Saturday, January 14, 2012
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.
“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. ”
Friday, January 13, 2012
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?
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?
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
longer shaft = faster swing = longer distance = some fairway + a lot of rough is CORRECT
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 here.
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"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!”
He 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……”
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.”
Thursday, January 12, 2012
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.
Pic: 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”.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Further 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.
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.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Adams 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.”
Odds on exchanges
Winner AlrightLast week we tipped 1st Steve Stricker, 2nd Martin Laird, T3rd Webb Simpson.
Also check out my 2012 Joburg Open Tips here
Steve Stricker 8/1After 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 30/1Nobody 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 15/1Last 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 15/1Will 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 RestDavid 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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch 2012 Hyundai Tournament Of Champions Final Round Highlights where Steve Stricker emerged victorious.
Monday, January 9, 2012
An in-depth interview with Irish professional and Ryder Cup hero Paul McGinley. McGinley gives his honest opinion on Tiger Woods about 35 minutes in. You have to admire Paul’s honesty on how he and most of the other players view and interact with Tiger Woods. There’s also some great insights into the pro life with a great set of questions from Shaun Doherty on Highland Radio. I especially liked “How do you (pros) stop yourself becoming a spoiled brat?”
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"Not being in the mix this weekend makes me miss the game that much more!! #KNEEhab is in the rearview mirror," is the message coming from Dustin Johnson as he confirmed he is on the mend after arthroscopic knee Surgery.
Though affected since last July, Johnson had the surgery scheduled for late November to repair damaged cartilage in his right knee brought on by the extreme forces generated in golf swing. The procedure involved small incisions in the skin through which a small “arthroscope” guided by a lighted scope attached to a television monitor was inserted and used to repair the cartilage.
Johnson spent a week on crutches after the surgery before beginning that ‘kneehab’ over the Christmas period. He is scheduled back at the Farmer’s Insurance Open one week before the At&T at Torrey Pines, a place which holds for DJ the very best and worst of memories!
Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa 12 Jan 2012 - 15 Jan 2012
Early odds on the exchanges
Winner AlrightLast week we tipped Louis Oosthuizen at 5/1 (Winner) and Jaco Van Zyl at 16/1 (fourth)
Charl Schwartzel 5/1Swap one superstar for another this week as Louis takes a rest and lets Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel take the limelight. Untouchable in winning here for the last two years running, by four shots in 2011 and by six in 2010. With top fives in the WGC-HSBC and the Dubai World Championship, his last events of 2011, it’s hard to see past the threepeat.
Tjaart Van Der Walt 44/1His second place cheque of €115,000 sees 37 year old Tjaart already almost surpass his Tour earnings from last year and there may just be something inspiring from seeing yourself second on the 2012 Race To Dubai that will see another strong performance this week on a course where 20 under is a realistic target. Held his nerve impressively for the most part last week and I can see Van der Walt improving on his tied seventh here last year.
Danny Willett 30/1Being a co sanctioned event with the Sunshine Tour, the leaderboard is dominated by South African names but a traditional fast starter in this part of the world is Englishman Danny Willett. Dan has improved his result in each of his last four events culminating in a seventh last week. He still searches however for that elusive stress free final round where everything goes right and he will know that his Sunday 73 last week opened the gap to let several players past him on the run to the line. Fingers cross so that it happens this week on a course where Willett tied fourth in both 2010 and 2009.
Garth Mulroy 18/1Another man who seems to have the measure of the Royal Johannesburg golf course is Garth Mulroy who finished second behind Schwartzel last year and also tied second back in 2008. Recovered after an ill fated four tournament trip to the PGA Tour last year to win the Alfred Dunhill Championship in late November and also score a top 10 in the South African Open. After a tune up last week Garth will be worth watching come the cut Friday evening.
Best Of The RestI was very impressed with the strength of character shown by Branden Grace (46/1) last week. He could have let his shoulders drop after carding a first round 77 but instead turned it around by shooting a super 63. In the end he tied 14th and this week with a clean slate has the talent to come into a place. Another man strong in talent but weak in his lower vertebrae is Richard Sterne (23/1). He won here in 2008 and finished sixth last week. If his chronic back problem can be controlled there’s no doubt that he can add to his five European Tour titles. This week will be Jaco Van Zyl’s 66th on Tour and he’s increasingly at home high on the leaderboard. Made money for us last week with a great fourth place finish to go with his tied third at the Alfred Dunhill Championship. He’s 18/1 on the exchanges and good value for it.
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Sunday, January 8, 2012
Less than two years into their marriage, Chadlene Campbell twin sister of PGA Tour golfer Chad Campbell, has announced she is filing for divorce. Chadlene married elite US marine Woody Beanpole following a whirlwind romance in 2010 after the couple met at a Paris fashion show where Campbell was starring.
The couple, pictured here on their wedding day, insist they remain good friends. “Chadlene is more of a man than I could ever be” said Woody adding “her commitments to the world of top modelling have made it impossible for us to be together. You could say her looks that brought us together are now driving us apart.”
from the European Tour site.
Louis Oosthuizen and Tjaart van der Walt both birdied the last to share the lead after a fascinating third round of the Africa Open.
Defending champion Oosthuizen began the day with a two shot lead, but with favourable scoring conditions once again prevalent at East London Golf Club, the former Open Champion was soon caught.
The 28 year old actually birdied his first three holes, but his lead was halved when van der Walt matched that feat and then went one better at the next.
2012 Hyundai Tournament Of Champions Second Round Highlights