Quick thinking TaylorMade designers have managed to come up a new number cap to commemorate Sergio Garcia’s back nine in the first round of the WGC Cadillac Championship. It’s believed Sergio will wear the cap for the rest of the season.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
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.
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.”
Vatican 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.
Here’s designer Gil Hanse’s design for golf’s Olympic comeback in Rio 2016. The course design is layered onto a google maps type aerial photo on the site.
Here’s Dustin Johnson at the 18th tee in the WGC Cadillac at TPC Blue Monster. His drive misses the aerial cameraman on the crane by inches!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Here’s a link to a nice article on Phil’s Odyssey Blade Putter
Here’s a link to Phil’s 2011 Bag.
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.
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.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
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.
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
Bubba 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.
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
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Doc’s Dawn Raid Club Testing and Golf| Celtic Manor April 5th 2012
Masters At The Manor!Click here to view this page on the Golfbidder website
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— 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.
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 specs:
GAT 115 Iron-
Kick Point: 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.
Caroline Wozniacki invites Rory McIlroy down from the crowd to play a point against Maria Sharapova at Madison Square Gardens.
Monday, March 5, 2012
odds from betfair
Charl Schwartzel 34/1It’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 8/1I 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 week 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 15/1Beginning 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 34/1Rested 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 34/1Great 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 RestMatt 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.
Here’s Rory on the range in Killarney at 300 frames per second.
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.
Rory McIlroy assumed the world number one crown with a stunning win at the Honda Classic. Here are the highlights from the final round.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
- English is not actually English. Born and reared in Georgia. That’s where Augusta is.
- He is a Bulldog. That’s a University of Georgia graduate. Of business no less!
- Aged 22, today he will meet Rory McIlroy for the first time.
- Won two Nationwide Tours events as an amateur in 2011 including the “Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational”.
- Played Walker Cup in 2011 winning his two singles matches against Andy Sullivan and James Byrne.
- Turned pro after the Walker Cup.
- Finished 13 at PGA Q school to get his card.
Rory McIlroy leads by two heading into the final round of the 2012 Honda Classic. Here are the Third Round Highlights from the PGA Tour.