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Jim Furyk ordered all of his team that were absolutely hungover to bejesus or still pissed as farts to wear sunglasses after the transatlantic Team USA flying niteclub landed in Paris for the Ryder Cup yesterday, GCD can exclusively reveal.

"Right lads I've a box of sunglasses here," said Furyk walking down the aisle of the 747 as it commenced its descent into Paris. "Anyone who's still bananas or has a thumpin' Budweiser headache pick a pair and put them on.  We don't want them bastard Europeans to think we had any fun. Fun means weakness and we never show weakness."

Guess who's hammered!

Cabin staff on the flight revealed to reporters that, while the party was a little slow to get going, when the lads got well and truly pissed, the craic was mental together.

"It was rocking for a good while," said Captain Tom Harper, pilot of the flight. "There was a spell there in the middle where that unbreakable bond, that only comes with being well and truly shitfaced drunk, was formed with a massive pile up on top of Tiger and Stricker down the back.  Mother of Jesus them boys can down beer like throwing it into a barrel of sawdust. Sure myself and my co-pilot Eddie joined the lads ourselves for a couple of hours.  There was a lad called Bryson that said he knew how to fly a jumbo jet so we let him at it."

The flight was not without incident however, as a sozzled Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth briefly squared up to each other, but tensions were quickly eased as both men simultaneously released an exhalation of "USA USA", fell into an staggering embrace and then into seats 26D 26E and 26F.

"The cabin smells like beer and dope now, its in the carpet and everything" laughed Captain Harper, "but we have 25 minutes to get her turned around now before heading back so we should be sound!"

More as it emerges.



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Congrats again to Tiger Woods on his massive Tour Championship win.



His bag has changed quite a bit since his comeback so buckle up

1. His famous Scotty Cameron putter was benched for a time in favour of a TaylorMade TP Collection Ardmore 2. But back in the bag at East Lake.
2. Tiger now uses TaylorMade prototype irons after switching from those  TGR prototypes nobody knew the origin of.
3. Tiger now uses the M3 driver with a 460cc head.  He used an M2 and M3 440 earlier this season.
4. Tiger used TaylorMade TP UDI 2-iron and GAPR Lo this season.
5. The last Nike clubs in his bag, Nike VR Forged wedges were replaced by TaylorMade Milled Grind raw wedges.

Here's what's in his winning bag.

Tiger Woods WITB 2018

Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (9.5 degrees) with a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White Board 70TX shaft.

3 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (13 degrees) with Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White Board 80TX shaft.

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

Irons: (3-PW) TaylorMade TW-Phase1 prototype with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (56 and 60 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts.

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

How He Did It: The Stats


The 42-year-old improved his 54 hole leader win record to an incredible 55 from 59 at East Lake. Using his TaylorMade M3 driver Tiger hit 36 fairways for the week, T3 in the field and averaged 304.3 yards.

That set up 48 greens in regulation (T14 in the field) using his TaylorMade TW-Phase1 prototype irons.  30 putts Sunday with his famous Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS brought his total for the week to 108 with an average 27.0 putts per round (2nd in the field).

Tiger went a cumulative +1, -7, -5 for the par 3's, 4's, 5's in Atlanta matching one eagle and 18 birdies against 7 bogey and one double.

He ends the season with this win as part of seven top 10's in 18 events and heads to Paris in top form to represent Team USA in the Ryder Cup.

Doc's Summary

A stretch of 1876 days has passed since we last saw Tiger win on Tour is over and his journey back must go down as one of the greatest comeback stories ever in sports.

Tiger's East Lake victory defies rational thinking. The injuries, the surgeries, the scandals, the capacity to change as a person and find a way to rebuild everything. It is truly inspirational.

So many times over the years we watched Tiger win with barely a smile. That was just him doing what he used do.  That same rigmarole of battering the field into submission again and again.  The Tiger that won the Tour Championship was emotionally charged. Grateful. Thankful. Human. No Rory, DJ, Rickie or even Rosey could match him.

What was different this week?  The putter. Tiger's old Scotty, shelved a couple of weeks ago, seemed to have learned its lesson and was majestic on the greens at East Lake. With win number 80 in the bag, Tiger is eyeing  Sam Snead's record 82 PGA Tour victories.

Surely now too talk of beating Jack Nicklaus' Major record will surface again but Tiger turns 43 before the end of 2018 and with his life priorities changed immeasurably from that driven young winner of 20 years ago it'll be interesting to see how the next year unfolds.

For now lets just celebrate Tiger Woods being back. Winning again.

How He Did It: The Stats
The 42-year-old improved his 54 hole leader win record to an incredible 55 from 59 at East Lake. Using his TaylorMade M3 driver Tiger hit 36 fairways for the week, T3 in the field and averaged 304.3 yards.

That set up 48 greens in regulation (T14 in the field) using his TaylorMade TW-Phase1 prototype irons.  30 putts Sunday with his famous Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS brought his total for the week to 108 with an average 27.0 putts per round (2nd in the field).

Tiger went a cumulative +1, -7, -5 for the par 3's, 4's, 5's in Atlanta matching one eagle and 18 birdies against 7 bogey and one double.

He ends the season with this win as part of seven top 10's in 18 events and heads to Paris in top form to represent Team USA in the Ryder Cup.






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We all dared to dream Tiger Woods would come back as good as ever. But few believed. And then this year we saw signs of the old magic. But we also saw nerves and frailty.  Then this weekend at the Tour Championship it all came together; the Tiger of old was back. And it was glorious!




Here's the final round highlights video.



And just Tiger's highlights




Michael Bamberger writing in Golf.com charts the 1876 days since Tiger last won on Tour.

What Woods did at East Lake defies numerical analysis. In recent months, he has shown the human capacity to change. To recover, to soldier on, to analyze. To improve. It should inspire any of us looking to do the same.

Ewan Murray as always is the go to man for brilliant golf writing in The Guardian.
Woods once famously remarked “Honey, this is what we do” to his wife, Elin, amid disappointment that the golfer wasn’t in the mood to properly celebrate a tournament success. For so long, this was what he did. And yet, as 2018 developed in golfing context, it was plain Woods still had the professional tools to win again. He had close shaves for a 15th major title at the Open and US PGA Championships. Sam Snead’s record of 82 PGA Tour wins has always been a more sizeable Woods goal than widely recognised and is now so tantalisingly within view.

In his piece Alan Shipnuck examines what is next for Tiger.
No middle-aged warrior putts as well as they did during their halcyon 20s, but Woods was brilliant on the greens at the Tour Championship. Suddenly the ascent up Mt. Nicklaus has begun again, though up next is Sam Snead and his Tour record 82 victories.

But Tiger turns 43 before this year is out. Can his reconstituted spine hold up to the rigors of the Tour grind? Will this divorced father of two continue to chase his former glory with the same single-mindedness now that he’s proven to himself (and everyone else) that he is still a winner? Those are questions for another day. Let the record show that Sept. 23, 2018, is when Eldrick Woods became Tiger once again.

Cameron Morfit does a nice job on the official PGATour site of combining Woods win with Justin Rose winning the Fed Ex Cup with a clutch birdie on the final hole.

“I knew I had to birdie one of the last two,” Rose said, “and I actually said to myself, I'm glad we're playing East Lake this way around, because if I had to birdie 17 or 18 the other way around, it would have been a pretty tough proposition.” (The nines had been switched since Woods first won the TOUR Championship at East Lake, in 2007.)

“So I knew that there were two birdie holes,” Rose continued. “The key was hitting the ball in the fairway at No. 17. I did that, hit a wedge right over the top of the pin. I thought that was going to actually be much tighter than it actually was. And a super quick putt, but I knew it wasn't a putt to try and race at that point because 18 is a par-5, it's a birdie hole. And I had to play the long game in my mind and just trust the fact that I could birdie 18 to win.”

One of the best Twitter videos of the day was Tiger arriving at East Lake in a muscle top carrying his famous Sunday red t-shirt.




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Everyone is super psyched about next week's Ryder Cup, especially me as a tipster from a betting standpoint.

Currently USA are favourites at 1.8/1 with Europe at 2.37/1 with a whole myriad of match betting yet to emerge when the pairings are announced.



I'm intrigued as the how important a role stats will play in the matches and already it seems that according to historical numbers, that both Captains missed the chance to get one up on the other by wrongly choosing experienced players as their wildcard picks.

I came across this excellent piece by Jack Green going through the numbers.

Recent history would suggest, however, that the captain has made a mistake by not finding room for an in-form rookie.

Of Europe’s four most successful sets of wildcards, three had a player making his Ryder Cup debut.

That five rookies already occupy automatic places could explain Bjorn’s decision not to take another, but the 2016 Ryder Cup proved that inexperience is not a good enough reason to leave out a young golfer in fine form.

At Hazeltine, Darren Clarke selected rookie Thomas Pieters, and the Belgian top-scored with four points from five matches.

Rafael Cabrera-Bello, another rookie who had earned his place automatically, delivered two wins and a half from his three matches.

Meanwhile, Clarke’s other picks – veterans Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer – earned just one point from a possible seven between them.

Bjorn should have taken a risk this time around and given Matt Wallace a chance.

The 28-year-old’s Made in Denmark victory was his third of the season on the European Tour, and August winners have a fine track record at the Ryder Cup.

In 2016, for example, Pieters triumphed in Denmark two days before he was included in Clarke’s wildcard picks, and was Europe’s best player at Hazeltine.

Clarke controversially left out Russell Knox, who had just won the Travelers Championship and climbed into the world top 20, in favour of Westwood, who failed to score a point.

Here's an infographic to back it up.



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Since being uploaded by an anonymous person to the adult content site PornHub yesterday, the video of Bryson DeChambeau spritzing his balls on the range, to simulate dewy morning conditions, has become the most watched, GCD understands.



With over 23 million hits the video tagged as "hardcore" and "outdoors" has achieved a satisfaction rating of 100% to date.

Meanwhile the the porn actors union of America have expressed concern at the video after it emerged that DeChambeau is not officially licensed by the porn actors guild and have asked that the video should also be tagged as "amateur."


More as it emerges.




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The first powerful storm of the season to hit Ireland and the UK, named Storm Ali, also took its toll on the Dunhill Links Championship preparations as this video shows.



What looks like the Media Centre is picked up and destroyed by the winds.




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Very very sad news from Iowa in the USA on the death of Spanish golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena, found murdered on a golf course.


The alarm was raised after Arozamena's golf bag was found out on the course at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa.

According to a police statement the 22 year old  “had been assaulted and died as a result.”

A short time later a suspect, Colin Daniel Richards, also 22, was charge with murder.



Barquin Arozamena , from Puente San Miguel in Spain, was a very well known and successful amateur. She won the European Ladies' Amateur championship in July along with multiple wins and honours at Iowa State University.  She held the the leading score average ever at the University and competed in the US Open.

May she rest in peace.







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A nice way to keep sharp during those wet Winter months that lie ahead.  All you need is a ball and ample help from your girlfriend. 





I'm going to ask my wife can we do this. Oh wait.....it wont work!


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2018 Tour Championship Betting Preview And Tips

Sept. 20th – 23rd, 2018
East Lake G.C., Atlanta, Georgia.
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,346
Purse: $9 million with $1,620,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Xander Schauffele


Favourite Watch


Betting win-only for me is a strategy to be strictly avoided pre tournament with Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson all starting inside the magic 10/1 odds. Justin Thomas looks the best bet in a congested favourites market at 12/1.  He was 2nd and T6 in his two visits to the Finale and comes in off a T12 at the BMW Championship.

Doc's Top 3 Best Each Way Bets


Francesco Molinari 25/1


Cream rises to the top and though he's a debutant at East Lake, I think Francesco Molinari has been the player of the year and will thrive in the test.  Winner of The Open, the Quicken Loans and the BMW PGA already this year Fran looked super sharp last time out with a T8 at the BMW Championship built off a T2 Greens in Regulation clip. Has to be on your betslip.

Billy Horschel 28/1


Super odds of 28/1 with all the Major bookmakers for Billy because they don't believe lightning strikes twice.  By that I'm referring to Billy's shock win on his last visit to the Tour Championship in 2014.  But after a run in including a T11 at the Wyndham, T3 at the Northern Trust and T3 at the BMW Championship I think a podium finish is on.  It's all on the back of mind-blowingly consistent greens in regulation stats in his last four starts.  Storm clouds are gathering!

Xander Schauffele 33/1


Where better for Xander 'jilted for the Ryder Cup' Schauffele to make a final point than here at the Tour Championship where he won on his debut in 2017.  T2 at The Players and The Open this year and started with 63, 64 on his way to a T3 at the BMW Championship last time out. It wasn't enough to stop Jim Furyk picking Tony Finau but surely given the good grace with which Schauffele conducted himself at the Open he'll be putting his disappointment to one side and be up for this.

Long Odds Glory Shot


Bubba Watson 50/1


Back at the Tour Championship after missing out last year and Bubba is grinding to find form again ahead of the Ryder Cup. Winner of the Travelers this season he's looked sharp again of late with a T7 at the Dell and T16 at the BMW Championship.  Has three top-10's from his last four starts at East Lake without ever really cracking the code. Could deliver a place.


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Scottish caddie Craig 'Weeman' Connolly has been forced to let Martin Kaymer go as preparations for a Hard Brexit continue on the final days of the European Tour.



Last week European Tour bosses in Surrey announced that, pending no breakthrough in Brussels talks, from March 29th 2019 all European players will be banned from the European Tour which will change its name to the Great British Tour.

"Martin has been a good servant over the years and a fine companion but with a No Deal Brexit on the horizon and just 196 days left until the deadline, as a British citizen, I just cant take a chance on employing a European while an undefined deal is being negotiated by the unprepared in order to get the unspecified for the uninformed," Connolly told reporters. "Plus he's playing shite."

More as it emerges.


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I'm the last one qualified to criticise or be a moral custodian after some of the garbage I've posted over the years but on a serious note, I have to say I find it pretty bad form for Phil Mickelson to post on Twitter an instructional video on how to fire a sniper rifle within the context of this year's Ryder Cup.



Guns and golf and the Ryder Cup. Three things I didn't think I'd ever see in a post by a top player.
Is this a good advert for kids? Is it part of growing the game? Are the Ryder Cup officials happy with this.

Here in Ireland, neither the public or the police carry guns. Any guns are licensed for sporting or farm use, and memories of war up North as a kid still affect most of our attitudes to guns.

But I'm reading that over 10,200 people have been killed in gun related incidents in the USA so far in 2018.  So maybe its not good to firing a sniper rifle Phil in this context.

Also, and something that really cuts deep with us in Europe, is that the Ryder Cup is to be staged in Paris, where just three years ago, 130 people were massacred in terror attacks, 90 inside the Bataclan Theatre.  So again maybe its not good to firing a sniper rifle Phil.





I'm just really hoping Phil did not realise or was not aware of the implications of posting the video.

In case he removes it, here it is on Facebook.



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2018 KLM Open Betting Tips

Sept 13th – 16th, 2018
The Dutch, Spijk, The Netherlands
Par: 71 / Yardage: 6,983
Defending Champion: Romain Wattel


Doc's Top 5 Best Each Way Bets


Lee Westwood 18/1


Comes to The Dutch off a T12 in Switzerland and T2 in Denmark where brilliant irons have been the highlight of the last fortnight.  Putting continues to be Lee's Achilles heel but a T3 on this course last year as part of 5 top-10's from 10 appearances in the event say he's a good each way shout this week.

Nacho Elvira 40/1


Played twice on the course with no form but impressive greens in regulation and putting stats combined have seen him build in form from a T24 at the Nordea Masters to a T18 in the Czech Open and solo 4th last week in Crans-Sur-Sierre. I cant ignore the trend so Nacho makes my five.

Jaokim Lagergren 50/1

Lager. Close enough.

I've a soft spot for Joakim after watching World Cup soccer in Ballyliffin with him this Summer. A winner on Tour this year in Sicily, things went somewhat awry in the final group on Sunday in Ireland where he slipped from 2nd to T12.  Having only played this event twice he only knows The Dutch as the venue and improved from T20 in 2016 to a T9 last year.  I'm sure he'll be eyeing this week up for a tilt at the title.

Phachara Khongmatwai 66/1


Having seen his Kiradech Aphibarnrat become a global star Phachara is rapidly becoming the next great Thai golfer on the European Tour. At just 19 years old he has impressed greatly of late with a magic putter that has yielded a T9 in the Czech Republic, T12 in Denmark and a T8 in Switzerland last week.  A debutant on the course but it should suit him.

Mike Lorenzo Vera 28/1


(in field at time of writing)
Poor old Mike looks like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders out there and he came agonisingly close in Crans last week before finding the water on the last and settling for 3rd.  Stats wise for irons and putting combined the Frenchman was head and shoulders above anyone and given that he was T8 here in 2016 he'll be looking forward to the week.

Long Odds Shots


Speaking of non smilers Scotty Hend will blast everything a mile off the see and see what happens but something tells me he'll have a good week from 100/1 . He knows the course, has a T4 from 2016 and will do it all his own way.

Rob Taylor's Picks

With guest twitter punter @RobTaylorSport
With a links feel where Strokes Gained Approach and Tee to Green should be prominent factors, I have three picks this week.

Pick 1: Erik Van Rooyen 40/1
Pick 2: Ryan Fox 25/1
Pick 3: Pablo Larrazabal 100/1


At the top of the market I fancy Erik Van Rooyen at 40/1 and Ryan Fox 25/1 to go well. Both have decent records on recent Links tracks and have the stats to match.
Van Royen was T4 at the Irish Open, T17 at The Open and 5th two weeks ago in Denmark. All this whilst being 6th in GIR and 19th in Strokes Gained Approach; he could finally break his duck.

Ryan Fox has finished 2nd at the Irish Open and T6th at the Scottish Open over the summer, along with his 6th in Strokes Gained Tee to Green, he is one I fancy to go well on this Dutch track.

At a bigger price, Pablo Larrazabel at an early 100/1 caught the eye. Returned to action with a T16 last week after a spell out, citing his game was in good shape, and has a T20 at this event in 2016.



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Geoff Shackelford had an interesting piece on driving distance gains this morning where for the first time ever the number of Tour Pros "averaging" 295 yards or more from the tee has passed 100.

Whether it be advances in physical fitness and strength or a rampant free for all by the equipment companies, golf has truly become a game of wham bam thank you mam rather than one of skill and accuracy.

According to the piece the PGA Tour driving distance average in 2002 was 279.84 yards.
In 2018 the PGA Tour driving distance average is at 296.0 yards.

Rory McIlroy can become the first play ever to average 320.0 yards for a season if he maintains his current distance at the Tour Championship at East Lake. The previous record is 317.7 yards set by Dustin Johnson.




Perhaps the most stark indication of distance gain is this. From 49 players averaging 295 yards in 2014 to 108 averaging 295 yards in 2018.

2013-14
 Honda:  45 players averaging 295 or higher
 End of season:  49 averaging 295 or higher

2014-15
 Honda:  50 players averaging 295 or higher
 End of season:  53 averaging 295 or higher

2015-16
 Honda:  65 players averaging 295 or higher
 End of season:  55 averaging 295 or higher

2016-17
 Honda:  63 players averaging 295 or higher
 End of season:  77 averaging 295 or higher

2017-18
 Honda:  111 players averaging 295 or higher
 Heading to the last tournament:  108 averaging 295 or higher

And it shows no sign of ending.


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These three states hold a special attraction for golf enthusiasts, as they are home to the most and many of the best golf experiences in North America. Make yours a golf vacation when you book lodging at a popular luxury golf resort, take lessons with a PGA or LPGA instructor, and improve on your technique.

Off the green, you can relax with five star meals, spa treatments, and the best that Florida, California, and Arizona have to offer their guests. Dive in!




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Loving the team bonding and slagging of rookie Tommy Fleetwood by Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter as they go on a car journey before ringing Thomas Bjorn to request cryo chambers for the entire team!





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62 out of the gate on Thursday? Tiger Woods is back ladies and gentlemen.

How did he do it. Easy.

He put his old Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter back in his hands.



“I’ve hit hundreds of millions of putts with the damn thing,” a very sweaty Woods said after his round. “My body just remembers it.”

Here he is talking about the putter after.



https://www.facebook.com/PGATour/videos/2183063368630808/

Woods used a TaylorMade Juno prototype last week but quickly jettisoned it in favour of the old Scotty.

Isn't it amazing how we golfers fall in love with a club, break up, fall in love with a new club but end up going back to our first girlfriend....I mean club.

Guys make sure you are following me on twitter here!!! 




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