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Entries in PGA Tour (12)

Thursday
Feb102011

PGA Tour Tests New Cell Phone Use Policy at AT&T Pebble

All golfers know it's long been a no-no to pull out your cell phone and use it on a golf course.  While golfing, it will slow the pace of play, and while at a golf tournament it could distract golfers and other spectators.

This week, the PGA Tour is again letting spectators use their cell phones during actual tournament rounds at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am.

This is the official release posted on the website for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am.

This year’s tournament will feature a test of mobile devices on course. Fans will be able to make cell phone calls in special calling areas on all three courses as well as follow the action online as long as they have their device on silent mode and do not use the camera function. We are confident this will enhance the spectator experience while preserving the integrity of the competition. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Ken Lovell with the PGA Tour said that It wasn't a premeditated move to do this test at the AT&T, though they are happy to conduct it there.  AT&T is the title sponsor of this Pro Am, and  AT&T's Mobility unit is headquartered in Atlanta.  This is the 5th test the PGA Tour has done with allowing cell phone use on the tournament courses and each test has yielded positive results.



Tuesday
Jan042011

Fantasy Golf - Buy, Sell, or Hold: Hyundai Tournament of Champions

No, I'm not crazy. But I do play Fantasy Golf. It's what I do after another disappointing Fantasy Football season.

And what great timing, Fantasy Golf starts up just as Fantasy Football ends. Actually the Fantasy Golf league I've been involved in for four years is just as competitive as the main football league I participate in.

Here are the basics. There are three categories of golfers for each tournament. (A,B,C) You need to select golfers from each category and there scores are added up after each round to give you a score. The A-level players are typically your Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Ernie Els types. B-levels players include players like Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan, and Tim Clark. That leaves the C-level, which consists of players playing on a sponsor's exemption or guys like Cameron Beckman and Rocco Mediate.

Many weeks, your C-level player will determine how your team fares. If you have players that miss the cut, your scores will go down.

Different teams owners look at different factors when selecting a team each week. Some like going with the hot players, some like players that play well on certain courses. Sometimes you get that "gut" feeling and just go with an off-the-wall pick. One other thing to consider is you can usually use each player in 10 events the whole season. So you can't pick Tiger, Phil, Steve Stricker and John Daly each week. Well, I'm not sure you want to pick John Daly any week, but that's another story.

This week, the PGA season tees off with the annual Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. The track this week is the Plantation Course at Kapalua, and remember this is not a full-field event. 34 golfers this week, so that can help or hurt you as the tournament progresses.

Here's the Buy, Sell, and Hold for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions:

Buy:

Geoff Ogilvy (A) - Two-time defending champ is in good form and loves playing in Hawaii.

Ernie Els (A) - Won recently in South Africa, has finished well many times here, and should be near the top this year.

Matt Kuchar (A)- One of the biggest surprises of 2010, he finished third here in 2010. He's a great putter.

Francesco Molinari (C) - You get good value with a Molinari Brother here as a C-level selection.

Sell:

Justin Rose (B) - Coming off a long layoff. The course suits him, but he might be rusty.

Derek Lamely (B) - Won the Puerto Rican Open last year to get here. He won't win this week.

Hold:

Rocco Mediate (C) - Well all root for Rocco, but do we want to start him here?

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