2012 Crowne Plaza Invitational Second Round Highlights
Click here for second round highlights from the 2012 BMW PGA Championship
Click here for second round highlights from the 2012 BMW PGA Championship
Here is the Graeme McDowell Penalty Incident Video from the first round of the 2012 BMW PGA Championship which resulted in an 8 on his card.
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 here for full details and timesheet on the Narin and Portnoo website.
Thanks to our man Barrie Trainor for wearing the golfcentraldaily.com logo at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this week. Ryan Gribben tweeted in this photo of Barrie’s muscley arm (ahem) from the course. Best of luck Baz!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks to everyone who entered our competition last week. Congrats to Melanie Cleland from Lisburn on winning the Cristie Kerr signed Tour Hat. It’s in the post!
2012 BMW PGA Championship, Wentworth Club, May 2012 - 27 May 2012
Winner Alright: Last week we tipped Jason Dufner to win at 20/1
It’s a super field this week at Wentworth with the likes of McIlroy and Westwood primed and ready for action. Of the favorites though, I fancy Luke Donald. The new Wentworth rewards greens in regulation merchants and Donald traditionally tops the stats in that category here. The winner in 2011 and just one back when tying second in 2010, Donald is on a decent run of recent form too finishing 3rd in New Orleans and 6th at The Players since winning the Transitions in March.
A year after being laid up with a hand injury Marcus Fraser is back to his best on Tour. Top 10’s in his last starts at the China Open (6th) and at the Ballantines (3rd) at the end of April. A final round 67 vaulted the Aussie into a tie for fourth here last year.
What a star this kid is turning out to be. Still only 19, Matteo comes here with four top 10’s in his last five starts. Two of those were in Spain, one in Morocco and one in Malaysia. Last time out at the Open De Espana the Italian was cruising until a poor third round but still managed 7th. That was almost a carbon copy of the case at Wentworth last year where he was at the head of the leaderboard after day three only to shoot a final round 75 on day four to again tie 7th. Wentworth owes Matteo something.
Just a couple of months ago, Ben Curtis was without his PGA Tour card and planning a season including several European Tour starts. That’s all changed for Curtis now having won in Texas , finished fifth at Quail Hollow and second last time out at Sawgrass. So it’s a nice touch to turn up and give the nod of thanks to the European Tour this week. Curtis knows Wentworth pretty well too having played in this event in 2009. He tied sixth.
Things are on the up for Ian Poulter after a poor season opening which may be attributed to much happening at home including building a new house. In his last six starts however Poults has finished under par and never been outside the top 30, with a best of third at Arnie’s tournament. Finished down in 13th last year after a final round 75. Don’t let that put you off however. Poulter was statistically the straightest driver here last year and also lead the greens in regulation stats. One good week with the putter could yield a win.
Simon Dyson’s (55/1) season has still yet to kick off but the Englishman will be desperate for a Ryder Cup spot and can boost his chances greatly with a good finish here. Showed an improvement at the Open de Espana where he finished 12th and will look forward to a Wentworth course where his woods and irons combined were the statistically best in the field in 2011.
Two recent winners to watch out for here. Francesco Molinari (42/1) may not have great course form at Wentworth but he has been remarkably consistent to date this season with sixth top 20’s before his recent win at the Open de Espana. Another player I will be tracking this week is Austrian Bernd Wiesberger (110/1), impressive winner of the Ballantine’s Championship
Another week another winner as Jason Dufner came up trumps at the HP Byron Nelson Championship from 20/1. Watch out for our BMW PGA Championship tips this week. Here’s what we said about Jason.