Friday, September 9, 2011
Click below to view 2011 KLM Dutch Open First Round Highlights on the European Tour site.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
I have to preface this by saying I think The Tour are bang out of order here. Marcus Fraser, in my opinion, did little or nothing wrong. AND is entitled to his opinion. If anyone can convince me otherwise, I will amend this post.
Facebook has been brilliant for guys like me. I have loads of facebook friends who play on the European Tour. The banter is good, and we get to see the social side of the guys, when the cameras and recorders are off.
Now however it seems the European Tour have arrived on Facebook with a big stick and an even bigger gag!
It seems European Tour Big Brother is now scanning our facebook profiles after Marcus Fraser was hit with one of the biggest fines ever dealt out on Tour, after a facebook rant. The fine, said to be 10,000 quid, came after they spotted the Aussie having a dig, involving some flowery language, about a fellow player.
It all surrounds an incident which happened at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles when Rafa Echenique, who was headed for a missed cut, decided on the 16th tee to ring the airline and rearrange his flight! You may find this hard to believe but apparently a player is allowed to use his phone on the course, as long as he is not getting tips. You wouldn’t even try it in a club comp!
No sooner had Marcus had a go at Echenique on his own ‘Facebook’ page but he was lamped by the European Tour and fined for ‘Bringing the Tour into disrepute’. What?
“I also want nothing to do anymore with Marcus Fraser. I just want to move on and put this behind me,” Echenique said from his mobile phone while putting on the 18th yesterday!
Come on European Tour, Marcus Fraser did very little wrong here to warrant such a harsh punishment. I’d be pissed if a guy took out his phone on the tee too! And what were you guys doing on his facebook page? Unfriend!!
The start of the KLM Open was delayed due to vandalism on several of the Hilversumsche Golf Club greens overnight.
Areas on each of the putting surfaces on the fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth holes were dug up overnight leading to a 45 minute delay on Thursday morning as greenkeeping staff went about repairing the damage.
Play will still be possible on the greens with the repaired areas on all the greens being treated as areas of Ground Under Repair under the normal rules of golf.
KLM Championship Director Daan Slooter said: “Early this morning we ascertained damage to four of the greens here at Hilversumsche. At this moment we do not know who caused the damage. All has been restored and the tournament will resume. For this evening and the rest of the tournament we have increased security substantially.
“I’m very disappointed for all the people here at the club who worked so hard over the past few days, through challenging weather conditions, to ensure the course was in playable condition. However, having said that, the same professionalism of the greenkeepers has ensured that the damage has been repaired so the tournament can go ahead. They are all due a huge vote of thanks.”
It has to be the dumbest marketing ploy ever invented and even dumber that people believe it. Under Armour have today been associated with a campaign which ropes in LPGA players Natalie Gulbis and Paula Creamer, pitching them into a bitchfest over Olivia Munn’s attire during her tour debut at the Canadian Women’s Open. She was of course wearing Under Armour.
They even produced a supposed tweet from Gulbis (which I didn’t see in her history): ‘The tour has standards. For her to disrespect the sport like she did in Vancouver is unacceptable.’
What a crock of steaming horse manure! Is it April’s Fools Day? There is no way in the world that this could happen, and if it has and Under Armour have picked up the wheelbarrow carrying that steaming crock of manure, they should be worried. There’s probably going to be a lawyer from Ms Gulbis on the line sometime today.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
For the past four weeks I have been running a quiz with Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance for 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 www.dublingolfalliance.com.
And the winner is……….
Peter O’Donnell, Limerick, Ireland
Well done Peter! I will be touch today to organize your voucher. Thanks to all who entered.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Best of luck to Paul Cutler and Alan Dunbar at the 2011 Walker Cup.
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Congratulations to Webb Simpson on defeating Chez Reavie in a playoff in Boston. Check out the 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship Final Round and Playoff Highlights below.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Predicted odds from stanjames. Will be update when odds are published.
Martin Kaymer 12/1Its has been a disappointing id Summer for Kaymer after failing to make an impression at the WGC Bridgestone then missing the cut when defending at the PGA. However last weeks second in the Swiss Alps is the German’s fourth top 10 of the season and he seems bang in form to defend here in Holland. Won by a country mile last year in very murky conditions thanks to a great putting display. Of the top three of Kaymer, McIlroy and Westwood, it looks like Kaymer’s form on the greens gives him the best chance of trio this week.bet now
Simon Dyson 36/1I bet Dyson wishes the KLM Open was being staged in Kennemer where eh won in 2006 and 2009 but alas it’s in Hilversum where he didn’t fare so well last year. Tied 16th last week even with a third round 74. I think there’s another Tour win in him this season to add to the Irish Open.bet now
Jamie Donaldson 38/1Surely Jamie Donaldson is due a win soon. Proved he could mix it with the big boys last week in Crans tying third. That was the Welshman’s sixth top 10 of the season. Didn’t play in this event on its return to Hilversum last year but has some good if rather distant memories of the track from 2003 when he tied fourth.bet now
David Lynn 80/1After tying second at the Iberdrola Open which Darren Clarke won back in May, David Lynn missed seven of his next eight cuts, breaking par just once in Scotland. Last week he clicked into gear with four rounds in the 60’s including a final round 65 to tie sixth. He is bound to be buoyant this week returning to Hilversum, the site of his only Tour win back in 2004.bet now
Nicolas Colsaerts 80/1The gigantic hitting Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts returns to the European Tour this week after a spell out with an elbow injury. Nico fell off his rented scooter on his way into Sandwich before this years Open and injured his elbow. Now fully recovered Colsaerts has been in the USA with Dave Stockton and reports no problem with the injury. The Volvo China Open winner shot a 62 in round one last year (and tied eighth) and if the weather stays fine don’t discount a good finish from the returning powerhouse.bet now
Best Of The RestGonzo Castano (60/1) seems to be returning to some form after top 25’s in the Czech Republic and Switzerland last week. He won on the course in 2005 and tied fourth on the events return to Hilversum last year. The home favourite Joost Luiten (70/1) has a best of second in 2007 and finished 15th last week. Started well last year before fading in the rain at the weekend. bet now
The first round was played over the Sandy Hills Links, now ranked 21st in Ireland by Golf Digest Magazine, with the second on the adjacent Old Tom Morris links.
The event got the grandstand finish it truly deserved as both Kearney and Campbell were tied on 4 over playing the 602 yard Par 5 18th. Kearney did a Tommy Bjorn with his approach, stitching it to four feet and after Campbell missed his birdie try from 12 feet, Kearney brushed home for his four to shoot –3 for the round and win by one
Full results Click Below
There they were on top of the world having fun firing balls and shaving foam at each other in a Gillette ad, but “friends” Roger Federer and Tiger Woods just don’t seem to be as pally as they used to be.
I’m having a little trouble interpreting Roger Federer quotes about Tiger Woods yesterday.
Roger: "It's hard to follow, because you know what an athlete wants to do. He wants to be out there and compete and that's what he's not able to do with his injuries right now."
Doc: He’s not injured Roger. He didn’t make the FedEx Cup playoffs, he had his chances. He actually played in his mate Notably Gay III’s charity event last week with Suzann Petterson. He picked up on five of the 18 holes. So not injured, just playing crap at the moment.
Roger: "He's done so much in such a short period of time and for such a long time, actually, which is where I also draw the inspiration from."
Doc: Short period for a long time? Huh?
Is it A: Inspired by a guy who has sex with a woman while watching his wide and kids car pull into the driveway? By someone who cheated on his wife so many times he had his own little porn universe? Hang on, maybe Roger was inspired by Tiger’s golfing exploits. Tantrums, spitting, or his total disdain for the golfing press. Very inspiring.
Or is it B: Who secretly isn’t inspired by having experienced every woman in the 52 States, but shhhh, don’t say it in public!
Roger: "To see those great athletes do it for a very long time, I've been able to do something similar in that regard."
Doc: You’re up to five minutes so. Roger on top!
Roger: "It's been tough for him the last year. He knows that. It's been hard to watch. I only wish him the best."
Doc: I miss him too Roger. Sob…
Rahil Gangjee followed in the footsteps of Chip Beck and Richard Johnson by acing a par four at the Mylan Classic on the Nationwide Tour. Gangjee finished in a tie for 32nd. Gary Christian won the event.
Click below to view 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship Third Round Highlights from the PGA Tour.
Click below to view 2011 Omega European Masters Final Round Highlights on the European Tour site.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Below are highlights from Saturdays second round of the 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship