October 2011

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Hey kids, want to make a really great Stevie Williams mask? Just follow the simple instructions below and we’ll instantly transform you into one of the best loved villains in golf.

things you needThings You Will Need

Some sharp scissors: Simply cut around the edges of the Stevie mask.  Always be careful when using a sharp scissors. You may need to ask a grown up racist for help.  When you have done that, prod out the eyes.

Some cotton wool strips: These will come in handy for making Stevie’s locks.  Simply stick big bushy lumps onto the dotted lines outlined in the mask.

Goofy teeth:  Make a few complete pricks around the mouth area of the mask to make a hole. Pop in the teeth and hey presto, you’re a great front runner!

How to Lose Friends Book:  Simply read this book to get into Stevie’s mind.  Really impress your friends by snatching their cameras and phones and smashing them off the wall.

The Accent: This is the tough bit. Perfect the following phrase and amaze everyone. “Oymmm into Roycing end Gulf.”

aussie open logo 2011 Australian Open Betting Preview and Tips, The Lakes, Sydney

Past Winners

2010 Geoff Ogilvy

2009 Adam Scott


Adam Scott 10/1

soaps_home_and_away_daryl_braxton_02 Winner of the Aussie Open in 2009 Scott came to The Lakes last year looking to defend but it went horribly wrong. He finished tied 32nd, 16 shots off the pace but one glimmer of hope was the second round 66 where the putts dropped. Scott however is a different player since he move to the broomhandle and has to be the one to watch this week. Tied for 11th last week after a final round 73 when Steve Williams might have been more ‘baggage’ and less caddy amid the racism controversy.

haa-gal-colleen-400x300-003-15im3p6 Hunter Mahan 20/1

I tipped up Hunter last week and he tied seventh, one shot out of a tie for fourth. That’s another top ten to go with his third at the Shanghai Masters and his second at the season ending Tour Championship in Atlanta. There are loads of fellow Americans in town for the President’s Cup so Hunter should feel right at home.

3410_homeaway_600x400 Dustin Johnson 20/1

After winning The Barclays Dustin’s game literally disintegrated and he did nothing in the big three PGA Tour season enders. However reports from the 6264 metre course say that Dustin is going to adopt an all out attack strategy. Last years winning score of 19 under suggests going low is a must and if Dustin is in the mood he could rip this track to shreds. Loads of sandy waste areas here too, can he ground the club??

karl-256x192 Matt Jones 100/1

Only one top 10 at the Zurich Classic meant a poor season on the PGA Tour for Matt Jones who finished down in 127th on the money list. That after a strong 2010 when he bagged five top 10’s and a second here at The Lakes. I’m always a believer in the horses for courses theory, karma and all that and I think odds of 100/1 for a returning podium finisher and a home player are a bit lengthy.

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The Tanjong & The Serapong, Sentosa GC, Singapore 10 Nov 2011 - 13 Nov 2011

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gmac funny pic[4] Graeme McDowell 14/1

The best putter at the HSBC WGC last week and looking like the GMac of old on his way to a deserved third place finish. Putting will again be critical at Sentosa this week and I think GMac can make the adjustment from last weeks Creeping Bent to this weeks Tifeagle Bermuda grass. Tied third last year and tied fifth in 2009. Real possibilities.

17-jimenez-worzel Miguel Angel Jimenez 38/1

Mixed a pair of 66’s with a pair of 71’s last year on his way to tied eighth. Showed real character, shot making and putting to finish second at the Andalucia Masters behind Garcia. Surely a whole season cannot go by without a victory from The Mechanic?

andersjpg[4] Anders Hansen 40/1

It’s a first start on the European Tour in two months for Anders but he has been sure to include this tournament on his schedule after he finished second behind Adam Scott last year, his second top five here. A win would be no more than Anders deserves after great finishes at the Dubai Desert Classic, the Open de Espana, Wales Open and the high point at the US PGA Championship.

Best Of The Rest

shrekx Louis Oosthuizen 21/1 eventually finished down in tied seventh last week at the HSBC Champions but I think he played some of the best golf of the week and he’s will be getting a fiver each way from me. I’ll also be watching Justin Rose 23/1 who finished with a 66 and some impressive stats. He’ll arrive here full of confidence. Of the home players I going with former Asian number one Liang Wen-Chong who, though dreadfully out of form of late, is a horse for the course having come second in 2009 and tied 10th last year. His odds of 140/1 in the betting may be reflective of this but are just too good to ignore..

steve-williams_2_299x199 I’ve just been sent an unofficial copy of the first apology statement from Stevie Williams after his controversial comments at the HSBC dinner.  This statement was said to be immediately scrapped and replaced with another,professionally written by a management script writer.

Leaked Unofficial Statement From Stevie Williams

Listen up you complete pricks. I’ve been out here for 33 years and you’re wasting my precious practice time. How do you expect me to win golf tournaments if you don’t let me practice.  Right okay I did say I would “like to shove it up that black ass hole” but what I meant and what you thought I meant were completely different.

Obviously as New Zealand’s top sportsman, I am dedicated to my art. I caddy and I go racing and the only place I’m interested in finishing is first. However during my spare time, I have a farm with an award winning collection of asses. You complete pricks probably call them “donkeys”. That’s because you, unlike me, are thick.  Anyway one of my award winning asses is a very rare breed called A South Island Black and last week she was heavily pregnant.  My daughter named her “Tiger” in honour of my famous chip in at Augusta a few years back.

black ass Obviously you know I’m a very confident front runner but during my speech at the player caddy dinner at the HSBC Champions my vet phoned me up to tell me that Tiger, my black ass, was birthing and in grave danger of dying and losing the foal.  I was under pressure and faced with two choices; let Tiger give birth naturally and risk losing her and the foal, or get the vet to reach in there and pull out the foal.  Based on the wind and yardage, I instructed the vet to get on with it and told him shove it up Tiger’s black ass hole and try and save the foal.

Pic: ‘Tiger’ the Black Ass with her new foal.

Obviously there was a lot of expectations on that black ass foal and I’d be lying if I said if wasn’t a bit nervous but in the end they all lived so I hope all you complete pricks are happy. I backed myself just like when I go racing. The birth of my black ass foal is up there with my 145 wins. Now piss off.

Stick a New Zealander in Australia and there’s bound to be some tension.  Stick a New Zealander in Australia after the Rugby World Cup and there’s going to be fireworks. Stick a racist, camera grabbing, “prick” calling, delusional “sportsman” New Zealander in Australia and my guess he’ll be lucky to escape with his underpants. If he keeps a low profile.

Add the world’s cameras, a once great friend, now sworn enemy and disgruntled fading ex boss with a dickie knee into the equation and its the spark that could set the whole thing off.  Then if the week before the tournament, add the New Zealander who is actually employed by an Australian saying he “would like to shove it up that b*ack asshole”, referring to his aforementioned boss, then that splits the atom.

Stevie you told us you were a great “front runner”. I suggest you run.

 cup Here are the key stats from the 2011 HSBC Champions

Driving Accuracy

  1. Jim Furyk 75%
  2. Bo Van Pelt 73.2%
  3. Justin Rose 71.4%

Driving Distance (unverified)

  1. Charl Schwartzel 339 yards
  2. Jhonattan Vegas 309 yards
  3. Nicolas Colsaerts 306.5

Greens In Regulation (GIR)

  1. Louis Oosthuizen 91.7%
  2. Lucas Glover 84.7%
  3. John Senden 83.3%

Putts Per GIR

  1. Adam Scott 1.529
  2. Graeme McDowell 1.574
  3. Xin-Jun Zhang 1.617

Putts Per Round

  1. Graeme McDowell 25.5
  2. Mohd Siddikur 25.8
  3. Xin-Jun Zhang 26.5

Martin Kaymer went on one of those solo runs you rarely see in the final round of a big tournament, but boy was it good to watch.  Though he started five shots behind fist pumping Freddie Jacobson, his tally of nine birdies in the last 12 holes saw the German win by three.  That all added up to a round of 63 and a back nine of just 29; on the two holes he parred on the way home he had birdie putts!

Freddie hung on for a deserving second, with GMac having a huge comeback week with a third.  Rors was tied fourth with Charl Schwartzel and Paul Casey.
Interestingly too that Kaymer, after this win can conceivably catch Luke Donald in the Race To Dubai.

2011 WGC HSBC Champions Final Round Leaderboard

Here’s the 10 second version of what happened in the thrid round of the WGC HSBC Champions. Freddie Jacobson went berserk with the putter today and holds a two shot lead.  He canned at least four times from outside 15 feet to sit on 16 under. Louis Oosty is still second and Adam Scott with his bag carrying racist is three back in third. Both Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood are only four behind now after excellent rounds of 65 and 67.

2011 WGC HSBC Champions Third Round Leaderboard

Steve Williams thought he was among friends at a Gala Dinner for players and caddies in Shanghai, but the plain truth is he has none after launching another attack, this time racist in the extreme, from the stage after receiving the award for “best celebration of the year” for his outburst after his first win with Adam Scott.  “I wanted to shove it right up that black asshole” Williams said of Woods, virtually signing away his career as a caddie, and proving if proof was needed that it is actually he who is the “right prick” he once described Phil Mickelson as being.

On his website Williams said:

"I apologize for comments I made last night at the Annual Caddy Awards dinner in Shanghai. Players and caddies look forward to this evening all year and the spirit is always joking and fun. I now realize how my comments could be construed as racist. However I assure you that was not my intent. I sincerely apologize to Tiger and anyone else I have offended."

No point shutting the stable door now Stevie, that horse has well and truly bolted.

He may not be very good a growing a goatee but Sweden's Freddie Jacobson fist pumped his way to a friday 66 to lie 11 under at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.  The big mover of the day was Louis Oosthuizen who canned nine bridies in a sweet round of 63, just one behind.  Adam Scott is also one back mixing nine birds with two bogeys.
Ten players are within four shots of the lead at the halfway stage including Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood on seven under. Rory McIlroy is back on four under.

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He might have the world’s biggest visor but Keegan Bradley was not in the shadow of playing partners Lee Westwood and Adam Scott during the first round of the WGC Champions in Shanghai shooting 65 for seven under par. The US rookie leads by one from pornstar soundalike Bo Van Pelt,  world’s best Tour blogger Alex Noren and extreme fist pumper Freddie Jacobson. 

Bradley's putter was on fire as he seemingly canned everything inside 10 feet.

Crowd favourite Rory McIlroy shot two under then did a perfect Phil Mickelson impression by signing every autograph in the house. Fellow Northern Irishman GMac had a mixed day; though he finished three under it would have been three better but for a triple bogey on the 17th. Ouch!


Here’s what’s in the bag of super talented Scot Richie Ramsay who has been enjoying a brilliant end of season run on the European Tour.

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hsbc 2011 WGC - HSBC Champions, Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China 03 Nov 2011 - 06 Nov 2011
Early Odds on the Exchanges
Winner alright: Last week we tipped Sergio to win at 10/1

Hunter Mahan 38/1

hunter mahan_thumb[3][4] I have a feeling about Hunter Mahan this week. Here’s why. He competed out in China at the Shanghai Masters finishing in third so we know from that he’s both acclimatized and able to negotiate courses in Asia. We also know that he came second at the season ending Tour Championship in Atlanta so he’s showing form. And we know Hunter has what it takes to win WGC events after he took last seasons Bridgestone Invitational in Akron. A fiver each way seems a no brainer!

Francesco Molinari 30/1

FRANCESCO_thumb[2] The defending champion is coming off a top 10 at Valderrama, his fifth of the season (excluding matchplay) but in truth the Italian would have hopes for much better. Molinari will bring happy memories of last year back here when he and Lee Westwood battled it out in what was, effectively, a two man tournament. In the end he nicked it by one from Westwood with Donald (absent this week) ten shots back. The horse for the course? The Italian stallion for the course more like!

Rory McIlroy 6/1

rory-mcilroy[3] I know you are probably wishing that I don’t tip Rory because his odds will be so short, but please forgive me I have to. Rors in his 113th Tour event this week is beginning to show signs of Tiger-like dominance whenever he tees it up. In his last four outings he tied third in the Swiss mountains, then went to Holland and came third on his own, then to the Dunhill Links where he came solo second and finally to Lake Malaren in China last week where he won the richest prize in golf. He’s been in the top five here for the past two years also. It all makes a compelling argument.

Best Of The Rest

dyson-110911 Lee Westwood (12/1) fans will be expecting a big week from the Worksop man. He played well in the final round at Lake Malaren last week and both he and Francesco were streets ahead of the rest last year. Stats and form to one side I will also be looking to one of my favourite players this season Simon Dyson (46/1) for a good week. Dyse has had two wins this season and is an Asian golf expert having plied his trade there for some time.
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All through October we ran a competition to win a fab GPS from our friends at GolfBuddy.

The four names that went into the hat were:

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  • John Chisholm from Cork
  • Aidan O’Gorman from Wexford
  • and Audrey Cronin from Cork

And the winner of the GPS Golfbuddy drawn from the hat was

John Chisholm, Whitescross, Cork

John, you will never again have to worry about a yardage.  We’ll be in touch soon with your prize.  Many thanks to all who entered.

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sergioSergio Garcia made it two European Tour wins a row and signalled that he is back to his best at the 2011 Andalucia Masters in Valderrama.  Garcia dug deep to make two clutch putts on 17 and 18 to edge out friend and countryman Miguel Angel Jimenez.

In a tournament where the excellent Valderrama course was once again the star of the week, several sub plots played themselves out on a Sunday of much drama.  One of those surrounded Richie Ramsay who punched the air after making birdie on the last for sole third place.  The Scot earlier took double bogey on the par three 15th after stewards directed him to search for his tee shot in the wrong place and declare it “lost” after five fruitless minutes.  The ball was then found beside the green in a bunker.

On a brighter note Ireland’s Shane Lowry scored himself a solo fourth place finish after a brilliant 67. The €150,000 prizemoney stamps Lowry’s passport to Dubai for the season ending Race To Dubai conclusion.

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy defeated Anthony Kim in a playoff Sunday to win the Shanghai Masters. Kim had earlier shot a 69 to reel in Rors three shot lead and both men finished on 18 under after McIlroy’s birdie putt on the last missed by a whisker.

On the first playoff both players found themselves in the sand; Kim splashed to three feet, Rory to two.  Kim’s putt slid by leaving Rory with a tap in for the win and the $2 million first-place cheque, the biggest ever in golf.

Kim banked $750,000 from the wheelbarrow of cash which even paid $25,000 for last place.

Shot of the day was Lee Westwood’s hole in one on the 12th, and with seven more birdies on his card today, he may be one to watch at next week’s HSBC.

The final round was not the procession that many thought it might be for McIlroy as he battled with his game from the start.  He found water, bunkers and struggled on the greens but dug deep and showed great character to emerge with a 72 and win the playoff.

Fair play to Luke Donald who has decided to withdraw from WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai to be present for the birth of his second child.  It’s all the more commendable considering Donald is bidding for the  historic feat of winning the money lists on both European and PGA Tours and $7 million is up for grabs.

Donald said (through gritted teeth!!): "It's important for my wife and it's important for me to make sure that I'm around to support her. It's no coincidence that the birth of our first daughter inspired me to some really great golf.

The Donald family are expecting a little girl.  Let’s hope they got the dates right!

swampass guide_thumb[4] News is just emerging of a group of European and PGA Tour players seemingly furious over the R&A and USGA’s continuing decision to leave the “Swampass” epidemic unchecked in the latest revision of the rules of golf.

The anonymous group of Touring Pros calls itself “SOS” or Stamp out Swampass, consists of players who at one point had to stand alongside or play with swampass suffers during the year and were traumatized, not to mention physically ill, after the experience.

One member of SOS said “Take Garrigus for example, he hits it a long way, but at what price?  He literally craps himself a little attempting to hammer every tee shot.  Golf courses all the US are having to beef up their drainage systems and one course reported record grass growth on a patch of fairway where Garrigus sat during a delay at this year’s St. Jude Classic.”  Another said “He held his hand out after the round.  I was afraid to shake it. Next time I’m gonna bring some loo roll for him in my bag!” Tiger Woods is also listed as a Level 1 Swampass sufferer.

SOS are advocating the use of diapers, talcing tents alongside the first tee where players must “drop and powder up” and are campaigning heavily to the R&A and USGA for a rule change forbidding the wearing of white or pink golf trousers in warm weather.

A statement from Garrigus and Woods, joint Chairmen of the Association of Swampass Sufferers (ASS) is due out later today.

Rafael-Da-Silva-Manchester-United_2226408 (1)[8] Rory McIlroy shot an 8-under 64 to lead by one after the first round of the Shanghai Masters, the lucrative 30 man invitational event at the Lake Malaren resort.  His round consisted of eight birdies on the Greg Norman redesigned track. One back is Hunter Mahan, with Padraig Harrington, Paul Casey and Ian Poulter three behind on 67. Pic: Rafael McIlroy

First Round Scores and Round two Tee Times

9:15 AM Hao Yuan (CHN) 79
Dong Su (CHN) 79
Wei Huang Wu (CHN) 80
9:25 AM Chi Huang Tsai (TPE) 74
Jim Furyk (USA) 75
Lian Wei Zhang (CHN) 78
9:35 AM KJ Choi (KOR) 73
Wen Yi Huang (CHN) 73
Geoff Ogilvy (AUS) 73
9:45 AM Keegan Bradley (USA) 72
Kevin Na (USA) 72
A Shun Wu (CHN) 73
9:55 AM Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 70
Xin Jun Zhang (CHN) 71
Seung Yul Noh (KOR) 72
10:05 AM Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 70
Colin Montgomerie (SCO) 70
Mu Hu (CHN) 70
10:15 AM Lee Westwood (ENG) 69
Retief Goosen (RSA) 69
YE Yang (KOR) 69
10:25 AM Chao Li (CHN) 68
Robert Karlsson (SWE) 69
John Daly (USA) 69
10:35 AM Padraig Harrington (IRE) 67
Ian Poulter (ENG) 67
Anthony Kim (USA) 68
10:45 AM Rory McIlroy (NIR) 64
Hunter Mahan (USA) 65
Paul Casey (ENG) 67

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Irishman who heads up the Lake Malaren Resort in Shanghai will be rubbing his hands with glee at the prospect of Lee Westwood playing with Rory McIlroy less than a week after calling Rors move from ISM to Horizon, a "bizarre decision".

They will have their serious faces on too, as they battle for the richest first prize in golf £1.25million.

The exclusive 30 man field includes Keegan Bradley, Charl Schwartzel, Paul Casey, Padraig Harrington, Colin Montgomerie, Ian Poulter and others.

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A torrent of some the worst shots in Big Break history followed by some of the very best on the Ryder Cup course at the K Club started episode 5 of the Golf Channel’s Big Break Ireland. And there’s a shock in the elimination challenge too with Joe choosing to battle it out with Julien rather than pick on the struggling Nina.  Would his decision pay off? Click below to watch episode 5 highlights.

Episode 6 saw the competitors move to the fantastic links at Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links.  The conditions were incredibly windy and this time it was the ladies that battled it out to avoid elimination. Click below to watch episode 6 highlights.

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rulesNow I don’t know how much he had to do with it but I suspect R&A ambassador Padraig Harrington had a big hand in getting the daftest rule in golf changed. Golfers will no longer face penalty if their ball moves after it has been addressed.  It was both stupid and unfair but funnily enough remained in place until Padraig joined the team. No penalty will now be incurred "when it is known or virtually certain that he (the player) did not cause the ball to move."

High profile casualties of the old rule include Rory McIlroy who was penalized after his ball moved in his final round at the British Open at Royal St. George's.  The rule didn’t make much odds to Rors on that occasion but it did arguably have a huge bearing on the PGA Tour money title.

When Webb Simpson’s ball moved at the Zurich Classic, he was one shot clear with four to play.  The penalty caused Simpson to tie with Bubba Watson, who subsequently beat him in the playoff.  Had Simpson not been penalized, he theoretically would have won the Zurich Classic and gone on to beat Luke Donald to the PGA money title. 

Other changes of note

Players will be allowed to smooth sand or soil before playing from a hazard "provided it is for the sole purpose of caring for the course and Rule 13-2 (improving lie, area of intended stance or swing or line of play) is not breached."

Late players who start within five minutes of their assigned tee time will no longer be DQ’d. Instead, they will lose the first hole in match play or two shots at the first hole in stroke play.

Addressing the ball now means "simply ... grounding his club immediately in front of or behind the ball, regardless of whether or not he has taken his stance."


On The Tour Truck: What Is Moment Of Inertia?

With Phil Bonham, Wilson Staff Tour Manager

Almost every driver that hits the market these days claim to have a higher "Moment of inertia," or MOI, than a previous model. In simple terms MOI is the resistance to twisting of the clubhead at the point of impact. MOI comes most into play on imperfect contact, when the ball and the clubface meet someplace other than the sweet spot.


One very good way I have heard MOI explained is to think of a spinning ice skater. At the beginning of the spin, the skater extends her arms and the rotational speed is slow. Then when the skater pulls her arms in tight to her body, the speed of the spin greatly increases. So when the arms are extended, the speed of rotation is resisted, her Moment of Inertia is high, and the result is a slower spin. Conversely, when the skaters pulls in her arms, her MOI is low, there is less resistance to rotation and the spin speed increases.

In hollow metal woods, the weight is all in the shell and as far away from the center of gravity of the head as possible. This gives it a high MOI and makes it very forgiving of mishits, something most of us can relate to. The forgiveness in these big heads enlarges the effective sweet spot in all directions on the face – up and down as well as side to side. This is why manufacturers have been making driver heads obscenely big and as forgiving as possible. Square headed drivers in particular tend to have the highest MOI.

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