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Steve Stricker 16/1

steve stricker funny The only one of the top ranked players who doesn’t have an injury, divorce, mental issue or crisis with his game?  Winner in 2007 and tied second last year.   Winner of the John Deere and Northern Trust this year and top 20 last time out at home in the USPGA, Stricker has to have a super chance again this week.

Pic: Stricks the kid

Fredrik Jacobson  100/1 or 9/1 to finish in the top-10

fredrik jacobson mini minge I know I know I know you think I’m crazy but just roll with me on this one.  Fredrik comes into his own when its time for the kids to go back to school.  Played great last year and just got pipped at the post when he failed to break par in the final round tying sixth.  Shot a 62 in the final round of Wyndham last week so a top ten at 9/1 this week is not beyond the realms of possibility.

Jacobson:  Some guys just dont grow beards.  I’ve seen more hairs on a gooseberry!


KJ Choi 66/1 or 6/1 to finish in the top-10

K. J. Choi funny The last time the Barclays was played at Ridgewood (this week’s venue) KJ Choi started off with a 74 giving the rest of the field a head start.  He only finished three back after three rounds in the 60’s and I don’t expect an older and wiser Choi to gift those first round shots this time around.  Playing solid if unspectacular recently with a lowest finish of 46th in his last three starts.

Pic: “I fillish top ten no ploblem!”

Justin Leonard  66/1 or 11/2 to finish in the top-10

justin leonard funny Tied third at Wyndham and playing better and better each week.  Tied seventh at the Barclay’s in Ridgewood in 2008 and a very prudent choice I would think to finish in the top-10.

Pic: Leonard looks the slimey guy from “Mad Men”


tiger-woods-wife-accident Tiger Woods and Elin have officially divorced, nine months after Tiger  went on his midnight demolition derby outside their home triggering revelations of numerous affairs.

"We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best for the future," Woods and Elin Nordegren said in a joint statement released by tiger headcover elintheir lawyers.

Now we can exclusively reveal the terms of the divorce, specifically what Elin is set to get.  According to court documents Elin Nordegren is to receive:

  • 6 Major titles including Tiger’s first at Augusta and the two at St. Andrews.Steve
  • Tiger’s fluffy headcover
  • Stevie Williams for birthdays and weekends
  • Full custody of Hank Haney!


the 200 yard gong shot Filmed during the Irish Open 2010 at Killarney.  Boy these guys are good! Could Paul McGinley, David Howell, Rhys Davies or Marcel Siem skim a ball across the lake in the Gap of Dunloe and hit a nine inch gong 200 yards away? Check out the 200 yard gong shot below.



Betting Preview: 2010 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles

Last Week Simon Dyson finished tied 5th at 25/1 paying out each way.

Peter Hanson 24/1

peter hanson Usually the mental toll winning takes out of a player rules him out of contention the following week but Peter Hanson will be determined to cement his automatic Ryder Cup position with a good result again this week. Hanson’s win last week in Prague was his second of the season having also triumphed in Mallorca. Hanson’s consistency this season has been staggering; he has only missed one cut and only finished over par three times in 18 events. Performed excellently in Gleneagles in 2008 when he tied third behind winner Gregory Havret.

Pic:In his younger days Peter was quite the popstar. He is the one back left.

Francesco Molinari 24/1

Nobody on the European Tour works as hard as Francesco Molinari; he’s our version of Vijay Singh. I have deliberated hard as whether this pick should go to the improving Simon Dyson but having weighed up the stats am sticking with the francesco Molinari after beating USItalian. It’s Francesco’s first time back since the USPGA Championship and after a Summer which included a second, third and fourth place finish surely a win must be coming soon. Interesting too that brother Eduardo (also at 24/1) , who won already this season at Loch Lomond can conceivably join Francesco in the automatic Ryder Cup places with a win.

Pic: Francesco celebrating beating Jeff Overton in the singles at Celtic Manor?

Anthony Wall 110/1

anthony wall robo-pro Wall is the typical journeyman pro forever teetering on the brink of losing his card. He seems to have the knack however of avoiding the drop and the €100,000 cheque earned for finishing fourth at the Czech Open will help towards ensuring he again finishes in the top 90 on the Order of Merit as he has done for 12 consecutive seasons since he graduated to The European Tour through the 1997 Qualifying School. Wall has improved his finishing position in each of his last 5 events and having top tenned here in 2008 I expect Wall to contend again this week.

Pic: Anthony Wall aka Robo-pro

Gregory Havret 46/1

havret hit by Sergio spit  Havret hasn’t appeared on Tour since the Irish Open where he finished 39th. The high point of the Frenchman’s season was his second place finish at Pebble Beach when fate just didn’t fall on his favour. Havret won the Johnnie Walker in 2009 and made a spirited defence last year finishing tied third. It might be a stretch for Havret to contend having not played tournament golf for a month but his Gleneagles course form is just too good to ignore.

Pic: Gregory gets on the wrong side of another Sergio spitting incident.

Soren Hansen 70/1

peter hanson The results just haven’t come lately for Soren. With four top-10’s from his first seven events of the season it looked like this was going to be his best year yet but the results dried up ever since. It’s very strange considering Hansen’s stats as regards putting, greens in regulation and driving accuracy are better this season than ever before. Perhaps good memories from Gleneagles will help this week as he recalls tying second in 2006, third in 2007 and tenth last season.

Pic: Yep Soren was the cute one front left who pretended to play the drums.  Mmm Bop, please stop.

Early odds from betfair

peter and bag resized Player Profile and WITB:
Residence Dublin, Ireland
Attachment Castleknock GC
Date of Birth 22/03/1974
Place of Birth Dublin, Ireland
Height & Weight 6ft 11st (183cm 70kgs)
Family Wife: Philippa (m. 2003), Children: Jessica (2005), Amelia Jane (2007), Philippa (2009)
Turned Pro 1997 (plus 2)
European Tour Wins: 1
Peter Lawrie’s excellent final round in Prague last Sunday brought him to a three man playoff with eventual winner Peter Hanson and Gary Boyd. The Dubliner’s performance earned him a cheque for €173,710 and cemented his standing as one of Ireland’s most consistent professional golfers. Lawrie turned professional in 1997 having completed a golf scholarship at UCD and was capped at every level for Ireland as an amateur. He has been an ever present on the European Tour since 2003 having earned his stripes on the Challenge Tour (where he won the grand final) and the Asian Tour. Indeed such was Lawrie’s impact on the European Tour in his debut year he received the prestigious Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award.
Not known as the longest player on the Tour, the key to Peter Lawrie’s success has been his consistency on the greens. He has averaged 1.76 putts per green in regulation with a deviation of only 0.03 putts over each of his eight seasons on Tour! This level of consistency is even most remarkable when you consider that Lawrie’s earnings in 2009 and 2008 differed by a mere €84 (€682,097 and 682,181).
Peter married girlfriend Phillipa in 2003 and the pair now have three daughters and when done changing nappies between Tour stops Peter enjoys a trip to the movies, watching soccer and the odd frame of snooker.

What’s In The Bag 2010: Peter Lawrie

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Tony346 Note from Donal: GolfCentralDaily are delighted to welcome Tony Westwood, PGA Professional on board as our guest teacher.  Tony is rapidly getting a name for his ability to convert the many technical aspects of the golf swing into fun and informative articles.

“Your” Perfect Grip

First, switch your computer on and “Google it”. Then work through the 31,600,000 options you have to find the best explanation for you.

Sounds exciting?

I don´t think so. All the options will describe the perfect grip, not “YOUR” perfect grip. Having coached the game for over 25 years I have noticed that hands come in many shapes and sizes and finding the best fit is not always easy, it is however not impossible.

You will understand the difference between a strong or weak grip, if you do not find out, Google will help. Your next task is to explore what the two extremes have on your golf shots and the key is to be extreme. Turn both of your hands too far to the right and to the left and discover what happens to the ball. Learning in this way will help you to find the best position for your hands on the golf club.

Pic: Looking at the pictures from left to right you can see the options from the hands being too much to the right (strong) to the hands being too fat to the left (weak). “YOUR” perfect grip will be somewhere between the two extremes.

clip_image001Creating an awareness of how the position of your hands will influence the shape of the shot is essential to understanding what options are available to you as a golfer. Your practice sessions will become much more FUN when you spend time exploring the possibilities.

Great golfers do not always have great grips. Here are some facts:

· Ben Hogan won nine major championships with a weak grip

· José Maria Olazabal won two majors and over €11.6 million in prize money with a weak grip

· Bernhard Langer won two majors and €12.6 million in prize money with a strong grip

· Paul Azinger won one major and $14.6 million in prize money with a strong grip

· David Duval won one major and $18.2 million in prize money with a strong grip

The interesting fact of the list above is that David Duval completely lost his game when he tried to change his grip and swing for a more orthodox method.

So, beware of the advice of golfers who say your grip is too strong or too weak, the key is understanding how your grip influences the ball flight.


On The Tour Truck: The Japanese Nippon Invasion

nippon shaft Nippon shafts have been around since 1995 and are experts in lightweight steel shafts and have cornered the market with stable steel shafts under 90 grams. The trouble with making a steel shaft lightweight is that it becomes too thin in its wall to handle swing-speed. Nippon are very succesful on the LPGA and Seniors Tours where a slower smoother swing exists. However this shaft maunfacturer is moving into the Tour grade shaft arena that is dominated by True Temper who own Dynamic Gold and Rifle/Project X. With the KBS Tour shaft making waves with the Tour players who are looking for a low flighted, soft feel product Nippon sent me through a new Tour Prototype steel shaft for testing. It is nameless for now and but has a really nice smooth feel through impact and has a much lower, more penetrative flight than the NS950 or 1150 Tour shaft that is in the range. There is also plans for a new screen printed graphic on the back of the shaft so it can be identified easier. Nippon is huge in Japan and looks like it could be about to get huge over here.

Rors Wants To Chop Woods

rorymcilroy After a great Major season for Rory McIlroy, his attention is now divided between this week’s Barclay’s and the small matter of the Ryder Cup in October. Asked whether he would like to face Tiger Woods at Celtic Manor, McIlroy said "I would love to face him. Unless his game rapidly improves in the next month or so, I think anyone in the European team would fancy his chances against him." Rors also thinks Pavin will pick Woods stating that he didn’t think it “would go down too well in the States if he wasn't picked." When asked if Tiger deserved a place on team USA, McIlory was not convinced. “There are a lot of American players playing better than him at the minute but it's always an advantage to have Tiger Woods in your team," he told the Beeb. All will be revealed by Corey Pavin on September 7th.

Slam Dunk For Funk

clip_image002Fred Funk won the fourth of the “Champions Tour Five” with victory at the Jeld-Wen Tradition on Sunday. The eight time PGA Tour winner, now 54, also has six Champions Tour victories the best of which came in winning the 2009 US Senior Open. Funk emerged from a tightly bunched field of which eight payers either had or tied the lead on the back nine at the Crosswater Golf Course in Sunriver Oregen with a birdie on the 16th and a clutch two putt for par on the final hole. He won by a shot from Michael Allen and Chien Soon Lu

Fed Ex Parcels

Tiger Woods will play this week’s Barclay’s, the first of the four playoffs, but has indicated that his schedule thereafter depends on his performance at New Jersey’s Ridgewood Country Club. Woods currently lies 108th on the FedEx Cup points list but only the top 100 after this week advance to the second playoff event in Boston, a tournament which ironically benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Fairytale for Atwal

clip_image006Former European Tour winner Arjun Atwal claimed his first PGA tour victory in a thrilling finish to the Wyndham Championship. The Indian had no PGA Tour status whatsoever having been injured last year and had covered thousands of miles driving to Tour stops and attempting to gain entry to tournaments via Monday qualifying. At the Wyndham it paid off as an exhausted Atwal showed huge bravery and heart throughout the final round culminating in his chipping and putting for par at the last to hold off David Toms by a single shot. The fairytale win doesn’t get Atwal a playoff spot but it does gain him a two year PGA Tour exemption and a place in the field for next year’s Masters.


The term “maintaining a fixed spine angle” is a phrase golfers will hear from their PGA Pro from time to time. This phrase is utilized to impress on golfers the importance of rotating around an imaginary axis throughout the golf swing. In my academy I use video analysis with the help of drawing tools to explain this move best.

In order to achieve this requirement of the golf swing, it is necessary for the player to have certain levels of postural stability within the body. If a golfer is lacking the level of postural stabilization strength required, the golf swing rotating around a fixed spine angle will be hindered. This will typically lead to compensation patterns in the swings in an attempt to overcome this physical limitation which in turn could lead to injuries.

The process by which a golfer can develop the required levels of postural stability needed within the swing is through the implementation of a golf fitness program. This type of program will incorporate a series of golf fitness exercises to develop the required levels of postural stabilization strength within the body to allow for the maintenance of the required postural positions during the execution of the golf swing. Side bridging is a really great example of one such exercise to develop core strength. Hold the bridge for 20 to 30 seconds and repeat on the opposite side

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 jamie lane

Jamie Lane

Peter Hanson......Martin Wiegele......Sam Hutsby!!

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Ade Sherwood

not a tourn i would go crazy on but im gonna have 3 small eachway bets on thomas bjorn , pelle edberg and david lynn at big prices .

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Anders Allesen Sørensen

Mark Haastrup is a danish upcoming star. still needs his first win, and good positions in the late season to keep his tour card! finished 3rd in Estoril Open though.

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Stephen Sweeney

Simon Dyson!!!! Back on form!!!!!

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Rory Leonard

Tommy Fleetwood on his pro debut - big price at 100/1 for an each way bet!!!

montgomery-burns-14 Why is everyone suddenly talking about Monty’s striptease?  Why are golfers suddenly preoccupied with The Simpsons?

I thought it was one of the poorer episodes.  Well there was that one funny bit with Smithers.  Anyway just to satisfy your curiosity, here is the much sought after pic of Monty (Burns) naked.

Here’s hoping that that’s the end of this matter.  I just don't get it.




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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.

charlie hoffman

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!!!!

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