But we couldn’t resist having a pop when we saw this! The good news for Roey is that he’s ahead of Simon Holmes and Bruce Bitchely in the viewer popularity stakes.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
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.
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.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Click below to watch 2011 Dubai World Championship Second Round Highlights. Opens in a new window on the Tour site.
2011 Dubai World Championship, Second Round Highlights
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.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Click below to view first round highlights from the 2011 Dubai World Championship First Round Highlights on the European Tour site.
2011 Dubai World Championship First Round Highlights, European Tour
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.
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.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
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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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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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.
Monday, December 5, 2011
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 24/1
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
Lee Westwood 8/1
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
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
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.
Best Of The Rest
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.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
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.
2011 Chevron World Challenge Final Round Highlights
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.