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  • Should Tiger and Paddy Have Been Put on the Clock?

    10 Aug 2009

    By Stephanie Wei

    Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

    Say it ain’t so! Tiger Woods won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and called out rules official John Paramor.

    Tiger and Padraig Harrington were coming down the stretch in the final round. Through fifteen holes, Paddy was leading by one stroke. On the sixteenth tee, Paramor put the pair on the clock because they were out of position. Yep, seriously.

    In Tiger’s post-round interview, he repeatedly made it clear that he was unhappy with Paramor’s decision and blamed him for interrupting what had been a thrilling match.

    “Like I was telling [Harrington] out there, I’m sorry that John got in the way of a great battle because it was such a great battle for 16 holes, and we’re going at it head-to-head, and unfortunately that happened.”

    And he said the ruling was the reason why Paddy carded a triple-bogey 8 on the hole and ultimately lost.

    “I don’t think that Paddy would have hit the pitch shot that way if he was able to take his time, look at it, analyze it, but he was on the clock, had to get up there quickly and hit it — Yeah, and hit it in the water.”

    In case you missed it, long story short — Paddy drove it in the right trees, punched out to the rough on the edge of a fairway bunker and then overshot the green on his approach. Tiger is referring to the next shot, where Paddy pitched it into the water hazard.

    I’m not a fan of slow play. In fact, it might be one of my biggest pet peeves. But it’s a different story when the final group is coming down the stretch in the final round. Especially because the sixteenth hole turned out to be the dealbreaker, so to speak. The pair was warned on the 6th hole as well, which is understandable. The third to last hole, though? Gimme a freakin’ break! Sure, rules are rules. But officials have discretion to make these calls as they see fit. In this scenario, let them play.

    When was the last time you heard Tiger sound off this vehemently about anything? Kudos to him for expressing his disapproval. Rules officials were even brought into the media center to defend Paramor’s decision. Whatever. It was the wrong call. Paddy didn’t attribute it to his meltdown (I’m not saying he choked). He took responsibility, but mentioned he felt rushed. That should not happen to a player in the final group, who is leading, no less — even if he is professional. As a bit of an aside, Tiger was also a gracious winner, repeatedly commending Paddy for his stellar play.

    Perhaps Tiger speaking out about it will affect how they handle such situations in the future. After all, he is Tiger Woods.

  • NASAgolfer Gets His Trophy

    09 Aug 2009

    Here is a photo of NASAgolfer, winner of the Virtual U.S. Open 2009, and his engraved trophy from the USGA!

  • August Tournaments

    06 Aug 2009

    August tournaments have begun! Check the Tournament Calendar for the full schedule of monthly and weekly events. Highlights include new weekly stroke play and closest-to-the-hole challenges, and a tierless International Open.

    Also in August are four more chances to win trips to Pinehurst Resort. Be sure to participate in the PVP Open and the two PVP Sweepstakes. Don't miss these opportunities to enjoy a vacation at one of the best golf resorts in the world and chances to play with or against Fred Couples or Nick Faldo. Congratulations to kraneburg, winner of the July 1-14 (#3) sweeps drawing, and sabbath270 and JALAII, winners of the July PVP Open.

    There are two more premium tournaments coming up soon that will run through September, so keep an eye out for them!

  • Scheduled Downtime 8/5/09

    05 Aug 2009

    We are performing database maintenance tonight starting at 11PM, and expect the site to be down for 6-8 hours. This is system maintenance and not a product update, so there are no new features being deployed.

  • Winner Profile - JReitzel: What’s in their bag?

    04 Aug 2009

    Hi everyone, this is the first of a new blog series profiling the clubs in our winners' bags! JReitzel is the hack tier winner of the Week 30 18-hole Stroke Play Tournament. What’s in his bag?

    • PING G10 Pro 9.5° Driver
    • PING G10 Pro 3 Fairway Wood
    • PING G10 Pro 3 Hybrid 21° (Steel)
    • PING G10 Iron Set (Steel)
    • PING Tour W Pro 54° Wedge
    • PING Tour W Pro 60° Wedge
    • PING iWi Anser Series Putter
    • WGT GI-D golf balls
  • Tiger Wins the Buick Open and We're All Shocked

    02 Aug 2009

    By Stephanie Wei

    Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    Tiger won the 51st and last Buick Open by three shots over Roland Thatcher, John Senden and Greg Chalmers. He fired three-under-par 69 for a 72 hole total of 20-under-par on the way to his 69th career win. Yada, yada, yada…a bunch of relative unknowns rounded up the top ten, including a guy named Brian Vranesh. Has anyone heard of him? I don’t think I’ve ever said his name before.

    I could have written this headline last night and I was tempted to — as a joke.

    It almost looked like Tiger was bored. I mean, I was falling asleep while I watched. He had three birdies and fifteen pars. He continued to struggle from the tee, hitting about 53% of the fairways for the week. But per usual he scrambled his way to the winner’s circle. (Lest we forget, he has a lot of practice playing from the trees.) Oh, the putter was working for him, though. We also had the unique opportunity of seeing the CBS commentators analyze his swing via “Swing Vision” at least two dozen times.

    I wish Tiger could have made a few more birdies just to make it a tad exciting. Or perhaps some of the others could have made a better run. I know the rest of the field didn’t technically “give up,” but everyone knows Tiger rarely blows leads going into the final day.

    The exciting part of the day came from the loud cheers of the enthusiastic fans. The scenes on the final two holes were pretty incredible. On the 17th, the crowd chanted, “Let’s Go Tiger!” They waved signs, such as “Buick Open: One More Year.” It just shows how much the tournament means to the local community. It really is a shame GM can no longer afford to keep their sponsorship. As Tiger walked up to the 18th green, the stampede flooded the fairway. After he putted out, he tossed his ball into the gallery that had gathered behind him.

    It was really classy he decided to play in the Buick — it gave the fans a lasting memory as they bade farewell to the longstanding and cherished tour stop.

    So Tiger has win a fourth win in ‘09 under his belt. He is still “struggling,” though — I hope he wins the PGA Championship so critics will stop saying he’s not as dominant as he used to be. It’s funny; I never used to be this supportive of Tiger until people started doubting him this season. Maybe I just like to play devil’s advocate.

  • Community Tips

    28 Jul 2009

    It's time for some more game tips from our helpful community players!

  • One Week Left to Play July Tournaments

    24 Jul 2009

    Summer is going by fast... there is only one week left to play the July tournaments! If we could choose one tournament to play, it would be the July People v Pros Sweepstakes. With fewer than 100 people entered, your chances are great for winning the dream vacation to Pinehurst where you get to play golf with Fred Couples or Nick Faldo!

  • June People v Pros Champions

    21 Jul 2009

    Congratulations to jbart99 and nivlac for winning the June People v The Pros Open! Also congratulations to myft5 and SandyMcMandy for winning the June 1-14 and June 15-30 People v The Pros Sweepstakes drawings! They will all meet up at Pinehurst Resort in October for an unforgettable golf getaway. There is still plenty of opportunity to win these great trips, with two spots to compete for in the July People vs the Pros Open and two sweepstakes drawings this month in the People vs The Pros Sweepstakes.

  • Pictures from the Tahoe Celebrity Golf Week

    18 Jul 2009

    A couple of us from WGT had the chance to go to this week's American Century Championship, and here are some pictures we took!

    Charles Barkley

    Ray Romano

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