Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Augusta National Golf Club

This video shows us the pride and beauty of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters golf tournament. It is well written and narrated with a sense of honor and prestige.
The director of photography: Scott Duncan does a stunning job in capturing the images in high definition slow motion cameras and Thomas Hayden Church who narrates the video does a spectacular job in relating the images to the meaning of Augusta National and the Masters golf tournament. Every golfers dream is put into a 2 minute 28 second piece of art.


ESPN Masters Golf Open 2008, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXEZ5ffUI2s

2009 Presidents Cup. Team USA or Team International?

The 2009 Presidents Cup begins on October 8th at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco, California, USA. Here are the two teams:

Team USA
Captain- Fred Couples
Tiger Woods
Phil Mickelson
Steve Stricker
Kenny Perry
Zach Johnson
Stewart Cink
Sean O'Hair
Jim Furyk
Anthony Kim
Justin Leonard
Lucas Glover
Hunter Mahan

Team International

Captain- Greg Norman

Geoff Ogilvy
Vijay Singh
Camilo Villegas
Retief Goosen
Ernie Els
Angel Cabrera
Mike Weir
Robert Allenby
Y.E Yang
Tim Clark
Ryo Ishikawa
Adam Scott

So given these strong and exciting line ups who will take home the cup? Here are some facts about this years championship.
  • The 12 players in Team USA have played 32 previous President cups.
  • The 12 players in International Team have also played 32 previous Presidents Cups.
  • The world's top 3 players and 4 of the top 5 are in Team USA
  • Five of the 12 International Team players have played in 4 or more Presidents Cups and 7 have major championships on their resume
  • Team USA has 20 wins this year
  • International Team has only 6 wins in 2009
  • Team USA has won 5 previous Presidents Cups and International Team has won only 1 and both teams tied 1.
On paper Team USA looks like the team to beat but the line up for the International Team looks more combative, hostile and In-Your-Face.

Your thoughts on who will prevail ?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Tiger Woods Winning. Is It Good or Bad For The Game of Golf ?

So I was watching the 2009 PGA Tour golf season on television this year. We all know how Tiger Woods won 6 times this year after having reconstructed knee surgery last summer. And yes- he won the 2008 US OPEN the week before surgery practically on one foot. End of the 2009 season, Tiger Woods is twice as good as the number 2 player in the world. His winning percentage is 25% every time he tees it up. Last week Tiger Woods became the first sportsman to reach a net worth of 1 billion dollars. I think 14 top 10's out of 18 starts including the 6 wins would most certainly quiet the critics who asked the question if Tiger Woods will ever be the same again after the surgery.The most astonishing thing is that people are not surprised that he does all of this.

So the question I ask myself. Is it good for a sport when someone like Tiger is far more superior than its competitors? When Tiger doesn't play in a tournament the television ratings drop down by half. Is this a good thing? Some people agree and some don't.

What do you think?