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The Open, Royal Liverpool Betting Preview

Hello! Sorry it’s been a while, the weather has been BEAUUUTIFUL up North, which if you are from England will know this doesn’t happen all too often. This weather only means one thing, evening rounds of golf after work YES!!!

Anyway, its Open week, actually there’s only a day to go so let’s get to it!

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I love the Open, I’ve been the past few years and we’ve made it a tradition ever since. We’re off to Hoylake on Sunday for the final round and I cannot wait! I think this year more than ever it is completely wide open.

Rose, Mcilroy, Mcdowell are all in with a shout along with half the field, annnnnnnnd Tigers back! Tiger coming back is always good for golf and of course adds a little more excitement to the competition. Whether you are a player or a spectator, you want Tiger there over the weekend!

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So my tips, take these with a pinch of salt as I really can’t call this one!

The actual course is a 7,312 yard par 72 with 4 par 5s that are so vital to finding a winner – The last time it was held at Hoylake in 2006, Tiger shot a remarkable -14 on those 16 trips to the longer holes and it was a big contribution to his -18 total that won him the trophy by 2 shots from Chris DiMarco.

His game plan? Tee to green master class.  With the weather in everyone’s favour he found 85.71% of fairways (1st in Driving Accuracy for the week) and 80.56% of GIR (1st for GIR.)

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You are going to need a solid and accurate game from tee to green in order to win any Open Championship.  If you do find the hay then it is just as important how you recover, therefore scramblers always seem to do well.

Justin Rose, coming off a win up in Scotland Rose’s game seems in fine form ready for Hoylake, is it his time to lift the claret jug?

G-Mac The French open saw Mcdowell as he ground his way to another European title. His all round game suits Hoylake, getting up and down is what he does best, he’s a grinder, this sets up for him very nicely.

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Rickie Fowler, we have been raving about Rickie all year, we can’t stop now, he has to win at some point right?

Webb Simpson, you will NOT win the Open without a good putting stroke. Actually you won’t win a lot without a good putting stroke, luckily this man has one of the best putters in the game! 2 top 3 finishes in his last 4 will also fill the American with confidence.

Zach Johnson, again another contender, 2nd last week at the John Deere, his short game is impeccable, I think he will contend for a top spot as he picks apart Royal Liverpool.

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There’s so many to pick from this week, it really is tough to call, outsiders for me are,

Shane Lowry, we saw enough of him at the Scottish Open to suggest he could be in for a career defining week, a game suited to the links courses with both of his wins coming from the coastal ranks. Shane is arguably playing some of the best golf of his career right now.

Danny Willet’s game is right there at the moment, being an Englishman he will feel right at home on Hoylake and with a decent showing at Scotland he could be a real outsider..Could be.

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Do you guys have any tips? Or have you been to Hoylake before and have any course tips, where to go, stand, which grandstands to go to etc, get in touch and let us know, otherwise enjoy the golf!

That’s all for now folks, thanks again!

I’ll have  couple of course reviews coming up soon and lots more to come, stay tuned. As always if you enjoy my Ramblings you can follow me on twitter @shaun_lloyd4.

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Where it was won, The Masters!

A week on and we take a look at how the Masters really won!

A Masters without Tiger just didn’t seem possible, however this year marked the first year Tiger didn’t feature at Augusta since 1995!! This undoubtedly opened the door for so many, now yes Tiger may not have been in the form of his life but I still believe he has that ‘Tiger’ Factor, he would still have taken the favourite spot! This gave a massive opportunity to those in the field to showcase what they truly had!

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Off the back of several top ten finishes many thought Matt Kuchar would come close to wearing that green jacket, however few stumbles in the final round saw him drop to T5 along with Rickie Fowler.

Jiminez marked a late challenge for the green jacket however it was too little too late, however he finished nicely in 4th spot, the Spaniard was the only one looking to challenge the two at the top.

Moving day

The 3rd round found 8/9 players in with a shout, however that soon went down to four at the midway point, Kuch, Fowler and Young Swede Jonas Blixt fluttering with the top spot however Bubba Watson started to show signs of his former Masters form!

The American left-hander, 35, shot a final-round 69 to win by three after overhauling a two-shot deficit on his co-overnight leader Spieth on a sultry day at Augusta. Watson became the 17th player to win two Masters titles, eight of whom have gone on to win three or more Green Jackets. He showed signs of brilliance where so many faltered, his short game accuracy, his distance off the tea, he just didn’t seemed phased by any of it, he proved myself and im sure a lot of people wrong when he grabbed his second win at Augusta.

Stand Out?

Jonas Blixt was one of two who stood out for me, the young Swede came from absolutely nowhere to grab a slice at Augusta but fell short towards the end when his birdie run dried up.

The other stand out was of course Jordan Spieth. A debutant Spieth, 20, was bidding to beat Tiger Woods as the youngest ever winner and duelled with Watson for much of the day, but the Texan’s chances were sunk in the water of Amen Corner and he carded 72 to end five under.

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So where was everybody else?

Justin Rose started round 4 nicely after struggling in the first couple of days, although he seemed to struggle to go low towards the end and ending any hope of putting an early low score on the leader board. Westy, well he did what he does best, play better than everybody tee to green and just couldn’t get that putter warm enough. Adam Scott and Rory two more  favourites who just couldn’t get in to the swing of things (apologies about the pun 😉 ) and Luke Donald still struggling after some swing changes which have left him fall short of his sublime form.

What next?

After his first Masters win Bubba had a bit of a hangover didn’t he, leaving him waiting till 2014 for his next victory on Tour at the Norther Trust Open, hopefully he can replicate his masters form and kick on this season!

I fancy Kuch to have another good season, he’s a safe bet, whether he can get to the finish line is another question. Westwood, well hopefully he gets the flat stick working, his game tee to green is second to none and that could see him up there this season, a major though? I’m not sure. Spieth and Fowler are looking good so far, Spieth may taper towards the end of the season, he’s young and a long season could take its toll, however I feel Fowler isn’t far away from something special!

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

 

Augusta, Masters betting preview 2014

So the Masters gets under way tomorrow, don’t know about anybody else but I’ve cleared the schedule, the mum and dad are away and ive got a weekend with some food, the couch and the TV. In between all that I’ll be having a little bet or two.

So to cut it short, here are a few pics and ones to watch.

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DJ!! So, Dustin Johnson might have seven top 10’s in Majors since 2009 but he has never managed a win in four attempts at Augusta. Last year however saw DJ ‘T13 his best yet in his quest for the green jacket. This season Dustin Johnson though the big man is a different animal all together. So what has changed? Firstly he’s found form with the flat stick and a glance at his stats proves it; he’s gone from 117th in Strokes gained putting to 10th. And If you’re still not satisfied he’s also second in driving distance AND greens in regulation for good measure. He’s also never been in form like he is going into Augusta with second place finishes at Pebble Beach and Riviera and a fourth at Doral. Definitely one to watch!

I’ll be honest, I hate betting on majors and especially The Masters. Predicting a winner is pretty well impossible! Think we would have more chance sticking the lottery on, but that’s not as fun right?

Betting each way? Not a bad shout at all, Matt Kuchar is a solid and safe bet in my opinion. Kuuuuch started the season well with a T6 and T8 at the TOC and Sony Open before taking a month off then missing the Riviera cut. However since then he has silently been building momentum towards the Masters as evidenced by that excellent showing in Texas. He always seems to be up there these days, there or there abouts anyway.

Touch and go but still I have a feeling Keegan Bradley will have a much better Masters than last year. Anything has to be better than that Saturday 82 last year right? But credit to Keegan he went out Sunday and shot a 69 to leave with better memories. Already a major champion and his game suits Augusta, long driver, high ball flight and he’s not bad at scrambling either!

If you have been following us the past month or two you will know we are big Fowler fans! He’s seeing a good start to the season thanks to his new swing, I feel he’s maturing a lot more now too, a lot like Mcilroy did, something’s clicked and I think Rickie isn’t far away from showing his true potential. Still too early? Maybe, who knows, definitely one of my outside bets I think.

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Now Sergio, where to start with good old Sergio. Extremely good ball striker, perfect for Augusta, oozes class and definitely has the ability to tear Augusta apart. He also has the ability to implode which has happened to him far too often. He’s another one of my favourite golfers, and he has to win one someday doesn’t he? I bet on him every year in hope he does, so he best do anyway to recuperate some of the losses I’ve had on him haha!

Now this one is, well it’s a long shot, a huge long shot however I feel there is a case to be made for this guy.

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Trevor Immelman… no no stay with me, hear me out, I know what you are thinking. He’s struggled with injuries over the years and slipped drastically out of touch with the game I know, however four consecutive cuts from The Honda to the Texas Open has been a huge confidence boost for the South African heading back to the site of his most famous victory in 2008. Four other top 20 finishes at Augusta also add to his credentials.

A field without Tiger is anybody’s game and there’s so much talent right now it’s hard to choose from, there for, a typical disclaimer here… I can’t be held responsible for all of the above loosing you all and myself included a lot of money!

Don’t forget to share, also, if you have picked some winners we’d love to know! Comment below! 🙂

The Fowler Spectrum

Rickie..Rickie, Rickie, Rickie…

You remember Rickie Fowler, the young gun from Oklahoma State, the kid with the long, floppy hair under hats with bills far too big, how can you forget, he wears bright orange!!!

We briefly spoke about Rickie towards the start of the season when He teamed up with Butch Harmon for 2014.

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All kinds of talent, a great amateur career, eccentric, unique, even a motor-cross fanatic, Rickie Fowler has it all. I was watching the golf the other day and there was a piece on him, and it mentioned even with all of that, he has just one win since he hit the PGA Tour, causing a considerable stir in the world of golf.

At the ripe old age of 25, the wonder kid has been to the winner’s circle just once. But guess what? That very same guy, the one with only one win on the PGA Tour has won over $11 million. And the truth is that 2012 season, in which he won the Wells Fargo Championship, could have been even better. He was in the next-to-last group in the final round of the Memorial Tournament but managed to shoot an 84 to fall out of contention quickly.

This very well could be the year he breaks through that glass ceiling. Why? Well for a couple of reasons, actually. First, he is 25. Fowler has managed to get through the growing years as a professional golfer rather nicely. He’s posted 24 top-10 finishes and 43 top-25 finishes. There’s no doubt this kid can play.

He started out this season with a T19 in the CIMB Classic in the fall part of the 2013-14 season, and after five less-than-sparkling outings, he finished third in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

As previously mentioned he also has a new swing coach, and yup, the guy he hired has a glittering resume. You may recognize some of his students and former students. Do the names Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson ring any bells? Yes, Butch Harmon is the man, and he’s been working with Fowler since December 2013. Harmon has had a major stable of players over the years, led by Woods and Mickelson, and he knows talent. Look towards Dustin Johnson too.

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Fowler showed up at the Northern Trust Open with those long locks gone and the straight bill look on his golf hats. The new compact swing has taken a bit of time to yield results, but Fowler loves it.

“I’ve been swing well, the swing feels really comfortable. I know a lot of people question whether its swing changes (causing poor play) or if I’m not comfortable with it. But really I just need to get the putter warmed back up.” Look, this guy can play. He averages 298 yards off the tee, but his issues previously have been keeping those bombs in the short grass. He only does that about 57 percent of the time. That should be something that could be corrected by the instruction Harmon is providing along with that more compact swing.

Fowler is absolutely right when he talks about his putting. It’s been miserable thus far in 2014. He’s ranked 174th in the “strokes gained putting” category. Very few winners on the PGA Tour are lousy putters. He’s made a name for himself with his colourful clothing, but that’s not what he wants to be known for when he’s 40 years old. Right now, however, those clothes might be the only way golf fans will be able to recognize him because his short haircut gives him a totally different look. It all seems to be coming together for Fowler, and if it does, 2014 could be a spectacular breakout year for him.

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Good guys finished last…

Well, that sure was strange old match between Rickie and Sergio wasnt it.

Friday saw Garcia take on Rickie Fowler at the Accenture Match Play, where Sergio seeming to have the upper hand on Rickie Fowler early in their third round match.

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Garcia stood 2-up standing on the 7th green, with Fowler facing a par putt of 17 feet, 7 inches while Sergio had a par putt that was just 6 feet, 11 inches from the hole.

If you’ve ever watched even a couple of minutes of match play you know that this is a good position for Sergio, knowing if Fowler misses the putt it gives Garcia a good chance of rolling in that nearly seven footer for the par and a 3-up lead.

It was there where things got a little weird, with Garcia going “good-good” — the acknowledgement that neither needed to complete their putt — with Fowler even though Rickie’s putt was more than twice the distance of Sergio’s and they were both putting for the same score.

The final margin of their match? One stroke, meaning that Garcia’s gentlemanly act may have cost him the tournament.

The Golf Channel talked to Sergio after the hole and he said the reason for the gesture is that he felt bad because on the previous hole Garcia had taken a good amount of time getting a ruling because there were bees surrounding his golf ball, but even after that explanation the move is nothing short of bizarre.

How crazy is it to give Fowler a putt of that distance? Before this week, Fowler hadn’t made a single putt all season outside of 15 feet, and while the putter has awoke at Dove Mountain, it still seems strange to just basically halve a hole when you have a serious advantage.

A lot of people mentioned they thought there was a little strategy behind the move by Garcia, but after winning the 9th to go 3-up, Sergio lost the next two holes and eventually the match.

Here is video of what went down on the 7th, so see for yourself the strange situation that went down between Garcia and Fowler.

What were your thoughts, was Garcia right to do so? Little to generous maybe? who knows, comment and subscribe for more blogs on useless stuff about golf! Thanks for visiting!