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Crowne Plaza Invitational

Colonial CC, Ft. Worth, Texas

Purse: $6,200,000

Winner Alright: Last week tipped Luke Donald who tied second at the PGA Championship at odds of 28/1. A €10 each way bet wins €80.

Paul Casey 25/1

paul casey betting tip Paul Casey’s season, though injury hit, has been far from disappointing. The Englishman now based in the States crosses the Atlantic after his trip to Wentworth, having achieved five top-10’s this season. Aside from his final loss to Poulter in the WGC Matchplay, Casey has come close at the Honda Classic and the CA Championship and seems primed for his first win of the season in the coming weeks. Shot four rounds in the 60’s last year on his way to tying fifth, just two shots off the pace. He didn’t fancy Wentworth from the outset but watch out for Casey this week.

Ben Crane 45/1

ben crane It has been an excellent season so far for Texas resident Ben Crane. The winner of the Farmer’s Insurance open early in the season is extremely consistent finishing in the top-25 in five of his last six events. Indeed by closing with a blistering 66 at the Byron Nelson, Crane leapfrogged 22 players to tie seventh for his second consecutive top-10 after his tied fourth at the Players Championship. He has also come close at Colonial in the past, finishing in the top five in 2008 and 2006. A win this week would virtually seal Crazy Legs his Ryder Cup berth.

Tim Clark 25/1

tim clark betting tip The Players Champion has unfinished business at Fort Worth this week. He was positively robbed of victory in this event last year. During regulation play Steve Stricker chipped in from 50 feet for birdie on 17 to post a score, then Clark, needing par on the last for victory, took bogey. Worse was to come on the second playoff hole when, having watched Stricker hit in to three feet for birdie, Clark suffered cruel fate as he watched his ownapproach hit the flagstick and spin back out of range, thus handing Stricker victory. Clark also tied second in 2008 when Phil Mickelson won.

Steve Marino 60/1

steve marino betting tip Steve Marino returns to the PGA Tour this week having finished in the top-16 in four of his last six events. Renowned as excellent around the greens, Marino lead the scrambling stats at Colonial last year. A stunning third round 62, saw him tear through the field and he ended up also making the three man playoff only to also lose out to Steve Stricker. Certainly a good each way bet on a week where we expect the winner to be double figures under par.

Kenny Perry 50/1

PD*28145397 In the mix for the first time in a while last week was one of my favourite players, Kenny Perry. It’s almost a year since his last victory at the Travelers Championship, but with three in 2008 and two last year, the question is can Perry savour victory one more time before he hits 50 on August 10th ? With four of his last five wins coming in June and July, keep an eye on Perry over the next few weeks, starting at Colonial where he won in 2005 and 2003.

Past winners

Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

2009 Steve Stricker- United States

2008 Phil Mickelson - United States

2007 Rory Sabbatini - South Africa

Bank of America Colonial

2006 Tim Herron - United States

2005 Kenny Perry - United States

2004 Steve Flesch - United States

2003 Kenny Perry - United States

There’s have been several incarnations of Adam Scott’s what’s in the bag since his win at the Valero Texas Open 2010 but here’s the definitive one with thanks to Rick Veitch at Titleist in Fairhaven.

adam-scott Adam Scott Player Profile

Full name Adam Derek Scott

Born 16 July 1980 (age 29) Adelaide, Australia

Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)

Residence Crans-Montana, Switzerland

College University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Turned professional 2000

Professional wins 17


Adam Scott re-emerged on the World golfing radar when he took the spoils at the Valero Texas Open. He rallied from four strokes back on the final day for his first PGA Tour victory in two years. The Aussie was 11-under in a 36-hole Sunday finale, edging Fredrik Jacobson by a stroke on the new Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio. The course was designed by Scott's hero, fellow countrymen Greg Norman, who sent a congratulatory message after his first win since the Australian Open in December.

Scott was born in Adelaide, Australia. After attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, his playing career took off in 2001, his first full year as a professional golfer, when he won the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship in Johannesburg, South Africa. Over the following years Scott continued to ply his trade on the European Tour picking up wins which included the Qatar Masters, the Scottish PGA Championship and the Scandinavian Masters. He then took up a PGA Tour card in 2003 and enjoyed three victories in his first 12 months including The 2004 Players Championship. Early in 2005 Scott reached the top ten of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time. Though tipped by many to rival Tiger Woods for Major glory, Scott never quite achieved the expected levels of success. His form dipped in 2009 as dropped out of the top 50 in the world rankings and the top 100 of the PGA Tour money list.

Scott’s Valero Texas Open win was his first trip to San Antonio, a landscape that instantly reminded him of his homeland. After the win he said, “Greg Norman designed the course and when I first played it early that week I felt like the landscape looked very similar to Australia and I had a feeling that an Aussie would do well. I'm just very happy that Aussie was me! I hope to carry the momentum to The Memorial which will be my next tournament.”

What’s In The Bag 2010 Adam Scott

at the Velero Texas Open

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Scott Shorts

Advantage Ana


Off the course Adam Scott is famed for his playboy looks and his relationships regularly take up gossip column inches. After splitting from a long term girlfriend Marie Kojzar in 2008, Scott briefly dated actress Kate Hudson, and is presently in a relationship with Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic.

Jet Setter


Last year Scott purchased of a $75 million long-range luxury Gulfstream G450 business jet. He could have picked up a cheaper second-hand plane. But an endorsement deal with Gulfstream will help offset some of his expenses. He estimates the end cost to him will be around $1.5 million a year. Scott helps pay for the jet by making promotional appearances and commercials for the company. His Gulfstream endorsement package is in addition to deals with Rolex, Burberry. Titleist, Footjoy and EA Sports, all of which add about $10 million to his annual income.

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Poor lower body stability can cause swing faults such as Sway and Slide. These swing characteristics are when the lower body has too much lateral movement during the backswing and downswing. The ability to stabilize the lower body is critical for creating power in the golf swing.


The ability to separate the upper body from the lower body allows the lower body to stabilize while rotating during a large shoulder turn. If the spine has limited mobility it will be difficult to achieve the necessary thorax (chest) to pelvis separation.


An exercise to build greater stability in the lower body while developing more flexibility between your upper and lower body is horizontal chop wide base. Attach stretch tubing to a door handle and sit on a Swiss ball holding the handle of the tubing with both hands. Widen your feet past the hips and then rotate your trunk and arms back and forth. The Swiss ball will force you to stabilize the lower body.

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

I’m still reeling in shock after the PGA Tour swooped to block my own Rory McIlory YouTube video, claiming breach of copyright.  Here’s the story

Blogging is great fun. It gives the ordinary man a virtual soap box to write about whatever he wants. Google, the all powerful search engine, give bloggers every chance to climb up the search engine rankings so they may enjoy the same popularity as the major websites. I started blogging on golf about two years ago and my site www.golfcentraldaily.com has consistently grown in popularity; it has brought the SpinDoctor to a worldwide audience and for that I am thankful.

One of the key components that has made golfcentraldaily so popular was a stroke of luck I had at the London Club in Kent two years ago. Exhausted after a day compiling “What’s in the Bag” pieces on the range, I was about to pack up when who walks up, only Rory McIlroy. We have a little chat and Rory agrees to do a “what’s in the bag” and allows us to make a video of him swinging on the range. Delighted with myself, I stuck the clip on youtube with a little banner for golfcentraldaily. The day after Rory won in Quail Hollow the video received 15,000 views bringing the total to 215,000. For a golfing video, that is a big number, far in excess of the views the PGA Tour receive for the majority or their swing vision videos.

Imagine my surprise then when, last week,rory mcilroy swing vision my pride and joy Rory video was removed by YouTube (aka Google) following a “breach of copyright” complaint. When I investigated I found the complainant to be none other than the “PGA Tour”. Were a huge corporation like the PGA Tour that jealous of my viewership that they felt the need to have my simple camcorder video clip removed? Furthermore, how can they lay claim to a video I made and clearly appear in with Rory McIlory? I know Rory has committed to playing on the PGA Tour but I don’t ever remember hearing that he sold his soul to them.  Here’s the video which still opens on the site.  Click to view

I have of course lodged my appeal comprising of a banal online form but fear its destination will most likely be the trash box of google’s e mail account. Whatever the outcome it worries me that the Big Brother of golf, the PGA Tour, need only click their fingers to inflict nuclear damage to a blogger in this most devious way. They may have won the battle but this set to be a long and bloggy war.


This week our prize is a cracking fourball at Doonbeg, Co. Clare. The good folks in Doonbeg are running a brilliant promotion of lunch with a round of golf for €90. Full details on www.doonbeggolfclub.com. If you’ve never had the pleasure of the total Doonbeg experience, now is the time. Head pro Brian Shaw reports excellent course conditions and lightning fast greens. To win text your answer with name and address to 087-2029040 or e-mail to examinerspindoc@eircom.net no later than Friday noon.

This week’s question?

Which famous golfing Aussie lists designing the Doonbeg golf course as one of his greatest golfing achievements.

Last weeks answer: Scottish. Congrats to our winner Kathleen Crowley, Ballineen, Cork who wins a fourball at Glasson Hotel and Links.

golf pride tour wrap 2g grip The only connection a golfer has with the club is through the grip. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of control a tacky grip provides, yet this critical club component is so often overlooked by the club golfer. On the tour truck we are finding the new Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G grip is very popular. This remake of the original “leather-look” wrap grip is about to hit the shelves. It is made of a special enhanced feel rubber that actually feels like leather. This product is by far the tackiest grip Golf Pride has ever produced so get a set on your bats and get better control and handle on your clubs. It is available in black, red and all white.

with Derek Murray from www.foregolf.ie

clip_image002Rafael Nadal took time away from the tennis court last week to become the latest sportsperson to try their hand at golf. Part of the Nike golf team, Nadal showed up with Nike shoes, socks, tee shirt, hat and a pair of shorts robbed straight from the marooned survivors on “Lost”.

Meanwhile Tony Romo. The Dallas Cowboy’s quarterback pulled out of the Byron Nelson Championship Monday qualifier because it would have coincided with the first day of team practice. That’s commitment! Romo did play Thursday though birdieing three of last four holes and surviving a playoff to advance to sectional qualifying for next month’s U.S. Open.

clip_image002Bridgestone may be familiar name in Grand Prix pit lanes but they are rapidly becoming a leading force in golf. We’ve just noticed that Bridgestone players are ranked number one on the Champions Tour, LPGA Tour and Nationwide Tour money lists. Chief among them is Fred Couples who has taken the Champions Tour by storm this year, winning three times and earning over $1 million with the Majors season still to come. Couples uses J38 Dual Pocket Cavity Back irons. The other top Bridgestone staffers are Ai Miyazato, a three time winner in 2010 on the LPGA Tour and Kevin Chappell on the Nationwide Tour.

Click picture to view final round highlights from the BMW PGA Championship 2010 at Wentworth.  Simon Khan finished early with a 66, whilst the field following crumbled.

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BMW PGA Championship 2010 Final Round Highlights- European Tour Golf

Report from European Tour website

khan wins England's Simon Khan, the World Number 471 and not even in the event until Monday, was in dreamland at Wentworth Club when he came from seven behind to win the BMW PGA Championship.

The 37 year old from Essex, who faced an uncertain future when he had to go back to The European Tour Qualifying School last November, produced the biggest final-day comeback in the history of The European Tour's flagship event.

A 20 foot birdie putt on the last, which curled round the back of the cup before toppling in, gave Khan the first prize of €750,000 by a stroke from Ryder Cup star Luke Donald and Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed.

His stunning five under par 66, the round of his life, also brings him a five-year European Tour exemption and a place in July's Open Championship at St Andrews.

"This is what I've always dreamed of doing," said Khan, whose career had fallen away since he won the 2004 Celtic Manor Wales Open and then two years later was a distant runner-up in this tournament behind David Howell.

RobertKarlsson Shaken not stirred.  Robert Karlsson went from London to Paris to Monaco and back to London on his way to a course record 62 at Wentworth.  The Swede was so convinced he had missed the cut at the BMW PGA Championship that he grabbed a flight from London to Nice.

Within literally yards of his front door and the welcoming arms of his wife, Karlsson asked the taxi driver to take him back to the airport, jumped on a flight to Paris and chartered a private jet leaving at 6am.

Teeing off at 8.55am, Karlsson birdied five of the first seven holes to turn in 30 and, by picking up further shots at the 12th, 14th and 16th, even had a chance of The European Tour's first 59.

Karlsson said afterwards, "Søren Hansen said at breakfast 'This trip has 63 written all over it' and I said 'Could be 83, but we'll see'.

"It feels like you definitely get a second chance. You just go out to enjoy it, but don't touch my putter - you could burn your hands."

chi chiChi Chi Rodriguez, the club twirling, Sammy Davis Jr lookalike gave opportunistic jewel thieves more than they bargained for on Wednesday.   Police estimate the three robbers made off with swag consisting of cash and jewellery was worth  $500,000.  The men swooped at 1.45am, tying up Chi Chi and his wife, who were uninjured.

Chi Chi’s  wife was said to be particularly upset about the stolen jewellery, and wondered what Chi Chi would now wear on the course

Sources close to the robbers said they were surprised Chi Chi had so much wedge considering none of them remember him ever winning anything! 

Pic: Chi Chi: “All I have left is my wife’s hat.”

THE SIMPSONS.  Dr. Nick Riviera on THE SIMPSONS on FOX.  ™©2002THE SIMPSONS and TTCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED  ™©2002FOX BROADCASTING  CR:FOX Dr. Anthony Galea, the doctor who treated Tiger Woods with "blood-spinning" therapy, has been charged by U.S. authorities with giving human growth hormone to professional football players.

The rest of Galea’s charges read like he has broken all Ten Commandments.  These include lying to federal officials, smuggling, fraud, unlawful distribution of HGH, introducing actovegin to the US among others.

Galea performed platelet-rich plasma treatments for Tiger Woods knee and Achilles tendon. Both deny any funny business.

Maybe Dr. Galea should have stayed in The Simpsons where he famously sang "The knee bone's connected to the...something. The something's connected to the...red thing. The red thing's connected to my...wrist watch. Uh oh."

Pic: Woods’ Doctor Anthony Galea

ernie elsTo say the last few days have been nailbiting for Ernie Els is probably understating it a little.  The South African this week is in the same boat as Colin Montgomerie was when the tour came to his course at Carton House in 2006.  And we all know what happened that vessel. Wasn’t Titanic a great film!

Some of the much hyped changes to Wentworth include “deepened bunkers that will force players to play out sideways”, and a “newly installed lake in front of the 18th green”.  In fairness, that 18th needed something, players have been aiming for the hospitality tent down the left and getting away with free drops for years.

Critics say Ernie’s changes are out of character with the Wentworth heath, and say the heavily sand-protected greens may not hold approach shots.  However these are most likely the 70 something Wentworth clique who have just realised they are not going to win every Sunday from now on.

You go girl Ernie.  If in doubt say you’re “delighted” with the changes. That’s what Monty did!

Pic: Ernie Els Is Aging Well

Full name Matteo Manasseromatteo-manassero-will-turn-pro-after-masters
Born 19 April 1993 (age 17) in Negrar, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Residence Verona, Italy
Turned professional 2010
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T36: 2010
The Open Championship T13: 2009


Italian golfer Matteo Manassero earned his first European Tour International Schedule victory in his 18th European Tour event.
He created European Tour history by becoming the youngest winner, aged 17 and 188 days. This beats the previous record of Danny Lee, while still an amateur, at the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic, aged 18 and 213 days.
Manassero spent his early teens working under the tutelage of Italian national golf coach Alberto Binaghi. By 16 Matteo was ready to appear in his first pro event at BMW Italian Open on the European Tour where, as an amateur, he finished inside the Top 20. Over the next few year, Manassero cemented his place as one of the brightest up and coming stars in golf by firstly becoming the first Italian to win the British Amateur championship, and then in July 2009, aged16 years and 3 months, he finished tied for 13th in the British Open. Paired in the opening rounds with legend Tom Watson, Manassero was the youngest to play a British Open in around 140 years, and the youngest-ever low amateur. By the end of 2009 Manassero had ascended to world number one amateur and in April this year, a week shy of turning 17 he made his Masters debut. Manassero made the Augusta cut eventually finishing the tournament tied for 36th. On May 3, 2010, Mannassero turned pro, with his first start coming at the 2010 BMW Italian Open. He was 17 years and 17 days old when he teed off, the second-youngest golfer ever to join the European Tour.

What’s In The Bag 2010 Matteo Manassero

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Matteo Shorts

What a Memory
At the 2009 British Open in Turnberry Matteo started the week and ended it with legend Tom Watson. With an age difference of 43 years the two were paired in the opening rounds together but met again on the 18th green Sunday evening where the Italian collected the medal for low amateur and Watson accepted the runner up Salver.
Much of Matteo Manassero’s success is being put down to the hard work and dedication of Alberto Binaghi, a member of the Italian Golf Federation coaching staff and coach of the Italian national team. A former European Tour pro himself, Alberto is also widely credited with overseeing the efforts that took Edoardo and Francesco Molinari into the world's top-50, and saw the brothers win the World Cup event. With a playing pool of just over 100,000 players in Italy, it is an amazing accomplishment. Binaghi even find time to caddy for Matteo in the bigger events.

what’s in the bag 2010 Matteo Manassero

Winner Alright: Last Week we tipped Fredrik Jacobsen who came second at 33/1 paying out €92.50 for a €10 each way bet.

Lee Westwood 13/1

lee westwood suit Out of the last 20 events Lee has played he has finished in the top-10 a staggering 14 times including victories in Portugal and Dubai. Though winless in 2010 it seems every time Lee tees it up these days he’ll be right in the mix. Bound to be a nailed on favourite but a word of warning. Last year at Wentworth Lee shot 77,77 to miss the cut following a withdrawl the previous year. There’s no question that Westwood is a different man now, as is the course, but will his excellent recent showings at The Masters and The Players be enough to exorcise those Wentworth demons?



clip_image002There’s a common misconception out there that all Touring pros use blades. The truth is just over half of all players on Tour prefer a cavity backed club. The extra reassurance of success of a miss off centre can be enough to settle a players mind during a poor swing. Most players prefer the feel of the softer, forged head but I find pros are more concerned about how the club looks behind the ball; what we call “framing”.

So why do some players still use blades? They may be unforgiving but pros favour their strong, neat shape and superior ball shaping qualities. On six iron tests with a swing machine and 100 balls, on dead centre hits blades produce about one quarter the spray pattern of a cavity back iron.

Thus a very popular combination on tour is where we build a split-set with a cavity head for the 3- 4 iron for more forgiveness and ease of flight and a bladed muscle-back design from 5-PW where more shot shaping and flight control is required.

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

with Derek Murray from www.foregolf.ie

No sooner had Paul Casey sunk the winning putt at the 2009 BMW PGA Championship but the diggers came rolling in to commence a £4 million modernization project of the West course at Wentworth. Under the watchful eye of Ernie Els all 18 greens and surrounds have been rebuilt to USGA specification. This coupled with its lengthening over the past few years, make this weeks host course a totally different proposition than in the past.

It all begs the question: what is the extent of the disconnect thatclip_image002 exists nowadays between new and older courses? Everybody gets their handicap based on their performances on their home course right? So it really believable that a four handicapper from a 100 year nine hole track in Dublin is of the same standard as the four handicapper in, say Carton House? With respect, having played both kinds of track, I think not. Newer layouts take into account modern technology, are thus much longer, more tricky with deeper bunkers and more undulating greens than traditional layouts. Is there an argument to give every course a difficulty tariff to make the handicapping system more equitable?

chad campbell's sister What’s more, it is amazing to think that technological advances have brought us to the point that older classic layouts seem like pitch and putt tracks compared to the stadium courses of today. So how would today’s players fare if they could jump into some golfing tardice and travel back in time a half century? Last year PGA tour player Chad Campbell took part in such an experiment. He hit drives with a 1950’s persimmon driver and balata ball and then with his own modern equipment. The difference between the new and old clubs and balls was 44 yards. With the old steel shafted driver his swing speed was 106 mph, this jumped to 113 mph with graphite shaft, which could account for 15-20 yards by itself.

Pic: Sorry Chad, I could only find this pic of your sister.

So as you sit down to watch the cream of Europe’s professionals battle it out at the new Wentworth and marvel at the distance they hit the ball, spare a thought for the players of yesteryear who battled hard with what equipment they had. The “little” tracks we are now tearing up, were the monsters of the past and as Chad Campbell proved, they had that name for good reason


When all the TV cameras were packed way at the Valero Texas Open the real Ernie Els emerged surprising winner Adam Scott with a beer shower! Els was delighted to see Scott getting back in the winner’s circle, even though he himself was in the running down the stretch. Els has many reasons to be happy, he heads to this weeks PGA Championship (which he helped redesign) with a third on Sunday and two recent wins. Some insiders say only Icelandic ash can stop the Big Easy this week.

97991640 seve Legends of the game including Nick Faldo, last years runner up Tom Watson and now Seve Ballesteros have all signalled their intent to compete in The Open Champions’ Challenge, a four-hole event which will be contested over the first, second, 17th and 18th holes of the Old Course on the Wednesday evening before the Championship gets underway. Ballesteros, who returns to the scene of his 1984 Open triumph, said: "I will not be in 100 per cent condition to compete in the main tournament but I am happy and looking forward to playing the Champions Challenge, because I think I can do very well and say thank you to all my UK fans at St Andrews, where I have many great memories." Seve’s walk over the Swilken Bridge is set to eclipse Jack Nicklaus’ tearfull farewell in 2005.

Seve-Iker-Martin-Jimenez_2453215 Pic: Iker the Keeper, Seve, The Mechanic and Miguel Angel “my wrist is fine lads” Martin.

The Spanish Golf Federation has submitted its bid to host the 2018 Ryder Cup. Federation president Gonzaga Escauriaza led the presentation before a delegation from Ryder Cup Europe. Seve Ballesteros, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Miguel Martin were joined by Spanish keeper to present the bid at an event in Madrid last Thursday. The cancer-stricken Ballesteros was given a standing ovation when he was introduced. Ballesteros captained the winning European team in 1997 and said that "to be the patron now of Madrid's candidacy means a lot." Escauriaza said hosting the competition would inspire a new generation of Spanish golfers through a $41.5 million development program and lead the way in environmentally friendly courses. The proposed course, yet to be built, will be located half an hour from Madrid at Tres Cantos. France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden are also bidding to hold the competition, the winner of which will be announced next year.

tony_romoEx NBA Michael Jordan may have started it but an increasing number of American sports stars are trying their hand at golf. Already this year we had former NHL star and scratch player Dan Quinn on Ernie Els bag at The Masters. Then we told you a few weeks back about former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice’s battles on the Nationwide Tour (incidently he hasn’t got much better in the interim). However, best of all is current Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (pictured), who, during his off season break, has only gone and qualified for next weeks Byron Nelson Classic on the PGA tour. Well nearly. Romo has reached final qualifying where he must finish in the top four to gain entry. Not bad for holiday golf!



A chicken wing is a loss of extension or breakdown of the lead arm through the impact area. This swing fault robs a golfer of power and tends to put excessive force on the outside of the elbow joint which can lead to developing tennis elbow. A common shot associated with chicken winging is a high shot going right with little power for a right handed golfer.


Physical causes that can lead to a chicken wing is joint or muscular restrictions around the shoulder or having a tight lat muscle. 36% of golfers suffer from chicken winging.


To improve your lat length start by kneeling on the ground while sitting on your heels. Place both arms on a Swiss ball and slowly roll the ball straight out in front of you. Roll until there is a big stretch in the body and stop if you feel any pain.

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

Okay so Padraig Harrington is to have keyhole surgery on his right knee three weeks before the US Open at Pebble Beach but the good news is there’s  no need to panic. The procedure is about as serious running out of milk at breakfast.  There is a 14 day healing period advised but an athlete like Paddy will back beating balls within a week.

The operation coincides with the Celtic Manor Wales Open which Padraig is set to miss.  Funny that, although Padraig said, “I had intended to play the Wales Open at Celtic Manor in a few weeks time, as I like the golf course …” padraig knee surgery He’s one of the few!

Pic: Athroscopic Surgery: Okay maybe a teeny weeny bit of panic might be more appropriate

golfbidder I’ve uncovered an absolute gem of a website on which you can buy and sell used golf clubs.  It’s called golfbidder.co.uk.  Don’t let the “.co.uk” put you off if you are from Ireland or Europe though.  They ship to Ireland and mainland Europe and have thousands of clubs.  Better still, golfbidder will buy your old irons.

Sample Test

To satisfy our appetite for bargains, we did a sample test comparing 5 sets of (well known) used irons and 5 used drivers in both golf shops and online (including Ebay) and found golfbidder to be on average €133 cheaper per set of irons and €67 cheaper on the drivers. Our test was pretty small (and there is a bit of leeway needed when comparing used clubs) but it’s fairly clear that golfbidder is far cheaper than the others. Shipping does not seem to be an issue either, golfbidder ship any lot for £10 or €13 to Ireland and Europe. Wow, so far so good!

Here’s how to buy used golf clubs using Golfbidder

1. Simply log on to www.golfbidder.co.uk. Register. Simple.  Even I could do it.  The usual process you’ve done a million times.

2. Buying:  This is the simplest option. Browse the categories, choose a club and add to your basket.  The site adds on the delivery charge of £10 (around €13).

3. Wait for the delivery man.  If you buy on a Monday, you’ll have your new weaponry for crushing the competition at the weekend!

Here’s how to buy and sell your used golf clubs using Golfbidder

1. Again register.

2. Golfbidder ask you to describe the clubs you want to sell.  It has 4 steps, describing the club, the model, the condition and other fine points and finally you submit the request.  The screens are organized brilliantly, every conceivable permutation of clubs, shafts and grips are on there. One thing to note here it that you must give the condition of the clubhead, shaft and grip on a scale of 5-10 (‘5’ being well used and ‘10’ being new), so being honest is always the best policy.

3. Golfbidder will send you a quote for your clubs.

4. If you don’t fancy buying anything, Golfbidder will send you a cheque. If however you want to buy a club(s), having received a quote for your old ones, it works thus.  First of all you buy what you fancy from the website, then you send Golfbidder your old clubs and they refund you the difference. Here’s where the being honest with your club description really pays dividends.

Even if you’re not buying or selling the golfbidder.co.uk site is a treasure trove of information and pricing on used clubs.  Oftentimes the search is the most fun and golfbidder is certainly a site I will be bookmarking.

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

whats in the bag Rickie Fowler 2010

Rickie Fowler Shorts

Rickie Shorts

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

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