So what does the S on Tiger’s shirt at the Chevron World Challenge really stand for? I can think of lots of words starting with S that it could be, but my best guess is it looks like the Stanford University symbol. Tiger attended Stanford with Notah Begay III (aka Notably Gay) back in the day.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
GolfCentralDaily wishes Colm Moriarty and caddy Mark Roe all the best as they embark this morning on the six round pressure cooker that is European Tour qualifying school final. The event takes place at the PGA Golf Catalunya Resort in Spain and ends on Thursday with the top 30 players securing the coveted full-tour cards.
Colm’s 2010 highlight came at the British Open at St Andrews in July where he finished on one under kicking the ass of the likes of Stewart Cink and Phil Mickelson.
Also in the field at Q School from Ireland is Simon Thornton, Damien Mooney and Niall Kearney.We’ll be following the boys progress as the week progresses.
from Aussie PGA Full Article Click Here (but its pretty boring)
Geoff Ogilvy will take a commanding five-shot lead into the final round of the Australian Open after completing a sensational five-under 67 in near-perfect scoring conditions on Saturday at The Lakes Golf Club.
The in-form Victorian ended the day at minus 16, to have a healthy gap on playing partner Matt Jones who was unable to stay in touch with the Ogilvy during the third round.
Penn Graham (that boy ‘aint well): “I’m gonna catch you Ogilvy”
The early starters were forced to endured scattered showers but they cleared in the afternoon and the forecast 35km/h winds stayed away to make conditions ideal for scoring.
And Ogilvy took full advantage, in scintillating touch from the outset, with birdies at the 1st, 4th and 9th holes to charge away from the field.
He added further birdies at the 11th, 12 and 14th with his only blemish of the day coming at the par-three 18th, where he missed the green with his tee shot before two-putting for bogey.
But with a five-shot lead heading into the final round it would take a major collapse for the former US Open champion - or an incredible low-score from one of the chasing pack - to deny Ogilvy his first Stonehaven Cup.
Jones was unable to repeat the heroics of his course-record 64 on Friday, getting around in 71 to be at minus 11.
Australian Open Golf 2010 Third Round Leaderboard
Greg Chalmers, who shot the best score of the day a six-under 66, and Alistair Presnell are both a shot further back in a tie for third.
Chevron World Challenge 2010 Second Round Highlights. Woods Back To Old Self (we mean golf-wise) At Chevron!
Chevron World Challenge 2010 Second Round Highlights
Friday, December 3, 2010
Ever wondered what Tour pro’s do at night? Well if your Poults you spend the evening using a little app to Tweet pictures of what all your mates would look like if they were fat!
The Doctor who found the body of LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg after she committed suicide has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction. Dr. Thomas Hess was sentanced to one year probation and 40 hours of community service.
Hess is said to have told authorities he removed a suicide note and prescription medications from Blasberg's home before police arrived to investigate her death; because he wanted to spare her family embarrassment.
Blasberg (25) was found May 9 with a plastic bag over her head at Nevada home.
From Aussie PGA- click here for full article (but the rest is pretty boring!)
Geoff Ogilvy is the man to catch at the Australian Open holding a slender one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the tournament at The Lakes Golf Club, while American drawcard John Daly endured a torrid back nine to miss the cut for the weekend.
Pic: “Strike me roan- young Ogilvy’s in the lead!”
Having started the day three shots behind overnight leader Matthew Griffin, Ogilvy mixed consistency with the spectacular for a round of 65 to leave him at 11-under, one shot clear of Matt Jones who shot the round of the day, an eight under 64.
Jones, a regular on the US PGA Tour, was the major mover of the afternoon groups showing all his class as he fired eight birdies on a blemish-free round to end the day at 10-under.
Starting at the 10th alongside Adam Scott and China's Liang Wenchong, Ogilvy took full advantage of the favourable early conditions to make five birdies before the turn to set up his day.
Chevron World Challenge First Round Highlights. Is Tiger Back or Did He Just Chip and Putt Like A God Yesterday?
Chevron World Challenge First Round Leaderboard
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Griffin, whose longtime caddie Peter Beck died suddenly about a month ago, had seven birdies on some forgiving greens after a large amount of rain fell on the course the previous day.
He had a one-stroke lead over John Senden and was two strokes ahead of Alistair Presnell.
Australian Masters champion Stuart Appleby, Geoff Ogilvy, Peter Senior, Marc Leishman and Rod Pampling - all Australians - were among a group of nine players at 4 under.
American John Daly held a share of 13th place after carding 69, while five-time champion Greg Norman opened with a 74.
Harrington made his first birdie at No. 8, adding four more in his next six holes before the siren sounded with lightning threatening. Fisher double bogeyed 17 to spoil an otherwise excellent opening salvo.
Top-ranked Lee Westwood finished the day two back. The world number one tweeted to being happy with his day and even had time to kick off a war of words with Rory McIlory over having, wait for it, Grey Hair!
Why Graeme McDowell Should Win BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Twitter is where its at if you’re a golf professional at the moment. Long time tweeter Ian Poulter has now been joined by Lee Westwood and just the day Tiger Woods came on board too. Log on to twitter to follow the guys.Here’s just two of the latest tweets:
Eddie molinari looks like an ice cream seller for sure this morning!
posted by @WestwoodLee from Twitter for iPhone
GMac and Rory in room with a couple of not bad looking trophies
posted by IanJamesPoulter
Manassero, aged 17, won the CASTELLÓ MASTERS Costa Azahar on only his 14th Tour start. His season earnings were €890,401, good enough for 31st in the Race To Dubai.
“It is a big honour to win the Rookie of the Year award,” said Manassero, I never expected to win on Tour so quickly and to win the Rookie of the Year Award is a perfect way to end my first season as a professional. It is such a special award because you only get one chance to win it so it is a great honour.”
The Italian can add this latest accolade to a star amateur career in which he became the youngest winner of the Amateur Championship in 2009, and the youngest player to claim the Silver Medal for leading amateur in The Open Championship at Turnberry.
What’s In The Bag of Matteo Manassero
DRIVER: Titleist 910D2 - A1 Setting (9.5 degree with a Project X shaft)
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 909F2 3-wood (13.5 degree)
HYBRID: Titleist 909H (17 degree)
IRONS: Titleist AP2 (3-PW)
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (52 and 58 degree)
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Studio Select Fastback double bend
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Ross Fisher 10/1
A poor final round saw Ross Fisher drop down to 13th on the leaderboard at the season ending Dubai World Championship. It was his first outing in three weeks since his 16th at the HSBC Champions. Capable of great golf as his 64 on Friday on the Earth course proved. Ross gave five shots away to winner Robert Allenby here in the first round last year and only lost out in the end by one so I fully expect him to contend this week, even with fellow Englishman Lee Westwood in the field.
Anders Hansen 30/1
Another solid performance from our long odds shout last week saw a second consecutive finish of 11th for Anders. The Dane hit form in Singapore early in November finishing second and followed up with good display in Hong Kong. A good showing here would cap a lucrative end to the season.
Tim Clark 15/1
It’s a case of dust the clubs and come out for a bat for tiny Tim this week. Finished 25th at the HSBC Champions event but can be content with his breakthrough PGA tour win this season at the Players Championship. Three rounds in the 60’s helped him to a share of third last year. Putting is the key.
Adam Scott 7/1
It’s hard to see past Adam Scott at his home championship this week. Winner last year by five shots albeit on a different course, Scott comes to East Lake this week refreshed and brimming with confidence after his super win at the Barclays Singapore Open. That was Scott’s second win of the season after his Valero Texas Open victory on the PGA Tour and the bookies reckon on a Scott hat trick on a third Tour this week.
Stuart Appleby 15/1
Appleby is notorious in betting circles as the hardest man to tip on Tour. Time and again his performances come from absolutely nowhere and good weeks are regularly followed by shockers. His JB Were Masters win a couple of weeks proved that as he came from well down the field to pip Adam Bland on the rails. Having said all that Appleby is also looking for a third win of the year having tasted victory on the PGA Tour in August at the Greenbrier Classic. Those with a long memory will know that Appleby gifted Adam Scott the event last year when he shot 75 in the final round. Payback time?
Marcus Fraser 42/1
Very impressive in Hong Kong a few weeks back with four rounds in the 60’s (including a 63 in the second round) to record a top ten finish. Qualified for the season ending Race To Dubai Championship but never really got it going on the Earth course and a final round 75 saw Marcus drop to 32nd. He’s playing much better than that result suggests and if tiredness is not a factor, he could be in the mix from 42/1 this week.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Never one to miss out on a marketing opportunity, Ian Poulter and the good folks at IJP have worked through the night to come up this new version of TiddlyWinks, just in time for the Christmas market. The disks or “winks” in the game have been replaced by ball markers which must be flipped by dropping a golf ball from three inches overhead. The electronic version features the guest voice of European Tour referee Andy McFee who dishes out the penalties. The game is set to retail at $400,000.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
I had the pleasure of meeting Brett Waldman earlier this year at the JP McManus Pro-Am event in Adare whilst doing a “what’s in the bag” for Camilo and figured that he knew just a bit too much about his mans weaponry to be any ordinary looper.
It’s no surprise so to hear that Waldman shot a 68 in the final round in Dallas last week and made it through to next week's final stage at Orange County National in Orlando, where the top 25 earn their tour cards.
Waldman has caddied for his cousin, Tom Pernice Jr. and Ben Crane before joining Villegas. With zero practice all year and encouraged by his wife and friends, he waited until the last minute to pay the $5,000 Tour submission fee and taking his chances.
Waldman may now face a dilemma. With 25 PGA Tour cards, and 50 full Nationwide Tour cards on offer next week, he will have to decide between giving up the Villegas bags (and the money that goes with it) for the life of a Tour pro where absolutely nothing is guaranteed.
"I asked Camilo about it and he said, 'You've got to be kidding me. Play,'" Waldman said. "I think he's pretty fired up about it."
2008 order of merit winner Robert Karlsson has won the 2010 Dubai World Championship after a thrilling playoff with Ian Poulter. Both men birdied the 18th during the first playoff hole and Karlsson repeated the dose second time around for the title. As it transpired, Karlsson had two putts for the title after Poults suffered a bizarre rules infringement on the green when preparing for his birdie putt. The Englishman’s ball slipped out of his grasp from three inches over the ball and fell on the front of his marker moving it a little. Referee Andy McPhee immediately issued a one shot penalty for moving the ball which sucker punched Poulter. Karlsson’s four foot birdie putt made Poulter’s foul irrelevant as he claimed the first prize of €910,348.
The pair tied on the 14 under after Karlsson, overcame a three shot overnight deficit then pitched to three feet for a birdie on the 620 yard last.
Defending champion Lee Westwood missed out on his chance of a place in the playoff when he pulled his second to the last into the water. He produced a class chip to set up his par five, but it left him in a tie for third with Spain's Alvaro Quiros, while 21 year old Rory McIlroy was a shot further back after closing with an eagle for a 67.
Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell tied for 13th, which made Kaymer The European Tour's youngest Number One since Ronan Rafferty in 1989.
Martin Kaymer sealed the 2010 Race To Dubai with a level par final round to finish on six under for a tied 13th finish. Ironically the USPGA Champ finished on the same score as the US Open Champ, his nearest challenger. Gmac finished with a smashing 68 on the course that “frustrates the hell out of him” to get some satisfaction from the final round of his amazing season.
Kaymer becomes the second German to finish The European Tour season as Number One, following Bernhard Langer (1981 and 1984). At 25 years and 335 days he is the youngest player to be crowned Number One since Ireland’s Ronan Rafferty in 1989, who was 25 years and 289 days.
A devastating missed tiddler on the 10th looked to have finished Rory McIlroy but two birdies and a stunning eagle to finish saw him climb to 12 under for a respectable top five finish. Pic: Rory McIlroy’s Scorecard
Extracts from the European Tour website
The Race to Dubai on The 2011 European Tour International Schedule, featuring a minimum of 50 tournaments in 29 different destinations, including new events in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Malaysia and Sicily, will conclude with the Dubai World Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from December 8-11.
Three new events - the Volvo Golf Champions at The Royal Golf Club, Kingdom of Bahrain, from January 27-30, the Sicilian Open from March 17-20 and the Iskandar Johor Open from November 17-20 - appear on a schedule further enhanced by the return of the Volvo World Match Play Championship in addition to the biennial team events, The Vivendi Trophy with Seve Ballesteros and the Omega Mission Hills World Cup.
The sixth edition of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on January 20-23 will launch a month-long “Gulf Swing” taking in the Volvo Golf Champions – one of three Volvo-sponsored tournaments – and the established Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy and the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. This will be the 14th Qatar Masters and the 22nd Dubai Desert Classic.
Wentworth Club will, for the 31st time and the 28th in succession, host The European Tour’s flagship event – the BMW PGA Championship - from May 26-29, one of three tournaments in six weeks organised by the German car manufacturer with the BMW Italian Open from June 9-12 and the BMW International Open from June 23-26.
Jul 7‐10 The Barclays Scottish Open TBA
14‐17 THE 140th OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP Royal St George's GC, Sandwich, Kent
21‐24 Nordea Scandinavian Masters Bro Hof Slott GC, Stockholm, Sweden
28‐31 Irish Open TBA
Aug 4‐7 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio, USA
11‐14 US PGA CHAMPIONSHIP Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Georgia, USA
Robert Lee of Sky Sports commenting on a Robert Karlsson missed putt down the stretch at the Dubai World Championship. Bear in mind that Karlsson missed almost an entire season with a debilitating eye problem.
“Karlsson is normally such a dependable putter. Eye test required!”
It’s unclear whether Rob needed the help of fellow commentator David Howell to remove his foot from his mouth.