Fair play to Ross Fisher. He and caddy Phil Wobbly Morbey have been giving The Ryder Cup their full attention by spending the week at Celtic Manor in preparation for the showpiece. Ross likened the stands erected around the first tee to like “walking into a football stadium” and cannot wait to hear the European fans chants. Last time in Ireland the pair recollected their favourite crowd song “We’ve got Montgomerie, you’ve got Walt Disney”! Wobbly predicted the score as 16-12 and Ross 15-13 in favour of Europe.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
A recharged Graeme McDowell has spent the past few days practicing on the range at the superb Killeen Castle in preparation for next week’s Ryder Cup. GMac has hooked up with coach Pete Cowan at the superb Killeen Castle facilities and even a visiting Annika Sorenstam dropped in to offer her best wishes. With six rookies in the team this year, Celtic Manor Wales Open winner McDowell knows that he’s going to be relied upon as one of Europe’s key men. GMac is desperate to shake off the good humoured if slightly hurtful banter line that “anyone could win with Rory” and if reports from our Killeen Castle spies are true, McDowell is set to be To The Manor Born next week.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
It looks like the world has found the perfect man to fit into Dudley Moore shoes for the remake of the 70’s classic “Arthur”. A little bit on the rotund side, fond of a glass of vino, long flowing locks and a devilish sense of humour make Bo Derek ideal to reprise her role alongside the Spaniard. Jimenez was spotted at casting for the film with Bo Derek (real name Boo Derekson) in Paris on Tuesday. Lucky b**tard!
European team hard man Peter Hanson has pulled out of this week's Vivendi Cup in Paris due to a , mysterious illness with the Ryder Cup just eight days away. Hanson, who with his brothers had a No.1 hit single with “mmmmBop” in the 90’s told Tournament officials at the Vivendi event in France he would be unable to compete after being struck down with a chest infection and fever. Hanson is now headed home to recuperate but hopes to be fit for the trip to Celtic Manor with the rest of the European Team on Monday.
Meanwhile a mysterious dark haired stranger was seen leaving the locker room at the Vivenedi yesterday wearing surgical gloves and holding a vial marked “toxic”. Witnesses say the man was blocky in stature, had short black hair and seemed to be wittering in a high pitched excited tone. Who could it be!!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Junior Golf Ireland Fundraising Classic Am-Am To Feature Cream of Irish Amateur Golf Talent and Celebrities
A host of top Irish amateur golfers and several sporting celebrities will be taking part in the upcoming Junior Golf Ireland fundraising am-am at Carton House on Friday 8th October. Organised by West Of Ireland Champion Rory Leonard of JGI, all the proceeds go towards funding the junior golf programmes throughout the country that help produce Ireland’s most talented players. Entry is only €300 per team which includes a round on the Monty course with an amateur or celebrity, dinner with wine and prizes. It’s your chance to get up close and personal with the country’s elite amateurs whilst helping junior golf. For more information call 01 6290735 / 6290771 or contact Rory on email@example.com.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Check out the video below for Donal’s preview of the The Tour Championship 2010 on the PGA Tour with Betting Tips and Odds.
Date of Birth: 12-01-1989
Paul Cutler is one Ireland’s top amateur golfers and is destined for European Tour stardom. He first hit balls aged four and took up the game seriously at 10. Playing out of Portstewart, Cutler has clocked up an impressive array of amateur victories including the East of Ireland Championship in 2008 and the Lytham Trophy earlier this year. That victory was all the more impressive considering the 21 year old was suffering from tendinitis in his left elbow during the final round. The Ulsterman is delaying turning professional in order to help GB&I win back the Walker Cup next year at the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club.
Paul at Junior Golf Ireland Fundraiser in Carton on 8th October
Paul will be joined by an array of top Irish amateurs and several sporting celebrities at the upcoming Junior Golf Ireland fundraising classic at Carton House on Friday 8th October. Organised by Rory Leonard of JGI, all the proceeds go towards funding the junior golf programmes throughout the country that help produce Ireland’s most talented players. Entry is €300 per team which includes a round on the Monty course with an amateur or celebrity, dinner with wine and prizes. It’s your chance to get up close and personal with the country’s elite amateurs whilst helping junior golf. For more information call 01 6290735 / 6290771 or contact Rory on firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s In The Bag 2010 Paul Cutler
Phil Mickelson 15/2
Phil Mickelson will not want to go into another Ryder Cup in desperate form and with Tiger no longer the “Man” in the team-room, my guess is he wont. Mickelson shot 73 in the first round last year and still stormed home by three shots. His 25th at the Deutsche Bank is deceiving as he had three rounds in the 60’s before shedding five shots in two holes during the final round. Phil’s 67 when paired with Tiger at Cog Hill last time out was vintage and brought him a tie for eighth. Pic: Going for Ice cream with the kids the morning after the masters. The Green Jacket was nearest to the bed!
Matt Kuchar 9/1
Kuch lives down the road from East Lake and knows the layout like the back of his hand having played it socially, during his college days at Georgia Tech and on the Tour. He is the FedEx Cup leader having won the Barclay’s with a final round 66 and a playoff win against Martin Laird. His tied third at the BMW Championship while battling illness is a measure of the man. He’s suffered the lows and climbed back up the ladder; no one deserves it as much as Kuchar.
Pic: Kuch, poxed.
KJ Choi 33/1
KJ lies 23rd in the FedEx standings going into this week. The highlight of his season was a tied fourth at The Masters though he had two seconds in Malaysia and at the Transitions. The loveable Korean is arguably one of the streakiest players on Tour and may just have timed his run up perfectly this week with a momentum building tied third last time out at the BMW Championship. Let’s just hope he can keep up the form after a week off and we see the weightlifters smile on the last come Sunday next. Pic: When he’s not busy running the country, KJ plays a bit of golf.
Adam Scott 14/1
I’ve been keeping a close eye on Scott since his visit to Adare this year; his ball striking on the range was phenomenal. Scott got his first win for two years at the Valero Texas Open in May and though he has only three other top tens this year, two of them have come during the playoffs. Tied ninth at The Barclays was followed up with a tied fifth at The BMW and Scott is only a couple of holed six footers from winning at East Lake. He crushed the filed here in 2006, winning with four rounds in the 60’s. Pic: Lesson- Never borrow your father’s hat, it never looks as good on you.
Dustin Johnson 9/1
Johnson is like a surfer who having missed a couple of big rollers, just caught the perfect wave. If his crumbling at the US Open was self inflicted his PGA loss was a travesty. What a guy though, Johnson picked himself off the canvass twice to win at the BMW Championship. Johnson is going to be a huge hit at Celtic Manor and lets hope he heads there with the Tour Championship laurels. My player of the season.
Pic: Dustin doesn’t even know his pool is a water hazard. Someone tell him please.
If I had a euro for every time I was asked by a student how can they achieve more distance from their game I would be a very wealthy man. Most golfers feel by buying the latest driver that has been so well marketed by the leading golf club companies they will surely gain more distance. However sadly this is rarely the case due to either poor technique or a physical limitation that effects the power they can create.
If the golfer’s technique is pretty good then improving the body is the answer to unlocking more distance out of your game. There have been thousands upon thousands of physical evaluations conducted on golfers and the most frequent trend is that most golfers have hip limitations.
Hip Twisters is a great exercise to stretch the hips and help you generate more explosive speed in your swing. Assume a golf posture with your hands out in front of you as if you were sking then jump and turn your hips to the left without moving the hands then twist back again. Repeat on the other side.
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I was reminded this week by a good friend of mine that two guys who won on Tour a few weeks ago were playing the same driver but in two very different lofts. In general and for most club golfers loft is your friend and I always encourage golfers to get the ball in the air first. Martin Kaymer uses 8.5º in his driver to help keep his spin rate low so he can stay behind the shot and launch it in the air. His shaft also produces a high launch angle so he uses his loft to get the ball flight flat once he pops it up there. Dustin Johnson has the same head but in 10.5º and he uses loft to help him to launch it high and then his shaft choice gets the ball to spin lower through its tip and kick-point profile. It demonstrates two very different products but both very effective ways of getting the ball to fly. It also proves that where there are two very different players and their swings there is always a very successful club solution.
With Derek Murray, www.foregolf.ie
Sunday, September 19, 2010
The task of kitting out the US Ryder Cup Team this year has fallen to Peter Millar and it looks like the designers have been watching a bit too much Don Draper from Mad Men as their creations are straight from a bygone era. The team will wear purple cardigan sweaters, dress shirts and dark striped flannel trousers for the Saturday matches. It is unclear yet whether all the players will be wearing cravats, smoking cigarettes without filters and drinking whiskey out of crystal tumblers!
When will professional golfers learn that other pastimes don’t come as easy as just hitting a ball down a fairway. Paul Azinger, a Champions Tour rookie having just turned 50, brought his season to a thudding end when he suffered bruised and cracked ribs in a motorbike accident. The former Ryder Cup Captain was spinning on his brand new BMW when a car turning left cut him off. Quick thinking Zinger lay down the bike and took the fall; the only option. His injuries are set to sideline him for about three months, though he is expected to take the commentators microphone at Celtic Manor The driver who failed to yield was later cited by cops.
After making the cut for the first time in nine tries last week in Holland, Spain’s Jose Manuel Lara went one better in winning the Austrian GolfOpen 2010. Lara claimed his first European Tour title in four years after beating David Lynn in a play-off.
Lara produced a closing round of 64, which included ten birdies, to put him on a 17 under par total. Lynn, playing in the final group made a career up and down on the last to force a playoff but needed three shots to find the green on the first extra hole and when he two-putted Lara was able to win with a par.
View highlights from the final round of the Austrian GolfOpen 2010 by clicking here or on the picture
"I was expecting something good. I was hitting the ball really well last week," Lara said.
"I wanted to win this tournament and the way I played today and this week, in my best dreams I never imagined that.
"Today I just came from behind and tried to work from the back and I did my job.
"It's a great time for me. All the guys supporting me, the Spaniards, I'm really happy now."
"I saved my card today. I've been struggling in the last few years and I've missed too many cuts."