April 2012

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ben curtis tipHP Byron Nelson Championship, TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, Texas,Purse: $6,500,000

Winner Alright: Last week we tipped Ben Curtis to tied second at 140/1.


Keegan Bradley 21/1

maar01_keegan_bradley[2] Defending this week in only his 43rd tournament on Tour. Last week at the Players hopefully saw the end of Keegan’s mini slump of two missed cuts in New Orleans and Quail Hollow. Last years winning total was four under as the field battled winds of 30 mph all week. Bradley won after a a sudden death playoff with Ryan Palmer.


Jason Day 27/1

day After a top 10 at Quail Hollow I tipped Jason to perform at The Players but he ended up missing the cut by one shot. Rather than write him off however I’m going to give the Aussie another shot this week as his game is tailored made for this Las Colinas layout, especially if the wind blows as it has done for the past two years. Day needed only 101 putts when he won here in 2010 and went 69, 67 at the weekend to finish fifth when defending last year. Surely a change in fortune is on the cards this week.


Jason Dufner 20/1

 jason dufner The Zurich Classic winner took a week off before returning to the fray at The Players but struggled to find his form throughout. Dufner however can be major threat again this week, as he tends to thrive on tougher courses. One of the few players to break par in the final round last year, he ended up in a tie for eighth. Those who waggle their clubs are not popular on Tour right now, but for Jason we’ll make an exception!


Ernie Els 30/1

ernie els Winless since December 2010, the odds on Ernie Els are a healthy 30/1 and ever increasing. Els has decided to include this event in his schedule after bypassing it for the past number of years. Though he missed the cut at Sawgrass, three top fives in his last six starts, including being second to Dufner in New Orleans, is impressive and Els is a master in windy conditions. I think he has circled this event as one at which he can break through again.


Best Of The Rest

Overton funny[6] Don’t discount last weeks winner Matt Kuchar 15/1 for a second. The man is so laid back he can continue to produce good golf on a course where he tied for sixth last year.

With three top 10’s in his last six events Brian Davis 55/1 returns to a happy hunting ground at TPC Four Seasons. Davis has top 10’d twice out of the three cuts he has made here with a best of solo second in 2009 behind Rory Sabbatini in benign conditions. If the wind is low this week, Davis will certainly be one to watch.

Jeff Overton 50/1 followed an opening 78 at Sawgrass with a 69 but missed the cut on 3 over. I had expected more from the Ryder Cupper who seems to be on the way back up after early season top fives at The Transitions and in Houston. Jeff tied for second here in 2010 and shot a 64 in the opening round last year on his way to tied eighth. I expect a good performance.

And finally is he’s in the mood after another top 10 last week at The Players, keep an eye on Carl Pettersson from 32/1. A recent win at The Heritage and a second in Houston, 2012 is turning out to be a bumper year for the bumpy Swede. Faded at the weekend last season but not before some impressive stuff in the opening rounds.

Phil Mickelson took 29 and 28 putts in his first two rounds at Sawgrass but expect better today when he returns his familiar heel-shafted Odyssey Blade.
 Mickelson will use the Odyssey PT82 model with the aimline on the back . The length of the putter is 34 inches, and the grip is a Lamkin 3-GEN R.E.L. pistol grip in white. The loft of the putter is three degrees and it's the one that helped him win the 2012 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am earlier in the year.

If you've backed any of the players listed below, you can tear up your ticket. There's always next year for

Rory McIlroy- “It’s just — I just find it pretty difficult.”
Hunter Mahan- Two-time winner in 2012
Steve Stricker, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions winner
Ben Crane- first round 67
Webb Simpson, K.J. Choi defending, Brandt Snedeker, Kyle Stanley and Mark Wilson, Vijay and DL3

The Players Championship 2012 Second Round Highlights

Ian Poulter dressed all in Bubba white set the pace during the first round of the 2012 Players Championship.  Here are the highlights from the PGA Tour.

Tiger Woods again struggled during the first round.  His problem was his wedge play.  On approaches from 50 to 125 yards, Woods is ranked 178th on the stats hitting in to an average 22 feet. Yesterday on the fourth Woods made a bogey from 108 yards out.
Not every approach was poor however. Check out this approach from 75 yards on the par-5 ninth.  He sank the putt. Unfortunately it was for par.

Balls in the water on 17
18 balls found the water on the 17th in round one.

Angel Cabrera (3 balls and made 9) K.J. Choi
Rory McIlroy Mark Wilson
Bo Van Pelt Sung Kang
Cameron Tringale Louis Oosthuizen
Camilo Villegas Rod Pampling
J.B. Holmes Scott Verplank
Jeff Overton Bob Estes
Troy Matteson John Senden

Big Break Ireland winner Mark Murphy is fresh from a visit to the Scotty Cameron fitting studio in San Diego where he got fitted for a custom Scotty flatstick.

"It was the most amazing experience as a golfer I've ever had. I'm a new man", said Murph after going through a fitting process involving ten high speed cameras.

Afterwards good friend and caddie at the recent Zurich Classic, Rocco Mediate, showed off the new heel toe weighted mallet.

Mark is due back in Ireland in early June for some family time before heading to Royal Portrush to take his place in the field for the 2012 Irish Open. Finger's crossed that his shamrock sprinkled Scotty will can everything it sees!

Golfers, Dads, Mums it’s not often you get to see a European Tour winner in action up close and personal so thanks to Paul O’Gorman for telling us that Shane Lowry will be taking part in a pitch and putt exhibition at 3pm this Sunday May 13th in Erry Pitch and Putt Club, Clara, Co. Offaly.

Challenge Matchplay May 2012 Shane will be showcasing his talents in the “scoring zone” in an effort to help Clara Playground Group as part of their fundraising efforts for 2012.

The former Irish Open champion will challenge Irish International Pitch and Putt Captain and legend of the short game, Tracey McGrath in a 36 hole Matchplay Challenge.

Everyone is invited and it’s a great chance to not only see the skill levels of a Tour winner, but also to grab a pic and an autograph with Shane Lowry.  The venue Erry Pitch and Putt has been honoured as the finest facility of its kind in the country and a fitting venue for the event.

For more event info contact Padraig O'Shea on Padraig@ppui.ie or Tim McMahon of the Clara Playground Group @ 0851740453.


Thanks to a reader for sending in a copy of a query sent to European Tour chief referee John Paramor and the response.  I know I’ll always be on the side of the players and I’ve been critical of both the way the rules are applied to those players the cameras are trained on as opposed to those who are not being filmed, and the influence of TV viewers in suspected rules breaches, but regardless you have to credit Mr Paramor in this instance for a pretty detailed response.
I wonder what he thought about Tiger Woods getting a free drop for a lost ball in Quail Hollow?
Start from the bottom and read up.


I'm a big Desperate Housewives fan and am pretty cut up that it's coming to an end after eight years.  Still though, there is some good to come of it with the news that Eva Longoria aka Gabrielle Solis is to swap her Gold Card for a Golf Cart.

The 37-year-old is to take up golf  and had her first attempt at the George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic in California.

Here she is in action but bear in mind that she five foot nothing tall and that's a men's driver.  After a few fresh airs somebody yelled just strike a pose and Eva just produced this!

This is super cool, a wristwatch-esqe rangefinder from Bushnell
Wristworn rangefinders are not a new invention (Garmin and Expresso Satellite Navigation are two already having models) but this is the first incarnation of Bushnell, the GPS and laser market leader. The Bushnell Neo+ Golf GPS Watch comes pre loaded with a library of mapped courses and gives front, middle and back distances in yards and metres. It recognizes a loaded course automatically. Off the course, the Bushnell Neo+ Golf GPS Watch includes an actual watch and an odometer. In GPS mode the watch is tougher on the battery but has a projected life of about 14 hours. The price is not yet confirmed in Europe but is expected to be in the region of €170 and is $200 in the USA.

keegan bradley funny Keegan Bradley is coming to this years Irish Open in Royal Portrush.  And while here, he might do some root digging as the Bradley clan come from Ballycotton in Cork.  Keegan’s aunt Pat Bradley herself a hall of famer has often referred to his Irish toughness helping him win last years PGA Championship.  She is a member of the Old Head of Kinsale and Kenmare.

The Irish Open now has three of the four current Major Champions in the field along with half of the last European Ryder Cup team. Bring it on!


This weekend Europe’s top amateur golfers will gather at Royal Dublin Golf Club for the 2012 Irish Amateur Open Championship.  We hooked up with current Ireland international Aaron Kearney to check out what’s in the bag.

Getting To Know Aaron

Date Of Birth: 26/5/86
Club: Castlerock
Residence: Limavady
Handicap: +2.0
  • Irish International Team Member 2011, 2012
  • Runner Up Irish Close Championship 2011
  • Rosapenna Scratch Cup Winner 2011
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
That’s a toughie but I’d like to think I’ll be winning on the European Tour! I’m playing full time right now and that’s my goal.
Favourite Film?
andy defresne record scene My Favourite Film is The Shawshank Redemption. When Andy Defresne locks himself into the warden’s office, sits back and plays that record over the speakers to the entire prison, that there is cinema gold!
Who’s In Your Dream Fourball?
Me along with Rory McIlroy, Tiger (if he’s fit to play!) and my coach Johnny Foster.

What’s on your iPod at the moment?
Flo-Rida-Rapper Right now I’m listening to a lot of Flo Rida. He’s an American rapper whose real name is Tramar Dillard so I’m not surprised he changed it! I started listening to him while practicing in Florida in January. Check out “Wild One”.

Favourite Team?
I’m a Manchester United man. It’s asses in the bacon slicer time for us!

Who is the best James Bond and why?
goldeneye They’re all pretty good but the best 007 for me has to be Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s because he looks like me!

When you’re not golfing you are?
Playing football! I just play with my mates but used to play left back for for Limavday in the Irish League. I made a few Milk Cup appearances too like Messi and Fabregas!

Who is the most underrated pro on Tour?
jason day I think Aussie Jason Day is a seriously good player and goes under the radar a bit. He has Majors in him.

What’s the best program on TV?
planet earth Planet Earth. It’s a nature series from the BBC that took five years to make. It’s narrated by David Attenborough but in the USA they got Sigourney Weaver to do the voiceovers!

And finally, its the question about the deserted island. Who is the woman walking towards you?
Tulisa-X-Factor-007 Tulisa. She is hot. The X Factor wont be same without her!

Anne Marie Kennedy from Yoga For Golf Ireland is our teaching bay contributor. Anne Marie works with Ireland’s elite amateurs, training them to maximize their flexibility, and power in their game through yoga. For more details check out www.yogaforgolf.ie.

The Reverse Triangle works on increasing lower body strength and stability to facilitate an increased rotation in the upper body to generate more power in your golf swing.


INSTRUCTION: From an upright position at the top of your mat, take a big step back with the right leg. Keep the right foot at a 45 degree angle. Bring the right hip forward to square both hips with the top of your mat. Keep both legs straight and active, grounding down through the feet for stability. Inhale lift and extend the right arm up trying to create as much length as possible. Exhale fold over the left leg bringing the right hand down to the baby toe side of the left foot. If you find it difficult to reach the floor place a block or stack some books under your hand. Inhale and rotate the left shoulder back opening up the chest. Extend the left arm up towards the ceiling and take the gaze to the palm if the neck will allow. If not, keep the gaze forward. Hold for 5-10 breaths and repeat on the other side.



In between hourly shaves European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal has been chatting about this September 28th's grudge match.  And it looks like Europe, in deep recessionary times are going to cut the number of assistants to the Captain to just two, one of whom is strongly rumoured to be Paul McGinley.

On the US side, also in recesssion but not admitting it, DL3 will have four assistants.

Olazabal also issued a rallying cry (of sorts) to Padraig Harrington saying ''for players like Harrington, the ball is still in his court.''

Great press conference with Peter Alliss telling it like is about Tiger Woods.

I find as an old player and the son of one of the best players of his time, who was also a very good teacher in a simplistic way, I do not understand the thinking of Tiger Woods.  I think his golfing brain for some reason or other is completely addled.
Perhaps the good part of his brain for a period drained from here (indicating side of head) down to here (indicating lap), and that caused him great distress, probably a modicum of enjoyment at the time.  But he's gone.  And for somebody who can play and did play, he hit a few wild shots, but he was Gulliver in a land of Lilliputians.  We're talking about Nicklaus, Palmer, Player.  There was Floyd and Trevino and Casper and another 10, 12 competitors.  He didn't have one real for 10 years.  He didn't have a real chaser, a real competitor.  He dominated everyone.  He frightened everybody.  Then he gets into this trouble with the ladies, and seemingly he loses it, and then he has to start again.
I'm not saying I'm a great teaching guru.  I'd love to have a half an hour.  If I couldn't put him right ‑‑ if he can get this right, if he couldn't be put right in an hour, I'd go home and stick my head in a bucket of ice water, because to me it's so simple.  You stand and you swing.
Last year's Masters, I've known Arnold Palmer since he was a boy, and we've had some great battles, and we were sitting at the end of the new practice ground at Augusta, and there 50 yards away is Tiger Woods at the green nearest the television facility being shown how to chip.  You must do it this way, this way.  And I said to Arnold, are we seeing ‑‑ are we going?  He was the greatest chipper in the world for a period, and this guy is teaching ‑‑ no, don't do it that way.  It's like Pavarotti saying I'm fed up being a tenor; I think I'm going to sing as a baritone.  Land sake.  That's as stupid as that in my opinion.
That's not a criticism, it's an opinion.  But that's why he's fuddled and befuddled.  As Dan says, three swings, Gary Player, talking to him this afternoon, doing all these sort of things.  Trevino played that way and thank God never had a lesson, otherwise we never would have heard of him maybe.  But he's gone.  He's gone at this moment.

Peter Alliss, Phil Mickelson and Sandy Lyle were among those inducted into the Hall Of Fame last night.  Never one to let the side down, Alliss stole the show with an old school story and this one finger salute.
Here's the transcript of the story

"So it's time to‑‑ I could waffle on for another four or five hours.  I just want to say this:  I think of it often because I did leave school early.  I was quite bright, but I remember my last report which was sent home. 
We had a headmistress that my modest school was called cross by house school.  She was a Mrs.Violet Weymouth, and she was a short Welsh woman.  She always had a cigarette dangling out of her mouth and the smoke used to trickle up here, and you could see where the smoke went.  There was sort of a brown line up there.  But she was‑‑ you didn't mess about with Mrs. Weymouth, I can tell you that.  I'm always staggered today where I read that children go to school and beat up the teachers.  They wouldn't have done that in my day, I'll tell you.  But I remember the last report she sent back to my parents, and it went something like this:  Peter does have a brain, but he's rather loathe to use it.  His only interests appear to be the game of golf and Violet Pretty, a girl I liked.  She never knew about Iris Baker, but they were the two that uced me to some of the ways of the world, for which I'll be eternally grateful.  And although we were very young, I wish to God we could do it today. 
I fear for his future were the last words she wrote on my report.  So mom and dad died a long, long time ago, and if there is such a thing as heaven and if people do look down, well, mom, dad, here we are.  Look at this lot.  Look where I've been, look what I've done.  Never worked very hard at it.  But it's all fallen into place.  Lovely family, lovely wife, looks after me, shouts a bit occasional.  But they are remarkable.  They put up with all my nonsense, and I love them dearly. 
And Mrs.Weymouth, if you're there", (flips the bird).

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 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 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.

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