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paula creamerUS LPGA star Anna Rawson obviously has it in for those doddery old rule makers in St. Andrews by clearly breaking the strict dress code of the R&A.  Creamer pictured here at The Puck Fair in Killorglan on her way to playing 18 in Waterville also seems to have little regard for health and safety; her footwear is completely unsuitable and she risks breaking an ankle or even worse, damaging the green with those heels. I fear for the head of that driver too, it’s going to get scuffed on the road; sure those pro’s have no respect for their equipment- they get everything for free.

 donaldblueUnder The Microscope: Luke Donald

Full name Luke Campbell Donald

Born 7 December 1977

Birthplace: Hemel Hempstead, Herts, England

Height 5 ft 9 in

Weight 73 kg; (11.5 st)

Residence Evanston, Illinois;

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK;

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Spouse Diane Antonopoulos

Turned professional 2001

Professional wins 5

Luke Donald was born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Luke and his brother Christian spent their formative years playing junior golf and both remain a team to this day as Christian now caddies for Luke. After a US collegiate application mix-up in which Stanford College (Tiger’s college) rejected him, Donald took a golf scholarship at Northwestern University in 1997, where he studied art theory and practice. He won the individual NCAA men's title in 1999, beating the scoring record formerly held by Tiger Woods.

Donald turned professional in 2001. His first win came at the rain-shortened Southern Farm Bureau Classic. In 2004 he won the Omega European Masters and the Scandinavian Masters on the European Tour. In the same year he was a member of the victorious European Ryder Cup team and also won the WGC-World Cup for England in partnership with Paul Casey. By early 2005 he was in the top twenty of the Official World Golf Rankings and his win in the 2006 Honda Classic moved him into the top ten for the first time. Soon afterwards he moved up to ninth and in January 2007 he moved up to seventh in the world.

Donald met his future wife, Diane Antonopoulos from Chicago, during his college years. The couple married on 24 June 2007 on Santorini, the Greek home island of Diane's family. Donald's longstanding interest in art is well documented. He lists John Constable and Leonardo daVinci among his favourite artists. In 2002, one of his oil paintings was auctioned by the PGA Tour for charity. He doesn't keep a sketchbook or doodle for kicks however. "I either decide to work on a painting for a few hours, or I don't paint at all," he says.

What’s In Luke’s Bag


Bloggy Underfoot:  Driven

With the final major of the year now upon us we are braced for another ear bashing from our esteemed Sky hosts as to the chances of hailing the next British major winner. It seems like an age since Nick Faldo strode to victory with his page boy hair-do and his purple Pringle knits and God knows the US based Englishmen Casey, Rose, Poulter and Donald should know the lie of the land over there by now. This major problem is one we don’t have to worry about since Padraig Harrington came good, but as time goes on, it’s getting more and more embarrassing for the English. The fact that Lee Westwood and Ross Fisher have gotten with kissing distance of the British and US Open’s this year before just falling short has once again raised this debate as to what exactly is blocking their route to success.

For me, it’s all about drive or rather lack of it. I remember as a young fellow watching Nick Faldo go through a two year process of swing building with David Leadbetter. He pioneered that strategy. He was driven. Tiger Woods took over a year to do exactly the same thing. The media called it the “Tiger Slump”, but Tiger wasn’t listening. He was busy being driven. Three time major champion Padraig Harrington has spent half this season remodelling his swing and the other half defending himself when questioned about it. He is driven.


What being “driven” looks like

One could argue that many of the current crop of English players just aren’t driven. Unlike the players of Faldo’s era who had to win to create their “brand”, today’s crop of players just have to get on tour to watch all the contracts come flooding in. They come under the title “six month millionaires” where they win a second rate event or two on the European Tour, emigrate to the US Tour and do the same there. They buy a house beside their mates in Florida, get a lovely little Tommy Hilfiger endorsement deal, a tidy little equipment contract worth a couple of million and exist happily ever after. For these the word “Driven” is used strictly to describe a means of getting from place to another in the most luxurious way possible. I personally think that players like Lee Westwood and Ross Fisher don’t fit into this category but I bet you know the gang that do. They may have a brand, but they certainly wont have a legacy.

The problem, as Dire Straits so aptly put it, is that it’s all about “Money For Nothin’” these days. Take a look down the leaderboard of any of the first three of this year’s majors and it becomes apparent. Do you remember how Steve Flesch did at Augusta? He came sixth and took home $180,000. And do you remember how Luke Donald did at The Open? He tied fifth and took home the same money. Neither were in contention at any stage and received little or no TV coverage whatsoever proving that it is possible as a top level touring professional to just coast along and pick up your cheque at the end of the week. When Tiger came onto the tour in 1996 the prize fund on the US Tour was $66 million, in 2009 it is (a recession busting) $277 million. Need I say more? So it’s back to the Sky studio and the chances of the Brits. And by the way guys, Rory McIlroy is Irish, not English!

Dr. and The Medic: Practice Mentality


You are always trying to improve some aspect in your game. This often causes tension when you are playing because you cannot stop thinking about the details in your swing.


Set aside practice time during the week and just before playing. Focus on what you are trying to fix in your swing at that time. Once you are getting ready to play your round, you need to change out of the practice mentality and switch into playing mode.


It is okay that your consciousness is in control while you are practicing. Work out any kinks in your swing at this time. As you are completing your practice time, you should focus on developing feel and sensitivity in your hands and arms. Swing the club with your legs and body supporting. Work up to the point that you will be able to allow your subconscious in control of the swing. This way when it is time for you to begin your round, you can play with feel and ease. Focus only on the picture of your shot in mind, using imagination and creativity during your practice swing. Keep only this picture in your mind as you set up to the ball and swing.

The Doc’s Rules Quiz

Try these tougher teasers to see if you really know the rules of golf. Text your answers, name and address to 087-3140467. The weekly winner will receive a Kartel shirt as worn by Padraig Harrington!

Question 1 - A player makes a practice swing and accidentally moves his ball in play with his club. What is the ruling?

Is it (a) The player has made a stroke and must play the ball as it lies.

Or (b) The player incurs a penalty of one stroke and must replace the ball.

Question 2 – True or False: In match play, a Tony's ball lies on a bridge over a water hazard and he grounds his club. There is no penalty

Question 3 - True or False: In stroke play, a player’s ball lies in a bunker. The player takes his stance and is just about to ground his club when the ball moves. The player incurs a one stroke penalty.

Last weeks answers

Question 1: True or False- A player must determine his nearest point of relief by using the club with which he expects to play his next stroke. Answer: False

Question 2: True or False- During a round a player may play a practice stroke from a hazard provided this does not unduly delay play. Answer: False

Question 3: True or False- A player is entitled to discontinue play if he believes there is danger from an electrical storm. Answer: True

Congrats to last weeks winner Martin Hayes, Pallaskenry, Limerick who wins a classy Kartel shirt compliments of Golfstyle Galway.

I Want One Of Those: New Ping G15 Driver

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Hazeltine National GC

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13 Aug 2009 - 16 Aug 2009

Tiger Woods 6/4:

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I really don’t like tipping Tiger but this time we just cant avoid it. Woods hunted down Richard Beem in swashbuckling style in 2002 only to come up short by a single stroke, the last time the USPGA was held at Hazeltine. Tiger really wants this badly and will be working hard this week on his driving accuracy. Five tour wins already this season and 70 overall, the thought of a year without a Tiger Major win is barely conceivable. If he drives it straight, he looks unstoppable.

Padraig Harrington 20/1:

1Harrington Having seen Padraig play at Lough Erne last month, I wrote that it wouldn’t be long before his name sits on top of the leaderboard again. He has since had his “eureka” moment on the range and now armed with new swing and a putter that’s on fire, the trademark Harrington smile is bigger than ever. We know that Padraig can produce major victories without having a form-line in the build up, but his WGC form last week is a bonus. He certainly will not be giving up this trophy without a fight and performed well at Hazeltine in 2002, though hampered with a neck injury.

Ross Fisher 40/1:

1 fisher Hazeltine has gone through some serious changes since staging the event in 2002 and they look like they could play into booming Ross Fisher’s hands. The landing areas of players drives from 2002 were charted and a massive program of work since undertaken to make each fairway more difficult. After tying for fifth at the US Open and contending at Turnberry keep an eye on the in-form man from Wentworth.

Hunter Mahan 33/1:

1 hunter f you take the British Open where he missed the cut out of the equation, Hunter looks the real deal going into this week. Four top tens on the spin including tied sixth at the US Open and second at the AT&T. Tied for fourth at the WGC last week with a blistering final round 66. Mahan is highly regarded in the US and hotly tipped as a future major winner.

Angel Cabrera 66/1:

74419963RB239_U_S_Open_Cham  The Masters champion is back on the radar after a largely indifferent Summer. El Pato doesn’t usually give form indicators coming into majors so his impressive tied fourth at Firestone should be carefully noted. Cabrera is the one man in the field that’s not afraid of the Tiger and, when on form, he just seems to gobble up those long tree lined courses.

Justin Leonard 100/1:

1 leonard  Hazeltine can be a very windy course and there’s no better wind player than former British Open champion Justin Leonard. I recall Leonard was the only player in the third round to shoot under 70 in very windy conditions the last time the event was staged here and he actually lead the field by three strokes going into the final round. Unfortunately a final round 77 saw him tie for fourth, but he looks like he is the mood for another Hazeltine tilt with a nice performance at the WGC last week.




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Remembering Payne

StewartBridgeHazeltine This weeks PGA championship venue Hazeltine is not only famous for being the site of Rich Beem’s vistory in 2002 but also for hosting the 1991 US Open where Payne Stewart beat Scott Simpson in a playoff. It has been 10 years since Stewart’s tragic death and this weeks return to the site of his first major victory will rekindle fond memories of the great man. A plaque dedicated to Stewart’s 1991 victory sits on the bridge at the signature 16th hole, where he made three straight one putts (the longest was 85 feet) on his way to securing the title.

The Great Hagen

walter hagen 2 The PGA Championship dates back to 1916 when it was contested as a 32 man matchplay event. The change to strokeplay was only made in 1958 to ensure a greater TV audience. Of course under matchplay rules the favourite could be beaten on day one, thus discouraging spectators, but it didn’t always turn out like that. The great Walter Hagen won five PGA championships, all in matchplay, including four in a row from 1924 to’27. No player won the PGA title in both matchplay and strokeplay. Hagen shares his record five wins with Jack Nicklaus.


Balance Beem

beem celebrates Don’t expect a repeat of Rich Beem’s 10 under par winning total this week at Hazeltine. On a recent trip to the course Beem expressed his surprise at the increased difficulty injected into the course. Hazeltine has been lengthened by over 300 yards since 2002 and tee shot landing areas dramatically altered to provide a tougher test. Beem will be paired with Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington for the opening rounds. Scot Richie Ramsey won the US Amateur title at Hazeltine in 2006 and it will also host the 2016 Ryder Cup. The Minnesota venue has the distinct honour of hosting the PGA Championship for the second time.


Active Age

ryo-ishikawa Japenese sensation Ryo Ishikawa will set the record for the youngest ever competitor at the PGA Championship this week. He’ll be nearly 17 years and 11 months when he tees off on Thursday, eclipsing Gene Sarazen’s mark of 19 years 7 months. The oldest winner of the event is Julius Boros who won in 1968 at 48 years at 4 months. That mark also still stands as the oldest winner of any major having survived threats from Kenny Perry and Tom Watson who lost Masters and Open playoffs.

Under The Microscope: Stuart Appleby

Born 1 May 1971 (age 38)

Birthplace: Cohuna, Australia

Height 6 ft 1 in

Weight 195 lb

Turned professional 1992

Professional wins 13

1 applebyIn 2008, Stuart posted a career-high seven top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour and finished 17th in the FedExCup Standings. He missed just two cuts in 23 starts and surpassed $2 million in earnings for the fifth time in his career. His eight career PGA Tour victories include three straight Mercedes Championships from 2004-2006, as well as a pair of wins at the Shell Houston Open (1999 and 2006). A four-time member of the Presidents Cup team, Stuart was raised on a dairy farm in Australia and first began practicing his golf game by hitting shots from paddock to paddock after his chores were done. He played Aussie Rules Football growing up before turning to professional golf. Early in his career, he became just the eighth player in the history of what is now called the Nationwide Tour to win his first start, the 1995 Monterey Open. He earned his PGA Tour Card for 1996 by finishing fifth on the Nationwide Tour Money List. Off the links, Stuart enjoys motor racing.

Appleby's first wife, Renay, was killed in an automobile accident outside London Waterloo station in 1998, shortly after he had missed the cut at The Open Championship. Appleby married his second wife, Ashley Saleet, in 2002, and currently lives with Ashley and his two daughters, Ella and Mia. Their first son was born 21 October 2008 and has been named Max. After the 1999 plane crash that killed his friend and next-door neighbour Payne Stewart, he has been one of the key father figures for Stewart's children Chelsea and Aaron.

What’s In Stuart’s Bag


Bloggy Underfoot: Seve Speaks

After all the written speculation and news reports about Seve’s health it was great to hear directly from the man himself last week. In an interview with Sky Sports, Seve spoke about his health, his game and his goals going forward.

SeveBallesteros Dressed in a black tee-shirt bearing the logo of his charitable foundation, at first glance Seve appeared quite hail and hearty, a trick of the swelling effects of the medication and the latest six rounds of chemo. Though strong of speech and quick of thought, one cant help but notice that the eyebrows have dropped a little, and Seve’s overall expression is a lot more strained than it used to be.

To hear the great man speak however is elevating. He regards his treatment as being at the tenth hole, the chemo is over, the radiation treatment is next. When all the surgeons have done their work, Seve fully expects them to say the tumour, which was once the size of two golf balls and lying there dormant for six years, is gone.

The onset of the problem came as a shock to Seve. Before his airport collapse, he remembers bumping into things with his left shoulder, missing steps when climbing stairs, being dizzy and finally losing much of his vision in his left eye and the feeling in his left leg. A car crash where he ploughed into five parked cars at the golf club, lead the members to conclude he was drinking or on drugs, but right then Seve knew the gravity of his situation. Although he says his treatment was more mentally debilitating than physically painful, during the past six months he went through periods of helplessness and paralysis requiring constant care. However by summoning up all that battling spirit that stood him so well on the golf course, Seve has reached the turn in his usual swashbuckling style.

In order to aid to recovery, Ballesteros has set out a number of goals including insuring his children’s welfare and raising charitable funds for research and treatment of brain cancer. His one and only golfing goal however is not to play at next years British Open at St Andrews, but to “compete” at the home of golf. Everything on the golfing side of his life is geared toward this final appearance to finally and properly thank all his supporters and bid them all farewell. To that end (when not in treatment) Seve is following a strict training regime; a morning stretching session, weights, a five mile walk followed by a cold water swim, lunch and siesta then onto the range to hit balls. He admits that his treatment has robbed him, most likely permanently, of some of his faculties including 25% of his left sided vision and his ability to judge distances, but he is confident that with the help of a good caddy, probably his son, he can successfully negotiate the Old Course.

In an interview full of memorable quotes, the one that really struck a chord was Seve’s message to all those out there suffering with and battling cancer. “You need to fight, fight and never stop, because in the end, when you win, it tastes sweeter.” St. Andrew’s Swilken burn is only twelve months away and I have no doubt Ballesteros has even planned what club to hit off the tee.

Dr. and The Medic: Aim Your Eyes


You need to improve on putting accuracy.


Remember to keep your head stationary and your eyes over the ball. This is because you want to keep your eyes aligned to the target line.


Allow your trailing arm to control the pendulum motion as you keep the putter moving without any wrist hinge. You want to putt as if the ball is simply getting in the way of your putter during your stroke. Regardless of your putting style, you want to avoid lifting or turning your head until you have completed your entire follow though stroke. If you move your head, you will also be moving your eyes and therefore changing your aim and control.

The Doc’s Rules Quiz

GolfStyle LogoDo you really know the rules of golf? Try these questions and text your answers to 087-3140467. The winner will receive a Kartel shirt as worn by Paddy Harrington!

Question 1: True or False- A player must determine his nearest point of relief by using the club with which he expects to play his next stroke

Question 2: True or False- During a round a player may play a practice stroke from a hazard provided this does not unduly delay play

Question 3: True or False- A player is entitled to discontinue play if he believes there is danger from an electrical storm.

Last weeks answers

Question 1 - In stroke play, a competitor, in lifting a ball for the purpose of identification, cleans it more than necessary for identification. What is the penalty? A: no penalty, B: one stroke or C: two strokes Answer: B, one stroke.

Question 2 – True or False: Tony arrives at the first tee at 13:00 hrs, his start time being 12:57 hrs. Tony is penalised two strokes. Answer: False.

Question 3 - True or False: Stakes or lines used to define a lateral water hazard must be red. Answer: True

Congrats to last weeks winner Tony Keegan, Douglas, Cork who wins a classy Kartel shirt compliments of Golfstyle Galway.

I Want One Of Those: The ForeGolf Tour Truck

13 July 2006; PGA Professional Martin Leung has his swing checked by Don and Derek Murray, from the Four Golf mobile Technical Centre. Red Lane Driving Range, Newhill, Naas, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

_MG_7189 It’s the ultimate boy toy, your own Tour Truck. This 40 foot, fully fitted travelling workshop and club testing unit comes in at a shade under €400,000. And the great news is it’s coming to Cork. The truck will be visiting The Old Head on Sunday August 9th and Monday 10th You can book an appointment to be professionally assessed on the truck by calling (045) 430660 or emailing hello@foregolf.ie. Spend an hour with tour clubmaker Derek Murray having your clubs assessed like the pro’s, then play the Old Head for a €125.00 all in deal! And say hello to The SpinDoctor if you see me there on Monday!

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WGC - Bridgestone Invitational

Firestone CC

Akron, Ohio, USA

Stewart Cink 28/1

1 cink So lets get this straight. The recipe for success is downing pints in Doonbeg the week before the Open! Well it worked for Stewart Cink, who comes into this week refreshed and ready for another tilt at a WGC win. Despite the win at Turnberry, is hasn’t been the best ever year for Stewart, his lowest four round total in 2009 is eight under par. However Cink has won here in 2004 (with Tiger in the field) and lost in a playoff to Woods in 2006 and must be brimming with confidence as the newest major champion.

Lee Westwood 25/1

1 westwoodLee Westwood must be wondering what he has got to do to win again. It’s been nearly two years since Lee lifted the now defunct Quinn British Masters trophy but he seems to be there or there abouts in all the big tournaments since. Its easy to forget that Westwood has 18 European Tour wins under his belt and many believe he is playing even better now. His third place at Turnberry made it three top-tens in his last three events. Tied for second in 2008 when Vijay won.



Paul Casey 28/1

1 casey At the start of the year Paul Casey looked unbeatable. A massive win in Abu Dhabi brought him up to third in the world rankings. Played the best golf of the week at the WGC Accenture matchplay only to tire against Geoff Ogilvy in the final. Bounced back to take the flagship BMW championship in May but has really struggled in every event since. That run of form usually means a trip to see coach Bob Kostis in the desert and that usually does the trick. Don’t count Casey out.



Nick Watney 60/1

1 nick watney The big man from Sacramento California showed a little bit of spark at Loch Lomond at finished with a respectable top-30 in The Open. The whispers on the US Tour is that Watney will come again with a late season surge. He won the Buick Invitational back in February and has good WGC memories finishing second to Mickelson in a great finish at Doral in March. One to watch.


Martin Kaymer 45/1

1 kaymer Let’s hope his tied 34th finish at The Open did not dent Martin Kaymer’s confidence because the German is the form European in this field. Highly impressive in winning the Open de France and Barclay’s at Loch Lomond on the two weeks leading up to Turnberry. The 2007 Rookie of the Year now has an impressive four European Tour wins under his belt and what better time to contend on the world stage that at Firestone.




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Matthew Kicks Shin

catriona matthew Women’s golf got a much needed boost last week with the successful staging of The Ricoh Womens British Open at Royal Lytham. Scot Catriona Matthew, who is still technically on maternity leave, held off Karrie Web, “loudmouth” Christina Kim and an army of Korean’s for a deserved win. Perennial underachiever Michelle Wie finished in the top-20 and a couple of hours later sealed a US Team Captain’s pick for the upcoming Solheim Cup. Her Granny Juli Inkster received the other wild card. On a serious note 114 year old Laura Davies secured her 11th straight European team berth by finishing 46th last Sunday.

No Oskar for Maybin

maybin Sweden's Oskar Henningsson made six fist-pumping birdies last Sunday to win the Moravia Silesia Open by two strokes, but hats off again to Northern Ireland’s Gareth Maybin who tied for seventh. Maybster looked the likely winner for most of the day until the par three 15th hole where a leaked tee shot into water lead to double bogey. Maybin’s strength is his accuracy off the tee which has helped him to 46th on the Race to Dubai with nearly €430,000 already in the Northern Bank.

Slam Dunk For Tiny Funk

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“I may need help straightening up”


MINI_ME_(2)Being small of stature didn’t stand in the way of Freddie Funk as he tasted Senior Major glory on Sunday at Crooked Stick. Funk won by six strokes and broke the tournament record with a 20-under total. He shot a final round 7-under 65. Funk’s win is by no means the first recorded success for small people. Pint sized Ian Woosnam, himself no taller than a wheelie bin was probably the most successful golfing little’n securing a major win at Augusta in 1991. Other notable little people success stories include 80’s telly icon Jimmy Cranky and Mini Me from the highly successful Austin Powers movies.


Fred Funk with good friend Stephen Ames (aka The Krankies)


Daly Detox Taking Its Toll

john daly John Daly’s new health regime in the aftermath of his gastric band surgery coupled with his punishing playing schedule is taking a heavy toll. Playing for the sixth straight week in five countries and two continents, John Daly felt as though he hit rock bottom in the second round of The Buick with his worst score ever in a regular PGA Tour event that left him wondering whether he should quit.  (I would love to slot a “Have I got news for you” style joke based on rock bottom and Daly, booze, the law, Hooters and a PGA ban but in all good conscience I just couldnt.)

Rick Smith, Daly’s swing coach described Daly as being in a "toxic state" after a disastrous 88, which Smith attributed to the weight loss, not enough sleep and the wrong kind of diet. Many tour observers have commented that Daly has also lost some of his hitting power, over the last four months. "The last two weeks have been the first time in my career I didn't think I could win," Daly said. "I don't have the feel I used to have. I don't have the confidence. I just don't have it. I tried my [tail] off and shot 88. I've thrown in the towel and shot 82 when I quit. But I didn't quit this time. It was a weird feeling."

Disclaimer: Lady readers, this game of "would-ya?" is being played to promote ladies golf, to celebrate the elegance and style in the ladies game and to marvel at their excellent technique. Right, down to business

1. Jiyai Shin

Ahhhhhhh no. Is she wearing a blouse or a "frock". I havent seen one of those since the "Calor Kosangas Housewife Of The Year" ended in 1935.

2. Ai Miyazato

I'm afraid not enough meat on the bones for the average Culchie, so it's a no from the Mayo jury. She wouldn't hold a candle to my favourite weathergirl Ursula Bracken; and Ursula's probably brilliant at golf too. On the other hand, I know loads of lads who go "backpacking" in Asia specificaly to meet the likes of Ai. Many have woken up minus a kidney.

3. Christina Kim

Jaysus Lads. No. Ah now, I didn't really mean that "meat on the bones" comment back there. I feel a bit caught out now. Here's Christina doing her "Pamela Anderson in Baywatch" stickin' the bust out pose from Baywatch. All she is missin' is that red flaoty bullet shaped thing they all carried. I bet when Christina jumps in, there's some serious testing of Archimedes principle of displacement.

4. Paul Creamer

Absolutely Yes. Now you're talking. The clue is the name. When I die I want to come back as a pink mini. Not the car type. The clothes type. That Paula Creamer wears.

5. Song Hee Kim

Sorry Song He, this game is strictly for women. Blokes dressed up as women should contact Miss Panty in The George.

6. Catriona Matthew

No Comment. I think we better wrap up the game here before things descend to Juli Inkster levels.

Under The Microscope: Chris Wood

 chris wood Full name Christopher James Wood

Born 26 November 1987

Height 6 ft 5 in

Nationality: English

Residence Bristol, England

Turned professional 2008

Chris Wood shot to fame after finishing as the leading amateur in the 2008 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. A links course specialist Wood nearly went one better this year at Turnberry. His 210 yard nine iron approach to the last took a wicked bounce and finished through the green. A par would have secured Wood a play off spot but it failed to drop, resulting in a third place finish the young Englishman.

Wood was born in Bristol and began playing golf at a young age. He was also a keen footballer as a youth but a serious knee injury put paid to his chances of succeeding in the paid football ranks and instead he devoted himself to golf. He still remains a keen Manchester United and Bristol City fan.

Wood qualified as an amateur for the 2008 British Open at Royal Birkdale. With his Dad on the bag, Wood’s performance in the opening rounds prompted press speculation that he could be the first amateur to win The Open since Bobby Jones in 1930. He finished joint fifth overall alongside Jim Furyk, a tremendous achievement for an amateur in the toughest of conditions. He turned professional immediately after and earned a place on this year’s European Tour through Qualifying School in PGA de Catalunya.

As a rookie professional. Wood was delighted to be able to bank the cheque for €294,629 for his Turnberry third place. “I’ve just got a new flat so I need to pay the rent for that, so I should be all right,” he joked. In finishing in the top three Wood also earned himself a place in the 2010 Masters in Augusta.

What’s In Chris Wood’s Bag


Dr. and The Medic: Logo Tips


You want to become more consistent.


Aim the logo of your glove, ball, and shirt to help you make flush contact with the ball.


The logo of your ball can help you find the proper ball placement in your stance. Align the ball with the logo of your shirt pocket when you are using middle irons. You will notice that a lot of amateur players finish their full swings with the shirt logo pointing at the flag or coming up short of doing so. This indicates a poor turn. If you want to gain more distance, try turning your upper body even more so that the logo is pointing well past the flag. Use the logo of the ball to help you make square contact by teeing the ball with the logo turned away from the target. Use this as the contact point for the clubface when you hit it. Focus on aiming the logo of your glove towards the target at impact to help aim the clubface. Another way to use the logo of the glove is to help you gain a lot of loft. If you need to hit the ball really high, set the wedge clubface open and make a full backswing while hinging your wrist quickly. You will gain a lot of height if the logo on the back of your glove is pointing towards the sky at impact. Be sure to finish with a high follow through.

The Doc’s Rules Quiz

Do you really know the rules of golf? Try these questions and text your answers to 087-3140467. The winner will receive a Kartel shirt as worn by Paddy Harrington!

Question 1 - In stroke play, a competitor, in lifting a ball for the purpose of identification, cleans it more than necessary for identification. What is the penalty? A: no penalty, B: one stroke or C: two strokes

Question 2 – True or False: Tony arrives at the first tee at 13:00 hrs, his start time being 12:57 hrs. Tony is penalised two strokes.

Question 3 - True or False: Stakes or lines used to define a lateral water hazard must be red

Last weeks answers-  Hardly anyone got them all right!!!!

Question 1 – True or False: A player is entitled to free relief from a burrowing animal hole in a water hazard. Answer: False

Question 2 - True or False: A player applies chalk to the face of his wedge as he thinks that will generate more spin. There is no penalty. Answer: False

Question 3 - True or False: No penalty is incurred if the player accidentally causes his ball to move in the process of removing loose impediments on the putting green. Answer: True

Congrats to last weeks winner Willie Morrison, Fermoy, Cork who wins a classy Kartel shirt compliments of Golfstyle Galway.

I Want One Of Those:

Nike Sasquatch Sumo Square 5900 Driver


GolfStyle Logo Continuing on our recession busting track here’s the driver in the bag of British Open Champ Stewart Cink and US Open Winner Lucas Glover. Now to be found for a third of its original price, Nike has built their Sasquatch Sumo Square 5900 Driver with the highest MOI for greater forgiveness on off centre hits, the highest geometry for increased ball speed and accuracy, deep Nike PowerBow weighting to further optimise precision and performance and a multi thickness cup face design that improves ball speed over a larger area. With so much forgiveness and straightness, you couldn’t possibly miss! And even if you do, you wont have forked out much. Available online for around €120.

Bet Your Balls-


Moravia Silesia Open

presented by ALO Diamonds

Prosper Golf Resort

Čeladná, Czech Republic

30 Jul 2009 - 02 Aug 2009

Marcus Fraser 35/1

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The recession is biting and the Inteco Russian Open has been devoured. Luckily the diamond market is still afloat and ALO have brought the European Tour to the Czech Republic. Our first pick this week is Aussie Marcus Fraser who brings some form into this week having tied for fourth at the SAS Masters despite an ugly final round 77. After an early season second in Australia Fraser’s form has been solid rather than spectacular and he currently sits at 58th in the race to Dubai. A former winner of the Russian Open in 2003.

Robert Rock 25/1

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The Belfry’s touring professional has endured some tough times on tour but 2009 has been somewhat of a breakthrough year with earnings nearing the million euro mark. Rock most notably profitted from Shane Lowry’s amateur win at Baltray but also finished tied second in Italy the previous week. Poor form of late but that wont bother the Englsihman whose stats show very good previous early August form. Has the game to challenge in a field short of stars on what will be a new course to all the field.


David Drysdale 50/1

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The 34 year old Scot has an eye for dramatic golf. Missed out on retaining his touring privileges by €586 in 2005 and €1,139 in 2006, yet has managed time and again to regain his playing rights through tour school. Drysdale looks to have cracked the code this year with second, third and fourth place finishes already practically guaranteeing him his playing rights next year. He has also finished in the top five in three of the last four years wherever he has played at the beginning of August!


Buick Open

Warwick Hills

Brian Gay 28/1

1 Brian-Gay_2 Having enjoyed that winning feeling at Mayakoba in early 2008, Brian Gay has claimed two more titles in 2009. Gay first claimed the Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head where he won the event by ten strokes, finishing at 20-under par. The ten stroke victory is the one of the biggest wins in the PGA Tour's history. Then came a five stroke win at the St Jude Classic in June. Gay top tenned at the Buick last year with a blistering final round 65 and has actually finished second in this event also in 2002 where Tiger prevailed.

Jim Furyk 14/1

1 furyk Last year was the odd one out for Jim Furyk in the Buick Open; he failed to finish in the top ten since he won in 2003. That string of illustrious results includes a second place finish again behind Woods in 2006 and a tied fifth in 2007. This year has so far been winless so far for Jim and that grip is getting dangerously close to his crotch at address. His second behind Tiger at Memorial threatened good things but aside from a tied seventh in the AT&T National, Furyk’s form has been uncharacteristically poor. Watch out for the one eyed staredown at Warwick Hills.


Woody Austin 33/1

1 woody After two top tens in June at Colonial and the St Jude Classic things seemed to be on the up for Woody Austin, but two consecutive missed cuts since have set him back.  "Aqua-Man" as he is affectionately known, is a huge fan of Warwick Hills and has spent the past two weeks preparing for an assault here.  Has shot in the 60's in 11 of his last 12 rounds on the course, resulting in being tied second in each of the last two years and tied seventh in 2006.  Nerves are Austin's only enemy nowadays and at 44, the fire still burns but the odds have lengthened.  Still worth an each way look.

Tailored Shorts

Plastic Paddy

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Irishman Mark McNulty narrowly lost out to Loren Roberts in a playoff for the British Seniors Open title on Sunday, but is he really Irish? We know he was born and schooled in CBS Bindura, Southern Rhodesia (we think that’s near Clifden) but did McNulty prove his roots by dashing off after his round to catch John Mullane scoring the winning point for The Deise? And what his views are on the recommendations of the Board Snip Nua and does he also wonder why the Green’s Dan Boyle is always on the telly, even though he wasn’t elected? Or is McNulty so shallow as to claim to be Irish to bask in the wonderful Irish weather, to revel in our status as the world’s leading island economy, or to avail of our ridiculously generous tax breaks?

Calc Sets Record

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“I once ate six whoppers at the same time”

Mark Calcavecchia set a new PGA Tour record at last weeks RBC Canadian Open and no, it had nothing to do with consuming copious quantities of burgers whilst being restrained in a bunker. Calc reeled off nine consecutive birdies to beat the previous record of eight, which was shared by six golfers including Jerry Kelly. On the Saturday of the rain affected event in Canada, Calcavecchia, starting on the tenth opened with two pars, then birdied every hole from the third to the eleventh. Nine straight birdies. Nice way to work up an appetite!

Dicky Hip

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In the wake of Tom Watson’s successful return from hip surgery the news has emerged in Sweden that Jesper Parnevik might have played his last round of the season. Folowing his top-20 finish at the SAS Masters, Parnevik told reporters that he will undergo hip surgery next week in a clinic at Vail, Colo. Now 44, former Ryder Cupper Parnevik has made just $58,000 on the PGA tour this year, including 9 missed cuts or withdrawls from 14 events. He even swapped his trademark upturned peak hat for something resembling that worn by a seventies pimp!

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