Monday, October 31, 2005

Tom and Becky's Wedding

Our friends Tom and Becky got married at Chrissy Field in SF this weekend. And since it was sort of a Halloween Wedding, there was a dress up theme. Everyone was to wear purple, silver, and/or white. It made for one of the most interesting weddings i've ever attended.

Davin was Prince down on his luck (photo by Jeff M.)

The views were decent (photo by Jeff M.)

The purple witnesses (and Santa?) (photo by Jeff M.)

The happy bride and groom (photo by Jeff M.)

Monday, October 24, 2005

How safe is your neighborhood

If you live in the city, this is pretty interesting..

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Bill O'Reilly on the Daily Show tonite

Should make for some good TV. Remember Tucker?

Sunday, October 09, 2005

WOW! What a championship!

Not only was it great to see this tournament live on my home course, but this turned out to be one of the most dramatic tournaments of the year. I gotta feel for John Daly, however. Us amateurs have all missed that short 3 footer for all the glory... just not $550,000 worth of glory. AND, props goes out to Tiger Woods (my pick, BTW :D), for pulling off the victory. His success with his driver, which was his nemesis last year, was the biggest reason for his victory.

Again, seeing the tournament live this week (i went thursday, saturday and sunday) was a real treat. The course was amazing and was getting huge props by the media and players. And the crowds were huge! I'm gonna try and get out next week and play the course.

We spent a lot of time on hole 7, the short par 4, watching player attempt to drive the green. The highlight, however, was Sergio's approach shot from about 110 yds. We were there watching it as the ball landed 3 feet passed the cup, and then spun back and went in the hole! The crowd went nuts.

And whats super cool, is if you watch the highlight, you can here me yell "Get In!" right before the ball lands.

You can see the clip here:

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Amex Championship Update!!

Wednesday Practice Day:

Well my quest to find John Daly on Wednesday was a failure. I just missed him coming off the green on 18. It's Ok, because we followed him on quite a few holes on Thursday.

I did manage to catch some other great golfers practice however. Davis Love, Ben Crane, Stewart Cink and Sean O'Hare got some quality practice time in together. And I was there to capture the Love... Davis Love that is:

Davis Love III

I also caught up with Phil Mickelson who was practicing with David Toms. Stuart Appleby was by himself in front of them until hole 10, where they were kind enough to let him join them:

David Toms, Phil Mickelson, Stuart Appleby

I also observed Sergio, since I picked him in my pool. He was hitting the ball pretty solid and so far he's turned out to be a good pick. Vijay hit a huge drive on #1 and was about 60 yds out. I've hit a 'huge' drive on #1 before, and i was 150 yds out.

Finally, I've been watching the Big Break IV, USA vs. Europe. I like this show because its kind of like a mix between Survivor and the Surreal Life. These guys haven't quite made it to the pga tour ranks, but you gotta hand it to them, they're working their butts off for very little, and the pressure of the show can only help them with their professional careers. So anyways, I saw Eduardo from the show. He was caddying for Angle Cabrera. I wanted to ask him who won, but he was quite busy fixing Angel's divots and doing caddy things. I'd like to see him win, he seems like a good guy.. or TJ.

Eduardo (right) from the Big Break IV

Thursday, First Round Action

I've come to the conclusion that golf is the only sport where the fans get more exercise than the athletes. Myself and some friends were all over the place today following different groups. We watched Tiger, Phil, Daly, Vijay, Couples, etc. and went back and forth, hole to hole. It was really fun though. There are some great holes to watch some of the action, like from the tee on 11, where you can see the approach on 10 also.

Of course it was a beautiful day again, and the crowds were big. But not too bad. And the course was showing a little more of its teeth. They definitely had the pins tucked in tight, and the rough was getting the best of many.

My pick so far is Tiger. He just looks comfortable on the course. As long as his putter behaves, he's got it wrapped up.. I don't think Monty will hang thru Sunday.

I'm taking the day off from the tournament tomorrow to relax and do some work. I'll be back Saturday for another report.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Amex Tuesday Practice Round Report

It was a BEAUTIFUL morning at Harding Park Golf Course. The grass was wet, but the sun was out.

View of the course from the other side of Lake Merced.
You can see the 18th tee to the 18th green.

We got there early, at about 8am, and of course Tiger had already tee'd off. We caught up to him at hole 9. Hole 9, for us amateurs, is a par 5, 475 yds. Tiger hit a great tee shot and his approach shot was about 130 out. geesh.

Tiger and Kenny Perry walking up to the 9th green.


Watching Tiger practice was an interesting experience. His clubface makes a sound us amatuers can never make when he strikes the ball. And, I think the Bay Area loves him as he had quite a crowd following him... here's a quote from today:

"We haven't played (in San Francisco) since the (1998) U.S. Open, and that was an absolute zoo here. Look at Tuesday morning, and people are out here already." - Tiger Woods

View up 18th fairway and the crowds to watch Tiger practice

Overall, my predictions so far, are that the pro's are going to eat this course up. Granted, the course is in immaculate shape, the rough is high and sticky, and the greens will be firm. But without that cool, stiff, San Francisco breeze, my prediction is 12 under par as the 72 hole winning score.

Tomorrow, more pics. Looking for big John Daly.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Amex Championship this week!

Just got back from a great weekend at Big Sur.

The American Express World Golf Championships start tomorrow. Got tickets about a year ago, so I've really been looking forward to this. Gonna do some crazy work hours this week so I can fit this into my schedule. Check back here for updates as I report on what's bound to be a brilliant week of golf.