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• 7:45 a.m./10:52 a.m. - Jonathan Byrd, Ross Fisher, Sean O'Hair
• 7:56 a.m./11:03 a.m. - Sandy Lyle, Alex Cejka, a-David Chung
• 8:07 a.m./1:14 a.m. - Jerry Kelly, Camilo Villegas, Jeff Overton
• 8:18 a.m./11:25 a.m. - Ben Crenshaw, Brandt Snedeker, Kevin Na
• 8:29 a.m./11:36 a.m. - Mark O'Meara, Anders Hansen, Heath Slocum
• 8:40 a.m./11:47 a.m. - Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Nick Watney
• 8:51 a.m./12:09 p.m. - Vijay Singh, Tim Clark, Aaron Baddeley
• 9:02 a.m./12:20 p.m. - Gregory Havret, Carl Pettersen, Ryan Palmer
• 9:14 a.m./12:31 p.m. - Martin Laird, Mark Wilson, Bo Van Pelt
• 9:24 a.m./12:42 p.m. - Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day
• 9:35 a.m./12:53 p.m. - Mike Weir, Hiroyuki Fujita, Retief Goosen
• 9:57 a.m./1:04 p.m. - Padraig Harrington, Ryo Ishikawa, Bill Haas
• 10:08 a.m./1:15 p.m. - Larry Mize, Rory Sabbatini, a-Jin Jeong
• 10:19 a.m./1:26 p.m. - Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar
• 10:30 a.m./1:37 p.m. - Hunter Mahan, Ernie Els, Francesco Molinari
• 10:41 a.m./1:48 p.m. - Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, Robert Allenby
• 10:52 a.m./1:59 p.m. - Arjun Atwal, Sergio Garcia, Robert Karlsson
• 11:03 a.m./7:45 a.m. - Charl Schwartzel, Stuart Appleby, Charley Hoffman
• 11:14 a.m./7:56 a.m. - Ian Woosnam, D.A. Points, Ben Crane
• 11:25 a.m./8:07 a.m. - Craig Stadler, Kevin Streelman, a-Nathan Smith
• 11:36 a.m./8:18 a.m. - Peter Hanson, Kyung-Tae Kim, Ryan Moore
• 11:47 a.m./8:29 a.m. - Angel Cabrera, Ian Poulter, David Toms
• 12:09 p.m./8:40 a.m. - Trevor Immelman, Lucas Glover, a-Hideki Matsuyama
• 12:20 p.m./8:51 a.m. - Zach Johnson, Y.E. Yang, Migual Angel Jimenez
• 12:31 p.m./9:02 a.m. - Jose Maria Olazabal, Davis Love III, a-Lion Kim
• 12:42 p.m./9:13 a.m. - Tom Watson, Ricky Barnes, Jason Bohn
• 12:53 p.m./9:24 a.m. - Fred Couples, Luke Donald, Steve Stricker
• 1:04 p.m./9:35 a.m. - Anthony Kim, Henrik Stenson, Steve Marino
• 1:15 p.m./9:57 a.m. - Bubba Watson, Paul Casey, Edoardo Molinari
• 1:26 p.m./10:08 a.m. - Stewart Cink, Jim Furyk, Yuta Ikeda
• 1:37 p.m./10:19 a.m. - Justin Rose, K.J. Choi, Louis Oosthuizen
• 1:48 p.m./10:30 a.m. - Phil Mickelson, Geoff Ogilvy, a-Peter Uihlein
• 1:59 p.m./10:41 a.m. - Jhonattan Vegas, Gary Woodland, Alvaro Quiros

Augusta Chairman Billy Payne announced that from next year 2012 the average joe can register for the lottery to buy practice-round tickets for the  Masters on the Masters.com website.  He also said  a small number of daily tournament tickets will be available also. It is the first time in 47 years that daily tickets will be sold. Yes folks you heard right, 47 years!

The list of “patrons”  who get tickets or “badges” has been closed since 1971 and opened again for five minutes in 2000 before closing again.  The Masters ticketing is the biggest golf tournament for touts in the world.

Masters badges are like hens teeth. The face value of a four day badge is $200 but by the time the smelly old farts sell them on to the touts they go for over $3,000.

This announcement by Billy Payne is just a steaming pile of horse crap designed to divert attention from the blatent touting scam they preside over.

Lee Westwood says himself his game is in excellent shape coming into this weeks Masters.  Not even a cockpit fire on Thursday on board his jet from Houston could phase the Englishman.  He described the incident as a ‘bit scary’.

“The smoke was coming from the cockpit and they told us later they couldn't drop our masks because they feed oxygen into the cabin and if there was a fire it would have fanned the flames.  The plane came down in a bit of a nose dive because you obviously have to get down as quick as you can. There had been a small fire somewhere in the instruments and we had the three fire tenders chasing us down the runaway, but I think that's just a precaution.”

augusta_national_golf_club No it wasn’t Rory Sabbatini or even Gary Player, the sound was actual chainsaws clearing up after a storm hit Augusta last night. PGA champ Martin Kaymer and fellow German Alex Cejka were delayed by 45 mins before their practice round.

The storms toppled trees and some power lines across Augusta but only minor damage to tree limbs was reported on the golf course.

What’s in the Bag 2012 Phil Mickelson

Update: 8th March 2012
Here's what was in Phil's Bag at the 2012 Pebble Beach Pro-Am
DRIVER: Callaway RAZR Fit (9.5°) with a Fujikura Motore Speeder VC7.2 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha Diablo (15°) with a Fujikura Rombax 80B shaft
HYBRID: Callaway X prototype (19°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 73X shaft
IRONS: Callaway X-Forged (4), RAZR X Forged Muscleback (5-PW) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Series JAWS (52°, 60°, 64°) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Blade Prototype
BALL: Callaway Hex Black Tour



Poults has been busy ironing out a few creases ahead of the Masters on Thursday.  His address position looks fairly bang on but that inverse C on his upper back is of some concern with just two days to go. Poults put in a good three hours yesterday on low heat, low steam and plans to finish off his preparation today with a little work on his shorts game.

18thGreenOldLinksWe are celebrating Masters week with an extra special prize on the links in Ballylffin, County Donegal. Our winner will receive a fourball on the Old Links, overnight accommodation and a fourball the following day on the Glashedy course.

The Great North Links Challenge takes place over Ballyliffin, Royal Portrush and Portstewart on October 5-7th 2011- Teams of 4 compete over the three days for team and individual prizes- entry is only €175.Contact Ballyliffin for entry forms and further details. www.ballyliffingolfclub.com

To enter email your answer plus your name and address to examinerspindoc@eircom.net.

Question: Tiger Woods plays what brand of golf equipment?

Congrats to last weeks winner John Lonergan, Fermoy,Co.Cork who answered Phil Mickelson.

 

Mind Funk with Karl Morris

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Darren’s Practice Drill

Last week we spoke about the importance of making your practice more difficult than the real game. A reader, Steve Kelly commented “We use to have to do something like this in hurling training we'd train with wet heavy sliotars so when you play a match with a new one you'd find it easier to hit. It did work.”

Many golf coaches talk about WORKING HARD, but it is usually judged in terms of time by the number of balls hit and standing on the range for hours. Well, anyone can make their hands bleed or get blisters on their feet by spending too much time practicing. The concept of hard practice here is making the TASK more difficult than the game. We need to move away from this archaic interpretation of what good practice is.

darren clarke chipping Far better we have a short practice session which is difficult in the way it is appropriate to your own golf, but builds mental and physical toughness by stretching the system in a way which leads to genuine self-confidence. Just consider now how you could make a portion of your practice more difficult than the game.

One of the players I have worked with for many years is Darren Clarke who loves to play a short game drill called ‘Par 18’

The simple short game drill which has you playing 9 par twos from differing locations around the green BUT (and this is the most important part) you MUST write down your score at the end of the session. You can take Par 18 to a different level in that if you score 21 or better, you play the game again but this time, with two balls! Taking the worst ball score of the two balls for a further 9 holes. If you shoot 21 or better with the two balls, you get to play the game again this time with 3 balls!

Darren Clarke 1 As you can see, with this system you NEVER stop making the game more difficult. The better you get at the game the harder it becomes. Remember, you are only allowed to play par 18 once in any given day unless you shoot 21 or better. Take to heart and emblazon it on your soul the key concept of making practice more difficult than the game. I absolutely guarantee that this way each time you go out to work on your game, you will be stressing your system and the system will respond by becoming STRONGER.

Check out Karl’s website www.golf-brain.com

About Karl

Karl Morris is one of Europe’s leading MIND COACHES, delivering cutting edge methods of peak performance and goal achievement to a range of clients across sports and business.  From the world of golf, he has worked with players such as 2010 US Open Champion Graeme McDowell, 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen, Darren Clarke, David Howell, Lee Westwood, Paul McGinley, Richard Finch, Phil Archer, US Open Champion Alison Nicholas and Trish Johnson.

masters black caddies It’s Masters week and I can just smell the magnolias. Yes there’s more than golf to be had down South with pretty flowers, green jackets and bikini waxed greens all in glorious 3D. At least that is the image the “patrons” at Augusta want the television audience to see. Chairman of Augusta Billy Payne and his green blazered soldiers are determined to insure that their little outpost, situated in the middle of a run down neighbourhood in Augusta Georgia, remains a modern day plantation as the world around them gets on with getting on.

So it’s pretty understandable that GMac and Ian Poulter’s little behind the scenes movies shot on their iphones inside Augusta did not go down well with the suits. Our embedded pro’s posted them on twitter only to be immediately hit with a strongly worded slap on the wrists and a request to desist from video phone use from an Augusta National spokesman.

poulter tweet It’s not as if the videos exposed much. Poulter’s film just depicts the inside of the locker room. Maybe they were worried one of the lockers might spring open to reveal some anti women golfer placards and Ku Klux Clan conical hats? I’m with the lads, it was just a bit of harmless fun. For most of us, the only chance we’ll ever get to play Augusta National is on the playstation. I personally think it’s a bit rich coming from an organization whose allocation of tickets or “badges” as they call them in Augusta is the greatest ticket tout scandal in the world, where old fogies that signed up for badges in the 70’s, still sell on to the same touts every year for a ball of dollars.

I love golf and the tournament that’s played on the fabulous Augusta National course but I will always have my doubts about what goes on around the mahogany tables in the Butler Cabin. It isn’t a wet week since they had all black caddies and their attitude towards women players remains frankly disgusting. However for all their idiosyncrasies the green jacket brigade still thrives and there’s no argument, it’s one hell of a Major.

So who had the last laugh, Ian Poulter or Billy Payne? Poults of course when he tweeted “Looks like I will be taking next week off now. No Masters for me and Graeme_McDowell, was it worth it.” On the first of April!

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Flexibility in Calf

With the Masters starting on Thursday this is the time of year where a lot of club golfers dust off their clubs and head off to the golf course for their first game of the year. Generally playing after a long lay off can leave some parts of your body a little stiff the next day. Walking on a soft hilly terrain such as a golf course can leave your calf muscles stiff and sore especially if you have not done it in a while! Having better flexibility in your calf is of vital importance for mobility in your lower leg.

Half Kneeling Calf Stretch

Get into a half kneeling position with your right knee down and left foot forward. Holding onto the head of your golf club place the grip of the club four inches forward of your big toe and hold the club vertically. Keeping your back straight and heel on the ground lunge forward trying to get your knee to touch the club. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and switch legs. Do this daily and you will notice a huge difference in power and mobility in your lower leg and stability in your stance without any of that niggling post round stiffness.

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With top Irish amateur and TPI certified fitness instructor Robbie Cannon of Harrington Golf. To book a session call Robbie on 086-6002432. Video Of This Exercise Coming Soon.

 

Check out Stacy Lewis’s mother Janet (highlighted) jumping into Poppy’s Pond after her daughter won the Kraft Nabisco Title on the LPGA Tour.  One second after this pic was snapped, Janet’s leg snapped in three feet of water.  Health and safety hazard is that pond, I always said it was only a matter of time until someone came a cropper.  It’s okay though, Janet’s going to be okay after her epic golf fail.  The Fountains of Wayne are considering releasing an alternate version of “Stacy’s Mon” as a tribute.

Betting Preview And Tips: The Masters 2011

Phil Mickelson 13/2

doc and phil mickelson_thumb[2] Phil’s driving the ball out of sight and he if can tighten up on his accuracy this week and continue to putt well, there’s nobody to match him. Winner of the Houston Open last week and veteran of 18 Masters Mickelson will start as the bookies favourite. Wins in 2004, 2006 and 2010 aside, Phil has amassed 10 other top-10’s at Augusta including four third place finishes. Hold on to your hats folks it going to be a roller coaster with Lefty but whatever happens you’ll enjoy the ride.

 

Nick Watney 18/1

watney It seems inevitable that one of the young guns is going to bag a major this year and of those Nick Watney is the most in form. This will be Watney’s fourth Masters, he’s never been outside the top 20 and scored a seventh place finish last year thanks in the main to a Sunday 65. Mister consistency has had four top 10’s from five strokeplay events this year including a win at the WGC Cadillac in mid March. Much fancied by the bookies.

 

KJ Choi 66/1

kj choi suit The likeable Korean has not won on Tour since the 2008 Sony Open but always remains a decent each way bet for the Masters. The lowest iron he carries in his bag is a 6-iron but that didn’t stop him finishing sixth last time out at Arnie’s event in Bay Hill. Choi contended well into Sunday at last years Masters before slipping into a tie for fourth. Knows the track inside out and what it’s like to be in the shakeup having had a best result of third in 2004. Should be around the 7/1 mark “to finish in the top 10”, I’ll be having a little piece of that.

Justin Rose 35/1

justin rose_thumb[1] I’d imagine Justin Rose is pumped at returning to Augusta having not got an “invite” last year. The Englishman has had a mixed bag in his five attempts to date but did register a tied fifth finish in 2007. Excellent recent form too tying fifth at the Transitions and third at Bay Hill last time out. The last European to put on the green jacket was Olazabal in 1999, so no pressure Justin. Look for “Top European” odds for Rose on Thursday before the start, you should get some value there.

 

 

Anthony Kim 40/1

anthony kim funny pic_thumb[2] With only one top 10 this season to date, the odds are generous on Anthony Kim doing any damage at Augusta but I saw enough in his 13th place finish when defended in Houston last week to give him the nod. Kim still lacks consistency but a Friday 64 at Redstone indicates he can go low. He can also do when it really matters too, who can forget that brilliant final round 65 last year to give him third.

 

 

Best Of The Rest

hunter mahan funny[4] Hunter Mahan (25/1) has top 10’d the past two years at Augusta and knows how to win big events having bagged the WGC Bridgestone last season. Yet to enter the winner’s enclosure in 2011 but came mighty close at Pebble Beach finishing second to add to three other top 10’s . Past champ Trevor Immelman (75/1) comes into this week having had his best finish for some time at Bay Hill two weeks ago and it will be interesting to see if the 2008 winner can contend again in this his ninth tilt at the title.

The US Masters 2011 Betting Preview and Tips

From European Tour

A birdie at the second extra hole saw David Horsey overcome Rhys Davies and Jaco Van Zyl in a three-man play-off to win the Trophée Hassan II in Agadir. After a final round full of tension, incredible drama at the final hole sent the trio to extra holes in Morocco. Defending champion Davies and England’s Horsey – who had a hole in one at the second – exchanged blows all day at the top of the leaderboard.  With one to play, Horsey was one ahead of the Welshman and two clear of Van Zyl, but took five from the middle of the fairway and six in total.  His double bogey left Davies a four footer for the win, but inexplicably one of The European Tour’s finest putters ran it two feet past.  Having gone into the bunker when they replayed the 18th, Horsey had to make a fine eight foot clutch putt to stay in it after Davies missed a third putt to win - this time from 20 feet. Horsey pushed his approach right again on his third trip down the last, but rather than find the bunker he caught the bank on the edge of the green and rolled to three feet - and this time he made no mistake.

Final Round Highlights

Click on pic to view final round highlights from the European Tour website.

Here is the draw and timesheet for the 2011 West Of Ireland Amateur Open Championship.  Click on the image to open in full page.

It promises to be a fantastic battle with top amateurs including Paul Cutler, Paul Dunne and our own TPI fitness expert Robbie Cannon among the 150 players with a handicap of 0.4 or lower teeing it up.

Trophée Hassan II

Golf du Palais Royal and Golf de L’Océan,Agadir,Morocco

Raphael Jacquelin 16/1

raf jack There’s no arguing who the form dog in Rabat this week but will Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin conquer again? Winner in Sicily two weeks back and tied fourth in Andalucia with four rounds in the 60’s. Finished down in 56th last year but hadn’t been playing for over a month. Big Chance.

Rafa Cabrero Bello 24/1

Rafael Cabrera Bello[4] Rafa is rapidly becoming one of my favourite players. His consistency is quite astonishing; even when he doesn’t contend; he’s never far away. The Spaniard hasn’t been outside the top 30 in his last eight events (discounting the DQ in South Africa). Played his first event back in five last week and finished 11th.

Tetsuji Hiratsuka 80/1

Japans-Tetsuji-Hiratsuka Forty year old HIratsuka has plied his trade mainly in Japan and on the Asian Tour but made a rare appearence over this side of the world last week in Andalucia where he finished 18th.  Has a best European Tour finish of third at last years Avanatha Masters in India.  A winner three times on the Asian Tour last season and one to watch at super odds.

Mikko Ilonen 110/1

mikko Former West Of Ireland Champion Mikko made his comeback after two months out last week and failed to make the cut. The Flying Finn with the broken wing made a super run through the field in the final round last season to finish tied third.

 

Christian Nilsson 60/1

nilsson Steady improvement for the Swede from 34th in Sicily to a very respectable seventh at the nudist beach in Malaga last week. Also finished seventh in the first staging of this event last year. The 2009 Saint Omer winner will eye this week as a big chance to get some credit on his card.

Jeppe Huldahl 90/1

JeppeHuldahl060809 Who’s that with the fangs? Yep its Jeppe, the 2009 Wales Open winner. Scored his first top ten in over a year tying fourth last week. Started poorly here last year with a 73 but found the measure of the place thereafter to finish 15th. He can be got at 11/1 to score a top 10 finish. Let’s hope Jeppe can get the bit between his dodgy teeth!

Computer Predictions

Predicted Finish

Name

Season Average Finish

Last 5 events finish

Average result in similar weather in last 5 years

Season Scoring Average

Cuts Made In a Row

Overall % Chance of winning

1

Thomas Bjorn

40.67

32.40

67.00

71.09

1

84.062

2

Raphael Jacquelin

31.57

30.80

15.00

70.34

4

82.706

3

Rafael Cabrera Bello

14.57

16.00

40.00

70.01

9

77.637

4

Tetsuji Hiratsuka

37.50

37.50

0.00

70.31

5

76.494

5

Joost Luiten

53.67

59.80

17.00

70.93

3

72.605

6

Simon Dyson

68.33

64.00

22.33

72.10

0

72.420

7

Gregory Bourdy

43.83

46.40

61.00

71.20

4

71.863

8

Darren Clarke

39.43

46.00

30.67

70.82

0

71.102

9

Bradley Dredge

37.60

37.60

79.50

70.96

0

69.665

10

David Horsey

68.00

50.40

27.00

71.81

5

69.492

2011 Trophee Hassan II Betting Preview and Tips

Mind Funk with Karl Morris

Why your Current Practice MAY be making you’re a WORSE golfer!!

Is the practice you are currently doing making you a better golfer? Can you honestly say you have continued to improve at your game? If you can truly say ‘Yes’ then you are almost unique!

However, I think if you are honest you would probably have to say your game has stagnated, it may not have got much worse, but chances are your improvement is now fairly minimal.

Kevin O’Brien’s recent exploits at the cricket World Cup reminded me of a wonderful story about Sir Donald Bradman, the legendary Aussie cricketer who averaged 99.94 and would have finished his career averaging 100 if he hadn’t been out for a duck in his final test innings. Part of Bradman’s practice ritual was to work on his batting with a golf ball and a cricket stump. He would throw the golf ball at a wall then defend it with his cricket stump. Just imagine the speed the ball would come off the

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wall and the difficulty in defending himself with a stump which was not much bigger than the ball itself.

Hour after hour Bradman would practice in this way. It was also said he would try to find a wall that was completely uneven just to make the exercise even more difficult. Seve Ballesteros learnt to play golf with just a three iron. I can still remember standing open mouthed at a clinic he gave when he stood hitting high lob shots over a trap with just a 3 iron. Do you think playing pitches with a sand wedge would seem fairly simple after that?

The key point in sport is, if you want to train your brain at the same time as your body and build mental toughness, you need to MAKE A PORTION OF PRACTICE MORE DIFFICULT THAN THE REAL GAME.

Examples of ‘Harder Practice’

Putt to a tee not the hole. Just from short range 6ft and in by putting to a tee your PERCEPTION of the size of the hole changes

Play 9 holes of ‘Worst Ball’ Hit two shots off the tee and you have to take the worst shot all the way into the hole. This shows you how bad your ‘bad’ is.

About Karl

Karl Morris is one of Europe’s leading MIND COACHES, delivering cutting edge methods of peak performance and goal achievement to a range of clients across sports and business.  From the world of golf, he has worked with players such as 2010 US Open Champion Graeme McDowell, 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen, Darren Clarke, David Howell, Lee Westwood, Paul McGinley, Richard Finch, Phil Archer, US Open Champion Alison Nicholas and Trish Johnson.

Betting Preview And Tips

Shell Houston Open

Monday Mar 28 – Sunday Apr 3, 2011

Redstone Golf Club Tournament Course · Humble, Texas

Odds on the exchanges

Aaron Baddeley 42/1

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Could bible bashing Baddeley be coming into another run of form heading into the major season? Shot a very impressive 69 in the final round at Bay Hill and seems a rejuvenated character this season with his new swing. A very impressive winner at the Northern Trust Open and has the putting game to contend at Redstone.

Fred Couples 55/1

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Coming into Augusta last year much of the talk was whether Fred Couples, who was dominating the Champions Tour at the time, could contend. And he did, finishing sixth. This year Fred hasn’t been quite as hot, but still drives it 300 yards and tops the putting stats. Couples last win on the regular tour came at the Shell Houston Open in 2003 and he still poses a threat as evidenced by his seventh place finish at the Northern Trust Open just over a month ago.  Look for a “to finish in the top 10” bet on Freddie.

Matt Kuchar 18/1

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Matt Kuchar is using this event as a tune up for Augusta and with a host of top names opting to stay away this week, he just might contend. Kuch has continued his good form from last season which culminated in a win at The Barclays with five top 10’s this season already. Returns fresh after a couple of weeks off and having tied eighth here last year should be given serious consideration. Tied for fifth last time out at the WGC Cadillac.

Steve Marino 55/1

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I’m going to give Steve Marino the nod this week because I think last Sunday represented a watershed moment for him. After taking double bogey on the 17th at Bay Hill when right in contention, Marino bounced back with a stunning birdie on the last. Granted it wasn’t enough to win the event, but going for that tight pin showed a new confidence and battling spirit that may have been lacking previously.

Charl Schwartzel 24/1

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Schwartzel struggled to recover from an opening round of 76 last week but should find Redstone more to his liking. After a run of four top four finishes in South Africa early in the season, Charl has found the going stateside a little trickier, clocking up a best finish of 14th in his last three starts. Two fine 67’s last season saw him climb into a tie for third and he will relish the opportunity to have another crack this week.

Shell Houston Open 2011 Betting Preview and Tips

Kenny Ferrie carded a European Tour record-equalling round of 60 in the third round of the Open de Andalucía de Golf by Turkish Airlines in Malaga to soar into contention and lie only one shot behind Sky Sports ace Ryder Cup commentator Paul Lawrie.

Having missed the fairway right on the last, Ferrie’s lash from behind the trees landed square on the green and amazingly tracked inches past the hole.  Had it dropped Ferrie would have shot the Tour’s first ever 59. 

The 1999 Open Champion Lawrie sits on 12 under but was as lucky as a cut cat on the short 13th when his wayward tee shot struck a spectator on the back and rebounded onto the green.

Watch out too for Worksop pro Mark Foster who is also tied for second on 11 under.

Click on the pic to view highlights from the third round.

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