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The High Court in London today awarded Patrick Reed $10 million after his lawyers successfully argued that as leader of the now abandoned 2020 Race2Dubai, the European Tour must pay him in full.

The decision followed three day's of bitter legal wranglings which took place behind closed doors with Reed's legal team and representatives from the European Tour appearing in court by video link.

In his lengthy ruling presiding judge Sir Nigel Morgan, deemed that following the European Tour's cancellation of the 2020 Race2Dubai last week due to Corona Virus restrictions, as the current leader, Mr Reed is entitled by law to be paid in full.

The judgement went on to award Reed $5 million for the victory and $2 million for finishing as the European Tour's No. 1 player.  Most contentious however was the further award of $3 million after Reed successfully argued that as the only player to have legally declared to the Court his intention to play in the 2020 DP World Tour Championship, and with no possibility now of it actually being played, that he should be deemed winner of the event and paid the first prize purse.

The European Tour now have 30 days to pay Reed in full.  Neither party were available for comment after.

More as it emerges.

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I was greatly disappointed that my local golf course had to close this week.  I thought of it as a respite from the lockdown, someplace you could go, by yourself, into the clean fresh open air for a few hours..........but after some ranting and raving I quickly figured that in the greater scheme of things it's not an enormous sacrifice if it helps stop the spread of Corona Virus.

Now don't get me wrong.....I didn't for one second think there was any danger of picking up the virus from touching rakes or pins.....that for me is absolute bullshit scaremongering....but "social distancing" I agree is the real issue.

I was of the opinion that if a golfer plays alone or with one other person, there would really be no risk.  But as was pointed out to me on twitter, many times, if we cannot get idiots to fix pitchmarks or rake bunkers as it is, how the hell are we going to get them to practice social distancing on the course?

So now the golf courses in Ireland are shut.  Or are they?  Apparently not all of them. Some private courses are open and Philip Reid writes in todays Irish Times that some in Dublin are still open.

Manager of Swords and Roganstown Ian McGuinness asserts that the courses only got a "recommendation" from the authorities and not an order to close.

“He [Varadkar] specifically said things like ‘groups of four’, ‘outside exercise’, ‘[can] leave the house if you are going out for physical exercise’, ‘we have to preserve our humanity’, which means taking exercise and looking after your physical and mental wellbeing; that as long as you keep the groups to four [or less] and keep safe distances . . . he left the parks open and, to be honest, there will be less people on the golf course than there will be in the park.”
So are the courses closed or not? And has the Golfing Union Of Ireland the 'authority' in this matter? Many would argue they have no jurisdiction but let's say they have.

Then it seems we have another problem. A money problem. Not a big problem in the overall scheme of things but if it was the Golfing Union Of Ireland (GUI) that took that made the order to close then is everybody entitled to their annual membership fees back?

I'm sure individual clubs can figure out for themselves how to give paid up members for 2020 an extension to their membership to make up for the time the course is closed.  That's not going to be a problem at all.

But every member who joins a golf club in Ireland has included in their fees a €23 levy which goes to the GUI/ILGU.  Over approximately 120,000 players that is almost €3 million per year.  So should this money, or a portion of it, be given back to the clubs and members?  There's no admin going on and nobody working, so surely that's got to be figured out too.

Luckily we've all got plenty of time now to figure it all out!

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One of the best things to come out of this lockdown, besides the greens going to be unbelievable when we get back!!!, is the Tour Tales series on Twitter and Instagram.

In case you've missed them, its pros telling short little funny tales from the Tour then nominating someone else to do the same.  Here are some of the best.

Lee Westwood's story about Ant and Dec at The Masters!

Ian Poulter's Pregnant practical joke

Henrik Stenson's Burglar story.

Shane Lowry's Body Story

Ryan Fox On Letting His Wife Drive!

Nico Colsaerts Speed Golf

Danny Willett about getting hammered drunk at the Dunhill Links

Paul Dunne about taking a dump in some stranger's house....

Gary Murphy about Hating To Be That Guy Gary Murphy!

Mike Lorenzo Vera

Poor old Justin Rose is as dull as dishwater.....

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The PGA Tour has today issued a stark assessment on how the current Corona Virus crisis is affecting its players pockets.

Speaking through bullet proof glass from his oxygen tent in the North Pole PGA Tour boss Jay Monahan said
 "By our current projections, if the PGA Tour was to be suspended for another two months, players like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy could theoretically run out of money by the year 2398.
But what is most concerning of all is that the poorest players on Tour, like I mean the totally shit guys, could run out of cash by 2067."

In other news Masters organisers have announced this years Masters will be postponed until October and if cant be played then the title will be awarded to Tiger Woods. Just because they can.

More as it emerges.

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Corona virus is here and we all have a responsibility to stop its spread.  By keeping our distance, limiting contact and maintaining scrupulous hygiene we can literally cut the legs off this virus and stop or at the very least slow it down.

We are also swimming in the countless posts and videos on social media purporting to offer advice, some useful and others not so much.

But one thing is for sure, getting yourself out on the golf course is a GOOD thing.  It's a sport you play alone, there is more than adequate social distancing even in the company of a playing partner.  You are out in the fresh air, it's good for the body AND the mind.

Take care, look after each other and get out golfing.

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Finally embarrassed to be only sport left playing amid the Corona virus panic Jay Monahan finally called a halt to the The Players Championship following round one citing a lack of toilet rolls to get the tournament done.

"We went down to the supermarket in town yesterday to get some bog roll for the event and there was none left," Monahan told reporters.  "We were faced with a situation where our top stars would have to use their fingers or their golf gloves to wipe their holes so we had no choice but to call off the event."

More as it emerges.

Oh yeah, and this also happened.

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Is the PGA Tour turning into Russia?

Patrick Reed flanked by security passes a guy who jokingly says to Reed "Hey Pat, sign my shovel?"  They immediately confront him and he's ejected from the property.

The guy didn't even have a shovel! I put that in!

He is of course referring to Reed's "shovelling sand" cheating exploits.

Here's the clip.  Come on guys, loosen the f@@k up!

What next? Take him outside and "deal with him"?

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Thanks to the loopers on the European Tour for letting me know about their new Vlog on YouTube.

First up is Angus Hay who caddies for Joakim Lagergen going behind the scenes in Qatar and then describing how Coronavirus means 7 weeks now without pay.

Related: 2020 Players Championship Betting Tips.

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I do hold it as a badge of honour that Brandel Chamblee has blocked me on Twitter but I found myself for once agreeing with him in his comments about Rory McIlroy becoming pretty much the ONLY player to speak out against the proposed Premier League being funded by the Saudi's.

Chamblee uses the analogy of drinking water from a contaminated sewer in what is a very engaging little sermon.

Related: 2020 Players Championship Betting Tips.

Here's the piece.

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2020 The Players Championship Betting Preview And Tips

March 12th – 15th, 2019
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,189
Purse: $12.5 million with $2.25 million to the winner
Defending Champion: Rory McIlroy

Last week: Tipped 1st Hatton 50/1, 2nd Leishman 40/1 and 4th Bryson 20/1.

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Defending champion Rory McIlroy brings in five straight top-6 finishes this calendar year and its hard to argue with his price of 7/1.  But TPC Sawgrass has thrown up more than its fair share of long odds winners over the years so be very careful before you lump on.

Doc's Top 5 Best 2020 Players Championship Each Way Bets

Use my selections to also compile your Draft Kings team.

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If the Honda Classic the week before was tough, the Arnold Palmer Invitational was Fury vs Wilder 2!
And at the final bell it was Tyrrell Hatton holding aloft the belt….ahem….wearing the red cardigan.

What's In The Bag?

Driver: Ping G410 Plus (8 deg) with a Mitsubishi Diamana RF 60-TX shaft.

Fairway woods: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 deg) with a Diamana FW limited 70 shaft, Ping G410 (20 deg) with a Graphite Design Tour AD TP 8X shaft.

Irons (4-PW): Ping i210 with Nippon Modus 3 Tour 120 X shafts.

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged (50 deg), Titleist Vokey Design SM8 Raw (54, 60 deg) all with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.

Putter: Ping Vault Oslo

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x


How He Did it

Using a Ping G410 Plus driver Tyrrell Hatton hit 30 fairways for the week (T33 in the stats) averaging 287.5 yards.  With his Ping i210 irons the Englishman found 42 greens in regulation, including 10 in the final round gaining 3.026 strokes on approach.
On the lightning fast Bay Hill greens, Hatton posted 110 putts total (T22 in the field) with his Ping Tour Vault Oslo putter.  He finished the week with 16 birdies versus eight bogeys and two doubles with a -2/+4/-6 cumulative clip on the par 3's/4's/5's.

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Fair play to Rory McIlroy for having the balls to say on air he didn't feel comfortable with where the funding for the golf's proposed Premier League is coming from.

We have to assume here that Rory is talking about the Saudi Regime's funding of the project. It's a safe assumption.

The Premier League is represented by the The Raine Group and Barclays Capital but the Saudi Golf Federation and thus the Saudi Regime are the real financial backers.

"I didn't really like where the money was coming from either," Rory said at the API.

“The more I’ve thought about it, the more I don’t like it,” Rory said last week at the Honda. “I value that I have autonomy of freedom over everything that I do. But if you go and play this other golf league you’re not going to have that choice. If you take the money they can tell you what to do. So if you don’t take the money they can’t tell you what to do. So, for me, I’m out. My position is that I’m against it until there comes a day when I can’t be against it because if everyone else goes I may not have a choice. I don’t like what they’re proposing. I would like to be on the right side of history.”

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Honma have Justin Rose on  a mega money multi year contract since 2019 to use their clubs so using a TaylorMade SIM driver last week and showing up to the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week without a single Honma club in the bag must be a real kick in the nuts for the Japanese company.

Granted Rose has flexibility in his contract to use other brands, the freedom to use his Axis putter being key to actually signing with Honma, but when he arrived at Bay Hill yesterday there was not one single Honma club to be seen.

Related: 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational Betting Preview and Tips
Related: Paul Azinger Working Hard On New Insults That Wont Make Him Look So Much Of A Cunt.

The first signs of a crack came last week at PGA National where Rose used a TaylorMade SIM driver instead of his 'new' Honma TR20 driver.

Pics of Rose's bag at Bay Hill, show TaylorMade P730 irons replacing his contracted Honma TR20B irons, TaylorMade fairways, and Titleist, Wilson and TaylorMade wedges. The Axis1 Golf Rose putter was also in there.

This picture was posted on Twitter by Jonathon Wall.

Watch this space.

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One week on from getting into trouble for calling Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood shitty golfers from the slumdog European Tour Paul Azinger says he's been working hard to make this week's insults not make him look as much of a cunt.

Related: 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational Betting Preview and Tips

"I think the trick to a good insult is not to make yourself look like an absolute cunt," said the NBC commentator. "And that's what happened at The Honda.  Instead of making Fleetwood and Westwood look like cunts as I intended, I was the one who ended up looking like a pure cunt.  I regret my choice of words and I'll try harder from now on to make others seem like cunts, not me."  

Azinger's statement comes near the anniversary of his famous cunty commentary about Francesco Molinari ‘facing the biggest putt of his career’ on the 72nd hole of the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational five months after he won a maximum 5 points at The Ryder Cup and eight months after he won the Open Championship.

More as it emerges.

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2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational Betting Preview and Tips

March 5th – 8th, 2019
Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Florida
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,454
Purse: $9.3 million with $1,674,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Francesco Molinari


I'm going with a video format this week for the tips. I'm too lazy to write everything down only for other to steal the tips for their own sites. Let me know if you like it!

Related: Paul Azinger Working Hard On New Insults That Wont Make Him Look So Much Of A Cunt.

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The PGA Tour's 2019 Rookie Of The Year Sungjae Im secured his maiden win at the Honda Classic producing seat of the pants shot after shot in an absolute cracker.
Im produced seven final round birdies to bring his total birdie count since 2019 to 714 birdies, that's 149 more than anyone else on the PGA Tour!  His 66 was good enough for a one shot win over playing partner Mackenzie Hughes.
As ever PGA National proved one of the toughest tracks on Tour with its brutally tough "Bear Trap" on 15, 16 and 17 but it was to be the par-5 18th that ultimately claimed a surging Tommy Fleetwood whose wait for a first PGA Tour win goes on.  His massive birdie putt on 17 pulled him within one of Im, but going for the green on the final hole he found the water with his 235-yard approach and ended in third.
To the 21 year old South Korean who plays pretty much every week on Tour goes a cheque for $1.26 million and and an ascension to 25th in the World Golf Rankings.

What's In The Bag Sungjae Im

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5 deg) with a Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7 X shaft.
3-wood: Titleist TS2 (13.5 deg) with a Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8 X shaft.
Hybrid: Titleist 818H2 (19 deg) with a Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105 X shaft.
Irons:  (4-PW) Titleist T100 irons with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 Raw (52 and 56), SM7 (60) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.
Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom T6 STR
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Final Round Highlights

How He Did It: Stats Report

Using a Titleist TS3 driver Sungjae Im hit 38 fairways (T10 in the field) averaging 291.5 yards at a windy PGA National. With his trademark slow "iron byron" backswing the 21 year old found 50 greens in regulation with his Titleist T100 irons, T2 in the stats. In the final round Im ranked first in Strokes Gained: Tee To Green with a cumulative 12.288.  With his Scotty Cameron Phantom T6 STR on Sunday he was no less impressive with 7 birdies from between 5 and 11 feet in 24 total putts for a clip of 2.686 Strokes Gained: Putting. In total the South Korean circled 19 birdies versus 13 bogeys for the week. Im now has a win among seven top 25's and four top 10's in the 2020 season.

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