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Warning: There's a lot of use of the word 'shit' in this post.



There's no denying it; the PGA Tour Playoffs this year are shit.  They are boring, there's no drama, it all feels a bit monotonous and low key.  But why has everything suddenly gone to shit?

Here's my reasoning.

1. Tiger Woods is playing shit. We all got excited when Tiger won The Masters, we all thought his back was magically better again, we all thought he gave a shit about golf again.  Well his back is still banjaxed and he has family and has other shit to worry about.  He hasn't made the Tour Championship. We have to deal with it.



2. Rejigging all the Majors has made the end of season turn to shit.  It was fun while it lasted, The Open was a massive climax, Shane Lowry winning was class, and everyone just switched off after.  Having a WGC event (the old St Jude) with exhausted players the week after The Open was a shit move.  They should have had a lie in.



3. The bloody rain delay at the cricket has more drama than The Playoffs.  Bet you don't remember who won the Northern Trust, the first event of The Playoffs. Come on it was only a couple of weeks ago?  It was Patrick Reed.  But when Patrick Reed wins, nobody gives a shit, because nobody likes him. Then Medinah, great Ryder Cup Miracle venue, turned out to be pure shit.  Holes like airport runways, boring and monotonous.  25 under winning? Not a test, just a birdie fest.  Throwing bloody darts for these guys. Ridiculous shit.

And I'll leave the last word to Jamie Weir of Sky Sports on the new Tour Championship scoring system.







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An article on the ultra serious Bloomberg business website suggested that online golf balls formerly referred to as "Pure Shit Balls" and "Joke Exploding Balls" may soon take over from Pro V1s.

Scientists have discovered that balls like Snell are actually not shit at all, and despite having a name sounding like 'Snail' and being a quarter of the price of Titleist Pro V1's they are actually bloody good.



After extensive tests against the Pro V1 scientists, who all fucked off out to the golf course one day last week, have published results showing Snell balls performed "pretty decent"

Bloomberg says of Snell:

It wasn’t what Snell envisioned when he decided to start his own company. He’d been an engineer in the golf-ball business for 25 years—first with Titleist and then with TaylorMade Golf Co., where he worked with such pros as Dustin Johnson and Jason Day and was instrumental in developing the Tour Preferred line. His name is on dozens of patents, including one for the original Titleist Pro V1, the most popular ball on the tour. (Gary Woodland played with it for his U.S. Open victory in June; Brooks Koepka used the Pro V1x when he won this year’s PGA Championship.)
But Snell figured he could bring his knowledge of materials, patents, and processing to the public and “eliminate big tour contracts” that pay pros handsomely to use specific products. His premium ball would have the performance characteristics of market leaders while passing the savings back to the consumer. The base rate for a 12-pack of Snell’s new MTB-Xs is $33; a dozen Pro V1s cost $52.


It wont bother me. I get mine from the lake.

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2019 BMW Championship Betting Preview And Tips

August 15th – 18th, 2019
Medinah C.C. (#3 course), Medinah, Illinois
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7613
Purse: $9.25 million with $1,665,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Keegan Bradley

Betting Tips


Doc's Top 5 Best Each Way Bets


Justin Rose 18/1


Always the way in golf isn't it? Once you start putting well the irons go wonky!  Maybe I'm oversimplifying it a bit but Justin Rose's putting form since joining Phil Kenyon has been off the charts good but the rest of his game has slipped a fraction. But there have been signs of late that everything is starting to come together with an 11th at the St Jude and T10 at the Northern Trust.  Second in the last two stagings at Aronimink and Conway Farms and should enjoy Medinah's bentgrass greens.

Adam Scott 25/1


Trending in the right direction with a solo fifth at the Northern Trust but then again every seasoned  punter knows there's no trending with Adam Scott; he's streakier than a rasher. A T19 greens in regulation clip allied to a T13 in the putting stats indicate his game is there so I'm giving him the benefit of a full Irish breakfast.

Jordan Spieth 33/1


The road to redemption for Jordan Spieth has been long and bumpy and it looked at the Wyndham that he had hit a wall. But Spieth is nothing if not resilient and some of his putting at Liberty National was incredible.  But the most impressive part of his T6 there was that he co-led the greens in regulation stats, and that’s a massive plus for the punters. Super odds and cannot wait to see how he goes this week.

Louis Oosthuizen 40/1


Trending up after T20's in Portrush and Memphis and a T6 last week in New Jersey.  Key for Louis is he's dominating the field with his irons; and whenever I see a guy cumulatively under par on the par-3's AND par-5's over successive weeks he gets into my five.  And hopefully makes you money!

Ian Poulter 55/1


Bound to be an emotional return to Medinah for an in form Ian Poulter, where he went unbeaten for the week at the 2012 Ryder Cup winning four massive points. Comes in off a solo 8th at St Jude (where he topped the putting stats) and a T10 at the Northern Trust last week.   

Long Odds Glory Shots


We've tipped Jason Kokrak 66/1 for the last few weeks and he's still on my radar. T6 at the Wyndham and T12 last week and hits it a country mile off the tee.

Jim Furyk 100/1 hasn't made the BMW Championship since 2015 but back in the day he was always a contender at this stage of the season.  Could he be up there again?

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The PGA Tour's agenda at the moment must be to try and deflect attention away from the Bryson DeChambeau slow play controversy by tweeting some of the downright nonsensical and hurtful votes ever.

Yesterday the PGA Tour asked its twitter follower to vote for their favourite "Must See Moment" between Dustin Johnson meeting a girl with cancer and Shane Lowry winning The Open. Come on now? Must see moment?

A week ago they asked followers to vote if DJ Poston's win was better than Lowry's

And today they are asking their twitter audience to vote between dead sex offender Jeffery Epstein partying it up with the President and Shane Lowry's win. Really?



When will the PGA Tour learn?



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I don't think many would disagree when I say Patrick Reed follows his own path and the Nike athlete extends that to the clubs he uses.

In his winning bag at the Northern Trust was a Ping G400 driver, TaylorMade M6 fairway, Titleist utility, "old" Callaway irons, an artisan wedge and a 2017 Pro V1 ball!

Top Story: PGA Tour Vet To Humanely Put Down "Too Slow Now" Bryson DeChambeau

What's In the Bag Patrick Reed

What's In The Bag Pat Reed

Driver: Ping G400 (9 degrees) with an Aldila Rogue Silver 125 70 TX shaft.
3-wood: TaylorMade M6 (14 degrees) with an Aldila Rogue Silver 125 80 TX shaft.
Irons: Titleist U-500 (3) with a True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue AMT X100 shaft.
Callaway X Forged CB 2013 (4), Callaway RAZR MB (5-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.
Wedges: Artisan Prototype (51 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (56, 60 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts.
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro 3
Rangefinder: Bushnell Pro XE
Ball: 2017 Titleist Pro V1

Winning Highlights



Stats Report: How Reed Did It

Using a Ping G400 driver Pat Reed hit 44 fairways for the week and 11 of 14 on Sunday, averaging 301.6 yards from the tee. Every one of the top four finishers also posted top-10's in the greens in regulation stats with Reed hitting 51 greens (T5) using predominantly Callaway RAZR MB irons.
Three bogeys were offset by five birdies on Sunday for Reed,  rolling in three from between seven and 14 feet with his Odyssey White Hot Pro 3 putter. On the greens Reed dug deep when it mattered posting 1.187 Strokes Gained: Putting with 27 total putts, saving par twice from between seven and 10 feet. He ended the week with 20 birdies versus just four bogeys.


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Following a raft of criticism on social media over Bryson DeChambeau's slow play at the Northern Trust, the PGA Tour have taken swift and decisive action by bringing the old boy to the vet to have him put down.




"It's with a heavy heart that we've decided the best thing to do with Bryson now is just to put him out of his misery," PGA Tour boss Jay Monahan told reporters. "He's been a great servant, always looking at you with those big sad eyes, always trying to to lick you in the morning, but it's painful to watch him moving so slowly now and we've decided the best thing for him and for everyone who cares about him is to end his suffering. Let's face it, he soon wouldn't be able to get around the golf course at all, he'd be dribbling and pissing his pants and his quality of life would be out the window."

The move was greeted with universal approval by DeChambeau's fellow players who vowed to pay tribute to him by holding two minutes 20 seconds of silence over every putt.



More as it emerges.

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Golf weekend warriors, outing outlaws, and twice a year Tigers listen up.  Don't just show up to the golf course with a set of "sticks" in a bag.  Come on you're better than that! There's other vital stuff you need to destroy that golf course and become a legend.



Let me help you on your path to glory.



Filmed in stunning Ashford Castle with Golfbidder.



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Made this explainer video this week over in Ashford Castle to address a question we get a lot in Golfbidder from customers who are confused about fairway woods, hybrids and utility irons.



I've got an 18 degree version of each to show you how they differ and when and where you might use them.




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I'm quite angry at the Golf Channel's Geoff Shackelford today.  He's not into parody or satire or fun, he works on the serious side of golf and lord's it over scum like me.

So when he cruelly put down Billy Horschel's presence in a Presidents Cup Team bonding photo I couldn't let it go.

Of this picture Geoff says....

Meanwhile Billy Horschel, 18th in points with one career major championship top 10, 10 missed cuts in 25 majors and a 0-0-0 record in the Ryder and Presidents Cup, must have been walking by and was invited in? 


So I fixed the pic for him.





Go fuck yourself Geoff.


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A quick thinking Rory McIlroy roasted Matt Kuchar after Kuch dares to slag McIlroy on the subject of money!



Look at Brooks Koepka's face too!!



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2019 Northern Trust Betting Preview And Tips

Liberty National Golf Club,Jersey City, New Jersey
Par: 71 / Yardage: 7,353
Purse: $9.25 million with $1,665,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Bryson DeChambeau

2019 Northern Trust Draft Kings Picks

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St Jude Champion Brooks Koepka is 8/1 and seeking his fourth win this season. He's followed by Rors at 11/1 and Jon Rahm at 16/1.

Doc's Top 5 Each Way Bets (and Draft Kings Picks) 


Tiger Woods 28/1


Clearly suffering from  injury at Portrush last time out, Masters champ Tiger hasn't really fired since a T9 at The Memorial. But Woods HAS entered this week, because he knows how to get his ball around Liberty National.  He knows it suits his "still" world beating ball striking skills.  T2 here in 2013 and in 2009, the last two times the playoffs came here.

Justin Thomas 20/1


T12 at the WGC St Jude last time out to go with a T11 at The Open and T9 in Scotland and things are beginning to look up again for JT after a lean spell with the putter.  Top 10'd in the last three stagings of this rotating course tournament and on 43.277 Strokes Gained: Approach he lies second on Tour in the vital stat for his debut at Liberty National.  Converging trends point to a good week IF a few putts drop.

Patrick Cantlay 25/1


Regular season winners seem to come to the fore again in The Playoffs and with just three playoff tournaments this year and what seems an ingenious new scoring system to decide the overall winner at the Tour Championship, Memorial championship Cantlay will be keen to get off to a fast start.  Top 10's in Ridgewood and Glen Oaks the past two seasons and Liberty National should suit his immense ball striking.  T12 last time out at the St Jude should have been better but for a Saturday slip.

Billy Horschel 50/1


Third week in a row tipping Billy and he paid out on a place reduction with a T6 at The Wyndham.  T9 before that at the St Jude and riding a hot putting wave. Liberty National also plays towards Billy's strengths in long par-4 scoring.  T3 last year in Ridgewood.

Jason Kokrak 100/1


T6 last week at the Wyndham and Jason's confidence is bound to be sky high heading to New Jersey.  Lying 6th in Strokes Gained: Approach on the PGA Tour and was T9 the last the event was staged here in 2013.  Each way squeak at 100/1 and 7/1 to finish in the top-10.

Long Odds Glory Shot


Jim Furyk 140/1 saves his best for the season enders and remains a super driver of the golf ball which always gives him a look. Plodding along in the middle order of late but likes the par 71 that is Liberty National. T6 here in 2013.

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Gordon Brand was in Portrush two weeks ago, the headphones on his ears, walking alongside Shane Lowry as he called the British Open for BBC radio.  As healthy as a trout, he has now sadly passed away.



 

The best tribute I've read to Gordon is from Alistair Tait of Golfweek.  He captures the man who could give a fair old ribbing but could take one too! This was their banter the last time they met at Portrush two weeks ago.

“What do you know?” he said as he sat down to breakfast in the media center.
“The usual: nothing.”
“No change there, then,” Brand replied. “I don’t know why I even ask you anymore. You’re as useless as ever.”
Brandie, as he was known to his friends, liked a bit of banter, actually a lot of banter, and could give it as well as take it.
“And I suppose you’re a font of all knowledge?”
“No, same as you,” he replied. “I know nothing too.”
“That’s probably why we’re sitting together.”
“Yup,” he said.

Brand was playing on the Staysure Tour of late.


Paul McGinley gives a nice tribute.


Richard Kaufmann posted a lovely picture.


And the last word to Sam Torrance.


R.I.P.

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While up at The Open Championship recently I noticed, especially during the bad weather on Sunday, that lots of players and caddies and on-Tour staff were wearing a baselayer brand called Zerofit that I must admit I had never seen before.  Obviously I was intrigued and inquired as to what it was, why lots of the guys were wearing it and where could I get one for myself!



It turns out that Zerofit baselayers have their origins in Japan.  The brainchild of a Mr Higashi from Osaka it claims to be five times warmer than the market leader.  They cant say it but I can; they're saying its five times warmer than Under Armour!



The "Heat Rub" range are the ones I mostly saw being worn at The Open.  They are also massively popular with jockeys apparently; check out them wearing them at the Galway Races this week!  The reason for their popularity in sport is that they are not constricting like Under Armour (they don't envelope your upper body and squeeze the life out of it!);  they allow free movement (and could almost be worn as as a sweater) whilst still being warm.



Zerofit baselayers are also super popular in other sports such as motorcycling, rugby, bowls, fishing, sailing and are also widely used by mountain climbers.

In independant testing (by the BOKEN Quality Analysis Insitute in Osaka Japan) the Heat Rub Ultimate was found to have a CLO value of 0.71 while the Under Armour Coldgear had a value of 0.14.

CLO is the basic measurement for the thermal properties of clothing.



Here's some technical stuff I found from Zerofit on their two top products.

Heat Rub Ultimate


This is the real ‘daddy’ of the range and something that is unique to Zerofit. A typical baselayer
simply seals heat in and uses your body heat to warm you up. The ultimate is unique in three
different ways firstly on the underside of the garment there are microfibers that rub against your
skin to generate heat – basically they create heat using friction, secondly as soon as you try it on you
feel warm. Lastly due to the unique knitting process and the mix of 5 different fabrics (so-called four
way stretch fabric) you get incredible freedom of movement – thus two layers not 4 or 5!
According to Mr Higashi this is the #1 product for his company in Japan and is supplied into many
golf stores across the country including the Guinness book of records world’s largest golf chain,
Victoria Golf who have over 500 golf stores across the land of the Samurai!

Heat Rub MOVE


A relatively new product for the company is the Heat rub Move, this is aimed at people that want to
stay warm while doing active sport. The product is made with a unique Zerofit LABO material which
is 45% Polypropylene and 6% Polyurethane (balance is polyester), the fabric ensures that sweat is
quickly removed from next to the skin and placed on the outer shell of the garment where it dries
ultra-fast. The big benefit of this product is that ‘cold sweat’ is no longer – we all have suffered from
‘chill’ after doing vigorous exercise in cold conditions. This is the perfect product for someone where
their exertion levels change over a period of time as the garment reacts to different activities
regulating your body temperature and removing moisture.

Zerofit are endorsed in the UK and Ireland by sports by guys like rugby legend Willie John McBride
and five time European Tour winner Michael Hoey and the whole range can be found at www.zerofit.co.uk , on Amazon or in golf shops across Northern Ireland.
RRP of the Ultimate and MOVE is £50 (€60).

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Sergio Garcia is above the law.  He can do what he likes on Tour because he's needed on Tour.  Especially the European Tour.  He is simply untouchable. Because they need him.  He knows that and the bosses know that.

He can flip his lid, throw a tantrum, spit in a cup, vandalise a bunker or tee box and he never ever gets a fine or a reprimand or a ban.



What made last weekend's tee box attack in Memphis even worse is that the video came amongst a huge amount of humbling posts from players who took time out to visit the St Jude Hospital which benefits from the tournament.

Maybe that's why he was angry? He was sad at being left all alone on the golf course while his mates visited sick kids at the hospital.

I think its time for Eddie Pepperell's vet to whip off Sergio's balls like he did with Eddie's dog. That might quieten him down a bit!



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I wrote a few days ago about up to 13 of 30 drivers failing testing at The Open Championship and the fact that Xander Schauffele's name was leaked as having one of them.



Characteristic Time of ball on clubface is what is tested now and is basically a measure of the springiness of the face.  The longer time the ball spends on the face the greater the CT value.

And CT has been "creeping" up in drivers making some illegally hot!

Brewer’s statement:

If anybody deserves blame or criticism for the driver test failure at the Open Championship, it’s us. We provide Xander his equipment. But in all fairness, I’m not sure we did anything wrong. We do everything in our power to design equipment that performs at the limit of USGA / R&A rules but does not exceed it. As long as I am in charge, we will never knowingly produce non-conforming equipment or condone its use, especially in tournament play.

Sounds very contrite. Carry on.....

“We test our drivers hundreds of times throughout the manufacturing process to make sure they are conforming. For tour product, we have a tour certification process that tests 100 percent of these products again at our facility prior to sending anything out to a player. We have also installed CT testing equipment on our primary tour trailers so we are now able to test in the field on both new and ‘played in’ parts, where high swing speed players could experience what we term CT ‘creep,’ and a driver that originally conformed could become, through play, non-conforming or deemed damaged into a non-conforming state. We are also doing fundamental research on managing or preventing ‘creep’ but more on that later.

That's an interesting thought. Starts as conforming but gets pummelled into being non conforming by the brutal swings of players.

“We know Xander’s driver was conforming when he received it. Probably in the range of 245 – 250 CT. At the Open we tested it at 255 CT, still conforming but close to the limit. The R&A tested it at 258, one over the limit. This sort of testing variation is going to happen. Because the R&A tested it over the limit, the driver was taken out of play and we replaced it with one that tested well within the limits. All before the event began and conforming with the rules of golf and intent of all the testing (both ours and the R&A’s).

Much ado about nothing then. But is there any chance I could get my hands on that CT creepy one if nobody wants it?


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2019 Wyndham Championship Betting Preview And Tips

August 1st – 4th, 2019
Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,127
Purse: $6.2 million with $1,116,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Brandt Snedeker

There's no internet in my village today so apologies for the skeletal nature of the post and lack of pics but the tips are there and that's what matters!

Doc's Top 5 Best Each Way Bets At The 2019 Wyndham

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Jordan Spieth 18/1

Hasn't played here at Sedgefield since 2013 when he finished solo second after losing a playoff to Patrick Reed. Looked to be heading back to his old self from the PGA Championship through Colonial and Memorial (all top-10's) then stumbled again.  Shot 77 on Sunday in the rain at The Open to fade out of contention but there was a lot of super golf there too.  Rested and dried out, this could be a massive week in Spieth's resurgence.

Brandt Snedeker 25/1

Bookies are you asleep? Sneds is way overpriced at 25/1 considering the field strength. Not every course suits him, he's not a power player, but Sedgefield certainly does.  Two time winner, defending champion, got it to 21 under last year, has two other top-5's in the last four years also and comes in off a run of top-20 finishes including a T5 in the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

Patrick Reed 25/1

T12 at St Jude last week after a bad start and T10 at The Open and Pat Reed must be exhausted.  But he's here in Greenboro where he won in 2013 and trending up in the Strokes Gained stats; the question is can Reed keep going one more week and score big? Worth an each way shout.

Billy Horschel 28/1

Four top-20 finishes in his last six starts and I'm going to stick with Billy-Ho one more week because I still think he can convert. T9 at the WGC St Jude last week despite a poor iron striking performance hitting just 44 greens. T11 here last year and T5 in 2016 and Billy is in the form to really contend this week.

Rory Sabbatini 60/1

The Slovakian number one is having an incredible season and making his country so proud! Top-10's at The Heritage, Byron Nelson, Colonial and Rocket Mortgage Classic and a very consistent four rounds at The Open last time out to finish T16. T4 here in 2017.


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