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The golfing world has a new superstar.  He doesn't hit it miles. He doesn't take forever to hit the ball. He's just a nice friendly young guy who happens to be one hell of a great player.  He's the 2020 PGA Champion Collin Morikawa.

For the whole show that was the 102nd PGA Championship to be staged behind closed doors and yet still retain some of that Major atmosphere was a triumph.  Yes Sunday was without fans but you could still cut the tension in the cool Frisco air with a knife. Would DJ hold on? Could Jason Day rise to the top? Was this finally going to be Paul Casey's time?

After three days of pummelling the players, course set-up chief Kerry Haigh of the PGA finally gave the players a crumb of comfort with pins they could seek out including on that terrific risk-reward driveable par-4 16th.

What's in the bag of Collin Morikawa


And that proved to be the key moment for Morikawa. Driving that green and rolling in the putt for eagle, he stuck his head over the proverbial parapet and put one hand on the trophy.  In the end the 23 year old signed for a final round of six under 64, besting the old guard of Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey by two.  

A word about the crowds.  They were missed. The influence fans have on players, especially on the final day, cannot be underestimated.  The way they elevated a player like Shane Lowry at the 2019 Open on the one hand, versus the way they can equally make a player so nervous they choke on the other.  There was none of that at Harding Park.  And that's okay. For now.

There wont be any asterix beside Collin Morikawa's name on the Wannamaker Trophy.  Unless it's to indicate this kid beat the best in the world doing it all the right way.

Collin Morikawa Winning WITB 2020 PGA Championship



Driver: TaylorMade SIM (8 deg at  8.5) with a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX shaft.
3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (15 deg at 13.5) with a  Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX shaft.
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue (19 deg) with a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Hybrid 100 TX shaft.
Irons: TaylorMade P750 (4, 5), TaylorMade P730 (6-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.
Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52), Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (56), TaylorMade MG2 Hi-Toe (60) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts.
Putter: TaylorMade TP Soto Prototype

Highlights

How He Did It
The PGA Championship was only Collin Morikawa's second Major appearance and he is now a three time winner from 29 Tour events as amateur and pro.
The Los Angeles is not a big hitter from the tee, averaging 290.1 yards with his TaylorMade SIM driver, but with 39 fairways found, he topped the field in accuracy, gaining 2.383 strokes off-the-tee.  That set up 51 greens in regulation, T7 in the GIR stats, using a combo set of TaylorMade P750 and P730 irons.  On the greens Morikawa was imperious with his TaylorMade TP Soto Prototype.  In total for the week he needed 109 putts ranking No. 1 in Strokes Gained: Putting with 8.076 and 2.437 in the final round.  He went  a cumulative -2, -4, -7 on the par 3's, 4's, 5's with a final tally of one eagle and 18 birdies against just seven bogeys.  Morikawa jumps from 12th to fifth in the latest World Golf Rankings as his meteoric rise to fame continues.





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The big take aways from the first round of the PGA Championship is that NOBODY is out of it.  Kerry Haigh, the guy who sets up the track, did a good job of making sure the course was scorable.  That might well change a little today.

Brooks Koepka is firing, Jason Day is still in form, the much touted Xander Schauffele is up there too.

Koepka has come in from 10/1 to 9/2 after round one. He looked solid. 
Xander is in from 18/1 to around 7/1 now.
But perhaps the biggest mover in the betting is Jason Day who has come in from 40/1 to 9/1 after his opener which sees him T1 on the leaderboard.

All now too short odds, with three rounds left and the field lurking, to back.

If you are looking for ONE player to back after round 1 it's Rory McIlroy who is now 28/1.  The commentators can say what they like about Rory's game but he is EVEN par after round 1.  It's not unusual for Rory to start slowly.  He did so at Memorial and St Jude and still posted top15 GIR numbers. Greens in Regulation in a Major will count for much more.  He is not out of this by any means.

If as we suspect the course is made tougher and par is defended even more, Rory can progress today.

How my pre tournament tips are doing....

Xander Schauffele 18/1: Position T3
Jon Rahm 14/1: T48
Jason Day 40/1: T1
Dustin Johnson 22/1: T33
Webb Simpson 28/1: T68





2020 PGA Championship Round 1 Highlights



 



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How well can Tiger Woods do at the 2020 PGA Championship?  One player in the field messaged me yesterday after playing and said the course was like a male porn star; long, hard, and punishing.  The rough is like a female porn star; it's dark, deep and balls drown in it. 


On the face of it, it wouldn't inspire confidence that 2020 Tiger Woods can thrive at Harding Park.  Yes he has been down there early but really?  He's 33/1 in the betting, quite generous, as the bookies see a 68th place at The Genesis and tied 40th at Memorial on his last two appearances.  Present day Tiger can still compete if he finds a swing to hit fairways, in fact his entire game revolves around his driver.  Everything else is still pretty damn good.

Tiger Woods betting angles at the 2020 PGA Championsip


A more prudent bet might be Woods at 3/1 to finish in the top-10.  That would see him use all of his shot making magic to grind out a score on a course where others will undoubtedly fall away and where par seems like it will be well defended.

Will Tiger putt well enough to contend this week?  There's two schools of thought here. Some see him practicing with his backup Scotty Cameron putter and not his his famous Newport-2 putter he used to win 14 of 15 Majors. And they don't like that.  Tinkering with equipment the week of a Major does not inspire confidence.
This new putter is similar but has adjustable weights on the sole. Then there's the argument that we all get a honeymoon period of a couple of weeks with any new putter where everything goes in!

Breaking down Tiger's performances in his last events you see that that seven of his last eight round have been in the 70's.  Half of them have been 76 or higher.  He has however made the cut in his last events.  To make the cut at Harding Park this week he is 4/11 but to miss it he's 2/1.  I know it's a terrible thing to say but that could be a popular bet.

Then there's the weather at Harding Park.  Cold chilly windy conditions that change during the day. Woods has already said they've affected him.

"I think that for me when it's cooler like this it's just make sure that my core stays warm, layering  up properly," he said. "I know I won't have the same range of motion as I  would back home in Florida, where it's 95 [degrees] every day. That's  just the way it is.

"Talking to some of the guys yesterday, they  were laughing at their TrackMan numbers already.  They don't have the swing speed or ball speed they did last week. It's  just the way it is. It's going to be playing longer. It's heavy air weather and whether the wind blows or not, it's still going to be heavy.  The ball doesn't fly very far here."

The final interesting bet on Woods is to be top former winner at 6/1.  To do that he has to beat Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Rory and Jason Day.  A tough ask on the face of it but what if Brooks and Day struggle again with recent injuries, Rory is again off form and Justin Thomas is exhausted from winning last week.  It might be worth a squeak!

Tiger is not for me this week, but I've wrong more times than right post lockdown and there's nobody I would like to see win more.  Except Shane Lowry obviously!!!

 


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2020 PGA Championship Betting Preview And Tips

August 6th – 9th, 2020
TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,251
Purse: $11 million with $1,980,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Brooks Koepka


2020 PGA Championship Golf World Best Golf Tipster

Favourite Watch (Win Only Market)


There is nothing to separate Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas as 10/1 joint favourites this week, except maybe the fact that Brooks is going for a Wannamaker three-peat.  Both are too short for my each-way betting strategy in a stacked field BUT for those brave enough to put on a win-only bet know that Brooks hit 55 greens in Memphis on his way to a return to form T2 while Thomas won for the third time in the 2020 PGA Tour season and was the last man to win the PGA in 2017 before Brooks took over.

Doc's Top-5 Each Way Bets For The PGA Championship


Xander Schauffele 18/1


One of these guys that is built for Major tests.  Of his 11 Major starts to date Xander has finished in the top-6 five times (paid out each way).  Improving in form from a T14 and T13 in a fortnight at Muirfield Village to a T6 in Memphis last week.  Harding Park will need accuracy off the tee and that is a staple of the Schauffele game. Solid each way look then at 18/1.

Jon Rahm 14/1


If Harding Park does turn out to be the cold windy beast that plays much longer than its yardage, you've got to like Jon Rahm.  Spotty form was erased in a instant with a win at Memorial and if his fairways and greens game is there this week, a first Major win is a distinct possibly.  Four top-10's in his still relatively early Major career.

Jason Day 40/1


If the first two picks are too short odds for you Jason Day at 40/1 makes up for it.  I actually believe he's a little overpriced.  An injury free run of late has seen a formline of T7 in the Workday, T4 in The Memorial and T6 last week in Memphis.  Day won the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and has four other top-10's besides since 2013.  A good week off the tee and a back that behaves in the cooler August San Fran conditions and I think Day can place here.

Dustin Johnson 22/1


It's hard to read Dustin Johnson on any given week.  Won the Travelers and looked amazing, missed the cut next time out at Memorial.  Withdrew after an opening 78 at the 3M open, then battled to a T12 at WGC St Jude last week.  What I do know is that DJ gives the Majors his very best and that sole win in the 2016 US Open hardly does his career justice.  Sixteen other Major top-10's besides presents a better picture and I think a lower key behind closed doors championship with the focus off him will suit DJ this week.

Webb Simpson 28/1


May not be the perfect fit for everyone but I've steadfastly stood by my theory that Webb Simpson has again the game and temperament to add to his 2012 US Open win. Creeping Bentgrass greens with a bit of Poa Annua snuck in by the sea….it doesn’t really matter to Simpson who simply has his putting stroke back in 2020.  Winner in Phoenix and Hilton Head, he's a ball striker on a course that will eliminate many early.

Doc's 2020 PGA Championship Top 5 LONG ODDS ONLY Bets





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2020 PGA Championship Long Odds Only Betting Tips

August 6th – 9th, 2020
TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,251
Purse: $11 million with $1,980,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Brooks Koepka


2020 PGA Championship Long Odds Picks from the world's top golf tipster

Doc's 2020 PGA Championship Top 5 LONG ODDS ONLY Bets


Tyrrell Hatton 50/1


Out at long odds after finishing at the rear of the St Jude field last week but don't let that deter you from an each way flutter on the Englishman.  Winner of the Arnie in March, came back after lockdown to record a T3 at Hilton Head and a T4 in Detroit.  Third in Strokes Gained on the PGA Tour and a no brainer each way at 50/1. 

Adam Scott 66/1


An unknown quantity this week having last been seen missing the cut at the Arnie.  BUT we all know Scottie gears his game these days around the Major dates.  T8 in Bethpage last year and T3 in Bellerive in 2018 among six top-10's in the PGA Championship.  Impressive winner at a tough Riviera in February and don’t be surprised to see Adam Scott just rock up and contend at Harding Park. 

Abraham Ancer 66/1


If hitting fairways is key this week, then Abraham Ancer will revel in this test.  Four top-15 finishes from five starts post lockdown including a solo second at the RBC Heritage and the Mexican will be confident of improving on his debut T16 at the 2019 PGA.

Shane Lowry 70/1


Was rejoined by regular caddie Bo (after a holiday with his second baby) at the St Jude last week and turned in an excellent T6 finish.  If all the reports of a difficult colder windy Harding Park are correct this week you will want the 2019 Open Champion on your team.  T8 last year and knows how to get it done.  

Chez Reavie 100/1


A grafter of the highest order on the PGA Tour who knows his limitations and makes the most of his strengths.  Dropped shots late last week at the St Jude on his way to a T6 finish (paid out each-way for us) but is the type of player who can retain form.  You can check Chez's driving stats for the last month but I'll bet my house that through two weeks in Ohio and last week in Memphis nobody on Tour has hit as many fairways as him.  T14, T12, T22 in his last three PGA Championships says he's worth a squeak. 



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Justin Thomas and a monumental short game came from the wings to be the star of the show at the WGC FedEx St Jude.   The final dress rehearsal before the PGA Championship took place again behind closed doors but there was no shortage of drama.

The difficult TPC Southwind played its part claiming overnight leaders Brendon Todd and Ben An early. Brooks Koepka, showing no signs of the knee injury the week before a Major, was a threat throughout before finding water from the tee on the final hole to end his hopes.

Surprise of the tournament was Englishman Tom Lewis who took home a cheque for $695,000 after finishing in a tie for second with Koepka, Daniel Berger and Phil Mickelson.

In the end though Justin Thomas ( with stand in caddie Jim 'Bones' Mackay)  won by three clear shots, shooting 65 and giving an exhibition of wedge play. The win elevates him to No.1 in the latest Official World Golf Rankings.

Thomas is now the clear 10/1 favourite in early betting for this week's PGA Championship.

Justin Thomas 2020 WGC FedEx Winning Equipment and Cost


Justin Thomas Winning Equipment And Cost

(all prices from Golfbidder.co.uk)
Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5 deg) with a Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 60 TX shaft. (£279)
3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 deg) with a Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue 85 TX shaft. (£171)

5-wood: Titleist 915 Fd (18 deg) with a Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X shaft. (£108)

Irons: Titleist T100 (4), Titleist 620 MB (5-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts. (£962)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (46, 52), Vokey SM8 (56), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts  (52-60). (£88 x 2 + £124 x 2 = £424)
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Total Cost: £2104 or €2339

Highlights

How he Did It

Justin Thomas drove the ball on average 295.5 yards for the week with his Titleist TS3 driver finding 69.6% of the fairways in regulation.  Using his Titleist 620MB irons the 27 year old found 51 greens in regulation, including 13 of 18 Sunday. Strangely but perhaps fittingly given the toughness of the test it was Thomas's selection of Vokey SM7, SM8 and wedgeworks wedges that proved the difference, extricating him from trouble when most needed.  Interestingly JT won with a (very rare on Tour) negative Strokes Gained Putting clip of -0.470 using his Scotty Cameron X5.5 Tour Prototype. Over the four rounds Thomas circled 19 birdies versus 6 bogeys.


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This week sees the year’s first golf major, the PGA Championship (6-9th August, TPC Harding Park, California). As you might expect, Bryson DeChambeau’s form since June has not gone unnoticed by bookmakers, and the Californian is now in the unfamiliar position of being at the top of the betting markets going into a major. But there are perhaps better options than the 26-year-old?




DeChambeau’s jaw-dropping driving has gained many headlines of late, and he has backed it up with some excellent results. Everyone knows the story by now. The Californian is sacrificing accuracy for distance in his drives, and it seems the former is proving a greater asset than the other. His victory at the Rocket Mortgage Classic really turned heads. And here we are, with many wondering whether this is something akin to golf’s Moneyball moment.

Harding Park will be a test for DeChambeau’s Driving 
However, as has been said time and time again, it’s a different matter when it comes to the Majors. Where does TPC Harding Park rank among the world’s greatest golf courses? Well, it might not be up there with the icons like Augusta and Pebble Beach, but it’s pretty darn beautiful with its stunning vistas of lakes, trees and the salty tang of the Pacific hanging in the air. But, as so often is the case in golf, beautiful does not mean easy. DeChambeau is going to need to be a little more accurate in driving than he has shown so far to master this course. Harding Park seems to reward accuracy more than distance. 
MansionBet quotes 11/1 for DeChambeau, but he is as low as 8/1 elsewhere. Such has been the fervour around DeChambeau’s bombing drives, plenty of punters are sure to back him. Perhaps they are right to do so as he has been ultra-consistent in 2020. And yet, there are a few others who might represent better value in California next month, especially in the each-way markets. 

Jason Day Seeing an Uptick in Form 
Punters will not need reminding that bookmakers tend to offer a lot of extra places for majors, and it can often be a lot more lucrative backing a long-shot player to finish in the Top 7 (8, 9 – depending on the bookie) than backing the market leaders. Jason Day, at 45/1, seems to fit that bill nicely. The Australian hasn’t played consistently well in a few years now, but there are signs that he could get back to somewhere approaching his best form. 



Like DeChambeau, plenty of punters will be tearing into the 30/1 odds on Collin Morikawa. Fresh off the biggest win of his career, he looks set to start bothering the world’s top 10 and perhaps make an impression on the majors. But we would be a little hesitant of backing him to win outright in California. It feels like his time has not yet come. Perhaps an each-way bet makes sense. 
In our eyes, the smart money is on Webb Simpson. The price of 28/1 for the world number five is an attractive one, and Simpson has the nous and experience to work his way around Harding Park and come out smiling the other end. He leads the PGA Tour in birdies this season, but he is capable of a playing a few stinking holes, too. That’s why he is 28/1 and not 10/1. Still, if he is on his game, that price will look massive.   




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The Red Ant Union of America have apologised profusely for being attracted as hell to Bryson DeChambeau's shoes at the WGC St Jude Classic.

The ants were so magnetically drawn to his fiery looking loafers that the beefy young American became very distracted and demanded a free drop. 



Cries of unsportsmanlike conduct from the public were strongly refuted by Chief Red Ant Terry Thorax. "Hey Bryson was 100% right to look for a free drop," he said.  "My guys thought they had discovered the holy grail, a flaming yellow electrical junction box drizzled with honey and they were willing to die to get in there.  How were we to know they were just a pair shoes? They looked fucking ridiculous? The whole thing has been taken totally out of context and he totally innocent."

Here's the moment it happened.

 

More as it emerges.

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2020 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Betting Preview and Tips

July 30th – August 2nd, 2020
TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,238
Purse: $10.5 million with $1,787,560 to the winner
Defending Champion: Brooks Koepka

Favourite Watch


Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy top the betting at a  pretty generous 11/1 this week. The Spaniard comes in off a win at Memorial, with Rory without a top-10 since the restart and still searching for that elusive good putting week that will change everything.  All eyes too will be on Bryson DeChambeau at 12/1; can his bomb and gouge method translate into Major form? I avoid the win only market like the plague, at least until after round one. 



Doc's Top 5 Best Each Way Bets


Daniel Berger 28/1


The 27 year old is having a terrific season and reaffirming his status as one of the big names on Tour.  Winner of the Charles Schwab after lockdown and T3 at The Heritage among five top-10 finishes in his last six starts. Twice a winner also at TPC Southwind in the old June St Jude Classic slot, this is a huge confluence of good stuff that just cannot be ignored.

Webb Simpson 22/1


Watch this guy, he will contend for a Major again this season.  The superlative ball striker has won already this year in Phoenix and Hilton Head and has the temperament to convert in big events.  Solo second to Koepka on this course in the inaugural WGC St Jude in 2019 (which used to be played at Firestone from 2018 back) and primed to strike for win number three.

Matt Fitzpatrick 35/1


Matt is quietly going about his business on the PGA Tour this year. Now 20th in the world and impressed me greatly in his solo third at a very difficult Memorial last time out where he posted a stats clip against the field of T4 driving, T14 irons and T9 putting.  Simply put that shows consistency across all key parts of his game and points to another big chance on a course where he finished T4 last year.

Patrick Cantlay 20/1


Frankly I would have expected better odds than 20/1 on Patrick Cantlay this week but I'm guessing the bookies see the same potential in him as I do.  T7 at the Workday Charity Open after a Sunday 65 then T32 at The Memorial after a Sunday 79 shows how easily things can get away from you in golf. Aged 28 now and primed to realise his potential over the next couple of weeks.

Billy Horschel 45/1


Posted some fantastic pics of his vacation hiking in Colorado and hopefully he'll bring some of that freshness and joy of life to his game in Memphis this week.  Recovered from a first round 76 to post a very respectable T13 at Memorial last time out with a T7 the week before.  Loves this course too with five top-10 finishes since 2013.  If it comes down to battle Billy is your guy!

Long Odds Glory Squeaks


Chez Reavie 125/1:  Contended through three rounds at The Memorial before a 79 Sunday.  T4 in 2017 and T6 in 2018 at the old St Jude Classic.

Cam Smith 225/1: Played a big part in this event in 2019 but out of sorts of late. 



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The European Tour returned at the weekend with the British Masters,  and you know what, they did a great job and it was far more entertaining than the PGA Tour's 3M Open.

Italian Renato Paratore pretty much raced around around the fabulous Close House and it was bloomin' great TV.

Host for the week Lee Westwood took the opportunity to deliver some home truths to America about how they are handling the Corona crisis (shhh Britain not handling it so great either) and says he wont be travelling to the WGC in Memphis this week OR the PGA Championship EVEN though he wouldn't have to undergo a 14 day isolation (that's now been dropped).



"I still don’t feel comfortable and I don’t feel like it is right to jump on a plane for 12 hours," Westwood said. I’ve felt like out of my comfort zone this week (at the British Masters), so if I got to Memphis I would feel uncomfortable playing tournaments at the moment."

"Whenever I come out and play the tournaments now it is almost about seeing my mates and the sociable element of it all and you’re not ­getting that at the moment. I’ve never seen so many players on the range at eight o’clock at night trying to avoid their hotel rooms. It’s just not the life I’m used to. I go out on the course and I am struggling for motivation a little bit."

"The two America tournaments, next week and the following week ... I’m still more concerned that America doesn’t take it as seriously as the rest of the world. It still seems to be one of the hotspots for outbreaks. I can control me not getting the virus and take all the measures I can, but somebody might pass it on. I don’t really want to get ill with it and I’m slightly ­asthmatic."

"If I tested positive in Memphis I would have to stay there for two weeks and I’m not sure about ­insurance policies etc. Right now there are too many what ifs. If you take all them into consideration, there is something wrong."

You've got to hand it to Lee, he knows his own mind.  There's a lot of money up for grabs over the next couple of weeks not to mention all the trappings, so to have such conviction is for me very admirable.


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As a proud Mayoman myself I was very sad to hear of the damage caused to four of the greens on Achill Island Golf Links.  Was it a case that some idiot got so angry after the new Captain of the Mayo golf club, who is from Dublin, produced the new club fixtures book in the Dublin GAA colours 'as a bit of craic', that they lashed out and caused the damage? 

Or are the two totally unrelated? I think not.




Anton McNulty has the full report in the Mayo News. He spoke to PRO Aidan Gielty.

“We haven’t a clue who did this or why they would do it. To cause damage the first night was bad enough but to come back the second night and cause more damage is difficult to comprehend."

Hang on a second there Aidan! You haven't a clue why the would do it? If you're not Irish, it might be hard to understand, but probably the biggest insult you can give to a man from County Mayo, is to taunt them with a Dublin GAA reference. And there's a tonne of idiots out there.  That's a big clue. 

He went on explain about new Captain and Dubliner Jim Quigley putting the Dublin colours on the Achill fixtures booklet creating a huge viral outcry on WhatsApp groups.
“It was done as a bit of craic and some saw the funny side - while others didn’t! A number of our members are Dubs and Jim has been a member for nearly ten years and has done a lot for the club in that time. It was only a bit of craic but we didn’t think it would go as viral as it did,” he said.

It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure out what precipitated this terrible damage.  Whoever did this has no interest in golf, is a complete idiot, and was pissed off as hell at that fixtures book.



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Tiger Woods is the latest high profile sports star to unveil a Covid Sponsorship with the news today that he will wear a Titleist face mask in all four Majors this year as part of a new $10 million deal.

Woods unveiled the new Titleist TW-Core-Fit-19 four layer kevlar mask at a practice session in his home club of Medalist in Florida this morning.



The news has reportedly sent Nike executives into a furious rage and they were further angered by Woods statement at the mask launch today.

"I tried all the masks and Titleist was by far the best," said Woods  "Of course we tried all the Nike masks, but Novak Djokovic rang me and, it hard was to hear him through all the coughing and wheezing, but he told me he and wife tried it, couldn't breathe through the f**king thing, stopped wearing it and got Covid. So that one was a no-no."

"I also tried TaylorMade masks but they kept changing the models every five minutes. It was so annoying. The Callaway masks were good but I got a tip off from one of the guys saying they might be illegal so I'm staying away from them for the moment.  But as soon as I put on the Titleist mask and they offered to give me $10 million I really felt this is the perfect mask for me."

"We are delighted Tiger has chosen the Titleist mask and we really hope he doesn't die wearing it," said Titleist sales manager Wally Goppenhauser.

The new Titleist TW-Core-Fit-19 mask features Titleist's distinctive pear shape and an incredibly resilient fused vertebral stitching pattern designed to last for up to five years.  It will be available in shops this week priced $500 and comes with a free Titleist driver.

More as it emerges.




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Two weeks ahead of the first Major of this crazy year and a very interesting note from the PGA of America that they are going to do things a little differently to the PGA Tour when it comes to tolerating COVID-19.



Whereas the PGA Tour have made exceptions for some players with positive Corona tests to play, the PGA of America will be adopting a much stricter strategy.

Every player, along with two coaches, and a trainer will undergo testing starting on August 2nd and MUST test negative for COVID-19 to be allowed into the event.

Player's wives kids and family are strictly not allowed attend, and neither are agents, managers or general hanger on-er's you might spot at a Tour event.

You've got to hand it to the PGA of America, they are the first of four, and they are determined not to mess up.  Prepare for the most sterile Major ever!



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3M Open Betting Preview And Tips

July 23rd – 26th, 2020
TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minnesota
Par: 71 / Yardage: 7,468
Purse: $6.6 million with $1,188,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Matthew Wolff



Doc's Top-5 Best Each Way Bets


Harris English 30/1


Super consistent since Phoenix with five top-20's and brings his solid tee to green game to Minnesota this week with high hopes. 10th in strokes gained total,  the question is can he make the putts to get it to the 20 under or so it will take to get it done this week? If he can this could be his week.

Lucas Glover 35/1


Will have shaken off a 78 in the final round at Memorial for a T38 finish because Lucas gets to come back to TPC Twin Cities where he fired a Sunday 62 last year to climb to T7 on the leaderboard.  Super consistent on the PGA Tour with a string of top-25's he can prosper from the reduced field strength with a WGC and Major in the next two weeks.

Sam Burns 45/1


T17 at the Workday last time out and you know what you'll get from Sam Burns.  He will smash it off the tee, go for everything and be very tidy from 100 yards in.  T7 here last year, in solid form, and should contend.

Luke List 50/1


Confidence is high after winning the Korn Ferry Challenge in June and Luke continued to impress with a T10 at The Memorial where he circled a T3 in greens in regulation on a tough layout.  Primed to score this week with the pressure off.

Ryan Armour 80/1


Took a week off for the second event at Muirfield Village after missing the cut in the Workday Charity but memories are still fresh of a T4 in Detroit and T6 at TPC River Highlands after a grip change during lockdown.  Chance for the veteran to finish in the high places again this week.


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