Michelin Championship at Las Vegas Preview

With the Tour Championship less than a month away, it’s time for many of the PGA Tour golfers to make a move.

Michelin Championship LogoThe 2005 PGA Tour season is winding down in a hurry. There are only three more events before the season-ending Tour Championship, so golfers will be trying to finish strong in hopes of qualifying. The top 30 on the PGA Tour money list will get the opportunity to play in the Tour Championship, and there are a lot of golfers on the “bubble.”

Sorenstam, Creamer and Wie Battle at Bighorn

The limited field Samsung World Championship brings together the top LPGA money earners as well as 16-year old Michelle Wie for her first professional tournament.

samsung_world_championship_logo.jpgBoth Annika Sorenstam and Paula Creamer may have to wave big flags or knock down photographers just to get some of the attention that will be showered upon Michelle Wie as she competes in her first tournament since turning professional this past week.

The Full Monty

Colin Montgomerie’s hopes of finally winning on United States soil were dashed once again after a mediocre final round.

Thrash TalkWGC-American Express Championship was an awesome event for golf! The last man standing was the best golfer in the world, Tiger Woods. Tiger defeated John Daly in a playoff after Daly three-putted from 15 feet. It was great to see two fan favorites battle it out until the very end, and it was great to see John Daly play so well alongside the big guns in the sport. Unfortunately for Big John, he three-putted twice in his last four holes to give the event to Mr. Woods. The victory was Tiger’s tenth in his World Golf Championship career.

Wie’s Impact on Business Not Wee

Nike now has the two hottest players and newsmakers in golf on staff. How will the Swoosh handle adding Michelle Wie to Tiger Woods atop its professional team?

Bag DropAs expected, Michelle Wie celebrated her 16th birthday last week by turning pro and becoming part of Nike’s stable of staff professionals. This is the most celebrated signing of a teenager with no official playing status on any of the world’s tours since Ty Tryon inked a deal with Callaway Golf in 2001.

Wie’s potential – and solid results in LPGA and PGA Tour events – suggests she won’t be ending up on the mini-tours like Tryon. But what does the near future hold for Wie, and what is the ripple effect that is being felt throughout the equipment industry?

Volume Thirty

This week’s links are brought to you by Carl Spackler. Enjoy.

Hittin' the LinksWell, it’s almost upon us. The pinnacle of my golf season will arrive on Saturday. It’s the point in my year where I must summon the golf gods and hope that they cast good fortunes my way. That’s right, it’s almost time for the Newport Cup. It should be a ton of fun. Hopefully all the rust and dust that has gathered will be forgotten when I take my first swing.

I’m sure there will be updates, but for now, here’s the links. Oh, and don’t forget to root for the red team!

Woods Shows Wie the Way to Winning

Tiger Woods wins in the worst way – with a John Daly three-putt – for his 10th of 19 WGC events.

Tiger Woods at Harding ParkFive days after Michelle Wie turns pro, Tiger Woods shows her the way to true fame, admiration, and status: by winning golf tournaments. The youngster has won but one major competition – the 2003 U.S. Women’s Public Links Championship – to go along with several disappointing finishes in LPGA events and missed cuts on the PGA Tour.

Tiger, who with this win has taken more than half of the WGC events (10 of 19) and four WGC-AmEx championships, seizes career victory number 46 and puts himself in a place where he can record the all-time season high in earnings with a win at the Tour Championship. If he wins, his $11.13M will top Vijay Singh’s $10.9M 2004 season.

Perrot Perseveres at Longs Drugs Challenge

Nicole Perrot is yet another first-time winner on the LPGA Tour this year taking home the trophy at the Longs Drugs Challenge.

A one-stroke victory over South Korean Hee-Won Han was all Nicole Perrot needed yesterday to secure her first win on the LPGA Tour. Nerves were rattling as the three-stroke lead Perrot had heading into the final round swiftly faded with multiple bogeys on the front nine of the 6,204-yard Ridge Golf Course.

As Perrot’s lead was slipping Han threw out birdies on holes five, six and seven showing the 21-year-old Chilean that she was ready for a good challenge. But golf is an unusual game. You can’t tell who the winner will be until the final putt rolls into the 18th hole. So goes the story of Perrot and Han. After her early back-to-back birdies Han recorded pars on her final eleven holes. Perrot battled back with three final birdies, enough to stop last week’s Office Depot winner from claiming a victory just one week after securing the trophy at the Office Depot Champioonship.

Gordon Seliga, Golf Course Superintendent

Golf is a game of chance; the golf course shouldn’t be perfect lies all the time, that’s boring. I think the element of chance and variety offers a lot to the game.

Throwing Darts TitleProfessional golfers get all the glory. They are the ones written about and watched weekly on television. We know their names, their stats, their ups and downs. But what about the people who operate behind the scenes? It’s not often that we get a peek into the daily lives of those who have chosen a career in the golf industry.

This interview column is dedicated to the people who grind it out daily but not necessarily out of a sand trap. Whether it be a course superintendent of a local country club or the head of a major corporation I hope to be able to delve into the lives of those who make a difference but are rarely in the public eye.

This week’s interview is with Gordon Seliga, Golf Course Superintendent of Lake View Country Club. Enjoy!

Speeding Up Play, Part 2 of 2

Slow play drives everyone nuts, but everyone is responsible for slow play. Odds are, there are ways you too could speed up your play. This is part two of a two-part series.

Trap Five LogoLast week, we examined five ways to speed up play. This week, we’re continuing the series with the second of two parts on picking up the pace.

As we said last week, a round of golf should not take five hours to complete, despite what you may tell your significant others. This week’s top five list: five more ways to speed up play.