January 2012

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Yesterday, the world finally found out the reason for all those Ben Crane videos, the helmet and the goggles. BC was actually covertly using the videos to communicate with the mothership that had returned to the planet “Cranium” without him after a routine middle of the night visit to Earth. Its thought a colleague failed to conduct the roll call properly as all the other BC’s were getting back on the ship and left Ben (earth name) behind.

This photo shows the moment where BC spots the returning mothership and says a tearful goodbye to his earthling friend Bubba.

Daniel Chopra made two holes in one Pebble Beach in a practice round before the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am yesterday.

Chopra first holed out at the 103 yard par-3 seventh hole with a 50 degree wedge, then repeated the feat on the 176 yard 17th with a 7 iron.

According to statisticians the odds for getting two holes in one in the one round are 67 million to 1.  That’s the same odds as

  • Ireland solving its debt crisis
  • Spencer Levin playing a round without going berserk
  • Stereo’s with a wire instead of an old fashioned real aerial actually tuning in, without you having to stand right beside it.

Now the science bit…..

So what clubs were the dyed (or is he albino it’s been so long white?) Swede using? Chopra holed out with a PING Tour-S Rustique 50-degree wedge and a PING S56 7-iron.


Thanks Dwayne for sending this in. Amazing Stuff!
As the Battle of Britain began to take hold in 1940, a bomb fell on an outbuilding belonging to Richmond Golf Club in Surrey, England. As a result, the club — rather than halt future rounds of golf — issued an incredible list of temporary golf rules to all members that took into account the potentially life-threatening conditions on the course.
The list read as follows.
(Source: Richmond Golf Club; Image: Policemen inspect a bomb crater at North Shore Golf Course in Blackpool, 1940)
  1. Players are asked to collect Bomb and Shrapnel splinters to save these causing damage to the mowing machines.
  2. In competitions, during gunfire, or while bombs are falling, players may take cover without penalty for ceasing play.
  3. The positions of known delayed-action bombs are marked by red flags placed at reasonably, but not guaranteed safe distance therefrom.
  4. Shrapnel/and/or bomb splinters on the Fairways, or in Bunkers within a club’s length of a ball may be moved without penalty, and no penalty shall be incurred if a ball is thereby caused to move accidentally.
  5. A ball moved by enemy action may be replaced, or if lost or destroyed, a ball may be dropped not nearer the hole without penalty.
  6. A ball lying in a crater may be lifted and dropped not nearer the hole, preserving the line to the hole without penalty.
  7. A player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another ball from the same place. Penalty, one stroke.

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Phil Mickelson 22/1

philmickelson_head Fourth week out in a row for Phil Mickelson and signs of an improvement in Phoenix. Finished down in 26th but a final round 73 when trying to mount a charge as only Phil attempts, dropped him down the charts. A three time winner at Pebble and with Tiger in the field, may well be spurred on. Tied ninth last year.

Nick Watney 27/1

Nick-Watney It was a case of back to the practice ground after a terrible weekend at the Farmers two weeks back for Nick. I expect some creases to be ironed out before this Thursday. Watney was well in the hunt last year until a moving day 75 scuppered his chances. Recovered with a 67 at Pebble to tie sixth.

DJ Trahan 60/1

trahan After two dismal weeks missing cuts DJ went 64, 66 at the weekend in Phoenix to finish a very impressive fourth. Big DJ hasn’t won since the Bob Hope in 2008 but seems to have discovered something. Played well here at the weather shortened 2009 staging to tie sixth and as is so often the case with players who find the secret, they bring it to the next event.

Martin Laird 36/1

laird Start number 113 in the big leagues for the Scot. He didn’t fire last week but did enough in finishing runner up in Hawaii and playing solid at PGA West to warrant attention. He would not be a true Scot if he didn’t performs best when by the sea!

Best Of The Rest

copuch1 My long odds shot this week is Chris Couch. The big man is 170/1 and fired a super final round in Phoenix and around the three course format of this event literally can and does contend.   Also don’t discount Kevin Na from 34/1. I normally wouldn’t consider Na for a performance here but of the players last week he will know he could have won were it not a Friday slip up. Na’s playing super golf and there has to be big payday soon.

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Martin Kaymer 11/1

Having considered Rors, Quiros and Kaymer for my short odds tip, this week I'm plumping for the German as the more in-form putter of the three. Worked hard after missing the cut in Abu Dhabi on his season debut to scrape into the top 10 in Qatar. A three time winner in neighbouring Abu Dhabi but never in Dubai though he did come very close in 2008 when Tiger pipped him by one. Hard to imagine a desert swing without at least one cameo from Kaymer.

Peter Hanson 24/1

peter hanson funny[4] Tied second last Sunday in Qatar and hit far too many good putts that burned the edges and yet did not drop. That's three top fours in his last four events for Peter folks and while some pundits may question his ability to be a prolific winner, I think the Swede makes an excellent each way punt. Finished just inside the top 10 last year; a live one for me.

Anders Hansen 36/1

Anders is on a 12 event cut streak but hasn’t really featured since his third place finish at last years US PGA Championship. Top 15 in his last couple of events thanks to being the straightest batter in the field. Also drove it great last year on his way to tying second one behind Quiros and I think the Dane is close to adding to his 2009 Joburg and 2007 PGA wins.

Nicolas Colsaerts 36/1

There's just no way Nico can putt as bad as last week; statistically over five putts per round worse than winner Paul Lawrie in Qatar. Quiros won this last year by reducing the place to a pitch and putt course and I think Nicolas has all the tools to do the same this week. He was the leader in greens in regulation last week, a key stat in this course in Dubai. The Belgian will be working hard on the putting green all week. Top 30 here last season following a missed cut in Qatar; but Nico is in a totally different place this time around.

Gregory Havret 90/1

Call me crazy but I have a strong inclination for Gregory Havret this week. After missing the cut in his first two events of the season Gregory finished 25th in Qatar last Sunday. I'm using the Moneyball theory on this one, anyone who has seen the film will know what I mean. Havret's driving is impeccable (he get’s on base a lot!) , we know that from Pebble in 2010, as is his putting. If he gets his greens in regulation stats up a couple of notches this the Frenchman can contend. Tied for fifth in 2005, a long time ago! Don’t hang me out to dry on this one, it’s more a hunch.

Best of The Rest

Ricardo Gonzalez (75/1) is a real free spirit on the golf course and in the best traditions of Argentinean golf, he just gets on with it. Played well last week and always plays in streaks so it’s Dubai or bust for Ricardo.
I was very impressed with Jean Baptiste Gonnet(60/1) last week when he tied fifth. He tied fourth here last year and is worth an each way squeak from good odds.

Here’s David Feherty trying to talk politics with Tim Tebow.  Watch Tebow’s expression as Feherty mentions “Statler and Waldorf”. The poor lad hasn’t a clue who they even are, he wasn’t even born then.

The lads on Off The Ball would probably kill for a sit down with Tebow, yet Feherty gets one and butchers the opportunity.  Have a look and see what you think.

First to Phoenix where the Golfing Gods did a U turn on Kyle Stanley.

And click below to view 2012 Qatar Masters Final Round Highlights from the European Tour where Paul Lawrie continued his excellent form and put himself in the frame for a second Ryder Cup appearance. (opens in a new window)

There’s a lot more to Tour balls than meets the eye and it’s not just the industry’s big hitters that produce top quality products.  At the 2012 PGA Show in Orlando, Johannes Von Lentzke from German company wowed the crowds and the pundits with their range of Flake Tour Balls and their “online only” retailing concept which sees their products come in at a fraction of competitors prices.

Named after the geometrical attributes of the snowflake, Flake Golf Balls outperformed the established names over several categories in an independent test of 45 balls carried out by German golf magazine GOLFTIME in its November 2011 golf ball test entitled “Ballermann” (45 distance and performance balls tested). .

  currently produce four balls, from the highest specification Pro and Pro Shooter through to the Flake Tour and the Flake Classic which is a more durable performance ball.

Personally I’ve tried the Flake Pro in place of my normal Srixon Z Star over two rounds and I have to say I am a convert!

And lest you doubt the quality without trying, I have it on good authority that Flake Tour balls are produced alongside Nike Tour balls in the same manufacturing facility. Check out the Flake Golf website for yourself on www.flakegolf.com.

imgdebbie does dallas4 American “Dick Mast” stood tall and erect at the top of the European Seniors Tour qualifying yesterday dispelling the myth that over 50’s have trouble getting it up.

Many expected the former 70’s pornstar, most notable for his starring role alongside Bambi Woods in Debbie Does Dallas (1978), to go a little limp after entering the final round with a three shot lead, but fans of “The Mast” need not have worried.  After picking up several strokes on the front holes Dick exploded on the back side to finish a seven shot winner.

“After the first hole I thought ‘am I going to blow this load err.. lead?’ Dick said after, adding “with all the excitement around me I’m really proud I managed to keep everything in until I was well and truly done.”

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by Ron for GolfCentraldaily.com in Qatar

GolfOGrady In the first of a series of new research reports commissioned by the European Tour, boffins have reported the shocking and rather confusing news that all the good lost balls have been taken.  Data collected from several European countries suggest the chances of stumbling across a Pro-V1 in the deep rough or in a lake has decreased by an alarming 83% since 2005. 

According to the damming  report released today by Tour Chief Executive George O’Grady, the only balls left to find “are those of an inferior structure and integrity, aesthetically unappealing and made of mostly of limestone. Like Noodles, Molitors and Lady Pinnacles.”

granny“Shuffling in the rough for good golf balls or holding up the group behind while a guy fishes ten Pro V1’s out of a lake is a dying trade” said O’Grady. “Nobody wants a bloody continent of Molitor playing zombies” he added. “If people don’t experience the orgasmic delight in the chance finding of a gleaming Pro-V1 anymore the brand could soon be forgotten about altogether and we here in the Tour risk losing millions of euros in annual advertising income from Titleist.”  

It had been reported that one Pro V1 was found yesterday in heavy rough in Ballfliffin on the North Coast of Ireland but that soon turned out be a hoax after the find was actually half a ball left sitting up in the rough by a prankster.   

O’Grady conceded that all the good Pro-V1’s have most likely been collected by old ladies playing during the week. “We’ve always wondered why they keep topping balls into the rough, and never seem to be getting any better year after year.  They hit off the first tee and just disappear.  Playing with just two clubs and a ball retriever should have set alarming bells ringing in hindsight. We were heretofore unaware of the blue haired pensioners prowess with a bunker rake in amassing all the lost Pro-V1’s from the course.”

ron flash The report has also unearthed an underground Pro-V1 black market outside Sunday churches believed to be worth in the region of €2 billion annually, a figure exactly matching the combined European wide sales of false teeth, Complan and prunes.

In an effort to reverse this blight, the European Tour has signalled launching the campaign “Golf against Gilfs” in the coming week.

gary murphy Recently retired European Tour pro Gary Murphy is well known inside the ropes for his charm and wit and he could very well turn out to be the next David Feherty of the golf TV world. Starting next Saturday Gary hosts a series of interviews on Setanta Sports Ireland’s new golf show “The Cut Line”.  The first episode of The Cut Line features Padraig Harrington who thinks Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell should line out for Great Britain in the 2016 Olympics.
Here’s the details on Setanta’s website
Golf will make its Olympic debut in 2016 and Padraig Harrington has set his sights on bringing back the gold from Rio de Janeiro, while also suggesting Rory McIlroy should represent Great Britain at the Games.
Harrington's interview is just the first in a new series of hour long interviews on Setanta’s The Cut Line. Future episodes will feature Gary Murphy talking with Shane Lowry, Des Smyth and others.
The Cut Line will premiere on Setanta Ireland on Saturday, February 4 at 10pm.

Here’s a great video detailing the science behind Rory McIlory’s powerful golf swing.  Watch how Dr. Greg Rose explains that for for a split second before contact, Rory’s hips actually turn the opposite direction creating phenomenal torque for a man who stands less than six foot tall.

Rory McIlroy’s Swing In Biz Hub Swing Vision Style Slow Motion


A potential security threat was averted when it turned out the strange long thin cardboard box delivered to Rory McIlroy’s pad was actually a gift from master wedge maker Bob Vokey.
When Caroline Wozniaki opened the box, she found three Vokey Design Spin Milled Wedges with a gold-plated finish and custom stamping, a present from the Titleist Wedge King  to commemorate Rory's 2011 U.S. Open win at Congressional.
The specs of the wedges are the same as those in Ror’s bag when he won: 248•10º (bent to 46º), SM54•10º, and 60º•L.
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matt hall Lots of people mail golfcentraldaily seeking information on how to become a Tour caddie and last month we posted about caddie Matt Hall’s new site  www.tourcaddies4u.com designed to help prospective Tour caddies and pros looking for caddies to get hooked up. Here’s the post.

Want A Caddie on Tour? Want To Caddie On Tour? - Check Out tourcaddies4u.com

Well the news today is that Matt has decided to waive the joining fee for a limited period to celebrate the global launch of the site.  So my advice is to sign on there today and follow the dream of the Tour life!

Tourcaddies4u are also now on facebook.  


Intestinally restricted John Daly was yet again in hot water with the European Tour after this time ignoring specific orders handed down to him by big boss George O’Grady on Tuesday.  Daly shot an opening 67 to lead in the clubhouse in Qatar and was reportedly “an absolute gentleman” john_daly_slix_underwearthroughout his round; a clear violation of his terms of employment with the Tour.

Pic: Daly alone in the locker room in Doha with smelly socks left to contemplate his latest breach.

“We are very disappointed indeed with the conduct of Mr. Daly”, supreme commander O’Grady said today. “It was clearly outlined in John’s contract that he was to hit five balls into the lake on the 11th, break a chair over a marshals head on 16 and storm off the course on 17.  Yet again he has let us down.”

Daly himself was unavailable for comment after the round choosing instead to sell signed thimbles of water and refrigerator parts to perplexed locals from his Winnebago parked outside the gate of the exclusive Doha country club.

“What message is this sending out to tomorrow’s golfers, when a man of John Daly’s stature in the game refuses point blank to follow the orders laid out in his contract?” O’Grady continued “all we ask when we rent him for one day or sometimes two is that he dresses like a clown and acts like a clown. First Australia, now this.”

Fears are now growing that the rift between the two will escalate with Daly threatening to “go right ahead and win the tournament”. Bagging the winners cheque will surely result in a lifetime European Tour ban for the Wild Thing, leaving the 45 year old with no Tour left to play on and a potential five year hiatus before being eligible for a Seniors Tour ban.

We travelled to the PGA Show in Orlando Florida and met with Mike Ferris, Global Vice President of TaylorMade.  Mike introduced us to the features of TaylorMade’s latest offerings for 2012, the R11S and the RocketBallz drivers.

TaylorMade R11S Driver Review

TaylorMade RocketBallz Driver Review

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Rickie Fowler 22/1

Played well in his first event of the year last week even if he was not in the shakeup. Finished five shots off the pace last year in tying 13th but in 2010 narrowly lost out to Hunter Mahan, who incidentally tees it up on the European Tour this week. The desert conditions will suit Fowler this week, one of the few that will thrive in these conditions.

Bill Haas 28/1

Let me down last time I tipped him but after tying fourth at The Farmers  I think Bill is ready for his first win of 2012. The reigning Fed Ex champ shot a 63 at Torrey Pines last week and if memory serves could have won this tournament last year but for a poor final round of 76 which dropped him out of contention.

Webb Simpson 16/1

Top six in three of his last four events, I think Webb Simpson is top quality.  Tied for third at the season opener in Hawaii. Followed a Thursday 70 with three rounds in the mid 60’s to top 10 here last year and if he can get the putter warm early in Phoenix, James Frederick “Webb” Simpson could be in line for his third US Victory.

Best Of The Rest

I still think that Martin Laird (22/1) is a great pick. Honest quiet reliable, the Scot goes about his business like a real pro. Laird already has a second (tied) at the Hyundai and shot 64 and 65 at the weekend here at TPC Scottsdale last year to tie third.  Kevin Na missed the cut at the Sony Open but recovered his confidence somewhat last week at the Humana with a top 30. A perennial performer at the Phoenix Open and from 40/1, worth a look.

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Lee Westwood 11/1

17th last week in Abu Dhabi but Lee was playing through a neck injury.  Excellent greens in regulation stats stood out though and if Lee can get on the practice green early in Doha and find his range, he could be the one to beat.

Sergio Garcia 16/1

The Spaniard has two wins in his last five events and a worst finish of 12th.  He's also just one good putting week away from a win. Garcia has done well on this track over the years with three top 10's in his last four appearences here. He has the consistency for me to give him the edge over others I considered in this category including Thomas Bjorn and Alvaro Quiros.

CIMG6965Graeme McDowell 17/1

Graeme is loving life right now and though this tied third last week might be due in part to some outrageous luck, I think he will have a big week in Qatar. A combined 44 under for his last four events and the talk of the locker room with his new fashion deal with Kartel.

George Coetzee 38/1

Bettered his finish in each of the three events he has played in 2012. 29th in the Affrica Open, 14th in the Joburg Open and sixth in exalted company last week in Abu Dhabi. If I had to pick a surprise player to win a Major in the next three years, George would be my man. He may not have the experience of some of the others in the field, but boy can George golf.

Best Of The Rest

As predicted last week Paul Lawrie (50/1) was good value for money throughout the week and though he slipped to ninth at the finish in Abu Dhabi, could well have a say in this tournament also.
Another tip in the long odds glory section is Rafa Cabrera Bello (150/1). His formline would never lead you to pick him but he shot a 77 in the first round here last year, then followed it with 68,66,68 to finish third. If he can start better this year Rafa could add to his Austria win in 2009.
Thorbjorn Olesen (80/1) came off a desperate run towards the end of last season to finish strongly in Dubai. Top tenned last week and putted better than the entire field. At odds of he could be a decent each way bet.
For those of you who like to back and lay on the exchanges, I always pick my favourite players Johan Edfors (150/1) and Richard Green (200/1) in Doha. Maybe its for sentimental reasons but someday it might just come good!

Well done to everyone who had Robert Rock backed at 100/1 in Abu Dhabi as per my recommendation. Rory McIlroy also paid out for second at 13/2.

Winners This season so far

Africa Open: we tipped Louis Oosthuizen at 5/1 (Winner) and Jaco Van Zyl at 16/1 (fourth)

Joburg Open: we tipped winner Branden Grace at 46/1 and Jaco Van Zyl who tied third at 18/1.

Hyundai Tournament of Champs: We tipped 1st Steve Stricker, 2nd Martin Laird, T3rd Webb Simpson.


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Update: 2012 Open Championship

GMac By Kartel Apparel


Gold has to be Graeme McDowell’s for four days of dapper apparel.  The Portrush man launched his new clothing line website “GMac By Kartel” on day two of The Open and did a nice little trick of marketing by getting himself up near the top of the leaderboard! 
You can get yourself kitted out in the GMac by Kartel apparel by following this link.http://www.kartel.ie/g-mac/  

Graeme McDowell knows his clothing.  Everything from button positions and dimensions, yarns, sleeve length and the need for 2% spandex in the weave, GMac is an apparel expert.  And now with the help of  Kartel supremo Karl Swan, McDowell is set to grow his new clothing line into a major industry player.  The former US Open Champion unveiled his “GMac for Kartel” range to rave reviews at the 2012 PGA Show in Orlando.
Talking at the show Karl Swan reported unprecedented orders from US accounts thanks to interest generated from the GMac for Kartel line.  And while McDowell himself may have been away playing in Abu Dhabi, he kept constant tabs on how his line was doing.  “He texted me almost every 15 minutes!” said Karl Swan adding “Graeme is a dream to work with, a top man and a bona fide expert when it comes to clothing”.
Despite being regarded as being among the snappiest dressers on Tour,  GMac has heretofore never had an official clothing supplier. He had been wearing Kartel knitwear in recent times and was so impressed he decided to get together with the Dublin company to produce his own line.
  McDowell joins fellow major winner Padraig Harrington and LPGA player Anna Rawson as Kartel gamers.
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The build towards the final round in Abu Dhabi where a grandstand finish is expected.
Tiger Woods was ideally placed to put down a huge marker for the season after charging into a share of the lead with Robert Rock ahead of the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
Having ended 2011 with his first victory for over two years, Woods has a great chance to start 2012 with another.

Yes it’s 100% true. I just came across legendary swing coach Hank Haney flogging new Crocs golf shoes at the 2012 PGA Show. Haney was busy measuring smelly feet and asking potential customers to slide their foot all the way to the front but time out to pose for us. 
Crocs attempted to break into the golf market in 2007 having limited success with the Bite brand but this time with Hank Haney on board adding his signature to the Crocs golf brand it looks like these are set to be a smash hit.
As yet they are not available in the shops, but are due to debut in the US in the coming months and hit Europe shortly after.
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rory pumpedCheck out the new 2012 Rory McIlroy unveiled in Abu Dhabi.  Bigger butcher and dare I say even curlier, Rors looks like could play rugby for Ireland if the whole golf thing doesn’t work out. Man mountain McIlroy  tweeted lately that he had been working out in the gym with his good mate Harry Diamond and it seems to be paying off with his 5 under first round in the company of a puny by comparison Luke Donald and weakling Tiger Woods.

Pic: Is that a David Hasselhoff Baywatch jog I detect from Rory?

“I’ve been working hard in the gym. I really started working hard last year. I feel like I’ve got a lot stronger and it’s definitely helped my golf”, McIlroy said in an Arnold Schwarzenegger accent.

I’m at the 2012 PGA Show in Orlando Florida where the good, the great and the oftentimes plain crazy of the golf world gather under one roof to peddle their wares.  Over the next couple of days I hope to bring you some of the highlights from the show. I’ll be awarding the symbolic, yet highly significant GolfCentralDaily  Best New Product Award, to some lucky people, who as yet have absolutely no idea  I even exist. Stay tuned!

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 26 Jan 2012 - 29 Jan 2012
odds from paddypower

Martin Kaymer 13/2

The King of Abu Dhabi, Martin Kaymer loves this places and has a record to back it up. Three wins in the last four stagings, and the year he didnt win, he finished tied second.  Joint favourite with McIlroy, Kaymer won by 8 shots last year, was first in greens in regulation and thrid in putts per green hit.

Rory McIlroy 13/2

This year is potentially huge for Rory McIlroy.  Has bettered his performance every year since 2009 when he tied fifth. Third behind Poults and Kaymer in 2010 and second last year.  29.5 and 28.3 putts per round over the past two seasons respectively, if Rors has a good putting week, he could continue the trend of bettering.

Charl Schwartzel 28/1

Three top fives in his last four events, and his fifth last week at the Volvo Golf Champions could have been so much better but for a mess up when forcing it on the 72nd hole. Three of Charl's last four wins have been in January and having played his way into form over the last couple of weeks I expect that to be an advantage here.

Alvaro Quiros 30/1

Won the Dubai World Championship at the end of the 2011 season in dramatic fashion with a monster putt on the last. Second in Qatar and winner in the Dubai Desert Classic this time last year, the big hitting Spaniard will be up for this one.

Long Odds Shots

If you're looking for some long odds glory this week I see Englishman Danny Willett as a decent each way bet at 100/1.  Danny had posted some good results here in the past.  I think Paul Lawrie's odds of 125/1 are very generous indeed. You'll remember Lawrie pushed Quiros all the way in the Dubai World Championship and after showing decent form last week I'd have an each way punt at those crazy odds.  Finally can an eye on the progress of Robert Rock at 100/1. He clicked into gear in the final round last week and performed well on his last visit to Dubai.


Crowds of fans were left angry and disappointed yesterday after President Clinton’s planned re-enactment of the Tiger Woods duffed Ryder Cup chip fell flat after Cigar Guy failed to show up.

Cigar Guy had been a close ally of Clinton throughout his administration and also had close links with the Bush camp.  However the two fell out over the Monica Lewinski affair after Cigar Guy was named by the intern in several interviews.

It’s thought Clinton and Cigar Guy had settled their differences in recent times, but his failure to show up for the re-enactment may have one small attempt at a humiliating payback for the President.

Here’s the original Cigar Guy in action at the 2010 Ryder Cup.  But can you spot another famous player in a Rory wig planted in the crowd by the European Team to help Cigar Guy derail Tiger?

Wondering what clubs Mark Wilson was using to win the 2012 Humana Challenge.

mark-wilson-golf_t640DRIVER: Ping i20 (8.5°) with a Grafalloy Tour X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland HiBore XLS (13°) with an Aldila NV 95 X shaft
HYBRID: Ping i15 (17°, 20°) with Graphite Design YS 85X shafts
IRONS: Ping i20 (4-PW) with True Temper CS Lite shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour (52°, 60°) with True Temper CS Lite shafts
PUTTER: Ping Karsten Anser

HAT: Block Of Chedder Cheese
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x


Branden Grace Joburg Open Day Four xxVfQTyYOfTl Well done to Callaway staffer Branden Grace at the Volvo Golf Champions in Fancourt.  Here’s what’s in his bag.

Here’s what Branden had in his bag:

  • Tour i(s) Golf Ball
  • Callaway, FT Tour Driver 8.5 degrees
  • Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 13-degree fairway wood
  • Callaway, Diablo Edge Tour 18-degree hybrid
  • Callaway X Forged Irons (3-PW)
  • Callaway X-Series Jaws 52-degree and 60degree wedges
  • Odyssey Black Series Tour Designs #1 Wide Putter

Jose Maria Olazabal Volvo Golf Champions Day hHr9lCXulRHlRyder Cup Captain Jose Maria Olazabal, primarily playing in the Volvo Golf Champions to keep an eye on potential European Team members ahead of their trip to Medinah, finds himself just one shot off the lead with one round to go in South Africa.
This report from the European Tour site.
Nicolas Colsaerts and Branden Grace - who individually held four shot leads on the first and second days - are tied at the top with a round to play in the Volvo Golf Champions.
But just behind them European Captain José María Olazábal still has a chance to kick off Ryder Cup year with his first win since 2005 - from 596th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Thomas Aiken got a horn of a different kind at the 2012 Volvo Golf Champions event at the Links at Fancourt, by wearing a rhino horn on his hat.  The South African is trying to raise awareness of rhino hunting in his country which is threatening to drive the adorable animals into extinction.

Rhino’s apparently have very big horns which are supposedly worth a million dollars and have loads of handy uses.  The horns have been prized for centuries for their beautiful translucent colour when carved, and their fake medicinal properties.  There’s also a pretty good market for rhino horn used in dagger handles in Yemen.

Thomas Aiken however would prefer to see rhinos with their horns still attached. “I’m appealing to interior designers, witchdoctors and Yemen warriors to lay off the Rhino horns.  I want Yemeni warriors to use other stuff like plastic and wood” Aiken said yesterday. “Have you ever tried dagger handles made out of plastic, they are awesome!”

Meanwhile fellow countryman Charl Schwartzel, a keen collector of extremely heavy grey animals was unavailable for comment yesterday as he out hunting.

Tour players and golf executives from the Callaway golf company held a series of meetings late last night in an effort to unlock the secret of Rory McIlroy’s golf grip.  A key new piece of evidence emerged in the past few days when McIlroy (contracted to rival company Titleist) posted a picture of his blistered fingers following practice.  It is thought Callaway golf scientists are aiming to recreate the exact McIlroy grip and finger tension on the club by extracting the blister pattern and inputting it into a complex software algorithm developed by homing pigeons.

Titleist executives in Fairhaven were last night sad to be “closely monitoring developments by Callaway scientists”.

Early simulations of the McIlroy grip were tested yesterday by Callaway staff testing pros in California and led to a number of injuries. One player lost a thumb after attempting to emulate “Rors” driver grip whilst another’s eyebrow inexplicably went up in flames.

“It’s pretty dangerous work but we are quietly hopeful of having the McIlroy grip ready to roll out in Abu Dhabi next week.  Alvaro Quiros has expressed an interest in using it” said a Callaway designer today before adding “we’ve also gleaned some other vital information from the McIlroy photo regarding nobbily knees which we hope to put in action on Tour very very soon”.

thumb-Tim-Tebow-On-the-seventh-game-570x373 Since Tiger Woods announced he is to play, ticket sales have been through the roof for the  Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

It is thought that Woods, as a condition of his entry, had his choice of playing partner even though the official pairings are not decided until the 7th of February.  Woods deliberated between three NFL quarterbacks before settling on Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo as his man.

Tournament officials are waiting outside the Church for golf and Jesus nut Tim Tebow to confirm his participation. Tebow has been in a heated debate with Jesus ever since the Nazarene carpenter's son apparently abandoned the Broncos in the NFL playoffs. “I had a major flood to attend to in Asia. It like, totally slipped my mind” Jesus told Vatican officials after that game.

Organizers are also hopeful that New England will get beaten soon so that quarterback Tom Brady can rubberstamp his attendance at Pebble.  Should New England make it all the way to the final, Brady would be involved in SuperBowl action just four days before the tournament begins. And should they win, alcohol poisoning would most definitely rule Brady out.

“Anyone but Bill Murray” officials said yesterday “anyone but Bill.”

MichaelThompson_337_0 A true story for once about Michael Thompson, who managed to move up 52 spots in the world rankings in a week where there was no tournament. When Thompson first played a Tour event in 2008 nobody knew his middle initial so he was entered as Michael “X” Thompson on the world ranking list.  That initial was used only once, before the proper name Michael “H” Thompson was set up in the system.

Thompson  finished 98th on the PGA Tour list last year and then jetted off to Asia where he finished third in the Thailand Golf Championship.  When he got back Thompson checked the world rankings on the internet only to find he actually drop two spots to 183rd for his good finish in Thailand.

After scratching his head for a while Thomspon’s manager called the ranking board who checked it out. As it turned out the 12.8 world ranking points had been given to Michael X Thompson by mistake.

And so it was that the world rankings were amended in a week where there no tournament to show Michael H Thompson jump from 183 to 131 in the world.

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 



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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