July 2012

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Thanks to Jimmy Hanby for telling me about Ryan Ballangee’s story about naughty goings on at Tam O’Shanter Club in the USA.

naked golfer Being a member of a country club has its benefits, but usually has nothing to do with a man’s member – that is, unless you allegedly belong to Tam O’Shanter Golf Club on Long Island.

The club has been slapped with an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint, in which a former employee accused the club of hiring prostitutes and strippers to entertain male members during a tournament, then banning staffers from telling the members’ wives about the fiasco.

Former bartender Justin Williams said the tournament would feature a different stripper on each hole, then make prostitutes available afterward for sexual activities in various parts of the clubhouse. Female employees were asked to go home before the extracurricular – and, likely, extramarital – stuff started.

Williams claims to the New York Post he was also subject to sexual harassment from a male dishwasher and asked to disguise lower-grade booze as top-shelf liquor for sale.

The club denied comment to the paper.

Now, as usual, the most important point is being completely missed here.  And that is, does Tam O’Shanter accept Irish members? And what is the fee?  And when exactly will the strippers etc be there?


I’m finding it hard to believe that Jason Dufner would make a spat with Rickie Fowler public, especially via the medium of Twitter.  But unless Duff’s account has been hacked or he’s pre-arranged this little stunt with Rickie to increase his social media following it looks pretty damming.  Here are a selection of the tweets.

coneAs if to top it all off, there’s a retweet taking the mick out of Rickie’s Sunday orange in there too.

@JasonDufner @RickieFowlerPGA looking for his ball in the hedge during his second round +10 over par pic.twitter.com/hfg89hHP

More on this as it emerges!

Update at Ryder Cup 2012

DRIVER:Cleveland Classic 290 (9°) with a Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 61X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland Launcher (14°) with a Kusala Black 83X shaft
HYBRIDS: Cleveland DST 2i (18°) with a Project X HB2 shaft, Cleveland Mashie Hybrid 3i (20.5°) with a Miyazaki C.Kua Hybrid 83X shaft
IRONS: Cleveland CG7 Tour (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland 588 Forged (54°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey Sabertooth belly
BALL: Srixon Z-Star prototype

Congrats to Keegan no his WGC win. Here’s what’s in his bag heading into the 2012 US PGA Championship.  With thanks to Keegan and caddie Pepsi.

DRIVER: Cleveland Classic 290 (9°) with a Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 61X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland Launcher (14°) with a Kusala Black 83X shaft
HYBRIDS: Cleveland DST 2i (18°) with a Project X HB2 shaft, Cleveland Mashie Hybrid 3i (20.5°) with a Miyazaki C.Kua Hybrid 83X shaft
IRONS: Cleveland CG7 Tour (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland 588 Forged (54°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey Sabertooth belly
BALL: Srixon Z-Star prototype

Kiawah Island Resort (Ocean), Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Purse: $8,000,000

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Charl Schwartzel 55/1

charl Call me crazy but I have a feeling Charl Schwartzel could do well this week. His odds have lengthened considerably seeing as he hasn’t even scored a top 10 since Malaysia back in April and is without a win since the Masters last year. However his 28th place finish last week at the WGC was an exhibition of seven birdies and no dropped shots. Charl found something on the practice ground and I bet he’s excited about this week. If you believe in gut feelings have a flutter on this one.

Jason Dufner 28/1

Jason-Dufner-007 Wins at the Zurich Classic and Byron Nelson backed up by a tied fourth at the US Open and another top 10 last week at the WGC make Jason Dufner one of the favourites this week. With that trademark hangdog expression, he has the temperament for Majors and this season it seems he has the game to match. The PGA Championship seems to be Duffs Major of choice too having tied fifth at Whistling Straits in 2010 and then just losing out to Keegan Bradley last year after a three hole aggregate playoff at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Dustin Johnson 28/1

dustin If Kiawah Island conditions turn out to be as wild as expected, then my go to man is Dustin Johnson. I followed his progress closely at The Open and was very impressed with his patience and ball striking stats. Has the physical ability to muscle the ball around this mammoth setup and after suffering that cruel loss in 2010 a win here would be golfing justice. DJ wont have to worry about grounding his club in a bunker here either; all sand has been declared waste areas.

Louis Oosthuizen 35/1

louis  Louis has been my “go-to” man in the Major’s this year and after coming second at 95/1 in The Masters, he certainly doesn’t the punters anything. Played super last week in Akron to finish fourth and traditionally when Louis plays well one week, he follows it up the following week. That’s what happened in the Malaysian Open after the Masters and at the tail end of last season where he had consecutive top-10’s.

Matt Kuchar 40/1

kuchOf the four Majors since 2010, Matt Kuchar has had a top 10 finish in all of them. Pre 2010 he only ever made one Major cut! Such is the progression of Kuch that he’s almost a banker these days to contend. Tied third at The Masters this year and won the “fifth” Major at TPC Sawgrass but the wait goes on for top honours. Showed good form last week at the WGC and I’m convinced the win will come.

Best Of The Rest

Graeme McDowell 35/1

gmac If it’s “wind” you’re after, you need one of two things, baked beans or Graeme McDowell. Discount the fact that GMac has only only top-10 from eight PGA Championship appearances and you have arguably one of the most consistent Major performers this year. Tied for second at the US Open and tied for fifth at the British, you have to believe that if GMac keeps putting himself in position the win will come.

Do not discount the US Open champion and new Dad Webb Simpson 40/1. Though he hasn’t played since the Greenbrier where incidentally he should have finished much higher than seventh, he is certainly one to watch come Friday evening and cut time.



The European Tour has had Asian events in the calendar for years but now Tim Finchem and the PGA Tour have swooped in, in some style announcing that from 2013 the CIMB Classic held in Malaysia will become an Official Money Event on the PGA TOUR and  be part of the FedEx Cup. But that’s not the best bit, the prize pot is expected to be $7 million to be played for by only 78 players.

Seven mill even divided by 78 is nearly 90,000 bucks so it’s massive money for a limited field. But it’s Asia, and that’s where the money is!

This year’s CIMB Classic will start on October 25th at the Mines Resort and golf club and feature Tiger Woods along with defending champion Bo Van Pelt.


usain The final round of the WGC Bridgestone has been moved forward today because of the threat of “bad weather” according to the PGA Tour.  The leaders are now due off at 10am Eastern or 2pm GMT.

It has absolutely nothing to do with getting finished before pretty every TV viewer in the world switches over to watch the Olympic 100 Metres final takes place at London 2012.

Although come to think of it the PGA meteorologist did say there may be a BOLT of lightning!

Third Round Highlights 2012 WGC Bridgestone

The pairings are out for next week’s PGA Championship! Padraig Harrington is grouped with Davis Love and a man that might be looking for a Captain’s pick for pga2012the Ryder Cup, Phil Mickelson. All three are former Champs.
As are other groupings including Shaun Micheel, David Toms, and John Daly and Y.E. Yang, Rich Beem, and Vijay Singh. The past winners grouping that grabs most attention however is Tiger Woods with Keegan Bradley and Martin Kaymer.
Two spots are left for the winners of the  Bridgestone Invitational and Reno-Tahoe Open. If the winner has already qualified, Will McGirt gets in.  Best of luck too to Marty Jertson, our fountain of knowledge when it comes to all things “Ping” at the PGA Show each January. Marty tees it up with Ben Crane and Thongchai Jaidee.

2012 PGA Championship Tee Times and Pairings

An ad for Bridgestone Tyres which appears before every golf highlights package on PGATour.com featuring basketball player Tim Duncan and a child strapped into a car seat was “more interesting than the golf highlights from the Bridgestone Invitational” according to lifelong golf fan Paul Radzowski from New York.

“I find myself just clicking on the PGATour.com highlights button now just to watch Tim Duncan bouncing a basketball filled with ‘Taurenza Technology’ that doesn’t make a sound compared to an ordinary basketball when bounced off a hard surface” Radzowski, 53, declared adding “Then this white guy called Steve Nash comes in and carries out the ‘sleeping baby test’ by bouncing the silent basketball around a baby in a car seat, all to the astonishment of an extremely beautiful presenter with a slightly funny nose. It’s hilarious!”

PGA Tour supreme leader Tim Finchem was quick in his condemnation of the advert today.  In a statement Finchem said “Obviously we want the pre highlights commercials to be as boring as possible so the public will feel almost grateful they are over.  I’m talking insurance and erection pills ads here.  I’ll do what I can to pull this off, excuse the pun, and get our super annoying Cialis pills commercial reinstated.” 


A film about a crass, ignorant, insensitive loud mouthed and ridiculous looking character is unlikely to topple “Ted” at the box office this weekend, according to top US films critics Ben and Jerry.

donald-trump-bad-hair-day “You’ve Been Trumped” is the non golfing, golf story of Donald Trump, his hair and Scotland. The film is loosely based on ‘Brokeback Mountain’ in that it charts the unlikely relationship and ultimately uncomfortable love scene between billionaire tycoon Donald Trump and a local farmer whose property Trump describes as “slum like, it’s disgusting, he’s got stuff thrown all over the place, he lives like a pig.”

Not to give away the twist at the ending, but let’s just say one of the main characters “squeals like a pig” at the end.

You’ve Been Trumped stars Donald Trump as himself, Hugh Grant as the angry Scottish farmer/lover and Dame Helen Mirren as the woman who comes running out of her house saying “everything’s falling off the shelves”.


In the build to today’s WGC Bridgestone invitational, Adam Scott revealed he has been in touch with Ernie Els via text message since The Open. Here is the conversation.

text_messaging1Ernie: Wht u at?

Adam: Nothin. In Bahamas. Where u?

E: London. Pissing rain. Whre did u get ur shades? Thinkin of gettin pair?

A: Got them on wiggle. Try amazon 1st tho. Allenby says they 20 quid cheaper.

E: U going to Akron? Need lift? Thinkin of bringin plane.

A: Cant afford. Got Ryanair deal but they chargin £60 extra for putter.

E: They shud be banned.

A: Ya, hate Ryanair. Robbin bastards.

E: Rofl, long putters I mean!

Have you been to college?  Do you own a BMW? Do you owe the bank nothing?

brazil beach volleyballWell then you may just be clever enough to dream up a format for Golf at the 2016 Olympics.  Four years out and the organizers haven’t got the first clue of the format or the field.  And speaking of fields that’s exactly what the course looks like at the moment.

The International Olympic Committee are offering a sleeve of Titleist Pro-V1’s and absolutely no recognition ever for the winning entry.

Here’s Geoff Shackleford’s vision for the Olympic Golf Tournament, which, in the absence of an alternative involving the Brazilian women’s beach volleyball team, remains my favourite.

Give me a break golf websites.  How unimaginative do you have to be to start trawling through player rankings and rules that haven’t even been finalised yet (the IOC have a decision pending which should restrict each team to four competitors) to come with a story of who would be in the golf event at the 2016 Olympics if it was today and not in 1,460 odd days time?

What I think is even more interesting is the way this reporter has gone to so much trouble with his numbers yet fails to decide whether Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell will be representing team GB or Ireland.  Furthermore that same choice doesn’t seem to have extended to three time winner in the last 16 months Michael Hoey at 105 in the World and gets completely left out of the 60 man field which stretches all the way down to World Number 334. Espen Kofstad of Norway!

There’s nothing like preparing a hypothetical list arseways!


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Gossip from inside Kiawah Island ahead of next week’s PGA Championship is that Tiger Woods put in a serious session on The Ocean Course before jetting off for kiawah-island-golf-resort Akron. Also in town on Monday and Tuesday were several others in the field including GMac and Adam Scott.

Woods is the bookies favourite to bag his first Major in four years at 9/2.  The value however seems to be with McDowell who contended late into the US and British Opens at 33/1.

Tiger is paired with South African Branden Grace in the opening rounds at Firestone, both men having won three times on their respective Tours already this season.  If their battle is anything like that played out by Michael Phelps and Chad le Clos in the Olympic swimming pool, it should be a corker!


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Golf Benefit: Boat pose works on building core strength so golfers can maintain posture thus creating a more consistent swing which in turn leads to more consistent shots.


Instruction: Come to a seated position on your mat. Bend the knees keeping the soles of the feet flat on the mat. Bring both arms in behind the knees as you straighten up the spine and tighten up the core abdominal muscles. Lean back and balance on the sit bones, ensuring to keep the back straight. Any rounding of the back or slumping of the shoulders will result in the core strength being lost. Once you are balanced extend both legs out keeping a bend in the knees, calves parallel with the floor for a half-boat, suitable for beginners. Bring the arms out straight in line with the shoulders, palms facing each other. Hold for 5-10 breaths.

For a more challenging full boat pose, work to straighten the legs bringing the body into a ‘V’ shape. Ensure that the chest stays open and the back stays straight. Hold 5-10 breaths.


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It’s a PGA Tour event where the highest score wins, not the lowest score. Wtf?  I don't understand.

Modified Stableford Scoring will be in use this week, supposedly to entice more viewers away from the WGC Bridgestone invitational which has taken many of the big names with it.

How It Works

You get points for your score on each hole

• Albatros: 8 points
• Eagle: 5 points
• Birdie: 2 points
• Par: 0 points
• Bogey: -1 point
• Double Bogey: -3 points

If you do a Kevin Na and get worse than double bogey it’s no problem; it’s just –3 points, put the ball in your pocket and meet you on the next tee.


The format is designed to encourage players to take risks and go for everything.  Theoretically a player with bogeys mixed in with lots of birdies and the odd eagle who normally would not win, could come out on top in this format.

The big name players at the event include Padraig Harrington and John Daly.

Golf writers of the past were certainly looked after a damn better than today’s!  This is the apartment of American golf scribe George Peper, overlooking the st andrews apt 18th fairway on the Old Course in St Andrews. And it’s up for sale with a guide price of £1.5 million.

There’s two-bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, sitting room and one helluva view.

Due to be sold tomorrow.  Now where to get a mortgage?


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Firestone CC (South Course) - Akron, OH, USA, early odds from betfair.

Winner Alright: Last week we tipped both Bernd Wiesberger (19/1) and Scott Piercy (75/1) to victory

Adam Scott 19/1

adam_scott_img_02 Shot a 62 in the first round here last year and never really looked back. This is where caddie Stevie Williams declared himself “a great front runner”, which came back to haunt him at Lytham a few weeks back. I’m one of the people who didn’t think Scott blew up at The Open and predict another strong showing here. Third and second in his last two starts, Scott’s not far away.


Hunter Mahan 38/1

Hunter-Mahan-Colonial[4] Hunter would break your heart if you had shares in him as logic and stats suggest he should figure more foten than he actually does. Fourth in total driving (distance and accuracy) is a big advantage on this mammoth 7,400 yard par 70 as is Hunter’s standing of third in the greens in regulation stats. Three top 10’s in his five stars at Akron including a win in 2010 coupled with decent recent form give Hunter a shout for my money.


Tiger Woods 7/1

TigerShhhh Adopted a tactic of laying well back from the bunkers at the Open and came third. But Tiger will need his driver on full power this week if he is to have any chance to contend. Discount last years poor performance here; Tiger was out from May to August and look more to the seven Firestone wins from 1999 to 2009. If Tiger gets back to his billing as ranking third in total driving, it’s hard to see past him.


Luke Donald 18/1

luke_299x246 Shot 64, 66 at the weekend last year to tie for second with Rickie Fowler; Donald’s best finish at a venue which theoretically should not be suited to his game. The BMW PGA Championship was lightly raced coming into Lytham having taken five weeks off before playing the Scottish Open, yet snuck into a top five finish. The Englishman will be buoyed up for this week and I can tell you now, he WILL be one of my five picks for the US PGA Championship.


Bubba Watson 32/1

bubba Bubba continued to excite his fans with some extreme shot making at Lytham where I considered him a little unlucky to finish 23rd. The Masters champ showed good form in finishing second at The Travelers at the end of June, a result he matched at the WGC Cadillac Championship earlier in the year. The longest driver on Tour and surprisingly accurate, if Bubba is in the mood, he could win this week.


Best Of The Rest

It’s only Bo Van Pelt’s 65/1 third appearance in Akron and he’s played well to date. Tied for third in 2010 and top 25 last year, Van Pelt ranks eighth in total driving and was second to Tiger Woods at Congressional recently. Played well in Canada last week also and certainly worth an each way wager.


Thanks to reader Colin Clancy for pointing out the glaring ineptitude of the Golf Channel when it comes to the European Tour.  Here’s their final round leaderboard from the Lyoness Austria Open.

Golf Channel Gaffe 

Now bearing in mind the Golf Channel have thousands of employees and none of them even bothered to find out where Chris Doak comes from (he’s Scottish by the way), it’s pretty poor stuff.

It seems they take more pride in pointing out who is using Titleist balls!

And as if that was not bad enough they then went and popped up an English flag beside Shane Lowry.  Granted they are our near neighbours and all but THE last thing you call a proud Irishman is English!

So come on Golf Channel, tighten up!


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On being Irish

“I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s just our upbringing. We come from fairly humble backgrounds, and I think it’s something about the country we live in, with its traditions and humility. You picture us storytelling in front of a fireplace with a pint of Guinness and a musician playing. There is that culture, and I think a lot of it is the characters, a lot of characters.”

On being in Major Contention

“I definitely missed it. I craved to be back in that kind of scenario. 2011 was a tough year, but I think I learned a lot about myself and handling my new-found position within the game, I suppose, and the higher world ranking and just my own expectations. I feel like since September of last year, I’ve really put these things into use. I’ve been playing very consistently now for close to 12 months. I’m very happy where my game is, and I’m looking forward to the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup and the Ryder Cup.”

On Improving

“Pre-shot routines. I think my pre-shot routines in 2010 were really sharp but probably not as sharp right now. Just seeing shots, the imagery. I think I need to be a little more instinctive again; maybe I’m trying to be a little too perfect and prepare a little bit too well under pressure, instead of just letting the brain take over and being instinctive. That’s something I’m going to work on between now and the PGA.”

On Belly Putters

“I fully expect they’ll ban them at some point. It’s going to be interesting, but I would be in the camp where I would like to see them go. I don’t think Adam putted very well in the last round, so I don’t think it was an advantage to him. If it was that advantageous, everyone would be using them. But, yes, when it comes down to a 6-footer under pressure on a Sunday afternoon at a major, it might just be that little bit easier to have one part of extraneous movement taken out by anchoring the putter to your body. It makes it just that little bit easier under pressure, but you still have to get yourself there.”


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It’s one rule for one and one for the other.  Or is it?  Forget having to decide if belly putters should or should be legalized, what about the PGA changing their mind every five minutes on what is or isn’t a bunker?  Well maybe not every five minutes, but every two years.

bucket_spade1 The new ruling called the “Dustin Johnson Dictat” (by me) states that all bunkering at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course which will host next month’s PGA Championship will be considered “sandy areas”.  That really means that all the sandy areas might look like bunkers, but will be played like waste areas, where players can ground their club, remove stones and bash about as much sand as they wish with their practice swings.

Basically there will be no bunkers on the golf course.

So you can imagine how Dustin Johnson feels having heard this rule.  Exactly two years ago he and a couple of hundred people were stood in what best can be described as a grassless cliffside at Whistling Straits only to have a fowl called on him for grounding his club in a “bunker”.

According to the PGA they didn’t change the rule to help everyone out or really annoy Dustin this year.  Apparently in Kiawah it has always been the done thing being that the course is set amongst natural sand dunes.  The same rule applied at the 1991 Ryder Cup. 

Dustin Johnson is 33/1 with the bookies to win now that he can bring his bucket and spade!

It’s still not to late to enter a team in Ballyliffin’s Major Pro-Am this weekend.  Teams of three will be joined by the elite from the Irish professional ranks over two days of competition on the Glashedy and Old Links.

Entry also includes a pre tournament practice round and guaranteed 5-star hospitality.  It’s all shaping up to be one mammoth weekend in Donegal, on and off the course!

Download your or call  074-9378100 to book in by phone.


Thorbjorn Olesen 14/1

thorbjorn[3]  Five top 10’s this season for Jacob including an exciting week at the Open where he played the third round paired with Tiger Woods.  Tiredness could be a factor for him in his fifth week in a row on the road but his recent form coupled with a win in Sicily in April make him the deserving favourite.


Thomas Norret 95/1

norret Norret lead by two after three rounds last year with some excellent golf but a final round of 72 dropped him to fourth.  Played well at the Nordea Masters in this calender slot last season, so I’m hoping for a good week from the Dane in Austria.


Bernd Wiesberger 19/1

  berndThe powerful Austrian is the home favourite this week  and has kicked on from his four top 10’s last season with a win in the Ballantine’s back in April.  Form has been poor since with only one top 20 in Sweden but backed by the crowd and memories of his tied fifth finish here last year, Bernd should put on a good show.


Lorenzo Gagli 48/1

lorenzo-gagli Plays his 62nd tournament this week in Austria and hasn’t quite found the formula for success. Yet! I saw enough from Gagli in his opening two rounds at Portrush a month ago to convince me he can win.  Scored five top five finishes last year in his first full season on Tour coming close at the Scottish Open and even closer at the Madrid Masters.  All that’s needed is a little step up from the Italian.


David Drysdale 32/1

Odrysdale ne of the most consistent and underrated players on the Tour David has the chance to score big this week.  In his 17 events this season, the Scot has made 14 cuts finishing every event at par or better.  Back this week after a disappointing trip to Castle Stuart, Drysdale will be looking to recreate the form of Wentworth and Portrush and get into the mix come Sunday.

Best Of The Rest

Magnus A. Carlsson 25/1 has been on my radar with three top 10’s this season.  He’s certainly good enough to break through.  I’ll also be keeping an eye on gritty pro Robert Coles 95/1 who played well to podium in Morocco and showed signs of good things to come in Scotland last time out.


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Last week’s winner

Congrats to last weeks winner Vivienne Arnopp who wins a fourball on any DECGA Course.  She gets to choose from the K Club, Carton House, Druids Glen, The Island and more!


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The engraver at The Open is always under pressure at the end of the tournament.  Getting the winners name on the Silver Medal and the Claret Jug in time for the presentation is as stressful as it gets.

adam scott medalThen there’s the traditional shot for the BBC, of the engraver in action, beamed to millions across the world.

On Sunday, the BBC did the shot, and the medal had Adam Scott’s name on it!  Luckily however the name had just been traced, not engraved.  Blushes were spared on the engraving but not before the error was broadcast! 

We’ve trawled the Open Championship images for the top three fashion statements of the week.  Here’s our top three with all the info and links you need to investigate further.

Gold: GMac By Kartel Apparel


Gold has to be Graeme McDowell’s for four days of dapper apparel.  The Portrush man launched his new clothing line website “GMac By Kartel” on day two of The Open and did a nice little trick of marketing by getting himself up near the top of the leaderboard!
You can get yourself kitted out in the GMac by Kartel apparel by following this link. http://www.kartel.ie/g-mac/ 

Silver: Adam Scott’s Oakley Shades

Royal and Ancient greenkeepers, Lytham ground staff and the head greenkeeper of 2013 Open venue Muirfield Links emerged from a meeting this morning declaring “a whole new world of pain” for any player who hits the ball into the bunker during next year’s Open Championship.

“We trialled putting water in the bunkers this year and it was a huge success”, said Paul Smith, head greenkeeper at Royal Lytham.  “However the players still found places in the bunker to drop the ball and some cases didn’t feel the full force of the hazard which we envisioned.  Next year we will be placing deckchairs, flip flops and used hypodermic needles in areas of bunker sand not already filled with water.  This, we feel, will provide a more exacting test befitting an Open Championship”.

beach effect bunker

Head of the R&A Peter Dawson clarified a decision to allow a player to sit on a deckchair in the bunker.  “The player finding his ball in a trap, may avail of a deckchair for a period of 30 seconds only after failing to extricate himself from the bunker after five strokes,”  Dawson said.


RBC Canadian Open, Hamilton G&CC, Ancaster, Ontario, Canada.

Previously held the tournament in 2006. Jim Furyk winner.

Early odds on the exchanges

or on pic for course guide.

Matt Kuchar 14/1

kuch As always after a Major Championship, fatigue has to be taken into account not to mention the adjustment from links golf back to the parkland game. However Matt Kuchar should be reasonably fresh for the fight having taken a month off after a top 10 at The Travelers to tie ninth at Lytham. The Players champion has a recent best of tied fourth in The Canadian Open in 2010.

Bo Van Pelt 36/1

bo_van_pelt The RBC Canadian Open courses work very much on a rotational basis these past few years and this year comes all the way across from Vancouver to Ancaster, Ontario about 450 miles of New York city. Last year Bo Van Pelt held the lead going into the final round at the tough Shaughnessy Country Club but dropped into a tie for sixth after a final round 74. Though he missed the cut at Lytham, Van Pelt has been showing form of late finishing second to Tiger at the AT&T a few weeks back. Tied for 20th in 2006, the last time the event was held on this course.

Scott Piercy 75/1

piercy_scott_pga Followed a strong showing at The Greenbrier Classic where he finished just outside the top 10 with a third place finish at the John Deere Classic the week before the Open. Piercy tied for sixth last year and the calendar suggests he hits form around this time of the year having bagged the Reno Tahoe Open in August 2011. One to watch.

Troy Matteson 95/1

troy625-cohen_ Embarks on his 201st (PGA or European Tour) Tournament this week and can be quite proud of his record with two wins at the Frys.com Open in 2006 and 2009. Matteson came so close to win number three at the John Deere until Zach Johnson’s wonder shot from the bunker beat him in a playoff. Made the field and then the cut at The Open finishing in a tie for 39th. Tiredness may be a factor but Matteson is a form dog.

Kyle Stanley 42/1

Kyle_Stanley_smile_t607 This is more of a gut feeling tip rather than based on solid fact but based on what on what I saw of Kyle Stanley last week at Lytham he will come strong again on Tour. He’s been through a dismal few months since winning in Phoenix back in February but mixed a hatful of birdies with some naïve course management in the Open to tie 39th. This could be one to back next Friday night if he’s in contention.

Long Odds Glory

Long odds glory hunters might have a quid on Scott Brown this week at 110/1. Scott might have missed 12 cuts from his first 17 PGA Tour starts but he seems to be getting the hang of it with a seventh at the John Deere and a tie for fifth in the True South Classic which ran parallel to the Open.


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