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2012 BMW Masters Betting Tips

Lake Malaren Golf Club,Shanghai,China

Branden Grace 28/1

There’s just no way you can overlook a four time winner on Tour in 2012 who just happens to be South African coming into the meat of their season. Winner of the Joburg Open, the Volvo Golf Champions, the Volvo China Open and last time out in Scotland, the season has been spectacular for Branden. I hold my hands up and say I didn’t cop the fact that Branden won on the Sunshine Tour the week before the Dunhill Links and missed a trick there. I won’t be doing that again! 28/1 is generous this week for a recent Tour winner who has also done it in China.

Richie Ramsay 50/1

A good late season performer, I think the odds of 50/1 on Richie Ramsay this week are very generous. After playing well at the Johnnie Walker (6th), Richie bagged his second Tour win in Switzerland and nearly did it again a week later at the KLM Open where he finished second.

This time last season the Scot bagged three top-5’s in five events and he comes to Lake Malaren from an appearance on the Asian Tour where an unlucky break off his tee shot on the first playoff hole cost him a win against Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant. Definitely one to watch.

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Ross Fisher 50/1

With all the talk of this week’s favourite Rory McIlroy (4/1) going to Nike next season, his Horizon stable mate and fellow Titleist to Nike mover Ross Fisher hardly even gets a mention. Only beaten by a sublime Shane Lowry performance in Portugal, Fisher’s form is back nearing that which won him four Tour titles. That performance two weeks back brought his top-10 count for the season to seven. I still believe Fisher has a win in him this year.

Danny Willett 40/1

Danny finally got his win at another BMW sponsored event, the BMW International Open in Cologne in June and he didn’t rest on his laurels after either. A tied second at the European Masters , then a fifth and a sixth in Scotland and Portugal respectively have lifted the Englishman to 18th in the Race to Dubai with earnings for the season closing in on €1 million.

Ian Poulter 28/1

I always like Ian Poulter in Asian events, more often than not he seems to give a good account of himself. Indeed two of his eight wins have come in Singapore and Hong Kong. Poults played well here last year finishing in sixth, seven shots adrift of Rory McIlroy in the then elite 30 man field.

Best Of The Rest

Recent winner Shane Lowry is available at 40/1 and is a later entrant having decided to forego PGA Tour school for this season at least. As a fellow Irishman, I wish Shane all the best this week. He’s a gent. 

After him not making it to the final day at St. Andrews last time out, I have agonized over tipping Louis Oosthuizen given that this time last season the South African was clocking up seven top-10’s in a row. You just never know with Louis, he finished tied 19th here at the Shaghai Masters last season 18 shots back. If you like him he’s at 16/1.


My good friend Tom Kennedy from Mount Juliet in Kilkenny, Ireland was just on to tell me about some October Bank Holiday weekend offers at the two time WGC host course.


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1rory mcilroy nike . Rory’s contract with Titleist is up at the end of the year.  Titleist have good ‘ole fashioned values and have a pay cap for their stars. Nike dont.

2. Nike are a company spanning multiple sports, apart from Wilson, the only major player in golf to do so.  They have experience in negotiating big money deals and making them work. This one would be worth $250 million over 10 years to McIlroy.

3. Nike have been shamed and embarrassed by Lance Armstrong not to mention being hit financially.  They will be looking to turn this into a positive news story with a young, clean living, wholesome superstar like Rory McIlory.

4. Rory’s manager Conor Ridge has already completed a carbon copy deal between Titleist and Nike with one of his other stars Ross Fisher.  This should make negotiations easier.

Here’s what’s in the bag of Tommy Gainey, 2012 McGladrey Classic Winner


tommy witb 1 DRIVER: Callaway RAZR Fit (10.5°) with an Aldila RIP NV 65X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway FT-i Tour (15°) with an Aldila RIP NV 65X shaft
HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro a12 Proto (20°) with an Aldila RIP Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Callaway RAZR X Forged (4-PW) with Royal Precision Project X shafts
WEDGES: Callaway Forged (50°, 54°, 60°) with Royal Precision Project X shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey Backstryke Blade
BALL: Callaway HEX Black Tour


Well done to Bo Van Pelt justifying his favourite tag to win in Perth.  Here’s the beef from the European Tour.

bo Bo Van Pelt came out on top of an all-American battle with Jason Dufner to win the ISPS HANDA Perth International at Lake Karrinyup.
Having snatched the lead with a 60 foot putt on the final green at the end of the third round, the 37 year old was never caught on the last day.

Meanwhile Padraig Harrington got a surprise call up to PGA Grand Slam of Golf when the last four winners of the Open Championship were unavailable to play.  Brian Keogh as always has the story.

Padraig Harrington has been handed the chance to complete some “unfinished business” and add the $1.35 million PGA Grand Slam of Golf to his CV next week.


Fanny Sunesson, one of the most famous caddies on Tour is set to hang up her bib. 

fanny 2 On the bag of Nick Faldo from 1990-1999, the young bushy haired Fanny helped him win clam four of his six Major titles.

Always media shy about her achievements , Fanny remained tight lipped for many years choosing only to open up a little quite recently. “It's hard to beat a British Open victory at St. Andrews, precisely because it is about the place and the course. To get in there in the middle of town on the 18th hole is awesome, Nick was a giant and I felt like the giant’s eyebrow” she said. Indeed the sight of Faldo, doing what he did best, on that hot Summers day with a sweating Fanny urging him on, remains an iconic image in sport.

Following her split from Faldo, Fanny spent a short and painful period with Sergio Garcia, before moving to Fred Funk, who nearing 50, just couldn’t keep up.

fanny Realizing she herself was getting stretched,  Fanny got herself back in shape before hooking up her fellow Swede, Henrik Stenson five years ago. The two connected with Stenson immediately taking to the new trimmed down Fanny.  Their greatest achievement came when Stenson won the 2009 Players Championship, boosting him to No. 5 in the world. “I don’t know what I did before I discovered Fanny, getting her to caddie for me was a real snatch”, a delighted Stenson said on winning.

Sunesson injured her back a year ago after slipping on a bearded clam in Switzerland, which caused her to cut back on her caddying duties. Fanny had been flapping around in the world of coaching in any case, and decided to draw the beefy curtains on a glittering caddying career.  Sitting down with Stenson to discuss her back injury, Fanny revealed it felt like a ripped out fireplace these days and sometimes, even in the thick of the action, she felt like turning over and going to sleep.  A disappointed Stenson urged her continue, but she was asleep in seconds.

Fanny who’s age remains a closely gardened secret, has now dived head first into the world of coaching. “Coaching is fun, almost as much fun as caddying,” she said. “To choose between the two would be like spitting hairs.”


Mobile Warming Gear This is one of those “now why didn’t we think of that” ideas that has hit the golf market.

Yet even though Britain and Ireland spend half the golfing year in freezing, wet conditions, this one came from warm and sunny America.  From Apple in fact.  That’s Keith Apple, general manager golf of Mobile Warming Gear who has come up with a collection  of waterproof, heated golf jackets.

The 100% waterproof jacket is wired up with heating coils that run off a tiny rechargeable 7.4-volt lithium battery that will last 10 hours at the lowest heat, the same as it takes to play a round of golf these days.

I know what you’re thinking, you can’t trust anything Apple says in relation to batteries but at half the price of an iphone, $200 for the jacket it seems a winner.


If you thought golf training aids could not get any more ridiculous check out  the Golf Swing Shirt, the latest invention to mess with your mind.Golf Swing Shirt.jpg

Its a crossover between and sleeveless top and a big ladies’ bra and it’s designed to keep those elbows connected to the chest (as suggested by Ben Hogan in his teachings).

Ray Rapcavage, inventor of the Golf Swing Shirt, came upon the idea by accident when he shoved both arms down one sleeve of his jumper to distract some poor bugger who had a dose of the shanks.

The other guy laughed so hard, the shanks disappeared.  It’s unclear where the big ladies bra came from.

The jumper-bra golf swing shirt is selling for 60 bucks and comes with strict instructions “to only be worn in your own bedroom when your partner is away”.


ISPS HANDA Perth International, Lake Karrinyup CC

Perth, Western Australia, Australia 18 Oct 2012 - 21 Oct 2012

The big names in the field this week are Charl Schwartzel, Bo Van Pelt and Jason Dufner and can be got at 13/2.  They may be the big guns but there’s little value there for the average punter given we don’t have any form indications on this course. 

However Brett Rumford 25/1 is a player I expect to do well this week as the home player.  After a poor mid season in Europe, the Aussie with the long putter put in a great performance at the Johnnie Walker in Gleneagles, followed by a top 20 in Switzerland.  Finished with a 67 in St Andrews last time out to finish 22nd at the Alfred Dunhill. Being the local, he surely has a chance.

Greg Chalmers 10/1 is also a Perth native although he spends most of his time now on the PGA Tour.  He won twice at the end of last year Down Under,is playing super golf at the moment and is in the world’s top 50 at the age of 39.  His ninth at the Barclays was his best finish of the season to date and finished 16th last time out at The BMW Championship. 

Long odds glory hunters might take a look at Andrew Dodt this week at 80/1. His return to form in Portugal after eight missed cuts really impressed me especially the Saturday 64 which helped earn a 16th place finish.  Golf is a confidence game and Dodt definitely has it at the moment. 

Richard Bland is also available at 80/1.  Long overdue a big break and that will come when he strings four rounds together because he undoubtedly has the talent. His best performances of the year in Ireland, Austria, Holland and Italy were all punctuated by one poor round.  Played well last Sunday in Vilamoura.

Rory McIlroy has had an exhausting year and it’s not over yet with four more appearances to come in the run up to the Race To Dubai final.  However next season Rory plans to curtail his Tour appearances.

rory mcilroy fat funny[3][5] Looking at the Tournaments he has played in 2012 and bearing in mind that he will tee it up at the BMW Masters in Shanghai, WGC - HSBC Champions in Mission Hills China, the Barclays Singapore Open in Hong Kong and finally the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai it will bring McIlroy’s total (Tour events) for the season to 24.

According to sources Rory will play a maximum of 22-23 worldwide events, to stay fresh, in 2013.  So which events will be cut?

Looking at his 2012 appearances on both Tours, Rory started the year in Abu Dhabi and then played in Dubai.  Expect him to play in Dubai at least in 2013 as his key sponsor Jumeirah Hotels operate in that part of the world.

Aside from the BMW PGA Championship, the flagship European Tour event at Wentworth and the 142nd Open Championship both of which he will play again next year, Rory’s only other mainland Europe appearance this year was at the Irish Open in Portrush.  Being that the 2013 Irish Open is moving back south to Carton House, it may very well be the case that this event get’s dropped from Rory’s schedule. That might be a controversial one.

Apart from the big money PGA Tour events, Rory played the Honda, Wells Fargo, Memorial and St Jude Classic this year.  Having  won the Honda, he most likely will defend there in 2013 and having won the Wells Fargo in 2010 and come second in 2012 and given that it’s the week before the Players, he should also play there. The Memorial is pretty much a given too with Jack’s influence.

That leaves the St Jude Classic as a potential PGA Tour event he may chose to miss in 2013 having played there this year then missed the cut at the US Open the following week.  He may chose instead to practice at or near the Merion, Pennsylvania US Open venue and save himself the 1000 mile trip northeast from Memphis.

With a potential appearance at a new big money European Tour event to be added in Turkey late next season after the PGA Tour playoffs and continuing his late Asian swing as in 2012, dropping two events and adding one would bring his 2013 appearance total to 23.

Of course that, for now, is speculative but we will post his full schedule here when announced.

Here is Rory’s schedule to date in 2012 with 4 events to go






World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship





The Honda Classic





World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship





Masters Tournament





Wells Fargo Championship





THE PLAYERS Championship





the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance





FedEx St. Jude Classic





U.S. Open





World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational





PGA Championship





The Barclays





Deutsche Bank Championship





BMW Championship





TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola




and on the European Tour




Prize Money





€ 15,600.52


The Irish Open



€ 33,900.00







Omega Dubai Desert Classic



€ 62,665.66


Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship



€ 231,349.37

mickelson halftime shot Poor old Phil Mickelson just cannot seem to hit the target lately and so it proved again as his 100-yard shot at halftime of Monday night's Broncos-Chargers game flew long. To both cheers and boos from the crowd he missed out on a million bucks but still raised a consolation $50,000 for First Book, a children’s charity.

Had he hit one of the in the middle of the green in the ''KPMG Chip4Charity'' promotion, Mickelson would have raised anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million for the charity depending on how close he got to the centre.

mick2 As it is, the $50,000 will buy 20,000 books.

''I must have had a little bit more adrenaline because the ball was a little bit long. I thought I hit a pretty good shot but it flew long,'' Mickelson said.

''I haven't had this experience. This is an amazing experience. In golf, we don't get this,'' he said. ''The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale has nothing on this. This was awesome, seeing the Jumbotron with my picture, as I'm looking up taking the shot, that was unique. That was something that was pretty cool.''


With Europe in the grip of recession and the European Tour doing a Captain Picard impression and attempting to seek out new world’s and civilizations (with a few quid), Lake Malaren in China finds itself at the heart of this year’s Race To Dubai. But open the door of one of Asia’s wealthiest golf resorts and you will be greeted with a handshake and a “howya”, not a bow, by Irishman Paul McLoughlin.
So how did an Irishman, who hadn’t committed a serious crime, end up in China? Well like all good honest, well qualified Paddies seeking work nowadays, McLoughlin fled Ireland. After wowing the suits with his CV which included setting up a golf resort in Poland (a country much like Ireland in that it has lots of Polish people in it) Paul now heads a 220-strong golf operations staff at the Lake Malaren venue which has been redeveloped for this year’s Tour event by Jack Nicklaus and his design team.
It’s no secret that people work hard in China. Paul remembers toiling around the clock to organize the inaugural Shanghai Masters last year. The $5 million pot then was offered to a restricted field of 30 players with Rory McIlroy winning. This year, thanks to another 80 hour a week regimen, Paul has helped develop a fully fledged European Tour event with a bounty of $7 million and a 78 strong field.
So what can the likes of Rory McIlroy and the Tour’s latest winner expect as they head to Shanghai? Well one thing is for sure, it’s going to be luxury all the way. Golf is reserved for the exceptionally wealthy in China. The state of the art Lake Malaren resort has a three level club house and boasts a dual directional driving range with 30 bays each side and an 18 hole putting green. It also has a 250 bedroom five star hotel to accommodate the field.
I caught up with Paul during a break in the preparations last week to quiz him on life away from home and upcoming BMW Masters.

Have you family in Shanghai? At home? Do you miss Ireland?

I came to China in 2010 alone after opening a golf resort in Poland and went for an interview in Shanghai and was successful from large group of applicants.
Absolutely, I miss family and friends, however I can’t get this type of experience currently in Ireland, and to reach the top of our profession in many aspects there are always sacrifices.
I have lived and worked in America for five years, Poland for two years and already in China two years in addition to stints in Ireland at Glencullen Golf Club, Clontarf Golf Club and Portmarnock Golf Range.
Each continent is a different culture and challenges, and we have to adapt in order to be successful in this industry.

What is your role in the tournament?

In 2011 we where the promoter of the invitational Shanghai Masters with winner Rory McIlroy winning the $2million highest first prize in golf. In 2012 we became presenting partner of the BMW Masters and strategically formed this new mega event on the European Tour.
view to 18th green To make the club and operation 100% ready for a massive European tour event.
My role is also involved in planning and liaising with BMW and European Tour teams in many meetings from eight months in advance of the event. We have very large checklists that we are watching each week with timelines. The BMW Masters will go out to several hundred million viewers globally. With three weeks to go we are on track. We overseeded the golf course two weeks ago so it will look really green on TV.

Do you get many golfing visitors from other countries during the year?

Our core business is from a full membership of 1500 members, the majority are Chinese businessmen.
We have two courses, the Masters Tour Course which is for members and their guests only, and then we have the Forest Course which is open for all categories of play. We have 80,000 rounds a year over 36 holes with 170 caddies in daily use.
We get many expat players living in Shanghai playing and we always welcome tourists with a stay and play package in our 274 room hotel onsite.
Golf is still a relatively new sport in China. With golf in the Olympics in 2016, we are hoping the Chinese central government lifts the current banning of new course developments since 2004.

So where will you be in 10 years time?

For sure in the golf industry, maybe have a similar job in Ireland, maybe working a little less and playing more!

So tell me have you any funny stories from the pros?

My lips are sealed. They are almost all very friendly and personable, and good company. I had the great honour of bringing Rory’s clubs and trophy out to his car last year. Does that count? Only joking!
Check out the Lake Malaren golf resort website here

Every year the same argument, how do Golf Monthly devise their list of top 100 UK & Ireland courses?  Nobody I know in the golf industry in Ireland contributes to the list and I’ve certainly never been asked. Yet there it is, proud as punch every year, every course with a number as if to declare it’s better than one lower down.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the concept and am delighted to see previously unheralded courses such as Rosapenna Sandy Hills and Old Head finally get some recognition.  However I do have some issues.RMO_trap_R
Pic: Rory McIlroy in Ballyliffin
On a debate on facebook yesterday, the general consensus from a cross section of my 5,000 golfing friends is that ‘money talks’ and the suggestion was popular that those choosing to pay to advertise with Golf Monthly were somehow more likely to be afforded a higher ranking than those that did not. Of course I cannot confirm if there is any credence whatsoever to that suggestion.
Solheim Cup venue Killeen Castle is held up as an example of a course with financial difficulties and thus little advertising spend, but nevertheless a magnificent venue conspicuous by its absence from the list.
The list, in my opinion however, is full of seeming inaccuracies, the most glaring of which from an Irish point of view is the positioning of Ballyliffin Glashedy (safe to say universally regarded by Irish pros, amateurs and industry workers as among the top five links courses in the country) at number 74 on the list.  The venue was chosen as the iconic Irish links location by Oakley for their $6 million advertising shoot in 2011.
And Portmarnock Links have every right to feel hard done by at 90 on the list.
WOODS1 Also is it really correct to rank Irish Open venue Adare Manor at 98th on the list, 45 places lower than Hankley Common in Surrey? 
Pic: Tiger Woods tamed at Adare, 2010.
Surely if you match both venues in layout, beauty, difficulty, features, size, playability, facilities, it’s performance hosting Major events, clubhouse and ambiance, Adare would come better than 98th.
Here’s the list. Grab some tissues, this may make you weep.

Top 100 UK and Ireland golf courses 2012: (Click read more to expand full list)

1      Muirfield
2      Royal County Down
3      St Andrews - Old
4      Turnberry Ailsa
5      Royal Birkdale
6      Royal St George's
7      Royal Lytham & St Annes
8      Carnoustie Championship
9      Royal Dornoch - Championship
10    Sunningdale - New

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!

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