USA have seized the points during day two of the Ryder Cup but session three has started with a wave of blue on the scoreboard. Darkness was a welcome visitor for an exhausted Team USA. Early start tomorrow!
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Pic: Ian Poulter Celebrates Holing a Long Putt For A Win on The Third
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Rory McIlroy’s 2010 Ryder Cup Practice Ground Swing in Konica Minolta Biz Hub Swing Vision Style Slow Motion
Enjoy Rory McIlory’s 2010 swing on the practice ground in Biz Hub Swing Vision slow motion as he heads into the Ryder Cup opening day fourballs with Graeme McDowell. Notice that Rory is working on keeping the face a little more shut during the takeaway.
Man Utd’s John O’Shea wins a Ryder Cup style ten metre chipping challenge staged by Betfair. Commentary by Andy Gray.
It looks like the morning fourballs on day one of the Ryder Cup could be an altogether much closer affair than many had predicted. The draw couldn’t have fallen more kindly for captain Pavin, though Jeff Overton has been given a chance to play early.
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Bet 1 : €10 on USA to win the Day One morning foursomes 3.5 to 0.5 at odds 22/1
The European guns out first are overwhelmed by the emotive scenes on the first tee and freeze. Only Rors and GMac grab a half but Woods, Johnson, Stricker and co with no expectations on them crank up the steamroller and whoop the Europeans.
Bet 2 :€230 on USA to be Day One Foursomes winner at odds 7/4.
Bet 3: €632.50 on Europe to win the afternoon fourballs 4 to 0 at odds 11/1.
With the pressure of the morning session off their shoulders and now playing their own balls Kaymer, Donald, Jimenez, Rors, Hanson and GMac set about doing what they’ve been doing all Summer- winning. Roars reverberate around the valleys like for a Shane Williams try at the Millenium Stadium. Winnings €7590
Bet 4: €7590 on Europe to be Day One Fourball winner at odds 6/5.
Bet 5: €16698 on Bubba Watson to be Top Rookie Points Scorer at odds 16/1
Bubba doesn’t do nerves. He beat Corey Pavin in a playoff this year for Gods sake by blasting a near 400 yard drive into a bottle neck fairway then pitching it inside the leather. And he went for broke at Whistling Straits only seeing glory in the playoff. A massive hitter and many peoples choice to be paired up with Tiger, its not beyond the realms of possibility that Bubba will play a stormer.
Bet 6: €283,866 on Francesco Molinari to be Top European Rookie at odds 11/2
Francesco may even get to play three of the four matches on the opening two days depending on how Monty sees the partnership with Edoardo progressing. These boys are the World Champions at foursomes and fourballs and Francesco, the more experienced brother has the steely nerve to deal with anyone in the singles.
Bet 7: €1,845,129 on The Correct Winning Score of 14.5 to 13.5 to Europe at odds 9/1
The most probable scoreline according to the bookies is a one point win for Europe. Scenes of sheer joy, the crowd singing “Bread Of Heaven” amidst a shower of champagne. And oh yeah you’ll never have to work again!
Winnings €18,451,290. Easy!
Ross Fisher is clearly up to no good in this picture. The prankster has just stuck a “kick me” sign on Monty’s ass, and the Molinari brothers have just seen it. Check out their faces!
The USA Team, green with envy after watching their European opponents all having fun with Rory wigs decided to come up with a team bonding idea of their own. They all posed yesterday in white woolly sweaters with the Ryder Cup crocheted on the centre. The brainwave of Hunter Mahan, the jumpers were knitted for the Team by the Grannies from the Shreddies adverts in a sweatshop just outside Newport.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
In an effort to diffuse the whole Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy shootout at dawn affair the European Team and caddies donned Rory wigs to show they’re all part of Team Europe. At least so says Monty at today’s press conference. The whole Tiger V Rory individual scenario was getting a bit out of hand for Captain Colin. Monty also revealed the team had motivational speeches from Sam Torrance, Ian Woosnam and rugby legend Gareth Edwards among others. At 6.45pm the most special of guest made an appearance when Ryder Cup hero Seve Ballesteros made an impassioned speech over the conference line. Every member of the team got to speak with Seve in a call that lasted almost an hour. Monty said the call made him feel proud and “sad” given Seve’s current condition. That call focussed the minds of the team for some time after said Monty but it was lightened later in the evening when Sky Sports laid on a “Question Of Sport” style quiz for the team.
from the official Ryder Cup Site
Colin Montgomerie played things very much as expected with his pairings for the first official practice session for the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor yesterday.
To nobody's surprise, Ulstermen Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy were partners and so were Italians Edoardo and Francesco Molinari, the first brothers to play in the match since 1963.
Behind them Lee Westwood, returning from seven weeks off with a torn calf muscle, was with US PGA champion Martin Kaymer - the two highest ranked players in the European line-up. They were in a group with Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez and Swede Peter Hanson.
The last group comprised Luke Donald, Ross Fisher, Padraig Harrington and Ian Poulter.
Montgomerie plans to get all 12 of his team into action as quickly as he can.
Poulter and Fisher finished fourth in the Omega Mission Hills World Cup last November - the Molinari brothers won it with McDowell and McIlroy second - while Donald was second at the Tour Championship on Sunday and Harrington showed a return to form on the same day with a 64 in Paris.
As for the Americans, Tiger Woods was in the same group as Steve Stricker, with whom he won all four games in last year's Presidents Cup.
But, officially at least, Woods was paired with Hunter Mahan and Stricker with Zach Johnson.
Behind them it was Matt Kuchar with Stewart Cink and Jim Furyk - the new £7million man after beating Donald by a shot on Sunday and in the process the FedEx Cup - with Jeff Overton.
And in the last group Phil Mickelson with Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson with Bubba Watson.
That appeared to be the experienced Mickelson, who this week equals the American record by making his eighth appearance, showing three newcomers the ropes.
There was some rain to contend with and some of the hills nearby were shrouded in fog, but the 24 players were able to get on the course on schedule.
Padraig Harrington took his Vivendi form into Tuesday's opening practice session at Celtic Manor. "He's like a rookie today and has had three eagles already," Colin Montgomerie said. "He's playing the best golf of my team out there and I feel the criticism has been very unjustified. He's a world player, he's won three major championships and the stature of the guy is second to none within our team. He walked into Celtic Manor on Sunday as if he was a rookie, it was fantastic, and he was really up about the whole thing. There are reasons why he was picked and judge me on that selection on October 4 and not on September 28."
Montgomerie also had a word for Lee Westwood "For him to start off so confidently with three birdies in the first four holes, it's always good for one's self esteem... when you have not played in a while and you come in and start ripping the ball like he is," said Montgomerie.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The European Ryder Cup Team will be able to draw from iconic images of past glories as Captain Monty has several posted on the locker’s of the team room. Rory McIlroy may have been only four months old when Christy O’Connor hit his famous two iron on the 18th in the Belfry in 1989 but the portrait of Christy looking towards the Heavens has transcended generations. There’s also Seve and Olazabal demonstrating how a successful Ryder Cup partnership is built on friendship and trust. All designed to have the hairs standing on the back of the player’s necks as they board the first tee.
Monday, September 27, 2010
To Lift The Cup: Europe 4/6
Lets look at the stats. Since the 29th July when Ross Fisher won the Irish Open, European team members Martin Kaymer (US PGA), Peter Hanson (Czech Open), Edoardo Molinari (Johnnie Walker), Miguel Angel Jimenez (Omega Masters) and Kaymer (KLM Open) again have won in successive weeks. Throw into the mix Luke Donald’s win in Madrid in May and his performance at the Celtic Manor Wales Open where GMac won and the ingredients seem irrestible. Of course like every champion boxer who steps into the ring, there is a chance of an upset but at 4/6 the odds seem almost generous for what should on paper be a comfortable European win.
Day One Winner: Europe 5/6
At the last Ryder Cup USA had amassed five and a half points after day one and the match was as good as settled. The only possible European pairing from then that could be recreated next Friday is Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington and with that partnership disbanded immediately after in Valhalla the chances of them being paired again are slim to none. Indeed I expect McDowell and McIlroy to emerge first from the clubhouse on Friday morning followed by the Molinari brothers. All going to script the momentum the opening matches create will feed back to those behind. Monty aims to create the same atmosphere as at the K Club in 2006, where Europe gained the opening day advantage. He’s even okayed a massive spectator cauldron around the first tee to give the Yanks the hee-bee gee-bees. Hope it works!
Top European Points Scorer: Luke Donald 9/1
The case for Luke Donald as top European points scorer is strong. The Englishman is arguably the form dog of the European team having contended at The Tour Championship in Atlanta last week. Donald answered Monty’s call in coming to the Wales Open on the 2010 course and showed that he can manage the venue when he finished third in the event. There’s also the little detail that Luke has never been on a losing Ryder Cup Team having won in 2004 and 2006. In his two matches Donald has only tasted defeat once. That was in the singles in 2004 where he lost to Chad Campbell, a defeat he avenged when again drawn against Campbell in the 2006 singles. There is one proviso, Donald had Garcia as a partner for four of his Ryder Cup points and with the Spaniard on the sidelines with his soother this time around, a new wingman will be needed. Luckily there are plenty of suitable candidates.
Top US Points Scorer: Dustin Johnson 9/1
Tiger Woods at 4/1 in this category is very tempting but I feel Dustin Johnson is irresistible at 10/1. Johnson is untainted by any memories of defeat in a USA shirt and his game should be well suited to the Celtic Manor layout. Johnson proved (with no sleep) in Adare during the Summer that his length and accuracy off the tee can bring long courses to their knees. DJ also has an amiable personality and will be crowd favourite on both sides. He proved this year that he can handle adversity and learn from it. His crumbling at the US Open could have had a psychological impact on lesser men, but to get right into contention again at the US PGA and then win the BMW show his strength of character. I expect him to play all five matches and if Corey gets his pairings right, Johnson could be the US man of the match.
Ian Poulter was the first European to arrive at Celtic Manor, a day before his team. The 2008 Man of the Match and this years WGC-Accenture Match Play Champion told Sky "I've been excited since February.”
Commenting on the event Poulter added "There's nothing else like the Ryder Cup. It doesn't come close to a major. We're out here playing for Europe and that means everything. In a major you're just playing for yourself, so there's lots of added weight to your shoulders this week."
Relive Poulter’s Highlights From the 2008 Ryder Cup below
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On The Tour Truck with Derek Murray Foregolf
The standard length for a putter in the shops is 35" and even 36". However we have never made a putter on the truck longer than 34". It is very important that your putter length allows your right arm(if you're R/H) to hang long or stretched out. Your eyes should also be over the ball. A great simple way to check the length of your putter is to put a piece of thin masking tape on the floor at home about 9 inches long. Scrunch up a sheet of paper and put it in your pocket. Take your putter and get into your normal putting position with the putter on the tape. Now take the piece of paper and drop it from your right eye as you hold your position. If it hits the top of the putter head then the length is good and if not move the tape to where the paper hit the ground. This is where your eyeline is and you need to adjust the length of your putter so it allows your eyes to be over the top of the ball. Your hands will now follow your eyes and you will hole more putts. Just remember if you shorten your putter you have to add lead tape to the head to rebalance it.
With Derek Murray, foregolf.ie
Phil Mickleson’s caddy Jim “Bones” Mackay is an altogether decent chap, so much so that he gave his business class seat on the American Team’s Ryder Cup charter to a fellow caddy. Joe Skovron who caddies for Ryder Cup rookie Rickie Fowler had been told by the PGA that the plane that they had booked could not accommodate him and two other caddies. On hearing the news, Bones immediately offered to give up his seat. “I knew how excited I was for my first one in ’95,” Mackay said. “I would have been bummed if I couldn’t have ridden with the rest of the team and I wanted him to have the full experience.” As it transpired Bones got his seat back when Steve Stricker’s wife pulled out of the trip which flew in to Wales today!
It was difficult to tell how by watching on TV how hot it was at East Lake in Atlanta for the Tour Championship last Saturday. Suffice to say the heat was so stifling that high flying KJ Choi’s caddy, Andy Prodger decided to don a pair of shorts for the first time in his 30 year career. Prodger, a cult hero in Korea, and who was voted the European Tour's "best-dressed" caddie in 2008 attempted to avoid ridicule from fellow caddies by wearing trousers on the range then nipping into a port-a-loo to pop on the shorts on his way to the first tee. "He needs SPF 4,000 for those (legs)," said Choi’s manager. Luckily rain on Sunday meant ‘Prodge’s Pins’ were covered again but not before strains of Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire” rang out from the caddies tent!
With the intense pressure that faces the Ryder Cup players on the first tee, in order to produce a straight powerful opening drive it is vital that they shift their weight to the back foot as they swing back. Nerves often produce a reverse pivot which is a swing fault characteristic where the weight remains on the front side in the backswing. From here it is very difficult to achieve a solid or consistent contact with the ball and is a real power leak. A good body motion involves the upper body turning away from the ball as the lower body resists. I must stress however that the hips still turn don’t try to hold them totally still. A good powerful backswing would have a 90 degree shoulder turn with the hips turning 45 degrees.
Physically it’s important that there is good mobility in both the thoracic spine and pelvis to perform a powerful backswing that turns correctly.
A swing drill I would recommend practising the next time you are on the range is to turn against an alignment rod or umbrella. Stick an alignment rod on the ground slightly angled towards the body. Get into golf posture with the rod against your hips and if you turn back correctly your hips will be against the rod at the top of the backswing. If a gap appears you would have reverse pivoted.
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Mortimer’s eagle brought him to 11 under par, one shot clear of Tour Damien McGrane who fully expected to be in a playoff before the Connemara man’s wonder putt.
It’s Mortimer’s second win at the Irish PGA showpiece event having first claimed it in 2006 and stands him in good stead as he faces the next stage of the gruelling Q-School in his bid to gain a European Tour card.
Congrats to David, Hughie and all at Ballyconnelly for producing yet another champion.
In A Ryder Cup style preview at the Tour Championship, Luke Donald charged late and Jim Furyk produced a wonder bunker on the last to hang on and claim both the Tour Championship and Fed Ex Cup. Final Round Highlights below from PGA Tour site