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us_open_20122012 US Open, THE OLYMPIC CLUB,
San Francisco, California
June 11-17, 2012 

Luke Donald 12/1


donald simpson banter[8]If Luke Donald is to win a Major, this has to be the perfect location in which to do it.   Donald lies eighth in driving accuracy, leads the Tour in scrambling and ranks highly in pretty much everything else. Except driving distance.  Just as well so that this will be the shortest US Open track in a long while with the emphasis on a whole different skillset to the norm.

 

Jason Dufner 25/1


Eor-Dunkee-psd32636You just wonder was Jason Dufner wise to rest off tournament golf since the Colonial a few weeks back.  Dufner was on a roll of two wins at the Zurich Classic and Byron Nelson and was just overtaken by Zach Johnson at Colonial.  However if he can hit the ground running at the Olympic Club with the same temperament and regulation golf that we saw last month, he has to have a great chance.  Performed well at last seasons USPGA in coming second to Keegan Bradley and is the form dog coming into the week.

 

Matt Kuchar 28/1


kucharMatt Kuchar has a simple repeating swing and the patient demeanour to win what promises to be an ultra tough US Open.  Kuchar had a shot at winning the Masters this year tying third in the end, then showed he has the guts to win in exalted company at Sawgrass.  Kuch turned 20 on final round Sunday when the US Open was last held at the Olympic Club in 1998.  He competed as an amateur and tied for 14th. "I can remember walking off the course at Olympic Club and just being dead tired after my rounds at the U.S. Open," he said of the occasion. Top 15 in the last two stagings.

 

Brandt Snedeker 100/1


Things havent got so smoothly for Snedeker since starting the season with a win at The Farmers Insurance Open.  The highlights have been good weeks at the Accenture and Volvo Matchplays and a top 20 at the Masters.  He also withdrew from the Memorial with a rib strain so all eyes will be on his form in Memphis in the lead up.  Sneds no nonsense routine eliminates a lot of the US Open headfunking and his results have borne that out. Tied for 11th last year at Congressional and tied eighth at Pebble in 2010. Add another tied ninth When Tiger and Rocco battled it out in 2008, and that's three top 10's in the last four stagings for the visored one.

Louis Oosthuizen 40/1


72653950WL013_Open_de_FrancLouis Oosthuizen is one of my favourite players so I need a bit of leeway on this one.  Oosthuizen has won a Major already and did so with all the class and poise of a man who has plenty more in the locker.  Stood tall in the face defeat at Augusta and even won the following week in Malaysia.
Though he has been quiet since, and missed the cut badly at Jack's place is one for the biggest of occasions. Tied for ninth last year at Congressional.

Past Top 10's

2011
1    -       Rory McIlroy      -16    F    -2    65    66    68    69    268
2    1       Jason Day    -8    F    -3    71    72    65    68    276
T3    12       Kevin Chappell    -6    F    -5    76    67    69    66    278
T3    -       Robert Garrigus      -6    F    -1    70    70    68    70    278
T3    -       Lee Westwood      -6    F    -1    75    68    65    70    278
T3    1       Y.E. Yang    -6    F    E    68    69    70    71    278
T7    8       Peter Hanson    -5    F    -4    72    71    69    67    279
T7    1       Sergio Garcia    -5    F    -1    69    71    69    70    279
T9    18       Charl Schwartzel    -4    F    -5    68    74    72    66    280
T9    12       Louis Oosthuizen      -4    F    -4    69    73    71    67    280
2010
1    1       Graeme McDowell    E    F    +3    71    68    71    74    284
2    2       Gregory Havret      +1    F    +1    73    71    69    72    285
3    1       Ernie Els    +2    F    +2    73    68    72    73    286
T4    2       Phil Mickelson    +3    F    +2    75    66    73    73    287
T4    1       Tiger Woods    +3    F    +4    74    72    66    75    287
T6    17       Matt Kuchar    +4    F    -3    74    72    74    68    288
T6    4       Davis Love III      +4    F    E    75    74    68    71    288
T8    5       Brandt Snedeker    +5    F    E    75    74    69    71    289
T8    2       Martin Kaymer    +5    F    +1    74    71    72    72    289
T8    1       Alex Cejka    +5    F    +2    70    72    74    73    289
T8    7       Dustin Johnson    +5    F    +11    71    70    66    82    289
2009
1    1       Lucas Glover    -4    F    +3    69    64    70    73    276
T2    3       Phil Mickelson    -2    F    E    69    70    69    70    278
T2    1       David Duval    -2    F    +1    67    70    70    71    278
T2    1       Ricky Barnes    -2    F    +6    67    65    70    76    278
5    2       Ross Fisher      -1    F    +2    70    68    69    72    279
T6    9       Tiger Woods    E    F    -1    74    69    68    69    280
T6    9       Soren Hansen      E    F    -1    70    71    70    69    280
T6    1       Hunter Mahan      E    F    +2    72    68    68    72    280
9    16       Henrik Stenson    +1    F    -2    73    70    70    68    281
T10    22       Rory McIlroy      +2    F    -2    72    70    72    68    282
T10    15       Matt Bettencourt    +2    F    -1    75    67    71    69    282
T10    10       Sergio Garcia    +2    F    E    70    70    72    70    282
T10    5       Ryan Moore    +2    F    +1    70    69    72    71    282
T10    2       Stephen Ames    +2    F    +2    74    66    70    72    282
T10    5       Mike Weir      +2    F    +4    64    70    74    74    282

edward loarFacebook is wonderful. It’s great to have friends both professional and amateur from all over the world and hear of their successes.

I've been following the progress of a fb friend Edward Loar who was trying to get into his first ever US Open as a 34 year old PGA Tour rookie. I'm sure lots of pros will know him from mini tours over the years.  And fair play to him, he finally made thru in Columbus. Watch out for the name Ed Loar at the Olympic Club! Dream come true. Congratulations from GCD!

Well done also to another fbf Sam Osborne who also made it through US Open sam osbournequaly.  Sam posted a pic of the scoreboard with the good news.  We will be watching out for both for you guys!

 

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FedEx St. Jude Classic , TPC Southwind · Memphis, Tennessee
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Zach Johnson 13/1
jesus and zach johnson[4] All eyes will be on Rory McIlroy 11/1 this week but I think Zach Johnson is a great shout both here in Memphis and next at the Olympic Club. Zach still continues to operate under the radar even though he won last time out at Colonial and also has two seconds in his last four starts. He ranks fourth in scrambling on the PGA Tour stats and seventh in strokes gained in putting. Finished under par in 32nd here last year but didn’t posses the formline he has right now.
JB Holmes 50/1
Big hitting JB Holmes recovered from a torrid time at The Players to post a tidy top 15 last week at Muirfield Village. That included a final round of 67 on one of the toughest tests on the PGA Tour and what a boost that should be coming into this week. Good each way value at 50/1.  Don’t just believe Holmes is all about power, he has the touch of a surgeon at times.
David Toms 38/1
Sonya-Toms-David-Toms[3] Top 15’s at Quail Hollow and Sawgrass were followed by an MC at Colonial for Toms. TPC Southwind has always rewarded greens in regulation merchants and great putters and Toms certainly fits that bill with three top 10’s in the last six years. His best finish here was in 2009 when a final round of 65 grabbed him a tie for second.
Brian Gay 65/1
There’s not too many courses that suit Brian Gay’s shorter game but TPC Southwind traditionally is one. The winner by a country mile here in 2009, Gay also has a fourth place finish in 2007. After a good fourth place in Texas, Gay has struggled to three missed cuts since sending his odds West. Bit of a long odds glory shot, but I thought I should tell you!
Brandt Snedeker 22/1
brandt snedeker funny[5] Sned pulled out just prior to his third round last week at Memorial citing a strained rib and remains a doubt coming into this week. If fully fit he has the game to contend at Southwind and has a best of tied fifth in 2007. Top 15’d again last year and worthy of note.
Best Of The Rest
2012 has been an absolute shocker for Robert Karlsson 40/1 but if there is anyone who deserves a bit of luck from a Tournament, it’s the Swede. He’s lost in playoffs here for the past two years, to Harrison Frazar and Lee Westwood.
There’s also a bit of value to be had in Graeme McDowell 24/1 who has changed his schedule around this year to include this event. For the past couple of years GMac has played in Wales before the US Open but skipped it this year. Played great golf at the Matchplay in Spain a few weeks back and if he can handle the soaring heat in Memphis could turn in a good performance.

The US Open is just around the corner and you’re going to need to be able to impress your mates at the bar with your knowledge of the venue during the million and one ad breaks on Sky Sports. Luckily I have just the crash course!

Dirty Harry

Dirty-Harry This years venue is The Olympic Club. It’s set in a huge athletic club near the centre of San Francisco. That’s bottom left USA to you and me; the place with Earthquakes and the Golden Gate bridge. It’s also the spot where Dirty Harry asked the punk if he felt lucky, where Steve McQueen did his Bullitt car chase and where Alcatraz prison sits just across the bay.

Janzen

The Olympic Club has a number of courses but the US Open will be played at The Lake Course designed by Willie Watson and Sam Whiting back in 1924. The course has hosted the US Open once in every decade since the fifties. The last time it hosted was in 1998 when Lee Janzen won beating Payne Stewart by just one shot.

janzen The only clubs that have hosted the U.S. Open more times than The Olympic Club are Oakmont Country Club (8), Baltusrol Golf Club (7), and Oakland Hills Country Club (6). The course was rebuilt in 1927 after a huge storm damaged the entire estate and further tricked up in 1955 by none other than Robert Trent Jones Sr. who the USGA hired before that year’s US Open.

The course is short by Tour standards at 7,163 yards but has been made a little longer by changing the par from 71 to 70 for US Open week.

Ending Par 5’s

That only leaves two par 5’s, the 16th and the 17th. The 16th will measure 670 yards and is going to be set up so as to nearly impossible to hit in two shots. The 17th has had a bunker popped right in the middle of the lay up area to force the players to go for it in two shots.

The McIlroy Factor

rory and father The USGA traditionally don’t like players ripping up their US Open tests and with Rory McIlroy getting it to 16 under last year, let’s just say they were not best pleased. The average winning score over the previous five years was one over par and you can bet your bottom dollar on a return to that kind of brutal test at The Olympic Club.

 

Here’s a story I picked up from Doug Ferguson on how Bubba Watson and his family were tailed on the road as they headed home from a Concert.

cape-fear-01-800-75"A car chased me," he said after a 74 in Friday's second round at the Memorial. "Angie was driving. She had to pull over. I switched to driving so I could drive through someone's yard if I had to. But we had to drive away from our house, the house we rented. We drove for 37 minutes."

Watson called his caddie, Ted Scott, hoping that Scott could intercept the pursuing car.

"Teddy was trying to find me in his car so he could block him," said Watson, who along with his wife recently adopted a child. "When you start dealing with that, when you have the kid with you, it's not a good situation."

Here’s the .

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There’s a Rory on top of the leaderboard in Muirfield Village but it’s Sabbatini not McIlroy.  Rors missed his third straight cut after a couple of concentration lapses and poor course management while Tiger Woods, despite suffering from flu like symptoms and the customary double bogey is sitting pretty one behind  leader Sabbatini.

2012 The Memorial Second Round Highlights

 

The European Tour and officials from Celtic Manor are this evening meeting in crisis session to discuss how a man, dressed in a Wales rugby shirt with the word “Brains” emblazoned in large lettering across the chest, managed to breach security and engage in a silent protest on day one of the Wales Open.

brains shirtThe “Brains” message on the shirt is thought to refer to the European Tour’s lack of Grey Matter in allowing any member of the TV viewing public with an email account to acts as interactive referees at Tour events.

“It’s very rare for anyone to attend day one of the Wales Open” said a Tour official “but it’s particularly sad to see someone enter with a protest slogan on his clothing.  Perhaps when he showed up at the turnstiles, he took staff by surprise and they failed to notice the offensive message.”

With up two 100 spectators expected to attend the final round at the Ryder Cup venue, one extra security gaurd is being deployed to prevent a recurrence of such an incident.

 

Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal brought his Celtic Manor press conference down a notch in tone by revealing candidly that he struggling to find the length to get the job done.

viagra“It’s great to be here,” he said. “It's a big event, but I’m struggling to get it up at this venue.  Obviously I have wonderful memories from two years ago, but on that occasion I didn’t need to get it up or ‘perform’ in front of huge crowds.

“There are certain areas that I have to improve, but some other areas I'm pretty happy with. I’m pretty good at getting it into the hole and I’ve never been phased by the thickness of the bushes here in the Valleys.  The key is to stay clear of the most of that notorious thick bush which runs the length of the back side.

“But all I can do is just work at it. I would love to score well again. I still have a load to give.”

 

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Another great Colin Montgomerie non golfing moment to report!  This time the bould Scot is in the news for driving  900 miles overnight. To get a putter from his garage!

colin montgomerie funny pic[3]Stung  by a Sunday 81 in the BMW PGA Championship – which included 80 putts and 39 crowd glares, Monty decided his flatstick was the problem and hopped in the car back to Perthshire to grab the spare.

He returned after 13 hours on the road just in time to play the US Open qualy at Walton Heath, but putted poorly and failed to grab one of the 11 spots.

"Who in their right mind would do that? But yes, I did," Monty said. "I left Wentworth at 2pm, was home at 8pm, had tea with the family, left at 11pm and got here just after 6am."

He is entered for the Open qualy at Sunningdale on June 25th.  But something about all this just seems wrong.  Three hours for tea is a bit of a stretch!

mt juliet and aimpoint We are looking for 6 readers to join us for an Aimpoint day out at Mount Juliet on July 13th.

The day will kick off with a free early morning Aimpoint Clinic with certified instructors Donal Scott and Gareth McShea on the putting green worth €100. After breakfast we will treat you to a round on the iconic Mount Juliet course.

Golf and the Aimpoint Clinic are all free and on me.  We will choose 3 lucky winners this week and another 3 next week!

Enter through the widget on the left hand side.

Congratulations to last week’s winner Ursula Morris, Carrigaline, Cork who wins a fourball in Mount Juliet.

 

What is it that saw Luke Donald cruise past the field at Wentworth last week?  Top teaching pro Wayne O’Callaghan thinks he knows how.

One of the keys to Luke Donald’s win at the BMW PGA Championship was his ability to play a controlled fade from the tee. A fade on the 18th gave Donald the chance of reaching the green in two shots as the hole doglegs from left to right with bunkers on the left side of the fairway and trees down the right. It’s a great shot to have in your arsenal.

A number of factors are required to play a fade which is a shot that curves the ball from left to right in the air for a right handed golfer. Try to visualize the shot before attempting to play it as it will give you a great image of where to start the ball and where you will want it to finish. Tee the ball a fraction lower than normal as this makes it easier to create fade spin on the ball. It is critical than you aim the clubface where you want the ball to start and not where you want it to finish. The body should be aligned left of the target line, the amount left varies on how much you want to move the ball from left to right in the air. Finally make sure to swing the club on the body line and not the target line and watch how the ball fades to the right. Practice by placing a couple of alignment rods on the ground one lining the body left of the target line and the other where you want the ball to start as shown in the picture.

For more information check out www.wayneocallaghangolf.com

GolfBuddy-Voice-Hero-3-trans_small Since rangefinders became legal to use in club competition the whole market has blossomed. One of the latest units on the market is the GPS Golf Buddy Voice, a “talking” golf GPS unit that is no bigger than a poker chip. The device clips onto your belt, your hat or just about anything.

Inside is a processor onto which every course imaginable is preloaded. It has a speaker just loud enough to hear yourself but not to drive your partners mental and gives yardages both numerically and verbally to the front, middle and back of the green.

There's no annual subscriptions or course download charges after buying the unit and for those of us in Ireland and the UK it comes with a cool little silicone case to protect it in rain.

The GPS GolfBuddy locates the course and hole automatically once switched on. One slight disadvantage might be in the yardage given from the tee which is “as the crow flies” to the green! It doesn’t allow for doglegs. Its also important to be standing still for a few seconds before pressing the yardage button. But that's the same as with any rangefinder.

The Golfbuddy GPS voice wont instantly replace your handheld binocular type GPS (I carry a Bushnell Tour V2) that gives yardages to the flag but is excellent for giving an accurate measurement of the plus-or-minus yardages from the centre, back or front of the green.

Another nice feature is the ability to measure how far you hit the ball. You just press a button from where you hit the ball, hit it again when you get to the ball and listen to the distance. The Golf Buddy Voice has a rechargeable 8-hour lithium battery, which should be good for two rounds.

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Congrats to those who dashed from the BMW PGA Championship to Walton Heath for final qualifying for the US Open. Defending Wales Open champ Alex Noren topped the qualifiers who also included Ireland’s Peter Lawrie who will only play in his second ever Major Championship.

1 Alexander NOREN SWE 67 68 135 -9
    Marc WARREN SCO 70 65 135 -9
    3 Lee SLATTERY ENG 71 66 137 -7
    Grégory BOURDY FRA 67 70 137 -7
    Mikko ILONEN FIN 66 71 137 -7
    George COETZEE RSA 66 71 137 -7
    Søren KJELDSEN DEN 68 69 137 -7
    8 Matthew BALDWIN ENG 67 71 138 -6
    Matteo MANASSERO ITA 69 69 138 -6
    Peter LAWRIE IRL 67 71 138 -6
    Raphaël JACQUELIN FRA 70 68 138 –6

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Congrats and well done to David Higgins on his top 10 at the BMW PGA Championship.  Here’s the juice on the Waterville pro.

Profile

david higgins and bag Born 1/12/72

Attachment: Waterville GC

Turned Pro: 1994

Amateur wins (3)

  • 1989 Irish Boys Championship
  • 1994 Irish Amateur Closed Championship, South of Ireland Championship

Challenge Tour wins (4)

  • 2000 NCC Open
  • 2000 Günther Hamburg Classic
  • 2000 Rolex Trophy

Domestic PGA wins (1)

  • 1995 Ulster PGA Championship

 

Getting To Know David

Most Memorable Honours

Winning the Irish Boys and Youths were great and the South of Ireland but my first Challenge Tour win in Sweden in 2000 was very special.

What’s Playing On Your ipod at The Moment

Would you believe I don’t have an ipod, but I’m a big Paolo Nutini fan. I’ve been to see him three times now! (sings) Get your new shoes on!

Paolo-Nutini

Lowest 18 Hole Score in Competition

I shot 61 in a Pro Am in Wexford. I forgot my putter and bought one in the pro shop before the round. The pro said to pay him after. After three putting the first I wasn’t to happy, but then went 12 under for the next 17 holes. I went back into the shop after to pay for the putter and the pro wanted €2000 for it!

Favourite Film

True Romance. A great cast and a great story. It resonates with a really happy time in my life.

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Favourite Course

Waterville Of Course!

Best Shot You Have Hit With People Watching

I would say my best shot was a 10 foot putt for the win in a playoff against Carlos Rodiles to secure my third Challenge Tour win in Germany.

David Higgins (IRL) tees off on the 1st tee to start his round on Day 2 of the BMW PGA Championship Championship at, Wentworth Club, Surrey, England, 27th May 2011. (Photo Eoin Clarke/Golffile 2011)

Favourite Sport Other Than Golf

I love watching soccer

Favourite Team

My favourite team is Manchester United. I’ve been over a good few times. My favourite player was Keano but now I’m a big Rooney fan!

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The Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village GC · Dublin, Ohio

Purse: $6.2 million, Winning Share: $1,116,000, FedExCup Points: 500

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Winner Alright: Last week we tipped Zach Johnson at 15/1 and Luke Donald at 10/1.  A Double!

Justin Rose 21/1

rose The Memorial Tournament in 2010 marked the first PGA Tour win for Justin Rose. Since then he has won twice more and added a WGC event to his trophy cabinet earlier this year. Second to Luke Donald in Wentworth last week Rose boosted his Ryder Cup points tally and he now stands third in the European Points list. Atlantic hopping exhaustion aside Rose has the form and the course knowledge to contend at this US Open preview.

 

 

Jim Furyk 36/1

jim furyk A past winner at Dublin surely another victory is coming soon for Furyk. Since losing a playoff to Luke Donald at The Transitions Furyk posted another top 10 at The Heritage and took fourth place on his own last week at Colonial with a fine putting performance in the final round. Though he missed the cut last year, Jim has been in contention here two out the last three years, finishing second to Woods in 2009.

 

 

Ryan Moore 65/1

The Memorial has special memories for Ryan Moore. He finished second here in 2007 having got into the event as an alternate. He birdied five of the last six holes but could manage par on the last and finished one behind KJ Choi. Moore has gone on to record two more top 10’s since (2008 and 2010) and has been on good form recently with good finishes at the Valero in Texas and the Wells Fargo at Quail Hollow. At betting odds at 65/1, even a place would pay handsomely.

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Jonathan Byrd 75/1

byrd A five time winner on Tour Jonathan Byrd and you wouldn’t rule out making it six with his impressive recent form. Tied for 11th last week at Colonial to add to his 12th at The Players and ninth at Quail Hollow. Byrd has a best of tied third at Muirfield Village in 2009 when Tiger won and he tied seventh again last year.

 

 

Rickie Fowler 24/1

rickie fowler Rickie is on a super run of form recently. Since winning the Wells Fargo, he tied second at Sawgrass and tied fifth last week at Colonial. Had one hand on this tournament two years ago but shot a final round 73 and got overtaken by a storming Justin Rose.

 

Best Of The Rest

Winning last week at Wentworth and regaining the world number one crown will mean an exhaustive session of media commitments on top of jet lag for Luke Donald 11/1 who has to have one eye now on a US Open tilt. If he’s up for it this week he cant be ruled out, having tied for seventh last year.

Long odds glory tip this week is veteran Brandt Jobe at 210/1. Never a win on Tour but came mighty close here last tying second. If Dicky Pride can have a good week there’s no reason that Jobe cant front up too!

 

Jesus Christ weighed into the whole Zach Johnson ball marking scandal late last night and was not a happy bunny.  In a statement issued from his penthouse apartment in Vatican City Jesus said

“I get on great with Zach ordinarily, but if he is going to be throwing my name around willy nilly and thanking me for everything, he had better start paying attention to where his ball is marked.  Had he lost, it would have been very embarrassing for me and the Catholic Church as a whole.  We are already up shit creek with all the paedophile priests that signed up in the sixties.  Imagine me having to try and explain this to my father?  He would be royally pissed. Trust me”.

Jesus has refused to comment on whether he would be helping Johnson at the US Open claiming it could affect betting odds.

zach johnson[4] As Zach Johnson stood over his six footer on the last with a three shot lead, Peter Kostis at the side of the green asked “did any of you guys see Zach replace his marker?”  Johnson had marked his ball one putter length to the right to avoid the line of playing partner Jason Dufner.  On replacing his ball Johnson clean forgot to move it back one putter head.

Thankfully he got the putt for par and walked off the green thinking he had won by three shots.  Seconds after, he was reminded of his error and issued a two shot penalty.  He signed for a six on the last, giving him a one shot win and avoiding ultimate embarrassment.

Thank you Jesus!

Check out these quotes from Ernie Els after more criticism about the greens at Wentworth.  This time he’s agreeing they are crap.

"I've asked them to put water on the bloody greens and then I spoke to JP [John Paramor – the European Tour's chief referee] coming up the 15th and he said we did water it last night. I said you have to triple that. You have a damn 30mph easterly breeze blowing so put fucking water on the greens. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out."
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"How much money did we spend on the 18th? We built a dam there. Why the hell was the green not holding?
"My point is, you hit a driver and then a four-iron gets you in the middle of the green. What else must you do next? Must I be the greenkeeper here?  I'm a player, I'm not even supposed to tell them. Put water on a damn golf course? Surely they should know that? I can't control the wind and (it seems) I can't control the greens staff either."

"You've just got to play within yourself, you can't go playing wild shots or you are just going to get killed.
"It's like a major championship test. In two weeks' time at the U.S. Open, if you are just marginally off you'll get killed. We tried to bring that element in here but you don't have to kill guys."


Got to feel for Graeme McDowell today on the last hole.  Whilst looking in the trees for his ball, which the Sky TV camera already had it in perfect focus, GMac steps on branches which caused his ball to move. It was clearly seen on TV.

However nobody bothered to tell McDowell who, unsure of whether it had moved, hit the ball as it lay without replacing it.

Walking down the fairway GMac got talking to Sky on course analyst Richard Boxall who in turn set up a video review with referee John Paramor before handing in his card.

The result? What McDowell thought was a 6 on the last, turned into an 8 and a round of 74.

1 shot penalty for ‘causing’ the ball to move in the trees.
1 shot pemalty for not replacing the ball to its original position before hitting it.

What did we do before TV cameras? And why aren't they on everyone?



Court violation Mr McIlroy!

After what could hardly even qualify as firing his club on the 12th hole in Wentworth 1 Rory McIlroy is now staring a fine in the face after round one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Rors called it a ‘a release of pressure’ after seeing his previous shot barely cross over the OB line.  Tour officials were quick to slap a reprimand on Rors.

Steady on men I say, or Rors might not show up next year.  He hasn't broke par on day one in five years so give the guy a break. He's hardly golfs answer to Joey Barton!




As most of you know, Ireland lost one of it’s top professional golfers and characters, Connor Mallon, earlier this year. On Saturday and Sunday 23rd and 24th June the Connor Mallon Memorial 2012 takes place at Narin & Portnoo golf club.  It’s a great chance to celebrate Connor’s life, play golf and meet friends.  All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Mallon Family. 

Click on the Narin and Portnoo website.

More grainy audio from the Tora Bora caves in Florida.  The FBI have verified it is the real Tiger Woods on the tape.  Woods talks about winning in his 50's.

"Absolutely, 100 percent agree with that. It just has to be on the right golf course. It can't be, at that age - well, by the time I'm at that age, it'll be some golf courses over 8,000 yards. It's probably not going to be at one of those; it's probably going to be at a shorter golf course like you'd find at a British Open. Tom [Watson], at Turnberry, it was like the perfect Open. It was howling, it was a golf course he had won on and knew how to play and it was playing very quick. … You can certainly see a certain player playing into their 50s and being successful on a certain venue. You can't do it on all venues, there's no doubt. Some ballparks are just too big."

And death to the media infidels!

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Zach Johnson 15/1

Expect a Zach attack this week at Colonial, one of the oldest stops on Tour. With a two seconds (at Sawgrass and another at Hilton Head) in his last three starts Zach is bang on form and coming to a par 70 that suits him down to the ground. He won here two years ago and hasn't been outside the top 10 in his last three appearences here.

Bo Van Pelt 28/1

Got a victory under his belt last year when the PGA spread its tenticles into Malaysia. He got it to 23 under on a similarly yielding course to Colonial which makes me believe he can contend again this week. Bo has been a money machine on Tour this year with five top-10's from his last nine events, but without ever really pushing for a win. Fnished with a 65 here last year to come third, his best in eight visits. Fully recovered now from a wrist injury that hampered his early season.

Brian Davis 70/1

The Englishman has gone a little off the boil since top fives at the Arnold Palmer and Houston Open but remains one to watch this week. Davis shot 64,65,65,68 on his way to second here in 2010 behind Zach Johnson. Opened with a 73 at the tough TPC Four Seasons last week but followed it with a 65 to make the cut. Nobody more deserving of a win.

Hunter Mahan 30/1

The Houston Open winner has slipped out in the betting to 30/1 after a dismal display at The Players. Colonial however is more up Hunter's street as it plays short and has a premium on straight driving. The new Ping Nome putter has been very effective on the greens at Dove Mountain and Redstone already this year and should be perfectly suited here. Led the combined shotlink stats in fairways and greens hit here last year on his way to a best of tied 10th.

Best Of The Rest

Ryan Palmer at 55/1 is just too good not to add to his 2010 Sony Open win soon. He has two top 10's in his last three starts. Keep an eye on him. It has been a great week so far for the PGA Tour rookie Harris English 85/1 who qualified top of the leaderboard at a British Open Qualifier down the road. His 17 under for two rounds included a 60. It's only his 15 tournament this week and he's already clocked a top 10 a month ago at the RBC Heritage. It might be too soon for win here but I fancy English to ride the wave a little longer and maybe get a podium finish. I also noticed Andres Romero at 360/1 on betfair today. A few caddies told me he's striping it nicely so has to be worth at least a euro/pound/dollar!

 

Last years Walker Cupper Harris English is on his way back to Britain after qualifying in style for the 141st Open Championship on July 19-22 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. The PGA Tour rookie shot 17-under including a 60 to win the Open’s International Final Qualifying America by four strokes over England’s Greg Owen (66-61).

harris english at walker cup Eight spots were up for grabs and the scoring was off the charts.  Stephen Ames (69-61), Andres Romero and Justin Hicks (67-63) tied for third at the 6,871-yard qualifying course.

The last three places went to  Bob Estes, Daniel Chopra and James Driscoll after they eliminated Russell Knox of Nairn Dunbar, Scotland in a playoff 

Among those to miss out were Tommy (Two Gloves) Gainey and Ryan Moore.

Luke's caddie John McLaren is always on the range minutes before his boss. He lays out every ball in an exact pattern, corresponding with the clubs to be used, as Luke practices hitting the same number of shots before every round.

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inspirational note A twine on two rods is affixed to reassure alignment and a motivational thought for the day is set on the ground to focus the mind on the round ahead. Before his third  round at The Players Championship the note read

“The pursuit for perfection is a long and difficult journey. Only a few are strong enough to make it to the end. Our journey continues…”

Ordered, tidy and structured.  Way to go!

 

To Celebrate a June chock full of great events at Mount Juliet, Tom Kennedy has given us a readers prize of a fourball at the iconic venue. Enter through the competition widget on the left hand side and be sure to check out the Mount Juliet June Event Guide and links below.

Mount Juliet Scratch Cup/Major Series

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  • Intermediate, Junior and Senior Scratch Cup on Wednesday 13th June (day before the US Open)
  • €60 per person entry fee, green fee refunded if Rory McIlroy wins the US Open

Mount Juliet Summer Series

424 EURO 2012 Deal

  • €424 to include a 4-ball, 2 buggies and steak dinner after golf, valid for duration of June and subject to availability, can be booked by fourball or groups
  • Link: www.mountjuliet.ie/424

Mount Juliet Matchplay

  • Teams of 2 matchplay tournament
  • Entry fee of €160 to be paid at time of entry and no further green fees to be paid after that
  • Teams given 2/3 weeks to play each round of matches
  • Deadline for entries – Friday 8th June, Round 1 to commence from Tuesday 12th June
  • 1st Prize – Round of golf for 2 with overnight in the Clubhouse Rooms,  2nd Prize - Two 2-ball vouchers
  • Link: www.mountjuliet.ie/Matchplay

Volvo World Challenge Qualifier

 

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

Golf Benefit: This pose builds full body strength and stamina. It lengthens the spine for better posture and strengthens the wrists and hands for better grip and impact position.

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Instruction: Begin on hands and knees, spread the fingers wide and creep the hands forward slightly ensuring that they are not directly underneath the shoulders. On an exhalation tuck the toes under and slowly lift the knees off the mat, raising the sit bones up towards the ceiling. Working to keep the spine long and the shoulder muscles engaged, push the arms away from the mat, gently moving the chest back toward the thighs until the ears are parallel with the upper arms. At first peddle out the legs if the hamstrings feel tight bringing one heel to the mat at a time. Work slowly to straighten your knees ensuring not to lock out them out. Keep the hips and sit bones lifted and push strongly into your hands. Hold for 5-10 breaths.

 

 

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