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Player Profile and What’s In The Bag 2010: Francesco Molinari
francesco-molinari Full name Francesco Molinari
Born 8 November 1982 (age 27)
Turin, Italy
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Residence Turin, Italy
Turned professional 2004
Current tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 3
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 1
Colin Montgomerie better have a good pasta chef employed for the Ryder Cup because Italian Francesco Molinari looks nailed on to be an automatic selection for the European side. Molinari has been on the fringes of Ryder Cup contention since he and his brother Edoardo pulled off a shock victory at golf's World Cup back in November and with six British and Irish players almost certain to be in the team he may one of just three other nationalities in the side.
Francesco Molinari was born in Turin, Italy, and like his brother Edoardo has one European Tour win which came at the 2006 Telecom Italia Open. His consistent swing is admired by many and has lead him to seven top ten finishes on the European Tour this season. Francesco is in the top-10 in the statistics for driving accuracy and greens in regulation but the weak part of Francesco’s game is his putting; he recently changed from a belly putter to conventional length but languishes at 107th in the putts per greens in regulation statistics. Could the golfing gods be cruel enough to leave Francesco a six footer for victory at Celtic Manor?

What’s In The Bag 2010 Francesco Molinari

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emotional spud Winner Alright: Last week we tipped Martin Kaymer to win at 33/1

Gonzalo Fernandez Castano 25/1

gonzo castano Gonzo makes the trip to the Czech Republic for the first time this year looking to kick on from his recent tied third at the Irish Open in Killarney. Four rounds in the 60’s helped the Spaniard to a handsome cheque that went towards securing his playing rights for next year. Castano may be considered a journeyman by some but he has clocked up four Tour wins albeit that the last one came almost two years ago. Not a man that shines on the practice range but a more determined player you will not find in this week’s field.

Robert Rock 32/1

robert rock Robert Rock makes his first European Tour appearance since his unfortunate disqualification from the Irish Open. Having shot an opening round of 65, an error on the scorecard meant Rock was DQ’d. Rock has been working hard on his swing since and the Czech Open presents the perfect opportunity of a European Tour breakthrough victory.

Simon Dyson 25/1

dyson Simon Dyson thrives on confidence. We found him practicing hard on the range in Killarney two days after having missed his fourth cut in five events and whatever he did paid dividends with a great showing last week at the US PGA Championship. Dyson knows what it’s like to be a winner having bagged the Alfred Dunhill Links and KLM. Open last season. After a poor opening salvo last year, Dyson caught the eye with two rounds in the 60’s to score a top-20 finish.

Miguel Angel Jimenez 18/1

jimenez ryder cup Puffing on Cuban’s and downing Rioja is hardly the stuff of Champions but it seems to do the trick for Miguel Angel Jimenez. The Spanish veteran is the course designer and star attraction this week. Lest you think he’s there to make up the numbers, be warned Jimenez would love to get his hands on the title and cement his Ryder Cup berth. Still well able to win as proved at the Open de France in June.

Ignacio Garrido 40/1

330_1083_Ignacio-Garrido Our long odds shot this week is Spain’s Ignacio Garrido. He may not have won since 2003 but he has a showreeel of near misses and I think he has one more win in him before he hits 40. Garrido had the tournament wrapped up last year but slid putt after putt by on his way to a final round of 72 saw him slip to tie fourth as Oskar Henningsson shot past him.

Early odds from betfair




clip_image002Jeff Overton may not be a household name this side of the pond but the young American is a virtual certainty to be in Corey Pavin’s Ryder Cup line-up. The jovial American fist pumped when he broke a course record of a different kind in the final round of the PGA Championship on Sunday.  Playing alone after sick playing partner Ian Poulter withdrew, Overton covered the 18 holes at Whistling Straits in two hours and nine minutes, to set a new PGA Championship record for the quickest jeff overton speed recordround. "Awesome! My first record at a major," Overton said after beating the previous record by one minute!.

Left: Overton coming up the 18th at Whistling Straits

K.J. Choi and Kenny Perry tried to change their fortunes at Whistling Straits by gaming new Scottsdale series putters from Ping. Our spy pics show a much darker finish than previous Ping putters and a very distinctive maroon and white alignment aid which should really stand out. The biggest improvement however is the new insert in the Scottsdale series. Ping say “the polymer insert is softer than the insert used in the i-Series putters, so Ping hopes that it will match well with today's mutli-layer golf balls.” The new series features all the favourites like the Anser and the B60, but there are some new headshapes too, including the he extreme perimeter-weighted “Y Worry” (pictured). Expect to see them in golf shops in the coming weeks.

When Sergio Garcia announced last week that he was planning to take an extended break from the game after the PGA Championship, the reaction was kind of “well close the door after you”. Tim Finchem from the PGA Tour wasn’t on his knees begging him to stay as he was with Tiger and European Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie wasn’t crying into his soup either. It doesn’t really seem to matter that he has a 14-3-3 record for Europe. The general consensus is that on the golf course at least, El Nino has turned into El No-No, an angry young man. Once the Tiger of Europe, now more akin to a wild cat.

Sergio’s sabbatical announcement comes just weeks before Monty names his Ryder Cup Team. One wonders did the Spaniard have a word with his Captain about his chances of a pick and on hearing the bad news decided to announce his break. Perhaps he hoped his terrific regarcia angrycord of five straight Team Europe appearances granted him some kind of exemption? However when asked last week if he could see Garcia, who shot 78 in the first round at Whistling Straits, on his team, Montgomerie was blunt. "At this stage it is not looking likely, no," he said.

Sergio: That look could sink a ship dude.  You need a Werthers and a hug.

So just what exactly has happened Sergio? Where is the jovial fun loving teenager that ushered me onto the putting green at the Irish Open in Druids Glen gone? Back then Garcia was full of smiles, a breath of fresh air, excited to be on Tour and seemingly cut out for that lifestyle. The next time I met him in person was at The London Club ten years later; it was like meeting an inmate who had just done time in solitary confinement, and that was during pre tournament practice.

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Plenty of bizarre goings on at the US PGA Championship last week but none moreso than the treatment meated out to the two alternates Charlie Hoffman and Pat Perez. Both were kept waiting for a Major start that never came.


Pic: Charley “the Hoff” Hoffman. I Aint Gettin On No Plane Fool

The pair were denied access to the practice ground and instead were forced to spend the entire first round in a sweltering tent at the tenth tee box watching the entire field pass through. Some players stopped to chat to the pair, mostly asking what the hell they were doing there! With Hoffman as the first alternate, Perez had the less enviable position of being second, virtually guaranteeing no play. “Waiting for nothing,” Perez said. And to add insult to injury with an over three hour delay meaning the first round could not be completed on Thursday, the couple were made spend Thursday night in Wisconsin before returning to their tent instead of catching a flight back home. Only maybe the FAI could rival the PGA for bizarre behaviour.



Flexibility is a key factor to any golf swing. If you lack the flexibility to properly wind up your body you will never get the distance you desire or gain any satisfaction with your shots. Becoming more flexible will ease your stiff back, enhance your posture, relax your body and lower your handicap. For rhythm rotation and results you need to be flexible. The stronger and more flexible your hips and shoulders are and the better your balance is the better player you will become. A controlled hip turn with a big shoulder rotation creates a bigger differential between the hips and shoulder (X Factor Stretch) creating more coil and more power.


To increase shoulder flexibility lie on a Swiss ball while keeping your lower body stable. Using a weight extend your arms up and then rotate your arms to the right maintaining a stable lower body hold for 5 seconds and feel the stretch. Repeat on the other side.

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PH - US PGA - Web ImagePringles and bottles of that beer that looks and tastes like Corona but is way cheaper at the ready.  Here are my five predictions:

  1. Y.E. Yang will play well in the first round but do rubbish after that.  It always happens.
  2. Mark Roe will be wearing a black shirt and a dodgy orange paisley tie.
  3. Denis Pugh will claim he’s the swing coach of the winner, even if he isn’t.
  4. If he happens to be talking about any player in the field Ewen Murray will say “Yes, while I having dinner with him last night, we spoke about his swing etc etc.”  What happens?  Do all the players line up and each eats a spoonful alongside Murray?
  5. Tiger Woods will crash and burn quicker than a Toyota with a stuck clutch.
  6. The dreaded Straits mosquito’s will eat 50% of the field.  No player will even dare use a port-a-loo.
  7. The player you meant to place a bet but forgot will win. It also always happens!
  8. Oh Yeah. and he’s going to be Irish!!!!

kenny perry shades Kenny Perry, our favourite pot bellied player turned 50 yesterday.  Happy birthday big guy! The milestone means it’s decision time though-  A) Go to the Champions tour and kick the crap out of everyone for no money or B) stay put on the PGA tour and languish mid table.

Pic: Kenny at 50. Crap shades.  Next week he’ll be wearing sandals.

Perry has made the cut in 15 of 18 events this year on the PGA tour but says his game is "struggling."

kenny perry if he doesnt smarten up "I have less club head speed," he said. "I'm putting less spin on the golf ball and consequently if you've got less clubhead speed and less spin, the ball is not going to rise and get altitude when it seemed like I could generate more club head speed. I'm starting to look for 7- and 9-woods now."-  Sounds like a physics lesson Kenny, now get back out there and quit being such a whingey pensioner .  And oh yeah; lose the dodgy shades or you will end up like that specsavers weirdo.

This is where you are headed Kenny if you don’t smarten yourself up!

Christina Kim 10 - Low Res Thanks to our eagle eyed fans who last week spotted larger than life American LPGA golfer Christina Kim seemingly wearing Padraig Harrington’s Kartel shirt. 

On investigation we discovered that Kartel clobber is rapidly becoming one of the top brands on the LPGA Tour with Kim and others donning the logo.

Kim said:  “I am really impressed by this Kartel ladies golf range. It’s important for me to have a collection of golf apparel that combines technical fabrics that help to enhance my performance on the course, with stylish clothes that reflect my love of fashion and unique style. The Kartel brand gives me just what I’m looking for and I’m really looking forward to wearing a Irish brand”.

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jim and bag What’s In The Bag 2010 Special: Jim Furyk at the PGA Championship

Player Profile and WITB:
Full name James Michael Furyk
Born May 12, 1970 (age 40)
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Residence Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Spouse Tabitha
Children Caleigh Lynn (b.2002)
Tanner James (b.2003)
Turned professional 1992
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 1992)
Professional wins 25
Jim Furyk enters this week’s USPGA Championship with high hopes following an excellent final round 64 at the WGC. His round could have been even better had he not seen his second shot hit the pin and rebound in the water on 16. Now aged 40 “The Grinder” as he is known continues to thrive on the US Tour. In March he bagged the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook Florida and one month later Furyk reached his half century of professional wins with victory in the Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head. On that occasion he defeated Brian Davis after the Englishman called a penalty on himself during the playoff. Furyk, with his unorthodox swing, is set to continue his dominance on Tour for years to come proving beyond doubt that it’s not how that important, it’s how many.

What’s In The Bag 2010: Jim Furyk

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Betting Preview: USPGA Championship

Odds From Betfair

Winner alright: Last week we tipped Hunter Mahan who was available at 56/1 and better on Betfair.  This week betfair has a whole host of categories to choose from so here are some of the guys I feel will contend this week.




Padraig Harrington 25/1

Let’s keep faith with Padraig Harrington again this week because I still feel he has a big week in him.  Drove the ball poorly again during the opening rounds at the WGC last week but the event finished on a bright note with a final round 66.  Harrington seems to expending so much energy and concentration extricating himself from all sorts of golfing predicaments these past two weeks.  I think it would be nice if Monty just came out and publicly declared that Harrington is one of his picks for the Ryder Cup as it would take that tightening noose from around his neck.  Padraig will like the links layout of this course and won the big Wannamaker Trophy in 2008.

Martin Kaymer 55/1

Germany’s Martin Kaymer is nicely nestled into Colin Montgomerie’s nine automatic qualifiers.  In winning  the Abu Dhabi Championship in January, the German claimed his fifth European Tour title and aside from the USMasters (where he never made the cut), Kaymer has never been outside the top 10 in his other major appearances.  He also seems very fond of links type layouts having contended at St. Andrews this year, lost a playoff in the 2008 Dunhill links and won on the linksy Golf National in Paris in 2009.

Louis Oosthuizen 75/1

“Shrek’s” win at St. Andrews is to many of his South African fans just the tip of the iceberg.  Before his reappearance at last week’s WGC,  Louis’ only post Open appearance was at the Scandinavian Masters where he tied fourth.  The progression of his performance at last weeks WGC event in Akron was also very impressive.  After an opening 72,  Oosthuizen went 70, 68, 65 in the next three rounds and he has the temperament to continue that form this week and contend again on a course not that dissimilar to the home of golf.

Justin Leonard 170/1

Former Open Champion Justin Leonard is one of those longer odds hopefuls to consider this week.  Leonard played solid last week at Firestone, his second round 66 was vintage.  He hit on average 75% of all fairways and he also scrambled brilliantly.  Leonard loves Whistling Straits and he may feel it owes him one, having lost a playoff here in 2004 to Vijay Singh.  Leonard hasn’t really contended since January so an each way gamble may be more prudent.

Rory McIlroy 19/1

It looks like Rory has a little work to do between now and Thursday to get his swing back “in the slot” but if there is to be a major in this young man’s trophy cabinet, the USPGA might just be his best opportunity.  Rory will have learned from his Friday 80 at St Andrews the value of hanging in there and even then he finished tied third.  Rors also had a great USPGA last year where he again tied third behind YE Yang.

Best Of The Rest

KJ Choi 95/1

Defending champion YE Yang will undoubtedly get a huge amount of press attention this week but it’s countryman KJ Choi that we fancy for a good performance this week.  Choi is winless this season, but he has managed two second place finishes and had a good run at the Masters.  He caught my eye again at the Scandinavian Masters and closed with a solid 68 last week.  Top tenned in the USPGA at Whistling Straits in 2004.

Ernie Els 29/1

Ernie Els seems to be bang in form before this, the last major of the golfing year, having warmed up nicely at the WGC last week.  The USPGA hasn’t been Ernie’s best major, he hasn’t won one, but I do recall he came very close the last time the USPGA was held in Whistling Straits.  On that occasion, he came up just one shot short of a playoff from where Vijay was victorious.  Els also finished third in 2007.  If he gets his putting shoes on this could be Big Easy major with many of the other top players struggling.





 DSC_0003 When Danny Brassil first picked up a golf bag as a caddy some 13 years ago, little did he imagine that he would climb all the way up the ladder to the rung entitled “Director of Golf” at one of the most prestigious and just a little bit controversial clubs, The Old Head of Kinsale. Under Danny’s direction, the Old Head has been reinvented, revitalized and reintroduced to the Irish golfing public.

Pic: Danny with Luke Donald at Old Head prior to the 2010 British Open

The Old Head is essentially a private club, a function of the fact that the vast majority of the membership are American high rollers who pay a hefty dowry to play on average twice a year. The business model is based on the member and visitor having a wonderful experience both on and off the course. In order to provide this in general the club only permit golfers in the gates. That policy may not be to everyone’s taste, but it does make sense when you actually see the product. It’s a true hideaway where the likes Arnold Palmer and his missus can pop in for a week and go under the radar. And hey, if Sergio Garcia and his Dad want to shoot down from their room nestled beneath the clubhouse and out on the course at eight o’ clock on a Summer’s evening with three irons and a bucket of balls, then off they go. In peace!

Headland The course over which Danny Brassil presides is laid out in a headland setting the equal of which I have never seen. No words in my limited vocabulary could describe the terrain but I think my initial cry of “Holy Sh*t!” whilst standing on a cliff-top tee summed it up quite nicely. The ferocious cliffs are used at every opportunity as fairways and greens teeter on the brink of vast chasms. Of course not every hole can be a cliff-top white knuckle ride and the course does take the odd inland detour but even then there’s absolutely nothing straightforward. This is the real deal, a roller coaster of a golf course and let me tell you, it’s tough. Vinny Jones tough. I normally walk off a golf course saying “If I played it again, I would not make the same mistakes”, but that’s hardly applicable in this case. Firstly I’ll be lucky to play it again and even then I’ll probably make a whole bunch of new errors. The course record around Old Head is 68 and with the likes of Luke Donald and Sergio (when he was good) Garcia unable to better it, you know it’s a test.

Hole 4My excuse was that I found it so hard to concentrate on my golf with all that was going on around. More than just a golf course, this place is also a geography and history lesson combined; and with Danny doing a passable impression of a leaving cert teacher I learned about everything from blow-holes formed by millions of years of battering waves to incredible sea stacks to the French smuggler’s steps of the 18th century and even a little about lighthouses. There’s even bird sanctuary where hundreds of species flourish in the cliffs whilst birdies of a golfing kind prove elusive on the green carpet up above.

Danny Brassil and The Old Head welcome green fees and societies and if you get the chance to tee it up there, jump at it. And if the man himself offers to play you for money, politely decline. There’s more than one shark basking beneath the lighthouse!

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Warming up and stretching will increase the ability of the muscles to create more power and speed in your golf swing and prevent potential injuries. Warming up is essential to quality performance. Athletes of every sport prepare for their game with progressive loosening exercises. Golf is a sport that requires careful physical preparation and warming up properly stretches out any stiffness and discomfort and helps prevent injury and the frustration of a slow start by building rhythm and timing before you start your round.


A great warm up that can be done in the car park or first tee is the two club swing. Begin by taking your normal stance. Slowly swing two clubs back and forth in a slow rhythmic fashion and be sure to inhale on the backswing and exhale on the downswing and follow through. In the process you will gradually increase your body temperature.

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Typically on Tour heavy and stiff shafts are the order of the day. However in the past few months there has been a move by a few of the players to a lighter weight very stiff (XX flex) shaft specification. This has largely been as a result of more successful manufacturing processes that allow for the materials that are used to make the shaft being made very strong but very light. In the past the weight of a graphite shaft on Tour would need to be 80-90 grams in order to make it strong enough for the speeds of the Tour players. The shafts you would use as club golfers are normally 55-65 grams. But if the shaft is lighter the head goes faster and the ball goes further. A couple of Tour players moved to a very lightweight XX flex shaft that was 46” long in a quest for more distance. The problem was though that the accuracy was very poor and keeping the ball straight was a massive problem. Most of the Tour players have since moved back to a heavy shaft for better balance and strength and shortened the length to 44.5” and are now happily hitting more fairways. Long and light was also creating problems for the players with their individual swing rhythm.

with Derek Murray from www.foregolf.ie

Colin Montgomerie has given his clearest indication yet that he is about to hand German Bernhard Langer one of his wild card picks for the Ryder Cup.  In the last three weeks Langer has won both the Senior British Open and the U.S. Senior Open, a feat not lost on the European Captain.  Montgomerie said to win the Senior British at Carnoustie, then travel eight time zones and beat local favorite Fred Couples at the U.S. Senior in Seattle was no mean feat.  The 53 year old Langer has played in 10 Ryder Cup matches, the last in 2002.  In a team of at least four rookies Monty believes his experience could be vital.  "I would not rule out picking Bernhard," Montgomerie said. "I'm not ruling out anybody, especially someone who has performed to that degree and is in the form of his life."  Asked on Sunday if he would play if picked Langer said "If he wants me on the team I would definitely consider it, yes."

In the latest blog from Jason Sobel on the ESPN golf website he says:pic of the week

I've been saying for years that it's only a matter of time before Tiger Woods breaks Jack Nicklaus' vaunted record of 18 career major championship titles.

Tiger Woods clearly needs help with something. Might a putting guru like Dave Stockton be able to lend a hand?

I've been saying since Woods' personal scandal broke that as a player with greater mental fortitude than his competition, he would successfully be able to separate his private issues from his professional exploits.

I've been saying all season that even if Woods loses the No. 1 spot on the Official World Golf Ranking, he remains the most talented player and will prevail in this marathon, if not the sprint.

I've been saying in recent months that any struggles Woods is undergoing are simply temporary, that he will be able to fix his swing, make more putts and focus better, resulting in victory on any given week.

And now I'm saying this: I was wrong.

hunter mahan funny After a quiet week at the Irish Open the tills are ringing again at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational where we once again brought home the winner.  Hunter Mahan was 56/1 on Betfair when we tipped him on Monday morning.  Here’s what we wrote:

“ If you’re after some long odds glory one man to consider is Hunter Mahan.  He’s streaky at best but on his day can do the business as he showed at the Waste Management Phoenix Open back in February when he won.  Much improved form playing solidly in St. Andrews followed by 17th at the Canadian Open.  This will be Mahan’s third Bridgestone appearance, he top tenned in 2009.”

camilo villegas court lawsuit Acushnet Company, manufacturer of Titleist and FootJoy, have filed a lawsuit against Camilo Villegas and Taylor Made. Acushnet are seeking to block Villegas and TaylorMade from speaking about any future contract between them.  Pic: Villegas on his way to court

The Colombian is exclusively under contract with Acushnet to play the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, and wear FootJoy golf shoes and gloves, and is prominently featured in Titleist ads. The suit claims Taylor Made interfered with Villegas’ current contract, which still have five months to run when its CEO announced “that Villegas will join the TaylorMade tour staff beginning in 2011”, He also said that Villegas will join “other members of the renowned TaylorMade Tour Staff,” including Kenny Perry and Mike Weir, both of whom are actually also under contract with Acushnet Company to play Titleist golf balls and wear Titleist or FootJoy golf gloves.


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lee westwood clot calf problem[3] Golf professional these days, more like spoiled Hollywood actors if you ask me.  I mean who does Lee Westwood think he is, pulling out of the USPGA Championship, just because his calf isn’t feeling too good.  Since when is the welfare of Westwood’s farm animals directly related to his golf game?  Surely he should just call the vet, and maybe stay with his little bovine pet until Monday before flying out to the USPGA.  Whatever next? Rory McIlory to pull out out of the Ryder Cup because his pet dog has a slight cough?

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  1. watson_woods_t1_thurs Watch Phil Mickelson's drives today. He chopped an inch off his Big Dog and added 20 grams of weight to the shaft.  Result:  Far straighter and as long.
  2. Watch Bubba Watson’s putting.  He only took 22 putts yesterday.  When you consider he only hit 6 fairways, its a miracle he’s up there.
  3. Watch Tiger Woods.  Its obvious Gillette are not sponsoring him anymore because he hasn’t shaved in weeks.  He said on Wednesday his driving was back, then he went out in the first round and only hit 5 fairways.  His putting was terrible too, 32 stabs en route to a 74.  Nice little bald spot coming through too!
  4. Watch the Europeans.  Where did they go to yesterday?  I thought this Ryder Cup was supposed to be a done deal but only GMac is in the top-10.
  5. Watch Padraig Harrington folks today.  I feel a low one coming on.

Up To Date Rory McIlroy What’s In The Bag and Swing Sequence

Rory-McIlroy smile Player Profile:
Full name Rory McIlroy
Born 4 May 1989 (age 21)
Holywood, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Nationality Northern Ireland
Residence Holywood, Northern Ireland
Turned professional 2007
Professional wins 2
Rory McIlroy raced his Audi out of Killarney last Sunday morning without much fuss. Desperate to contend whilst also pleasing the crowds his aggressive style cost him dearly as his weekend 76, 71 left him in a tie for 35th and for once, out of the limelight. Unbowed the young Holywood pro crossed the Atlantic yesterday bound for Firestone Country Club to take part in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational with the world’s best, including Tiger Woods.
McIlory became the first player since Tiger to win a PGA Tour event prior to his 21st birthday when he shot 62 in the final round of the Quail Hollow Championship. The round set a new course record, and concluded with six consecutive scores of three.
Rory produced another of his aggressive rounds on the Old Course at St Andrews by shooting a 9-under-par 63 on the opening day of the Opening Championship, the lowest ever first round score in the 150 year history of the event, and tying the course record. McIlroy has a current world ranking of eighth.

What’s In The Bag Rory McIlory August 2010

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Rory McIlory Slo-Mo Konica Minolta Biz Hub Style Swing Sequence

WGC Bridgestone Invitational 2010 Tips

Tiger Woods 7/1

Woods is the King of the Firestone Country Club having won four of the last five stagings and slump or no slump, he remains the man to beat this week.  Tiger is not one who takes losing lightly and the words from the States is that he has working feverishly on his putting since St. Andrews in readiness for this week.  Everything is on the line here, including his world number one spot and he doesn’t intend to give that away lightly.

Luke Donald 38/1

Luke Donald is Atlantic hopping his way to his best season ever.  Since his appearance at the Verizon Heritage in April where he tied third,Donald has clocked up 5 top tens in his nine starts since.  On another two occasions in those nine he finished 11 th.  Donald has some “previous” at Firestone too, in his four appearences he has finished in the top ten twice.  A real contender.

Padraig Harrington 26/1

Whether he admits it or not last week’s performance in Killarney will have given Padraig Harrington a huge confidence boost.  Granted he didn’t win but his scrambling prowess and ability to find birdies and an eagle down the stretch last Sunday were very positive.  Firestone owes Harrington big time also as is final round collapse gifted Tiger Woods the title last year.  Harrington ended up tied second.

Ross Fisher 36/1

Ross Fisher didn’t just putt well in Killarney he struck the ball better than he has in ages and the confidence gained from his Irish Open win will really give him an advantage coming into these two huge weeks.  As he proved last year Fisher is a man for Major occasions as he contended on Sunday for all four and he proved in Ireland he has the calm temperament to close out any tournament.  With new caddy Phil “Wobbly” Morbey on the bag,  Fisher is one to watch this week and next.

Hunter Mahan 56/1

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If you’re after some long odds glory one man to consider is Hunter Mahan.  He’s streaky at best but on his day can do the business as he showed at the Waste Management Phoenix Open back in February when he won.  Much improved form playing solidly in St. Andrews followed by 17th at the Canadian Open.  This will be Mahan’s third Bridgestone appearance, he top tenned in 2009.


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