G25 10.5 Driver, Aldila XNV6 tip 1” (proto version) 45.25”, D4
G25 3 wood 15 degree, Aldila ATX NV75 X 43” D3
G25 Hybrid 20 at 19, Aldila ATX B5 NV Hybrid X 40.75” D2
(ALL WOODS with Lamkin Crossline 58 Rib Full Cord Grips)
I20 irons 3 –PW, PING JZ Stiff Shafts, +1/4”, Blue Lie, PING iD8 Grips ½ cord, D1
Tour Wedges Gorge Groove 54 WS (Wide Sole) and 58WS
Scottsdale TR Shea Putter with Adjustable shaft set at 35”
Hi everyone, David here. You’ll all be glad to know I’ve left sunny Barbados and finally got back to the real world. I’m down in South Africa for the Joburg Open and all is well here. I got down on here on Saturday and have settled in nicely at this stage ahead of my first European Tour start of the season.
The great thing about this week is I don’t have to stay in a hotel. You might think hotels are nice or a luxury, but for a golfer they can become almost like a cell. This week I am staying with my friend Attie Johnson. I’ve known Attie for ages dating back to my first visits to South Africa. It will make such a difference avoiding that old hotel room and being able to catch up with Attie. He is a character and great entertainment.
I got back home to Waterville in Kerry for a couple of days after my “practice” in Barbados. It was cold!! But us Kerrymen are hardy lads and myself, my brother and my Dad made sure we took the opportunity to get out woodcock shooting on the last day of the season. It all ends from the first of February.
Pic: The dogs getting ready for the end of their season and the start of mine.
We really enjoyed the day. It’s just the simple pleasures that count for so much, like seeing the dogs working the cover again. They are absolutely flying at the moment and benefitting from a change in diet. I have them on Connolly’s Red Mills dog nuts (they are my new cap sponsors!) and they are full of energy and looking like show dogs.
My game is in a really good place heading into the Joburg Open. I’m lucky and might get a jump on some of the field because the grass type down here is very similar to Barbados, so I didn't have to make much of an adjustment. The biggest difference is that the ball travels much further at altitude than it does at home. You’ve got to figure out your yardages with each club and get them dialled them correctly before the off. That’s the biggest adjustment.
The Joburg Open is played over two courses and it has been pelting with rain in the weeks building up to the event. The East course is playing quite long due to all the water and will surely make the course play tougher and thus keep the scoring down. I like that, it should suit me. On the other side of the property, the West course is a bit shorter and I think some of the guys will go very low around there. I hope I’m one of them!
This week I have Robert "Rasta" on the bag. Robert has been working for me when I’ve been in South Africa for ages, if I had to give you a year, I’d say 1997. Boy, that's a long time! I snapped a photo this morning during our practice round. Check out those locks. And not a grey hair in sight!
Pic: Robert Rasta powering up the fairway with my Waterville bag.
My goal for the week is to win the event. I will have to play very well to achieve that, but that is my goal. There’s no point setting a goal of second best.
The food is great in South Africa. There’s all kinds if everything and due to the exchange rate everything is cheap relative to home. I couldn’t tell you exactly what the rate is, but it sure makes a nice meal taste that little bit nicer!
It's actually summer time down here so the vibe is good. Sunshine seems to put everybody in good form. It certainly has with me. It's great to be getting another crack at this. It's only when you have been away from the tour for a while that you realise what a great opportunity it is to hold a tour card.
I feel like a rookie again, fresh from my few seasons without all the air miles and most importantly, hungry for success...
Here we go!
Pics: David and Getty
“I don’t know what is happening but ever since I came over here to the sunshine in the USA, my hair has just started to grow like never before,” said former European Tour player David Lynn. “I used be as smooth as a snooker ball down there, now I’m a silverback like Robin Williams,” added the 1994 Greek amateur champion.
“Being on the PGA Tour is like a dream come true. Aside from my new locks and the tufty back sack and crack, I’ve got a new nickname over here too- Stretch Armstrong- I really like it. They are giving all the new players nickname like they did with Darth Maple on the darts.”
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem also commented on David Lynn’s impact Stateside saying “I wholeheartedly endorse this person, product or event being on the PGA Tour so long as he’s not on the European Tour or that Sunstroke Tour or whatever it’s called”.
Lynn travels to California today to shoot his first set of TV commercials; just another sign of his rise to fame. Cialis erectile dysfunction pills and Silvikrin Body Shampoo have reportedly paid up to $200 dollars each to secure his services.
“I’m looking forward to getting my Stretch Armstrong trunks waist size 26 on today”, said an excited Lynn
More as it emerges.
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill, Monterey Peninsula, CA
With Phil Mickelson in the field don’t expect Dustin Johnson to start as favourite here, but he’s my go to guy for golf in this part of the world. His knockers will point to his final day collapse in the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach, but there’s so much more to the story than that. In the past five stagings Dustin has only been outside the top seven once and has won the event twice, in 2009 and 2010. His low drilling ball flight, his ability to play in wind and the fact that he won The Tournament Of Champions a few weeks back, make DJ an obvious choice.
Who? Trust me on this one. The Bible bashing Aussie has been in the top six here in each of the past two years and two of his four PGA Tour wins have come in February. On his day Badds can be a wonderful putter and I expect a good performance here after a solid sixth at The Farmers two weeks back.
Since coming second at The Sony Open things have gotten considerably tougher for Tim with an MC at the Humana and a tie for 49th last week. However with Spyglass and Pebble both checking in around the 7,000 yard mark for par 72 and Monterey being a par 70, it should suit the short and accurate South African at very generous odds of 60/1.
A recent top five at The Farmers says Jimmy is set to emulate his haul of five top-10’s from 2012. Walker has unfinished business at Pebble Beach, coming a cropper in the final round of each of the past two stagings. Both resulted in top 10’s but rounds of 75 and 76 destroyed what might have been much more lucrative finishes. Don’t count him out for a podium finish each way if he finally gets to grips with Pebble on Sunday.
My longest odds shout this week is Bryce Molder. Solid if unspectacular top 25’s at the Waste Management and Humana point to good play and though he didn’t make the 54 hole cut last season, top 10’d in 2011 and 2010. The odd time these tips work out. Let’s see how Bryce fares.
In a survey we found we found that 86% of people who bought an adjustable driver, never changed the settings off neutral. The new TaylorMade R1 Driver comes in a “one club suits all” format with loft interchangeable between 8 and 12 degrees. Thus you’re going to have to set the R1 up to suit you.
Here’s our Golfbidder demonstration video we made at the R1 launch with TaylorMade Product Marketing Manager Brian Bazzel.
and here is our updated review of the TaylorMade R1
Make sure to check out both our new R1 and pre owned TaylorMade driver stocks on Golfbidder.
Here’s a montage of snaps from the Irish Golf Day at Reunion Resort before the 2013 PGA Show. Included are some of David Edwards golf trick shots and impressions (www.david-edwards.co.uk). Check out Lough Erne’s Lynn McCool giving him Dave a run for his money.
John Farren from Ballyliffin also paid a fitting tribute to his and everyone’s friend Connor Mallon who was so sadly missed.
Thanks to John, Stacey, Justin and all who organized the day. Come golfing in Ireland this year!
Tough times for poor old Natalie Gulbis. No that her golf career has gone to pot, she’s spends her days wearing clothes and doing yoga on a bed sheet.
Dont know about you but I think Natalie could make a nice living polishing wooden floors in her pyjamas. Bless.
Phil Mickelson had the chance in Phoenix to card a 59. You wont believe what happened his putt.
by Ron for golfcentraldaily.com
In what appears to have been a massive miscommunication today, dead singer Ray Charles and not golfer Bob Charles as is the latest to be implicated in the deer antler spray scandal. It was earlier believed that the 1963 Open Champion had been guilty of using the banned substance until the reporter for the Washington Post who broke the story admitted to mistakenly writing ‘Bob’ instead of ‘Ray’. He cited tiredness and bad pay.
“Obviously I’m delighted to have this mess cleared up”, said the 76 year old New Zealander, “the only spray I ever used was a bit of Brut to score with ladies on a night out. Before I met the wife of course.”
Meanwhile the PGA Tour are now left with the dilemma of how to investigate whether blind 50’s soul legend Ray Charles actually used the banned deer antler spray and if he ever played golf. He’s been dead since 2004.
“We are meeting today to consider exhuming the body,” PGA Tour chief Tim Finchem told reporters. “It’s not clear whether Ray Charles took the deer antler spray knowingly or whether somebody like Aretha Franklin sprayed it onto his Cornflakes. The fact that he was blind makes it even more blurry”, added the commissioner.
More as it emerges.
I met up up with AimPoint founder Mark Sweeney and Irish instructor Donal Scott at the 2013 PGA Show for a chat about AimPoint on the PGA Tour, AimPoint green reading teaching courses and the success of Stacy Lewis using the program.
For more information on AimPoint, how it works, the theory and green reading courses available in your area check out www.aimpointgolf.com.
Like Donal Scott and Gareth McShea’s Irish AimPoint facebook page here.
It’s probably too late to get the same 38/1 odds on Bo Van Pelt winning the 2013 Phoenix Waste Management Open as a few days ago but he showed he’s bang in form for the event after shooting a course-record 59 in the pro-am.
Check out Bo and the rest of our Phoenix tips here.
Van Pelt had 10 birdies and one eagle in his round, and almost had a hole in one on the 17th.
The 59 does not count as a PGA Tour record.
Brian McConnell aka The Silver Fox from Bushnell golf is a legend on the European Tour. Out on Tour Brian looks after all the players and caddies rangefinder needs. Here Brian guides us through what's new for 2013 in Bushnell's Golf range. Included are the Tour V3, the Pro 1M Slope and the latest wrist worn rangefinder from Bushnell.
I met up with Graeme McDowell last week at the launch of his GMac By Kartel collection at the PGA Show in Orlando and gave him the opportunity to pick his all time fantasy Ryder Cup team. There are a couple of surprises in there and some notable absentees!
To find out loads more information about the GMac by Kartel clothing range click here or on the logo opposite.
Disappointed by criticism that nobody in America finds his demonic alter ego the least bit scary anymore, 70’s mad bastard rocker and golf nut Alice Cooper has embarked on a fright campaign on the European Tour, starting with the Dubai Desert Classic. However the wrinkled rocker whose stage props included guillotines, electric chairs, blood, and snakes was himself stung into silence when he met the Swedish Toro, Joel Sjoholm.
“I tried all the usual shit like carving the number 666 into my chest with a razor blade but the Toro just stared me down. He’s one sick puppy”, continued the heavy metal icon.
According to onlookers Sjoholm showed absolutely no fear of the demonic satanical persona that Cooper represents.
“I’ve hung upside down on a crucifix while Marcel Siem smeared me in pigs blood a couple of times for a laugh”, said the Swede. “I’m pretty used to it. There’s some pretty evil shit happening out here on Tour.”
After their meeting, both men shook hands and agreed to follow each other on twitter.
So you’ve hated Vijay for years, but could never really put your finger on why. The laugh? The derogatory tone to all living humans perhaps?
Well now, you can go right ahead and be fully justified with your vitriol with the news that the Fijian is no better than Lance Armstrong, shooting up a tonne of banned stuff to win tournaments. It doesn’t seem to have worked mind, but that’s not the point.
And it’s not as bad as it looks, but that’s not the point either. It’s a slow news day in America.
Turns out Vijay has been taking deer antler spray which contains IGF-1, which is supposed to be a "natural, anabolic hormone that stimulates muscle growth." It’s unclear whether Vijay rubs the spray on his balls, but it would be damn funny if he did.
Here’s the full story on golf courier.
The Oprah interview is next week.
also check out my Dubai Desert Classic Tips here
After two top-10’s on the European Tour in Qatar and Abu Dhabi, Jason Dufner returns to the PGA Tour. I make it seven straight top-20’s now for Jason and after finishing second on his own here two years ago, he’ll famcy his chances.
Mixed the good with the mediocre and still tied sixth last week, the sign of a solid player. His nine top-10’s in 2012 did not include a win but he came mighty close at the Children’s Network and CIMB Classics. On the negative side, he doesn’t have much form at TPC Scottsdale; nevertheless I think he will do well.
The form golfer at the moment, Charles added a T9 at Torrey Pines to his T2 at The Humana and third at the Sony Open already this year. His best result here is a T4 in 2010; this week will be his 12th start in the desert.
Gay has always done reasonably well at Scottsdale clocking up four top 25’s with a best of tied sixth in 2009. However with a win at The Humana under his belt which included very unGay like driving stats, he has to be considered for his best ever finish here.
Racked up 12 top-10’s in 2012 and finished the season nicely with a win in Perth in October. A final round of 81 at The Farmers sees him slip in the betting but his desert golf tee to green impressed me a lot last year. If Bo can get his putter warmed up, he can definitely win out here.
Watch out for best mates Bubba Watson (19/1) and Rickie Fowler (20/1) also this week. Bubba returns from a week off sick having tied fifth last year and Rickie’s tied sixth last week included a first round of 77.
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