McDowell clarifies comments made on Woods

Northern Irish golfer Graeme McDowell has taken to the popular micro blogging site Twitter to clear the air about certain comments he made about Tiger Woods last week during a press meet.

McDowell spoke to a group from the media during his appearance at the Arnold Palmer Invitational which took place in Florida and a part of his interview made its way into the official website of the US PGA Tour where it is written how the Northern Irishman believes that Tiger has lost that force field of invincibility that used to surround him during his heyday.
He also added that the aura emanating from him is that strong anymore.

G-Mac also commented that that doesn’t change the fact that he is still Tiger Woods, the greatest player he has ever seen or played with in his opinion. McDowell also said that he doesn’t remember the first time he played with him but remembers that he had a certain ‘wow’ factor surrounding him. It was almost as if he was playing a different game than he was. But he also said that players get older and things change and that is how it should be.

And now, McDowell has taken to Twitter to comment on the interview saying that some of the comments he made during that interview have been taken out of context as well. He wrote that 90% of the questions he was asked during the press meet at Bay Hill were about Tiger speculating where his game was at the moment.

He also wrote that many of the comments he had made were taken out of context and spun in a negative light which didn’t make good reading when reviewed later. He also hailed the impact Woods has had on the sport in his brief rebuttal on Twitter.

Dream Comes True For Shannon Sykora

Two years ago one of the most ecstatic things happened in the life of Shannon Sykora when he was named the coach for the Barry University Women’s golf. However he was appointed as the interim coach at that time meaning that his job would be a temporary one. But that did not diminish the enthusiasm for the love towards the sport and that led him to finish his team in the third spot in the nation and along with that his team is also ranked second in the while country. His success also had several other feathers when a junior player from Venezuela who was also one of his team members became the first player to become the national champion from her school. Apart from her there were other very important players too who played key roles to achieve this feat. Given below are some of the names along with their achievements under Shannon:
• Maria Paola Fioro- she is a team leader and also one of Shannon’s starting players.
• Nicky Ferre- so far this season she has reached the Division II and has also been in the second rank. To add to this she has also finished in the top five in four major tournaments till now.
• Francesca Perini- she is a junior from Italy but has been in the good books of Shannon. He once said that she is a very good scorer and also a strong putter. Quite a compliment for a junior player.
• Daniela Murray- she is also a junior player but she is from Brazil. She is said to have a short and she is very precise.
• Martina Bertuccioli- so far in the first four tournaments this Argentina freshman was selected to be in the starting lineup for Shannon’s team.

McDowell and Rory McIlroy to play in Irish Open

Rory McIlroy and fellow countryman Graeme McDowell have confirmed their participation in the Irish Open which is scheduled to take place early next summer in what is being seen as a huge boost to the event.

The confirmation came after the European Tour sanctioned a change of date for the event and it enabled the duo from the Northern Irish province of Ulster to throw their names into the mix for the Irish Open title.

A proposal had been made so that the Irish Open be moved ahead in the calendar on the European Tour by a week, immediately after the end of the US Open which will take place at Pinehurst at a meeting of the Europe’s Tournament Players Committee, and now, the European Tour has sanctioned the proposal, which will allow two of Northern Ireland’s biggest sporting icons to return to their home event.

There was also discussion in the meeting regarding a regulation that would make it mandatory for a European Tour member to play in the primary event at their home and another event on the European Tour. Both Rory McIlroy as well as Graeme McDowell had long stated that they are committed to the Irish Open but the date of the event for next season would have clashed with the Scottish Open, which both of them wanted to play in.

But now, with this date change, both McDowell and his younger compatriot have no hurdles stopping them from playing in their home event.

And Paul McGinley, he Ryder Cup captain for the European Tour also hailed the efforts of the European Tour to ensure players play in their home events. He stated that the Irish Open would have lost a lot of charm without Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy present and this has been a great step.

FedEx Cup 2013

Pro golf player Steve Stricker, now 46, may have got the rule for playing on the PGA Tour. By taking the decision quite early to only take part in few golf events and spend some extra time with his friends and family members, he might have put up a draft for the rest of the golfers to follow. Now, Steve has reached to FedEx Cup Playoffs in a relaxed and rested mood ready to go the course.

Let’s see how it worked for the veteran golfer who is looking to join Champions Tour in years to come. Stricker played in 11 tournaments, made 11 cuts, ended in the top 10 six times. He has taken around US$ 3.5 Million dollars that does not add what looks to be a hefty paycheck at BMW Championship.

The thing that Stricker did not act this year, was to seal a tournament. Earlier in the year, Steve ended 2nd next to US golfer Tiger Woods at WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral. He even did not take part on the 1st week of the play offs to attend marriage ceremony. Steve was able to start his playoff campaign in 20th spot. After ending 2nd at Deutsche Bank, he made it to the 8th spot.

Steve is 1 stroke off the lead at the Conway Farms as the game begins on Sunday, and endures to get out of there in the 4th spot if he ends in 2nd position or better. Jim Furyk has got the lead when they tee it up, but people have seen Jim fold in a final round several times earlier for couple of years. Therefore, the door could be open for Steve to get to Atlanta as high as 2nd spot.

Faldo warned Rory McIlroy about switch

Golfing legend Nick Faldo had warned former world number one Rory McIlroy about making wholesale changes to his golfing equipments, making his highly publicized switch from Titleist equipments to Nike Golf.

According to Faldo, he always thought the switch was a bad idea and added that he had warned the youngster about making the switch. The Hall of Famer is currently training for his return to competitive golf at the British Open this month when he will turn 56 years of age and he echoed his prophetic warning again.

Speaking to reporters, Faldo stated that the former world number one simply messed up the winning formula that had worked for him so well and had won his two major titles. He went on to state that Rory McIlroy went from rookie of the year to world number one in the space of a year with an equipment company and thought that he could do it again with Nike Golf. He mentioned that he had held this belief from the very beginning and had even tweeted about it when the move was announced that it was an extremely dangerous idea.

The Northern Irishman has had the worst possible year for a professional golfer, especially for someone who is ranked at number two in the world and he has struggled to stay on the course on several occasions, missing the cut of four occasions already this year.

Things turned so bad that Nike Golf had to turn to Paul Casey to defend the company after Rory’s debacle and Casey’s success at the Irish Open. But according to Nick Faldo, golf is a lot about the feel of the ball and with this new equipment, he doesn’t think Rory McIlroy is feeling that anymore and that his resulted in the disastrous outcomes this season.

Focus on Luke Donald

Luke Campbell Donald was born on the 7th of December 1977. He is an English professional golfer. He has his membership in both the European Tour and the PGA Tour.

The year 2011 proved to be extremely awarding for the talented golfer who has been ranked 1st by the official world golf rankings. He has won several tournaments and awards that very year. He created history by becoming the first ever player to win both the money lists on the PGA and European Tours the very same year. He won both the PGA tour money list and the European Race to Dubai.

He is the first English upon whom the PGA Tour Player of the year has been bestowed upon. This lead to his achievement of the honorary life membership of the European Tour in 2011.
After winning the BMW PGA Championship, at Wentworth club on the 26 May 2011 Luke Donald became the 1st rank holder in The Official World Golf Ranking. Which was consistent for 40 weeks between May 2011 and March 2012. On 27 may 2012 he again won the BMW PGA Championship and regained his number one world rank.

He has a total of 7 European tour wins in a span of 8 years that started with the 2004 Scandinavian Masters started by Carlsberg, where he defeated Peter Hanson to the first position and securing himself a place in world golf scenario. He has 1 Japan golf tour win (Dunlop Phoenix Tournament,18 November 2012) to his credit and many other small tour too. He recently sparked controversy when he appeared 6 months late to collect the award for his victory in Japan. The winner’s prize was queer, it included a cow besides the usual winner’s trophy and a check. In 2013 Luke Donald has opened the season at the Riviera Club in Northern Trust Open.

Focus on Webb Simpson

Webb Simpson is a professional golfer from the United States of America who is a part of the US PGA Tour, and claimed worldwide fame when he won the US Open title in 2012.

Simpson has been an ardent golfer since his very childhood and has claimed in several interviews that it was his dream to become a professional golfer when he grew up and claim at least one major championship as a pro. But the journey to the top has not been always smooth for the American.

As an amateur golfer, Simpson was part of the United States of America team that won the Walker Cup as well as the Palmer Cup in a sweep in 2007 and first came to the notice of several professionals who marveled at his huge talent. Webb Simpson received the Arnold Palmer scholarship and played on the golf team for the Wake Forest University. Simpson turned professional after his graduation from the university and began playing on the Nationwide Tour where he finished in second place on two occasions, drawing even more attention to him.

Simpson finally managed to earn his right to play in the US PGA Tour when he finished in seventh at the US PGA Tour Qualifying School in 2008. But he had to wait for a further three years before laying his hands on the first trophy on the US PGA Tour when he won the Wyndham Championship, before following it up with a win in the FedEx Cup playoff event in the Deutsche Bank Championship. These wins helped Simpson to climb up the money list and he finished the season on second.

But what made Webb Simpson a household name was his win at the US Open in 2012 on the back of a miracle last round of golf.

Webb Simpson takes part in Sony Open

US pro golfer Webb Simpson is the only present major champ in the Sony Open field on the PGA Tour for this week. The defending US Open champ was all set to take part in the final round of Hyundai Tournament of Champions and after that go to Hawaii to Honolulu to take part in Sony sponsored championship.

Webb won his 1st major event last June. Some people may tell that this was an event which Jim Furyk lost but Webb played the back 9 in 1-under par. He played his top golf when the pressure was really acute.

The US Open offers a worthy champ because of the different demands of the tournament. The US PGA philosophy states, “A US Open course should test all forms of shot making, mental tenacity, and physical endurance under conditions of extreme pressure found only at the highest levels of championship golf.”

Jim was the best golfer for sixty nine holes but after that he faltered to allow Webb to be victorious in the US Open. The champ got up and down from a tough lie apart from the 18th green and at last he had the mental power to set a clubhouse aim which could not be accomplished.

After becoming victorious in the Open, Webb touched a career high of No. 5 in world rankings. But after that he has slipped to eleventh spot in the new rankings. He took part in Ryder Cup but lost his match against Ian Poulter.

Phil Mickelson stumbles

Golfer Phil Mickelson had a bad day as he went into the Farmers Insurance Open. In spite of making bogeys at the seventeenth and 18th holes at the Torrey Pines’ South Course on Friday, Phil Mickelson just made the cut. He shot seventy one in the rain to end at one under 143.

Phil had real trouble in keeping his hands dry in spite of donning gloves on both hands at the round’s end. He said that the cut was the last thing on his mind – he was attempting to make 1 or 2 birdies to get within striking distance.

After this week, Phil Mickelson will take part in Northern Trust Open, Waste Management Phoenix Open and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Last weekend, Phil Mickelson was tied for thirty seventh spot in the Humana Challenge. Phil said that he would like to see whether he could get it turned around and get the things going again.

In spite of his current poor form, he remains one of the favourites for the US Open, with online betting firm Unibet making him their one to watch as he attempts to pick up another Major.

A few days ago, Phil’s statements about the tax laws raised few eyebrows, but soon after that he cleared his views in a statement. He said that he just loves what he does. He love and appreciate the golf as well as the people who surround this game. He is as motivated as he has ever been to work on his game, to compete and win golf events.

Poulter Keen to be in Action at the Ryder Cup

Ian Poulter, one of the wildcard holder of the European Ryder Cup team, can’t wait for too long to get started with the Ryder Cup. Jose Maria Olazabal, the skipper of the European Team, picked Poulter for his Ryder Cup team. It will be for 4th time that Poulter will be appearing for the Ryder Cup.

Ryder Cup has always been a special preference for Poulter. Although he was not amongst his best touch since last few months but he was absolutely sure that he would make it to the Ryder Cup team. Recently he tied for the 3rd place at the PGA Championship but he was denied the automatic spot as Sergio Garcia bagged the victory in the Wyndham Championship.

The other wildcard holder, Belgium’s Nicolas Closaerts, is also very excited to be the member of the team. He will be the first ever Belgian to make it to the Ryder Cup. Poulter, too, is happy about him and said that Colsaerts has improved a lot in recent days. Talking about the European Team Ian Poulter asserts that they do have a strong side with a wide range of variety. He also states that the US team, too, possesses some great quality. As the Ryder Cup is taking place in long and vast Medinah, the US players will have an advantage because they generally hit longer that the Europeans.

Ian Poulter became the father of his son earlier this year. So it seems that he is eager to put up a great show and win it for Europe as a gift to his son. After missing some tournaments when he came back to the game he played superbly in the European Tour and the PGA Championship though didn’t manage to register a victory. While talking about the Ryder Cup he says that he loves the US crowd cheering after a good shot or a difficult putt and has asked to Bring It On!