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Today on my Instagram story arguably the world's biggest female golf influencer Paige Spiranac popped up, telling the world that a nude picture has hit the internet and urging her peeps to listen to a podcast to hear how it has affected her over the last four years.



Heres the podcast link.
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ex-posed/id1496987228?i=1000466475613



Basically she was going out with a guy and sent him a naked picture (or pictures).....as young people do nowadays....and after they broke up he shared it with all his friends.

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Spiranac talks openly about taking the picture, telling her parents and coping with the fallout.

Asked why he shared the picture the ex boyfriend told her "You are the slut who sent it to me.".... "You deserve it."

There are moments of comedy in the podcast, in which Spiranac says she sent some really good stuff to the boyfriend and he picked THAT picture to share.

She went on to tell a story of playing in an event in Dubai when another man, who had received the pictures, tried to blackmail her to prevent their release.

Whatever you think the podcast is worth listening to.



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In this modern world of political correctness the twittersphere woke to this post from Phil Mickelson this morning and must have feared the worst. Gary Glitter and Jimmy Saville immediately came to mind! It got completely lost in translation.

Phil posted a picture of two young men in leather trousers to his 490k followers with the line.....
"Not just anyone can pull off these bad boys, but I kinda feel I can" with a winking face.


Now Phil, over here in Ireland we put weirdo's in jail for that sort of carry on.

You actually had to click onto the tweet to reveal the picture of the big calf trousers and understand that Phil didn't actually mean anything to do with the exploitation of boys but rather he felt he could wear those trousers owing to him having big calves.

Maybe he should have texted: "I feel like I could wear those trousers."

Oh dear.


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2020 Honda Classic Betting Preview and Tips

February 27th – March 1st, 2020
PGA National Champion Course, Palm Beach Gardens, Forida
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,125
Purse: $7 million with $1,260,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Keith Mitchell

Favourite Watch


Tommy Fleetwood heads the betting around the 10/1 mark with Brooks Koepka just behind.  The forgotten man of the win only market is a well rested Rickie Fowler who is available at 14/1 and better across all the bookies. Winner here in 2017, T2 last year and nobody in the field has earned as much money at the Honda Classic as Rickie.

Doc's Top 5 Best Each Way Bets


Billy Horschel 30/1


Another pair of T9 finishes in Phoenix and Mexico bring Billy Ho's top-10 tally for the 2020 season to four and he has to be full of confidence heading home to Florida this week. First in fairways and second in greens hit at Chapultepec and when you need a man to guts it out on a brutally tough course like PGA National Billy has to be on your shortlist. Best of T4 in 2017.

Shane Lowry 33/1


No course form in two starts but I get the feeling that there's a big performance in Shane this week.  There's always a big Irish connection with the Honda Classic (Harrington won twice here)  and the Offaly man comes in off a T11 in Dubai, T13 in Saudi and T29 in Mexico all three of which turned up consistent greens in regulation numbers.  It's always windy at The Honda and I think this year Shane can contend.

Daniel Berger 33/1


Scarred by that playoff loss to Padraig Harrington here in 2015, Daniel Berger has never hit the heights in four visits to the Honda since but five years on he brings in serious form. T9 in Phoenix where he topped the total putts numbers and T5 at Pebble last time out where he paid out for us.  In the form to emerge unscathed from the treacherous Bear Trap.

Erik Van Rooyen 50/1


After a couple of missed cuts Erik finally found form in Mexico finishing T3.  That was helped by a brilliant 62 on Friday and an overall T4 in the putting stats.  Now at a career high 40th in the World, the talented South African will be looking to capitalise this week.  Debutant here, good in wind, 50/1 is fair but a solid each way look.

Charl Schwartzel 80/1


I always jump up and take notice when a guy comes from a bunch of missed cuts to score a big result and that was Charl Schwartzel last time out at Pebble Beach where he finished T5.  Returned after three years away from the Honda to record a T16 in 2019 and overall has four top-20's (and two top-10's) from six visits. Now 199th in the World rankings from a career high of sixth, Charl must be chomping at the bit to get going and is worth keeping an eye on this week.

Long Odds Glory Shot

Kyoung Hoon Lee finished T7 last year and is playing some good golf of late. T14 in Puerto Rico last week and T13 at the Genesis. Overpriced at 250/1.



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Love him or loathe him Patrick Reed emerged with the trophy held highest at the WGC Mexico Championship which once again played out as a giant putting competition at altitude around the wonderful Club De Golf Chapultapec.
 



Using a PING G400 driver Reed hit 31 fairways (T38 in the stats) averaging  326.4 yards at altitude. (Bryson DeChambeau averaged 355.6 yards).  That led to 44 greens in regulation with his Grindworks Patrick Reed Prototype irons.  Key to victory was Reed's short game. Using a  Scotty Cameron Tour Rat he needed just 98 putts total and topped the field in Strokes Gained Putting with +11.824. Reed also finished 4th for Strokes Gained: Around The Green with his Vokey SM7 and SM8 wedges circling 25 birdies for the week versus 7 bogeys. The win sees the Texan jump from 14th to 8th in the latest World Golf Rankings.

What's In The Bag

Driver: Ping G400 (9 deg) with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X shaft.
3-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (15 deg) with an Aldila RIP Alpha 75 TX shaft.
Hybrid: Callaway Apex (20 deg) with an Aldila Rogue Black 105 TX shaft.
Irons (4-PW): Grindworks Patrick Reed Prototype with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (50 deg), Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (56, 60 deg) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts.
Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Rat I
Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Highlights:






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In an exclusive interview with the PGA Tour Patrick Reed has finally admitted to cheating on the golf course.

However Reed claims there was a positive motive behind his rule breaking.


"I'm a lot like Tiger Woods in his prime right," Reed said. "I'm married to a beautiful blonde with a ferocious temper, and you know, men being men, I fancied a teeny weeny bit of cheating.  Just for the thrill of it."


He continued. 

"But I could never do that to my wife,  because she would murder me in my sleep, literally, and besides I simply couldn't afford hundreds of high class hookers all over the world because I've checked."
"Anyway to cut a long story short, I had to get some cheating out of my system, so I may have done a bit of construction work in the odd bunker or two; I really don't see what the problem is.  It's much safer than cheating on the wife."

More as it emerges


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Hey, don't get me wrong I loved Peter Kostis on the golf.

Peter and his buddie Gary McCord on CBS Sports would be out on the course and doing the old Konica Minolta biz hub swing vision etc.



But in fairness, the PGA Tour wanted to freshen things up. And they had every right to do so. Peter is 72, that's seven years past retirement age here and he's been a staple on CBS for something like 27 years. I'd call that a good innings.

Davis Love III was his direct replacement. Trevor and Mark Immelman to an extent also.

Anyway Peter has finally broken his silence and vented his anger to the No Laying Up guys. Oh and he also talks about Patrick Reed cheating.





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2020 WGC Mexico Betting Preview and Tips

February 20th – 23rd, 2020
Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico
Par: 71 / Yardage: 7,355
Purse: $10.5 million with $1,787,560 to the winner
Defending Champion: Dustin Johnson


Rors DJ Rahm and Thomas are all inside the 10/1 odds barrier pre-tournament this week as the winners and contenders over the three Mexico stagings have been favourites.  I still think, given the par 71 and a winning score of 21 under in 2019 this is a wide open putting competition.

2020 WGC Mexico Draft Kings Picks


Doc's 5 Best Each Way Bets & Draft Kings Picks


Sergio Garcia 40/1


Came off the Middle East swing with T8 and T6 from three starts and despite a T37 at Riviera there were positives.  Will find the greens and whole enclosed feel of Chapultepec much more to his liking this week.  Never worse than T17 in three visits and T6 here last year, if he has his putting shoes on Sergio WILL pay out.

Louis Oosthuizen 40/1


Louis loves a WGC cheque (he has banked many) and skipping The Genesis tells me he's taking this seriously.  Has no real course form but seemed to be going well in 2019 before a 73 Sunday knocked him to a T25 finish.  BUT comes in this year off three top-5 finishes in his last four starts and I for one will be looking at Louis this week with The Masters in mind.

Brandt Snedeker 66/1


Missed cuts at Pebble and Phoenix see Sneds slip down the odds to 66/1 this week.  But surely if there was a course to suit him, this is it. Par 71 and a putters paradise. This is only his second visit to Mexico City, he finished T7 in 2017, and after a week off I think Snedeker has a chance at a good place finish.

Paul Casey 40/1


Paul's last two starts were messy affairs and I'm a bit surprised the bookies are offering only 40/1 on him this week.  But they are no mugs and have access to the stats which saw Casey 1st in fairways and 5th in greens here in 2019 and similarly impressive in 2018.  He's a horse for the course  with T3 and T12 finishes and not to be ignored.

Victor Perez 80/1


Would've given my fifth pick to Tyrrell Hatton because he loves this place but he's just coming back from wrist surgery so instead debutant Victor Perez is deserving of the nod at 80/1.  This guy is the real deal on the European Tour and I think he'll play a big part in the Ryder Cup later this year.  Comes to Mexico with six top-20 finishes in his last seven starts and a T2 in Abu Dhabi a month ago. T4 on his WGC debut at the HSBC Champions.

Long Odds Glory Shots


Cameron Smith 100/1: Awful form since winning the Sony. Putted super in a T6 last year.
Christian Bezuidenhout 100/1: Winner last week at home in South Africa.
Kurt Kitayama 100/1: Goes into meltdown mode on Sundays but he's going to figure it out soon.

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After posting a final score of +11, dead last in the weekend field at the Genesis Open an exhausted Tiger Woods spoke to Henni Zuel.



"Ah jaysus Henni, I'm wrecked.  I got finished Saturday, had a quick shower and went down to meet a few lads in the pub.  I only meant to have two Corona, but didn't I start on the pints. First fuckin' mistake right there.
Next thing a round started and the craic was good so I stayed on another while. The wife was out someplace else so I had no-one hounding me. Then a few more lads came in and a lad I hadn't seen in ages so I was chattin' to him and next thing the bloody Liverpool Norwich game was on then and nobody could go.
Then someone brought out bowls of goujons and the door opened and a DJ was bringin in all the kit so there was a bit of jivin'.  I swear I didn't go to the toilet for the first eight pints; that's some achievement isn't it?
Anyways I don't know what time I came home, or how I got there, but I mustn't have been two bad because I remembered to take two solpadiene.  The tongue was stuck to the roof of me mouth this morning and the smell in the room was rank.
Anyways I survived the day, just about, but I'm telling ya, I need to stay off the pints now for a couple of weeks to recover."


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I'm a big Harold Varner fan and more so after this.  We all hit shit shots every weekend but what impressed me was the way HV3 handled his topped fairway wood on the 10th in his interview after the final round of the Genesis.



For some reason the PGA Tour did not want anyone seeing the shot. Video below.

Q. Did your foot slip at all?
HAROLD VARNER III: I don't know, I just know I missed it, I missed the ball. I couldn't tell you what exactly happened. I just know that I hit the dirt before the ball. I've actually done it before, which is funny enough. I did it in Korea, same exact thing, same exact wind.
Q. Were you playing off the deck before then, too?
 HAROLD VARNER III: No, I teed that up. Yeah, I wish I would have hit it off the deck.
Q. And then after that now you've got to regroup and try to approach the hole from a different way, right?
HAROLD VARNER III: Yeah, I was screwed pretty much. Yeah, it's not like you can just hit the next one on the green and be like, all right, salvage it. Yeah, it's just funny, I'm looking at the hole right now as we're talking about it. It is what it is. There's nothing I can really do about it. I just wish I would have rebounded a little bit better. That's what I kind of, you know, alluded to all week is just how you respond to it.

Here's the video which the PGA Tour have taken down in countless other places.



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First up if you haven't heard of Bob Menery, you're missing out big time.

He's the sporting version of Aussie Man Reviews on Instagram, offering alternate commentary without the fuckin' filter.  And the PGA Tour don't like him after he used their precious footage last year and put his own views on top of it with the help of Peter in the booth.

Bob-Menery-YouTube-Channel


Like last year when they took down footage of Matthew Wolfe winning but Bob hit back with video from a fans cell phone.

And then this today on Bob's new YouTube Channel. Its war! Never let the big fish eat up the little fish!




Bring it on Bob, we stand by you 10000%.


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2020 Genesis Invitational Betting Preview And Tips

February 13th – 16th, 2020
Riviera C.C., Pacific Palisades, California, USA
Par: 71 / Yardage: 7,322
Purse: $9.3 million with $1,674,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: J.B. Holmes
 
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2020-Genesis-Invitational-Betting-Tips
Marc likes nothing more than to mow his lawn!

Favourite Watch

By invitation only this year at the Genesis folks! Rory McIlroy heads the field at 7/1 with Rahmbo and Justin Thomas at 9's.  In the win only market the brave punters will be having a look at Dustin Johnson at 14/1.  DJ pretty much crashed and burned in his final round at Pebble Beach shooting 78 but hey…..at least it wasn't as bad as the 82 he shot in the final round of the 2010 US Open there!  Nine of the world's top-10 play this week....including the Tiger.

Doc's Top 5 Each Way Genesis Open Bets 


Tony Finau 25/1


Power and precision are needed at Riviera and right now Tony Finau has both. Super irons helped him to a T6 at the Farmers and a third round of 62 in Phoenix led him to a solo 2nd there.  Took him a while to figure out Riviera but T2 in 2018 and T15 in 2019 make him a solid each way look at 25/1.

Bubba Watson 22/1


Back in form at just the right time is Bubba Watson.  Impressed greatly in his last two outings with a T6 at Torrey Pines and T3 in Scottsdale and confidence must be sky high as he returns to the place he's won at every second year since 2014!  Yes the '14, '16, '18 Champion has to be on your betslip in '20.

Marc Leishman 40/1


Like most of the select field Leishman has a "mixed" record at Riviera with a pair of missed cuts sandwiching a T5 in 2016 and T4 in 2019.  But he comes in rested after a brilliant win at The Farmers where he beat Jon Rahm by a shot.

Phil Mickelson 50/1


Third in Saudi and Pebble Beach in his last two outings and the bookies don't like Phil at 50/1? Yes he's getting up there in age, and in air miles, but if Leftie arrives at Riviera in the mood he can certainly still mix it with the big guys.  Twice a winner here and twice a runner up, those odds are based solely on the perception of him being exhausted. But have they seen his abs and calves lately?? He's ripped!!

Kevin Na 75/1


Looking down the field for value I see Kevin Na ready to go to work at 75/1. Let's just say Kevin brings an alternative type of golf  game to the 'bomb and gouge' game of JB Holmes and company, plotting his way carefully around.  And that approach sees him already a winner in the 2020 PGA Tour season at The Shriners. Two finishes in the top-four in his last three visits to Riviera and I think Kevin can make us some place money again this year at 75/1

Long Odds Glory Shot


We made money here last week in Pebble Beach with Streelman coming second at 100/1!  This time out I'm going for broke with Scott Stallings at 350/1 because I think he has one good week in him!! T4 at Riviera in 2018. 
I'm also keeping a keen eye on my favourite player on Tour Erik Van Rooyen who makes his debut priced at 110/1.


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As the PGA Tour say "These guys are good" and on ANY given day ANY of them are good enough to win.  And so it proved for World No. 229 Nick Taylor who held off (among others)  five time Champ and playing partner Phil Micklesopn to claim the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The Canadian held his nerve admirably as course conditions, benign all week, turned treacherous on the back nine Sunday.  The strong whipping winds and suddenly impossibly fast greens gobbled up the chasing Mickelson and spat him out in third while the ultra cautious Cali loving Kevin Streelman, a 100/1 shot pre tournament shot, climbed to second.


What's In The Bag Nick Taylor

Driver: TaylorMade M2 (2017) (9.5 deg) with a Fujikura Atmos Blue Tour Spec 6X shaft.
3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15.0 deg) with a  Fujikura Ventus Black 7X shaft.
Driving iron: TaylorMade SIM Max 4-iron (21 deg) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft.
Irons: TaylorMade P770 (4-5), TaylorMade P750 (6-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.
Wedges: TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe (52, 56, 60 deg) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts.
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Highlights




Stats Report

Using a 2017 TaylorMade M2 driver the Canadian hit 43 fairways, T7 in the stats averaging 292.7 yards. Using a blend of TaylorMade P770 and P750 irons Taylor hit an impressive 54 greens in regulation across the three host courses, for a T3 clip in the GIR stats. Using a TaylorMade Spider Tour Red putter the 31 year old needed just 108 putts for the week and just 25 Sunday posting 1.455 putts per GIR and 2.324 Strokes Gained: Putting. In total for the week Taylor circled three eagles and 21 birdies versus six bogeys and one double.



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A concerned Irish grandmother and huge Phil Mickelson fan has issued a plea to the star golfer to start eating again after he appeared on TV last week looking very thin.



"Is he sick? Is he on the drink?" asked Peggy Gordon 87 as she watched highlights of the final round from Saudi on the iPad she got for Christmas in her room at the St Ignatius nursing home. "Tisn't bombs that man needs to be hitting, he needs to hit the chipper in Enniskerry for a bag of battered sausages," she shouted, adjusting the volume on her hearing aid.

"Oh I know all about it. My husband Jimmy used play a bit of golf, then he got sick and then he got thin and then he died on me and left me so he did."

Mrs Gordon further warned Mickelson that he continues along this dangerous path he faces the possibility of turning "into skin and bone" and eventually "fading away altogether" and questioned whether his wife Amy Mickelson "was feeding him properly at all at all." 

More as it emerges.

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Following on from their damning report on distance increases damaging the game of golf and the strict new rules to curb equipment advances in the modern game the R&A and USGA have issued a new rule stating that all Tour pros must wear heavy tweed jackets and a pocket watch on a chain when playing PGA and European Tour events, effective immediately.



Players at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am were yesterday testing various versions of tweed hastily produced by Nike, Adidas and Footjoy.

The R&A also obtained an order allowing them to exhume the body of Old Tom Morris for the purpose of using DNA analysis to find out how golf was played with shitty old clubs.

"We've looked up YouTube, Vimeo, PornHub, the dark web, basically pretty much everywhere to see could we find any videos of how Old Tom used to hit the ball with the kind of crap equipment we need to get back to to control distance," Martin Slumbers, head of the R&A, told a packed press conference yesterday. "We want to educate players on how to play with the new hickory clubs that we will be bringing back in 2021 but since Tom Morris won his last Open in 1867 there's fuck all footage out there."

More as it emerges.




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2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Betting Preview and Tips

2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterrey Peninsula, Spyglass Hill, California
Pebble Par: 72 / Yardage: 6,816
Purse: $7.8 million with $1,404,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Phil Mickelson

Favourite Watch


Dustin Johnson starts 6/1 favourite this week after a solo second in Saudi on Sunday and has an incredible record on the peninsula.  The question is can these guys who are travelling through six time zones to get to California in time to tee it up really perform?  Phil Mickelson is also sitting on the runway at 25/1, he defends and he's hitting even bigger bombs with his new Mavrik driver.



Doc's Top 5 Best Each Way Bets


Brandt Snedeker 25/1


Missed the cut in Phoenix last week and subsequently slipped out a few points to 25/1 in the betting.  But showed in a T3 at The Farmers the week before that his putting is still up there with the best on Tour and on three short tracks with good weather promised everything is in place for Sneds to contend again this year.  Twice a winner in 2013 and 2015 and I'll eat my woolly hat if he doesn't place!

Jason Day 20/1


Made his 2020 debut at The Farmers where he finished a respectable T16 and showed some good form on the greens.  But you feel Jason Day does seem to have lost his star power somewhat with a raft of emerging talent taking the limelight.  With poa annua greens all the way this is the perfect week to remind everyone how good he actually is.  The Aussie is an incredible 65 under through 20 rounds in the last five years of this event and has five top-6 finishes in the last seven years.

Branden Grace 28/1


Tipped him last week to a T9 in Phoenix at 55/1 but it may well be worth sticking with Branden Grace at 28/1 for one more week.  The recent winner in South Africa carried his form to Abu Dhabi (T17) and onto Phoenix last week.  Back beside the sea, with some wind and opportunities on the greens it should be right up his alley.

Daniel Berger 33/1


Daniel Berger keeps popping up on my radar and try as I might I just cant ignore him.  From top 20 in the world three years ago to his current 144th shows the struggle but after an encouraging start to the year a T9 in Phoenix last week will have boosted his confidence. T1 in the field in putting there, he travels the 700 miles West to Monterrey for the first time since 2015 when he finished T10.

Scott Piercy 80/1


Another of the fortysomething brigade for who this week is less of a "bomb and gouge" affair and more of a short and sometimes tricky test if the wind blows where good ball strikers and putters prevail.  Piercy will be delighted after a T6 last week in Phoenix where he performed well across all three major stats (driving, irons, putting) and with a T10 at Pebble last year he has to be eyeing this week for a serious payday.

Scott Stallings 100/1


Horse for the "courses" around Pebble Beach having improved his finish across his last three starts here from T17 to 7th to 3rd last year.  A journeyman pro by all accounts with the last of three wins coming six years ago at Torrey Pines but anywhere in the top 5-8 depending on the bookies is a win from 100/1 for us.

Long Odds Glory


Kevin Streelman 100/1 almost relies on weeks like this to keep his card on the PGA Tour.  Top-20 in his last four visits to Pebble and T7 in 2019.




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