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tiger-woods-image Tiger Woods pulled out of the U.S. Open because his left leg, his knee and his achilles are really really really sore. Not even properly attached actually.

Woods says he’s aiming for a return at the AT&T and the British Open.

Woods announced his decision on Twitter: “Not playing in US Open. Very disappointed. Short-term frustration for long-term gain.”

“My man is hurting, He’s in a boot, he’s on crutches. Not doing good” said Arjun Atwal, Tiger’s only friend in the whole world.


The golf world is in shock at the new that Colin Montgomerie could miss the British Open for the first time in 122 years but after having a think about it the golf world say it doesn’t really mind.

Some people reading the list of Open qualifiers from Sunningdale on Monday would have seen Monty’s name on top of the leaderboard, but they would have been people standing on their head.  He actually came last.

Montgomerie’s total of  15 over  just missed out on qualification by 21 shots. Had he finished 21 shots better he would have entered a seven man playoff which he probably wouldn't have won anyway.

Lovable Monty could still make it into The Open by finishing in the top five at either the French or Scottish Opens, and there are also two spots available through a dodgy sounding “mini-money” list on the European Tour which continues at this week's Italian Open.

It’s easy to be railroaded into thinking the only quality irons are made by the likes of TaylorMade, Callaway, Titleist or one of the other heavyweights in golf. Nearly every player has a branded hat or shirt signalling his or her allegiance to a major manufacturer.

However just like with cars, there are production irons and then there are a small number of high quality specialist clubmakers that operate largely under the radar. Take Players Champion, KJ Choi for instance. Last year he was flapping around with Ping G15 irons with little success. He then started testing irons and wedges made by a comparatively small Japanese club manufacturer named Miura Golf.

Miura has never paid players to endorse the clubs, if a professional chooses to use their clubs, they simply supply the player with the clubheads and let them shaft them themselves. Miura golf, which is now based in Vancouver, is centered around elite Japanese club maker, Katsuhiro Miura who, now is in mid 60’s, still works every day in the company. Miura is a certified samurai-sword maker who has for the past 45 years been building some of the most exquisitely crafted golf clubs in the world.

Pic: Katsuhiro Miura, doesn’t look that happy but is. Might just have got him on a bad day!

Miura-san's work is so widely revered in the business that he has been described as having “God Hands”.

When KJ Choi won at Sawgrass it was the first time Mr. Miura's had his name stamped on the clubs. It’s a well known fact inside the ropes that Cleveland, Titleist, Callaway and TaylorMade have all had their branding on Miura golf clubs. Those companies often ask Miura to make clubs for their contracted Tour players for whom they fail to find suitable equipment of their own to please. While confidentiality clauses prevent the full details emerging, it is known that Miura irons were used by Jose Maria Olazabal when he won at Augusta in 1994, aswell as being in the bag of one other Masters and one U.S. Open winner. Several players who will tee it at the US Open in Congressional will be using Miura irons, disguised by the major manufacturers.

For the record Choi used the Miura CB-501 irons with frequency matched KBS shafts.

karl morris Karl Morris is one of the finest thinkers in the game of golf.  He is the only living Jedi Knight and has worked extensively with Yoda on his mental approach to light sabre battles.  Be sure to Check out Karl’s website
What do you think has been an outstanding Irish sporting victory of the last ten years? On the eve of the 2011 US Open at Congressional, I personally think that Graeme McDowell’s stunning victory in last years US Open is right up there with the best of of them and frankly the coverage and recognition of his achievement has been relatively muted.
Perhaps the fact that it was sandwiched between World Cup fever and Wimbledon that held the back pages made Graeme’s win slip somewhat under the radar. Yet just consider what an incredible effort it was.
Not since Tony Jacklin FORTY Graeme-McDowell-winner-of-US-Open-at-Peeble-Beachyears ago has there been a GB&I US Open champion. Even in the golden era of Faldo, Lyle and Woosnam none of those great players managed to capture perhaps the toughest of all Majors to win. Hopefully McDowell will in time get the due recognition for what he has achieved. On a personal level it has been great to see him develop into a top quality World player. I have been lucky enough to have worked personally with Graeme on his Mind Factor for over six years from the first time we met in 2003. It has been a fascinating journey not without the setbacks and slumps but one which I am proud to hopefully have played some small part in.
McDowell has always had a keen interest in Mind Coaching, I believe he spent some time with world renowned guru Bob Rotella just before his US Open win. It is this mindset that I believe has been one of the keys to the subsequent success. Not the greatest ball striker by any means but he seeks to make the best out of ALL departments of his game.

With top Irish PGA pro John Kelly of Harrington Golf and St Margerets. To book a session call John on 086-8155248.

stinger shot A great tee shot to have on a windy day, especially when hitting into it, is a low trajectory penetrating drive that will kick forward on landing. Tiger calls it his “stinger shot”. To play a stinger you firstly need to move the ball back in your stance. If for a normal drive the ball is just inside your left heel, for a stinger it should be almost in the middle of your stance. Your weight will automatically feel more on your left side.

During your takeaway, instead of your normal long backswing, reduce its length and take the wrists out of the swing. The backswing as a result will be a longer wider swing. The downswing is then initiated by rotating the body through the shot remembering to keep the wrists out the swing.

If you remember the keys of the stance, a shorter wider swing with the wrists prevented from cocking on the backswing or the throughswing, you can learn to perfect the low drilling “stinger” shot which is invaluable to have in your locker in windy conditions.

old head golf 2 Irish society golf specialists Mygolfsociety have come up with a cracking new concept which will give club golfers the chance to play in three “Majors” around Ireland this Summer. The events are titled to twin with real Major Championships, and will be hosted on top Irish courses including Old Head, Knightsbrook and Bunclody.

Major qualifiers from each event, will meet for the Playoff event to be staged at The Heritage where the My Golf Majors winner will walk away with a trip for two to La Manga in Spain.

The venues are set to be groomed and prepared to Tour standard with pins set and greens rolling to Major Championship specifications for the My Golf Major events. It all sets up to give amateur golfers a unique chance to play under Major conditions and live the pro dream, and win a Major. Wouldn’t that be something to tell the Grandkids.

The events are open to all. More details on or contact Tom on 087 6644344.

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I’ve painstakingly waded through the mountains of crap describing US Open Qualifiers to bring you the abbreviated version.

 sergio garcia british open Vijah Singh: Out.  Everybody say “awww”.

Sergio Garcia: In after 7 man playoff.  Sigh.

Pic: Sergio fans can look forward to plenty of head scratching and looks of utter disbelief at Congressional

Sam Saunders: Ring grandad, he’s In.

David Duval: Growing out like James Wade these days. He’s Out.

Lee Janzen: If he is that good at putting he’d win sometimes. Out.

Steve Irwin: He may be deceased, but he’s In.

Tom Kite: Team America World Police Lookalike is Out

Funk: Bus pass to Congressional. The Funkster is In.

Ben Curtis & Justin Leonard: British Open king and Neanderthal Chin king are Out.

Brandt Jobe, Chez Reavie in.

People with funnyish names to get In are  Ty Tryon, three-time tour winner Kirk Triplettand former U.S. Amateur champion Bubba Dickerson.

Also in are Robert Garrigus, Marc Turnesa, John Senden, D.A. Points, Marc Leishman, Kevin Chappell, Adam Long, Justin Hicks, Nick O'Hern and Chris Wilson. Tim Petrovic, Scott Hend and Webb Simpson.  Todd Hamilton, Harrison Frazar and Greg Chalmers got in

Other out are J.J. Henry and Brett Wetterich, Rocco Mediate, Sean O'Hair and Jhonattan Vegas. Rich Beem, Stephen Ames, Chris DiMarco and Boo Weekley also Out.


Vijay-Singh Vijay Singh failed to show up for his tee time in a U.S. Open qualifier. Sources close to the miserable Fijian, who just acts happy, said he was just too busy practicing for the U.S Open to bother about qualifying for the U.S Open.

Singh is now likely to end his streak of playing in every major championship for the last 17 years.  Commenting on Singh’s non appearance a U.S Open official said nothing, but smiled a little bit out of the corner of his mouth

Singh shot a 7-under 65 in the final round of the Memorial on Sunday, then went straight to the range for 14 hours practice.  Singh’s only other chance to make Congressional would be to win or finish second at this week’s St. Jude Classic. Considering he is not playing, that is going to be a tough ask.

Asked whether he will do anything to help Vijay, U.S. Golf Association executive director Mike Davis has said no special exemptions were likely to be awarded this year. 

Players in the locker room are said to have the champagne “on ice”.

International Final Qualifying

Sunningdale, Berkshire , England

10 places are available from IFQ Europe into The Open Championship.

Pos Player Country R1 R2 Total To Par Status
1 STORM, Graeme England 65 62 127 -12
2 NOREN, Alexander Sweden 66 64 130 -9
T3 BOYD, Gary England 65 66 131 -8
T3 LEVET, Thomas France 65 66 131 -8
T3 WHITEFORD, Peter Scotland 67 64 131 -8
T6 CANIZARES, Alejandro Spain 67 65 132 -7
T6 FERRIE, Kenneth England 68 64 132 -7
T6 BOURDY, Gregory France 67 65 132 -7
T6 MCEVOY, Richard England 64 68 132 -7
T10 COETZEE, George South Africa 68 65 133 -6
T10 RUMFORD, Brett Australia 67 66 133 -6
T10 KJELDSEN, Soren Denmark 67 66 133 -6
T10 LARRAZABAL, Pablo Spain 65 68 133 -6
T10 TULLO, Mark Chile 66 67 133 -6

Congrats to Richie O’Donovan whose final round of 66 saw him surge through the field to claim the crown.

Final Scores

286 R O Donovan (Lucan) 71 78 71 66
288 P Murray (Limerick) 75 69 75 69, G Bohill (Co. Louth) 71 72 70 75, D McElroy (Ballymena) 70 71 73 74
289 E Arthurs (Forrest Little) 72 70 74 73
290 C Campbell (Warrenpoint) 74 71 72 73, N Gorey (Muskerry) 73 76 71 70
291 E McCormack (Galway) 70 71 79 71
292 M Durcan (Co. Sligo) 70 77 71 74, A Dunbar (Rathmore) 68 72 78 74
293 J Hiluta (Chelmsford) 73 73 72 75, C Molloy (Ardee) 72 73 80 68, J Hopkins (Skerries) 70 74 75 74, C Martin (Kilkenny) 69 75 74 75

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FedEx St. Jude Classic, TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee

early odds on the exchanges

Lee Westwood 10/1

The defending champion here after a playoff last year with Robert ‘sweaty bum’ Garrigus. Westwood sees this as the ideal US Open preparation. He has played three times since finishing 11th at the Masters, winning the Ballantines in South Korea, making last 16 of the Volvo World Matchplay and losing a playoff to Luke Donald at the PGA in Wentworth. Maybe not as dominant as last year in some people’s eyes, but for me Westwood’s eyes are only on the Majors.


David Toms 20/1

What a year it has been for veteran David Toms. Good showings early in the season at the Mayakoba and Arnold Palmer Invitational culminated in an agonizing playoff loss to KJ Choi at The Players Championship. The tears had hardly enough time to dry however when he won the very next week at Colonial. Off since then, Toms returns to the St Jude and a course he loves. Winner here in 2003 and 2004, second in 2005, third in 2007 and tied second in 2009. If that is not the definition of happy memories in golf, I just don’t know what is!

John Senden 55/1

senden A solid Sunday 68 at Muirfield Village last week saw John Senden tie for seventh and grab his second top 10 of the season. The big Aussie has shown good course form in the past, top 10ing in 2006 and tying fourth in 2009 after a blistering final round 64. A win may be beyond him, but you will still find excellent odds “to finish in the top 10” nearer the event.

Brain Gay 40/1

brain gay I’m surprised Brian Gay hasn’t kicked on since 2009 when he won the Heritage and this event in serious style. Gay has had a solid if unspectacular season to date with top 10’s at the Bob Hope and Mayakoba early in the year. He’s a much better player than his form suggests and finishing 14th at the Byron Nelson last time out, Gay will be eyeing this event on the eve of a Major to earn some cash and Fed Ex points.


Heath Slocum 90/1

0830_slocum If a 25/1 shot beat the Queen’s work into second in the Derby, then anything can happen. Our long odds punt this week is Heath Slocum. Although a four time winner on Tour including the 2010 McGladrey Classic, he has missed more cuts this season than a blind barber. Thus the odds of him contending at TPC Southwind are lengthening by the second. Those who believe in the ‘horses for courses’ theory wont discount Slocum however. He is something of a course specialist having tied fourth in 2005, 12th in 2007, tied 10th in 2009 and sixth last year.

BMW Italian Open presented by CartaSi

Royal Park I Roveri

Turin, Italy 09 Jun 2011 - 12 Jun 2011

Betting Preview And Tips:

Matteo Manassero 10/1

manassero This time last season Matteo Manassero was just one week as a professional with everybody clamoring for a piece of him. This time around he will again have media commitments at his home open, but he arrives back with two Tour victories in Spain and Malaysia under his belt. At 7,200 yards the Roveri track is short by Tour standards, an average driving distance of 221 yards top the stats last year, thus right Manassero’s alley. Returns after a week off following a seventh in Wentworth.

Gregory Bourdy 20/1

bourdy_Micheletti Bourdy last stepped into the winners enclosure in November 2009 at the Hong Kong Open, but surely it wont be long until the Frenchman tastes his fourth European Tour success. His tied second last week was another agonizingly close finish after also just losing out in Malaysia in April. A renowned player for driving accuracy and putting, if Bourdy can improve his iron play this week in Italy, another good finish is on the cards.



Chris Wood 35/1

chris wood A good recent showing at the Open de Espana was followed with a tied second at the Iberdrola Open but Chris Wood didn’t find the new Wentworth to his liking and missed the cut. That will be put to one side in Italy where Wood will be hope to emulate his tied third finish last year. He finished four shots behind the leader, faring superbly in accuracy and greens in regulation stats but well down the order in putting. One gets the feeling that when Wood gets his putter going, he will win. Let’s hope it’s this week.


David Horsey 32/1

david_horsey_1_lg_thumb[3] You will get good odds on David Horsey for Italy after he missed the cut last week in Wales with a cumulative 11 over par for two rounds. I’m going to stick with him for one more week however as I think he stands a great chance this week. Finished second to Fredrik Andersson Hed last year, then won in Germany shortly after. Finished fifth at the Open de Espana and tied seventh at Wentworth. Tiredness might have been a factor last week and a rested Horsey could be an altogether different beast this week.

Phillip Price 120/1

phillip price No, this is one tip that’s not a joke. Philip Price loves the Roveri Club in Italy and arrives here this week on the back of a tied 12th finish at his home open in Wales. Price drove it arrow straight at Celtic Manor finishing the week sixth in the accuracy stats. If he can bring his game to Italy this week, on a course where his lack of distance is of no significance, Price could contend. He tied 22nd last year, but was only bettered by Pelle Edberg in the putting stats. You will even get good odds on Price for a top 10 finish.

With hair colour described as “mousey brownish” on his official European Tour profile and with at least two mildly humorous videos, Alex Noren today made history as the first non blonde Swede with a funny video on Youtube to win on the European Tour.

Noren: Historic brownish funny winner

Noren pipped countryman Christian Nilsson, who won the 2009 Saint Omer Open, and has dark brown hair to the world first.  Nilsson does feature on youtube hitting a shot from the semi rough, but he did not upload it himself, and it is not funny. And according to Tour bosses the Saint Omer Open doesn’t really count as a win as all the good lads are away at a major.

Many had expected Johan Edfors to be the first non blonde Swede to break this record.  Edfors also has brown hair and a plenty of it, even some on his face, and has three Tour wins.  Johan has a 12 second Puma video, where he talks about beating his father, which could have qualified for the record, but isn’t funny, even though he is seen to smile in it.

Our congratulations go to Alex Noren.

Alan_Dunbar_450_x_402 Round 2 - Sun 5th June (projected cut 149)SSS 74; CSS 74

140 A Dunbar (Rathmore) 68 72
141 R McNamara (Headfort) 73 68, D McElroy (Ballymena) 70 71, E McCormack (Galway) 70 71
142 E Arthurs (Forrest Little) 72 70, B Casey (Headfort) 69 73
143 G Lenehan (Portmarnock) 72 71, G Bohill (Co. Louth) 71 72
144 P Murray (Limerick) 75 69, J Hopkins (Skerries) 70 74, C Martin (Kilkenny) 69 75
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East of Ireland Amateur Open Championship - Results

Round 1 - Sat 4th June

SSS 74; CSS 74

68  A Dunbar (Rathmore)
69  B Casey (Headfort), C Martin (Kilkenny), G Kelly (Co. Louth)
70  M Durcan (Co. Sligo), C Selfridge (Knock), E McCormack (Galway), E Stack (Ballybunion), J Hopkins (Skerries), D McElroy (Ballymena)
71  D Holland (Castle), S Smyth (Co. Louth), S O Connor (Skerries), G Bohill (Co. Louth), B Fennelly (The Royal Dublin), K Shannon (Greenore), A Kiernan (Forrest Little), P Cullen (Royal Tara), R O Donovan (Lucan)
72  D Downie (Sutton), C Molloy (Ardee), W Hanna (Kilkeel), I O'Rourke (Cork), J Lyons (Birr), E Arthurs (Forrest Little), G Lenehan (Portmarnock), A Hogan (Newlands), D Murray (Skerries)

I came across this when looking through some archives of Seve Ballesteros most famous rulings and free drops.

Sometime in the early 90s, Seve Ballesteros was partnered with Tony Johnstone in a European tour event. Over the course of this round, Seve is hitting it all over the place, and by two thirds of the way through the round has asked for 4 rulings and gotten relief every time, much to Johnstone's annoyance.
On the 15th, a semi-blind dogleg left over the brow of a hill, both players overdraw it through the dogleg into the trees. When they arrive down the hole, one ball is sitting just to the left of a big tree (allowing a normal-ish second shot) and the other ball is absolutely dead behind the tree, virtually touching it.
TJ approaches the second ball, and asks Seve if he thinks a mark near it is a rabbit scraping. No, says Seve.
Tony then addresses the ball in a ridiculously convoluted way, and gets his foot just about touching a dirt path. Can I get relief now, asks TJ? No, says Seve.
Lastly, Tony questions whether or not the area is in fact GUR. No, no, no, says Seve.
TJ: "So there's no way you can get relief from here?"
SB: "No Tony"

Lione-Messi_0 Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the man that inspired Rory McIlroy to get involved with aid agency UNICEF.  Rors first became aware of the work UNICEF carries out on a visit to the Camp Nou where Messi acts as an international ambassador.

Himself now also an ambassador to UNICEF, McIlroy chose to go to Haiti, a country still reeling after last years devastating earthquake.  Rors expects the trip to be "an eye-opening experience."

McIlroy plans to go to Haiti on Monday and Tuesday, before two days practice at Congressional ahead of the US Open.

Geoff Ogilvy has been more injury prone than Michael Owen lately.  Firstly he ripped his finger on some coral at the beach (kids avoid horseplay in the water), then he went and tore out his shoulder at Sawgrass.

Ogilvy is now so desperate to play in the US Open, he is spending his time in a Michael Jackson style hyperbaric chamber, which helps get blood pumping in the injured shoulder.  Doctors fear however that while his shoulder is expected to be perfect for Congressional, the hyperbaric chamber is not exactly selective on where the blood gets pumping in the male anatomy and fear Ogilvy might cause himself another, more sensitive injury, as a result.  Chief doctor Herbert Van Yerkoff has ordered a box of man sized Kleenex be drafted into the chamber as a precaution.

“It’s in an area where there’s not a lot of blood flow,” his coach Dale Lynch said. (how does he know?)

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Irish society golf specialists Mygolfsociety have come up with a cracking new concept which will give club golfers the chance to play in four “Majors” around Ireland this Summer.  The events are titled to twin with real Major Championships,  and will be hosted on top Irish courses including Old Head and Bunclody.

Major qualifiers from each event, will meet for the Playoff event to be staged at The Heritage where the My Golf Majors winner will walk away with a trip for two to La Manga in Spain.

The venues are set to be groomed and prepared to Tour standard with pins set and greens rolling to Major Championship specifications for the My Golf Major events.  It all sets up to give amateur golfers a unique chance to play under Major conditions and live the pro dream, a win a Major.  Wouldn’t that be something to tell the Grandkids.

The events are open to all.  More details on  or contact Tom on 087 6644344.

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