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So Lee Westwood posted this picture of the European Team in jeans.  Here’s what we can read into it.

Europe Ryder Cup Team Funny Pic

1. Times are tough in Europe.  We could only afford a few pairs of slacks.

2. Sergio’s jeans are worn more at the knees.  He’s been praying.

3. Jose Maria shaved exactly 2 hours ago. We can tell this by analysing the 4.7mm of stubble that has grown back since he shaved.

4. Paul McGinley had his shoes and socks stolen by Miguel Angel Jimenez, who is grinning behind him.

5. Jimenez’ favourite film is Saturday Night Fever. Check out those collars.

6. Europe may well have swapped Lee Westwood for Charl Schwartzel.  Could have sworn that’s the South African at the back.

7. Nico Colsaerts and Darren Clarke couldn’t give two hoots for photographer’s direction.  They’re two men you wouldn’t want in your wall in a soccer match.

8. Justin Rose didn’t make it to the fitting day. He got XXXL.

9. Nobody is gonna mess with Tommy Bjorn. He’s seen Taken 15 times and has “a particular set of skills”.


Here’s a painstakingly put together piece from Gary Von Sickle of detailing all the stats from Ryder Cup history.  Team Europe fans may want to look Medinah_Ryder_Cup away now!

Major titles: Europe 5, U.S. 23. (Europe: Two for Rory McIlroy and one each for Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie and Graeme McDowell. U.S.: Fourteen for Tiger Woods, four for Phil Mickelson and one each for Keegan Bradley, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson.) Even without Tiger, the U.S. has a 9-5 edge. Without Tiger and Phil, it’s 5-5. Advantage: U.S.
Players who have won majors: Europe 4, U.S. 7. The only Americans without majors are Jason Dufner, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker and Steve Stricker. Advantage: U.S.
Wins in 2012: Europe 14, United States 16. The only players with more than two are McIlroy (4) and Woods (3). Advantage: U.S.

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Tiger Woods is the favourite to be top American at the Ryder Cup but the bookies are offering a very generous 5/1 on that outcome.

Woods overall record of 13 wins and 14 losses with two halves might at first glance be a little off putting.  But all is not as it seems.

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Why The Poor Record?

Woods has played in six Ryder Cups and the first two were pretty tough affairs.  At Valderrama 1997, Tiger’s first Ryder Cup, he was paired with friend Mark O’Meara and after initially winning against Monty and Langer, went on to lose their next two and half their last match.  A jaded Woods was then beaten in the singles by Constantino Rocca.

At Brookline, Ben Crenshaw could not figure out who to pair with Woods.  Tom Lehman was tried and it failed, David Duval was tried and it failed miserably, then Woods teamed up with Steve Pate for a win and another loss.  The big story was who could Woods be paired with next?

The problem got worse before it got better.  In 2002 back at the Belfry Woods was tried with Azinger and Calcavecchia before eventually finding that he and Davis Love gelled well, winning two points.

Rather than continue that partnership in 2004 at Oakland Hills, Woods was put with Phil Mickelson.  The top two players in the World would be unbeatable they thought.  They ended up barely speaking after two opening day losses and it was too late by the time Woods and Love paired up again. USA lost 18.5 to 9.5.

The Turnaround

Woods-and-Stricker-006 Since then Woods has only played away matches, in 2006 at The K Club and in 2010 at Celtic Manor. In Ireland he was paired with Jim Furyk throughout.  In Wales he was paired with Steve Stricker after they won four straight points at the 2009 Presidents Cup at Harding Park. Interestingly Woods has contributed six points in the last two Ryder Cups, four in pairs and two in singles. Overall he has only lost once in singles (to Rocca) with one half to Parnevik in 2002.

So Why Back Woods This Ryder Cup?

This year Woods is back on home soil having missed Valhalla due to injury.  He is likely to have a steady partner in Steve Stricker throughout.  Woods game has evolved since his last appearance also.  Under the tutelage of Sean Foley, Woods hits it straighter, finds more greens in regulation and has three wins under his belt in 2012.  He is also fully fit for the first time in a number of years.

Woods mental game is also now in a better place.  He has a swing he can trust under pressure and he also seems to have mellowed as evidenced by his softer press conferences with the media and his bromance with Rory McIlroy.

Woods is also one of the few USA players to be almost guaranteed to play in every match.  To bench him would be unthinkable for Love, he will likely play first or second in every session.

All in all, odds of 5/1 for an in form, fully fit Tiger, on home soil, with a steady partner seem generous as hell!

Tiger Woods At A Glance

Years Played: 1997-99-2002-04-06-10

Total Matches: 29

Career Ryder Cup Record (W-L-H): 13-14-2

Singles (W-L-H): 4-1-1

Foursomes (W-L-H): 4-7-1

Fourballs (W-L-H): 5-6-0

Total Points Won: 14

Total Points Won Point %: .48


There’s a lot more to Davis Love than meets the eye.  The US Ryder Cup Captain has seen his fair share of tragedy first hand.

2dloveLR In the early 2000’s Love bought three fishing cabins at Copeland Hall and did them up.  They were all finished by 2003.  Love’s brother-in-law, Jeffrey “Big Jeff” Knight, was the unofficial construction manager on the project; he was also Love’s accountant and looked after much of the logistics of Love’s career on Tour.  

On the evening of  May 11, 2003, Love was in the largest cabin, still reeling over the suicide of his high school golf teammate Robbie Flanders who had jumped to his death from the St. Simons Island causeway bridge. It was not the first tragedy Love had to deal with. 1988 his father, the famous golf teacher Davis Love Jnr, died in a plane crash.  Suddenly Love saw the light of a truck pulling into the drive.  It was Big Jeff.

davislove1_586x293 Instead of the usual good natured banter that accompanied Jeff’s visits, Love could see that the big man was sick with worry.  Both men sat at the kitchen table and Jeff spoke; “Look, I need to spill my guts here.”

Knight went on to confess to Davis that he had embezzled a figure approximating one million dollars from Love’s fortune and was under investigation from the FBI.

Amazingly Love forgave him and made a vow to stand behind Knight and his family. “He was completely baring his soul; he was in trouble — deep. But I talked him through it,” Love recalled.

Four days later, a worried Love drove from his Sea Island, Georgia home to Knight's south Georgia fishing cabin and discovered his brother-in-law slumped over the steering wheel of his truck, a gun on the floor. Knight died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

And Love, the man he had taken from, found him.


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brandt bag 4DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (8.5°) with a Fujikura Motore VC 7.2 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Tour Edge Exotics CB4 (13°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 73X shaft
HYBRID: Ping Anser (20°) with a UST Mamiya VTS 100 X shaft
IRONS: Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back (4-PW) Aerotech SteelFiber i95 Constant Weight shafts
WEDGES: Bridgestone J40 (52°, 56°) with a  True Temper X100 shafts; Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (60°) with True Temper DG Spinner shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie
BALL: Bridgestone Tour B330

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Snedeker’s Discontinued Driver

brandt driverSnedeker uses a TaylorMade Superfast TP for the last two years but cracked the face a few months back.  He had been using a TaylorMade R11 until they found a leftover Superfast TP head that exactly matched his original.

Snedeker is a Bridgestone staffer and wears the visor that but uses only the J40 irons and the Bridgestone Tour B-330.  In the rest of the big Snedeker is refreshingly different. He uses a  Ping Anser hybrid, a Titleist Vokey wedge, Tour Edge Exotics CB4 3-wood and an Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie putter.

Snedeker’s Graphite Shafts


Brandt uses the Aerotech Steel Fiber i95 shaft in his irons.  Aerotech say these are a great transition into a lighter weight iron shaft without going too light and substantially changing the feel of the club during the swing. The 95 gram weight allows the player to see some good improvement in distance while still maintaining pinpoint accuracy and incredibly consistent distance control. If a player has been losing distance in their steel shafted irons but still wants to maintain every bit of consistency the i95 is a great choice.

Callaway have come on a lot lately.  First came the adjustable Razr Fit then came uDesign, the driver with the paintjob.  Your paintjob.  And word on the street is that the new 2013 uDesign will leave the original 70,000 colour options for dust. The number is said to be closer to a zillion.

Anyway here are the early ultra secret sky pics I found on google.

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Top European Points Scorer: Sergio Garcia 13/2

At 13/2 Sergio Garcia looks a good bet to be Europe’s top overall points scorer.
sergio-garcia-ryder-cup-2008_t950 His overall record of 16 points consists of 14 wins, 6 losses and 4 halves to give Sergio a 66.6% win rate from his 24 matches.
Garcia is likely to be used most by Captain and fellow countryman Jose Maria Olazabal and has curtailed his playing build up to be fresh for the matches. Previous Ryder Cups have seen Garcia struggle in the singles with losses against Furyk, Toms, Mickelson, Cink and Kim blighting his record.
On the opening two days however Sergio has only ever lost two matches in five appearances and has never been beaten in foursomes. His record there is eight wins and one half.
One likely foursomes partner for Garcia is Luke Donald. The pair have team up four times and won all their matches. In 2004 at Oakland Hills Donald and Garcia won their two foursomes matches and went to repeat the feat at the K Club in 2006.
Garcia’s recent good form make him a likely pick for at least one fourball match also. With no other Spaniard on the team the most likely pairing there is with Lee Westwood. Garcia has played fourballs with Westwood in three Ryder Cups (2002, 2004 and 2008) winning three points.
If you think Europe will win outright, you can get Garcia as Top Combined Points Scorer for 16/1!
And if still need one more reason to back Garcia here's two.  In the 1999 and 2006 PGA Championship's held at Medinah Garcia finished second and tied third respectively.

Session Betting

garcia donlad In the last six matches played in the United States, five opening sessions have been foursome format. In 2004 fourballs were played first with foursomes in the afternoon. Since GB&I became Europe in 1979 Friday foursomes scoring have the USA leading 12.5 to 11.5. Interestingly Europe leads the day two foursomes 14 to 10, meaning they possibly adapt better. In matches held on European soil since 1979 the USA again leads the opening foursomes 13-11, but again Europe fight back strong on the day two foursomes, leading 15-9.
Conclusion: USA To win Day One foursomes, Europe to win Day Two Foursomes.
This is where Europe really excels. Since 1979 in matches held in the USA, Europe lead the day one fourballs 19-9. On day two in fourballs the USA traditionally recover, the score here is 12-12. On home soil Europe have laid the foundation for several of their victories in the day one fourballs, leading by a 15.5 -8.5 and also lead day two by 14-10.
Conclusion: Europe to win Day One Fourballs.
ryder cup The stats reflect what most of us already know, the USA are traditionally strong in the singles. In Ryder Cups held in the USA since 1979, the USA lead the singles 39-33 points. The last time the USA lost in singles was in 2004 when the match was all but over heading into the final day. Arguably the most impressive USA singles win came in 1999 at Brookline, where Ben Crenshaw had a feeling and Justin Leonard’s putt against Jose Maria Olazabal is still a vivid memory. Europe’s finest singles performance was surely in 1995 Europe picked up 6.5 points to overcome a 10-7 deficit. With the score at 13.5 to 11.5, it was left to Philip Walton to secure the winning point when he beat Jay Haas.
Since 1987 the USA lead the singles 76.5-67.5, but over the last four staging, Europe have won the singles 25.5-22.5.
Conclusion: USA to win Singles
The Teams
The average age of the European Team is 32. Lee Westwood is the most experienced player with seven appearances followed by Segio Garcia’s five. Both have overall winning records. Nine other players have between one and three years in experience. Nico Colsaerts makes his debut.
The average age of the USA Team is 34. Phil Mickelson has eight caps, Jim Furyk seven and Tiger Woods seven. All three have overall losing records. Four of the team are rookies and the remaining five players have played in two or less Ryder Cups each.

Betting Summary

ryder 2 Day One: Four morning foursome matches followed by four afternoon fourballs.
Day Two: Four morning foursome matches followed by four afternoon fourballs.
Day Three, Sunday: twelve singles matches.
History suggests the USA will win the opening day morning foursomes. In the last eight matches in the USA, Europe have lead after Day One on five occasions. That could mean a comeback in the Day One afternoon fourballs.
Europe usually do better on their second attempt at foursomes and are a good bet to win that session. The Day Two fourballs should again be tight but with Europe leading after Day Two in five of the last eight stagings, they look good to take a lead into the singles.
Day Three is the USA’s strong suit and with the patriotic home support look to be difficult to beat in the singles. The question is will Europe have built enough of a cushion on the first two days to hold out in the singles? Only time can answer that. Enjoy the matches.

Dan Sugrue All the focus might be on the Ryder Cup this week but let’s have three cheers for Killarney professional Daniel Sugrue who captured his second PGA assistants crown at Balcarrick last week, a feat only achieved in the past by a handful of players.


Such is the recessionary bite however that Danny couldn’t make the trip to Q-School this year and instead has set his sights on winning the Irish PGA Championship at Mount Juliet in October. Simon Thornton defends the biggest title in domestic golf which was also won five times during the noughties by Padraig Harrington.


There Danny will also face GCD’s own Barrie Trainor who kept his European Tour dream alive at Q-School last week.


The 102nd Irish PGA Championship takes place from Oct 11 - Oct 14, 2012 at Mount Juliet Golf Club. Click here for the tournament page

  1. Ryder Cup Montage 2010

This great piece from NBC with the obligatory uplifting musical score will have you punching holes in the wall with pride.


  1. Ryder 2010 Day 4 Highlights

All the best bits from the final Monday of the last Ryder Cup squished into a seven minute package. The Sun was out, the course looked great and the scene was set for GMac’s wonder putt.


  1. 1991 Ryder Cup, Final Hole - Bernhard Langer vs. Hale Irwin

Probably the most famous and intense Ryder Cup, the 1991 staging was dubbed the "War by the Shore" at Kiawah Island in South Carolina. Bernard Langer needed to win the 18th hole to earn a full point against Hale Irwin, and retain the Ryder Cup for Europe via a 14-14 tie. Here is the dramatic final hole.

Scotty or Odyssey? It’s like Blur and Oasis all over again. Until now we knew that both these brands had the lions share of the putter golf market, but now we have a clear indication of who is out in front on Tour.


According to current Darrell Survey information, Odyssey will represent 11 of the 24 putters in play at this weeks Ryder Cup. There will be five Odyssey gamers on the U.S. side and six on the European squad. No other putter manufacturer is expected to have more then three putters in play at Medinah, where clutch putting should ultimately prove to be the difference. These Ryder Cup numbers further prove that when the best players in the world compete, more pros count on Odyssey.

To date, Odyssey putters have notched 37 professional tournament wins in 2012, including 17 victories out of the 34 tournaments held on the European PGA Tour.


Ernie Els recently received a gold Odyssey putter in honour of his achievement in winning the 2012 British Open.


This Winter Odyssey will introduce the ProType Black putters with black heads, shafts and grips. The forged clubheads have a rich PVD finish and are milled from 1025-carbon steel for a soft impact feel but with a crisp sound. ProType Black putters come in three head styles; #2 (blade), #9 (mid mallet) and 2-Ball and will retail around the €200 mark.

Lee Westwood, the mastermind behind Cigar Guy at Celtic Manor has reportedly booked Monica Lewinsky for this week’s Ryder Cup.

Westwood who can clearly be seen to the right of Cigar Guy (see pic below) when he caused Tiger Woods to duff his chip at a crucial point in the 2010 Ryder Cup, managed to track down Lewinsky to beneath a desk at a Baltimore council meeting where she now plies her trade.

It’s thought the mere sight of Lewinsky at Medinah will immediately upset all  Americans.  And when they see the years have been hard on her and all the extra timber she’s packing it’s expected to compound matters and lead to an easy European victory.

On hearing the news, keen golfer and ex president Bill Clinton said “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky” before adding “But we did get up some crazy shit with this massive Cuban cigar, and then made love a good few times.”

Speaking of Love, Davis Love now finds himself in a battle to block Lewinsky’s Cigar Girl cameo in Medinah.  Speaking at a press conference today, the Love machine said “We’ve narrowed the width of the turnstiles at the entry to the course and told security to watch out for a granny with a cuban.  That should do the trick and keep Lewinsky out.”

Cigar Guy

More as it emerges.

brandt-snedker-todd-anderson-2011-6-14-10-41-15Tucker Anderson is the son of Todd Anderson, Brandt Snedeker’s coach.  The 18-year-old sustained injuries to his head and back following a car crash on September 8th.

Snedeker started his Tour Championship winning day by travelling to Shepherd Rehabilitation Center to visit Tucker. According to reports here’s how the conversation went.

So, Tucker, you think I can beat Rory today?
Tucker (who cannot speak yet) answered him with a wink.
“That’s all I needed,” Snedeker said.

Fed Ex Cup Points Final Table

1 5 Brandt Snedeker 22 4,100 2 7   1,600
2 1 Rory McIlroy 16 2,827 4 10 1,273 2,500
3 2 Tiger Woods 19 2,663 3 9 1,437 2,250
4 3 Nick Watney 25 2,215 1 4 1,885 2,000
5 4 Phil Mickelson 22 2,073 1 7 2,027 1,800
6 24 Justin Rose 19 1,770 1 8 2,330 270
7 6 Louis Oosthuizen 19 1,635 0 5 2,465 1,400
8 7 Dustin Johnson 19 1,527 1 9 2,573 1,200
9 15 Luke Donald 17 1,275 1 8 2,825 400
10 8 Lee Westwood 15 1,205 0 7 2,895 1,000

Here’s a a good piece from Larry Dorman on the PGA Tour site about the various scenarios that might unfold today to decide the Fed Ex Cup.

fed ex logo By moving into the first-place tie with six birdies and the 31-year-old Snedeker has put the battle for the FedExCup and the TOUR Championship into critical focus for himself, for golf fans, and for McIlroy and Tiger Woods -- the other remaining contenders from the original top five with legitimate chances to win it all.

Rose, who came in at 24th in the FedExCup points race, is realistic enough to realize his chances are slim at the FedExCup -- he would have to get the discussion started by winning the TOUR Championship and McIlroy would have to finish worse than 17th .

Scenarios to win the FedExCup

No. 1 Rory McIlroy

• If he wins the TOUR Championship he wins the Cup

• Has a reasonable chance of winning with a top-5 finish

• Can finish as low as 29th and still have a mathematical chance of winning

No. 2 Tiger Woods

• If he wins the TOUR Championship he wins the Cup

• Has a reasonable chance of winning with a top-3 finish

• Can finish as low as a 2-way tie for 6th and still have a mathematical chance of winning

No. 3 Nick Watney

• If he wins the TOUR Championship he wins the Cup

• Has a reasonable chance of winning with a 2nd place finish

• Can finish as low as T-4th and still have a mathematical chance of winning

No. 4 Phil Mickelson

• If he wins the TOUR Championship he wins the Cup

• Has a reasonable chance of winning with a 2nd place finish

• Can finish as low as T-3rd and still have a mathematical chance of winning

No. 5 Brandt Snedeker

• If he wins the TOUR Championship he wins the Cup

• Can finish as low as a two-way tie for 2nd and still have a mathematical chance of winning

Rors is selling his “dream” pad in the Moneyreagh hills  near Belfast for a £2 million asking price.  Belfast is in Northern Ireland which is situated on the island of Ireland, the wettest place on planet Earth.  Does he mean “wet dream”?

The 560 square metre house, built in 2006 and bought by McIlroy in 2009, has a custom practice ground on 14 acres with USGA rough, the road hole bunker and greens that can reach 12 on the stimp.  rory bunkerYou could even play a spot of tennis or have some friends around for a 5 a side soccer game on the grounds, if it stopped raining long enough.

It’s believed the house is very similar to the standard of house you might find in West Palm Beach Florida where Rors now rents, expect it doesn’t piss rain all the time in Florida.

Rory gave the BBC a Tour of the house a couple of years.  Ironically it started to, you guessed it, piss rain right in the middle of the video.

Let’s face it, why the feck, given the choice of living in a beautiful mansion, in a gated community, with friends and celebrity neighbours, the Sun shining, and your parents and mates from home popping in on the Lear jet every week, would anybody choose to live on the island of Ireland? 

A word to the auctioneers. Best of luck trying to get the 2 mill.  Not a hope!


ryder cup Here’s what’s in the bag of each of the 12 European Team players heading into the 2012 Ryder Cup.
There may be some small errors due to players changing up but in the main all should be correct.
Please feel free to let me know if you think any require an update. 
(Note: All the clubs listed can be bought new and used online at


1. What’s In The Bag Luke Donald

 ryder cup Here’s what’s in the bag of each of the 12 Team USA players heading into the 2012 Ryder Cup.
There may be some small errors due to players changing up but in the main all should be corrrect.
Please feel free to let me know if you think any require an update.  Enjoy!
(Note: All the clubs listed can be bought new and used online at

1. What’s In the Bag Tiger Woods

Rory McIlroy took a page out of the Carl Pettersson book of how to be a dual nationality golfer yesterday at his Tour Championship presser, by giving all his Irish fans a little hope.

The Irish, Northern Irish, United Kingdish, Gb-ish, Island of Ireland golfer told reporters

"It just hit home with me at how my success is welcomed by everyone. It would be terrible for me to nearly segregate myself from one of those group that supports me so much.
"It's four years away - I still have a bit of time to decide. But, I'm very, very appreciative and very grateful of the support that I get from everyone.
"It's great that I get so much support. There are not many people in my position that have to go through what I might have to go through in four years' time, but it is what it is.
"I'm a golfer first and foremost and I just want to play well on the golf course. Hopefully people enjoy that and the entertainment that that brings."


Over the last week, Davis Love, Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker have all been down to Medinah on a scouting trip.

Although overall happy with the condition of the course, Love was dismayed at the height and thickness of the rough on first inspection.  After playing the course Love met with greenstaff and ordered them to cut it down.

Love told reporters “I told them to cut the rough. Our guys are long hitters, kind of free-wheeling players, so I didn’t want there to be rough that you had to just chip out of.”

Love also revealed that the logistics and requirements given to him by the PGA of America are overwhelming and he is looking forward to “getting down to the golf”. Love said “They send you the schedule on the iPad, and I keep scrolling and it keeps going and going and going ... 12 pages of stuff you have to do.”

Jose Maria Olazabal by contrast has only one thing to remember to do.  Shave.


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Family and friends of Jose Maria Olazabal have reported excessive beard growth as the Spaniard faces a potentially disastrous Ryder Cup headache just days before the tournament is set to begin in Medinah Chicago.

During a week off to “write speeches and figure out logistics” the Ryder Cup Captain noticed the glaring height difference between star European player Rory McIlroy and his tennis playing giraffe girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki.

“This could be highly embarrassing for us in the Team parade at the opening ceremony”, said Olazabal, “It’s all about a show of strength.  Us bringing out a dwarf McIlory could hand the Americans a huge advantage even before we start.  Caroline must be two feet taller than Rory, it’s like that film Twins with Schwarzenegger and deVito.”

The European Tour are meeting this morning with Olazabal to consider remedial action to bridge the height gap before the crucial parade.  It’s believed the options are

Option 1. Adding a hair attachment to boost the size of McIlroy’s afro.  Top hairdressers believe an extra 3/4 of a foot can be added to Rory’s mop before it becomes unstable in the wind.  This technique is called Double Wiggage.

Option 2. Adding very special lifts to McIlory’s shoes.  These risers were developed for Tom Cruise for his role in the film Mission Impossible and are known in the movie industry colloquially as “Stilts”.

Option 3. Cutting Caroline Wozniacki’s legs off just above the ankle.  This would leave the former number one with stubs instead of feet and most certainly end her tennis career.  Experts believe this, however to be the most popular option and the one least likely to impact on McIlroy’s all important Ryder Cup performance.

More as it emerges, or gets cut off, as the case may be.


  • tour champsjpg East Lake GC • Atlanta,GA, Yards: 7,154
  • Field: Top 30 FedExCup Pts. Standings •
  • Purse: $8,000,000 •Winning Share: $1,440,000
  • odds from ppower

The Course

East Lake Golf Club was designed by Tom Bendelow and redesigned by Donald Ross. As well as being home to the Tour Championship since 2004 East Lake is also well known as Bobby Jones' home course. A measure of the difficulty can immediately be seen by looking at the card; the par-3 18th can play 235 yards from the back.
Players hitting fairways off the tee have a huge advantage here. The rough is always tough.
After Tiger Woods got it to 23under in 2007, Rees Jones was employed to convert the greens from Bentgrass to Bermuda. That moved brought the course from statistically the easiest par 70 on the PGA Tour that year to one of the toughest since. Since 2008, the four round score hasn't been lower than 9-under 271.

Phil Mickelson 12/1

philmickelson_head With Tiger and Rory pretty much unbackable at 4/1 with most bookies there’s much better value for Phil Mickelson each way from 12/1. That’s not to say Leftie can’t win this week. He shot a final round of 65 in 2009 at East Lake on his way to winning and has two other top 10’s since 2008 besides. Phil will be fancying a tilt at the big money this week after his fourth in the Deutsche Bank and tied second at the BMW.

Adam Scott 18/1

theadamscotts I think Adam Scott left this tournament after him last year with a third round of 74. In the end he only lost out by two shots and will rue that Saturday performance. An in-form Scott can win at East Lake, a feat he accomplished back in 2006. Eleven out of his twelve rounds in the Deutsche Bank and BMW have been in the sixties, good enough for two top sevens and an each way shout this week.

Jim Furyk 22/1

furyk With only 30 players in the field this week, it’s hard to get really long odds and at first glance you might think Jim Furyk’s odds are pretty mean. However when you look at his Atlanta record, you’ll see they’re not. A win, a second and two more top seven finishes in the last six stagings is a pretty awesome record around here. That win came in 2010 edging out Luke Donald (he also won the Fed Ex Cup). He’s had his fair share of bad luck recently but Furyk loves these tough tracks.

Sergio Garcia 25/1

sergio_garcia_branding With his win at the Wyndham, third in the Barclays and 24th at the BMW Sergio has clocked up an impressive 33 under par total for the three events. El Nino has always been a man for tougher tracks with his ball striking ability and he came close here in 2008, losing in a playoff to Camilo Villegas.

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