Wednesday, 25 March 2015



Just Try it!

MYAKKA PINES Golf Course in Florida is built on open swampland near the Everglades, prime alligator country. "This gator is about 13 ft long," the secretary said. “When they’re sunning themselves on the greens you just have to play through.   We advise patrons not to feed them.”  Oh really?

RAE’S CREEK flows behind the 11th green and in front of the 12th green at Augusta National, in what is known as Amen Corner.  The creek is named after Irish landowner John Rae, who built a fortress home there in 1734.  Rae’s house was the farthest up the Savannah River from Fort Augusta, and neighbours would use it as a safe haven during Indian attacks.

 The brook alongside the 13th fairway joins Rae's Creek by the 12th green, falling over a weir beyond the 11th green.  Many a golf ball has rolled down the 12th green and into the water here, the lowest point on the course and 160ft below the first tee. Those in the know say Rae’s Creek tugs silently at every putt on the course.
 NICE TO SEE Padraig Harrington atop the Leader Board again, winning the Honda Classic in a playoff for his first Tour victory since the 2008 PGA Championship.  In 2014 he failed to keep full status on the PGA Tour for the first time, and he wrote letters to tournaments asking for a sponsor exemption.  Some responded within an hour of his request, giving exemptions to the Valspar Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational, Valero Texas Open and Shell Houston Open, before the Masters.
 To those who advised him to return one of the exemptions so as not to be worn out before Augusta Padraig replied:  “I won’t turn any down, if I have an invite, I'll go.  I appreciate it, and I owe a few people favours.''  But first it was back to Ireland, for a celebratory Guinness.

J.B. HOLMES held a five shot lead entering the final round of the WGC Cadillac at Trump Doral, but lost the tournament by one shot to Dustin Johnson's 9 under 69.   Still, Holmes managed to finish one shot ahead of Bubba (Wonder if he said ‘Elementary my dear Watson!’)  The new design of the Blue Monster was slated by many players as being too long and with ‘ridiculous’ greens.  Johnson said it was ‘great’ (Well he would say that, wouldn’t he?)

ADAM SCOTT has reverted to the short putter and tied 4th with a 2 under 70 at Doral.  World No. 5 Adam said of the switch:  “For guys who had never putted any other way, changing over would probably be a different story, but I’ve been successful with the short putter before, so this may be good for me.”  Scott had become so frustrated with his putting that he took to the long putter in February 2011. He finished runner up to Els at the 2012 Open, won the 2013 Masters and last year briefly went to World No. 1.

A TIP to make practice less boring.  After warming up imagine you are playing each hole of your next round. This will use all the clubs in the bag and prepare you for your next game in a more useful way.  (If it’s La Serena imagine a ball retriever as well.)

LEE TREVINO, a friend of Tom Watson, commented on the U.S. teams’ criticism after the Ryder Cup.  “I was really angry,” he said, “Tom worked his butt off for two years and all they did was show up and play.  Anyway, criticism doesn’t sound good from a guy who has been on so many losing teams.  If I had a losing record in the Ryder Cup, I'd keep my mouth shut."  That’s blown his Christmas card from Mickelson.

Until next time: Happy Golfing.

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Friday, 6 March 2015

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"Winning is so much better than anything else.  I'd rather win in Indonesia than finish second anywhere else." 

Padraig Harrington.

Thursday, 5 March 2015



PETER ALLISS has spoken of his ‘great sadness’ that the BBC will lose live coverage of The Open Championship to Sky.  Alliss, who first broadcast for the BBC at the 1961 Open, commented:  “I’m just glad I am 83 not 35 and relying on working for the BBC, because I would be looking for another trade.”   Sky cover golf’s other three majors, but viewers would not need to be Sky subscribers to enjoy the Open, with ‘NOW TV’ they can take a daily or weekly package without a contract.  All very impressive, but it doesn’t make up for losing Peter Alliss.

PROVING THAT that you don’t always need to buy the latest equipment, Brandt Snedeker took the AT&T Pebble Beach trophy last week with a 9 yr. old putter (Odyssey White Hot) a 5 yr. old driver (TaylorMade Burner Superfast) and 4 yr. old irons. (Bridgestone J40.)  He dropped only one shot in 72 holes.
“If they’re doing the job, why change them?” he said.  His new swing, carefully put together over eight months with Butch Harmon, obviously helped a bit.

BILLY CASPER, who died this month aged 83, had a lethal putter and total self belief.  Although overshadowed by the ‘Big Three’ (Palmer, Nicklaus and Player) he won 51 PGA Tour titles, two US Opens and the 1970 Masters.  His 23 1/2 points is still a U.S. Ryder Cup record, and he also captained the U.S. squad to victory over Europe in 1979.

Casper once said:  “I had a hand/eye link.  I could look at a telephone pole 40 yards away and hit it with a 7 iron 10 times in a row. And somehow I understood the game, without having a lot of guidance." 

THE ‘CRADLE OF CHAMPIONS’ in Beijing has produced 37 world champions and Olympic gold medallists, and is looking to produce more.  It is one of China’s  ‘Centres of Excellence’ which teach badminton, gymnastics, table tennis, and now golf.  The golf hall consists of bare walls, no windows, and the Chinese flag.  Nothing else except about 30 children, aged between 5 and 9, putting and chipping in front of mirrors for two hours a day after normal school work.  Golf however, tends to produce unlikely champions without intensive training.  Like Billy Casper.

PENSIONER COLIN DAVIES, a former Staffordshire miner turned property millionaire, was saved from drowning on the paradise island of Barbados by Lee Westwood who was holidaying there after winning the Thailand Championship.

Colin, who suffers from Parkinsons disease, said:  “I started waving and shouting then I felt a pair of strong arms pick me up and carry me back to my sun lounger.  Lee disappeared before I could thank him.”  How typically British!

ANOTHER COMEBACK ATTEMPT failed at Torrey Pines for Tiger Woods.  Grimacing after every shot, he hobbled up the fairway.  There was a 2 hour delay due to fog, and his lower back stiffened up.  Tiger blamed ‘deactivated glutes.’  “I tried to activate my glutes as best I could, in between, but they never stayed activated," he groaned. You’d think a chap with 14 majors would have someone on the payroll to reactivate his glutes for him.

DOWNHILL PUTTS, a tip:  If your ball is 20 feet from the hole, stand 15 feet from the hole while examining the line and taking practice strokes. The eyes are the window to your mind, so when you're standing closer to the hole while rehearsing you'll be training your mind to hit a softer shot.

BILLY HORSCHEL collected about $13.5 million when he won the FedEx Cup and BMW Championship.  He handed the locker room attendants at East Lake $10.000 and gave a cheque for $1 million to his caddie.  In the rarefied world of PGA Tour golf even the caddies get to holiday in Barbados!
Until next time: Happy Golfing.

Contact Me for all your regripping and repairs.  638 859 475.