Saturday, November 20, 2010
Ian Poulter leads GMac by two as he recorded a six under par 64 to sit 19 under, thanks in no small part to two canned bombs of 17 and 18.
Asian specialist Simon Dyson and Rory McIlroy are also well in the hunt just two back.
Friday, November 19, 2010
We’ve spent the day (with the hard men) down the back of the The Golf Business “Road To Recovery” conference in the new Dublin Convention Centre. Organized by Carr golf services the event brought together 250 frontline golf personnel from all around the country for the first time to discuss the ‘cause of’ and ‘solution to’ Irish Golf’s problems.
Pic: Charles P. “Buddy” Darby III; a close relative of Davis Love III and Charles Howell III
The conference heard first from Dermot Desmond; what he talked about, I still don’t know but it definitely had a low carbon footprint- it could be used again and again for a variety of purposes. That may be a bit unfair- he did mention golf at the beginning and the end, which was nice!
He was followed by Kiawah Island’s Buddy Darby who highlighted some of the ideas used in Doonbeg to return to profit. Buddy came up with the quote of the day, “You can lead a horse to water, but you cant make him ………..a duck!”.
Mark Nolan from Dromoland Castle did a brilliant Brian Lenihan impression on it and allowed delegates to roleplay being members of the IMF, inviting us to view his business books over the past 10 years and gave his projections “going forward”.
Amid the charts and arrows, doom and gloom, a couple of serious points arose from the conference.
- An all encompassing Irish Golfing Body is desperately needed. Such a body would represent everyone in the Irish golfing business. It could and would lobby the government with a unified voice. It could grab the airline bosses, and wedgie them, until they agree to flying in the golfers again.
- Golf clubs need to share in order to survive. This could be anything from ideas, to staff, to machinery, but hey, we all just need to get on.
So well done Roddy and Marty Carr, good stuff. Just make sure ye take Buddy’s advice and now that we’re all lead to water, help make us ducks!
Halloween may be over but there’s a Poultergeist on top of the leaderboard at the halfway point of the UBS Hong Kong Open. Poults shot a super round of 60, seven shots better than his opening salvo to set the target at 13 under. The Englishman should have been joined at the top by Rory McIlroy but his round of 66 was blighted by a double bogey on the last which left him two shots behind.
UBS Hong Kong Open 2010 Second Round Leaderboard
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Here it is. Tiger’s new $50 million singles pad comes equipped with chipping and putting areas, pools and a gym complete with an oxygen therapy room.
The l0,000-square-foot, two-story home at the south end of the Island town, sits on 12-acres. He purchased the land for $44.5 million during 2006 and 2007.
There’s even appears to be one tee box in the southeast corner to hit drivers.
PGA TOUR Golf Challenge will features real-time 3D gameplay on Facebook. The game will allow participants to play rounds of golf to earn experience and level up through their career while also unlocking world-famous golf courses.
Daily challenges will allow players to compete against their Facebook friends, with weekly champions crowned as players vie for golf supremacy on Facebook.
Tailored to a casual gaming audience, the game features accessible, easy to master game play mechanics, including one-click swing, easy aiming with a mouse or keyboard, an assortment of custom clubs, and a variety of shot types.
Black sole and white crown, as my local car dealer says “she’ll be hard to keep clean”.
Dont expect too much tech talk from Taylormade about this driver as they’ve already max’d out the science bit with these R series drivers.
It also looks like the first driver ever from Taylormade to come without a shaft!
Dear Santy, please could you give me season 2 of The Wire and a pair of those Adidas Traxion Lite golf shoes. They look deadly. Like a pair of runners with permanent grips on the shoes. Cant wait until a committee member tries to kick me off the practice green for wearing sneakers or for wearing them on the good carpet in the clubhouse. Pic: Can I have a pint of cider please?
In perfect scoring conditions the highlight of round one was a hole in one from Simon Dyson on the par three 12th.
US Open champion Graeme McDowell – on a mission to reel in Martin Kaymer shot a five under 65 and is alongside Ireland's Damien McGrane, with Shane Lowry solid at two under on the leaderboard.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
If you’re involved with a club, have a product, if you’re involved in Tourism or work in the golf industry and are heading to the “Road To Recovery” Golf Business Conference this Friday, then please rock up and shake hands.
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Our “Doc’s Dawn Raid” club testing mornings in association with Golfbidder are hugely successful in promoting the host clubs and we’re planning a Pro tips video series over the Winter months where Pro’s can get PR for themselves and their clubs, again in association with Golfbidder, who reach a massive Irish, UK and European audience through their newsletters.
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Tonnes of ideas waiting to be explored by a captive audience, so see you Friday!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Okay we’ve all dyed our hair at some stage. It’s what you do when you’re in your twenties. Rory McIlroy unveiled his new Wurzel Gummidge meets Bon Jovi hairstyle in Hong Kong today during a press conference alongside stylist Graeme McDowell.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Winner alright- a message from Doc:
Last week we brought home Adam Scott in Singapore at an impressive 21/1. It may be our 12th cash in of the season but we still await a betting partner. Here are our UBS Hong Kong Open 2010 Betting Preview and Tips. Odds quoted are early and may improve closer to start of event. We’d love say where the odds came from and put their logo and link here for thousands to see, but hey, the brilliant marketing minds that work for betting companies must think their money is better spent throwing it at Sky Sports for TV ads!
UBS Hong Kong Open
Hong Kong GC
Fanling, Hong Kong 18 Nov 2010 - 21 Nov 2010
Graeme McDowell 12/1
GMac is grinding so hard right now because he knows a win in Hong Kong this week would see him overtake the absent Martin Kaymer in the Race To Dubai heading into the Tour Finale. What a season he has had with a US Open sandwiched in between a win in Wales and Valderrama, not to mention holing the winning Ryder Cup putt. McDowell has, like Jimenez, a chance to win a fourth title of 2010 but for him the stakes are much higher. I believe GMac deserves to win the Race To Dubai and even if this course is a hell of a lot easier than some he has won on of late his form last week is too good to ignore. Among the top five best players in the world just now? And has destiny on his side?
Ian Poulter 15/1
The straightest driver pretty much all week in Singapore, Poults paid the price for a bad tee shot on the 15th in the final round leading to a double bogey that sent him sliding down the leaderboard. After winning in Singapore last year Poulter came to Hong Kong and tied fifth so has to be worth another fiver given that the press commitments will be fewer this week. Notwithstanding his slip to tied sixth last Sunday, Poults has still managed to finish in the top-15 in four of the last five events and is to be written off at your peril for the title again this week.
Miguel Angel Jimenez 21/1
A stunning five under par closing round in Singapore last week saw Miguel bag another top 10 finish and with it fire a shot over the bows of the rest of the field heading to Hong Kong this week. With wins in Dubai, France and Switzerland already under his belt, the vino swilling Spaniard has the unique chance to go truly global with a another win on a course he has tasted victory on twice in the last six seasons. Can he do it all over again? A pint of San Miguel says he can.
Thongchai Jaidee 44/1
Its showtime for ex-paratrooper Thongchai Jaidee as his season kicks off around this time. The Thai who never sleeps in a bed was unlucky not to win in 2008 when he tied second behind Jimenez. Add to that two other top tens albeit before 2008 and his record here is impressive. Caught the eye in Portugal recently with a top-10 and hasn’t been outside the top-30 in his last two events. Best run-in since 2008, now can Jaidee swoop in for his fifth tour win?
Peter Lawrie 65/1
Torn between Peter Lawrie and Soren Kjeldsen for this tip but I’m going with the stealthy Dubliner. Lawrie lies an impressive 35th in the Race To Dubai and is set to tee it up in the big money event next week. However the Castleknock pro likes to line up the smaller events and with the extra emphasis on putting in Hong Kong, this could be a big week. Seventh last season and a good bet to finish in the top 10 again.
With thanks to Rick Veitch, Titleist Fairhaven
What’s In The Bag 2010 Adam Scott Barclays Singapore Open
The Australian plotted his way to a closing round of 68 to finish 17 under par, three ahead of Anders Hansen.
Scott’s nearest challenger looked to be defending champion Ian Poulter but the Englishman’s title defence effectively ended at the 15th when he pushed his drive right leading to double bogey while Scott birdied.
Graeme McDowell claimed a tie for third and cut further Martin Kaymer’s lead in The Race to Dubai, living on his wits at times on his way to a courageous 70.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Robert Garrigus put his St Jude Classic disappointment firmly behind him as he claimed the Childrens Miracle Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Network Cinderella Classic yesterday. Garrigus pants were bone dry this time as he shot an 8-under 64 to win the event and keep his Tour card.
Garrigus finished three shots clear of Roland Thatcher who squandered a four shot lead bogeying two of the last three holes. One grain of solace for was the news that a clutch par on the last from five feet secured second place and a cheque jumped him from 179th to 122nd to keep his playing privileges.
Thatcher joined Mark Wilson (123) and Michael Connell (115) as the only players to climb inside the top 125 after starting the week outside of it.
Troy Merritt also had reason to smile after he defeated Rickie Fowler and Aaron Baddeley in a playoff to win the $1 million Kodak Challenge.
Stuart Appleby emerged victorious in the JBWere Masters with two birdies on the closing holes, but Tiger Woods stole much of the limelight with a superb final round at the Victoria Golf Club yesterday.
Woods played the last six holes in six under including two eagles to surge up the leaderboard and finish fourth.
Following his round Woods committed to return next year, and hopes next time to bring some more top US players with him.