February 2009


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Image: EOS Boy/Flickr

I’m sure NBC is pissed. Tiger Woods’ comeback was cut short today by a red-hot Tim Clark, who played 6 under through the 16 holes of the match to defeat Woods 4 and 2. There went this weekend’s ratings.

This begs the question—did Woods pick the right event to come back? It’s hard to criticize the man. Though he’s one of the world’s greatest competitors, I still don’t think he would come back too early. He was ready. Tiger just had a bad day. Tim Clark was hot. It happens.

I doubt we see Woods again until Doral in a couple of weeks. But, though he played fairly well yesterday, he didn’t get his money’s worth after today’s early exit. For Tiger fans like myself, let’s just hope he brings his A game to The Masters next month. I’m sure CBS is hoping for the same thing.

In other action, Lefty held off a late charge by Zach Johnson to win 1 up. Anthony Kim lost to Oliver Wilson, 3 and 2. And Stewart Cink defeated Lee Westwood in a 23 hole marathon.

To see the other results, click here.

With Tiger and Sergio out, who’s the favorite? I like Villegas right now. He has put an absolute beatdown on Rod Pampling and Miguel Angel Jiminez. Even with Woods out, we should have some entertaining golf this weekend.

How would you like to be Brendan Jones tomorrow at 2:02 p.m. ET?

Mr. Jones will stand on the tee with one, Tiger Woods, participating in one of the most highly anticipated returns of an athlete since Michael Jordan retired and returned and retired and returned, or however that happened.

At least he has a sense of humor. ESPN writer Bob Harig asked Jones, who makes his living on the Japan Tour, what is the first thing he would ask Tiger: “Can I have three a side?” he said.

As nerve-wracking as this round might be, who knows how it might play out. I get the feeling it could be squeaky close, or Tiger will run away with it. Nothing in between.  Really, it just depends on how tuned up Woods is. If he’s 100% back, and last year doctors said he couldn’t be 100% back by now, then he should thrash Jones. But if he’s off, it could be an interesting match.

This is a long event, so there’s no need to overanalyze the first round matches. But the Woods-Jones match will be one to watch tomorrow.

Some other matches I’ll be watching: Paul Casey vs. Aaron Baddeley, Phil Mickelson versus Angel Cabrera, Steve Stricker versus Dustin Johnson, and Mike Weir versus Hunter Mahan.

Golf is back. The Accenture Match Play, to me, is basically the kickoff to golf season. Spring is almost here. Tiger is back. Good times.

Check out Bob Harig’s profile of Brenden Johnson here.

The PGA Tour website reports that El Tigre will come back next week, making his return at the Accenture Match Play. It will be Tiger’s first tournament since winning the U.S. Open last June. For more, check out the PGA Tour site.

I got it wrong. I thought six potential days of gruesome match play would be a little much for Woods’ first tournament back. But if Tiger thinks he can play, then Tiger can play.

Finally, something to get excited about in the world of golf. Here we go.

Finally, we know when this show will start: March 2, 9 p.m. ET.

Titled The Haney Project with Charles Barkley, the new show’s tagline is “Unscripted. Uncensored. Unreal.” And, believe me, Barkley’s swing is quite unreal. Hank has his work cut out for him.

Click here to watch the Golf Channel’s promotional video about the show. You can see my previous posts about the Barkley show here and here.

And if you want to relive Sir Charles’ fantastically dreadful swing, here you go.

If you’ve read much of this blog, you know I’m a diehard Georgia football fan. So when I read this story today, I thought it’s a perfect fit for my blog…or as my friend Byron puts it, perfect “fodder”.

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Image: UGA Sports

Anyway, a former University of Georgia football player is making a run at pro golf. An oddly written, and strangely titled, article  in the Tallahassee Staff Democrat explains that former UGA running back Tony Milton is pursuing his dream of playing pro golf.

Ninety percent of my readers could probably care less about Georgia football, so hopefully I’m not alienating anyone. But it’s an interesting story: former college running back pursuing pro golf. If Milton actually has game, then it would be a great story down the line. But the article tells us nothing about Milton’s golf game; it focuses more on his football time at Georgia.

In what is the longest introduction in the history of journalism, we find out, in the last sentence of the article, that Tony has played in some Hooters Tour events and done “well.” Who knows what that means. The article sure doesn’t tell us.

Milton was Musa Smith’s backup at UGA. When I think of Milton, I think of the toss sweep play on 4th down against Tennessee in 2002 during Georgia’s SEC title run and near perfect season.

It was the play that clinched the game. And, without a doubt, was the loudest I’ve probably heard Sanford Stadium during one single play…that moment he got out into the open and we knew he had the first down.

Anyway, so there you have it, for what it’s worth. A former college football player pursuing his dream. The Hooters Tour, and mini tours in general, are as tough as ever right now. So Tony has his work cut out for him.

I have no idea just how good “well” is, but a 75 isn’t going to get you squat on the Hooters Tour. A 70 average isn’t going to get you squat. You gotta bring it. If I hear any more information about Tony’s pursuit, or just how legit this is, I’ll post it here.

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Corey Pavin has lifetime posting privileges at Game Under Repair. He's yet to take advantage. (Image: Ted Van Pelt/Flickr)

So my blog traffic has tripled in the last week. It’s been going up steadily; I would say because it’s spring, and more people are googling golf-related subjects. So I’ve been getting a lot of traffic that way.

But I also joined Facebook–perhaps the last person in the northern hemisphere to do so–and that’s definitely increased traffic as well.

I thought I’d link to a few older posts here to give newcomers a feel for the blog. Game Under Repair has been rockin’ since last summer. And, though, the posts have slowed down during the winter, I fully intend to crank this baby up in the coming weeks and months.

Anyway, here are a few of my favorite posts since launching this blog in July. These might not be the most visited posts, or the most commented on posts, but they are my faves.

  • Play On. My first blog post.
  • Golf Psychology for the Cynical Perfectionist. For golfers who see the glass half empty.
  • Corey Pavin: 2010 Ryder Cup Captain. Reason to celebrate.
  • Diaries of A Cart Guy. Tip your friendly cart guy!
  • Six Birdies…and a 70? This is why I’m a lifetime amateur golfer.
  • Balancing Golf and Life. Is it possible to manage a 40 hour work schedule and still be good at this game?
  • The Fraudulence of the Indoor Golf Simulator. Don’t trust these machines. They suck.
  • Should the Tour season be shortened? Find out what I think.  
  • Bad Weather Golf. I’m not a great player in the elements, but who is?
  • Chip Shots, Third Edition (The Kurt Vonnegut Edition). A sampling of my offseason Chip Shots column. Kurt Vonnegut gets involved.
  • Here’s a tale of an automated widget gone wrong.

    So WordPress apparently has some type of automated feature that tells you about other domains you might want to purchase.  I’m guessing it finds unpurchased URLs similar to the name of your blog.

    Well, as you might know, I already own gameunderrepair.com for a measly $25 a year–thanks to my friends at GoDaddy.com (their Super Bowl commercial sucked, by the way).

    But, yesterday, WordPress informed me–via my blog stats page–that I can purchase gamesbeneathcorrect.com for only $19 a year! Sweet. Games Beneath Correct. Apparently, WordPress uses an automated thesaurus for this new little feature. Games Beneath Correct. I think I’d rather have Activities Below Mend. Now that’s the perfect golf blog.

    On a related note, I still own the URL for Gam Under Repair. That’s right… Gam Under Repair.

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