Saturday, July 21, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
After 36 holes of The Open here is the state of play of our tips
Site Tips Left Standing
Louis Oosthuizen (40/1) Level (Good 68 today)
Dustin Johnson (40/1) +1 (needs a biggie tomorrow)
Francesco Molinari (40/1) +1 (sloppy back nine today but could explode into life tomorrow)
Padraig Harrington (16/1) +2 (May get work work as a magician, after turning two under into two over on back nine today)
Facebook Betfair over 200/1 tips left standing
Thorbjorn Olesen (320/1) –5 (fingers crossed! Best of luck Jacob)
Jamie Donaldson (240/1) LevelJeev Milkha Singh (210/1) +1
Branden Grace (200/1) +2
Chad Campbell (340/1) +3
Tom Watson (650/1) +3
Just want to take this opportunity to say well done to friend of golfcentraldaily Alan Dunbar on his great showing at this year’s British Open. He managed a highly respectable one over today and looked every bit the part alongside Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar.
So here’s a toast to the British Amateur Champion, or Subo as he’s known around here, great things await!
Here’s Alan in action today
Stevie Williams came out all guns firing in his press conference following his second round 67 today. Williams will tee off alongside Brandt Snedeker in tomorrow’s third round and issued this warning to the Tennis-een, Tennesyan…..man from Tennessee.
“I’ve got you in my sights Snedeker, I’ve been doing this for 34 years and this is the best second round of my life, I’m not joking you. It’s like going to the race track. The only place I’m interested in finishing is first. That means I’m going to shred The Sned. Obviously its a very tough game and you can’t always win but I’m a very confident front runner. There was a lot of expectation today, seeing as I lead overnight and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous, but it’s great to back it up. I always back myself just like I do when I go racing. Did I mention I’m a great front runner when I’m racing? Anyway, it’s been the best second round of my life, honestly.”
Support Stevie This Weekend By Wearing His Mask
Hey kids, want to make a really great Stevie Williams mask? Just follow the simple instructions below and we’ll instantly transform you into one of the best loved villains in golf.
Some sharp scissors: Simply cut around the edges of the Stevie mask. Always be careful when using a sharp scissors. You may need to ask a grown up
racist for help. When you have done that, prod out the eyes.
Some cotton wool strips: These will come in handy for making Stevie’s locks. Simply stick big bushy lumps onto the dotted lines outlined in the mask.
Teeth: Make a few complete pricks around the mouth area of the mask to make a hole. Pop in the teeth and hey presto, you’re a great front runner!
How to Lose Friends Book: Simply read this book to get into Stevie’s mind. Really impress your friends by snatching their cameras and phones and smashing them off the wall.
The Accent: This is the tough bit. Perfect the following phrase and amaze everyone. “Oymmm into Roycing end Gulf.”
Lovely story today about Luke Donald’s caddie John McLaren who was given the day off by his boss to be with his newborn baby. John’s wife Helen gave birth to their first child yesterday. Common sense prevailed as a new life took precedence over a golf tournament. McLaren joins Jason Day and Webb Simpson as chief nappy changers, but expect him to be back on Saturday morning to help his boss win the Claret Jug.
Robert Karlsson’s regular caddie Gareth Lord is set to deputize today. Karlsson pulled out of the tournament bizarrely after deciding his short game was not in good enough condition to compete.
Every cloud eh!
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Update: Nut cracker Jason Blue, 16, had his accommodation updated from ‘tent’ to ‘hotel’ by Rory McIlroy last night. Rors told reporters: “I hated the thought of him spending the night in a tent after getting that bang on the head. Several of Jason’s mates are travelling to Lytham today in the hope of getting hit by a McIlroy ball during the second round. One friend, Tom Orange told reporters “I’m going to try and get hit in the face, I really need to upgrade to the new Nintendo 3DS and with Rory giving away presents, this is the perfect opportunity!”
New Zealand sporting icon Stevie Williams shot 64 in the first round of the 2012 Open Championship today at Royal Lytham. Afterward he declared himself happy with his round, if a little disappointed that his golfer might have cost him with at least two missed putts.
“Obviously I’m delighted” said Williams. “I’m a great front runner, over 50 Tour wins worldwide. Okay my golfer Adam Scott let me down on a couple of occasions but if I keep doing what I’m doing and take one shot at a time, I feel I have the game to win this. I’ve been in excellent form recently and practice back home has gone well.”
Questioned as to whether or not he would like to be paired with Tiger Woods in the final round, Williams said “I’d love to go head to head with Tiger. We’ve both won big tournaments, we’ve both won Majors. I think the crowd would like to see us go at it down the stretch.”
Here’s GMac on the ninth at Lytham during his first round. The Rathmore man is well placed heading into day two.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Royal Lytham & St Annes GC, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England
19 Jul 2012 - 22 Jul 2012
Statistic Computer Predictions
The stats say that of the 157 players in the field the most in-form player in his last five events is Justin Rose with an average finish of 9.8. He’s closely followed by Padraig Harrington at 10.2. However, with a cut streak of 20 events and a season average finish of 17.29 the computer predicts Lee Westwood has the best chance of winning this week at 84.629% probability. Luke Donald is predicted to come second at 82.643% using the equation with Rory McIlroy third at 81.001%
Padraig Harrington (Ladbrokes 20/1, Paddypower 18/1)
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.
Rickie Fowler (Ladbrokes 40/1, Paddypower 35/1)
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!
Michael Hoey (Ladbrokes 150/1, Paddypower 150/1)
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.
Thomas Bjorn (Ladbrokes 80/1, Paddypower 90/1)
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.
Francesco Molinari (Ladbrokes 40/1, Paddypower 40/1)
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.
Raphael Jacquelin (Ladbrokes 100/1, Paddypower 125/1)
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.
Best Of The Rest
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!
Here’s Tiger in the media tent yesterday.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Graeme McDowell has been wearing his brand “GMac by Kartel” since January 2012. Developed in conjunction with Karl Swan of Kartel, the collaboration has been a huge success so far and now GMac’s styles are set to be available to golf fans worldwide with the launch of his new website this Friday July 20th. Click here for the link to the new GMac by Kartel site.
Below are GMac outfits for this weeks 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham St Annes.
GMac’s 2012 Open Championship Apparel.
Tiger Woods Open Apparel
Rickie Fowler Open Apparel
It’s only three years ago that the then 59 year old Tom Watson nearly made off with the Claret Jug at Turnberry using a whole different approach both physically and mentally to the rest of the field. Here’s a collection of Tom Watson’s links tips I’ve gathered from dusty articles.
When dealing with a crosswind, you should think of the break on a green. The wind will act as "slope" and make the ball curve, just like slope on the putting surface does. When the wind is moving right to left, I aim off the right edge of the green. I also slightly slice the ball into the wind, to land it on the far right side of the green, where it should bounce and roll left with the crosswind. If you try to manoeuvre the ball into a crosswind this way, be aware that a left-to-right shot won't go as far or slice as much.
Weather and Par:
When I think about winning my first British Open (at Carnoustie in 1975) I credit adjusting my target score because of changing weather conditions. On a windy fourth day I went to say hello to Byron Nelson, who was working for ABC. I asked him if he had a word of advice. He said, "Tom, this course is different today. If you shoot 72, you're going to be right there." I focused on that thought going to the tee. And the course did play the way he'd predicted. I shot even-par 72 to get into an 18-hole playoff with Jack Newton the next day. Before you play, consider the weather and adjust your target score accordingly.
Sweep Long Irons:
The best full shot I have ever hit was a 2-iron on the last hole at the 1983 British Open. I faced a 213-yard second shot into the wind on the longest par 4 at Royal Birkdale. All I was thinking on that 2-iron shot was smooth rhythm. And it worked. I've always tried to sweep my long irons (like Jack Nicklaus and Byron Nelson did) rather than take much of a divot. To do that you must position the ball slightly forward of center in your stance. Then the swing arc must be shallow, not steep. Practice this sweeping swing without a ball. Hit the turf just forward of the center at the bottom of your arc. Do it enough times to become consistent. Remember: sweep, don't dig.
Gerry McIlroy will get his hands more than the Claret Jug if son Rory wins this week.
Such faith has he in his son that Gerry and three friends grouped together when Rory was 15 to bet £100 per man that he would win the Open Championship by 2014. Since the bet was placed eight years ago and nobody had even heard of Rory back then, they got odds of 500/1.
The £400 wager will pay out a dividend of £200,000. if Rory wins this week or next year’s Open; it’s believed the betting slip says “by the time he is 25”. Now that is what I call foresight!
Check out my 2012 Open Championship Tips here
The winner drawn from the hat was Gary Carty.
We’ll be in touch by email Gary to arrange your prize
Darren Clarke gave back the Claret Jug to Peter Dawson of the R&A yesterday and let’s just say, it wasn’t in the greatest of shape. Here’s a list of the damage (we know about) and exactly how it happened.
1. Ding in the side of the jug- Chubby and Cowan raucous “barman” accident at Clarke’s first Sunday night party in RSG.
2. Handle Bent- Jug was being used as a target on chipping green in Portrush at 4am on the Tuesday party following the win. Hit by a skulled shot.
3. Scrape along inscription- By Lee Westwood’s clubs in boot of his car during practical joke after which Jug went “missing” for five days.
4. Base cracked- Three separate occasions, the last being the night of the Heineken Cup rugby final when an unnamed person attempted to “drop kick” the Jug in anger.
“It’s in much better shape than we expected, given the circumstances”, said Dawson collecting the Trophy. “We use an auto repair and panel beating expert near Liverpool, he’ll have it back to us by Sunday in top shape. We hope!”
Monday, July 16, 2012
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!
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Stories About Players “Believing they can win at Royal Lytham” Begin To Emerge As Media Arrive and Plug In Laptops
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.
by Ron for golfcentraldaily.com
According to the The Worldwide Institution of Turrets Suffers (TWITS), celebrity sufferer Ernie Els’ condition is getting much worse. His “tick” as turrets suffers call it, has been upgraded from stage two to stage three. Up to now the south Africans condition has only involved expletive language, but lately has included the addition of the word “chicken” and several variations.
Warning. Only click read more below if you are prepared to be shocked. I’m only the messenger.
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.
1. Jeev’s Warm Up Pose
2. Jeev’s Hip and Shoulder Power Disassociation Pose
3.Jeev’s Core Development Pose
First it’s the Scottish Open.
And the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic