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2011 Alfred Dunhill Championship

Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, South Africa 17 Nov 2011 - 20 Nov 2011

George Coetzee 15/1

George-Coetzee_1137519 With Charl Schwartzel away at the President’s Cup and Thomas Aiken playing his eighth week in a row many South African eyes will be turning to one of my favourite players of the year George Coetzee. With six top 10’s already this season George lies 26th in the Race in Dubai and has the potential to rise much higher after the South African swing. Taking into account his last start at Valderrama was a disaster and was his fifth week competing in a row, there’s not many who are bringing a form line like his into this week with a third in Portugal followed by a sixth at the Castello Masters. Deserving of a win this week after romping home with Mark James in the Gary Player Invitational on Sunday.

Jbe Kruger 32/1

JbeKruger083109 Another of the South African contingent to look out for this week is Jbe Kruger. He’s been in the top 30 in his last three events and 13th last week in Singapore. That has lifted Jbe to 99th in the race to Dubai and he’ll be keen to secure his rights for next year over the next few weeks. Tied for tenth last year and went onto play well at the Africa Open also.

Robert Rock 19/1

Robert-Rock The BMW Italian Open champion seems to love coming out to Leopard Creek and has performed well here for the past three years. After tying second when Richard Sterne won in 2008, Rock tied fourth in 2009 and tied eighth last year. It could have been so much better 12 months ago too but for a Saturday 75 which ultimately cost him dear. Big Chances.

Jaco Van Zyl 26/1

van zyl Jaco is 54th in the Race To Dubai which is very impressive given that he hasn’t played an event on the European Tour since the Madrid Masters. Four straight top 20’s in Europe including tied for third in Crans Sur Sierre and tied ninth at the Dunhill Links before he headed back to the Sunshine Tour. Second last week when paired with Ian Woosnam at Gary Player’s event at Zimbali Lodge.

Best Of The Rest

slatts Pablo Martin 34/1 has won this event for the past two years but before you rush out to back him be aware that he missed the cut or withdrawn from his past seven events. When he’s good, he’s great, when he’s bad, he’s terrible! Darren Fichardt 48/1 has been in the best form of the Sunshine Tour contingent this week with top six results in his last four events including a win at the Suncoast Classic and has to be worth watching. A best of tied fourth in 2006 when Quiros won. Finally, my own sneaky fiver each way will be on Lee Slattery 48/1 who won the Madrid Masters earlier this year. Lee did really well here in 2007 when John Bickerton won and is having his best run of results for a long time.

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Iskandar Johor Open, Horizon Hills G&CC, Johor, Malaysia 17 Nov 2011 - 20 Nov 2011

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Louis Oosthuizen 9/1

louis Since the beginning of October when Louis came fifth at the Alfred Dunhill Links he’s only been outside the top seven once at the Frys.com Open. He followed that with fourth at the McGladrey, seventh at the WGC and tied for third again last week alongside Anthony Kim. With several tournaments in South Africa on the horizon, except Shrek to be in top form!

Anthony Kim 9/1

ANthony Kim at Quail Word inside the ropes is that Korean American Kim is hitting a bit of form. Got it to 13 under par last week in Singapore, his lowest score of the season, and good enough to tie third. Kimbo has had another tough season and didn’t break par for eight events from the Masters in April until the Travelers at the end of June where he missed the cut. Lucky then that level par was good enough to tie fifth at this year’s British Open which remains his biggest payday of the year. Many fancy a breakthrough this week while his mates are at the President’s Cup.

Juvic Pagunsan 75/1

Juvic Pagunsan BSO 2011 Obviously the bookies have absolutely no faith in last week’s playoff loser but I’m more a subscriber to the theory that if he played well in the sodden conditions last week he may just do the same in the predicted sodden conditions this week. If Juvic doesn’t grab your fancy of the Asian contingent, take a look at Wen-tang Lin from Taipei at 95/1 and Mardan Mamat at 250/1 who both finished top five last year.

Richie Ramsay 23/1

ramsay Hong Kong Third at the Castello Masters then third in Valderrama and 13th last week in Singapore. Ramsay has been playing super golf of late and if that belly putter behaves this week, he must have a chance.

Best Of The Rest

Jamie-Donaldson_2337076 Jamie Donaldson 36/1 also returned to action last week after a two week break and could be one to watch this week. Three top 10’s in his last five events and only missed one cut all season at the US PGA Championship. In the 21 events he played this season, Jamie has only been outside the top-50 once! Four top 10’s in his last seven starts for Joost Luiten 22/1 and though we keep saying a win must be on the horizon, it just hasn’t come yet. Top five again last week in Singapore after a well deserved break following a disappointing trip to Valderrama. Big fish in a little bit smaller pond this week.

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adam scott melbourne fastest greens When the President’s Cup starts on Thursday, expect to see the fastest greens ever seen in Tournament golf.  Apparently Greg Norman has even pulled on the greenkeeper’s overalls a few times to help ensure Royal Melbourne’s putting surfaces are like “concrete”. Special machines are today injecting glycerine into the surfaces, to make them rock solid with blue lines are being painted down the sides for safety.

The theory is that the American Team will be ‘surprised’ when their balls bounce up in the air and way over the back of the green and this will propel the International Team to certain victory.  Adam Scott and co have been busy practicing a new special shot where the ball lands short of the green and bounces on before rolling up to within inches of the flag.  It is thought the American’s have never heard of this special shot and will be powerless to defend against it.

Royal's groundstaff director Morag Bellingham said, "Greg wants them like concrete. When Royal's greens are like concrete, they are the hardest greens in the world. Only the ones with the special shot will survive."

She added “You'd rather have a 30-footer uphill than a four-footer downhill” but was puzzled when I posed the question “what if you hit the 30 foot uphill putt four foot past, would you rather knock it back down 30 foot and try again?  Would you not just be better off with the downhill four footer to start?”

More on this rock hard story as it breaks.

hunter sore shoulder Freddie Couples tried to convince Keegan Bradley a couple of weeks ago to come down to Australia to be a substitute. Not surprising Bradley told him to sit and swivel.

Now it seems Couples is swivelling like an office chair with the news that Hunter Mahan might be out of the President’s Cup. The Hunter withdrew from the Aussie Open with a pain in his shoulder and is touch and go to be fit for this weekend. The injury is set to be exactly the same as the one that plagued his dad, Hunter from gladiators, throughout the 90’s. If

Mahan doesn’t make it, the plan is to try and get Bradley to come half way across the globe to play. And Plan B? Yes there is one, but its a bad one. John Cook.

Rennie_Antacidum_PP_Internet_01.jpg Where are my Rennie’s?  I can feel the indigestion coming on……..but hey hang on, the Golf Digest Ireland Top 100 Irish Courses listings are beginning to make a bit of sense.  While there has never been much argument about the courses on the top of the listings, there seems to have been some overhauling of the contentious spots further down the list.

Previous Golf Digest Ireland listings were subjected to much criticism and whispered stories of advertising revenue in exchange for good rankings which has prompted somewhat of an overhaul. Changes in the system this year include the opinions of Golf Digest Readers being considered as part of the democratisation of the process.  There’s also a few respected Father Ted’s on the panel that would not put up with “that sort of thing” and a new scoring system was used which includes Wow Factor and  Memorability.

Happy Bunnies

Royal County Down can again celebrate being hailed as Ireland’s No.1 golf course by Golf Digest Ireland ahead of Portmarnock and Royal Portrush.  Tralee in Kerry was the biggest mover in the top 10, up to 7th with Adare regarded as Ireland’s top parkland course and the only non links course in the top 10.  Brian Shaw and his gang in Doonbeg can crack open the bubbly after cracking the top 25 by climbing 13 spots to 23rd. County Donegal is also recognised for its excellence with Murvagh, both Ballyliffin courses and the fine Rosapenna Sandy Hills course all making the top 25. Finally too there seems to be a softening of attitudes towards the Old Head of Kinsale who have “done a Sinn Fein on it” and climbed 23 places to 24th on the list.

Let’s Have A Heated EGM!

pat ruddy_thumb[2] Among those planning a metaphorical bonfire of back issues of Golf Digest Ireland might be design legend Pat Ruddy whose own European Club has been hijacked by the Kingdom with Tralee, Ballybunion and Waterville now deemed by the experts to be better. The K Club also seems to be losing some of its lustre with the judges too down at 20.

So You’re Trying To Tell Me….

confusedWhile I’m in broad agreement with the rankings this year and understand that they are not definitive, I have spotted a few anomalies on the list that I feel wouldn’t stand up in a court of law. Here’s just a few before I lose my temper!

So You’re Trying To Tell Me….

Carlow (29) is 40 places better than Dromoland Castle (69).  You’re off your rocker there completely.

Westport (56) is 34 places better than Ballinrobe (90). How exactly? Confused.com!

How can Carton House Monty (28) be 21 spots higher than Carton O’Meara (49).  Drive down to the first tee of both today and see which car park is full.  Or maybe the panel saw Monty’s bunkering and thought “sand means links, yes it must be better!”

All in all however, it seems to be the best listing yet, so I will allow GDI a small clap on the back, or maybe a gentle squeeze on the shoulder.

Golf Digest Ireland Top 100 Irish Golf Courses 2012

Ireland (In brackets is the Movement from last year)

1. Royal County Down  (=)

2. Portmarnock (=)

3. Royal Portrush  (=)

4. Waterville  (Up 2)

5. Ballybunion (Old)

6. Lahinch (Up 1)

7. Tralee  (Up 3)

8. The European Club (Down 4)

9. County Louth (Baltray)

10. Adare (Down 2)

11. County Sligo (Rosses Point) (=)

12. The Island (=)

13. Ballyliffin, Glashedy (Up 3)

14. Enniscrone (Up 3)

15. Mount Juliet (Down 2)

16. Donegal (Up 3)

17. Portstewart, Strand (Up 3)

18. Killeen Castle (Down 4)

19. Royal Dublin (Down 1)

20. The K-Club, Palmer (Down 5)

21. Belmullet, Carne  (Up 4)

22. Ballyliffin, Old Links (Up 10)

23. Doonbeg (Up 13)

24. The Old Head of Kinsale (Up 23)

25. Rosapenna, Sandy Hills (Down 4)

26. Killarney, Killeen  (Down 3)

27. Portsalon (Up 8)

28. Carton House, Montgomerie (Up 2)

29. Carlow (Down 5)

30. Cork (Down 1)

31. Portmarnock Links (=)

32. Lough Erne (Down 10)

33. Dooks (Up 4)

34. Rosapenna, Old Tom Morris (Down 1)

35. Castlerock (Down 7)

36. Headfort, New  (Up 4)

37. Druids Glen (Down 10)

38. Concra Wood (Up 1)

39. Luttrellstown Castle (Up 10)

40. Fota Island, Deerpark (New entry)

41. The K-Club, Smurfit Course (Down 7)

42. Seapoint (Down 16)

43. Narin And Portnoo (Up 8)

44. Heritage (New entry)

45. Slieve Russell (Down 3)

46. Palmerstown House Estate (Up 8)

47. Tramore (Up 11)

48. Connemara (Up 8)

49. Carton House, O’Meara (Up 3)

50. Powerscourt, West Course (Down 12)

51. Belvoir Park (Down 8)

52. Malone (Down 11)

53. Portumna (Up 8)

54. Farnham Estate (Down 6)

55. Dun Laoghaire (Down 9)

56. Westport (Down 11)

57. Hermitage (=)

58. Portrush, Valley  (Down 14)

59. Bunclody (=)

60. Dundalk (Down 10)

61. Tullamore (Down 8)

62. Glasson (Down 2)

63. Castletroy (Up 22)

64. Mount Wolseley (Up 12)

65. Arklow (Down 3)

66. Clandeboye (Up 3)

67. Rathsallagh (=)

68. Killarney, Lackabane (Down 4)

69. Dromoland Castle (Down 4)

70. Druids Heath (Down 15)

71. Ardglass (Down 3)

72. Royal Belfast (Up 1)

73. Shannon (Down 1)

74. Grange (Up 10)

75. Powerscourt, East Course  (Down 12)

76. Castlemartyr (Down 2)

77. Laytown and Bettystown (Up 9)

78. Strandhill (Up 5)

79. Castle (Up 1)

80. Mullingar (Down 2)

81. Rosslare (Up 17)

82. St. Annes (Down 11)

83. Kilkenny (Down 17)

84. Skellig Bay (Up 3)

85. Knightsbrook (Down 6)

86. Bantry Bay (Down 16)

87. Galway (Down 6)

88. Galgorm Castle (Down 6)

89. Courtown (Down 14)

90. Ballinrobe (Up 1)

91. Ballybunion, Cashen  (Up 2)

92. Balbriggan (Down 15)

93. Kirkistown Castle (New entry)

94. Tulfarris (New entry)

95. New Forest (New entry)

96. Galway Bay (Down 7)

97. Moyvalley (New entry)

98. Dingle, Ceann Sibeal  (New entry)

99. Castleknock (New entry)

100. Woodenbridge (New entry)

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gonzo1 Well done to Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano who banked $990,520 and claimed his fifth victory on the European Tour when he won the washed out Singapore Open earlier today overcoming Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines with a birdie on the second playoff hole. The pair had tied for 19 under after the shortened 54 holes when rain again stopped play.

Anthony Kim (64) and Louis Oosthuizen (65)  were tied third.

Greg Chalmers shot a final round three-under-par 69 to win the Aussie  Open for the second time.  Chalmers win was made all the sweeter by beating John Senden by a shot and Tiger Woods by two.

Senden nearly forced a playoff when his long birdie putt on the last which shaved the hole. Woods bagged an eagle and five birdies in a 67, but coming from six back he left himself too much to do.

"It could have been really low today, a couple of drives on the back nine cost me," the 35-year-old Woods said. "I fought real hard all day but it looks as though I've come up just short.

"I'm just going to keep plugging along," added the 14-times major winner. "It's just nice to be playing and not on the sidelines."

2011 Australian Open Final Round Leaderboard


2011 Barclays Singapore Open Final Round Highlights from the European Tour site

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño and Juvic Pagunsan will resume their play-off for the Barclays Singapore Open on Monday after more weather delays at Sentosa Golf club.
Spaniard Fernandez-Castaño saw a four shot lead evaporate on the back nine during the third and final round and Filipino Pagunsan birdied the last to force extra holes.
But after storms on Friday and Saturday had already reduced the event to three rounds, there were two further delays in the play-off, which will now resume at 7.30am local time on Monday.
Four time European Tour winner Fernandez-Castaño began the day three clear of Edoardo Molinari and James Morrison, and with an eagle at the par five fourth, a birdie at the sixth and a bogey in between turned four clear of the chasing pack.
But he had three bogeys in four holes from the 12th, and when Pagunsan holed a ten foot birdie putt the recent Castelló Masters runner-up needed a four at the par five last to win.
Instead he drove into water down the left and ultimately did well to get down in five and force extra holes – dramatically curling in a 20 footer.
Pagunsan split the fairway with his drive while his opponent found a bunker before the first delay of the day, but when they returned both laid up to 100 yards short of the green with their second shots, only for another loud clattering of thunder to force them to retreat once more.
Tournament Director Mike Stewart admitted it was frustrating for all concerned, but insisted that the only option was to abandon play for the day.

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woods Hold on to your hats ladies and gents because I’m about to say something I haven’t said in a while: Tiger Woods leads the field at The Australian Open after he produced a round of five under 67.

Playing with the luxury of not having sunblock on his hands, Woods canned five birdies on his first nine holes to surge to the outright lead. Lakes local Peter O'Malley is one back. Adam Scott is five behind and within touching distance of that dream final round pairing we all want to see. Admit it!

The worrying thing for the bookies is that Woods is back to talking like he’s the Lord God almighty again.

"Basically I felt that I never really missed a shot. Even though I shot five under today it felt like it could easily been eight or nine deep," he said adding "I am hitting the ball well. I have just hit so many lips these first two days. It could have been pretty low.”

"My goal is to win golf tournaments and play to the satisfaction of myself and my family. That, to me, is what it is all about."

Er newsflash Tiger, I dont think you’re 4 year old or 2 old really give a crap how you are playing.  The only golf related activity they are interested in is watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!

2011 Australian Open Second Round Leaderboard

MorrisonPA220908_450x339 Pop legend and 2010 Madeira Islands Open winner James Morrison almost carded the The European Tour’s first 59 in Singapore earlier today.  Morrison, who only just launched his new album The Awakening, was well on track after birdieing 10, 11, 12 and 13 on the Tanjong track, before a bogey on 16 scuppered his chances.
Pic: Morrison warming up the crowd before his round in Singapore
However his 62, nine under sees him joint top with Edoardo Molinari.  One shot back is YE Yang who admitted afterwards he’s getting quite sick of requests to bench press his bag. Best of the Irish and playing a blinder at the moment is Shane Lowry on four under.

2011 Barclays Singapore Open First Round Leaderboard

J Rod Tiger Woods with his leg barely held together by a few band aids and a bit of string is only three shots behind Sandy Lyle’s love child Jarrod at the Aussie Open.  The Victorian leads by one from Woods who was playing with the disadvantage of having Stevie Williams fist sticking out of ass.

The press massaged Tiger’s ego further by saying he played in the toughest conditions.  Hang on, it’s Australia we’re talking about! Tough conditions? Did he have to play with sunblock on his hands?

Dustin Johnson and Nick Watney are up there at six under as is Fred Couples in his ridiculous (-ly cool) shoes and James Nitties, the most talented player ever to have appeared on Big Break.

I haven’t a clue how Greg Norman is getting on. My eyes got blurry after watching four straight hours of wall to wall shark coverage.  It’s worse than Mike Weir at the Canadian Open!

2011 Australian Open First Round Leaderboard

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120293994DC065_2011_Emirate John Daly has been branded a “flamin’ gallah” by officials and turfed out of the Aussie Open.  Daly kicked off his bad behaviour when he played the wrong ball from a bunker on 10 and then hit every ball he had into the water on 11.

Without a ball to his name, Daly then took his son, told his partners “I’m off”  and headed back to the Caravan Park at Yabbey Creek.

"When u run out of balls u run out of balls. yes I shook my players partners hands & signed my card w/rules official," Daly tweeted after.

Tournament director Alf Stewart said he will never again be welcome at the Australian Open equating Daly to a hoodlum from Mangrove River. "Stone the crows. It's very disappointing, obviously, for the tournament, the surf club (and) certainly unprofessional and strike me roan I'm extremely bitter and disappointed that he's treated this championship this way," Mr Stewart said.

"We can't fine him because … he's not a member of ours, but we want it dealt with properly. We might get Heath Braxton or one of Jake’s crew to take him down."

brian-dawkins Everybody knows that Ballyliffin in Donegal has probably the best 36 holes of links golf in Ireland but today it finds itself in the midst of a media storm.  Immediately after publishing it latest membership offer, manager John Farren found himself in hot water after crediting American football safety Brian 'Wolverine' Dawkins for inspiring it.  Farren said “It just jumped out at me that this guy was exactly like our courses– lovely to look at, but an animal to play.” Farren a former winner of Eggheads, Junior Mastermind and Blackboard Jungle will be manning the Ballyliffin hotline today on 074 93 76119.

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Beleaguered Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says race-row caddie Steve Williams is a fine upstanding citizen and is only guilty of having bushy white locks.

Williams has caused outrage by describing a procedure involving placing something deep into Tiger Woods rectum. But Italy’s most powerful man, never involved in any lurid or inappropriate behaviour himself, does not believe Williams is a racist.

berlusconi funnyThe Prime Minister said: "I have know Stevie a long time, and we have spent many many many happy nights together with his friend, and some other friends.  Not so much in the past three years though. Funny that”

Stevie is like me, a fine man.  He, like me, has never made a mistake in his entire life.  We are both surgeons speaking in surgical language that the common man does not comprehend.  Let the public say what they will say, history will prove us to be saints.”

"That caddies dinner was like the Italian Parliament trying to figure out how to repay a trillion euro debt that threatens to destroy Europe.  Many assholes, shouting at other assholes, out of their assholes, calling each other assholes.”

The Italian Parliament yesterday held a vote to determine if Williams was not a racist, which Berlusconi’s ruling party narrowly won, but only after the opposition abstained, deciding instead to wear t-shirts emblazoned with the word “ASSHOLE”. It is unclear whether they were referring to Berlusconi or Williams.  Another vote will take place today to decide that.


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.

Barclays Singapore Open betting Preview and Tips

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

early odds on the exchanges

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

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