Friday, November 2, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
ODYSSEY INTRODUCES PREMIUM LINE OF PROTYPE BLACK PUTTERS
1025 Carbon Steel Milled Putters Offer Stealth Look, Unmatched Feel in Tour-Proven Models
Callaway today introduced the new Odyssey ProType Black, a line of milled, carbon steel putters crafted for the best players in the world. The ProType Black line features heads with a black PVD finish, black powder coat steel shafts, and a black, seamless grip giving the premium collection a distinctively stealth look. The 1025 Carbon Steel designs incorporate feedback from hundreds of Tour professionals around the world and offer an unprecedented integration of look, sound and feel.
Rickie Fowler declared on twitter it was “go time” before heading off with friends trick or treating around his neighbourhood in Jupiter, Florida last night. Fowler, dressed as a young Rickie Fowler in Guantanamo orange was equipped with an empty Puma bag for collecting goodies.
“We had a swell time,”said Fowler “I reckon the contents of my trick or treat bag are worth more than I made on Tour all year when you take away caddie wages, management fees and expenses. I might do this professionally.”
Unfortunately for Fowler, Halloween or “The Paedophile’s Christmas” as it is also known, happens only once a year, thus making the proposition of making it a profession, financially unviable.
“One or two houses tried to fob us off with apples,” Fowler said before adding, “If I wanted fruit, I’d go to the supermarket. Those b*stards should know better. If I’m going to all the effort to call to them, they should be stocked up with chocolate, like mini Snickers as well as having fizzy drinks and candy. And don’t even get me started on the people who pretended no-one was home when we called. We could see them moving inside.”
Fowler is set to appear again at a fancy dress party in Bubba Watson’s house on New Year’s Eve.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Having already offered Rory McIlroy a mountain of cash, a blue European Tour hoodie and his own X-box game, Tour chief George O’Grady has dangled one more carrot in front of the World number one; his pride and joy, his cereal bowl.
“I’m offering Rory my cereal bowl,” O’Grady told reporters today adding, “It’s by Clarice Cliff and I know it’s very valuable because someone on Antiques Roadshow had one worth £5,000 and that one had a hairline crack. My one’s pristine, I keep it in a velvet case and dry it with a piece of kitchen roll to stop bacteria from the dirty tea towel getting on there.”
The bowl dates back to the 1920’s when the young O’Grady in short pants was presented with it by his father after shooting some Tigers and an intruder on their estate in India. “Dad promised he would get me my own bowl when I killed Tony The Tiger and Tony The Trespasser,” O’Grady recalled. “I was so happy listening to the Snap Crackle and Pop of the slaves being whipped as I ate my cereal from my new bowl.”
A statement is expected later from McIlroy’s management company on whether or not he will accept the offer.
Here’s Nick Faldo calling the McIlroy move to Nike potentially “dangerous.” Even more dangerous than trying to name your Ryder Cup team when they’re standing right in front of you, eh Nick!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
This just in from the Acushnet company aka Titleist who have announced they will not extend their relationship after this year.
"Our goal has been to provide Rory with the best equipment and service that would help him be the best player he could possibly be," Acushnet chief executive Wally Uihlein said. "He has been a great ambassador for the Titleist and FootJoy brands, and in turn, we are proud of how our equipment has contributed to his success. We wish Rory all the best, both personally and professionally, going forward."
"I will always appreciate the contribution Titleist has made in helping me become the player I am today," McIlroy said.
The world number is now free to take up a reported deal to become a Nike Golf ambassador worth $250million (£156m) over the next ten years.
Related: What’s in the Nike Bag Rory McIlroy 2013
In a last ditch attempt to save Rory McIlroy from a big money move to Nike, Oakley have sacked their clinically depressed top designer responsible for all his outfits for the past two seasons.
"We’ve basically got rid of the guy who dressed Rory like a cross between a Polo player and a chef with a sprinkling of leprechaun for the past two years” said a senior Oakley official, holding back tears as he spoke. “We’re Goddamn sunglasses makers for Christ’s sake, how were we to know that our designers 10 years previous employment experience with Oxfam was a bad thing?”
Oakley have two months left on McIlroy’s back to prove all their polo shirts do not look like the Peru football strip and that all their trousers don’t resemble grannies tea towel.
Even Tiger Woods was complimentary of McIlroy’s new look as he was overheard saying during their match, “Hey Rory I love your f*cking clothes today, you don’t look like a f*cking homeless person.”
Nice clip from the Golf Channel of the chat between Tiger and Rory. Mr Woods does like to swear a lot. I like that!
Monday, October 29, 2012
Very interesting if “blink and you will miss it” moment during the Tiger Woods versus Rory McIlroy match in China today.
Today however Tiger and Rory were fitted with microphones and they talked equipment. After hitting off the fourth, McIlroy took Tiger’s Nike iron and had a couple of practice swings with it. Tiger also told Rory about the Nike golf ball and the technical aspects of the spin rates.
Shenzhen, China 01 Nov 2012 - 04 Nov 2012
Luke Donald 12/1Did we see Luke flexing those putting muscles again in Shanghai last week? I think we did. It’s hard to fathom how Donald keeps up with the power hitters of the modern game, then you look at his form; third at the Tour Championship, third again last week. Topping scrambling and putting stats you just know he’ll be in contention every step of the way this week. A best of tied third at the HSBC Champions in 2010. This 7,300 yard Mission Hills course should be well within his compass.
Louis Oosthuizen 23/1Although Louis couldn’t match the firepower of Hanson and McIlroy in Shanghai last week his tied sixth cameo was enough to make me sit up and take notice. A renowned late season performer Oosthuizen played well in this event last year (at Sheshan), especially on the Friday when a 63 catapulted him into contention. In the end he tied for seventh. I give Louis a great chance.
Ian Poulter 20/1Ian made us some money last with his fourth place finish from 28/1 in Shanghai and expect another good performance this week. As we said last week two of his eight wins have come in Asia and he has tied for 13th in this event on his last two visits. Poults will be absolutely delighted the tournament is moving to Mission Hills; in it’s three years as host of the World Cup from 2007 to 2009 Poulter represented England on each occasion, never finishing outside the top four. Poults was paired with Justin Rose in 2007 and 2008 and with Ross Fisher in 2009.
Adam Scott 22/1You won’t find Adam Scott’s name in the top 10 from last year but the facts are that for three days last year he played all the golf before a Sunday 73 dropped him into a tie for 11th. Though without a win in 2012 and under heavy scrutiny from the media for his Open performance I still think two top 7’s in the PGA Tour playoffs make Scott a very backable player this week on these true Mission Hills greens suited to the long putter. Until they’re banned that is.
Lee Westwood 19/1A very similar story to that of Adam Scott last year in that his final standing of tied 13th was due to a move in the wrong direction with a final round 74. Westwood may not be the force he was a couple of years back when he and Francesco Molinari battled it out but last Sunday’s 66 in Shanghai proves he still has the class. Tight odds but the bookies know what they are doing.
Best Of The RestGraeme McDowell was a solid and efficient third last year and was a steady 11th last week. He can be got at odds of around 32/1 on betfair. GMac and Rory played together on this track for Ireland in the 2009 Omega Mission Hills World Cup tying for second behind brothers Francesco and Edoardo Molinari. Indeed they should have won but for a poor final day. It's a straight drivers course and should suit a refreshed GMac more than Sheshan.
Those looking for some long odds glory might again look to Scott Richie Ramsay who has drifted to 100/1 after struggling badly in China last week. He remains one to watch for me though having already tied third in 2010. If he’s in the mood he can steamroller the rest as we saw in Switzerland last month. Thaworn Wiratchant, the man who beat Ramsay in a playoff in India two weeks ago is 240/1 on betfair! Take your pick.