Click below to watch 2011 Castello Masters Third Round Highlights on the European Tour site.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Chubby Chandler Rory McIlroy ISM Horizon funny pic
Rors was with ISM for four years with Stuart Cage as his ISM handler. He leaves good friends Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke aswell as Major Champions Charl Schwartzel and Ernie Els.
McIlroy said: “I would like to sincerely thank Andrew ‘Chubby’ Chandler and his team for their guidance, representation, and management over the past four years, since turning pro.I am now keen to move onto the next stage of my career and I feel this will be facilitated by a fresh view and a new structure around me. Therefore I am delighted to be joining Horizon and I look forward to working with my new team.”
Chandler was glowing in his trubute to Rors, saying: The statement also said: “It has been an honour representing Rory and we take great pride in the role ISM has played in guiding him successfully through his formative years as a professional golfer.”
Horizon is fronted up by Conor Ridge and Colin Morrissey.
Rory McIlroy Horizon sports management pic
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Rafael Nadal, Tom Lewis and Sergio Garcia Share A Press Conference at the Castello Masters. Opens in a new window.
Click below to view 2011 Castello Masters First Round Highlights on the European Tour site.
You have to check out this video. Its a Sky News report about a shark infested golf course in Australia. It’s easy to miss but the funniest bit is the greenkeeper at 1 minute and 19 seconds in. The Sky News guys have made him sit on the edge of the lake, and wanting to be cooperative he does it, even if every fibre of his being wants out of there. It’s top class!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
BBC bosses were left with a dilemma and a ticking clock after Strictly celebrity Russell Grant turned badly on his ankle in training on Monday. All seemed lost until Colin Montgomerie, the perfect match for Grant agreed to step in at the last minute to offer his services. The director of programming at the BBC, an avid golf fan, had seen Montgomerie on the range at the Portugal Masters and figured he must be at a loose end.
It now looks certain that the European Tour’s straightest batter will step into the shoes of the most bent for Saturday nights live show. Yes, Bruce Forsyth will be uttering the lines “Our next couple is Colin and Flavia performing the Rumba.”
Monty met with Flavia on Tuesday morning and immediately insisted that all the dance steps be written on paper for the Scot to study. “It’s going to be difficult uh uh uh”, Montgomerie said “because everybody knows uh uh uh I don’t do practice.”
It’s believed Grant will be out of action for two weeks, allowing Monty, should he survive the public vote this weekend, to dance the Passo Doble on Saturday week. “That’s a serious dance” said professional dancer Flavia, before adding “but it will be easy for Monty. He will simply stare down the judges with his ‘who made that noise’ look. They will have no choice but to award us 10’s. More as it emerges.
This month we have an amazing new touchscreen golf GPS to give away from our friends at GolfBuddy.
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Into the hat from last week goes John Chisholm, White’s Cross, Cork
Here’s a great little video I found of what is unmistakeably tennis ace Novak Djokovic on the golf course. It seems Djokovic has swapped his tennis racket and climbed aboard a greens mower as he cuts the grass at his local club. What a fun guy!
Open Champion Darren Clarke is poised for a late season victory at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in the Bermuda triangle. The Dungannon man is in fourth place heading into day two. Ironically the three players ahead of him are Major Champions. Even more ironically they all won their Major’s this year. What are the odds on that?
Rory McIlroy leads after a 67 from Keegan Bradley, Charl Schwartzel and Darren Clarke tucked in there at fourth just 10 shots back, ready to strike at any moment.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Here’s a sneak peek of the new documentary film You’ve Been Trumped charting Donald Trump and his team’s fractious interaction with the local residents during the building of Trump International Golf Links Scotland, near Aberdeen.
2011 Castelló Masters Betting Preview and Tips
Club de Campo del Mediterráneo, Castellón, Valencia, Spain 20 Oct 2011 - 23 Oct 2011
Early Odds on Betfair
Gregory Havret 50/1
Ping celebrated a win last week in Portugal with Tom Lewis and have a good shout again this week with veteran Frenchman Gregory Havret displaying a return to form. A final round 64 in Portugal saw him tie for third and he hops across to Spain brimming with confidence. The Genworth stats for his driving accuracy and putting in Vilamoura suggest a big week ahead.
Christian Nilsson 34/1
Two top-10’s in his last three events for Christian Nilsson including tying for third last week sees the Swede climb to 66th in the Race To Dubai. The James Nesbitt lookalike will be out to secure his place in the Dubai season finale (top 60) by reproducing his form of last year where he tied third. Truth is he should have won on that occasion but a final round 72 did for his chances. Will the golfing God’s oblige for the greens in regulation expert? My fiver each way says yes.
Alex Noren 18/1
A super consistent season with two wins and four other top-10’s so far for Alex. Like Webb Simpson Stateside he will be gunning to become a three time winner on Tour this season. Has course credentials on the Club de Campo too. Three consecutive 68’s got him into contention last year before a final round 74 dropped him down the leaderboard.
Gary Boyd 50/1
Young Gary has been on a poor run of form of late but showed last year he knows how to play this course. His Saturday 63 last year was stunning and gave him a healthy lead, but he was overtaken and pushed to hard in the final round dropping two shots on 17 and into a tie for third. The horses for courses theorists have had a good season so far though, so don’t write off Boyd at lengthening odds.
Best Of The Rest
Both Shane Lowry (85/1) and Peter Lawrie (60/1) play this week and lie just below and above the top 60 respectively. Both showed good form last week and Lawrie especially will be after another good cheque having tied third last year. South African George Coetzee may declare late for this event but if he does he’s worth a fiver. Six top-10’s, a great playoff with Bjorn in Scotland and a good finish last week say he can figure here. Finally keep an eye on journeyman Ignacio Garrido (65/1) and his putter, he’ll be after another €220,000 cheque for second, which made his season last year.
What’s In The Bag Tom Lewis
Driver: G20 9.5 Driver with Aldila Voodoo XNV6 shaft, 45.5” long. (Club head speed 112mph)
Fairway Woods: G5 3 (15.5°) and 5 wood (18.5°) with Aldila XVS7 & NV75X shafts. 43” and 42.5” long.
Irons: S56 irons 3-PW X100 Step Strong, Std length Black Colour Code, All grips, id8 ½ Cord white
Wedges: Anser Wedges 52,58 Red Lie 52, purple lie 58. (new at St Andrews which was his 2nd event)
Putter: Scottsdale Wolverine H (33.5” Red Lie)
10 Things You Need To Know About Tom
1. After turning pro following the Walker Cup, Tom had seven invites at the tail end of this season in which to earn enough money to avoid a trip to Tour School. The Portugal Masters was only Tom’s fifth European Tour event.
2. His father named him ‘Tom’ after the legend Tom Watson. His brother is named ‘Jack’.
3.Tom’s winnings bring him to 53rd in The Race to Dubai on €441,018. However he will not be eligible to compete at the season finale in Dubai because he will not have played the requisite number of events.
4. Tom played his first event as a professional along with Ireland’s Paul Cutler at the 2011 Austrian GolfOpen. Lewis tied for tenth.
5. He is the first Affiliate Member to win on The European Tour since Matteo Manassero won the 2010 Castello Masters exactly one year ago this week. Both players were playing on a sponsors invitation.
6. His four shot final round winning comeback equals the biggest of the 2011 season.
7. Tom’s home club his Welwyn Garden City, the same as six time major winner Nick Faldo. The 20 years old cites one of his main ambitions as winning one more Major than Faldo and taking over the trophy cabinet at the club.
8. His final 54 hole total of 197 (-19) equals the lowest of the 2011 season.
9. Tom wont have to worry about cuts or money as he exempt on Tour until the end of 2013. Along with the Portugal Masters title, the win gained Lewis exemptions into the lucrative 2011 WGC – HSBC Champions and 2012 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational.
10. Lewis has employed legendary coach Pete Cowan since he was aged 16. Cowan described Lewis earlier this year as “the most professional amateur I have ever seen”.
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Click below to view 2011 Portugal Masters Final Round Highlights on the European Tour.