September 2012

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Winner Alright

Last week we tipped Jonas Blixt to win at 33/1. That’s two in a row after Ryan Moore came in at The Shriners.

Ben Curtis 33/1

ben_curtis_2_lg[4]After four brilliant tournaments from his win at the Valero Texas Open to his second at The Players things had to cool off for Ben Curtis. Two top 25’s at the BMW Championship and the Open indicate a return to form and with this week expected to be a putting test with the 7,000 square foot of greens expected to run at 12 on the stimp I can’t think of anyone better with the flat stick. Tied 15th in 2010.

Michael Thompson 40/1

Former Walker Cupper Michael Thompson’s 2012 highlight has to be his Sunday 67 at the Olympic Club to finish second at the US Open. However in the seven following tournaments he finished under par just once at the Canadian Open (1 under). However two weeks back at the Shriners, Thompson bagged 20 birdies and an eagle to finish 11 under in a tie for 13th. Add to that course form too with a third last year, just one shot shy of a Webb Simpson, Ben Crane playoff.

Vijay Singh 20/1

singhLoath him or just plain hate him there’s no denying that Vijay Singh is finding form again on the PGA Tour. Last weeks tied fourth at the Open was his fifth top-10 of the season and his best result. More interestingly, though Singh is traditionally regarded as a poor putter, he lead the field in putting last week thanks to a new grip. Since this Sea Island venue has some of the toughest greens on the PGA Tour, Vijay could be in line for another big week.

Jeff Overton 28/1

Regular readers will know that Overton has been on my radar of late and though he hasn’t made us money, he has done well. His eighth place at CordeValle, follows his 13th at The Shriners. Finished five shots off Ben Crane in tied sixth in his debut here last year 2010, his best result for four months at the time. This year he enters the event in much better form and could certainly be a winner.

Charles Howell 40/1

charlesIf you asked me to name an under achiever on the PGA Tour the first name on my list would be Charles Howell. He finally got back on the horse last week at the finishing just outside the top 10 with an impressive haul of 18 birdies. A Georgia resident and the holder of the course record 62 here (set in 2010 when he tied sixth), it’s not beyond the realms of possibility for Howell to have another good week. Back him if you’re brave enough!


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With the 2012 PGA Tour season petering out and factually based news stories increasingly thin on the ground, focus has turned to that old chestnut Vijay Singh who is closing in on celebrating 50 years as the most despised man, not only in golf, but in the whole world.

vijay singh[4] "It’s great to see Vijay back playing well at 49 and being hated as much as ever” senior PGA official Brent Spiner told reporters, explaining that Singh has become incrementally more loathsome over each of the past 15 years. “I honestly didn't thought we would ever find somebody to hate more than Scott Hoch in his prime but boy, was I wrong,"  he added "The way he walks, that squeaky smile, that disdain he seems to carry for his fellow earthlings just do it for me every time; he is truly remarkable.”

Singh has become synonymous over the years as being the hardest practiser on Tour, a fact Spiner agrees with.  “He practices being obnoxious, being up his own arse and belittling people more than any other professional on Tour”, says Spiner.  “He also practises golf quite a bit.  Vijay spends so long taking shots in a bunker some people call him Hitler but I personally think that’s unfair” he added.  “On Hitler”.

Vijay’s sister Ijuswanna Singh also spoke recently about what was like to grow up in Fiji with her cranky brother. 

"It was obvious Vijay was different from the very start”. Ijuswanna said.  “He never played seven’s rugby, our national sport, and preferred instead to club young kitten’s to death on the roadside. I suppose that’s where he got his swing and his reputation as a complete pussy.”

damien-omen-slideshow-pic “Our mother remembers him cycling around the upstairs on a tricycle humming the overture from The Omen when I was brought home from the hospital after being born and several strange incidents including one with our Nanny and one of his school friends who got caught under some ice.  And oh yeah I forgot about the guy who got his head lopped off by the pane of glass after laughing at Vijay’s glasses. That was a weird one.”

david_feherty devil It’s thought that the PGA will honour Singh next year by inducting him into the Hall Of Hatred.  There he will join names such as Hoch, Faldo and Montgomerie and receive the The Black Raven trophy from host and Beelzebub lookalike David Feherty.

More as it emerges.

Congrats to David Higgins winner of a playoff to be crowned 2012 Irish PGA Champion at Mount Juliet.  Here’s what’s in the Waterville man’s bag.


Born 1/12/72

Height 5 ft 10 in

Attachment: Waterville GC

Turned Pro: 1994

Amateur wins (3)

1989 Irish Boys Championship

1994 Irish Amateur Closed Championship, South of Ireland Championship

Challenge Tour wins (4)

2000 NCC Open

2000 Günther Hamburg Classic

2000 Rolex Trophy

Other wins (2)

1995 Ulster PGA Championship

2012 Irish PGA Championship

What’s In The Bag:

DRIVER: Callaway RAZR Hawk (9.5˚) with Fujikura Motore Speeder 7.2 X shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway X (15˚) with a Fujikura Speeder 757 shaft

UTILITY IRONS: Callaway Razr Tour Hybrid 2 and 3 with Fujikura 380 HB X-flex shafts

IRONS: Callaway RAZR X Forged (4-PW) with Dynamic Gold Tour shafts

WEDGES: Callaway forged (52˚, 58˚) with Dynamic Gold Tour shafts

PUTTER: Odyssey Black 2-Ball


Here’s how messed up the criteria for being a fully fledged member of the European Tour is.  Tiger Woods could potentially join the European Tour and fulfil the minimum required 13 starts without ever setting foot in Europe.

Tiger The four majors count for the European Tour.  Say he misses the British Open.  Total=3

The four WGC events count toward European Tour status.  Total = 7

Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup count also. With one on every year that’s another bizarre one.  Total = 8

Big money Autumn events in Asia and Middle East such as in Turkey, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai.  Total = 13

So there you have it, Tiger Woods could be a member of the European Tour without once coming to Europe. Wow!

Here’s what’s in the bag of the latest European to win on the PGA Tour, Sweden’s Jonas Blixt.

Jonas-Blixt-trophy-121014G300 DRIVER: Cobra ZL Encore (8.5°) withy a UST Mamiya Attas T2 6X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade RocketBallz (15°) Graphite Design Tour AD shaft
HYBRID: Cobra Baffler T-Rail (18°) with a Graphite Design DI Hybrid 105X shaft
IRONS: Cobra S3 Pro MB (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Forged (52°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

Christina Kim is angry with Brittany Lincicome after Lincicome sighed about her play at an LPGA Tour event in Malaysia.  Meanwhile poor old Christina is headed to LPGA Q-school to try and get her card after not even getting an Asian invite.

Lincicome kicked it off by tweeting: Golf is SOOO dang frustrating :-( Can't wait for the year to be over!!!!!!!!!!!

then added: Rain rain go away!!!!! Actually if it stays around I won't have to play anymore!!!!! :-)

Christina then came rushing in with a stop complaining tweet and ding ding, it was time for the fight!

kim-sm_74619 Here’s what they said:

@Brittany1golf: @Teamfrench23 @TheChristinaKim  geez guys calm the hell down!!!! If you don't like what I say STOP following me
@TheChristinaKim: @Brittany1golf whoa, easy with the Tone! I'm just saying there are people that would love to play, and it wouldn't hurt to remember that
@Brittany1golf: @TheChristinaKim great! It's still a free country. I can say whatever I want! I don't comment to most of your post I'm just tired
@Brittany1golf: @TheChristinaKim it's not a good time to be on my case with the news we just got [the passing of LPGA rules offical Doug Brecht. And I'm sick of people lately comment on my post!
@TheChristinaKim: @Brittany1golf of course you can say whatever you want, I never said anything contradicting that fact. I believe in the first amendment too!
@TheChristinaKim: @Brittany1golf I am not getting on your case by any means. Please don't misconstrue my stating the obvious as me bashing your tweet

Since I did my big article on Aimpoint in the pub earlier in the season and had our Doc’s Aimpoint Day Out in Mount Juliet, things have been flying for the Irish Aimpoint aimpoint ladsinstructors Donal Scott and Gareth McShea.

Not only that but Mark Sweeney’s Aimpoint is used on every PGA Tour event to map the greens and has been getting recognition on the Ladies European Tour also with Stacey Keating winning back to back and singing Halleluiah to AimPoint along the way.

Next Monday sees a presentation by all round legend Michael Hebron at Edmonstown Golf Club. He's doing a coaching seminar on Tuesday and Wednesday which has attracted the best coaches in the country including Donal Scott, Neil Manchip, Johnny Foster and others.  Full details here.

The next AimPoint Clinic takes place on October 20th in Edmonstown and full details and booking info can be found here.

Check out Stacey taking about Aimpoint following her wins.

Tim Finchem dressed in full military garb today as he declared war on the European Tour. 

finchem gadaffi funny[5][3] Humiliated by the news that his European enemies have stolen the 2013 Turkish event as part of the Race To Dubai and Tiger Woods along with it,  Finchem abandoned the Final Final of The World Golf Final and retreated to his concrete drain pipe with a golden revolver and briefcase of cash.

“Death to the West including Europe and Ireland but not Northern Ireland coz Rory’s from there,” he declared before disappearing down the tube like the PGA’s relationship with Turkey.


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Forget the lighthearted stuff about Tiger getting a European Tour card to cash in at future big events in Turkey (may get washed away) and Asia (bubble might burst). Let’s look at the real serious issues facing the European Tour and their impact if Woods was to join.


Tiger-Woods-Masters-2012-cursing-antics Tiger shouting “Godammit” and expecting to get away with it would just not wash with the European Tour.  All our players are expected to be able to curse in German, Swedish, French and Italian.  Plus all curses must be delivered in full sentences and mean something.

For example Tiger would need to take intensive lessons in Spanish insults and know that cursing someone’s Mother is by far the best way to go.

For instance on the first tee at the Open de Espana, after hooking his drive  left Woods will be expected to say something like: 

Tu madre es muy gorda y fea - Your mother is very fat and ugly.  This could work for Tiger until he finds his feet and start generating his own.

Also shouting “Jesus Christ Tiger” after tee shots at Asian or Eastern events (that we have here in Europe) may result in assassination or stoning, in countries where weapons are not available.

Venue Improvements

Some of the most iconic European Tour venues would need to be made more Tiger friendly.  I’m thinking those massive yellow Volvo diggers and dumper trucks here.

First they need to head to Crans Sur Sierre in Switzerland, that mountain needs to go. We don’t want Tiger hitting a drive, cursing brilliantly in French then having to abseil down the Alps on one dodgy leg, to play a lob wedge back up do we?

Then they need to head to Valderrama.  Those umbrella pines to Tiger’s balls are the equivalent of busty waitresses to Tiger’s balls; magnets.  Get rid of them all.


Obviously if Tiger Woods is coming to play on the European Tour, a thorough review of prizemoney must be carried out immediately.  We have to get some of that stuff.


spitting Tiger must made aware of the strict rules of etiquette on the European Tour and agree to stick by them.  Spitting, for instance, is completely forbidden because Ewan Murray and Bruce Critchley said so.

However throwing your 7 iron into a lake, booking flights on your mobile on the tee if you think you might miss the cut, and marking your ball in one place in bad light in the evening and having a mate move the marker so you have an easier shot in the morning are allowed.

But again, and most importantly spitting is not.

The Physio Truck

inflatable-woman-bath-pillow Obviously the European Tour Physio Truck would have to be expanded to accommodate Tiger because he likes to go there sometimes mid round to pretend something is wrong.  Additional storage space will be required for prosthetic limbs, crutches, odd shoes and blow up women.  Black and white.  Spare shoes that is.


Obviously with such a high profile player coming over to the European Tour, media and interview arrangements will need to be upgraded.  All the journalists this side of the Atlantic will need to travel to the Jimmy Roberts School in America to do a six month course in how to structure inanely boring post round questions in such a way that Tiger’s answer can always be “You got it” or “I had fun out there today”.

And of course the European Tour will need to invest in a pedestal in the interview room. For the journalists to stand on when talking to Tiger.


Nike will have to review Tiger’s complete clothing line.  Obviously there will be zero opportunity to parade his bulging biceps through stretchy shirts over here.  Unless he wants to contract pneumonia or something. Instead of his final day red polo shirts, on the European Tour we must get accustomed to respecting Tiger’s fearsomely intimidating final day red rain jacket and matching pants.

Security Arrangements

Hot-Sell-High-Visibility-Reflective-Security-Uniform-Vest Obviously security at European Tour events will have to be reviewed if Tiger is going to be regular visitor.  One overweight G4S security guard with a black padded jacket and a yellow high-viz vest that’s so small he cant get the velcro closed and who is armed to the teeth with an earpiece and curly wire, will have to be reviewed.

We may need two guards, with double ear-pieces and walkie talkies, the kind with the clip that you don’t have to hold in your hand and and that have big plastic aeriels and “squelch” knobs.

Vetting Venues

nudist All future venues will have to be vetted thoroughly if Tiger is playing. For example the complete kip that is the Parador Club in Torremolinos could never again host the Andalucia Open given that it runs alongside a naturist beach.  We just couldn’t take that chance with Tiger given his history.

Can you just imagine what would happen if Woods crossed glances with a young beautiful  voluptuous nudist blonde on the other side, his 6-iron in hand?

I can.

Her 26 stone father with the hairy back of an ape and enormous swinging appendage would leave down the volleyball and be over that fence so fast to give Woods a hammering, it wouldn’t bear thinking about.


Turkey.  Could you be bothered? 

turkish fight This is Cihat Unal (I said Unal not anything else!). He works for the local rag (I mean newspaper not anything else)  and got himself headbutted on the first tee by none other than the president of the Turkish Golf Federation Ahmet Agaoglu, because he was in the way yesterday when Tiger Woods was boarding the tee.

Agaoglu denied the headbutt after to police saying “He pushed me and I pushed him back and he fell over.”  Bit dodgy to say the least.

Meanwhile in the craply titled Word Golf Final both Tiger and Rory lost yesterday with Rors admitting after “I lost a bit of concentration, went a few behind and gave up a bit."

It all seems a bit wrong, with an eight man event, crap name, angry locals fighting on the tee, exhausted players, paying Ewan Murray to come over, and paying $300,000 for last place  (ie a person who loses his first two matches).  It’s all a bit too mercenary and contrived.

Sorry Turkey all this is doing nothing for me. I’m out.

Winner Alright

Last week we had a winner with Ryan Moore.

Bud Cauley 20/1

bud It’s only Bud Cauley’s 36th PGA Tour start of his career this week but with six top 10s so far, this a player destined to win soon. Some of those good finishes included big events such as the Arnold Palmer, the Wyndham and Barclays in the playoffs. First start back after a month off. Nobody had more birdies than Bud here last year on his way to third and he’ll have happy memories of Cordevalle having secured his Tour Card here 12 months ago.

Jonas Blixt 25/1

Jonas hails from Sweden and is still cutting his teeth on Tour with just 25 starts under his belt. Third at the Shriners last week and lead after the second and third rounds. With 25 birdies at Summerlin, the same will be required of Blixt this week on greens here that will run at 11 on the stimp.

Jeff Overton 33/1

fry Tying for 13th last week and seventh at the Deutsche Bank represent an improvement in form for the 2010 Ryder Cupper. It’s Overton’s debut at the Frys and if he can tighten up his greens in regulation stats (from tied 53rd last week on shotlink) on the 8,300 square feet of greens here he could do well.

Billy Horschel 50/1

First start since the Wyndham for young Billy Horschel but I’ve been really impressed with him when he has played. Under par for his last six Tour starts (excluding the Reno Tahoe stableford event) and a best of third at the True South Classic in July. Tied for seventh here last year after giving the field a huge head start with an opening 72. One to watch.

Jimmy Walker 33/1

His tied tenth last week might look good on paper but Jimmy will be kicking himself after shooting a final round 73. Yet to break into the top three this season but with five top 10s including fourth place finishes at Wyndham and the Northern Trust, he’s not far off. Missed seven weeks due a knee operation; let’s hope Walker is fresh for a big week at the Frys.


Sometimes it’s best just to remain quiet.  Pat Hickey, president of the Olympic Council of Ireland and who now also sits on the board of the International Olympic Committee has today weighed into the debate as reported in The Telegraph

rory flag 1 rory flag 2

In the piece says Hickey says

“I will say to Rory that if he declares for Ireland, then he will automatically put himself in pole position to carry the Irish tricolour into the Olympic stadium in Rio.”

What does pole position mean?  He could be overtaken? He might have to start from the pits?  My wife was told in work by her boss that she was in “pole position” for a promotion if she did this that and the other. Of course she wasn’t promoted.  That’s par for the course management bullshit best ignored. 

Then Hickey says

“You know it was over two years ago when Rory made some rash comments about representing Team GB. I think that he was perhaps a little immature back then and although he reiterated them again recently, in his present state of mind right now, I feel that he might be thinking differently.”

So basically you think calling Rory a bit of a thicko (i.e. rash and immature), is going to endear him to you Pat?  Not a hope in hell.

To top it off Pat comes up with a corker and knocks it out of the park with

“Can you just imagine what something like this would do for Rory McIlroy.  It would suddenly catapult him into the realms of being one of the most instantly recognisable sporting faces on the planet. Because make no mistake about it, that’s what carrying the flag does for people.”

So who carried the flag for Equatorial Guinea in London Pat?  Bit too difficult.  Okay who carried the flag for the USA?  Yes it was one of the most instantly recognisable sporting faces on the planet Mariel Zagunis the fencer.

OH MY GOD what have done Pat! 


Here’s the draw for the so called “World Golf Final” at the The Antalya Golf Club, in Turkey starting today.  Rors and Tiger are in there, and reportedly have their wheelbarrows ready to go.  It’s supposedly  a bid to get Turkey noticed ahead of their 2020 Olympics bid.

Winner gets $1.5million first prize, $1million for the runner up, $600,000 each for third and fourth place, $450,000 for fifth and sixth and $300,000 for seventh and eighth.

Every player plays three matches at least. It’s not sanctioned but Tim Finchem has released the PGA Tour players on the promise that they play the Open in the next year or so.

Tuesday October 10
12:30 Rory McIlroy v Matt Kuchar
12:40 Tiger Woods v Charl Schwartzel
12:50 Hunter Mahan v Justin Rose
13:00 Lee Westwood v Webb Simpson

Wednesday October 10
08:30 Lee Westwood v Justin Rose
08:40 Hunter Mahan v Webb Simpson
08:50 Rory McIlroy v Charl Schwartzel
09:00 Tiger Woods v Matt Kuchar

13:00 Justin Rose v Webb Simpson
13:10 Lee Westwood v Hunter Mahan
13:20 Charl Schwartzel v Matt Kuchar
13:30 Rory McIlroy v Tiger Woods

Thursday October 11
09:00 Group A winner v Group B second place
09:10 Group B winner v Group A second place

Friday October 12
08:30 Final

Winner Alright

Last week we tipped Ryan Moore to win The Shriners
and Danny Willett tied fifth at 90/1 paying out each way on some bookies

Francesco Molinari 15/1

fran The man who slayed Tiger Woods (well sort of) returns to Portugal this week to a course that seems built for his game. Where distance off the tee might be a factor every other week, it plays no part in Villamoura as Molinari proved in both 2009 and 2010 when he tied for second. But for Lee Westwood getting a fortunate drop on the 17th then playing a miracle pitch, Molinari would have been the victor here in 2009. The top three last year finished outside the top 25 in putting but inside the top six in greens in reg stats giving a good indication of what this course requires. Right up Francesco’s street. Will he be wearing his blonde Marilyn Munroe wig Sunday night?

George Coetzee 32/1

Pinnacle, who’s balls are synonymous with being rock hard and rubbish have released a brightly coloured version of their balls, called the Bling.


“Golfers have been getting away with slyly swapping their Pro-V1’s for Pinnacles on long par 3’s over water for far too long” said Pinnacle CEO, Tommy Limestone today, adding “it’s time we embarrassed the living crap out of them properly.  I think we have achieved that our new psychedelic balls.”

The new Pinnacle balls will be available from Petrol Stations nationwide from today.

john_daly_slix_underwear_thumb[2] Holy cow America, go easy on poor John Daly.  Just because he followed a 63 with an 86 doesn’t make him a loser.  Whatever he does he will always have twice the numbers of Majors to his name as our equivalent, Colin Montgomerie.  Remember that.

For those of you who haven’t read our satire about Daly and George O’Grady on the European Tour, make sure you check it out here. It stands the test of time!

You have to feel for Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher today at the Dunhill Links.  Having won the event in 2004, Gallacher had put himself in a good position to contend again when a bizarre incident ended up costing him approximately €130,000 in prize money.

gallachPlaying in a fourball including an amateur, Gallacher played the wrong ball from the fairway on the 16th.  Clearly distracted by the incident and the two shot penalty, he ended up taking a quadruple bogey eight on the hole.

He finished the event at 15 under, tied for fifth and won €102,000.

If those four shots were not lost on the 16th, Stephen would have finished alone in third with a cheque for almost €232,000.  Ouch! 

Almost exactly from the European Tour site. Almost

Former Ryder Cup star and decent golfer Paul Casey found himself unable to play on for a while in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship today after a dog came onto a green and had some fun with his balls.

The incident came on the 12th hole at Kingsbarns as Casey continued his partnership in the celebrity Pro-Am with Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps.

Eventually the dog, apparently local to the area and known as ‘Digby’, became extremely ill after licking Casey’s balls and decided to move on.

Digby is tonight in intensive care at the St Andrews veterinary hospital suffering from acute poisoning after being found wretching violently near where the incident happened.


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European Tour officials arriving for work this morning were said to be “shocked and dismayed” that two new European Tour events, to be held in Balbriggan and Swords, Ireland, had been been mysteriously added to the 2013 schedule overnight.

james-reilly-7-390x285 Senior European Tour official James Yip said “we left the folder with the finalized Tour schedule in the office last night and came in this morning to find it had been amended.  We’ve never even heard of Balbriggan and Swords.  They were not on our shortlist and now suddenly they are on the schedule.  There was no evidence of a break-in, just some thick grey curls of matted hair or beard on the ground and the stench of body odour and whiskey.”

Irish Health Minister James Reilly this morning took responsibility for the changes and says he stands over the decision-making processes he used in breaking into the Tour offices and the allocation of Tour events in his own constituency.  Reilly said he travelled over to London last night after playing a gig in Dublin with The Furey Brothers.

Speaking in the Dáil today, the Minister said that he “stands over” the manner in which he jimmied the front door of European Tour offices and scribbled in the two new events, as well as the criteria that was used throughout the process. Responding to a question from Fianna Fáil’s Bully Killeher regarding what in the hell possessed the crazy b*stard, Reilly said that he was “happy to explain whatever aspect [he] fails to understand.”

ron flash Reilly also insisted  he had the idea to stage golf tournaments in Balbriggan and Swords “as far back as 2007″ and called the process whereby he interfered in a private company in a completely different country “transparent”.

The Tour were today reversing the decision using some Tipp-Ex.


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Ollie: He did great, but wants out.  The whole effort has even affected his beard growth levels, texture and colour.  Definitely out.

7 ollie Monty:  He said yesterday. “I keep being asked by people if I’ll return as a captain for Scotland’s first Ryder Cup in 41 years. My answer is always the same – ‘I’d do it if I was asked’. But I won’t be asked”.  Praise the Lord!

Paul McGinley:  He’s the bookies favourite at 10/11.  Peter Hanson who is still annoyed with Ollie’s benching of him in Medinah told the Telegraph yesterday  “I think Paul does a fantastic job in the team room. He knows a lot about the Ryder Cup and really loves the role of helping players, I think he would make a great captain.”

McGinley himself won’t be drawn on the subject.  He said “As my caddie Jimmy says, if it’s meant for you it won’t pass you by. And he’s absolutely right.”

Darren Clarke:  Could be the dark horse for a home Ryder Cup captaincy and Padraig Harrington, who has a fair idea how the land lies in the inner sanctum of the European Tour said yesterday  “I understand the inside track is that it’s going to be Darren Clarke.”

So, in summary, the main thing is it’s not going to be Monty. Praise Jesus!


Come on Golf Digest, what is this crap?

els funny So when Ernie Els, talking about the days when he used to have a drink or two, tells golfdigest about his world travels with Adam Scott saying “We could write books on the stuff we did”, it implies the stuff they did was so good, so interesting, so memorable that it would make an excellent book.

Or maybe even a golfdigest piece?

Instead we get a forgettable article about his not drinking which includes lines like  'Come over Friday and we'll have a couple of beers.' 'No thanks; I feel too good. I want to go practice. Click here if you want to be pummelled into submission by the full article.

What the hell is happening to golf mags? has a big piece written in the first person by Davis Love triple I on what went wrong at the Ryder Cup. In it Davis Love assumes the identity of Sports Illustrated writer Michael Bamberger to pen the first person narrative on how things went down on Sunday at the Ryder Cup.

1 5 hour energy Steve was where he was in the Sunday lineup, in the second-to-last group, because of his exceptional putting. We loved our Sunday lineup. I say we because this team functioned as a group. I was a players' manager. I listened to my assistants, the caddies, the wives and most particularly the players. We reached a consensus on every big decision we made, from the four players I hand-picked for the team (Furyk, Snedeker, Stricker and Dustin Johnson) to our Sunday order. Tiger said, "Put Strick and me at the end. I don't think it will come to us, but if it does, we'll be ready." Tiger has won three times this year. He's the greatest match-play golfer ever. He's the greatest golfer ever. Hearing those words from him was enough for me.

Let’s hope Bamberger remembers to turn back into Davis Love before he tees off in Vegas later today.


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The BBC posted this video this morning of Bill Murray getting a wee bit pished off (Scottish phrase) at reporters prior to his practice round in St. Andrews yesterday.

On the one hand you could argue, what else are celebrities brought to pro-celebrity tournaments to do?

On the other you could hand you could, let’s say, have a press conference/gathering  with Bill Murray on the practice green or a hotel somewhere and do all the questions there rather than on the first tee.

Anyway here’s the Bill pished off video link or click the pic.


Check out this sneak peek of Sean O’Hair’s new TaylorMade 2013 model iron at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas at The Shriners yesterday. 

The camouflage badge in the cavity area is often used for prototype clubs to prevent details of name, graphics etc being leaked. 

The iron is a perimeter-weighted cavity-back, but with a tour player size head and less offset. There is a slot in the sole section that is filled with a plastic/ polymer.

I have no doubt this will be called something akin to a “compression channel” which causes the face to recoil on impact creating greater distance.  Nike have done in their drivers as have TaylorMade with the RocketBallz.  


“I’m a lumberjack but I’m not okay”, is what Justin Timberlake is most likely singing in a falsetto voice on his throne this morning after organizers of the JT Shriners Hospitals event in Las Event, decided they’re going to drop the JT from the title, and coincidentally, Timberlake from the event.

justin rick A former member of the 1990s boy band 'N Sync, Timberlake was crowned the King Of Pop when Michael Jackson went mental around 2005.

Lately the fallen idol has been forced to accept cash gigs such as at the Ryder Cup where he wore a a padded workshirt and recited poetry so bad it didn’t even rhyme.

“Even if he did a bit of a dance or sung “Sexy Back” it would have been something” said a disappointed George O’Grady after Timberlake’s  Ryder appearance.

However it’s Timberlake’s amazing ability to disappear which has gotten him the sack from the JT Shriners Tournament.

The event chairman, Raoul Frevel (his real name) compared Timberlake yesterday to Las Vegas legend David Copperfield.  "Justin's a wonderful person. But we tried everything we could to get him more involved with our kids and the hospitals. But it seemed that when the TV cameras weren't on, he disappeared."

Next years Shriners will have a new date within the Fed Ex Cup season.  Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars, which is also based in Vegas, is being hotly tipped to get the gig to be the face of the 2013 RH Shriners Event.


Before you watch this, be aware that everybody in golf knows this was an isolated incident and this guy was most probably not a golf fan.  The American hosts and home crowds were for the most part fun, sporting and gracious.

The reason I’m posting this is to implore you to not let golf fans become like soccer fans. If we don’t highlight it now, it will continue.



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Robert Garrigus 21/1

swampass guide_thumb[4] Will that swamp-ass image ever leave my head?  Garrigus is the form player in a lacklustre field given the absence of last week Ryder Cup pugilists. He has clocked up seven top 10’s this season including seconds at the Humana, Transitions and Canadian Open. Add to that a recent fourth at the BMW Championship and 10th at the Tour Championship (which would have been better but for the closing 73) and you can see why his price is so low. His only Tour win came in November 2010 so you know Robert won’t be going stale in the Fall. Shot a 63 here last year (tying 16th) and was second in birdies for the week.

Ryan Moore 16/1

It is hard to believe that Ryan Moore is closing in his 200th PGA Tour start (this week is his 191st) and even more so that he has only won once, the Wyndham in 2009.  Moore spent his college years at the University of Las Vegas and while there won the U.S. Amateur, the Western Amateur, the U.S. Amateur Public Links, the NCAA individual championship and the Haskins Award for best amateur in the USA. So he is sure to love getting back to Vegas this week. Bang in form with top 10’s at the Deutsche Bank and BMW Championship before coming third at the Tour Championship.

Scott Piercy 27/1

Another Vegas man who has had a great season with a win in Canada and good showings at the John Deere and Transitions helping him get to the playoffs. Piercy made it all the way to the Tour Championship finishing in 15th in Atlanta. Tied for 10th here last year.

Chad Campbell 60/1

Without a win since the 2007 Viking Classic but don’t write off Chad Campbell just yet. The former Ryder Cupper is another graduate of UNLV and while his formline looks a lot like a roulette wheel there are a few red numbers in there. For instance at the Wyndham on his second to last outing in August, Chad went 64, 65, 66 to finish fourth. He also had a good week at the Fed Ex St Jude in June, coming third. Summerlin is a course Campbell knows well having tied third when Turnesa won in 2008, then tied second in 2009 behind Martin Laird.

Nick Watney 16/1

In hindsight, should Davis Love have brought Nickers to the Ryder Cup? Taking his form for the season as a whole, probably not but he did come good at The Barclays in the playoffs. Atrocious at the Tour Championship (13 over for four rounds) but all that is sure to be forgotten now that he’s back home in Vegas this week. Came second to Kevin Na last year and tied sixth in 2010 on this, one of the easiest courses on Tour.


2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
Old Course St. Andrews, Carnoustie & Kingsbarns
04 Oct 2012 - 07 Oct 2012
Compulsory Clothing: Under armour and woolly hat with bobble.

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Louis Oosthuizen 17/1

louis Super cool Louis enjoyed a fifth and a second during the Fed Ex Cup playoffs and is always a classy end of season performer. Starting in October last season he clocked up seven top 10 finishes including a win in South Africa. And who can forget Louis’ demolition of Paul Casey at the 2010 Open at St Andrews? An in form rested player with a links pedigree. Tied fifth last year.

Richie Ramsay 42/1

One of my players of the season. After a top 10 at Gleneagles Richie got his second Tour win at the Omega European Masters and almost repeated the feat at the KLM Open the following week. 39th in this event last season and has a recent best of tied fourth in 2009.

Danny Willett 85/1

Danny’s form does tend to be patchy but he finally got a much deserved Tour win at the BMW International Open in June. Since then he’s played the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Akron and come back to tie second in Crans Sur Sierre. The Englishman also played great here in 2010, finishing second to Martin Kaymer.

Marc Warren 90/1

It has been a really solid season so far for Marc Warren. The Scot came close (third) at his home Open at Castle Stuart in July even if it did look like a mini collapse at the end. Warren has been under par in his last three starts and top tenned last time out in Italy. Shot a final round of 67 at St Andrews last season to tie for fifth.

Feeling Brave? Martin Kaymer 34/1

2 calm down The German really seems to love this event having tied for second in 2008 and then won in 2010. I know for the most part he played poorly last week, but that boost holing the winning putt will have given cannot be underestimated. He also put in a huge amount of work in practice in the lead up and a top five in Italy was his best result of the season. If jet lag is not an issue, don’t be surprised to see Kaymer up there on Sunday.

Most Crazed Celebration In A Leading Role Award


Goes to Keegan Bradley. Who would have thought the quiet mild mannered American would transform into a crazed, fist pumping, eye bulging maniac in matchplay? Nearly burst a blood vessel celebrating a tap in on day two. Makes Ian Poulter’s celebration look like a funeral procession.

Dunt Of The Week Award 

Goes to Nicolas Colsaerts birdie putt on the par three 17th late in the opening day fourballs. Nico had carried Lee Westwood all day and things were getting tight with a resurgent Tiger Woods applying the pressure. With Woods in to four foot for a certain birdie, Colsaerts canned his birdie putt from all the way across the green to pave the way for the most unlikely of European points. The Belgian shot a 10 under round of 62. Justin Rose’s 35 foot birdie putt on 17 in the singles to square his match with Phil Mickelson wasn’t bad either!

Stunt Of The Week Award


Gambling is for the most part punishable by incarceration in America but that didn’t stop Paddy Power figuring there might be some Europeans watching and executing a perfectly timed day two Ryder Cup stunt involving pilots writing pro European messages in the sky above Medinah. The messages comprised of tweets sent by members of the public to PaddyPower. Examples included Rors Is Gonna Getcha, and Where’s Tiger Gone? Jose Maria Olazabal was taken aback by the messages and said during a TV interview that he was trying to find out who was behind it. The smoke letters, emitted by five planes using a pre programmed computer software were 200 foot tall and cost PaddyPower in the tens of thousands of Euros. The planes flew silently above the first tee at 10,000ft so as not to disturb the players. I think it’s called “stealth marketing”!

C*nt Of The Week Award

Goes to Colin Montgomerie who, to stay out of the limelight, worked for both Sky Sports and American TV as a commentator.  Delivered the kind of slimy, patronizing, puke inducing, self absorbed tripe you would only otherwise hear on The Apprentice.

Got his stuck tongue caught up Jack Nicklaus’ ass at one stage too and David Livingstone had the terrible job of pulling it back out.  Luckily Nicklaus put Monty in his place saying ‘You’ve got to win some majors to be rated,’ before adding: ‘Oh, sorry Colin!’

Worst Van Damme Timezone Jumping Award

Goes to Rory McIlroy who beat Keegan Bradley in the singles but not before some major drama. He arrived at the course just 11 minutes before his tee time after getting confused between time zones. McIlroy had read that his match was at 12:25 p.m unaware that it was listed in Eastern time, not Central time. Noticing his absence European officials rang his mobile phone to tell he was on the first in 25 minutes. Luckily a state trooper provided an escort to get him to the course on time. ''It's my own fault,'' McIlroy said. ''If I let down these 11 other boys and vice captains and captains this week, I would never forgive myself. I'm just obviously happy to get the point and help the cause out a little bit today.'' After the win, Olazabal,for a joke, presented McIlroy with a clock in a priceless moment.


Best Outfit Award

5 keegan victim No surprises here in that this goes to the European Team’s final day garb. Everything is meticulously planned at the Ryder Cup and the European Team were inspired to victory by their navy and white outfits, the colours always worn by Seve in the final round of Majors. A perfectly fitting tribute to the legend.

Most Bizarre Tee Shot Award

Goes to Bubba Watson who actively encouraged the huge crowd gathered around the first tee to keep roaring and cheering as he was hitting his opening tee shot. Samuel Ryder must have turned in his grave as Bubba made like an Olympic long jumper and encouraged the crowd to roar as he teed off.

The trend caught on and Ian Poulter revved up the European supporters to do the same on day two. We could be looking at a new Ryder Cup tradition here!

Worst Outfit Award

I’ll let the picture do the talking here

rory's funny text

Best Dressed Fan Award

mayo fan They say you can go anywhere in the world and still come across a man wearing with a Mayo jersey. We spotted this rather hirsute creature at the Ryder Cup wearing a trendy Genfitt Mayo shirt from the nineties and clutching what appears to be an Italian Flag!

The Sports Personality Award

There has been a mountain of material written about the Ryder Cup but the contribution from Kevin Garside made me chuckle. He suggested that, because its an Olympic year it looks unlikely that Ian Poulter will win the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year award, they should introduce a brand new category called the “Poulter Passion Award” to recognize his achievement. I’d vote for that!

Best Group Dance Whilst Wearing Mad Men Jackets Award

Again competition was hotly contested in this category where the funniest bit is in the title. Goes to Europe funnily enough with the Special Don Draper award for best dancing going to GMac!

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