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Tiger Woods will not be playing in the Saudi International tournament on the European Tour in January 2020.

Woods snubbed the Crown Prince's largest ever offer of $3 million to play in the event saying "I just don't want to go over there. It's a long way.''





It's not too long a journey for Phil Mickelson who is the latest to take a massive appearance fee.  That's also interesting as it means he will miss the Phoenix Open where he has been the headline act for many years.

Phil Mickelson joins a field including Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia and Shane Lowry.  Garcia is believed "not" to be taking an appearance fee as reparation for his on-course histrionics at the event last year.

Saudi Arabia has been on a charm offensive since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 at the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul on the alleged orders of the government in Saudi Arabia.

But is buying sports stars to repair the country's image? Yes says Keith Pelley, CEO of the European Tour.

"I went over there first and listened to his Excellency at a sports conference, talk about how the country wanted to change, needed to change, wanted to use sports as a catalyst, was committed to golf."

Right or wrong, one thing is for sure though, Tiger Woods wont be there.

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2019 Hero World Challenge Betting Tips

Albany Golf Club, Nassua, The Bahamas
Purse: $3,500,000
Defending Champion: Jon Rahm



Favourite Watch

Defending champ Jon Rahm is an unbackable 4/1 across most of the bookies and justifiably so after coming back fresh off a six week break to capture the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.  What is worrying in the limited field is that the next four in the betting, Thomas Schauffele Cantlay and Tiger are ALL at odds below 10/1. Crazy!

Best Each Way Bets


Henrik Stenson 30/1


2018 hasn't been the best of seasons for Henrik Stenson so perhaps a "lower" key event like this would help dress it up a little.  T44 in Dubai where it all went wrong on Saturday, but three top-20's in his last five starts is encouraging for the greens in regulation king.  Solo fourth here last year and second in 2016.

Patrick Reed 20/1


T28 in Dubai last time out and in truth the tournament for Reed was over after an opening 74 on Thursday.  But top-10's in Turkey and China before that impressed for a player straddling two Tours and a long season.  Scrambling is always key at Albany and Reed possess that skill in spades. Sure to be sharp also with the Presidents Cup on the horizon. Captain America and all that!

Gary Woodland 20/1


The US Open Champion understandably struggled in the weeks following but Gary Woodland has always been known as a late season performer and proved to be again with top-5 finishes at the CJ Cup and Zozo Championship.  Only his second time playing the event, Gary was T8 on his debut last year and has the power to capitalise on the par fives.

Justin Rose 16/1


Has a home in Albany if that can contribute any advantage this week.  20th at the Tour Championship and 21st in Turkey and the worrying trend for Rose is that he's starting great but not playing capitulating on Saturday and Sunday.  T5 here in 2017 and solo third in 2018 and perhaps home advantage will lead to a better weekend.  Class is permanent.


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Surgeons in London have declared a groundbreaking operation to remove the chip from Tyrrell Hatton's shoulder "a huge success" after a marathon 12 hour procedure.

Hitherto thought impossible, the operation marks the first time ever a chip has been successfully detached from a European Tour player.



Afterwards the surgical team hailed the operation as a huge leap in the advancement of medical science and hoped that someday soon, every miserable bugger on Tour will be able to have the operation.

"Tyrrell's life can from this day on be filled with joy and happiness instead of anger, blame and biting down hard on putters" lead surgeon Sanjed Poontang told reporters after.

Following the operation Hatton himself was beaming ear to ear.

"I feel amazing, I haven't had even the slightest the urge to destroy anything or look for someone to blame yet today," a delighted Hatton said from his hospital bed.

This chip, which weighed 5 kilos is being sent to the European Tour museum to be put on display.

More as it emerges.


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After spending a mere two weeks in the gym PGA Tour star Bryson DeChambeau has stunned the bodybuilding world by winning the 2019 Mr Universe Title in California.

DeChambeau, who had initially "turned up" at the contest simply to research getting completely jacked up and buff to play golf, immediately impressed judges with his burgeoning muscles and the symmetry of his eight pack and was fast tracked into the finals.

Bryson DeChambeau during his routine at 2019 Mr Universe

After a pectacular evening of flexage, the contest came down to a playoff between DeChambeau and the three time defending Champion Dick Wilder.  Everything seems to be going smoothly for Wilder in the first muscle of the playoff when suddenly a little blood vessel near his eye burst as he attempted to smile while tensed up to the absolute maximum, which resulted in a points deduction.  That left the stage clear for DeChambeau to take the title with a near perfect double bicep curlage with one leg bend move.

"You’ve got to stay on top of your posing and whey protein game," said a delighted DeChambeau after. "And this Mr Universe title will help me unlock new ways of visualising winning golf tournaments in the third inception layer of my consciousness which if my calculations are correct will change the future and have me winning every tournament I play in next year."

DeChambeau intends to spend the entire Christmas in the gym and eating 30,000 calories a day in an attempt to blow his competition away in 2020.

"I'm going to rip the fucking doors clean off the Butler Cabin come Masters time," laughed DeChambeau before flipping over a table and leaving.

More as it emerges.

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Jon Rahm. Takes six weeks off. Doesn’t so much as touch a club.  Shows up at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, says "remember me?" and walks away with the event and the 2019 Race to Dubai title. What a guy!



Whats In The Bag Jon Rahm 2019

What's In The Bag Jon Rahm


Driver: TaylorMade M5 (10.5 deg) with an Aldila Tour Green 75TX shaft.
3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 deg set 16) with an Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft.
5-wood: TaylorMade M5 (19 deg) with a Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8X shaft.
Irons: TaylorMade UDI (4), TaylorMade P750 (5-PW) with Project X Rifle 6.5 shafts.
Wedges: TaylorMade Hi-Toe (52, 56 deg), TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 TW’11 Grind (60 deg) all with Project X Rifle 6.5 shafts.
Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper
Ball: TaylorMade TP5 (#10)



Highlights



Stats Breakdown

For the week Jon Rahm hit 67.86% of fairways averaging 315.38 yards with his TaylorMade M5 driver. Using his  TaylorMade P750 irons the Spaniard found a field topping 87.50% of the greens in regulation.  He also led the field in strokes gained tee to green with +2.90.
Using a pair of TaylorMade Hi-Toe wedges and a Milled Grind wedge the 25 year old posted a Strokes Gained: Around The Green total of +0.89, fourth in the stats.  On the greens though Rahm made his dominance felt with his TaylorMade Spider X Copper topping the Putts Per Greens In Regulation numbers with 1.65. He also finished the week leading the field in birdies per round (6.5), bogey avoidance per round (1.75) and stroke average (67.25)


Police have renewed their appeal for information regarding the Hong Kong Open after it was last seen being bundled into a van in Kowloon City yesterday.

The Hong Kong Open was last seen being bundled into a van.

Eyewitness reports say the Hong Kong Open was walking down the street Wednesday around 7pm when a white Toyota Hiace van approached and bundled it in before leaving at high speed.

"The man driving the van wore ridiculous coloured glasses as a disguise," one witness said.

Officers would not be drawn on the rumours that they have surrounded a carpet warehouse in the Chuk Un area and are sweeping under it for the missing tournament.

"Our primary goal is for the Hong Kong Open to be found safe and sound" said PC Jack E Chan who is heading up the investigation.

More as it emerges.



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We saw in 2019 that Tiger Woods is still capable of winning Majors.  His Masters win in April brought his Major count to 15, just three shy of Jack Nicklaus' record and if you think for one second Tiger will rest easy and be happy with his lot, think again.  To turn up at the Zozo Championship, in late October 2019, and destroy the field just showed that, if he's injury free, Tiger still possesses a game head and shoulders above the world's best and can win any damn time he wants.





So let's look at Tiger Woods current odds for the 2020 Majors and examine his chances at the venues.

The 2020 Masters Tournament Augusta National, April 9-12
2020 PGA Championship, TPC Harding Park, May 14-17
U.S. Open, Winged Foot, June 18-21
The British Open, Royal St. George’s, July 16-19

The 2020 Masters


Odds: Tiger Woods has opened with the shortest odds (9/1) in the latest 2020 Masters odds. His exhilarating victory at Augusta National ended a 14-year drought between major championships.
Tiger Woods will return to Augusta with five green jackets.  Jack won six so apart from catching his Major total, there's an extra carrot there.  Many pundits say Augusta is the ONLY place where a 44 year old Tiger can win a Major, as its wide and forgiving off the tee, and he knows its nuances like the back of his hand.


2020 PGA Championship


Odds: Tiger Woods 14/1
Apart from the Masters the PGA Championship is an interesting one for Tiger.  It's the second major of the year and just a month after the Masters so fitness and being up to tournament speed should not be a problem. Also the host course will be TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, which hosted WGC events in 2005 and 2015.
In 2005 the WGC event was strokeplay and Woods won. (In 2015 it was matchplay and Rory McIlroy won).  But as if that wasn't compelling enough, Harding Park also hosted the 2009 Presidents Cup where Woods produced arguably the greatest ever display of scoring for Team USA with a perfect haul of five points.  He loves the venue, it suits his eye, his game of iron play and heavy par-4 scoring and this could well be a very viable Major target for Tiger in 2020.


2020 U.S. Open


Odds: Tiger Woods 16/1
The U.S. Open in 2020 is at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York. A young Tiger Woods played the 1997 PGA Championship at the venue and tied 29th.  He returned in 2006 for the U.S. Open and and missed the cut.

2020 British Open


Odds: Tiger Woods 25/1
The Open Championship in 2020 is at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, Kent.  Where Darren Clarke famously won his Claret Jug in 2011.  Woods missed that event because of a knee injury, but he did play in the 2003 Open at Royal St. George’s and tied for fourth.  The bookies clearly don't think Woods is aiming to peak in mid July but 25/1 is very tempting odds, if even for a place bet.

For me, the Tiger Woods win only bet in 2020 is 14/1 to win the PGA Championship at Harding Park. Get on it!


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2019 DP World Tour Championship Betting Preview And Tips

November 21st – 24th, 2019
Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,677
Purse: $8 million with $3 million to the winner
Defending Champion: Danny Willett
Tournament feed here

Favourite Watch 

Two time winner and in-form Rory McIlroy is the unbackable favourite at ridiculous odds of 4/1 across the market. Rors is not in contention to win the Race To Dubai and has his mate Niall O'Connor on the bag while Harry waits home changing nappies so who knows how serious or otherwise he views this week after winning in China.


Doc's Top 5 Tour Championship Each Way Bets


Bernd Wiesberger 28/1

Burnt Cheeseburger. Close enough.

Cream has a way of rising to the top in Dubai and you have to think that current R2D leader Bernd Wiesberger will be going full throttle to secure the title after a brilliant year.  Winner in Denmark, in Scotland and Italy and ground out a superb T3 in the Nedbank last week with just 105 putts.  Nobody deserves the win more than Bernd after an injury hit 2017; he has played 11 more European Tour events than Tommy Fleetwood in second and 16 more than Jon Rahm in third. Let's hope his loyalty is rewarded.

Patrick Reed 18/1


Love him or loathe him you have to admire the way Pat Reed has gone about his business on both the PGA and European Tours this year.  After being made an honorary life member of the European Tour in February (only the fourth American ever with Nicklaus, Watson and Palmer) Reed has played in Germany Holland England China and Turkey in the latter part of the season along with his PGA Tour schedule.  Comes in off five consecutive top-20 finishes and was T2 here in Dubai last year.  A greens in regulation master, he'll play the course his own way.

Matt Fitzpatrick 20/1


Yes I've tipped Matt a lot lately, and despite all his and our frustrations, I have to stick with him here.  Another gutsy top-10 in South Africa last week saw him stay in the top-5 in the Race To Dubai with an outside chance of winning the wheelbarrow of cash. Runner up four times this season including in Italy but Matt Fitzpatrick knows what it takes to win this event after doing so in 2016. I think he'll be right up there.

Matthias Schwab 33/1


The bookies have all their bases covered and its hard to find good each way value this week.  Matthias Schwab makes his debut  and his odds of 33/1 are enticing.  Wisely took last week off after an epic run of six top-10 finishes dating back to the Czech Masters.  T2 in Turkey last time out, zero pressure coming in; this could be the perfect scenario for one Austrian to steal another's thunder!

Tyrrell Hatton 18/1


Confidence confidence confidence.  Take one fiercely competitive yet hugely frustrated golfer who battles as much with himself as the courses he plays. Take the monkey off his back and the chip off his shoulder with a big win in Turkey and now watch how he does this week.  Second here in 2016 and two other top-10's in five Tour Championship starts, Tyrrell Hatton will be in contention here. Of that I, and the bookies, have no doubt.

Long Odds Glory Shots

Kurt Kitayama 50/1

Hits the ball a country mile off the tee and has been absolutely brilliant of late in Turkey, France in Italy.  Making his debut here in Jumeirah Estates but 50/1 are great odds.

Tom Lewis 80/1

T7 on his debut here last year and watch out for Tom Lewis to come into a place this week.  Struggled to hit the fairways in Sun City but still managed a T13 to add to a solid formline since the Alfred Dunhill.

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Form in temporary, class is permanent and Tommy Fleetwood punching the air after his win at The Nedbank was one of those priceless stand up and applaud moments in golf. 



First there was Fleetwood's final round of 7-under par. Let's put that into perspective on a course on which the organisers generally like to have a four round winning total of 12 under. Nobody is meant to make three eagles and four birdies with those Sunday pins. It's just not meant to happen. Yet Tommy did. Three shots better on Sunday than anyone in the field.

And then to the playoff with Marcus Kinhult who bravely held his nerve in regulation holes to tie Fleetwood.
Both were in difficulty on the first extra hole (the 18th) after two shots but cometh the hour cometh the Englishman with a sublime chip from an awkward position to set up par and win the title.

And as that winning putt dropped the outpouring of emotion from Tommy Fleetwood was like a tidal wave, his fist delivering the perfect upper cut to 22 months of hard graft.

Bravo Tommy. That was incredible.


What's In The Winning Bag Tommy Fleetwood



Driver: TaylorMade M5 (9 deg @7.75) with a Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70TX shaft.
3-wood: TaylorMade M6 (15 deg @14.25) with a Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70X shaft.
5-wood: TaylorMade M6 (19 deg  @18.5) with a Mitsubishi Diamana BF 80TX shaft.
Irons: TaylorMade GAPR Lo , Srixon Z785 (4, 5-iron), TaylorMade P7TW (6-9) all with Project X 6.5 shafts.
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 Raw (47, 52, 60 deg) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts.
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro #3
Ball: Titleist ProV1x

Highlights



How He Did It

Tommy Fleetwood hit a total of 35 fairways for the week with his TaylorMade M5 driver, T8 in the field, averaging an enormous 330.8 yards at altitude in Sun City.  Using a blend of Srixon Z785 and TaylorMade P7TW irons he found 51 greens in regulation for a clip of T9 in the field.  That set up 119 total putts with his Odyssey #3 White Hot Pro putter converting four eagles and 16 birdies versus 12 bogeys.  With the help of his TaylorMade GAPR Lo utility iron and M6 fairways, Fleetwood amassed a cumulative 16 under for just the par-5 holes, four shots better than anyone else in the field.



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On this morning's "Alternate Shat" on GolfCentral Daily myself and Tripp discuss how the fuck Sergio Garcia could be so bloody careless as to be having a baby around Masters time?




Tripp argues that Sergio must have been seduced by some sort of sexy new lingerie his wife must have picked up whilst shopping or may have been aroused by watching internet porn which is very popular amongst Spanish men. "Men think with their dick," asserts Tripp.

While I argue for common sense.  Any man worth his salt knows intercourse between the 11th and 17th July every year is a strict no-no as that'll mean a goddamn baby will arrive right in the middle of The Masters and ruin everything. It's one thing for golf fans to do it, but that a former Masters Champion to be so thoughtless in this regard, is shocking.  I cannot wait to hear what Masters Chairman Fred Ridley has to say about this.....he'll go fucking ballistic.

More as it emerges.



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2019 Nedbank Golf Challenge Betting Tips

November 14th – 17th, 2019
Gary Player C.C., Sun City, South Africa
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,827
Purse: $7.5 million with $1,234,601 to the winner
Defending Champion: Lee Westwood

Favourite Watch


Favourite this week is Louis Oosthuizen at 9/1.  Lightly raced with only five starts since The Open.  Third last time out and in the thick of it until the very end at the WGC HSBC Champions.  Also solo third here in 2018, T8 in 2017 and 9th in 2017.  With some big names resting until Dubai, Louis is the man.

Doc's Top Five Best Each Way Bets


Alex Noren 22/1


Looked to be cruising last week in Turkey before a 74 in round three sent him hurtling down the leaderboard.  Still managed a T4 clip in greens in regulation, something that will count much more this week in Sun City.  Needs a little confidence boost after five consecutive "mid-table mediocrity" finishes but where better to get that than on a course where he won in 2016.

Matt Fitzpatrick 14/1


Very short odds for an each way bet pre tournament but how can you leave Matt off your betslip?  Very down on himself on his way to a solo 7th at the WGC HSBC last time out and that's difficult to watch.  It also says he knows his game is there, he's had runner ups in Germany, Sweden and Italy and he expects to win.   T8 here in 2017 and if he has the right attitude Fitz can get over the line here.

Shubhankar Sharma 50/1

Shubhankar Sharma at his Shawarma

If Matt Fitz was low odds I'm making up for it with Shubhankar Sharma at 50/1 who quietly goes about his business.  T7 last week in Turkey to match his previous best of T7 at the Italian Open.  Straight off the tee, a good course manager and hits a lot of greens; just the recipe to thrive at the Gary Player Country Club.  Winner in South Africa before at the 2017 Joburg Open.

Lee Westwood 33/1


The old dog for the hard road.  Defending Champion and three time winner on the course, Westwood's victory last year to bridge a four year drought was a great watch.  Lee might be 46 now but he's still competitive as a T4 in Portrush proved.  T10 in Turkey last week and I think he'll be right up there this week.

Kurt Kitayama 28/1


Arguably one of the players of the season on the European Tour with two  wins and a slew of close shaves.  Third in Italy, 4th in France and T2 in Turkey last week losing out in that six man playoff.  It's a real leap of faith here, Kitayama is a debutant, and we all know his style will be to smash it as far as possible as see what happens.  But he is the form dog so what the heck!

Long Odds Glory Shot


Benjamin Hebert is 80/1 this week.  His three runner up finishes were all in birdie-fest events but he'll be full of confidence this week.


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The big takeaway from Ernie Els Presidents Cup Captains picks is that he's very cleverly picked three guys who've never taken a good beating, to take the biennial beating against USA and Jason Day who's been playing to about 12 all Summer and is already fucked.



Els is backing Sungjae Im, Joaquin Niemann and Adam Hadwin to "be absolutely destroyed" at the Presidents Cup like what's happened every time except for once in 1998 when Peter Thompson was the Captain.

"My tactic was to pick some guys who've never been hammered by the Americans before," enthused Els who is hoping to lead the International Team to eight losses in a row.
"Im is a big boy and lives on burgers and Coke according to wikipedia so I'm looking forward to meeting him to seeing to seeing how well he can take a pummelling," explained Els.
"Adam Hadwin is Canadian I think, so he'll be very mannerly and will be able to take a good fucking hiding which is a wonderful trait," added Els.  "And Joaquin Niemann seems a lovely happy young lad....he will probably recover from the absolute drubbing after a few years."

More  as it emerges.



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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared that Turkish military will invade the Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday afternoon "for a quick look".



"I have ordered Turkish forces to invade the golf on Sunday afternoon when they are finished shelling Syrians" Erdogan explained on Turkish State television. "Maybe my soldiers will hit some golf balls, eat some ice cream, execute some players, or maybe do some doughnuts in their tanks on the greens, who knows," he added.

"We want all our visitors to Turkey to have a great time this week, and to remember that I can do whatever the fuck I want when I want," Erdogan said.

More as it emerges.

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2019 Turkish Airlines Open Betting Preview and Tips

November 7th – 10th, 2019
The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya,, Turkey
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,133
Purse: $7 million with $1,194,252 to the winner
Defending Champion: Justin Rose
Tournament feed.



Favourite Watch

There's big money on offer but no Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy in the field this week so it's left to Justin Rose to headline the betting at 8/1.  Rosey is the back the back defending champion but that up the road at the Regnum Carya. Pat Reed is 11/1 but worth a look in the win only market might be Shane Lowry at 16/1.  He didn't putt super last week in China but a T9 in GIR shows tee to green he's playing nicely and he's never been outside the top-25 in four visits to Turkey.

Doc's Top-5 Each Way Bets at the 2019 Turkish Airlines Open


Matthias Schwab 28/1


Seems to be still in his trend of missing every second cut but a T4 last week in a big WGC event is sure to have boosted Schwab's confidence and with a T2 in Germany and T4 in Italy you have to feel a win is coming soon.  T18 on his Turkey debut last year.

George Coetzee 40/1


Had to do a double take when I saw George listed at 40/1 this week.  Solo third at Golf National which a tough track for a big batter like George, then a T14 in Portugal and winner of the Vodacom Origins Of Golf on the Sunshine Tour last weekend.  Best of solo 5th in Turkey in 2016.  Maybe the bookies think Georgie and the rugby boys have been on the beer all week!

Danny Willett 30/1


I have to give Danny the benefit of the doubt after something went horribly wrong after a good first round in China was followed by a fall to dead last. He did speak about the heavy rough and getting flyers but that's done and dusted and he's back in Turkey this week where he's previously finished T11 and T4 on this week's Maxx Royal course and T7 last year on the Regnum Carya course.

Tom Lewis 50/1


I'm a big fan of Tom Lewis, he just seems to ghost in every now and again to contend in events.  T5 at the Alfred Dunhill was followed by a T8 in Portugal last time out.  I think he'll like the venue this week where the good putters always prosper.

Victor Perez 40/1


Victor has banked over €1.2 million in the last month with a win on the links in Scotland and T4 last week at the WGC HSBC Champions. In fact his three wins, including two on the Challenge Tour were all in the Autumnal months.  Debut here for the big Frenchman but I think he'll love it.


Long Odds Glory Shots

Nico Colsaerts 80/1:  Overpriced. Winner of the Open de France and T2 in Turkey in 2017.  Victor Dubuisson showed its all about par-5 scoring when he posted -16 for the par fives when he got it to -22 on the Maxx Royal to win in 2015.

Paul Waring 50/1: Four top-25 finishes on the bounce for Paul Waring with big cheques in Scotland (T3) and in China last week (T8)



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