Apr 222013

It was great to see Graeme Mc Dowell winning at Harbour Town Links, Hilton Head over the weekend. The years spent on the Valley course at Royal Portrush have no doubt helped his career and he may well have used the knowledge gained in yesterday’s playoff. The win could be the platform he needs to feature in majors this year as well as the other events on his schedule. No doubt family and friends were raising their glasses in the Rathmore clubhouse last night and anticipating repeat performances in the months to follow.

Well done G Mac.

Apr 122013

Totally disgraceful comes to mind or perhaps something a little stronger regarding the decision to penalise Tianlang Guan at the Masters today. The decision taken by John Paramor( European Tour Rules Official ) will send shock waves around the world. We have a fourteen year old boy who is playing in the biggest tournament of his young life, many miles from home with his school books and he gets a decision like this. I was of the understanding that children were being encouraged to take up sport and put down the play station. Tianlang has to be commended for his attitude in his post round interview today where he spoke beyond his years and is a credit to his parents and nation. Mr Paramor will no doubt be sitting down to his 5 course a-la-carte meal this evening washed down with the beverage of his choice and not caring a jot.

Paramor also penalised the late and great Seve for slow play on two occasions. Seve refused to alter his scorecard and was susequently disqualified from the Italian Open.

Fingers crossed that Tianlang makes the cut and goes on to win low amateur.

Apr 072013

In looking forward to this year’s first major golf tournament in the form of the Masters from Augusta, Georgia ,can we achieve a European winner? There are several contenders from a Non -USA perspective. Top of the tee, you would like to go for Rory. However, I just cannot see it happening. I consider the switch to Nike was a bad call .He has played Titleist clubs all his life and they have never let him down. As we stand in mid-April I believe Rory still has doubts in the back of his mind if he made the correct decision. If it is money you are after, he was spot on but if you want to be remembered as a true legend, multiple major winner etc, I do not think so. O.K. the man from Holywood Golf Club has two majors but so has Andy North. “Andy who?” I can hear you saying.
What about Mr Westwood. He has a chance to be in the shake up but to win it, he better ask Luke Donald to putt for him.
Or perhaps Ian Poulter? He likes to be known as the “Postman”, because the postman always delivers .He blows hot and cold. Sometimes, you can find the house but not the letterbox. Very similar to his beloved Arsenal but there is no diving in the box at Augusta.
What about Justin Rose? He could be in the last couple of groups on Sunday. I was looking for big things from him this year after he took Mickelson’s scalp at last year’s Ryder Cup. He has got all the shots and can drive it as good as Westwood and can roll them in as he proved at Valhalla.
If there is no success from Europe, let’s hope the boys from South Africa in Messrs Schwartzel and Oosthuizen can bring it home.

Mar 252013


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 The Battle of Supremacy- Young v Old or Brave v Bold

Anyone familiar with the golfing saying “I let my clubs do the talking for me”? As the rivalry continues between Tiger and Rory for the position of world number 1, there is one player whose clubs are somewhat silent as Tiger takes over the top spot today.

Rory’s decision not to play at last week’s Bay Hill tournament, will be vindicated if he can win the Master’s next month. However it may be viewed as a little disrespectful to Mr Palmer, after The King’s achievements in golf and what he continually contributes to the sport. Furthermore, Rory is now a Florida resident and given the choice of watching your girlfriend play tennis in Miami or taking part in Mr Palmer’s tournament could only have been made from the heart. Did Rory feel that he could not beat Woods over four rounds at Bay Hill?

Could the mantle of World # 1 be too heavy for Rory’s shoulders to carry? The endless demands for his time are hard to reject, but when Rory puts his mind to it, he gets the job done and blows the field away by several shots. Is it now time for Rory to take a leaf out of Tiger’s book and reclaim top spot?