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
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.
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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2011 US PGA Championship Betting Preview and Tips
Odds from Stan James
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
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
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 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
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
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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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!
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
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.
Well done to Simon Thornton who was crowned the 2011 Irish PGA Champion at Seapoint yesterday. Playing 36 holes on the final day Simon ended on 19 under par, which included three rounds of 66. In the end he won from six from Gary Murphy and veteran and six time winner Des Smyth.
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!
2011 WGC Bridgestone Invitational First Round Highlights
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Enter through the widget on the right hand side by answering the question:
How many major champions competed in last weeks Irish Open?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Check out Mark Roe’s new camera glance technique. Genius, just genius!
Click below to view 2011 Irish Open Third Round Highlights on the European Tour site.