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It is no wonder that Kevin Pieterson hit out at Kevin Na via twitter video for taking a minute to hit a short putt at the Genesis Open.

There has been bad blood between the two ever since Na went to a cricket match in Australia and completely humiliated Pieterson during the game.

Here's what happened at that game.

So Pieterson's "how to tap in" video to Na, which coupled with a nice promo of a freebie at some Trump hotel, was only the latest in what is becoming an increasingly vitriolic feud.

More as it emerges.

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An emotionally charged Lindsey Vonn gave an interview after the Women's Downhill ski event at the 2018 Olympics today that would bring a tear to the hardest of hearts.

Vonn is as well known to golfers as the former girlfriend of Tiger Woods as she is one of the greatest downhill skiers of all time.

Her comeback from several career threatening knee injuries, including ACL and MCL knee tears (which caused her to miss the 2014 Olympics in Sochi), to full fitness mirrored Woods own battles with his body.  The pair were in a relationship for three years.

Related Post: 2018 Honda Classic Betting Preview and Tips

Today at the 2018 Olympics Vonn finished bronze in the Womens Downhill race and afterwards her emotions flooded out in an interview with (her friend and) the BBC's Chemmy Alcott. Vonn’s beloved grandfather, Don Kildow, died four months ago at the age of 88. Here's a snippet.

I can't help feeling, even though he is not mentioned, that a little bit of Tiger is also contributing to the emotional outpouring.

Vonn told Bear Grylls during their TV that she "still loves" Woods and it was more their schedules than anything else that meant their relationships didn't work.

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Well done Lindsey. Great comeback. And you never know. Four more years is nothing!

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2018 Honda Classic Betting Tips

February 22nd – 25th, 2018
PGA National Champion Course at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,140
Purse: $6.6 million with $1,188,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Rickie Fowler

Last week: Bubba Watson Win at 50/1, Phil Mickelson T6 at 25/1, Kevin Na T2 at 100/1 (Long Odds Glory Shot) 

Who Will Win The Honda Classic
2018 Honda Classic Betting Preview

The Champion Course at The Honda Classic is always a hum dinger and traditionally one of the toughest shorties on the PGA Tour.  Heavily influenced by the Florida winds, this par 70 at 7,140 yards with its Bear Trap is as much about bogey avoidance than scoring.

And if you want another view on the Honda Classic, Steve Bamford's Betting Preview + free tournament statistics are available at Golf Betting System.

Favourite Discussion

JT and Jordan had massive feet as kids?

Defending champion Rickie Fowler is 8/1 across the majority of the betting companies which is ridiculously short in my opinion and that's I always tip each-way. If I had a take a head on tackle from a prop forward to choose someone on the nose pre-tournament, I'd pick Justin Thomas at 12/1 who has a best of T3 in 2016 and impressed me last week.

Doc's Top Five Each Way Bets At The Honda Classic

Sergio Garcia 18/1

Aw bless.

I'm not privy to Sergio's mental focus for the game at the moment, but with his wife due to give birth in March this tip will depend very much on that.  On paper though a tough shot-makers par-70 in perennially windy Florida should suit the Spaniard down to the ground.  Sergio has played in the last four Honda's with three top-20's and a best of solo second in 2016 behind Adam Scott.  Winner in Singapore last month and T32 in Dubai where he ranked second in the field in fairways hit.

Scott Stallings 66/1

Scott Stallings eats spaghetti with the wife.

Would you believe Scott Stallings was on my shortlist last week also (we had Bubba a winner at 50/1 and Kevin Na long odds glory at 100/1) but I had to cut him from my final five in favour of Phil!  Thus I'll have to give him the nod this week after a T4 at Riviera and solo 7th at Pebble.  Three 68's from Friday to Sunday did the trick last week in a performance where Stallings impressed across all the major stats.  For me that's big (I'm a stats freak) and I think Scott knows a big win is coming and that this week might be his best chance for a while.

Gary Woodland  28/1

When the guy behind Gary Woodland drove into the tree!

A missed 54 hole cut at Pebble last time out wasn't a disaster for Gary Woodland coming on the back of a great run of T7 at The Sony, T12 at The Farmers and a super win in Phoenix.  Rickie won by a mile last year but Woodland was in the group tied for second and I think he's on form to contend again this time around.

Graeme McDowell 66/1

GMac and Rors when they were kids. Before it all went Pete Tong.

My read of what happened last week at Riviera was some vintage Gmac getting himself into position to win after 54 holes but possibly wanted it too much and tried to force the issue and lacked that bit of belief on Sunday.  That 77 dropped him into a T26 finish but the Portrush man can take away some big positives especially crossing back east to his adopted Florida where he has four top-10's  from nine starts at Palm Beach Gardens.  66/1 are great each way odds or 5/1 to finish in the top-10. Believe Gmac!

Brian Harman 40/1

Oh my goodness the last pick was literally a toss up between Tommy Fleetwood and Brian Harman. Tommy again is a debutant here and should have the tees and greens game for it but  I'm loving Brian Harman's terrier spirit on the PGA Tour and early in the season and wondered would he ever take a break!  Well he has done and returns to try and avoid the pitfalls of The Bear Trap this week.  No real form beyond a T11 here in 2015 but 4th on Tour in Greens Hit and 8th in Strokes Gained Putting say he's a solid bet on a par-70.

Long Odds Glory Shots

That time Billy had his lampshade to stop him licking his balls.

Billy Horschel 100/1 is missing more cuts than a blunt scissors at the moment but he's T4, T8 here for the last two seasons and seems to play his best here. Sean O'Hair 150/1 has made plenty of pocket of money here too with four top-25's in his last five visits.

Fantasy Golf Roster

Fantasy Golf fans, here is my early fantasy roster for the week with Billy Ho my final starter on the bench, if you know what I mean!!  I'm still agonising over Tommy Fleetwood too so he might nudge someone out!!

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Just months after suffering mystery illness which caused him to sign a contract with a shit ball manufacturer after which he seriously considered walking away, Bubba Watson is back to having a face you'd just love to punch at the Genesis Open.

“I just cannot wait to start making annoying little Instagram videos and pissing everyone off again by demonstrating how much better I am than them at shit,” a tearful Watson told reporters after winning at Riviera. 

The 39 year old is now expected to go back to being a full-blown asshole in the run up to The Masters in April.

Even Radar got in on the act!

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Billy Hurley III wakes up this morning a relieved victim of the brutal dog eat dog nature of US politics after succeeding in his bid not to be elected Chairman of the Players Advisory Council of the PGA Tour by seeming to put in an effort to want it.

Hurley's master plan to foist the job absolutely nobody wants on Jordan Spieth worked perfectly thanks to his negative campaign video.

Instead the players showed just how unpopular Jordan Spieth is amongst his peers by voting him to represent them for absolutely no thanks whatsoever.

“My caddie said if you don't want to be elected you have to make a video making it look like you want to be elected whilst at the same time casting negative aspersions on your opponent, Hurley told Sara Stick on Sky Sports. "I trusted him and it worked perfectly.  Now I don't have to listen to whinging, moaning idiots complain for the next year."

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How Bill Haas walked away from the crash which killed driver Mark Gibello in the Pacific Palisades this week was nothing short of a miracle.  The Ferrari in which he was passenger hit two cars before finally careering into a concrete light pole.

Having read a plethora of reports on the incident and listened to locals being interviewed, it seems the street on which the accident occurred, Chautauqua Boulevard near Sunset Boulevard which has a 30mph limit, was one on which there was concerns about high powered cars regularly speeding.

Haas was staying with the driver Mark Gibello and his family in the lead up to the Genesis Open.  The 71 year old was a well known businessman and philanthropist in the area and is said to have played a large role in bringing the 2023 U.S. Open to Los Angeles Country Club.

Here is a report on the incident from CBS which shows CCTV footage of the incident.

RIP to all those lost in road traffic incidents.

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What kind of an absolute knob is Lee McCoy?

After a crap finish to the Tour’s Club Colombia Championship McCoy encountered some local kids. One asked, as kids do, for his "hat, gloves and shoes" and McCoy proceeded to them a "life lesson".

SHOES in all capitals too!

Cue a twitter backlash which led McCoy to say he was ‘not grateful’ that the kids came to see the event. Mike Ryan said it best.

Needless to say, the final act was McCoy cowardly deleting his twitter account rather than deal with the shame

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2018 Genesis Open Betting Tips

February 15th – 18th, 2018
Riviera C.C., Pacific Palisades, California
Par: 71 / Yardage: 7,322
Purse: $7.2 million with $1,296,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Dustin Johnson

Favourites Discussion

There is no discussion, Dustin Johnson owns Riviera.  Winner last year (destroyed the field) and top four in his last five starts here.  5/1 pre tournament is ridiculous. That is all.

Doc's Top 5 Best Each Way Bets At Riviera

Bubba Watson 50/1

Is Bubba finding his way back to some form?  Are we due some tears of joy outside the clubhouse at Riviera on Sunday night?  It may be a bit early for all that but we are signs of the old Bubba back again in recent weeks (T40 Phoenix, T35 Pebble) and as polarising a character as he is, he is also box office.  What caught my eye was his T4 greens hit clip last week over three courses which will have given confidence.  Winner here in 2014 and 2016 and it will be intriguing to see how he goes this week minus his Volvik!!

Phil Mickelson 25/1

Still 25/1 in the betting after a T5 in Phoenix and T2 last week at Pebble Beach and wouldn't it be super if Phil could keep his form up until Masters time.  So how is he doing it? Putting.  As cavalier as Mickelson is on tees and greens he's putting is just brilliant right now.  110 and 111 putts in the last two weeks says everything and has allowed a super spread of scoring over par-3/4/5's. Winner here in 2008 and 2009 along with two other seconds.

Tommy Fleetwood 28/1

Tommy is a Riviera debutant this week but if there was ever a course to suit his game….this is it.  Now a full PGA Tour card holder Tommy brings impeccable credentials over from the European Tour with a stellar 2017 and a win already this year in Abu Dhabi followed by a T6 in Dubai. THE best in the world at hitting fairways and greens just now, it'll be interesting to see how he mixes with the big dogs.

Paul Casey 28/1

You almost know what you're going to get every week from Paul Casey. And that's a good and bad thing!  He'll be almost metronomic from tee to green, then not get near his fair share of putts.  T9 in Abu Dhabi on the European Tour, then crossed over the PGA Tour with an impressive T8 at Pebble.  Best of T2 here in 2015 and could come into a place for each way gain.

Jimmy Walker 80/1

After an abysmal start to the year Jimmy took a massive step forward with a T8 at Pebble Beach last week with three rounds in the 60's.  The T15 greens in regulation clip over three courses there was impressive and if he can drive it better at Riviera he has course form with T4's in 2011 and 2012 and a T11 in 2017.

Long Odds Glory Shots

Kevin Na is 100/1 and he looks to be on the up after a T20 on the Monterey Peninsula last week.  He'll grind all day as he did to a T4 here last year.

Martin Laird at 125/1 is still on my radar after a T9 in Phoenix and some real quality all round golf.  His accuracy off the tee has served well at Riviera in the past with a T8 in 2017 and T11 in 2016.

Another man who is straight with the big dog is Sangmoon Bae at 125/1.  Comes in off a T15 last week and has come no worse than 12th at Riveria in three starts (T8 2013, T12 2014, T8 2015).

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An advanced alien race probing Earth for the very first time this week after travelling 500 years to get here were said to be "very fucking disappointed indeed" at the first human they scanned.

A spokesman for the star travellers from the planet Clarg 3 star announced that on spotting the human life form in Ixtapa, Mexico "they lost their shit altogether" with fear before fleeing back home again at warp-speed.

The advanced alien civilisation reported spotting an extremely hairy hostile looking creature with great big bulging eyes around the same time as PGA Tour golfer Graham deLaet reportedly spotted them and posted a video on twitter.

"We thought your planet would be super friendly, then we spot this big ugly monster waving a bottle and shouting up at us and we just thought it better to abandon your biosphere as a bad job," said Dr. Kron Ix.

"We might come back in 500 years again for another look, hopefully he'll be gone then" was the last communication received.

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Tiger Woods is set to finalise the purchase of an island off the northwest coast of Ireland following the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open this July.

Woods will visit Ireland between July 1st and 10th to conclude his Open Championship preparation and to be present for the completion of legal documentation pertaining to his purchase of Inishtrahull Island off the Donegal coast.

Inishtrahull island where Tiger Woods will have an Irish home away from home.

Agents for Woods have been in the process of negotiating the purchase of the mile long island off the coast of Malin Head from the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Commissioners of Irish Lights for the past year.  It is believed the complicated paperwork completing the sale will be ready in early July.

According to reports Woods has visited the area up to a dozen times to work on the deal, and his game, over the past year and is said to have become very friendly with members at Ballyliffin Golf Course.

"Tiger's been here at the course about ten times that I know of," one Ballyliffin member who asked not to be named told reporters. "He's been here three times in the last month. He arrives in the helicopter at first light and he goes out on the course practicing until evening. Fine block of a man. Jesus he'll take money off any of us willing to lose it to him out on the course! Then he'd go into the clubhouse for a soup and sandwich and away off back to Malin Head where he stays. I think he's due back here again tomorrow but you couldn't set your clock by him."

More as it emerges.

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2018 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am Betting Preview and Picks

February 8th – 11th, 2018
Pebble Beach Golf Links, (Monterey Peninsula, Spyglass Hill), California
Par: 72 / Yardage: 6,816
Purse: $7.4 million with $1,320,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Jordan Spieth

Favourites Discussion

Dustin Johnson is a crazy 6/1 favourite in the betting with the bookies scared witless of him. Twice a winner here in 2009 and 2010 and four top-5's at the event since but this also is the site of his most crushing collapse at the 2010 US Open when Gmac won.  Jason Day is 11/1 after his Farmers win and has three top-6 finishes from his last five appearances at Pebble.  Last year Jordan Spieth dominated but after a MC in Phoenix he's 12/1.

Doc's Top 5 Best Each-Way Bets

Pat Reed 40/1

Improving form with a T23 at The Farmers and a T17 in Phoenix last week.  Returns to this event for the sixth time having never been out of the top 30 on the final leaderboard.  Reed's natural shot-making talent over the three course format of this tournament give him a big advantage.  Best of T6 in 2016.

Phil Mickelson 33/1

You have to take any Phil tip with a pinch of salt but after finishing 65, 66, 69 and putting his way to a T5 at Phoenix  I'd be irresponsible if I left him out.  Lefty is a four time winner of this event and, granted, the last one was in 2012 but he absolutely crushed Tiger on that day! Solo second too in 2016 and if he is in the mood this week Phil can and will contend.

Chesson Hadley 50/1

Chesson looks a little overpriced at 50/1 for me after finding some of his best form again in Phoenix (T5) last week.  Started the wraparound season with great aplomb with top-5's at the Safeway, Sanderson Farms and Shriners and built back up again at La Quinta and Torrey Pines before that score in the desert.  Didn’t play Pebble in 2017 but was T10 in this event in both 2014 and 2015.

Brandt Snedeker 40/1

Sneds is a Monterray specialist  with wins in this event in 2013 and 2015 and a solo fourth in 2017.  In fact four of his 12 PGA Tour wins have come in January and February and if he's fit is a danger. T23 in Phoenix last week may not excite but Sneds had just four bogeys all week which was a big plus for me. 

Pat Perez 40/1

Pat has been coming back to Pebble since 2002 when he finished solo second on his debut and it might have taken some time, but he's figured out again since 2014 with a T7, T4 and T14 since.  Fit again and with renewed confidence after his CIMB win Double P started the year with a T4 at the Tournament of Champions before a T29 in Dubai.  Great each way shout.

Long Odds Glory

James Hahn 70/1

With fairways and greens as his staple diet James Hahn bags cash wherever he goes.  A final round 62 at the Sony Open for a solo second was the highlight of the first quarter of his season and he impressed again in Phoenix (T11) last week. Best of T3 in this event in 2013.

Nick Watney 125/1

Yes Nick Watney!  Made a big jump back towards contending with the best with a T26 in Phoenix and loves this event.  T6 in 2011, solo second in 2015 and T14 last year.  This would be a massive score!! 

Also in the research.....
JB Holmes, Austin Cook, Shane Lowry.

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The news so many suspected for so long, but hoped not to be true, was confirmed yesterday at The Phoenix Open when Matt Kuchar announced on live TV that he is a dickhead.

Pope Francis was said not be too f**king impressed with Kuch's outburst and may block his ascension to Sainthood.

The startling self admission came on the 17th tee after Kuchar hit a wayward tee shot costing himself several thousand dollars.

 "Golly Matty, what a dickhead, fuck," revealed the 39 year old on realising his ball was headed towards the water.

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Vast swathes of America had to receive counselling after hearing the outburst.

Many had suspected Kuchar was not all f**king sweetness and light and Mr. Brady f**king Bunch after an incident with Sky Sports on course commentator Andy Coltart at the US Open last June.

It's thought Kuchar chose the moment for his admission, just before the Superbowl, to maximise his audience.

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Padraig Harrington's twitter account @padraig_h was hacked today by a lady called Tammy Boolman.  It was the happiest most excellent hack in twitter history.

Needless to say nobody has really bothered to (a) report it or (b) fix the hack because, lets face it, why bother?  It's way better now!

Sorry Podge. 

Tammy Boolman doing some praying facing Mecca on Padraig Harrington's twitter.

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The best of whats on social media today includes the adventures of Ollie Schniederjans who drove the green on the 17th at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, then putted the ball into the water.

Poor old Ollie.

Ollie still managed a 68 so no major damage done but this 75 foot eagle must have been a real sickener.  It led to bogey.

 Great hole or gimmick?

My top tip for the week Rickie Fowler shot a 66 including this.

Paul Dunne had a night in his honour in Wicklow. What a great pic.

I need some clarification on this but did this lady from Stanford (the best college team on the planet) just shoot 58?

And finally, if you're golfing at the weekend, let this inspire you!

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