Tiger Woods might have been out of the field given his constant injuries but his peers are still confident about him. One of them is golf champ Phil Mickelson who remarked that he won’t be surprised to the former # 1 contending at the upcoming Masters.
This year, Tiger has just played 47 holes and came up with his worst of scores ever – 82 round in Phoenix Open.
However, post multiple social low-rounds in Medallist Club (Florida) & a couple of practice rounds in Augusta National 2015, the 4-time Masters champ has confirmed his availability in the first Major in 2015.
On the contrary, Phil had placed himself in a good state for his 1st victory thus year prior to his unfortunate round 3 in Shell Houston Open.
“Every individual must look for what enables them to put their best & Woods hasn’t ever been the one to swing prior to a Major- but when it comes to me, I have always preferred to play in the very week before”, remarked Phil.
“Now that Woods has declared to play the Master championship, it is not at all surprising for me. I am quite confident that he would play well although he hasn’t played golf for 2 months. He carries such grand knowledge about Augusta.”
“I do not feel that his issues with chipping this year would be of much significance this time as he would be chipping uphill & putting downhill. One could putt right from off green on several holes & that takes block out of Tiger’s hands”, Mickelson stressed while speaking about Woods great possibilities.
On the other hand, Paul Casey must be in a great mood of late as he is finally getting to play masters this year post a long absence of 4 years.
Phil Mickelson is a professional golfer from the United States of America, who is currently a part of the US PGA Tour. He is a five time major winner, having won three Masters titles, and one Open Championship and PGA Championship each during his long career which has seen him win 42 titles, which puts him at ninth in the list of all time PGA Tour winners.
The veteran American is one of only 16 golfers in history to have won three out of the four major titles during his career. The only major title that he hasn’t been successful in winning is the US Open, where he has been a runner up on six consecutive occasions, which is a record.
The veteran golfer has spent a whopping 700 weeks inside the top ten of the Official World Golf Rankings and has reached a career high of number two in the rankings several times. He even has an exemption on the US PGA Tour. Phil Mickelson is known for his fierce left handed swing, which has earned him the nickname Lefty, although otherwise, he is right handed.
He graduated from ASU in 1992 and turned professional that same year and joined the US PGA Tour, bypassing the qualifying school due to his win at Tucson in 1991 which had earned him a two year exemption. He hired his caddie Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay in 1993 and he remains his caddie to this day, even after 22 years.
Phil Mickelson enjoyed the most productive years of his career in the early 2000s and he won three of his five major titles in the span between 2004 and 2006. He also came second in the US Open twice during this period.
Mickelson was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012.
The entire golf world was shocked as the young golf icon Rory McIlroy lost out to Formula 1 legend Lewis Hamilton at the BBC Sports Personality of 2014 award last Sunday.
Rory’s Northern Irish fans, golf seniors and connoisseurs of the game were hoping hard for the Irish hero to win the coveted trophy since he was declared as the finalist for the prestigious award with Lewis Hamilton.
The F1 racing hero won his 2nd F1 title in November at UAE whilst Rory was the 1st golfer from UK to triumph at back-to-back golf majors as he claimed PGA US title this year.
The dapper Irish golf hero came up with spectacular performances this year with victory at two majors (WGC Bridgestone & BMW PGA) & helped Europe to retain the coveted Ryder Cup.
He is the reigning #1 golfer at present so it’s fair to say that it’s pretty natural that the golf veterans will be miffed with the 25-year-old golf star’s loss to Lewis Hamilton at the prestigious BBC award circuit. (For fans looking to back him to come back fighting in his next tournament, you can find the best betting odds for golf at William Hill Canada.)
“BBCSPOTY has become a huge joke”, read a tweet from seriously offended Poulter. “It is a such a huge shame. Big congrats to Hamilton but then he had one single guy to beat throughout the year.”
Rory tweeted later- “Thanks to everybody who supported me through voting. Congratuloations to every candidate & specifically Lewis Hamilton- he is a thoroughly deserved & worthy winner.”
In tune with Poulter, Rory’s fans too expressed great disappointment regarding the SPOTY decision, over Twitter.
“Rory’s year was any day better in comparison to Hamilton”, tweeted Mark Allen.
“I love F1 & Lewis but then I love golf as well & I feel Rory must have been awarded this time. Once again the award went to higher-profile sports”, noted Beck Bailey.
Faldo, the Europe’s highest ever Ryder Cup point scorer and a former captain has been talking against Garcia. He has described Garcia to be of no use during the loss in 2008. He had also laid accusations against him saying that he did not carry a very good attitude.
To all these comments Garcia thought everyone had been joking. He thought that he was hearing everything wrong and it was very disheartening to hear all of it. He said that the reason Faldo had been saying things might be because he did not value or feel European enough. He thought that was the only reason possible. He has not said anything further on the grounds that he did not want to bend down to the level that Faldo went and so things remain unsaid.
However, with all the fir team mate Greame Mcdowell has been more than happy o get involved and play his part. He has been keen on giving his point of view and making a comment. He has taking instances from the 2008 game where the pairing was Garcia and Westwood. They were the best Ryder Cup pairings but still they had lost the game. On this basis he feels that the comment made by Faldo that he was useless is fairly correct as he did not play well.
There have been a lot of support as well that has come for Garcia after the statements have been made. Fellow mate McIlroy stood by his side and told that he was not useless. He also replied back sarcastically that he too loved Faldo. Garcia and McIlroy did not look very good in the morning. They lost to Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley. Europe was on charge soon with Garcia and McIlroy when they made the last three holes. They secured their half.
The Cordoba, as Argentina born golf professional Angel Cabrera is popularly called, withdrew his participation from the PGA championship on the second day of the tournament.
“Cabrera bid an early goodbye to the last Major of the season”, said a PGA championship official that is taking place in Kentucky, United States at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.
“I am unwell, my performance and play both have been affected” said Cabrera when asked about his early departure from the tournament. The Cordoba indeed had a bad run which ended on Thursday when he finished a depressing 154th. However, in the thirteen holes played, he did manage to squeeze in three bogeys, double bogeys and seven pairs.
The Cordoba was a strong contender for the championship. He won the Greenbrier Classic in early July, this year thereby snapping a title that stood for five long years on the PGA tour. “They say ‘Morning shows the Day, I had a first day that was very bad. I was crippled and there hardly were left any chances where I could find ground and make a cut,” said Cabrera who had played appreciably well till the beginning of the tournament.
Cabrera’s luck has not been very favorable lately as he failed to achieve good results this season in Major tournaments. The British Open saw him at his best at the 19th place while he did not make a cut in the US Open and the Masters. This PGA championship had him withdraw before it could end.
Sources revealed that the Cordoba has sustained a shoulder injury, but that did not deter the brave man from making an appearance at the PGA. “I respect the man for the respect he has for the game,” an official said when Cabrera signed up for the tournament with his injury.
While the Valhalla golf course has been a little harsh on the Northern Irishman, Graeme McDowell, he has had good luck from his endorsement company the Team RBC, where he won the online charity challenge for the children’s hospital in Ireland.
McDowell reached the turn in 33, but it was here that he could be knocked out from the tournament. He had fired two balls right into a water hazard and on the 13th, he committed a quadruple bogey. This was unfortunate and bizarre in so many contexts as the Irishman had not dropped even a single shot anywhere else during the third round of the tournament. After the end of the third round, he stood at the 71st position and left him at one over 54.
“The morning was beautiful, I was playing beautifully. It was the turn which proved to be a wrecker, all wreckers: card, tournament, weekend, everything. I made a quadruple bogey, an elementary one. Maybe there was mud on the first ball, however I lost my focus during the second ball and everything became a disaster; my shot was terrible. My lower back is not in a very good shape. I really do not think the Valhalla course to be something I can compete on. Of the 74 players who made the cut, I stand at 71,” said McDowell.
However, not all is bad news. Team RBC Golfer Graeme McDowell won the inaugural charity challenge #RBCGolf4Kids where he scored a whopping $127,000 instead of a trophy and without having made a single drive or putt. The entire sum will be given away as a donation to the Our Lady Children’s Hospital Crumlin in Dublin at the Children’s Medical & Research Foundation sector. The CEO of the CMRF, Joe Quinsey thanked Graeme and his numerous fans behind #RBCMcDowell for the handsome donation that will be used to purchase pumps for pain relief and monitors to regulate vital cardiac signs.
On his native ground Germany he finished with 73 in the round of 71. But he completed 12 shots while in the lead of halfway. Danny Willett joined him in the halfway. In fact Rafael Cabrera of Spain and Pablo Larrazabal together with Emiliano Grillo of Argentina were below 12.
Hi second round included a double bogey and three bogeys. He is aiming to be the first to conquer majors consecutively after Padraig Harrington who scored in 2008. He is going with that aim at Royal Liverpool in Open Championship. At Pinehurst from the beginning to the end he has tasted victory. A second title of the major and U.S Open for the first time read his record. He dominated Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler, the two Americans with 8 shots. He led by 5 shots overnight and scored 69 with overall 9 under par.
In five years he has become the fourth European and first from the Continent of Europe to have won in five years. He emulates his compatriot Bernhard Langer and hopes that he has made him proud and also Germany proud. He scored two round of peerless in 65 to equal the record of the mark of 36-hole and also got himself a lead in the halfway of the U.S Open. But in the weekend he grew more firm to win the tournament and seventh man.
He has joined the ranks of high ranked players. He likes coming to play to courses that have its own history. The Players Championship was also won by him in May. It was a great performance on his side. So his start has been sensational so far. His style of attacking remains the same he has not altered his style at any cost in spite of playing sensibly.
Rickie Fowler is an ace professional golfer of American nationality who plays on the PGA Tour. He had held a number one position for 36 consecutive weeks in 2007 and 2008. He turned professional to play in the Albertsons Boise Open on the Nationwide Tour. In 2009 he signed a deal with Titleist, which was followed by a deal with Rolex. At the Waste Management Phoenix Open he finished second during the February of 2010.
This was followed by his third PGA Tour runner-up finish at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Although he entered the final round in the lead, he finished right behind Justin Rose for the second spot on the tournament. During September 2010 he was picked for the Ryder Cup team in U.S. this made him the youngest member ever to play at the Ryder Cup. The very same year, his endeavours and performances won him the Rookie of the Year award over Rory McIlroy.
At the beginning of the season in 2011 Rickie Fowler tied at the 54-hole, but a double bogey wrecked his opportunity to bag his first PGA Tour win. During the month of October, the very same year he won his first Asia Tour win at the Kolon Korea open closely followed by Rory McIlroy. The same year he was ranked 32 on the Official World Golf Ranking.
2012 was a particularly lucky year for the budding star as he won the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina at the very beginning of the season. Rickie Fowler thus bagged his first PGA tour win by defeating Rory McIlroy gloriously at the 18th hole. The same year he filmed a commercial for the Crowne Plaza Hotels that also featured golf commentator Ian Baker Finch. He has been seen in many campaigns and commercials since.
Legendary golfer Phil Mickelson kept saying that he was keen to return to the Shell Houston Open scheduled for next week and Steve Timms, the tournament director stated that his conversations with the golfer gave him that same impression.
But until a player commits to play in an event officially, there remains some doubt. Moreover, with the new regulations of the PGA Tour allowing players to withdraw from the tournament till the Friday before an event is set to tee off, things tend to get really nervous for the organizers.
But now, it seems the Shell Houston Open will have one of the strongest fields it has had in a long time. It has been revealed that Lefty has finally committed to playing in the event, as has Jimmy Walker, the only three-time PGA Tour winner this season. The event tees off on the 3rd of April and will continue till the 6th.
Mickelson will be making his 10th appearance in the Shell Houston Open and he won the title at the Golf Club of Houston back in 2011 as well. Six of the top 11 ranked golfers according to the latest Golf World Rankings have committed to play in the event with world number 11 Matt Kuchar along with Englishman Ian Poulter as well as Webb Simpson featuring in the lost released by the organizers.
The inclusion of Mickelson and Simpson gives the event a field that has a combined 25 major titles between them. The legendary left hander himself has five major titles and a total of 42 wins on the PGA Tour as well.
The Shell Houston Open is back as the traditional opener to the Augusta Masters which is set to tee off on the 10th of April and will feature most of these players as well.
McConnell Golf is reportedly eliminating public play at Members Club. It is one of primary policies to be implemented by McConnell Golf for the Grande Dunes golf.
Since the early quarter of 2011, Members Club has been accepting outside golf from the resort guests, select hotels as well as golf-package providers. Infusion of the revenue has assisted a membership which falls behind those from other private golf clubs across the region to financially back the club.
Members Club spans across an area of 7,029 yard par-71, co-designed by Craig Schreiner and Nick Price. It was a completely private arena since its inauguration in 2005 till 2011. But the private ambience failed to pull in members, especially post housing lump & the recession span in 2007.
“The immediate idea is restoring the club to its original intent”, stated McConnell Golf COO Christian Anastasiadis. “We feel that this property has lost out on its identity and vision. The primary thing you would desire for is reestablishing the very vision of Burroughs and Chapin.”
“….I feel it would be great to get back to the private character of the course in the contemporary market which has got oversaturated with the public courses.”
McConnell now holds a good collection of as many as ten private golf clubs at 8 facilities across Carolinas, including Pawleys Island Reserve Club, with restricted reciprocal playing provisions in between them.
It was LStar Management which hired McConnell Golf to operate Ocean Club, Members Club & Anchor Café. LStar purchased the Grande Dunes 22-acre resort & development on December 20.
Members Club at Grande Dunes is the 1st of 10 courses operated by McConnell Golf, which it does not own. The club has been purchased on a 2-year contract which would get renewed automatically.