Saturday, December 17, 2011
GEOFF Ogilvy has played a lot at his home Victoria Golf Club, but never better than today.
From the moment he almost holed out for albatross on the first hole -- before duly making eagle -- until he tapped in for birdie on the last, he thrilled his hometown fans with a course record-equalling 63 to storm to the JBWere Masters lead.
The Melburnian, who lives minutes away next to the adjacent Royal Melbourne, took an appreciative gallery on a rollercoaster ride of superb shotmaking and occasional mishaps to fire what he said was his best round at the club at which he played pennant as an amateur.
Friday, December 16, 2011
A band of an angry Australian golfers brandishing golf clubs and firey torches gathered outside the scorers hut today in an effort to get leader Ian Poulter thrown out of the Australian Masters tournament.
A spokesman for the Australian PGA unruly players committee said, “Fair’d income, it’s not fair that Poulter is allowed come down here and spoil our Christmas. Strike me roan, nobody even invited the Pom. Everybody knows that he just wants people to buy his tartan clothes as Christmas presents, and he’s coming down here and kicking our Ozzie asses for some free publicity. The flamin’ gallah has played muck all year and is still making us look bad.”
He continued, “Imagine if we Aussies to England in their Winter and stuck an ad on TV with two guys on a balmy rooftop in party shirts drinking Fosters and talking to Holly Valance. Would that be tolerated? I think not.”
The protest continues.
Though they still have to get a boat out to the 17th green in Thailand, Lee Westwood is tearing up the course with a record equalling 20 under par 36 hole total. After narrowly missing out on a 59 yesterday, it looks like Westwood has set himself some new goals.
This interview translation has just been handed in by our local reporter Kiradech Alfiebarnowl, who hasn’t a word of English .
Westwood said “I’m very happy with 20 under. The plan is to shoot 48 under or lower. I’m going for two 58’s at the weekend. I’ve given up on 59’s. 59’s are so passe. 59’s are for pussies. 58 is where it’s at. I want to hear Billy my caddie tell me its the best round he’s ever seen again. I love that. And I’m going to throw a nine darter. Then I’m going to fit and help Forest win the Premiership.”
Jeff Overton was arrested was arrested last week for being what police described as “drunk and disorderly” in Bloomington. Apparently Jeff was in a limousine parked in the middle of a busy road in front of a bar shouting at passers by when police bagged him.
Witnesses reported Overton was shouting obscenities about the epic fail “Sun Mountain” raingear and Fireman Sam hat he had to wear at the 2010 Ryder Cup.
While this behaviour may seem perfectly acceptable and even downright healthy to our Irish and UK readers, apparently getting pissed drunk, hopping behind the wheel of a car and roaring at strangers in the street is frowned upon in the USA. Seems a bit harsh.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Lee Westwood said he wanted to curse aloud as he walked up the 18th fairway knowing he had let slip the magic 59 from his grasp in the first round of the 2011 Thailand Golf Championship. Just a couple of weeks after he shot a 62 and what Billy Foster described as his “best round ever” at the Nedbank, Westwood was again on fire racing out to seven under after six holes.
“I messed it up with a few pars”, the Englishman said after. “I missed short from ten feet at 11, then missed short middle on 14.” He added “Billy said today’s round was even better than the Nedbank. So I must be getting better!”
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tim Finchem head of the PGA Tour has vowed to beat the European Tour up a pole in 2012 and is introducing some revolutionary new concepts to do it. The first was unveiled yesterday at a press conference when Finchem brought into effect a new PGA Tour rule stating that from January 2012 former pop stars must be employed as caddies by the top players.
Dustin Johnson was first off the mark, announcing via twitter that he is team up with nineties coke snorting wife beater Bobby Brown. Its a case of out of with the Dusty and in with the Dustin for Brown who spent most of the last two decades standing on Whitney Houston’s throat high on cocaine, shouting “Two can play that game.”
Johnson split from old caddie Joe LaCava earlier this year when he defected to Tiger Woods. Under Finchem’s new pop star caddie rule, Le Cava is now set to be replaced by Lionel Ritchie as Tiger Woods caddie, while world number one Luke Donald is in talks with Rick Astley to take over his bag. The only female caddie yet confirmed is Barbara Streisand who is to take over from Fanny Sunneson on Henrik Stenson’s bag.
Aussie fight fans have descended on the Australian Masters in eager anticipation of the Geoff Ogilvy v Robert Allenby rematch. Both men have been hard at work in the gym in preparation for the title fight, with Allenby reported to have really bulked up around the ankle area.
Ogilvy though stepping up in weight and down in class is the firm favourite with the fans and the bookies.
The first fight, which took place at the Aussie PGA Championship ended in a controversial TKO decision in favour of Ogilvy, when Allenby illegally brought a broken glass into the ring, then walked out refusing to fight on.
Both fighters have toned down the pre fight verbals before this one, in stark contrast to the first meeting, when Allenby blamed Ogilvy and just about everybody else for his crappy performances. Ogilvy then hit back with an expertly timed tweet as Greg Chalmers was spanking Allenby in another title fight.
It’s all simmering nicely ahead of tomorrows weigh in.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Here’s what’s in the bag of Miguel Angel Jimenez, one of the finest players and greatest characters ever to grace The European Tour. With special thanks to Dominic Griffiths on the Ping Tour Truck.
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Monday, December 12, 2011
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.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Click below to view 2011 Dubai World Championship Final Round Highlights including Alvaro Quiros miracle putt on the last for victory. This post will be updated later to include links to the latest video packages as they become available from the European Tour.
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.