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The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Purse: $9,500,000

early odds on the exchanges

Luke Donald 17/1

Luke-Donald-006[4] Since 2003 the average number of times a player competed at Sawgrass before winning is eight. This year marks Donald’s tenth start with bests of a tied second in 2005 and tied fourth last year. Donald comes back this week after a weeks rest and hoping to continue his good recent run which includes a win at the Transitions and third last time out in New Orleans. Will Donald be back at World Number One this time next week in the ping pong game that is the World Golf Rankings.

Jason Day 40/1

day Almost the forgotten young gun of late with Rickie Fowler winning in Charlotte and Rory McIlroy once again taking over at world number one but Jason Day has been quietly going about his business and is primed to strike. Tied for ninth last week in his first tournament back since injuring his left ankle and having to withdraw at The Masters. Finished strongly last year with a Sunday 68 to tie for sixth and has the character to contend in marquee events such as this.

Francesco Molinari 80/1

francesc The Stadium Course at Sawgrass is a ball striker’s course with a roll of honour including names such as Mickelson, Garcia, Clark and Choi. For me Francesco Molinari is Europe’s best iron player and were it not for his erratic putting would be in contention far more often. The Italian however showed some flat blade prowess last week winning in a canter in Seville and by his own admission loves Sawgrass. Top tenned here in 2010 and is my nap of the week.

Ben Curtis 140/1

ben_curtis_2_lg Sawgrass rewards greens in regulation merchants and those who keep their ball in play with shorter guys like Toms, Choi and Tim Clark all excelling here in the recent past. The form man in that bracket according to the PGA Tour’s stats is Ben Curtis who last week in Charlotte added another top five finish to his win in Texas. What a whirlwind few weeks it has been for Curtis and on another Pete Dye layout this week its time to “make hay while the sun shines”!

Best Of The Rest

Nick Watney 38/1 came off a missed cut at the Zurich Classic to shoot 68, 64 in the opening rounds at Quail Hollow last week but didn’t match it at the weekend with 72, 74 dropping him down to 8th place. That should boost his confidence heading into Sawgrass where he shot 64 last year on Thursday on his way to tying fourth. Not the most reliable form wise but worth circling with your biro.

JB Holmes 130/1 is another man who tends to punch above his weight in this event with three top 10’s here in the last four years and is sure to be decent odds across the bookies this week after a Sunday 77 last week sent him sliding down the leaderboard. Tied sixth last year and third in 2010.

You cant help but feel for Henrik Stenson 120/1 who continues to battle with his game. The 2009 winner has strung some good rounds together at Bay Hill and Houston and even made a cameo at the Masters but hasn’t managed to hold it together for four rounds on the big stage of late. The Swede however retains one of the best Sawgrass records in the field and would really be a long odds glory shot.

 

Terror suspects being held in Guantanamo Bay are today celebrating former inmate Rickie Fowler’s win at Quail Hollow. 

ricky fowler gauntanamoSpokesperson for the inmates Khalid Al Jazeeri said “We are all really excited for Rickie and can’t wait to celebrate with him if we ever get out. We’re super psyched that he always wears our uniform on Sundays.  The mood is great here.  The guards even let us hang the right way up for the playoff which we got to see in five second bursts interspersed with ear piercing screams.  We couldn’t be happier”. 

Here’s what’s in Rickie Fowler’s golf bag. Updated 17th May 2012.
 
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On Friends

fowler mickelson Phil Mickelson is one of Rickie’s best mates on Tour and the pair often play practice rounds together. “He has been like a big brother to me and a really funny guy”, says Rickie. At the Phoenix Open Phil even came to Rickie’s rescue when a rowdy fan needed a little squaring up to!

On Looks

rickie_fowler_zac_effron Even before turning pro, Fowler’s marketing people have been grooming him for superstardom. He's been likened to Zac Efron of High School Musical fame though Rickie claims to have had the floppy hairstyle first. He gets his model looks from his half Japanese, half-Navajo Indian mother.
 

On Bikes

fowler bike He began playing golf at age three, but into his early teens Rickie Fowler's number one sport was motocross. That changed when Fowler was 14, when he suffered injuries in a dirtbike accident and resolved to concentrate on golf.
 

On Orange

fowler orange Fowler always wears orange on final round Sunday. Orange is the colour of Oklahoma State University, where Fowler became the first freshman ever to be awarded the NCAA Player of the Year honor in 2007.
As an amateur Fowler played in two Walker Cup matches, 2007 and 2009. He compiled a record of seven wins with only one one loss. He was the number one ranked amateur golfer in the world for 36 weeks during that period.
 

On The Boys

golf-boys Fowler is one of four golfers in the "Golf Boys" group along with fellow PGA Tour players Ben Crane, Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan. The Golf Boys released a YouTube video of the song "Oh Oh Oh" on the eve of the 2011 U.S. Open. Farmers Insurance is donating $1,000 to charity for every 100,000 views of the video. To date the video has received 4.7 million views. Rickie is a also a devout Christian. He meets up Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Jonathan Byrd and Webb Simpson and 16 to 50 others on a given week to attend Bible studies put on by the PGA Tour.
 

On Twitter

Fowler is a star of Twitter with almost 327,000 followers. His last tweet before every round always reads "GO TIME"!
 
Text of what’s in the Bag.
DRIVER:  Cobra AMP driver (8.3 degrees), with a Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White Board 73X shaft, tipped 1½ inches, 45½ inches long
Fairway: Ping i20 (15°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana X shaft. Shhhh! Don't tell anyone!
Hybrid:  Adams Idea Pro Black hybrid 20° with a Matrix Ozik XCON HM2 shaft. Cut short!
Irons: Cobra AMP Pro prototypes 4- through 9-iron with  True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour issue shafts.
Wedges: . (48°, 50°, 55°, 59°)-degree Titleist Vokey wedges
Putter: Scotty' Cameron GoLo mallet
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x


They did their best to keep him in the tournament for the week but in the end not even a free drop after a lost ball could save Tiger Woods from missing the cut.

Woods hit a ball into fans on the fifth but  no golf ball could be found.  One older man in the crowd said he thought he saw it come down.   PGA Tour vice president for rules and competition (and obviously huge Tiger Woods fan) Mark Russell said. “People said they saw the ball bounce and go in that area and when people got around it, then it was gone.”

Russell decided not to declare the lost ball, a lost ball. Woods finished 1 under and missed the cut.

Meanwhile Ryan Moore got a penalty heaped on him when his ball moved before he tapped it in on the 11th.  Apparently the rule change which was supposed to exonerate players who dont make their balls move didnt apply.

“I thought that was the whole point of the rule change after Webb Simpson’s incident last year,” Moore said. “I thought was to alleviate that because I certainly did not make the ball move and I thought that was the whole point of the rule change.”

The Rule says

Rule 18-2b – the Ball Moving After Address rule – was amended at the start of 2012 to state that a player may be excused from penalty “if their ball moves after it has been addressed when it is known or virtually certain that they did not cause the ball to move. For example, if it is a gust of wind that moves the ball after it has been addressed, there is no penalty and the ball is played from its new position.”

So its one rule for Tiger and a different rule for everyone else.

Second Round Highlights from the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship


It has always been a dream of mine to go to the Masters and now the selection process is open again.  A "very limited", (that's even less than limited!!), number of tickets are now available on www.masters.com.


The 2013 US  Masters takes place from April 11th - 14th and the application deadline is June 30, 2012.

Here's the 2013 US Masters Ticket application page.

PRACTICE ROUNDS TICKETS
Practice Rounds tickets are daily grounds passes valid for one of the three Practice Round days (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday). Practice Rounds tickets cost $50 each.

DAILY TOURNAMENT TICKETS
Daily Tournament tickets are daily grounds passes valid for one of the four Tournament days (Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday). Daily Tournament tickets cost $75 each.

For additional information regarding ticketing please contact the Masters Tournament Ticket Office at (706) 667-6700.  Good Luck!

Cant believe this but it's true. Most players would give their right testicle to play in any Major not least a US Open, but here's Paul Lawrie reasoning that though he has a place in the field, he's not going to take it.  He's played in four and made the cut once and reckons if he saves himself for the European Tour event in Cologne the following week, he stands a better chance of getting Ryder Cup points.


"My record in the U.S. Open is not good and I understand that it is a major, but I feel I have more chance of playing well at the BMW International Open the week after," Lawrie said at the Spanish Open. "I know people are going to be surprised ... but I stand more chance of earning Ryder Cup points at the BMW in Cologne then in the U.S. Open in California."

 "So it's a decision I had been thinking about for a long time and I knew it was going to be an issue but if you know you can't compete in a particular tournament, then why go?"


Bubba Watson is out of the Players Championship.  Here's how he told the world on twitter.

"I've decided to pull out of the Players. I need to spend more time with Caleb and Angie, plan to take at least a month off #familytime. The PLAYERS is one of the best weeks of the year but bonding with my son and wife is what it is all about right now.”"

We salute you Bubba!

Rory spoke yesterday about his light schedule in 2012 but nobody is telling us what is actually is. So here it is from this week on.

May 3rd- Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow
May 10th- The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass
May 24th- BMW PGA Championship, Wentworth
May 31st- The Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village
June 14th- US Open, Olympic Club
June 28th- Irish Open, Royal Portrush
July 19th- The Open, Royal Lytham
Aug 2nd- WGC Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone
Aug 9th- US PGA Championship, Kiawah Island

I'll update further when more events get confirmed.


Phil Mickelson may not act like it most of the time in public, but he has one of the best and most cutting senses of humour on Tour.

And when arch rival Tiger Woods decided this week to skip press conferences and send a video instead, Leftie wasn't going to miss the opportunity to have a go.

He enters the Quail Hollow press room for his own press conference, peers out at the journos all serious and says “Didn’t you guys see my video?”

Laughter and applause. Classic!



Legendary caddie Billy Foster may miss the US and British Opens after a freak injury involving a darn soccer ball.
Foster who was in Charlotte with Lee Westwood at the Wells Fargo Championship was just after telling fellow European Tour caddies he was too old to play in a mess around game, when he lunged to kick the ball and blew out ligaments in his knee.

"Yep you're too old alright," said an unnamed caddie just after.

''They asked me if I wanted to play, and my answer was I was too old for that. It was too dangerous,'' Foster on crutches said. ''I was just there to watch. Before the match, they were kicking the ball around, like I do at home with my boys. I stretched, and as soon as I planted, my knee collapsed. I heard it rip and crack, and I knew I was in trouble.''

Doctor's revealed Foster had torn ligaments and would be out for 6 to 8 weeks.  Casey Kerr is set to deputise.
Billy Foster is the second most famous caddie in the world, after Stevie Williams who is a great front runner.

Top marks to a golfwrx reader who spotted a Callaway staffer using what appeared to be a black Taylormade R11s driver.This can only mean one of two things.

  • White is gone. Lost forever. Black is back and was better all along.
  • He has got a sharpie marker and coloured in his R11s so that his Callaway sponsors wouldn't get angry! 
Do you have an explanation? Or better still, know the player?

A little birdie says it might be Garth Mulroy with a deadly sharpie!

Here's another good one from the USA, and from Florida of course, about one of those old guys who only brings his golf bag on the course to use as a vessel to hold balls retrieved from ponds. Albert Miller, 75, was "playing" the Lake Ashton Golf & Country Club in Lake Wales. 
Miller was just doing what old boys do, loitering around a pond on the 15th  searching for balls, when the resident alligator, who doesn't like people holding up play, decided to teach him a lesson.Ripping, biting, gouging, gashes, contusions, gaping wounds, stitches: all the usual stuff ensued but Mr Miller survived.
"I got four Pro V1's and Pinnacle Gold", the pensioner said afterwards from  his hospital bed. "I have more stitches than a hot air balloon  but it was well worth it!"

Shame on the New York Post for suggesting that Tiger Woods was being anything less than the monk with a vow of chastity we all know he is with their story about him scoping out girls in Las Vegas at the weekend.

According to the rag:

The fallen golf great was surveying bikini-clad girls at the Liquid Pool at Aria Resort and Casino on Saturday. Woods made a low-key entrance through the back door and relaxed in a cabana with a few male friends and “good-looking girls,” said witnesses. Soon a group of women began fighting to get his attention. One source said, “There was a frenzy . . . many girls were trying to get up to his cabana, but were unsuccessful.” Woods, coming off his worst performance ever at the Masters, “seemed to be more interested in the people he was with.”

While I like the definition of the “liquid pool” as if there’s any other type and appreciate the pun about Tiger’s “back door entrance”, I find this article thoroughly distasteful and at the level of a very popular and highly satirical internet golf blog. Yuk!

 

A video has emerged of Tiger Woods answering 19 facebook and twitter questions on the eve of his Quail Hollow appearance.  The grainy film, posted on his website, starts with Woods sitting legs crossed with an AK-47 speaking the words “Now listen carefully press infidels….”  Voice recognition experts have confirmed it is actually Woods speaking in the video.  He appears pale and gaunt, probably the result of hiding out in caves between tournaments in a desperate attempt to evade capture by the media.

Some Of The Things Woods Says In the video (click here to watch it):

On what he’s working on: "At the Masters, I was kind of struggling with my ball-striking a little bit," he said. "Sean and I fixed it. It had to do with posture. My setup wasn't quite right, as well as my takeaway. I just needed to do hundreds of reps. I'm getting dialed in."

On ever having had a double eagle:  He said he has made two during the 90’s but only in practice.

On his favourite trophy; The Claret Jug

On his monster putt at Sawgrass: "I wasn't trying to make it," he said. "I was trying to get it close and not three-putt. I was trying not to lose a shot. I'll take those accidents."

On his best putt ever: Four footer on 18th at Augusta in 1997. "To set the record, all the history it meant at the time, to have my dad there at the back of the green," he said. "By far it was the biggest."

On will he win this week: "I feel like I do, yes. I feel like if I do the things that we've been working on, and get my posture and takeaway dialled in, then yes, I feel like I have a good chance. I'm going to a golf course I like in Charlotte. I've won there before. The very next week is a tournament that I've also won at. They're two ball-striking events. You've got to hit the ball really well there at those two tournaments to give yourself a chance, and make a few putts at the same time. I'm looking forward to that."

by Ron for golfcentraldaily.com in Charlotte

Billy Haas is in hot water with the PGA Tour after several complaints came in from fellow players regarding Haas’ incessant rambling about Nursery Rhymes in the players locker room at the recent RBC Heritage event.

“He just wouldn’t give up ranting about Humpty Dumpty” said fellow pro Carl Pettersson. “He questioned the reasoning behind sending ALL the King’s horses and ALL the King’s men to attempt to put an egg back together. Billy said something like

‘Why did they need to send them ALL? Surely a delegation would have been better.  What if the country had been invaded while ALL the King’s elite soldiers and horses were off fixing a damn egg?  Seems a bit wreckless and irresponsible.  And another thing, how could horses with hooves instead of fingers have the tactile versatility and precision to glue together an egg?’ 

He was getting really upset foaming at the mouth and stuff,” Pettersson added.

ron flash The North Carolina native has been banned from speaking to anyone except his caddie at this week’s Wells Fargo Championship in his home state of North Carolina.  It’s believed Haas has been recently studying Little Miss Muffet and was planning to question fellow pros on the credibility of “Curds and Whey” as a foodstuff.

 

We’ve given Bendy Kennedy the week off to shoot more Yoga snaps and vids for us.  Ever since Bubba’s draw shot at the Masters we’ve had lots of requests asking exactly how to work the ball with modern clubs. So we took the opportunity to ask one of the Ireland’s best teachers Wayne O’Callaghan.

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The first step you need to understand to hit a draw which is a shot that curves from right to left for a right handed player is that you will need to aim the clubface where you want the ball to start not the flag. If you were to aim at the flag the ball will start there and draw away from it, so its important you aim right of where you want the ball to finish.

The body should be aligned to the right of you target line as demonstrated in the picture with the alignment rods. The path of the swing will have to be swung on the bodys alignment not the target line. It should feel as if you are swinging out to the right of the target line but with the clubface square to the target line it will produce hook spin which will curve the ball from right to left.

A common misconception is that if you aim the clubface at the flag and simply align the body to the right of target the ball will start right and draw to the target. This is false as the clubface will dictate the path the ball starts on.

For more details check out

Reale Seguros Open de España, Real Club de Golf de Sevilla, Seville, Spain 03 May 2012 - 06 May 2012

also check out my 2012 Wells Fargo Championship Betting Tips here

Alex Noren 30/1

noren We tipped Alex last week and though he finished just outside the money places we are sticking with him for one more week. Noren has the fitness to get back from Korea and contend straight away here in Seville. Opened with a horror 75 at the Ballantine’s last week but battled back with rounds of 66, 69, 69 for his second consecutive top-10. Has gone low on this course before and definitely worth a look.

Nico Colsaerts 16/1

Nicolas_Colsaerts-425x284 Took last week off after his second in China and now has a haul of five top-10’s for the season including a second, third and fourth. The Belgian played well here in 2010, the last time the event was staged at this venue. That one was won by Alvaro Quiros, another huge hitter. This time around Colsaerts is the form player of the two.

George Coetzee 26/1

george A win must be coming soon for George Coetzee as he bears down on Tour start number 69 in Seville this week. The South African brings back to back top10’s home from the Asian swing and appeared full of confidence when interviewed for TV at Blackstone. Missed the cut at elPrat last year but I cant see a recurrence of that. Quite the opposite in fact, I expect him to contend.

Paul Lawrie 27/1

paul lawrie masters[4] You could make a case for Peter (winner here in 2008) or Paul Lawrie but I’m going for the Scot this week. A winner in Qatar and on a decent run since , reaching the last 16 of the WGC Matchplay, playing well at Augusta and again in China. Lawrie tied for fifth last year at El Prat and has played well in Seville before too finishing tied for sixth here in 2010.

Best Of The Rest

It’swattel only tournament number 40 for the young French star Romain Wattel (80/1) and he has already notched up four top-10’s, two of which have been in Spain. In the sixties at the weekend again in Korea where he tied for 12th and definitively one to watch.

Francesco Molinari 18/1 is a man with no top 10 in this last five staging’s of this event but watching him in China two weeks back there was definitely more than a glimmer of hope. He’s been in the top 20 in his last five events and due a break soon.

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Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina, Purse: $6,500,000
Winner Alright: Last week we tipped winner Jason Dufner at 30/1, and Luke Donald third at 12/1
early odds on exchanges

Bill Haas 50/1

Haas was actually born in Charlotte and played his college golf at Wake Forest like his Dad Jay before him. Missed the cut last time out at the RBC Heritage but I expect a big week from the Demon Deacons alumni. Already a winner at the Northern Trust back in February, Haas finished fourth here last year and has vital experience on this extremely tough track.

Jonathan Byrd 85/1

Last year Byrd came off two missed cuts to just lose out in a playoff to Lucas Glover. Rested since a top-30 at Augusta, Byrd is another who knows the course well both as professional and amateur having attended Clemson University and could be worth a look from extremely generous odds of 85/1.

Jim Furyk 40/1

Great to see Jim Furyk returning to form in this Ryder Cup year and he will be hoping to ensure his place on the Team bus with another big week on a course tailor made for his game. Though without a win since the 2010 Tour Championship, Jim has come close recently at the Transitions losing a playoff to Luke Donald. Just out of the top 10 at Arnie’s event and the Masters, then eighth last time out at Hilton Head. A past winner here in 2006, Furyk been 11th or better in three of the last four stagings.

Phil Mickelson 13/1

I rarely back Phil after a layoff but he loves the greens at Quail Hollow and always gives value for money. Had this event by scruff of the neck last year until a poor back nine on the Saturday set him back. Nevertheless Leftie has a record of finishing 12th or better every year since 2007 with a best of second to McIlroy (who plays this week) in 2010. Has already been first (Pebble Beach), second (Riviera), third (Augusta) and fourth (Houston) this season!

Best Of The Rest

webb[3] I’m going with locals this week! Webb Simpson 42/1was born in Charlotte and like Bill Haas attended Wake Forest University. He knows Quail Hollow inside out and I saw a fresh spark in him last week in New Orleans where he posted his first under par finish in four events coming 13th. Belly putters seem to do well on the greens also and I give Webb a real chance. Finished 21st last year, a poor 74 on Saturday spoiled his week. Former Major champ Lucas Glover 160/1 went to Clemson in South Carolina and is also a course specialist. As well as winning last season he has finished tied for second here in 2009 and tied fourth in 2006 on a course ranked second toughest on the PGA Tour’s rota outside Majors.
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A great weekend for our golf betting tips with first Marcus Fraser tying third in Korea from 32/1 and then Jason Dufner holding strong for a win from 32/1.  A bet of €10 each way on Jason would have yielded €400 plus your stake.

Make sure you check out our 2012 Wells Fargo and Open deEspana betting tips this week on golfcentraldaily and podcast on Newstalk's Golf Weekly.

Bubba Watson can do no wrong.  Have you heard the one about him hammering a spectator at the Zurich Classic? The Masters Champ was "working" the ball bubba hit guy horribly right to left and "worked" it onto the head of motorcycle shop owner's head Radd Leonard.  Leonard, 52, through bloodstained bandages declared himself glad he was able to help Watson back into the fairway, where the ball landed after striking him.

"I saw it coming and it looked like it was hooking right at me. I wanted to see that big hook, you know, and I got to see it. I turned and ducked and it still hit me," Leonard said. "It gave him a good bounce, anyway."

After paying Leonard the statutory compensation for such an injury, a signed glove, Watson's caddie, Ted Scott, delivered this one liner while pointing further down the fairway, "We're glad you're all right, but if you could just angle your head a little differently next time ..."

After a big hearty laugh from the crowd, Watson and caddie went about their business, leaving Leonard on his knees, bloodstains on his shirt and bandages on his head, but completely satisfied at being “worked” into another amazing Bubba escape shot.

This is my course review of Golf Las Americas in Tenerife.  I was out to Playa De Las Americas recently on a family holiday and decided to mosey up there to check it out.  Now if its flowery descriptions you are after in your golf reviews, off you toddle to Golf World or somewhere like that. I wont waste your time.  But here’s how I got on in lay man’s language.

Getting There

18thRyanair fly from my local airport (Knock in Ireland) to Tenerife South.  If you don’t mind Ryanair’s policy of ritual humiliation where you attempt to mash your bag into a wrought iron square frame in front of 100 people and can handle the Priority/All Other Gimps queuing policy it’s relatively cheap and easy to get there.  It might be easier if the Ryanair lady shouted “Crouch, Touch, Pause….,Engage” before they let us on though.  Once at the airport you can get fleeced on a taxi to Playa de las Americas for about €25 quid or get the lovely TITSA bus, yes that’s what it’s called, for less than a euro.  Being a pleb, of course I got the taxi.

Is There Grass?

green_on_16_n[1] Now my first criteria for golf courses in hot climates is “Is There Grass?” I once visited a course in Spain that looked like one of those salt plains where they do those land speed records. You know where yer man James Hammond nearly got wiped.  The good news in Golf Las Americas is there is grass.  Loads of it.  In fact you would be hard pushed to find any bare patch on fairway, rough or green on the property without the exact requisite amount of the stuff. So good are the greens by the way, that you wont find any plugmarks bar the ones you make yourself on them.  Green staff go out to each green, morning and evening, forensically fixing any little craters.  I like touches like that on a golf course.  It means attention to detail. It means quality.  You wont find find a bunker looking like the top of a lasagne either; they’re all raked to what I call Tour standard; the top inch or so is fluffy and it’s firm enough beneath not to allow the ball to plug.  Speaking of Tour’s, Golf Las Americas has had the Ladies European Tour a bunch of times so that should give a good indication of what we’re dealing with here.

Bubba or Langer Course?

par_three[1]By modern standards the course is short.  That’s not to say there aren’t a couple of kickass par fours for the big batters. In general however it’s a precision course.  The fairways from the tees are generous but it tightens near the tiny greens which are small, fast and just a bit dangerous.  The front nine is definitely tougher than the back, so don’t worry if you’re pummelled a bit going out, you’ll have some chances to score on the way home.  My favourite hole on the course was the par-3 seventh (pictured); 200ish yards from the back sticks with water on the left.  Tough.  The GPS in the buggies is from the future too. Make sure you check that out.

Surely Its Too Hot For Golf

German_hitting[1] I hate people who say that.  Maybe if you’re over 85 and have a dodgy ticker.  Otherwise No.  Isn’t there a bit of a contradiction in that people who think it’s too hot to play golf will happily cover themselves in factor 0 baby oil and sizzle on a deck chair by a pool?  Get real and get out there.  Common misconception- it’s actually cooler for golf in Tenerife in the Summer than the Winter.

Do You Speak The English?

Brendan_breen[1]The guy I met was a tall tanned chap by the name of Brendan Breen.  He’s from Ireland so his command of the English language was okay. Better than average even!  We had a good chat. Brendan’s been out in Tenerife for years and is one of only three Irishmen alive that can speak Spanish!

Power Shower or Watering Can?

lockers  When it comes to rating golf courses, I’m a big believer in facilities.  You want a shower that is the equivalent of a powerhose with water that can actually get hotter than you can bare, if you want it to.  I want towels, lots of them. Not ones you have to beg for or leave a deposit for. You want the locker room to be neat and carpety and stuff, not like the away dressing room of the local pitch. Golf Las Americas has all this good stuff. In spades.

You want there to be a practice ground near the first tee, with loads of balls, which cannot also be used for table tennis.  You want the pro shop to have loads of tee shirts and average Joe retail opportunities, not Faberge Raingear that costs a grand.  You want rental clubs to be Taylormade R11’s, not Niblick Golds.  You want a cool bar and restaurant that overlook the 18th, not a truckstop cafe.   Golf Las Americas has all this good stuff too. In trumps.

So Thumbs Up Or Down?

pro_shop[1] Whenever I go on holidays I spend the week trying to figure out other things to do besides sit by the pool and fry all day.  Pubs with signs like “Premiership Live Here: Stoke v Wigan” are strangely more appealing on holiday than they ever would be at home.  So if you are like me and would rather get up and play a round of golf than read a book by the pool, I highly recommend checking out Golf Las Americas.  You wont be disappointed.  It’s a thumbs up from me.

Contact Details

bust[1] Website: http://en.golflasamericas.com/

Rates:http://en.golflasamericas.com/rates/

Hotel: http://en.golflasamericas.com/hotel/

Contact Details:

Address:
Golf Las Américas, Calle Landa Golf Nº 22, 38660 Playa de las Américas, Tenerife, Islas Canarias, España.

Telephone:
+34 922 752005

Fax:
+34 922 795250

Email:
reservas@golf-tenerife.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/golfamericas

 

After months of bitter opposition to the placing of controversial wind turbines one mile from the site of his latest golf course, Donald Trump, on a visit to Scotland, has done a dramatic U-Turn and is now giving them his blessing.

The events transpired after Trump met with Scotland yesterday and declared “Scotland, you’re fired!  Only joking but if you pursue this policy of these monstrous turbines, Scotland will go broke,” he said. “They are ugly, they are noisy and they are dangerous. If Scotland does this, Scotland will be in serious trouble and will lose tourism to places like Ireland, and they are laughing at us.”

Scotland then sat Trump down, handed him a glass of finest malt whiskey and unveiled an alternate wind turbine design, with each blade featuring a 40 foot portrait of The Apprentice star. It’s thought the hot air created in each head will greatly boost the energy output.

Pic: Alternate wind turbine design which Trump favours

Two hours later the pair emerged on the steps of the Scottish Parliament where Trump sluured “I love wind turbines, especially these ones.  They are really super to look at. And hey who needs seagulls anyway? All they do is shit on people. And all that stuff about them being noisy, I just made that up.  Everybody knows you cant hear anything other than the sound of rain beating against your face when golfing in Scotland.  As for the new turbines, I’ve commissioned one hundred of these beauties.  Ireland will never laugh at Scotland again. Ever.”

More as it emerges.

 

Providence, Rhode Island- Hall of Fame golfer Gary Player was plunged into controversy today after doubt was cast over some of his most famous fitness claims.

gary player sit ups

Can somebody help lift this thing off my belly please?

Speaking to a hastily assembled media gathering 18 year old Chad Dumbell said “There’s no way that Gary Player does a 1000 sit ups a day.  I watched a video of Mr Player on youtube and those things he does are called stomach crunches. Any dumbass knows a sit-up goes all the way up, then back down flat.  And useless he’s counting like ‘One, two, skip a few, ninety-nine, a hundred’, he never does a 1000.

This new evidence backs up a 2008 claim by Phil McGleno who said on a forum, “He's blowing smoke up your ass. He doesn't even do 50 a day. He stayed in my friend's guest house a few years ago and would wake up after 8am, drink a bunch of coffee, and sit outside reading the paper. Then he'd shower, get dressed, and head out. At night he'd fall asleep in the La-Z-Boy and then eventually wander to bed.”  

John Paramor has been called in to investigate the claims.  An announcement is due when he gets around to it.

 

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Donald Trump brought the entire Scottish Parliament to the set of The Apprentice yesterday to argue against wind turbines being erected alongside his new golf course.
Among the compelling arguments Trump makes (4 mins in to the video)

  • Wind turbines kill birds
  • The wind isn't blowing when you need it most (in Scotland!)
  • Tourism in Ireland will increase (and we wouldn't want that, would we?)
For the record, I personally think they should put the turbines elsewhere but the circus is amusing.

And by the way congratulations to Royal Aberdeen which during the session 23 mins 23 seconds in was declared to be "On the Open Rota" by a member of the Scottish Parliament.  Mind you, he was wearing tinted glasses so......



Korea- A photoshoot on the eve of the Ballantine’s Championship descended into chaos yesterday after four players got pissed drunk on whiskey and decided to recreate the hit movie, The Hangover.

Ballantines

The shoot to promote Ballantine’s, a brand of whiskey, and sponsor of this week’s event started off innocently with Adam Scott, Ian Poulter, Darren Clarke and Miguel Angel Jimenez being joined by Sang Moon Bae, YE Yang and another guy who looks like them.  Things went downhill rapidly as Jimenez and Clarke complained throughout that their glasses were empty.  Ian Poulter then started singing a derogatory song aimed at ex Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor only to be joined by Scott, who had cut the sleeves off his tuxedo and was missing a front tooth.

Speaking to reporters European Tour chief George O’Grady said “I don’t know who in our organization thought it would be okay to bring Jimenez, Clarke an Aussie and an Arsenal fan to a whiskey photoshoot but I’m going to find out. I look away for one second and this happens.  It’s the equivalent of the PGA Tour sending Tiger Woods to open a whorehouse.”

Poulter, Scott, Clarke and Jimenez (driving) were later apprehended in a stolen police car.  Yang and Bae were found bundled in the boot.  Nobody knows who or where the seventh man is or was.

 

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