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Full name Richard George Green

Born 19 February 1971, Williamstown, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)

Residence Williamstown, Australia; Bagshot, Surrey, England

Turned professional 1992 (plus 2)

European Tour Wins 3

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driver profile green Richard may seen quiet and unassuming on the golf course but off it he is a fanatical motor racing fan who loves to race Porsches. He even competed in the 2009 and 2010 Australian Grand Prix GT Category. Last season he drove a white Porsche 996GT3 Cup Car. The car is No. 63 and has the same sponsors as his golf game – Valvoline, Toll and Orix Australia. Asked why it is No. 63 Green says “Well, I wanted 62 because that’s my lowest score in golf (BMW Open, Germany), but some other clown out here has 62, so I have to put up with 63!”

Greeny as he known to his friends cites Ayrton Senna and Jason Richards as his favourite drivers. “His (Richards) dedication and obsession with racing and working hard is something I look up to and have tried to convert into my golf game and any things I do basically” says Green.

Whats In Richard Green’s Bag 2011

r11 iron This year TaylorMade made one of the biggest splashes ever in the world of golf equipment with the launch of their white headed R11 driver.

This autumn sees the release of the R11 irons. Without the gimmick of having a white head, the question is can these R11 irons become a worldwide sensation like the big stick.

A glance at the testing stats shows the new R11 irons have many of the same capabilities as the TaylorMade Burner 2.0 irons. Like the 2.0’s the R11 are designed to have 15 yards difference in every club, they have the same launch and ball flight results on the trackman and both irons carry almost identical distances in testing.

The R11 irons have a cast stainless steel head and an undercut channel which gets progressively bigger in the long irons for more forgiveness. Each irons has a a precision weight port at the back to optimize launch angle and induce faster ball speed, all leading to increased distance and more forgiveness.

The weight s are set to to ensure each club’s center of gravity is in line with the sweet spot. Weighing from 2.5 to 17 grams the weights are made of aluminium, steel and tungsten and are fully adjustable.

Add to that add the “inverted cone technology” you have all TaylorMade’s more recent irons to deliver forgiveness on off centre hits and end up with the R11 irons.

Will they be as ground breaking as the R11 driver? No, but they are yet another quality alternative to add to TaylorMade’s ever growing number of models.

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

One of key differences between amateurs and professionals is that pro’s make a much bigger backswing. One of the key factors that limits the range of the backswing is having really lat muscles in the shoulders. Here’s a really great exercise to improve the range of motion in the lat muscle.

Firstly kneel down in the prayer position. With the knees pointing forward, reach out your left hand as far over to the right side as possible. You will really feel a stretch in your let muscles. Hold the stretch for 25-30 seconds or as long as is comfortable. Repeat on the other side. Do this exercise every day and you will notice a huge improvement in your backswing turn.


For the next four week’s we are running our biggest quiz ever. From four weekly winners, one overall winner will be drawn to receive a Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance pass worth €499 which entitles them to a round on all nine premier courses in the alliance. From the Palmer Course at the K Club, to Druids Glen to Carton House it’s the prize of a golfing lifetime. For more info on purchasing a voucher check out www.dublingolfalliance.com

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Karl Morris: Best Laid Plans…
Okay so you didn’t win any of the big blub competitions this year and now your mind is turning towards swing changes you might make or fitness regimes you might undertake at the end of the season to make you a whole different player in time for next year’s campaign. The problem is that 99.9% of us will make absolutely NO CHANGE whatsoever!
That is not me being negative or dismissive of you or myself. It is just a fact of human life. Most people do not change. They stay the same. The biggest predictor for most people of where they will be in twelve months time is to look at exactly where they are now. They will still be there!
There are obviously tremendous exceptions to this and some people do change but in the main it is as you were. Golf is a great reflector of this life scenario. After playing golf for more than a couple of years how many people continue to keep getting their handicap down and reducing their scores? Very, very few.
Why is this? Why do so many of us want to change but find it almost impossible. Would we change if we absolutely HAD to? If it was a matter of life or death? Surely?
Well perhaps not!


www.stanjames.com2011 US PGA Championship Betting Preview and Tips, Atlanta Athletic Club

Odds from Stan James

2011 US PGA Championship Betting Preview and Tips

Odds from Stan James

Zach Johnson 50/1

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Zach Johnson specializes in going under radars. My intelligence sources however say he has to have a great chance at Atlanta Athletic Club to add to his 2007 Masters green jacket. According to shotlink stats last week Zach’s final round driving accuracy of 78.57% was over 20% better than the rest of the field average. His tied sixth at the WGC tallies with his tied third at the John Deere and shows he’s bang in form. Zach has been in the top 10 in the last two PGA Championships, finishing tied third alongside Rory McIlroy last year, just one shot behind Kaymer and Watson. Hasn’t won since last May at the Crowne Plaza but I bet he still remembers how.bet now

Jason Day 25/1

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There something about Jason Day, something gritty, something determined. For a guy to hit 42% of the fairways last week at the WGC and still tie fourth is pretty darn impressive. Add to that he has come tied second at The Masters and then second outright at the US Open (where there are no fairways!) and you have a relatively experienced 23 year old who doesn’t seem to be fazed by being at the top of the leaderboard. Has to have learned a lot also from the final round last year when his 74 dropped him from a chance to win into a tie for 10th. Surely an each way punt here is prudent betting.bet now 

Lee Westwood 12/1

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You just never know with Lee Westwood. His final round of 65 shows he’s simmering nicely but you also get the feeling that this “best player never to win a major” collar is starting to cut into his neck. If Westwood is to win this week, he needs to hit the Athletic Club running. Final round charges like last weekend, or at Congressional where he surged to tie third will not suffice. Has the final piece of the Chubby slam been prophesied? Stan thinks so at 12/1 and so do I!bet now

Rory McIlroy 10/1

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Rory McIlroy is the bookies favourite this week and it’s easy to see why. The way the PGA set up the courses seems to suit Rors. He tied third at Hazeltine in 2009 when Yang won and had the same finish last year at Whistling Straits when Kaymer took the spoils. Cruised into a tie for sixth last week without really trying. His greens in regulation stats are other worldly but it is Rory’s putting that will determine success or otherwise this week. At the US Open he putted brilliantly, but he hasn’t reproduced that since. Last week at the WGC he needed 1.8 putts per green as opposed to the whole field’s average of 1.77. So in a nutshell, if he putts he wins! bet now

Dustin Johnson 22/1

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I’m going to disregard Dustin Johnson’s 48th or whatever it was last week and say I think he’s a good each way shout this week. Not because he was (arguably) robbed of a place in the playoff last year but because he is rapidly proving he has a Major championship game. Okay so he imploded when GMac won the US Open last year but he was, again, in contention. And how admirably did he stick to his task at St. Georges in tying second. If a US player is to win, no one is more deserving than DJ. The man hits the ball a country mile!bet now

Best Of The Rest

2011 Irish Open Champion Simon Dyson flew out to the USA last week after only four hours sleep. His whirlwind journey took its toll with a first round 77 but he got back into the groove thereafter with three rounds in the 60’s. With better preparation and greens that will suit him this week, I think an each way punt from 100/1 is in order. He tied 12th last year and has a career best tied sixth in 2007. Another man who caught my eye last Sunday was Aaron Baddeley 66/1, who certainly has the putting game for this course. The only problem for the Northern Trust champ is that he has never finished in the top 10 in a Major. And finally a couple of caddies have told me that Francesco Molinari is starting to find a bit of form again after a very lean spell. You can get him at 80/1. bet now



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tiger shoes On Thursday at the WGC it looked like the old Tiger Woods was back. Old grip, old swing and OLD PUTTER! Yep Tiger even had his trusty old Scotty Cameron back in action, the one he used to win 13 of his 14 majors. During round one, he took just 27 putts. That 27 quickly became 33 by round three and Woods sent out an SOS call for the Nike Method putter he's used for the past year.

Nike Tour reps duly obliged delivering it to him on the practice green. So how did he do with the new putter? Well after a patchy start, Woods made two putts of over 15 feet in the last four holes, leading us to believe he’ll start with the Nike at Atlanta this week.

Early in the week it was less his putter that had people talking than his prototype Nike Free golf shoes which he himself helped develop. Woods had been using Nike Free shoes in the gym and was keen to develop a pair that could be worn for golf.

Working with Tobie Hatfield, from Nike's Innovation Kitchen and inventor of the original Nike Free shoe, they came up with the golf version. The golf shoe borrows technical innovations from the Nike Basketball Hyperfuse 2011 as well as a Free-inspired outsole taken from the Special Field Boot designed for the military.

So to summarize, new caddie, old putter, new shoes, new old putter, same old result.  I give up!

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107886719JL097_World_Golf_C Oh the irony! On the week Tiger Woods returned to the fray with his new pot-bellied friend/caddy Bryon Bell, it’s his jilted ex Stevie Williams who wins the tournament with Adam Scott. But then came the coup de gras. Williams, in all the time he worked for Woods, never gave a post round interview. He would stare down the production assistants and say “I do not do media”. Yet Sunday night, not 30 seconds after Scott had sunk the final putt, there was Stevie doing his first about of 15 interviews for every network wishing to listen.  And they did. "It's been the most fun thing,'' he said. "It's the greatest week of my life caddying, and I sincerely mean that'' Williams beamed as if to say ‘Tiger are you listening?’.

Asked if Tiger sacked him face to face at the AT&T Williams said "That is incorrect. I was told on the phone that we needed to take a break. At the AT&T, the details of the firing were discussed."

Williams indicated that Woods was not happy with Stevie caddying for Scott while he himself was injured.

"He didn't agree with it and thought it was time to take a break," Williams said. "I was told on the phone that we needed to take a break. And in caddie lingo, that means you're fired. Simple as that."

To add insult to injury, Williams 10% cut of Scott’s purse came to $140,000 plus salary, more than double Woods cheque of just under $70,000 for tied 37th place.

Ross Fisher was on  a plane to America last night, after receiving good news about his son.  Three month old Harry became ill in Killarney last Saturday night, was taken to hospital and remained there for most of the week.  The entire Fisher family had been in Killarney  in the lead up to Ross’s defence of his Irish Open title.  However a good prognosis towards the week meant that Dad could head to Lake Nona for some practice on his way to Atlanta Athletic Club.  All the best Ross.   Pic: Eve and Harry from Ross’s Tour Diary

us pga With 30 Major champions in the field and 100 out of the top 102 players in the world at Atlanta Athletic Club, the last major of the year is set to be cracker.

Padraig Harrington and Davis Love however are no doubt crying into their Corn Flakes at the news that they are to paired with Tiger Woods fro the first two rounds of the 2011 PGA Championship.

The three major winners McIlroy, Clarke and Schwartzel can discuss tactics as they are also paired.

Defending champ Martin Kaymer is grouped with 2009 winner YE Yang and 2003 Wannamaker wannabie Shaun Micheel.

Best of the rest includes: Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia; Luke Donald, Alvaro Quiros and Nick Watney; and Matteo Manassero, Ryo Ishikawa and Adam Scott.

The 93rd PGA Championship features the strongest field in golf, and currently includes 100 of the top 102 ranked players in the world. There are 14 PGA champions and 30 major champions currently in the field.

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Kick a man while he’s trying to get back up, why don’t you?  Tiger Woods has barely limped back onto the first tee wearing a funny looking pair of runners but a shady (albeit very tall) figure from his past has re-emerged to have a go at him.

In the past two years Tiger has done a Tyson on it.  Kicked out the manager, kicked out the caddy and got rid of his “friends”.  That’s where Charles Barkley comes in.

"You think you're friends with a guy. You talk to him once a week for 15 years. You're like, this dude is my friend, we do things, we have fun together," said Barkley,  "I haven't talked to him in two years and I'm wondering what the hell is going on."  —Funny that. Maybe it’s because you were possibly one of the head honcho’s in the Woods crazy gang and he doesn’t ever want to see you again.  Ever thought of that?

This is even better. In an interview Barkley pinpointed Woods' by now famous (or infamous I keep getting those two mixed up) car ‘accident’ with screaming club brandishing wife night in 2009 as the date when contact was cut off. Barkley says he didn't return even his messages and changed his phone number.  Let me guess your text Charlie…..

Cum on Tiger, lts get pissed n score sum high cls hookers. Txt me bck. Barkie

Cant you see Charles, Tiger is a new man? He wants nothing to do with you.  He even found religion.  After years of worshipping only pussy, Woods is now a Buddhist.  Ah yes, it brings me back to Tyson.  Remember when he came out of jail and all of a sudden was “praise be Allah this” and Islam that.  He even had a little hat like the pope.

Oh my God, no offence meant Tiger or Mike, what’s this?  Its Tiger on the first tee of the USPGA with a tattoo on his face!  The transformation is complete. Deadly!


rosapenna senior scratch cup The seventh annual Rosapenna Senior Scratch Cup,which takes place on Saturday the 3rd of September is set to feature a who's who of top Irish amateur golfing talent. Paul Cutler, who thrilled the galleries at the 2011 Irish Open, tops the bill of confirmed participants at the Donegal venue.

The Rosapenna Senior Scratch Cup is set to be Paul's last competitive appearance before he heads to Aberdeen in Scotland for this year's Walker Cup just seven days after. Also confirmed are Alan Dunbar, defending champ Connor Doran and a host of other top amateurs from around Ireland.

The inaugural event in 2005, which is staged on both the Old Tom Morris Links and the testing Sandy Hills Links was won by Rory McIlroy.

To enter or for more information on the 2011 Rosapenna Senior Scratch Cup contact Frank Casey Jnr on +353 (0)74 915 5000 or email frankcasey@hotmail.com or check out www.rosapenna.ie. Entry is just €40 which includes lunch. A junior scratch cup (for 5-9 handicaps) over both courses will also take place on the same day. The senior scratch cup is in association with McGinley Motors Letterkenny.

Jamie Donaldson got great news when he heard that he had earned a place in next weeks US PGA Championship. Though yet to win, Jamie has five top-10 ‘s on the European Tour this season. He came 45th last week in Killarney, his lowest finish since the 13th of February when he came 48th in the Dubai Desert Classic.  In between those two events, Jamie has played ten times and been in the top-25 in all but one.

And more incredibly Donaldson has not missed a cut since October 2010 at the Portugal Masters in Villamoura.  He now lies 102nd in the world but still warranted a much deserved invite to Atlanta Athletic Club.

The only Major Donaldson has played was the 2006 Open at Hoylake where he finished seven over and missed the cut.

"Buzzing just got in the USPGA, yippeeeeee!" said Jamie on twitter. All the best Jamie.


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Winner Alright: Last week we tipped Richard Green at 28/1. A tenner each way would have paid 80 quid!
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Lee Westwood 16/1

Lee Westwood After Gym[16]Watch out for Lee Westwood this week and next. With Rory and Tiger in the field the spotlight will be off the Englishman who is a proven performer on this course. Finished tied second in 2008 just one shot behind winner Vijay Singh then returned in 2009, shooting 65 in the final round to climb to ninth. Was forced to withdraw from last years staging to a calf injury, which is rumoured to have flared up again at the Open Championship where he missed the cut. If fully fit this week Lee should be up there.

Hunter Mahan 36/1

hunter-mahan_372x359 After Hunter’s tied fourth here in 2009, we tipped him to win at 56/1 last year and he obliged, so that in itself is reason to have a little flutter again. His odds of 36/1 reflect the poor season he has had this year to date however. Hunter’s highlights are a second in the AT&T at Pebble Beach and a top 10 in The Players. Maybe wait until Friday night if you are not convinced about the defending champion.

Retief Goosen 80/1

goosen An each way bet is purely for fans of Retief Goosen since he hasn’t played tournament golf since pulling out of the Open Championship after the first round with a back injury. However a fit Goose has impressed me this year especially his 66 in the final round at Castle Stuart to climb to 14th. Tied for third in Munich behind Garcia and winner Larrazabal, the same result as he had at the St Jude Classic at the start of June. Retief tied third last year after following a third round 73 with a 65. If he’s well, he has the game to contend.

Steve Stricker 19/1

stricker What can you say about Stricks. He has been in the top 20 in every event since the last WGC event back in March. Twice a winner since then also at The Memorial and impressively defending his title at the John Deere. Twelfth in his last outing at The Open. Tied ninth here last year in the company of Rory and tied sixth in 2009. The PGA version of Jimenez.

Sean O’Hair 70/1

maar01-ohair-620 Odds of 70/1 suggest the bookies think Sean O’Hair’s win last time out a flash in the pan. And the form suggests it was. O’Hair won that Canadian Open after a playoff with Kris Blanks. A disappointing final round of 70 last year saw him finish fifth after being right in contention going into the final round. That Canadian win may give him the confidence to contend again this week.

Courtesy of David Keating PGA professional, our prize this week is a fourball at the Killeen Course in Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, venue of the Irish Open. For full details on rates and offers check out www.killarney-golf.com or call 064-6631034.

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Congrats to last weeks winner John Coleman, Blackrock, Cork who wins a fourball in Dooks Golf Links.

With the Solheim Cup due to take place in just 50 odd days time, this weeks Ladies Irish Open at Killeen Castle takes on special significance. The event supported by Fáilte Ireland, will see a host of Europe and America’s top players competing in what is effectively a dry run for the Solheim Cup. The €400,000 pot also makes the Ladies Irish sandra gal Open one of the most lucrative of the year.

Americans in the field include Stacey Lewis winner of the Kraft Nabisco Championship and third in the US Solheim Team standings. She will be joined by nailed on certainty to be in the team Angela Stanford and laugh a minute Christina Kim who is currently in the final automatic selection spot.

Pic: Germany’s Sandra Gal

Top of the European team participants is Cup rankings leader and legend of the game, Laura Davies. Davies is joined by Melissa Reid, recent winner of the Deloitte Dutch Ladies Open. Diana Luna from Italy and Swedish rookie Caroline Hedwall, both having won twice already on this season’s Ladies European Tour, are also in the field. European winners on the U.S. Tour are also teeing it up in Killeen Castle including Sweden’s Maria Hjorth and Germany’s Sandra Gal, who won the KIA Classic and has Corkman Roy Clarke on the bag. Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson is also back to defend.

Irelands’ top player Rebecca Codd, will be trying to improve her 25th in the European Solheim standings. She will be joined by fellow Irish professional, Martina Gillen and Ireland’s top three amateurs, Danielle McVeigh, Leona and Lisa Maguire.

The Ladies Irish Open, supported by Fáilte Ireland, takes place from August 5th to 7th at Killeen Castle, Dunsany, Co. Meath. Located just off exit six on the M3, just fifteen minutes from the Blanchardstown M50 turn-off, the event is very accessible to the greater Dublin area and surrounding counties. The event is very family friendly with free tickets for children and senior citizens. Standard tickets are just €10, with season passes for €25. Public parking is available on-site and tickets can be purchased on entry or by visiting www.ladiesirishopen.ie.

Congratulations to John Kelly who performed brilliantly playing all four rounds at the Irish Open. To book a session call John on 086belly wedge-8155248.

The belly wedge is a great shot to have when your ball is nestled up against the collar of the rough surrounding the green. Top players often use this shot to extricate themselves from a tricky situation. Rather then hitting down on the ball as with a conventional shot, the belly wedge you hit the leading edge off the middle of the ball. It sends the ball out almost like a putt.

To play the shot, grip right down to the end of the grip, just to make sure you are closer to the ball. Stand with the ball back in the stance, opposite your right foot. Now hovering the club off the ground you play the shot almost like a putt, rocking the shoulders back and fourth.

A well executed belly wedge will see you make contact with the equator of the ball, making it run out like a putt. When it simply impossible to get your club under the ball, it is great to have this shot in your locker.

When you hear the word ‘hypnosis’ what immediately do you begin to think of?
Do you see images of people clucking like chickens on a stage show, a Svengali figure with piercing eyes and the ability to control someone by just clicking their fingers, an operation conducted without the need for anaesthetic? The very word hypnosis conjures up a myriad of perceptions for people, most of which are way off the mark.
Many are frightened of hypnosis as they perceive it as being a loss of control and surrendering to another person’s will.
clip_image003I am hopefully going to surprise many of you when I tell you that when you play good golf you are more than likely in a state of fairly DEEP hypnosis and yet when you are playing terrible golf you are most defiantly NOT in hypnosis!
‘the elimination of the multiplicity of the foci of attention and the establishment of selective thinking’ Phew.... this is one dictionary definition of the state of hypnosis and as highbrow as it sounds it does give us an insight of the kind of state of mind we SHOULD be in more often out on the course.

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.

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