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Soooo the world's top golf tweeter Eddie Pepperell got a new puppy. Say hello to "Pip".



This Ted Scott video surfaced again yesterday of Bubba telling people you don't need to do bug weights to win Majors. Then the camera pans to  Brooks Schwarzenegger in the corner!


Great idea by the USGA to get Marvel's The Avengers involved in a new kids golf teaching guide.


A selection of Ben Hogan's equipment was put out on display at Colonial yesterday for people to pick up and have a swish. Kip Henley posted the original video.


Former Irish Open Champion Jon Rahm posted a selfie video saying he was delighted to be going back to play in Valderamma. But what about Ireland two weeks before The Open Championship?



And finally what about those awful aim lines at the PGA Championship?




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Top European Star Mike Wallace was honoured with a road plaque by the London Taxi Drivers Association in a moving ceremony yesterday.

Wallace, who tied third at the PGA Championship last week, was presented with the coveted "More Cocky Than Your Cabbie" award for introducing himself as the "World Number 36" in a taxi recently.



"We normally start conversations in the taxi by saying something grossly offensive and continuing from there to expound our well reasoned and researched opinions about politics and football and stuff you couldn't possibly know about," said Taxi Association Chairman Paul Bushengone. "But Matt left our driver completely speechless with his genius 'Hello I'm the World Number 36 at golf' opener and for that we honour him today."



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2019 Made in Denmark Betting Tips

May 23rd – 26th, 2019
Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, Farso, Denmark
Par: 72 / Yardage: 6,952
Defending Champion: Matt Wallace



Favourite Watch

Defending Champion Matt Wallace returns to Denmark now a bona-fide world star after a T3 at the PGA Championship. Too tight really to back at 10/1 pre tournament, but big kudos to him for committing to the event.

Doc's Top 5 Best Each Way Bets


Erik Van Rooyen 20/1


Winner in waiting and for me this guy is headed for big things. Consistently churning out results on the European Tour this year (in Malaysia, India, Morocco, China) the South African will come to Denmark pumped after a T8 at the PGA Championship. Solo 5th last year.

Thomas Pieters 16/1


Impressed without contending at the Byron Nelson and it was much the same story last week at Bethpage where he recovered from an opening 74 to post rounds of 70, 71 and 69 for a top 25 finish.  If the Black Course didn't cause the Pieters volcano to erupt I very much doubt Himmerland will! T10 here in 2017.

Jordan Smith 18/1


Winner of the 2017 European Open Jordan Smith looks very much like he's in the form to post a second Tour victory this week. Jordan's formline of T7 at the Maybank, T14 at the Hassan, T5 in China, T6 in Southport is bolstered by his stats which show he has been in the top-6 Greens In Regulation in each of those events.  Just needs one good putting week to break through. T20 here last year and rested coming in.

Paul Waring 50/1


Comes in off a T6 at the British Masters and is trending upwards on my stats curve across Driving, Irons and Putting combined.  That's usually an indicator of a big week and Paul will have happy Scandinavian memories after his 2018 Nordea Masters win just over the bridge in Sweden.

Richie Ramsay 60/1


Found form in China with a T14 and carried it on with a solo 5th at the British Masters. One of my favourite European Tour players, he could sneak into a place this week.

Long Odds Glory Shots

Winner last time out Marcus Kinhult gets no bookie love at 70/1 this week and Robert MacIntyre who also played well at Hillside is 110/1

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Congrats to Brooks Koepka on winning the PGA Championship.  It didn't come easy, but maybe that wobble and subsequent recovery made it all the more special.



It's becoming very much the modern trend (with full club contracts becoming fewer) for players to have a number of brands in their bags and Brooks, a Nike sponsored athlete, had no fewer than four in his.

What's In The Bag Video





Driver
In total Brooks hit 32 fairways (T44 in the field) and averaged 313 yards with his TaylorMade M5 driver.  He switched out his old M3 at the start of the year.

Fairway
Brooks' original TaylorMade M2 Tour HL fairway wood has been in his bag for all Major wins.

3-Iron
There is some conjecture as to whether Brooks still games his Nike Vapor driving iron or replaced it with a Mizuno JPX919 Hot Metal Pro 3-iron so I'll confirm this with Ricky later today.

Irons
Using Mizuno JPX919 Tour irons Brooks found a field topping 51 greens in regulation (including 10 on Sunday).  He previously famously used a set Mizuno JPX900 irons that were left in his garage!

Wedges
He uses Vokey SM7 52 and 56 degree wedges and Vokey SM4 TVD 60 degree.

Putter
Two birdies and six bogeys Sunday translated to losing 0.616 strokes on-the-green with 31 total putts but for the week the 29 year old converted 19 birdies with his Scotty Cameron T10 Select Newport 2 putter versus 11 bogeys.  Koepka topped the field in Strokes Gained: Approach and Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green, and total birdies.


Brooks Koepka WITB

Driver: TaylorMade M5 (10.5 degrees) with Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70 TX shaft.
Fairway: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16.5 degrees) with  Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX shaft.
Irons: 3-iron: Nike Vapor Fly Pro with Fujikura Pro 95 Tour Spec shaft.
Mizuno JPX919 Hot Metal with Fujikura Pro 95 Tour Spec shaft.
4-PW:  Mizuno JPX 919 Tour with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 Raw (52, 56 degrees); SM4 (60 degrees) all with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts.
Putter: Scotty Cameron T10 Select Newport 2
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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This has to be the best ever advert for PXG drivers! Pat Perez, on the range at the PGA Championship, seeing the head of his PXG 0811 X GEN2 Driver go further than his ball!





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The European Tour has introduced a new regulation today decreeing that all players, when introducing themselves, must also state their world ranking.

The regulation, rushed through at a board meeting this morning, follows the massively positive reaction on social media, to Matt Wallace introducing himself in a video to his driver, who inexplicably didn't give a flying fuck about golf, that he was the World's number 36th ranked player.



"I barely just about knew golf was a sport," said driver Paul Bigsy (34) . "But when this guy announced that he was World Number 36, I received instantaneous confirmation that he was a far far superior human being to me and not just some ordinary fare. It was really really helpful."

More as it emerges.

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2019 PGA Championship Betting Preview and Tips

May 16th – 19th, 2019
Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Bethpage, New York
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,459
Defending Champion: Brooks Koepka


I've just got the lowdown from Beemer (2002 PGA Champ) who played Bethpage Black today and he reckons it is the longest course he has EVER played in his career so that should help you narrow down your selections this week.

You've also probably seen on social media the torrential rain the course has taken over the past few days and irrespective of what happens now weather wise, a soft course plays even more into the hands of the bombers.  Scroll down for Beemer's selections after my own.



Most recently Bethpage Black has hosted the Barclays in 2012 and 2016 so that was taken into the reckoning along with all the other factors in my big brain equation in coming up with Doc's top-5 best each way picks.

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I'm not going to talk to talk about 10/1ish co-favourites Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy in this post; their records speak for themselves but in the betting world the odds are just too tight to risk anything but a win-only bet pre-tournament on either, and in a field that has every player in the top-100 teeing it up that is statistical madness.

Doc's Top-5 2019 PGA Championship Each Way Bets


Brooks Koepka 12/1


On paper Brooks looks primed to add to his Major Championship haul this week at Bethpage, but as we all know golf is not played on paper.  Tiger rightly got all the headlines at The Masters but had his ball broke a millimetre right on 15 it could have been Koepka pulling on that jacket!
Opened and closed with 65's, drove it on average 303 yards and hit 59 greens on his way to a solo 4th at the Byron Nelson. Normally I'm worried for defending champs and their media commitments on Major weeks, but that doesn't apply to Brooks or any man who has already gone back to back at US Opens.

Xander Schauffele 30/1


Xander gave the field a massive head start with a 73 on Thursday at The Masters and yet battled back to finish T2. And the broadcasters hardly showed one shot.  And you feel the bookies might have overlooked him here a little bit too.
I make that three top-5 finishes in Majors since 2017 with a WGC-HSBC and Tour Championship win. Don’t be fooled by his small stature; Xander absolutely bombs it off the tee and if the course stays sodden, it gives guys like him a big head start.

Jason Day 25/1


An absolute each way no brainer bet at 25/1, Jason Day has everything in his armoury to win this PGA Championship. Except maybe a couple of lumbar vertebrae!  Forget about a missed cut at The Valspar (and withdrawing from the Arnie because of that bad back and) Jason's never been outside the top-20 this season, has five top-10's and after 18 holes co-led and was T5 at The Masters. T4 on this course at the Barclays  in 2016, and has 15 top 10's in Majors coming into this week.

Adam Scott 55/1


Loitering with intent.  Adam Scott is at the stage of his career where only Majors really count and his limited schedule reflects that.  As such its hard to compare him to others (playing week in week out) with the same degree of precision.
Having said that six top-20's this wraparound season to date is a decent haul and he led the Masters after two rounds before slipping to a T18 finish. It was actually wrenching to see him miss some kick in putts.
Which is why wet conditions will play to Scott's strengths. Softer greens will suit his excellent irons and wet greens will equalise the field putting.  T4 at the 2016 Barclays on this course and a great each way bet at 55/1.

Webb Simpson 80/1


Followed up a T5 at The Masters with a T16 at Hilton Head and T18 at Quail Hollow and has played his way up to this Major unlike many of the big names who rested. Numbers wise all the stats are lining up for Webb, he's driving it incredibly well, irons are on point and his improvement in putting has been a revelation.  So why is down at 80/1? Mainly because he hasn't handled Bethpage well in the past, missing the cut in Barclays held here 2012, and was T48 when it returned in 2016. Having said that, regular readers will know I love a guy who won "in this window last year" and that was Simpson at The Players.  Well worth an each way shout at 80/1.

Rich Beem's Picks

Tip 1: Rickie Fowler 22/1


Coming in off two top-10's at The Masters and Wells Fargo Rickie is in super form and would make a hugely popular first time Major Champion. T-7 at the 2016 Barclays.

Tip 2: Xander Schauffele 30/1

As above, great minds think alike!!

Tip 3: Sergio Garcia 45/1


The ultimate ball striker, with previous success at Bethpage in the form of a T10 at the 2009 US Open and T3 at the 2012 Barclays Sergio looks primed for the good week here given the course and conditions and has impressed in practice.

Doc and Rich's Long Odds Glory Shots

Just guys to keep an eye on as the tournament progresses, we reckon we have a couple of hum dingers in here!!

Matt Kuchar 65/1

Shoe horned in here and largely written off because of a perceived lack of distance but the stats don’t suggest so.  T7 in Texas, T12 at The Masters and second last time out at Hilton Head.

Jimmy Walker 300/1

Missed his first cut in six events at the Byron Nelson and no better than mid table mediocrity besides, but still bombs it long enough to get it round this course.

Kyle Stanley 200/1

Improved his finish from Texas through the Masters (T21) and scored an excellent T8 finish at the Wells Fargo last time out with stats top-20's across driving accuracy, irons and putting.  The only caveat is can Kyle bang long enough off the tee at Bethpage to be competitive.

Thomas Pieters 200/1

Returned to action for the first time since March last week at the Byron Nelson last week and after a Thursday warm up to get back into the swing of Tour life posted impressive rounds of 66, 69 and 67.  And you never know, the break might see him play care free and positive.


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Lots of Tiger Woods sightings at Bethpage Black this week. It is due to rain cats and dogs at the weekend so the Big Cat got his recon done early.

James Adducci, the guy who won $1.19 million on Tiger at the Masters, has supposedly bet $100,000 on Woods winning the Grand Slam. I'm betting its a marketing hussle by William Hill.



Anyway here are some of the Tiger sighting vids.







There were reports that Tiger played with Phil Mickelson but this video seems to suggest they each enjoyed some solitude.




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2019 British Masters Betting Preview and Tips

By Rob Taylor  @RobTaylorSport
May 9th – 12th 2019
Course: Hillside Golf Club, Southport, England.
Yardage: 6,953 par 72
Defending Champ: Eddie Pepperell

Also check out Rob's 2019 Byron Nelson Betting Tips

Favourite Watch


Local lad and tournament host Tommy Fleetwood is the clear 8/1 favourite this week at the iconic links style Hillside Golf Club, which hosts this year’s British Masters. Whilst his credentials are clear, with all of the surrounding noise in hosting this week, I’m happy to swerve him and select some juicy each way value.  The field also contains Tyrell Hatton, defending champion Eddie Pepperell, Matt Wallace and Joost Luiten.

Rob's Top 5 Best Each Way Bets


Eddie Pepperell 22/1


Defending champion Eddie Pepperell is an obvious pick this week, a lover of the links and in fine form this year, he looks a good each way price to contend again. His 3rd place finish at The Players Championship in March, and I can’t see the extra pressure of defending a title at a different course bothering the Englishman at all.

Jordan Smith 25/1


Smith is in a rich vein of form, with four top 15 finishes in his last five starts, including a 5th place last week in China. He has some decent form on similar style courses, such as Qatar and Oman, as well as finishing 3rd in this event last year, albeit at a different track. His game has been simmering for a while now, and combining his strong driving and tremendous approach play, Smith is a real danger this week. Smith sits 10th in GIR for the season

Ryan Fox 35/1


Whilst he has had a few weeks off, if there is someone in the field that will absolutely love the challenge ahead this week at Hillside, its Ryan Fox. Winner already this season in Perth and 6th in Saudi, Fox loves links style golf. He had a great run last summer, finishing 2nd at the Irish Open, 6th at the Scottish Open and a commendable 39th at the Open Championship. Fox is currently15th off the tee, 3rd in GIR, 15th in strokes gained approach and 7th tee to green.  In this field and at this price, I can see him dusting off the cobwebs and competing nicely.

Tom Lewis 50/1


Lewis was 5th in this event last year, and two top 25 finishes in his last two starts, :Lewis also shone in Saudi with a 3rd place finish. A known lover of this style of golf, the Englishman’s current stats also suggest he is primed for a big performance this week; he is 29th tee to green, 12th in approach and 23d in scrambling. Winner at last year’s Portugal Masters, Lewis knows how to get across the line, and it would not be a surprise to see him challenge this week.

Bernd Wiesberger 55/1


Without his well-publicised injury problems of the past 12 months, the Austrian would surely be nearer the top of the betting this week. Back in amongst it in his last two outings, with a 14th place last week in China and a 23rd at the Indian Open, Wiesberger looks ready to fire once more.

Long Odds Glory Shots

Stephen Gallacher 110/1
Richie Ramsey 110/1

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Donald Trump received the Congressional Medal of Freedom from Tiger Woods during an emotional ceremony at the White House yesterday.  It's the single biggest honour that can be bestowed on a President by Tiger Woods.

Speaking at the event, Woods wished President Trump the best of luck in his 2020 re-election bid, referencing the fact that it will be difficult since Hilary Clinton is not running.





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Good man Brooks Koepka for posting a pic of Brandel Chamblee with a clown nose.

There's no love lost between Chamblee and a lot of people, and Brooks is on his "Arya" list.

First Chamblee had a go at Brooks for losing weight for a photo shoot for ESPN's "Body Issue."
saying it was "the most reckless self sabotage I have ever seen of an athlete in his prime."

Then Chamblee said Brooks wasn't "tough enough" to win the Masters.  What??



Brandel was spouting on about players who "could hang" with Tiger.....

“In the aggregate, you’d have Dustin and Rory who are the likely two who could hang with him,” he said. “Jon Rahm’s still got a lot to learn. His iron play’s not as sharp as it needs to be to be the best player in the world, and it forces him to have to pitch the ball…his pitching, generally speaking, is not as good as it needs to be. And Spieth’s game has fallen off. So it’s really only two players who could challenge him.



No Brooks?

“Irrespective of the world rankings, I think all of us know what we need to know without the world rankings telling us, and it’s Rory and it’s Dustin Johnson and it’s Tiger Woods, but Tiger’s simply not going to play enough to get the points that he needs to get.”

No Brooks.


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Bubba Watson is about to get stoned! Well not really......

CBD  (Cannabidiol) extracted from Cannabis plants is a rapidly growing business globally at the moment.



It is "reported" to have loads of benefits to counter anxiety, inflammation, blah blah blah.  It's basically one constituent of Cannabis but not the good shit. The good shit is THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol.

So who better for big CBD company cbdMD to sign than Bubba Watson!

Mad as a hatter, he'll be the perfect guinea pig.



“I was taking the product, I love the product and for me, you know, it’s all about safety,” Watson said in an interview. “So for me, on a performance level, I got to have safety, I’ve got to take drug tests, I’ve got to do all these things and to protect myself and be able to play competitive golf.”



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2019 Wells Fargo Championship Betting Preview And Tips

May 2nd – 5th, 2019
Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina,
Par: 71 / Yardage: 7,554
Purse: $7.9 million with $1,422,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Jason Day



Favourite Watch


Rory McIlroy is untouchable at 6/1 and has proven in winning here twice that he's the perfect fit for Quail Hollow.  Champion in 2010 when he carded 62 on Sunday and that obliteration of the field by seven shots in 2015.  Comes in off a disappointing Masters but had five consecutive top-6 finishes before that culminating in winning The Players.  Day Fowler and Rose are next in the betting but at ridiculously mean odds.

Doc's Top-5 Each Wat Bets


Paul Casey 28/1




Out of sight since a shocking Masters where he failed to break 80 in the first round but Paul Casey is nothing if not resilient and he'll have dusted himself off and pinpointed this week as a big one.  Winner for the past two years at the similarly difficult Innisbrook Resort gives him a huge advantage on this cryptic par-71 where 10 under of thereabouts for four rounds could just get the job done.  T5 last year.

Phil Mickelson 28/1


There are a couple of courses on the PGA Tour rota that Phil Mickelson loves and knows he can contend on every single time.  Quail Hollow is one of them. Why? Well because Phil can bomb it left and right all day here and as long as he hits it far enough he'll have a shot. Add to that his short game prowess and he'll be in the mix every time.  Ten top-10 finishes from 15 starts here; it has been a few months since his Pebble win and with Tiger back on top Phil will no doubt be secretly smarting and keen to show that he's not a spent force yet.

Tony Finau 25/1


Never really contended in three attempts at Quail Hollow but brought his season to life at the Masters with a T5 finish.  Drove the ball 316 yards off the tee on average at Augusta AND was T5 in the putting stats.  In winning the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Justin Thomas drove it 326 yards on average so I'm looking to Tony as an in-form bludgeoner to contend.

Lucas Glover 50/1


Having his best season for ages with something in the order of ten top-20 finishes, I've lost count. Last won on the PGA Tour here in 2011 when he beat Jonathan Byrd in a playoff, so even though he might look like the world's about to end, dear old Lucas will be grinding extra hard this week!

Patrick Reed 40/1


It's a while since Pat Reed has languished down with the outsiders at 40/1 but nothing has been happening for him of late on the course and you could make a Netflix series of the weirdness of his life off it.  But I still fancy his amazing short game given this super tough par-71 with its "Green Mile" finish.  Solo 8th and T12 on his last two visits.

Long Odds Glory Shots


Aaron Wise 70/1

Recovered from a 75 in the opening round of The Masters to finish a brilliant 17th.  That's four top-20's this season to date and Wise played super in coming T2 here last year.

Sam Burns 125/1

Sam was 9th at the RBC Heritage which included a tally of just 98 putts.  That indicates an in-form putting AND chipping game which will stand to him this week.



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