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It's fair to say it hasn't been the greatest of weeks so far for Thorbjorn Olesen at the Nordea Masters.  The Dane had his clubs lost twice by British Airways and yesterday in the first round had his ball mysteriously disappear down what was thought to be a rabbit hole.

Caddie Dominic Bott was tasked with the job of reaching down into the hole but despite getting in deep he could not retrieve it.

According to Sky News (tnx for clip) Olesen was however given a free drop and went on to make bogey.

Here's what happened.

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Sad news this morning for Brandt Snedeker as his dream of making the 2018 USA Ryder Cup Team look all but over.  After shooting 59 at The Wyndham yesterday Snedeker who is currently ranked 37th in the USA Ryder Cup points list inexplicably missed a simple high five from Billy Horschel.

The moment Brandt Snedeker's Ryder Cup hopes died.

It is believed that Captain Jim Furyk was made aware of the miss shortly after and is said to have expressed his disappointment to his Vice Captains.

Those of you of a nervous disposition please do not watch this.

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Amid a global downturn in airline operating profits, British Airways have this morning expressed their delight at the announcement of quarterly profits up 25% thanks to diversifying into the used golf equipment business.

The airline now have 45 "pop-up" golf equipment shops operating out of baggage handling vans located at roundabouts outside major airports across Europe, with reports that daily stocks are selling out in minutes.

"We have a whole range of bags, and clubs, and shoes, and toiletry bags with new stock literally coming in every day," said BA boss Jonathan Clamstead.  "We actually have a lovely Nike Tour bag with Danish writing and full of TaylorMade equipment on special offer for any of our friends from Denmark today.  We're asking £50 for the lot and there's a flight from Copenhagen due in about now so we expect it to be snapped up rapid."

Business at the Heathrow pop-up store was reported as "mental" yesterday with shoppers clamouring to avail of the offer of a free golf bag travel case with every purchase.

"We can also get you pretty much any set you want within a day or two," continued Clamstead. "And our prices are so good you'd think the stuff has fallen off the back of a lorry!  But of course is hasn't.  The reason we can sell everything so cheaply is we have zero carriage costs on all our stock. It's a unique business model, clubs just arrive at our door!"

More as it emerges.

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2018 Wyndham Championship Betting Tips

August 16th – 19th, 2018
Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,127
Purse: $6 million with $1,080,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Henrik Stenson
2018 Wyndham Betting Tips

Favourite Discussion

Webb Simpson is the local hero living just a couple of hours drive from Greensboro and since winning the event in 2011 has added three more top-10's since including a solo third last year.  Winner of The Players of course this season also, T10 at the US Open, T12 at The Open and T19 last week in Bellerive where he finished T4 in Greens in Regulation and shot four rounds in the 60's.

Doc's Top 5 Best Each Way Bets

Also use for your Fantasy Team Picks.

Shane Lowry 25/1

Lowry Soft Hands.

It's Shanes third visit to Sedgefield and he did great here last year with a T7 finish.  Since splitting with caddie Dermo and employing his bro Alan, Shane has managed T12's in Canada and at the PGA Championship last week. The anatomy of that result was a solo second in driving accuracy and T4 in Greens in Reg. If he can manage a better return than last weeks 117 putts, Shane can contend.

Brandt Snedeker 25/1

History dictates that straight batters and solid putters thrive at the Wyndham and with the winning score north of 20 under in the last two stagings it should suit Sneds.  Poor Majors aside, he was T8 in Canada and T3 at the Greenbrier in his last two regular starts and has a wealth of experience at Sedgefield with a win in 2007 and T3 when he last played in 2016 among his 10 starts.

Rory Sabbatini 66/1

I remember tipping Rory in the Long Odds Glory section at 110/1 last year and he paid out handsomely with a T4 finish.  The man everyone used to hate may be a sedate character these days but looked competitive again in Canada last time out where he finished T12.

Billy Horschel 33/1


There's two ways this tip can go depending on Billy Ho's putting this week. Because his iron play is off the charts good pretty much every week.  Gets the nod over Ryan Moore at the same odds because he's coming off a T2 at The Barbasol and T35 at Bellerive where he scored a T4 Greens in Reg clip. The putts fell at one and not in the other. See what I mean?

Si Woo Kim 60/1

Close enough.

Lots of missed cuts along the way this year including last week at the PGA Championship but the winner on his last visit here in 2016. T10 at the WGC Bridgestone thanks to finding form with the flatstick. Solid each way bet.

Long Odds Glory Shots

Johnson Wagner 100/1

This week is all about the guys on the top 125 bubble on the money list trying desperately to make it to the playoffs.  And with Johnson Wagner currently 136th he needs a big week. Now on a run of five made cuts with a recent best of T16 at the John Deere, he's throwing in very low rounds almost every week but offsetting them with poor ones.  T5 here in 2016 and will be grinding hard.

Hunter Mahan 100/1

Hunter's home with its Michelle Wie coffee table.

Sedgefield is one of the few quirky courses on Tour that throw up surprises and one blast from the past that has been on my radar lately is Hunter Mahan.  Improving results in his last three starts culminating in a T7 at the Barbasol where he ranked top of the greens hit stats. T16 last year and at 157th in the Fed Ex Cup rankings he'll be one of the many giving this one welly.

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More is the pity that the PGA Championship wasn't shown on TV in Europe but thanks to streams and hacks most of us managed to avoid the ignominy of paying Eleven Sports for the privilege of watching it online.

And what we saw was amazing.  Brooks the machine versus Tiger the dream.

Here are the highlights.

After it all was over I loved that Tiger stood in line and waited to congratulate the winner.  The old Tiger was not one for any of that.

He seemed pretty happy after too!

Roll on the Ryder Cup!

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One of the many people that paid tribute to Jarrod Lyle, who sadly passed away this week, was friend, fellow Aussie, Tour caddie, footie player and all round character Mick Middlemo.

Jarrod's sense of humour was famous and I asked Mick to send a little tribute to Jarrod in the form of a funny story. And he didn't disappoint!

Mick Middlemo's Tribute To Jarrod Lyle

Jarrod wasn’t just a friend he was a mate. Living in a house with him in Orlando for over five years and caddying for him for four years I got a pretty close up insight into the kind of person he was! What you saw in public was what he was like at home, a true gentleman who enjoyed a beer a laugh and a Diet Coke every morning!

We would hit balls together, play golf together and laugh together. When Jason Day first came to the USA he lived across the street from us in Orlando and we played mini-golf every day off we had. We had so much fun as mates.

There are a thousand great Jarrod Lyle stories but the best involves Rich Beem at the Fed Ex St-Jude Classic in Memphis. Rich decided to write a swear word in bold print on one of Jarrod's golf balls and put it back in his bag. Let’s just say the word started with C and ended in T and is well used word in Australia!

Well after a rough Friday afternoon and looking like missing the cut we stand on the 18th tee and Jarrod asks me for the "Rich Beem" golf ball. So we tee it up and bang; he carves it way right. Off we trudge up the fairway and as we start to approach the ball in the trees next to the cart path I notice five young females, maybe around 20 to 25 years of age, standing horrified right next to Jarrod's ball.

The word starting with C and ending with T was staring right up at them front and centre!  As I sneak off sneak off sheepishly to get a yardage one of girls says "That's not a very nice word."  Without missing a beat Jarrod says "What’s wrong? This is where I went to school.....Central University of the Northern Territory!! I die laughing and they completely bought the story!

Rich Beem and I shared a laugh over it last night. T-shirts were even made about it! Jarrod was and will always be a mate and I will miss him and his sense of humour and our chats. Love you Jarrod.

Thanks Mick. A brilliant tribute

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I normally wouldn't do this but I'm so angry at the PGA Championship going behind a pay wall at the weekend that I'm spreading the word about this link to watch it for free. 

It's meant to be free anyway isn't it? Grow the game and all that?

Here's the link.

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Having watched the first round of the PGA Championship on Facebook I was seething with anger at new rights owners Eleven Sports.  Now they want me to give them my credit card details to signup to a "free trial" to watch the weekend? Absolutely no chance.

Oh but you can cancel your free subscription Monday? I've seen it a million times; Eleven Sports are preying on the percentage that will forget to do so and then get locked into a contract AND will make it as difficult as possible for those who do.

The coverage was a haphazard shambolic affair, with embarrassing links and dodgy UK commentary during the hundreds of mini breaks in the American coverage from TNT. There were dropped signals, buffering and even crossing to the US when the commentators were chatting off air.

Eleven Sports was founded by Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani and the signs are on it.
They have the rights to La Liga for the season also.

I cant for the life of me think how this is trying to "grow the game."

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A local tech wizard became a hero down the pub tonight when he managed to get PGA Championship coverage showing on the television in the corner over the bar.

Dmitri Yereshev, 28, who works in the dodgy phone screen repair shop down the far end of the town, had at least two pints of Guinness bought for him after he managed to somehow magically get the golf from the Eleven Sports page on facebook on his phone onto the telly in the pub via an App of some sort.

"He might be one of those Russian hackers!" laughed local alcoholic and betting expert Tommy Moore who has booked his stool in the pub with his coat for the next four days. "But I couldn't give a shite as long as he has the golf is on!!  God bless Putin!!"

Pub landlord Jimmy Bubbles, despite having a face on him like a bulldog licking piss off a nettle, was similarly delighted but added a word of caution to reporters; "I hope no lads from Eleven Sports come in here now looking for another fuckin' license fee off me coz I've this golf on.  I already pay the c*nts in Sky €5,000 a week and they don't have any Premier League matches worth a shite anymore."

More as it emerges.

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Jarrod Lyle has passed away aged 36.

Our deepest condolences to his wife Briony, and daughters Lusi and Jemma.

Bri broke the sad news this morning.

“It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us.

“He passed away peacefully at 8.20pm last night, having spent his final week in Torquay among his family and close friends.

“Lusi, Jemma and I are filled with grief and now must confront our lives without the greatest husband and father we could ever have wished for.

“At the same time, we have been blessed and overwhelmed with the messages and actions of support from around the world and feel comforted that Jarrod was able to happily impact so many people throughout his life. Our humble thanks to you all.

“Jarrod was able to take in many of the unbelievably kind and generous acts and words in his final few days and was overwhelmed by the emotional outpouring.

“He asked that I provide a simple message: `Thanks for your support, it meant the world. My time was short, but if I’ve helped people think and act on behalf of those families who suffer through cancer, hopefully it wasn’t wasted.’

“We will hold an intimate and private family service in the coming days.

“There will be a public memorial service at The Sands in Torquay at a date to be announced later.

“As per Jarrod’s wish, please donate to Challenge in lieu of gifts or flowers.”

A separate post re funds for Jarrod's is here or You can donate directly to the family’s Trust Fund using the details below:

Name: JB & B Lyle

BSB: 013 259

Account: 378 942 198

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The PGA Championship wont be on Sky, the BBC or any TV stations in Europe.  It will be shown only on Eleven Sports, a new sports broadcasting company.

Eleven Sports will stream the first two rounds of the tournament live for free on Facebook.
To view the weekend you will to sign up for a seven-day trial of it's service on their website.

Blame for the mess has been laid at the door of outgoing boss Pete Bevacqua and IMG, who failed to reach agreement re coverage with Sky in 2017. IMG ultimately saved face with a last minute BBC deal last year, but that was not continued to 2018.

The upshot is no PGA Championship golf on TV but you will be able to stream from Eleven Sports on Facebook.
The weekend action will be via the Eleven Sports site,

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If your thinking of betting on Rory McIlroy, whose is generally available at 14/1 across the best golf betting sites in this week's PGA Championship, here's every stat you need to make your decision.

Rory featured in the "favourites win-only section of my 2018 PGA Championship Betting Preview and Tips post so make sure to check that out (here) too.

And with the PGA Of America announcing that green speeds will be slow and soft due to extremely high temperatures and humidity forecast it brings back memories of Congressional's greens in the 2011 US Open where Rory ruled.

Rory McIlroy Essential Performance Stats.

with thanks to Sal at Golfstats.

Rory McIlroy 2018 European Tour Record

Rory McIlroy 2018 PGA Tour Record

Rory McIlroy PGA Championship Career Stats

 Rory McRory Career PGA Championship Record

 Rory McIlroy Yearly PGA/European Tour Stats/Rank


He is 5 in this week’s Official World Golf Ranking
Birth Date: May 04, 1989
Birthplace: Holywood, Northern Ireland
Age: 29 Ht.: 5’ 10" Wt.: 160
Home: Holywood, Northern Ireland
Turned Professional: 2007
Joined PGA Tour: 2010
PGA Tour Playoff Record: 1-2
Joined PGA European Tour: 2008

PGA European Tour Playoff Record: 0-3
PGA Tour Victories: 14 - 2010 Quail Hollow Championship;
2011 U.S. Open; 2012 Honda Classic, PGA Championship,
Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship; 2014
British Open, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, PGA
Championship; 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship,
Wells Fargo Championship; 2016 Deutsche Bank
Championship, Tour Championship; 2018 Arnold Palmer

PGA European Tour Victories: 13 - 2009 Dubai Desert
Classic; 2011 U.S. Open, UBS Hong Kong Open; 2012 PGA
Championship, DP World Tour Championship; 2014 BMW
PGA Championship, British Open, WGC-Bridgestone
Invitational, PGA Championship; 2015 Omega Dubai Desert
Classic, WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship, DP World
Tour Championship; 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
Australian Win: 2013 Emirates Australian Open
ELIGIBILITY CODE: 1, 4, 10, 11

McIlroy's 2018 Season So Far....

Returned to action, saying he was feeling great with no rib problems. His first start back finished T-3rd at Abu Dhabi and the next week was 2nd at the Dubai Desert Classic, one shot behind winner Haotong Li.
Flew to America to play on the PGA Tour, and in four starts missed two cuts. His best finish was T-20th at the Genesis Open. On the Monday before the Arnold Palmer Invitational, talked with Brad Faxon, who gave him some thoughts on putting. McIlroy used those keys to have his best putting week on the PGA Tour, taking a career-low 100 putts to win the Palmer by three shots over Bryson DeChambeau. McIlroy birdied five of his last six holes on the way to a bogey-free 64.

The next week at the WGC-Dell Match Play, an event he won in 2015, he lost two of his three matches and didn’t make it out of group play. Was T-5th at The Masters, he was in the final pairing with Patrick Reed and shot 74 finishing six shots back. Was 2nd at the BMW PGA Championship, 2 shots back of winner Francesco Molinari. T-8th at the Memorial. Missed the cut at both the Play-
ers Championship and U.S. Open, his third straight missed cut at a U.S. Open.

Bounced back at the Open Championship finishing T-2nd, two shots back of winner Francesco Molinari. Shot a final round 73 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to finish T-6th.

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2018 PGA Championship Betting Preview And Tips

August 9th – 12th, 2018
Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, Missouri
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,316
Defending Champion: Justin Thomas

We are off to Bellerive Country Club for "Glory's Last Shot" at the PGA Championship this week and it's going to be a swelteringly hot sticky cracker in St Louis Missouri!

2018 PGA Championship Fantasy Picks

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2018 PGA Championship Top 5 Each Way Bets

Jason Day 25/1

My first tip is Jason Day at 25/1. Form players always do well at the PGA Championship and the sparkle really was back in Jason Day's eye and his game at the WGC Bridgestone. Winner at Wells Fargo and Farmers also this season and after missing the cut at the US Open and a T17 at Carnoustie he'll be trying hard to score big this week.  When he won at Whistling Straits in 2015 he was 20 under; I think Bellerive will be similarly scorable, the PGA of America don’t mind a birdie-fest. Tied 9th last year also in Quail Hollow, second in Baltusrol before that; you simply have to have Jason Day on your betslip.

Justin Rose 22/1

Beware the injured golfer they say and I cant think of a crocked player in better form than Justin Rose right now.  He pulled out of the WGC Bridgestone last week with back spasms, but hopefully he'll be fully fit and ready to tee it up come Thursday.  Since winning in Fort Worth, Rose has gone T6 at The Memorial, T10 at the US Open, T9 at the Scottish and T2 in Carnoustie last time out.  He's also happiest putting on bentgrass greens. Missed the cut last year but has been in the mix before at Whistling Straits in 2015 and Kiawah in 2012.

Henrik Stenson 40/1

What about Henrik Stenson at 40/1?  Now on the face of it you might tend to dismiss Henrik as he hasn’t really contended lately but hear me out. As his career has progressed Henrik really builds towards late season form; he has three top-10's from his last five PGA Championships (Oakhill, Valhalla, Baltusrol) and never been out of the top-25.  T5 at the Masters, T6 at the US Open and with his tees and greens game I think he'll have a say this week especially each-way.

Patrick Reed 40/1

This will be Patrick Reed's fifth PGA Championship and he has bettered his finish every year up to a T2 in Quail Hollow last year when Justin Thomas won. Solid in Firestone last week, T9 at the European Open (with a 76 on Sunday and don’t mention the cameraman incident!) and he seems to be building towards another big Major after winning the Masters and solo 4th at the US Open in Shinnecock. Scrambling will be key this week along with lag putting on these massive greens, that's a test within a test as you'll see this week and I think Reed will thrive in it.

Patrick Cantlay 50/1

At the start of the year my theory was that we would see Patrick Cantlay really in the mix in one Major this year and to be fair a T12 at Carnoustie was good, but I think this week might be a watershed for him.  Winner of the Shriners way back on the messed up PGA Tour "wraparound" and he has popped up intermittently with good results and The Genesis, Heritage, like solo 4th at Memorial, a good Travelers and that solid Open result.  On his day Cantlay is a super putter; that will be key this week so watch out for him.

Long Odds Glory Shots

Now those are my five picks, but whatever this says about my tipping ability, it's the massive Long Odds Glory tips that have done great recently.  These are the tips I do for my wife; she only ever puts on a tiny bet but always on a longshot with a hope of winning big.  So here's three guys down the pecking order you can make a strong case for this week.

Louis Oosthuizen 66/1

On his day Louis is one of the very best and I was very impressed with him at Akron. Playing a pretty sparse schedule, he was T28 at The Open and was no worse than 16th from Masters, through Fort Worth, Memorial and Shinnecock. He was also among those who tied 2nd last year also and a great long shot at 66/1.

Ian Poulter 100/1 (now 66/1)

What a super year it has been for Ian Poulter. A winner again in Houston, up near 10 top-25's since, putting better than almost everyone every week and for me a shoo-in for the Ryder Cup.  It would be a dream come true to win a Major at this stage of his career but it would not surprise me.  Great form last week also in Firestone, watch out for Poults each way.

Zach Johnson 100/1

Zach has been there or thereabouts of late, top-20's more often than not, T17 at The Open and T12 at the US Open and will always have a weapon in that putter.  The bookies don’t like him on a 7,300 yard par-70 but history at Bellerive weights straight batters and good putters over bombers so count don’t him out.  A great "to finish in the top-10" bet also, like with Poults you'll get great odds.

So there they are, my 2018 PGA Championship tips, I hope they help you to beat the bookies, once again thanks to my sponsors North and West Coast Links. Bet responsibly and see you next time.

Odds correct as of Sunday 5th August.

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If England cricketer Jimmy Anderson ever wondered what it would be like to feel the impact of one his own deliveries he now knows. It's very very painful.

Only for those fast cricketing reflexes this could have been much worse.

Thanks to Stuart Broad who captured the moment. Thankfully no fast bowlers were (too badly) injured.

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