Golf

The PGA Championship betting preview

So then, here we are for one last final hurrah. ‘Glory’s last shot’ (or now what they laboriously call ‘The Seasons Final Major’

The PGA Championship 2014 provides that final opportunity for all the worlds best to grab hold of a major, whilst this year it is the start of that final push for Ryder Cup qualifications, for those eligible 😉

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So then, this sets up to be a cracker, a few big names all playing seriously well, this has the potential to be a beaut of a final major for 2014! But who will win, Mcilroy is looking unmovable as the World number one whilst Sergio is ‘serging’ forward to a great year in 2014. Apologies for the pun!

Well, Valhalla. That name just sounds so cool doesnt it? Yeah, yeah anyway… The par 71 course will play at 7,458 yards – a remarkable 295 yards longer than Oak Hill last year and a couple of hundred more since Valhalla last hosted a major event – the 2011 Senior PGA Championship.

Valhalla is very much risk and reward, every winner since 2004 has averaged 290+ yards on Tour before their PGA victory (barring Jason Dufner last year!) But it’s not all about the length, ohhhh no! ther’s more to Valhalla than just smashing your tee ball– this war will require bravery yes, but a strategic battle-plan will, without doubt, provide us with the winner.

The tips you ask? Well, lets get to it.

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SERGIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

The 1999 PGA Championship was the scene of Sergio Garcia’s arrival, a much more hot-headed character to the one we see today. It’s a tournament that has also seen him finish 2nd, back in 2008. With his newfound putting ability and love for the ‘claw grip’, Sergio has the perfect armory to attack Valhalla. Sergio has been is superb form lately, with a great display at the open and the wGC last week, he’s in touching distance of Mcilroy and it seems he’s got some good form at the right time.

Matt Kuchar, like Serge, he’s not far away, both of them are more than capable of winning a major, is it just a matter of time?

Rory. Enough said, he’s on flames at the moment and if he plays like he has been doing there is very little anybody else can do about it.

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Mahan, to me Hunter Mahan is one of the best American golfers on tour. His sweet ball striking, matched with consistency off the tee could help Hunter battle his way through Valhalla.

A bit of Aussie grit? Yeah Scotty should be up there as per, but we are talking Marc Leishman! 6 top 10s which include a 3rd last week at the WGC, T5 at The Open, T8 at the Quicken Loans National and T2 at Farmers Insurance Open, a few good ffinishes at tricky courses show he could be a contender for the final major!

Sooooooooooooooo the stage is set, the final major, lets see whatcha got Valhalla!

Thanks again!

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Kaymer no one hit wonder!

A forgotten hero no more! Yes, welcome back Martin Kaymer!

The U.S. Open trophy Martin Kaymer won Sunday was all he needed to prove he was anything but a one-hit wonder in the majors, and that the two years he spent trying to build a complete game were worth all the doubt that followed him.

Now, golf is a lonely game at times, it’s mostly an individual sport and wherver you are, it can seem like you are on your own. Well, Martin Kaymer kind of took that to a whole new level this weekend, playing his own golf tournament at Pinehurt no.2 in North Carolina!

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Over the four days at Pinehurst No. 2, he dusted the field in a performance that ranks among the best.

Kaymer returned to the elite in golf by turning the toughest test in golf into a runaway at Pinehurst No. 2, becoming only the seventh player to go wire-to-wire in the 114 years of the U.S. Open. Only three players finished the championship under par

“You want to win majors in your career, but if you can win one more, it means so much more,”

Both his last two wins are the U.S. Open and The Players Championship, with the strongest and deepest field in golf. He has never trailed after any round in both of them! Oh the Germans are efficient arent they!

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Kaymer joined Seve Ballesteros, Ernie Els, Woods and McIlroy as the only players to win two majors and be No. 1 in the world before turning 30 since the world ranking began in 1986. He is the fourth European in the last five years to win the U.S. Open, after Europeans had gone 40 years without this title.

It’s a rebirth for Kaymer, who reached No. 1 in the world in February 2011, only to believe that he needed a more rounded game. His preferred shot was a fade. Kaymer spent two hard years and a lot of lonely hours on the range in Germany and his American home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

He was as low as No. 63 in the world six weeks ago. Now he goes to No. 11.

 

A British Lion- Ian Poulter

If I say ‘Ryder Cup’ what pops in to your head?

I bet this guy won’t be far away. Yes… Ian Poulter, Ryder Cup gladiator and match play wizard, but what whats been puzzling me for some time now is why oh why is he not at the top of that leaderboard more often? Just, what is it, pressure? No, Mentality? No, Poults seems to have all that on lock com match play, however doesnt seem to make that transition in to stroke play?

I’m a big Poults fan, i’m just fascinated at why such a world class player cant seem to make the next step?

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“There’s only one Ian Poulter” goes the Ryder Cup chant. At times, it seems like there may be two.

Poulter is not only a star attraction wherever he plays, but he can be one of the most engaging interviewees in sport. His story is a terrific one, an inspiration to young professionals who fear they might not make it in the game when stuck selling tee pegs in their club shop. Poulter’s maximisation of his own brand, let alone his golf, has been a major success story in itself.

This came apparent to me at the Masters this year, he had a good run at it, and I just thought to myself, you know I wonder what he would do if he was say one off the lead going into the final round of a Major, or had to defend a lead on a Sunday at Augusta, would he still be the same, cool, flash, collected Poults we are all used to seeing?

I found an interview with him, and they asked

‘Where does your confidence come from?’

‘I guess from my dad, who’s an engineer. He played football and had some trials with a couple of decent clubs but didn’t quite make it. He was pretty handy at most sports, and he never particularly liked losing. I guess I’ve got some of that in me. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to not enjoy losing. He drilled that in me at an early age. It’s not just about taking part in something; it’s about competition — and winning.’

My kind of guy, hates losing, loves winning, thats how it should be! So he knows how to win, and he doesnt like losing, so what seems to be the problem?

Outside of golf he’s just as slick, a garage full of ferrari’s, his own brand/business ‘IJP’, family life too, and if like me you follower him on Twitter you know he’s a good laugh too!

So what could it be, could all this outside stuff impact his game? does it act as a distraction? hmm not so sure, doesnt seem to effect him in the Ryder Cup does it? After all, he’s got to have stuff outside of the game of golf!!

I don’t know, I guess this a questuon for you guys, why do you think Poults struggles for contention?

Here’s a reminder of 2008, Poults on flames!

 

Thanks again for reading, I’d love to know your thoughts on this one, what do you think? Let me know!

 

 

 

 

 

A ‘Fifth’ Major, The Players Championship

So today the ‘fifth’ major gets underway at TPC Sawgrass, theres many to watch and its one of my favs to watch too! The Players is part of history, whether you believe in the fifth major or not, its a great event and definitley not something to miss.

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Theres loads with a shout, JB Holmes off the back of his win last week, Adam Scott will be wanting a good finish, a top 16 will also see Scotty return to the world number one spot. Garcia, Dustin Johnson, the list is endless, I really can’t pick a winner!

If i had to have a guess i’d go wth Fowler as an e/w bet, hes finding form with Butch in his corner, his swing is looking good, and I think this year he will produce something special, will it be the players? I’m not too sure. Jim Furyk finished well last week and finding some form, when he’s on it he really is tough to beat, long off the tee and deadly accurate when he wants to be, one to watch for sure!

Something a little different here’s a few players who have never won at the Players… Yeah yeah, theres a lot of players who havent done that, but packing a top field you would have thought one of these guys would have lifted the unofficial fifth major!

One. Jim Furyk. This week could change all this, a fourth and fifth finish here, he’s done better than a few others and in his current form could break the duck!

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Two. Justin Rose. JR has missed the cut here five times over the years, clealry he struggles here but why? Clearly this isnt his english cup of tea! Come on Rosey!

Three. Bubba Watson.  Bubba, Bubba Buba Bubba. Bubba long may struggle me thinks.

Four. Rory McIlroy. Like Rose, This isnt Rorys favourite either, missing the cut in his first three attempts! Like Bubba and other big hitters Rory may struggle, can he hone in those long drives to cope with the doglegs and tight lies?

Five. Lee Westwood. A great ball striker works well pretty much anywhere and Lee has that, thats for sure. He’s struggled in America before now, but now he’s moved over maybe he’s settles on US soil? the unoffical major still counts as a major right Lee?

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Six. Luke Donald. Luuuuuuuuuke! Easy to forget poor Lukey boy was World No.1 not so long ago, a 2nd place finish here nearly 10 years ago on his way up the rankings and fourth and sixth finishes as well, you would think this course suites his game.

Who’s your bet for the players? Maybe one of the above?

Inspiring- Journey To Better Srixon Golf

As you probably know, I am a BIG fan of this campaign. Short, sweet and simple!

I like what they have done with their previous videos, you have G-Mac, calm collected, you get an insight in to the tactical side of the game. Then Keegan Bradley, a look toward the youth of the game, how athletic the game is becoming and how you have to adapt to evolve as a golfer, and Castano, a true family man, not just doing it for himself but for his family too!

Next is JB Holmes with quite a story behind him, truely inspirational

See it here!

Sports Science- Rory Mcilroy

Now technology is now at the forefront of golf, from drivers and irons to clothing which helps you swing better. Nike have created some pretty cool campaigns of late advertising their new line of equipment, from old to new, it’s funny, creative and eye catching.

This is a good insight from ESPN on the Sport science on putting! Check it out!

The old saying ‘it’s like putting on glass just won’t be the same again will it, no excuses now!’ damn it!

Source: ESPN Sport Science

Paula Creamer mixed martial arts!! What the?

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Modern day athletes are becoming more and more adaptable to their sports, whether it be on the golf course or on a football field, tecnology, equipment and the modern day era are changing the perception of athletes by continously pushing the boudaries set from the generation before!

Golf changed with Tiger. Tiger brought an aspect of fitness to golf that nobody had ever seen before, this has  impacted and shaped the modern golfer today! Now, the fitness is reaching the women’s game and among them is LPGA’s star, Paula Creamer!

For the past three years, Paula has integrated a workout with Mixed Martial Arts coach, Jonathan Burke of Orlando, this as you are probably imagining is not the typical type of ‘workout’ golfers under take. Needless to say, Paula has been in fine form recently and perhaps it is down to this alternative training method.

Take a look below!

Jonathan’s program emphasises a combination of exercises, including the dreaded super sets! These exercises focus on working out the core, cardio, strength, conditioning, flexibility and range of motion, which are all huge fundamentals of the golf swing!