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Davis Love the three hundred and thirty third must not have watched Rickie Fowler in the singles at Celtic Manor because he bypassed him and the WGC Accenture Matchplay champion Hunter Mahan for this years USA team.

Love went instead for Jim “five hour” Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker as his picks.  Despite having more Ryder Cup losses (15) than Johnson and Snedeker have had matches, Jim Furyk got the nod.  It’s thought the likelyhood of matches being completed in under 5 hours swung it in his favour.

Snedeker snuck in with his a runner-up at The Barclays and a sixth-place at The Deutsche Bank.

European Team Captain Jose Maria Olazabal was unavailable for comment today.  Apparently he decided to throw a massive impromptu party for some strange reason after hearing the US Team news.


Crooked Stick GC • Carmel,IN

Field: Top 70 FedExCup Pts. Standings •

Purse: $8,000,000 •Winning Share: $1,440,000 •Yards: 7,316

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Dustin Johnson 14/1

dustin-johnson Great strides are being made by big DJ recently.  I’m going to reinvest my winnings from his tied fourth at last week’s Deutsche Bank into him again this week at Crooked Stick.  That’s a third and a fourth so far in the playoffs for Dustin and he won the BMW Championship two years ago when held at Cog Hill.  Already a winner this year at the St Jude Classic and looking primed for Ryder Cup action.


Adam Scott 20/1

kate-hudson-adam-scott-hawaii-07 Scotty followed a pretty non descript performance at the Barclays with an excellent tied seventh last week powering home in 66 blows.  It has been a year of close shaves for Scott whose performances I believe have deserved better. Talks of an implosion at The Open were harsh in my view and what better way to hit back at your critics than to grab a big win here.


Sergio Garcia 20/1

sergio Sergio returns from a week off (chasing Daniela Hantuchkova’s tail at the US Open tennis) and it will be interesting to see if he can keep his current run of form going.  He wanted to rest before the run-in to the Ryder Cup this year and maybe that’s wise considering his near exhaustion by the time the final day singles came around in his last few appearances. Happy memories of his Wyndham win and third at The Barclays should put him right in the hunt again this week.


Jeff Overton 70/1

Overton funny[6] For me Overton was the USA’s man of the matches at Celtic Manor and he comes off a big reversal of form from The Barclays to notch a tied seventh at last weeks Deutsche Bank.  That may have been only Jeff’s third top-10 of the season but with this event coming to his home state of Indiana this week, he may just be inspired to great things from great odds of 70/1.


Kevin Stadler  90/1

Walrus Face My long odds shot this week is Kevin Stadler.  The junior walrus has tied for tenth in both playoff events so far and look for odds of around 9/1 for him to finish in the top-10 again this week.  A best this season of fourth at the RBC Heritage.


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Simon Dyson 28/1

It has been a season to forget so far for Simon Dyson with only one top 10 coming on the links at Portrush. However I saw an improvement last week in the Alps and am excited to see how he performs this week. Nobody knows this course better than Dyson, he is a three time champion at the venue with his first win coming in 2006. In 2009 he shot a final round 63 to get into a playoff and win and last year shot a closing 66 to pip David Lynn by a shot.

Romain Wattel 40/1

2011 KLM Dutch Open Betting Preview and Tips[4] I recall a while back during Lee Westwood’s 50 twitter updates a day period him saying to watch out for this kid Romain Wattel. The young Frenchman this week clocks up his 50th Tour appearance and is definitely one to watch. Tied for third at Gleneagles, then tied for second last week in Crans. That’s four top 10’s for the season to date, surely a breakthrough victory cannot be far off.

David Lynn 36/1

But for a slack opening round of 73 last week in Switzerland Lynn would have finished much higher than his tied 11th. His last and only Tour win came here back in 2004 when he beat Richard Green and Paul McGinley to the title. Lynn is bidding for his tenth consecutive par or better finish this week with recent bests of fourth in France and second at the US PGA Championship sure to be boosting his confidence. Second here last here to Dyson.

Joost Luiten 40/1

The home favourite this week. Luiten made waves during the first round of the US PGA Championship holding an early lead before finishing in 21st. Followed a three week break with a return in Switzerland last week where his 27th place finish included a third round 63. Tied for sixth last year after struggling to a 73 on the opening day in front of a large home gallery. He would dearly love to win this one.

Best Of The Rest

Ross Fisher 40/1 is another former Ryder Cupper who will be watching this staging on the TV. He remains one of my favourite players and is a former winner at this venue. Ross won in 2007 beating home favourite Joost Luiten and has had two top-10’s since including last year. His form of late has been erratic but four consecutive top-10’s in June suggest he still has the game to contend.
Jamie Donaldson 36/1 shot four rounds in the 60’s and yet another top 10 last week means he cannot get off this page. The Irish Open winner and PGA Championship sensation has a best of tied fifth here in 2009 and remains one of the favourites. Jose Manuel Lara has mixed the good with the very ugly during his season but he has shown a liking for Hilversum over the last two years. Tied for sixth last year and tied fourth in 2010. A horse for the course maybe but his recent form is poor, hence the generous odds of 60/1.

Gone are the days of “breaking in” golf shoes and the need to rub Vaseline into the heels or carry some blisters patches in your golf bag “just in case”. These new releases are all about comfort from the minute you try them on. Here’s what I think.

Adidas Puremotion

Follows the "barefoot" craze that everyone is raving about at the moment. Designed to position the feet closer to the ground and has a wide, web-shaped forefoot provides space for the toes to spread out, for added stability when crushing those 300 yard drives. It’s also waterproof, kind of vital in these parts.


Footjoy Contour Casual

Footjoy would have a huge market share in the shoe but this ranks as one of its more radical offerings. This is souped up lightweight street runner with premium leather, a waterproof warranty and a rubber sole instead of cleats for wearing on and off the course.


Callaway XTreme

Is it XTreme because it’s extremely boring to look at? This one has a snazzy "Comfort Tech Gel Tongue" an OrthoLite molded insole and special "PINS" spikes to make bogeys more comfortable than ever. It’s waterproof too.


Puma Neo Classic ProType

Fans of Puma’s classic soccer boot will absolutely love this Neo Classic, it’s a dead ringer. Puma says it’s full of comfort technology but it’s abviously a football boot with spikes. And we like it!


Ecco Street Luxe

Yet another Priest’s shoe from Ecco’s design department I’m afraid. Rubber spikes mean it can be worn on the course and while saying Mass. Comfortable though during long sermons.


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Here’s what’s in the bag of the World Number 1 Rory McIlroy after his win at the Deutsche Bank Championship. (Graphic coming soon)

2012 rory bagDRIVER: Titleist 913D3 (8.5°) with a (Mitsubishi Diamana Prototype 70X), C•2 SureFit Tour setting
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 913FD (13.5°, 18°) with Fujikura ZCom Pro 95 shafts
IRONS: Titleist 712MB (3-9) with Project X 7.0 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (46°, 54°, 60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport GSS prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

Video Rory Getting His New 913FD Fairways Fitted in Boston

Rory’s previous bag here

Here’s some great close ups of Rory McIlroy’s putter created for him by Scotty Cameron in his Titleist shop last year. It’s a Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport GSS Prototype with a chromatic bronze finish.  Rors first used it in the lead up to his US Open win at Congressional last year and had previously gamed a  Newport Fastback.  The toe flow of the Newport GSS style suits Rory’s putting stroke as developed with coach Dave Stockton. 

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Congrats to Rory McIlroy who won the Deutsche Bank on Labor Day cementing his position as the best player in the World.
rory deutsche bank trophyIt didnt take long for Rory to erasing a three-shot deficit to Louis Oosthuizen- just five holes.  It wasn’t all plain sailing either as one chunked tee shot that travelled just 170 yards proved, but even that didn’t derail him as putt after six foot putt hit the back of the hole to limit any potential damage.
"I had a couple of wobbles coming in, but I obviously did enough and I'm very excited to get a victory," McIlroy said.
It’s arguably one of McIlroy’s greatest wins with top names such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen and Dustin Johnson in close attendance down the stretch.
McIlroy now is a three time PGA Tour winner this year, has a gap at the top of the World Rankings, is No. 1 in the FedEx Cup and right now looks nailed on for PGA TOUR Player of the Year.
Tiger Woods himself passed a milestone in finishing third, he became the first golfer ever to pass $100 million in PGA TOUR earnings.

Gil Hanse oversaw the changes to the 18th green at TPC Boston, and by all the accounts I hear from the pros, royally messed it up.

So much so that Luke Donald called him a “cock” in a tweet.

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Could I make a little suggestion given the current predicament? Maybe it’s best for someone to double check the Olympic Course plans before the diggers move in?  Jack, Arnie, Nick, Pete……whosever available.

Sergio Garcia is skipping the Deutsche Bank Championship which starts today so as to be “refreshed” for the Ryder Cup, or in other words “to chase some tail”.


The hard work of the hunt began on Tuesday in Flushing Meadows, where Sergio was forced to run around as ball boy to 6 foot Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova as part of the process.  Yep that’s the same Hantuchova from the Sports Illustrated almost naked issue, you are correct.

As is by now customary in such budding relationships the beautiful tennis star promptly lost her US Open singles match and disappeared into the wind, or as they call it in Spain, El Nino.

Trust a Notably Gay to go blabbing on the radio about what is supposed to be a secret.

begay funny pic Tiger Woods best friend in the whole world and star of hit film Dances With Wolves (where I think he played Wind In His Hair), Notably Gay yesterday told the Golf Channel everything that Tiger told him about what Davis Love told him about who was going to get the Ryder Cup Captain’s picks.

“What I think is in the best interest of the US side is to find pairings that create good chemistry,” he said. “Tiger and Stricker have had a nice run. Tiger and Furyk have had a nice (bum, oops I meant) run. I’d put those two on the team based on performance and leaderboard. “And I’m a chemistry guy, so Rickie is a positive choice, too.”

Notably Gay added Love’s last pick was “up for grabs,” and is believed to be between  Hunter Mahan, Brandt Snedeker, Nick Watney and Dustin Johnson.

“Whoever Captain Love picks there’s going to be a couple of (gays, oops I mean)guys disappointed,” he added whilst wagging his finger, pursing his lips and shaking his head.


Calling all English Premier league clubs, Phil Mickelson is still up for grabs.  The news emerged from the USA late last night that big Phil never actually became a San Diego Padres minority owner. In lay man’s terns that means “not even a tiny bit”.

krispy_philMickelson apparently missed the deadline yesterday after being forced to take a detour away from the Bank (where he was due to cash a big cardboard cheque and buy the Padres) to bring his kids to Krispy Kreme for a snack.

The news has left several Chairmen of football clubs throughout England and Scotland jumping up and down in the hope of being bought by Mickelson.  Only Celtic Football Club have refrained citing fundamental differences between the club and Leftie.


Brad Faxon made his first appearance yesterday since the year 1999 to help unveil the changes to the 18th green at TPC Boston ahead of this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.  So where has he been all this time?

Faxon was at his peak in the late 1980’s and was extremely popular amongst office workers throughout the nineties.  However advancements in technology have made Faxon almost redundant these days, the slow chugging nature and the annoying tone now deemed an unnecessary relic of the past.  He now spends his days in a store room, just waiting for the day that GMail breaks down or gets a virus. Then, Faxon may be come popular again.

One thing everyone is agreed on however is that, in it’s day, Faxon, though never flashy or cool, and with limitations, was known globally and did a pretty amazing job as a communicator.


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In the run up to the American Presidential election it seems it’s just one barefaced golfing  lie after another from both Democrats and Republicans. I’ve been following Geoff Shack’s coverage of the election golf references and I’m no expert but I can spot a lie when I see one.

jayFirst came the claim by vice president Joe Biden that he was a “good golfer”, a statement hotly denied by John Kasich at the Republican convention. “Folks, let me tell you this – Joe Biden disputes a lot of those facts, but Joe Biden told me that he was a good golfer. And I’ve played golf with Joe Biden, I can tell you that’s not true, as well as all of the other things that he says,” Kasich said.

But it’s not all one sided. Yesterday Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attempted to convince stunned delegates that President Barack Obama was actually targeting a career on the PGA Tour.  "For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation's problems. He hasn't been working to earn re-election. He's been working to earn a spot on the PGA tour," McConnell said.

The PGA Tour hotly denied that any submission or application whatsoever has been received by President Obama regarding earning a Tour card and suggested “time would not be on his side” to progress from being a novice amateur to being Tour standard not to mention then qualifying in time for 2013 Fed Ex Cup points race.

Late last night White House press secretary Jay Carney also scotched suggestions that the Chief of Staff is set to rival Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods on the links.  “I can categorically deny Senator McConnell’s statement that the President is set to pursue a career on the PGA Tour.  He is in fact seeking re-election for a second term in office”.

Who can we trust?

Thanks to reader David Voller, brother of German soccer legend Rudi for alerting me to the on the European Challenge Tour. Much is made of the fact that Parry only woke up 45 minutes before his tee time.  Jeez, I’ve gone to bed, drunk, five minutes before my tee time and still made it on time! But love the quotes from Paz!

rolexParry said: “As soon as I hit it, I shouted “Rolex” because I knew it was good – although I didn’t know how good. It’s just as well it went in, or I might have ended up looking a bit stupid! A few of the lads were speaking at the start of the week about how good it’d be to win a Rolex, because you don’t often get prizes for a hole in one on the Challenge Tour. So to get the first hole in one of my pro career and win a Rolex is pretty amazing. My caddie asked me if he could have it – I said there was absolutely no chance.
“I’ve had a look at them in the shops a couple of times, but they’ve been out of my price range, and I’m glad I didn’t spend all that money on one now. I don’t get it until the prize-giving ceremony on Saturday night, so I’ll have to change my flights because I was due to fly back in the afternoon. But it’s a small price to pay for a Rolex, because I can’t imagine my new flights will cost as much as the watch. Although I’ve now got to buy my playing partners a round of drinks, and that won’t be cheap in Switzerland! ”

Straight to the Pawn Shop I suggest JP!

Apparently Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is hoping to secure funding to make a sequel to Snakes On A Plane.  The follow up “Sharks On A Plane” is set to recount the true story of the horrific ordeal suffered by Greg Norman this week when his private jet was forced to make an emergency landing at Geneva Airport. He was en route to the Omega European Masters.  Dead ringer for Norman, Samuel L Jackson is keen to take the role.

greg norman plane crashNorman was whisked off to hospital for treatment on a severely bruised ego and a prawn sandwich stain on his t-shirt when a lunch plate malfunctioned in the incident, slipping from a table.  He was released three minutes later.

"We were going 60, 70, 80 knots, the wheel went 90 degrees, the nose started kangarooing and stuff in the cabin was going everywhere," Norman said after his practice round at Crans-sur-Sierre. "All the cabinets in the galley came out. The shaking was pretty violent. Nobody knew what was going on."

For those who don't understand the aviation phrase ‘The nose started Kangarooing’;  he mean’s the nose made a Skippy-esque  tut tut tut noise, beckoning Greg towards the stranded kid stuck down the old mine shaft. It’s quite common on private jets.

And those of you worried about the cabinets in the galley, they were fine too.  There was some concern about a scuff on an early Victorian era mahogany tea chest with ivory beading but this proved fine after some french polishing made it as good as new.

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Jamie Donaldson 25/1

jamie donaldson irish open[4] The European Tour is very happy indeed that Jamie Donaldson is back this week. But for how long is the question? After a successful three week stint in the States, Jamie returned with a very respectable 7th at the US PGA and will be one to watch this week. I thought he should have won here last year (he ended up third), but things didn’t just fall into place on the Sunday. However with a win at the Irish Open this Summer, surely Jamie now has acquired the missing piece of the jigsaw required to close out a big event.

Brett Rumford 40/1

Rumford’s last win on Tour was actually here in 2007 when he beat Philip Archer in a playoff. Took four weeks off after finishing 30th at the Lyoness Open in Austria and came second on his return last week at Gleneagles. Hard to ignore a previous winner who’s in-form.

Thomas Bjorn 25/1

thomas-bjorn[4] The defending champion has come through a very rocky few weeks of finishing over par to suddenly get it to nine under and 10th place at Glenegales last week. Of course this time last year Bjorn was winning two weeks in a row and I think he is certainly worth an each way look this week. Bjorn is bound to be buoyed up by Ollie’s comments that he was very close to stepping out of the driver’s seat of the buggy and becoming a Captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup.

Victor Dubuisson 65/1

Tournament number 45 for the classy Frenchman who I like to keep an eye on. This is only his 14th start of the season and he has a tidy record of three top-10’s including a fourth in China and a third in South Korea at the Ballantines back in April. 15th last week at Gleneagles where he impressed enough to give him a squeak at long odds this week.

Kristoffer Broberg 50/1

broberg Is Kristoffer set to be the next big thing on the European Tour? The Swede won the Rolex Trophy on the Challenge Tour in Geneva last week, his third win in his last four starts. Broberg has played in the last two Nordea Masters on the main Tour but this week’s sees his first big test away from home amongst the big boys. It will be exciting to see how he fares. God knows the European Tour always needs new stars.

Best Of The Rest

After four top 40’s in five events, Gary Boyd 100/1 took the next big leap back to the top with a top-20 at Gleneagles. He knows it could have been so much better though after a final round 74. Suffered the exact same fate here last year in the final round but showed enough when leading after two rounds to make me think a good week could be on the cards.

If you are not a fan already, I advise you follow Joel Sjoholm 150/1 on twitter, the man is 100% entertainment. Tweeted yesterday “Im back in our room after beating Mr @Thorbjornolesen at our practice round! First time in a while i feel like a hero”- I’m guessing he likes the place!



Following on from Bill Hughes ode to Miguel Angel Jimenez I thought it might be fun to pay homage to Bubba Watson in the same style.

  • Bubba didn’t buy the General Lee, it bought him.
  • He once went to a Pavarotti concert, and ended up singing for him.
  • Bubba-Watson Once on a trip to the Zoo, he ordered an escaped lion back into his enclosure by showing him his chest.
  • When Bubba was a baby, there was no little plastic name band on his wrist, just some strange symbols on the outside of the crashed capsule, barely visible in the scorched crater.
  • He turned down the lead role in The Crow, because it wasn’t dangerous enough.
  • Bubba once sank a 50 foot left to righter across the 17th green in Sawgrass, using a sewing needle.
  • He cannot allow gold or precious metals to touch his skin. They melt.
  • Strands of Bubba’s hair from the barber shop floor are carefully gathered and sold to the US Military for use in bullet proof vests.
  • MacGyver often spends time at the Watson homestead in a bid to “better himself and learn some useful tricks”.
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Brilliant post by Bill Hughes from Sawgrass on facebook, honouring The Mechanic

-jimenez He once 4 putted just to say he did it.
-He once brought a 9 iron to a gunfight, just to even the odds.
-He was inducted in the European PGA Hall of Fame...twice.
-He taught his German Shepherd how to bark in Russian
-He lives vicariously through himself.
-If he beat you in a playoff for the OPEN, you'd have to fight off the urge to thank him.
-He is Miguel Angel Jimenez, the most interesting golfer in the world.

Here’s a pretty cool piece about him too from



WatneyBag-1Congrats to Nick Watney who turned his season around at The Barclays.  Here’s what’s in the bag.

DRIVER: Titleist 913D3 (10.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 83X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 910F (15°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 93X shaft and a 910F (19°) with a Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2 shaft
IRONS: Titleist 712 AP2 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled SM4 (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Newport prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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Jim Furyk 65/1

furyk Bound to go under the radar this week is 2010 Fed Ex Cup champion Jim Furyk. Almost everyone has questioned Furyk’s mettle down the stretch this week and after missing the cut last week at The Barclays, his odds have lengthened. This course however plays right up Furyk’s street, favouring the shorter hitter and good putter. It’s been borne out in his results here too with three top eight finishes in his last three starts (he did not play in 2010). Watch out for the 5 hour energy cap again this week!

Webb Simpson 38/1

webb The US Open winner is the defending champion this week having beating Chev Reavie in a sudden death playoff in 2011. You could categorize Simpson’s form as patchy this season with the big win putting a gloss on an otherwise inconsistent season. Last year however Simpson strung together seven top 10’s in eight events late in the season and after having last weekend off, I expect a bounceback in Boston.

Bubba Watson 32/1

watson Watson has unfinished business here in Boston this week. After overpowering the course and thrilling the crowds through three rounds last year, Bubba could only manage a final round 74 which dropped him into a tie for 10th. Almost backed up his April Masters win with another at The Travelers in June and has been consistent since. It’s always a lottery with Bubba’s style of play but this week I’ll be buying a ticket!

Brandt Snedeker 40/1

snedeker TPC Boston has consistently ranked amongst the easiest par 71 courses on the PGA Tour roster with an average winning score of 17 under in the last three stagings. That should suit Brandt Snedeker who currently ranks second in strokes gained putting and sixth in birdie average on the PGA Tour stats. Couple that two top-five finishes in the last two years,a win this season and a super second place last week and you have to consider Snedeker could be in the shake up this week.

Dustin Johnson 23/1

dustin johnson miss piggy funny pic[5] Another big name player who seems to be hitting great form at just the right time. Dustin Johnson will hope to bring the momentum from his third place finish at the Barclays into this week’s second playoff event in Boston. He finished down in 48th last year after shooting 75 on the Sunday but has the game to overpower this course. Tied for fourth here in 2009.

It’s nearing the end of the golfing season and many of you are already thinking of changing your equipment. It’s an exciting time. Maybe you can find a driver that hits it 30 yards further. Maybe there’s a set of irons waiting for you that eliminates that nasty slice!

Here’s a look at the pros and cons of the four most popular options open to the golfer thinking of changing up.



  • are based in the UK and allow you buy, sell or swap your clubs online and have a nominal postage charge to all other European countries.
  • They do a huge selection of pre-owned clubs as they are supplied from trade-ins to PGA pro shops across the UK. The website is easy to navigate and each club is priced according to a condition rating scale. Since the global recession kicked in Golfbidder has seen strong sales  as their prices are unparalleled.
  • Every item Golfbidder sells is photographed with a special 360º camera allowing the potential buyer to thoroughly inspect the clubs first.
  • Golfbidder also do a lot of research into exposing fakes and guarantee each sale.


The weak euro versus sterling adds a little.

The Pro Shop



    • Whether it’s a big retail store or the local pro down in the club, nobody will give you the kind of personal service like these. Buying new clubs nowadays nearly always comes with sound custom fitting advice, ensuring you get the right clubs for you.
    • Local Pro shops often have demo models which they will give to you to “try before you buy” and nothing quite beats being able to feel the club in your hands before buying.
    • Most stores and club pros also usually take trade-ins.


· You usually pay a little bit more for your new clubs. Don’t forget every shop has overheads and taxes to pay!

· Trade-in values are usually fairly nominal.

Ebay, Classified Sites (eg DoneDeal, BuyandSell)


  • Buying from other individuals online can result in you getting by far the best deals as nothing beats cash and classified listing also leave room for a bit haggling .
  • Over the years listings have improved greatly. A good seller now will provide all the necessary information plus several pictures of the equipment.
  • It’s generally very cheap to list on these sites.


  • You are totally at the mercy of the seller when buying privately. For every 10 great bargains there’s one horror story. You need to ensure you are not that ONE!
  • Unfortunately fakes are rife online, with cheap Asian copies flooding the market.
  • Ebay has gotten more unpredictable with several buyers now using “snipe” programs to automatically bid for them. This makes having the winning bid all the more difficult for someone seeking a bargain as prices tend to rise dramatically in the last 30 seconds of the auction.
  • Buying this way means you usually have to sell your old equipment privately first which can be headache in itself.

Buying From The USA


  • Buying clubs online from the USA (on sites like GolfSmith) often provides the best value, especially on new equipment.
  • The amount of equipment and specifications available mean the USA offer by far the biggest choice to the customer.
  • The euro to dollar conversion rate is reasonably good right now (€1 to $1.25).


  • There has been a major clampdown on excise duties payable for items imported from the US. Goods heretofore marked “gift” by smaller online sellers or whose value has been “written down” on a sales docket again to avoid heavy import duties are rapidly being eliminated. Most of these duties are now collected at the door by the delivery courier.
  • Shipping in the case of bulkier items like a set of irons can be costly and takes time so be prepared to wait a couple of weeks.
  • Potential shoppers need to background check all sellers before buying.

Thanks to our inside the ropes caddie Ricky on the PGA Tour, we blogged a few months back about Titleist giving its tour staff the new 913D2 and 913D3 drivers. Rory McIlroy was one of the first to game it.

titleist_913d2_540 This week at the Barclays Titleist players including Zach Johnson are using the new, as yet unreleased, 913F fairway wood.

While the 913F (and the 913F.d) differs from the 910 series in that it is designed to for golfers who want more distance in a fairway wood. It may well be a response to the success TaylorMade have had with their super long RBZ fairway wood, the season’s biggest hit in this category.

The 913F.d has a slightly larger head and a center of gravity that is closer to the face; in lay mans terms that means the club will deliver a lower more penetrating trajectory and be easy to shape, both of which make it more friendly off the tee. The clubs are all stainless steel and retain Titleists adjustability feature allowing 16 combos of lofts and lies.

As with all new releases the manufacturers claimed to have save weight in places and repositioned it to make the clubs even more user friendly. While I don’t buy that marketing blurb for one second what is important to know is that the 913F is far easier to launch for the mid to high handicapper while the 913F.d is for the competent single player player looking for a lower shot.

Expect to see these after Christmas in Europe so start saving!


The Harrington-Olazabal-Garcia affair is just the latest of many rows that have taken place in and around the European Team over the years.  Here, we look back at some of the most notable spats in recent Ryder Cup history.

harrington garcia funny

1997: Seve Wrestles With Monty

During a famously wet Ryder Cup in his home country of Spain, Seve Ballesteros struggled to keep bored team members content during the long rain delays.  The defining  incident took place when Colin Montgomerie missed an episode of Coronation Street  being shown in the team room, then demanded that the entire team sit and watch it again with him present.

After their refusal, Seve spent the entire rest of the week in a buggy following a disgruntled Monty on the course trying to explain to the Scot what really happened Jack Duckworth’s pigeon. It almost cost them the trophy and resulted in a protracted court battle during which both men represented themselves.

monty seve funny

1999: Brookline and The Faldo Fax

After being left off the team, Nick Faldo, ever the European Team patriot, sent a fax to his former teammates before the final singles matches. It contained the inspiring lyrics of the chart hit “Sit Down” from 80’s one hit wonder band James. The song had been sung by the entire team at every Ryder Cup since Tony Jacklin introduced it in the Belfry in 1989 as a motivational tool.

mark james funny Captain Mark James, himself not a music fan and more of a gardener, saw the title “James” on the fax and mistakenly thought it was addressed directly to him.  He famously tore it up after reading the line “those who find themselves ridiculous, sit down next to me”.  He claimed Faldo used it as a thinly veiled attack on his captaincy and the fact that he thought everyone from Ireland was some kind of terrorist.

2004: Langer Referees Howell Donald Scrap

Captain Bernhard Langer had to physically separate a warring David Howell and Luke Donald after Donald claimed Howell’s internet download connection speed of 56 kb per second showed “favouritism” over his 32 kbs connection.

2006: The Stenson and Karlssson Sit In

zach johnson funny pic Swedish pairing of Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson staged a 24 hour sit in with the curtains shut in their K Club hotel room, refusing to take part in practice.  They had heard Zach Johnson and Tiger Woods had access to high quality porn in the adjacent room and demanded equal rights and excellent download speeds.

2010: Rory at Celtic Manor

Ryder Cup rookie Rory McIlroy nearly didn’t make it to the first tee of the exhibition match after noticing that every other member of the European Team got a black curly wig in their kit bag while he was left completely wigless.  As the story goes McIlroy fled and got as far as the outskirts of Barry Town before Captain Colin Montgomerie intercepted him and explained that the wigs “were simply a massive piss-take at Rory’s expense” and that his own natural black curls were the reason he didn’t receive a wig.

wig funny pic     

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