Sunday, July 27, 2014

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

By Gregory Crawford---COO of Kiyokakwa Crawford Sports Management and TV, Print and Radio Golf Analyst ----- on twitter @wchoops and @kcsportsmgmt

LPGA----Tomorrow, I will once again have the honor of playing in the annual "Big Swing", which is the media day for the annual LPGA stop in Portland, Oregon, which will take place this year August 25th-31st at the world famous Columbia Edgewater CC in North Portland.

The Portland stop is really popular each year because of the area's great weather, the superb condition of the golf course and last, but not least the management group for the tournament, Tournament Golf Foundation (TGF).

TGF has been doing this for 43 years, as Portland is the longest running non-major on the LPGA Tour. Later this week, we will be giving you more detail about TGF, as they never can get enough credit for the job they do in bringing golf to Oregon/SW Washington, not only golf, but perhaps Oregon's greatest continual sporting event.

LPGA---Speaking of the LPGA it is one of the hottest sports properties in the world right now, being run superbly by its commissioner Mike Whan. But with success sometimes comes growth confusion. This week's International event, will eventually be good for golf, but when the TV crew has constant trouble explaining the format, there is work to be done. At least I watch and care, but this event has some real potential, once everyone is able to figure out a complicated scoring system.

David Ogrin---- Just in case you have not listened to the CO Golf Show, tonight would be a great night to start. David Ogrin is a great golf analysis who brings a perspective to the show that is unmatched anywhere in the golf media. To listen tonight at 9:00 PDT or midnight EDT, the link is and it changes each week,

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

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

By Gregory Crawford---TV, Radio and Print Golf Analysis and COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management,  twitter @wchoops and @crawssportsbiz

The Open----With the completion of another Open, it really is hard to believe that Sergio Garcia is now on a 15 year drought without winning a major championship and that Tiger Woods is on a six year drought with no major titles.

It is also hard to believe that Rickie Fowler does not win more tournaments. He is one athlete today that everyone can root for, no questions asked. Fowler conducts himself in a manner we can all appreciate and especially the fact he has a long history of honoring the game of golf and its strong traditions. We also in fairness have to brace ourselves that he might always going to be a top flight player, but perhaps not the super star that we all can hope he might still become someday.

Tiger Woods--- The talk has begun in earnest. Should Tiger Woods be on the 2014 United States Ryder Cup team. Of course the added steam to this question is that Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson and Tiger have always had a frosty relationship, even though it is often denied.

My retort on this. There is no way you can leave Tiger Woods off of the Ryder Cup team. He has to be on that team, as does Phil Mickelson. I am sorry, but it will probably leave some even more deserving players off the team, but deal with it. Woods and Mickelson deserve to be there, no questions asked.

Every Sunday night at 9,10,11 and midnight in all time zones, please listen to the CO Golf Show, with David Ogrin and Gregory Crawford, to listen on Sunday night, July 20th,

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Crawford's Golf Daily, For July 6th, 2014

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

Fred Meyer Challenge--- I am proud to call the state of Oregon my birthplace and my continued residence. Oregon is a small state, heck even as much as the Portland, Oregon area is growing, we still have only basketball and soccer as our major league sports.

But during the period of 1986-2002, oh did we have the major leagues in Portland every August. In 1986, professional golfer and Oregon native Peter Jacobsen along with his team of people brought us the Fred Meyer Challenge and not even arguably for many it was the state of Oregon's greatest sporting event ever and continues to be.

The two-man best ball format featured these players over the years, the greatest group of athletes ever assembled in the state. How about being able to watch,

Jack Nicklaus
Arnold Palmer
Gary Player
Ben Crenshaw
Greg Norman
Tom Kite
John Cook
John Daly
Lanny Wadkins
Payne Stewart
Paul Azinger
John Cook
Mark O'Meara
Curtis Strange

Even if you despise golf, you have to respect the fact that with so many major champions in the Fred Meyer Challenge field, it quite easily could be Oregon's greatest sporting event ever. I vote for it, number 1. How about you? Please comment in the comment section so everyone can read your great thoughts.

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Crawford's Golf Daily, For July 5th, 2014

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

Attention Golf Community---We can get along, so can we all just play the right set of tees, please.

Last week on four separate golf courses, I intently observed four different groups who in no way should have been playing the championship tees, but chose to do so. Several members of each group were not able to hit their tee ball past the forward tees.

All of us who love golf need to take some responsibility---- from the individual golfer, to the pro shop, to the starters, to other golfers on the course. Get on the right set of tees for your game. Heck, it is not even one bit embarrassing to play the forward tees, they are not reserved for anyone actually, men or women.

Golf needs to be fun, not torture. And if you think you are really good, you probably are not as good as you think. Don't let your ego get in the way of having fun and making golf a great experience for everyone.

Starting today, get on the right set of tees for the way you play. If you are not sure, there is no two-stroke penalty for asking.

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