All it took was a mini digger from the tool hire place (the trick is to rent it on Friday and you get to keep it for the weekend) and a wee bit of imagination. Here’s the aerial view of the product, my three hole practice area at the back of house. Okay the greens are only rolling at 12 on the stimp, but hey its only a practice area.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
David Lynn has dropped to world number two in the planking rankings as Golf Boy Bubba rockets to number one with his golf cart plank. Fresh from offending half of the French population during ovulation Bubba proved he is back to his old self.
Sad to read this report from Jock McVicar about Sandy Lyle being snubbed from the Hall Of Fame and getting shag all invites.
SANDY LYLE, ignored for the Ryder Cup captaincy, is being ignored again - and this time it affects his playing career. For 15 years he has been on the shortlist to be inducted into the US Golf Hall of Fame, a prestigious assembly whose members include most of the great and the good in the game. However, for Lyle, at Castle Stuart this week for the Barclays Scottish Open, the door remains firmly shut. If players like Isao Aoki, Neil Coles, Larry Nelson and Christy O'Connor can be members - not to mention two golfing American presidents - why not Lyle? He has all the qualifications - two Majors, a winner six times on the US PGA Tour including the Players Championship, an 18-times winner in Europe and a frequent competitor in the Ryder Cup and World Cup. Lyle said: "If I could get into the Hall of Fame all my problems would be over. I'm pretty sure I'd have a free run in the States if I was in it. "I don't have any status in America at the moment. I'm waiting for the phone calls for invitations and it isn't ringing very much. I've played the odd tournament here and there. But it's a lot of sitting around. "There is a committee in the States that votes on the nominations, so whatever you can do to keep the name floating around, that would be great. "I am a little surprised I haven't got in. I won six times in America, and God knows how many times in Europe. You would think that would stand pretty strong. "I've been on the shortlist, I gather, for the last 15 years. Hopefully, one day it will happen, as long as it's not too late." Lyle, 53, has got into only four events on the senior Champions Tour in America this year. The Scot was eighth in the Legends in April, a month after winning the Handa Senior World Cup in China. The next three weeks, with the Scottish Open, The Open and the Senior Open at Walton Heath, are at the core of Lyle's year. He added: "Hopefully, I can do well here and get a bit of confidence."
From his site:
"Some people may have wondered why I chose to go from one major straight to another without anything in between and the answer is simple. "Because of what happened at Congressional and the way it became such a big deal (he was the youngest winner since Bobby Jones in 1923 and did it with a record score and by an eight-shot margin) I wanted to get everything out of the way and sorted so that when I did start playing again I could just concentrate on golf. "If I had gone to France (he pulled out of last week's French Open) I just would not have been able to practise or prepare properly. "Every time I play I want to go out there with a chance to win and that wouldn't have happened. "There were so many commitments and so much media to do that I would have not been able to give my best, so I decided to wait until I was absolutely ready. "I didn't touch a club for 10 days after the US Open and then after just hitting balls on the range at home it did feel good when I finally got out on the course again. "That was at Wentworth on Monday when I did a company day for Jumeirah and then I went down to Royal St George's on Tuesday and Wednesday so that I could get a good look before too many people were there. "The practice was great because we had one calm day and one when the wind got up so I got a great feel of what we can expect. "It wasn't my first visit because I remember playing the 2005 home internationals there and also the British Amateur the following year.And, more important, I like the course. "Some people think it's a bit quirky in places, but I believe it's a good test of golf. "I don't think the rough will be as heavy as they'd like it, but it will still be tough. "For me it's quite different to a lot of the other links courses because the greens at Sandwich are quite undulating with some pretty severe slopes in places. "In some cases you can't just run the ball up, you have to fly the ball all the way to the green and that's ok by me. "It's not that it suits any particular player because the standard is such that anybody teeing up these days has a chance. "Tiger Woods won't have a chance this year because unfortunately he has not recovered from his injuries. "It's always a disappointment when Tiger isn't in the field because people want to see him play and he brings so much to the game. "On the other hand, when he isn't there it increases my and everybody else's chances, but I'd certainly prefer him to be there."
The 140th Open Championship, Royal St George’s GC
Note: These are my early considerations as of 2pm 9th July and are subject to changes/additions pending the outcome of the Barclays Scottish Open and John Deere Classic. Odds from paddypower
Lee Westwood 9/1
Every time I consider typing links wizards like Rory McIlroy (6/1) or GMac (22/1) I find myself deleting the text and typing in Lee Westwood. This will be Westwood’s 17th Open Championship and he has four top 10 finishes. Finished tied third in 2009 at Turnberry, missing a chance to join the Cink/Watson playoff. Went one better at St. Andrews last year finishing second behind runaway winner Louis Oosthuizen. After coming 11th in Augusta and tied third at Congressional and with Rory deflecting much of the media glare, this could be Lee’s time. The best distance putter and approach player from 125 yard in the world, two stats that might just finally unlock a Claret Jug.
Sergio Garcia 22/1
Another solid season has turned into a good season for Sergio with the return of his putting stroke. After tying seventh at Congressional, Garcia went straight to Munich where he only lost out in a playoff with Pablo Larrazabal. That gained him his Open spot, and secured his 49th consecutive Major appearance, the longest of any current player. The Spaniard has the game for The Open with six top 10’s in the noughties and suffered the cruellest break I have ever seen on a golf course in 2007 when his ball hit the pin and bounced away in the playoff with Harrington. Not many deserve it more.
Matteo Manaserro 40/1
Many insiders had Matteo backed to win The Malaysia Open back in April because the Kuala Lumpur course was one of the very few short courses on the roster that suited his game. At 273 yards average Matteo is down at 198th in the distance rankings in stark contrast to his driving accuracy (8th) Greens in reg (12th) and Putting (14th) stats. Sandwich however is right up his street and if he reproduce his form in winning the British Amateur at Formby and low amateur in 2009, I predict another very big week for the Italian on the links.
Fredrik Jacobson 66/1
Back in 2003 when Freddie was at the heights of his powers he won in Hong Kong and Portugal before tying fifth at the US Open and sixth at The Open in Sandwich. Eight years on, and Freddie has won again, at The Travelers, had a great US Open even if it ended badly and is on his way back to The Open. You have to like his chances of a fist pumping top 10 if not better. The only worry is will Freddie be as dangerous now that his goatee is gone!
Tom Lewis 300/1
Tom Lewis is a 20 year old amateur from Nick Faldo’s club Welwyn Garden City and is set to be a prolific winner on Tour in years to come. Lewis qualified for the event at Rye, winning by three on the links there. He seems at home on links layouts having claimed the St Andrews Links Trophy a couple of months back and won the 2009 Boys Championship staged at Sandwich. Win lose or draw everybody is going to know who Tom Lewis is by next Sunday evening. Watch out for super odds to Finish In The Top 10.
The 2011 British Open Championship Betting Preview and Tips, golf, The 2011 Open Championship Betting Tips
Whilst preparing my 2011 Open Championship betting preview and tips I came across this highlights video of Thomas Bjorn’s heartbreak during the final round of the 2003 British Open at Sandwich. Still painful to watch even now.
Click on pic below to view highlights from the 2011 Barclays Scottish Open second Round on the European Tour site
Friday, July 8, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
England's Simon Dyson will get to go to the ball after all after David Toms announced he was not making the Open journey. Toms’ hip blew a gasket at the John Deere. “If it’s not my friggin’ heart, it’s my friggin’ hip” said Toms after stalling his tractor after nine holes.
Pic: A happy Dyson pictured earlier today
Dyson can now definitely pack his lunch for Sandwich as Tommy Bjorn moves up to first reserve and may well get the call up as Robert Garrigus also pulled out of the John Deere reportedly suffering from a replase of the crotch rot that so badly affected him at last years St Jude Classic.
Click on pic below to view highlights from the 2011 Barclay’s Scottish Open First Round on the European Tour site
Top 10 Leaderboard
Tiny Tim will be replaced by normal sized, but a bit funny looking, Anthony Kim.
Simon Dyson, who surprisingly never loses suction moves up to first sub, followed by Tommy Bjorn, who spent all last week practicing bunker shots, at the 16th hole, at Sandwich.
Stateside Webb Simpson, J.B. Holmes and Steve Marino will also know on Sunday if they have a spot in the British Open. Five spots are available to alternates determined by this week's world ranking. Simpson at No. 54 should make it. Behind him are Holmes, Vijay Singh, Marino and Yuta Ikeda of Japan.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
John Deere Classic Betting Preview and Tips
TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois. Odds from Betfair
Steve Stricker 8/1
Won the event the last two years running and set a record total of 26 under last year. As steady as ever this season finishing in the top 20 in his last six outings including that Stricker Special win at The Memorial. Hard to see past him.
David Toms 30/1
Keep an eye out for old David Toms this week and next. He’s been off since The Travelers but showed enough there in tying 17th that he still retains the form that brought to that playoff with Choi at Sawgrass and win at the Crowne Plaza. Toms is near the top of a whole heap of shotlink stats and won the Quad City Classic on this course before most you were born!
Jason Day 12/1
Will Day be going at this event full tilt in light of the fact that he’s travelling to Sandwich next week? Already installed among the favourites for The Open, Day has begged five top 10’s in his last six outings, including those seconds at the Masters and US Open. With the score likely to be in double figures under par, this event will need a birdie converter and of those in the field, Day is statistically among the best.
Louis Oosthuizen 60/1
When I see events where the winning score is 20 under or thereabouts, a handful of players spring to him as having the capability to accumulate that kind of score over four days. Louis Oosthuizen is one. At last years Open Louis was 16 under as was he when he won the Africa Open (he was 21under the previous week to that also!). It’s Louis’ first outing since Congressional when his Sunday 67 jumped him into the top 10. Will have big commitments next week so needs to make hay while the sun shines here.
Brett Quigley 400/1
I love these mental long odds chances. Brett Quigley gets less starts these days than John O’Shea and has missed more cuts than Lady Ga Ga’s hairdresser but at 400/1 he still represents a bit of value. Quigley’s last two top 10’s anywhere on Tour were where? Right here at Deere Run, he tied 10th last year and tied second in 2009. He loves this place and I think those offering those mental odds on betfair could be sorely stung.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Tommy Levet Celebration Fail. Witnesses Report Lovely Dive With Little Splash But Open In Balance On One Leg
With old age comes brittle bones, and if you bomb down a six foot drop into a one foot deep lake, in your socks, and land on a Lady Pinnacle with a pink ribbon, you just know you are going to break something.
That didn’t Thomas Levet whose eyes, according to witnesses, went all crazy for a second after winning the Open de France and he bolted straight for the water. The result, a lovely dive with very little splash but with it a broken shin. The possibility of further complications emerged today as doctors revealed the Frenchman now risks having to endure taunts and really bad leg break jokes from fellow pros on the range for years to come.
Whether Levet makes it to Sandwich on one good leg is in the balance!
Those of you tuning in to see Tiger Woods get into the groove with his Vantelin Kowa haemorrhoid arse cream are going to be a little disappointed by the new TV commercial. Tiger’s lips are tighter than his ass after a liberal application of Vantelin Kowa.
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Every day literally five or ten new golf inventions pop up on the email and to be honest most are terrible. Today however was a watershed moment for me. For some strange reason the phrase "Insta Golf Shoes" drew me in and (mostly for a laugh I admit) I clicked on the link www.instagolfshoes.com. After initially cringing at the mad prospect of what looked like a golfing version of the crampon, I quickly came around to the thinking that things are a little bit ingenious. I can see instagolfshoes being handy on holiday or on the practice ground where you slip these babies onto your runners and off you go. No need for hawking heavy golf shoes around or the threat of blisters or you hols. I havent seen a pair of these instagolfshoes in the flesh yet but the quality looks very decent from the photo gallery on the site. And the inventor Rick Hetzel test drove them on the links courses of the West Of Ireland, and they could manage that, they could manage anything. Instagolfshoes come in at about $35 or €24. Here's the link to the site www.instagolfshoes.com.Genius or madness, I'll let youe decide!
Monday, July 4, 2011
2011 Betting Preview and Tips
Winner Alright: Last week we tipped Mark Foster who tied second in Paris at 65/1. A tenner each way bet paid out €172.50. We also tipped Nick Watney on the US Tour at 15/1.
The Barclays Scottish Open, Castle Stuart Golf Links, Inverness, Scotland 07 Jul 2011 - 10 Jul 2011
Early odds from betfair
Graeme McDowell 25/1
With Martin Kaymer now not participating, our next best of the big guns at Castle Stuart is Graeme McDowell. With the burden of being a “Mejor Chompion” now lifted off his shoulders, we may just see a new GMac in Castle Stuart this week. A links course set up for birdies and a player with a game designed exactly for that; this could be a match made in heaven. And GMac won the week before the Open in Loch Lomond in 2008.
Richie Ramsay 85/1
Of the home players I like the form of Richie Ramsay at 85/1 on the exchanges. Tied fifth in Paris last week but he will know it could have been so much better but for a final round 76. Finished the week number one in the greens in regulation stats, possible the best indicator of form heading to Castle Stuart, a virgin Tour layout. Ramsay has a bit of pedigree on links in the past too, coming close at the Alfred Dunhill Links two years ago.
Gregory Havret 130/1
The French seem to have a knack of playing well in Scotland and one man I know who loves the place is Gregory Havret. Two of three wins on Tour have come in Scotland, at Loch Lomond in 2007 and at Gleneagles in 2008. Made his first appearance since the US Open last week finishing 21st but this week could be more fruitful. Second to GMac at Pebble Beach last year says there’s a bit of links in him too.
Darren Clarke 90/1
If the Barclays Scottish Open owes one player in the field some justice, it’s Darren Clarke. Some shennanigans involving raingear and hitting underwater balls resulted in a three shot swing in the final round at Loch Lomond last year, handing the crown to Edoardo Molinari. Big D, missed the cut in Paris finishing 84th but hey, he did the exact same thing last year! A links expert, this Castle Stuart layout may just given Darren his second win of the season. No one deserves it more.
Johan Edfors 110/1
I was very impressed with Johan’s final round of 67 at Congressional which earned him a much deserved top 20 finish. The stylish Swede is always on my shortlist for Scottish tournaments, he won in Loch Lomond in 2006, but not since. Five top 10’s on Tour already this season and a strong links player with solid Dunhill Links and Baltray performances in the past. May be a decent each way look.
Pretty good week last week with Nick Watney winning at 15/1. A tenner each way paid out €137.50.
On the European Tour our long odds shout Mark Foster almost pulled it off from 65/1. A tenner each way on him paid out €172.50. Martin Kaymer also paid out for fourth at 10/1.
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Your glute muscle, or your backside muscle is the biggest muscle in your body and should be the strongest muscle. But because of our everyday lives we spend a lot of time sitting and develop poor posture resulting in the glute muscle being forgotten about or switched off. This exercise teaches you how to isolate and fire, or switch on, your glute muscles independently of other muscles in your lower body. Knowing how to do this will help you build strength and stability in the lower body.
Instructions: Lying flat on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground, place both hands on your glutes or backside. Try to contract your right glute without engaging any other muscles, especially the hamstring. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds trying to squeeze as hard as you can. Repeat this on the left side and then on both sides together. Doing this regularly will help you understand how to fire your glutes in the golf swing.
Here’s a good question for you: “What are the only TWO things in golf that you are trying to CONTROL?” Go on have a go! What do you think?
As far as I am aware the only TWO things that we are trying to control at golf are....THE BALL and...YOURSELF!
Now as obvious as that sounds it is amazing how most golfers don’t get the simple answer. They look for the complex. They look for the detail. Yet when you consider it that is all there is to the game. You need to control the ball and you need to control you. Within this very simple equation there is much confusion however. When people say that golf is ‘all in the mind’ it isn’t!!!
Kudos to Bubba Watson dressed up as BubbaClaus on youtube or expertly playing a country hick in the golf boys video but the word inside the ropes of the PGA Tour is that Bubba has gotten himself a bit of a rep for being “moody”, to say the least.
On his first overseas outing to Paris for a European Tour event, Bubba was being rubbed up the wrong way from the get go, having a pop at the fans over cameras and mobile phones on the course and the tournament organizers for their marshalling, or lack of it. The splendid sites of Paris seemed to be lost on Bubba too, he referred to the Arc de Triomphe as "the arch way" and the Palace of Versailles "the castle that we are staying next to."
I cant wait to see what Bubba makes of Royal St. George's next week, a place described as an “absolute dump” by a fellow Tour player on twitter. Paris it aint.
Click on pic below to view 2011 Alstom Open de France Final Round Highlights on the European Tour website.