  All players are at 6-under par.

The opening round was extremely conducive to scoring, as the winds were down and the greens extremely receptive.  Conditions were perfect for all of the players on the course.  Woods started strong, with two early birdies, but gave those right back with two straight bogeys.  But he fought back, making seven more birdies with only one bogey in his final 13 holes to finish the round.  Garcia and McDowell played together and both fired bogey-free rounds.  Jacobson had two eagles on the round, and Watson lead a strong group who finished a combined 16-under par.

One stroke back of the leaders are a group at 5-under par which includes Stricker, Phil Mickelson, and Hunter Mahan.

Paired with Woods today was Rory McIlroy, who struggled yet again to a 1-over par 73.  McIlroy is returning to play after a controversial WD last week at the Honda Classic.  But he has handled the media scrutiny well for a young player.  But that has not translated into his play on the golf course.  McIlroy had an eagle at hole 2, but 3 straight bogeys derailed any momentum he might have gained.  He will look to get back on track tomorrow and will complete his first 4-round tournament of the year.

Action continues tomorrow on The Golf Channel at 2:00 PM ET.