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.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
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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Check 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!
Monday, January 23, 2012
Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 26 Jan 2012 - 29 Jan 2012
odds from paddypower
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.
DRIVER: 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
Sunday, January 22, 2012
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
South African Branden Grace became the first player since Fred Couples in 1995 to follow his first European Tour win with another with victory at the Volvo Golf Champions.