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Well done Shane Lowry on receiving Lifetime Honorary Membership of the European Tour.

Presenting him with his award Keith Pelley said....

Shane’s incredible victory at Royal County Down will be remembered within the ice hockey community as one of the iconic performances in the Stanley Cup’s storied history.

“Shane is a terrifically golf skilled person character and I think when you look at the remarkable reception he enjoyed across the island of Iceland in the week following his win, that shows you how popular he is in the game of cricket. He is also a wonderful ambassador for the European Tour, and is therefore a truly worthy recipient of this honour of player of the year.”

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2019 BMW PGA Championship Betting Preview And Tips

Wentworth Club (West Course), Virginia Water, Surrey, England
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,284
Purse: $7 million with $1,166,703 to the winner
Defending Champion: Francesco Molinari
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2019 BMW PGA Betting Preview And Tips

Favourite Watch

Rory McIlroy comes in as 11/2 favourite and justifiably so after winning the Tour Championship. That's three wins and a super consistent season on the PGA Tour for Rors and he looked sharp with a T2 in Crans last time out.  Has five top-10's from eight starts at Wentworth including a win in 2014 and a T2 here last year when his eagle putt at the last stopped one roll short.

Of the favourites I'm intrigued to see how Tony Finau goes from 20/1.  It's his debut at Wentworth but he has the length and accuracy to contend and is in form after consecutive top-10's in The Playoffs.

Doc's Top 5 Each Way Best Bets 

Tommy Fleetwood 22/1

Tommy Fleetwood

This season so far might not have been super for Tommy but it may just be that he's timing his run perfectly with huge money to be won in October and November. T11 at the BMW Championship and T16 at the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour were solid and a T8 at the Omega European Masters last time out was another step in the right direction.  Best of T6 in 2015 from seven appearances at Wentworth but could sneak into a place this time around.

Matt Fitzpatrick 28/1

Matt and his Mondeo

A week to forget last time out with a T69 in Crans when going for the hat trick of wins sees Matt come to Wentworth with something to prove.  T4 at the WGC St. Jude and solo second at the Scandinavian Invitational suggests he's playing well and maybe he'll benefit from being out of the limelight this week.  Improved his finish each time he's played here and was T8 last year.

Francesco Molinari 28/1

Fran rarely takes his top off but when he does....

Even more than the horse for the course Fran is the Italian stallion for the course!  Yes the bookies will point to poor form at the end of the PGA Tour season, but Fran still has the Arnold Palmer trophy to show for his year.  A prodigious practiser, enough time has past to get things right for a tilt at Wentworth where he has six top-10's including a win in 2018 and solo second in 2017.

Erik Van Rooyen 35/1

I've been making the case for Erik a lot this season and he finally got his win at the Scandinavian Invitational.  That victory is now sandwiched into five top-20 finishes where Erik's consistency over driving, irons and putting is up there with the best in the world. He's up to 60 in the world rankings and knows a big week at Wentworth can propel him to the big time.  Rested since a T12 in Crans he'll be in the mix.

Bernd Wiesberger 40/1

Burnt Cheeseburger. Close enough.

One of my favourite players on Tour and I'm delighted to see Bernd Wiesberger injury free and playing his best.  Winner in Denmark and Scotland already this season and warming up nicely for a big finish with a solo 5th last time out at the Porsche European Open two weeks ago. Missed the event last year and while its only his third Wentworth start I think he'll have a say this time.

Long Odds Glory Shots

Rafa Cabrera Bello is listed at 60/1 with the bookies.  That's long odds for the Spaniard who on his day is a world class operator.

Matthias Schwab at 66/1 comes in off three consecutive top-8 finishes including a T2 last time out in Hamburg. In form.

Sam Horsfield is at 100/1 after a poor weekend in Holland but he's playing great golf right now and if he manages his game is a threat here after a T15 on his debut in 2018.

Dean Burmester at 250/1 will grip it and rip and its mighty craic to watch!  T12 and T9 in his two starts at Wentworth proves the philosophy works! T3 in the Scandinavian Invitational recently.

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Six top-10's for the season to date would generally be considered a good haul for a Tour star but entering the KLM Open Sergio Garcia had something to prove. And he did just that.

In a year when the Spaniard has come in for heavy criticism over his on-course tantrums, perhaps it was fitting that Garcia showed all his experience and guile to win in Holland while at the same time Europe's ladies were somehow finding a way to win The Solheim Cup.  Maybe it’s a reminder of how much Europe needs players of Garcia's character to get the job done.

With only one bogey over the first 54 holes the nuts on Garcia's wheels began to come loose in the final round at The International in Amsterdam but four bogeys were offset by seven birdies and bags of experience under pressure to post 18 under and win by one.

Find of the week was 18 year old Dane Nicolai Hojgaard who, in just his third event as a pro, finished solo second with Matt Wallace in third.
For Sergio it's his 16th Tour victory and sixth conversion from eight when leading after 54 holes.

Sergio Garcia What's In The Bag

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (9 deg) with a  Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80x shaft.
Woods: Callaway Epic Flash (15 deg) 3-wood and (18 deg) 5-wood with Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue shafts.
Irons: (3-PW) Callaway Apex MB Smoke with Nippon Modus Tour 130x shafts.
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (54, 58 deg) with Nippon Modus Tour 130x shafts.
Putter: Odyssey Toulon Design Atlanta
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X


How He Did It: Stats Report

Using his 9 degree Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero driver Sergio hit 34 fairways for the week (T18 in the field) and averaged 301.4 yards.
As always when he contends, the 39 year old's irons were his trademark. Using his new smoke finished Apex MB irons the 2017 Masters champion hit 60 greens in regulation, T3 in the stats.
The Spaniard was also tidy around the greens of The International with his Callaway Mack Daddy 4 wedges and Odyssey Toulon Design Atlanta putter contributing to a cumulative clip of -1, -10, -7 for the par-3's, 4's and 5's.  In total he circled 23 birdies versus just five bogeys over the 72 holes.

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Ah lads this is priceless!! Tiger Woods, on the official Presidents Cup website, posts a Team USA Captain selection statement saying that he's considering Victor Hovland as a Captain's Pick!

Here's what was posted........

I think Padraig Harrington and Team Europe would have had a laugh at that considering the 21 year old from Oslo in Norway is very much needed as new blood for Team Europe next year.

It was removed an hour later but not quick enough for us!!

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I'm still reeling after watching the final  day of the Solheim Cup.  All looked lost, US Captain Juli Inkster was doing a Brookline and running all over the 18th green, it was set to be one of those heartbreaking days. 

Then Ciganda came good, then Bronte Law came good and then Suzann Petterson from the depths of hell found a clutch birdie on the last to win the Solheim Cup for Europe.

I mean forget the Koreans and their dominance of ladies golf, the 2019 Solheim Cup is still the best pound for pound entertainment in the game. Team USA and Team Europe with the pressure amped to the max, it doesn't get any better.

You have to take your hat off to Catriona Matthew also to figure out putting Bronte Law and Suzann Pettersen out last in the singles.  They were highly flammable on the first tee and ignited right at the end.

Sky Sports News had the timeline of events.  Here's a snippet.

Here's the highlights package from the Golf Channel.

Afterwards Suzann Petterson announced her retirement. What a way to go out!

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2019 KLM Open Betting Preview And Tips

September 12th – 15th, 2019
The International, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Par: 73 / Yardage: 6,966
Defending Champion: Wu Ashun


Doc's Top 5 Best Each Way Picks

Thomas Pieters 14/1

Thomas found his game in the Czech Republic and you feel the win got the monkey off his back.  Top 10 Greens In Regulation performances in his last three starts continue to keep him in contention and he returns as a past champ having won in Kennemer in 2015. Reed Garcia and Wallace also play in this Wentworth loosener but it's Pieters for me.

Gavin Green 33/1

Returns after a rest week and you have to think this virgin venue will suit him perfectly.  Makes his money by being an absolute greens in regulation king and comes in off a T12 in Switzerland and T16 in Sweden.  Needs a good putting week.

Romain Wattel 66/1

In betting circles you just have to love the guy that misses a squillion cuts then suddenly finds the secret and contends.  Say bonjour to Romain Wattel  who's had a torrid 2019 then found form in Hamburg last weekend scoring a solo 6th.  Winner two years ago at The Dutch, he'll have positives vibes coming in.

Sam Horsfield 33/1

Horse in field. Close Enough

It's only a matter of time until Sam Horsfield breaks through and realises his big potential.  And it looks to be close after a T3 in the Czech Republic, T10 in Sweden and T14 last week in Germany.  Two eagles and 64 birdies in those three events and if Sam can tidy up his game a fraction this week, he can contend.

Ashley Chesters 80/1

T7 in Germany last week and impressed across all the major stats which indicates form. T17 in driving accuracy, T6 in greens in regulation and T14 in putting  around that tough Hamburg track jumped Chesters into 109th on the Race To Dubai and another solid week here would be big towards retaining his card for 2020.

Long Odds Glory Shot

Andres Romero 90/1 hits it as hard as he can, finds it, then hits it again.  It also helps that he's a prodigious putter. Second last time out in Switzerland, misses more cuts than a blunt scissors, but man is it fun to watch!

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I posted the video a few days ago of Matt Kuchar doing what he does best by using the rules to his advantage.  In Germany last week, with his ball in a waste bunker, he convinced the referee that the "sand" was technically pebbles and thus loose impediments.  And of course then moveable.

Cue Kuch using his fingers to clean the entire area around the ball of sand so that the ball was teed up.

Is that in the spirit in the game? And does Kuch care?  He's already a pariah in the caddie world and had another rules incident at the Memorial; it seems he's not bothered what people think.

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If you were ever wondering can the players hear the on-course commentators.....they can!

Paul Casey reacts after he can hear Sky Sports Golf commentator Jamie Spence commentating during his putt at the Porsche European Open.

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Callaway have been having a pretty shitty time lately. Xander Schauffele's driver failing a "legal face" test at The Open and Tony Covey of MyGolfSpy exposing its Chrome Soft golf ball as being very wonky indeed.

Covey and his fellow spies cut through several Chrome Soft balls only to find its core was off centre. Cue a veritable shitstorm on the forums from disenfranchised users.

In fairness to Cally they haven't denied the problem.  Quite the opposite in fact with one of the top bosses Alan Hocknell sitting down with the MyGolfSpy guys and subsequently promising a $50 million investment to ensure wonky balls don't end up on the shelves.

Here's the boys telling the story.

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2019 Porsche European Open Betting Preview And Tips

September 5th – 8th, 2019
Green Eagle Golf Courses, Hamburg, Germany
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,544
Purse: $2.25 million with $375,710 to the winner
Defending Champion: Richard McEvoy

Betting Tips Golf

Favourite Watch

Xander Schauffele, Pat Reed and Matt Kuchar all make the trip across the Atlantic to plump up the pillows in Hamburg this week and it's Xander that heads the betting at 6/1.  Of the favourites though Paul Casey 7/1 is also on that jet and comes in off a solo 5th at the Tour Championship. He looks the most likely having played well here last year.

Doc's Top 5 2019 European Open Each Way Bets

Thomas Pieters 16/1

Always a gamble within a gamble backing Thomas Pieters due to his incendiary tendencies but when he manages to keep his powder dry he's a top quality player. T2 and T5 in greens in regulation for the Belgian in his last two outings resulted in a win in the Czech Republic and T12 in Switzerland last week.  More suited to him here in Germany and if he putts even half decent  Pieters can contend again.

Adri Arnaus 33/1

Debut for Adri in Germany and while he's been missing every second cut of late, the Spaniard has the greens in regulation stats to not just contend but finally get his maiden Tour win here.  Since winning the Challenge Tour Grand Final in 2018 Arnaus has been T2 in Valderrama, solo 2nd in the Czech Masters and T6 in Switzerland. Great each way bet at 33/1.

Matthias Schwab 22/1

Close enough.

The Austrian has found his mojo of late after four missed cuts with a T5 at the Czech Masters and T8 at the Omega European Open last week.  In total Schwab has bagged 36 birdies and an eagle over the last two weeks and you have to think he can do even better than his T7 here last year.

Alex Levy 35/1

Yes I know it’s hardcore picking a guy with 11 missed cuts  but Levy seems to summon his best for this week every season.  Winner in 2016 way down in Bad Griesbach and solo second a year later when the event moved north to Hamburg.  Missed the cut last week in Crans but a T5 at the Scandinavian Invitational says he can contend. Wont be found wanting for heart.

Renato Paratore 55/1

Top-20's and improving through Sweden and Switzerland and Renato especially impressed with the putter last week.  T2 here last year included an incredible shot on the final hole which is sure to evoke good memories.

Long Odds Glory Shots

David Drysdale, Liam Johnston and Matthew Nixon are all 200/1. Drysdale and Nixon top-10'd here last year and Johnston played well at the Czech Masters.  See how they fare!

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Thanks to @JeffBabz62 for posting the initial video of Doonbeg caddie and former Riverdance dancer "Jiggs" on Twitter.

I had to add the music to make it authentic!

Apparently Jiggs does his thing when one of his clients makes a birdie.

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There are many very valid reasons that a caddie might have to stay on at an event even if his/her boss doesn't make the cut which makes this notice at the Omega European Masters stating that only caddies who make the cut can get catering vouchers seem extremely tight fisted.

Sign for caddies at Omega European Masters posted by Jorge Gamorra

Caddies might need to remain on at an event with their player to practice, or on account of travel arrangements with colleagues, or transporting bags etc so this seems ridiculous.

What are talking here? If 70 players miss the cut and 10 caddies max stay on at an event, and a slop meal voucher in the caddie lounge stands £3 cost, that's £30 a day?

For this notice to be posted in Switzerland is even more insulting.  One of the richest countries with one of the richest sponsors Omega, in the watch capital of the world.  Ambassador Tommy and exhausted Rory brought in to play at God knows what cost.

It's just wrong. It's caddie life.

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2019 Omega European Masters Betting Preview And Tips

August 29th – September 1st, 2019
Crans-Sur-Sierre Golf Club, Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland
Par: 70 / Yardage: 6,848
Defending Champion: Matthew Fitzpatrick


Favourite Watch

Rory McIlroy heads the betting at 4/1 but surely all eyes will be on Matt Fitzpatrick aiming for a hat-trick of wins here.  He's at 8/1 and comes in off a cruel second place at the Scandinavian Masters.  If you haven't seen the flag hit video look it up!

Doc's Top 5 Best Each Way Bets At The Omega European Masters

Alex Noren 25/1

Knows how to manage one of the trickiest tracks on Tour having won here twice.  Divided his time between PGA and European Tours this season and had respectable showings this Summer with a T11 at The Open and T12 at St Jude.  Finished well after a poor Thursday last time out at The Scandinavian and his fairways and greens stats say he is in the form to contend. 

Danny Willett 25/1

Battled hard to get his game back to its best this season and a win would not surprise.  Finished his PGA Tour season with a T24 at The Northern Trust and scored an excellent T6 at The Open Championship to go with a T12 at the US Open.  Winner here in 2015.

Ashun Wu 125/1

The algorithm the bookies use surely missed this one?  Second after three rounds at the Scandinavian Invitational Wu was overtaken on Sunday and finished T20 but can take many positives. T6 last year in Switzerland and T9 on his debut in 2017. Overpriced.

Andrew Johnston 66/1

Beef comes in off a fine weekend in Sweden where he shot 63, 65 to surge to a T10 finish. That is his second top-10 in three starts to go with a T4 at The Scottish Open.  A win would be a dream come true for Johnston who made public his mental health battles earlier this year but its certainly possible given a solo third here in 2016.

Robert MacIntyre 80/1

Debut for Bob here in Crans but I've chosen him to fill my five (ahead of Andy Sullivan and Andrea Pavan) because I just feel he has the game for this place.  T6 at The Open was a phenomenal result for the Scot and though he missed the cut in Sweden last week this track will suit him. Especially if that putter sings!

Long Odds Glory Shot

Scott Hend, as everyone knows, is one of my favourite players on Tour and he's a massive 200/1 this week.  Plays Crans with carefree abandon and came solo second twice in 2016 and 2017.  He'll be a joy to watch this week even if he looks like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders!!

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"Should the European Solheim Cup Team be allowed have a couple of Koreans to make if a bit more fair?" was the topic being discussed by the guys on Morning Drive this morning.

Things got a little heated in the studio as Jeff Shackelburg made the point that it would be against the tradition and history of the biennial matches between USA and Europe to allow Koreans to play and that instead it could be made more even if say three of the USA players had to play with one hand tied behind their back.

Juli Inkpot and her team bid for three in a row at Glenagles in September.

More as it emerges.

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By Biggus Dickus reporting from Rome

Brian, long thought to be the one who painted the anti-Roman slogan "Romans go home" one thousand times on the walls of the Governor's palace in Jerusalem has been posthumously exonerated of the crime after a new photo emerged suggesting he may not have actually have done it.

An ESPN photo thought to be thousands of years old and leaked by the "People's Front of Judea" appears to show an ancestor of Brooks Koepka with paint roller and paint outside the the walls of Governor Pontius Pilate's Palace.

More as it emerges.

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