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Rob_Fitzpatrick1-230x173 Rob Fitzpatrick from Dunmurry Springs Golf Club became the inaugural TopGolfer Tour Champion after carding an impressive 1 under total after 36 holes on the Monty Course at Carton House.

Brainchild of Rob Hill, the TopGolfer events attracted 2400 Irish golfers to events all around the country, culminating in the Tour Championship at the Maynooth venue.

Winner Rob Fitzpatrick, off 4 handicap,  beat  22 other tour winners including Derek Basquille (3) of Enniscrone Golf Club who held the lead going in to the final round.  Third place went to David Kiely (3) of Tramore Golf Club.

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47 year old Rocco Mediate, playing without a glove, in the pissings of rain has just recorded one of the most dramatic wins in PGA Tour history at the Open.  Mediate lead by a million miles going into the final round but managed to throw it all away before hammering in birdie then eagle on 16 and 17 to right his listing ship and claim the win.

Rocco’s eagle on 17 was awesome. The rest of the field, torocco mediate winner a man, drove the green and two putted for bird, but Rocco with a bad back, laid up to 112 yards.  He then asked his playing partner (Alex Prugh who had driven the green) to mark his ball before wedging his Callaway three foot past the pin and zipping it back straight into the cup.

Mediate finished at 15 under, shooting a final-round 71. His eagle on 17 was his fourth hole-out from the fairway and fourth eagle of the week, meaning that eight of that 15-under total came in a span of four holes.

Bo Van Pelt and Alex Prugh each birdied the last in some style to put the skids on Mediate, who had a little over 4 feet left for his first win in 186 starts. Rocco canned for undoubtedly won of the most dramatic wins in PGA Tour history.


padraig harrington johor iskandar open Padraig Harrington closed with a three-under-par 69 at the US$1.25 million Iskandar Johor Open to end his two year winning drought

His winning score of 20-under-par  was three shots clear of second-placed Noh Seung-yul of Korea, and worth approx €100,000.  Chinese Taipei’s Lin Wen-tang finished third, four with Mardan Mamat  fourth.

“It’s somewhat a monkey off your back,” said a smiling Harrington after. Winning is a habit. Every time you win, it is important but when you haven’t won for a while it does add a bit more emphasis to it. It makes it all the more memorable.”

“There’s no doubt that it was my week to win. If you had followed me for the four days, I don’t think anyone would have questioned that my name was written on the trophy before the tournament started. I got the breaks all the way through. I hit some good shots and had a few breaks. Luck of the Irish? I’ll accept that,” added Harrington.


pod mind that lip Padraig Harrington is headed for a first win in two years after he opened up a five stroke lead heading into the final round of the Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia.

Pod played with a neck injury throughout the third round but still managed five birdies against just one bogey at the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club.

"If I wasn't leading, I would have definitely pulled out. It's still a problem. It was a bit better at the end but it was a substantial problem," said Harrington after.  Pic: Mind that lip Pod!

"It eased up a little bit on 16 but I didn't finish very well. But maybe sometimes when you are injured, it makes you relax a bit more. You accept poor shots and get on with it. My attitude was good all the way through.

Harrington lies five ahead of second-placed Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei, and Singaporean Mardan Mamat is third, while South Korea's Noh Seung-yul and Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat are tied fourth.

brittany_lincicome Brittany Lincicome shot a toxic 11-under 61 on the first day of the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge. It was a case of “hit me baby one less time” for Brittany as she shot the  lowest round on the LPGA Tour this season and second-lowest under-par score in tour history.

Of course Briitany’s record also gives us an excuse, as if we needed one to post this rather fetching picture of her.  We’ll keep you posted on whether any Shins, Paks, or other Korean conveyor belt stars catch Brittany over the weekend,

Pic: Brittany- Oops I did it again!


steve-tiger Former world number one (oh I love saying that) Tiger Woods has announced the participants for his $5 million World Challenge in December.  Headline acts on the World No.2’s bill include US Open champion Graeme McDowell and USPGA winner Martin Kaymer.

Pic: Tiger reacts to the news that Lee Westwood is set to be World No. 1

The second best player in the world announced most of the field yesterday for the charity event from December 2-5 at Sherwood Golf Club, which has a first prize of $1.2m.

Jim Furyk (defending) will join Paul Casey, Luke Donald and Ian Poulter,Rory McIlroy and Americans Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar,Hunter Mahan, Anthony Kim, Zach Johnson, Sean O'Hair, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson will also play.



Francesco Molinari 21/1

francesco molinari funny Francesco over a five foot putt; Robbie Keane in front of open goal- both images that make me first wince, then cry. Francesco with his now binned belly putter nearly had the Portugal Masters in the bag last year only to see it slip from his grasp on the 17th. Although Lee Westwood won by three, the drop he got after being long and left in the trees in two was the luckiest of his life and his chip down to the hole was a serious hit and hope affair. Any other day Westwood might have doubled or worse. Playing with Francesco, Westwood tapped in for the poxiest of birdies while the Italian missed the five footer that would have brought the gap to one. He may be tired this week, but Victoria owes Molinari one after last year.

Alvaro Quiros 17/1

quiros Huge hitting Alvaro Quiros Garcia was right back in the mix last week in Scotland finishing tied fifth. The Spaniard showed he has the short game to match his booming drives and that prospect coupled with the fact that he cruised home at the Portugal Masters by three shots in 2008 make him an irresistible punt this week. Quiros has now clocked up six top-10’s this season with the high point coming at the Open de Espana in Seville in April where he notched up win number four. Only the weather can stop Quiros this week.

Simon Dyson 30/1

dyson Its an indisputable fact of punditry that the winner of last week’s tournament the previous year, if you know what I mean, performs really well the following week! Let me explain. Simon Dyson went into last week’s Dunhill as defending champion. As such he was under pressure from the media, sponsors etc. And he played well tying fifth. This week he head’s to Portugal with absolutely no media or sponsors obligations and will undoubtedly play better. Unlucky to fall short of automatic Ryder Cup qualification Dyson has form on the Victoria course with a top 10 in 2008 and with the three top tens in his last five starts remains one to watch this week.

Danny Willett 25/1

willett It’s only a matter of time and perhaps watching some Zen relaxation clips on YouTube before Danny Willett claims his first Tour title. I held off on tipping him last week because I felt Portugal would be his huckleberry and fingers crossed it works out. Played sensational golf to finish second last week and only a couple of Kaymer miracle shots denied him. That second added to his third in Austria see Willett on the plane to Vilamoura very much expectant of a huge one this week on a course where he tied sixth last year.

Alexander Noren 50/1

noren To the mere mortal the Oceanico Victoria course in Vilamoura is a tough tight test but to these boys it’s like shelling peas. With a predicted winning score of about 20 under it’s a case of “go low” or “go home”. One player who caught my eye on the course last year was Alex Noren as he compiled a flawless final round of 62 with tough pins to tie for sixth. The German tied third at the Diamond Club in Austria before the Ryder Cup and returned with a 17th last week. One to watch late in the season, Noren won in September last year.


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lee westwood cool Lee Westwood is not set to play again until next month because of his ongoing calf problem.  Nevertheless it has been announced that Westwood is  set to replace Tiger Woods at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking on October 31st.

Tiger Woods has topped the rankings for over five years,  or 279 weeks to date.  Tiger’s next outing  is the HSBC Champions event from Nov. 4-7 in Shesan Shanghai.  With a prize fund of $7 million, any one of Woods, Westwood, Martin Kaymer or Phil Mickelson could become number one in the following week's rankings.

Just why Lee Westwood has to wait until Oct 31st to be crowned World No. 1 for a week, I don’t know but if anyone out there does, answers on an email please.


prince charles ryder cup Dermot Gilleece caught up with vice captain Paul McGinley and picked up some nuggets  from behind the scenes at the Ryder Cup.  Here’s the one about the Captain’s meeting with Prince Charles.

"At Wednesday's gala dinner, we were all lined up to meet Prince Charles," said McGinley. "Protocol was explained, whereby you didn't address him unless spoken to and if you did respond, you called him 'Sir.' Fine, I thought. No problem.
"I happened to be at the end of the line of vice-captains and when my moment arrived, Colin Montgomerie introduced me as 'my vice-captain, Paul McGinley.' Whereupon I immediately put out my hand and said: 'Howya. I'm Paul.' Next thing I knew, Sergio Garcia beside me was doubled-up with laughter. Then I started laughing. Then Prince Charles started laughing."
From then on, it became the joke of the European team room. On seeing McGinley, players would come up to him and say "Howya", followed by "I'm Lee" or Ross or Ian or whatever.

The Heritage Winter Series 2010

To celebrate The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort Winter Series, we have a readers fourball to give away at the former Seve Trophy venue. The Winter series is a four man team event, with 2 scores to count on all 18 holes in stableford format. The Entry fee is € 50 per person and the series takes place on October 21st, Nov 25th, Dec 23rd, Jan 27th, Feb 24th, March 31st, with the Grand Final on April 28th for the qualifying teams. The entry fee will also include food after your round in the magnificent clubhouse. For more details log on to or contact Niall Carroll on 057-8645500

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justin rose Just days after the European Tour received a huge boost in winning the Ryder Cup comes the news that Justin Rose has resigned from the Tour. The Englishman who won twice on the PGA Tour this year has played in only half of the 12 qualifying events stipulated as a minimum for any European Tour member.  After lengthy discussions with Tour officials, Rose will not however face a two-year ban (as stated in the rules)  and plans to rejoin next season. Rose's name no longer appears on this year's "Race to Dubai" money list and he is set to miss Dubai World Championship next month.


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graeme mcdowell 3 Fair play to mobile phone company “3” for sponsoring the Irish Open but I just had a look at the site there and happened upon the profile for Graeme McDowell.  Check this out!!


3 is proud to sponsor the best of the Irish golfing talent.

Graeme McDowell
The Portrush native has had a solid season, if not quite as successful as last year which saw him charge up the rankings to break into the World’s Top 50 and make the European Ryder Cup team.

Jaysus I would have thought winning a US Open, the Celtic Manor Wales Open and holing the winning putt at the Ryder Cup could be described as a bit more than “a solid season”.  That’s being a bit hard on the man; I wonder what constitutes better than sold? Maybe a grand slam? Couple of WGC’s?  Come on lads, get the finger out and the site updated before anyone else sees it!


gmac us tour Graeme McDowell has announced he will be plying his trade on the US Tour next season, but intends to play in the bigger  European events.

The Ryder Cup star said he has “zero expectations” going into this weeks Dunhill Links but said next year he’s headed to the other side of the Atlantic. Pic: GMac driving away from the Jigger Inn at St Andrews today.

The Northern Irishman admits the lure of the big money FedEx Cup is a major reason for him heading over to America.

"I want to give it a go next year because it's not a Ryder Cup year and I'd like to try the FedEx play-offs, although I wasn't particularly impressed by the format this year. I felt it was too volatile and didn't really reward consistent golfers on the PGA Tour.”

"But my schedule will continue to be European Tour-based as well. I am going to go out and play some golf in the Middle East, play some golf in Asia and obviously play the main events back here.

"It won't be maybe as US-based a schedule as a Luke Donald, Ian Poulter or Justin Rose, but more like a Harrington-type schedule.

Fears are growing over what accents GMac is set to have on his return!

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Killeen Castle, venue for the 2011 Solheim Cup has launched an Under 30’s membership programme with the help of some top sports stars.

Golfing sensations, Lisa & Leona Maguire, who regularly practice on the Jack Nicklaus course and recently competed in the AIB Ladies Irish Open at Killeen Castle, launched the Juvenile Membership category aimed at 12-18 year olds. Alongside the twins, Irish and Leinster rugby stars Rob Kearney and Eoin Reddan pitched in to launch the Under 30’s Membership offer targeting 18 – 30 year olds. Some of the country’s top rugby stars utilise Killeen Castle for some time-out from their busy rugby schedule as part of Killeen Castle’s partnership with IRUPA (Irish Rugbmaguires kearney reddon killeen castley Union Players Association).

Killeen Castle is fast becoming one of the most talked about golf clubs in the country and in addition to the visit of Solheim Cup Captain Alison Nicholas and her two vice-captains, Annika Sorenstam and Joanne Morley; the course has had some high profile visitors in the past week. Nick Faldo dropped in to check out the surroundings on route to an event at Lough Erne last week while US Open Champion Graeme McDowell spent three days practicing at the club ahead of sinking the winning putt at the Ryder Cup.

Pic: Lisa and Leona Maguire explain to Rob Kearney and Eoin Reddan that you shouldnt leave your bag on the green when putting.  By D Maher, Sportsfile

Killeen Castle General Manager Barry O’Connor commented, “We are delighted to have been joined by some of the top names in world golf over the past week and it is testament to the growing reputation and quality of Killeen Castle. Despite the club being only two years old, over 400 members are enjoying one of the best golf locations in the country and we now want to attract more members to this stunning facility.”

Killeen Castle Under 30’s Membership

Killeen Castle Juvenile Golf (opens in Jan 2011)

· Open to persons aged 18 - 30

· Annual fee - €1,250 + VAT

· €5,000 entrance fee which can be paid over the period up to their 30th birthday

  • Open to persons aged 12 - 18
  • Annual fee - €500+VAT
  • Under 18’s can join Killeen Castle Golf Club without a parent being a member
  • No Entrance fee applies to under 18 members

For further information please call 01-6893000 or visit


The Dodgy Behaviour Award


Goes to Bubba Watson who took a real shine to patting partner Jeff Overton on the backside. To each their own I suppose but someone should have stepped in when the pair held hands during the parade for the opening ceremony!

Best Vice Captain Award

olazabal vice captain Goes to Jose Maria Olazabal. The Spanish Ryder Cup legend was in Wales for a corporate engagement and just popped down to Celtic Manor on Friday morning to wish Monty and his pals luck. No sooner had he appeared but Olazabal was bustled into the Team room and after giving a hugely motivational speech was conferred with the title “Fifth Vice-Captain”. Sweet!



Worst Dressed Player Award

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Whoever designed the USA team outfits this year needed to be brought “down a back alley and lynched”! The Saturday violet cardigans were particularly stylish, back in 1952. The garb was never going to work on Rickie Fowler, he looked like he had raided his Grandad’s wardrobe. Apparently the cardies came with mothballs in the pockets!

Worst Commentator Award

Has to go to Paul Lawrie. The 1999 British Open champ was drafted into the Sky Sports commentary team and his boring monotone drawl made the likes of Alan Shearer look a polished pro. One of the theories surrounding Lawrie is that Sky put all the best analysts on their 3D coverage. Dour, Dull, Disaster: there’s 3D’s for Lawrie. Should be P45!

Funniest Moment Award

ryderjenkins_2509598  Miguel Angel Jimenez’s face when Catherine Jenkins took to the stage at the opening ceremony. To the Spaniard’s pure delight the Welsh beauty stopped in front of him to perform “In the arms of an Angel” and his grin was priceless. He was with that Angel in heaven!


Best Pointless Celebration Award

overton eagle Goes to Jeff Overton after holing his second shot for eagle in the Saturday fourballs. “Booya” kicked off 30 seconds of wild yelping between Overton and Bubba Watson. It didn’t manage to rattle Jimenez and Hanson though; they won two up.


Worst and Best Shot Award

Stewart cink sinking puttCink’s boned bunker shot on the 15th Saturday nearly decapitated two spectators and handed the Irish duo of GMac and Rory the lead with three to play. The big American quickly put it behind him though as he rifled in a clutch birdie on the 17th which ultimately won he a Matt Kuchar a most unexpected point.


Ingenious Course Design Award

water hazard It may have cost over €50 million to develop the Celtic Manor resort and they’ve come with some ingenious innovations in course design. Check out the moveable water hazards that be created and removed on the 18th fairway by simply turning on and off the tap.

Best Bonding Award

team wigs rory ryder cup practice Goes to the European Team who took all the fizz out of a brewing Rory versus Tiger handbags story by donning Rory wigs at the start of their practice round. What I want to know is where did they manage to get a dozen Rory wigs in Newport!



Best Wag Award

allison micheletti Goes to Martin Kaymer’s squeeze Allison Micheletti who looked pretty good trudging through the mud in white trousers and designer wellies. Heard she’s going to join the ICA next week!

Best Chant Award


The 2000 strong crowd who gathered in the stands around the first tee sung their heart’s out making it more like Croke Park than a golf tournament. The best chant had to be the revised version of the “There’s only one” song to accommodate Francesco and Edoardo. “There’s only two Molinari’s, there’s only two Moliari’s, two Molinariiiiis!”


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First pic of victory at the 2010 Ryder Cup.   Report below from Ryder

Europe have won The Ryder Cup by 14 ½ - 13 ½ after a day of tension and drama before Colin Montgomerie’s team came through at the death.
Ultimately it was Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell who secured the winning point after a dramatic win over Hunter Mahan on the 17th  but it came right to the wire.
In the top match, Europe’s talisman Lee Westwood was defeated 2 and 1 by Steve Stricker and the US immediately put another point on the board when Dustin Johnson comfortably beat US PGA Champion Martin Kaymer.
Ian Poulter put the first European point on the board with a win over Matt Kuchar by a 5 and 4 margin and then Rory McIlroy, in the second group out, secured a vital half with Stewart Cink.
Luke Donald then added another point with a final hole win over Jim Furyk and behind the tension was mounting. Miguel Angel Jiménez was magnificent in beating Bubba Watson but Ross Fisher struggled on the back nine to have his lead overturned and he was beaten by Jeff Overton 3 and 2.
Francesco Molinari came up against an inspired World Number One as Woods ran in five birdies and an eagle in a seven hole stretch from the ninth to win that match 5 and 3 to put the score at 13-11.
Four matches were left at that stage, Europe up in two and the US up in two with the target of 14 ½ points within reach.
But the drama was simply intensifying. Phil Mickelson added another point for the US and then Rickie Fowler somehow got a half from three down with three to play to get a half after birdieing each of the last four holes against Edoardo Molinari.
Harrington succumbed to Zach Johnson moments later and the scores were tied – 13 ½ - 13 ½ with just one match left on the course.
US Open Champion Graeme McDowell was the man charged with bringing the winning point home and he was sensational. The American’s battled so well but McDowell, in the very last match, held against Hunter Mahan to seal the victory and Europe had regained The Ryder Cup.
Golf, and sport, simply does not come any better.

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