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Webb Simpson 20/1

webb Last week Webb Simpson missed the cut at the PGA Championship but don’t let that put you off. The 2007 Walker Cupper has banked nearly $2 million already this year, thanks in part to being inside the top 16 in six of his last seven events. Simpson has already finished second at the Transitions and Zurich Classic this season and but for a sloppy third round 71 here last year, would surely have been in the shakeup. bet now
   

Brandt Snedeker 25/1

sned You know I was kind of hoping that Brandt Snedeker might miss the cut at the PGA Championship because the man must be exhausted. I make it he has played 21 events already this season. Winner of the Heritage in April and played some solid golf in May and June, the question is does Snedeker have the enthusiasm to rally yet again this season? If he is to turn in another big performance, Greensboro is the place. Having won here in 2007, Sned had gone to play here in 2009 tying fifith and last year when he tied eighth. bet now
   

David Toms 12/1

Toms_600x600_thumb The Indian Summer continued for David Toms when he returned to a longer Atlanta Athletic Club where he won in a past life and almost did it again. His 65, 67 at the weekend was exceptional and vaulted him into a tie for fourth. Toms broke a run of mediocre form to finish second here last year to Arjun Atwal. It all leads us to believe that if he brings his form back this week, it could make for a second season win. bet now
   

Carl Pettersson 50/1

pettersson I’ve been keeping a wee eye on Carl this season and I have to say he’s a very impressive operator. My initial appraisal that he was a streaky player has been proven false. Since the Heritage back in April, the Swede has only been outside the top 40 twice in 11 events, first at The Memorial, then at the Canadian Open where he was defending only to find they had grown the rough! No such worries this week at Greensboro where it’s really a big putting competition. Carl to contend. bet now  
 

Brendan de Jonge 35/1

de jonge South African deJonge looked a force early in the season at The Transitions but faded until a recent rally starting at the John Deere where he top tenned. Went on to play well at the Viking Classic and had his best result tying fourth at the Greenbrier Classic. Top 30 at the PGA last week, and putting well, may be worth an each way flutter. bet now

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With top Irish PGA pro John Kelly of St. Margarets and Harrington Golf. To book a session call John on 086-8155248.

When most golfers practice, they focus on hitting shots. But putting accounts for so many shots during a round, it should not be overlooked. Here’s a great lag putting drill to do on the practice putting green. Before you start mark a three feet circle around the hole with tees or coins. Come back about 30 feet from the hole and with five balls, practice putting to within the three foot circle.

From 30 feet away we don’t expect to hole the putt but what we really want is to eliminate the possibility of three putting. Generally speaking it’s the pace of the putt that causes the three putt. With your first ball learn the line, get the feel, use your eyes. When you have hit all five balls, count how many are within the circle. Then do the same drill from the opposite side of the hole.

Practicing this drill regularly will greatly improve your lag putting.

 

001615-tiger-woods-tag-heuer He’s back fully fit and playing but the endorsement contracts just keep slipping away from Tiger Woods. The latest to call time on a Woods contract is Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer who ended their 10 relationship last week. Chief executive Jean-Christophe Babin said in a statement the company is "confident that Tiger will eventually regain full trust with the public" and that Woods has "huge talent and mental strength (which) will help him overcome his difficulties." Tag Heuer had actually stopped using Woods in December 2009, just weeks after revelations about his marital problems began to emerge.

tim clark Poor old Tim Clark hasn’t been able to play hardly at all this year due to an injury to his left elbow, but he will be going to the President’s Cup. Not as a player, but as a vice captain. Cup Captain Greg Norman invited Tim to assist him at the event which starts on November 17th in Royal Melbourne Australia. Ironically Clark, ninth in the standings, still holds an automatic qualification position!

funny-sports-pictures-twitter-picture-of-the-week Fair play to golf writer Ryan Ballangee who spent all night on his calculator figuring out who would have won if all four majors were combined this year.  It’s South African Charl Schwartzel who was one of only 11 players to play all four rounds in every major. He finished with a total of 14 under par. Check out the top five:

  1. Charl Schwartzel, 274-280-285-279–1118
  2. Steve Stricker, 283-283-283-279–1128  (no surprise there)
  3. Sergio Garcia, 288-279-282-279–1128 (bet you didnt expect that)
  4. Y.E. Yang, 284-278-285-292–1132
  5. Ryan Palmer, 282-284-289-280–1135


2011 Betting Preview and Tips
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Czech Open, Prosper Golf Resort, Čeladná, Czech Republic 18 Aug 2011 - 21 Aug 2011
Peter Lawrie 22/1
lawrie castleknock[2] The Celadna course this week should really suit Peter Lawrie who seems to be right in form following his tied eighth finish at the Irish Open. Lawrie started the final round eight shots off the lead here last year but raced up the leaderboard with a 66. That got him into a playoff with Gary Boyd and Peter Hanson which Hanson won. With the champion not defending, the Dubliner must fancy his chances.bet now


Gary Boyd 28/1
boyd Gary missed the first five cuts in his rookie season in 2010 but rallied and had his best finish here at the Czech Open, losing a playoff. Consistency over four rounds is the key for Boyd, his 25th place in Ireland included a second round 64. Tied for second a few weeks back at the Italian Open. Can his 55th Tour event this week bring his first win?bet now
 
Thorbjorn Olesen 30/1
olesen In his 25 events on Tour to date Thorbjorn Olesen has had three second place finishes at the Alfred Dunhill, the Italian Open and the Open de France. Tied 15th last time out in Killarney. The young Dane is known to his friends as Jacob but changed his name to Thorbjorn as it was less common. Both might be on the trophy Sunday night. bet now
 
Jeev Milka Singh 25/1
Jeev-Milkha-Singh_1 Anyone who has been in the presence of Jeev will know he is a very classy gent. His father Milkha Singh was an Olympic sprinter and Jeev has followed in his footsteps as a top sportsman becoming the first Indian to play on the European Tour. Seems to be the man in form having tied sixth in Sweden and tied 11th in Ireland. bet now
 
Anthony Wall 25/1
anthony-wall It has been 11 years since Wall’s one and only European Tour win at the Alfred Dunhill but he remains one of the most consistent earners on the circuit. Those around him believe another win is not far away having come so very close in Sicily back in March. His fourth at the event last year just added to the £6 million he has banked in his 13 years on Tour. bet now
 
Ignacio Garrido 40/1
Ignacio Garrido 4XKdGKBTBf4m Now a Tour veteran at 39, the Spaniard remains an excellent Touring professional. Both Ignacio and his dad Antonio have played on the European Ryder Cup Team. A real crowd favourite he tied for fifth at the Irish Open and has a bit of history on this course having come fourth in 2009. Ignacio always wears long sleeves on the course! His dad used to receive long and short sleeved shirts from his sponsors on Tour and gave Ignacio all the long sleeved ones he didn’t like.
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Update: Click link to see my new post on what Keegan Bradley is gaming at the 2012 PGA Championship. I caught with Keegan and caddie Pepsi to check his 2012 driver upgrade and his Celtic Footbal club putter headcover.



What’s In The Bag 2011 Keegan Bradley PGA Champion

It has been a whirlwind ride for the newest Major Champion Keegan Bradley since his PGA win.  Several offers have come flooding in including:

  • an offer to be Tiger Woods new caddy
  • an offer to be Charlie’s replacement in Two and a Half Men
  • an offer to be the Republican US Presidential candidate
  • an offer to be the Irish Presidential candidate
  • and offer to advertise some dodgy Chinese back rub called Vantolin Kowa!

One rumour that Bradley’s management company will quickly have to quell is that of his parentage, which is incredibly disturbing.  It is thought Kevin Keegan and Michael Bradley may have fostered the lovechild following a chance meeting in an upmarket London beauty, where Keegan was receiving a hair perm and Bradley was having an all over tan applied.

What is a golf stinger injury?
A golf stinger is basically a nerve injury. It can be extremely painful.  The nerves in the arms and hands and fingers originate in the spinal cord.  Travelling under the collar bone and into the shoulder  these nerves form a complicated weave or mesh.

What happened Rory McIlory was that during the shot, the direct blow to the wrist and forearm (for a split second) severely compressed these nerves underneath and triggered an intense discharge of electricity. For Rory, it felt like an instantaneous bolt of electricity shooting down through nerves from his fingers, through his forearm and up to his shoulder. He may also have damaged a tendon during the impact, another common injury that accompanies the stinger.

After the first electrical jolt, the body kicks in to restrict the function in the arms. Rory will have felt a weakness in the muscles, the tendons in the wrist and a tingling in his arm. Hence the name “stinger”. Usually the pain goes away quickly but the muscles remain weak for some time.  

In Rory’s case the actual stinger injury would be considered relatively minor.  The worst stinger injuries happen in contact sports like rugby, where a player takes a massive impact to the shoulder and seriously damages the nerves and muscles.  The real worry might be damage to the tendons in the wrist, not the stinger.  Only an MRI scan will detect the extent of this.

Depending on how he himself feels, Rory should be able to tee it up today.   The Tour physios will assess his sense of feeling, strength, motion and reflexes.  If they have returned to normal or near normal, he should be good to go.  Strapping may be also be used as a precaution to protect the muscles and tendons. 

What cant be strapped is the players “commitment to the shot” when injured.  The brain sends a message to the body a millisecond before impact saying “this is going to hurt. Let go!”.  It’s basically the body protecting itself.  Rory’s ability to play through his body’s cautioning will be critical as the week progresses. 

USPGA officials are meeting in crisis session in a bid to stave off the growing threat of “swampass” which could overshadow the 2011 PGA Championship.  In steaming temperatures of  100 degrees in the Georgia region, up to 97% of all local men suffer from the condition.  Swampass is defined in the urban dictionary as “the nasty feeling when your butt crack is sweaty, causing your underwear and pants to stick, or an occasional itching feeling. Usually caused by elevated temperatures or humidity while working or excessive walking.”

A senior USPGA official said earlier “We are doing everything we can to plug this situation.  An articulated lorry load of talcum powder is on its way from the Johnson & Johnson factory.  Each player before going onto the course will be required to drop his pants to be powdered up.  It’s very similar to the delousing process that takes place in prisons.  We are also banning any white or beige trousers today as a precaution.”

Known in Europe as “crotch rot”, regular PGA Tour sufferer Robert Garrigus has been working as a consultant to tournament organizers.  Garrigus was the first player to highlight the dangers of swampass at the 2010 St Jude Classic, when the foul sight of his soiled trousers sent male and female golf fans throughout the world scurrying for cover.  Garrigus now helps swampass sufferers all over the world through his website schwettycrack.com.

One of the favourites for the event, Lee Westwood, has also had his plans for the tournament disrupted by the threat. “I was planning to wear my transparent white trousers this week.  They have been very lucky for me in the past.  The pockets normally do a great job of covering the nasty stuff, but now they are banned.  I can understand the precautions though.  There’s no amount of Persil Non-Bio to shift that level staining.  I normally wear, then bin immediately.”

Surely this swampass story is set to run and run.

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The Final Major

Yep, but God only knows why.  The US PGA has little going for it except for the huge Wannabie or Wannamaker or whatever it’s called trophy.  Past champions include Shaun Micheel, Rich Beem and Mark Brooks. They call it “Glory’s Last Shot”,  “Shot” being the operative word.maar04_ryder_montgomerie

The Course

Long.  Very long. Awful long.  Darren Clarke spoke yesterday to Brian Keogh about the 15th.  It’s 265 yards from the back to a green surrounded by water.  Big D says he will need a three wood to play it.  Bring back the postage stamp, 120 odd yards, yet much more dramatic.  Atlanta Athletic Club, bah, you’ll need to some athlete to even walk to that green not alone hit a ball onto it. 

The Dramas

Martin Kaymer defends- yawn

Small breakaway Russian republic at war with Motherland, I mean Stevie at war with Tiger

Tiger’s chin minge and webbed footwear

Adam Scott would make a great ventriloquist wouldn’t he?

Rory looking for a pad in the States, preferably with a tennis court

The Weather

Think Monty in a steam room on a treadmill. Think Good Morning Vietnam, little monks just bursting into flames. There you have it.  The first item every player packs in his bag for the PGA every year is the roll on deodorant,  marked “A” with a sharpie, for “Ass” not armpit.  This tournament is crotch rot central every year!

This is a 100% true story sent in by our American friend Angela Downes.

City officials in Woodward say they're "offended" that a woman stripped naked during a charity golf event at a city-owned golf course.

The local Elks Lodge hosted the event in July at Boiling Springs Golf Course as part of its annual rodeo. Event Chairman Neal Day told The Oklahoman the woman stripped naked as part of a challenge on a putting green.

Day says the woman was not asked to strip. He said she was a last minute recruit when another volunteer couldn't attend.

City Manager Alan Riffel says he and other city leaders are "offended" and that their anger has been relayed to the Elks and the golf course operator.

Day said the woman will not be asked again to volunteer for Elks events.

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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

Bet you didn’t know:

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.

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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.

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Karl Morris: Best Laid Plans…
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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!
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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!

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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

zach greens in reg

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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