Saturday, October 9, 2010
Click on pic below to view Alfred Dunhill Links 2010 Second Round Highlights from the European Tour site
Friday, October 8, 2010
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 www.theheritage.com or contact Niall Carroll on 057-8645500
To win a fourball voucher for The Heritage email the answer to the following question to email@example.com by Sunday evening:
Q: In what county is The Five Star Heritage Golf and Spa Resort?
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Martin Laird is among four players sharing the lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2010. Click on picture below to view Day 1 Highlights on the European Tour website.
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.
photo credit: Ben van Hook
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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!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
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
- 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 www.killeencastle.com.
Monday, October 4, 2010
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
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
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
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
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’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
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
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
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!”
First pic of victory at the 2010 Ryder Cup. Report below from Ryder Cup.com
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.
Europe have won the 2010 Ryder Cup. It all came down to the final match, where Monty picked GMac, the Celtic Manor Wales Open and US Open champion to anchor his team. Despite a flush of red that brought the score back to 13.5 each, GMac held his nerve against a charging Hunter Mahan to win on the 17th. Here’s the final scoreboard
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Click on pic below to view highlights from the delayed third session of the 2010 Ryder Cup from the European Tour site. Europe lead 9.5 to 6.5 going into Monday’s singles.