This year, Jordan Spieth seems to be finding his stride.
This year, Jordan Spieth seems to be finding his stride.
The Wales Open seems to have become off late a tournament that is not only professional but also to bite the dust. There were three Ryder Cup players performing well at the Wales Open and the Europeans took that as a good sign for themselves. However, there had come out the news that the European and British Golf as a whole when it emerged that another professional tournament had just bitten the dust and it was all a bleak news.
The Celtic Manor owner has decided to not renew contracts for the coming year. The reason behind is the mixed positions the players have come up with namely Stephen Gallacher and Jamie Donaldson. The best that can be hoped for now is for Mathews to come back.
The sponsors and fans or in that matter all the top names have never supported and provided the backing that the tournament demanded. Although, it is ironic that it is the best ever field for the Wales open this time the truth still remains the same. The European Ryder Cup captain also looks pretty delighted. It is pretty much clear that Jamie Donaldson shall be in the foursomes. The tournament could receive a fitting send off because of the popular players like Lee Westwood, Jamie Donaldson and Stephen Gallacher. The tournament has never had a winner who belongs to home and so everyone is hoping that Jamie Donaldson shall prevail. Westwood believes that he and Jamie would make a good pairing. He is certain that both of them could put on some good game and hopes that it also falls under the captain’s discretion. Gallacher might have lost and had to fly back home, but he does not appear to be much concerned about it. So, be ready to watch out for Lee Westwood’s recovery too.
It hasn’t even been a fortnight since American golfer Matt Kuchar played his final hole during the United States’ dismal Ryder Cup showing at the Gleneagles in Scotland and he is already preparing for yet another event on the US PGA Tour calendar and for him, it seems more like a continuation of the previous season than the start of the new season on the US PGA Tour.
Kuchar stated that it is just such a quick restart after the Ryder Cup and it doesn’t feel like he has had a break, adding that one week off is not necessarily a break.
The American has made at least 21 starts a season every season on the US PGA Tour since 2002 except in one. And as the PGA Tour kicks off a schedule that will see him play in three consecutive domestic events before the Tour heads into Asia, Kuchar feels that these three tournaments would have been better had it been fitted in somewhere else.
Matt Kuchar admitted that much of the scheduling of the US PGA Tour is made in a way in order to avoid a conflict of scheduling with the NFL season but he still feels that a tweak is necessary especially if the PGA wants the players to be fighting fit and playing the best golf.
The American mentioned that he knows the scheduling is done so that the FedEx Cup doesn’t clash with the NFL season but it already clashes with Week 3 or 4 of the season and hence, there is no reason if it is made to compete with Week 7 of football. Matt Kuchar went on to add that he views Week 7 as less interesting for NFL fans than the first two or three weeks due to the hype that is built around the start of the season.
Tom Watson was named as the captain to lead the US squad in this year’s Ryder’s cup in Scotland starting in this month of September. The moment he was selected as the captain of the squad a series of problems came down on him. The list of problems is increasing everyday as by every passing moment a new player is reported injured. The current squad announced in the previous week had only 6 players in the team and the last 3 were to be announced on 2nd September. These 3 players that will be selected will be selected by the captain using his rights. With all the speculations the final decision will be taken after the PGA championship tour.
The biggest disappointment came at the start of the PGA at Valhalla, when Matt Kuchar pulled out of the championship. His decision of pulling out from the championship came in the last moment and it was surprise for many. Apart from a surprise it was a shock for the US team captain as it raised more problems for him. Previously Kuchar withdrew from the last stage of the WGC- Bridgestone. After his withdrawal he practised and seemed to be fit from the back injury but his sudden withdrawal took Watson with a surprise and it raised an alarm in the US camp. Though there was good news as Tiger Woods reportedly was fit and was playing in the PGA tour. This was a great sigh of relief for team US but again Woods is out of practise and it will be a tough task for the team if Kuchar stays unfit for the Ryders cup and withdraws from it even. This will surely be the last thing that the US captain will be hoping to face before the Ryder cup.
Paul Casey is one of those names in the world of Golf these days which is a symbol of calmness. He is currently sitting at the 125th position of the FedEx cup standings which is the final spot for making it into the first end of season play-offs. This play-off will be starting off with the Barclays in the upcoming week. In a press conference held recently Casey looked calm and confident for the task ahead. He said that he was desperate to win it and play it in the next week. His desperation looked in his play as in the opening round he scored 65 two back of the current leader. With this form he is sure to achieve what he desires for and it will quiet a challenge for him playing in both the European and PGA tour. He too admitted it saying that it was a dream to play in both for him but currently he is struck in between both of them and it is proving out to be difficult situation despite of his work in the game last year.
After the current 5 under in round 65 he also said that he loved playing this tournament and loved the golf course. It is a place where he has hit 16 out of 18 greens in regulation and he will be looking forward for the rest of the rounds. He also shared that he feels the pressure of playing but it his current situation of not being at the do or die situation keeps him cool and calm in all the pressure situations. In his last words of the press conference he yet again said that he was extremely happy with the 5 under he played today in the tournament.
Organizers of the Travellers Championship 2014 at the TPC River Highlands have announced that two of the most impressive golfers of the PGA tour, Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson, have committed to take part in the prestigious competition which will be held from June 16th to 22nd. The organizers have expressed their joy at the number of talent which will be playing at the tournament and it will sure be quite helpful for the image and collections of the tournament.
The new season has been quite exceptional for Dustin Johnson who currently finished 3rd in the Fed Ex Cup and then ninth in the OWGR (Official World Golf Rankings). It was only been few months into the season, and the American has already achieved five top 10 finishes in his last six competitions. It included two runners up places at Northern Trust Open and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and also a win at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions event and two second-place finishes at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and Northern Trust Open.
World number 11 Matt Kucher has also made a great start to the season which saw him complete four finishes in the top 10 and also rank 41st in the Fed Ex Cup. He has been quite consistent with his performance in the PGA Tours and he holds the most number of top 10 PGA Tour finishes from 2010 (41 out of 102 starts). Matt Kucher will be looking to add a victory to his record and the competition will be huge boost.
The additions of the two talented golfers will bolster the existing rooster of the Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan and also the defending champion Ken Duke. The tickets of the TPC Championship event are already available for the crowd and according to the organizers, it is doing quite well.
Louis Oosthuizen, the South African golfer has been successful in winning the Volvo Golf Champions held in Durban for the second time in a row. Last year too he won the championship and this year too he has done it again.
He went one shot clear of his closest opponent Branden Grace and won it in 12 under while birding the last two holes. The champion won the tournament with a four under par while Tommy Fleetwood the Englishman finished in the third spot with as close as a level par with 72 points.
Along with him the third spot was shared by Joost Luiten from Netherlands who finished with 10 under. Unlike other years this year has been a lot closer and towards the end it was really hard to tell who would win the tournament. But the last two holes gave Louis the edge over the others and he managed to put them in quite confidently.
Grace and Oosthuizen were going neck by neck with both of them stuck to 10 under after the initial rounds. In fact Grace had a slight advantage too when Oosthuizen dropped a shot when he was on the 10th. However he managed successive birdies in his 13th and 14th holes which gave him a massive boost and he moved to 11th under. Grace who was closing in from behind made a par in the first five holes out of the back nine and then bogeyed in the 15th which kept him two shots away from Oosthuizen.
After that he did manage to square things up after a 35 foot birdie putt and also birdied the last which gave him a target at 11 under. After the 16th Oosthuizen was actually trailing when he triple bogeyed seven in the third round and also dropped a shot on Sunday.
Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy has revealed that the PGA of America has spoken to him in detail about the possibility of the USPGA being played in his own backyard at the Royal Portrush.
The links course has been waiting to host another major event for the better part of six decades but it seems that the best chance that one of the most revered courses in Northern Ireland has of hosting a major event lies with the USPGA and not with The Open.
McIlroy made the startling revelation while playing at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai that the PGA of America had been in talks with him and consulted with him about the possibility of the final major trophy of the season ending up on the Northern Irish shores.
According to Rory McIlroy, they have spoken to him about it adding that they are a very forward thinking organization. He mentioned that it is still in the talking stage and a long way down the line maybe even 10 years but he mentioned that he would love to play a major championship in his own home country.
And his revelation comes in the wake of Ted Bishop, the president of PGA of America commenting on live American television that the Royal Portrush would be a great place to start.
It had long been thought that Asia would be the destination for the first overseas major but now, it seems that the Royal Portrush will be the one to trump the rest and mentioned that it would be the great place for the first international major.
And if the USPGA does indeed hit the Northern Irish shores, it will mean a homecoming of sorts for players like Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell to play a major on their home soil.
This year, German golfer Martin Kaymer has been taking part in golf events logo on his cap which appears conspicuously unlike from anyone else in world’s top fifty. The swirl blueprint is Whisper Rock Golf Club’s logo. The club is located in Scottsdale in Arizona where Martin is a member with several other PGA Tour professionals. The immediate reaction of the people was why given the fact that most pros are ready to sport sponsored sports gears in exchange of huge sum.
Martin told that it is not always about the money. He want to feel comfortable. Kaymer climbed up from 103rd to 90th in the points standings of FedEx Cup to advance to Deutsche Bank Championship this week. The German golfer added that it was not a matter of not finding a sponsor. It was just a matter of the right fit.
He would like to work with people. He really do not call them sponsors, it is like a partnership. He added that he and his partners have the same goals and interests, and then it would be a very good combination. However, it is not that easy to find. This season, the club is not sponsoring Martin on the Tour, but the golfer added that the club provided him the hat.
To reach to another level of his professional career, Kaymer has had to look back at his form of 2007. He told that it was the last time when he thought to get his European Tour card.
The world’s sixth ranked golfer Matt Kuchar has confirmed his participation in the Australian Masters, scheduled to take place between the 14th of November and the 17th of November at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
The American champion began his career as a professional golfer back in 2000 at the Australian Masters and he has a lot of emotional connect with the event and has confirmed that he will return to the event this year and for the World Cup which will tee off at the same course the following weekend. Kuchar has won two titles on the PGA Tour this year including a title on the World Golf Championship World Match Play and is the latest name in a list that contains some of the biggest names in the golfing world.
Matt Kuchar will be joined on the field by the US Masters champion Adam Scott, the first Australian to win the title as well as Jarrod Lyle, who will return to professional tournament golf after suffering from leukemia and beating the disease twice. (more…)
Jim Furyk one of the most accomplished golfers of all time. Back in 2010, he had won the FedEx Cup, and has really established himself as one of the biggest contenders in the world of golf. He is from America, and in the year 2010, he was crowned the PGA Tour Player of the Year. Also, in 2003, he had won the US Open, and all this has really made people sit up and take notice. He has a very unique style of playing, where he has a looping golf swing, and though this might be unconventional, it has worked wonders for him in past tournaments.
Jim Furyk was in an interview recently, and he talked about a lot of things regarding the past year of 2012. 2011 had been a terrible year for him, and from his top spot in the rankings chart, he had had to settle at spot number six for the entire year, and had even dropped to a woeful fifty-fourth position on the money charts. But come 2012, he had blasted his way to the top again. And this was quite inevitable, as Furyk is a stickler for perfection, and it is not his style or expected of him to perform badly. In 2012, he not only doubled his money, and won way more than 3.6 million dollars, and almost went on to win the US Open. But even if he did not win, the overall stats put him at a higher pedestal than his 2011 place. But even after all that, when asked about how he felt about 2012 and his game, he was visibly saddened.
This was because he had made a very bad shot at the US Open. According to Jim Furyk, he does not fret about physical mistakes, as everyone makes them, and it is normal human nature to do so. But it was a mental mistake that he wishes that he could amend.