Tournament of Champions. Jimmy Walker Leads the Way

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Jimmy Walker leads the way after the first round of the SBS Tournament of Champions at the Kapalua Plantation course in Hawaii.

Shorter driver, better results for Walker

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Jimmy shortened his driver shaft to 42 inches, to get control, and it certainly  helped as he carded -8 under par 65 to lead the Tournament of Champions by two shots in Hawaii;

“I just feel like I’ve got more control. I feel like the golf swing is better at that length for me, and that’s where I’ve always struggled, the longer the club got.”

“So that’s the thinking. More fairways is what I’m looking for.”

“Last year I didn’t drive it as well as I would have liked to have.” 

“So I just kind of got to thinking. It was just kind of an experiment. I decided to cut one down and threw some tape on it and liked it.”

“It looks weird and sometimes it feels a little weird on the golf course, but I’ve been playing with it for about three weeks at home.”

“I’ve since had Titleist make me a new one at that length, and I’ve been enjoying hitting it.”

Jim Herman, Justin Thomas and Ryan Moore all share second place, those two shots back at -6 under par, following their opening efforts of 67.

Ryan was  -4 under par through just five holes, without making  birdie. A hole out Eagle on the par four 3rd, was followed by another Eagle on the par five 5th, making a great putt;

“I don’t think I’ve ever been four under through five holes or whatever and not make a birdie.”

“It was nice to hole out on three, and then hit a great shot there into the par five, and was able to knock that putt in. Yeah, nice way to start the year.”

It took Jim a long time to make it onto the PGA Tour, a helping hand from Donald Trump made all the difference;

“He’s the same guy to me, but now I get to call him Mr. President.”

“I’d like to say that I always believed it but it’s a pretty long way from being assistant pro to a tournament winner on the PGA TOUR.”

“Obviously, it’s attainable and I hope everyone that’s out there grinding and trying knows that they can do it; if I did it, anybody can.”

“Did I ever think I would be here at that time, 2005? This is a long way from there, 12 years.”



Hero World Challenge. Hideki Holds The Aces.

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Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, holds all the aces going into the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas.

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Hideki shot -7 under pr 65 to lead the Hero World Challenge after 54 holes with a -19 under par total, and a comfortable seven shot advantage over his nearest rivals.

Henrik Stenson, -6 under par 66 today and Dustin Johnson with a miserly even par round of 72 are the two players closest to the leader, both at -12 under par.

The reason Tiger is not leading the competition, according to him was that he could not putt today;

“I didn’t hit the ball that poorly today, but hit bad putts in the middle part of the round.”

Even President elect Donald Trump was pleased to see Tiger back, he tweeted

@TigerWoods: Can’t wait to get back out there and mix it up with the boys. –TW ” Great to have you back Tiger – Special!


Tiger is Headed Back to No.1

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Tigers win at Doral on The Blue Monster could be the signal that he is finally headed back to his much coveted Number One Spot in golf.

The great Sam Snead was 45 when he won his 76th tournament, Tiger is eight years younger than Sam was, and he already has 77. During his career Sam won a record 82 PGA Tour events, including seven Majors.  It will not be long before Tiger eclipses that record of Sam’s, and a victory at the Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Invitational in two weeks would return him to the top spot in the world rankings.

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In Tiger’s favor, Rory McIlroy is going through a slump in form, and despite a friendly threat from Arnold Palmer, Rory apparently does not intend to play at Bay Hill, but he will play the Shell Houston Open, scheduled for March 28-31, two weeks before The Masters. But by then if Tiger wins at Arnold Palmers place, and he is the defending Champion, Rory will already have lost his Number One tag.

WGC-Championships, Tiger is on the Prowl

Tiger Woods is on the prowl at the WGC-Championships at the Blue Monster Cadillac Championship, carding a second round of -7 under par 65, to lead the tournament by two shots from Graeme McDowell.

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The sparks began to fly on the par-3 fourth hole, the toughest on TPC Blue Monster at Trump Doral, with a  4-iron hit with a slight fade towards the left edge of the green, Tiger heard the crowd cheer as the slope and the grain took the ball to within 4 feet of the cup, and he converted for a birdie. He has now made 17 birdies in two rounds, his best ever result on the PGA TOUR, though that wasn’t the most important number.

Tiger said that is all it takes to get him really going, just one good shot;

“It left me a two-shot lead, all I need is one shot, and as soon as I feel it on one, I can pretty much carry through. And I did that today.”

Two shots behind Tiger,who has a tournament total of -13 under par, is Graeme McDowell. who had a second round of -5 under par 67. which gave him his total of -11 under par for the tournament. Graeme expects the greens, which  are already firm and crusty under a week of sunshine and dry air, to get worse. He was pretty cynical with his remarks;

“I guess they can let this place go since they’re going to tear it up on Monday.”

Donald Trump, who owns the entire resort plans a big makeover on TPC Blue Monster, with construction to start right after the tournament. If that’s the case, it could be reminiscent of the Arnold Palmer Invitational a year ago, where Tiger  outlasted G-Mac on the final day.

Graeme continued with his assessment of this tournament;

“Tomorrow is not about winning the golf tournament, tomorrow is about maintaining position, maintaining the way I’m playing and trying to give myself a chance come Sunday afternoon. It doesn’t really matter who I’m playing with tomorrow, Tiger always brings his own interesting little circus inside the ropes. But like I say, I’ve been there many times and I always look forward to playing with him. I saw Phil sneaking up the leaderboard there behind me and I said; Let’s spoil this party tomorrow. I’m sure they would have liked Tiger and Phil in the last group tomorrow, but I certainly will enjoy the position of being in the last group. That’s where I want to be.”

Tied in third position at -10 under par are Phil Mickleson and Steve Stricker, Steve gave Tiger a tip about putting, he may be thinking right now that was probably not a wise thing to do, and he said as much;

” Yes and no, not really. It’s good to see him putting well and playing well. It’s good for us, it’s good for the game.”

World Number One Rory McIlroy had six birdies today, along with three bogies, at least he is in red numbers and is buoyed up by the thoughts of improvement;

“It’s nice to shoot something in the 60s, definitely something to build on over the next couple of days.I saw a lot of positives, I saw a lot of good signs out there. It’s about the ball‑striking and the ball‑striking is getting there. Days like today were very pleasing because it shows that I’m going in the right direction.”

Rory is currently at -2 under par for the tournament, tied in 32nd place.

Belfry golf resort 4 Sale- Alert Donald Trump

The Belfry golf resort has been put up for sale, the current owner has not made a very good attempt at realizing the potential of this famous golf course and hotel. Seán Quinn jnr, bought the hotel and golf course for £186 million. The Belfry hotel and golf course near Birmingham, which has hosted the Ryder Cup four times, is now valued at £88 million. The debt on the property is owed to Bank of Ireland, Barclays and Certus.Photograph: courtesy the Belfry

Somebody call Donald Trump, he seems to be the man who has the ability and experience to rescue this great venue. I have played there myself quite a few times when I was living in England, it was one of the best courses available for the average golfer. Playing this course enabled me to see exactly what the Ryder Cup guys faced in competition. Definitely not a track for the faint hearted, I loved it, although I did not score too well. Guess I spent too much time just admiring the layout.