Conflicting Fortunes For Ryder Cup Stars

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The Wales Open that was a week from the showdown at the United States had a lot to highlight. The two wild cards at the European Ryder Cup, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher tasted fortunes that very opposite to each other. While, Westwood was successful in making his spot after the second round by two shots, Stephen missed his. He was left behind by 15 shots after the second round total. Stephen has admitted that it had been very tough for him. He thinks that the mistake that he made was that he was thinking too much about what would happen and was trying too hard, but now that he is not thinking he seems to be in a better position comparatively.

The Scot who is making a first appearance at Ryder Cup has also shown his confidence. He has said that he had done his preparations and was looking forward to the game. He has said that he is all ready to go. He believes that since he is in a good position both mentally and physically, they might be a plus point for him.

Lee has always been the pride of England with eight Ryder Cups in his bag. He has said that he has not been very competitive of late and has been working on the game. He has said that he is working out but is still not very fit for the game. The three weeks that he was not there has somewhere caused him a loss of sharpness which he hopes to regain soon.

There is another player Jamie Donaldson who has kept up his chance too of becoming the maiden Welsh winner of the Ryder Cup which is an national event. Meanwhile, the other players that you look out for are Lowry the Irishman, Joost Luiten of Netherlands and Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium.

Time To Strengthen Iron Play For Phil Mickelson

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For Phil Mickelson his game is at the peak currently. The timing could not have been better than the upcoming U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Mickelson is eager as he is in love with the game. In this week Mickelson has the opportunity to finish the grand slam of his career.

Mickelson had high hopes in Memphis last week but his final lacked the spark with 2 over 72 in the final round. This week in North Carolina it would be a better story for him. He feels that he has bright chance if the green is not being hit by anybody. Short game is going to be a major factor for Lefty. But apart from not being in the top 10 Mickelson is satisfied with his performance. Some portions of his game are better than others. It is a matter of putter that is awaiting him as his triumph in the British Open 2013 was largely due to the putter.

He has a lot of things to work upon and that too in four days. His contest will be an emotional one where he appears to be the favorite. His career of Hall of fame could be revived. He will be counted amongst the other elites like Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Gene Sarazen.  The next week brings in a lot of excitement for him as he is fond of the place in spite of not winning in the place. Mistakes has been part of his life and his being missing the putts of eight foot, a double bogey and several other bogeys that had no redemption. But he is trying to be better in the upcoming majors. It is 6 times that he has not been able to win the U.S. Open.

Webb Simpson, A history

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Fredrick Webb Simpson is an American professional golfer who was born in 1985 and founded the Annual Junior Golf Tournament called the Webb Simpson challenge, with friend and current director Mark Bentley in 2010. He played in his high school golf team at Broughton High before launching off his college golf career at Wake Forest University on scholarship. In 2008 he was awarded the three-time All-American and ACC player.

He turned to professional golf with the advent of 2008, during which he played on the PGA tour and the Nationwide tour. During the Nationwide tour, which he was playing on sponsor’s exemption, he recorded two runner-up finishes. Webb Simpson has more or less a successful start to his rookie year with two consecutive top-10 finishes. At the Sony Open in Hawaii he tied at the 9th position and at the bob hope classic, he finished tied at the 5th place. Then after a spell of poor performance and results, he turned out at the 8th position at The Barclays. He ended the 2009 season with four top-10 finishes and retained a 70th position on the money list. Even 2010 did not prove to be as eventful and successful for him. However his career took a favourable turn in 2011 when he started off with three top-25 finishes. Had he not bogeyed the final hole at the 2011 Transitions Championship, Webb Simpson would have a definite chance to win his first ever PGA tour title. At the Zurich classic of new Orleans he came even closer to winning his first career title at the PGA championships, which he lost to Bubba Watson at the 15th hole.

At the Wyndham Championship in north Carolina, Webb Simpson won his first PGA tour title in 2011. And in the September of the same year, he won his second PGA tour title at the Deutsche Bank Championship. His winning streak has continued since to help him win the 2012 U.S. Open as well.

McGinley asks Martin Kaymer to join Team Europe

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Team Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has made it clear that he would like to have German golfer Martin Kaymer as part of his team. Kaymer’s form this season has been quite poor this season, and the press has written him off as a serious contender for the Ryder Cup spot. But the quote from the team captain will be a he boost to the German who was world number one for a season.

McGinley made it clear that he has immense respect for Martin Kaymer and would love him to be a part of the team which was play against Team USA. The Ryder Cup team will be playing the tournament from September 26th to 28th and the event will take place in Gleneagles, Scotland, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).

Martin Kaymer has been facing criticism for his dip in form for the last two years which saw the former number one slip up to the 59th position. His last successful PGA season came two years ago when he managed to win his last PGA title.  After that, his performance has been quite mediocre and that is one of the prime reasons why he was not considered for the team.

Kaymer has not taken part in the last Ryder Cup, but has the distinction of winning it twice 92010 and 2012) with Team Europe. He was instrumental in the victory as he shot the final putt of the game and handed them a famous victory. Based on the records, it seems that he can be a huge asset for the team, but the bigger question is whether he will be able to shrug off his current bad patch or not. the decision is still hanging in the balance and the next few days will answer the questions of the spectators.

Ben Crenshaw And Bill Coore Selected

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Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore have been hired by the United States Golf Association to get the Pinehurst No. 2 which is a masterpiece by Donald Ross. These two have been highly regarded for their architectural works in the golf course and the Golf Association hopes that the men’s and the women’s US Open will be a great success this year.

The pair of Crenshaw and Coore was involved in the creation of the Sand Hills located in Mullen. That course is considered to be one of the finest in the modern standards. Because of their reputation they have also been selected to design the first course located in Sand Valley. Sand Valley is a multi course resort covering 1500 acres and the full length of the course is 15 miles. The course is located towards the south of the Wisconsin Rapids.

In an interview with the Journal Sentinel, Mike Keiser the developer said that he selected the pair from the short listed architects because of their previous records and most importantly because he was happy with the designs they have earlier made. The list of architects included some of the finest names in the list of architects such as Jim Urbina, David Kidd and Tom Doak.

The developer himself agreed that the decision was really a hard one to make but once he chose the two he was very relieved. The first course that they have to design at Sand Valley will give the developer an idea as to what the rest of the course will look like after the full design is done. This will be the first time that Crenshaw and Coore will be designing a course at Wisconsin. They are very popular for their strategic and minimalist approach in their work and the courses they design are visually stunning.

Phil Mickelson targets 2016 Olympics

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With the new season almost around the corner and most professionals forming their Tour calendars for the new season, Phil Mickelson is one golfer who is losing a lot of sleep regarding his 2014 schedule.

According to Lefty, he is planning to drop some of the latter tournaments in the season once the major events conclude in order to free up some of his time. Speaking in an interview, Mickelson stated that his game has tended to take a downward spiral in the latter half of the season and he mentioned that he plans to overcome that slide by leaving out some events from his calendar, especially those PGA Championship events.

Lefty mentioned the likes of the FedEx Cup playoff events as one of the major events that he will skip, as well as the likes of the Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup depending on the year as well as some of the overseas World Golf Championship events as well.

According to Phil Mickelson, those events will have to take a backseat for him because in those events this year as well as the last year, he wasn’t able to cope up neither physically nor mentally and not being able to perform at the level he expects to on a regular basis is something that doesn’t sit well with him.

Mickelson also mentioned that he has his eyes on the US Olympic team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio stating that to become an Olympian at the age of 46 years is something that would be unique. But Phil Mickelson believes he will have a hard time getting into the team unless he performs well in the preceding events and that is one of the major reasons for giving the other events a miss to preserve his chances.

Woods could miss Deutsche Bank Championship

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World number one Tiger Woods has an injury on his lower back which could see him miss out on the Deutsche Bank Championship which is scheduled for the 30th of this month.

The 37 year old was a part of the field at The Barclays last weekend, the first event in a series of four playoff events that will crown the FedEx Cup champion at the end of the four events and finished second behind champion Adam Scott by just one stroke.

But the back injury had plagued his performance throughout the last round of the event as he complained of severe pain on his lower back during the final seven holes. Tiger has attributed the injury to sleeping in the soft mattresses of the hotel he was staying in and the back spasm brought Tiger to his knees on the 13th.

Tiger Woods tied for second place at The Barclays along with Gary Woodland, Graham DeLaet and Justin Rose and he will no doubt, feel hard done at not being able to mount a challenge for the title especially as he was so close to Scott before the injury cost him the match.

When asked about his participation at the Deutsche Bank Championship this weekend, Tiger remained non-committal. He mentioned that it is all hypothetical at the moment and added that he just got off the course and was not feeling his best at the moment to confirm or deny his participation.

The Deutsche Bank Championship is organized by the foundation that Tiger Woods promotes and is the second event in the list of four playoff events for the FedEx Cup and although he might not be able to compete, his place at the Tour Championship at the end of the season will not be in jeopardy because of it.

Mickelson feels Rose will now be free

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American golfing legend Phil Mickelson has tipped Justin Rose for more triumphs in major championships in the future after his breakthrough at last month’s US Open in Merion. The American also admitted his own disappointment after he finished as the runner up for the sixth time at the event as Rose overcame his challenge to take the silver trophy. But before he teed off at the Scottish Open, Lefty stated that although he feels some disappointment, he feels happy for Rose after he managed to break his major duck at his 37th attempt.

Mickelson himself needed 46 attempts before he went on to bag his first ever major title when he bagged the US Masters in 2004 before going on to win two more major championships in the next two years and currently has four major championships in his trophy cabinet. According to the 43 year old, who also suffered a defeat at the hands of the Florida based Englishman in the Ryder Cup, the first major win is the toughest because it was what a golfer wants the most and tries almost too hard for it.

He mentioned that after one gets the monkey off his back, it becomes a lot easy and one can free wheel it and he believes Justin will also feel a lot less pressure now. He mentioned that he has followed the career of Rose since 1998 when he finished fourth at the Open as a 17 year old before suffering a low point after which he surged back to the top once again.

Mickelson mentioned that Rose is an incredible striker of the ball and a brilliant golf player before adding that although he is disappointed over his own result, he is happy for the success that Rose achieved which was long overdue.

Fore! Game review

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If you are the sort of person who keeps up to date with all the latest releases from the world of online casinos then you’ll probably know that there are brand new games released every week, and on some sites every day. These can range from a different theme for a blackjack table to a brand new design for a slot machine and more in between.

The connoisseur knows that there can be a great deal of difference between one slot machine and the next and so it’s easy to understand why there might be a great deal of excitement around the launch of a brand new slot machine. Continue reading ‘Fore! Game reviewrgb’

Focus on Paul Casey

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Paul Casey was born in Cheltenham on July 21, 1977. He is a professional golfer who has a membership of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. He has been ranked third by the Official World Golf Ranking.

He went to Cleves school, Weybridge and then Hampton school. He went to the Arizona State University with a Golf Scholarship. He was the first American to win the three consecutive Pac-10 championships on 1998, 1999 and 2000). He also won the English Amateur in 1999 and 2000. He was the only player in past seventy seven years to set a record of four victories without a single defeat when he played for the Walker Cup team representing Great Britain and Ireland in 1999.

Paul Casey turned professional in 2001. After joining the European Tour in May 2001, Paul Casey recorded a win in his eleventh event. It was the Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship. He ended that season at the 22nd rank on the order of merit. He collected the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award later that same year. He then went on to win the ANZ Championship and the Benson and Hedges International Open in 2003. Pushing him to the 6th position on the order of merit. 2004 prove to b disappointing, as he failed to win any single’s awards that year. But he was included in the European Ryder team that became the winner.

He also won the WGC-World Cup for England backed by Luke Donald. His Ryder Cup membership helped him qualify for the membership of the U.S. based tour (PGA Tour) for 2005, though he still mainly plays in Europe only. In January 2007 he reached the 13th rank. Paul Casey won the HSBC World Match Play Championship by beating Shaun Michael in 2006. On 5th April 2009 he went on to win his first PGA tour title at the Shell Houston Open in a one-hole playoff. This win pushed him to a 6th rank in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Spoony – Interview at Golf Live 2012

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