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rickie fowler club Full name Rick Yutaka Fowler

Born December 13, 1988 (age 21)

Anaheim, California

Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)

Weight 150 lb (68 kg; 11 st)

Nationality United States

Residence Murrieta, California


College Oklahoma State University

Turned professional 2009


No sooner had the greatest player in living memory come along but the American’s are now talking about the ‘next Tiger’? Step onto the podium Rickie Fowler, step off the podium past pretenders like Colt Knost and Ty Tyron. Rickie has been playing golf since he was a little kid. His Dad used to collect him from Kintergarden and bring him either fishing or golfing and both stuck. He was also a competitive dirt bike racer until a broken foot and blown out knee aged 15 quenched his motocross ambitions. Motorcycling’s loss was golf’s gain as Fowler progressed to being the world’s number one amateur during 2007.

Fowler was born in Anaheim, California and attended Oklahoma State University. Whilst there he progressed his game to the point where he represented the United States in their victory at the 2007 Walker Cup and again in 2009. On his second appearance he won all four matches he played in as the U.S. won by a seven point margin.

Now twenty years of age, Rickie has become the only player in history to be the NCAA's Player of the Year as a freshman, and one of the fastest to make waves on the main PGA Tour. He may be easily identifiable on the course with his flashy Puma gear but off it Ricky is reported to be well grounded and approachable. Whether he really is the ‘next Tiger’ only time will tell but try to catch Rickie next time he’s on TV. If you can that is!

What’s In The Bag 2010 Rickie Fowler

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Whats that on your ball?

4:13 is a bible reference. "I can do everything through him who gives me strength." This could either be a reference to God or the Diamana White Board 73 X shaft of his driver.

Guantanamo Boy


So why does Rickie dress up like an inmate of Guantanamo Bay? The answer lies in his collegiate allegiance. He went to Oklahoma State where he picked up a love for his orange team colours. Kind of like a golfing version of Holland’s Raymond Van Barneveld. Fowler has even had his woods painted orange!


Any Nicknames: “There's a couple. One of the main ones is Steek. Not very many people know about it. It was started two years ago after I played well at a tournament down in South Carolina called the Players Amateur. Chris Kirk, he was the one that gave it to me. He said I stuck everyone, and that kind of turned to Steek. There were only a very few guys that called me that, and it was the mainly the guys on the '07 Walker Cup team. So every once in a while here someone calls me that, and I know it's someone that knows something about me if they call me Steek.”

Winner Alright: Last week our tip Ben Crane came fourth at 90/1 paying €235 for a €10 each way bet

Valero Texas Open 2010 Betting Tips

TPC San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

Purse: $6,100,000

Zach Johnson: 20/1

73704031RB173_The_Masters_F_7_05_28_PM The 2007 US Masters Champion attempts this week to win the Texas Open for a third consecutive time. To do so he will have to defeat fellow Major winner Ernie Els who headlines the field. In the five events leading up to The Players Championship last week Johnson was a cumulative 19 over with a best finish of 42nd. However something seemed to click at TPC last week as he achieved his best finish of the season. Won last season with a stunning birdie on the first playoff hole against James Driscoll.  Pic: Zach has the Big Man in his corner

Charley Hoffman: 25/1

hoffman It has been a strange old season for Charley Hoffman. He usually makes his money on the West Coast swing early in the year but this season it hasn’t gone to plan. Had to take the five weeks leading up to New Orleans off with a wrist injury but emerged last week with a good showing at The Players when paired with Tim Clark. Shot a 63 in his third round of the Texas Open last year and has top tenned in three of the last four stagings here. Have you noticed him in green this year? Hoffman has a deal with Waste Management where he wears green on Thursdays, green slacks, shirt and green shoes.  Pic: Charley: Often Likened to Brad Pitt, or is that Arm Pit.

Justin Leonard: 30/1

justin leonard Leonard hails from Dallas Texas and is somewhat of a home state specialist. He has won the Texas Open three times, twice at La Cantera in 2000 and 2001 and again in 2007 here in San Antonio beating Jesper Parnevik in a playoff. Tied for fifth last year, failing to go low in the final round. Last week was his first appearance since the Masters, so I expect him to return to Texas fresh for a tilt at another title. He’s the JR Ewing of the Texas Open!

Pic: Is it just me or does Justin Leonard look remarkably like Robin from the original Batman TV Show?



Fredrik Jacobson: 20/1

fredrik-jacobsen Another one to catch the eye at Sawgrass last week was Swedish PGA Tour regular Freddie Jacobson. Very steady of late since finishing sixth at The Honda and following with two top-25’s at the Shell Houston Open and The Verizon Heritage. Another top-10 last week at Sawgrass sees Jacobson head for Texas, where he tied fifth last year, with his confidence high.

Pic: Fredrik: not so good at growing a beard.  I’ve seen more hair on a gooseberry.


JJ Henry: 80/1

jj henry JJ Henry has only won once on Tour at the Buick in 2006 but if you are looking for some each way value this week, he’s well worth a euro at 80/1. Never quite kicked on since representing the US in the 2006 Ryder Cup but came back on the radar with creditable performances at Hilton Head and Houston before his first top ten since last August at Quail Hollow. Though born in Connecticut Henry attended college and now resides in Texas. His best finish of the season would not surprise me.

Pic: JJ Henry; his mother loves him

Past Winners

2009 Zach Johnson

2008 Zach Johnson

2007 Justin Leonard

2006 Eric Axley

2005 Robert Gamez

2004 Bart Bryant

time to golf This weeks prize is the ingenious “Time To Golf” training aid (also known as the “prointhebag”). Invented by Ashford Castle teaching pro Tom Deveraux you can use it to set you up like a pro to draw, fade, lob, play bunker shots and much more. Check out “prointhebag” on youtube to see it in action. To get your hands on one text your answer with name and address to 087-2029040 or e-mail to examinerspindoc@eircom.net no later than Friday next. Make sure also to catch us next week when we will have a fourball in Doonbeg up for grabs!

This week’s question: Who Am I?

During the eighties and nineties I was one of the world’s best. I won my sole major in 1995 at Shinnecock Hills. I have just turned 50 and am beginning to enjoy life on the Champions Tour. I’m small of stature but this year is one of the biggest of my life when I have the honour of bringing my U.S. team to Celtic Manor.

Last weeks answer: The 17th at Sawgrass. Congrats to our winner Mary O’Brien from Limerick who wins a fourball in Ballyliffin Golf Club.

On The Tour Truck: Which Shaft?


On the tour truck we often get asked to rate the stiffness of shafts. Here is a handy little list of some of the most common shafts, starting from flexible for slow swingers to downright poker stiff for pro’s. Keep this handy to help you decipher which is best for you when buying new or used irons!

  1. Nippon 850GH: soft tip and soft flex for ultra-high flight and players with slow speeds. One of the lightest steel shafts available.
  2. True Temper (TT) GS 95: soft tip with high flight and just a little stiffer than Nippon 850 for low speeds.
  3. TT Lite XL: Light weight with mid to high flight. Great for longer than standard clubs. mid to slow speeds.
  4. FST KBS 90: Light weight with soft tip for great feel and mid to high flight for mid speed range.
  5. Rifle: Mid to soft tip in lower (5.0/5.5) for mid to high speed range. 6.0 /6.5 for high speed range with split kick-points.
  6. True Temper Dynamic Gold SL: Stiff tip with mid to low ball flight for high speed range. Anti hook shaft but can lack some feel.
  7. FST KBS Tour: Stiff tip but with feel. Low to mid ball flight. High speed range. Becoming very popular on Tour.
  8. True Temper Dynamic Gold: Stiff tip low ball flight and high speed range and solid feel. Most succesful and popular shaft.
  9. True Temper Black Gold: Low flight, weight matched, very solid feel and for high speed range. Best quality and construction shaft available.
  10. Project X / Project X Flighted: Lowest spin shaft with very low flight and very solid feel, heaviest of steel shafts and for very high speeds

with Derek Murray from www.foregolf.ie

Slow play is infecting the golf world faster than the H1N1 virus. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a vaccine for it? One sharp jab in the bum cheek of the guy in front and whoosh, he disappears up the fairway faster than the Stig.


If you know someone who’s as slow as a tortoise with ABS do us a favour and give him a clipping of this article. Even better, club secretaries, enlarge this and post it beside the first tee next weekend.

The Trouser Rule

If you hit the ball more than seven times on any hole, do yourself and partners a service by picking up your ball and placing it snugly in your pocket. This will reduce further damage to the ball, your confidence and reduce depreciation on your clubs. And just like old Roy Walker said on Catchphrase you will be “back in the game” on the next tee.

Penalty Points: 2

The Bag Of Sweets Rule

If you suffer from stray scuds and have a propensity to go OB off the tee always have a spare ball at the ready in your pocket. This avoids the awkward 30 seconds of silence while your partners stare at your Olympic walker impression en route to your bag to get a provisional ball.

Penalty Points: 2

The Good Walk Spoiled Rule

Always park your caddy on the same side of the green as the next tee. It seems like the most obvious little thing, alas it isn’t so. You wouldn’t ask the courier company to drop your new sofa on the neighbour’s lawn, so why leave your clubs so far away?

Penalty Points: 4

clip_image004The Ronan O’Gara Rule

Just because you see the pros going through their pre-short routine on Sky Sports doesn’t mean you need to take an age with one eye closed staring at your shoes before you swing. Maybe you don’t know how fast the pros actually move between shots; it’s pretty rapid. Let’s leave the elaborate routines to the likes of Ronan O’Gara and Jonny Wilkinson.

Penalty Points: 4

The Caring Parent Rule

What do you call a parent who brings their little kids to the beach then faces the other way as the little ones run towards the sand and water? Downright irresponsible perhaps? Think of the golf ball as your baby. Next time you hit it towards the sand, water or even rough, don’t turn away; keep watching it until it lands. That way it will be so much easier to find when you get to it, shaving minutes off the round.

Penalty Points: 6

The Desperate Housewives Rule

Perhaps the most unforgiveable of them all. Four men on the 18th green shaking hands and idly congratulating each other like they have just signed the Good Friday Agreement. The green is not the place to begin discussing the Greek austerity package while the fourball 160 yards back the fairway curse your mother. Don’t let the 18th hole become like the main runway at JFK.

Penalty Points: Automatic Disqualification


Golf TV analysts roundly criticised Tiger Woods swing coach Hank Haney for tinkering too much with his swing. Analysing Woods’ swing as he struggled at Sawgrass Ewen Murray of Sky Sports exposed the technical flaws that are blighting his performances. NBC analyst Johnny Miller concurred stating "It might be a little harsh, but I really believe he (Tiger) needs to, every night, watch the U.S. Open in the year 2000 at Pebble and just copy that swing and forget the [Hank] Haney stuff. I mean, that was the best golf anybody has ever played in history. That's something he can copy, the tempo, the position at the top of the backswing, the follow-through position -- he's in all these awkward follow through positions and the club is stressed at the top of the backswing and it used to be quiet. His tempo was much better then and he should literally say, I am turning back the clock and I am not going to think of anything and I can remember what I was working on then.''

travis parmalee Police at the Players Championship were busy last week thanks to a series of odd events. A 36-year-old man attending the second round of the event had be subdued by a Taser when he refused to stop yelling verbal abuse at players. Drunken Travis Parmelee resisted arrest and became combative when approached. One million volts later and Parmalee was duly subdued before being taken into custody. That followed another strange incident following the first round when course superintendent Tom Vlach discovered a running car with two men inside on the par-3 eighth hole shortly after dark. Driver John Rinaldi refused to turn the motor off and get out of the car, prompting Vlach to call 911. The two were issued a trespass warning after no damage was found on the green. "That was a strange one," the responding officer said.

kim.ryder cup Playing with a thumb ligament injury Anthony Kim won the Houston Open, finished third at the Masters and was in contention at Quail Hollow until the pain felt like a knife piercing the area between his left thumb and index finger. The reason he kept playing with the injury? To pile up as many Ryder Cup points as possible before the inevitable surgery. Two days after surgery to repair the ligament, Kim said he would miss the U.S. Open and the British Open and reckons he will have one month to impress Corey Pavin. Within two hours after surgery, he was on the phone to the US captain. "I told him, 'Listen to this and I'm done, I won't bother you again. I want to play on your team so bad that the reason I played hurt is to make the team. I promise you if you put me on the team, I'm going to have a good attitude going over there. I'm the kind of player you want.", said Kim. In other news Pavin has named his four Ryder Cup assistants as Tom Lehman, Davis Love III, Jeff Sluman and Paul Goydos. A surprised Goydos said that his only Ryder Cup experience “was watching it on TV.”

Reverse Spine Angle

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A Reverse Spine Angle is best described as an excessive upper body backward bend towards the target in the backswing. This swing characteristic makes it very difficult to start the downswing in the proper sequence. This swing fault is also one of the prime causes of lower back pain as there is excessive tension on the lower back.


Golfers usually struggle to get any width in their swing if there is tightness in the Lat muscle. Limited Thorax (chest) to pelvis separation is caused by reduced spinal mobility and shortened lat flexibility normally resulting in the spine going into a reverse spine angle. Other common faults related to this physical limitation would be loss of posture anytime the arms are elevated such as in the backswing and it can also limit a player’s ability to rotate their shoulders in the backswing and follow through. The Lat muscle spans the entire back and inserts onto the arm. Only 43% of golfers have good Lat length.


To stretch the lat muscle, place a pole at a full arms length from the body and assume golf posture. Place the right hand on top with your left hand below, then push with the right hand and pull will the left hand and feel the stretch in the lat muscle. Repeat on the other and place left hand on top with right hand below.

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

tim clark funny Breaking News: TPC 2010 Champion Tim Clark’s so called “long putter” is really a 34 inch standard length blade.  It turns out that it’s Tim who is incredibly short.  Tour analysts say the diminutive South African may even be as short as actor Tom Cruise but this is yet to be confirmed.  Our camera pictured Tim during the final round of the Players trying to get the attention of playing partner Charley Hoffman.  Clark’s tiny voice is said to be barely audible to the normal human ear.

Only pulling your tiny leg Tim, we love you and well done in Sawgrass!

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Mike McAllister of PGAtour.com reports on Tim Clark’s breakthrough victory at the Players Championship in Sawgrass.

As he stood over his par putt on the 18th green at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday, his Srixon Z-Star ball 7 feet, 9 inches away from the pin, his long putter firmly tucked against his chest, his heart pounding and his nerves dancing, Tim Clark did his best to suppress the enormity of the situation.

While there was no guarantee this would be the putt to finally give him, in his 206th PGA TOUR start, that long-awaited first win, the South African knew. He knew this was a putt that could ultimately seal THE PLAYERS Championship. He knew this was a putt that could put to rest -- finally -- all those questions about whether he was made of championship material or was simply the perennial runner-up, the best player on TOUR without a victory, the feisty lovable undersized "pit bull," as Greg Norman called him last year at the Presidents Cup.

He knew that all the times he had battled self-doubt, feeling he didn't belong with the big boys, could very well be wiped away with this putt.

Clark knew all this, he knew that his closest pursuers were still more than 30 minutes away from finishing and that he would have to sweat out the possible career-changing moment. He knew this putt was huge ... and he knew he couldn't think about any of that.

Clark had to stay in the moment. Focus on the task at hand. Concentrate on the crispy patch of Bermuda grass between his ball and the pin, and think of nothing else.

Notoriously irritable on the course (and utterly charming off it) Colin Montgomerie has unveiled his very own draconian crowd control measures to be implemented at the Ryder Cup in Celtic Manor this October.

Under Monty’s stewardship players will themselves act as monty celtic manor crowd controlmarshals, carrying their own customized signs to control the crowds.  Monty unveiled his crowd control sign at a recent media day at Celtic Manor.

Sources close to the Scot say he has gotten even more sensitive to noise and vibration of late.  Playing in Dubai recently Monty was distracted by a beeping taxi.  In New York.  Apparently even he stirs his tea, traffic outside his home has to be calmed so as not to startle Captain Fantastic.

Pic: Monty: Chuffed With His New Sign

maltesers My very religious Auntie thought that in the TV ad Rory was saying that Lough Erne “is a great place to pray”.  Mind you she also thought the old eighties Maltesers ad where they sang  “There’s a lighter brighter world today Maltesers” was “There’s a lighter brighter world today Lord Jesus”.

Lynn McCool from Lough Erne has been in touch with a McCool little ad (sorry Lynn couldn’t resist) so here you go Lynn and congrats on your new job.  Click on the pic to start “praying”. I await the postman with the fourball guys, the rosary beads are in the bag.image

Rory McIlory, Lough Erne is A Great Place to Play, A Great Place to Stay

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Pic: Michelle Wie attempting to “get relief” last week

The LPGA have come under severe criticism for cutting budgets in order to save the tour.  Last week the latest luxury to be “slashed” were on course portaloo’s.  “Everybody knows it is not humanly possible for women to play a round of golf without peeing. Its alright for guys” said one LPGA member, “If they feel need to tinkle mid-round they can hide behind a tree, pretend nothing’s going on, and open the hose.  We on the other hand have to drop a ball, squat down and pretend to be examining it closely in order to ‘get relief’”.  This latest urinary controversy looks likely to dribble on for some time yet.

kim's thumb Anthony Kim is out of the Players Championship. Kim says the ligament has become detached from his thumb, but didn’t go into details as to exactly what he was doing at the time.

"The injury has been well documented over the past month, anthony kim sore thumband I've been doing everything I can to play through it, but it became more of an issue last week and needs to be looked at," Kim said holding a diamond encrusted Playstation  Controller in one hand and a copy of Playboy in the other.

Kim now joins Steve Stricker and Retief Goosen as three players with funny names who have withdrawn from the event.

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I had a chance to tackle the Monty Course at Carton House yesterday.  Th2010 irish seniors open carton house logoe golf course is in fantastic nick in the build up to the 2010 Irish Seniors Open Golf (on June 11-13) where Ian Woosnam defends. I did notice the good folks at Carton are filling in some of Monty’s bunkers- I wonder if this was one of Woosie’s conditions of playing; he won’t need to abseil down into them now!  Read the press release below for all the details

Woosnam to defend Irish Seniors Open title at Carton house

 Ian Woosnam is hoping for more success on Irish soil next month when he defends the Handa Irish Seniors Open presented by Fáilte Ireland, which moves to Carton House in Killarney from June 11-13. The Welshman has enjoyed some of the best moments of his career on the Emerald Isle, winning back-to-back Irish Open titles in 1988 and 1989 before leading Europe to Ryder Cup glory at The K Club in 2006. He added the Irish Seniors Open title to that impressive list last year when he overturned a six shot deficit going into the final round to join American Bob Boyd in a play-off, eventually capturing the title on the third extra hole. That was his third European Senior Tour victory and helped him to finish runner up on the Order of Merit behind another former Ryder Cup Captain, Sam Torrance. The pair will battle it out again over Carton House’s Montgomerie Course – designed by the current Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie – along with Sandy Lyle and Irish stars including Eamonn Darcy and Des Smyth. Woosnam is targeting a victory in the €250,000 event as he attempts to reclaim the John Jacobs Trophy he won as leading Senior Tour player in his rowoosnam irish seniors openokie season in 2008. “I’ve had some great success in Ireland over the years, winning the Irish Open twice and of course with The Ryder Cup in 2006, so it is always special to return,” he said. “I played in the Irish Open on the regular Tour on both of the occasions it was hosted at Carton House – in 2005 and 2006 – and it will be a tough test for us, just as Ballybunion was last year. “After the start I had last year I didn’t expect to win but it was great to overturn a six shot deficit on the final day. “My other two Senior Tour titles were in Poland and Russia and unfortunately I did not get chance to defend them so this is the first time I will play a Senior Tour event as a defending champion. “I’m still searching for a bit of form at the moment but with the run of tournaments we have coming up I’m hopeful I will be ready to defend my crown by the time we head to Carton House.”

THE PLAYERS Championship 2010

TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Purse: $9,500,000

Tiger Woods 9/1

tiger The odds are ever lengthening and Tiger Woods seems down but he’s never out. A missed cut last week will only embolden his resolve to win again early. The 2001 Champion top tenned last year but in truth struggled throughout. Much has been made of Tiger’s most recent comeback and poor form but I am still seeing the physically strongest player on tour and with flashbulbs finally fizzling out, TPC could be the stage for a victory. He doesn’t go “zero for three” often and he’s probably on the range in Sawgrass with driver in hand as we speak. I rarely tip up Tiger but these odds are ridiculous. Would you bet against him?

Phil Mickelson 10/1

phil mickelson Rather than talking about his own game, Masters champion Phil Mickelson paid a glowing tribute to Rory McIlroy both as a golfer and gentleman in his post round interview at Quail Hollow. Mickelson suffered from a stomach bug early in the week and admitted to still having “kinks” in his game but still contended finishing second. You get the sense that last week was only a tune up for Phil, assessing where his game was at, having not started since the Masters. He is spending today working with Butch Harmon in Jacksonville and I expect him to be on fire this week. Mickelson won at Sawgrass in 2007 and a showdown with Tiger at TPC is a real possibility.

Ian Poulter 30/1

poulter A more measured Ian Poulter has emerged this season and he returns this week harbouring ambitions of victory. It’s Poults first outing since his tenth at the Masters after which he suffered a knee injury. A serial tweeter Poulter reported “its an old injury, flares up every now and then, especially when you play basketball, wont be doing that again for a while, be fit for TPC”. The WGC Accenture Champion will be hoping to pick up right where he left off this week as he makes the short journey to Sawgrass. Last year Poulter put in an excellent week at TPC finishing second. Beware the injured golfer.

Ben Crane 90/1

ben crane Another American who is somewhat of a TPC specialist is Ben Crane. Crane skipped last weeks Quail Hollow event to prepare for the “fifth major” where he opened with a 65 in 2009 and eventually tied for fifth. He also top tenned in 2008, finishing tied sixth behind Sergio Garcia in incredibly tough scoring conditions. Crane is one of the most consistent players on tour and a three time winner including this year Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. One to watch each way as most bookies will pay out for fifth this week.

Kevin Na 130/1

kevin na Kevin (Sangwook) Na is another Korean on form coming into this weeks TPC and represents real long odds value. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Na’s family emigrated to the United States when he was eight years old and he is now an American citizen. Known as an excellent tough course player Na top played well last week in Quail Hollow carding a final round 69 to tie for 14th. Na tied for third at last years Players Championship with a hot blade on the greens. Form plus course history equals value.

Past winners

2009 Henrik Stenson

2008 Sergio García

2007 Phil Mickelson

2006 Stephen Ames

2005 Fred Funk


The Players Championship 2010 Betting Tips

sam-puttlab The difference in Rory McIlroy last Sunday? His head and his putting. Now sport psychology researchers from University College Dublin are seeking 70 single figure golfers to participate in a unique golf coaching study. Participants will have 80 putts forensically analysed by a state of the art computerized system and results in terms both performance and technique which will be provided for each golfer after data collection has been completed. Results of the project will also give a detailed analysis on how to apply these methods in order to fine tune your game. To get involved in the study e-mail Gary at gary.moran@ucdconnect.ie.

yang Full name Yang Yong-eun

Born 15 January 1972 (age 38)

Birthplace Jeju-do, South Korea

Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)

Weight 88 kg (190 lb; 13.9 st)

Residence Southlake, Texas, USA


Turned professional 1996

Professional wins 10 (2 US Tour wins)


Yang Yong-eun or Y. E. Yang, the son of a South Korean vegetable farmer and one of seven children is a South Korean golfing superstar having beaten Tiger Woods on his way to winning the 2009 PGA Championship. Yang was born in the island province of Jeju-do, the fourth of eight children. He started to play golf at the age of 19, mimicking the swings of patrons of a local range where he worked picking golf balls part time. Trying to get a 'proper job', Yang fell down a flight of stairs and tore his ACL while he was learning to use an excavator for a construction company. During his recuperation Yang actually lived at the driving range and his interest in the game grew. However after recovering from his knee injury, he again had to delay his golfing career to begin mandatory service in the South Korean military at the age of 21. On conclusion of his service, he moved to New Zealand, where he turned pro in August 1996.

In 2006 Yang won the Korea Open on the Asian Tour gaining him entry into the HSBC Champions Tournament in November 2006, where in perhaps a glimpse of future glory, Yang beat Tiger Woods. He went on to win the 2009 Honda Classic in his 46th career start in the United States. Five months later at Hazeltine, Yang held aloft the Wannamaker trophy as the newest USPGA Champion at Hazeltine. Yang’s latest victory came at the Volvo China Open.

Now living in Southlake, Texas, Yang is married to Young-Joo Park and has three sons. The family live near fellow South Korean PGA player K. J. Choi.

What’s In The Bag 2010 Y.E. Yang

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Y.E. Yang Shorts

Range Balls

With the money he earned from his Major victory, Yang didn’t even need to go on Dragon’s Den to set up an indoor golf range in the Koreatown section of Dallas. Apparently indoor ranges are ten a penny in Korea and with the sweltering heat of Summer in Dallas, Yang reckoned he was onto a winner.

No Speaka de Inglish

Y.E. does not speak English. “He’s laid back,” said his interpretor Michael Yim. “He has a good sense of humor. It’s a shame that people don’t really see that side of him because of the language barrier.” On the difference between Yang and countryman KJ Choi, Yim says “K.J. is all about walking the right path. It shows in his routine. He prays before his round, works out and goes to the practice tee. He’s quite regimented. Yang, on the other hand, likes to have fun and maybe a beer. He is easygoing, but confident, too. He doesn’t let anything bother him.”clip_image002

On Lifting the Bag….

 “Lifting my bag over my head after I won was totally spontaneous -- I'd never done that before. It was before I hugged my wife. I was walking to the scorer's tent and suddenly felt so thankful and just wanted to have that little moment with my clubs. They made me what I am today. And yes, I was a bodybuilder for two years.”

So you want to buy a set of irons. I remember a time, not so very long ago, when the only option open to the golfer was a trip to your local golf shop with old clubs (scrubbed with fairy liquid) under your oxter and cash in your pocket. Some even made a day trip to a mythical land called Howth because it was believed a place of untold golfing bargains lay there. In truth we knew so little about the price or worth of clubs back then; we basically took what we were given and said nothing about it.

clip_image002[1]More and more nowadays golfers are using the traditional golf shops to look at clubs, feel them, swish them a bit and jot down the price before going home to see if they can get a better bargain on the computer. And oftentimes they can. Portals like Ebay, Onlinegolf, Golfsmith and others have changed the golf equipment landscape forever. Others like Golfbidder that both buy and sell used clubs are positively thriving. The internet golfer of 2010 uses the retail shop solely for reconnaissance, searches out the best bargain online, pays with paypal and waits for the postman to bring the presents. A quick trip to the custom fitter to have his irons tweaked and he still saves enough for a trendy pair of shoes.

So it looks like tough times for the retail golf shops. That unique advantage that shops one had of having clearly priced merchandise on site to examine and swish has turned into Mr Internet Golf’s biggest ally. Those I have spoken to in the business tell me there is actually little profit to be made on clubs. Clothing, consumables and accessories are where they traditionally make money. The web has emerged as the golf retailer’s biggest rival and the shops are going to have to get imaginative to avoid becoming defunct altogether.

One of the marketing strategies I have come up with is for retailers to treat their clients more like the pro’s. On tour, for instance, the professional visits his sponsors tour truck every week to collect his two boxes of golf balls, gloves, caps etc. Every so often he also has his equipment replenished. In a variation on this model, wouldn’t it be great if my local golf shop gave me a contract? I commit to buy a box of (say) Pro-V1 balls every month from my shop and every year they replace my Titleist driver. If all the profit is in the consumables and not equipment, might I be on to something here? Hell, I’d even put their logo on my bag.

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ochoa 98802719 Lorena Ochoa started her retirement yesterday after playing in her final LPGA Tour event at the weekend. Having been granted her choice of playing partner for the first two rounds of the Tres Marias Championship, Ochoa chose eventual winner Ai Miyazato. After collecting the trophy Miyazato broke down in tears choking on her words as she spoek about Ochoa. "She is one of my best friends," Miyazato said, beginning to cry. "I'm going to miss her." Ochoa now plans to raise a family and focus on her charity foundation. Ironically Ochoa lost the World No. 1 ranking she has held since April 2007 to Jiyai Shin who won in Japan on Sunday.

ishikawa 98804886 Never mind Rory’s 62 at Quail Hollow, how about Ryo Ishikawa’s 12-under 58 to win The Crowns Event on the Japan Tour. It was the lowest score ever on a major tour. The 18-year-old had 12 birdies in his bogey-free round at Nagoya Golf Club course. "I always dreamed of getting a score like this but didn't think I would do it so fast," Ishikawa said. "It hasn't really sunk in yet, but I'm sure it will after a few days." The previous best of 59 strokes had been shared by , Al Geiberger, Chip Beck and David Duval. Annika Sorenstam also had a 59 on the LPGA Tour.


The current record on the Tour Truck for wedges built and delivered to individual Tour players in a single day is 157. There has been a lot of confusion about the grooves on wedges and how the rule on the grooves will affect amateur golfers. Currently Tour Professionals must use conforming grooves ocleveland CG15 laser cut groovesn wedges in competitive play. Normal amateur competition will not be affected until 2024 but there is another catch. The golf companies are not allowed to produce or sell non-conforming wedges after December 31st this year. I predict there will be a global shortage of high spin wedges around the middle of next year. Take a look at www.yearofthewedge.com where my good friend Greg Hopkins the CEO of Cleveland Golf explains all. This really cool website is full of facts and interesting points but if you want my advice, load up on your favourite illegal wedge before the end of this year.

with Derek Murray from www.foregolf.ie

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Early extension is best defined as the hips and spine of a golfer going into extension or straightening up to early in the downswing. Golfers also complain of being stuck or trapped with their arms on the downswing. This is because the lower body has moved into the space where the arms need to go and usually results in either a golfer blocking the shot to the right or hooking it to the left as they use their hands excessively to deliver the clubhead to the ball.


Research has shown that the golfer’s inability to perform a full deep squat or a full hip bend can force a player to early extend during the downswing. Failure to perform these movements generally means that there is stiffness in the muscles and joints in the lower body. These limitations might alter good posture at address and force players to change their spinal posture in the swing. In the TPI screen the overhead Deep Squat best evaluates these limitations. 64% of golfers suffer from early extension.


Practice squatting to decrease your chances of early extension. Try to get your knees aligned over your feet while keeping your heels on the ground. If you are unable to keep your heels on the ground, it is almost impossible to maintain posture during the downswing. The actual TPI test involves doing this squat whilst holding a bar over your head.

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

Bob Harig from ESPN reports that Rory McIlroy though too young to buy a beer, is a a kid mature beyond his years.

“This was a good day for golf. A very good day.

It doesn't get much better than a guy who can't rent a car nor buy a drink in the United States shooting a course-record 62 alongside a graybeard of 24 to win his first PGA Tour event.

Or a teenager halfway around the world shooting 58 for that matter.

Rory McIlory has long been destined for greatness, a kid mature beyond his years already well-schooled in the rigors of the professional game.

At 20, he has played in six major championships, and Sunday he became the youngest player since Tiger Woods in 1996 to win on the PGA Tour with a stunning victory at the Quail Hollow Championship.

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Rory McIlroy's stirring course-record 62 on Sunday at the Quail Hollow Championship helped the Northern Irishman win his first PGA Tour event.

His 10-under-par effort came after learning that Japan's Ryo Ishikawa, 18, shot 12-under-par 58 to win a Japan Tour event by 5 strokes at the Crowns tournament, his seventh title on the Japanese circuit.

The stage was not quite the same, but Ishikawa is already a huge star in his homeland and competed in last year's Presidents Cup. He has played in four major championships.

Not bad, that kind of young firepower producing on the same day.

"I'm just trying to keep up with him," joked McIlory, who is from the Northern Ireland town of Holywood. "I played that tournament [in Japan] a couple years ago. The greens are so small, they can get the greens rock hard there. It's a very impressive round.

"Every time I've played with him, he's been great, and obviously with myself winning today, as well, it looks good for the future."

Yes it does, and that is a very important point. Golf has long sought a few young players to step up and be the next generation of superstars. McIlroy's caddie, J.P. Fitzgerald, a veteran bag-toter who has worked for the likes of Ernie Els, among others, cringed at the inevitable comparisons to Woods.

quiros open de espana News from the European Tour site

Alvaro Quiros has joined Seve Ballesteros and Sergio Garcia as the only home winners of the Open de España since 1972.

At 35th in the world, Quiros was the highest-ranked player in the field at the Real Club de Golf in Seville, and Europe's biggest hitter grabbed his fourth European Tour title with a par on the first hole of a play-off with English rookie James Morrison.

In his first start since winning in Madeira three weeks ago, 25 year old Morrison threatened to make it back-to-back victories in only the sixth and seventh European Tour events of his career.

But after firing a five under par 67 to force sudden death the former England youth cricketer - he shared a room with Alastair Cook - pulled his approach into the lake when the pair returned to the 432 yard 18th.

Morrison double-bogeyed to hand the title and winner's cheque of €333,330 to Quiros on a plate after they had tied on 11 under par.

The victory lifts the Malaga golfer from 17th to seventh in The Ryder Cup points standings.

Open de Espana Round 3 news from the European Tour

mark foster More than 200 European Tour events and seven years on from his only victory, England's Mark Foster takes a three stroke lead into the final day of the Open de España in Seville.

Worksop's second most famous golfer - World Number Four Lee Westwood is the first, of course - is on 12 under par after a third round 69.

Now he must just hope that he does not come a cropper like the leaders following the opening two days.

First Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez followed up a 65 with a 79 and only just survived the halfway cut, then Swede Johan Edfors returned after a second round 64 and slumped to a 76.

World Number 363 Foster's sole success on The European Tour came with a 40 foot eagle putt after a six-man play-off in South Africa, but he will be hoping this one does not have that drama.

Spaniards Alvaro Quiros and Carlos Del Moral and Frenchman Raphaël Jacquelin share second place, but the home pair both finished poorly.

Big-hitter Quiros, at 35th the highest-ranked player in the field, hooked into the water on the last and bogeyed for a 67, while Del Moral dropped a shot at the 17th and 18th and signed for a 70, one better than Jacquelin.

Story of the day came from Darren Clarke, although not about the 72 that kept him at level par and deep in the pack, but rather what happened to him after the second round.

The former Ryder Cup hero flew to London in mid-afternoon thinking he would miss the cut, but arrived back home to discover there was a good chance of him surviving.

Told there was a flight from Gatwick to Malaga at 7.25pm he set off for it, but M25 traffic prevented him making that.

"We then looked into getting a (private) jet to get me back here, but as it was the Bank Holiday weekend and they were all busy," said the Ulsterman.

"At 8.15pm though I got a call telling me to get to Oxford airport as soon as possible. It took off at 10.30pm, I got to Malaga at 1.55am and the hotel at 4.15am."

He reckoned he had less than an hour's sleep before getting up to prepare for his 8.45am tee-off time.

Even with a barrage of birdies on the final day Clarke is unlikely to cover the cost of his return private jet.

He refused to reveal exactly how much, but added: "With the Tour staging such a good event it would have been very unprofessional not to make the event.

"I was not quite at the races and I'm off for some more sleep now."

Sebi Garcia, second at halfway, dropped back to six under alongside Edfors with a 75.

Foster said: "I was off to a slowish start, but stayed patient and gave myself a little reminder to keep going.

"Last time I had the lead was the British Masters and a couple of guys (Westwood and Ian Poulter) played really well.

"Whatever happens happens, but I am in a good frame of mind. I was surprised how relaxed I was, but tomorrow is another day."

Thanks to an injury to Indian Jeev Milkha Singh he is back with his former caddie Janet Squire for the first time in about a year this week.

"I didn't have one coming here from Korea. Janet's been sat a home for six weeks and was happy to come out. She's a brilliant caddie - one I can trust."

News from the European Tour

Johan Edfors carded an eight under par 64 to establish a two shot lead midway through the Open de España.

The Swede stormed out of the blocks with five birdies in his first seven holes and after a single bogey added four more on the way in to reach ten under at the halfway stage.johan edfors

That was enough to overhaul overnight leader Ricardo Gonzalez - who was amongst the day's later starters having shot a first round 67 - while England's Danny Willett returned to a happy hunting ground in Seville with a second successive 68.

The 22 year old vicar's son from Sheffield reached halfway on eight under par - two years after the then world number one amateur played at the Real Club de Golf course and in only his second European Tour start fired a third round 64.

"I think I got to about ten under that day, but the cameras then came and I got a bit scared," he said. "Now it's just a sign that you are doing well."

On his own admission the former Walker Cup player - he was a teammate of Rory McIlroy in 2007 - did not play well in Wednesday's pro-am.

But he now believes it was a blessing in disguise.

"I saw the brutality of the rough and realised you really can't go in it, so I'm not  hitting as many drivers as I usually do."

After only 11 putts in a back nine 35 he had four birdies and a bogey in his last six holes, hitting a nine iron to four feet on the eighth and two-putting the long ninth.

Edfors, whose three European Tour wins all came in 2006 as a Qualifying School graduate, was five adrift of Argentina's Gonzalez at only two under overnight.

Gonzalez, yet to resume, was down into a tie for fourth with Edfors' fellow countryman Mikael Lundberg and also Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts and Spaniard Carlos Del Moral.

Edfors doubled his lead to two when he struck a three iron to four feet on the short seventh and made his ninth birdie of the day.

Two closing pars for a best-of-the-week 64 made him ten under, with Willett joined in second place by Frenchman Raphaël Jacquelin when he birdied the last two for a 67.

"I probably aimed a little bit too high after my three wins in 2006," admitted the 34 year old Edfors, who had knee surgery at the start of February.

Paul McGinley and Mark Roe were not enamoured by Tiger Woods interview technique after his first round at Quail Hollow.  And who could blame them?  Tiger’s monosyllabic answers would be more at home in Court than in front of the Mike.  Tiger’s fans are desperately looking for any redeeming quality but their man isn’t cooperating just yet.

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