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Bet you were wondering why all the TaylorMade staffers were wearing “17” hats at the WGC Cadillac Championship.  Its actually a marketing campaign to highlight the RocketBallz fairway woods .  TaylorMade claim the 3-wood can increase a golfer's distance by 17 yards, hence the big green 17 on the hats.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette caught up with  Tom Olsavsky, TaylorMade's senior director of product creation who said

"We're advertising 17 yards because legally that's all we're allowed to advertise, but most times when we've done 1-on-1 [testing], it's been 20 to 26 yards. When we tested it during our demo day in Orlando [at the PGA Merchandise Show], the average was 28.6 yards longer. We've never had a jump like that. Never."

The real difference with the RBZ fairways is the COR, or coefficient of restitution, or trampoline effect of the ball off the clubface.  The legal limit is 0.830 but fairway woods by design usually only get to approx 0.780.  Until the RBZ fairway which clocks in at 0.810.  That helps the ball come off the face faster with less backspin.  It all means more distance!

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High ranking cardinals from Rome have been dispatched by private jet to Florida today to investigate claims of a Jesus sighting during the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral.

41691990_cardinals_ap416 According to Papal envoy Cardinal Francesco Totti “All claims of seeing the Son of God must be investigated thoroughly. Especially with the strength of the euro currency against the dollar and the abundance of strip clubs in the greater Miami area.  Pope Benedict needs 400 Marlboro Lights too, not the long ones, so it all ties in nicely”.

The sighting in question was reported by a cameraman operating from a crane high above the Blue Monster Course  where the tournament is being played.  Al “Jumbo” Trontowsky, 48, recounted the events leading up to his seeing the young Nazarene carpenter and one third of the Holy Trinity; “I had the camera trained on Dustin Johnson’s caddie kneading something in his pocket because that’s what the network likes me to do, when I got a message in my ear from the producer telling me to film Johnson’s drive.  After the ball was hit it was obvious it was headed straight for me.  I felt a cold chill and saw my life flash before my eyes, then a bearded man, about 32 years old with an unkempt brown beard, with kind eyes and outstretched arms beckoning me towards him.  Then I blacked out.”

buddy_jesus-300x300Vatican officials are expected to interview Trontowsky later today.  “I’m looking forward to chatting to Mr Jumbo” said Cardinal Totti adding “this could solve everything. Jesus disappeared a mere one thousand nine hundred and eighty odd years ago, still a young man, albeit with minor injuries.  We’ve always maintained he is out there somewhere and this could just be the lead we are after to gain the Catholic Church some respectability.”

In a completely unrelated incident former US Open Champion Lucas Glover was arrested near the course yesterday after he tried to scale a security fence and gain entry to the property. Glover dressed in a white robe and sandals, yelled Psalms as he was lead away.


Update 2013 British Open Champion. Click here or below for Phil's winning bag graphic.

What’s In The Bag: Phil Mickelson British Open Champion 2013

Here’s what’s in the bag of Phil Mickelson for 2012 as he heads into Major season.

johnparamor Top European Tour referee John Paramor took swift and decisive action last night, after walking his dogs and watching Barcelona, to strip Rory McIlroy of the point he won against Maria Sharapova. The controversial point was played out at the BNP Paribas International Showdown event at Madison Square Gardens on Monday night.

A vodka fuelled viewer from Sharapova’s home country of Russia emailed the European Tour after viewing the video on youtube, claiming that McIlroy’s first serve did not land inside the service line according to the International Tennis Federation rules, the world governing body on the game. Yevgany Bollockov, 46, pointed out that notwithstanding a clear foot fault, McIlroy’s underarm serve that landed near the baseline appeared to go unnoticed by respected Chair Umpire Carlos Bernardes.

rory-sharapova Paramor has been quick to respond, stripping McIlory of the point two days later and  ordering that it be replayed as a “second serve”. Furthermore Paramor issued a public warning to the Ulsterman for time wasting and not being attired according to Section 7-3 of the ITF code.

It is thought McIlroy will return to New York tonight after the first round of the WGC Cadillac Championship being staged in Florida to replay the point against Sharapova behind closed doors.


Ger Gilroy and Dave McIntyre grill me on my failure to make them a bucket of money last week from my tips and we talk about betting at the 2012 WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral. Also on the podcast is Karl McGinty on Rory McIlroy and Gary Murphy’s tips and a profile of Killeen Castle.  My Tips start at 25 minutes in.



horton smithTiger Woods had seven wins, Rory McIlroy (at 22 years and 10 months)  has three so far but the all-time under-23 winner was Horton Smith, who won 14 PGA Tour events before his 23rd birthday in 1931.

Smith, nicknamed The Joplin Ghost turned pro at 18 and was the first man to win The Masters at Augusta in 1934.  He won it again in 1936.

Smith’s wins before age 23

  • 1928 (2) Oklahoma City Open, Catalina Island Open
  • 1929 (8) Berkeley Open Championship, Pensacola Open Invitational, Florida Open, La Gorce Open, Fort Myers Open, North and South Open, Oregon Open, Pasadena Open (December)
  • 1930 (4) Central Florida Open, Savannah Open, Berkeley Open, Bay District Open
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PGA Tour

bubba driverBubba Watson: Ping G20. The 8.5-degree club has, "Made Exclusively for Bubba," written on the crown. It measures 44.5 inches and includes a pink True Temper Grafalloy Bi-Matrix shaft and Ping 703 Gold grips.

Kyle Stanley:  Titleist 910D3 (8.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Kali 70X shaft.

European Tour

Alvaro Quiros: Callaway RAZR Fit 9.5 (actually 8.3), Grafalloy Blue Shaft X flex. 45.5"

Nicolas Colsaerts: Driver Callaway RAZR Fit 9.5° - Shaft Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.1 - X Flex


Doc’s Dawn Raid Club Testing and Golf| Celtic Manor April 5th 2012

Masters At The Manor!

We need 12 golfers of all abilities to join Doc and TT from Golfbidder at Dawn for a morning of club testing followed by 18 holes on the magnificent Twenty Ten Course, host to the 2010 Ryder Cup.
You will have the chance to test a variety of woods irons and wedges from top manufacturers such as Ping, Titleist, TaylorMade, Callaway, Cleveland and Mizuno.
We will be on hand with our camera to record your reviews which will form part of videos to help potential buyers on the Golfbidder website.
Following testing the clubs on the range, Golfbidder will treat you to breakfast after which Doc will invite you to “choose your weaponry” for the next challenge.

London— kids-at-school A survey of 100 five to seven year old children conducted at a primary school in London yesterday  concluded  that new World number one golfer Rory McIlroy has “funny hair”. A whopping 79% of the children described the young Northern Irishman’s thatch as being “kinda weird for a golfer”.  Spokesperson for the children Melissa Snotworthy, 6, said “Rory McIlroy wears a hat like Fireman Sam and the postman who calls in to give mammy a special hug every morning when daddy is gone to work.”

The teacher in charge of the classic Ms Sarah Granger, 27, say she “probably would, but would want the light off”, when asked about McIlroy.

In reaching the top of the world rankings McIlroy is not the first golfer to look a bit funny without his hat.  In a similar survey carried out in the USA in 2006, kids voted overwhelmingly that Tiger Woods had “mental fringe and a huge forehead”.  McIlroy does however become the hairiest golfer ever to top the rankings beating the 1986 Bernhard Langer mullet by a mere 2,000 follicles.  No bald golfer has ever been number in the world although many experts argue that both Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods had slight bald patches during their reign.


The forgotten man at the Honda Classic was 43 year old Tom Gillis who found himself sandwiched between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.  Gillis who has had more wrist injuries than Rory has had birthdays appeared to be using (dont laugh) graphite shafts.tom gillis

After a bit of digging I found that are indeed GAT grpahite iron shafts made by Graphite Design.  For Gillis, the shafts ease the feel of impact on the wrists whilst performing like a steel shaft.  Here are the :

GAT 115 Iron-
Kick Point: MID
Trajectory: MID
Ball Spin: LOW/MID
Swing Speed (All Flexes Range): 85-116+
Shaft Description: GAT 15 shafts maintain the overall weight and balance provided by steel shafts in irons.  These shafts provide the similar trajectory as the most popular steel shafts used by better players and professional golfers.
Technology: MSI/GAT


2012 WGC Cadillac Championship Betting Preview and Tips, The Blue Monster, Doral, Florida.
odds from betfair

Charl Schwartzel 34/1

CKcharl01It’s nearly green jacket time and Charl Schwartzel is enjoying a welcome return to form just in time. Added another tied fifth at the Honda to his fifth at the Volvo Golf Champions event in Fancourt back in January. His ball striking will be rewarded on some of the easiest greens on Tour this week. Solo second here in 2010 but don’t mention last year to Charl, he bombed out on the Saturday.

Tiger Woods 8/1

I hate tipping Tiger but Rory likely to start this event around 5/1 there seems to be a bit more value in Woods. Changed to his old Ping grip last weswood woodsweek and said it helped with his release. A final round of 62 on the tough Champions course last week showed that he’s getting to grips with his game again. Tied for tenth last year whilst struggling with his swing but won in Doral three years straight from 2005 to 2007, two of those coming before the event got WGC status.

Lee Westwood 15/1

Beginning to find his feet on the PGA Tour with a fourth place finish at the Honda to go with his fourth at the matchplay. The Americans do stats like no other and Lee pops up there third in greens in regulation, second in scrambling and second only to Rory in scoring average. It all suggests a win is coming and he wont get a better chance than on these super flat greens.

Hunter Mahan 34/1

hunter mahan funny[3]Rested and rejuvenated, the latest WGC winner will be itching to get back into competition this week. Gamed the new Ping Nome in the desert and expect to see him drain more putts this week. His ninth place finish here last year probably doesn’t reflect the performance, he lead after two rounds

Dustin Johnson 34/1

dustin-johnson-one-legged-squatGreat to see DJ returning to form after his surgery over the Winter. Top fives at his course Pebble Beach and at tough Riviera and a good run in the desert leave him primed for a tilt at the title this week. Dustin might feel The Blue Monster owes him one after finishing second last year two shots behind Nick Watney.

Best Of The Rest

Matt Kuchar 46/1 thought it best to take last week off after a poor Honda showing in 2011 and starts on his fifth PGA Tour event of the season this week. The long odds reflect Kuch’s recent form of mid table mediocrity but he had a good run at the WGC Accenture recently and is a big fan of The Blue Monster having tied third in 2010 and fifth last year. The key for Kuchar is driving accuracy; one good week off the tee and he will contend.
Scanning the odds on Betfair I see Fredrik Jacobson at 140/1. He finished 67, 69 to finish 16 at the Honda last week and I think he could reward a small each way investment at those odds.

Make sure you check out the golf channel’s new documentary series “Down The Stretch” where the leaders are mic’d up from dawn to dusk on final round Sunday.  Yesterday Rory McIlroy got the treatment on his way to winning the Honda Classic.  The show air in the US tonight at 11pm Eastern Time.  I will post a link or a torrent here if one becomes available.

harris englishHere’s what I know about the mystery man teeing it up with Rory McIlroy in the final round of the 2012 Honda Classic.

  1. English is not actually English. Born and reared in Georgia. That’s where Augusta is.
  2. He is a Bulldog. That’s a University of Georgia graduate. Of business no less!
  3. Aged 22, today he will meet Rory McIlroy for the first time.
  4. Won two Nationwide Tours events as an amateur in 2011 including the “Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational”.
  5. Played Walker Cup in 2011 winning his two singles matches against Andy Sullivan and James Byrne.
  6. Turned pro after the Walker Cup.
  7. Finished 13 at PGA Q school to get his card.

from Ron in Rory-Mcilroy-Look-Alike-1w-240x300 New Jersey- The mother of a 19 year boy has today started proceedings against golf giant Titleist after her son failed to break 100 in a municipal golf tournament.  Meredith Molasses (53) claims that having spent over $3000 on Titleist equipment for her son Tyler and bought him a Jumeirah hat, he failed to make her over $10 million dollars in earnings in the first 12 months.

Attorney for Mrs Molasses, Chuck Chumpa said in a statement yesterday, “ We are considering all our options now and things are looking good for a settlement.  When Tyler was given all the Titleist equipment we believed it would be a question of just going ron flashout there and winning a lot of money and getting a tennis player girlfriend.  When it didn’t happen, it soon become obvious that there something wrong with the equipment.  The young man is very upset. We’re going after Oakley next.  Tyler says that when he puts them on everything looks yellow.”

More as it emerges.

So the story goes, Rory was walking into the clubhouse at the Honda Classic and who was coming the other way only Jack Nicklaus.  Rory sticks out the hand but Jack breezes past.   Rors calls after him.

05-BearRors:  Hey Jack

Nicklaus: “Who is that? Who is that?”

Rors: “It’s me.”

Nicklaus: “Who?”

Rors: “Me.”

Nicklaus: “Who are you?”

Rors: “Rory.”

Nicklaus: “Oops sorry about that Rory, I haven’t got my glasses on. I thought you were Tiger Woods!”

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woods_tigerTiger may not have wanted to talk about becoming a Navy Seal but one thing he did want to talk about was his putting.  During the first round of the Honda Tiger had his old Ping Grip on his Nike Method putter and spoke about his big effort on the practice green this week.

“I spent about almost four hours the other day putting, which was good, two different sessions, two with a meal in between,” Woods said. “I just worked on going back to my old basics with my dad, and some of the things that he taught me. When I looked at the tape, I got away from some of those things. My posture was off, the way the club was releasing was off. A lot of things were off. And I just had to start from the get go, just log in the reps, do my little tee drill that you see me do all the time, and I built it from there. It started coming back, the flow and the stroke, and started feeling very good.”

Tiger took 34 putts in round one despite hitting 15 greens in regulation.

critchley [4] Great to see that my website is being taken a serious platform for golf discussion and a bit of goading.  Yesterday my favourite Munster prop Ian Poulter used my “Bruce Critchley Claims GMac For England” YouTube video to taunt my favourite Ulster prop Graeme McDowell on the Twitter machine.

Below is the video in question and here is the link to a very serious article on Poults and Bruce Critchley talking “bollox”. that might add to the discussion!


ORLANDO—SeaWorld are today readying a 5 million gallon tank and a bucket of small fish in a bid to lure golfer Tiger Woods.  In a book released by Woods ex coach Hank Haney, it was revealed that the multiple Major champion never cared that much golf and secretly hid a deep desire to become a semi aquatic mammal from his Dad.pccaSanDiegoSeaWorldSealShowB4491

“It has always been Woods dream to be a seal”, said Haney adding “Tiger often talked about the thrill of performing five shows a day in front of adoring kids, slipping out of the pool on his belly to ring a bell and balancing a rubber ball on his nose.”

The expectant team at Sea World are  putting together a whole new production with Tiger Woods the seal as the main attraction.  Ex wife Elin Nordegren has also been approached regarding a re-enactment of the infamous incident of November 2009. “We think having Elin doing her clubbing thing with the seal would be a really nice fit and not at all cruel” said Sea World owner Chuck Fish.

Fish confirmed that the planned production would also feature ex golfer and Sea World favourite Craig Stadler who now works as a 400 pound Walrus at the iconic venue.  Since ending his career on the course, Stadler has established himself as a Walrus of world class at Busch Gardens with his amazing trick ‘I fart in your general direction’.

“There’s lots of work to do to make this happen” continued Fish, “If all the numbers work and we do get Woods into the tank, we will have to closely observe him for up to seven days to monitor signs of stress.  We will be looking closely at his flippers.  If he rolls onto his side, tilts his head, and waves his right flipper, then it would inhumane to continue.  Or if he spits at the staff.”

More as it emerges.

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2012 Honda Classic Betting Preview and Tips

PGA National Champion Course · Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Purse: $5.7 million Winning Share: $1,026,000 FedExCup Points: 500


Fredrik Jacobson 65/1

freddie jacobson funny pic[5] My “go to” man for tough courses and they don’t come much tougher than “The Bear Trap” on the Champions Course. Last season was great for Freddie in his painters cap. Remember his great third round at Congressional in the US Open and the fact he put aside a disappointing final round there to win The Travelers the following week. Finished last season in storming style and in his 2012 debut at tough Riviera a closing 67 bagged a creditable top 15 spot. Performed poorly last year here but has two top 10’s previous to that to give hope.

Keegan Bradley 30/1

maar01_keegan_bradley You have just gotta love the way Keegan Bradley handled the press last week when talking about his on course spitting. As honest as they come both on and off the course, I predict another good week for him in Florida. Okay he did bomb out here last year, but is a completely different player since as evidenced by his US PGA win in August. Ran Mickelson close on another tough track at Riviera a few weeks back in finishing second and hasn’t been outside the top 20 so far this season.

Mark Wilson 50/1

mark-wilson_t640 Very impressive at the matchplay last week winning the consolation match against Lee Westwood to finish third. Wilson won here in 2007, the first year the Champions Course at PGA National was used after a Jack Nicklaus revamp. A word of warning though, six rounds in the desert Sun plus all the media commitments at the WGC is bound to have taken some toll on 37 year old Wilson and stamina may be an issue. There’s no questioning his desire though having already bagged a win in 2012 at the Humana Challenge.

Graeme McDowell 46/1

separated at birth GMac yasser arrafat[3] Even though the field includes the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood, I think there is a nice bit of value in Graeme McDowell this week. Bumped out of the matchplay in the first round last week, it wasn’t long before Gmac was posting up videos of himself and caddie Kenny playing in the dark back in Florida. The 2010 US Open Champion will be right at home on the Bermuda greens of the Florida swing and shot a super 64 in the final round last year to tie sixth. Third in both of the HSBC events either side of Christmas and definitely one to watch.

Best Of The Rest

Kyle Stanley 34/1 is having a super start to the season having come second at the Farmers and won in Phoenix a couple of weeks back. This was only Kyle’s fifth start on the PGA Tour last year and he actually lead at the halfway point before fading at the weekend. Of the new breed of muscle players Stanley is surprisingly accurate lying fifth in the Tour’s greens in regulation stats.

ben crane crazy legs crane funny pic[3] Ben Crane 38/1 is also one to watch. A top class putter, that talent will be called upon in the Bear Trap. A great man for self deprecation but there’s a serious side to Crane too with three top 10’s including that recent second in Phoenix.

If you’re looking for an each way bet or a “to finish in the top 10” chance then take a look at Robert Allenby. I have to admit he’s not my cup of tea and hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since 2011 but he’s a dogged campaigner and another of the 40 plus brigade. Lost a playoff in Mexico last week and having top fives in 2008 and 2009, a top 10 this week would not surprise.


The shaded One, Robert Allenby has lost a playoff. The shock news came at the Mayakoba Golf Classic yesterday when 21 year old John Huh (huh?) upset the apple cart in Mexico.

huh allenby Huh who obviously didn’t read the script especially the bit where it says seven of Allenby’s Tour wins worldwide have come in golf’s version of the penalty shootout.  This time the angry Aussie used the tactic of “boring your opponent into submission” but in doing so underestimated his young foe’s ability to be boring himself.  Huh parred every hole of what was to become the second longest playoff in Tour history, a snoring 8 holes!   

Allenby had a two stroke lead standing on the final tee but obviously thought he had a better chance of winning via a playoff and so took double bogey.  The win  for Huh came in only his fifth Tour start.


2012 Mayakoba Classic Final Round Highlights

After his win at 2012 WGC World Matchplay Hunter Mahan credited his new Ping Nome putter with his awesome display on the Arizona greens.  New for the 2012 season the Ping Nome was only put into Mahan’s bag at the start of the week after a flaw was discovered with his old putter.
During some work on the greens last Monday Mahan had a laser attached to his putter which revealed when he thought he was aiming at the hole, he was actually aiming left of it. Ping Tour rep. Matt Rollins gave Mahan a selection of the 2012 Ping putter range due out in April to to test and he settled on the Nome which when again checked on the laser was aligning perfectly. 
Here’s Ping engineer and Tour player Marty Jertson speaking about the Ping Nome putter at the recent PGA Show.

What’s In The Bag Hunter Mahan 2012

DRIVER: Ping G20 (9.5°) with a Fujikura Speeder 6.2 Tour Spec shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G20 (13°) with a UST Mamiya VTS 8X shaft
HYBRID: Ping i15 (17°) with a UST Mamiya VTS 85X shaft
IRONS: Ping S56 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Ping Forged Anser (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Ping Nome
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

ARIZONA—Fears are growing today that the top 64 players in the world think that Sky Sports golf commentator Bruce Critchley “talks bollox”.  The worst kept secret on Tour came out today when player spokesman Ian Poulter profusely apologized to Sky Sports viewers via twitter saying “Well Bruce Critchley talks complete bollox most of the time anyway. Sorry sky sports viewers for having to listen to his crap every week.”

The “colonel” is said to be mildly offended but maintained a stiff upper in a press conference late last night.  Addressing the packed house Critchley defended his commentary style saying 

“Reminds me of that time in India old boy. Nasty business.  Terrible case of foot and mouth old boy.  The horse came in and dipped its nose into the caretaker’s bucket of paint.  The caretaker came home old boy, saw the horse, and thinking it was foot and mouth, shot the horse.  I came home, saw the horse, and shot the caretaker!  Good times, good times, India India, foot and mouth.”

After the press conference many agreed that Critchley was indeed talking bollox.  Some Golf Digest journalists were even seen to nod in agreement.

George O’Grady, European Tour Made Man came out in defence of his former superior officer, “It’s very important to differentiate between “talking bollox” and “being a bollox”.  I don’t believe the players are actually calling Bruce a bollox, more that they feel that when he speaks, the words that come out of his mouth and the tone in which they delivered sound like bollox.  It’s a technical point but a very important one.


Congratulations to legendary amateur Joe Lyons on the launch of his new website www.golfwithamember.com. It’s a great idea designed to help golfers avail of member/guest rate reductions and a percentage of the profits made go to charity.  Check it Out!
How it works:
Golfwithamember will facilitate golf club members from around the world to utilize their member/guest rates offered by their clubs. Most private members clubs offer their own members reduced green fee rates for their guests. Golfwithamember will facilitate members from different clubs everywhere to arrange games with friends old and new.

Huge media corporations watch out!  People as we speak are trawling the interweb for evidence of veiled borderline ambiguous semi racist slurs in today’s media.

Just a bit of background to what’s going on. The New York Knicks basketball team have this gifted Asian guy Jeremy Lin.  They were on a seven game winning streak which ended last week.  ESPN posted the headline “Chink in the Armour.” It lasted 30 minutes before the complaints came in and it was taken down and the headline writer fired. Another TV announcer was banned for a month after he unwittingly used the phrase also.  It was all so very embarrassing for ESPN not to mention the entire Asian community in America.

Jeremy LinSo the web police were waiting to see if there would be any veiled borderline ambiguous blah blahs about Gonzalo Fernandez Castano after his match with Tiger Woods yesterday.  After all Gonzalo is little known in the USA, Tiger says he never remembered meeting him though Gonzalo said the once had a long chat over breakfast and his first name tees up a shed load of Muppet jokes.

So Golf Digest, if you’re reading this; dudes maybe you boys should consider rephrasing  the first paragraph of your Tiger story this morning. It’s pretty hard on the Spanish and the European Tour. Just Saying. 

“Hey, getting dusted by Phil Mickelson at Pebble Beach is one thing but losing to a guy, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, who sounds like he ought to be back-up baritone in the Barber of Seville, is quite another, even if the shave and haircut were about to be delivered by someone who was the European Tour rookie of the year in '05, an ancient time when Tiger Woods was winning a green jacket and a claret jug to boot. So, he didn't.”

I should know, I’ve written 10 times worse.  But people expect it from me!

Just when you’ve been kicked up the arse by Ryanair who now charge €50 quid each way to bring your clubs on your Spanish golf holiday, you then get fleeced for crazy green fees at the courses.

After doing a little bit of research however, I may just have the perfect solution to save a lot of money on this year’s Spanish golfing holiday.

The Cheapest Green Fees

Just came across a sweet little website http://www.murciagolf.co/ for booking really cheap green fees in the Murcia region of Spain.  You basically just give the guys your dates and preferred courses and they come back to you within a day with availability and the lowest green fees guaranteed.  All the top courses are on the website like La Manga (South), Las Colinas, El Valle, Alhama Signature and Roda.

If you want to book, you pay the guys and they issue a voucher. 

Half Ryanair Golf Bag Charges

Of course you can rent clubs, but in truth the majority want to bring their own sticks.  However at €50 each way Ryanair are rubbing their hands with glee to see you coming. One idea to half the Ryanair charge is to put two sets of clubs into one actual bag.  You wont be over the weight limit and you wont be breaking any rules.  There is nothing in the Ryanair terms about having more than 14 clubs.  Of course this only works if two golfers travel together and IF you have the right type of bag.  We use Ping Moon Lite II bags for all our golf holidays.  Stick two sets of clubs in one bag and bring the other bag in your carry on.  At just 0.9 Kg’s or less than 2 pounds, the Ping Moon Lite II is feather light and folds away to nothing but has a spine with a break in the middle which makes it perfect for carrying, putting on a trolley or on a buggy.  Most other really light pencil bags have no spine and they collapse like an accordion on a buggy.  The Ping Moon Lite II is lighter than them all and gobbles up two sets no problem.

Enjoy your golfing holiday this year! And if you see me out there, mines a San Miguel.  And make sure they fill it to the top!


chuck loogyArizona: Controversy over the proliferation of spitting on the PGA Tour grew yesterday after Arizona professional and tobacco spitting champion Chuck Loogy, 52, launched a new website designed at helping Touring Pro’s win using the ancient art.

Pic: Loogy demonstrates his skills to us by washing his cat from 12 feet away.

rudi voller“I’ve worked with some of the World’s best soccer players for over 30 years with great success” said Mr. Loogy, adding “Dutchman Frank Rijkaard’s spit into Rudi Voller’s hair during the 1990 World Cup was probably my greatest achievement. That was perfection.”

“I branched into golf about 10 years ago when Tiger Woods first contacted me.  He just left a message on my answering machine one day enquiring as to whether spitting could give him the edge in the Majors. I remember we first met on the top of the Butler Cabin in Augusta on a cold January morning”, recalled Loogy “Tiger really impressed me with his natural hocking ability, it was more question of teaching him to direct the glob a little better.  Then we did some work on the 12th green, trying to hit some good lines with a sticky treat for anyone coming after. Good times.”

tiger woods spitLoogy has now assembled some top golf names in his portfolio including Spain’s Sergio Garcia and USPGA Champion Keegan Bradley.

“Sergio is a master of the mucus, he has the potential to be one of the greats.  When he drops one into the hole and the guy behind gets it on his ball, you just know that sh*t is not coming off.”

“Keegan on the other hand has a lot to learn when it comes to the technical aspects of propelling the gawk away from the face. We are working hard on his breathing during the spit.  When he gets it right, it’s amazing, when he get’s it wrong it’s all over the front of his shirt.  Not pretty”, said Loogy.

Check out Loogy’s website www.theperfectspit.com/golf/hockliketiger


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2012 Mayakoba Golf Classic Betting Preview and Tips, El Camaleon · Riviera Maya, Mexico

Odds on the exchanges

Brian Gay 18/1

gay A good top 10 in Hawaii is the highlight of the season so far for Gay though he did top 20 at Pebble despite a horrid Saturday. This course however is right up Gay’s back alley, with its requirement for precision irons. He won here in 2008 shooting a third round 62 along the way and again contended last year tying fifth when his formline coming in was not as good as his right now.

Johnson Wagner 16/1

wagner The favourite this week and justifiably so. Wagner won here last year with four rounds in the 60’s and beat Spencer Levin in a playoff. This year he already has a win at the Sony Open, a second at the Clinton Humana Challenge and a top 10 in Hawaii. Finished on level par last week at Riviera maintaining a record of having not finished over par for eight straight events.

Briny Baird 48/1

baird The man with the straw hat most famous for hitting a shot from a high rise into a baseball stadium! Okay that may be a bit harsh on Briny who always seems to front up at El Camaleon. He’s been in the top 10 for the last three years tying sixth in 2009, fourth in 2010 and fifth again last year. And he has bettered his score for the past three years. Last week was his first made cut this season so confidence is bound to be sky high! Seriously though, Mayakoba is one for experience and Baird has it in spades around here.

Spencer Levin 15/1

levin This could be the perfect week for Spencer Levin to grab a win. With all the top guys off playing matchplay in the desert it may be a case of “when the cats away the mice will play”. Levin recovered from his Phoenix final round meltdown to record another top 10 the following week at Pebble and though Riviera was spoiled with a Sunday 78, I fancy him for a good showing this week. Lost the playoff here to Johnson Wagner in 2011. Keep calm Spencer!

Jarrod Lyle 22/1

lyle How impressive was Jarrod Lyle last week at Riviera? He finished the week tied for fourth on one of the toughest tracks of the year. The same precision iron play required to hit greens in regulation will be a requirement again this week. Lyle has played in this event three times and never been outside the top nine. T6 in 2009 was followed by a T9 in 2010 and a T5 last year. Big possibilities.


Odds setters staring at several screens in the big bookmaking firms are sweating on their swivel chairs at the prospect of having to pay out massive amounts of dough on a losing Rory McIlroy bet.

monkeyMost big bookmakers including paddypower had odds of 4/1 against Rory McIlroy becoming world number one at any time in 2012.  Now in Arizona at the WGC Accenture Matchplay McIlroy could edge within a Keegan Bradley spit of doing exactly that.

Bearing in mind that the official world golf ranking is based on a complex mathematical equation governed by a roomful of monkeys with some chalk and an egg it seems if world No 1 Luke Donald loses to Ernie Els in the first round or to Jason Dufner/Peter Hanson in the second then McIlroy could assume the No. 1 ranking should he take the title and the monkeys like him. 

It’s thought up to seven people with a tenner on the McIlroy bet stand to each gain 40 quid plus their stake back.


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