Grand Slam of Golf Preview

The 2005 major championship winners, along with Vijay Singh, do battle in Hawaii.

PGA Grand Slam of Golf LogoOne of the many perks of winning a major championship on the PGA Tour is getting the opportunity to play in Hawaii at season’s end against the other major championship winners. The golfers get to showcase their respective talents on national television in a two-day event. The four men will play 36 holes over the two days, and the winner will walk away $400,000 richer.

There is no better place to start than at the top, and that is Tiger Woods. Woods is scheduled to play in the Grand Slam of Golf, but an ankle injury may force him out of the event. Woods has had the injury for about a month, and the cold weather in Japan this past week made it worse. As of now, Woods is still in the four-man field, and we will update you if there are any changes. For now, let’s assume Tiger will be playing.

Winterizing Your Clubs

Like it or not, Old Man Winter is next on the tee for northern golfers. Here’s some help for getting your clubs ready for the off-season.

Bag DropIf you’re reading this in the Sunbelt of the United States, or anywhere else in the world where the weather’s good enough to tee it up year-round, you can sit this one out. (You lucky so-and-so.) This week’s edition of The Bag Drop is all about how to get your clubs ready for a long winter’s nap.

That’s right, those of us in the North are coming to the realization that the golf season is either fading fast or already gone. But before your forced hibernation begins, be sure you show your clubs some love so they’re ready when Mother Nature is in the spring.

Volume Thirty-Six

Hopefully these links will give you an appetite for Turkey Day!

Hittin' the LinksHas anyone had a chance to play any golf lately? I haven’t played at all. In fact, I’m beginning to plan my Christmas list and it needs to have a bunch of golf equipment. Does anyone have any recommendations of new and hot equipment I should add to my list? Leave it in the comments.

Now, on to the links.

Sorenstam Claims Fourth ADT Victory

Annika Sorenstam’s 2005 LPGA tour season ends the same way it started… with a victory, what else!

Annika Sorenstam at the 2005 ADTI have often wondered whether or not Tiger Woods is human or some sort of alien by the way he crushes his competition and lays claim year after year to the number-one spot on the PGA Tour. Even when he struggles Woods finds a way to win just as he did in Japan this weekend.

Now I’m beginning to speculate similar thoughts about Annika Sorenstam.

The men on the PGA tour have said they needed to elevate their game to keep up with Woods. Will the women make the same commitment as their male counterparts next season? Even Paula Creamer, number-two on the Official Money List, will have to try much harder to topple Annika off her perch. The “Pink Panther” is $1 million behind the dominant Swede even after a stellar rookie season.

Tiger Defends Dunlop, Defeats Duval

A hobbled Tiger Woods won his second straight Dunlop Phoenix Open in Japan, but in dramatic fashion as it took him four playoff holes.

Tiger Woods in JapanDavid Duval – yes, the very same David Duval I implored to just go home earlier this year before he missed all but one cut on the 2005 PGA Tour, was the first-round leader with a 64. After three days, he was within two shots of the lead. But in the end, it was the same old story: Tiger Woods the winner, Duval, a final-round 75.

Tiger Woods didn’t do it easily, though. He was taken to the limit by Japan’s Kaname Yokoo before birdieing the fourth playoff hole to defend his title in the $1.7M event. Woods reached the par-5 18th, the fourth playoff hole, and two-putted for the birdie while Yokoo missed a 12-footer to extend the match. On the first playoff hole, Woods saved a par but twisted his ankle on his tee shot. He limped through the remaining playoff holes, but managed to birdie all three of them.

Episode 004

Tune in this week as we bash Natalie Gulbis’ dad, call Annika Sorenstam a dirty cheat,

PodcastIt’s here! The fourth episode of our podcast is now available. You can subscribe to the RSS feed for our podcasts here or download Episode 004 as an MP3 file. For those who want to subscribe to us in iTunes, click here.

This week, we hand out end-of-year grades to Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Danielle Aimee, Charles Howell III, and many more golfers. We talk about feel-good stories and guys who don’t care who wins a PGA Tour event. For this week’s Show Notes – links to articles we discuss in the show and additional information – just read on.

Annika Sorenstam

The most dominant woman golfer of our day, Annika Sorenstam is enjoying her best years on the LPGA Tour.

ProFilesIt’s pretty hard to argue that Annika Sorenstam is anything less than the most dominant woman in sports. She has been at the top of her sport since she joined the LPGA Tour in 1995. She stacked win upon win again in 2005, finishing the season with an astounding nine-win season. She has won more than eight tournaments in a season four different times. The last six years in particular she has owned the LPGA tour win column. Since 2000 Annika hasn’t won any less than five tournaments per year. The little blond from Sweden is a fierce competitor and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. Sand Trap staff member Stacy Solomon recently featured the dominant Swede in Annika Sorenstam’s “Vision 54.” Here are some more thoughts on the most dominant of women golfers.

PeakVision Sports Glasses Review

PeakVision Sports is making a big name for itself with a line of golf- specific sunglasses. Our verdict: The company has a bright future.

PeakVision LogoYou might have noticed that an increasing number of Tour pros wearing sunglasses during their rounds. And you might also have noticed that most of those shade-sporting players tend to take off their sunglasses around the greens.

PeakVision Sports is trying to change that. The company has a unique line of golf-specific sunglasses that are supposed to improve your vision from tee to green – and even help you see the contours of the putting surface better than without sunglasses. Longtime Tour players like Billy Andrade and Bruce Fleisher have been wearing the shades on Tour this year and have become enthusiastic spokesmen for the product.

Fellow Sand Trapper Jeff Smith and I have had a chance to try out PeakVision Sports glasses for the last couple months. Did they turn us into putting masters? Read on and find out.

Controversy Surrounds Sorenstam, Creamer @ ADT

Controversy surrounds Annika Sorenstam’s tee shot on the 18th in the first round of the ADT Championship.

ADT Championship LogoControversy – and a 30-minute discussion on the 18th hole – surrounded Annika Sorenstam’s tee shot on the 18th hole at the end of her first round in the ADT Championship today. After hitting the ball in a bunker inside a marked lateral water hazard, Sorenstam was given a drop near the back edge of the bunker and hit the green with her third shot. Paula Creamer, Sorenstam’s playing competitor and Kay Cockerill, on-course commentator for The Golf Channel, disagreed. They contended that the ball never crossed the hazard line. If that were true, Sorenstam would most likely return to the tee to hit her third shot.