Fighting back tears, a clearly upset Saint Anne urged people to remember her this week as the Open Championship takes place at Royal Lytham St. Annes. Speaking through Christ’s representative on earth Raphael Jacquelin, Saint Anne described to journalists what it’s like to be a forgotten saint in the golf world.
“I hear people saying they cant wait to get to Lytham, then someone corrects them and says it’s Royal Lytham. It’s actually Royal Lytham St. Annes, it’s my only golf course in Europe though I am in negotiations with Colin Montgomerie about naming rights for a new one in Dubai. It just makes you feel like crap to be left out all the time.”
“Dont make me go and tell God about this. The last thing anybody wants in Lytham, damn I did it myself, this week is an apocalyptic display of Old Testament proportions from the old man because that’s just the kind of stuff he does when he get’s angry. So pretty please with sugar on top call it ‘Royal Lytham St. Annes’ and nobody needs to get hurt.
One time ugly fat bird and now global superstar Susan Boyle made a surprise visit to Rathmore Golf Club in Portrush Northern Ireland last night to meet her hero and British Amateur Champion Alan Dunbar. Clearly slimmed down to nothing and wearing a white under armour top Boyle posed for photos with Dunbar to shouts of “Subo Subo Subo” before retiring to the back bar to discuss again twinning hairstyles for this weeks Open Championship at Royal Lytham.
Boyle was accompanied on the trip by Simon Cowell, Ryan Seacrest and former 80’s popstar Paula Abdul. All four laid into pints of Guinness before starting up an impromptu episode of American Idol with Seacrest presenting, Cowell moaning and Abdul crying to the delight of the Rathmore crowd.
The party continued until 4am with Susan Boyle then taking the microphone out to the carpark to sing “I Dreamed A Dream” with up to 1,000 Portrush residents as they waved Alan off on his epic three hour journey to Lytham.
Best of luck Subo from Doc!
Expect to see several articles all titled with the name of a top player followed by words like “believes”, “aiming”, gunning” and “shooting” for the Claret Jug in the lead up to this year’s Open Championship as journalists armed with strong coffee and danish pastries, churn out endless articles surmising how player’s in this year’s field might fare. It’s the 141st time that journalists have gathered to cut and paste these wonderful stories in the lead up to The Open.
According to the formula the second paragraph in any such article will include references to the weather expected for the week and a throwaway line about scoring being heavily influenced by it. If rain has caused the rough the grow to a level that surprises the player involved it goes in here too. A quotation is the icing on this cake if available. Especially one with a quotation mark. Example: Phil Mickelson might say something like “My God that rough is almost impossible in places!” That line there is a golden end to the second paragraph.
The third paragraph will include a lengthy quotation from the player who the article is based on, stating that they love wind, they have played well in the wind as an amateur, have enjoyed the wind, have occasionally gone shopping in the wind and have passed wind. For example Rory McIlroy might say “I can play in the wind. I grew up in the wind and have played well in the wind (insert events with wind here) and I believe I can win this week.”
The fourth paragraph will often refer to how the player did at The Open the previous year or if the player was involved the last time the Open was at Lytham. It may go into some detail if a handy paragraph is available on Wikipedia for the writer to cut and paste.
The last paragraph is usually based on what has happened the player in the last year. If there is a marriage or a girlfriend to talk about it goes in here. If there is an injury or a problem it goes in here too. Anything at all that might prevent the player from doing well will be in this paragraph. Just in case, to have all bases covered.
I met up recently with Jeev Milkha Singh in Portrush to hear about his yoga regime which he has credited with reviving his career and helping him to overcome back injury. We compared and contrasted our GolfCentralDaily yoga poses with Anne Marie Kennedy and these three form the main part of Jeev’s daily routine.
How many of you saw Ernie Els take four shots to get out of a Castle Stuart bunker on the sixth on Thursday? And how many saw him ground the club in in the bunker? Well apparently enough viewers (that would be 1) to email in to the European Tour did to warrant senior referee Andy McFee whisking him away to the TV complex to review the footage.
Following review Els wasn't penalized but it all again begs the question whether TV viewers should be allowed referee golf tournaments from their armchair.
Els said he was ''digging a grave'' on the sixth. If the Tour continues to take its ruling from viewers, it might be digging its own.
Just read this heartwarming story on the golfchannel site about Tim Herron’s caddies Lance Ten Broeck leading the US Senior Open after two rounds.
Ten Broeck has a chance to make about $500,000 on Sunday after earning less than half that total in his best year as a caddie and when he made a career-best $146,568 in 1989 as aPGA Tour player. "Caddying is a lot easier than playing," he said. "That's why you get paid more money to play."
Royal Lytham & St Annes GC, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England
19 Jul 2012 - 22 Jul 2012
The bookies have trimmed Podge’s odds from 24’s to 16’s in the past couple of weeks based on his form. The 2007 and 2008 champ is striking the ball as good as in his career and after top 10’s at The Masters and the US Open is one good putting week away from adding to his Major haul. Team Harrington have been to the venue and prepared well and I have it from caddie Ronan that Padraig is close; though the margins are the top are fine, I feel Padraig can contend.
A Major Champion in waiting, of that I have no doubt. When is another question. This will be the orange one’s third tilt at The Open and if he continues his record of improvement from tied 14th in 2010 and tied fifth in 2011 he’ll be in the money again. Fowler showed some stones beating Rory in a playoff at Wells Fargo earlier this season and also went close at the Players. Well rested since the US Open, let’s hope he’s ready come GO TIME!
Competed in the 2001 British Open at Lytham as an amateur, his one and only Major until now. Paired with Jimenez and Justin Leonard then, the young Hoey narrowly missed the cut after getting stuck in a bunker on the sixth. Winner of the 2011 Dunhill Links and having grown up playing Castlerock and Portrush, I fancy a good week for Michael. Those of you who like the first round leader bets might take a punt here too.
If last year was Darren Clarke’s year could this be Thomas Bjorn’s? The Dane has only missed two Opens since 1996 (2008,2009) and has tied for second twice in 2000 and again agonizingly in 2003 when he lead with four holes to play before some horrible luck in the bunker. Bjorn has tied for second in Wales and tied eighth in Germany during the last month or so and who’s to say the dream can’t come true? It did for his mate Darren.
Three missed cuts from four Open appearances suggests Francesco is not going to break his duck this week but he is undoubtedly one of the in form players at the moment. Already a winner on Tour this season (at the Open de Espana) Molinari is not afraid to go low of late with a brilliant 64 on Sunday in Paris and a 62 last week in Castle Stuart.
We tipped Rapha last week in Scotland and at odds of 150/1 he’s worth another look at Lytham. Swinging and putting well as we saw in Paris where he came third and his eighth at last year’s Open doesn’t get the credit it deserves given that he had by far the worst start (74) of any of the eventual top 10. It’s only his third Open but the Frenchman has plenty of big time experience.
Dustin Johnson 40/1 won the Fed Ex St Jude Classic just over a month ago after missing a big chunk of the season with injury. Has played poorly since but seems to find another gear in Majors of late. Since crumbling with GMac at Pebble Beach in 2010 Johnson (tied 8th) has been close at the 2010 US PGA (tied 5th) when penalized for grounding his club in a “bunker” and last year at The Open (tied 2nd) when he hit his iron out of bounds on the back nine when paired with Darren Clarke. Louis Oosthuizen 40/1 has no recent form to speak to but when Louis is on his game nothing seems to phase him. Won the 2010 Open at St Andrews by a stunning seven shots and displayed steely final round rounds again at this years US Masters when only Bubba bettered him. Oosthuizen on the links again impressed me at the Dunhill Links where he tied fifth so keep a close eye on Shrek this week!
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In a shockingly selfish pattern of behaviour that has occurred more than once over the past six months, young Australian golfer Jason Day has passed up a chance at winning golf’s finest trophy, The Claret Jug, choosing instead to stare helplessly at his ordinary newborn baby.
Apparently Day, 24, cannot display the common courtesy of playing in a Major Championship for which he is exempt whilst thousands of others would give their left testicle to get in. Many would give both.
"I want to spend time with Dash James, my newborn son who was born Tuesday," the brazenly disrespectful Day told reporters, showing a wanting lack of gratitude toward his real family, the European and PGA Tours.
“It’s such a special time," he continued, obviously too self-absorbed to realize that first few weeks with a newborn involves nothing more than sleep deprivation, whining, buying nipple pads for angry mummy, and more filthy nappies than in a Sergio Garcia locker room, while he could be out in the open air (where there’s no smell of baby sick) in front of the world winning the British Open.
“It’s an absolute disgrace”, said punter Tom Cleary, 48, outside a bookie shop in Dublin. “I had Day at 33’s for Lytham and do you think will paddypower give me my money back? He will in his arse.”
Tim Finchem and George O’Grady, directors of the PGA and European Tours are meeting today in Scotland to agree a framework document banning all babies, newborn or otherwise, from disrupting future Major Championships.
In the first of two massive publicity stunts, World Number 6 ladies golfer, and World Number 4 best looking, Suzann Pettersen has shed her clothes to promote her appearance at the Irish Ladies Open in Killeen Castle, Co. Meath on 3rd-5th August.
Christina Kim’s photos are due out next week.
Staring into the distance at the renegade member of the crew who snuck in his own camcorder.
It’s not clothes Suzann needs. It’s a bloomin’ vacuum cleaner for the beach house!
I just had a look at the European Tour schedule and see that both the Castello Masters (won by Sergio Garcia last year) and Madrid Open (won by Lee Slattery) have disappeared from this years lineup while a new massive money tournament in China takes centre stage.
This year the Dunhill Links moves into the first week in October slot, followed by Portugal, Andalucia and then the new BMW Masters at Lake Malaren in China with a prize pot of $7,000,000 takes the last October slot.
The Tour then spends the end of the year in China, Singapore and Hong Kong with approximately $16,000,000 up for grabs over the three weeks.
Just to put that four weeks of Asian money into perspective, the first 15 “regular season” European Tour events of 2012 could have been staged for less!
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John Deere Classic, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois
also check out my 2012 Scottish Open tips here
I’m sticking with Stricks again this week. He owes me. Top 25 at the Greenbrier last week and looking to win here for the fourth time in a row. Came from two behind with two to play last year and looked like a man who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for holing every putt. Sure to be up there.
The Phoenix Open winner early in the year hasn’t managed a top 20 since but came mighty close on his start at Congressional. That gave Stanley a rest after six straight weeks on the road and I think he could have a good week here. He knows how to low on TPC Deere run and last year in the final round put on an exhibition of putting. The only putt he missed? On the final green for par, which would have got him into a playoff!
Two seconds at the Heritage and Players and then came the big win for Zach at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. Johnson is from Cedar Rapids around 90 miles away in Iowa and will be very popular here this week having tied for third last year and tied second in 2009.
A short hitter by Tour standards averaging 283 yards but Chez Reavie has found a bit of form of late and will have one of the few courses in the year that suit his game to work with this week. Finished just outside the top 10 at The Travelers and then 15th last time out in the AT&T at Congressional. A final round 73 there was tough to swallow and cost Chez a lot of Benjamins. So Sundays are not his favourite day, though he tied fifth last year here, Reavie’s final round of 74 was 12 shots more than his Friday 62!
Best Of The Rest
I havent given up on Brendon De Jonge38/1 though he let us down last week. He’s still in decent form and worth an each way look if he’s there around cut time. He shot a 63 in the third round last year. Also keep a check on Mark Wilson 95/1 this week also around cut time. He will eye Deere Run as a place where he can still do damage.
Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, Castle Stuart Golf Links, Inverness, Scotland
odds on betfair
Winner alright: Last week we tipped Francesco Molinari at 24/1. A tenner each way paid paid 70 quid.
A welcome return to form in his home Open last week, ending a run of eight events without finishing under par. Before its move to the links at Castle Stuart Rapha had a good record at the Scottish Open having finished third in 2010 and tied second in 2009. He also had a good top 10 at the British Open in St Georges last year so I fancy him for a good links showing again this week.
Since his win early doors in Qatar, Paul Lawrie has been super consistent all year missing only one cut at the Open de Espana. Got to the semi final of the Volvo World Matchplay and almost bagged the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth the following week. Shot a closing 66 in Portrush in his last outing and is not averse to going low at Castle Stuart having shot a 64 on Friday last year.
The young South African has notched up four top-10s already this season with a best of fourth in China back in April. Showed decent form in Paris last week even if he did struggle a little on Sunday. Tied for third in this weather affected event last year and seemed to have the measure of the Castle Stuart greens.
Top 13 in his last four events either side of the Atlantic including a tied fourth at the US Open and a tied seventh at the Irish Open last time out. Podge is swinging the club absolutely superbly of late and knowing him will have been working on his short game during his week off last week. I expect Harrington to play himself into contention both this week and next at Lytham and have my fingers crossed for a win.
The US Open over the past two years just haven’t been Luke’s shtick and both years he has taken a three week break after. After coming close in New Orleans and Sawgrass, Donald got his second win of the season at Wentworth and returns to Castle Stuart as the undisputed champion having shot a course record 63 in the final round to win by a whopping four shots.
It’s the best idea for a golf event I’ve heard in a while and it’s on this Saturday in Westport Golf Club in County Mayo, Ireland. EARLY!!!!!
The unique Insomniacs Golf Day tees off at 4:45am on Saturday 14th July. It's a tenner in and that includes a full Irish breakfast upon completion. It's a fun team event with a Shotgun start so everyone can watch the spectacular Sun rise over Croagh Patrick.
Places are limited so call the Golf Club on 098 28262. And dont worry, being extremely drunk and not having gone to bed at all is just fine!
This weeks prize is a round of golf for two in the stunning Christy O’Connor designed Bantry Bay Golf Club in Cork, Ireland. The prize includes overnight accommodation so you can enjoy the delights of West Cork after your round.
For more info on the Bantry Golf Club check out www.bantrygolf.com. Enter through the widget opposite.
Congrats to, last week’s winner Teddy Reynolds who wins a selection of Kartel shirts.
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Keegan Bradley choked back tears today as he revealed details of his youth as a real life trailer park boy in Massachusetts and how it chiselled him into the fine upstanding Major Champion he is today.
Bradley spoke about his time in a 30 year old leaking rotting trailer with a ripped screen door while real life dramas starring disgusting uneducated depressing despots played out just outside the door.
Pic: Brad’s dad.
“We had the obligatory clothes line outside stretching from the trailer to the wall where my Dad and me hung our socks and underpants after we washed them in the septic puddle where skinny framed pot bellied alcoholics pissed out whiskey and children whose parents never got out of bed swam. They were good times indeed, they moulded me into a winner,” Bradley said.
“People are very quick to condemn trailer park residents as the scum of the earth, dangerous to make eye contact with let alone to talk to. They expect gun shots at night, stabbings and shouts of ‘I’m a fucking kill you’ from foul mouthed degenerate pigs. And they would be right, it’s exactly like that.”
Pic: Bradley’s trailer. And this was a good one.
“It was a tough five days, but a happy five days”, chuckled Bradley. “Or maybe it was four days, it was a long time ago.”
Anyway well done Na Yeon Choi. Here’s the news piece about her.
I’m away today so thank God for professional journalists. One of them knows Ted Potter and wrote a really good profile. Here’s the link
Not a word about Tedd invoking magical powers from Hogwarts or Lord Voldemort or anything like that!
Hmmmm. Not that the cost of the aviation fuel will put much of a dent in Phil’s Greenbrier Classic appearance million but he’s heading to Scotland after seeking and getting a last minute invite. According to Scotland On Sunday newspaper:
“We got a phone call last night from Phil’s management company saying he’d very much like to play at Castle Stuart,” Scottish Open tournament director Peter Adams said. “They asked if we had any invitations left and we did. All the parties on the invitation committee were obviously unanimously in favour of Phil getting an invitation and he is a terrific addition to the field.”
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So Tiger was playing the Greenbrier Classic for the first time. Why? Because he was getting well paid to do it. The whispers from my trusted sources inside the ropes on the PGA Tour say Woods got $2 million dollars to appear, while Phil Mickelson got the same $1 million as last year. Now the fact that both missed the weekend cut has left tournament supremo Jim Justice with egg on his face.
It’s thought the appearance money is paid by the player invoicing a business that is a sponsor or involved in the event for consultancy/personal services provided during the event.
Phil blamed feeling lethargic and putting badly whilst Tiger blamed the air for not being able to club correctly. I’m told the appearance fee was not conditional on making the weekend.
The Mexican is to warm up in October at the French Open on the Ladies European Tour before playing the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Nov. 8-11 in her hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico.
Come on back Lorena and bring Annika too. The ladies game needs you.
Here’s what’s in GMac’s bag at the 2012 Irish Open in Royal Portrush. Thanks to Ricky Elliot in the States for pulling strings and to Kenny Comboy for being ultra sound to me. Hope this does it justice lads.
In an apparent two fingers to the establishment 2015 U.S. Solheim Cup captain Meg Mallon has today named soft drink Dr. Pepper her first assistant captain during a news conference in the media center at Blackwolf Run.
The announcement comes as Dr. Pepper and other fizzy drinks were blasted by US health authorities for having 4,200 percent the recommended daily sugar content for the average adult and the sole reason for the country’s problem with morbid obesity.
Dr. Pepper, 46, was in tears Wednesday saying how grateful she was for this opportunity to return to the team, five years after a dog choking incident blamed on the drink.
“I just felt it was enough,” Mallon said of the alienation of Pepper. “I’m actually also thinking of getting Big Mac and BK Flamer to become assistant captains while Heinz 57 sauce is already confirmed.
The annual Ballyliffin Pro-Am staged on the wonderful Old and Glashedy courses in Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal is the biggest of it’s kind in Europe with over 100 top PGA professionals competing with teams of amateurs over two days.
It’s one of the biggest weekends in Ireland’s golfing calender and I hope to see you there. You never know, you might even see Sir Nickers strolling the dunes and admiring his handiwork.
To download an entry form follow the link here
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: Plank pose prevents your coming out of posture swing flaw by building core strength to help golfers maintain posture and spine angle through impact.
Instruction: Begin on hands and knees, making sure the wrists are directly underneath the shoulders. Extend the legs back straight. The body should be in one straight line. Keep the fingers spread and the palms flat while pressing the forearms and hands firmly down. Keep the neck in line with the spine and broaden the shoulder blades. Draw the navel inward to engage the core abdominals and to support the lower back. Hold for 5-10 breaths.
Modification: For more of a challenge, try plank push-ups. Place the knees on the floor. Inhale as you lower slowly, elbows facing behind and tucked in tight to the side of the body. Exhale as you lift back up. Repeat push-ups 1-10 times in good form.
It’s great to get on the Tour Truck once in a while to see what the pros are using. Last week I noticed Padraig Harrington was nailing what looked like a cavity back long iron on the range and went to Phil Bonham on the Wilson Tour Truck to investigate.
Padraig was trialing a Wilson Ci 11 to use as a low trajectory long iron in links conditions. Though Wilson don’t make a 2-iron in that set, Phil took a 3-iron head, delofted it a liitle, then fixed it to Padraig’s specs. The experiment was a success and the club went straight into Harrington’s bag for tournament play.
The cavity backed black PVD covered Ci11 is classed as a control iron by Wilson and is aimed at the average player crossing over from a more forgiving beginners club to a low handicappers iron. However such is the forgiveness of these modern perimeter weighted irons, they are becoming increasingly popular in Tour player’s bags.
Expect to see Padraig’s Ci11 iron in the bag again in a few weeks at Royal Lytham.
One of my all time favourite Seve moments and he wasn’t even hitting a shot. Only Seve could diffuse a pressure cooker situation and give the crowd a laugh at the same time.
also check out my European Tour 2012 Open de France Alstom Tips here
Needs to believe in himself a tiny bit more. De Jonge had a mare of a 77 in the final round at Congressional last week dropping him into a tie for 11. That followed a great week at the Travelers where after starting poorly he climbed the leaderboard every day to finish eighth. The Zimbabwean is the only man to finish in the top four in the first two stagings of this event so has to be respected again this week.
Three top 10’s this year but struggling to piece four rounds together. Walker shot 68, 69 in the opening rounds at Congressional to be positioned nicely but fell way badly at the weekend. Memories of his third round 62 on this course last year are sure to perk Jimmy up however and get him into contention.
Cam had a run of three great top 10’s in March and April but hasn’t quite hit the heights since. Shot an impressive 64 in the final round of the Travelers two weeks back to secure a top 15 but struggled at Congressional last week. Tied for second last year thanks to three very consistent 67’s.
With Tiger Woods offering zero value at 5/1 (yet still highly likely to contend) the best odds of the favourites is Webb Simpson. This week’s par 70 Old White course has been toughened up immeasurably since the 2010 staging and should suit the game of the US Open champion who ranks number one in birdie average. Simpson finished just two shots off the pace here last year tying for ninth on a bunched leaderboard.
No top 10 in his last three events see Steve Stricker odds fade out to 25/1 this week. His PGA Tour stats are nothing to write home about either. BUT, I a big believer in the philosophy that certain players play well at certain times of the year, and I believe THIS is Stricker’s week. My theory is based on the fact that the John Deere Classic was in this slot last season and Stricks won there. He’s a first time on this course so you’ll have to decide over facts or philosophy.
Stick a quid or two on two long odds shots this week that might give you a wild ride for your money. Charles Howell at 90/1 is long odds for a tough track and Candian Matt McQuillan who is 1000/1 on betfair.
Does anyone have the copyright on a shark shape? No? Great! Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the links, Aussie Dean Lukin junior has proposed this plan for a golf course including five hole shaped like a great white shark to be built at Port Lincoln in South Australia. We think it’s got balls and jaws!