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Pelle Edberg, “the man with the bandanna” is no longer err “the man with the bandanna”.  Commentators working at the Sicilian Open today actually failed to recognize the Swede without his trademark bandanna as he sported an all new look during the first round.

Edberg, voted the “Tour’s Top Model in 2005”, revealed a new Justin Timberlake-esqe flat cap in an effort to retake the title from Johan “Zoolander” Edfors who has blitzed all style comers for the past five seasons. Edberg also gave a nod to the jockeys at Cheltenham by wearing chevrons on one sleeve of his white sweater.  We salute you Pelle!

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Paul Casey played bogey-free on the tough Copperhead course at Innisbrook for a 7-under 64 to take the lead among the early starters at the Transitions Championship on Thursday. Casey made back-to-back birdies late in his round to surge past Nick Watney, who is coming off the biggest win of his career last week in the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Doral. Watney had seven birdies in 12 holes before missing a few greens toward the end of his round and settling for a 66. John Senden would have joined Watney except for his second hole of the day. The Australian opened with a birdie and was in position for another on the par-5 11th. But at the top of his swing with a 3-wood from the light rough, he noticed the ball move and couldn't keep from hitting it. Once he hit his third to the green, he mentioned the slight movement to his caddie and called a rules official. Senden called the one-shot penalty on himself and ended up with a 67.


Click on pic below to view highlights from the first round of the 2011 Sicilian Open on the European Tour website.

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José Manuel Lara overcame an early double bogey to finish day one of the Sicilian Open tied for the lead with Stephen Dodd.
The Spaniard produced nine birdies to finish with a six under par 65, matching Dodd’s earlier effort at Donnafugata Golf Resort & SPA.
He was joined by Welsh veteran Dodd, who mixed six birdies with two bogeys before a late eagle on the par five 16th.
The 44 year old has won three times on The European Tour, but not since 2006 and has not finished better than 40th in four events this season.

Damian McGrane was best of the Irish on day one on under but returning Shane Lowry and Peter Lawrie are well in touch on one over.

A layman and maybe a tad jealous man’s five good reasons to reform this weeks rather controversial Tavistock Cup.

1. The Tavistock Cup in its current format does nothing to promote the game of golf. Quite the opposite, it puts people off.  The event is more like Horse Polo or a Regatta than a golf tournament.

2. Being among the elite is one thing, but flaunting it on TV, while the world burns is a whole different thing.

poulter helicopter 3. The best defence of those involved is that the event raises millions for charity each year.  Yet there is absolutely no mention of charity anywhere on the homepage of the Tavistock Cup website.  There is however a very very expensive watch! Don’t you think charity might start by saving $5,000 a time by cutting out the luxury helicopters that pointlessly drop players back down the road.  We had that in Ireland once, it was called The Galway Races.

4. Isn’t it more likely that the event raises more for the property developers in the participating clubs and gated communities and those sellin2 pairs of shoesg the toys that the mega loaded surround themselves with? Outrageous product placement of super cars like the red Audi parked in the middle of the fairway that David Feherty spent five minutes trying to start kind of proves my point.

5. Watching ultra rich players and their invited spectators from gated communities snort and guffaw over prawn sandwiches doesn’t exactly warm people’s hearts as they struggle to pay the mortgage and healthcare.   Pic: Exactly how many pairs of shoes does Justin go through in two days?

The Lake Nona team hammered the rest at the Tavistock Cup at Islesworth. England’s Oliver Wilson won the individual honours on the day on 7 under, one shot clear of Robert Allenby with Adam Scott a shot further back. Tiger Woods shot 69, three -under par on his home course.

Wilson finished 3-3-3 including a chip in at the 17th hole for an eagle and picked up the Payne Stewart salver award for his low round.

Lake Nona was 43-under par as a team, 16 shots clear of team Albany at 27-under. Isleworth was 25-under followed by Queenwood at 18-under.

Newspapers listen up.  Reporting accuracy is the foundation on which broadsheet journalism is built.  Yesterday Rory McIlory branded reports that he had splashed out $2 million dollars on a Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 as "total bollocks".  How could you guys have mcilroy veyron veron funny picbeen so sloppy?  Luckily here at GolfCentralDaily we have our roots planted firmly in "imagination" and have absolutely no truth issues.

Thus we can now exclusively reveal the mix-up that lead reporters to jump all over the Bugatti Veyron story.  The truth is that although McIlroy did not buy a Veyron, he did snap up aging midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron  from Argentine club Estudiantes.  

Manchester United fan McIlroy is said to have been gutted when the former Old Trafford  general signed for Chelsea in 2003  and snapped him up for nothing on a free transfer.  "It's great to be in a position to purchase a Veron.  He will be very useful on Tour" Rors tweeted  "I was looking for some strength in depth in the luggage carrying department and I believe Veron can still play a very important role.  And don't worry, he will be wearing a Manchester United jersey everyday! Lol"

Journalists are said to have seen a large black and red object moving around McIlroy's garage and mistakenly confused Veron with the Veyron.  Sloppy lads, sloppy!


You would think that with some of the world’s best players on show on The Tavistock Cup, they would have a half decent website.  But no.  Following the first day of the new four team event the headlines on www.tavistockcup.com  include  “CONGRATULATIONS TO ERNIE ELS ON WINNING THE SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN” and “CONGRATULATIONS TO GRAEME MCDOWELL ON A SUCCESSFUL 2010”.  How shoddy is that?

tavistock crap headline Ian Poulter tweeted today about the money raised by the event for good causes, “How about the 8 million dollars that has been donated to charity from the Tavistock Cup. I think its a great event which donates generously”.  Yet there is absolutely no mention of charity, of causes or how to donate anywhere on the homepage.


Graeme McDowell and Retief Goosen were co-top scorers on day one of the Tavistock Cup, shooting a 12-under-par better-ball score of 60 for Lane Nona, a score also matched by Brian Davis and JB Holmes playing for Isleworth.

Top scorers for the Albany Club in the Bahamas were Justin Rose and Ian Poulter who shot 61 for while Tiger Woods and Indian Arjun Atwal combined for an eight under 64 for the .

Isleworth lead on a cumulative 30 under and with singles to come, Albany are two behind, three ahead of Lake Nona.

The other new club, Queenwood in Surrey - whose team comprises Darren Clarke, David Howell, Paul McGinley, Adam Scott, Soren Kjeldsen and Thomas Bjorn - stand 14 adrift.  They weren’t helped by an outrageous Darren Clarke shank, which the big Ulsterman took in good spirit.

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Jonathon Byrd 40/1

jonathan_byrdA Jonathon Byrd finished last year with a hole in one playoff win at the Justin Timberlake Shriners event and then repeated the dose at the Tournament Of Champions that kicked off this season. Since then his form has been nothing to write home about, but the man from Georgia seemed to discover some form on the range Friday evening at Doral, where he shot 68, 68 at the weekend for a top 10 finish. That will see travelling to the copperhead course in good spirits which will be further lifted by having had three top 10’s in the last five years.

Nick Watney 12/1

nick watney Butch Harmon’s star pupil has only finished outside the top 10 once since last years Tour Championship. Played brilliantly again at Doral to win his first WGC event, even though he was saddled with the favourites tag from early on. Tied fourth here last year, the highlight a Saturday 65 on a devilishly tough track. Can he win two weeks in a row?

KJ Choi 45/1

KJ Choi  Watch for Choi over the next couple of weeks. Finished second here last year and went on to almost steal the Masters. Showed he still has game with a tied seventh at the Northern Trust Open. The last of his PGA Tour wins was the Sony Open in Hawaii in 2008 but don’t count out the elder lemon of the field this week.


Bubba Watson 20/1


Furore 06 Bubba has been struggling with fitness lately having not played since the WGC matchplay. He suffered from a suspected torn stomach muscle two weeks ago and again cited illness last week. If he does make it back, it will be Watson’s third trip to Innisbrook. First time he hated it and missed the cut, but his 2010 performance included a 65 and yielded a third place finish. A fit Watson is a force to be reckoned with.



Retief Goosen 20/1

gooseThere was a time when Retief Goosen was one of the most feared guys every time he teed it up. Those 14 wins in Europe, five on the regular PGA Tour and two Majors haven’t been added to since March 2009 when he won this event. Finished second to Els at the South African Open and tied third at the HSBC in February. The experts will tell you that if Goosen is ever win again on the PGA Tour, it will be on a course like this.

Jason Day 80/1

jason day_thumb[2] If you’re looking for long odds shouts this week, consider the Aussies. Fellow “drongo” John Senden has tied twice at Doral in ’07 and ’08 but I like the chances of the new breed of “flamin’ gallahs” which includes Jason Day. Last years Byron Nelson champion has only carded one top 10 (at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions) but has the potential to contend.

nick watney Would you believe it? A European didn't win a big event for the first time in ages and Butch’s eye managed to stay wide open all weekend.  Wonders will never cease.

The running joke all week was Nick Watney’s caddy who is bound by some curse not to cut his hair until his boss finishes outside the top 10.  And it doesn't look that going to happen anytime soon as Watney was supreme on Sunday.

Having come so close two years ago in his duel with Phil Mickelson, Watney reckoned the course “owed me one” and so it proved as he held off Dustin Johnson down the stretch.  His final round of 67 included seven birdies, one of which was on the 18th, the first time he had managed a three there in his career.

Anders Hansen and Francesco Molinari tied third whilst McIlroy and Harrington slumped to tie tenth.  Luke Donald produced another workmanlike round of even par to tie for sixth.

Rounds of the day were from Rickie Fowler and Tiger Woods who both shot 66.  Could we be looking at these to contend at Augusta?

And what about Butch?  A clean bill of health, coach to the top two and eagle eyed. Wow!

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Irish eyes could be smiling tonight as both Rory McIlroy and Pagraig Harrington are in touch heading into the final round of the WGC Cadillac in Doral.

Rors may have been battling a swollen foot after dropping a weight on it during a gym session but he is just three shots behind leader Dustin Johnson having made six birdies and three bogeys in his third round, describing his performance as “workmanlike”.  “I’m sure there’s a low one out there,” Rory said when asked if he was eyeing another Quail Hollow-like 63.

Padraig Harrington meanwhile carded a third round 68, to leave him four off the lead. He will be aiming to taste victory for the first time since the 2008 PGA Championship

But the affable Irishman is anxious to see if he can win the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. He’ll start the final round at 9 under and four strokes off the lead held by Dustin Johnson after Saturday’s 68.

The round of 4 under marked the first time Harrington had broken 70 on the weekend in three stroke play events this year. In fact, it beat his best score in the final two rounds this year on the PGA TOUR by four shots.

“A lot of events over here last year, I was in the top‑10 going into the last round, three, four, back. It’s doable but it means a big day tomorrow and I had that a lot last year and I don’t want to press too hard or too quickly. Have to wait and see how we get on and keep playing the same way.”

tiger beardLets face it, poor old Hunter Mahan has a face only a mother could love.  So maybe it is understandable that the WGC pace setter, who got well and truly hammered with the ugly stick, would try to cover it with a beard and shades.  Problem for Hunter is that he’s one of those guys with wispy stubble like an adolescent schoolboy.  I’ve seen more hairs on a gooseberry. It’s just never going to work.

Tiger on the other hand used to be the poster boy for Gillette, firing various balls at best mates Roger Federer and Thierry Henri.  But that was back in the day when he would get up on a crack in a plate.

Now more mature and absolutely cured he has cultivated a beard designed to drive any would be temptresses far away. My wife calls it “a chin minge” and describes the gardening Tiger has done there as good enough to be worn by highest of high class hookers.

The world’s greatest golf analyst Butch Harmon, dropped from the Sky Sports team for repeatedly winking suggestively at Di Stewart (or Dougherty or whatever she’s called now) may be on his way back for Sky’s Masters coverage after a special sitting of the Ocular Court today ruled in his favour.

Justice John Hawksworth ruled that Harmon had absolutely no control over the actions of his left eye and could not be responsible for its behaviour.  A psychologists report dubbed the eye as “completely crazy” and admitted failure in trying to get it to open up after several sessions.           Pic: That’s one crazy-ass eye you got there alright Butch!

Harmon’s eye is widely believed to have developed the Herbert Lom twitch after a freak accident in which the sun’s rays refracted off the diamond embedded in his belly-button and burned his retina.

It’s hoped that recent advances in Botox treatment may give Harmon back his quality of life and its thought it might also be used on his eye.  The American has not been seen on our screens sine the Punch and Judy actor that used hold his eye open with fishing line on Thursdays passed away.

The TopGolfer Tour is back and has announced an increase of over 50% in the number of scratch cups on its schedule in 2011. The Tour for single figure players now has over 5,000 members.

The K Club, 2006 Ryder Cup host venue, is but one of 46 on the 2011 schedule.

Rob Hill of TopGolfer said “We think this is great news not just for golfers who play off single figure handicaps, but for the game as a whole in Ireland and golf in this country needs some good news. Our goal was always to try and re-energise scratch cups and this announcement proves that both players and clubs will support a good idea. Last year’s success gave us all the encouragement we needed to push ahead with expanding both the tour and the community”.

Also announced were details of the Kelkin Revive Order of Merit which aims to offer competitors a flavour of life on a professional tour. There will be points up for grabs at every tour event, accumulating over the year and offering a route to the end of season Tour Championship finale.

This year the TopGolfer Tour Championship will be played at Druids Glen Golf Resort on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2011. All of the Scratch Cup winners from the year and 5 Order of Merit qualifiers will battle over 36-holes on the Druids Glen course to find Irelands TopGolfer for 2011.

For more information visit www.topgolfer.ie or Contact: Robert Hill | Phone: +353 86 6812744 | robert@roberthillconsulting.com

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tiger sean foley Back in the day when Tiger was beating the bejaysus out of the field and the media, he didn’t need a swing coach to follow him out on the course with the camera, analyzing the plane of every swing.  In the build up to todays WGC Tiger trotted out more prose to cover up his paralysis by analysis issues. “I can do it on the range, I can do it in Isleworth" he says. “In spurts” he adds.

During practice yesterday swing coach Sean Foley filmed every Tiger shot; the pair even stopped intermittently in the middle of the fairway to watch slow motion reviews of the ever evolving swing. 

Tiger says he and Foley have become good friends on and off Is there course, sharing life advice as well as swing advice. Meanwhile a war of words is erupting between Foley and ex-coach Hank Haney after Foley’s “unprofessional” remark about Haney’s methods.

Could it be that Woods is equating his swing to his mental game?  He made bad swings when he was winning Major’s, loads of them; what beat the field then was his single minded determination and sense of entitlement to do so.   The question is this: Is Sean Foley unwittingly becoming the crutch that Tiger’s using to heal his mind rather than his swing?

by Brian Keogh, Irish Golf Desk

Graeme McDowell is riding such a tidal wave of confidence right now that not even the prospect of a four-day battle with the Blue Monster seems like a frightening prospect.

Having come through his tussle with the Bear Trap with flying colours and signed off with a course-record equalling 64 to claim a share of sixth place in the Honda Classic on Sunday, the US Open champion tees it up in the $8.5m WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami with high hopes of challenging for his first World Golf Championship title.

Do you have an aspiring young golfer in your family?

Stephen Sweeney from the Tour Golf Academy has just announced details of their Summer Training Camp at Lough Erne Resort from July 3rd to 9th, 2011.  The academy gives the next generation of Tour stars the chance to prepare, practice and develop their golfing skills just like a Tour Pro.

Stephen Sweeney, Director of Instruction at the says “Our training camp incorporates a holistic approach to the game  of golf, improving your overall game and not just your swing. At this new and unique style of training for junior golfers, you will get the chance to experience how some of the best players practice and prepare for tournament golf. You will learn how to improve your physical fitness, strength and conditioning, mental approach, and diet and nutrition, as well as course management skills and of course improving your golf swing”.

tour golf academy lough erne resortThe camp will incorporate long game and short game video analysis tuition at the brand new Faldo Academy as well as on course tuition and tournament play on both Castlehume and Lough Erne championship courses.

To join the Tour Golf Academy at one of Europe’s best golf training facilities this Summer and take your game to the next level or for any further enquiries please contact;

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The pairings have been unveiled for the WGC Cadillac Championship and true to form the tournament officials have once again produced the bizarre, pairing the top 24 ranked players together for the first two rounds.

For some,  the strategy has worked out well. The full back line from Europe’s Ryder Cup Team in world No. 1 Martin Kaymer,  Lee Westwood and Luke Donald are sure to have a fun time.

For others it hasn’t.  Form man and new world No. 4 Graeme McDowell will not be standing downwind of partner Tiger Woods for fear of being spit upon whilst third member Phil Mickelson isn’t exactly best buddies with Woods either following epic battles in 2005 and 2009 at Doral.

The other 45 players in the field are spread out randomly.

An eagle eyed reader called Dario has been feverishly sending me comments to alert me to the fact that Rory Sabbatini and Gabriella Sabatini are not actually brother and sister after all and that all my articles linking the two last week were factually incorrect.

Fair play to you Dario, slap those handcuffs on me.  I thought the whole world would believe that Rory was ejected from the Sabbatini family farm in Argentina for refusing to uphold the family tradition of castrating bulls using only his teeth, and sent to live with his mean old uncle in South Africa.

So once again, apologies and for the record Rory and Gabriella are not brother and sister. I promise never to pull a stunt like that again.  Not even for comic effect.


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jupiter_island_slide2 from Tigerwoods.com

“Pretty soon, I'll be moving into my new home in Jupiter, Fla. I'm excited about that and even more excited about my new practice facility. It's phenomenal. Working with my team, I designed the short-game facility and oversaw its construction. It features four greens, six bunkers with different depths and kinds of sand, a video center and a putting studio. If no wind is blowing, the longest club I can hit is a 7-iron. It's also set up so I can hit shots out of my second-story studio.”

Full article link http://web.tigerwoods.com/design/jupiter_island.html

I met with all the characters representing Ireland’s top golf courses and accommodation at the recent 2011 PGA Show in Orlando.  Before you book your next holiday check out the vid!

Golf Writer Andy Roberts gives us the low down on this weeks WGC Cadillac Championship.

andy roberts The leading lights of European golf will be looking to end a 15-year drought of wins on Doral's TPC Blue Monster course at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship this week.

With 20 Europeans taking part in the 69-man strong field, including our newly formed quartet at the summit of the Official World Rankings, it would seem there is every chance to fill the void stretching back to Nick Faldo's victory in 1995.

Over the past 12 months, Europeans have shifted the golfing balance this side of the Atlantic, claiming five of the last four majors and five WGCs - including a recent European one-two in Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Final.

Germany's Kaymer will deservedly start as favourite, looking to make an instant impact in his first tournament as world number one - and he has every chance of winning the $1.4 million prize following his tie for third last year.

Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell is also hotly fancied to claim a hat-trick of wins in America, following his course record-equalling 64 in the final round of the Honda Classic last week to finish inside the top 10. After struggling at Doral in 2009, the Ulsterman put a first round 74 behind him in 2010 to climb into a tie for sixth.

But it will be no easy task for our stars considering the world's top-50 ranked players are here in force for the first time in the tournament's history since 2005, including defending champion from South Africa, Ernie Els.

Els broke his two-year winless streak in this event last year when carding an 18-under par total to beat fellow South African Charl Schwartzel by four shots.

Looking for something similar is American Tiger Woods, who is competing in a tournament for the first-time as world number five. Woods will be hoping to rekindle former glories having won here twice when the event was known as the Ford Championship at Doral - including a memorable duel with compatriot Phil Mickelson in 2005 and once again in 2007 at the WGC.

There is no question, however, the demise of Woods has given the Europeans, and the rest of the world for that matter, the confidence to kick on. Having endured his first winless season as a professional in 2010, while dealing with his well-documented personal issues, Woods has continued to look out of sorts in his three events and nine rounds so far this year.

The former five-year world number one carded a final round 75 at the Famers Insurance Open to finish tied 44th and once again at the Dubai Desert Classic when finishing tied 20th. If that was not bad enough, Woods was then dumped out by lowly-seeded Thomas Bjorn in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play when double-bogeying the first extra hole.

With just one month to go until the first major of the season, the world's best will want to fine tune their games in preparation for Augusta, and none more so than defending Masters champion Mickelson. The world number six has recorded two top 10s so far this year but was sent packing to America's bright young prodigy Rickie Fowler in the second-round of the Match Play two weeks ago.

It would be like picking a needle from a haystack to find the winner this week, but one thing is for certain, there will be more red numbers posted on the leaderboard than at last week's Honda Classic where just 13 players broke par. Expect a birdie fest, warm weather and hopefully yet another World Golf Championship winner from this side of the pond.

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2011 WGC Cadillac Championship Betting Preview and Tips-early odds on the exchanges.

Last week: We tipped YE Yang at 55/1

Graeme McDowell 16/1

gmac funny pic[4] There’s no easy out this week at the WGC Cadillac Championship (formerly the CA C’ship) with the top 50 in the world penciled in to play. After shooting a brilliant 64 last Sunday at PGA National, GMac heads to the Blue Monster in buoyant form. That’s five top tens in his last six events for the Portrush man. After struggling at Doral in 2009, GMac put a first round 74 behind him in 2010 to climb back to a tie for sixth. Good in the wind and top five in driving accuracy on the PGA Tour this year, there’s no two ways about it, GMac is the form horse, figuratively speaking of course.

Martin Kaymer 10/1

kaymer Martin Kaymer changed his schedule this season to hopefully challenge for these WGC events dropping the Phoenix Open where he missed the cut in 2010. Thus the German returns to Doral where he tied third last season with high hopes. Lost out to an imperious Luke Donald in the first WGC event but that just went to prove the new world number one is set to challenge for all the top titles this year. Already a winner in Abu Dhabi this season, does Kaymer have the Vorsprung Durch Technik to handle the Monster?


Charl Schwartzel 34/1

praying_mantis_green01 The 2001 Joburg Open champion made his first appearance in a PGA strokeplay last week at the Honda and tied for 14th. Not impressed? A poor third round 74 may have done for his chances but that was sandwiched in between three rounds in the 60’s on a tough track in windy conditions. It’s set to be more of the same this week at Doral, thus perfect for the South African contingent. The Ray Floyd restored Blue Monster seems to suit Shwartzel’s game as he took Ernie Els all the way last year before slipping at the end. Wont be overawed by the stars on show. One to watch.

Bill Haas 46/1

bill haaas Haas version 2.0 has replaced dad Jay on the PGA Tour and so far so good for the North Carolina man. Billy picked up a win last year at The Bob Hope Classic and almost defended this season. Three top tens in his six events played this year, the younger Haas is continuing the family tradition of consistent golf. Driving accuracy will be key if Haas is to emulate his tied sixth performance last year in this event.

Alvaro Quiros 30/1

quiros funny A swampland track always buffeted by a tough wind with 11 water hazards; it doesn’t strike you as a place where the likes of Alvaro Quiros could contend. But contend he does and will again for my money. Finished 13th on his first visit two years back and improved to tie sixth last season. The Spaniard has, lets say, paced himself so far this season but his schedule has been vindicated by three top-10’s from five appearances including his Dubai Desert Classic win. There’s no man I’d rather have playing the 467 yard par four 18th into the teeth of the wind than Alvaro!

Geoff Ogilvy 42/1

geoff ogilvy stitches[5] You can never count him in but in the same breath you can never count him out. Something of a WGC specialist, the Aussie tied third here in 2007 before returning to win in 2008. Good in the wind and streakier than Fat Frank in Old School, if he does it don’t say you weren’t warned.

  To be an ass or not to be an ass? That is the question facing the golf world’s media today in the wake of Rory Sabbatini’s win at The Honda Classic.

On the ass side, the South African has gotten himself into plenty of trouble on and off the course with his short fuse and fiery temper.  Remember when he stormed off on “slow coach” Ben Crane (and his wife Amy showed up the next day with a “keep up” t-shirt) or the several times he let fly at Tiger Woods over the years?

On the non ass side, Sabbatini has been proven right in most of what he said.  Tiger Woods it turns out is the real ass and is indeed “more beatable than ever” as claimed by Sabbatini.  And in the six years since the slow play incident,  Ben Cramy sabbatiniane, though a super star on youtube, is now well know as one of the slowest players on tour.

Rory Sabbatini says himself he’s not proud of some of the things he has said rory sabbatini hondaand done on Tour over the years but vows now to be a role model to his kids.  Now sporting a Greg Norman style the ex bad-boy wears it not a fashion statement, but a barrier from the sun after suffering a skin cancer problem on his face.

So today Mr Sabbatini we officially absolve you of your ass and take our hats off to you.

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gabriella The real beauty of Rory Sabbatini can only be seen in looking at his sister Gabriella.  And she is immensely proud of her brother. Though their Argentinean father cast Rory out for refusing to castrate a bull using only his teeth, the youngest Sabbatini forged a new life for himself with his uncle in South Africa.

“ Down the stretch I feel no pressure” said Rors, “Pressure is having to angle your head under a raging bull before sinking your teeth squarely across his bag of sweets, if you know what I mean”, he continued.

Yusef Elin Yang or Y.E. as he is better known damn near forced a playoff and GMac shot the bleedin’ lights out with a 64 to tie for sixth. But you know what makes me happiest?  Tommy two gloves Gainey finishing fifth on his own. What a trier fair play to the man.

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Dont get me wrong, I love Jerry Kelly on the PGA Tour.  He wears his heart on his sleeve; there has to a bit of Irish in there somewhere. But yesterday on the Tour, Kelly benefitted from the same technology that helped DQ Padraig Harrington a couple of months back.  Kelly grabbed a photographers high powered lens to identify his ball in a tree.

Personally I have no problem with both the use of the camera and the ruling in this case.  If technology and cameras are to be used, they should be in there to aid the players they are trained on.  What would that have meant for Harrington’s shuddering ball?  A referee walking up to Padraig on the green, informing him the ball moved, the addition of a penalty strokes but no DQ.  Here’s the video of the Kelly incident.

 gabriela-sabatini (1)Kyle Stanley, the man, the legend, the magician who will disappear on Sunday leads the PGA Tour after “going home” day at the Honda Classic. The big hero of the day was Rory Sabbatini who shot the lights out with a 64 in a gale at PGA National.  Sabbatini is said to have learned how to read the winds during a youth spent herding heifers with sister and former tennis babe Gabriella on the Argentinian plains before leaving to live with his Granduncle Bakkies in South Africa.

Pic: Rory’s sister Gabriella, hirsute tennis ace

Tommy two gloves Gainey (wonder is he wearing his explosive vest) is right in there at two under as is the Tweetmaster Lee Westwood on one under.  Westwood can retake his spot on the world No.1 seesaw with a good finish.  Rors and Gmac made the cut though both are back on four over.

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