July 2011

Here's what's in the bag of 2011 Irish Open Champion Simon Dyson.


what's in the bag 2011 Simon Dyson, Irish Open, Nike


Simon Dyson is on his way to an unexpected appearence at next weeks WGC Bridgestone in Akron Ohio after winning the Irish Open in Killarney.  Dyson’s birdies on 16 more specifically on 17 were critical in a four under round of 67 for a 15 under total. Earlier in the day Dyson looked to have thrown away his chances of winning after three stabbing the 13th.

For Aussie Richard Green there was more heartbreak.  He left his second shot from a perfect position in the fairway on the front of the green and three putted to miss out on a playoff with Dyson.

Tiger is back at this weeks WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.  And this is Bryon Bell, Tiger’s new caddie.

It is Woods first outing since The Players Championship in May, where he was forced to withdraw after nine holes due to a re-aggravation of left knee and Achilles injuries tweaked at the Masters.

Bell has actually caddied for Woods before; when he won at Torrey Pines in 1999, and when he defended that title in 2000.

So what are the odds that Woods, now ranked No. 21 in the world rankings, will be paired with Rory McIlroy to draw the crowds and the TV audience.

Here’s Anna Rawson doing what Anna Rawson does best, that is looking sexy.  Anna has joined Padraig Harrington (and err me!) as a brand ambassador of Irish clothing brand Kartel.  I’m told the photo shoot in Dublin last week, which I wasn’t invited to, had grown men shaking like schoolboys.


CIMG6172 David Howell is in the clubhouse at 11 under after the third round of the Irish Open.  Afterwards he told me that he has spent the evenings this week playing table tennis.  He has been his mate Kevin “a thumping” and reckons “every little win is good for the confidence!”

He also said he has been working with a new coach for the past couple of weeks but wont say who it is until he wins tomorrow!

GolfCentralDaily’s resident youtube phenomenon and St Margarets pro John Kelly has outdone the likes of Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke by making the cut at the Irish Open.

Despite getting a freak flier on 17 that lead to bogey, John played the last brilliantly, just missing a ten footer for birdie.  His tap in par meant he made the cut on one under.  Afterward he thanked fellow pro and 17 time Irish Open player Brendan McGovern for his help on the bag.  All the best John at the weekend!

Pic: Job done.  John and Brendan after making the cut at the Irish Open

The headline is a little misleading.  True Nathan does have that unshaven homeless hobo look going on right now but its actually okay, he does have a roof over his head.  Here’s his factfile.

Name: Nathan Murphy

Place Of Birth: Ballyhaunis, County Mayo

Occupation: Today FM Sports broadcaster

First Job: Vacuum packin’ T bones in Halal Ballyhaunis

Biggest Influences on career: Eddie Murphy and Eddie Murphy Junior, not the actor, the drapers in Ballyhaunis.

Golf Handicap: 24.  But he once had 21 points in 8 holes before he had to go home.

Pastimes:  Not shaving.

Claim to Fame: My uncle was my uncle before my uncle was born.  Figure that one Einstein.


Just got off the course after following Paul Cutler down the back nine in Killarney.  Massive birdie on 16 after laying up to get to five under. Great course management on 17 for a tidy par (nice work Mark Hemphill).  Hybrid off the tee on the last into the wind left 220 yards.  Another hybrid into five feet and canned the putt for birdie.  In the clubhouse at six under!

All the journo’s were waiting on the 18th to chat to him. Tim Barter and Sky Sports too.  Great stuff Cutso. Best of luck the weekend!

  Garda Nigel Shevlin got the plum post on day one of the 2011 Irish Open accompanying the group including reigning US Open Champion Rory McIlroy and defending champion Ross Fisher.

Commenting on his luck Shevlin laughed “There were a lot of knives aiming for my back when they allocated me the McIlroy group!”

When I suggested that was why he was wearing a bullet proof vest he replied that these were standard Garda issue nowadays when standing in the line of a McIlroy drive!

I know its not my place to be looking at what blokes are wearing but the Irish Examiner asked to do it for the fun so I took to the putting green with my Bruno fashion hat on.  It was a close contest but best dressed on the day goes to Welshman and European Tour cash machine  Jamie Donaldson.  Nice work JD!

darr pic 1 The common consensus from around the course today is that Darren Clarke (25/1) is in serious form.  He has been in Killarney since Sunday and was working on the range yesterday with Pete Cowan for hours! In great form during his press conference Big D then hit every green in regulation in the Pro-Am.

Word on the practice ground is that Mark Foster (50/1) is hitting the ball really nicely and could have a good week. Locally there is huge interest in Michael Collins from Mallow and David Higgins from Waterville.

There’s talk to that Ross Fisher (22/1) could have a big say in proceedings this week even though the formline doesn’t make super reading.  I watched him on the range and he’s hitting it sweet.  He says himself he played great around Wentworth last week in practice and we all know how tough Wentworth now is. We also know that games with mates dont count but dont say I didn’t mention it if he defends on Sunday.

Personally I will be following John Kelly.  With fellow pro and steadying influence Brendan McGovern on the bag the boys will get on great.  JK wont be happy with anything short of making the cut.  Good luck lads!

Irish Open presented by Discover Ireland

Killarney Golf & Fishing Club

Killarney, Co Kerry, Republic of Ireland 28 Jul 2011 - 31 Jul 2011

Robert Rock 40/1

Robert-Rock_1059703 Surely the Irish Open owes Robert Rock a win. The Belfry pro bagged all the cash but not the win when Shane Lowry pipped him in a playoff in Baltray two years back and last year he suffered more heartbreak when disqualified after the first round. To add insult to injury Rock had just shot a first round 65 to co lead the event. Finally got his first win at the BMW Italian Open in June and made a big splash at Congressional contending at the US Open having arrived just hours before it started.

Richard Green 28/1

rich green Last year when he finished tied fifth Richard Green described the Killeen Course in Killarney as very similar to the one he grew up on in Killarney. Not the longest hitter on Tour, Green will enjoy the shorter test this week where shot shaping and good putting are rewarded. Winner of last years Portugal Masters on the short but tricky Villamoura layout, Green has been solid of late with top 15’s in Munich and France and tied 16th at The Open.


Padraig Harrington 18/1

Padraig-Harrington-001 Those lucky enough to follow Padraig Harrington last year will have witnessed a short game exhibition from the three time Major Champion. The fact that he came second, just two shots behind Ross Fisher having it only 47% of the fairways proves this. Forget his formline so far this year, Padraig Harrington will be up to reproduce his 2007 win. With the rough up, he’ll really need to be straight off the tee.

Joost Luiten 33/1

Joost-Luiten A decent long odds each way shout this week might Joost Luiten. The Dutchman’s top 10 last year was all the more impressive considering his opening round of 74. He hasn’t been in good form of late with missed cuts in France and Scotland followed by a poor Open Championship but I saw enough in his tied third at the BMW in Munich and tied fifth at the Italian Open in June to believe he can contend this week.

Richard Finch 50/1

RichardFinch Former Irish Open champion Richard Finch will quietly fancy his chances this week and why shouldn’t he? Though he drove it on average 25 yards shorter than winner Alex Noren in Sweden last week, Finch was the straightest driver and best putter in the field. A reproduction of those two stats in Killarney are sure to sure to yield even greater success than his second last week. Finch was the only player in the field to be under par in the final round last Sunday.


Name: Michael Collins

Born: 26/1/1980

Attachment: Mallow Golf Range

Turned Pro: 2001 off scratch

What’s In The Bag

Getting To Know Michael

Most Memorable Honours

Winning this years Irish Club Pro Championship staged in Dundalk. I’ve also played Home Internationals with Ireland as well as at Boys and Youths level. I also have a Senior Cup medal with Mallow!

Another great achievement was poaching a beautiful Kerry woman, Claire McSwiney from Killorglan to be my wife!

What’s Playing On Your ipod at The Moment

I listen to everything but at the moment it’s Aloe Blacc, “I Need A Dollar!”

aloe blacc

Lowest 18 Hole Score in Competition

I shot a seven under 65 in Galgorm Castle on the EuroPro Tour last year.

Favourite Film

la confidential LA Confidential. It’s got that twist right at the end! It has nothing to do with Kim Basinger. Nothing no no no no no no….

Favourite Course


Best Shot You Have Hit With People Watching

Without doubt my 4-iron to five feet on the 18th hole in Killarney in the Irish Open first round last year. And I got the putt for birdie!

Pro You Most Admire


Probably Padraig Harrington for the amount he has achieved in the game and the hard work he put in to get there.


Favourite Sport Other Than Golf


Favourite Team



If I Wasn’t A Pro Golfer I Would Be

Probably a teacher. I have a degree in Arts.

Most Famous Person You Have Ever Met

mother-teresa This is a weird one but I once spoke to Mother Teresa on the phone. I cant remember what she said to me, I was only about six at the time!

Click on pic below to view 2011 Nordea Scandinavian Masters Final Round Highlights on the European Tour website.


Name: Dan Sugrue

Born: 17/3/1978

Attachment: Killarney Golf and Fishing Club

Turned Pro: 2002 off plus 2

What’s In The Bag

Getting To Know Dan

Most Memorable Honours

Getting to the final stage of Tour School in 2002 and qualifying for the Challenge Tour. My greatest achievement though was qualifying for the 2004 Open at Troon. I played with two Major Champions, Zach Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen!

What’s Playing On Your ipod at The Moment?

tom-waitsI’m a big Bob Dylan fan and in case things don’t go well in Killarney this week I always have a bit of Tom Waits ready to really maximize the depression!


Lowest 18 Hole Score in Competition

I once shot a 63 at Tour School in Five Lakes in England.

Favourite Film

MagnoliaMagnolia. It came out in 1999 and was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Bet you didn’t expect that!


Favourite Course

It has to be Killeen in Killarney!

Best Shot You Have Hit With People Watching

The best shot I ever hit was a holed out 8 iron for eagle on the 18th hole to qualify for the 2004 Open Championship.

Pro You Most Admire

Padraig Harrington. He opened the door for Irish golf.

Favourite Sport Other Than Golf

Gaelic Football

Favourite Team

Kerry of course!


If I Wasn’t A Pro Golfer I Would Be


Most Famous Person You Have Ever Met

Do you mean apart from The Gooch?seve-ballesteros1_1757411c?!!!  The most famous person I have met is Seve. I think it was in 1999 in Dublin airport. He was very interested in our golf. A legend!


Click on pic below to view 2011 Nordea Scandinavian Masters Third Round Highlights on the European Tour site.

The European Tour website are this evening reporting that Corey Pavin was recognized by the Welsh Government.  The successful operation took almost five years and up to 300 Welsh government officials.

It’s thought the Welsh Government came close to recognizing Corey Pavin back in 2003 during the Bush administration but it turned out to be Michael Parkinson outside a shopping centre in Cardiff.

The trail went cold until the Obama administration, working with the Welsh Government and thousands of google images finally succeeded in recognizing Pavin.  Its thought Pavin was recognized as he crossed the street outside his local school with his kids.

Great to see the Welsh Government are doing really useful things and aren’t just a colossal waste of British taxpayers money.

SteveWilliamsGolfExaminerONLY Here’s a really frank interview on New Zealand radio with Stevie Williams about Tiger sacking him and being linked to Tiger’s exploits off the course. “I wouldnt say it was amicable at all” he says.

Click on pic below to view 2011 Nordea Scandinavian Masters First Round Highlights on the European tour site.

Connacht (with a wee bit of help from a Cavan man!) are the 2011 Interprovincial champions.  Apparently, according to golf historian Enda Lonergan the last time Connacht won was 1983 BC, when archaeologists found etchings to that effect on the inside of a cave near Connemara.

Afterward Connacht secretary Enda said “The win was all down to the new green shirts, it took us 28 years to figure out the yellow ones didn’t quite work.”

Back row (left to right): Barry Anderson, Gary McDermott, Steffan O’Hara, Eddie McCormack (legend), Kelan McDonagh, Michael Durcan

Front row (left to right) Joe Lyons, Adrian Wynne (Captain), Niall MacSweeney (Manager), Sean Cannon

Final Standings: 1 Connacht, 2 Ulster, 3 Leinster 4, Munster.

Final Round Scores

Thursday 21 July 2011

Ulster 8 Munster 3

(Ulster names first)

Reeve Whitson & Aaron Kearney halved with Niall Gorey & Gary O’Flaherty; Harry Diamond & Connor Doran beat Pat Murray & Ian O’Rourke 1 hole; Luke Lennox & Nicky Grant beat Sean Barry & David O’Donovan 2/1; Colm Campbell & Wayne Telford halved with Kieran Hurley & Ed Stack

Harry Diamond halved with Niall Gorey; Reeve Whitson lost to Ian O’Rourke 1 hole; Aaron Kearney beat Sean Barry 1 hole; Connor Doran halved with David O’Donvoan; Luke Lennox beat Pat Murray 3/2; Nicky Grant beat Ed Stack 1 hole; Colm Campbell beat Gary O’Flaherty 5/3

Conancht 5.5 Leinster 5.5 (Connacht names first)

Barry Anderson & Eddie McCormack lost to Eoin Arthurs & Richard O’Donovan 5/4; Steffan O’Hara & Sean Cannon lost to Paul Dunne & Stephen Walsh 2/1; Gary McDermott & Kelan McDonagh lost to John Greene & Craig Martin 1 hole; Michael Durcan & Joe Lyons lost to Rory McNamara & Brian Casey 2/1

Eddie McCormack beat Eoin Arthurs 8/6; Barry Anderson halved with Paul Dunne; Gary McDermott lost to Richard O’Donovan 1 hole; Michael Durcan beat Stephen Walsh 5/4; Steffan O’Hara beat John Greene 2 holes; Kelan McDonagh beat Craig Martin 2/1; Joe Lyons beat Rory McNamara 2/1

karl morris He is to mind coaching in golf what The Stig is to testing racing cars.  Yes, he is Karl Morris and the great news is Karl is setting up a base in Ireland.

The leading Mind Coach, who can claim a part in the last two Open Championship wins of Louis Oosthuizen and Darren Clarke  is set to formally join the GUI National Golf Academy as their official Mind Coach.  Clients, both through personal and group sessions will now be able to avail of Karl’s coaching right here in Ireland, at the GUI’s National Academy in Carton House.

Plan’s are also afoot to hold one of the world famous Karl Morris Mind Factor Golf Schools, a two day residential course which is planned for 2012 at the Carton House venue.

The Stig, I mean Karl said “I am extremely excited about this arrangement. I have over the years been fortunate to work with some of the world’s best players and I am keen to share some of those discoveries with a wider audience. I have a particular affinity for Irish golf as I have always been made to feel incredibly welcome on the numerous visits over the years. To have a permanent base at such fantastic facilities is a wonderful opportunity for me”.

Book me in, I’m coming Karl!

What is it with Germany and Ireland at the moment?  First we have Angela Merkel treating Ireland like a piece of chewing gum stuck to the sole of her shoe and now we have Schuco organizing a lucrative two day exhibition match to poach the top Tour stars away from the Irish Open in Killarney.

Schuco who haven't been involved in the game of golf a wet week are staging a golf event to coincide with next weeks Irish Open.  The meaningless two day Schuco Open may have a crap matchplay format and an even more crap website but has forked out millions to entice the likes of  Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson, Geoff Ogilvy, Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter, Dustin Johnson, Álvaro Quirós, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Grégory Havret, Edoardo Molinari and others to “compete”.

Do Schuco have any respect for the institutions of the European Tour?  Should the top players not have a little more allegiance to one of the oldest and  best attended events on Tour that is the Irish Open? It all stinks to high heaven.

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Watson_t1 There’s a double dose of Senior golf coming this week and next with the Senior Open Championship starting today at Walton Heath. The US Senior Open will be played next week at the Inverness Golf Club in Toledo in Ohio.

All eyes will again be on Tom Watson. The 61 year old will be looking for a fourth Senior Open crown but this time he wont have the advantage of links under him.  The inland course at Walton Heath south of London was opened in 1913 and is often used for Open Championship sectional qualifying.

Bernhard Langer, who has been suffering with a thumb injury is the defending champion and tees it up after missing the cut last week at The Open. Coverage on Sky Sports.

stevie williams bib funny[11] Tiger Woods announced tonight that he is to divorce Steve Williams after 12 years of wedded bliss.

"I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it's time for a change," Woods said in a statement on his website. "Stevie is an outstanding caddie and a friend and has been instrumental in many of my accomplishments. I wish him great success in the future."

Tiger’s going to miss those glued on silver locks and that sexy way Stevie had of getting spectators ejected, but somehow he’ll muddle through.

Wednesday 20 July 2011

Ulster 5 Leinster 6 

(Ulster names first)

Connor Doran & Harry Diamond lost to Eoin Arthurs & Richard O’Donovan 3/2; Aaron Kearney & Reeve Whitson beat Rory McNamara & Brian Casey 5/4; Luke Lennox & Colm Campbell halved with Paul Dunne & Stephen Walsh; Nicky Grant & Wayne Telford lost to John Greeneddie funnye & Craig Martin 2/1
Reeve Whitson lost to Eoin Arthurs 4/3; Harry Diamond beat Richard O’Donovan 6/5; Connor Doran lost to Paul Dunne 1 hole; Aaron Kearney beat Brian Casey 3/2; Luke Lennox beat Stephen Walsh 2/1; Nicky Grant halved with Craig Martin; Colm Campbell lost to Rory McNamara 2/1

Munster 5 Connacht 6

(Munster names first)

Pat Murray & Ian O’Rourke halved with Barry Anderson & Eddie McCormack; Niall Gorey & Gary O’Flaherty beat Gary McDermott & Kelan McDonagh 4/3; Sean Barry & David O’Donovan beat Steffan O’Hara & Sean Cannon 7/6; Kieran Hurley & Ed Stack halved with Michael Durcan & Joe Lyons

Pat Murray lost to Eddie McCormack 5/4; Niall Gorey beat Michael Durcan 2 holes; Sean Barry lost to Gary McDermott 3/1; David O’Donovan lost to Steffan O’Hara 3/2; Gary O’Flaherty lost to Kelan McDonagh 3/2; Kieran Hurley lost to Joe Lyons 1 hole; Ian O’Rourke beat Barry Anderson 4/3

us junior This is the incredible story of Connor Klein (not Calvin’s son, the other one) from  Long Tree, Colorado who was playing in the first round of the 64th U.S. Junior Amateur at Gold Mountain Golf Club.  Early in the round it became obvious to officials that Klein was holding up play and his group was clocked.  Not bothered by that, the kid continued to take an age over each shot, forcing officials to again check the group on the fifth hole, where it was decided that Klein was to be penalized one stroke for slow play.

Pic: Woman putting way too much effort into a kids event scoreboard

Ignorant of the penalty, the young Klein went ahead the 170-yard, par 3, only to be approached mid high-fiving by the rules officials and told of the penalty stroke.  It went down as a two on the card. It is unclear whether the rules official high fived Klein.

Klein ended with an 82.  And the moral of the story?  If you’re going to be slow, you better be really really really good!


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mark mcgovern Friends Of GolfCentralDaily were in touch to tell us about Fermanagh's Mark McGovern who suffered a severe head injury in San Francisco on the 25th of June, whilst playing football for Ulster in San Francisco. Mark's friends have organized an evening on Thursday, August 18 at 9:00pm in the Bush Bar Blacklion Cavan to raise vital funds for his treatment in hospital. Live music on the night from top local acts and special guests. A website for donations is also being set up.   We're told Mark is a massive golf fan and loves Sergio Garcia (but we wont hold that against him!) so please, if you can, support Mark and his friends in this very worth cause.