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Fmount juliet ancy a fourball in Mount Juliet, one of the best parkland courses in Ireland? Have a go at our rules quiz and text your answers to 087-3140467 or e-mail to

Q1. True or False? A player may test the condition of a bunker located 10 yards away from the bunker that his ball in lying in.

Q2. True or False? In a four-ball or foursome competition, a player may ask advice from his partner’s caddie.

Q3. True or False? On the day of the Captain’s Prize, a strokeplay competition, a player may practice on the course very early on the morning of the competition.

Last weeks answers:

Q1. True or False? A player may not ask a fellow competitor the distance between his ball and the flagstick. False: This data regarding distance between two objects is public information not advice.

Q2. True or False? In stroke play, a ball that is played from outside a teeing ground by a player starting play of a hole is not in play. True: two shot penalty incurred and ball must be played from teeing ground.

Q3. True or False? A player may return a scorecard different from the one issued by the committee at the start of the round. True.

Questions from 999 Questions On the Rules Of Golf by Barry Rhodes

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Dustin Hunter Johnson has become one of the leading players on the PGA Tour. Johnson was born in Columbia, South Carolina and played collegiate golf at Coastal Carolina University. As an amateur, he played on the winning 2007 USA Walker Cup team. Johnson and partner Colt Knost claimed a day one half against Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Jonathon Caldwell. Johnson turned professional following the Walker Cup and earned his 2008 PGA Tour card by finishing in a tie for 14th place in the 2007 qualifying school. Johnson won his first PGA Tour event, the Turning Stone Resort Championship in October 2008. Four months later, he won his second event at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, a tournament that was shortened to 54 holes when the final round was cancelled due to strong winds and heavy rain, leaving Johnson the winner by four strokes over Mike Weir.

Off the course controversy has courted Johnson. One month after his second tour win he was arrested in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and charged with Driving Under the Influence. "I made an error in judgment that I deeply regret," Johnson said in a statement released by the PGA Tour. "I have let myself down and others who support me. I am handling the matter privately, and rest assured, I will definitely learn from my mistake." That arrest wasn’t Johnson’s first brush with the law. In 2001 he found himself unwittingly linked to a murder charge. Johnson was among five teens involved in a burglary where somebody took a gun. According to court documents, Johnson was persuaded to buy bullets for the gun by a friend's menacing older brother. Later that month the brother, Steve Gillian, was charged with murder after shooting his victim multiple times in the head. Because of Johnson's connection to the crime, he had to pay restitution for the theft and agree to testify at the murder trail. Gillian is serving life without parole. "Eight years ago, I couldn't see myself being here,” Johnson said after his second Tour victory at Pebble Beach.

What’s In The Bag Dustin Johnson

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monty thinks Bloggy Underfoot: In Monty’s Ryder Cup Notebook (Part 1)

Colin Montgomerie certainly is taking his role as Ryder Cup Captain seriously. A couple of weeks back he oversaw the jousting at the Vivendi Trophy a la Hitler at the 1936 Munich Games. He is said to already have a shortlist of probables and possibles for his Ryder Cup Team Selection. His notes might read thus……

Rory McIlroy

This is the only guy in the World I would pay to see, the best young talent out there. He may need an experienced partner (possibly Darren) because Rors is still blinking in the morning sun of matchplay golf. Some say his chipping from heavy greenside rough is suspect, but whose isn’t? I might even send him out first in the singles, the perfect foil for Tiger Woods. And the way he dispatched Henrik two weeks ago, he may slay the Tiger. NB: We will have to do something about that mop on top though! Verdict: Grab your clubs Rory, after a trip to the hairdresser.

Miguel Angel Jimenez

There comes a time when even the most experienced of the European Team members has to sit back with a nice glass of Rioja balanced on his belly whilst lighting up a nice Cuban cigar and reflect on what has been and still is, one hell of a career. Miguel, with Vijay Singh and Kenny Perry has taken a hammer to all the common logic of over forties winning on Tour. I know you’re a thoroughbred and not ready for the glue factory just yet. Verdict: Keep the clubs in the boot.

Martin Kaymer

German means efficiency and Kaymer is the man, so far. I could never ignore a back to back winner on Tour. Martin will be another Rookie and added to Rory, that makes two. But hang on, wasn’t Martin at the last Ryder Cup? Ah yes I remember now, his mother sadly passed away in the lead up but he did travel as part of the extended European Team. He can be our new Langer; come to think of it, I might bring Bernhard too as his foursome partner. Give the US guys a bit of Vorsprung durch technik! Verdict: Grab your clubs

Paul Casey

Casey reminds me of myself back in my heyday, charging around with that juggernaut brow. He loves matchplay as evidenced by his WGC and HSBC performances. I remember that 10 and 9 hammering he gave Shaun Micheel in the HSBC final in 2006 and the hole-in-one in the Ryder Cup at the K Club. Nick had to pick him as a wildcard last time but I think he will make an automatic spot this year. Was it eggs or the US Ryder Cup Team Casey was talking about when he reportedly said "Oh, we properly hate them. We wanted to beat them as badly as possible"? Verdict: Grab your clubs

Ian Poulter

Remember how poor Ian was powerhosed by the press after receiving Nick’s wildcard pick last time. It must have been tough for him but he really showed his mettle in the matches. Whether he deserved his pick last time is still up for debate, Darren Clarke did win twice on tour in the lead up but then again Nick and Darren aren’t exactly drinking buddies. If Ian doesn’t win next year or make the team automatically, I’m going to really have to think hard about bringing him. Verdict: Keep the clubs in the boot.

Lee Westwood

Lee is part of the fabric of the Ryder Cup. Since working with Mark Roe on his short game   a couple of years back, Westwood has re-emerged as a force in World Golf. The perfect foursome partner for a rookie possibly. A couple of rolls of the ball could have landed Lee The Open and he also had a rattle at the PGA Championship. I think he will win a Major before Celtic Manor; you cant win 28 times worldwide and not win a Major unless you’re ….me! Verdict: Grab your clubs, you’re out first.

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Madrid Masters

Centro Nacional de Golf

Madrid, Spain

Charl Schwartzel 33/1:

charl_schwartzel_ Schwartzel was the winner of the inaugural Madrid Masters in 2008, his third European Tour title. The South African finished on 19 under, three shots clear of Ricard Gonzalez despite battling illness all week. The key to his win last year was imperious driving and amassing a score of 15 under for the par fives all week. That win enabled Schwartzel to end the season inside the Order of Merit Top 30 and he is on course to do again this season with a current rank of 27. This weeks venue, the Centro Nacional de Golf also staged the Open de Espana in April 2007, an event won by guess who? You got it, Charl Schwatzel! Expect strong performances from him this week and next at Villamoura.

Alvaro Quiros 28/1

alvaro quirosAlvaro has the added pressure of being the poster boy for this event which is missing many of the European Tours big stars. The towering James Bond fanatic should be able to take it all in his stride as he performed brilliantly in last years staging. Tied 99th after a first round 74, Quiros produced rounds of 66,66 and 64 to claim a tie for fourth on 14 under par. The longest hitter on Tour eagled both par fives on the front nine during his final day charge.

Ricardo Gonzalez 50/1

ricardo gonzalez Another massive hitter to watch this week is former caddie, Ricardo Gonzalez. The big Argentinian looks to continue his Spanish love affair this week have won twice previously here. Won the 2003 Open de Madrid on the Club Campo de Villa course and finished second last year. That performance included a third round 62 with a back nine of 27 shots, which would have tied the European Tour scoring record but for placing on the day. Claimed his first victory in five years at the SAS Masters in Barseback in the Summer and could repeat the dose this week.

Norman and Evert Split

norman-evert_299x358 No, he didn’t dump her by text but just 15 months after they were married, golf star Greg Norman and tennis great Chris Evert announced they have separated. The news came on the eve of the President’s Cup where player’s wives and partners are under the spotlight. They were married June 28, 2008, a month before Norman nearly won The Open. Norman was coming off an ugly divorce from Laura Andrassy, the mother of his two children, which ended in a settlement that paid her just over $100 million.

Evert was married twice previously, most recently to Olympic downhill skier Andy Mill, with whom she had three children. They were divorced in December 2006.

Grieving Perry To Play President’s

Kenny Perry's mother Mildred has died after a long battle with blood cancer. Even as Kevin Perry enjoyed one of his most successful years on Tour, he had been coping with the ever more saddening situation of his mother’s condition and recently had his son, Justin, caddie for him to keep close as a family. The 49-year-old American said he would play in the Presidents Cup next week in San Francisco at his family's request. ``While Kenny is deeply saddened by the loss of his mother, he and the entire Perry family are finding comfort in knowing that after a lengthy battle with cancer, her suffering has now ended'', his agent said.

Who Wants to be a Billionaire?

clip_image004According to Forbes, Tiger Woods is first athlete to reach the $1 billion career earnings mark, ahead of basketball legend Michael Jordan and Formula One’s Michael Schumacher. Woods had earned a cumulative $895 million going into 2009, through several channels including prize money, appearance fees, endorsements, bonuses and his golf course design business. This year he won $10.5 million in prize money, and his FedEx win of $10 million took him through $100 million mark in annual earnings and past $1 billion overall. Financial analysts say the 33 year old, through potential playing and course design earnings may earn further billions in years to come. Tiger is followed in this years earnings totals by Phil Mickelson ($53 million) and LeBron James $42.4 million).

Tour Wrap

haas2_625 The final senior major of the year, the Senior Players Championship turned into a battle royale between legend Tom Watson and Jay Haas. Haas birdied the 18th hole to match the course record with a 6-under 64 to edge Tom Watson by a stroke. The 60-year-old Watson was trying to become the oldest major winner on the 50-and-over Tour but struggled with three final round bogeys to shoot a 70. This was Haas’ second consecutive win after claiming the Greater Hickory Classic two weeks ago. It was also his third senior major and 14th Champions Tour win.

It's been a quiet year on the LPGA Tour by Lorena Ochoa’s standards. From 2006 to 2008 she averaged seven tour wins per year. On Sunday Ochoa bagged the Navistar LPGA Classic, her third win this season.

Finally, a Cinderella story. Jerod Turner a 34-year old, self-taught Texan had earned less than $8,000 on the Nationwide Tour and was contemplating giving up the game three weeks ago. Suddenly, having won the Nationwide Tour's $1M Soboba Classic, he's inches away from the PGA Tour. Turner’s win was worth $180,000 propelling him into an automatic qualifying spot with only three events left.



You jab or flick the putter.


Practice maintaining the same grip pressure throughout the entire stroke. Avoid regripping the putter after you set up to the ball. Pace your tempo to help focus on making a slow and smooth swing.


Golfers often jab their short putts because they feel they lose their timing that they have during a longer stroke. This will cause anxiety and an unwanted, unexpected rushed putt. Work on allowing your hands and the clubhead to move in a synchronized movement. A good key thought to allow this to happen is to wait for the clubhead before hitting through the ball. If you allow your hands to rush thought it, you will end up flicking the club. In contrast, other players push the putter though the stroke and their hands are trailing well behind the clubhead causing a flipping up motion. Even though the stroke is short, you can still have a shorter tempo. So work on moving the clubhead, hands, and arms all in a harmonious motion.  You should soon see results using this game improvement tip.

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I Want One Of Those: Footjoy Icons

FootJoy the largest seller of golf footwear in the world are about to unveil a new customizing option for its FJ Icon collection, the sort of premium calfskin golf shoes worn by the pros. Punters can now simply log on to Footjoy and personalize the colour scheme and monograms on their shoes. Footjoy is cranking their exisiting MyJoys customisation programme up a notch with a much greater range of variations including lizard and alligator style leathers and more. If you want to break the mould, these are right up your street.  Must have golf gear for the 2010 season.


Prankster Paddy

 padraig steals cink's claret jug The Claret Jug, one of the most prized possessions in golf was the subject of a practical joke played by Padraig Harrington last Tuesday. Stewart Cink, this years Open winner had left the trophy in front of his locker at East Lake whilst waiting to attend an interview with PGA Tour productions. Recognizing the Jug’s case, Harrington quickly took it and hid it in his own locker. Cink assumed the interviewers had taken the Jug to the TV set. "I assumed they had gotten it and put it on their [interview] set, Cink said: 'So you guys already have the Claret Jug?' and they said: 'No'. Harrington was eventually rumbled by a locker room attendant who told Cink he saw him take the case. I guess you could say Cink got Punk’d!

Perry Honoured


With his mother suffering from blood cancer and his father also very ill, it has been a tough couple of months for Kenny Perry. He did however receive some respite last week after being honoured with the Payne Stewart Award, named after the three-time major champion who perished 10 years ago in a private plane crash. The award which is given for a player's commitment to charity, recognized Perry’s donation of 5% percent of his PGA Tour earnings to a scholarship fund for students from his home county in Kentucky. Perry's support stems from a deal made with a church elder, Ronnie Ferguson, who agreed to give Perry money for his third try at Q-school. No repayment was required if Perry failed to qualify, but Ferguson asked that Perry give 5% to Lipscomb if he made it on tour. Since then, Perry has earned more than $30 million and his honoured his vow. "Payne personified all the virtues the game of golf can teach us, so being recognized as a person who is worthy of an award created in his memory is incredibly humbling," Perry said. "This award is and will always be one of my greatest accomplishments."

Tour Wrap

sophie gustafson Sophie Gustafson claimed her first LPGA Tour victory in six years, cruising to a four-stroke victory over Lorena Ochoa in the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge on Sunday. The 35-year-old Swede shot a four-under par final round at Blackhawk Country Club and finished at 20-under for her first title since the 2003 Samsung World Championship. A delighted Gustafson high fived officials on her victory walk to the 18th green.

It’s amazing how many Champions Tour debutants win first time out. Tom Pernice became the 15th player to win on his debut, holing a 35-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Nick Price and David Frost in the SAS Championship. It sure brings added meaning to the phrase “50 years young”.

Ryder Cup Dreams

Watching the Vivendi Trophy last week got me thinking about next year’s Ryder Cup and who might be featuring on the European Team. First names on the team sheet have to be the seasoned campaigners Harrington, Westwood, Casey and Stenson. Then might come the young guns lead by Rory McIlroy and joined by Martin Kaymer and Ross Fisher. Also bidding to make it automatically will be the two Soren’s- Hansen and Kjeldsen. That leaves three Captain’s picks and all the hype that brings. Will Sergio make it, is Jimenez too old, can we afford to leave Darren out again and did Poulter’s heroics last time make him a cert this time? What about a newbie like Chris Wood? Whatever happens it’s going to be fun watching our European Team take shape.


Where does Alvaro Quiros generate all that power? Watch the swing sequence of the European Tour’s longest hitter in this week’s video.  Tiger Woods says Alvaro is “Stupid Long”










alvaro Date of birth: 21/01/1983

Place of birth: Guadiaro, Spain

Residence: Cadiz, Spain

Attachment: Golf Elite Management SL

Height and weight: 6ft 3in 13st (191cm 83kgs)

Interests: Football, music, friends

Turned Pro: 2004 (plus 4)

Alvaro Quiros is definitely licensed to thrill, the self professed fan of James Bond films is the longest hitter on the European Tour. Quiros claimed his third European Tour title when he won the 2009 Commercial bank Qatar Masters. “I saw The World Is Not Enough before winning (in Qatar). My favourite bond is Sean Connery. I don’t like Daniel Craig. I think I look more like Bond than he does” Quiros joked.

The fact that his desert victory came against the strongest field ever assembled at a regular European Tour event underlined the enormous talent of this swashbuckling Spaniard and saw him climb into the top 30 of the Official World Golf Ranking. That victory came only four months after he captured the Portugal Masters. Made the perfect start to his European Tour career by winning the 2007 Alfred Dunhill Championship on his first appearance as a full European Tour Member but the rest of that season was interrupted by injury to the tendons and ligaments in his left wrist during the Open de España which saw him sidelined for five months. Quiros is coached by former Ryder Cup player and four-time European Tour champion, José Rivero, whom he cites as one of the biggest influences on his career. Golf writer Steve DiMeglio wrote the following about a typical Quiros' driving range show stopping moment:

Quiros, who averages 315.6 yards with his driver to lead the European Tour, was hitting 280-yard rockets into a net at the end of the range on Monday — with a 1954 MacGregor Tourney M85 persimmon driver. Contact sounded like a baseball bat hitting a golf ball. The size of the wood driver head was smaller than his metal 3-wood. Quiros said he was hitting the ball as far as he hits his metal 5-wood. "I like it," Quiros smiled. "It sounds different, but good. The ball takes off."

What’s In Alvaro Quiros’ Bag

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I have to say I was quite sceptical prior to the Vivendi Seve Trophy. I feared it would be a case of the lesser lights of the tour going through the matchplay motions. How wrong I was. A fantastic atmosphere surrounded the event from start to finish. Slickly staged on the Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche layout, the scoring on the GB&I side was as hot as the weather. It was less a case of the prabables versus possibles on the back pitch of Landsdowne Road and more that of a full blooded Autumn international with all the trimmings. Even though the GB&I and European teams seemed to know each other a bit too well to cultivate any real needle, some fascinating cameo’s emerged. We didn’t know last week how good Paul McGinley would be as a captain, he fitted into the role so smoothly. More a Torrance than a Faldo in the leadership style department, McGinley has to now be a nvivendi getty 91190872ailed on certainty for future Ryder Cup captaincy.

It would have been nice to have seen more Ryder Cup heroes like Westwood and Garcia get involved in what is in-effect a Ryder Cup training camp but their absence gave some of those on the periphery a chance to display their CV’s for the apprentice role at Celtic Manor. One of those was Chris Wood and what a revelation he was? The towering 21 year old who has already nearly walked away with two British Open’s seems bornfor matchplay winning a shed load of points and could be a good bet for a Ryder Cup cap. Good to see Monty present also, next years captain is taking his job as seriously as he handles spectators who dare to move during his shots. On the Saturday he found some time to visit the Sky Sports commentary booth, where he offered a valuable insight into how he was dispatching his role of captain. One of his little nuggets of wisdom concerned Rory McIlroy, the star of the show who blitzed Henrik Stenson in the singles. Monty revealed his admiration for the Irishman by stating that if he were an amateur, he would “pay money” to watch McIlroy play. High praise indeed, that’s the first time in my life I have heard any touring pro saying he would part with cash rather than make off with it. On a more sobering note, it was sad that Seve couldn’t make an appearance, his absence is very worrying and I fear the biggest battle in his fight against his brain tumour is on the horizon. However as long as hope exists, that dream of seeing Ballesteros cross the Swilken Bridge with a club in hand at next summer’s British Open is alive.

Sunday night brought the conclusion of the Fed-Ex Cup on the US Tour. Hats off to Phil Mickelson on his win, three over par after the first round, he looked right out of it but a short game masterclass blew the field away. An emotional Mickelson, whose wife Amy and mother Mary are battling cancer, attributed his win in part to having reverted to the putting stroke he had used at the beginning of his career after working with coach Dave Stockton in the build up. “It's like teaching a fish to swim. They kind of know how to do it," Stockston said after reaffirming the value of Phil’s old forward press putting stroke. Mickelson may have stolen Tiger’s thunder, but Woods pocketed the $10 million Fed-Ex Cup. "It certainly doesn't feel like it did a couple years ago when I won the tournament by seven or eight shots," Woods said. "That felt a little bit better than it did today. … I'm a little disappointed I didn't win the championship, because I was right there." There’s just pleasing some! Finally, it will be great to welcome Padraig Harrington and Ronan Flood back to the European Tour this week. With results of T2, T4, T6, T4 in their last four events in the States, they are sure to be hot to handle and a win at this weeks €5 million Dunhill Links must be on the cards.


I Want One Of Those: New Nike Victory Red Drivernike victory red driver

Big Twitter fan and bigger twit Paul Casey recently visited Nike’s development facility in texas, known colloquially as “The Oven”. Whilst there he was shown the new Nike Victory Red Driver and quickly presented it on Twitter. He wrote:

11:29AM At the Oven today. Checking out 2010 product with the sales team.

1:05PM Pics coming after lunch. Food always comes first.

At 3:25pm, the pics duly arrived

The orange area behind the face, according to Casey's Tweets, is the Compression Channel. Nike say it expands the sweet spot of the driver. The driver appears to have STR8-Fit, Nike's adjustable clubhead system that is currently available in the SQ Dymo STR8-Fit driver.

Dr. and The Medic: Fast Arms


You have always had a nice release but suddenly you are not feeling a natural release.


You might be whipping your upper body through the shot too aggressively or allowing the upper body to initiate the downswing.


Relax and lighten your grip a little; this will allow you to release the club just a split second before impact for extra power. Focus on starting the downswing with your lower body. As you are shifting your body weight forward, remember to keep your trailing shoulder back. Avoid trying to swing your arms too fast; if you do, you will release your arms too early in the downswing and hook the ball.

The Doc’s Rules Quiz

999 quesJust for fun this week, have a go at our rules quiz. Questions from “999 Questions On the Rules of Golf”, by Barry Rhodes.

Q1. True or False? A player may not ask a fellow competitor the distance between his ball and the flagstick

Q2. True or False? In stroke play, a ball that is played from outside a teeing ground by a player starting play of a hole is not in play.

Q3. True or False? A player may return a scorecard different from the one issued by the committee at the start of the round.

Last weeks answers:

Q1. True or False? A player may remove a divot that is still attached lying just in front of her ball on her line of play without penalty. False- a player may not improve her line of play by moving, bending or breaking anything growing or fixed.

Q2. True or False? A player whose ball lies within a ditch designated as a lateral water hazard may drop a ball within the Rules on either side of the ditch. True

Q3. True or False? If a player’s ball is on a putting green he may mop up casual water lying on his line of putt with a towel. False- this is not one of the exceptions to the rule that a player may not touch the line of his putt.

green and bag

Full name: Richard George Green

Born: 19 February 1971 (age 38)

Residence: Williamstown, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia & Bagshot, Surrey, England

Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)

Nationality: Australian

Turned professional 1992

European Tour Wins: 2

Richard Green was born in Williamstown, Melbourne, Australia. He learned the game at Huntingdale in Melbourne and attended the Victoria Institute of Sport. He turned professional in 1992, and joined the PGA Tour of Australasia the same year. Green has been a member of the European Tour since 1996, with his first win coming at the 1997 Dubai Desert Classic, where he became the first left-hander to win on the European Tour since Bob Charles at the Swiss Open in 1974. His consistent performances in 2004 took him to a career best European Tour Order of Merit finish of 17th. That same year he won the MasterCard Masters, which is one of Australia's most prestigious tournaments, and also topped the PGA Tour of Australasia's Order of Merit. In 2007 he won his second European Tour event at the BA-CA Golf Open in Austria, winning in a play-off, defeating Jean-Francois Remesy. Green holds a share of the course record at Carnoustie with a 64, achieved in the final round of the 2007 Open Championship. The round saw him jump 27 places on the last day of the tournament to finish in a tie for fourth with Ernie Els. That was Green’s highest finish in a Major, which earned him an invite to the Masters Tournament for the first time. Another consistent year in 2008 saw his best finish of tied third coming at The Barclays Scottish Open. Off the course Green is a fanatical motor racing fan who loves to race Porsches and competed in the 2009 Australian Grand Prix GT Category

What’s In Richard Green’s Bag

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clip_image002With the US Tour season wrapping up with the Tour Championship they can reflect on a surprisingly successful season played out in a recessionary climate. Tim Finchem and Co. really have thrown off their boring meat and two veg. image of recent seasons replacing it with the nouvelle cuisine of the playoffs. Ironically with the demise of Setanta’s subscription golf channel, the popularity of the PGA tour has also grown in Ireland with its “free” coverage on Eurosport. The time difference between the US and Europe, means live US golf at supper time, an alternative to Tubridy on Friday, with a tipple on Saturday and on the couch after a round on Sunday. Spice it all up with the thrice times major winner Padraig Harrington for a bit of local interest and you have the perfect recipe for success. And did I mention Tiger yet, the rarest of delicacies? Just when we thought Woods was tiring, the guy from ten years ago who wins by landslides reemerges.

The FedEx Cup playoffs are a bit like NAMA for the USPGA. They haven’t quite figured out the best strategy yet and keep changing the format. Going into this week’s Tour Championship five players stand a realistic chance of winning the Cup; Woods, Stricker, Furyk, Slocum and Johnson. Harrington lies just outside the top five- amazing really given his excellent run of results of late. Surely if the Cup was structured more fairly, Harrington would enter this event with a more than a mathematical chance of the top prize.

An interesting member of the top three Cup contenders is Jim Furyk. With his tie for second with Marc Leishman at Cog Hill Furyk moved into third place in the FedEx Cup standings entering this week. With a win at East Lake he would clinch the Cup no matter where anyone else finishes. Actually the same goes for the other four players in the top five.

Of course, with Tiger in the stripped down 30 man field that's easier said than done. Furyk hasn't won a PGA Tour event since the 2007 Canadian Open, 52 starts ago. If he does prevail at East Lake, you just know there will be even more questions in regard to the FedEx format. Should a player be able to win it all without previously winning this year? I say yes. Furyk, Slocum, Johnson and Stricker have all timed their runs perfectly to peak for the playoffs. Isn't that what they are all about?

We can’t end without doffing our cap to Tiger Woods, the nailed on favourite for the Cup. At Cog Hill Tiger took no more than 27 putts per round and his win was reminiscent of his British Open triumph in 2000. Everyone else might as well have been playing two extra par fours. With no major to show for the season but with a bucket load of tour titles, 2009 ranks statistically as Tiger’s seventh best season of his 13 year career. Seven out of 13, that’s just above average for Tiger! Enjoy what will most likely be his last start of the season.

I Want One Of Those:

TaylorMade Interchangeable Face TP Wedge

interchangeable face wedges Until now when the grooves in your wedge wear out, you have go out and but a new wedge. TaylorMade have now come up with an easier, and less expensive, way to get new-groove performance. Their new TP wedges with xFT, short for Exchangeable Face Technology, offer a new innovation in the market: replaceable face plates. By using a torque wrench that is identical to the one that comes with the R9 driver, players can remove the face plate and screw in a new one with fresh grooves. The whole procedure can be done in about 60 seconds. For professionals and amateurs who have custom grinds on the heels or toes of their wedges, being able to replace just the grooves could mean less time tweaking new wedges. Available in even-numbered lofts between 50° and 60° (as well as 64°), the TP wedges have a classic teardrop shape, several bounce options and come standard with KBS High-Rev shafts.

Dr. and The Medic:  Proper Grip Pressure


You want more yardage and need to improve on accuracy.


Avoid applying pressure too soon with your trailing hand.


Great players tend to apply pressure with their trailing hand just before impact and eleven inches past impact. Golfers lose potential power when they apply pressure as soon as they start their forward swing. Allow your trailing hand to simply be on the club for support and focus on letting your forward hand to almost feel as if it is pulling the club down along with gravity. You will then feel your trailing hand gain pressure and power as you approach the impact zone.

The Doc’s Rules Quiz

999 ques Just for fun this week, have a go at our rules quiz. Questions from “999 Questions On the Rules of Golf”, by Barry Rhodes.

Q1. True or False? A player may remove a divot that is still attached lying just in front of her ball on her line of play without penalty.

Q2. True or False? A player whose ball lies within a ditch designated as a lateral water hazard may drop a ball within the Rules on either side of the ditch.

Q3. True or False? If a player’s ball is on a putting green he may mop up casual water lying on his line of putt with a towel.

Last weeks answers:

Q1: True or False? There is no penalty for looking into a fellow competitor’s bag to determine what club they used. Answer: True. However a player may not gain such information by a physical act such as moving a towel covering the clubs.

Q2: True or False? There is no restriction on the length of a tee peg. Answer: False. A tee must be no longer than four inches.

Q3: True or False? A player may not putt with one hand while holding the flagstick in the other. Answer: False

Singh While You’re Grinning Iano

Ian Dempsey mentioned recently on his breakfast show that one of the few pclip_image002eople he could never warm to was Vijay Singh! This time last year sneaky Singh was fresh off wins at The Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship, and just had to finish the Tour Championship alive to clinch the FedEx Cup. But how the mighty have fallen. Winless all year, Singh didn't even qualify for the final two playoff events. In the year when he turned 46, Singh blamed pushing too hard to hasten his return after undergoing knee surgery. They say that every household in Fiji has a portrait of Vijay in the hall with an everlasting light beneath- maybe we could one on ebay for Iano!

FedEx Cup Bench

Bizarrley only one of last years top five FedEx points list have made it into this years Tour Campionship at East Lake. Aswell as Vijay Singh, who won the first two events en route to winning last years FedExCup; Camilo Villegas, Sergio Garcia and Anthony Kim, all failed to make his years 30 man decider. They finished first, second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 2008 FedExCup points standings. Of last years contenders only Jim Furyk is back this week. Another man who wont be in the playoffs is Players Championship winner Henrik Stenson. Stenson is not eligible to rceive FedEx Cup points as he not a full member of the PGA Tour.

Tantrums and Tiaras

angry tiger There has been a lot of spotlight on Tiger’s temper over this Summer. Specifically about his use of expletives, temper tantrums and club throwing. Woods is certainly not the only culprit but because he occupies most of the limelight his issues tend to be magnified out of proportion. It seems now like Tom Watson is having his say on the subject. In October’s Golf Digest, Watson reveals "I did write Tiger a note earlier in the summer about his behaviour, but it's personal. Don't know whether he received it, and I really don't want to go there." Sounds like a thinly veiled scolding from Watson who wrote the book on gentlemanly on-course conduct.

Tour Wrap

ballesteros With the focus this week on the US Tour Championship, European golf will be focussed on the Vivendi Trophy at Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche Golf Club in Paris which sees Thomas Björn’s Continental Europe Team against McGinley’s Great Britain and Ireland Team. The Ryder Cup style event, though missing some of Europe’s top stars, still boasts 12 of the top 50 world ranked players including Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlory and Soren Hansen. Seve Ballesteros had hoped to be present at the event, formerly known as the Seve Trophy, but is currently in the midst of a course of radiotherapy as he continues treatment to fight the brain tumour with which he was diagnosed last October.

On the LPGA tour’s first visit to Torrey Pines, South Korean Na Yeon Choi triumphed by one over Ai Miyazato of Japan. Choi looked to have thrown away the title after blowing a seven shot lead but rallied to shoot a one under 71 Sunday to win the Samsung World Championship on the 18th hole.

Meanwhile on the Champions Tour, Jay Haas claimed the 13th over-50’s title of his career winning the Greater Hickory Classic by two shots over Russ Cochran and Andy Bean. Haas shot a seven under 65 on Sunday, setting a tournament record

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Full name: Simon Dyson

Born: 21 December 1977 (age 3simon dyson 1)

Birthplace: York, England

Height: 6 ft 0 in

Weight:12.0 st

Nationality England

European Tour Wins: 3

Simon Dyson was born in York. In 1999, he was runner-up in the English Amateur and won the Finnish Amateur title. He was also a member of the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team that year, before turning professional in September. Dyson joined the Asian Tour in 2000 winning three times that year. Since 2001 he has played mainly on the European Tour. In March 2006 he won his maiden European Tour title at the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open and he followed up later that year by winning the KLM Open in a play-off. He won the KLM Open for a second time in two weeks ago, defeating Peter Lawrie and Peter Hedblom in a playoff.

Simon comes from a family with a rich sporting pedigree. His grandfather was a jockey; dad, John, is a bookmaker and his uncle, Terry, played in Tottenham’s double-winning team in 1960-61. He was encouraged to take up golf by his older brother, Nick. After this, Simon made steady progress and achieved a scratch handicap by the age of 16.

What’s In Simon Dyson’s Bag


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Isn’t is amazing how European Tour pro’s can play like proverbial donkeys for weeks on end, then get to a course they have previously performed well on and win? It’s the old “horses for courses” theory used religiously by so many of the best punters. But what happens in the psyche of your average tour pro to miraculously effect this change in form on a track they like?

clip_image002For many players it’s simply the course and how it is set up. Much like racetracks, golf courses are often set out requiring more draws than fades or vice versa. Some players putt well on a greens sown with poa anna while a whole different group might prefer creeping bentgrass. US courses often have tricked up layouts to keep the scoring reasonable, aka flummox the Europeans, such as heavy rough around greens. Rory McIlroy’s early PGA tour efforts will bear that out. Knowing the course and set-up is key to knowing who can win.

For someone interested in stats I find it amazing how often this “horses for courses” theory actually works. Journeyman Swede Mikael Lundberg (pictured) won his first European Tour event in Russia in 2005. Even with the win, he snaked and laddered between the main European and Challenge Tour for the next few years. When he eventually got to tee it up on the main tour in Russia again in 2008, he once again emerged victorious. Sadly for Mikael, this year’s Russian Open was cancelled and the poor guy looks like someone has cut up his banklink card and condemned him to life on the Challenge Tour in 2010. Another interesting case is Simon Dyson. In his six outings before this year’s KLM Open, Simon Dyson had won a total of €30,000. A dejected Dyson arrived at Kennemer without his game and armed only with fading memories of his win there in 2006. On the third anniversary of his win, Dyson juiced up on adrenaline, went out and shot a final round 63, then birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Peter’s Lawrie and Hedblom.

Thus it seems there is credence in the argument that a player’s state of mind and his emotional disposition to an event or course play at least an equal part to all the course set-up factors in these strange multiple success stories on the European Tour. In Crans Sur Sierre two weeks back, the organizers put massive posters of all the previous Omega Masters winners on telephone poles on the street of the village. The empowering impact this marketing gimmick gave to a past champ such as Bradley Dredge must have been immeasurable. Okay Dredge may only have come second in Crans Montana but the theory obviously still applies. Going into that week no-one on the range suspected the out of form Dredge could or would contend. Compare that to the Open de Espana where Peter Lawrie defended this year. Lawrie was amazed at how little his 2008 win was acknowledged in the lead up to the event, yet such is the calibre of the man he still performed admirably, tying for third on a completely different course to that of his victory.

And so the cycle will continue and though the odd aberration will occur, when you have the yellow betting slip in your hand remember, you just can’t beat the horse for the course.

Dr. and The Medic: Weaken Your Grip



You cannot seem to get a nice, soft landing on the green when you try to hit a high shot.


Do not be afraid to create a lot of speed around the green. Even though the shot is short, you still need to have plenty of acceleration through the shot.


One easy way to hit a soft, short shot is to move your hands up on the grip so that you no longer have room for your last two fingers. Allow the last two fingers of your top hand overhang off of the club. You will gain extra loft due to the weakened grip because the clubhead will pass your hands as it approaches the ball. This will provide backspin as long as you give it good acceleration through impact.

The Doc’s Rules Quiz

999 ques Just for fun this week, have a go at our rules quiz. Questions from “999 Questions On the Rules of Golf”, by Barry Rhodes.

Q1: True or False? There is no penalty for looking into a fellow competitor’s bag to determine what club they used.

Q2: True or False? There is no restriction on the length of a tee peg.

Q3: True or False? A player may not putt with one hand while holding the flagstick in the other.

Last weeks answers:

Q1: True or False? When taking relief from an immovable obstruction a player may not clean his ball. Answer: False

Q2: True or False? The wall or lip of a bunker not covered with grass is part of the bunker. Answer: True

Q3: True or False? Apart from when a ball is in motion, a player may always ask for another player’s ball to be lifted if she considers that it interferes with her play. Answer: True



At the 2009 PGA Championship, Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen tried out the yet-to-be-released, five-piece TaylorMade Penta golf ball. In the following weeks, six more players including Justin Rose and USPGA winner Y.E. Yang, started using the ball. Yang had previously been using the TaylorMade TP Red LDP. The Penta has been designed to optimize its performance in five key areas: with the driver, long-irons, middle irons, short irons and partial wedge shots. The ball will be available on our shores sometime in December.

Scott In From The Cold

clip_image002Just a couple of days Adam Scott was ready to put his clubs into the garage following a terrible 2009 PGA Tour season. Then came the call to from fellow Aussie and Scott’s boyhood hero, Greg Norman, to be part of the International Team in the upcoming Presidents Cup. Ever the loyal soldier Scott now plans to restore some confidence in his game by entering the Turning Stone Resort Championship (Oct. 1-4). While the pick has been met with widespread scepticism in the media, assistant captain Frank Nobilo, gave Scott a half hearted endorsement. “Adam will polarize people,” Nobilo said.

Fed-Ex Cup-Date

The US Tour pauses for breath this week ahead of the Tour Championship next week at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta Georgia. The event has a field of the top 30 players in the Fed Ex points race with no cut. The top five players in the race will be battling for the Fed Ex Cup itself. These are Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Heath Slocum and Zach Johnson. In form Padraig Harrington already has his spot secured for the Tour Championship but finished just outside the top five. Three dropped shots on 12 and 13 last week were again his doing. Harrington hit only 28 of 56 fairways, and though he had the third poorest driving stats in the field, he finished tied seventh, his fifth top ten finish in a row. John Senden claimed the final spot in the Tour Championship after Brendt Snedeker self destructed with a four putt on the 18th which included a shocking miss from eight inches.

Sad Sabbatini

angry sabbatini Rory Sabbatini’s strong early showing at last week’s BMW Championship may have been his way of voicing his displeasure at being blanked by Greg Norman for a place on the International team for next month’s Presidents Cup. Sabbatini say he understands not making the team but he was vocal on why he wasn't given a courtesy call to explain the situation. "There was not a single conversation or a single phone call, period -- from anybody," Sabbatini said in his press conference after shooting a first round 66. "You could say I was a little disappointed."

Serve and Caddy

krajicek and besseling Wil Besseling, a young Dutch professional gained his European Tour card with a little help from a famous caddy. Former Wimbledon tennis champion Richard Krajicek has been managing and mentoring the 23 year old for the past two seasons and made his debut as his caddie in the final round of the Dutch Futures on the European Challenge Tour, where he helped Besseling shoot a two under par 70. Krajicek, retired since 2003, also manages sports stars such as Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Saloman Kalou. Besseling, who gained his European Tour card after finishing 15th on the Challenge Tour Rankings in his first season, is one of a number of promising young Dutch players 6ft 5in Krajicek has taken under his considerable wing.

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