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Golfers from all over the place have been trialling the two new Taylormade Drivers, the R11S and the RBZ in an effort to find which is best.

RookieBlue7 from Georgia carried out what I consider a pretty comprehensive distance test as follows:

15 balls with each driver, each with 60 seconds between balls (timed everything to be as subjective as possible), and then a 5 minute break between clubs each time. Then again in reverse order after. Control Ball: Srixon AD333 

Results

 TaylorMadeDrivers_t640R11S

9 deg set to std, with Talamonti PD70 x at 44 7/8" shaft

SS 115.1
Launch Angle 13.9
Back spin 3720
Carry 278.6
Ball speed 169.7
Smash factor: 1.475


 

RBZ Tour

9.5 deg  set to neutral, with Talamonti PD70 x at 44 7/8"

Swingspeed 115.3
Launch angle 11.8
Back spin 3455
Carry 289.4
Ball speed 171.6
Smash Factor 1.489

Winner: RBZ Tour

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Brian Gay 40/1

gay Only three top tens all last season for Brian Gay but one of them came here at what used to be The Bob Hope Classic. Brian may be one of the shortest hitters on Tour but on his day he’s the straightest gay you will meet. Tied sixth last week in windy shirt lifting Hawaiin conditions. Couldn’t put a foot wrong in the final round here last year when he found the hole from all angles and a few in the back door on his way to a 62 and tie for fifth.
Pic: Gay: It’s always the ones you least expect.
 

Martin Laird 25/1

maar01-laird-300 If you asked 100 Europeans to pick their Ryder Cup team now I bet you hardly any would have Martin Laird’s name on there. The canny Scot keeps a low profile but his performances are speaking volumes. A win at Arnie’s place and five other top 10’s last year and came straight out the blocks with a second at the Sony Open. His PGA Tour leading putting and birdie stats will be just what the doctor ordered this week on three of the easiest courses they play. The newly revised event is only four rounds this year which may suit Martin also, he faded in the fifth round last year from a potential winning position. Pic: Laird’s only weakness is that he sometimes forgets the headcover on his driver.

Bill Haas 20/1

haas Didn’t get off to the hottest of starts in Kapalua two weeks back but is the horse for these three courses. The 2011 Tour Champion won here in 2010 and nearly defended last year, losing a playoff (along with Gary Woodland) to Jhonattan Vegas. The highlight then was a Saturday 62 on the Palmer Private which is host course again this year. The low point was a bogey on the last hole of the tournament when par would have won.
 

Matt Kuchar 16/1

kuchar Matt Kuchar at 16/1 is joint favourite after tying second in 2010 and seventh last year but he skipped the two Hawaii event s this year. Hasn’t played since the McGladrey Classic in October and the question is can he hit the ground running in this Ryder Cup year? I think he can.

Best Of The Rest

pat_perez1_299[4] If you’re after some long odds glory this week why not have a punt on John Rollins 50/1. He shot a 64 in the final round of the Sony Open last week to climb into a tie for tenth. PGA West has mixed emotions for the Virginian after an over par final round from a commanding position resulted in a playoff loss to Charley Hoffman back in 2007. Decent showing in the first two rounds of the Sony Open last week from Pat Perez 66/1 but faded into the pack at the weekend. Double P has the perfect ‘birdie everything’ game for PGA West and if he gets into the mood as he did in 2009 he’s unstoppable. Finally a quick word for Kevin Na 40/1, who also struggled last week and is the ashamed owner of the most watched golf clip on youtube last year. This event has been good to Na over the past two seasons and he’ll be busy on the practice putting green in the build up. Maybe he should try Matt Every’s black box putter?
New Format
· Reduced from a 90-hole tournament to a traditional 72-hole competition beginning on Thursday.
· The pro-am element retained. Pros will be paired with just one amateur for each of the first three rounds and will not partner with the same amateur more than once.
· Final round professionals only.
· Played over 3 courses Palmer Private at PGA West will host, Nicklaus Private and La Quinta Country Club. All par 72, ranked easiest on PGA Tour.
· SilverRock's Resort Course dropped.
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rory Just came across this brilliant article by Andrew Rice.  In it he analyses all the PGA Tour Shotlink stats from 2011 and gives a report in each category. Here is just the one for Driving. which will open in a new window.

Driving

    • Rory McIlroy hit 51 out of 56 tee shots over 300 yards in the WGC-Bridgestone event.
    • Darren Clarke only hit 41% of the fairways in winning the Open Championship.
    • The PGA Tour average driving distance for all measured shots was 290.9 yards.
    • The longest driver was JB Holmes at 318.4 yards while the shortest hitter was Brian Gay at 269.8 yards – that’s almost 50 yards per tee shot!
    • There were 21 golfers that averaged over 300 yards per tee shot. In 2000 John Daly was the first and only player to average over 300 yards.
    • The longest drive of the year went to Dustin Johnson at 463 yards – it did involve a cart path!
    • Joe Durant was the straightest driver hitting 75.65% of his fairways while Anthony Kim was the least accurate hitting only 46.99% of the fairways.
    • No player led the field in driving accuracy en route to victory, while Bubba Watson led the field in driving distance for both of his victories.
    • Seventy golfers had rounds where they hit every fairway  – a feat Joe Durant achieved four times!
    • John Merrick had a streak of 36 fairways in a row!

The third round of the Sony Open threw an interesting curve ball into the mix; a side battle to see who is the most evil.  In the corner was Rory Sabbatini, aggressive and fiery by his own admission, in the other Vijay Singh, sweet as pie in front of the cameras but widely regarded amongst his fellow pros as one of the the most repulsive human beings on God’s green Earth.  

According to Karen Crouse of the New York times an incident between the two was witnessed by a large group of marshals and security men who were assigned to Vijay Singh (don’t ask me why).

After missing a 6-foot par put on the first hole of his third round, according to witness reports in several forums, Singh turned to Sabbatini’s caddie Mick Doran and berated him for moving while he was lining up his putt, calling him a f*****g p****.  When Sabbatini came to the aid of his caddie Singh swore loudly at Sabbo telling him where to go. Like a red rag to a bull, Sabbatini stood up to Singh and the two continued to have it out in front of the dumbstruck audience.

Afterwards Sabbatini formally complained to a PGA rules official  about Singh’s outburst towards his caddie. The official refused to listen telling Sabbo to send an email to the complaints department!

Johnson Wagner brought the TaylorMade R11S driver to victory at the 2012 Sony Open yesterday. In all Wagner had three different manufacturers in the bag, taylormade R11S DRiver TaylorMade, Adams and Titleist.  He games the 712CB irons from Titleist with the increasingly popular on Tour Nippon NS Pro shafts. Also check out the multicoloured stamp on Johnson’s vokeys.

Here’s what’s in Johnson Wagner’s Winning Bag

DRIVER: TaylorMade R11S (8°) with an Aldila RIP NV 65 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 (13.5°) with an Aldila NV 75 shaft
HYBIRD: Adams Idea Pro a12 Proto G (18°) with a Graphite Design Tour AD UT 85 shaft
wagners wedge IRONS: Titleist 712CB (3-9) with Nippon NS Pro shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issueshafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Mid Slant prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

 

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Here’s the first look at the adidas golf shoe range for 2012. The shoes are designed to be worn on and off the golf course, to look as good with a pair of jeans as they perform on the tee. Both are to be unveiled at the 2012 PGA Show in Orlando and are due to hit the shops in the Summer. Priced in the region of €80, £75 or $100 dollars upwards.

puremotion leftProvisional name: Puremotion

Features

  • Anatomical shape, no spikes.
  • Wide web shaped forefoot with extra toe room
  • Climaproof mesh with 2 year waterproof guarantee

Provisional Name: Crossflex

Features

  • crossflex rightBased on successful adidas running shoe
  • Contours based on human foot
  • Pods and "zonal traction elements" instead of spikes
  • Climaproof mesh with 2 year waterproof guarantee

 

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The Links at Fancourt, George, South Africa 19 Jan 2012 - 22 Jan 2012

Winner Alright

In last week’s Joburg Open best of the rest section we tipped winner Branden Grace at 46/1 and Jaco Van Zyl who tied third at 18/1.

Louis Oosthuizen 5/1

What can you say about this man that might deter you from having a punt on him this week? Not very much really except perhaps if he has one eye on the upcoming birth of his second child. On the course Louis is on fire and came into the Africa Open on the tail end of five straight top-10’s across the world. Won there with an incredible 27 under. Great in the wind and on links, he’s the nap of the week and a handy man to have in your group if you drop your club in the water.

 

Darren Clarke 50/1

darren clarke hangover funny[5] If Gary Player and his team spent months on the links of Ireland to gain inspiration for this course at Fancourt then Darren Clarke may well be the man to tame it. Twice a winner last season most memorably on the St Georges links in the Summer. Clarke loves coming down to South Africa, he shot a 63 in the Joburg Open in 2010, and if the wind blows he could very well come into a place.

Paul Lawrie 35/1

41440787-lawrie300 Last season, it’s fair to say, was probably Lawrie’s best and most satisfying on Tour since the turn of the century when he regularly passed the million euro earnings mark. Won the Open de Andalucia and give Alvaro Quiros a run for his money at the season finale in Dubai. Accomplished on links and in the wind and bound to be full of confidence, I’m hopeful of a top 10 if not much better for the Scot.

Best Of The Rest

jimenez wedge I’m a big fan of Miguel Angel Jimenez 28/1 and am reminded of his broken putter incident at this event in Bahrain last season. After a good laugh with Darren Clarke and Monty he birdied the next three holes with his wedge on his way to tying second. Whether this course will suit the Mechanic, I really cant tell but if he’s up there Friday evening he’s worth a euro. Two others worth keeping an eye on over the coming weeks are Swede Alex Noren 25/1 who I know has been busy practicing in Florida in anticipation of his season opener and Gonzalo Castano 25/1 who had great finish to last season with a second at the Castello Masters and a win at the weather hit Barclays Singapore Open.


A big shout out to Matt Hall in Australia on the launch of his new website for professional caddies called www.tourcaddies4u.com

Tour Caddies 4 U was established last year, and is designed to assist Professional Golfers locate High Quality Professional Caddies Worldwide for any professional event whether it is a Pro-Am or a PGA Tour Tournament.  The website is also designed to assist anyone thinking of becoming a full time caddie to get a placement and a foot in the door of the Caddie world.

Matt Hall currently works with Chris Gaunt and has over 10 years experience on Tour.  The site was designed with the input of many leading Golf Professionals who regularly play on PGA Tours worldwide.

 

“Ronnie”, the moustache worn by Tom Selleck in the TV show Magnum P.I. was last night celebrating the most unlikely of victories after helping Johnson Wagner to win the Sony Open in Hawaii.  The 62 year old nut duster now lives in Malibu Beach living off royalties from the 80’s hit TV show and had been on the island by chance to film a 25th anniversary reunion celebration of the original Magnum cast.

“I was just here hanging with Magnum’s upper lip along with Higgins and TC” said Ronnie the tache. “Some of the guys were breakin’ my balls calling me a “nut broom” and “prison pussy” so I needed to get away.  I came across Johnson Wagner on the putting green at the golf course and he needed some help with his putting alignment so I jumped up on his lip and it seemed to help. When he looks down through my middle, it shows the line perfectly.  I’ve been dabbling in golf with Geoff Ogilvy lately also, it’s is an avenue I would really like to explore.  I’d like to see how far I could go in this business; how cool would it be to get under the nose Rory McIlroy.”

The success of Ronnie the moustache has prompted speculation that other celebrity appendages may now try their hand in the golf business.  Pamela Anderson’s breasts have already been closely linked with Colin Montgomerie for the 2102 season.

 

Peter-Dawson-RA-Golf---Op-001 Here’s the way things work at the top of the Ancient and Royal.  They sit around in the smoking room, hold china cups with two fingers and think of reasons why they should continue to give Portrush’s chances of hosting the British Open the two fingers.

This week Peter Dawson spoke to journalist  John Huggan and bloody well set him straight as to why Royal Portrush is not Royal enough for for the British Open.

Reason 1

Dawson: “One or two of the holes need changes.”

Ah okay so being consistently ranked by just about every reputable publication as being amongst the top 15 courses on the planet is not good enough for the R&A.  By that logic last year’s Open was not held at Royal St. Georges because 17 or 18 of the holes need changes.

Reason 2&3portrush

Dawson: It is not obvious where the practice ground would go. It is not obvious where the tented village would go.

What is the man on about here? “None of these big fields would actually be suitable because they are not the correct shape of green?”

Tell you what Peter.  Watch this year’s Irish Open and see where they put the practice ground and the tented village.  That may just give you a clue.

Pic: These big fields around the course are not immediately obvious so we have used big red arrows to point them out.

Smoking jackets on, two fingers ready…..

 

branden grace Just weeks after securing his card at Q School Branden Grace was holding aloft the Joburg Open trophy after winning his first European Tour title.  Grace’s final round of 72 was just about good enough to hold off another Q School graduate Jamie Elson who has an I for the dramatic.  The Englishman who held a monster putt on the 18th in Catalunya to earn his card, this time shot a blistering 63 to surge through the field and almost catch Grace.

In the end however the 23 year old playing on home soil held his nerve to card a Faldo-esque 72 with 16 pars to finish on 17 under, one ahead of Elson. The win was worth €206,050 and sees him exempt on Tour until the end of 2013. His nearest challengers at the start of the day, Richard Finch and George Coetzee had a tough day at the office and slipped quietly down the leaderboard.

Six players tied for third including four South Africans and two Scots.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Grace after. “It’s nice to win in front of a home crowd and I wouldn’t exchange it for anything else.” Grace then paid tribute to his caddie saying “I think there was one big key today, Zack [Rasego] on the bag kept me calm throughout the whole day so big thanks to him.”

With just one more event on South African soil, The Volvo Golf Champions, to play this week the question is will another South African player win?  The rainbow nation have now won four of the last six European Tour events. These include Garth Mulroy (2011 Alfred Dunhill Championship), Hennie Otto (2011 South African Open Championship), Louis Oosthuizen (2012 Africa Open) and Branden Grace (2012 Joburg Open).

matt every putterGreat fun trying to figure out Matt Every’s putter at the Sony Open.  It’s a BlackHawk model from Orion golf. The theory behind it is to get the highest MOI possible based on the current restrictions of the USGA on putter size. The size also allows the golfer to easily sole the club and set their hands in the same position without effort. It is made of a forged Aluminium alloy and has a black sapphire coating. The feel of the putter is very solid and the roll of the ball is consistent from toe to heel. In theory it is not possible to mishit a putt with the club as it rolls true no matter where it is struck.  It retails from about 250 US dollars.

orion golf black hawk

Sony Open leader Matt Every broke the golden rule of golf channel interviews last night when he spoke about something other than golf.  And once Every had swam down the deep end by answering The Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman’s question about his arrest and Tour suspension for marijuana possession,  they just stood by and watched him paddle.
I’m in Every’s corner, everyone has smoked a bit of Woof Woof in their time but it made for pretty uncomfortable TV. Especially as the man had just walked in happy leading the golf tournament.
dealer “It was alright,” he said to Tilghman. “I just got three months off. It’s just golf. I don’t think I was doing anything wrong. It happened. I’m the same person, I have the same friends and I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. “There’s a lot worse stuff that goes on out here than what I got in trouble for and that’s all I’m going to say about it.”
“I felt like my penalty for getting in trouble was not only the three months but being on the Nationwide Tour last year. I'm not mad at the Tour. They did what they had to do. I totally understand it. But it's over with."
“I feel like I’m the same person. I’m maybe a little more responsible, but I’m not a huge party animal — I’m married, I got a kid on the way,” he said. “I just like to live, and whatever happened, happened.”
In the media room after Every stood by his friends and defended his actions.
“ I still hang out with the same people. I have great friends. If one of my friends likes to smoke marijuana every now and then, I’m not going to say, well, you can’t be my friend anymore,” he said.  “Honestly, man, I know more people who smoke marijuana than who don’t smoke marijuana. I know that’s probably not the politically correct thing to say, but it’s the truth.  It’s not a big deal to me. Like I don't frown upon people doing that stuff.  I don't do it, but I don't frown upon it. ”


caveman The short answer is yes but not in the way you might think.  Today I watched a video with Luke Williams from Callaway introducing the new RAZR X driver for 2012 and in the video Luke talks about the 46 inch shaft, (yep 46 inches) installed there to get you increased clubhead speed and thus more distance.

Granted that caveman mentally of “Me hit you hard Unga Bunga” is inside all of us.  But it’s not all about raw distance.  Look at the caveman’s club for instance, shorter for power plus accuracy.  Even they had their physics correct.

Most of the top name drivers in the shops this year have shafts measuring between 45 and 46 inches and there are even a few longer than that.  However the average shaft length on the European and PGA Tours is 44 inches with some of the very best players having even shorter shafts.  The question is which driver of these two do you want?

Left-handed-bubba-watson-drive-150x150

Pic: Bubba long. 143 rd in driving accuracy. Of 14 drives, 7 will finish in rough

A: With this 46 inch driver you will splay the ball left and right but 1 in 5 you will catch sweet and it will go 2 yards further.*

B: With this 44 inch driver you are 28% more likely to hit the fairway and 4 out of 5 times you will hit it further than your bomber mate who will be stuck in the rough.*

If you’re answer is A, thanks for your time. If your answer is B you’re with the pro’s who use drivers 1.5 inches shorter than shop models.  Are all the pros dummies? Surely there losing 10 yards?

dr paul hurrion quintec dr donal hughesPic: Hurrion and Hughes, yep I too am a scientist!

Sorry to argue with the big companies on this one but I do loads of Tour player what’s in the bags and  the scientist in me has to tell you that the formula

longer shaft = faster swing = longer distance = fairway is INCORRECT

but

longer shaft = faster swing = longer distance = some fairway + a lot of rough is CORRECT

and

shorter shaft = fast accurate swing = more sweet spot = long distance = fairway is CORRECT!

And what’s more I will make a prediction now.  “Driver shaft length will be reduced by the Biggest Golf Companies in the near future and they will market heavily “The far increased accuracy” of the shorter shaft!

*Read the excellent article on testing long and short shafts carried out by mygolfspy .

 

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  Top Tiger Woods officials were today breathing a sigh of relief when it was discovered that Hank Haney’s upcoming book on Tiger Woods is actually going to be crap.  Rumours, fuelled by the book’s publishers Crown Archetype at Random House, had been circulating that Haney’s accounttigersexscene of his six years with Tiger was going to be a “tell all” blockbuster entitled “Butch, Stacked and On The Crack” recounting explicit accounts of Tiger’s drug fuelled days and more worryingly, his nights.
"We are all very relieved around here that the book is so crap” said a senior Woods spokesman, adding “ It’s actually 200 pages of mind numbingly boring stuff about Tiger’s golf swing and all the stuff that was wrong with it.  Hank didn’t even mention anything about the night they committed every one of the 7 Deadly Sins in Vegas.  I’m so relieved about that.  I was sure he would blow the lid about the night of the Hard Rock orgy with the hundred hookers when we were all covered in baby oil and snorting coke off the head of a driver whilst listening to Enter Sandman. That was wack!”
tigerHe continued “The book is actually going to be called ‘The Big Miss’. One of the guys thought it was called ‘The Big Missus’ and going to tell the story of the night Tiger had with the 50 stone housewife. Man she was so big she had to be brought in on a pallet by a forklift.  Good times, good times……”
hank haney tiger woods fun[3]An official for the book publishers Crown Archetype at Random House defended the use of the term “Tell All Book” to publicize Haney’s actual crap book.  “It’s a tactic we use every couple of years to fool people into buying a book.  It’s really important that we don't overuse the term, or else people would catch on and we would not sell as many books. I’m even a little bit uncomfortable talking about it.  That term has been very special to us.”




As a golf fanatic I’ve found my niche in predicting winners to golf tournaments. As well as on this blog golfcentraldaily.com, I provide golf betting tips to Golfbidder in the UK and the Irish Examiner newspaper. I’m top ranked on google for every European and PGA Tour golf event I preview and compile tips for. A lot of people ask me how do I pick winners and the answer is I do the same preparatory work pretty much every week and more often than not, it pays dividends. Literally!
In this “free guide to golf betting tips and how to make money” I’m going to show you how you can increase your success rate noticeably by following some of the techniques I use. Golf is an ideal sport for some fun betting, the starting field is limited, those playing at the weekend is limited even further. A “winner” in golf betting tips doesn’t necessarily have to be the guy getting the cardboard cheque from a Sheikh, if your man finishes fourth at 200/1 and you have him each way, taking away 50 times your stake is what I call a winner too!
So let’s down to business. I’m going to break up the article into parts. I hope you don’t mind but I absolutely hate reading long articles myself!
In Part One, I’m going to describe my preparatory work before compiling my golf betting tips for any tournament.

1. Choosing Your Event

Congratulations to Billy O’Boyle, whom I met at the Irish Open in Killarney last Summer, on the launch of his new business Mystery Golf Tours which brings a new twist to the pub society or work outing.  You get onto the bus, clubs in the back and where you are headed is a mystery until you actually get there.

Kindof like that paddle boat thing in Willy Wonka but without Mr. Slugworth.

19-willywonkaPic: Billy will be dressed as Willy Wonka for all Tours and be singing sweetly “There’s no earthly way of knowing in which direction we are going”, before working up to a fever pitch of maniacal screaming: “And the rowers keep on rowing  and they’re certainly not showing  any signs that they are slowing!”

Be not afraid however because Billy and his team at Mystery Golf Tours have handpicked the finest of Irish courses and provide door to door hospitality to make sure everyone enjoys their day and goes home happy.

I love the concept and wish Billy and the lads the very best of success.  Click here or on the pic to visit the Mystery Golf Tour website

 

 

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Bursting into a Steve Stricker press conference today at the Sony Open where up to seven journalists were sleeping soundly, Tim Finchem fired several RPG rounds into the walls and defiantly declared himself supreme commander of the PGA Tour until 2016. Happily none of the journalists present received serious injury during the incident, although some suffered shock after being suddenly awoken.

Later Finchem appeared in an outfit, shades and wig which he claimed to have recently bought “pretty cheap from eBay.lya” and spoke to a number of loyal supporters from the back of a pick up truck from his heavily fortified compound in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Finchem in his new outfit he got cheap on eBay

“I vow to take over Asia and rip it from the grasp of the Europeans” said Colonel Finchem as he fired shots in the air from an AK47 before adding “and I might take over Ireland too if nobody in Europe really wants it.  Now see that concrete tunnel down there? I’ll be in there if anyone needs me.”

Finchem is 64, but according to fashion guru and man who acts like a woman Gok Wan “Tim looks no more than 30 darlings. Regular botox injections to the face and those cleverly placed shoulder pads in his new outfit make this Finch a bird I would certainly like to get in my cage.”

While the other top pros are busy doing ab crunches in the gym or working on their release on the range,  Sergio Garcia, who really wants to get into this year’s Ryder Cup Team is working on a release of his own by playing a spot of poker.  The Spaniard was playing in the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure event, and got through to the last 50, before a pair of dirty queens  knocked him out of the Main Event last night. He did however manage to bag $35,000.

El Nino says that golf his is life, but poker is his entertainment. But that’s obviously a lie considering the torture and anguish the poor man suffered in defeat.  He might as well have been on the putting green as the poker table, the emotions were exactly the same.

The Fateful Hand

It was Garcia versus Luciano. Luciano was all in. Would Sergio play and risk all in?

He thought about it. And thought some more. Then played.

Luciano had pair of queens. Garcia was A♣J diamonds. Both play.

The flop turns 3♣2♣J♣.  Another Jack for Sergio, but still not good enough.

Next the turn card. Nothing. Then the final river card. Nothing.

Sergio had lost 230,000 chips and was out.

Afterwards Garcia was comforted by friend and professional poker player Jose Manuel Pastor who said “"Perhaps he should not have called the all-in with ace-jack”.

 luke donaldFurther details have emerged concerning Luke Donald’s twitter rant on Sunday night.  The world number one tweeted his beak off in a savage attack against Jonathan Byrd and Steve Stricker whom he was watching on TV whilst feeding his new born baby.  It’s understood Donald spilled up to four ounces of tepid Cow and Gate baby formula onto his jeans which tipped him over the edge and sent him into an Elmo fuelled rage.

Neighbours had reported seeing Donald earlier that day talking to himself in an agitated state whilst watching the build up to the New Hampshire Republican presidential Primary, an event which is big in the USA, but which Europeans couldn’t give a toss about because Obama will beat whoever wins anyway.  It is unclear what Donald was saying but the words “vote, arse, cocksucker, crap, talking, suits, fools, flying f*ck” were clearly audible.

ron flash Donald’s wife Diana briefly calmed him around lunchtime, but the Englishman’s ire was again stoked up by golfer Johnathon Byrd on the TV, who Donald believed appeared to stare mockingly into the camera “for what seemed like an age” after taking five minutes over a putt.  It later transpired that Donald’s youngest baby Sophia had accidentally rolled over on the TV remote control and paused the coverage.

More as it burps up.

 Robert_Karrlson-9747Adams golf (aren’t they for sale?) today announced they have signed Robert Karlsson.  However the deal could yet turn sour if Karlsson cannot find a set of Adams club before the start of his season.  As of yesterday he had clocked up over 1,200 miles in search of a Swedish pro shop that stocks Adams clubs, which are currently not available in Sweden. It is thought the search may spread to other Scandinavian countries aswell as eBay in the coming days.

There was however some success for the two time Ryder Cupper yesterday when he managed to buy an Adams hat from a farmer near Stockholm.

“We think Robert is a  great fit for Adams golf” said Chip Fryer, CEO of Adams. “We now have a really tall guy to go with the old guy, the religious guy and the crazy two gloves guy.”

sony logo Sony Open in Hawaii Betting Preview and Tips, Thursday Jan 12 – Sunday Jan 15, 2012, Waialae CC · Honolulu, Hawaii
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Last week we tipped 1st Steve Stricker, 2nd Martin Laird, T3rd Webb Simpson.
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Steve Stricker 8/1

stricker After winning last week Stricks may well be untouchable in the betting ring this week as he has also performed well on this track in the past. Top tenned in four of his last five visits to Waialae Country Club, the best of which was in coming third in 2010 behind Ryan Palmer. It remains to be seen if the press commitments and inevitable tiredness after winning will be a factor, but for me Stricker just keeps on keepin’on.
 

Rory Sabbatini 30/1

rory sabbatini funny pic[5] Nobody wants to love old Sabbo anymore so I better give him some. The Honda Classic winner kindof hinted at turning over a new leaf after with young ball spotters and Sean O’Hair enjoying the new Sabbatini. The South African can play a bit and after a top 10 tune up last week will attempt to emulate his best of second here in 2008 and 2006.

KJ Choi 15/1

choi[3] Last season was somewhat of a breakthrough for KJ with eight top 10’s including the Players Championship crown saw him back to his very best. A brilliant 65 Monday at the Tournament of Champions elevated the Korean to tied fifth in the final standings and is sure to have him fired up for this week. He won here in 2008 and is flashing code red and yellow on my screens!

Zach Johnson 15/1

zach Will 2012 be the year of the Zach attack? Well if he continues holing out second shots like at the Chevron World Challenge it just might! Johnson won here in 2008 and possesses the game required for Waialae. The course is nothing like last week, with a premium on accuracy off the tee, shot making in the wind and quality putting. Expect Zach’s choppy follow through to work wonders here.

Best Of The Rest

Sonya-Toms-David-Toms David Toms (30/1) had a terrible week at the Hyundai but won here in 2006 and tied second in 2009. In theory he has the taylor made game for this course; accurate off the tee, good greens in reg and a solid putter. Theory and practice are two different things however and lets hope he can shrug off last weeks cobwebs and contend.
I know some of you love to have a long odds winner and sure don’t we all. If you want to stick a small flutter on a really long odds shot this week, consider Brian Gay (approx 100/1) who played well here last year and has a best of tied fifth in 2009.
marino headcover[6] There’s also one of my favourite players Steve Marino (35/1). He played great here last year and at the Arnold Palmer. There’s no doubting he’s supremely talented but is as unpredictable as an Alex Ferguson press conference.


 ron flash The Sunshine Tour was rocked yesterday when it’s newest champion Louis Oosthuizen was arrested on suspicion of stealing a child’s bicycle near East London, South Africa. A quick thinking mother snapped a picture of Oosthuizen making his getaway on the bike and promptly reported it to  police.
Rumours had abounded about Oosthuizen’s cleptomaniacal tendencies since a children’s car seat went missing from the player’s car park at Royal St Georges in 2011 and one matching that description was subsequently spotted restraining a small sheep (lamb) on the South African’s farm in South Africa.  louis bike
The owner of the children’s bike Mornay Kobus Kruger Stayne (4) was said to be distraught over the incident having only received the bicycle as a present from Santa (his parents) on December 25th last.
Pic: Oosthuizen’s grin’s menacingly as he makes his getaway.
"Louis always seemed like the sweetest man," said Tour boss George O’Grady following the arrest. "He looks just like Shrek, but who could have believed he would turn about to be a different kind of Ogre?"
A follow up search of Oosthuizen’s home in the wake of the arrest, revealed seven further stolen bicycles, two car seats, a small drum, a plastic spade and a packet of Match Attax trading cards.  The case is due before the courts in February.

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