Sunday, April 27, 2014

Crawford's Golf Daily, For April 27th, 2014

By Gregory Crawford---TV, Radio and Print Golf Analyst  On twitter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz

Joe Buck and Greg Norman--- As a golf and sports TV fan, were you excited to learn this week that Joe Buck and Greg Norman will be the lead announcers for Fox's USGA golf coverage beginning in 2015. After a long run by NBC, Fox Sports takes over the USGA telecasts in 2015.

Buck of course is great at whatever he does, so it should be smooth for him. As for Norman, it will be interesting to see how he does. Known to be outspoken and telecasting events that are run by a very conservative organization, the United State Golf Association, just how much leeway he gets, will be interesting to watch and hear.

Fox Sports plans to telecast four USGA events in 2015, besides the U.S. Open, the U.S. Men's Amateur, the Senior Open and U.S. Women's Open. Of course their very first telecast will be from Chambers Bay in June of 2015.

What do you think about all of this? Do you like Norman as a choice, or would you rather see someone else doing the work?

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Crawford's Golf Daily, For April 20th, 2014

By Gregory Crawford---TV, Print and Radio Golf Analyst---twitter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz

Michelle Wie---It is obvious we are seeing the true growing up of Michelle Wie. With her win yesterday, we have to expect more during the 2014 LPGA season. I first saw Michelle Wie at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in the 2003 U.S. Women's Open and there was no question about the ability she had, but it was all about how she was going to handle the future.

That was 11 years past, the future has not been the greatest for Wie, but that appears now to be all behind her. Michelle Wie is a classy person, I think the whole world is going to get behind her to be a big time star on the LPGA Tour.

We do have to admit that her thinking at one time of playing on the PGA Tour, might have really messed up her golf swing for a long time, as she had to add distance.

That once again was a bad part of the future, but you would have to think still at the age of 24,  Wie has one bright future ahead of her.

Miguel Angel Jimenez---This guy is a true international sports star. He wins all around the world and today became the 18th player on the Champions Tour to win in their debut on the Tour. The Gwinnett Championship had a great field and Jimenez dominated that field.

Now he has some tough choices to make. Does he stay in the states or go back to Europe to try and make the 2014 European Ryder Cup team.

If he does not play regularly on the Champions Tour, it will be a huge loss for golf fans in the United States. The guy is a star, a really true international sports star.

Matt Kuchar---How can you not root for Matt Kuchar, the winner today in the RBC Heritage Classic.

He is a great golfer and class person, who is a certain Hall of Famer down the road. He does need to win a major however and he has to be a strong contender at Pinehurst, where Kuchar one of the great short game players in all of golf can succeed.

Lanny Wadkins---Wadkins in the king of commentators when it comes to learning about golf and strategy. Wadkins once again was at his best this weekend for the Champions Tour event in Georgia.

He tells you just enough, without overdoing it. So the next time he is on a telecast, pay attention, because you sure will learn much from him.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Crawfords Golf Daily, For April 19th, 2014

By Gregory Crawford---TV, Print and Radio Golf Analyst @wchoops @crawssportsbiz

Masters Cleanup---- 1. Interesting to note, that six of the last 12 Masters' winners have been left handed. Is it meaningless trivia, or a great statistical fact about one of the world's greatest golf courses.

2. If Bubba wins one more Masters, which he probably will, he will go down with some of the great one namers in the history of sports. Wilt, Russ, Michael, Magic, Pele, Tiger, LeBron and perhaps the biggest one namer of all time Babe.

3. Is Bubba now the favorite to win the U.S. Open, which will be played at the historic Pinehurst No. 2 course ?

4. There is no question, as I have documented many times before, that Jordan Spieth is going to be a big time super star in golf. I often wondered last Saturday, if Spieth would have had a more experienced caddy on the bag, would he not have won. He needed someone at 20 years of age, to cool him down and take charge, as many great caddies can do.

5. Interesting to note that CBS did not show any of the ice damage which took place with the awful February ice storm that hit many parts of Georgia. Not sure with CBS as well, that they realize how much longer they can go with Jim Nantz as their lead announcer. Nantz has gone from boring to totally dull.

6. Nantz's work only enhances more the work of Dan Hicks at NBC on golf. Hicks when you consider every booth talent in golf, is without question the best in the biz right now.

7. Is it about time the Masters' TV coverage went to Turner Broadcasting, a natural move with both great sports entities being in Georgia. CBS has had it way too long and their coverage is getting stale.

8. Overall, it probably was one of the most boring Masters of all time, not even considering the fact Tiger was not there and Phil missed the cut. But the great thing, we will all be watching next April again.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Crawford's Golf Daily, for April 12th, 2014

By Gregory Crawford----TV, Print and Radio Golf Analyst @wchoops @crawssportsbiz

Bubba---Bubba Watson is really popular with golf fans. He obviously is in great shape as the weekend starts to win his second Masters green jacket in the last three years, winning in dramatic fashion in 2012.

I for one will not be as excited about a Watson win, unless it would be Tom Watson. In my opinion Bubba kind of dissed the game of golf and its fans after winning the Masters in 2012. After his victory, he played very little the rest of year, sighting family reasons. Bubba forgot he was a professional golfer and forgot that he owed it to the fans to get out there and let everyone celebrate his great fete of winning his first major.

I am also a believer in you honor the game of golf. In 2012, Bubba did just the opposite. So Bubba if you win this year, let the fans celebrate with you, by playing more than you did in 2012 following your great victory. It would do wonders to help your image with me and many others, as to how you treat and respect the game of golf.

Future Stars---It is no surprise that  future golf super-stars, Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker are in the top ten of the Masters leaderboard heading to the weekend and very easily could win the 2014 Masters.

As I have stated before, I honestly feel at the age of 20 and already a star on the Tour, Spieth will break every record of Nicklaus and Woods, before his career on the Tour is over. He really is that good and will be good for a long time, providing he avoids serious injury.

Augusta National---Everyone loves to talk about Amen Corner at the Masters, but we often forget holes 10 and 11, are so strategic and wonderful par-4 golf holes, with great emphasis on the drive, extremely tough putting surfaces and the fact they can create heavy mental damage on any players, who starts his second nine, especially on Saturday and Sunday at Augusta.

As a golf fan, I would really pay attention to who plays well on these holes, cause that person is more than likely going to be your winner come Sunday evening.

Lexi Thompson---It would be pretty exciting, if Lexi Thompson parlayed her major win last week at the Kraft Nabisco on the LPGA Tour, into four to five more victories this year. No matter how you cut it, the Tour for the most part is dominated by international stars and very few Americans have stepped up to challenge, outside of Stacy Lewis.

Another words, the LPGA is starved for an American super star. Lexi, the golf ball is in your hands at present, let's see what you do with it.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Crawford's Golf Daily, for April 6th, 2014

By Gregory Crawford----TV, Print and Radio Golf Analyst @wchoops @crawssportsbiz

Matt Kuchar----After the stunning loss by Matt Kuchar today in a playoff with Matt Jones at the Shell Houston Open, can you take Kuchar out of one the favorites pack at this week's Masters. I say so, as this was a stunner, after Kuchar has a big lead at times during the tournament and is a seasoned enough veteran to keep that lead.

If you are looking for somewhat of dark horse to win the Masters, go with Jason Day, who always seems to come up big in major championships.

Lexi Thompson---Congrats to the 19 year old star on winning her fourth LPGA title today, this one is the big one, the Kraft Nabisco, the first LPGA major of 2014, with four more to follow.

Thompson now will most certainly take the title as the next women's super star to come along, having won before, but there is just something special about a first major.

Portland Classic----The oldest consecutive non-major championship on the LPGA Tour seems to be in a state of flux at present. The event is to be played on August 28th-31st, but as of today has no title sponsor and no golf course.

There has been some buzz this past week that the world famous group that runs the event, Tournament Golf Foundation is close to getting a sponsor, but everyone is silent at this time. Obviously after getting a sponsor wrapped up the next move it secure a golf course. Last year, the event which for 17 years was known as the Safeway Classic, moved back to Columbia Edgewater. The previous four years, the Safeway Classic was held at the world famous Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Ghost Creek course.

This is a tremendous event for the state of Oregon/SW Washington sports and it needs stability, needs it quick. Here is hoping for a long term commitment from a title sponsor and at the same time a return to the iconic North Portland, Columbia Edgewater course. Standby, we will be all over this story in the coming weeks.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Crawford's Golf Daily, for April 5th, 2014

By Gregory Crawford, TV, Radio and Print Golf Analyst, @wchoops @crawssportsbiz

I am proud to say that I work around women all the time, they will all tell you I am respectful and do not make inappropriate comments ever.

With that said, why is everyone so upset that Paulina Gretzky is going to be on the cover of Golf Digest. Yes, women's golf gets short changed my many, including the media, but the LPGA has never gotten so much attention in years as it got this past week.

You have to look at the bright side, everyone is talking about the LPGA, which needs to happen. I also realize that Paulina Gretzky is not a member of the LPGA, but she has pretty famous father and she is also the fiancee of popular professional golfer Dustin Johnson.

Everyone needs to relax. I did not see the level of upset about three years past when Paula Creamer did a pretty sexy photo shoot for Golfweek.

When I go to an LPGA event, I go to watch the golf and excitement of a terrific sporting event. I have never missed the 43 years of the LPGA event in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. Yes, some men, it is obvious are just out there to watch beauty and bodies. Such is life, it will never end, this great relationship between men and women.

So let's all chill in the golf community. We have a lot bigger issues, like growing the game and making it accessible to women and men. Golf is cool and that is what we should be thinking about. Bring on the Golf Digest cover and forever let's respect the LPGA.

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