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I wish my doctor would prescribe me with a mild bout of Dengue Fever so I could stay in Dubai for a few days and put the feet up.  That’s exactly what Rory McIlroy will be doing after he announced he is to pull out of the inaugural Thailand Golf Championship on doctor's orders. 

The prescription just says don’t fly for a few days and not to touch a golf club.  Rors most likely contracted the virus from mosquitos who carry and spread it.  The symptoms are rash (yuk) and joint pain. Hence Dengue Fever is also known as Breakbone Fever.

Rors is due back on the golf scene in the United Arab Emirates on Jan. 12.

"Can't wait to not have to get up and practice or hit a shot or people telling me what to do or where to go, or just have a few weeks off would be nice," McIlroy said.

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Alvaro Quiros sank a monster eagle on the last to win the 2011 Dubai World Championship in dramatic fashion and along with much riches catapulted himself into the 2012 Majors and and a five year exemption on Tour.

Luke Donald made it two money titles adding The Race to Dubai title to his PGA Tour title.  The World Number One finished alone in third after Scot Paul Lawrie sunk a clutch birdie putt to cap off a great season for him.

Best of the Irish was Shane Lowry in a tie for eighth.  It caps off a great season for the Offaly man, with four top 10’s including top fives in Majorca, Wentworth and Valderrama.

2011 Dubai World Championship Third Round Leaderboard – European Tour News on the 2011 Dubai World Championship Third Round from the European Tour site.
Before you read it, a word about Shane Lowry because you know he’s not going to get a mention from the Tour site. he continued his great form with a 68, holing for birdie on the last to tie for fifth. He’ll be in third to last group out tomorrow with Francesco Molinari.
Alvaro Quiros leads Paul Lawrie by two shots going into the final round of the Dubai World Championship presented by DP World, as Luke Donald moved ahead of Rory McIlroy to take charge of The Race to Dubai.
Donald is poised to complete the best year of his golfing life in real style after a third round 66 left the World Number One is within touching distance of an unprecedented double.
"It's over - definitely," McIlroy said after a 71 dropped him from third to eighth in an event he has to win just to have a chance.
"And Luke deserves it."
Nobody has ever topped the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic in the same season, but after taking the US PGA Tour title in October by winning their final event there is even a chance for him to do the same on The European Tour.
Needing a top nine finish to clinch The Race to Dubai, Donald burst from joint 12th place at halfway to fourth spot on ten under par.

David Higgins langerApologies for getting a bit excited earlier.  Turns out the European Tour made a bit of a cock up on the scoring and mistakenly proclaimed David Higgins as having had a 61.

That was later the corrected to a 65 on the  Tour course at PGA Catalunya, to leave him tied for fourth after the  first round of Q School. 

The leader after round one is England's Sam Hutsby who carded an incredible ten under par 60.  Interestingly the top 10 players on the leaderboard were playing the easier Tour course.

Tour School is played over six gruelling rounds.

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Shane Lowry continued his super form at the Dubai World Championship by carding a second round of two under 70 to reach a total of five under, good enough to tie seventh at the halfway point.  The Clara man set up the prospect of a Sunday session in his home town with a brilliant chip in on the final hole for eagle.  Lowry’s success so far this week lies in his greens in regulation stats, the highest of anyone in the top 10.

Alvaro Quiros is the runaway leader on 12 under with Peter Hanson in second on eight under.  The Race To Dubai got even hotter today with Rory McIlroy, who needs a win this week, finishing tied third on seven under while Luke Donald finished with three birdies to climb to tied 12th on four under.


paul lawrie Paul Lawrie began the Dubai World Championship presented by DP World with a seven under par 65 to set a challenging clubhouse target.
Only a Rory McIlroy victory in the last event of The European Tour season can stop Luke Donald completing an unprecedented double of money list titles on both sides of the Atlantic in the same year.
Former Open Champion Lawrie, who in Spain in March had his first win for nine years, was making his debut in a tournament reserved for the top 60 earners each season and began his run with 15 foot putts on the fifth and sixth.

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Best of the Irish this morning was Shane Lowry whose 69 sees the Offaly man in the top 10 heading into day two.  Meanwhile Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald are playing out a chess like battle in the final group.  Both had their wayward dramas earlier but recovered and both are now under par, one third the way through their rounds.

Here’s what’s in the bag of Lee Westwood at this weeks Dubai World Championship.  With thanks to Lee, Billy and as always Dominic Griffiths on the Ping Tour Truck. In case you’re wondering that’s Lee’s beloved Nottingham Forest in the background!


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We’ve had the boffins check the figures and here is our take on who can win the Race to Dubai this week where a $7.5 million prize fund is up for grabs.


  • Only Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy can win The Race to Dubai this week.
  • For McIlory to win, he must win this week, then hope that Luke Donald finishes outside the top nine.
  • If Donald finishes ninth or better, he will win the Race.
  • If Donald finishes tied ninth with just one other player, he will win the race by €5.
  • If Rory wins and Donald ties ninth with two players, Rory wins the Race!
  • In 2010, Donald finished tied ninth with just one other player.

Who Can Win The Race


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 24/1

drago[5] 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


Lee Westwood 8/1

lee westwood upgrade_thumb[4] 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.


Rory McIlroy 7/1

Copy of rory mcilroy funny 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.


Paul Casey 24/1

westwood irate[6] 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 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.

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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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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? says

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.

2011 Chevron World Challenge Final Round Highlights

mcilryRory 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.

Third Round Wrap from the European Tour site
A third round 67 gave Alvaro Quiros a one shot lead over Peter Hanson at the UBS Hong Kong Open.
Quiros, who on both previous days had shared the lead with Rory McIlroy, carded three birdies in a bogey-free effort which took him to ten under par.
World Number Two McIlroy, however, had to fight back from consecutive bogeys on the front nine to sign for a level par 70, leaving the 22 year old in fifth place and in danger of missing out on the top-two finish he needs to stand a chance of catching Luke Donald in The Race to Dubai.
Ryder Cup star Hanson signed for joint-best-of-the-day 65 to charge firmly into contention, while his score was matched by former US PGA Championship winner Y E Yang, who shares third place with Thailand’s Pariya Junhasavasdikul (67).

tiger_13_fowler 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.

lawrie gallacher sprint 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.

Rory McIlroy came back to the field in the closing stages of today's second round of the 2011 UBS Hong Kong Open.  Cruising two clear of Alvaro Quiros on his back nine McIlroy took two late bogeys to tie the Spaniard at the top of the leaderboard.
The pair are one ahead of Thai Panupol Pittayarat and Scot Richie Ramsay with Miguel Angel Jimenez one shot further back.

2011 UBS Hong Kong Open Second Round Highlights
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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 charles-barkley 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.

roryRory 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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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.

Both Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke along with Luke Donald have been nominated for this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

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.

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Rory McIlroy 5/1

  If there's one man that's coming to Hong Kong determined to win this week it is Rors. And Tiger like odds of 5/1 show the bookies are afraid of their lives too with former course favourites like GMac, Dyson and Francesco Molinari not playing. With seconds in 2008 and 2009 and sixth last season, the big question is will Rory's putter cooperate to fulfil his Hong Kong destiny? The season has been Mega for McIlroy with 11 top tens including the US Open win but you can’t help but wonder how many more titles he could have bagged if the crucial putts had dropped.

Gregory Bourdy 40/1

Bourdy2_Micheletti Returned to form with a top 10 at the Iskander Johor Open recently and is this week returning to the site of his win in 2009. Tied 11th when defending last year. Bourdy has come close twice this season in Kuala Lumpur and Wales but it seems that late in the season is when his form is best. Two of his three wins on the European Tour have been in October and November.

Miguel Angel Jimenez 32/1

Wagner Miguel Angel Jimenez_thumb[3][6] Three wins last year, but alas nothing yet for Miguel Angel Jimenez in 2011. But before you go feeling too sorry for the genial Spaniard, let's remember his three seconds in 2011 at the Volvo Golf Champions, Ballantine's and just recently at the Andalucia Masters. Twice a winner at Fanling in the 2005 and 2008 seasons and to be written off at your peril. Can Miguel keep the best wine for last?!

Thongchai Jaidee 60/1

jaidee01 You just cant have a Hong Kong Open without everybody's favourite Thai paratrooper Thongchai Jaidee. Okay he hasn't had a top 10 on Tour this year and nobody really considers him a threat this week but I've been following his progress since Portugal and been pleasantly surprised to see that he's been in the top 30 in five of his last six starts. Jaidee just loves Hong Kong, he's not been outside the top 20 here in years and has a best of tied second when Jimenez last won.

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ian-poulter_2068112c Justin Rose 9/1 and Ian Poulter 12/1 teamed up for England last week at Mission Hills and after a stunning final round there, both will fancy their chances this week. Poults is defending champion having nearly produced a 59 in the second round last year. He'll be looking for a good end to a strange season which produced another matchplay win, but only one top 10 besides. Rose on the other hand has top 10's in his last two starts in China and Singapore to go with his playoff win at the BMW Championship and looks very dangerous.

Update: Here's the Sergio Garcia 2014 What's In The Bag following his Qatar Masters win.

Here’s what’s in the bag of Spaniard Sergio Garcia as he heads into the 2012 season renewed, reinvigorated and back in love with the game.

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67480897Greg 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.

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