Bubba Watson unveiled the new Huggy Bear Travis Matthews 2012 look at a photoshoot today. Think he might need some elastic to keep that hat on during tee-shots! Here’s a link to the Travis Matthew site
Bubba Watson unveiled the new Huggy Bear Travis Matthews 2012 look at a photoshoot today. Think he might need some elastic to keep that hat on during tee-shots! Here’s a link to the Travis Matthew site
DUBAI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP presented by DP World
Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 08 Dec 2011 - 11 Dec 2011
Winner Alright: Last week Rory McIlroy to success at 5/1
Robert Karlsson is the defending champion this week and apart from a top five at the USPGA Championship and a couple of decent showing in May and June has had a pretty torrid year on the PGA Tour. If it wasn’t for Lee Westwood’s third round 62 in Sun City last weekend though Karlsson would be celebrating a win. Three super consistent 69’s and a 68 to finish saw him easily take second and more importantly get a huge shot in the arm ahead of this week. Karlsson: I must break you
If you missed Lee last Saturday, you missed one of the greatest exhibitions of golf ever. The Worksop man’s 62 was simply awesome and if he can bring that form to the showdown this week he could be hard to match. The winner by six shots in 2009 and just one shot off Karlsson last season when he tied third.
We brought home Rors last week albeit at 5/1 but a win is a win. Stats watchers like me will never cease to be amazed at how McIlroy gets it done. In Hong Kong, Gregory Havret who was second, ranked second in putts per green in regulation; Rory was 15th. The week that Rory putts as well as he hits his irons, he will win by 10 shots. One word of warning however though Rors has top fived here in the last two years, he is bound to be exhausted and his media commitments having won last week are going to be punishing.
I was very impressed with Casey at the Chevron World Challenge last week where he finished third after carding a first round 79. After a torrid season on and off the course Casey seems to have gotten his life and his golf game back on track lately. A top 10 at the Frys.com Open in early October, fourth at the WGC HSBC in Shanghai in early November and third last weekend. Tied for sixth last year and one to watch.
Ian Poulter 32/1 lost a playoff here to Robert Karlsson last year and seems to have found a bit of form after tying fourth in Hong Kong last week. Elsewhere I think the two Spaniards Alvaro Quiros 42/1 and Sergio Garcia 16/1 will have big weeks. Quiros coupled some mammoth tee shots with great greens in reg stats last week and he’s only one good putting week away from a win. And as for Sergio, he is only coming off two wins on the spin. Wouldn’t a three-peat be nice?
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Tiger Woods is back in the winners enclosure. Here are the 2011 Chevron World Challenge Final Round Highlights.
This package highlights Tiger’s round.
The day that shook the golfing world. Rory McIlroy chips in for the win in Hong Kong, Lee Westwood follows a 62 with a win in South Africa and Tiger Woods goes birdie birdie to win the Chevron World Challenge. What can we expect in 2012?
Two years after his personal life and golf career came crashing down, Tiger Woods is a winner again.
One shot behind with two holes to play, Woods closed with clutch birdie putts Sunday to win the Chevron World Challenge by one shot over former Masters champion Zach Johnson.
Woods holed a 6-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 3-under 69, sweeping his arm and slamming down his fist in a celebration that was a long time coming.
It was the 83rd title worldwide for Woods, but his first since the Australian Masters on Nov. 15, 2009, a span of 749 days and 26 official tournaments. Woods crashed his car outside his home on Thanksgiving night two years ago, followed by revelations of extramarital affairs.
Rory McIlroy has won the 2011 UBS Hong Kong Open in stunning fashion by chipping in on the last for a round of 65, 12 under par. A fantastic exhibition and a crucial up and down on the 13th saw McIlroy move forward while the rest of the field move backward on the tough final day layout.
Gregory Havret finished second with Peter Hanson third.
The chip in on the last was met met with a huge outpouring of emotion from Rors who repeatedly punched the air and hugged caddie JP. The win was made all the sweeter after two previous second place finishes in the tournament and sets up a winner take all scenario between himself and Luke Donald in Dubai next week.
Tiger leads at the halfway point of the 2011 Chevron World Challenge. Here are Second Round Highlights.
Rickie Fowler, a Titleist club staffer since he began on Tour is now a racing certainty to make a change to Cobra next year. An announcement is imminent after the news has filtered through golf forums worldwide.
Titleist and Cobra were once under the same Acushnet umbrella but are now two separate companies. Cobras 2012 clubs feature the AMP (Advanced Material Placement) line of woods which feature Fowler’s trademark orange flash and grips. The AMP woods are due out on Feb 10th 2012 and are designed for the better player.
We hope to bring you the full updated Rickie Fowler Cobra what’s in the bag as sson as it becomes official.
It’s like the final day of the Premiership season with as many eyes on the relegation battle as on the top. It’s not quite relegation on the cards for Peter Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher, more the chance to earn some serious bucks at next week’s Jumeirah Golf Estates where $7.5m is on offer.
With only 60 players in the field and €17,000 odd between them on each side of the cut off point, it’s all to play for in Hong Kong. Lawrie, in 60th and with an automatic qualifying spot as it stands cemented his advantage in Asia this morning after a second successive 69 today while Gallacher’s two over par 72 saw him just scrape under the cut line by one.
As it stands now, the Dubliner is all but guaranteed his spot in Dubai having made the cut. He’ll most likely overtake Scott Jamieson and Christian Nilsson on Sunday evening and punch his ticket to Dubai.
Gallacher on the other hand has 36 holes to break the half million mark and join the Irishman at the end of rainbow.
Charl Schwartzel got angry and got more than even as he scorched through the back nine to claim a share of the first-round lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City on Thursday.
The South African was one-over-par midway through the round after a double-bogey at the ninth, his third shot finding the water. But his troubles ended there as he blazed through the back nine in just 31 shots, picking up five birdies to finish with a four-under-par 68.
I had a word with Dustin Johnson as far back as 12 months ago about this. It was in Adare Manor at the JP thing. Ronan Flood had just left me in charge of PodRig’s bag for a few minutes while he went off for a toe rub or manicure or something. There I was as proud as punch having a sneaky rummage through the side pockets (Ro you need to empty the banana skins out of there mate, they’re rancid) when up rocks Dustin Johnson.
We chatted. Or rather I chatted, he was just kindof standing beside me. I know he could hear me though and that’s all that matters here. I said to him (or in his general direction), "Dusty mate, those one step dunks might look great for the cameras on Inside the PGA Tour but you’re not a basketballer, you’re a golfer. If the world wanted to watch NBA stars play golf, then why was the Haney Project with Charles Barkley such a shocking failure? Listen to me DJ, the Doc says you keep one step dunking and you are going to wreck your knee”. Totally in denial, Dustin said something like “Hey there little baldy buddy, did you enjoy the golf today, you want my autograph?”
Pic: Barkley reminisces on his Tiger friendship days.
Did he take my advice? Did the big man listen? Read the headlines. Dustin Johnson is today recovering in hospital from knee surgery and is expected to be out of Tour golf for six weeks. Get well soon man, and hey, next time the cameras start rolling just stick to the John Wayne glare thing.
Rory McIlroy gave Ireland a double boost by firstly announcing that would definitely play in next years Irish Open then taking the clubhouse lead on six under par during the first round of the UBS Hong Kong Open. In tough and windy conditions Rors made four birdies on his back nine on his way to a 64. After struggling on the practice range, Rory told reporters he found his concentration as soon as he hit the golf course. "Six birdies and no bogeys is always a nice way to start the tournament.
Fellow Northern Irishman Gareth Maybin is also starting well in his bid to retain his card and avoid a trip to Q School in two weeks. He was 4 under after 15.
Hot on McIlroy’s heels is the Spanish pair of Miguel Angel Jimenez and Alvaro Quiros.
Here’s John Chisholm from Muskerry Golf Club with his brand spanking new GolfBuddy GPS that he won on GolfCentralDaily. He reckons he going to be pretty much impossible to beat with all this extra GPS technology behind him and is now actively campaigning in his club to have the yardage markers removed.
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We salute you John Chisholm!
Forget your Sabbatinis or your Montys, your Sergio tantrums or your Spencer Levin goes berserk. It looks like the golf world has a new bad guy, or rather an old bad guy who’s been round a long time but we kindof forgot about.
It’s probably fair to say Robert Allenby has had his “bell-end” incidents over the years that haven’t exactly endeared him to the golfing public. He is well known for being like the Shawshank prison warden to several caddies over the years with one, Matthew "Bussy" Tritton even walking off the course on him in the BMW Championship in 2007.
Now it seems in the run up to Christmas old Grinch Allenby is falling foul of his fellow pros too, after being cheered OUT of the Greg Chalmers victory party on Sunday when he threatened Geoff Ogilvy with a broken glass and ordered him outside for a fight. Their argument stems from the President’s Cup where Allenby blamed everybody but himself for his own poor performance.
In interviews Allenby blamed Retief Goosen for missing several putts after "I hit it inside 10 feet" during their foursomes match and then said Y.E. Yang made him feel like he was “playing alone” in their fourball. He then dragged his ‘friend’ Geoff Ogilvy into the rant saying he "hit me in the tree three times off the tee and I had to chip out three times" when they were paired in foursomes.
When Allenby was then closing in on leader Greg Chalmers at the Aussie PGA on Sunday, Ogilvy sent out a seemingly sarcastic tweet that said "Nice to see Robert playing so well this week!"
Needless to say Grinch Allenby’s mood wasn’t made any better when he lost the playoff to Greg Chalmers blaming a spectator for his failure. And when he came into the winner’s party at 9pm that night Allenby went straight over to tackle Ogilvy.
Allenby broke a wine glass and shouted “do you want to go?”, stunning the entire room into silence. Ogilvy stood up and tried to calm things but then demanded an apology which let’s say wasn’t forthcoming from frothing Allenby and he again challenged the younger man outside for fisticuffs and some broken glass face gouging.
In the end Allenby stormed out of the room to loud cheers as Ogilvy sat back as the victor. The Grinch has been defeated for now, but he will be back at the JBWere Masters and he’s not a happy monster.
This year the SPOTY winner will be decided by a public vote to take place during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show on Thursday, 22nd December. Lines will open at 8pm with voting numbers given out only on the night. It is thought this change in voting is designed to make it fairer after the huge amount of electioneering that went into last years campaign when jockey Tony McCoy scooped the top award.
McIlory and Clarke will face tough opposition if they are to scoop the award with Andy Murray, Amir Khan and Mark Cavendish considered by many as this years favourites. No women have made the shortlist.
The 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award shortlist chosen by UK Sports editors (in alphabetical order) is: Mark Cavendish (cycling), Darren Clarke (golf), Alastair Cook (cricket), Luke Donald (golf), Mo Farah (athletics), Dai Greene (athletics), Amir Khan (boxing), Rory McIlroy (golf), Andy Murray (tennis), Andrew Strauss (cricket).
The show will be held at MediaCityUK, Salford.
How To Vote For Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy For 2011 BBC Sports Personality Of The Year
There were rumours that the TaylorMade 2012 driver was going to be called RocketBallZ but after it proved a bit too “testicular” in market research it was apparently abandoned. However good sources around the interweb suggest that this is the shape of things to come from TaylorMade in 2012.
Greg Chalmers made it two big wins from two by winning the Australian PGA Championship after a playoff. The left-hander won the Australian Open in Sydney two weeks ago and beat Marcus Fraser and Robert Allenby in the playoff.
Allenby had a fearsome playoff record but lost his concentration when a spectator with a camera put him off before a shot and when Marcus Fraser found a pond, a par was good enough for Chalmers to claim the win.
The 56th Omega Mission Hills World Cup of Golf has just seen a smash and grab raid by Team USA Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland. They shot a foursomes 67 to end on 24 under as Ireland and Germany watched down the fairway.
A good putt for par on the last from Alex Cejka on the last saw Germany secure a tie for second with England who were men of the day with Rose and Poults ripping out a 63. Ireland finished tied for fourth on 22 under after a 72.
It’s the 24 win by team USA but the first since 2000. Gary Woodland was unanimously crowned in the press room as the player of the tournament.
Click below to watch 2011 Omega Mission Hills World Cup Day Three Fourball Highlights.
Ireland lead the Omega Mission Hills World Cup by two shots going into the final round at Mission Hills Resort on Hainan Island.
Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy combined for a bogey free eight under par 64 in the third round fourballs to head the leaderboard on 21 under par.
Germany and South Africa produced best-of-the–day rounds of 61 to join the United States (63) in second on 19 under.
While pre-tournament favourites Ireland look to be in a strong position after combining for eight birdies, the last two winners of the US Open Championship are well aware of the big names hot on their heels.
See what I did there??! Ireland were the big movers on day two of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup with GMac and Rors making their expected move in the tougher foursomes format with a 68. That sees them tied with Australia at the top, one shot clear of Scotland. Ireland’s 68 on the day was matched by China and many people’s pre tournament fancy South Africa.
After World Cup organizers decision to put Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell behind the Irish tricolour at the opening ceremony was met with much disapproval in Ireland, the decision was taken to restage it with the correct flag.
Early highlights from the 2011 Omega Mission Hills World Cup where Australia set the pace. This post will be updated when the full highlights package is available.
Click below to view highlights of the final of Big Break Ireland on the Golf Channel. Waterville native Mark Murphy takes on Julien Trudeau.
Padraig Harrington, the most cerebral (that’s brainy to you and me) golfer on the planet is taking a break from golf at the moment and for the first time ever is focussing his immense intelligence on matters other than his swing. Pog-Rig as he is affectionately known in the US attended the Gift Grub Live Show in Dublin last night but spent the entire performance reading a book of children’s nursery rhymes and frantically scribbling notes.
Golf critics, who filled the entire row behind him, later questioned Harrington’s concentration and shorthand game. The three time Major Champion told the assembled press, “Aaaaaaa I lost my focus during the show. I had no Crunchy Granolas. Instead my attention was drawn to some glaring inaccuracies in these nursery rhymes my kids read.”
“Take for instance Humpty Dumpty. Obviously I’m not delighted that he fell off the wall but am concerned that they sent all the King’s horses and all the King’s men to try and reassemble him. What would have happened if another country invaded at that very moment? Would the Queen have had to tell the invaders ‘sorry the King, all of his men, and every horse we have are not available to fight today as they’re trying to glue a broken egg’. Anyway why would you send a horse to fix an egg? Surely hooved equines would never have the brain power or dexterity to complete such a delicate operation?”
Pic: Harrington and friend Sergio Garcia took time out earlier this year to visit Humpty Dumpty during his recuperation. The blue scrubs are an indication of just how delicate Mr. Dumpty’s condition remains.
Harrington went on to question Jack and Jill’s complete lack of preparedness when fetching their pale of water. “Did they not even consider Health and Safety for even one minute?” he asked before adding “Notwithstanding the fact that I’ve never even heard of people climbing a hill to fetch water, it was obvious that both Jack and Jill attempted the technically challenging ascent totally unprepared, without the correct footwear, headwear or any form of communication device. As soon as Jack fell and broke his crown, Jill should have secured her position on the hill then radioed mountain rescue services seeking help. From the rhyme it’s clear she took matters into her own hands in attempting a daring rescue and suffered the consequences by tumbling after.”
It’s thought that during the Christmas break Harrington will also turn his gray matter to solving Fermat’s last theorem, figuring out the mystery of how they get the figs into the fig rolls and why socks disappear in the laundry.
It’s on Thursday in China. Which means just as you wake up from a good nights sleep, it will be all over. I hope to God it doesn’t lash rain yet again in China. And I thought Ireland was bad! It’s the one won by Italy last year, where Edoardo went mental climbing all over a tad embarrassed Francesco.
The hot favourites are, wait for it, Ireland! Yes it’s like the Eurovision Song Contest all over again and pulling on the green shirts will be Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. Rors and GMac wont have it all their own way though, the Dolmio brothers Francesco and Eduardo Molinari are back to defend, England are sending Justin Rose to partner Poults again and South Africa are sending in the big guns.
Pic: GMac makes himself comfortable in the humid conditions at the opening ceremony yesterday.
Well it’s like nothing they have ever played. Rough? Rough is for gimps. There is zero rough at the Blackstone Course but every fairway is lined which crazy undulating bunkers. There’s more dykes than at Ladies Wimbledon and the track even passes through an old village. Its a par 73 and just over 7800 yards with five par-5’s. There will be birdies, but there could be disasters too. Pic: Now that’s what you call a bunker!
Riuji Imada was once penalized 26 shots on this course in a Tournament! Imada assumed he could place the ball within a club length of its original position, as is standard on the PGA Tour. But the local rules stated different, offering only a scorecard length drop. Danny Lee told Imada on the 12th hole which resulted in Imada guessing he had placed the ball 13 times. Multiply each two equals 26 and a lorra lorra laughs. Needless to say Riuji wont be here this week!
All the cameras will be on Rors and GMac 10/3 but its Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen at 5/1 on paddypower are the men for me. If they were not here, they would be winning in South Africa like they do around this time every year. An outside fancy to play well are the French at 28/1, Greg Bourdy was in flying form last week.
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Serengeti Golf Club Ekurhuleni, South Africa 24 Nov 2011 - 27 Nov 2011
We gave George the nod and he did not disappoint with a tied third place finish. Putting the winnings back on seems prudent this week on the Serengeti course which is new to the South African Open. That’s eight top 10’s already this season for George who lies 25th in the Race in Dubai. This week will be only his 58th Tour start.
Another man we tipped last week gave us a great run for his money until a double bogey on the front nine Sunday saw him fall out of the lead. Indeed he’ll be looking to do much better than a pair of weekend 73’s this week. I still think he can do well this week given that there is still some adrenalin in the tank.
The Sunshine Tour’s form man Darren Fichardt was rather overshadowed last week but didn’t disgrace himself finishing just outside the top 10. Before that he racked up top six results in his previous four events including a win at the Suncoast Classic and remains one to watch this week.
Good performances in Portugal and again last week at the Alfred Dunhill for Felipe make it two T3 finishes in his last three events. Final day scoring remains the issue for the genial Chilean, 71 on Sunday on the manageable Victoria Course in Vilamoura and 72 last Sunday just didn’t get the job done. The good news is that Felipe is up to 53rd in The Race and headed for Dubai. He’s crossed the winning line before in Indonesia in 2008 so deep down he knows he can do it again.
Hennie Otto 32/1 has been in the top 20 in each of his last three appearances in Portugal, Spain and South Africa and knows he could have finished much better than tied seventh last week. Jaco Van Zyl 21/1 came good for us also last week tying third making it five consecutive top 20’s on Tour and with a recent second at the Gary Player event on the Sunshine Tour he’s on top form. The only really long odds shot that jumps out this week is Branden Grace at 180/1. Missed the cut last week with a Friday 79, but always manages to find a way to grind out results in this swing.
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Shane Lowry produced another good display in Japan to finish in a tie for third at the rain shortened Dunlop Phoenix Open. The event was won by Toshinori Muto who overhauled Gonzo Castano with a final round of 63.
Castano will be happy with his two weeks work having won in Singapore last week. That sees the Spaniard leapfrog Tiger Woods in the World Ranking’s top 50.
Muto carded nine birdies for his final round and not even a bogey on the last could take away from his four shot win.