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.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
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.
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.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
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).
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
2011 AT&T National Betting Preview and Tips, Aronimink Golf Club, PGA Tour, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Ryan Moore 22/1
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
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
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
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
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.
Monday, June 27, 2011
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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 versions 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”.
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 is 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.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
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.
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