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In his Christmas address released yesterday Tour Chief George O’Grady was scathing in his criticism of Spanish golfers, warning them to speak like normal human beings or get the hell off his Tour.  Dressed in a light manuelblue office shirt with the sleeves rolled up to portray an air of doing something other than farting around all day O’Grady said  “Don’t get me wrong, I love Spanish golfers; they are flamboyant, strong and skilful, they just speak their own language at a million miles an hour and then are just rubbish at English.”

“Any man who says ‘JOO’ instead of ‘YOU’ deserves to be kicked in the arse,” continued O’Grady. “That’s basic stuff you might learn on the first day at school, yet they all still go around saying ‘joo this’ an ‘joo that’ and it’s getting on my wick.  I swear to God that upstart Larrazabal is just doing it now to piss me off.”

“From January 1st, all Spanish golfers found substituting the words ‘Joo’ for ‘You’ and ‘Percaps’ for ‘Perhaps’ can feck off and start their own Tour coz they’re not playing on mine.”

More as it emerges. 

First and foremost I have absolutely no vested interest in this, I rarely post videos for swing analyzers and training aids. It’s the 3 Bays GSA Golf Swing Analyzer and it’s just a tiny button on a tee like device that fits onto the butt end of the golf club.  In the video Martin Chuck puts it through its paces and compares the data to that produced from trackman.  What do you think?

 

World Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2013 International Ballot Results


Candidate                                 Voting Results (%)
Colin Montgomerie                 51 %
Graham Marsh                           34
Ian Woosnam                             21
Padraig Harrington                   19
Retief Goosen                           18

montyandflavia11Grab the tissues. Here’s what Monty said.

“I know I am very fortunate to have enjoyed such a successful career playing the game I love and it makes me feel very proud that my achievements have been recognized in this way. While my eight Order of Merit wins were very special, as everyone knows my Ryder Cup experiences have provided the very best moments in my career and receiving this great honour is the icing on the cake. I am delighted that my dear friend Ken Schofield’s notable contribution to European golf will also be recognized at next year’s Ceremony and I look forward to sharing this special occasion with him.”

 

I’ve heard this all year long.  First from a member of an International Amateur golf team and just last weekend from Sean Kelly who manages a pro cycling team in Belgium.  Where once the dinner at squad sessions was all chat and banter it’s now almost deathly silence with every man just staring blankly at his phone.

0406_tiger_phone_ap_02 He’s checking his facebook or twitter, or maybe posting a picture of the great time he’s not having because he’s too busy on his phone. It’s an epidemic that’s ruining team building all across sport.

How do you build team spirit?  At the dinner table and in group sessions where players get to know each other, get to interact, get to slag each other off for playing badly.  Believe it or not it’s this interaction, this bonding, this joking around that helps build team moral.

Carry on with our heads buried in our phones and where will be?  A bunch of repressed shy retiring individuals, who for whom team will mean nothing.

So please managers and coaches of every team, from club to country, implement a rule of no phones at meals or group sessions.  You can always leave 10 minutes at the end for the guys to rub out a quick tweet behind the bike shed.

Rant Over!

 

The last OWGR for the year were finalized on Sunday.  This is important in that Augusta National invites the top 50 to next year's Masters.

thor_thumb[1] Desperately unlucky to not make it was Ireland’s Shane Lowry, who won the Portugal Masters but missed the lucrative Dubai World Championship due to illness. Others to miss out include Henrik Stenson, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Richie Ramsay, Marcus Fraser and Padraig Harrington who finished in 59th

On a brighter note Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen's did make it into the top 50, ironically enough by not playing since the Dubai World Championship. Geoff Ogilvy, who is 56th, is in line to temporarily pass Olesen into 50th,  after a fourth-place finish in the Australian PGA Championship, but Olesen will again overtake Ogilvy over the next two weeks.

Weird I know but the OWGR ranks players based on average points earned per tournament in the past two years. Points earned for a specific finish decrease as time passes from that tournament; thus the reason for Ogilvy's fall.

Others to make it to Augusta are George Coetzee, Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Branden Grace, Nicolas Colsaerts, Matteo Manassero with Bill Haas and Jason Day from the PGA Tour.

 

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1

Rory McIlroy,  Nir

13.22

621.31

47

-364.27

596.99

2

Luke Donald,  Eng

8.62

439.74

51

-447.49

345.77

3

Tiger Woods,  USA

8.53

341.31

40

-172.24

369.87

4

Justin Rose,  Eng

6.42

333.73

52

-210.39

337.66

5

Adam Scott,  Aus

6.21

260.71

42

-212.63

215.02

6

Louis Oosthuizen,  Zaf

6.14

319.27

52

-179.83

334.85

7

Lee Westwood,  Eng

6.03

313.71

52

-320.61

271.50

8

Bubba Watson,  USA

5.29

259.43

49

-213.58

288.71

9

Jason Dufner,  USA

5.29

269.85

51

-158.75

267.95

10

Brandt Snedeker,  USA

5.23

271.71

52

-162.96

267.89

11

Webb Simpson,  USA

5.13

256.37

50

-217.61

202.01

12

Ian Poulter,  Eng

5.00

254.89

51

-171.42

232.12

13

Keegan Bradley,  USA

5.00

259.85

52

-157.10

241.47

14

Charl Schwartzel,  Zaf

4.90

254.70

52

-222.23

205.41

15

Graeme McDowell,  Nir

4.81

250.10

52

-245.16

252.31

16

Sergio Garcia,  Esp

4.73

231.99

49

-148.07

194.26

17

Phil Mickelson,  USA

4.69

229.87

49

-213.24

232.79

18

Steve Stricker,  USA

4.65

190.60

41

-204.57

176.69

19

Peter Hanson,  Swe

4.59

238.89

52

-148.72

234.55

20

Nick Watney,  USA

4.54

235.98

52

-203.14

200.84

21

Matt Kuchar,  USA

4.44

226.34

51

-246.10

218.05

22

Bo Van Pelt,  USA

4.41

229.29

52

-159.96

206.94

23

Dustin Johnson,  USA

4.36

209.22

48

-230.23

170.53

24

Ernie Els,  Zaf

4.34

225.54

52

-155.40

252.88

25

Zach Johnson,  USA

4.25

212.34

50

-159.94

217.60

26

Hunter Mahan,  USA

3.85

200.39

52

-212.04

209.85

27

Jim Furyk,  USA

3.83

198.95

52

-146.66

209.36

28

Martin Kaymer,  Deu

3.67

190.65

52

-274.42

131.00

29

Paul Lawrie,  Sco

3.53

176.42

50

-97.44

187.32

30

Francesco Molinari,  Ita

3.42

177.62

52

-167.98

181.16

31

Rickie Fowler,  USA

3.37

171.84

51

-161.56

157.73

32

Carl Pettersson,  Swe

3.34

173.51

52

-103.64

197.08

33

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano,  Esp

3.31

132.52

40

-82.57

97.76

34

Branden Grace,  Zaf

3.17

164.58

52

-65.55

197.40

35

Bill Haas,  USA

3.12

162.23

52

-172.45

149.30

36

Nicolas Colsaerts,  Bel

3.10

161.30

52

-99.57

169.52

37

Jason Day,  Aus

2.89

127.08

44

-195.35

79.01

38

John Senden,  Aus

2.85

148.11

52

-128.55

118.23

39

Robert Garrigus,  USA

2.84

147.57

52

-89.40

161.44

40

Ryan Moore,  USA

2.76

132.59

48

-106.82

123.72

41

Scott Piercy,  USA

2.71

141.12

52

-56.69

141.23

42

David Toms,  USA

2.68

118.09

44

-144.13

87.21

43

Hiroyuki Fujita,  Jpn

2.64

137.44

52

-102.30

122.29

44

Matteo Manassero,  Ita

2.59

134.77

52

-106.99

132.29

45

Thomas Bjorn,  Dnk

2.52

118.55

47

-134.84

92.01

46

David Lynn,  Eng

2.42

116.26

48

-71.97

103.04

47

Jamie Donaldson,  Wal

2.39

112.41

47

-77.86

103.53

48

K.J. Choi,  Kor

2.30

119.52

52

-182.66

69.16

49

George Coetzee,  Zaf

2.27

117.84

52

-80.30

104.60

50

Thorbjorn Olesen,  Dnk

2.20

114.27

52

-61.81

117.78

It was only a matter of time before things got messy with Rory’s existing sponsors as we all know Nike are not into sharing their stars. Oakley who have invested hugely into Rory and built their golf clothing collections around him have filed a lawsuit against both Rory McIlroy and Nike, claiming breach of contract.

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The case revolves around Oakley which used its right of first refusal to match Nike proposal and which they claim was ignored by the McIlroy camp, thereby breaching the Oakley-McIroy contract.

Reports say that Oakley offered about $60 million to McIlroy but the true figure wasn’t in the court documents.

Oakley now say their relationship with Rory is "irreparable",  which allows them the right to block McIlroy’s oakley-rory-mcilroyNike contract through the courts.

Oakley have completed all production and branding for the 2013 and spent $300,000 on a photo shoot for the 2013 apparel. They are seeking damages.

“Who the hell does he think he is coming in here and getting all brainy on us,” was the reaction of a long time member of the European Tour's all powerful Tournament Players Committee today to the induction of Peter Lawrie to their ranks. 

lawrie[5] The all powerful committee, previously known as the shorter European Tour Players Committee recently replaced Barry Lane and Richard Finch with the hyper intelligent Irishman.

The unnamed source inside the all powerful committee went on to say “Lawrie showed up in a suit, and had a laptop with Microsoft Word on it. A few of the caddies are saying he even knows how to use it.  We were getting along just fine deciding really important stuff like whose turn is it to wear white trousers this week until that skinny brainbox showed up at the top of the class.”

Lawrie, who studied Quantum Physics at University College Dublin didn’t take long to stamp his authority on the all powerful committee, immediately throwing a spanner in the  works of the 2014 Ryder Cup Captaincy debate.

“As someone who has yet to learn the workings of the committee, I have an entirely open mind ... but I might ask why is it only a two-horse race for the captaincy?” said the Dubliner peering out through a monocle and slamming a leather whip against a mahogany table.


”What is happening in America has really come out of the blue and maybe we'd need a third horse, a really big horse, to go up against Watson. I’m thinking Red Rum, Desert Orchid, Frankel or Shergar for European Captain. Are any of those still alive?  Hang on I’ll google them.”

The all powerful Players Committee are set to make an announcement on whether a third horse will be joining the Captaincy race after the 3.15 at Kempton tomorrow.

 

Hey, how are joo? I love the cooking, eh, at Christmas, I always cook the turkey. If joo wan to know to cook the perfect turkey, do this.

maj_santa Drive berry fast into Malaga to pick up the turkey about an hour before joo are ready to cook it so it comes up to room temperature before roasting. Give it a good rinse then pat it dry with some kitchen paper, joo don want it looking like Rory McIlory’s head eh?

Drizzle the meat with Spangish olive oil, add a few good sprinkles of salt and pepper and then rub this seasoning all over the bird, making sure you get in to all the nooks and crannies. I’n talking about the turkey no my wife eh!

Pull the skin at the neck-end back so joo can see a cavity and push about half of your stuffing inside.  Once done, pull and fold the skin over the opening and tuck it under the bird so it looks nice. I’n still talking about the turkey eh!

Cover the turkey with tin foil then put it in the hot oven and immediately turn the temperature down to 180°c/350°f/gas 4. Cook for about 35 to 40 minutes per kilo. The 5kg bird in this recipe will take about 3 to 3½ hours. That is roughly 4 bottles of Rioja time eh!

Have joor wife check on the turkey every 20 minutes or so and keep it from drying out by basting it with the lovely juices from the bottom of the pan. After 2½ hours, remove the foil so the skin gets golden and crispy.

When the time is up, tell joor wife to get out of the kitchen and take joor turkey out of the oven. If the juices run clear and the meat pulls apart easily, it’s ready. If not, pop the turkey back in the oven to cook for about another 2 glasses of wine. Once ready, cover the turkey with tin foil and a few clean tea towels for about the time it takes to smoke a cuban and let it rest before serving.

Joo are welcome.  Happy Christmas.

Fancy yourself as being in my league when it comes to useless information about golf. Here’s a series of questions to test you to the very limit.  Let me know how you get on and don't even think of googling the answers!

Scoring Guide

18/20 or better = Living legend

15/20 or better = Send your CV in to Sky

10/20 or better = Maybe some on course reporting

less than 10 = You need to read more GolfCentralDaily son!

Questions

clip_image0021. What is jungle Bird's real name?

2. What is the name of the kid Rory McIlroy cleavered at The Open?

3. Name the Swede who had 2 holes in one in one round this year?

4. Who drove it into a bin this year on the PGA Tour?

5. Who nearly lost his finger in a boat winch accident?

6. Why was Randal Lewis in the news this year?

7. Kevin Na got to cut down his '16' tree. At what event?

clip_image002[8]8. Name the Huntingdon golf coach who went berserk?

9. Who said 'you're shitting me' after watching a Kevin Na road shot?

clip_image002[6]10. The engraver nearly made a massive cock up of The Open medal. what was he about to engrave on it?

11. Whose caddie made made the world’s worst job at ditching a 15th club this year?

12. What record score did Rhein Gibson shoot in one round this year?

13. Name 3 golfers inducted into the Hall Of Fame this year.

14. What did Feherty compare Ernie’s putter to at the Tavistock Cup?

15. Who said “Leave the bag alone, you TV Muppet!” at The Open?

16. Who DQ’d himself from the US PGA C’ship after remembering a rules breach during dinner that night?

1clip_image0017. Name the Swede who got completely naked on the beach for ESPN’s Body issue this year.`

18. Who talked with Kelly Tilghman about smoking a few spliffs this year.

19. Who won $35,000 at a Poker Stars event in the Caribbean back in January?

20. Who’s twitter account was shut down after a rant during the US Presidential Election?

Answers tomorrow!

They say he once played a round of golf in Mount Juliet.  They say he was 15 under par after 12 holes and walked off, claiming ‘golf was piss easy’.

He’s Irish cycling legend and he’s coming to the West Of Ireland for the Cunga Christmas Party.  And in the absence of any better options, it shall also be the GolfCentralDaily Christmas Party. So technically speaking, two legends will be attending.  (I’m the other one by the way.)

If anybody is around Cong in County Mayo this Saturday night, do join us in Lydon’s Lodge from 7pm.  €20 quid at the door gets you a meal, front row seats at a Q&A session and a chance to buy me and Sean a drink after.  We’ve also arranged for Black Betty and Gangnam Style both to be played by the DJ until five past two.

Oh, I nearly forgot. Stock up on solpadeine too because we are all headed cycling with Sean on Sunday morning.

 

 

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Just saw this online and it seemed to be in the spirit of giving for Christmas so I’m happy to share it.

 

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Vouchers can be used at 8 golf shops throughout Leinster.

To order over the phone with a credit or debit card CALL 01-8609321 they will also post it to you free of charge. You can’t ask for more than that

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The mood inside the Harrington house took a turn for the worse on Sunday evening after husband Padraig failed to record popular TV show ‘Love Hate’ properly on the Sky Plus Box.  According to sources, Harrington cancelled the recording after nine minutes when a viewing clash warning appeared on screen. It’s thought Harrington chose instead to watch Lee Evans Live on the Comedy Channel, leaving wife Caroline fuming when she returned home.

padraig“I came home, made a cup of tea and sat down in front of the TV; I was really looking forward to seeing what would happen Nidgey and whether Tommy would get wacked after banging the RA guy’s wife.  I was bloody raging when the ‘end of programme press back up to return’ message greeted me after nine minutes,”  Caroline told reporters.

“This having Padraig loitering around the house at Christmas really isn’t suiting me,” she continued. “There’s dribble on toilet seat, blobs of toothpaste left stuck to the sink and he never leaves the car keys in the same place twice. I really cant wait until the golf season starts and I get my house back.”

The situation escalated a few minutes later when a terse stand off between the Harringtons in front of the TV was suddenly punctuated by the sound of the home heating boiler on automatic timer kicking in. Caroline was first to go on the attack.

“The reason I pressed the bloody series link button was so as I could come home and watch the bloody programme.  You know well it’s the only bloody thing I watch on TV.  And, to add insult to injury, what did you cancel it to watch?  Bloody Lee Evans. That git is on every bloody minute on that bloody channel.”

The clearly irritated three time Major Champion was stung into action.

“How am I supposed to know how a Sky Plus box works anyway?” he said. “In case you haven’t noticed I’m usually too busy out on Tour trying to earn us a living so we can pay the bloody subscription.”

Clearly realizing he said exactly the last thing a working man should ever say to a homemaking wife, Harrington recoiled into the chair and waited for the killer blow to be delivered. 

“Excuse me?  Excuse me?  If you want to look to after the bloody kids from now on, that’s bloody perfect.  I’ll tell you what, you feed, bath and drive the kids half way around Dublin every bloody day next year and see how you get on.  I’ll go out and get a job; I’ll probably earn more than you made this year anyway.”

Not wanting to be the first to leave the TV room and admit defeat, both sat arms folded in silence for 20 minutes through an extremely long ad break and the second part of a Two and Half Men episode featuring Ashton Kuchar.

Flicking the remote control Caroline then discovered that her episode of Love Hate was actually just about to start on RTE+1.  Settling back into her chair she  let out an exasperated sigh as Padraig slinked off up to bed.

Here’s Rory new mansion complete with six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a world-class gym, a private deep water dock, and a putting green.

After a period renting a house near the Loxahatchee River in Florida, Rory McIlroy will become a neighbour of Tiger Woods after coming close to the $10.9 million-asking price for 2380 Old Gate Lane. The Intracoastal-side property is in the Old Gate enclave of Pam Beach Gardens.Rory McIlroy Purchases Palm Beach Gardens Mansion

Lovable rogue Denis Pugh, might have us all fooled as the comic foil to his terminally miserable colleagues on Sky Sports Golf coverage but there’s more to him than meets the eye.  When Denis finishes giving millions of us a belly laugh by ballzing up a GMac swing demo live on air he becomes one of the most respected figures in the Music Industry.

Pugh, 84, likes to take time away from golf at Christmas and get back to his first love as one of the world’s leading Song Title Designers (STDs). He made his millions working with all the big record companies over the years, tweaking the names of songs in order to ensure mass appeal and more importantly, massive sales.

denis xmas funny “My first real success as an STD was with Fergal Sharkey back in the 80’s” says Pugh as he relaxes back in his kingly chair with a glass of port. “They were just about to release a single for Fergal called ‘A Good Pump Is Hard To Find’. I thought it didn’t feel right and changed the word ‘Pump’ to ‘Heart’ and it became a huge hit.”  That put me on the map and it snowballed from there.

Often now seen by day pottering around The Wisley, Pugh reveals he travelled extensively during his heyday. “I was responsible for Europe’s smash hit ‘The Final Countdown’” continued Denis, “Would you believe they wanted to call it ‘The Final Stopwatch’ before bringing me to California to step in!”

As he beckons one of the servants over to throw another cedar log on the blazing fire, Pugh also recalls his two years spent in Italy working with world famous Tenor Luciano Pavarotti.  “Such a dear dear man, but absolutely clueless with lyrics”, he laughs. “Pav was dead-set on calling this song ‘Nessun Doorknob’ before I convinced him that ‘Nessun Dorma’ was a bit more in keeping with the whole Italian vibe.”

Pugh eventually left Italy in 1983 shrouded in controversy after newspapers claimed he secretly fathered two sons.  “It was all nonsense” he says of the claims. “Those were the days when women were queuing up for me but to think that somewhere in Italy right now there are two 30 year old Italian brothers playing golf with a little Denis Pugh move at the top and I’ll hold my hands up!” he laughs. “It’s ridiculous!”

Tightening the silk sash on his robe, the multi billionaire starts to recall another memory.  “I remember being at a party with Elton John one night in Munich.  I had my hair tied back in a ponytail in those days, Elton was out of it on smack, and I found myself sitting at a piano at 3am with this German babe with the most hairy armpits I’ve ever seen.  She wanted me to listen to her song ‘107 Red Balloons’.  I remember telling her, ‘cut those balloons back to 99 Nena and you might have something there’. And sure the rest as they say is history.”

These days the record companies queue up at the Pugh mansion to tweak the titles of prospective Christmas Number Ones and Denis counts Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh as dear friends. “Back in 2005 Leona Lewis was hot property. But the only thing she hadn’t got and needed was an STD and a nosejob. I remember sitting in the studio with Simon, cup of coffee in hand, listening to Leona on the other side of the glass laying down the track ‘A Spanner Like This’, and thinking it didn’t feel right.  I tinkered around with a few alternatives like ‘A Gasket Like This’ and ‘A Suitcase Like This’ and to be honest I was struggling until one of the crew said ‘I’ll be back in a moment’ and it hit me like a train. Leona put down a few takes of ‘A Moment Like This’ and she never looked back.  And guess what? Did you see her nose recently? All fixed up with the lumpy middley bit gone.  Thanks to dear old Denis, the STD everyone wants!”

 

Next week: Christmas With Bruce Critchley In Pantomime as Widow Wanky.

So who, over the course of the 2012 season was better statistically; Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods?

Stat piece pic

We painstakingly compared both players’ performances over 100 different stat categories spanning the entire gamut of the game to see just who comes out on top.

2012 Season Rory Vs Tiger Stat Table

We put each player head to head over each stat, declaring either Rory (R) or Tiger (T) the winner. The final score is shown under the table.

 

Rory (R)

 

Tiger (T)

  Winner

Driving Distance

310.1

5th

297.4

32nd

R

Driving Accuracy Percentage

56.61%

156th

63.93%

55th

T

Greens in Regulation Percentage

66.36%

60th

67.58%

29th

T

Strokes Gained - Putting

.087

82nd

.332

35th

T

Eagles (Holes per)

108.0

5th

301.5

134th

R

Birdie Average

4.20

1st

3.97

4th

R

Scoring Average

68.873

1st

68.904

2nd

R

Sand Save Percentage

56.16%

22nd

49.00%

83rd

R

Total Driving

161

54th

87

6th

T

All-Around Ranking

256

2nd

381

10th

R

FedExCup Regular Season Points

2,092

3rd

2,269

1st

T

Playoffs Points for the FedExCup

2,827

2nd

2,663

3rd

R

Money Leaders

$8,047,952

1st

$6,133,158

2nd

R

Par Breakers

24.28%

1st

22.39%

9th

R

GIR Pct. - Fairway Bunker

28.0%

190th

46.9%

120th

T

Par 3 Birdie or Better Leaders

17.59%

4th

17.47%

6th

R

Par 4 Birdie or Better Leaders

18.75%

9th

16.67%

51st

R

Par 5 Birdie or Better Leaders

53.05%

1st

48.34%

14th

R

Birdie or Better Conversion Percentage

34.68%

1st

31.66%

20th

R

Scoring Average (Actual)

69.63

1st

69.78

2nd

R

Scoring Average Before Cut

69.87

6th

69.24

2nd

T

Round 3 Scoring Average

68.83

3rd

70.25

45th

R

Final Round Scoring Average

69.83

11th

70.40

32nd

R

Total Eagles

9

30th

4

132nd

R

Total Birdies

227

132nd

266

91st

T

Career Money Leaders

$13,357,560

88th

$100,950,700

1st

n/a

Consecutive Cuts

7

20th

7

20th

-

Top 10 Finishes

10

1st

9

3rd

R

Ball Striking

114

51st

35

12th

T

Longest Drives

409

30th

387

166th

R

Scrambling

60.24%

33rd

63.17%

4th

T

Bounce Back

21.23%

58th

18.90%

117th

R

Par 3 Performance

-2

5th

+5

13th

R

Par 4 Performance

+10

14th

-4

3rd

T

Par 5 Performance

-84

66th

-92

43rd

T

Left Tendency

47.3

67th

54.9

168th

R

Right Tendency

52.7

123rd

45.1

24th

T

Average Going for it Shot Distance Yards

238.0

2nd

239.3

3rd

R

Total Putting

164.8

65th

115.3

28th

T

Approaches from > 200 yards

42' 2"

2nd

42' 3"

3rd

R

Scrambling from > 30 yards

34.29%

31st

37.21%

10th

T

GIR Percentage - 100-125 yards

75.53%

114th

76.14%

100th

T

GIR Percentage - 75-100 yards

66.67%

189th

76.92%

140th

T

GIR Percentage - < 75 yards

90.91%

32nd

92.04%

15th

T

GIR Percentage - 200+ yards

46.67%

73rd

50.42%

32nd

T

GIR Percentage - 175-200 yards

62.61%

7th

65.13%

1st

T

GIR Percentage - 150-175 yards

60.14%

159th

69.27%

12th

T

GIR Percentage - 125-150 yards

73.61%

46th

70.00%

111th

R

GIR Percentage - < 125 yards

81.82%

103rd

84.14%

48th

T

GIR Percentage - < 100 yards

86.13%

88th

89.21%

23rd

T

Approaches from 100-125 yards

18' 0"

24th

19' 5"

75th

R

Approaches from 75-100 yards

17' 7"

102nd

17' 1"

86th

T

Approaches from 50-75 yards

17' 10"

139th

15' 2"

83rd

T

Approaches from 175-200 yards

30' 2"

3rd

30' 1"

2nd

T

Approaches from 150-175 yards

27' 1"

65th

24' 8"

6th

T

Approaches from 125-150 yards

19' 9"

5th

22' 6"

67th

R

Approaches from 50-125 yards

17' 11"

53rd

18' 5"

84th

R

Approaches from 200-225 yards

34' 0"

2nd

35' 10"

6th

R

Approaches from 225-250 yards

46' 8"

24th

48' 2"

41st

R

Approaches from > 275 yards

71' 0"

16th

63' 4"

6th

T

Approaches from 250-275 yards

54' 7"

13th

53' 5"

9th

T

Putting from Inside 5'

96.86%

44th

97.07%

31st

T

Putting from 5-10'

57.32%

71st

55.79%

92nd

R

Putting from - 10-15'

31.90%

59th

30.99%

73rd

R

Putting from - 15-20'

21.79%

35th

17.71%

104th

R

Putting from - 20-25'

14.29%

39th

20.00%

3rd

T

Putting from - > 25'

2.44%

191st

6.60%

49th

T

Putting from 5-15'

46.52%

76th

45.18%

98th

R

Putting from 15-25'

18.90%

22nd

18.67%

25th

R

Putting from 3-5'

86.67%

103rd

91.67%

13th

T

Left Rough Tendency

17.99%

180th

17.27%

170th

T

Right Rough Tendency

19.42%

183rd

13.66%

59th

T

Driving Pct. 300+ (All Drives)

51.79%

4th

39.58%

17th

R

GIR Percentage from Other than Fairway

54.27%

29th

51.78%

80th

R

Going for the Green

75.38%

2nd

63.58%

21st

R

Proximity to Hole

33' 0"

5th

33' 6"

11th

R

Fairway Proximity

28' 1"

1st

28' 7"

5th

R

Rough Proximity

41' 9"

29th

48' 7"

182nd

R

Proximity to Hole from Sand

7' 0"

2nd

10' 1"

125th

R

Scrambling from the Rough

59.60%

27th

61.32%

16th

T

Average Distance of Putts made

71' 7"

119th

76' 4"

34th

T

3-Putt Avoidance

3.09%

96th

2.82%

71st

T

Front 9 Scoring Average

34.85

11th

34.69

1st

T

Back 9 Scoring Average

34.78

1st

35.09

6th

R

Lowest Round

64

67th

62

10th

T

GIR Percentage - 100+ yards

64.76%

26th

66.30%

8th

T

Average Distance to Hole After Tee Shot

163.3

11th

174.6

88th

R

Average Distance after Going for it Shot

19.8

3rd

19.6

2nd

T

Driving Pct. 300-320 (All Drives)

29.46%

4th

25.15%

21st

R

Driving Pct. 320+ (All Drives)

22.32%

7th

14.43%

19th

R

Rough Tendency

37.41%

190th

30.93%

133rd

T

Club Head Speed

120.21

10th

120.94

8th

T

Ball Speed

178.07

8th

177.69

10th

R

Smash Factor

1.481

100th

1.469

173rd

R

Launch Angle

11.25

75th

10.67

114th

R

Spin Rate

2,770.4

68th

2,391.5

175th

R

Distance to Apex

197.3

13th

198.4

8th

T

Apex Height

110' 11"

21st

102' 1"

62nd

R

Hang Time

6.4

30th

6.3

47th

R

Carry Distance

296.0

8th

296.7

7th

T

Carry Efficiency

2.463

50th

2.457

57th

R

Total Distance Efficiency

2.601

45th

2.554

125th

T

Final Score

Rory: 53, Tiger 47

Conclusion

Despite being shared over many categories, the stats do throw up an alarming fact. Equipment matters everywhere. If you consider that Tiger generates 0.73 mph more clubhead speed than Rory, yet Rory achieves 0.38 mph more ball speed than Tiger and drives on average 12.7 yards further, it all points to the difference in equipment both men were using.

Off the tee, the difference in spin rates, the height both men drive the ball and the fact that Tiger actually carried the ball through the air longer than Rory this year would suggest a highly likely tapering back of Rory’s distance stats with his new Nike equipment. Unless that is, that Nike can bridge the technology and performance gap to Titleist by the start of next season.

On the green, from 5 to 20 feet Rory clearly has the upper hand. His birdie conversion rate is the best on Tour, especially on par 5’s. It seems unthinkable that he would not bring his Scotty Cameron putter with him into his Nike bag.

 

Thanks to Barrie Trainor and all my facebook friends who asked me to pop something up about the Hi5 Futures Tour; I’m happy to get the word out.

logo_hi5_tour The Hi5 Futures Tour basically helps young pros who have an eye for life on the Major Tours to cut their teeth by putting them into competitive events, with similar players on golf courses set up under exacting tournament conditions.

So many good young players turn pro under the assumption that it’s easy to get onto the European Tour.  It isn’t.  There’s so much to learn about playing Tour golf, about figuring out if its for you, about discovering if your good enough.  That’s why a satellite tour such as Hi5 Futures Tour can help mould and direct the next generation of stars.

The goal of the Hi5 futures tour is to give young players the chance to earn prize money and progress onto the Challenge tour and then ultimately secure European Tour status.  Many of the events are held during the Winter months across South Eastern Spain where the climate and courses are excellent.

Top players who have competed on the Hi5 Pro Tour include: David Horsey, Romain Wattel and Carlos Del Moral

Check out the upcoming tournaments below.

28th Jan – 06th Feb 2013

Hi5 Futures Tour Oliva Nova / Galiana swing

07th Feb – 12th Feb 2013

Hi5 Futures Tour “ La Sella Fourball Pairs Challenge”

13th Feb – 22rd Feb 2013

Hi5 Futures Tour Panoramica swing

23rd Feb – 01 March 2013

Hi5 Futures Tour Castillon Open ( TBC )

11th March – 20 March 2013

Hi5 Futures Tour Egyption Open ( TBC )

 

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