Saturday, October 27, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
After months of bitter opposition to the placing of controversial wind turbines one mile from the site of his Trump International Golf Links, Donald Trump, on a visit to Scotland, has done a dramatic U-Turn and is now giving them his blessing.
Apparently clever people in Scotland came with a new design that Trump immediately took too. Each blade now features a 40 foot portrait of The Apprentice star. It’s thought the hot air created in each head will greatly boost the energy output.
Donald said today “I love wind turbines, especially these ones. They are really super to look at. And hey who needs seagulls anyway? All they do is crap on people. And all that stuff about them being noisy, I just made that up. Everybody knows you cant hear anything other than the sound of rain beating against your face when golfing in Scotland. As for the new turbines, I’ve commissioned one hundred of these beauties.
More as it emerges.
Graeme McDowell has waded in the debate over whether he and Rory McIlroy should represent Team GB or Ireland at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
In Shanghai yesterday McDowell says he and McIlroy "have one foot on each team" and said the IOC should step in and say "you guys are either playing for Ireland or you're playing for Great Britain."
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Don’t forget you can browse and buy all Rory’s clubs new and pre-owned on golfbidder.
DRIVER Nike VR_S Covert Tour (9.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana X 70 shaft
FAIRWAY METALS Nike VR Limited Edition (15°, 19°) with Fujikura Rombex X shafts
IRONS Nike VR Pro Blades (three-PW) with Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES Nike VR Pro (54°, 60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER Nike Method 006 prototype and Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport GSS prototype
BALL Nike 20XI-X
Update 14th January:
It's official! Rory has indicated his bag set up for the season opener in Abu Dhabi is to be
DRIVER: Nike VR_S Covert set 10.5° and Neutral with Mitsubishi Diamana 70x shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Nike VR Limited Edition (15°, 19°)
IRONS: Nike VR Pro Blades (3-PW)
WEDGES: Nike VR Pro (54°, 60°)
PUTTER: Nike Method 006 prototype
BALL: Nike 20XI x
Rory also contractually retains the right to use his Scotty cameron putter.
Update 10 January 2013
These are the first pics of Rory’s actual Nike equipment for 2013. Taken at The Els Club in Dubai where Rory was practicing.
Thanks to David Voller who happened to be walking past and snapped a pic of Rory’s new Nike clubs and there, pride of place was his trusty Scotty Cameron headcover. Notice also though the Swoosh putter headcover of the Nike Method 006 Prototype in there too.
There are 15 clubs in the bag shown. Along with the Nike VR II Pro blades, it looks like Rors is also going to choose between a Pro Combo cavity back long iron, a 3 and 5 fairway wood. Also there are 46, 50 and 54 “Rors” stamped wedges. The Nike Covert driver is also in the bag.
I’ve been doing Rory’s what’s in the bag since he turned pro so am really delighted to have got the first look at this.
Nike will officially unveil Rory McIlroy as their staffer on the Monday 14th January at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship where both Rory and Tiger Woods are in the field.
Rory's bag is set to include
(shafts to be confirmed)
Driver: Nike VR_S Covert 9.5-degree
Fairway Woods: Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood/15-degree, 5-Wood or Nike VR Pro Cavity Back Long Irons
Irons: VR Pro II Blades (3-9) with Project X 7.0 shafts
Wedges: Nike VR Pro (46°, 54°, 60°) with Project X 7.0 shafts
Ball: Nike 20XI X
Putter: Nike Method 006 prototype with option of Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport GSS prototype
Apparel: Nike Golf Tour Performance
Footwear: Nike Lunar Control II
The 2013 has come too soon for Nike to develop a Rory range. I’ve shown his old and new clubs in direct comparison.
To purchase any of the clubs below new or pre-owned click here to visit the Golfbidder website
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Love this mock up of the mock up that is Gangnam.
In case you missed the original
An excerpt from Darren Clarke’s autobiography appears on today’s Telegraph. It’s a good read detailing big D’s struggles with his temper, how he took a personality test and his penchant for flittering away money. Here’s a tiny bit.
As Butch Harmon once said to me, ‘You don’t see any hearses pulling a safe’. Well, you’re definitely not going to see mine pulling one. Sometimes I’m generous to the point of stupidity, but I get great enjoyment from it. I’ve always done it and for nobody more than my family. I like to share a bit of happiness and that’s why I employ all my family.
One thing that has been a constant throughout my career and for most of my life is that when it comes to shopping and spending, I have few rivals. My excesses often have to be seen to be believed.
If I said I once bought 60 pairs of Calvin Klein underpants, would you believe me? Didn’t think so, but I did. Or 40 pairs of trousers on the same day from the same shop? Yes, I did. Or thirty belts? Yes, that’s me. I’ve had 15 Ferraris, three Lamborghinis and an assortment of Jags, Bentleys, Mercedes, BMWs and Porsches. The most cars I’ve ever had at once was seven and I’ll admit that was a little excessive. I’m more sensible now.
The lifestyle I’ve had, I dreamed about as a kid, even though there was nothing wrong with the modest lifestyle I had growing up. My dreams were big not small because I have always felt that if you don’t aim high enough, you will invariably come up short.
This may take some believing, but I’ve never known how much money I’ve had in the bank, although occasionally I’ve known how little there was when Chubby’s said, ‘For heaven’s sake, Darren, stop spending’.
My greatest extravagance was the private jet I owned with Lee [Westwood]. It cost us something like $12 million, with annual running costs of $2 million, and we had it for about 10 years. The running costs were ridiculous, but it was a great idea at the time. We were travelling a lot together because our itineraries were similar and it worked for us. But when Heather got sick, my schedule got out of sync with Lee’s, so when he used it, it cost him double and the same for me when I used it. We couldn’t split the bills any more and that’s when it stopped working, but there was always a nice buzz walking up the stairs to your own jet.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
also check out my BMW Masters tips here
Bo Van Pelt at 8/1 is the defending champion this week after annihilating the field last year by six shots. Three tap in birdies midway through the back nine separated Bo from the pack. This time around he’ll have Tiger Woods 3/1 to contend with but with a victory last week on the European Tour in Australia (don’t laugh) he’s bang in form to defend his title.
Jason Dufner at 8/1 marked Van Pelt all the way last week and tied 10th here last year. If he’s not smiling he’s happy, like Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street.
Jeff Overton 25/1 slipped up a little last time out at the McGladrey Classic (51st) after two strong late season top 10’s led us to believe better things were in store. Overton played in the final group here last year and remains one to watch.
Greg Chalmers 40/1 could not get anything going last week in Perth and still managed 10th place. Twice a Fall winner last season and showed good playoff form on the PGA Tour (9th at Barclays, 16th at BMW), discount him at your peril.
I have to say I’m quite enjoying all the banter! I wonder is the course this good?
Once upon a time a man with a golden fleece on his head named Donald Fart flew in his private aeroplane from America to Scot Land with a whole bunch of his cronies. And he decided he was going to squat down on the coast of Scot Land and do a massive shite. But the place he decided he was going to do it – on the east coast, or the west coast, Mr Fart wasn't sure which – turned out to be a site of special scientific interest, a unique habitat of dunes, one of the last of its kind. There was a sign in the sand that said, quite clearly, No Doing Massive Shites Here.More more more, bravo bravo!
But the politicians – well some of them – saw only the private jet, and the fleet of Range Rovers with blacked-out windows, and the dollar signs. They were impressed, and they were dazzled by the golden fleece on Donald's head. So they pulled up that sign, and they smoothed over a patch of sand so Mr Fart could do his business. They pulled up clumps of rare special scientific interest grass to wipe him with afterwards; and I'm afraid they finished the job off with their tongues.
Monday, October 22, 2012
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.
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.
Fantastic offers over the October Bank Holiday Weekend at Mount Juliet
- Friday 26th October, Winter Series 4-person Team Event. €60 per person to include a Burger on the 10th Tee
(Book online: http://www.mountjuliet.ie/OctSeries)
- Saturday 27th & Sunday 27th October, €60 per person for groups of 16 or more golfers.
Please call Tom Kennedy on 056-7773012 to book or email email@example.com
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
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
Never say that I don’t bring you the best stuff first. Here’s the first exclusive picture of Rory McIlroy in his Nike apparel. I guess it’s official!
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Well done to Bo Van Pelt justifying his favourite tag to win in Perth. Here’s the beef from the European Tour.
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.