Jason Day, the defending champ and number six, has attracted Americans Charley Hoffman, Zach Johnson and South African golfer Branden Grace for round robin stage of World Golf Championships Match Play at the Harding Park.
Day, who exacted the remunerative event fought out by world top sixty four ranked golf players in the earlier straight knockout format previous year would this year have to win his group after checks against each man earlier on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to get to the knockout round of sixteen.
Jason told the Yacht charter UK website that the largest win of his career after a great final battle with Victor Dubuisson went twenty two holes last year and comes back in form after a tie for 4th at Zurich Classic. He is 14-3 lifetime in the event as well as the man from Queensland would like his scopes having smashed Johnson six and five 2years ago in Tucson on his way to a 3rd spot finish.
Adam Scott, the world number nine, has been all set to play against Englishman Paul Casey, Italian Francesco Molinari and American Chris Kirk the lowest ranked golfer in the pack. Paul is the dark horse of the group having ended as runner-up in the year 2009 and 2010 tournaments.
Coming back to the event after missing previous year partly in protest to the old 1-and-done format as well as the Tucson course, Adam is expecting an alteration of scenery would help his record in the event.
Justin Rose, the reigning US Open champion has stated that the tendinitis problem in his right shoulder that has been troubling him for quite some time is close to being fully healed and he hopes it will be fully healed by the time the Masters event tees off in a few weeks’ time in April.
Speaking to the media before tee off at the World Golf Championship – Cadillac Championship, Rose stated that he took one week off from training as he looks ahead to the Masters. He mentioned that the shoulder injury has not eased off fully but it is on its way to being healed.
The Englishman mentioned that the tendon just gets angry if he pushes it too much.
He went on to add that although it is very uneventful, he has to be very meticulous as well as methodical in the way he warms up as well as use the ice to cool off and has to follow this method for the next couple of months and he is hopeful that he thinks it will be fine in due course of time.
Rose has hinted that he plans to take a two week rest as he builds up to the Masters tournament, but he also mentioned that he will change his plans if he thinks he needs a bit more playing time on the course.
The Englishman mentioned that he hasn’t hit as many balls as he has hit for some time but he also doesn’t believe that it is a factor if he doesn’t perform up to expectations.
That is just one way of easing pressure off himself as he knows he is not in the best shape to put up a title challenge at the Augusta National as the event tees off in the second week of April.
The Atlantic storms off late hurled a heavy blow on many golf courses. Two of the most damaged names are Rosses Point & Doonbeg golf clubs. Albeit some of the clubs were able to stand against the coastal erosion given their “rock armour” defense mechanism yet these two clubs were not so fortunate.
The “rock armour” defense helps to limit the damage, restricting the fallout to mere debris, rocks and litter-nothing which the old-fashioned manual cleanup can’t sort out.
Doonbeg Co Clare golf club has been made famous by G. Norman while Co Sligo Rosses Point golf club is the conventional home ground of West Ireland amateur tournament. Both the courses had their dune complexes severely devastated given the menacing combination of storm force and high tides taking a toll on them. The backward tee- one among the 4- on eighteenth hole at the Doonbeg club was completely swept away.
However, the Doonbeg director Joe Russell is a really positive person. “At least our club still has got 3 tee boxes”, remarked Russell.
The good news is that the rock armour defense has been a great savior for a number of golf courses hit by storm & high tide. Among these the most prominent names are Dooks, Ballybunion & Tralee. All these courses have been guarded by rock armour along their shoreline to defend them against the damaging coastal erosion.
“We could escape thanks to the very presence of rock armour safeguarding the dunes”, noted Dooks course superintendent Michael Shanahan. The Dooks course have been under the rock armour protection since the 80’s and more such guards have been fixed off late as well.”If the rock armour had not been there, we would have been surely devastated. I can estimate- we could have lost out on guts of as many as 9 holes.”
Gary Player is a nine time winner of major championships and a member of the Golf Hall of Fame and he has now weighed in on the rules infraction of Tiger Woods as well as some of his other problems on the course.
Player went on to describe the third shot at the par-5 15th hole during the second round of the Masters tournament earlier this year by Woods as one of the most unlucky things that he has witnessed in his life. He stated that Tiger hit the most perfect shot he could have. He mentioned it was coming in there softly and even the flag became visible. If it had hit, it would have been a mere four feet from the hole.
Player admitted that he now thinks if Tiger Woods had hit a bad shot, and a really bad one at that too, using a sand wedge standing just twenty feet from the hole, he would have gone on to win the Masters by his reckoning.
However, that wasn’t the case. Woods’ ball hit the flag and ricocheted off it into the water. He then went on to take an improper drop, turning into a double bogey what could have been a birdie quite easily. Moreover, this was due to the two shot penalty that he was handed. A TV viewer called in the rules violation and according to Player, such a practice should never be allowed.
Some critics blasted Woods and said he should have withdrawn from the tournament after the highly controversial ruling but according to Player, he didn’t see anything wrong on the part of Tiger Woods. He also mentioned Woods is an extremely driven and dedicated golfer and he thinks he will be able to break Jack Nicklaus’s long standing record of 18 major titles.
Rory McIlroy, the Irish golfer, has given the Scottish Open a big boost by including himself in the event. Next July, it would be Rory’s very first to Royal Aberdeen and this would be the very first time when 2 major champs will take part in the event since ending joint 46th behind Martin Kaymer in the year 2009. Rory stated that Royal Aberdeen is a great place to play golf. This decision will certainly please both the title sponsor of the event Aberdeen Asset Management and the European Tour.
Rory added that he does not think that he got his schedule right, taking his time off before The Open in the last few years and this is the kind of tough connects course he need to play to get in the right frame of mind for Hoylake.
At a crucial time when the European Tour fields’ strength has weakened seriously by golfers focusing on the PGA Tour, Rory has also added both the Irish Open and the Dubai Desert Classic on next season’s schedule.
The twenty four year old golfer told that he was really pleased to be able to compete a bit more in Europe. Omega sponsors the Dubai event and they are the one who also sponsor him; therefore, he has a very good reason to play there. This year it was mistake from his part not to play. He would play whether Omega were involved or not.
In just a matter of a couple of strokes, Patrick Reed went from being a sure shot disaster to securing his maiden title on the US PGA Tour at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday.
The first title he has won since turning professional and joining the US PGA Tour, Reed defeated Jordan Spieth with almost an improbably birdie putt on the second hole.
Having managed only a drive on the par-4 10th that came barely a few feet from going out of bounds and stopped near some pine needle courtesy the television cables, Reed managed to somehow salvage a horrific playoff round to win their playoff finish to the Championship.
When he pulled out his seven iron, not many around the course believed he could manage to pull it off but he unleashed a baseball swing to land his second shot just a few feet from the hole and from then on, it was more less a cakewalk for Patrick Reed.
And speaking of the marvelous finish that he managed, Reed stated that without any doubt, it was the shot of his life. Speith, who had reached the reached the greens in just two strokes also mentioned that it was the best shot that he had seen in his career so far.
And Reed was immensely pleased; having managed to secure his first win, stating that it meant a lot, getting his first title under his belt. Patrick Reed, who made his third straight top three finish went on to earn a whopping $ 940,000 as well as 500 points to go higher in the FedEx Cup standings as well, something that will hold him in good stead with the last few events of the FedEx Cup coming up in a few weeks.
Bubba Watson is a professional golfer from the United States of America who is currently a part of the US PGA Tour and is a former winner of the US Masters, having won the title in 2012. Born as Gary Lester Watson, Jr. he is one of the few left handed golfers playing on the Tour at this time alongside the legendary ‘Lefty’ Phil Mickelson.
Watson turned professional in 2003 and shortly afterwards, joined the Nationwide Tour, which is considered by many as a development or spring board Tour to the US PGA Tour. He played on the Nationwide Tour till 2005 and during his last year on the Tour, he finished 21st in the money list, thus, becoming the last player to earn the right to play in the US PGA Tour from the following season. Beginning his career in the US PGA Tour, Bubba Watson quickly earned fame for his long drives and in his first season, finished 90th in the money list of the Tour.
He even managed to reach the final rounds of the US Open major championship in 2007 finishing tied for fifth at the end of the event after hovering around the top for much of the event. In 2010, he won his first ever title on the US PGA Tour when he took home the trophy from the Travelers Championship. He finished runner-up to Martin Kaymer at the PGA Championship that same year.
Bubba Watson has also won the Famers Insurance Open in 2011, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, taking his total victory on the US PGA Tour to four. Although he has not had the success on the field in terms of trophies and titles won, Watson is seen as one of the most consistent players on the Tour in spite of it.
The European Tour’s new season will commence with the Nelson Mandela Championship tournament. The entire season is known as the Race to Dubai. Here, the European Tour will conclude late in 2013. There are bets that can be placed on specific competitions within the Tour or futures betting on who will win the Race to Dubai.
Some of the more common bets that can be placed right now are betting on the outright winner. This particular bet requires you to select the golfer who you think will win the tour. Right now, since the new season is about to begin, there could potentially be some lucrative payouts if your chosen golfer takes it all in the end. With futures betting, the earlier in the season the more risky the wager is. Most online casinos that offer sports betting will allow their customers to make bets on golfing, especially this particular event.
Another wager that can be made as the Race to Dubai begins is a top 15 finish. This means you select a golfer who you believe will finish somewhere within the top 15. Any golfer that finishes here receives a share of the prize money. Betting one a top 15 finisher is less risky than betting on the single winner of the entire race.
Other online casinos will allow bets to be placed on the top national player. This kind of wager is where you place a bet on which player you think will be the best from a specific nation. For instance, a wager could be placed on which player from the United Kingdom will fare the best in the competition. Since there are players hailing from a variety of nations, it is possible to bet on several different national players. Depending upon the number of participants from certain countries, the odds here can vary.
The gambling market has expanded online with the introduction of online betting, and now companies such as online casinos also aim to target this market through the creation of sports themed games on sites like Gaming Club mobile. For those of you who enjoy golf then there are a wide range of slots machines to enjoy. Some popular names include Lucky Shot and Argyle Open amongst many others available through various online casinos.
Webb Simpson is a professional golfer from the United States of America who is currently a part of the US PGA Tour and is the winner of the 2012 US Open. Simpson had a very glittering amateur career and was a part of the United States’ victorious Palmer Cup and Walker Cup teams back in 2007. After he finished high school, Simpson was given the Arnold Palmer Scholarship to study at the Wake Forest University.
After he turned professional, Simpson joined the Nationwide Tour, finishing with two second places during his run on the Tour. Si9mpson earned his ticket to play in the PGA Tour when he finished at seventh place in the 2008 PGA Tour Qualifying School. However, he had to wait for a further three years to get his hands on his first ever title on the PGA Tour. Webb Simpson won the Wyndham Championship as well as the Deutsche Bank Championship, a FedEx Cup play-off event and these two wins propelled him to second place in the money list of the PGA Tour for that year.
Simpson is one of those young golfers who has been hailed as the future of American golf and also, America’s face in the golfing world in the absence of Tiger Woods but it has to also be mentioned that in his 5 years on the PGA Tour, he hasn’t achieved anything of note that warrants the distinction he has been getting.
However, Webb Simpson won the US Open in 2012, his first Major success of his career, at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California. Although the win is one of the greatest win of his career, many critics have put his success down to the lack of star names in the final rounds who failed to make the cut too.
If Phil Mickelson is the most well known golfer in terms of his left handed style, then surely Bubba Watson comes a close second in terms of popularity.
The American is a one-time major champion, having won the US Masters title at the Augusta National back in 2012. Apart from Mickelson and Watson, there are hardly any other left handed golfers on the US PGA Tour and that makes him one of the most followed golfers at this moment, behind the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
Watson is among the longest drivers around in the modern game and his overall game in entirely based on his long drives on the greens. Bubba Watson hit an average distance of 315.2 yards or 288.2 m on the PGA Tour in 2007 and is also capable of hitting the ball beyond 350 yards 320 m and the ball speed he generates has been measured up to 194 miles per hour or 312 km per hour. His win at the US Masters in 2012 elevated the American to a career high ranking of fourth in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Having turned professional in 2003 at the age of 25, Watson joined the Nationwide Tour immediately and played on the Tour till 2005. His last season on the Nationwide Tour saw him finish at 21st in the money league, which earned him a place on the US PGA Tour and was the last player to qualify for the PGA Tour from the Nationwide Tour.
Bubba Watson hasn’t been a total success story in the US PGA Tour and other than the US Masters, he has only won four titles on the PGA Tour and a further two titles in other tours, and he is looking to add to his haul this year.