June 2011

Gareth Maybin with his Sportsrisq people showing off his array of trick shots, including snooker table shots, soccer skills and a nifty william tell trick.

monica_cigar He’s not dead a wet week and his name is dropped from the golf tournament forever. How fickle is the PGA Tour? Actually Bob Hope is dead almost eight years and now The Bob Hope Classic which began in 1965 is to get a new name. The “Humana Challenge” has been announced as the new name of the event and its backed by none other than Bill Clinton.

New title sponsor Humana and the William J. Clinton Foundation had toyed with the name “The Big Willy Classic” but it was deemed too provocative. “The Clinton Classic” also made the shortlist, but a focus group declared they thought of a cigar rather than a golf tournament when they heard the name.

Hope springs eternal, but not on the PGA Tour.

Okay it’s not exactly golf but when Andy Murray posed with Rory McIlory this week at Wimbledon, I just had to produce this masterpiece! Separated at Birth #4356 Andy Murray and Butthead.


tiger woods arse cream Tiger may not have played since Transgressional but the good news is he has got his first endorsement contract since riding half the grand national field.

Sure, the likes of Gillette and AT&T may be gone but Woods has incredibly hit the big time again with “Vantelin Kowa”, a Japanese pain relieving cream that works wonders on haemorrhoids.

Translated directly Vantelin Kowa stands for “Good Arse”,  a phrase not lost on the CEO of Kowa Company Ltd who said “Top jockeys have good arse, and Tiger Woods was one of the best. Vantolin Kowa also good for pain in the arse, and Tiger Woods is one of the biggest.  It’s a perfect fit!”

The deal is set to run for three years and be worth around $47 to Woods.

Here’s a vid of the validation process for the new Prototype Titleist AP1, AP2, CB and MB (712 series) ironson Monday, June 28 at Aronimink Golf Club outside Philadelphia.
Featured in the video: Titleist Brand Ambassadors Graham DeLaet (4-5 MB, 6-9 MB), Kevin Na (4-P AP2), Michael Connell (3-4 CB, 5-9 MB) and Troy Matteson (CB).

2011 AT&T National Betting Preview and Tips, Aronimink Golf Club, PGA Tour, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

Ryan Moore 22/1

Ryan-Moore-006 Only one win on Tour at the 2009 Wyndham but Moore is one of the most solid players on Tour. Apart from a missed cut at the US Open, he hasn’t been outside the top 45 since The Northern Trust Open back in February. Tied for second last week at the Travelers and also finished second to Justin Rose here last year.

Nick Watney 15/1

NICK-WATNEY-PEBBLE_depth1 Another man who didn’t make the weekend at Congressional but finished in a tie for 13th last week which included two opening 65’s. Seven top 10’s already this season, but without a win, this Aronimink track is one of the toughest tests on Tour and should suit his game of high percentage greens in regulation. Tied seventh last year.

Robert Garrigus 80/1

robert Garrigus returns to the Tour after a week off no doubt to celebrate his tied third at Congressional. A superb display of long and accurate driving on that occasion and a repeat would see him right in the mix this week. This is a 7200 plus yard par 70, with one of the toughest closing stretches on Tour. It might be right up his street.

Bo Van Pelt 28/1

bo van pelt What a run Bo Van Pelt is having. It kicked off at the Crowne Plaza in May with a third, then 13 at the Memorial and 14th at the US Open. Finished 13th again last week but Aronimink may suit his game a little better having tied 11th here last year off a similar form line.  Just a pity he shares his name with a Dutch porn star!


Andres Romero 65/1

romero Slowly getting his confidence back after a great start to life back on Tour in 2007. Always seems to peek around British Open time and had his best result of the season tying sixth last week.  Master of the short game, you will also get Andres around 7/1 for a top 10 finish.

As part of our build up to The 2011 Solheim Cup, we aim to highlight some of the players set to take part in the Europe versus USA showdown. This week we introduce Christine Boeljon from Holland who currently lies third in the Ladies European Tour rankings and looks set for Solheim action when it kicks off on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in Killeen Castle, County Meath, this September 23-25th.

Christel was born in Beverwijk in Holland in 1987. She initially discovered golf aged eight on a visit to the local driving range and quickly fell in love with the sport. So much so that she ditched her other hobby hockey to concentrate fully on the game. Having been involved with the Dutch amateur team since the age of 13, in 2005 Christel crossed the Atlantic to golf and study at Perdue University. Now a member of the Ladies European Tour, Christel claimed her first title this season at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open.

Off the course Christel admits that “sleeping” ranks alongside reading and watching movies as her favourite hobbies. Her least favourite thing is going to the gym, but says it’s a necessary evil when it comes to preparing for life as a touring pro.

Currently in one of the automatic qualification spots for her European Solheim Cup debut, Christel is within touching distance of another professional goal and looking forward to claiming back the trophy on Irish soil.

2011 Alstom Open de France Betting Preview and Tips, Le Golf Nationale, Paris


Winner Alright: Last week we tipped Pablo Larrazabal at 70/1. A €10 each way bet would have won you €895

Martin Kaymer 10/1

kaymer The German got knocked out the world number three slot by our Rory last Sunday after only managing a tied 18th in his homeland. Wayward off the tee last week and not his usual force on the greens of late are the reason for his mediocrity. Kaymer will be working on the range in Paris in an effort to recreate his form of 2009 when he sunk two monster putts during the final round and overcame Lee Westwood in a playoff. On that occasion he missed the cut in Munich the week before so don’t write the PGA Champion off just yet.

Peter Hanson 22/1

hanson Over the years Soren, Anders and Peter Hanson have all played well in Paris. Soren has the best record of the trio but both he and Anders missed the cut last week, Anders by miles! So it’s with Peter Hanson we go this time around, who returns after a brilliant tied seventh at the US Open. The Swede tied fourth in his last regular season event in Wales and has excellent form at Le Golf National having been tied fourth in 2010 and tied sixth in 2009.

Raphael Jacquelin 60/1

2011 sicilian open raphael jacquelin[5] The home challenge this year may well come from Raphael Jacquelin. He’ll be working hard on his irons today and tomorrow knowing that if he can get these to click, the rest of his game is right up there. Though finished down in 31st last week in Germany, Rafa driving and putting stats were better than almost all the field. Already a winner in Sicily this year, but without course form, it might be a case of wait and see on Friday night before having a flutter on the Frenchman.

Richard Green 65/1

green Rounds of 67 and 68 at the weekend in Germany propelled Richard Green to a tied twelfth finish, his best in yonks. The genial Aussie is always a good bet for a Summer run and has a very special affinity with this course. Four top 10’s in the last six stagings include a best of second behind home favourite Remesy in 2004. There are very few courses that suit Green’s eye on Tour but this one and indeed Killarney are definitely two.

Mark Foster 65/1

mark foster 3 If your after some long odds glory to match our Larrazabal win last week, take a look at Mark Foster. He tied third in Germany to clock up only his second top 10 of the season. He tied sixth here last year, only four shots behind the winner Miguel Angel Jimenez. Has the distance and accuracy off the tee to tame this brutal 7300 yard par 71 layout and if can repeat his putting stats of last week may well crack the top 10 or better in France.

Pic: Ahhhh Mark Foster impersonator.

Karl Morris is one of golf’s finest thinkers.  Nostradamus predicted Karl would help players win Majors in one his earliest writings. Check out Karl’s website www.golf-brain.com
I’d like to tell about a hero of mine, from Warrington in England, whose extraordinary story has many lessons for golfers.
Andrew Stevenson may not be a well known tournament professional, he is a PGA professional at a Warrington Golf Club called Mersey Valley in Cheshire. He recently told me of a story that absolutely had my jaw hanging down in amazement.

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

If you struggle to get up and down out of sand then this drill will be invaluable for you. It will teach you how to set up to a bunker shot and give you the confidence to swing through the shot and achieve the correct strike.

The first thing to do in the practice bunker is to draw a line with your club in the sand across the bunker. Now without even having a ball in front of you, practice your swing. Do this by placing your left heel on the line, aim the feet and shoulders a little left of the target and set up the club as if the back of the face is almost sitting on the sand (without actually touching it!)

Now practice the swing trying to take a divot starting just to the right of the line and continuing on through the line. Do this 10 to 20 times concentrating on the position of the divot. Rake the bunker and redraw the line now placing balls on the right side of the line. Repeat the swing, this time hitting the balls and you will soon master an altogether more consistent and effective method of hitting out of bunkers.



Check out any golf shop and you will find putters of every shape, size and colour, all with inserts, grooves or alignment aids designed to get the ball in the hole.

Ping however in their latest version of the popular Anser series to be released later this year, have taken things back to basics.

The new 303 stainless steel putters, are modern remake of one of the greatest clubs ever produced, the original 1966 Anser crafted by Karsten Solheim. There are a few modern twists including a narrow cut running along the sole that improves the sound of impact.

The new Anser, though heel toe weighted, will come in six versiclip_image002ons with balances altered using their neck and hosel configurations. But here’s the cool bit! You will be able to decide which Anser is right for you using an iphone app. In just five practice putts the app will determine if your stroke is Straight, Slight Arc or Strong Arc and prescribe the correct putter for you.

Putters with a blue band are face-balanced and well suited for straight-stroke players. Red-banded putters should work well for golfers with a strong arc, and putters with a green shaft band are ideal for golfers who make a slight arc.

I suppose you could say with these new putters, Ping have found all the Ansers!


He fist pumps at the breakfast table, he fist pumps at the petrol pumps and Fredrik Jacobson last night fist pumped his way to his first victory on the PGA Tour.  Just one week after fist pumping a four putt at Congressional and still dressed as a painter Jacobson was back fist pumping unsuspecting Travelers at TPC River Highlands.  Travelers rights groups were unavailable for comment.

“I got the strength I needed to win having shaved off my ridiculous chin minge” Jacobson is reported to have said, adding “since my wife is back in Sweden, I had to fist pump her over the phone, which was strange.  When I get back next week, I’ll do it for real”.  

_40989418_sharkey203 I hear a lot of stories, I suppose they must be true, all about love and what it can do to you…… oops sorry folks, got a bit carried away remembering Fergal Sharkey’s 80’s hit “A Good Heart Is Hard To Find”.

Erik Compton would probably agree.  He Comptonis currently on his third heart and is using this one to pretty good effect.  He won the Mexico Open on the  Nationwide Tour and looks set to seal a 2012 PGA Tour card via the top 25 system.  Compton now 31 had his first transplant in 1992, and a second in 2008. 

Happy for the lad. I suppose you could call it a heart warming story.

The Doc strikes again with Pablo Larrazabal winning for us at odds of 70/1 when we published the tips last Monday.  Its our biggest winning odds of the season so far.  Watch out for our 2011 Alstom Open De France betting preview and tips tomorrow.

larrazabal tip 

Click on pic below to view 2011 BMW International Open Final Round Highlights on the European Tour site.  Opens in new window

Graham-Greene-Dances-with-Wolves.6 Native American golfer and star of Dances With Wolves, Notably Gay III has been forced to postpone the fourth annual Notably Gay Challenge due to lack of interest, er Tiger.

Pic: Notably Gay, Disappointed

According to event organizer Stands With A Fist the charity event was set to go ahead on the 5th July and feature Tiger Woods.  Due to Woods injury and possible absence it was feared nobody would show up.  And they were probably right.  Notably Gay’s brother Kicking Bird said the event would be rescheduled once Woods has recovered.

Woods and Notably Gay were roommates at  college.

Click here to view second round highlights from the 2011 BMW International Open on the European Tour site.

2011 BMW International Open Second Round Highlights

After a 560Km round trip to see 2011 US Open Champion Rory McIlroy visit Ballyliffin Golf Club for an Oakley photo shoot, I came away without the "60 second challenge" vid I was after, but did manage a nice what’s in the bag piece and scored myself a nice bit of US Open silverware. USGA note: It’s safe in my boot with the golf clubs.  I will leave it back in time for the 2012 US Open!

This video was made by Oakley with Rory McIlroy just before the Honda Classic.  Nice and simple, yet prophetic!

And this is Rors on Poults. Not literally!


robbie core With top Irish amateur and TPI certified fitness instructor Robbie Cannon of Harrington Golf. To book a session call Robbie on 086-6002432.

The “core” has been the biggest buzz word in the world of golf fitness. Having a strong core provided Rory McIlroy with a solid fulcrum that allowed him produce a strong repeatable golf swing in the pressure cooker environment of the US Open. However even finding your core, let alone toning it has been a challenge in itself for many. Here’s a great exercise to help you both discover and strengthen your core.

The exercise is called the plank. Facing down on a mat, raise your body with your forearms and toes so that your back is as straight as possible. In this position “switch on” or tighten up the muscles of your backside and your belly and keep them engaged for 30 seconds. You will find it tough at first but do it daily and over time you should aim to increase this “switched on” to time to one minute. Doing this exercise regularly will make your core the envy of everyone in your club!

Karl Morris is one of the finest thinkers in the game of golf.  He is only living Jedi Knight and has worked extensively with Yoda on his mental approach to light sabre battles.  Be sure toCheck out Karl’s website www.golf-brain.com

MENTALITY (state of mind, frame of mind, attitude, approach, way of thinking, outlook, mindset); Do you HAVE IT?

clip_image002For the last 12 months I have been involved in what turned out to be an extraordinary project. I was contacted by a man called Joe Sillett who had become a real life example of how this downturn has affected all of us. Having a business once valued in the millions, to then find that he was made redundant as the recession really bit hard.

It was refreshing to meet someone who was so up front about what had happened. He didn’t pretend, he didn’t blame, he was honest enough to admit WHY his business had struggled. He did though have an idea! The phone conversation went something like this: ‘Do you think that people would be INTERESTED in a book with some of sports all time great players EXPLAINING how they made it, how they overcame difficulties, how they set their mind to succeed?’ ‘Would you be able to provide an analysis of how EVERYONE can benefit from what the true greats did to become winners?’ ‘Does the Pope pray?’


What if the book was full of nearly made it’s rather than TRUE greats?

Then he showed me the list of people who had agreed to be involved. When two of our finest golfers ever Lee Westwood and Laura Davies headed the list I was completely sold. Little did I know that what these two greats revealed in their interviews would give priceless tools for ANY golfer to be able to improve their own game of golf.

Laura Davies talked about how she worked out that when she plays badly her eyes tend to dart all ovepope_funnyr the place as she is addressing the ball and her mind is ‘too busy’. Full of negative thoughts about ‘what if’. To combat that she worked out such a simple but effective tool of disciplining herself to focus on the back of the ball as opposed to letting her eyes dart around. This I have found to be a major problem when golfers are nervous. Eyes that are busy produce minds that are busy. Do you do that? Had you even considered it might be a factor? What Laura is doing is quietening her mind by having the INTENTION to focus on the back of the ball. Of all the things she COULD be focused on she has the discipline to put her mind in a place that helps rather than hinders her game.

Lee Westwood when asked about his most destructive emotion said “It’s not so much an emotion, but one of the most destructive things is to get ahead of yourself. I did that on the final hole at Turnbery. The ‘secret’ is to stay in the present and focus on what is in front of you”

Nothing new in that, yet one of golf’s greatest players saying ‘the secret’ is to focus on what is in front of you!

Not many people reading this will have lost an Open championship with this mind game error but we have all fallen victim to getting in front of ourselves on the golf course. Be that to break a hundred for the first time or win a club medal it doesn’t matter what the situation is. We feel pressure when we go into the future and imagine WHAT will happen. The skill of being in the here and now is one of the most valuable skills that you can EVER develop. If Lee Westwood says it is ‘the secret’ then I think that it would be worth ALL of us working towards improving this most important mental skill. Focusing exclusively on the task at hand without allowing yourself to drift into a possible future actually allows you to become the best golfer that YOU can be.

Check out Karl’s website

Here's Rors whe he was a child with his Mam and Dad when he appeared on the Jerry Kelly TV show.  Young Rory chips balls into a washing machine. It seems a long time now, but those words of Jerry Kelly were prophetic.

By stand in reporter Lanod Sehguh

Doc in his "kitchen"
Distinguished golf internet sensation Donal Hughes (aka Doc) today strongly (and unequivocally, if that’s a word) refuted claims that he was engaging in excessive alcohol consumption during the final round of the US Open.  Regulars at Hughes’ local pub reported the golfcentraldaily.com star as “acting bananas with a Rory wig in front of the TV” during the final round.

We have also received this exclusive photo which appears to back up the claims.
In a statement released this morning from the gable of his house, Dr. Hughes said “Yes, I can confirm that this is me, but there was no drink involved whatsoever, and this picture was taken right here in the kitchen of my house.  I admit things like the potted plant, collection boxes, a club lotto poster, KP peanuts and the dim lighting makes it look like a pub, but trust me it’s my kitchen.  I’m into that sort of thing.”
More as it emerges.
In a statement released today by officials patrolling the Mexico-US border, they described as “the best news in the world” the return of Andres Gonzales after his US Open exploits.  Gonzales had been working at the busy border crossing for the past five years where his no-nonense approach to dealing with drug running hoodlums has become notorious.
Known at the border as “Dog” because he styles himself on TV’s bounty hunting  Duane “Dog” Chapman, Gonzales became extremely proficient at the game of golf through years of pelting pinnacles at nasty low down gringos from the back of 1980 Toyota Landcruiser.
 Gonzales US Open participation brought mixed emotions from work colleagues.  Chief border police officer Julio Cesar Chavez said “We were delighted to see Andres on dee TV, but dee cree-mee-nals went loco at dee border”.  Gonzales was today back at his post, in sweltering heat, drinking tequila, taking bribes and fighting cree-mee-nals.

You may have heard about Phil Mickleson, Bubba Watson and Davis Love going to visit the President of the United States on the eve of last week’s US Open. Well, the trio presented Mr. Obama with some golfing gifts.
Incoming Ryder Cup captain Davis Love gave Barack a customized Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter and an invite to the Europe/USA clash in Medinah next year. Phil Mickelson presented the President Obama, who is also a “leftie”with three Callaway X Forged wedges and a 9.5° Callaway Diablo Octane driver. The wedges (a 56°, 60° and 64°) was crafted by Roger Cleveland himself and embossed with PREZ "44" on the back. Speaking about the wedges Roger Cleveland said, "I weighted them so they wouldn't go any further left!" Bubba Watson’s gift was a replica of his own driver, a Ping G15 (7.5°) with a Grafalloy Bi-Matrix shaft.
A white house spokesman said after “The President is now fully stocked sportswise. He owns two drivers, wedges, a putter and a hurley”. Good man Enda!

2011 BMW International Open Betting Preview and Tips, Golfclub München Eichenried

Early odds on Betfair

Francesco Molinari 25/1

francesco Missed the cut last week at Congressional but could that be a blessing in disguise this week? This Eichenreid layout may well suit Molinari’s short but accurate driving and iron game. Got his first top 10 in Italy two weeks back, his best result since the WGC Cadillac and he will be looking to build on that this week. The USGA did him no favours with the all Italy draw at the US Open.

Anders Hansen 44/1

andersjpg Anders has finished in the top 20 in his last four events including two second places at the Open de Espana and last time out in Wales. The in form Dane has close in the past here in Germany. After tying fourth in 2007 he lost out in a playoff to home favourite Martin Kaymer in 2008. Great chance of a fourth Tour win.



Henrik Stenson 44/1

henrik-stenson_1400217c Okay I’ve had my fun slagging Henrik but if he can drive anywhere like he did last week at Congressional he is sure to be in shake up come Sunday. It’s easy to highlight his inadequacies but an in form Stenson is a six time proven winner on the European Tour and claimed the 2009 Players at Sawgrass. Bound to be buoyed by his Congressional form and don’t forget he won here in Germany in 2006. Picked up an injury in the final round last week, let’s hope it’s not serious.

Pablo Larrazabal 70/1

larrazabal Pablo wears his heart on his sleeve and can be his own worst enemy at times but he’s still a serious golfer. Larrazabal had this event in the bag last year before messing up the final three holes to fall into a tie for third. Showing good recent form too, after finishing fourth at Celtic Manor and 11th in Italy last time out.

Niclas Fasth 160/1

fasth Sky Sports Radar describing Fasth’s professionalism says “Niclas eats lettuce and drinks water”. The 2007 winner here has really put his game through the ringer in the last few years but we began to see signs of an improvement last time out in Italy where he tied sixth. You can bet your bottom dollar that nobody will be better prepared this week.


Check out Brian Keogh’s brilliant website www.irishgolfdesk.ie for everything about Irish golf.  Here’s a link Brian’s report on Rory McIlroy’s win from Congressional.

rory first round close up “Celtic Tiger” Rory McIlroy roared to an incredible eight-shot US Open victory last night to give American golf the hero it badly needs.

The 22-year old Holywood idol brushed aside all doubts about his ability to close when fired a two under 69 to decimate the field with an amazing 16 under par total and smash the US Open scoring record of 272 held by the likes of Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.

2012 Update: Check out my new Rory McIlroy 2012 what's in the bag post by clicking here.

Here’s what’s in the bag of Rory McIlroy, the 2011 US Open Champion.

Lets just break it down. Rory McIlory is a Major Champion. I’m not a journo but:

  • youngest winner in 88 years (taking into account 88 years ago they were not that great)
  • finished at a record 16 under (that’s just criminal)
  • beat the living lard out of Tiger Woods old records
  • Won by 8 from Jason Day
  • Big hug for Dad Gerry on Fathers Day

And for all you Americans out there, this is the 63 mile route your US Open Trophy will be taking across the tiny but huge in character island of Ireland!


US President Barack Obama’s pockets were bulging yesterday as he and his big Bohner beat the bejaysus out of VP Joe Biden and some other old fart just put there to make everyone else look good.

Bohner was rock solid throughout, helping Obama, useless at golf, to win the cash.  “We played for 13 trillion dollars” Obama said after the round.  “I checked out Bohner’s shaft and it inspired me.  It’s just so long, straight and firm” the Commander in hankerChief added.

There had been rumours that Speaker of the House Bohner had gone a bit soft on Obama, but after rubbing some cream on his head, Bohner really came to life in the sweltering conditions.

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rory 3rd round Rors is set to land his first major after another imperious performance in round three of the US Open.  This is the fourth straight Major he has lead but this time, there can be no catching his eight shot 54-hole lead, the second largest in 111 years. McIlroy leads by eight shots from YE Yang and by nine from Westwood, Day and Garrigus.  This is a script written in Holywood and Rory just has one scene to shoot.

So where did Rory McIlroy go after his record breaking second round at Congressional?  To the range to work on his swing? To the putting green to groom that new stroke? To the tour truck for a back massage? To the physio truck? Answer: none of the above; Rors went off to see the Hangover 2.

"It's amazing. Incredible," said Steve Stricker, who finished 13 shots behind McIlory.

“If it’s anywhere near as good as the first one, it will be class” replied Rors.

We salute you, oh unTigerlike king.

Readers go and check your intruder alarms right now.  Or else you too could be having an unwanted visitor.  And when old Barter gets in, there’s just no getting rid of him! As GMac learned to his cost.

Not even a double bogey finish put could a dampener on what was truly one of the most remarkable rounds in US Open history from Rory McIlroy.  Rors had it to record 13 under with one hole to play but his double bogey at the last saw him finish with a 66, 11 under.

Two birdies and an eagle on the way out and three birdies over the last five with only the poor 18th saw McIlroy take this Open by the horns.  By the end of today he may well have the biggest 36 hole lead ever in a US Open, even eclipsing Tiger’s 6 shot lead in 2000.

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rory Rory McIlroy is set to break a whole host of records by the halfway stage of the US Open.  Nobody have ever been better than nine under after two rounds.  Rory is currently at 11 under.

Six shots has been the biggest lead after two rounds; Rors currently leads by eight

Only two people have ever got to 12 under during the US Open, Tiger Woods and Gil Morgan; it now look odds on that Rory will.

An eagle two on the eighth is the highlight of a phenomenal day so far.

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