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Its great to be back for another season. In preparation for a successful year I’ve removed the fire hydrant from outside the gate, chopped down the tree in the front lawn and cut up all my wife’s clubs with an angle grinder! It promises to be an awesome year with drama on and off the course. By the end of it we’ll know if Europe brought the Ryder Cup home, if Rory climbed the Major podium and most intriguingly if Tiger got Booed.

As well as the old favourites such as bet your balls we’ve got some cool new features for 2010. We have enlisted world clubmaker of the year Derek Murray from Foregolf to give us the low down on the latest advances in equipment and keep us up to speed with what’s happening on the tour truck. Derek gets clubs, shafts and gear to test literally a year before they arrive on the market so if something is coming, we’ll know first.

We’ve also teamed up with Titleist Performance Institute graduate Wayne O’Callaghan to get us fit for golf. TPI is used by loads of PGA pro’s including Padraig Harrington and we’ve been delving into his exercise regime to bring you some really useful tips to increase your mobility and range of motion. It’s truly amazing the difference some simple drills make in increasing power and accuracy.

This year I want to hear from you too. If you are one of those enjoying the €3 Friday night pints in Rosses Point or have witnessed any other golfing wonders, get a pic on your phone and whack it to me on examinerspindoc@eircom.net.

So get those clubs out of the shed, remove the four month old banana from your bag and put a fresh layer of Skuff Kote on your skates because its all systems go for 2010 with The SpinDoctor.

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WGC - CA Championship

Doral Golf Resort & Spa (7266 Yards)

A Marriott Resort - Doral, Florida, USA

11 Mar 2010 - 14 Mar 2010

Past Winners

2009 Phil MICKELSON (-19)

2008 Geoff OGILVY (-17)

2007 Tiger WOODS (-10)

Retief Goosen 22/1

retief goosen funny Something good is happening with Retief Goosen lately. He’s finally starting to shoot under par final rounds again and got to the quarter final of WGC, only losing out to red hot Camilo. Goosen added four consecutive top 10 finishes in towards the end of the 2009 season and started his 2010 campaign in January with three consecutive top 10 finishes. He finished sixth at the SBS Championship, fourth at the Sony Open in Hawaii and ninth at the Qatar Masters. The Goose knows the course inside out with a best finish of joint second in 2008 behind Geoff Ogilvy. Virtual Bet €10 each way

Retief as Didier Cuche

Camilo Villegas 16/1

camilo villegas funny We tipped Camilo to win on the blog last week and he duly obliged. Whether he has the stamina to keep his form going for one more week is debateable following an epic WGC matchplay week, a top 10 in Arizona, a dash back to Bogota to promote a Champions Tour event and then a win at The Honda. We know he can win two weeks in a row as he proved at the end of 2008 winning the BMW and Tour Championship. Camilo has previous on the Blue Monster too finishing fifth in last years staging. He also narrowly lost out to Tiger on his debut on this course at the Ford Championship in 2006. Virtual Bet €10 each way

Camilo: Where did she hide my hairdryer

Vijay Singh 40/1

vijay singh funny If you’re looking for a rollercoaster ride this week, stick an each way bet on Vijay Singh. Tee to green he was back to his best at the Honda, but he struggled with the pace of his full length putter. Nothing that practice cant fix however and if there’s one man you can count on to practice, its Vijay. Many criticised his punishing training and legendary regime which he continued to engage in too soon after his arthroscopic knee surgery last year. Vijay tied for second here in 2008 and finished 11th in 2007. He has also played the course many times when it hosted the Ford Championship, with a notable third in 2005. Virtual Bet €10 each way

Vijay: Think I’ll go back to the long putter

Best Of The Rest

There’s a case to be made for several guys in this top class field. Take Nick Watney (40/1) who came within a roll of a playoff last year. He has performed consistently in his six starts this year with two top tens. And what about Phil Mickelson (8/1) last years champion who makes just his fifth appearance of the year at Doral. His best result to date coming tied eight at the AT&T at Pebble Beach. His win last year atoned for a second place finish to Tiger Woods back in 2005 at the Ford Championship. Jim Furyk (20/1) is another who has had a solid yet unspectacular start to the season with three top 25 finishes. He came third last year after tying second in 2008. Furyk is a proven WGC performer with a total of nine top 10’s since the inception of the series. Virtual Bet €5 each way on these.

Vital Stats

lee westwood race to dubai Residence: Worksop, England

Date of birth: 24/04/1973

Place of birth: Worksop, England

Height and weight: 6ft Family: Wife: Laurae (m. 1999); Children: Samuel Bevan (2001), Poppy Grace (2004)

Turned Pro: 1993 (plus 4)

European Tour wins: 20

PGA tour wins: 1

Ratings

Power

Longest Drive: 363 yards

Average Drive: 299.8 yards

Rank: 9th

Accuracy

Fairway Hit %: 64.3%-rank 53

Greens in Regulation %: 74.8- rank 14

Putting

Putts per round: 29.7

Putts per hole: 1.65

Rank: 71

Biography

Lee Westwood is the reigning European Number One having won the inaugural Race to Dubai with a breath-taking victory in the Dubai World Championship. The win earned him the €830,675 and a further €996,810 for topping The Race to Dubai Bonus Pool, taking his 2009 season earnings to a record €4,237,762. Lee also won his sponsors event last season, the Oceanico Portugal Masters, ending a run of three play-off defeats, two near misses in Majors and an amazing 26 top-tens since his previous victory in 2007. Off the course, Lee knows how to party too, he celebrated his Race win with a massive party in Dubai followed by two more back in England. A lifelong fan of Nottingham Forest, Lee always keeps track of their games on Slingbox.

What’s In The Bag Lee Westwood (Lee Westwood witb 2010)

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To celebrate being back we have a cracking prize of a fourball at Adare Manor, venue of the JP McManus Pro-Am on July 5th/6th. To enter text your answers with name and address to 087-3140467 or e-mail them to examinerspindoc@eircom.net. If you’re not lucky enough to win don’t forget you can still play Adare and get a free two day pass for the Pro-Am for €80. Full details on www.adaremanor.com.

1. Who chipped in to win the 1987 Masters?

2. What country is Camilo Villegas from?

3. What is currently the world’s number one female golfer?

fitness 9 mar2010 Swing Fault: The golf term “over the top” relates to one of golf’s most common swing faults. It is where the upper body starts the downswing by throwing the club head outside of the intended swing plane, with the club head approaching the ball in an out-to-in motion. This creates a pull if the clubface is square or a slice if it is open at impact. This action can rob golfers of power.

Cause: This action can be caused by the over dominance of the upper body during the downswing and might be caused by the golfers inability to separate the lower body from the upper body. If there is any reduced spinal and hip mobility it can cause limited pelvis to thorax separation.

Drill: A great exercise to practice is trunk rotation narrow base. Sit on a swiss ball (or chair) with the feet together. Cross the arms and hold a brush handle or club across your chest. Rotate the shoulders back and forth keeping your lower body still. Doing this regularly will increase your range of rotation.

with Wayne O’Callaghan PGA Pro and TPI fitness instructor

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Cobra ZL Driver (Hero)

As far as drivers are concerned 2010 is all about distance and carry.

One of the best driver finds this year is from an unexpected source and has already won on Tour this year with Ian Poulter winning the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship using his new wonder stick.

Cobra Golf have released the ZL (Zero-Limits) driver which after some testing on the truck has the lowest spin rates with highest launch angles we have ever seen. Having low spin and high launch makes this driver superb in the wind and very, very long off the tee. The trick with this club is to use 1 degree more loft than you usually go for and thanks to the adjustable hosel the head can be opened or closed to suit the different ball flight requirements. www.cobragolf.com  for more information and www.foregolf.ie 

Rory’s Time Machine

rory mcilroy audamar piguet grand prix 2010 Rory McIlroy paid a visit recently to the famous watchmaker Audemars Piguet near Geneva in Switzerland. While there he got the full “how do they do it” tour of the watchmaking process and even ordered the new Limited Edition Grand Prix watch which is 18 carat pink gold and comes with a receipt for $50,000. Rory reckons one model can even “tell the sunrise and sunset of wherever you are in the world”. I wonder is there’s a Tiger version that can remember hotel room numbers anywhere in the world!

 

 

Tiger Tales

tiger woods jogging Assuming you know what’s been going on the Tiger Woods saga, here is the latest. Woods is now back at home after a week of family counselling in Arizona. He has started back into a routine that includes fitness and hitting balls for the first time since the Australian Masters in November, 15 weeks ago. No word yet on Woods’ return to competition but Jack Nicklaus last week commented that he expected Woods to play at least once before Augusta.

Woods has been hitting balls on the range at Isleworth, almost within site of the fire hydrant and tree that changed his life. Meanwhile Stevie Williams has been on NZ TV, claiming ignorance of Tiger’s off course activities. "I'm a straight-up sort of person. If I had known something was going on, the whistle would have been blown." Whether Williams was referring to a moral metaphorical ‘whistle’ or the type that a trainer might use to encourage his lads to ‘get stuck in’ is unclear.

TopGolfer

TOPGOLFER 1 TopGolfer, an innovative new golf website aimed at single figure golfers was launched last week. The TopGolfer Tour incorporates thirty scratch cups around the country, the first of which will take place at Fota Island on Sunday March 21st. The initiative aims to provide low handicap golfers with a series of competitive events and an online community of their own. The Tour will run from March until September with events spread throughout the four provinces. The winner of each event will receive an invite to compete in the TopGolfer Tour Championship, a three day finale which will take place at the end of October. For more info visit www.topgolfer.ie

Greg Rita

greg rita john daly Greg Rita the former PGA tour caddie has died on his birthday at the age of 54. Rita was on the bag for Curtis Strange when he won back to back US Open titles in 1989 and 1990 and won his third major with John Daly at St. Andrews in 1995. He also had a spell with David Duval when he was at the height of his powers. Rita collapsed at a Champions Tour event in September 2007, and had surgery to remove a brain tumour two months later.

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PGA National Champion Course, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Purse: $5,600,000

Y.E.Yang 30/1

ye yang bench press bagHe can bench press a tour bag, has an explanar in his garage, could well be KJ Choi’s brother and is a major champion. That’s about the extent of my knowledge on YE Yang. But I do know this, he shot a 65 on this notoriously tricky PGA National course last year on his way to victory. Is he in form? Absolutely. A tidy 69 in the final round last week saw Yang finish third. Surely he’s going to be the mix again this time around.

Robert Allenby 16/1

robert allenby funny I would imagine Robert Allenby has been just waiting for this week to pounce. It will be a return visit to a favourite stomping ground only this time he has his new (well sort of) putting style. I liked him last week in the desert where he tied 8th and he has been in the top five at the Honda for the past three years. It’s hard to argue with those stats and while I don’t have huge faith in Allneby being able to cross the finish line, an each way bet wouldn’t be worst move.

 

Camilo Villegas 28/1

camilo villegas spiderman “They call me ‘el Hombre Araña’, the Spider Man” Camilo says on his PGA tour ad. “I’m not really a Spider Man, I just play one on TV” is the killer line at the end. Camilo must have been exhausted last week in Arizona after his exploits in the WGC matchplay but he rallied to tie for eighth. His stats will show he’s a streaky player but if he can keep his good form going for one more week, he has a squeak here at the Honda. He shot a final round 67 here back in 2007 to reel in a faltering Mark Wilson, only to lose out to him cruelly in a playoff.

 

 

Rory McIlory 16/1

rory mcilory witb Here are my positive thoughts on Rory. He finished tied for 13th last year which will have given him experience of the course. As we know the Honda is traditionally not a birdie fest, which should suit our man. He will probably finish the week with the best GIR stats but since you can’t bet on those, it comes down to putting. Rory has identified this as an area of his game that he really needs to work on and Bob Rotella has been enlisted this week to help. Could Bob do for Rory what he did for Paddy? In one week? The bookies certainly think so, posting Rors at 16/1. I just hope the media don’t hound him in an effort to fill the Tiger void.

 

Past Winners

Year Player Country Score To par 1st Prize ($) Purse ($)
Honda Classic
2009 Y.E. Yang  South Korea 271 -9 1,008,000 5,600,000
2008 Ernie Els  South Africa 274 -6 990,000 5,500,000
2007 Mark Wilson  United States 275 -5 990,000 5,500,000
2006 Luke Donald  England 276 -12 990,000 5,500,000
2005 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 274 -14 990,000 5,500,000
2004 Todd Hamilton  United States 276 -12 900,000 5,000,000
2003 Justin Leonard  United States 264 -24 900,000 5,000,000
2002 Matt Kuchar  United States 269 -19 630,000 3,500,000
2001 Jesper Parnevik  Sweden 270 -18 576,000 3,200,000
2000 Dudley Hart  United States 269 -19 522,000 2,900,000

To all our international readers and Irish ex-pats around the world, here’s a four minute summary of what life has become like in Ireland. Brought to us by Crystal Swing, thought to be closely related to the H1N1 virus.  Its called “He Drinks Tequila”, but it looks like Mammy’s been sniffing the stuff.  International aid agencies are setting up triage tents all around the country in a bid to stem the spread of this virus.

 

lynn mccool lough erne It’s every male golfers dream, a young beautiful talented woman who can kick your ass on the golf course. Well it’s mine anyway.  Where were you all my life Lynn McCool?

Seriously though, one of the best-known professional golfers in Ireland has been appointed Director of Golf & Head Professional at the prestigious Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland.  Congrats to Lynn and Lough Erne.  Nice jacket Lynn, even if the sleeves are a bit long!

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There’s a new sponsor this week in the form of “waste management” who have taken over from FBR.  It’s anything but waste in Arizona however, with a top class field assembling at the start line.  We are coming off two straight winners and (touch wood) we’re hopeful of the three-peat.

 

Phil Mickelson 8/1

It says a lot about how comfortable a man is in his own skin, that hphil mickelsone is relaxed about taking a week off to spend holidaying with his wife and family while his peers are battling it out in a WGC event down the road for huge money.  Big Phil is back this week for his fourth start of the year, having tied 8th on his last start at Pebble Beach.  Arizona is where Phil went to college, setting all kinds of NCAA records over four years.  He’s won in Phoenix in 1996 and again in 2005 and came second in 2008, losing a playoff to JB Holmes.  If 2010 is to be the biggest year of Phil’s career, he needs to get hot in the desert this week.

 

JB Holmes 20/1

jb holmes It’s a case of blunt force trauma with JB around and he has hit a real purple patch recently.  He tied third at the Northern Trust Open and followed it up with a tied second at the AT&T and if he can continue his form this week he will be hard to stop.  Holmes bullied the course into submission here in 2006, winning by seven shots and repeated the feat in 2008, beating Phil at the death.  For once he will not be the longest hitter in the field, that honour goes to Alvaro Quiros.  Hard to see past JB this week, a win or another podium finish is on the cards.

Kevin Na 33/1

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www.pgatourimages.com or www.wireimage.com (web site) Na Na Na Na hey hey hey Goodbye!  No not JayZ, that’s what Rory McIlroy sung to Kevin Na when he beat him in the WGC Accenture last week.  Na may have lost but he showed some good form in that match which he can bring into this week.  The Americanized South Korean has a second, third and fourth place finish already in the Phoenix Open in 2005, 2009 and 2008 respectively and I think he could do well again this week from 33/1.

Pic: Na with a textbook follow through.

 

 

Sleeper Pick:  Matt Kuchar 40/1

matt_kuchar Since the European Tour is off this week, I’m allowing myself a fourth pick. I really couldnt pick between Kevin Na and Matt Kucher.  Kuchar’s a sleeper, has been for years, but seems to be starting to wake up.  Tied sixth last year and has a couple of good finishes already under his belt at the Bob Hope (2nd) and the SBS (3rd).  Did he used to go out with Demi Moore and do Punk’d?  Or was that his brother Ashton?

Pic: Kuchar displaying onset on male pattern baldness type 13

 

 

Past Winners

Winners

Year Player Country Score To par 1st Prize ($) Purse ($)
Waste Management Phoenix Open
2010 1,080,000 6,000,000
FBR Open
2009 Kenny Perry  United States 270 -14 1,080,000 6,000,000
2008 J. B. Holmes  United States 270 -14 1,080,000 6,000,000
2007 Aaron Baddeley  Australia 263 -21 1,080,000 6,000,000
2006 J. B. Holmes  United States 263 -21 936,000 5,200,000
2005 Phil Mickelson  United States 267 -17 936,000 5,200,000
2004 Jonathan Kaye  United States 266 -18 936,000 5,200,000
Phoenix Open
2003 Vijay Singh  Fiji 261 -23 720,000 4,000,000
2002 Chris DiMarco  United States 267 -17 720,000 4,000,000
2001 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 256 -28 720,000 4,000,000
2000 Tom Lehman  United States 270 -14 576,000 3,200,000

The Public’s confidence in their politicians, their businessmen, and even their priests tiger press conference has taken a battering recently.  It have left people confused and disillusioned.  The global recession has made the public even more cynical.  Who is left to be placed on a pedestal?  Our sports stars. When you were at your peak Tiger, your attitude toward the golf media and your perception inside the ropes was dodgy, at best.  Because you are the best at a particular sport does not mean you get some kind of diplomatic immunity from societies rules.  You behaved as if you were were no longer constrained by those rules.

There’s no need for an apology now, just a resolution to play by the rules of society like the greats who have gone before you in this sport we all love.

Tiger Woods will finally break his long silence and make a public stTiger-Woodsatement about his future in Florida on Friday.  What’s the bets he’s watching the  WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson, and dying to get back out.  Word is Tiger could release details of his plans for a comeback  at this conference

"Tiger plans to discuss his past and his future and he intends to apologise for his behaviour”, his handlers at the zoo said.

With Tiger and Phil out its up Lee Westwood and Steve Stricker to star in this all-star cast at this week’s World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play 2010.

My Tips

paul casey accenture Its all European for me this week.

Its Casey 20/1 versus Westwood 18/1  in one semi final and

and Poulter 28/1 versus McIlroy 16/1 in the other.

Its too close to call but if these guys each way are where my money is going.

Read on to see the logic

 

Betting Preview: Boylesports Pre Tournament Odds

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Gary Player Bracket

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Lee Westwood, top seed in the Gary Player bracket, faces Chris Wood.  Expect Westwood who has narrowly lost out twice recently, to come through, but not without a fight.

Also in this bracket is defending champion Geoff Ogilvy. The Australian is looking to become the first player to win the title three times, following his successes in 2006 and 2009. He was also runner-up in 2007 and has reached the final in three of the four times he has played. 

This bracket looks like coming down to a head to head between Westwood and Ogilvy with possibly Henrik Stenson.  Its Westwood for me to end Ogilvy’s involvement in the final of the bracket.

Sam Snead Bracket

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The winner of the player bracket will play the winner of the Snead bracket in the semi final.  In the top half of this bracket Charl Schwartzel and Sean O’Hair look strong. However Paul Casey is lurking at the bottom of this bracket and I’ve been saying for weeks that he will go well here.  He played better than anyone last year en route to the final but was out psyched there by Ogilvy.  Its Casey to come through there.

For me that leaves Casey and Westwood in one semi final.  Too close to call, so I wont, just yet.

Hogan Bracket

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This looks like boiling down to a battle between Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy, if McIlroy gets past Ollie Wilson in the second round.  Wison’s a little scrapper who could give Rory a scare.  If Rors ends up against Kaymer in the final of the bracket, it will be a case of long game expert versus short game expert.  In the desert, I’m going with McIlroy to emerge here.

Bobby Jones Bracket

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What about Ross McGowan to beat Steve Stricker in round One?  Mark it down.  But for me, whoever emerges from the bottom of this draw gets through.  Its either Poulter or Cabrera, Cabrera is a hardened matchplayer, but Poulter has the form and a heart of steel.  I’m going for Poulter here.

If all the pieces fall into place that leaves Poulter and McIlroy in the other semi final.

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