Monthly Archives: November 2013

Henrik Stenson on the top of the world

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Jumeirah Golf Estate, Dubai.
After 72 exciting holes the 2013 Race to Dubai has come to an end.

Our congratulations and admiration go to Henrik Stenson, who achieves the supremacy in the European Tour with 263 strokes (-25 for the tournament: 68-64-67-64).

Great players’ efforts like Luke Donald’s, Lee Westwood’s, Justin Rose’s, Rory McIlroy’s and Ian Poulter’s didn’t succeed: Poulter can’t do anything else but establish himself in the 2nd place, six strokes from the Swede.
Let’s give some numbers: only two bogeys during the four days (18, first round and 10, third round), 25 birdies and one eagle on the last hole of the whole season.

This extraordinary performance is the right crowning achievement of an impressing year for Stenson, who decided to equally divide his time between European and PGA Tours (with 17 and 18 events played respectively), reaching amazing results in both Tours.
Counting only the top places:
_ Shell Houston Open: 2°;
_ Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open: 3°;
_ WGC – Bridgestone Invitational: 2°;
_ Deutsche Bank Championship: 1°;
_ TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola: 1°;

But, as the PGA Tour website emphasizes,  with today’s victory Henrik Stenson becomes the holder of another very important record: he is the first player to achieve the top of the order of merit not only in Europe, but also in the USA.
With his 9th place in the 2013 FedExCup ranking, after the 18 events played, the play-offs give Stenson the chance to snatch the 1st place from Tiger Woods, another leading figure of the PGA season with five victories.

It is not right to finish with Woods, however.
The only, true protagonist of the entire 2013 world golf season is Henrik Stenson, the new no.3 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

A Big Day for Nashville: CMA Awards kicked off by Country star Luke Bryan

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Wednesday 11/6 at 6 am: the intersection at Broadway and 5th is closed to traffic and in the middle of the Bridgestone arena plaza there’s a stage all lit up. The CMA Awards are tonight, and the town is already in a “country” mood.


In about half an hour Robin Roberts, from Good Morning America, and Country music star Luke Bryan, with the help of a good number of party crashers, are going to wake up Broadway. Not that this street needs it, the neon signs are always on.


6.30 – 8 am: Luke Bryan performs three and a half songs over about an hour and a half. The fans don’t like the intervals, but wait patiently, ‘cause when Luke Bryan starts singing you feel like part of something special. And it is! It’s going on right here, in this relatively small plaza, but it’s being broadcast on national television. I mean, that’s cool, right?


As for me, I grab the opportunity to see how this kind of show works. The waiting when the cameras are off air and the cheering when they are on is like being behind the scene and in front of it all at the same time!

But what about Luke Bryan? He warmed the audience with a few seconds of ‘Country Girl (Shake It For Me)’ (he definitely shook it for the ladies!), then went on to sing ‘Crash My Party,’ ‘I Don’t Want This Night To End,’ and ‘That’s My Kind Of Night.’

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I’ve gotta say, “Pretty nice way to get my day started!!!”


Robin Roberts announced ‘Highway Don’t Care‘ by Tim McGraw, featuring Keith Urban and Taylor Swift, has won the CMA Award for the Musical Event of The Year & Video of The Year. I was quite disappointed, because I don’t think it’s that great of a video. What do ya think?

The CMA Awards will be broadcasted tonight on ABC at 8/7c, and I’ll be live-tweeting!

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