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2013 John Deere Classic - Predictions & TV Schedule

posted Jul 6, 2013, 9:15 PM by Simon Nguyen


The 2013 John Deere Classic is scheduled for July 11 -14 at The TPC Deere in Quad Cities, Illinois. This PGA Tour event is played the week prior to the Open Championship. The defending champion is Zach Johnson. Below are TV schedule and predictions for 2013 John Deere Classic. 

TV Schedule

*Subject to change, errors

Tournament course: The TPC Deere
Yardage: 7257 (Par 71)
2012 Winner's score: 264 (-20) *Playoff

Thursday July 11 - Round 1 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
Friday July 12 - Round 2 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
Saturday July 13 - Round 3 - CBS (3 PM ET)
Sunday July 14 - Final Round - CBS (3 PM ET)

Live stream on NBC Sports Live Extra

Predictions

1. Winner's Prediction: Steve Stricker. If I were to to give the John Deere Classic a nickname, I would call it "Shootout in Deere Country" and it is for a good reason. The last three winning scores at this event were all 20 under par or better. When a course is this vulnerable to attack, it essentially becomes a putting contest. Players who putt well or hit lots of greens or both usually dominate this tournament. It should not come as a surprise that master putter Steve Stricker won the John Deere Classic three times in a row (2009-11) and holds the tournament record. Also, defending champion Zach Johnson is an accomplished putter and iron player. With this year's field as weak as it is, I don't see anybody who could match Stricker in terms of iron game and putting. For people who are concerned that the lack of starts would affect Stricker's play, his record this year speaks for itself. In only seven events this season, the American has two runner-ups and two other top-10 finishes. Note that most of these are elite tournaments with strong fields. I would be really surprised if he does not win or seriously contend this week.

2. Dark Horse: Greg Chalmers. While the Australian has not shown much this year aside from a T4 at the Tampa Bay Championship, he is among the tour leaders in putting. It's just that he has not been on the greens frequently enough to take advantage of his strength. But that could change on an inviting course like the TPC Deere. We have seen stretches this year where players came from no where to win tournaments. If Ken Duke, Derek Ernst and John Merrick could win on the PGA Tour, why can't Chalmers (who won the Australian Open twice) also win one? I am rooting for the veteran player this week.

3. Player to Watch: Louis Oosthuizen. The 2010 Open champion's year has been slight disappointing to this point. Oosthuizen started the year well with a win on the European Tour, but has since retreated with a string of poor finishes. In 10 starts on the PGA Tour this season, the South African failed to make the weekend half of the times. This is partly due to injuries, but it is still disappointing. Still, his game has shown signs of recovery recently. At the unofficial event CVS Caremark Charity Classic, he finished 9th with two strong rounds in the 60s. He followed up with a solid performance at the Greenbrier. Four rounds at the easy TPC Deere should really help his preparations for the Open championship. It will be interesting to watch how he will perform this week.

4. Top Favorites: 1. Steve Stricker | 2. Keegan Bradley (Course debut, strong short game) | 3. Harris English (Excellent putter, great confidence from his breakthrough win) | 4. Jordan Spieth (Best young player without a win, can go really low) | 5. Boo Weekley (Comeback season, good GIR).


2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup - TV Schedule

posted Jun 19, 2013, 8:03 PM by Simon Nguyen   [ updated Jul 16, 2013, 8:21 PM ]

This page has TV schedule for 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup in United States. The final will be held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois; the defending champion is Mexico. The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup is set for July 7-28 in various venues in America.

TV Schedule

*Subject to change, errors
**Spanish telecasts on Univision, UniMas & Univision Deportes
***Live streaming on FOX Soccer 2Go web/app


Group Stage
Game 1 - July 7 - Canada vs. Martinique - Fox Sports Soccer (5:30 PM ET)
Game 2 - July 7 - Mexico vs. Panama - Fox Sports Soccer (8 PM ET)
Game 3 - July 8 - El Salvador vs. Trinidad & Tobago - Fox Sports Soccer (7 PM ET)
Game 4 - July 8 - Haiti vs. Honduras - Fox Sports Soccer (9:30 PM ET)
Game 5 - July 9 - Costa Rica vs. Cuba - Fox Sports Soccer (8:30 PM ET)
Game 6 - July 9 - Belize vs. USA - Fox Sports Soccer (11 PM ET)
Game 7 - July 11 - Panama vs. Martinique - Fox Sports Soccer (8:30 PM ET)
Game 8 - July 11 - Mexico vs. Canada - Fox Sports Soccer (11 PM ET)
Game 9 - July 12 - Trinidad & Tobago vs. Haiti - Fox Sports Soccer (7 PM ET)
Game 10 - July 12 - Honduras vs. El Salvador - Fox Sports Soccer (9:30 PM ET)
Game 11 - July 13 - USA vs. Cuba - FOX (3:30 PM ET)
Game 12 - July 13 - Costa Rica vs. Belize - Fox Sports Soccer (6 PM ET)
Game 13 - July 14 - Panama vs. Canada - Fox Sports Soccer (3:30 PM ET)
Game 14 - July 14 - Martinique vs. Mexico - Fox Sports Soccer (6 PM ET)
Game 15 - July 15 - El Salvador vs. Haiti - Fox Sports Soccer (7 PM ET)
Game 16 - July 15 - Honduras vs. Trinidad & Tobago - Fox Sports Soccer (9:30 PM ET)
Game 17 - July 16 - Cuba vs. Belize - Fox Sports Soccer (5:30 PM ET)
Game 18 - July 16 - USA vs. Costa Rica - Fox Sports Soccer (8 PM ET)

Quarterfinals
Game 1 - July 20 - Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago - Fox Sports Soccer (3 PM ET)
Game 2 - July 20 - Panama vs. Cuba - Fox Sports Soccer (6 PM ET)
Game 3 -  July 21 - USA vs. El Salvador - FOX (4 PM ET)
Game 4 - July 21 - Honduras vs. Costa Rica - Fox Soccer Channel (7 PM ET)

Semifinals
Game 1 - July 24 - Teams: TBD - Fox Sports Soccer (7 PM ET)
Game 2 - July 24 - Teams: TBD - Fox Sports Soccer (10 PM ET)

Championship Game - July 28 - FOX (4 PM ET)


Universiade 2013 World University Games - U.S. TV Schedule

posted Jun 17, 2013, 8:00 PM by Simon Nguyen   [ updated Jul 14, 2013, 5:59 PM ]


The 2013 World University Games (or Summer Universiade) is scheduled for July 5-17 in Kazan, Russia. The United States is expected to do well in track & field, basketball, beach volleyball, water polo and swimming. Below is U.S. TV schedule for 2013 World University Games.

U.S. TV Schedule

*Subject to change, errors
**More info on ESPN.com


Sunday July 7
Men's Water Polo - USA vs. Montenegro - ESPNU (7:30 AM ET)
Men's Basketball - USA vs. UAE - ESPNU (Tape - 7 PM ET)

Monday July 8

Men's Basketball - USA vs. Czech Republic - ESPNU (5 AM ET)
Women's Beach Volleyball - Teams: TBD - ESPNU (Tape - 1 PM ET)
Men's Volleyball - USA vs. Russia - ESPNU (Tape - 9 PM ET)

Tuesday July 9
Women's Beach Volleyball - Teams: TBD - ESPNU (Tape - 1 PM ET)
Men's Beach Volleyball - Teams: TBD - ESPNU (Tape - 2 PM ET)

Wednesday July 10
Men's Water Polo - USA vs. Belgium - ESPNU (7:30 AM ET)
Men's Basketball - USA vs. Sweden - ESPNU (Tape - 7 PM ET)
Women's Beach Volleyball - Teams: TBD - ESPNU (Tape - 9 PM ET)
Men's Beach Volleyball - Teams: TBD - ESPNU (Tape - 10 PM ET)

Thursday July 11
Women's Beach Volleyball - Teams: TBD - ESPNU (Tape - 1 PM ET)
Men's Beach Volleyball - Teams: TBD - ESPNU (Tape - 2 PM ET)
Men's Basketball - USA vs. Australia (Tape - 7 PM ET)

Friday July 12
Men's Basketball - USA vs. Canada - ESPNU (5 AM ET)
Women's Beach Volleyball - Teams: TBD - ESPNU (Tape - 1 PM ET)
Men's Beach Volleyball - Teams: TBD - ESPNU (Tape - 2 PM ET)

Saturday July 13
Women's Basketball - Semifinal - ESPNU (1 PM ET)
Men's Beach Volleyball - Gold Medal - ESPNU (Tape - 3 PM ET)

Sunday July 14
Track & Field - ESPNU (Tape - 10 AM ET)
Men's Basketball - Quarterfinal - ESPNU (1 PM ET)

Monday July 15
Men's Basketball - Semifinal - ESPNU (6 AM ET)
Women's Basketball - Gold Medal - ESPNU (6 AM ET)

Tuesday July 16
Men's Basketball - Bronze Medal - ESPNU (Tape - 7 PM ET)
Men's Basketball - Gold Medal - ESPNU (Tape - 9 PM ET)


2013 Confederations Cup - TV Schedule, Livestream Info, Predictions

posted May 26, 2013, 9:42 AM by Simon Nguyen   [ updated Jun 22, 2013, 11:56 AM ]


This page has predictions, live stream info and U.S. TV schedule for 2013 Confederations Cup. The event features the six continental champions plus the 2012 Euro runner-up and the host country. The defending champion is Brazil. The 2013 Confederations Cup is scheduled for June 15-30 in various cities in Brazil.

U.S. TV Schedule

*Subject to change, errors

Saturday June 15 - Brazil vs. Japan
TV: ESPN (2:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Sunday June 16 - Italy vs. Mexico
TV: ESPN (2:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Sunday June 16 - Spain vs. Uruguay
TV: ESPN (5:45 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com (TV/Cable subscribers only)

Monday June 17 - Nigeria vs. Tahiti
TV: ESPN (2:45 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Wednesday June 19 - Brazil vs. Mexico

TV: ESPN (2:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Wednesday June 19 - Italy vs. Japan
TV: ESPN (5:45 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Thursday June 20 - Spain vs. Tahiti
TV: ESPN (2:45 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Thursday June 20 - Uruguay vs. Nigeria
TV: ESPN (5:45 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Saturday June 22 - Japan vs. Mexico
TV: ESPN2 (2:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Saturday June 22 - Brazil vs. Italy
TV: ESPN (2:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Sunday June 23 - Spain vs. Nigeria

TV: ESPN (2:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Sunday June 23 - Uruguay vs. Tahiti
TV: ESPN2 (2:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Wednesday June 26 - Semifinal #1
TV: ESPN (2:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Thursday June 27 - Semifinal #2
TV: ESPN (2:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Sunday June 30 - Consolation Game/Third Place
TV: ESPN2 (11:45 AM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Sunday June 30 - Championship Game

TV: ESPN (5:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com (TV/Cable subscribers only)


Predictions

1. Group A Prediction: Brazil tops group, Italy snatches second spot. It's a real shame that the four strongest teams (excluding Spain) in the competition end up in the same group. We have two rising soccer nations in Japan and Mexico, in addition to two heavyweights in host Brazil and Italy. With a talent-laden squad and support from the friendly crowd, it is hard to imagine Brazil would not advance to the knockout round. Moreover, the host country's record against the three teams is excellent. Brazil has historically dominated Japan and Italy, while is being even against Mexico. I just don't see any of these teams beating the 3-time Confederations Cup winner on its home soil. This leaves the rest of the teams competing for one spot in the semifinals.

Mexico is the most talented of the remaining teams, but has suffered from poor form. El Tri has been unimpressive in 2013 and is in danger of not qualifying for next year's world cup. Italy has enjoyed strong form since the 2012 Euro Final and is undefeated in 2013. Similarly, Japan has played well recently breezing through world cup qualifying, though the competition level in Asia is generally weak. While Japan and Mexico are formidable, I feel Italy still has a litle more quality than the North American and Asian champions. It will be difficult but Italy should pull it through.

2. Group B Prediction: Spain and Uruguay dominate, Copa America champion wins group by a whisker. Group B should really be dubbed the Extremely Easy Group. Two of the four teams in this group are frankly undeserved to participate in this competition. Who really believes Tahiti and Nigeria belong in the Confederations Cup? In the case of Tahiti, the question is not how many matches they could win but how many goals they will be scored upon by the likes of Spain and Uruguay. They simply don't have the talent and experience to handle a major event like the Confederations Cup. Spain and Uruguay should easily advance from this group, and the match between the two teams will decide the order of finish.

3. Winner's Prediction: Brazil.
The defending champion is clearly the strongest team in this competition. The two teams that could cause the 5-time World Cup winner some troubles are Spain and Italy, but both have had their share of problems. Spain is an aging team that lacks the vision and creativity it once had. Similarly, Italy is no longer the formidable force it used to be. Meanwhile, Brazil is filled with young talents and will be motivated to play well on home soil. The odds are clearly favoring Brazil for a three-peat.

2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship - TV Schedule & Predictions

posted May 12, 2013, 10:26 AM by Simon Nguyen   [ updated May 14, 2013, 1:14 PM ]


The 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship is scheduled for May 16-19 at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas. This is one of the oldest active events on the PGA Tour. The defending champion is Jason Dufner. Below are TV schedule and predictions for 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship. 

TV Schedule

*Subject to change

Tournament course: TPC Four Seasons
Yardage: 7166 (70)
2012 Winner's score: 269 (-11)

Thursday May 16 - Round 1 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
Friday May 17 - Round 2 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
Saturday May 18 - Round 3 - CBS (3 PM ET) - Golf Channel (Bonus coverage only - 1 PM ET)
Sunday May 19 - Final Round - CBS (3 PM ET) - Golf Channel (Bonus coverage only - 1 PM ET)

Live stream on NBC Sports Live Extra

Predictions

1. Winner's Prediction: Matt Kuchar. The TPC Four Seasons is a golf course that favors players who are excellent from tee to green. The course is notorious for its narrow fairways and formidable bunkers. When the wind intensifies, the difficulty jumps three-fold. If you are an erratic driver of the ball, this could be an extremely unpleasant experience. Many of the top players have opted to skip this tournament in recent years, criticizing the event's difficult and somewhat unfair set-up. Consistent players from tee to green like Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley and Jason Day have done well on this course. Kuchar is a similar type of player. He hits a lot of fairways and has few troubles finding the greens. His season to this point has been a slightly disappointing. He was in contention several times this year with only one match-play win to show for. Kuchar is due for a stroke-play victory and this tournament is that opportunity.

2. Dark Horse: Jordan Spieth. The young Texan returns to the site of his PGA Tour debut where he, as an amateur, shocked the world with a magnificent top-16 finish. It would be quite a story if he could somehow achieve his first professional win on his "home" course. My head is telling me he is not yet ready to win on tour, but the shock victories by fellow rookies Derek Ernst and Russell Henley prove anything is possible. Spieth certainly knows this course as well as anyone and his talent is undeniable. His year has been mixed to this point, but he does have three top-10s including a runner-up finish at the Puerto Rico Open. Don't be surprise to see him atop the leaderboard at some point during the final day.

3. Player to Watch: Tianlang Guan. The young Chinese amateur will look to continue his streak of making the cut on the PGA Tour. Of the three U.S. professional tournaments he has participated in, the Byron Nelson offers the best opportunity but also the most risks. The TPC Four Seasons put a premium on accuracy, which bodes well for someone averaging 230-250 yards per drive. If he fails to hit the fairways, however, it will be a nightmare experience for the young golfer. The punishment for missing the fairways here is severe, as he will likely struggle to reach anywhere close to the green from the heavy roughs even with his best effort. There are two possible outcomes for Guan in Texas. He will either earn his best finish (top 40 or better) or post very big numbers to easily miss the cut. I am hoping for the former.

4. Top Favorites: 1. Matt Kuchar | 2. Jason Day (His record here is impeccable, one win and 2 other top-10s in three starts) | 3. Keegan Bradley (Former champion whose game fits this course well) | 4. Dustin Johnson (Inconsistency has been holding him back, played this event 4 times with 2 top-10s and no missed cuts) | 5. Jason Dufner (Defending champion, always among the leaders in driving accuracy).


2013 Tour of California - TV Schedule

posted May 4, 2013, 5:19 PM by Simon Nguyen   [ updated May 14, 2013, 10:49 PM ]


This page has TV schedule for 2013 Tour of California. This is one of the elite road cycling events in North America. Last year's winner was Robert Gesink of the Netherlands. The 2013 Tour of California is scheduled for May 12 through May 19 in the Golden State.

TV Schedule

*Subject to change, errors

Stage 1: Sunday May 12 - Escondido
TV (Live) - NBC Sports Network - 5 PM ET | 2 PM PT

Stage 2: Monday May 13 - Murrieta to Greater Palm Springs
TV (Live) - NBC Sports Network - 5 PM ET | 2 PM PT

Stage 3: Tuesday May 14 - Palmdale to Santa Clarita
TV (live) - NBC Sports Network - 5 PM ET | 2 PM PT

Stage 4:  Wednesday May 15 - Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara
TV (live) - NBC Sports Network - 5 PM ET | 2 PM PT

Stage 5 - Thursday May 16 - Santa Barbara to Avila Beach
TV (live) - NBC Sports Network - 5 PM ET | 2 PM PT

Stage 6 - Friday May 17 - San Jose Time Trial
TV (live) - NBC Sports Network - 4:30 PM ET | 1:30 PM PT

Stage 7 - Saturday May 18 - Livermore to Mt. Diablo
TV (Tape Delay) - NBC Sports Network - 7 PM ET | 4 PM PT

Stage 8 - Sunday May 19 - San Francisco to Santa Rosa
TV (live) - NBC - 1 PM ET | 10 AM PT

Strategies for an effective tennis serve

posted Apr 6, 2013, 7:40 PM by Simon Nguyen


Consider this situation. You are playing on centre court Wimbledon. Your opponent is Roger Federer, the reigning #1 player and defending champion. You are set to serve for the match. What type of serve should you deliver? A 135-mph blast aiming indiscriminately or a 110-mph serve targeting Roger’s weaker side. The answer to this conundrum will vary according on the player’s experience.

A less seasoned player is likely to pick the former. More power is always better, is it not? A more seasoned player is likely to pick the latter. Federer has seen his share of power serves; he won’t be troubled by power alone. The tennis superstar is likely to still be able to attack the serve or at least block the ball back deep enough to set up for his next shot. This article illustrates why strategic serving, and not power serving, is the key to an effective serve.

Uncertainty is the greatest fear in life and in sport. To achieve success in tennis, it is extremely important for the player to vary the speed and location of his or her serve as to plant uncertainty and doubt in the mind of the opponent. This doubt will lead to the opponent playing a less aggressive game. The strategic advantage gained from a less assertive opponent will allow the player to control the pace and tempo of the game. This is vital as the one who dictates how the match is played usually ends up as the victor. The key question is: how will the server be able to accomplish this serving strategy?

To implement the strategy, we must first realize that each player holds certain beliefs with regards to the other player and his or her playing style. The best strategy for the player would be to play against those beliefs. For example, the opponent has done some scouting on you and finds that you like to serve to the deuce court. As a matter of fact, two thirds of all your serves are to the deuce court. If you could recognize this, you should counter your opponent’s beliefs by serving to the ad court instead. When this happens, the opponent will update his beliefs; he now expects that you will serve to the ad court. But his strategy will once again be foiled if you promptly go back to serving to the deuce court. The end result is likely to be in your favor, since you have basically outwitted your opponent.

The same strategy can be applied to varying serve speeds. If your opponent expects that you will deliver a power serve, hitting an off-speed serve will put the opponent off his game and induce either an error or a weak return. The opposite is also true. Of course, this strategy will only work if you are skilled enough to execute it. If you are not confident with your serving, the best strategy would be to stay within your comfort zone until your improved skills allow you to do otherwise. 

2013 Valero Texas Open - TV Schedule & Predictions

posted Mar 28, 2013, 1:35 AM by Simon Nguyen


The 2013 Valero Texas Open is scheduled for April 4-7 at AT&T Oaks Course in San Antonio. This championship is the last event before the Masters. The defending champion is Ben Curtis. Below are TV schedule and predictions for 2013 Valero Texas Open.

TV Schedule

*Subject to change

Tournament course: AT&T Oaks Course (Par 72 - TPC San Antonio)
Yardage: 7522 (from ValeroTexasOpen.org)
2012 Winner's score: 280 (-8)

Thursday April 4 - Round 1 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
Friday April 5 - Round 2 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
Saturday April 6 - Round 3 - NBC (3 PM ET) - Golf Channel (Bonus coverage - 1 PM ET)
Sunday April 7 - Final Round - NBC (3 PM ET) - Golf Channel (Bonus coverage - 1 PM ET)

Predictions

1. Winner's Prediction: Fredrik Jacobson. The Greg Norman-designed Oaks Course offers plenty of Australian flavors. The course serves up an abundance of bunkers, undulating fairways, and wholesale varieties of natural hazards. When the wind blows, it emulates conditions found in Down Under. Players who have enjoyed success here usually hit a straight ball and possess an excellent short game. Jacobson's game fits the description well. The Swede's driving is accurate enough to not be a liability, and his short game needs no advertisement. Since the Texas Open moved to TPC Antonio in 2010, Jacobson has amassed two top-5 finishes and a T18. Needless to say, the 38-year-old loves this course and tournament. Jacobson is enjoying very good form at the moment, finishing no lower than T25 in his last five starts.

2. Dark Horse: David Lynn. The veteran golfer is one of the under-the-radar players who don't play much in the States, but play well when they do. Even when Lynn finished runner-up to McIlroy at last year's PGA Championship, he did not get a lot of notoriety for that performance. He did, however, earn an exemption to play on this year's PGA Tour. Lynn's 2013 record to this point has been average, but he did manage a T4 at the Honda Classic on a very difficult course against a strong field. With about a dozen starts in America under his belt, the Texas Open could be his breakout event. Lynn earned a reputation as a good wind player from his trade in Europe and his masterful performance at Kiawah Island. Will he deliver another excellent performance at windy TPC San Antonio?

3. Player to Watch: Ian Poulter. The English star has never played the Texas Open, but his game perfectly suits the tournament course. Poulter plays very similar to Jacobson. His iron game is among the best on Tour, while his putting is spectacular. Ian is a streaky player. If he gets hot with his putter, he will definitely contend for the title.

4. Top Favorites: 1. Fredrik Jacobson | 2. Matt Kuchar (Excellent from tee to green, great short game) | 3. Charl Schwartzel (Fantastic iron player, putting is top-notched) | 4. Ian Poulter | 5. Justin Leonard (3-time champion but his wins were not at Oaks Course, has been playing well of late).


2013 Sony Open Tennis - TV Schedule & Predictions

posted Mar 9, 2013, 6:28 PM by Simon Nguyen   [ updated Mar 26, 2013, 11:55 AM ]


This page has predictions and TV schedule for 2013 Sony Open Tennis in Miami. This is one of the most prestigious events outside of the four grand slams. The defending champions are Novak Djokovic (men) and Agnieszka Radwanska (women). The 2013 Sony Open Tennis tournament is scheduled for March 18-31 in Miami, Florida.

TV Schedule

*Subject to change

Friday March 22 - Early Rounds
LIVE - Tennis Channel (3 PM ET & 8 PM ET)

Saturday March 23 - Early Rounds
LIVE - Tennis Channel (11 AM ET)

Sunday March 24 - Early Rounds
LIVE - Tennis Channel (11 AM ET)

Monday March 25 - Early Rounds
LIVE - Tennis Channel (11 AM ET)

Tuesday March 26 - Early Rounds
LIVE - Tennis Channel (11 AM ET)

Wednesday March 27 - Later Rounds
ESPN2 (1 PM ET & 11:59 PM ET)

Thursday March 28 - Later Rounds
ESPN2 (1 PM ET & 7 PM ET)

Friday March 29 - Later Rounds
ESPN2 (3 PM ET & 7 PM ET)

Saturday March 30 - Women's Final
LIVE - CBS (12 PM/Noon ET)

Sunday March 31 - Men's Final
LIVE - CBS (11:30 AM ET)

Predictions

1) Women's Winner: Serena Williams. When the world no.1 player is anywhere near her best, she is impossible to beat. Williams' serve is the single most powerful weapon in the history of women's tennis, and few players have to power to match her ground strokes. If not for the injury she suffered in a doubles match Down Under, she would not have lost to Sloans Stephens at the Australian Open and missed out on a chance to add another major title. Well-rested after skipping Indian Wells, Serena will be difficult to beat in Miami, where she has enjoyed success. The American won this tournament 5 times with two other final appearances. Her main rival here is Azarenka, but the Belarusan played in Indian Wells and her fitness will be a factor.

2) Women's Top Favorites: 1. Serena Williams (Unless there is an injury, I don't see anyone who could beat her) | 2. Victoria Azarenka (Hard court is her best surface, fantastic form coming in) | 3. Maria Sharapova (Always a threat to win, but she has not fared well against either Serena or Azarenka) | Dark horse: Svetlana Kuznetsova (Former champion whose game has been surging as of late).

3) Men's Winner: Novak Djokovic. The Serbian is enjoying a run reminiscing his 2011 run. The world's top ranked player has been racking up title after title, punctuated by his Australian Open victory. Djokovic is without a doubt the best hard-court player on the men's circuit. Most importantly, he seems to have established a mental edge over his chief rivals (Federer, Nadal and Murray) - at least on the hard surface. Djokovic has enjoyed success in Miami, winning the last two championships. There is nothing that would suggest the Serbian won't be able to defend his title here.

4) Men's Top Favorites: 1. Novak Djokovic | 2. Andy Murray (He is most dangerous on hard courts, finalist here last year) | 3. Roger Federer (Though his form has dropped, he is still the one with the best shot at beating Djokovic on hard courts) | 4. Tomas Berdych (Possesses a powerful game, but is still waiting for his breakthrough)  | Dark horse: Kei Nishikori (Solid ground strokes and excellent movement, injuries are a problem).


2013 Tampa Bay Championship - TV Schedule & Predictions

posted Mar 8, 2013, 9:14 PM by Simon Nguyen   [ updated Mar 9, 2013, 10:05 AM ]


The 2013 Tampa Bay Championship is scheduled for March 14-17 at the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort. The event was previously known as the Transitions Championship. The defending champion is Luke Donald. Below are TV schedule and predictions for 2013 Tampa Bay Championship.

TV Schedule

*Subject to change

Tournament course: Copperhead (Par 71)
Yardage: 7340 (from PGATour.com)
Purse: $5,500,000 ($990,000 to winner)

United States
Thursday March 14 - Round 1 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
Friday March 15 - Round 2 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
Saturday March 16 - Round 3 - NBC (3 PM ET) - Golf Channel (Bonus coverage only - 1 PM ET)
Sunday March 17 - Final Round - NBC (3 PM ET) - Golf Channel (Bonus coverage only - 1 PM ET)

Predictions

1. Winner's Prediction: Jim Furyk. The Copperhead tournament course is designed to reward accuracy over power. If you miss a fairway at this course, chances are you will miss the green as well. The rough here is demanding; some even compare it to the formidable U.S. Open rough. It also does not help that the greens are firm and undulating. There is a reason why Furyk has enjoyed so much success at this championship -- he won here in 2010 and was second last year. The former U.S Open champion is robotic in term of hitting the fairways. Furyk ranked 4th last year on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy and is among the leaders again this year in this category. Furyk is very comfortable at this course and if he could putt decently enough, this championship is his to lose.

2. Dark Horse: Camilo Villegas. Since his victory at the 2010 Honda Classic, the Columbian star has literally fallen off the golfing map due to poor form. Despite his struggles, Villegas still manages to be among the tour leaders in greens in regulation. He was 4th in 2012 in that category and is in the top 10 this year. This tells us that his problems are his short game and a lack of confidence. All he needs is several good rounds in a row to start the process of returning to form. Villegas has shown some flashes of his former self this year, shooting three straight 67s at the Humana and a magnificent 64 at the Honda (only to shoot 77 the next day to miss the cut). Before his recent poor run, he has enjoyed great success in Florida. Could this be the event he will break out from his slump?

3. Player to Watch: K.J. Choi.
No one in this field enjoys a better record at this tournament than the Korean star. He won this event two times and had several other Top-10s. However, Choi's form at this moment is mediocre. Once a regular contender on the PGA Tour, the Korean's game is no longer as formidable as it used to be. This was reflected in the results of his last two appearances here -- a missed cut in 2011 and a T46 in 2012. While Choi may not be the player he was, we can't rule him out as a contender for this championship considering his past successes here.

4. Top Favorites: 1. Jim Furyk | 2. Webb Simpson (Excellent record at this event -- T10 in 2012, runner-up in 2011 and T13 in 2010) | 3. Luke Donald (Defending champion & T6 in 2010, fantastic short game which will come handy on these tricky greens) | 4. Matt Kuchar (Always play well on Florida courses, keep the ball in the fairways) | 5. Jason Dufner (Very good from tee to green, ranks among leaders in greens in regulations).


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