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Poor old Marcel Siem cannot buy a break.  He's made three cuts all year.

And Thursday at the French Open was the straw that broke the camel's back.

For some reason Siem and his caddie thought "placing" was permitted in the first round at Le Golf National.

The German lifted, cleaned and placed a total of five times in 10 holes.  When finally told there was no placing  he had racked up 10 penalty strokes. Added to his actual 1-over for nine holes, his adjusted score was 11 over.

“That was a little too much for me and I disqualified myself,” Siem said on his Facebook page.

Siem sits in 189th in the Race to Dubai and is ranked 794th in the world.

Poor bugger.

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More absolute bullshit from the CJ Cup, where there is no news, so why not stoke up some crap with Brooks Koepka because he's an easy target.

Apparently Koepka comments about his "rivalry" with Rory McIlroy went "viral".

"I've been out here for, what, five years. Rory hasn't won a major since I've been on the PGA Tour. So I just don't view it as a rivalry," Koepka said in South Korea.

Thing is Brooks is dead right. There is no rivalry between he and McIlroy.  There's no rivalry with Tiger Woods. There's no rivalry with Dustin Johnson.  In fact there's no rivalry between anyone in golf these days.

There's enough big events and big money that all the top players can dip in and dip out with wins, like ships passing in the night.  Today's media and social media have insured nobody says anything off script ever for fear of being jumped on and trolled.  And when they do say something that could be construed as non PC,  the only rivalries, ironically, are those stoked up by a tired mainstream media trying to justify their existence.

End of rant.

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2019 Open De France Betting Preview and Tips

Amundi Open de France, October 17th – 20th, 2019
Le Golf National, Versailles, France
Par: 71 / Yardage: 7,245
Defending Champion: Alex Noren

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Sad to see how the Open De France has fallen to a lowly European Tour stop devoid of big stars after the high of the 2018 Ryder Cup, but that's life, that's golf and that's business.  Alex Noren, the 12/ 1 favourite, defends this week and is the only player to have top-10 finishes in his last three visits.  Erik Van Rooyen and Joost Luiten are next at 18/1 with the bookies but this is a week where anything can happen and often does.

Doc's Top 5 Each Way Bets

Matthew Southgate 45/1

Seems to miss the cut every second week at the moment so we should be good in Paris! So Italy aside Matthew showed good form at the Alfred Dunhill where he was T5 in fairways and T3 in greens hit on his way to a solo second.  Paris National has a linksy tone so I expect the Southend man to contend again after a T5 last year.

Marcus Kinhult 28/1

The Swede was the surprise winner of the British Masters at Hillside in Southport this year and looks to be finding some form of late with top-20 finishes in Switzerland and Italy last week.  Was in command here after three rounds last year, but triple on four and double on 15 Sunday dropped him to a T5 finish. A year older and wiser now Marcus will be looking for payback.

Jordan Smith 22/1

Traditionally the winners in Paris are not necessarily the guys who putt the best, but the ones who hit the most greens in regulation. It is incredibly tricky. Nine to 10 under par is the average winning score since 2010 and that's why I like Jordan Smith this week. T24 at Wentworth, T5 in Scotland and 24th in Italy last week were unpinned by excellent greens in regulation stats.  A continuation of that form will reap rewards here.

Matthias Schwab 18/1

Three top-5 finishes in his last six starts and you cannot take your eye off Matthias Schwab.  The most consistent player on Tour at the moment bounced back from a missed Sunday in Scotland to score another T4 in Italy last week. The Austrian is up to 31st in the Race To Dubai and if he keeps pumping in these incredible greens in regulation numbers he'll place again.

Juenghun Wang 70/1

After a God-awful season Wang is finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.  A T5 in Scotland and T10 in Italy and suddenly he's making some real money.  Odds are about right given his game is not best suited to this track but confidence is an amazing thing!

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Soren Kjeldsen 85/1

Slipped from sixth to T25 on Sunday in Italy last week but lots of positives to be taken from it by the old warrior.  This will be Soren's 20th French Open, he's only missed three cuts and if things turn into a slog (although the weather suggests otherwise), the wily Dane will thrive in it. 

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With the seven month wrist injury of 2018 now firmly in the past Bernd Wiesberger secured the Italian Open at the weekend and in doing so became a three time winner on the European Tour of the 2019 season.

What's In The Bag Bernd Wiesberger

The win is Wiesberger's second big money Rolex Series win in 2019 after taking the Scottish Open in July (he also won the Made in Denmark) and he now leads the Race To Dubai with six events to go.

What's In The Bag Bernd Wiesberger

Driver: Titleist TS3, 8.5 deg, with an Aldila RIP 75 TX Prototype shaft.
3 wood: Titleist TS3, 13.5 deg, with a Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 8 TX shaft.
Hybrid: Titleist 818 H2, 17 deg, with a Fujikura Motore Speeder 9.8 TX shaft.
Utility Iron: Titleist U500 prototype, 3-iron, with a Nippon N.S. Modus3 Tour 120X shaft.
Irons: (4-6) Titleist 718 CB,  (7-9) Titleist 718 MB with Nippon NS Pro Modus3 Tour 120X shafts.
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46, 53, 59 deg, with Nippon NS Pro Modus3 Tour 120X shafts.
Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura T5W Tour Prototype.
Ball: 2019 Titleist Pro V1.


How He Did It

Using a Titleist TS3 driver Wiesberger hit 36 fairways on the fantastic Olgiata layout, T7 in the accuracy stats and averaging 296.9 yards.  That set up 51 greens found in regulation (T23 in the field) with his blend of Titleist 718 MB and CB irons.  Key for the Austrian though was his Scotty Cameron Futura T5W Tour Prototype putter which converted 21 birdies versus just five bogeys for the week in a total of 106 putts, third in the stats.

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He played absolutely crap at the Italian Open on Saturday, and poor old Thomas Pieters had to play by himself (with a scorer) in his final round.

And while Eliud Kipchoge was beating the two hour marathon record in Vienna, Pieters shot even par in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 20 seconds.

Afterwards the Belgian tweeted a screenshot entitled "Make Golf Great Again" of his heart rate during his round of three birdies and a triple bogey.

Ryan Fox captured a video of Pieters (and markers and scorers) running down the fairway!

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"Suddenly but not unexpected" was the general feeling of mourners as they came in their thousands to the funeral of Henrik Stenson's 3-wood in Gothenburg Sweden yesterday.

The Callaway Diablo Octane lay in state at the Church of the Holy Face from 8am until dusk before being brought via a horse drawn golf trolley to its final resting place amid tearful scenes. It is believed up to 45,000 Swedes filed past the coffin to pay their respects to the famous fairway finder which won a Silver Medal, a FedExCup, a Race to Dubai and a Claret Jug.

A private smelting ceremony was later attended by family friends and caddies. It is believed the Diablo Octane was later made into a tin opener.

Rest In Peace.

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2019 Italian Open Betting Tips

October 10th – 13, 2019
Olgiata G.C., Rome, Italy
Par: 71 / Yardage: 7,523
Defending Champion: Thorbjorn Olesen

Doc's Top 5 Each Way Bets

Francesco Molinari 16/1

Hasn't been the season Francesco hoped for after 2018, but there have still been some super moments like winning the Arnie, a T5 at The Masters and shooting 66 on Sunday in Portrush to climb to T11. His T14 last time out at Wentworth was as always a driving masterclass but he struggled a little with his approach play.  This will be Fran's 19th Italian Open; he hasn't been outside the top-20 since 2013, won it in 2016 and was solo second to Thorbjorn Olesen in GardaGolf last year. 16/1 with a handful of bookies.

Danny Willett 25/1

Loves an Italian job.  Top-10's from three of four late season trips to Italy including a solo second to Francesco Molinari in Milan in 2016. T26 last time out at the Dunhill Links following his win at the BMW PGA Championship.  Confidence is flowing and Danny is in bonus territory.

Matt Wallace 28/1

Third appearance in Italy for Matt and he has a best of solo 4th in Milan in 2017 when Tyrrell Hatton won.  Hasn't hit the heights this season (and I'm convinced he just plays too many events) but showed positive signs with a T3 in Holland last month and enjoyed a leisurely trip around the links in Scotland last time out where he only took three bogeys all week en-route to a T15 finish.  This course is made for Wallace.

Joakim Lagergren 66/1

Lager. Close enough

Form dog at the moment.  Ever since a T10 at his Scandinavian Open turned around what was a pretty awful season Joakim Lagergren has kicked on with a T7 in Holland and a T3 last time out in Scotland saw him pocket over a quarter of a million euro.

Adri Arnaus 50/1

The latest wonderkid in Spanish golf, after winning the 2018 Challenge Tour Grand Final Adri Arnaus has had some super finishes in his debut season.  Second's in Kenya, Andalucia and the Czech Republic, a T6 in Switzerland last month and T4 last week again in Spain and Olgiata Golf should play to his greens in regulation strengths.

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Kevin Na has been through the ringer.  Slow play, driver yips, a 16 on a hole in 2011.....and he's emerged the other side an absolute hero.

My hat is off to the man. I've gone from 'can't stand' to loving the man!

Last night he won the Shriner’s Hospital For Children Open in a playoff with Patrick Cantlay and set a Tour record for the footage of putts made for a Tour event. In total he made 558 feet, 11 inches of putts.

Here's how he won The Shriners

This was Na at the worst of his driver yips. Shouting at himself before he hits.

And remember the day he had that 16 in Texas?

And he got plenty of heckles from the crowd.

And this is my my favourite....the interview after winner the Greenbrier. Just watch the last 30 seconds where he asks to speak in Korean.

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They don't take any shit in Korea! It didn't matter that Bio Kim went on to win the Korean Tour's Volvik Daegu Gyeongbuk Open, he gave two fingers to a fan and was summarily banned for three years.

That's the way to do it!

Kim kneeled before reporters after begging for mercy, but it was too late.  Giving the finger is the worst possible thing imaginable in Korea, he'd have only got a two year van if he broke both the spectators legs.

Which begs the question...Shouldn't we bring in some of these Koreans to police the European Tour?
Public stoning for slow play maybe??

Korean rules. You fell behind the group in front. Sorry.

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Rory McIlroy wasn't happy shooting 15 under and coming dead last (well 30th) at the Alfred Dunhill Links and......strangely enough......had a go at the European Tour.....for strangely enough..... making the course TOO EASY!!!

“I’m sort of honestly sick of coming back over to the European Tour and shooting 15 under par and finishing 30th,” said McIlroy.  “I don’t think the courses are set up hard enough. There are no penalties for bad shots. It’s tough when you come back and it’s like that. I don’t feel like good golf is regarded as well as it could be. It happened in the Scottish Open at Renaissance. I shot 13 under and finished 30th again. It’s not a good test. I think if the European Tour wants to put forth a really good product, the golf courses and setups need to be tougher.”

Now I love you Rory don't get my wrong, but hang on a fucking second here.

1. The Dunhill Links is a Pro-Am events.  That means the course has to set up for the likes of Huey Frickin' Lewis and cry me a river Justin Timberlake if it's too tough.

2. AND there was virtually NO wind. No links wind. All week.  St. Andrews needs wind. That's its only defence. The course record is 61 for God's sakes. Didn't you shoot 80 in an Open there one time when it was windy?

I'm just waiting for a statement from Keith Pelley this morning that reads "Our bad guys,  we completely forgot to contact Mother Nature and book the wind at the Dunhill Links. It wont happen again."

Look I get Rory's point that modern technology makes the challenge easier and the courses are not tricked up, but you get a 20 mile and hour wind on any of those links and your hot CT driver face can become more of an enemy than a friend.

Lets all agree to make sure the wind blows next time.

Thin to win!

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European Tour boss Keith Pelley was forced out of hiding yesterday, amidst a flurry of negative reaction, to try to explain the inspiration behind the European Tour's new logo.

Keith Pelley explaining how his dildo inspired the new European Tour logo.

"The European Tour is much like my big blue dildo that you'll notice matches my glasses and my sports jacket," explained Pelley.  "Mostly we go to good places but sometimes we have to go pretty hairy places and other times we go do downright shitty places, just for the money."

"We mostly bring pleasure, and entertainment, but sometimes if it goes on for five hours it can be boring and painful.  If we have to take it on the chin we do that and move on quickly."

"But the European Tour, just like my dildo, is nothing if not big and strong and rubbery.  It had the power to screw our top player right in the ass last year, then the flexibility to do a deal to keep him happy."

"So let's all stand up and be proud and have the balls to show those assholes over in the PGA Tour that they should never fuck with us."

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2019 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Betting Preview And Tips

September 26th – 29th, 2019
Old Course at St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, Fife, Scotland
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,318
Defending Champion: Lucas Bjerregaard
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The star studded field includes Rory McIlroy at 5/1 closely followed by Jon Rahm at 7/1.  Just when you thought Rors was down and out in Wentworth he drains a putt to make the cut and still gets a top-10 and Rahmbo with his wins in Portstewart and Lahinch knows how to win on links.

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Betting Strategy

Seasoned punters will know that the Dunhill Links, above any other event, is a lotto of a tournament.  Played over three different courses, the weather plays a major factor (depending on who is on the scoring course) on any given day, "celebrities" play alongside the pros and nocturnal activities have accounted for many the fine player's chances over the years!  So punt wisely!

Doc's Top 5 Each Way Bets

Tommy Fleetwood 18/1

130 putts around the West Course at Wentworth last week for a T60 finish might leave you scratching your head and wondering why Doc is tipping Tommy.  I'll tell you why.  Because he's got the game for links.  And the pedigree.  Solo second at the Open in Portrush this year. Four top-5 finishes from eight starts in the Dunhill Links, including coming T2 last year.  And putting on Autumn links greens that wont be cut low and wont be fast because of wind is a totally different story to what he faced last week. Keep the faith.

Bernd Wiesberger 28/1

Burnt Cheeseburger. Close enough.

Bernd recovered from an opening round of 74 to finish T17 last week at Wentworth and will be very comfortable in this week's environment.  Hasn't played in the event since 2016 but notched up a T7 on that occasion to go with a T4 in 2015. Winner of the Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club in July, I think the big Austrian will have a big say this week.

Tyrrell Hatton 30/1

Not good at the St Jude, worse at the Northern Trust, crashed and burned out on Friday in Wentworth last week, nobody expects much of Tyrrell Hatton this week.  But whatever way he's managed, after a pair of missed cuts in 2014 and 2015, to master this particular event since (given all the variables I mentioned at the outset) it has been nothing short of phenomenal.  Winner in 2016, defended the title in 2017, T2 last year.  Write him off at your peril.

Erik Van Rooyen 40/1

Another T14 in Wentworth make it six consecutive top-20 finishes for Erik Van Rooyen and he's now firmly into the World Top 60 and up to seventh in the Race To Dubai.  The big South African got his win at the Scandinavian Invitational but you have to think there's so much more in this guy.  Nothing to show from his two starts at this event but might have a squeak at a place for small money.

Robert MacIntyre 50/1

Really enjoying watching Bob MacIntyre play all these tough European Tour courses for the first time and while he's not consistently scoring well every week he's had a terrific year.  T2 at the British Masters at Hillside in May, then solo second in Denmark, a brilliant run to T6 in The Open at Portrush and T2 again in Hamburg a couple of weeks back.  The former shinty player is sure to be the home favourite this  week!

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Matthias Schwab can be backed at 60/1 this week. In super form, T10 here last year.
Ross Fisher is 80/1. T2 in 2016 and 2017, cameo albatross at Wentworth last week before T31 finish.
Richie Ramsay is overpriced at 125/1 with many bookies. Putted superbly last week at Wentworth for a T6.

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I know how much it costs to do a rebrand of a big company.  It's not just the astronomical logo design fee to some shower of graphic design company chancers that fill you with absolute bullshit about the symbolism of the font used and the placement of the letters.

It's changing every single thing place garment sign vehicle and object that the old logo appeared on.  The cost can run into millions.

I get it that things need to be freshened up, and the new logo is not offensive in any way, I just have a big problem with the dead money spent to do it.

"Oh if you look closely at the top of the Letter T it looks like a tee, how amazingly cool and symbolic is that?? T and 'tee' do you get what we did?? Like we were brain storming for two weeks solid and then suddenly it came to us....." Assholes.
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And I'm sad that the iconic Harry Vardon silhouette is gone from the logo. I liked that, whoever dreamed it up originally it was a great idea.

Rant over. The money is wasted and gone.

Just like on the new website which was scrapped and the old one replaced within a few months.

Rant over again.

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What a show. Just what a show.  Everything about the BMW PGA Championship was terrific.  The course, the weather, the crowds, the golf, no stone was left unturned in presenting the European Tour's flagship event with its best foot forward.

And what a super champion in Danny Willett. We've watched Danny's best at The Masters, we've seen him suffer dark days and now we are witnessing the rebirth of a champion. A hard working family Yorkshireman who's done good.

Oh Danny boy the 2020 Ryder Cup is calling!

What's In The Bag Danny Willett

Driver: Callaway Rogue, (10.5 deg) with a Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana W-Series 60X shaft.
Fairways: Callaway Rogue (15 deg) with a  Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana W-Series 70X shaft.
Utility:  (2-4-iron) Callaway 2018 X Forged UT with True Temper Dynamic Gold SuperLite X100 shafts.
Irons: Callaway 2018 X Forged, (5-9), True Temper Dynamic Gold SuperLite X100
Wedges: Mack Daddy 4 (48, 54, 58 deg) with True Temper Dynamic Gold SuperLite X100 shafts.
Putter: Odyssey StrokeLab Tuttle
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

How He Did It

Danny still uses the Callaway Rogue driver and hit 64% of his fairways for the week while averaging 297.4 yards. To be successful on the West Course you have to find the greens in regulation and nobody found more than his 56 using his Callaway 2018 X Forged irons.  Willett ranked third in the field in Putts Per Green In Regulation with a clip of 1.606 using his Odyssey StrokeLab Tuttle and in total for the week he amassed 24 birdies and one eagle versus just four bogeys and one double (on the third hole of day one).

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The kid flop shot, drone hitting am airplane and a ClubProGuy classic here's the best viral videos of the week!

Starting with this little kid who hits a flop shot over his Dad's head into his cap!

ClubProGuy was in top form this week demonstrating the new Matt Kuchar rule which makes all bunker shots simple.

Loved this one too of the US Solheim Cup team dancing to ABBA on the first tee. The guys should take a leaf out of that book.

This was mental. A drone strikes the wingtip of a passenger airplane.

And finally well done Tiger Woods who is considering picking Victor Hovland for the US Ryder Cup team!! This appeared on the official Presidents Cup page. Temporarily!

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