There are many ways to qualify — excuse me, receive an invitation to the hallowed grounds of Augusta National to play in the Masters Tournament every April. Well, actually, there are 19 different ways, one of which is to finish in the top 50 in the Final Official World Golf Ranking for the previous calendar year.
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It seems like just a few years ago the European Tour was gaining momentum in its claim for star power that rivaled the U.S. PGA Tour. Wait, it was!
With the economic downturn in Europe and loss of sponsors, many of its finest players have decided to jump ship and base themselves in America (while still maintaining their European Tour membership but keeping the number of starts at the bare minimum). With the PGA Tour boasting 28 of the top 30 players in world rankings in the upcoming 2013 season, the U.S. defection movement is now complete, wouldn’t you say? (continue reading…)
Still air, sky-high temperatures and soft conditions appear to have a knack for producing low, low scoring. Who knew?
The first round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, held this year on Mission Hills’ Olazabal layout (the positively sprawling venue now boasts of 12 “championship” designs and a further 180 holes), yielded two rounds of 65, four of 66 and a further 20 that dipped below the (nominal) par of 72.
Not bad for a shortened field, even if it is one populated almost exclusively by the best and brightest of world golf (no Tiger or Rory, though: they’re the subjects of *sigh* another appearance fee controversy!). (continue reading…)
No way this Sunday at the Masters will come even close to matching the excitement of last year’s finish, right? After all, Phil Mickelson’s record at the Masters and love affair with Augusta National speaks for itself. In the 19 of the last 21 Masters, the winner has come from the final twosome…
As I was typing the above sentences, Louis Oosthuizen made a double- eagle from 260 yards on the par-5 No. 2. I was watching from our personal mini-TVs in the press center and you know when you just see the ball rolling toward the pin and you have a good feeling about it — you’re thinking, wait, I don’t know if it’s just the angle, but that’s rolling right at the hole. I mean, it looks perfect! And it was. (continue reading…)
AUGUSTA, Ga. — In the near-blinding setting sun on the final hole of the day, Phil Mickelson lined up his putt and prepared to give it a ride. He had done this twice before this week, his final scorecard be damned, and he was prepared to do it once more to try and lock up a spot in the final pairing for Sunday’s final round. Seven-under would be a nice score, but eight-under? Yeah, 8-under would be something else.
Former Open champion Paul Lawrie reclaimed his place amongst the sport’s elite by securing his seventh European Tour title at the awkwardly-dubbed Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy this afternoon. (continue reading…)
I doubt Robert Rock will sleep soundly tonight. (continue reading…)
Alvaro Quiros arrived at the final hole of the Dubai World Championship– a sinuous, uphill par-5– with a one-shot advantage over Paul Lawrie and two over World Number One Luke Donald. (continue reading…)
If the form of most players is best represented by a gently rolling sine wave, where modest peaks and troughs betoken a fundamental consistency, that of Alvaro Quiros is best likened to the heart monitor read-out of a hospital patient in spasm.
At his worst, the Spaniard’s a fixture at the outer limits of the golf course; a ball-striker with all the accuracy of a high-powered potato gun. But at his very best, he’s an irresistible talent. (continue reading…)
Lo, Robert Karlsson came down from on high and declared the Earth course a ball-striker’s paradise. And so it came to pass. (continue reading…)