Click on the pic below to view third round highlights from the 2011 Africa Open on the European Tour website.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Bubba Watson hits a 330 yard driver off the deck to the 18th at Kapalua
Golf has never been more affordable and today former Seve Trophy venue The Heritage in Killenard, Co. Laois announced details of their membership rates for 2011. Options range from 7 and 5 day memberships to Family and Junior schemes. Most eye catching is the 5 day membership at an incredible €884 if taken up before the end of January. Full details of the Heritage 2011 Membership Rates are available by clicking read more below or on the picture. Contact Niall Carroll in The Heritage at 057-8642326 for more and log on www.theheritage.com
The Heritage 2011 Membership Rates
Forget about the adjustable Taylormade R11 driver, at Kapalua it’s all about the new TM Burner SuperFast 2.0. With a ghostly head and weighing in at 279 grams (that’s actually less than Charl Schwartzel) it's the Lightest TaylorMade Driver Ever. Apparently lighter means faster swings and five yards more distance.
These guys are good alright. Stuart Appleby noticed his Odyssey White Hot XG330 mallet putter was missing minutes before teeing off in Kapalua yesterday. After a frantic search in the official storage area without success, the Aussie bought a two-ball Odyssey Black Series from the pro shop and threw it in his bag.
The result? Appleby led the field in putting average for the first round at 1.462. He needed just 28 putts in his round of four under. Sweet!
Hyundai Tournament Of Champions 2011 First Round HIghlights from the PGA Tour.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Click on pic below to view highlights from the first round of the Africa Open 2011 on the European Tour Golf website.
First Round Leaderboard
It’s official. ECCO shoes are no longer exclusively for priests and to celebrate the Danish shoemakers have today announced the signing of Graeme McDowell to their stable. GMac will wear the brand’s logo on his headwear and stride out in the newly-launched Comfort Classic golf shoes.
The white text below is a quote from GMac on Ecco. The yellow text I added in myself purely for comic effect:
“I had a lot of success at the end of last year but suffered from a massive hole in my right shoe and the left one squeaked really bad and that led to some great new opportunities in terms of my equipment,” says McDowell. “When it came to footwear, partnering with ECCO was the best choice. The anti squeak technology is quite amazing and the really thick sole means I’m way higher in the air and can see very far off stuff. It is way beyond anything I’ve experienced before. I’m really looking forward to getting out on the course and actually being taller than Tim Clark and experiencing the difference it makes in competition.”
For almost 30 minutes after news began to emerge of Geoff Ogilvy having received several stitches in his hand putting his Tournament of Champions defence in jeopardy, betting website bet365.com continued to offer odds of 13/10 on Jim Furyk to defeat him in first round twoball betting.
News reports from Twitter had said: Two-time defending champion of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Geoff Ogilvy, needed 12 stitches to repair a wound on his right index finger suffered when the Aussie fell in shallow water on a beach in Maui.
Eagle eyed golf punters lumped onto the bet, until bet365 removed it from their site around 10.30pm last night. All eyes will now be on the first tee tomorrow to see if Ogilvy hits his drive before quitting and if Bet365 will honour their bets. Stitched fingers crossed!
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Long Drive Champ Sadlowski To Take On Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson In Kapalua Tournament of Champions
The world’s longest driver Jamie Sadlowski is set to go head to head with Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson in a long drive contest at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions pro-am later today.
Sadlowski practiced by hitting a few 400 yard plus drives yesterday. Now that’s what I like to call quality.
Bubba Watson got a sneak peek of the new Tiger Woods EA Sports game Tiger Woods 12: The Masters at Kapalua today. Apparently you have to be holding a dildo to play and Bubba was more than happy to oblige.
The game is due out in March with Bubba, Rickie Fowler and Zach Johnson as new player additions.
Here is the updated Graeme McDowell Srixon what’s in the bag set-up and specs for the 2011 season. These are correct as per GMac reporting on twitter and info from Horizon Sports Management at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Heartbreaking news in the press today with the revelation that Power Balance admit their silicone wrsitbands have absolutely no scientific basis. I’m gutted. I took mine off five minutes ago and have fallen over three times already. They do work, I tell you!
Monday, January 3, 2011
Well almost. While the rest of the select field will be in a dogfight over the million plus bucks first prize our GMac will be using the event to figure out just how high his new srixon weaponry sends his new srixon ball. The Srixon blog have today officially announced what we reported weeks ago- that McDowell is in the Srixon stable.
Along with asking their new charge if he liked Jay Leno, tap ins and going to the beach the “fun” guys at Srixon also got around to asking GMac why he decided to change:-
Coming off the biggest year of your career, what made you switch to Cleveland Golf/Srixon?
I was a Cleveland Wedge player most of my amateur career and my college days. I had a relationship with the guys on and off throughout the years, it was just the right time. Obviously the Srixon golf ball was a ball that appealed to me, I had heard so many good things about it. Let’s be honest, nowadays the golf ball is a huge part of the whole deal and it was a ball I wanted to try out. Instantly I really loved the ball. I was at a stage my career where it is great to come on with a company like Cleveland/Srixon and have input of energy into my career. Obviously, I am trying to get to the next level and become one of the world’s best players. I just think this equipment is what can get me there.
I’ve read the above a few times and it doesn’t mention money, dosh, wedge or moolah anywhere. Ha! However our code cracking department tell us that if you substitute the word “cash” for “ball” in the above statement, it all makes perfect sense.
Well done Graeme, Conor and all concerned; cant wait to do a fresh “what’s in the bag”.
Hyundai Tournament of Champions, PGA Tour 2011
Plantation Course at Kapalua, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii
Stuart Appleby 22/1
Appleby will be the happiest man to regain his place in the Hawaii field by virtue of his Greenbrier Classic win back in August. It must be Sun, the waves and the surf that endears Hawaii to the Aussie because he ruled here in the mid naughties with three consecutive victories in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Appleby also finished the season with an impressive win at the JB Were Masters back in November so at odds of 22/1 or so this looks like the bet of the week.
Geoff Ogilivy 10/1
Having just spoken about Stuart Appleby’s three wins here, if you throw Geoff Ogilvy into the mix you get five Aussie winners from the last seven stagings. Ogilvy has bagged $2.25 million bucks from winning this event for the past two seasons and having warmed up with an Australian Open win before Christmas it looks like being a battle of the Roos this week. The Ogilvy’s are sure to make it a family affair this week, having left his expectant wife at home while he defended last season.
Ernie Els 11/1
Ernie Els is fast getting back to his best and will be certainly one to watch going into the 2011 major season. Els won both the WGC-CA and Arnold Palmer Invitational in March last year to gain his place in Hawaii. The South African set the tournament record of 31 under when winning by eight shots at the Plantation Course in 2003. That was the first of Els three Hawaiian Island wins as he added two Sony Opens in January of 2003 and 2004. A brilliant recent victory over Retief Goosen in the South African Open in December makes Els a real contender this week.
Ian Poulter 17/1
Having made us all so jealous after tweeting so very frequently from his sundrenched Christmas break, Rodders, I mean Poults will absolutely love all the lavishness of this PGA season opener. The Kapalua resort course should be right up Poulter’s alley resembling as it does many of the Floridian courses where plenty of birdies are the order of the day. It wouldn’t surprise anyone to see Arsenal’s biggest fan emulate his team’s achievements and continue his climb up the world rankings with a good result this week.
Anthony Kim 30/1
Although he won the Shell Houston Open in April, 2010 seemed to bypass Anthony Kim like a ship in the night. Hampered by a thumb injury and hurt by a Ryder Cup snub Kim will be keen to put last season firmly behind him and re-establish himself as one of the world’s best. Tied second here in 2009 even if Ogilivy won by six shots on that occasion. One to watch from decent odds, for me Kim is still the USA’s only realistic antidote to Rory McIlroy’s brilliance.
Rory McIlroy speaking to Mobile Boost at half time of the Knicks game on Sunday.
Africa Open Betting Tips
East London GC
East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa 06 Jan 2011 - 09 Jan 2011
Retief Goosen 7/1
Goose chose to play the Tournament Of Champions in Hawaii this time last season so he returns to East London this week as a defending champion of sorts having won the event in 2009. Winless since the 2009 Transitions on the PGA Tour but Retief showed some really good form when coming close at the South African Open before the Christmas break. Not the type of guy to overdose on the mulled wine, even though he has his own label, expect Goosen to come out all guns blazing this week.
Charl Schwartzel 8/1
Charl is the defending champion this week and the form South African in the field. Made a late charge at the South African to score a fourth place and will probably be the only player in the field to emerge from the Christmas thinner than when he went in. He won two in a row in the Sunshine last year and though he wont have it all his own this round with Goosen in the field, he’s still the man to beat.
Thomas Aiken 20/1
Thomas Aiken is one of the most consistent players on the Tour making the most of his talents. The South African came so close last year but a double bogey early in his final round gave the advantage to Charl Schwartzel who pipped him to the title by one. Aiken impressed at the end of 2010 with three top 15’s in Dubai, the Alfred Dunhill and the South African Open. New greens were laid at the East London golf club following last years event and if Aiken can get up to speed on these to putt as well as did last year he’s a threat to the big boys.
Robert Rock 25/1
I was very impressed with Robert Rock’s 64,64 at the weekend in the South African Open and that tied fifth result will evoke happy memories for the Englishman as he makes the flight back down to the Eastern Cape following the Christmas holidays. The East London Golf Club in January is inevitably a very windy place and demands shot making of the highest order which should be right up Rock’s street.
Darren Clarke 30/1
A new season, happy in his home life, fine wines, sunshine and lots of wind- sounds like the perfect ingredients for a Darren Clarke comeback. Came to East London with high hopes of gunning for a Ryder Cup place last year after working on his putting with Phil Kenyon and finishing tied second in 2009 but only managed to crack 70 once on his way to 28th. Hasn’t played since Dubai but I like Darren in the wind and would just love to see the big man get back to his best. Write him off at your peril.