February 2010

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Last week we brought two winners. Rhys Davies obliged at a whopping 40/1 and Nick Watney (30/1) paid out each way for his fourth place finish at Transitions!

Disclaimer: Okay we’ve won a shed load of cash this year so far but there will come a time when we lose.  When we do remember the good times!


Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard

Thursday Mar 25 – Sunday Mar 28, 2010

Bay Hill Club and Lodge • Orlando, Fla.


Vijay Singh 28/1

vijay singh injured leg I couldn’t believe it either when I heard that Vijay Singh was taking a week off last week but when I saw pigs flying overhead I knew it had to be true. The next two weeks are going to be huge for the Fijian. An injury hit Vijay finished at the very back of the field last year on 10 over, but that aside, he has top tenned four times at Bay Hill. That included a win in 2007, a tied second in 2005 and a tied third in 2008. Tee to green Vijay is untouchable in the stats but the short stick has been dragging him down. Or should that be the long stick in Vijay’s case! Either way he’s been practicing on the glass and is raring to go.

Vijay: Rare photo showing both dodgy knee and dodgy putter

Nick Watney 34/1

NickWatney We’ve tipped Nick for the past two weeks and I don’t think he is done yet. Shot 65, 67 at the weekend last week, a full 11 shots better than the first two rounds to storm up the leaderboard and finish fourth. This is surely an indicator that he has finally found his putting game. Watney won’t mind the notoriously difficult Bay Hill layout either, he also tied for fourth last year with a good final round. The par for the course has been extended to 72 this year to give the crowd more birdies but with the wind and rain they have been experiencing recently it is set to be another tough track fro the pros.

Nick Watney: “Wat-knee Vijay”


Stephen Ames 50/1

stephen_ames Traditional alarm clock time of the year for the now Canadian Stephen Ames (or Mr. Ed as we affectionately call him)! The runaway 2006 Players Champion is currently 34th in the FedEx points race with a solid four top-25 finishes from his seven starts. That included a tie for sixth last week at Innisbrook with a sparkling final round 67 and with two previous top tens at Bay Hill under his belt he looks like good each way value at 50/1

Ames: Won the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham with Ruby Walsh aboard!



Open de Andalucia de Golf

Parador de Málaga Golf

Málaga, Spain

thomas levet eyes It’s another low key week on the European Tour with many of heavy hitters away in the build up to the Masters. Take a look at Francesco Molinari at 15/1 again this week. By his own admission he was jet lagged last week after travelling from the CA Championship but he still managed a top-10. Third last year and worth a look. I also fancy Thomas Levet at 45/1 to do well this week. The 2008 Andalucia winner was tied for third last week without playing his A-game. Tour insiders reckon a good each way bet is Thomas Bjorn at 65/1 who though still temporarily representing players on tour while George O’Grady is out, is enjoying a return to form.

Pic: Thomas Levet- the eyes have it

charl schwartzel full length Here’s what’s in the bag of Charl Schwartzel as of March 2010.  He changes quite a bit but below is what he’s gaming (at Doral) from the guys on the Nike Truck.

Charl Schwartzel has had a flying start to 2010, winning the first two events of the year, the Africa Open and the Joburg Open to bring his European Tour victory haul to five. Charl is currently ranked #34 in the World Golf Rankings and leads in the early stages of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. Last week American golf fans got their first glimpse of the South African at the WGC CA Championship where he finished second behind fellow South African Ernie Els. The result secures his PGA tour card for the year and Schwartzel now intends to play on both tour, mimicking the schedule of Els. The two are good friends, Schwartzel even stayed with Els in the two weeks leading up to the CA Championship. He continues a fine family tradition of golfers as his father, George, was a useful amateur before turning professional and his brother, Adrian, who caddies for his older sibling on occasions, is also making a name for himself on the South African circuit.


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Vital Stats

Residence: Verceeniging, South Africa

Attachment: Blair Atholl

Date of birth: 31/08/1984

Place of birth: Johannesburg, South Africa

Height and weight: 5ft 11in 10st 6lb (180cm 66kgs)

Interests: Hunting, cars

Turned Pro: 2002 (plus 4)

Qualifying School: 2002*



Longest Drive: 316yards

Average Drive: 295.5yards

Rank: 23


Fairway Hit %: 58.5%-rank 105

Greens in Regulation: 70.3%: - rank 51


Putts per round: 28.8 Rank:50

Putts per GIR: 1.715 Rank:23






High Flyer:

charl schwartzel airplane Charl recently got his pilots licence and is the proud owner of a Cessna. Being surrounded by ailerons and propellers really gets Charl high. Let’s hope he keeps his feet on the ground when he lands in Augusta for the first time next month. “I watched the Masters on TV since I was 11” he says, “I said I’ll never go there unless I’m playing”. Dead right Charl. You wouldn’t have got a ticket!

Farm Boy:

dancshot Charl grew up on a farm one hour south of Johannesburg and still considers himself a farm boy at heart with a great love of the outdoors. When he’s not on the golf course he loves to hunt. We say why not strap a couple of guns to the plane and kill two birds with the one bullet?


Man In Black:

JohnnyCash man in black charl schwatzel  Gary Player, the Black Knight, reckons Schwartzel is the new man in black and can be the greatest South African player since, er Player. Confused?

You should be. South Africans will just have to get it into their heads that the real man in black is Johnny Cash.





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Putt For Dough

58113308 In winning at Doral, Ernie Els averaged only 26.8 putts per round and in 2010 he is 27th on Tour in putting compared to 113th in 2009. So how did the Big Easy make putting look, well, so easy? For starters Els shortened his putter by 1.5 inches. The Odyssey White Ice No. 5 he used at Doral was 35 inches, considerably shorter than he used in the past. It’s not just Ernie either. Sergio Garcia was also spotted with a new putter recently. The struggling Spaniard is now gaming a TaylorMade Rossa Daytona by Kia Ma with an all-milled face and no insert. Even the Goose is getting in on the act with a TaylorMade Rossa Spider belly putter at The Transitions.

Ollie’s Pain

Olazabal More sad news from Spain this week as two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal says he will pull out of the Masters next month because he is suffering from a recurrence of his rheumatism. His manager Sergio Gomez reported that Olazabal is suffering acute pain in his shoulder, forearms and hands and is unable to swing properly. He said Olazabal’s condition restricts him to no more than an hour on the range before a flare up occurs. This will be the first year since 1996 that Ollie will miss the Major season opener. . That year he sat out the entire season after being diagnosed with rheumatoid polyarthritis. The 44-year-old Spaniard, inducted last year into the World Golf Hall of Fame, won the Masters in 1994 and 1999 but has not played a tournament since he finished 14th in the Castello Masters in Spain last October.

Creamer Rises To Top

paula creamer It’s Paula Creamer but not as you know her. The American female golfing sensation known as The Pink Panther due to her love of all things pink took to the catwalk in a black number recently in Singapore in the prelude to the HSBC Women's Championship. Since her rookie year in 2005, Creamer has bagged almost $7 million in tour earnings and barring injury is a nailed on certainty to be part of the defending America team at next years Solheim Cup to be staged at Killeen Castle.

Paula Creamer: Great Excuse to Put Pic On Blog





My Sack

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This week’s question: Who Am I?

I was born in Europe in 1957 and grew up playing golf on the beach near my home. At aged 19, I announced myself to the golfing world by coming second at The Open. I went on to win the Claret Jug three times and also have two green jackets in my wardrobe. I was also very proud to captain the European Ryder Cup team to victory in my own country in 1997. I’ve had my battles of late but am aiming to tee it up one last time at The Open in St Andrews.

Congrats to last weeks winner Donal Fenton, Midleton, Cork who answered David Duval and wins a fabulous fourball at The Heritage

In the wake of his latest interview at Isleworth, in one sense I’m happy to see Tiger coming back, in another I’m disappointed he has chosen the Masters as the place to do it. In deciding to return at Augusta, Woods has taken the sumptuous cake that is The Masters and poured gravy all over it. All the talk about green jackets, slippery greens and zipping it back into Rae’s Creek is going to be drowned out by a Tiger feeding frenzy. As one reporter put it, he’ll need a flak jacket not a green jacket!

tiger woods espn interview Would it not have made a lot more sense for Tiger to make his first appearance back at the Tavistock Cup? After all it’s a bit of an airy fairy two day event, between two posh clubs, Isleworth and Lake Nona, behind closed doors in a gated community. Nobody in the prawn sandwich munching crowd would have the audacity to heckle him, for fear of being crossed off the Woods’ Christmas card list.

Does Tiger actually think he can win at Augusta without tournament practice? I know he’s produced some miracles in the past, the monster putt at the 17th in Sawgrass, the chip-in at Augusta, covering up his indiscretions for years and the Rocco putt at the US Open spring to mind, but surely he doesn’t expect to contend at The Masters. If he were serious about winning, I suspect he would have played the Arnold Palmer Invitational in the lead up. To my knowledge Tiger has never missed that event and his friendship with Arnold Palmer is well documented. Perhaps Tiger wanted to spare Arnie from that potential awkward moment under the bleachers on the 18th after his final round. We’ll never know if Arnie would have hugged him or pushed him into the lake.

Tiger’s decision to return at The Masters is, to me, a tactical manoeuvre. With due deference to the course and its immaculate condition, the people behind the tournament are the equivalent of a golfing museum piece, an antiquated bunch of suits who for the rest of the year don’t even get the tiniest squeak in the running of the PGA Tour. They run their event with military precision. The media are strictly controlled, both in their numbers, where they can go, and potentially what they can and cannot ask Tiger. I remember Ken Green doing one of his little inserts on the beeb last year. He was walking and talking as he headed down towards the practice ground only to be stopped about a hundred yards short of the range by BA Baracus. Not even charming Ken was getting what he wanted at Augusta. The green jacket brigade have been known to “remove from the property” media hacks who have the gall to question the speed of the greens or the slightly off colour of the magnolias. Yep, commentators will have to be on their best behaviour at the press conferences or risk being taken out from behind the perfectly manicured grassy knoll.

So it seems Tiger, though “so so sorry”, is still hell bent on having things so so much his own way. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fantastic for the game to have him back, but to hijack the first major of the year in doing it is a bit rich for my blood. Has anyone considered the odds of a having a weekend at Augusta with the Tiger having been dispatched with his tail between his legs? You can have all the magnolias you want on the lane, but this one stinks.

World Clubmaker of the Year Derek Murray from Foregolf grinding a wedge with his father Don in their workshop in Red Lane, Naas.
Photo: Tony Gavin 20/1/10

Wedge grinding is quite an art-form and shaping a wedge by hand is almost like dancing the Tango with a club head. The Tour professionals are always tweaking the sole of their respective wedges to suit not only their style of swing but also to allow relief of the back edge of the club to get better contact quality for their wedge play. It wouldn’t be unusual to spend a whole day building and grinding new wedges for Tour Pro’s to suit specific course rough and playing conditions and the official Tour record to date is 253 wedges built in one day!

We use a high powered belt sander to literally shape and rub away parts of the wedge sole to affect how it hits the ground and delivers energy and spin through to the ball. Each players grind is uniquely different and is all geared around getting the absolute most from the wedge play.

with Derek Murray from www.foregolf.ie

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The feeling of getting trapped or stuck on the downswing normally occurs in lower handicap golfers. The arms tend to get stuck behind the body as the golfer begins the transition into their downswing. It can cause blocked shots or hooks depending on how the clubface is at impact. The swing path created is from an in to out path to the intended target line.


Having this swing characteristic is generally caused by the lack of rotation of the hips in the downswing as a lateral slide of the hips towards the target occurs.


To create the correct feeling, preset yourself to mimick your impact position using an impact bag or even just the golf ball. Place the clubhead behind the bag having it square to the target line then turn your hips and shoulders open to the target line. By rehearsing this you can train your body to produce a more consistent impact position.

Log on to www.wayneocallaghangolf.com PGA Pro and TPI fitness instructor for more info.

Lee Valley Scratch Cup

Saturday March 27th

Lee Valley Golf Club, Cork

Its that time of the year again with the one of the biggest events on the golfing calender.  Yes its the Lee Valley Scratch Cup and your last chance to see of Ireland’s biggest golfing talent before they jet off to watch The Masters.  Who’s going to win?

Paul Cutler 9/2

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If you haven’t had a chance to see Paul Cutler in action grab it while you can because this man is going all the way to the big boys tour. With last years Lee Valley winner Shane Lowry gone pro, the spotlight has shifted to Cutler, who is rumoured to be so psyched about the Lee Valley Scratch Cup that he’s even bought a Sat Nav to find his way down from Portstewart. Reliable sources say he left home on the journey to Cork 10 days ago with six sherpas and is due to reach Lee Valley sometime in the early hours of Friday morning. 



Paul Dunne 12/1

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A potential Lee Valley raider this weekend could be Paul Dunne from Greystones. They’ve had to extend the mantelpiece in the Dunne house to display all the trophies Paul has won and a Mr Sheen logo has been rumoured to be appearing on the shirt of the Irish star. Both Dunne and Cutler have been named in the extended St Andrews Trophy squad and their rivalry has been compared by many to that of Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton Jr!



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Ricky and Cal: “Dear Lord Baby Jesus”, Cutler and Dunne to go at it!


Sean Barry 40/1


seanie  barry Utter lunacy, complete mayhem and uproarious madness. That not only sums up a night out with Seanie Barry but also his Paddy Power odds at 40/1. Barry, who claims this tournament is “as important as The Masters” has been camping out in the bunker at the 16th green at Lee Valley for the past month in a bid to be ready for Saturday. He also says he won’t shave again until he wins on his home course but locals reckon the long wispy beard he has now cultivated is only hampering his backswing and his chances. Third last week at the TopGolfer in Fota and “playing better that Niall Gorey” according to Sean Barry.

Barry: Has slipped away from Buddhism in recent years.


MacDonagh Withdraws

Shock news from the midlands as Kelan MacDonagh has announced he is to withdraw from the Lee Valley Scratch Cup.  Ireland’s biggest Home and Away fan has cited a scheduling clash with the omnibus edition of the Aussie soap on RTE2 as the reason.  Paddypower had earlier shortened odds on MacDonagh to 18/1 stating that they hadn’t seen such a flood of money coming in since Francie Barrett’s cousin fought Audley Harrison on Prizefighter.  MacDonagh has just returned from New York where he granted five minute interviews to ESPN and the Golf Channel to speak about the Lee Valley Scratch Cup and his affair with Sergeant Charlie Buckton.  Sources say MacDonagh is keen to catch up on her on-off relationship with Angelo.

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Happier Times: MacDonagh last week with Jon Bon Jovi in New York

Tiger has finally ended speculation about his return to tournament golf.  He is to compete at next months Masters.  In a statement Woods said “The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect. After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta.”

Transitions Championship

Thursday Mar 18 – Sunday Mar 21, 2010

Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf and Spa Resort · Tampa Bay, Fla.

Course Par Value: 71

Course Yardage: 7,340

Past Winners





1st Prize ($)

Purse ($)

Transitions Championship

Mar 22, 2009

Retief Goosen

South Africa

276 (-8)



PODS Championship

Mar 9, 2008

Sean O'Hair

United States

280 (-4)



Mar 11, 2007

Mark Calcavecchia

United States

274 (-10)



Steve Stricker 12/1

Steve Stricker The highest ranked player in the field this week, Stricker comes into the tournament having shot a four under final round of 68 at last weeks CA Championship to climb into a tie for 16th position. Stricker had control of this tournament after two rounds last year and despite a third round 73 he still had a chance to win on Sunday. He lead midway through the final round but bogeys on 17 and 18 gifted the tournament to Retief Goosen. I expect the Northern Trust Open winner to contend again this week.




Nick Watney 30/1

nick watney It didn’t happen for Nick Watney last week at Doral with a series of double bogeys blighting any chance of a high finish. Although not shown on the TV cameras, Watney shot a final round 68 which included eight birdies and four bogeys. With the pressure off this week he could well contend over this tough Copperhead layout where the scoring is never low. It all depends on his putter, on these exceptionally grainy greens, the only club in the bag with which Watney’s stats are above the tour average.

Padraig Harrington 12/1

padraig harrington How great it was to see Padraig return to form last week at the CA Championship. If you want a man to play for your life in the wind, it’s Ernie, but since he’s not available this week, we’ll take Padraig! Harrington has a busy week at the White House so the Transitions should come as a welcome relief at the end of it. Tied for third last week despite three consecutive back nine bogeys. The host Copperhead course this week could be even more suited to Harrington than last weeks resort layout, being as it is very narrow with thick greenside bermuda grass rough. It’s a week for the short game specialists, not the blasters (Tom Lehman was in the final group last year) and the wind is predicted to be up again which all bodes well for the in form Dubliner.

European Tour Notes: Trophée Hassan II

Royal Golf Dar Es Salam

Rabat, Morocco

18 Mar 2010 - 21 Mar 2010

The European Tour visits Morocco for the first time this week and welcomes back an old favourite in Paul McGinley after his extended injury lay off. The betting in this depleted field will be headed by Italian Francesco Molinari (16/1) who jets back home from the WGC CA Championship after carding a final round 68 to climb into a very creditable tie for 14th. Others to watch include Rhys Davies (40/1) who went close in Malaysia a couple of weeks back and England’s David Horsey (45/1) who has been by many to make a breakthrough this year.

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Padraig Harrington is to visit the White House this week to meet Barack Obama, who will be hosting the traditional handing over of the St Patrick’s Day bowl of salad celebrations with er, Brian Cowen. All we know so far is that Harrington plans to wear a green tie. However my secret service insider has revealed that both Obama and Cowen have both scheduled half hour meetings with the Dubliner in the Oval Office. It is believed Harrington will first brief Obama on his five point plan to bring America out of its fiscal deficit whilst tweaking the Health Reform bill to get it passed in the Senate. Harrington is then expected to lecture Mr Cowen on fitness, the art of public speaking and dealing with the public. It is not believed Harrington will have time to outline his strategy on enforcing unilateral banking legislation within the Eurozone.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 to Feature Rory McIlroy

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So you’re a multi million dollar gaming company and the golf star after which your top game is named is ‘dodgy at best’. What do you do? Well if you are Sony and EA Sports dealing with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 you try and shift the focus and give equal cover billing to Rory McIlroy. The new game will feature the Ryder Cup, which ironically McIlroy has never played in and Woods participation in is, well, ‘dodgy at best’. Sony has also revealed the new game will boast a revolutionary motion controller, presumably designed to make easier for Tiger to find his own hotel room. Sorry, couldn’t resist!

Seve Fall

seve cancer Seve Ballesteros, who has been battling brain cancer since being diagnosed in 2008 had a scare recently after falling off a golf cart and banging his head on the ground in Pedrena, northern Spain. The three-time British Open champion was taken to hospital where he underwent a serious of tests over for four days before being discharged. His management say that he has now fully recovered. Ballesteros spoke last year of his desire to return to competition one last time at this years British Open Championship and has pushed his ravaged body to the limit in order to regain his fitness for the event. However his participation must now be considered unlikely after this recent setback.

Yes, Noh, Maybe


The newest European Tour winner and wonder kid is Korea’s Noh Seung-yul. Noh who is not quite twenty and has his Dad as his caddy not only claimed the Maybank Malaysian Open, but claimed one of four British Open qualifying spots only hours after. Another Korean to emerge last week was happy go lucky Kiradech Aphibarnrat. So taken are we by the big Barn-Rat’s on course antics we’ve decided to adopt the loveable rogue for the season. If the big rat bites on the Asian Tour, you’ll hear it here first.

sergio garcia michelob ad Remember the good old days when Sergio Garcia was the happy  go lucky El Nino? Here he struts his stuff as James Bond in a Michelob beer commercial. Apparently they had to shoot the final scene a total of 23 times because Sergio kept messing up from 007 feet! Sorry dude, I couldn’t resist.






What’s In The Bag of Ian Poulter in 2010

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Birthdate: January 10, 1976

Height and weight: 6ft 1in 13st 7lb (185cm 86kgs)

Birthplace: Hitchin, England

Attachment: Woburn G&C.C.

College: Barclay School

Turned Pro: 1995

Family: Wife: Katie (m. 2007); Children: Aimee-Leigh (2002), Luke (2004), Lilly-Mai Grace (2009)

Interests: All ball sports, Arsenal FC, cars

Turned Pro: 1994 (4)



Longest Drive: 296 yards

Average Drive: 283.5 yards

Rank: 101st


Fairway Hit %: 65.5%-rank 35

Greens in Regulation %: 80.6- rank 2


Putts per round: 29.5

Putts per hole: 1.64

Rank: 93


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the heritage

This weeks prize is a fantastic fourball at The Heritage in Co. Laois, venue of the 2007 Seve Trophy. To enter text your answer with name and address to 087-2029040 or e-mail them to examinerspindoc@eircom.net. Even if you’re not a winner, don’t forget that online bookings and associate memberships with no joining fee are now available on www.theheritage.com.

Who am I?

I was born in 1971 in Jacksonville Florida. I have 13 PGA tour victories including one Major outside my own country in 2001. I’ve been the world number one but am most proud of shooting a 59 at the Bob Hope Classic. My slip down the rankings in the noughties was shocking and my 25 over par at the 2004 US Open was a low point. I proved I still have it though, tying for second at last years US Open after coming through sectional qualifying.

Congrats to last weeks winner Sandra Murnaghan, Ovens, Cork (who correctly answered 1. Larry Mize, 2. Colombia, 3. Loreno Ochoa) and wins a fabulous fourball at Adare Manor.



Boy am I sick and tired of hearing about the mental side of side of golf. The whole psychological part of the game has become as important as your swing or equipment. There’s something not quite right about that isn’t there? There they are, hanging around the practise green on tour, just waiting for the next player to break his putter in frustration before they swoop in for easy pickings.

I reckon these guys have their own sneaky marketing strategy too; the more golfers they get to talk about having the mental fortitude to close out an event or how to avoid filling your pants over a slippery left to right five footer the more they scare you into thinking that without their help you are automatically going to do that. It’s a self fulfilling prophecy.

The first golf email I got last Monday was from Dr Gio Valiante’s media company. No he’s not the doctor from the Simpsons, but rather Camilo Villegas’ head guru and he wanted to take all the plaudits for the Colombian’s victory. He reckoned Camilo’s on course philosophy of an “attitude of gratitude” helped him win the Honda. Gio’s secrets can be all yours for only $99.99. Right you be, it had nothing to do with Villegas diet of oil and nails, his 27 inch waist, muscle bound upper body, punishing training regime and having one of the best putting strokes on tour. I bet you Valiante will have an attitude of gratitude toward anyone daft enough to part with 100 quid for his ramblings. I feel brain freeze coming on.CamiloTunedUp

That’s not to say I’m a complete sceptic. I do make an exception for Bob Rotella and his methods. He doesn’t come on all hot and heavy with the claims, preferring to make the odd appearance beside Padraig or offer a soundbite as to how his charge is doing. If golf psychology was a weight loss program, Valiante would be an untried yet expensive tablet whereas Rotella would be healthy eating with exercise. I like Bob’s little snippets. One goes something along the lines of: You are aiming down the fairway, ball sitting on the tee. Where are you aiming? I’m aiming down the middle of the fairway. Rotella says “where exactly on the middle of the fairway”. Ah, I get it, he wants us to focus on hitting specific targets, like going for the treble 20 in darts rather than being happy to hit the board. Nice one Bob.

Pic: Camilo: Winning has nothing to do with those muscles so?

Even the kids who are supposed to be young and fearless are being contaminated with the whole pycho aspect of the beautiful game. Last week Rory McIlory spent “probably the best 90 minutes I’ve spent in a long time”. Was he talking about watching Nuala Carey on the Late Late Show or Wayne’s Rooney’s demolition of AC Milan? Hell no. Rory got to spend an extended lunch with Jack Nicklaus specifically to peer inside the head of the 18 time major champion. I think surgeon’s call it a bifrontal craniotomy. “It was great to sit down and talk to him and see his approach to winning and what went through his head whenever he was in contention, and what things he might have done differently than other people,” McIlroy said. He had assumed that Jack, in his day was like Tiger, building a lead only to crush the competition but was surprised by the bear’s actual mindset. “He waited for guys to make mistakes. He had a lot more majors handed to him than he won.” Er, not quite with ya on the old “handed to him” bit Rory, but you got the jist.

So whether you’re a Dr Bob and a Dr Gio follower, or merely lunch with major champions and draw slightly dodgy conclusions, remember for me it’s all in the head. The clubhead.

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Swing Fault:

A Sway is any lower body lateral movement away from the target during the backswing and forces the weight to the outside of the back foot. This swing fault makes it very difficult for a golfer to create power as it causes problems in the proper weight shift during transition and the downswing.


Right hip internal rotation is vital for full rotation into the right hip without any lateral movement for a right handed golfer. If there is any joint or muscular restrictions lateral movement will tend to dominate.


A great exercise to practise would be side step ups. Hold a medicine ball (or a buggy battery) and place a foot on a step about 6-12 inches in height. Start by stepping up on the left leg and swinging the right knee across the body. Make sure you keep the upper body facing forward with the medicine ball in front of the body. This will force the hips to rotate independently of the upper body, make sure to repeat on the other side too.

Log on to www.wayneocallaghangolf.com  PGA Pro and TPI fitness instructor

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Everybody knows about shaft flex and some know about kick point. But did you know about the latest shaft technology which involves the “spine” of the shaft? This is the strongest part or plane of the shaft when it bends. Some of the top players on Tour insist that the spine is located using a shaft profiling machine and then aligned to help stabilize the driver head. Having the spine in the straight up or 12 o’clock position stops the head from spine_largedrooping or dipping at impact and allows the head to be more energy efficient in the 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock position and through the ball. Does it make a difference? The top players in the world believe it does, so……….

Pic: The Spine Analyzer, the golfing equivalent of an MRI.

with Derek Murray from www.foregolf.ie

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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



Longest Drive: 363 yards

Average Drive: 299.8 yards

Rank: 9th


Fairway Hit %: 64.3%-rank 53

Greens in Regulation %: 74.8- rank 14


Putts per round: 29.7

Putts per hole: 1.65

Rank: 71


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


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 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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