Tuesday, May 29, 2007

What's In Rory Sabbatini's Golf Bag? - Colonial

Rory Sabbatini won the 2007 Crowne Plaza Invitations at Colonial this last weekend at Colonial Country Club Ft. Worth, Texas. Do you want to know what he was carrying in his golf bag during his win?

Driver: Nike SasQuatch Sumo
3 Wood: Nike SasQuatch 2 15°
Hybrid: Adams Idea a2 18°
Irons:  (3-PW) Nike Ignite Irons
SW:     Nike SV 55°
LW:     Nike SV Tour 60°
Putter: Odyssey White Hot
Ball:   Nike One Platinum

Sunday's round started with Rory Sabbatini, Jim Furyk, and Bernhard Langer tied at 11-under. All three of them finished tied at 14-under shooting a 3-under 67, which sent the tournament into a sudden death playoff.

The first playoff hole was on the 18th and all 3 of them found the middle of the fairway off the tee. Bernhard put is shot about 10 feet away and Rory was about 13 feet way.

Furyk rolled his 40-foot put for birdie just by the whole. Rory was next to putt and he drained it with a finish ala Jack Nicklaus with his left arm raised putter in hand. Bernhard had a chance to tie with his 10-footer, but it lipped out and Rory was crowned the winner. Rory took home $1.08 for the win.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Pitch and Putt at The Colonial Golf Tournament

With the low scores golfers are posting at the Colonial during the first 2 rounds, they're making the course look like a pitch and putt.

You have guys like Kevin Na and Anthony Kim shooting 63 in their first round and leading the tournament. Who in the heck is Alex Cejka? This guy is currently tied for first at 7-under.

A PGA Tour event just isn't the same without Tiger or Phil. These guys and the other veterans are what make people want to watch golf on TV. Otherwise it's boring, and this is coming from someone who has played golf for over 30 years.

I might sneak a peak this weekend at the scores while watch TV, but highly doubt I'll be sitting down to watch it. Now if Tom Lehman makes a run I might be interested because he's one of those soon to be Champions Tour player... and I'd kind of like to see him pull one off over the young guns on the PGA Tour.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

What's In Padraig Harrington's Golf Bag? - Irish Open

Padraig Harrington won the 2007 Irish Open this last weekend at Adare Manor Golf Club in Limerick, Ireland. Do you want to know what he was carrying in his golf bag during his win?

Driver: Wilson Dd6 Buy Now
3 Wood: Callaway X Hot
5 Wood: Wilson Staff FwS
Hybrid: Wilson Staff Dh6
Irons:  (3-PW) Wilson Staff Pi5
SW:     Wilson Staff TW7
LW:     Wilson Staff TW7
Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Blade
Ball:   Titleist New Pro V1x

Padraig won in a playoff against Welshman Bradley Dred. Harrington shot a 71 and while Dred shot a 68 with both finishing at 5-under par. Padraig won on the first playoff hole, which was the 18th. The two golfers finished 4 shots ahead of the nearest competitor.

"I have always said the Irish Open is like a fifth major for me, and to win it, well, I'm just ecstatic," Harrington said. Thomas Bjorn was the defending champion who finished in a tie for 52nd place at +11. Padraig took home $562,633 for the win.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

What's In Phil Mickelson's Golf Bag? - The Players Championship

Phil Mickelson won the 2007 The Players Championship this last weekend at the famous or infamous TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Phil played his best golf on Sunday to cruise to a 2-shot victory at 11-under. Do you want to know what he was carrying in his golf bag during his win?

Driver:  Callaway FT-5 8.5°
3+ Wood: Callaway X Tour 13°
Hybrid:  Callaway 2H X Hybrid 18°
Hybrid:  Callaway 3H X Hybrid 21°
Irons    (5-PW) Callaway X-Forged
GW:      Callaway X-Tour 50°
SW:      Callaway X-Tour 55°
LW:      Callaway X-Tour 60°
Putter:  Odyssey PM prototype
Ball:    Callaway HX Tour

Phil was solid all day on Sunday hitting every fairway and 16 of 18 greens in regulation. Sean O'Hair gave him a run for the title until coming to the 17th island green where he proceeded to put 2 balls in the water and posted a quadruple-bogey 7. Phil bogeyed the last hole to win comfortably by 2-shots over Sergio Garcia who finished at 9-under. With the win Phil moved into the #2 spot in the World rankings overtaking Jim Furyk. Tiger Woods remains as the #1 golfer in the world. He took home $1,620,000 for the win.

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Monday, May 14, 2007

2007 Players Championship Goes To The 17th Island Green

What a weekend of golf at The Players Championship in Florida at the TPC Sawgrass. I watched every minute of the golf tournament this weekend and I wasn't disappointed. As a golf fan you had to appreciate how good these PGA pros are.

It seemed like I couldn't leave the room because I felt like I was going to miss some extraordinary golf shot or someone falling victim to the island green at the 17th hole. If you watched the golf play over the weekend then you saw 2-double ealges also know as an albatross. These things are supposed to come around once in a great while... not 2 times in 2 days. I also saw eagles from middle of the fairway and other shots that had no right going into the hole, but then again these guys are the best golfers in the world.

The TPC stadium island green 17th hole grabbed a few golfers by the throat and choked any chance they had of staying in contention. Rory Sabatini came to the 17th on Friday very much in contention and put one in the water... and walked away with a quadruple-bogey 7.

There were many others that feel victim to the 17th, but none were more painful to watch than Sean O'Hair's. Sean came to the 17th hole 2-shots down from Phil Micklson and in 2nd place all by himself, which was worth over $900,000. Sean decided to hit 9-iron straight at the pin where Micklson had just hit a pitching wedge to the middle of the green. Sean's shot had the flag covered, but it flew over the flag and straight into the water. Sean proceeded to the drop area and hit a knock-down wedge that skipped several times on the green and landed...

Sean's golf story growing up with his overbearing father was incredible and I felt myself and I'm sure many other golf fans routing for him to do well. Being paired with Phil in the last group had to have been a lot of pressure, but Sean seemeed to handled it like a veteran pro. Missing his very short birder putts on 15 and 16 proved to be very costly. If he had made only one of those then he wouldn't have had to go for the pin on 17 because he would've been only 1-shot behind Phil.

Sean's knock-down drop shot landed in the water and now he had to drop another ball hitting 5. He got this one on the green and 2-putted for a quadruple-bogey 7... and now tied for 6th place putting Sergio Garcia in 2nd place all by himself. Phil 2-putted for par and they both went to the 18th hole with Phil holding on to a 3-shot lead at 12-under.

Sean and Phil both hit great tee shots into the middle of the fairway. Phil hit first and made things really exciting with his approach shot. Hit a flare 5-iron that barely landed on the green and came about 8-inches from going into the water. They both bogeyed the whole and Phil won his first Players Championship.

I do have to admit that Phil's play on Sunday was awesome. He had great control over his entire game especially his driver. He hit every fairway and hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation. The work he has done with Butch Harmon has done wonders for his confidence and ball striking. If Phil continues to progress like he has been then he'll be tough to beat come mid June for the US Open at Oakmont.

Phil took home around $1.6 million and Sean ended up in with a little over $200,000 and out of the top 10. If you do the math then the 17th hole cost Sean O'Hair around $700,000... ouch!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

What's In Tiger's Golf Bag - Wachovia

Tiger Woods added the Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow Club Charlotte, North Carolina to his growing collection of trophies by shooting a closing round of 69, which included a 57-foot eagle putt. Do you want to know what he was carrying in his golf bag during his win?

Driver: Nike SasQuatch Tour 8.5°
3 Wood: Nike SasQuatch 2 15°
5 Wood: Nike Ignite T40 19°
Irons: (3-PW) Nike Blades
SW: Nike Pro Combo 56°
LW: Nike SV 60°
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist prototype
Ball: Nike One Platinum

Tiger tore up the front nine on Sunday going out in 31, but had a very shaky back-nine that included a several bogies and a double-bogey. This probably would have made a difference if the other golfers chasing him didn't blow up as well on the back nine. Tiger made a great par on 18 to win by two shots at 13-under. Steve Stricker had going early in the round, but faultered a little and finished at 11-under. Tiger took home $1,134,000 for the win.

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Friday, May 04, 2007

Top 10 Hottest Golf Clubs April 2007

Here are the Top 10 Hottest Golf Clubs for the month of April 2007.

1. Ping Eye 2 Iron set
2. Titleist 905R Driver
3. Ping G5 Driver
4. Nike SasQuatch Driver
5. Callaway X-18 Iron set
6. TaylorMade r7 Quad Driver
7. TaylorMade r5 Dual Driver
8. TaylorMade r7 425 Driver
9. TaylorMade r7 460 Driver
10. Mizuno MP 60 Iron set

For the 4th straight month The Ping Eye 2 Iron set still holds the #1 spot. I've never played these clubs, but it sure looks like a lot of people do. The hottest golf club is the Nike SasQuatch Driver, which moved from #8 to #4. For the most part the top clubs for April are the same as they where for March with a few clubs swapping positions in the top 10.

Just in case you missed it, here's my post of The Hottest Golf Clubs Of March 2007, which is how the top 10 clubs finished for the month of March 2007.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Golf SkyCaddie Is The Real Deal

A while back a made a post about the SkyCaddie by SkyGolf. It's a golf gadget (more like a tool) that uses GPS technology to give you yardage to the green, bunker, water hazard, etc... When I made that post I was pretty impressed with it, but now I have a different opinion.

I think the SkyCaddie is the best thing that has been developed for the game of golf since the metal wood. I got the SG2 SkyCaddie for Christmas and I've been using it everytime I go out and play a round of golf. I can't tell you how awesome this golf tool is.

I honestly think it's only a matter of time before these are approved for all kinds of play. The SkyCaddie probably saves me 2 to 3 strokes a round and that's a lot when you consider I'm playing to a 4.4 index. I can't imagine what the SkyCaddie would do for higher handicap player!

If you haven't heard about this then you're missing out. If you've been thinking about getting one then do it. You want regret it one bit.

I just checked on the price at GigaGolf.com and it's been reduced down to $279 with FREE Shipping. If you were thinking of getting the next latest and greatest driver or putter then you should definitely reconsider it and get the SkyCaddie instead. You'll immediately start reducing your scores.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

What's In Scott Verplank's Golf Bag?

Scott Verplank won his 5th PGA Tour tournament last weekend at the 2007 EDS Byron Nelson Championship at the TPC at Four Seasons, TPC at Four Seasons-Las Colinas Irving, Texas. Do you want to know what he was carrying in his golf bag during his win?

Driver: TaylorMade r7 425 9.5°
3 Wood: Taylormade 200 Tour
5 Wood: Taylormade 200 Tour
Irons:  (3-PW) TaylorMade rac Forged
SW:     Titleist Vokey Design 55°
LW:     Titleist Vokey Design 59°
Putter: PING Anser
Ball:   Titleist New Pro V1

This was an emotional victory for Verplank because he grew up in Texas and had played several rounds with Byron Nelson when he was a kid. It was a tournament that he's been wanting to win for a long time. He would have loved to win it when Byron was still alive, but he felt he had his help from above from Byron.

It took everything Scott had to pull out his one shot victory over Luke Donald. Verplank birdied three straight holes and made an improbable par on 17 to secure the one shot victory over Donald. Scott finished with a 4-under 70 for a 13-under 267 total.

Eventhough Byron wasn't there to congratulate Scott for his victory, Byron's wife Peggy was there to do the honors. Scott took home $1,134,000 for the win and a custom-made motorcycle built by Orange County Choppers.