Category: PGA Championship

“This is going to be tough”

Wait… I thought Rory was hurt. Apparently he is playing this week. Not long ago Rory tore a ligament in his left ankle playing soccer. Right?! Who else on TOUR knows how to play through pain? Oh, Tiger! Tiger commented on Rory’s injury, saying, “Obviously, this is gonna be tough.” You can say that again!

Earlier today I did see photos of Rory running around Whistling Straights Golf Course and his swing looks good. But can he win after being on the injured reserve list for so long? Maybe… I mean, he is the No. 1 player in the world! Tiger went on to say, “I blew out my knee and played for a good nine months before I had it fixed. So it can be done. Is he probably going to be in pain? Probably, yeah. Swelling is going to probably occur, but that’s why the physios are there, and I’m sure they’ll get him organized.”

Tiger has been playing through pain for quite some time… Heck, he won a major with a broken leg. But is Rory ready to defend this week with a bum ankle? Only time will tell. Who do you think will win this week?

Rory McIlroy: What’s in the bag?

That was fun. When Tiger missed the cut, I didn’t think I would care much about the PGA Championship. It was sad Tiger missing the cut, too, because the last time this event was at Valhalla Golf Club, I was there. In 2000 Tiger battled Bob May in a playoff, and I was there the entire time. I was actually a volunteer that week, and spent Sunday just walking around following Tiger. I wasn’t in Louisville this year, but Tiger played like crap and didn’t make the cut. I actually played golf this weekend, playing The Phoencian on Saturday and Las Sendas Golf Club on Sunday. We teed off early on Sunday, so I was able to make it home in time to see the final few holes.

Phil Mickelson was there. Rickie Fowler, too. Heck, even Ernie Els made a run at it. But it was Rory McIlroy that was able to seal the deal on Sunday night. It was dark when he finished… It didn’t appear that way on TV, but trust me. It was dark. Anyway, Rory had a two shot lead, and would end up making par from a greenside bunker to win. I was pulling for Rickie… Not because we have the same name (even though he spells it wrong) but because he played so well this year in the majors. Granted, Rory won the last two, but Rickie finished in the top five in all four majors this year. It is only a matter of time before he wins one.

Even though Tiger missed the cut, I am sure the guys over at Nike are all smiles. I mean, Rory has won three events in a row, including two major championships. He has done it playing Nike golf clubs, wearing Nike shirts, hats, belts and shoes… He was probably wearing Nike socks. He is Nike from head to toe. Here is a complete list of what Rory was playing on Sunday:

Driver: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour (Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70x), 8.5°
3-wood: Nike VRS Covert 2.0, 15°
5-wood: Nike VRS Covert, 19°
Irons (4-9): Nike VR Pro Blade; (PW): Nike VR Forged
Wedges: Nike VR Forged (52°, 56°, 59°)
Putter: Nike Method 006
Ball: Nike RZN Black

I told you he was Nike from head to toe. What is next for Rory? Chances are a lot of birdies and more wins. Rory has already won four major championships and he is only 25 years old. The sky is the limit for this kid, and he makes golf exciting. Not as exciting as Tiger… But I need someone to root for.

Do you really care what Rory is wearing? I do!

The PGA Championship is this week at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. This event means a lot to me, as I was there when Tiger won the PGA Championship beating Bob May in a playoff. Funny story… My arm is on the cover of Sports Illustrated. I will save that story for another blog post. Anyway, the PGA Championship is this week. As of writing this blog post, I am not even sure Tiger is playing. Again… Another blog post. I am more concerned with what Rory McIlroy and Jason Day will be wearing this week. I am talking about apparel scripts!

Tony Korologos writes for Hooked On Golf Blog, and is active in the Google+ golf community. He likes to make fun of these… But I like them. I mean, imagine being on TOUR and having someone pick out what you are going to wear for the week. You don’t have to worry about it! This week Rory will be wearing grey pants on Thursday, white pants and a yellow billed hat on Thursday, and a white hat, white pants… White belt on Sunday! Man, I LOVE the white belt. Anyway, I think it is really cool to see what guys are going to be wearing during the week.

Look. Here is what Rory is wearing this week.

Rory McIlroy

I like watching reality TV shows on Netflix. Maybe someone should produce a reality TV show called “Life On Tour” and feature guys like Rory and Tiger and what their life is like on TOUR. From getting to and from the hotel to what they wear and their clubs showing up on time… The logistics are incredible. Earlier this year, during the Waste Management Phoenix Open I saw Justin Leonard at Whole Foods. He was on the phone, but I held the door open for him. He was wearing a green shirt. I wonder if that was on his apparel script. Ha!

What are your thoughts on these? Do you like knowing what golfers are going to be wearing every week?

Scott Piercy Had Low Final Round at Oak Hill on Sunday

He didn’t find a winners’ circle during the 2013 PGA TOUR season, but the 34 year-old Scott Piercy has had a pretty good year. Piercy, born in Las Vegas, and a graduate of San Diego State University, did have the low round at Sunday’s PGA Championship finale. Unfortunately, his 65 was not good enough to get to the top of the leaderboard, but he did finish tied for fifth place with 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott.

In 21 starts this season, Piercy was able to manage 13 cuts in his 12th season as a professional and had winnings totaling over $1.6 Million dollars. He will end the regular golf season with a 47th place standing in the FedEx Cup which will guarantee a start in the first 2 events at The Wyndahm Championship and The Barclays. Then he’s on his own. He is ranked 38th in the OWGR.

Piercy has battled self-doubt demons, and money problems for the lions share of his career, but was able to break out in 2011 with his first TOUR victory at the Reno-Tahoe Open. The win put some money in his pocket, but didn’t come with an automatic Masters invitation, or much status on the tour.

With status on the TOUR being everything, his 2012 win at the RBC Canadian Open would get him a berth in the Masters, and the remainder of the major championships. His highlight of the season came at the Waste Management Phoenix Open where he fired a 10 under par 61 on Sunday. It wasn’t good enough for a win, but he did finish third after being tied for 74th place after the first round.

A look at his statistics will show what ails Piercy, and keeps him in the journeyman category of professional golfers. He suffers from the the old Sam Snead adage, “Drive for show, putt for dough.” Scott is long off the tee, and is ranked 18th on TOUR. He suffers in all other aspects of the game. He hits just over 50% of his fairways, and hits greens at a 61% clip. His Strokes gained putting is in the negative range, and his short game is almost non-existent.

Maybe the 2014 season will be better to him. He has status on the tour, and will get an invitation to all of the majors. With his ability to close out tournaments with good finishes, all he needs to do is get some lessons from Tiger Woods on how to play on Thursday and Friday. Then maybe we will see the Nevada native in some winner’s circles soon.