August 2011

Ever wanted to be able to touch your toes without the  need for a lot of cheaty knee bending?  Or maybe impress your friends at a party by contorting yourself into a tiny suitcase?  Or perhaps having the flexibility to hit the ball 20 yards further and not require hospitalisation after your round?

If the answer is yes to any of the above you need to sign up for one of Anne Marie Kennedy of Yoga for Golf Ireland’s new Yoga classes at the GUI National Golf Academy in Carton House.  Classes start on 13th September and will run for an initial six week period.


Sceptical about Yoga? Leave down your pint and read this:

• It improves flexibility, strength & range of motion for greater distance.  (ie you’ll be able to crush your drives and rub your opponents noses in it!)
• It cultivates a quieter mind to increase concentration, focus & visualisation. (ie you will be like a Samurai warrior on the greens, stealthily stalking your putt before executing the stroke with incredible mind bending accuracy.)
• It improves overall fitness to reduce risk of injury and recovery time (ie you might actually be able to play two days in a row again!)
• Improves balance and coordination to gain more effective club control. (ie no more pirouetting like a ballerina on the tee box and falling backwards in the bunker like a child at the beach.)


About Anne Marie Kennedy (Most of this is True!)

Anne Marie’s teaching style is greatly influenced by her own personal ashtanga and vinyasa flow practice. She trained alongside the legendary martial arts and yoga master Pai Mei  from “Kill Bill” and is said to actually own a Hatori Hanzō sword. Her classes are strong, dynamic and flowing with an emphasis on alignment and form and the integration of the breath.   Anne Marie has also trained with Katherine Roberts of the Golf Channel’s Big Break. So sad I missed that.  Anne Marie once bent backwards and kissed the Blarney Stone whilst balancing on a pogo stick. YouTube it!

To book, call Anne Marie Kennedy directly on 086 3793991, or log on to
The first 6 week course costs €80.


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excessive beard growth olazabal Fears are growing as to whether Jose Maria Olazabal will be fit to fulfil his role as 2012 European Ryder Cup Captain after a sudden surge in his beard growth shocked the golfing world.  The Spanish legend who already has to shave five times every day and carries a cordless shaver in his golf bag for a mid round face de-fuzzing, suffered a spurt of beard growth yesterday afternoon of approximately four inches in one hour at altitude in Switzerland.  “One minute he was smooth, next he had an afro on his face”, reported a stunned caddie before adding “I thought I was looking at the guy in the Castaway movie”.

Things got worse for Olazabal soon after when his golf top could not fit over his burgeoning  chin pubes and he was forced to practice in just a tee shirt in a cold biting wind.  Soon after a family of birds tried to take cover from the elements in his face forest which forced him to abandon his practice.

Pic: Olazabal abandons efforts to fit on his top over the astonishing growth.

Olazabal was taken to the Ape section of the Swiss National Zoo for treatment late last night and is said to be alert and eating bananas this morning.

European Tour bosses made a statement on their 2012 Team Captain in the past few minutes saying “We are very confident Jose Maria will do a fine job as Ryder Cup Captain.  Even if he does appear as a giant black curly ball of twine on a human’s shoulders, we will know that deep down, Jose will be under there.  We are currently working with both Gillette and the Australian Sheep Shearing Federation to devise a blade strong enough to keep our Captain’s beard at an acceptable level for the matches.”

More as it emerges from Olazabal’s face. 

John Peterson This appeared today on Geoff Shackleford’s excellent site regarding the ongoing debate over John Peterson and David Law being left out of their respective Walker Cup Teams. (As an Irishman I am happy for Alan Dunbar, and think the GB&I side will be stronger with him alongside Paul Cutler, but these guys are the so called experts.)

John Huggan and Steve Elling on the the Walker Cup committee sending captain Jim Holtgrieve's team to Royal Aberdeen without the NCAA Champion and world No. 7 ranked (now former) amateur, John Peterson

John Huggan: Ah yes, amateur bodies picking teams. I have some personal experience of this -- both good and bad -- and sadly these things are not always just about golf. Personalities and nationalities both play parts in this often distasteful business. Both teams will go into this year's matches with something less than their best 10 players. It has nearly always been that way and it always will be.

Steve Elling: You have to wonder if Peterson's post-round comments after that Nationwide event, where he said that there were a bunch of guys in college capable of regularly beating PGA Tour pros, rubbed some folks the wrong way. Still, even if he had said Gadhafi should be governor of New Jersey, he should have been a lock for the team.
Huggan: On the GB&I side, the omission of Scottish amateur champion David Law -- a member of the host club, no less -- is almost impossible to justify. And it sounds like your man Peterson has been equally hosed. But let me repeat, these things are not unique. As soon as you get blazers involved, there is going to be a fire to put out.

Martin Dempster on David Law's omission, and at least you have to credit captain Nigel Edwards for acknowledging the "unfortunate" move and talking about the R&A committee's rationale behind their selection.

"David Law is unfortunate and his situation is accentuated by the fact he comes from Aberdeen," admitted Edwards. "If he'd had a better summer from the Lytham Trophy through to the Scottish Amateur, it might have been different, but that's stating the obvious.

"Sometimes you have to go with a hunch. I'm not saying that David wouldn't have won points for us, but myself and the selectors took an accumulation of factors into account. It was a tough call for a number of reasons and not just the obvious ones. If the teams had been picked straight off the world rankings (Law was 121 places above Irishman Alan Dunbar when the side was selected), both sides would be very different to what they are.

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Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance Free €499 Voucher Quiz Update

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Its the last week of our our draw to receive a Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance pass worth €499 which entitles the winner 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 Enter through the widget on the right.
Into the hat from last week goes John Hanley, Mitchelstown, Cork to join Peter O’Donnell, Oola, Limerick and  Dennis Lavery from Armagh.

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Winner Alright: Last week we tipped Vijay Singh at 80/1 at The Barclays. His third place finish saw him pay out £210 for a £10 each way bet.

Steve Stricker 16/1

Last week was Stricker’s first tournament to finish outside the top 20 in 12 but does it count given that it was only three rounds? Stricker’s record at TPC Boston makes very impressive reading. Winner in 2009 and top 10’s last year, in 2007 and 2006. In all eight of his wins since 2003 the winning score posted was 16 under or better. The winning score on this, one of the easiest layout on the Tour, has been 16 under or better for the last five years. This should play into Stricker’s now

Vijay Singh 30/1

In every interview Vijay gives at the moment he refers to his being free of back pain for the first time in ages. How long can it last? Fourth at the Wyndham and tied third last week at The Barclays, the Fijian comes here as the undisputed Barclays course champion. His last win on Tour came here in 2008, he was second in 2006 and won in 2004. If you think Singh’s back can withstand another tournament, plus all the practice this guy does, then he is your man this now

Camilo Villegas 50/1

Something seems to have clicked over the last couple of weeks for El Hombre dAranja, or the Spiderman. We know Camilo is a September man after he bagged the BMW and Tour Championship back in 2008, but rather disappointingly considering his undoubted talent, he has only won once since last year at the Honda. He hadn’t finished under par in any event since coming third at the Fedex St Jude in June but after a Top 10 at the Wyndham and tied sixth last week at The Barclays, Villegas is once again a force to be reckoned now

Brandt Snedeker 35/1

Fired a sensational 61 in the final (third) round of the Barclays last week to climb into a tie for third but I know more than most that tipping Sned to have two good weeks in a row is like giving an alcoholic a crate of whiskey and tipping him to do to the same. Tied fifth last year but could have been so much better. Of the top 10 finishers only he and Jason Day failed to break now

Jason Day 20/1

And so we come again to Jason Day. The bookies may have taken our fiver each way on Day last week, but it was a shortened event and Day did post a third round 66 to lie just outside the top 10. Six top tens so far this year including being runner up at both the Masters and the US Open. Before the aforementioned level par final round here last year Day shared or lead on his own after rounds one, two and three. If he was in the same position this time around, my guess is this seasons experiences would carry him over the line. Each way now

Best Of The Rest

The big money is being lumped on Luke Donald (12/1) who tied second here last year and shot two nice 66’s last week to ease himself back into the fray after top 10’s at the PGA and WGC. A long odds shout may be Jason Dufner (80/1), the unlucky one at the PGA. He’s had five top 10’s this season and loves this Boston track. He tied second in 2009. After some swing changes Geoff Ogilvy (60/1) is always good for a showing at The Deutsche Bank . He has three top 10’s in his last four visits here including tying second behind Charley Hoffman last now
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Winner Alright: Last week we tipped Vijay Singh at 80/1 at The Barclays. His third place finish saw him pay out £210 for a £10 each way bet.
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Alexander Noren 30/1

It has been a super season so far for Alex. Top five in Malaysia and South Korea were portents of a win which duly came at Celtic Manor in the Saab Wales Open. He won again the week after The Open on home soil at the Nordea Masters. Alex has been off since the US PGA, but I expect a strong performance from the man who won his first Tour event here in now

Matteo Manassero 20/1

The 18 year olds win at the Maybank Malaysian Open back in April may seem like a long way right now being that he hasn’t finished under par in his last four events. The Italian has being working hard on his game over the past two years and don’t be surprised to see a more assured performance in the mountains. Tied third last now

Edoardo Molinari 40/1

It has been a horrid season so far for Edoardo with just one top 10 which came back in January. However last week as defending champion in Gleneagles he posted four under for 22nd place but more importantly finished top of the combined putting stats for the week. The Italian finished second here last year and his improving form may just provide the confidence he needs to really contend this now

Lee Westwood 9/1

It may have been another major-less season for Lee but his ball striking is still top class and he can definitely contend in Crans this week. Westwood has been off since finishing eighth at the US PGA, his fifth top 10 of the season. There’s a spot in the trophy cabinet beside the Ballantine’s trophy he won back in now

Best Of The Rest

This is a co sanctioned event with the Asian Tour and Seung Yul Noh (35/1) looked very much at home on the greens last year on his way to finishing fourth. After tweaking his swing with Butch Harmon the Korean finished sixth at the Nordea Masters and 15th last week in Scotland and could be a canny each way bet. If you are looking for a long odds punt this week try Marc Warren at 100/1. He tied 11th last week in Scotland (his best result of the season) and has two top 10’s in Crans with a best of fourth in now

kelly kraft Kelly Kraft beat favourite Patrick Cantlay  two up to win the 111th US Amateur Championship at Erin Hills golf course.  Kraft came from behind on the back nine to beat the world no 1 amateur in the 36 hole final.  Cantlay was the heavily backed favourite after his recent excellent form on the main PGA Tour which included shooting a 60 at the Travelers.

Kraft received an added bonus by being named in the US Walker Team alongside Cantlay to face Tom Lewis, Paul Cutler and co in Aberdeen next month.

Kraft took a one shot to the last, and when Cantlay missed his par putt he conceded the match. 

vijay singh After our 20/1 success with Webb Simpson last week, we are in the money again with Vijay Singh paying out for coming third at The Barclays. A tenner each way on Singh paid out 210 quid.  Watch out for this weeks tips a little later on.

bjorn Due to the late finish of today’s event there will be a delay posting final round highlights here until Monday morning.
Final Round Report from European Tour Below.
Thomas Björn held his nerve in a five man play-off to win the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
After the 40 year old carded a final round three under par 69, he was joined on 11 under by Mark Foster, who missed the chance to wrap up victory on the 18th hole, George Coetzee, Bernd Wiesberger and Pablo Larrazábal in the five hole play-off.
In sudden-death, Wiesberger and Larrazábal, with a bogey six, dropped out at the first two holes and, after the final trio all made four on the third, Foster dropped out on the next after shooting a bogey six.
Björn, fourth in the 140th Open Championship last month, holed from three feet away, but Coetzee made a 12 footer to take it into a fifth hole where the Dane sealed victory with a birdie.

Congratulations to Nicky Grant on winning the 2011 Mullingar Scratch Cup. A pair of 69’s saw the Knock man cruise to victory by five shots. Grant was a 25/1 shot before the event on paddypower. In second place was  Whitehead’s John Ross Galbraith (100/1). Walker Cup bound Paul Cutler was in a tie for third
Click read more below for all the final round scores.

On the eve of The Barclays the PGA Tour needed one man who looked good in a suit, is revered by the masses and has no elephants in his closet. Enter a brylcremed Phil Mickelson like Gordon Gekko alongside Barclays CEO Bob Diamond.  Apparently all was going swimmingly in the economics debate until Phil decided to ad lib and in the process apply for Chinese citizenship.  Here’s what he said:

"I'd like to add one more thing to that jobs thing or to the economy. You know, our jobs here in the United States, 47% of our jobs are government jobs, they cost us money. Whereas only 53% are producing money to help us grow out of this economic downturn. Whereas other countries, you take a look at China, 90% of their jobs are contributing to the government, only 10% are government jobs. Until we get private business job opportunities where we are raising money for the government, and really helping unemployment in that area, it really isn't going to make much of a difference."

Luckily for Phil, The Golf Channels “Lynch”pin Kelly Tilghman was on hand to diffuse the situation with "How about Mickelson, Lefty for president!"

rory mcilroy funny[5] I caught a McIlroy Leprechaun today and told him I had absolutely no interest in his pot of gold. Delighted about that, he said he'd granted me one wish. I said I want to live forever, 'sorry' said the McIlroy Leprechaun 'I can't grant wishes like that'. Fine I said 'I want to die when Tiger Woods wins another major' - 'Crafty bastard' said the Leprechaun!

This is Bethany College golf team from Kansas as they appeared in their unofficial team photo.  All was going well until somebody accidentally sent the pic to the athletic director, golf coach, and moral policeman Jon Daniels, who almost burst a blood vessel. 

The Lutheran Church affiliated college and Daniels slapped a suspension on the whole team for three matches and ordered them to keep their headcovers on their drivers and their balls in their bags.  It is unclear whether he also ordered that they all be waxed, or whether the lack of body hair was their own idea.

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Comedy Landlord Al Murray Witnesses incident 

A bizarre incident occurred at the launch of the 2011 Ulster PGA Championship at the Hilton Templepatrick yesterday involving European Tour winner Michael Hoey and a photographer.  The over zealous snapper from a local paper somehow managed to dive in front of Hoey just as he about to drive off.  Hoey, a 300 yard plus average driver unleashed his Pro V1 towards the unlucky paparazzo who felt the full impact of the hit.

“He was driven back exactly 42 yards” said comedian Pub Landlord Al Murray who witnessed the incident, adding “I paced it out and double checked it on the bushnell.”  The good news from the cameraman who has chosen to remain anonymous is that he should be out of hospital in six months to a year.  The better news is that the picture that was recovered from his obliterated camera is an Award Winner as it captures, for the first time ever, Hoey’s delight as he inflicts massive internal injury.

Other snappers rostered to work at the the Ulster PGA Championship at Hilton Templepatrick Hotel & Country Club between Monday 12th and Wednesday 14th September are on high alert at the news that Hoey will be returning for the event with the likes of Simon Thornton, Philip Walton, David Higgins and defending champion Barrie Trainor.

And here is the photo of the incident involving Hoey.  Comedy Landlord Al Murray is standing back left.

 NO FEE<br />Hilton Templepatrick hosts Ulster PGA Golf Championship<br />12th – 14th Sept<br /> <br /> <br />The Ulster PGA Championship will be back at Hilton Templepatrick Hotel & Country Club for the 3rd time between Monday 12th and Wednesday 14th September. On Monday 12th there will be a Pro-Am event followed by the 36 hole Professional tournament on Tuesday & Wednesday<br /> <br />Michael Hoey, Simon Thornton Phillip Walton, David Higgins and 2010 winner Barrie Trainor will compete along with 135 top Irish Professional golfers for one of Europe’s oldest trophies.<br /> <br />The Irish Region Secretary Michael McCumiskey said ‘We have had two really fantastic events at Templepatrick back in 2001/2002 and we are again looking to repeat the past success in 2011. The event depends on the support from members and local club golfers and the course is in pristine condition “.<br /> <br />Two-time European Tour Winner Michael Hoey said “This is a great course and venue for such an event on the PGA calendar and, it will provide a top class test for all the competitors”.  <br /> <br />Paula Collins, Hotel Manager, also stated that she was delighted to welcome back the PGA Professionals to Templepatrick after a nine year absence. She commented;<br /> <br />“The golf course has matured tremendously since we last hosted the event back in 2002 and I’m sure that all the Professionals and amateur competitors in the Pro-Am preceding the event, will be pleasantly surprised as to how the course developed. Michael Loughran and his greenkeeping staff have worked tirelessly to prepare for this and all other events during the season”.<br /> <br />2011 Club Captain Peter Wadsworth is also delighted to offer a warm welcome to all the amateurs and Professionals taking part in the event. “The members were all very excited when the news was confirmed about the staging of the PGA Championship and we will be interested to see how the Professionals perform on our course”.<br /> <br />If you are interested in playing alongside one of Ireland’s leading Professionals in the Pro-Am, team entry forms are available in the Pro shop or by contacting Eamonn Logue on 02894 435542 or by e-mail<br /><br /><br />Photograph: Stephen Hamilton<br />

If you are interested in playing alongside one of Ireland’s leading Professionals in the Pro-Am, team entry forms are available in the Pro shop or by contacting Eamonn Logue on 02894 435542 or by e-mail

Danny Mo John Haines Now show me a big thick book and I feel a twinge in my left hamstring but “Danny Mo”, a new novel by John Haines is taking the golf world by storm.  Haines claims the story’s central character Danny Moran is a first cousin of SawDoctor legend Leo Moran. And he lives far far away, so it’s probably true. Danny Mo is so popular amongst touring pros that every player at The Barclay’s this week is reading a copy.  Except for Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan and Ben Crane, who cant read, and are having a copy of Danny Mo read to them in segments each night by Peter Oosterboosterhouse.


So good is Danny Mo that Sports Illustrated’s legendary golf writer Gary PopSickle has even wrote an article celebrating the work. .


The Saw DoctorsNot to be outdone by all these literary geniuses,  I have come up with a few more golfing SawDoctor titles that John Haines may want to consider as follow ups.

“I Used To Love Her, and her, and her, and her” by Tiger Woods

“To Win Just Once” by Rickie Fowler

“Hay Wrap” by Bubba Watson


Danny Mo Golf Novel Review John Haines

datafunny They may sound like something Lt Commander Data would come out with on Star Trek Enterprise but “Chiari malformations” are little blighters at the back of the brain that mess with your balance.  JB Holmes recently found out he has these in residence at the back of his brain and is scheduled to undergo a minor “brain” surgery on September 1st to fix it.  The whole deal shouldn’t take more than 90 minutes, that’s about as much time as it takes Man United to beat Spurs 3-0.

Holmes said ''Best of all, there's a very high success rate in fixing the condition. It's just such a relief to know that there's a name for what I've been going through these past few months and that I have a good chance of getting back to golf and to my regular life.''

Fellow pros are quietly worried that a cured Holmes when he returns will be able to hit it long. And straight.  All the best JB!

Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles 
The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland 25 Aug 2011 - 28 Aug 2011
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Ross Fisher 20/1

1fisher Two top tens (in Dubai and Munich) all season is a pretty poor showing for a player the calibre of Ross Fisher but I still think he can turn around his year with a good performance here. I recall him being eight under after 11 holes during the second round last year but fell back. Four consistent rounds has evaded Fisher this season as his recent PGA performance showed where he matched two rounds of 69 with a 71 and 76. As I said, I have a feeling something is going to click soon for now


Stephen Gallacher 35/1

1stephen-gallacher-image-2-115537251 After a missed cut at Atlanta Athletic Club, Gallacher gets beack to European golf this week on a course he knows very well. Third in Ireland a few weeks back, he will be looking to recreate that form on the Gleneagles track that is only an hour from his home. Was in contention last year until a final round 77 in windy conditions dropped him to tied 14th. bet now


Simon Dyson 20/1

1dyson With four top tens heading into the British Open, Simon’s season really kicked off with a ninth at St Georges followed by a big win in Ireland. There followed a couple of manic weeks in the States where he played well at the weekend in the WGC then struggled at the US PGA. A rested Dyse will be looking to better his sixth place last year, when he was under the added pressure of having to win the event to make the Ryder Cup team. bet now


David Howell 70/1

1David-Howell-d1-Quinns_1227265 Watching friend Oliver Fisher win last week is sure to spur on an improving David Howell. He has finished his last two events with 73’s to somewhat blot a copybook of decent form. With more events will come improvement. Top tenned in Ireland a few weeks back and has a best of tied third in Gleneagles in now


Gary Boyd 30/1

1gary_boyd_1_lg Fourth last week but had a great chance to win at the Czech Open. Boyd fell to 14th on the final leader board in his first Johnnie Walker at Gleneagles last year after two great opening rounds of 67 and 68 saw him on top of the leaderboard. If he can keep his concentration at the weekend this time around a podium finish is not out of the now


Best Of The Rest

1Soren-Hansen_1204918 A poor final round of 75 saw the Steven O’Hara (90/1) drop down to a share of fifth in the Czech Republic but this week he returns to a familiar course on which he has performed well in the past. Top tenned in 2007 with a best result of tied seventh in 2009. Those odds are criminal to say the least!  After a good start to the year in Qatar Soren Hansen (70/1) has had a nightmare since. The Irish Open brought signs of an improvement with a tied fifth but a missed cut again last week after a Friday 78 at the Czech Open was worrying. Hansen’s Gleneagles record is exemplary however with four top tens from his last five appearances. Came closest back in 2006 when he came second to Paul now


A lot of people come up to me on the Tour Truck and ask what loft they should have on their gap wedges? There are just so many lofts available from 48 to 64 degrees. The first thing you need to do before buying gap wedges is to determine the loft on the pitching wedge in your set.

You can do this easily by carrying out a google search on the lofts for your brand of clubs. In general a standard pitching wedge is 47º. If that is the case with you, I recommend you buy a 52 degree a 56 degree which is a standard wedge and a 60 degree which is a standard lob wedge. By doing this you are keeping a uniform four degrees loft differential between your three gap wedges. Thus inside about 110 yards, or the ‘scoring zone’ as it is sometimes referred to, you have a wedge to suit every distance.

Some irons sets however designed for game improvement are built with stronger lofts. This means the pitching wedge may be stamped “PW” but really carry the loft of a nine iron. These are also called ‘distance irons’ and in these the pitching wedge tends to be about 43 degrees. The best combination of gap wedges to suit then would be 48, 54 and 58 degrees. Again this attempts to ensure a similar loft difference between each club.

View a huge selection of wedges on