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Entries in PGA Tour (12)

Thursday
Jul162015

Eagles, More Eagles and War Eagle on Wednesday at Barbasol Championship

I guess you could say that a type of "bird" was the word on Wednesday at the PGA Tour's newest stop, the Barbasol Championship, being held at the Robert Trent Jones Grand National in Opelika, Alabama.

Actually around those parts, "eagle" was the world of the day.

Wednesday was the pro am and just in my casual viewership of the proceedings I saw eagles by both the amateurs and professionals. The pro am flowed like most do, and the amateurs appeared to be enjoying the round playing with the PGA pros. Not sure about some of the pros that were walking the 18 while the "ams" were comfortably riding in carts.

The 18th at the Barbasol ChampionshipIt's true, the course is in beautiful shape and Sunday afternoon, with temps hovering around the century mark, I tend to things will get real interesting.

"Eagles of another type" were seen on the course on Wednesday, specifically around the practice putting green as Auburn University students and reps brought out their school mascots and other birds of prey for the media and other patrons to take a look at. Impressive to say the least. These are eagles that soar above Auburn's football stadium on gamedays. A nice touch for the tournament to bring them out. The Southeastern Raptor Center.

"Sprit" the Bald EagleIf you heard chants of "War Eagle" on the grounds of the Barbasol on Wednesday, it's because there is a legion of Auburn golfers playing this week. Players, Blayne Barber, Patton Kizzire and Ben Schlottman will hope to ear "War Eagle" quite frequently this week as they attempt to go low.

Auburn golfers pose with the eaglesTournament information:

2015 Barbasol Championship

Dates: July 13–19, 2015
Where: Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National, Lake Course, Opelika/Auburn, Alabama
Par/Yards: 35-36--7,302, par-71
Field: 132
2014 champion: inaugural event
Purse: $3,500,000/$630,000 (winner)
FedExCup: 300 points to the winner
Format: 72-hole stroke play
Website: http://www.barbasolchampionship.com/        

A look at the 2015 Barbasol Championship
⦁    The Barbasol Championship will be the first PGA TOUR event in Alabama since the 1990 PGA Championship.
⦁    With only eight events remaining before the FedExCup Playoffs, the Barbasol Championship will play an important role in the field for the first Playoffs event at The Barclays.

Also a great media gift this week, something we can actually use. Was there any doubt what it would be.

Note: Great work by a real pro, in Bill Lang taking care of the media this week and organizing everything perfectly. It's rare for a new and first-time event to go off without a hitch, but the Barbasol Championship is heading in that direction.

Wednesday
Jul152015

PGA Tour Comes to Alabama

Great to spend the day at the newest event on the PGA Tour for 2015... the Barbasol Championship in Alabama.

Opelia/Auburn are hosting at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

Nice set up and course looks fantastic.

Wednesday
Aug142013

PGA Tour in Talks With European Tour

Interesting possibility.

Saturday
Mar052011

Unknown Kyle Stanley Leads on PGA Tour

His name is Kyle Stanley and he has played in 17 PGA Tour events and has won $313,588 in three years since turning professional in 2009, his best finish is a tie for 13th at last week’s Mayakoba Classic in Mexico, and he has played in two majors, he played his college golf at Clemson... and that’s about it.

Stanley shot a 4-under-par 66 for a 134 total, one stroke better than the infinitely better-known Rory Sabbatini, who had the day’s best round with a 6-under 64 for a 135 total on the Champion Course at PGA National Resort & Spa.

“I played well,” said Stanley, a 23-year-old from the unlikely gol hotspot of Gig Harbor, Wash., “I controlled my golf ball really well, which is what you need to do out here. And I also putted well.

“I feel like I’ve been playing well all year but haven’t quite put four good rounds together, but I’m getting better, and that’s the main thing.

I love seeing it when these young players come out of nowhere and start playing well.

 

Kyle Stanley

Tuesday
Feb222011

Fantasy Golf Buy, Sell and Hold for The Mayakoba Classic

Check out this week's AudioBoo for the Mayakoba.

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All the big names in golf are playing at the Accenture Match Play, which leaves a bunch of players that will be hungry for a win in Mexico.  That means The Mayakoba Classic in Mexico is the place to be this week for PGA Tour Fantasy Golf.

Last year's winner Cameron Beckman is in the field along with Brian Gay, David Toms and a bunch of international players.

The course is a Greg Norman designed El Camaleon Golf Club and while playing 18 holes it will test the golfers in holes that take you through mangroves, along the ocean and through a mini jungle.

Here is this week's Buy, Sell, and Hold.

Buy:

Brian Gay (A) - With only a few A-level players playing in Mexico, Brian Gay is a must start. He finished T-5 at the Bob Hope and has been playing well. Gay currently sits 31st on the money list and is looking to improve on that this week.

David Toms (B) - Toms is always dangerous is a weak field event like this one. He has two missed cuts this season, but he could turn that around in Mexico.

Jhonattan Vegas (C) - How can you not play Vegas this week? He had another good run at the Northern Trust and is very consistent, Sits fourth on the money list.

Sell:

Scott Stallings (C) - Four events in 2011 and four missed cuts.

Chad Collins (C) - He's another one o the C-level players this week you don't want to pick. Has played in six events and has four missed cuts to his credit.

Michael Sim (A) - Sim has not finished under par in any tournament so far in 2011. With a limited number of A players to pick from this week, Sim is one to pass on.

Josh Teater (B) - With four missed cuts in six events so far this year, keep this Kentucky native off your team until later in the year. He's a fine player with potential, but after missing the cut badly at the Northern Trust, don't pick him up.

Hold:

Scott Verplank (C) - Veteran Scott Verplank is a late entry into the field this week. He is trying to shake off a nasty wrist injury and make some noise in 2011. He has only played one event so far this year, but if he feels health he could have a good week. A definite hold.

Remember to listen to the AudioBoo above for the "flyer" of the week.