Jonathon Byrd picked up a win at the 2010 Shriners. View final round highlights below.
Jonathon Byrd picked up a win at the 2010 Shriners. View final round highlights below.
Sad to see Sergio Garcia pick up right where he left off with a poor putting display which dropped him below the cutline in his home Castello Masters. A series of Sergio three putts during the second round were in marked contrast to playing partner Jose Maria Olazabal who battled bravely to a 68 to make the cut.
Why doesn’t Sergio just call up Paul Hurrion to get him sorted? He did the trick with Rory McIlroy.
Can anyone explain how Gonzo did not win last win last week in Vilamoura? I can. He missed putt after makeable putt after lording it tee to green. Ironically the only one of the leading players to have worse putting stats was Richard Green! Castano has kept the bank account topped up with top fives in Mallorca, Ireland, Austria and now Portugal and though he hasn’t managed to string two good weeks together this season, this week in Spain may be different. Stop moving Gonzo on your bloody putts!
I’m going to keep the faith with Alex for one week because I still believe he has better in him and his results suggest. Came out of the blocks with a 65 last week but a destructive driver cost him dear in the second round when he shot a horrible 73. He finished tied 36th, his lowest finish in three, having tied third in Austria and top 20’d at the Dunhill Links. If Noren drives it straight this week, he has the game to repeat his Crans Sur Sierre victory in 2009. Came third here in 2008
All eyes will be one Sergio Garcia and Jose Maria Olazabal as they make their return this week but another one of the home contingent to watch out for is Ignacio Garrido. Garrido is to golf what Kevin McBride is to heavyweight boxing, a journeyman who occasionally punches above his weight. The Spaniard has had a better season this year, with a top 15 at the British Open providing a springboard to some good cheques. Very impressive last week in Portugal, he finished four shots back for tied ninth, topping the driving stats for the week.
Just when you least expect it Peter Lawrie pops up and grabs the cash. I love to watch Lawrie play, he hits it no further than you or me, but his course management and short game are among the best on Tour. Tied sixth last week in Vilamoura and always very solid at the end of the season. Lawrie came close at the KLM Open, where Peter Hanson beat him in the playoff and also in Spain at the Open de Espana where he came third after defending his only Tour title won in Catalunya in 2008. A dark horse who goes quietly about his business. Wont know the course as good as some of the others but a dark horse.
If you’re after some long odds glory this week consider a small wager on Peter Hedblom. Missed the cut last week in Portugal, exactly as he did in 2008 when Garcia pipped him to the title. It’s been over a year now since Hedblom won the Johnnie Walker at Gleneagles and he will be hoping to rediscover some good form in the Spanish sun this week.
The marvellous bronze of Seve Ballesteros greeted the 16 participants of the latest “Golfbidder Doc’s Dawn Raid” club testing morning at the fantastic Heritage Golf Resort in Killenard, Co Laois. For this latest adventure Golfbidder supplied a shed load of drivers, fairway woods and a selection of wedges for the 16 participants to test on the range at the Seve Natural Golf School. Following the testing the lads were treated to a full Irish Brekkie before tackling the fabulous former Seve Trophy venue.
Pic: Mick Buggy and Cormac Doyle with Seve on front of the clubhouse at The Heritage.
Among the stars of the day were plus one handicapper Mick Buggy from Kilkenny who treated the crowd to an exhibition of ball striking both on the range and out on the Championship Course. Mick’s still on his way back after five years without touching a club and shot a one under par round in breezy conditions. Cormac Doyle from Matrix Golf Tours showed he’s no slouch either (off 8) as he recovered from nearly tearing the driving range down (see the video!) to end the day with the coveted title of “bandit”! Born entertainer Rory Murphy kept everyone laughing with stories of cheap green fees he’s managed to wangle off everywhere from St. Andrews to Bay Hill.
Among the weaponry that impressed was the TaylorMade SuperTri driver and the Ping Rapture V2 was a favourite of the lower handicappers. The unwieldy looking Nike Machspeed Driver proved as straight as the specs suggested and surprised everyone with its quality.
Thumbs Up From The Gang After The Round!
Watch out and sign up for the next Golfbidder Doc’s Dawn Raid coming your way soon!
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.
Full leaderboard on the topgolfer site http://ireland.vpar-golf.com/live/topgolfer
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 Frys.com 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, to 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.
Aussie Richard Green won the 2010 Portugal Masters today at the Oceanico Victoria resort in Vilamoura. View final round highlights on the European tour website by clicking on the pic below
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 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 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!
Robert Karlsson and Johan Edfors are among the leaders after day one of the Portugal Masters 2010. View first round highlights on the European Tour site by clicking on the pic below.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
"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.
If you found yourself on the edge of your seat watching the final round of The McGladrey Classic it’s probably because you fell asleep and slid into that position. Anyway here are the final round highlights from the 2010 McGladrey Classic on the PGA Tour.
Martin Kaymer completed a remarkable hat trick of Tour wins today by claiming the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2010. Final round scores are below:
Click on picture below to view Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2010 Final Round Highlights from the European Tour website:
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 www.theheritage.com or contact Niall Carroll on 057-8645500
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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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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!
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!
STARS LINE-OUT TO SUPPORT KILLEEN CASTLE UNDER 30’S MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
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 Rugby 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
For further information please call 01-6893000 or visit www.killeencastle.com.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Stewart Cink’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.
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.
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!
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!”