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On this morning's "Alternate Shat" on GolfCentral Daily myself and Tripp discuss how the fuck Sergio Garcia could be so bloody careless as to be having a baby around Masters time?

Tripp argues that Sergio must have been seduced by some sort of sexy new lingerie his wife must have picked up whilst shopping or may have been aroused by watching internet porn which is very popular amongst Spanish men. "Men think with their dick," asserts Tripp.

While I argue for common sense.  Any man worth his salt knows intercourse between the 11th and 17th July every year is a strict no-no as that'll mean a goddamn baby will arrive right in the middle of The Masters and ruin everything. It's one thing for golf fans to do it, but that a former Masters Champion to be so thoughtless in this regard, is shocking.  I cannot wait to hear what Masters Chairman Fred Ridley has to say about this.....he'll go fucking ballistic.

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2019 Nedbank Golf Challenge Betting Tips

November 14th – 17th, 2019
Gary Player C.C., Sun City, South Africa
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,827
Purse: $7.5 million with $1,234,601 to the winner
Defending Champion: Lee Westwood

Favourite Watch

Favourite this week is Louis Oosthuizen at 9/1.  Lightly raced with only five starts since The Open.  Third last time out and in the thick of it until the very end at the WGC HSBC Champions.  Also solo third here in 2018, T8 in 2017 and 9th in 2017.  With some big names resting until Dubai, Louis is the man.

Doc's Top Five Best Each Way Bets

Alex Noren 22/1

Looked to be cruising last week in Turkey before a 74 in round three sent him hurtling down the leaderboard.  Still managed a T4 clip in greens in regulation, something that will count much more this week in Sun City.  Needs a little confidence boost after five consecutive "mid-table mediocrity" finishes but where better to get that than on a course where he won in 2016.

Matt Fitzpatrick 14/1

Very short odds for an each way bet pre tournament but how can you leave Matt off your betslip?  Very down on himself on his way to a solo 7th at the WGC HSBC last time out and that's difficult to watch.  It also says he knows his game is there, he's had runner ups in Germany, Sweden and Italy and he expects to win.   T8 here in 2017 and if he has the right attitude Fitz can get over the line here.

Shubhankar Sharma 50/1

Shubhankar Sharma at his Shawarma

If Matt Fitz was low odds I'm making up for it with Shubhankar Sharma at 50/1 who quietly goes about his business.  T7 last week in Turkey to match his previous best of T7 at the Italian Open.  Straight off the tee, a good course manager and hits a lot of greens; just the recipe to thrive at the Gary Player Country Club.  Winner in South Africa before at the 2017 Joburg Open.

Lee Westwood 33/1

The old dog for the hard road.  Defending Champion and three time winner on the course, Westwood's victory last year to bridge a four year drought was a great watch.  Lee might be 46 now but he's still competitive as a T4 in Portrush proved.  T10 in Turkey last week and I think he'll be right up there this week.

Kurt Kitayama 28/1

Arguably one of the players of the season on the European Tour with two  wins and a slew of close shaves.  Third in Italy, 4th in France and T2 in Turkey last week losing out in that six man playoff.  It's a real leap of faith here, Kitayama is a debutant, and we all know his style will be to smash it as far as possible as see what happens.  But he is the form dog so what the heck!

Long Odds Glory Shot

Benjamin Hebert is 80/1 this week.  His three runner up finishes were all in birdie-fest events but he'll be full of confidence this week.

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The big takeaway from Ernie Els Presidents Cup Captains picks is that he's very cleverly picked three guys who've never taken a good beating, to take the biennial beating against USA and Jason Day who's been playing to about 12 all Summer and is already fucked.

Els is backing Sungjae Im, Joaquin Niemann and Adam Hadwin to "be absolutely destroyed" at the Presidents Cup like what's happened every time except for once in 1998 when Peter Thompson was the Captain.

"My tactic was to pick some guys who've never been hammered by the Americans before," enthused Els who is hoping to lead the International Team to eight losses in a row.
"Im is a big boy and lives on burgers and Coke according to wikipedia so I'm looking forward to meeting him to seeing to seeing how well he can take a pummelling," explained Els.
"Adam Hadwin is Canadian I think, so he'll be very mannerly and will be able to take a good fucking hiding which is a wonderful trait," added Els.  "And Joaquin Niemann seems a lovely happy young lad....he will probably recover from the absolute drubbing after a few years."

More  as it emerges.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared that Turkish military will invade the Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday afternoon "for a quick look".

"I have ordered Turkish forces to invade the golf on Sunday afternoon when they are finished shelling Syrians" Erdogan explained on Turkish State television. "Maybe my soldiers will hit some golf balls, eat some ice cream, execute some players, or maybe do some doughnuts in their tanks on the greens, who knows," he added.

"We want all our visitors to Turkey to have a great time this week, and to remember that I can do whatever the fuck I want when I want," Erdogan said.

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2019 Turkish Airlines Open Betting Preview and Tips

November 7th – 10th, 2019
The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya,, Turkey
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,133
Purse: $7 million with $1,194,252 to the winner
Defending Champion: Justin Rose
Tournament feed.

Favourite Watch

There's big money on offer but no Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy in the field this week so it's left to Justin Rose to headline the betting at 8/1.  Rosey is the back the back defending champion but that up the road at the Regnum Carya. Pat Reed is 11/1 but worth a look in the win only market might be Shane Lowry at 16/1.  He didn't putt super last week in China but a T9 in GIR shows tee to green he's playing nicely and he's never been outside the top-25 in four visits to Turkey.

Doc's Top-5 Each Way Bets at the 2019 Turkish Airlines Open

Matthias Schwab 28/1

Seems to be still in his trend of missing every second cut but a T4 last week in a big WGC event is sure to have boosted Schwab's confidence and with a T2 in Germany and T4 in Italy you have to feel a win is coming soon.  T18 on his Turkey debut last year.

George Coetzee 40/1

Had to do a double take when I saw George listed at 40/1 this week.  Solo third at Golf National which a tough track for a big batter like George, then a T14 in Portugal and winner of the Vodacom Origins Of Golf on the Sunshine Tour last weekend.  Best of solo 5th in Turkey in 2016.  Maybe the bookies think Georgie and the rugby boys have been on the beer all week!

Danny Willett 30/1

I have to give Danny the benefit of the doubt after something went horribly wrong after a good first round in China was followed by a fall to dead last. He did speak about the heavy rough and getting flyers but that's done and dusted and he's back in Turkey this week where he's previously finished T11 and T4 on this week's Maxx Royal course and T7 last year on the Regnum Carya course.

Tom Lewis 50/1

I'm a big fan of Tom Lewis, he just seems to ghost in every now and again to contend in events.  T5 at the Alfred Dunhill was followed by a T8 in Portugal last time out.  I think he'll like the venue this week where the good putters always prosper.

Victor Perez 40/1

Victor has banked over €1.2 million in the last month with a win on the links in Scotland and T4 last week at the WGC HSBC Champions. In fact his three wins, including two on the Challenge Tour were all in the Autumnal months.  Debut here for the big Frenchman but I think he'll love it.

Long Odds Glory Shots

Nico Colsaerts 80/1:  Overpriced. Winner of the Open de France and T2 in Turkey in 2017.  Victor Dubuisson showed its all about par-5 scoring when he posted -16 for the par fives when he got it to -22 on the Maxx Royal to win in 2015.

Paul Waring 50/1: Four top-25 finishes on the bounce for Paul Waring with big cheques in Scotland (T3) and in China last week (T8)

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"When he's on he's simply untouchable."  You could have made that statement that last week about Tiger Woods and this week about Rory McIlroy and maybe just maybe 2020 will bring the two together, in top form, down the stretch at a Major.

Rory McIlroy's Winning Bag credit:golfwrx

For now though McIlroy bagged his fourth win of the season and first WGC win for five years at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China following a dramatic duel with  Xander Schauffele.
The two men went head to head over the closing holes with defending champion Schauffele coolly reeling in Rory.  After the two tied on 19 under, the first replaying of the 18th hole was to prove decisive with McIlroy flexing his muscle off the tee and tapping in for birdie three shots later.
The win sees McIlroy jump 28 places to fifth in the Race To Dubai rankings and within striking distance of a fourth Race win at the DP World Championship which starts on November 21st.

What's In The Bag Rory McIlroy

Driver: TaylorMade M5 (9 degrees) with a Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70TX shaft.
Fairway wood: TaylorMade M6 (15 degrees) with a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX shaft.
Fairway wood: TaylorMade M5 (19 degrees) with a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 90 TX shaft.
Irons: TaylorMade P750 (4), TaylorMade P730 (5-PW) with Project X Rifle 7.0 shafts.
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56, 60 degrees) with Project X Rifle 6.5 shafts.
Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper
Ball: 2019 TaylorMade TP5 (#22)


How He Did It

Using his TaylorMade M5 driver Rory hit 34 fairways for the week, posting 16th in the driving accuracy stats and averaging 316.63 yards.  That set up 52 greens in regulation (14 on Sunday) with his TaylorMade P730 irons, 11th in the field.  That translated to a Strokes Gained tee to green total of +3.392 and McIlroy capitalised with a great week on the greens using his TaylorMade Spider X Copper putter to record a clip of 106 putts total with an eagle and 22 birdies versus just five bogeys.

Bag pic credit: GolfWrx

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Golf.com might the world's most conservative website but hats off to them for conducting an anonymous poll of all the PGA Tour players at the Safeway Open.

One of the questions was "who is your least favourite to play with".

While several players were non-commital  with 26% preferring to say "Anyone who plays slowly", others went straight for the jugular and named names.

Bryson DeChambeau and South African Rory Sabbatini tied on 21%,  with Scot Martin Laird a distant third on 8%.

DeChambeau is a well known pain in the arse for his super slow and 'scientific' playing style while Sabbatini is highly regarded as being a miserable cunt.

More as it emerges.

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The son of European Tour legend Seve Ballesteros has tweeted an alternative European Tour logo  with the text "Maybe one day."

The picture in the tweet shows a flag bearing an alternative logo with the silhouette of Seve based on the iconic image of Ballesteros celebrating his win at the 1984 Open Championship with a clenched fist.

The European Tour did briefly consider honouring Seve by changing the logo following his death in May 2011.

The logo was then used on the bags of the 2012 European Ryder Cup team under the captaincy of Jose Maria Olazabal in Chicago.

Ballesteros also used the logo in his company dealings and had it tattooed on his left arm.

Earlier this month the European Tour unveiled their new rebranded logo costing millions, with chief executive Keith Pelley falling hook line and sinker for the tripe sold to him by the graphic design company.

According to Pelly, the Tour is "underpinned by three pillars: being innovative, inclusive and global." He forgot "expensive"

"The modern identity we have unveiled today, flanked by our strapline 'Driving Golf Further' and underpinned by our three pillars of being innovative, inclusive and global, unequivocally reflects where we are at now" vomited Pelly. He later said the 'T' "is more instantly recognisable and more flexible, giving us the ability to create greater brand identity."

I'd argue entirely the opposite.  The "new" logo represents how corporate, sterile and characterless the European Tour has become.

Bring Back Seve.

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2019 HSBC Champions Betting Tips

Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,261
Purse: $10.25 million with $1,700,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Xander Schauffele

Favourite Watch

Rory McIlroy heads up the betting at 6/1 but the value in the "win only" market looks to be 
Justin Rose  at 16/1.  Rosey's T15 in Italy kindof summed up his season to date which has mixed super golf with one dodgy round.  At Olgiata Rose went 66, 69 then a 78 on Saturday and recovered to a 64 on Sunday.  That being said the Englishman loves Sheshan having won here in 2017 and finished solo 3rd defending last year. A punt within a punt.

Doc's Top 5 Best Each Way Bets

Matthew Fitzpatrick 45/1

Comes in off a solo second in Italy where he hit 60 greens in regulation (2nd in the stats).  That's another runner up finish for Matt to sit alongside the Scandinavian Invitational, the BMW International and The Arnie and you have to think he'll contend again here given two top-10 finishes in 2017 and 2015.

Henrik Stenson 25/1

Returning after missing the event last year is Henrik Stenson and he's a real horse for the Sheshan course.  Runner up here in 2017 and 2016 and while he isn't setting the world alight this season Henrik has notched up six top-20 finishes from his last seven starts.  Still mourning the passing of his 3-wood but worth a punt!

Bernd Wiesberger 33/1

Another man returning after an injury hit 2018 is Bernd Wiesberger and here's a chance for the big Austrian to announce himself on the global golf stage.  Winner in Italy, winner in Scotland and winner at home in Denmark,  he finished T9 here on his last visit in 2017 and I think he will contend.

Pat Reed 28/1

I've a newfound admiration for Patrick Reed after watching the way he can transition from the PGA Tour to the European Tour and be competitive on both. His T4 at the BMW PGA Championship make it 11 top 25's from his last 12 starts and after finishing T7 twice previously  at this event he's sure to be grinding this week.

Sergio Garcia 50/1

Only Sergio knows if he's really up for this one.  But I'm taking from his travelling to China to play in the event for the first time since a T9 in 2016 that he is.  Winner of the KLM Open and T7 at the Open de Espana last time out and has the greens in regulation game to contend here. If he wants.

Long Odds Glory Shot

Christian Bezuidenhout at 100/1 makes his debut this week. Winner in Andalucia this and third at the BMW PGA Championship.

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Eighty two times a winner on the PGA Tour. Just saying that out loud makes Tiger Woods new winning tally seem incredible. He is now tied with Sam Snead for most all time wins and has nine years on Slammin' Sammy to get one more.

The trip to Japan was ostensibly about TV and appearances and corporate obligations for Tiger and after his rusty skins game on Monday with its playful jibes of "old man" and "Dad" from Rory and Jason Day, surely not even Tiger himself thought he was going to win this tournament. Or did he?

He might no longer have the physical stature of when his was in his prime; the bulk, the muscles, even the hairline are not the same, but Tiger Woods still has the eyes, the intimidation factor and he knows how to win a tournament.

Now where does this leave Tigers and friends on the eve of the Presidents Cup?  The Masters win,  nothing since, then a masterclass in Japan.  Surely he has to play?

What's In The Bag Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods WITB 2019 GolfCentraldaily

Driver: TaylorMade M5 (9 degrees) with a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 60 TX shaft.

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees) with a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70 TX shaft.

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees) with a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80 TX shaft.

Irons: (3-PW) TaylorMade P7TW with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.

Wedges: TaylorMade MG 2 “Tiger MT Grind” (56 and 60 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts.

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

Rangefinder: Bushnell Pro X


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Following a late night meeting of the British Conservative Party,  Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced he is prepared to give Rory McIlroy to Ireland for the 2020 Olympics as part of a possible Brexit deal.

EU leaders have greeted the offer with cautious optimism and will discuss a possible handover of Northern Ireland born McIlroy by Johnson to Irish Premier Leo Varadakar at the Irish border on October 31st, when the EU parliament sits in Brussels later today.

"Since our boxers went to shite we haven't a hope in hell of winning an Olympic medal" said Irish Premier Varadkar today. "We badly need Rory to recreate some of the glory days like when Michelle Smith won three terrific golds in Atlanta."

However, there are signs of divisions among ministers and senior No 10 advisers over whether to put McIlroy in a Team GB tracksuit.  Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson's chief adviser, is reportedly leading calls to go to the public for a referendum on keeping McIlroy.

Meanwhile DUP leader Arlene Foster said "We wont agree to this."  Pressed to expand on what she won't agree with, Ms Foster said "We wont agree with anything."

More as it emerges.

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Colin Montgomerie has been named as the new United States Secretary of State.  The shock announcement was made this evening by President Trump after playing a round of golf with the Ryder Cup legend.

"A lot of people are saying that Monty is really really clever guy, and he can do tremendous things for the United States, and you know what.....that Mike Pompeo guy is really stupid, tremendously stupid so I'm putting Monty in there," said the President.

"Monty is from Scotland, you know I'm Scottish too, a lot of great people are Scottish, from Scotland, it's a tremendous country, I have a hotel there, and a golf course, more than one incidentally, a tremendous country. I might host the G8 there."

"And hey Monty is good at golf, not as good as me by the way, but he's good lemme tell you.  And he's gonna do a tremendous job for us in China," the President added.

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2019 Portugal Masters Betting Preview and Tips

October 24th – 27th, 2019
Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal
Par: 71 / Yardage: 7,191
Defending Champion: Tom Lewis

Doc's Five Best Portugal Masters Each Way Bets

Tom Lewis 22/1

Defending champion and two time Portugal Masters winner Tom Lewis is back on Tour for the first time since the Alfred Dunhill Links where he finished an impressive T5.  The Englishman went 65, 64 at the weekend in Scotland and topped the greens in regulation stats.  Rested and ready he'll go well again here.

George Coetzee 30/1

Given how tight the Paris National course is in comparison to this week's "resort" Victoria layout the in-form George Coetzee has to be on your betslip.  He finished solo 3rd in France averaging 308.8 yards from the tee that set up a T18 clip in Greens in Regulation and T8 in total putting.  The South African has three top-10's from six visits to Portugal and will be in the mood to contend again.

Chris Paisley 35/1

After a pair of missed cuts at the BMW PGA and Dunhill Links, Chris Paisley improved to a T40 at Olgiata Golf Club in Italy and improved further with a T8 last week in France.  That could've been better too if not for a second round 74 but Paisley will have loved that run of six birdies in seven holes around the turn on Sunday at Golf National.  Best of T5 in 2016 at the event and comes in confident.

Joachim B Hansen 33/1

The big Dane is one of the form players in this (slightly disappointing) field.  He comes in on a run including a T4 in Spain, T25 in Italy and solo 2nd last week in France.  Hansen posted some excellent stats in Paris with a T11 in Greens Hit and 7th in Putting and you have to think he'll have a say here.

Andy Sullivan 28/1

Lots of Vilamoura tourists will have played the Victoria Course and appreciate why it’s a birdie-fest for the best players in Europe who will need to post 20 under to be in the mix.  Andy Sullivan got it to 23 under when winning by nine shots here in 2015 and 22 under when finishing solo second to Padraig Harrington in 2016.  Not in the same form now but after a T23 in France last week he'll come back with happy memories.

Long Odds Glory Shots

Dean Burmester at 70/1 will bomb it off the tee this week and hope for the best.  This is one of the few courses on Tour that lends itself that style.  T7 in 2017, he can feature this week.

Marc Warren at 200/1 has no form but knows how to crack this course.

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