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31 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup


Nick Faldo: 'My first pick is going to be Monty. Only kidding...'

So, Ian Poulter and Paul Casey, eh? There was a mixed reaction to Nick Faldo's wildcard picks here at IGWT, but whatever way you look at it, Poults and Casey have just made a bleedin' strong team look that little bit stronger. 'I feel very good about those two picks,' said Captain Faldo.



Gregory Havret: 'Who's going to pick up this dry cleaning bill, eh?'

What is it with Gregory Havret and Scotland, eh? The balding Frenchman had to endure a tricky final round, but a three-under 70 was enough to give him a one shot victory over Graeme Storm at the Johnnie Walker Championship.

Faced with a tricky up and down from the bunker at the final hole, Havret holed a testing putt to win his second title on Scottish soil in as many years. Had it not been for a slow start, Storm may well have won the whole thing. However, he had to settle for a 68, enough to give him sole possession of second place on thirteen-under.

Peter Hanson and David Howell finished in a tie for third, and Justin Rose booked his place at Valhalla, ending tied fifth with German Marcel Siem. Other players we know and love include Nick 'we thought you were mates with Faldo' Dougherty (T7), Bradley Dredge (T7) and Michael Campbell (T10).


31 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup


Valhalla GC, Kentucky: Who's been burning rubber on the fairways again?

Take a look at Valhalla Golf Club's (venue for the Ryder Cup if you didn't know) fourth and fifth holes. Both of 'em are par fours, the one to the left goes by the name of 'Short 'N Sweet' and measures 375 yards, and on the right we have the 463-yard 'Fade Away.' We can't decide which one we love the most...


31 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | PGA Tour | The PGA Tour


Tim Clark: 'Look Mum, I'm on the big screen...'


You'd usually be pretty happy with a 62 in the second round of a tournament, unless you're South Africa's Tim Clark, who was this close to carding a 59 on the second day of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Clark managed two eagles in the space of three holes as well as seven birdies, but two bogeys on the final pair of holes denied him the magic number. Still, it was good enough to put him on 14-under, one shot clear of Canada's Mike Weir, who carded a 68 to go with his first round 61.

Things are certainly hotting up at TPC Boston, as Ben Curtis, Vijay Singh (both tied for third), Jim Furyk, Kevin Streelman, IGWT pick Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els (all tied fifth) fins themselves within three of the South African.

Players to miss the cut include birthday boy Padraig Harrington, Paul Casey, Sean O'Hair and Ian Poulter. See how much Poults cares though, what with a Ryder Cup wildcard pick already in the bag...



Padraig Harrington: 37 years on, we still don't know what this face about...

On this day in 1971, in a field next to a farm, Padraig Harrington (or Porridge as we like to call him here at IGWT) was born in Ballyroan in Dublin. A Walker Cup player in 1995, his first professional victory came at the Spanish Open a year later, but he had to wait another four years until his second European Tour victory at The Brazil Open.



Darren Clarke: 'Is this camp enough for you, Mr.Photgrapher?'

Gregory Havret will take a one shot lead into the final day of the Johnnie Walker Championship after a third round 69. The Frenchman - who's been as solid as a stale baguette all week - is on eleven-under par, giving him a slender lead over England's Anthony Wall.

Wall's not his only worry, however, as IGWT pick Soren Hansen, David Howell, Marcel Siem and Lee Westwood all occupy third spot on nine-under. And just when he thought he could breathe again, there's the small matter of Bradley Dredge, Justin Rose and Graeme Storm on eight-under.

After an interesting third day, heaven knows who Faldo is going to pick as his wildcards on Sunday. He could choose Nick Dougherty (T16), Paul McGinley (T21), Oliver Wilson (T25), Darren Clarke (T38)... but probably not Colin Montgomerie (T54).


30 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup


This is how Ryder Cup teams should be dressed...

Seventeen American players - 12 of whom were chosen to play - arrive at Paddington Station for the 1929 Ryder Cup. The second Ryder Cup was played at Moortown GC, Leeds, and two thousand spectators saw Great Britain win with hail and heavy snow pouring down one point.


30 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | PGA Tour | The PGA Tour


Mike Weir: 'God, what have I done to deserve this miserable 61?'

He may have got rid of his playoff beard, but that didn't stop Canadian lefty Mike Weir carding a half-decent ten-under 61 in the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. That was good enough to put him at the top pf the pile if you hadn't already gathered...

Weir pocketed ten birdies and holed 120 feet worth of putts - including a 60-footer for eagle at the last - matching Vijay Singh's course record set in 2006. Speaking of Vijay, the Fijian finds himself in second place with John Merrick, Briny Baird and Heath Slocum, all of whom opened with 64s.

Other players in the mix include Ben Curtis (T6), Ernie Els, and IGWT faves Anthony Kim and Kevin Streelman (all tied eighth). Out of our picks, Sergio Garcia and Geoff Ogilvy are both tied for 19th, but Robert Allenby has a lot to do down in tied 67th.



David Duval: 'Honest Jim, I can barely notice that bald patch...'

On this day in 1998, David Duval won the NEC World Series of Golf by two strokes over Phil Mickelson, with an 11 under par score of 269. David Robert Duval was born in 1971, in Jacksonville, Florida. The U.S Junior Amateur Champion in 1989, he turned pro in 1993 and earned his PGA card in 1995. Since then, Duval has racked up 13 wins on Tour and one major, the 2001 British Open.



Gregory Havret: Does he use the same dentist as Padraig?

We thought Gregory Havret would vanish from the top of the leaderboard after the second round of the Johnnie Walker Classic, but the Frenchman is obviously better at golf than we thought. Havret added a 68 in the second round to give him a one stroke lead going into le weekend (shocking French - Ed).

Robert Rock was, as ever, solid as a brick; he shot another 70 to move to six-under, one behind Havret. Bradley Dredge and Peter Whiteford are tied for third spot on five-under, and Michael Campbell's renaissance continues after he shot a bonza 69, which moves him into tied fifth with Soren Hansen, David Howell and Gary Orr.

Other players under par and in with a faint shout include Ian Poulter's best buddy, Colin Montgomerie, as well as Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Nick Dougherty and IGWT pick Paul McGinley.


Colin Montgomerie: That anti-wrinkle cream seems to be working well...

Talk about Ryder Cup wildcard handbags, eh? Grumpy old Colin Montgomerie has continued his verbal assault on Ian Poulter, who denied earlier this week that he'd already been given a wildcard pick from Captain Faldo (great name for a superhero that - Ed). Granted, Poults is good mates with Faldo, but there's no need for Monty to accuse our spiky-haired mate of having a 'hotline' to the European captain.


29 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup


Henrik Stenson: 'I did ask for a yellow and blue wig to be fair. Ah well...'

Sweden's Henrik Stenson celebrates a European victory at The K Club in 2006... with a funky lime green wig on, naturally. In what can only be described as a comfortable win, this was the third time on the trot that Europe's finest had given the States a whooping.



Gregory Havret: Is that one of those belly shaft things, Greg? Shame on you...

We thought some of the big names looking for a wildcard spot were supposed to be on top of the pile at the Johnnie Walker Classic, not Gregory Havret? Fair play to the Frenchman, who shot a five-under 68 to put himself two shots clear of a chasing pack comprising Paul Broadhurst, Christian Cevaer and Gary Orr.

Other players inside the top ten include IGWT pick Soren Hansen and Bradley Dredge (both tied sixth), Martin Wiegle and Gregory Bourdy. Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood both opened with 72s, good enough to put them in a big group tied for 13th.

If Monty wants to get this wildcard pick, he'll certainly have to do better than his first round 71, as will Paul McGinley and Oliver Wilson, who are both tied for 68th after shooting 76.



David Graham: 'Is that Slade over there on the next hole?'

On this day in 1976, David Graham won the American Golf Classic by four strokes over namesake Lou Graham. Anthony David Graham was born in 1946, in Windsor, Australia and turned professional in 1962. Before joining the Champions Tour in 1996, Graham won 8 times on the PGA Tour, won the 1979 PGA Championship and the 1981 U.S Open.


28 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup


Bernhard Langer: 'Cramp. Oh the pain...'

He may be a Ryder Cup legend in his own right, but Langer will largely be remembered for that missed putt at Kiawah Island in 1991. All square going down the last, Langer conceded the Yanks' bogey putt, leaving himself a six-footer that would have tied things and retain the cup for Europe. His effort bobbled agonisingly wide, however, and America reclaimed the cup they had surrendered in 1985.

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28 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup


Justin Leonard: It was the shirts that caused the REAL controversy...

Despite going into the final day's singles 10-6 behind at Brookline in 1999, a remarkable US comeback saw chimp-faced Leonard emerge as hero of the hour. Faced with a 40-foot putt at the 17th against Jose Maria Olazabal to win the Ryder Cup, Leonard indeed holed out, sparking America's players and supporters to sprint onto the green in celebration... which caused a bit of fuss to say the least. Good thing we don't hold grudges here at IGWT...

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Seve Ballesteros


28 Aug, 08 | Comments [1] | Tags: Golf Central | The LPGA Tour


Momoko Ueda: Certainly not part of the LPGA's future plans...

After announcing plans earlier this week to have every player speaking English by the end of 2009 (or else), the LPGA has launched the second phase of its evil bid to make women's professional golf as Middle America as possible. IGWT can exclusively reveal that, as of July 4th, 2010, left-handed players will not be eligible to play on the LPGA Tour.


28 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | Golf Equipment


Taylor Made Burner Plus: It burns like a white-hot ember...


We've always been massive fans of Taylor Made's clobber here at IGWT. The M1 and Burner Bubble drivers, Roho and Nubbins putters... ahhh, them were the good old days. Anyway, they still make lovely golf sticks to be fair. All you have to do is look at their new Burner Plus irons...


28 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup


'And this is for spoiling the whole day with your mullet, Pavin...'

Mark O'Meara, the late Payne Stewart, captain Dave Stockton and Corey Pavin celebrate winning the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island. Dubbed 'The War on the Shore' in wake of the Gulf War, we'd like to remind everybody that it was just a golf tournament. Have some flippin' perspective...



Gene Littler: You know the deal by now. Third from left...

On this day in 1955, Gene Littler won the Labatt Open, the third of his four PGA titles that year. Gene Alec Littler was born in 1930 in San Diego. Nicknamed Gene The Machine on account of his smooth, fluid swinging style, Littler maintained that 'golf is not a game of great shots. It's a game of the most misses. The people who win make the smallest mistakes.'


Nick Faldo: 'Brockway and Torrance? Why not, eh?'

Those berks at our sister sites have been giving it the big 'un all week about who Nick Faldo's going to have as his wildcard picks. We told them to stick to the sports they're good at, but they wouldn't listen...

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Ian Poulter / Paul McGinley

Catflap Football

Colin Montgomerie / Ian Poulter

Eat Cricket

Colin Montgomerie / Darren Clarke

Scrum Of The Earth

Henrietta Brockway / Sam Torrance


27 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The LPGA Tour


Paula Creamer: 'A, B, C, H, Z... oh dammit.'

Stupid new rules introduced by the LPGA Tour will require the world's top females to speak English from 2009. It's all to do with players being able to interact with fans and sponsors, apparently. If a player fails the oral evaluation, she'll be suspended until the LPGA bigwigs feel she's met the criteria.

The ladies seem to be cool with it all, but we're not happy here at IGWT. Hasn't the LPGA Tour heard of discrimination, or racism for that matter? It's only a matter of time before those lawyers are on the case.

Imagine if Loren Ochoa couldn't actually speak English? 'Screw you guys, I'm going to play on another tour,' she'd say. We'll see how big your policy is without the world's best golfer...

If players have to speak English when playing in the States, it seems only fair that the likes of Gulbis and Creamer start brushing up on their Japanese, Korean and Mandarin for when they play abroad.

We'd love to see Gulbs get her head around Kenzaburō Ōe's 'Warera no kyoki o ikinobiru michi o oshieyo.'


27 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central


Any room for a Bet Detective on the end?

I don't care if Colin Montgomerie or Domingo Hospital get a wildcard pick for this Ryder Cup malarkey to be honest. I just want to pick a winner. Sorry to sound a bit heartless, but that's just the way it is in this business. I can't start getting emotionally attached to players, apart from Paul McGinley and Soren Hansen, that is...


27 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central


Sergio Garcia: 'Sod the questions, how about another game of peekaboo?'

You've got to feel sorry for Sergio Garcia, haven't you? Not if you're as cold-hearted as us you don't. Sure, he lost out at The PGA and The Barclays, but we didn't shed a tear for him here at IGWT. Anyway, it's only a matter of time before he actually wins something this year, which is why I'm going to lump big on him at this week's Deutsche Bank Championship...


27 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup


Henry Cotton: 'That's Sir Henry Cotton to you, laddie...'

Henry Cotton practices on the putting green at Wentworth in preparation for the 1953 Ryder Cup, which USA would go on to win. Cotton played in four Ryder Cups, and captained the Great Britain team in 1947 and 1953.



David Frost: Never really understood the concept of camouflage...

On this day in 1989, David Frost triumphed at the NEC World Series with a memorable two-hole playoff over Ben Crenshaw.  Not so memorable for you obviously, as you were still having mucus wiped off your eyeballs. South African Frost has ten PGA wins to his name since turning pro in 1981.


26 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central


Callaway X-Tour wedges: Time to show Lefty how to play a proper flop shot...

Boy oh boy have we got some sweet stuff to give away here at IGWT at the moment. Where to start? Well, how about the Callaway X-Tour wedges pictured above? Then again, you can't go wrong with a set of Nike SQ Sumo irons.

Want the whole shebang? Well, Ian Poulter's Cobra clubs, bag, Footjoy shoes and glove should be your cup of tea. If you're after your golfing fix but can't be bothered to hit the course, then we've got five copies of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 to give away.

So what on earth are you waiting for? Head over to our competitions page and get clicking...


26 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | Tiger Woods


Jesus Christ & Tiger Woods: 'Oh crap, I think it's going to rain, Tige...'

After Tiger Woods walked on and then hit a 75-yard approach off water last week, we've been wondering whether he is in fact better than Jesus. They've both pulled off a few feats in their time, but who'll come out on top in the IGWT head-to-head battle of the miracles?


26 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | World Of Random


Team USA: 'Cheer up Tiger, we've just won gold...'

Usain Bolt? Sure, he can run pretty fast, but we'd like to see him standing over a tricky downhill six-footer with the stimp running at 14. Michael Phelps? Yeah, he's handy in the pool, but how would he react to driving a brand new Titleist Pro V1 into the wet stuff?

Isn't about time they just made golf an Olympic sport? After all, if rhythmic gymnastics gets the nod, surely it's only a matter of time before Seb Coe and his cronies see some sense?

To make sure they do, we've created the official Facebook campaign to have golf on the Olympic roster by 2012. How good does John Daly look with a gold medal around his chubby neck? You'd be a fool not to get involved...


26 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | Golf Equipment


Titleist's 909 DComp: Gimme, gimme, gimme...

We want one of Titleist's new 909 drivers, and we want one now. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until November for these bad boys to hit the market. In the meantime, we'll just keep on drooling over the photos those kind folk at Titleist sent us.


26 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup


Woosie looks well on his way, doesn't he?

Paul Way, Sam Torrance and Ian Woosnam crack open the champagne at The Belfry in 1985. Torrance sank an 18-foot birdie putt to give Europe its first Ryder Cup win in 28 years.



'No, of course you don't look silly, Dad...'

On this day in 1979, Tom Watson beat Johnny Miller in a playoff to clinch his fifth title of the year, the Colgate Hall of Fame Tournament. Everyone knows about Tom's eight career major wins and his 39 PGA Tour wins and we're all very impressed. Here are a few things however, that you may not know about Mr Tom Watson...


25 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central


Danny Lee: 'C'mon Drew, give us a proper hug...'

Tiger who, exactly? Ladies and gents, say hello to golf's next big thing... no, not Colin Montgomerie and John Daly after a trip to McDonald's, but 18-year-old Danny Lee. The Kiwi phenom held off Drew Kittleson 5 and 4 at Pinehurst No.2 to become the youngest U.S. Amateur champion in history.



'You'll be real famous when this is written, Palin. I'll be long gone...'

We've learned 26 things, hang on, ten things, no... seven things. That's right, we've learned seven things from golf this week, including the fact that the credit crunch has hit South Korean golf hard, that the game's Holy Grail has arrived after a 117-year wait and that, as much as it pains us to say it, Vijay Singh is quite good at this golf malarkey...


25 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | PGA Tour | The PGA Tour


Vijay Singh: 'Unlucky, Sergio. Twice in one month? That's gotta hurt...'

Poor Sergio Garcia, eh? We never usually root for him to be honest, but up against Vijay Singh in a playoff at The Barclays on Sunday, we had no choice. Anyway, Garcia ended up losing out to Singh on the second extra hole at Ridgewood CC to give 'The Big Fijian' a record fourth victory at The Barclays.

Kevin Sutherland also found himself in the playoff, but couldn't cut the mustard and was knocked out after the first extra hole. Garcia made an absolute hash of things on the second hole, however, hooking his drive into the left rough, landing his ball next to a mole hole...

Elsewhere, IGWT pick Kevin Streelman ended up in a tie for fourth (despite starting the day in pole). Justin Leonard, Mike Weir and Paul Casey all finished tied for seventh, with Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker tying for 19th.

Singh now finds himself at the top of the FedEx Cup playoff standings on 109,500 points, with Garcia in second on 104,375 and Kevin Sutherland in third with 101,856 points. Lefty and Justin Leonard occupy the fourth and fifth spots respectively. Things are hotting up...



Ian Woosnam: Travels light...

On this day in 1996, Ian Woosnam won the German Open with a score of 20-under-par to give him a six shot victory over Robert Karlsson, Iain Pyman, Fernando Roca and Thomas Gogly. Ian Harold Woosnam, one of the most famous Welsh golfers of all time, was actually born in Oswestry in England in 1958.



Darren Clarke: And the award for the worst dressed family goes to...

Well, he couldn't have written a better script, really. Darren Clarke came into the KLM Open knowing he'd have to play his best golf to stand a chance of getting a Ryder Cup wildcard pick and, low and behold, he's only gone and won the bloody thing.

The Ulsterman capped a sterling week with a final round 66 to finish 16-under par, four strokes ahead of Paul McGinley (who finished with a majestic 64)... another name we reckon Nick Faldo will consider as he names his two wildcards next Sunday.

Despite starting the day with three birdies on the trot, Henrik Stenson could only manage a 68, which was enough to give him third spot. Good to know us Europeans will have him on board at Valhalla next month. Other names we know and love to grab a top ten spot included Lee Slattery (T4), Soren Hansen (T6) and Michael Campbell (T8).

Shot of the tournie goes to Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee, who holed a 190-yard on the par-five 12th for an albatross... that was probably a pitching wedge for him (a six iron actually - Ed).


24 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | PGA Tour | The PGA Tour


Kevin Streelman: Lime green and white? Has he been talking to Sergio?

This Barclays stuff has been a bit of a win-win situation for us here at IGWT. Even though one of our picks, Steve Stricker, shot an abysmal third round 77 to drop from the top spot, our other tip, Kevin Streelman, produced the goods to move into pole position going into the final day.

A 68 on Saturday put Streelman on eight-under, one shot clear of a bleedin' tricky chasing pack comprising Vijay Singh, Mike Weir (whose ice hockey-style playoff beard seems to be working a treat), Paul Casey and Sergio Garcia.

Jim Furyk, Anthony Kim and Steve Stricker are all tied for 11th, so you get the feeling that only a round in the low 60s will suffice if they're to stand a chance. Still, stranger things have happened, like Tiger Woods walking on water...



Darren Clarke: The dark knight...

Darren Clarke is poised for victory at The KLM Open following a cracking third round 66. The Northern Irishman finds himself twelve-under-par and has a three shot lead over Henrik Stenson going into the final day of play. Let's be honest though, Stenson's not the kind of player you want breathing down your neck with 18 holes to go.

England's John Bickerton has sole possession of third spot on eight-under, with Michael Campbell one behind after posting a third round in the 60s. We've put a few quid on our fave Kiwi, just in case...

Paul McGinley has crept nicely up the leaderboard into a tie for sixth, and even though he probably won't win it, we reckon he's in with a good shout of getting a Ryder Cup wildcard pick...



Billy Casper: 'Casper the friendly golfer? Yeah, that's real funny...'

On this day in 1970, Billy Casper won the AVCO Golf Classic by three strokes over Rod Funseth and Tom Weiskopf at the Pleasant Valley Country Club. William Earl 'Billy' Casper was born in 1931 in San Diego, California. Between 1956 and 1975, Casper won 51 PGA Tour titles and three majors; the 1970 Masters and the 1959 and 1966 U.S Open.



Darren Clarke: Yeah, of course it is, Darren...

Darren Clarke did his chances of getting a Ryder Cup wildcard pick the world of good with a second round 64 at The KLM Open. The chubby Irish cigar smoker finds himself in a three-way tie for first on eight under with Robert Rock and Noren Alexander.

Clarke may well be after a Ryder Cup spot with a win, but we're all about Michael Cambo here at IGWT. Cambo finds himself well in the mix in a tie for sixth after carding a 66 to go with his opening round of 68. Probably best to look out for Henrik Stenson (T4) and Soren Hansen (T6). You know what those Scandies are like at golf...

The less said about our picks the better. Just in case you don't know, that means they've all gone home for the weekend...


23 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | PGA Tour | The PGA Tour


Steve Stricker: 'Steve, why aren't there any good photos of you on Getty?

IGWT pick Steve Stricker finds himself at the top of the pile at The Barclays after a second round 64 (seven-under). Stricker hasn't dropped a stroke since the first two holes on Thursday, and has since bossed the A.W Tillinghurst layout, playing his last 23 holes in 11 under.

He finds himself three clear of Hunter Mahan, who carded a disappointing 73 to go with his first round 62. How comfortable do you reckon Stricker feels, however, with Angel Cabrera, Kenny Perry (both six-under), Sergio Garcia, Anthony Kim and IGWT pick Kevin Streelman (all five-under) breathing down his neck? He'd better check that he hasn't soiled himself...

As much as we're looking forward to things heating up over the weekend, it's goodbye to Ernie Els, Camilo Villegas, Ian Poulter and Padraig Harrington (those majors must have been a fluke).



Hale Irwin: Making a spectacle of himself...

On this day in 1981, Hale Irwin defeated Bobby 'Jed' Clampett, Gil 'Captain' Morgan and Peter 'No-one else of note with the same surname apart from Mancunian writer Howard' Jacobsen in a playoff, to win the Buick Open. Born in Missouri in 1945, Hale Irwin won 20 times on the PGA Tour between 1971 and 1994. He secured three major titles, the 1974, 1979 and 1990 U.S Open and played on five Ryder Cup teams.


22 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup | Tiger Woods


Tiger Woods: Choker. How satisfying does that sound?

You'd think one of the game's greatest would have a pretty decent record in the Ryder Cup, wouldn't you? On a week in, week out basis, nobody dominates like Tiger, so his shoddy record in the Ryder Cup is somewhat of a mystery. In his five appearances, Tiger's lost 13, won only ten and drawn two. This whole knee injury thing is probably a blessing in disguise for Zinger and his boys...


22 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup


Seve Ballesteros: Pretty in pink. Pretty in any colour, really...

A key part of Europe's rejuvination in the 80s, Seve's early Ryder Cups weren't too rosy. After vowing never to play again after being snubbed from the team in 1981, Seve talked his way back into the mix in 1983 and bossed the next five events, playing in all 25 matches, winning 16 of them. His CV was completed when he captained the team on home turf at Valderamma in 1997, where a heart on sleeve leadership style helped Europe retain the cup.


22 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | Seniors Tour


Fiddlers on the roof. We could crack on with these puns all day long...

So this is what professional golfers on the Senior Tour do with their spare time, is it? Hitting golf balls of rooftops before a tournament? Shouldn't Costantino Rocca, Sam Torrance, Gordon Brand Jnr and Carl Mason know that doing stuff like this is dangerous...


22 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | Seniors Tour


IGWT with Constantina Rocca: 'Ten quid and the droid is yours, Tino...'

Just when we thought things couldn't get any better up at the De Vere Seniors Championship, we bumped into some crazy fella on the practice green called Costantino Rocca.

You may remember him as the play-off loser from the 1995 Open at St.Andrews, but we know him as the champagne-loving Italian who wanted Billy Android on his bag for the week. That was probably the drink talking, however...


This latest video proves what we've known all along. Tiger Woods is bigger, better and more talented than Jesus Christ ever was...



Hunter Mahan: 'I'll just sit back and wait for the call from Zinger...'

Who's laughing now, eh? Just a few weeks after he slammed The Ryder Cup, Hunter Mahan shot the lights out Ridgewood CC with a nine-under 62 in the first round of The Barclays Championship. Mahan - who hit 11 of 14 fairways and only needed 23 (if Paul Azinger's at all bothered) - is firmly in the driving seat, four strokes clear of Paul Casey, who carded a 66.

After rounds of 67, Bo Van Pelt, Kevin Streelman, Mathew Goggin, Charley Hoffman and Dudley Hart all find themselves in the mix on four-under, with Adam Scott, Jesper Parnevik and Steve Stricker hot on their heels.

Some of the bigger names, however, have got it all to do. Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Vijay Singh and Anthony Kim all posted one-under rounds of 70 to put them eight shots off the pace.



Phil Mickelson: 'Hmmm, did I leave the gas on again?'

On this day in 1993, Phil Mickelson recorded an event-record 45 points to win the International at Castle Pines, Colorado by a whopping eight points over Mark Calcavecchia. At just 24-years-old, it was Mickelson’s third Tour title of the season.



Rolf Muntz: He's hiding behind the unbrella, Rolf...

Tour veteran, local favourite and the excellently-named Rolf Muntz leads the KLM Open after firing a six-under-par 64 in the first round. Muntz has a one stroke lead over England's John Bickerton and Soren Hansen... two players we'd usually back.

The chasing pack includes Noren Alexander, Simon Khan, Philip Price (da iawn Phil - Ed) and Justin Rose, who needs a third-place finish to secure a place on the Ryder Cup team. Our best mate Michael Campbell shot a promising two-under-par 68, which if truth be told, seems like his best round for years.

In a mixed day for our picks, Benn Barham fared best with a 69, which was good enough to put him in a tie for 27th. Anton Haig finished one-over (T59), and Nick Dougherty lost a ball with his second shot of the day, hit a bird later on in the round and ended up three-over (T99).


21 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | Seniors Tour


Sam Torrance & Gordon Brand Jnr: 'Put the knife down, Gord...'

We love a good shindig here at IGWT, so you can imagine how happy we were when we stumbled upon Gordon Brand Jnr's 50th birthday celebrations... in Newcastle of all places. Sam Torrance (looking particularly radiant after a week's holiday in Barbados as well as being 'off the booze') was there to help good 'ol Gord celebrate his half ton...


21 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | PGA Tour | The PGA Tour


Vijay Singh: Only girls pout, Vijay...

We don't know what's more annoying about Vijay Singh's latest outburst; the fact he's left it so long after the PGA Championship to have a moan or the fact that it's just him sulking like a little girl. Again.

Nearly a fortnight after missing the cut at the PGA Championship, 'The Big Fijian' has hit out at the quality of Oakland Hill's greens.

'The greens were a disgrace on a course that good," he said. 'I think if the members were to play at the speed of the greens we played, they'd all quit...I don't think they should have another golf tournament there if the greens are like that.'

His advice to the PGA? 'Get someone to redesign the green, they were a disaster.'

Wonder if he would have said the same thing had he actually won the tournament? Has he ever considered the real problem may lie in the fact that he can't actually putt? Guess that's what happens when you use one of those stupid broom putter things. Cheat...


21 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central


Anthony Kim: 'Are you sure you guys are golf journalists?'

What a difference a year can make, eh? Can't say that I was the FedEx Cup's biggest fan when it made its debut last year, but with Tiger out of the picture, this playoff stuff has taken my fancy all of a sudden. With a new-found enthusiasm for the whole thing, I'm going to lump big on this lot...


21 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | Golf Equipment


Mizuno MP-62s: Sweet as a nut, whatever that actually means...

As much as we love clubs that help us hit that little white thing further and straighter, if our sticks aren't easy on the eye like Sienna Miller, then we don't want to know quite frankly. That's why we're jumping for joy over Mizuno's latest offerings - especially the MP-62 irons - because with these babies in the bag, we've got the best of both worlds.



Walter Hagen: Helluva slice that, Walt...

It was on this day in history in 1914 that Walter Hagen recovered from a nasty bout of food poisoning brought on by a dodgy lobster dinner to win the US Open at Midlothian Country Club near Chicago.



Charlie Sifford: You can never go wrong with the flat cap and cigar combo...

On this day in 1967, Charlie Sifford, the first black player to gain full PGA playing rights, captured his first PGA Tour title by winning the Greater Hartford Open. A victim of the PGA’s ‘caucasian-only clause’ in its constitution, Sifford endured death threats, intimidation and discrimination in his bid to overturn the ruling.


20 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central


Steve Stricker: Always had trouble keeping track of his ball in the dark...

It's playoff time on the PGA Tour, with things kicking off at Ridgewood CC for The Barclays. This betting malarkey hasn't been falling into place as of late, but if I've learned one thing during my flailing career, that's to back the previous winner of a tournie, which is why I'm all over Steve Stricker.



Benn Barham: 'YMCA, it's fun to stay at the YMCA...'

This betting malarkey is starting to do my nut in if truth be told. Things have been so bad as of late I've had to take out a bank loan to see me through to the end of the year. Anyway, it's not all doom and gloom, because I've got this mad theory that says Benn Barham will win the KLM Open...


19 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | World Of Random



Simon Wakefield

'This bloke wouldn't even recognise himself in the mirror...'

No.1 - Sean O'Hair



*We do this golf lark for a living and we still don't recognise half the players...



Lanny Wadkins: Constipation had always been a big problem for Lanny...

On this day, in 1973, Lanny Wadkins won the CVS Charity Classic with a nine under par, two stroke victory over Tom Jenkins, Lee Elder and Rik Massengale. Jerry Lanston Wadkins Jr. was born in 1945 in Richmond, Virginia. He turned pro in 1971 and won his first tournament the following year, the Sahara Invitational in Las Vegas.


18 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | Stats Amazing



$169,015,709

The total combined career winnings of this year's eight US Ryder Cup team members. That's enough to buy...

99 Bugatti Veyrons
565,269  iPhones
232,043  ounces of Almas Caviar
56% of Roman Abramovich's Pelorus yacht
13,012,008  family buckets from KFC


18 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | PGA Tour | The PGA Tour


Carl Pettersson: Plays golf like a Swede, eats like an American...

Carl Pettersson (another Swede, that's right) bagged himself the Wyndham Championship with a final round 68. The big boned Swede finished on 21 under par, two strokes clear of Scott McCarron.

Pettersson birdied three of the final four holes to win his third PGA Tour win. 'I'm Swedish, but I feel American to be honest with you,' he said. Wonder how that remark will go down with Nick Faldo as he considers his wildcard picks...

Other players to finish in the top ten included Rich Beem, J.J Henry and Glaswegian Martin Laird (all of whom jumped into the playoffs as a result) Tim Clark and Kevin Streelman.

Justin Bolli and Lee Janzen were the other two players to creep into proceedings at The Barclays this week. Marco Dawson, Brett Rumford, Todd Hamilton, Tag Ridings and Gavin Coles, however, all played their way out of the playoffs... silly boys.



Dave Stockton: 'Wanna see me putt without my hands?'

On this day in 1974, Dave Stockton won the Greater Hartford Open Wethersfield CC, edging out Raymond Floyd by four strokes. Coincidentally, Stockton also won the CVS Charity Classic on this day in 1971, finishing ahead of Raymond Floyd by one stroke.



Richard O'Brien was nowhere to be seen...


Sweden's (who else?) Peter Hanson pipped England's Nick Dougherty to the SAS Masters in Stockholm. Hanson carded 71 in the final round to finish nine under and one ahead of Dougherty and fellow Swede Pelle Edberg. 


Hanson became the first home winner of the SAS Masters in ten years, and the win keeps his faint hopes of Ryder Cup qualfication alive. He moves from 24th to 17th in the European Ryder Cup standings and will play in next week's KLM Open in Holland needing another big performance to have any chance of qualifying.


England's Paul Broadhurst and Sam Walker, and Scot Gary Orr ended tied fourth at seven under, while Open star Chris Wood ended his professional debut tied in 18th on three under par.



Craig Stadler & Curtis Strange: Insert funny fart caption 'here'...

On this day in 1980, Curtis Strange won the Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic (that's a rubbish name for a tournament - Ed) with a two stroke victory over the equally excellently-named Gibby Gilbert. Curtis Northrup Strange, born in Virginia in 1955, is considered to be one of the greatest golfers of the 80s, winning 16 PGA Tour events that decade.



Davis Love III: 'Watch the hair...'

On this day in 1997 Davis Love III lost the title of the 'best player never to win a major' by winning the PGA Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club's West Course. Love finished on 11-under-par 269, the lowest winning total of any championship at Winged Foot, for a five-stroke victory over Justin Leonard. As Love sank his final birdie putt on the 18th green, a rainbow appeared over the course. Which was nice.



It'd be ten minutes before his caddy realised Nick was waiting for a high-five...

Nick Dougherty kept his Ryder Cup hopes alive with an impressive finish to gain a share of the lead after the second round in the SAS Masters.

Dougherty birdied three of the last four holes to card a second successive 66 in difficult conditions, and leads alongside Peter Hanson of Sweden.

Despite lying in 15th in the Ryder Cup points table, Dougherty will be just outside an automatic spot should he win in Sweden, with two more counting tournaments still to play. The highest-ranked played in the field, Ryder Cup-bound Robert Karlsson, shot 72 to finish in a share of 69th.



Carl Pettersson: Healthy...


Just what's going on with these Swedes? After Mikael Lundberg's European Tour victory at the Russian Open two weeks ago, compatriot Carl Pettersson is the man leading the way at the Wyndham Championship after a record-breaking second round performance.

Pettersson shot a nine-under-par 61 to go three clear of Garrett Willis and Scott McCarron (64). The, how shall we put it, cuddly Swede shot 30 through this opening nine holes, with six of his 11 birdies coming on the front nine.

It means that he beats the previous Wyndham record of 62 and his 15-under total of 125 also equals the record for the lowest opening 36 holes of a PGA event, sharing the record with Tiger, Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Lehman and Corey Pavin. So he's in good company.



'Found it...'


* Rob Harborne is running the show at Getty all the way from Beijing.


15 Aug, 08 | Comments [1] | Tags: Golf Central | Golf Equipment


Giga CB-781 Irons: 'Gigady, gigady, gi-ga-dy...'

If you asked us what we'd be willing to do to get a set of these Giga CB-781 irons in our lives, we'd probably beg, steal and chuck in an arm and a leg for good measure. We didn't know much about Japanese manufacturer Giga until Billy Android's lights started flashing the other day...


13 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | PGA Tour | The PGA Tour


Steve Stricker: Always had trouble keeping track of his ball in the dark...

It's playoff time on the PGA Tour, with things kicking off at Ridgewood CC for The Barclays this week. This betting malarkey hasn't been going my way as of late, but if I back last year's winner, Steve Stricker, things can only get better... surely?




Earlier this week we told you about Tiger Woods' strict organic diet and judging by this photo, we can now conform that he's sourcing his own produce. We snapped Tiger earlier this week trying to reel in some big catches during an action packed adventure break with Boo Weekley. Hunting Irish farmers is next on the agenda...



'He's got a target on his back - yes, sir... I'm ready to go out now.'

Boo Weekley gets his hunting gear ready for Padraig Harrington at Valhalla.


12 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | PGA Tour | Tournament News


Brandt Snedeker: 'Look into my eyes, not around the eyes...'

He may be a funny looking fella, but Brandt Snedeker is quite good at this golf malarkey. In a year that saw him win Rookie Of The Year, Snedeker got his maiden tour victory at The Wyndham Championship at Forest Oaks CC in 2007. Things will be a little bit different this week, however, as the tournament returns to Sedgefield CC after a 32-year hiatus.


We're glad he can see the funny side of things...


12 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Will Ferrell: 'I'll admit that Step Brothers was a big mistake...'

Now that the small, annoying (we loved every second of it really) matter of the PGA Championship is out of the way, we can turn our attention to the Xerox Classic... sorry, we mean The Ryder Cup. It may seem ages away, but Europe and America's finest will be teeing it up at Valhalla before Boo Weekley has enough time to get through a family bucket at KFC.



Angelina Jolie: 'Do you think Porridge needs the number of a good dentist?'

We've learned a lot about golf in the past week, seven things in fact... that's why we call this section seven things, because we've learned sev (shut it - Ed). Anyway, we now know that Padraig Harrington is quite good at golf, that golf and politics don't mix and that a 23-year-old golf receptionist from Croydon is the new Angelina Jolie...



Wayne Grady: Similar to Padraig Harrington. Same trophy, same teeth...

On this day in 1990, Wayne Grady won the PGA Championship at Shoal Creek in Birmingham – no, not that one – Alabama, with a 6-under par score of 282, two shots clear of Freddie Couples. The toothsome Aussie’s victory was overshadowed to a large extent by controversy regarding Shoal Creek membership policy.


11 Aug, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Ed's Blog | Facial Hair We Hate

#3 Jay Don Blake

One of Utah's finest exports, Blake has stayed faithful to his moustache for over 20 years. He only managed one PGA Tour win in his lifetime, but who cares about golf when your facial hair was once voted the second best in the world? Chuck Norris won the award by the way...

 

Azor - King Of ShavesAzor says: Redneck name, crap golfer, terrible 80s mullet and above all, a shocking moustache. Get it off!




Tiger Woods clearly doesn't care about golf anymore, and we've got the the photo to prove it. Wanting to get away from the golf at Oakland Hills over the weekend, we headed into Detroit for a night on the tiles... and look who made a guest appearance on the decks.

His on-stage moniker is DJ Tiger which, if truth be told, is pretty crap and unoriginal. If you think that's bad, you should have heard his set; Vanilla Ice, Meat Loaf, Abba, S Club 7 and a few more shockers that we don't want to mention. He should probably just stick to the day job...



Padraig Harrington & Nick Faldo: 'Maybe I'll give you a wild card pick, Pad...'

Traditionally, players who use mallet putters aren't the best at holing out on the greens. Padraig Harrington pretty much threw that theory out of the window at Oakland Hills yesterday, however. The buck-toothed Irishman's final round 66 (his second in as many days) can be largely put down to his incredible skills with the putter.

Porridge nailed three clutch putts in the final three holes, none of which ever really looked in doubt of finding the cup. He looked completely in the zone yesterday and produced a final 18 holes worthy of winning any major. The only thing that's left to sort out now is that stupid face he pulls after every shot...



Lee Trevino: 'Quick! Scott Hoch is coming...'

It was on this day in 1974 that Lee ‘Super Mex’ Trevino finished with a 69 for a 276 total and a one-stroke victory over Jack Nicklaus in the PGA Championship at Tanglewood Golf Club in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Trevino would win six majors in total in his career but never got his little arms in the green jacket at Augusta.



Camilo Villegas: That can't be good for his fingers, surely?

IGWT Loves...

. Camilo Villegas' final round outfit.
. Padraig Harrington's putting. Mint.
. Sky Sport's tactical use of Butch Harmon...
. European dominance.
. No Tiger. There, we said it...

IGWT Hates...

. Padraig Harrington's teeth...
. And the fact that he's still the world's third best golfer. Where's the justice?
. Waiting eight months for another major...
. Pesky American kids in the galleries.
. Henrik Stenson for throwing a hissy fit.




'Why are you making this a disappointment?'

Sergio Garcia is clearly happy with another second place finish major...

'Is there anything that you will give away?'

Some pesky kid tries his hardest to get Porridge's clobber to sell on eBay...

'He looked like a canary in a coal mine...'

Nick Faldo on Sergio Sarcia's yellow ensemble at last year's Open.

'I have not [played Valhalla]. No. Does a Play Station count?'

Paul Casey will need to do better than that to get on the Ryder Cup team...

'No, not 'watch out Tiger.' Watch out Jack...'

Padraig Harrington: The new Jack nicklaus according to Ben Curtis.



Why does Padraig Harrington pull a face like a beaver every time he hits a good shot?



Freddie Jacobson: Cool like the other side of the pillow...

There's only one thing better than getting a hole-in-one at a major, and that's doing so whilst looking seriously dapper in the process. At the end of the day, an ace is an ace and besides, we don't need an excuse to give Freddie an award here at IGWT.

Understandably, the crowd went mental during the final round as the Swede's ball took a hop, skip and a jump into the hole the at the 191-yard par three 13th. Apparently that number's unlucky for some...



Padraig Harrington & Sergio Garcia: 'Same time next year, Serg?'


* There's no such thing as global warming. Rob was cold, so he turned the sun up.



Padraig Harrington: 'Get me a 24 pack of Guinness. Let's fill this baby up...'

Padraig Harrington is quite good at golf, isn't he?: Yeah, he's not half bad...

Where do we start?: Well, if we're being completely honest with ourselves, he didn't look like he was in with a chance after the first few days. But to finish with two rounds of 66 was sublime, so you can't say he didn't deserve it...

He didn't deserve it. There, I just said it: Grow up...

Sorry. So did he win it, or was it handed to him on a plate?: This was 100% Harrington winning it, make no mistake about it. He made a trio of amazing clutch putts on the final three holes to finish par, birdie, par. Honestly, his putting was absolutely breathtaking...

Sounds like pretty plain sailing?: Not quite. He put his drive on the 18th into a fairway bunker on the left, before chopping that into the rough. Luckily, he got a good lie and nailed a seven iron into the heart of the green...



How does Sergio Garcia hit a drive far enough to leave himself a nine iron into the 529-yard, par five second? Of course he made the eagle putt...



'If I could sharpen up my IQ, I would figure that one out...'

Paul Azinger finds press modern day press conferences particularly difficult.

'650 pounds. Sorry, 650 kilos.'

Sergio Garcia tries to impress the ladies with some bench press stats.

'I was trying to make that par putt on nine so I wouldn't have to play with Phil this afternoon.'

Steve Flesch and Phil Mickleson. Best buddies apparently...

'I might fall a sleep and I probably wouldn't wake up.'

Ben Curtis. That's what the rest of the field probably want to happen, Ben...

'How do you feel overall about 69?'

It seems hacks can get away with asking anything nowadays...



Henrik Stenson: 'Fanny, do you love me more than Nick?'

IGWT Loves...

. CBS' rerun of the 2000 PGA Championship.
. Anthony Kim wearing a wristband on his forearm. That'll catch on...
. Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain at Oakland Hills.
. Henrik Stenson. No particualr reason...
. Nick Faldo. Spit the truth fella...

IGWT Hates...

. Staying up all night for nothing...
. Crammin' two days of work into one.
. Shocking use of music by various broadcasters, in particular Sky Sports.
. Rain and lightning. Never a good combination...
. The empty feeling we'll have after the PGA Championship has finished.



We'll give you a million quid if you can name everyone in this photo...*

Did you manage to get your clothes dried last night?: Just about. How bad was that weather yesterday?

Tell me about it....: Ok, I will. Obviously this wouldn't be a proper major without at least one day of heavy rain...

Go on...: Well, it absolutely bucketed down with rain on Saturday and there was even a bit of lightning thrown in for good measure. Officials decided to suspend the third round until Sunday morning as a result.

Couldn't they have just played through the rain?: Exactly.

Was there any golf at all played on Saturday?: Yep. A few players managed to get their round finished before the rain, including some young Argentine called Andres Romero.



Anthony Kim: 'Wonder what kind of belt I'll be able to buy with my cheque?'

Why is it that we pick players who start off really well, getting our hopes up as a result, only to flippin' let us down on the weekend?

Sean O'Hair (T33)

Unless he can pull something miraculous out of the bag, it doesn't look like Sean is going to bag us any money. O'Hair carded a disappointing third-round 76, which included eight bogeys and an eagle. He's dropped pretty much out of contention and if we bump into him in an elevator any time soon, we won't be saying hello...

Anthony Kim (T39)

Is there anyone on in professional golf as consistently inconsistent as Anthony Kim. We thought this would be his week, but after a four-over-par 74 on Saturday (shouldn't that be Sunday? - Ed), he's let us down once again. Melon is now 11 strokes off the lead and even though we're a bit miffed, we'll keep on backing him at the majors.




Looks like the Bloomfield Boogeyman had enough bottle to make his way out onto the course during the third round of the PGA Championship. Maybe he's a big fan of treacherous weather? Come to think of it, the weather was fine until he showed his face on Saturday. Weird that...

This Boogeyman may well be a bit of mystery to everyone, but young Andres Romero is certainly a fan of what he did to the course. 'I think that the setup is perfect. I like it very much,' he said. There's definitely something going on between those two...



'Shorts were a bad choice, but there's no need to cry about it hunny...'


 * There are now five cup sizes at Starbucks: Short, Tall, Grande, Venti, and Rob Harborne.
 



George Bush with Jack Nicklaus: 'And then say, 'watch this drive'...'

On this day in 1975 and 1980, Jack Nicklaus secured his fourth and fifth PGA Championship titles. His 1975 win at Firestone came by virtue of a four-under-par round of 276, enough to defeat Bruce Crampton by two strokes. His 1980 triumph, a seven-stroke victory over Andy Bean at Oak Hill Country Club, tied Nicklaus with Walter Hagen's record of five USPGA wins.



Andres Romero: 'Everyone seems to be doing a Monty face. Here's mine...'

How do you reply to a pretty disastrous second round 78? If you're Andres Romero, you go out and rip Oakland Hills up with a five-under-par 65. The young Argentine sensation went about his business before the rain started, jumping 38 places up the leaderboard and well into contention. In what was nearly a flawless round, Andres posted seven birdies and a couple of bogeys, but he probably won't be too worried about those slight blemishes...



Golf photographers: What a dedicated bunch...

It was bound to happen, wasn't it? Just when we were getting ready to watch the third round unfold at Oakland Hills, well, all you have to do is look at the above photo to get an idea of how bad things are.

Play has been suspended until tomorrow morning as a result of the treacherous rain, though officials are still hoping to get the whole tournament wrapped up by the end of Sunday. The final pairing of J.B. Holmes and Charlie Wi will get their third round under way at 7.20 am, before grabbing a quick bite of lunch and heading out to start the final round at 2.20 pm.

Andres Romero will probably have his feet up in front of a log fire somewhere. The Argentine finished his round before the bad weather started and he'll no doubt be puffing away on a cigar after his five-under 65.

IGWT fave Camilo Villegas may well post a better round than Romero's; the young Colombian gym fiend was four under par through 14 holes when the heavens opened.

Ah well, looks like we'll have to make do with a CBS rerun of the 2000 PGA Championship for the time being. Come on Bob May...




Dear Mum,

I knew taking your advice about not packing waterproofs would be a big mistake. I felt like an absolute plonker getting drenched in the rain in my bucket hat, baggy t-shirt, khaki shorts, white socks and trainers. It's a bleedin' good thing that everyone else was wearing the same thing as me...

Didn't get to watch much golf, apart from some youngsters called Camilo Villegas and Andres Romero. I don't know what was more impressive; the amount of time this Camilo lad spends down the gym or Romero breaking the course record with a 65. Probably Camilo's guns...

Had one hell of a weird night in Detroit after the golf. Ended up in partying with Eminem, Obie Trice, Iggy Pop, Kid Rock and Suzi Quattro. Don't ask...

Lots of love,
Jack X



Boo, you'll need these if your going to make us some money...

If you took our advice and backed Sean O'Hair with an each way pick, then you're in pretty good shape to make some decent money. If you didn't, then fear not, because there's still great value to be had on the following players...

David Toms (T5)

What's not to like about David Toms this week? He won the PGA back in 2001 and he shot a stunning 69 to put himself well in the mix yesterday. And you know what? I reckon he'll only get better over the weekend.

Aaron Baddeley (T7)

The PGA Championship has got a record of producing first-time major winners, and I reckon it could produce another in Aaron Baddeley this week. He's carded two 71s so far, and if he can be as consistent over the weekend then he's got a great shout.

Boo Weekley (T14)

Look, Boo loves playing his golf and in the position he finds himself in currently, he won't have much pressure on his shoulders to feel as though he needs to produce the goods. And at 40/1, he's just what the doctor ordered.


For all the best odds on these tips, go to www.jaxx.com



Anthony Kim & Sergio Garcia: 'This is my Monty impression. Think he'll like it?'

Sorry about mugging you off yesterday...: No problem. Anyway, shall I tell you about day two?

Have I got any choice in the matter?: No, not really...

I'd rather talk about the Olympic opening ceremony to be honest: Really?

Nah, I'm only joking. Did you see it? What a waste of time and money...: Couldn't agree more. What a pile of crap.

Yep. Let's talk about the PGA Championship instead: Let me start off by saying that a lot can change in 24 hours...

Like what?: Well, J.B. Holmes has got the top spot at the halfway stage after a two-under 68 in the second round. The big-hitter is one stroke ahead of Charlie Wi, Ben Curtis and Justin Rose.



Camilo Villegas: Lefty and Monty are looking for a new personal trainer...

IGWT Loves...

. Charl Schwartzel. Six birdies in the seven holes? That'll do nicely...
. Players getting really frustrated by Oakland Hills.
. Camilo Villegas. How much time can one man spend in the gym?
. That Pro Tracer thing. Those pros don't half hit the ball well, don't they?
. Listening to Sergio Garcia curse in Spanish. It's the only thing he's good for...

IGWT Hates...

. Every man and his dog having a go at Oakland Hills. What a bunch of softies.
. Butch Harmon. Still.
. The thought of Justin Rose winning.
. The greens getting browner by the minute. Not a pretty sight.
. Sean O'Hair and Anthony Kim missing tons of birdie putts.



Anthony Kim: 'The gas. I left the frickin' gas on again...'

Only one of our picks will go be catching an early plane home, with the other two still well in contention going into the weekend. Saturday's going to be a massive day for our picks if they're going to make some moula...

Sean O'Hair (T7)

It wasn't half painful watching this lad during the second round. Can't remember the last time I've seen someone give himself so many birdie chances, only to watch pretty much all of them trickle agonisingly wide. Still, he's well in the hunt on two over par after his second round 73.

Anthony Kim (T26)

AK couldn't seem to find the rhythm of the greens yesterday and with the putting surface indeed firming up, it's understandable that he ended up carding a five over par 75. He's dropped down the leaderboard a bit, and he'll need to get his head back on sharpish.

Lee Westwood (T125)

We'll keep this short and sweet. You've let us down this week Westy. You played bad golf and you had the audacity to complain about the course. Not good enough...




'I haven't got the focus this week. I'm just not with it. Obviously I'm still just having a hangover after winning The Open.'

Padraig Harrington. Great textbook excuse that, Porridge.

'So I'm not on the team, am I? Sorry, I didn't realise you looked like Nick Faldo, I apologise. I'm sorry.'

You can always count on Colin Montgomerie to be in a foul mood.

'The golf course is so nasty right now. Just nasty.'

Was Rocco Mediate the inspiration for Janet Jackson's Nasty?

'It is a US Open. It's as simple as that.'

Aaron Baddeley has clearly got his his majors mixed up.



Charl Schwartzel: That's a funny-looking face...

It would have been too easy to go for one of the lads who shot a 67 yesterday, but for the sheer fact that he made six birdies in his first seven holes, round of the day has to go to Charl Schwartzel.

Ok, he ended up shooting an even par 70 (which saw him move 61 places up the leaderboard), but watching him rip up the front nine with a series of ridiculously long-winding putts was pretty special.



   Someone needs to tell this bloke that you're only allowed to use one ball...


* There are no clocks or watches at Getty HQ. Rob Harborne decides what time it is.



Larry Nelson: 'Where in the contract did it say that I had to wear this jacket?'

On this day in 1981 and also in 1987, Larry Nelson captured the PGA Championship. His 1981 triumph was by a four-stroke margin over Fuzzy Zoeller at the Atlanta Athletic Club. In 1987 he beat Lanny Wadkins in a playoff at the PGA National Golf Club. Larry was born in 1947 in Alabama and took up golf at the age of 21 after serving in Vietnam.



Could J.B. Holmes look any happier about the fact that he just shot a second round 67 to take the lead at the PGA Championship?




Dear Mum,

Well, the sun is shining, the weather is sweet but for some reason, the greens here at Oakland Hills have started to turn brown. And you know I was on about all those weird men going on about syringing yesterday? Well it basically means spraying water on the green for a few minutes to cool off the turf's canopy and to prevent wilting and dry spots. Clever, eh?

Some bloke called J.B. Holmes is leading at the halfway point. He's got some really questionable facial hair going on, but he makes that Tiger bloke look like a pussycat off the tee. The crowds are really starting to get on my nerves though. They're always shouting 'you're the man' and 'get in the hole,' even when the players are taking their tee shots on the par 5s. How stupid is that?

Going to go down into Detroit tonight and hit some bars. Apparently they call this city Motown because, believe it or not, this is where Motown Records was founded in 1959. Looks like it's going to be a heavy night drinking lots of Broadway Light and listening to Mable John and Barrett Strong. Life's hard...

Lots of love,
Jack x




There we were, walking through the woods at Oakland Hills just minding our own business, when we bumped into that Bloomfield Bogeyman once again. We would have said hello, but if truth be told, we nabbed a quick photo before legging it back to the safety of the clubhouse.

We can't tell you anything new about him, but we're sure he was the one who put that curse on Kenny Perry's eye. Maybe, like us, he'll go to any length to ensure KP doesn't make the US Ryder Cup team...



Kenny Perry: That eye looks fine to us, Kenny...

IGWT Loves...

. Oakland Hills. Tough, but fair...
. Sean O' Hair & Anthony Kim. Keep up the good work lads.
. Syringing the greens, whatever that actually means...
. Stuart Franklin's golf photography. Sublime.
. Woody Austin's floral shirt. We want one. NOW.

IGWT Hates...

. Kenny Perry. Should have gone to Specsavers...
. Butch Harmon. Shut up already.
. Sergio Garcia. When will he learn that lime green doesn't look good?
. Lee Westwood. Stop moaning...
. The thought of bad weather suspending play.



Raymond Floyd: 'I'm golf's answer to Don Johnson...'

On this day, in 1982, Raymond ‘Ray’ Floyd finished at an 8-under-par 272 to win the PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club, Oklahoma. It was his second triumph at the PGA and the third of his four majors. He was 39 at the time and remains one of the oldest players ever to win a major.



Robert Karlsson: 'Can you give us you're most serious face please, Rob...'

After making a double bogey at the first, things could have gone really tits up for Robert Karlsson. However, the Swede stuck at it and was rewarded with six birdies to put him rightfully at the top of the leaderboard on two under par (68). We probably should have seen this coming, because they don't come much more solid than Robert.



'You distract the galleries, I'll nick the trophy. After three...'

How was the flight?: Don't ask...

Really?: Yeah, you know what airports are like nowadays...

I've never flown in my life, so I can't say I do: Fair enough. Anyway, let's talk about the golf.

Do we have to?: Yes. It is the final major of the year after all...

Good point. So how was the first day at Smokeland Hills?: Take it you mean Oakland Hills?

Oh yeah...: Well, it was a corking day to be honest. The weather was a bit iffy towards the end of the day which meant a few players couldn't finish their round, but apart from that, can't complain...




'I just say I'm the other Singh.'

Jeev Milkha Singh setting the record straight.

'Standing on the 17th tee I asked my caddie if he could hear the sea as well, as I am sure I could hear my holiday calling.'

Lee Westwood plans his annual trip to Butlins earlier than usual.

'You got to hit the fairway. Plain and simple.'

That's easy for Brandt Snedeker to say.

'It's a tough golf course, isn't it? It's 'The Monster' it is.'

Yes Mr.Poulter, it is a tough course.



'Are you sure this is water? Smells distinctly like weed killer to me...'


* Rob Harborne CAN kill two birds with one stone.



Sean O'Hair: Time for another game of guess the shadow...

Only one of our picks disappointed on the first day's play at Oakland Hills, and it was the one we least expected...

Sean O'Hair (T4)

It's always the outside picks that end up doing the best, isn't it? O'Hair produced the goods at Oakland, opening his campaign with a one-under par 69. He finds himself tied fourth with a a few other players, let's just hope he can produce some of the same form to stay firmly in the mix.

Anthony Kim (T8)

Things looked pretty ominous when Melon eagled the second, but it was a bit of a mixed bag after that. In what can only be described as a of a yo-yo round, Kim finished even par for the day which is still sterling work. Onwards and upwards...

Lee Westwood (T110)

Westy was probably the biggest disappointment of the day, carding an opening-round of 77 to put him way down the leaderboard. We're not bothered about the fact that he had a 'mare, but we are annoyed that he complained about the course afterwards. Majors aren't supposed to be easy...




Dear Mum,

Sorry this is so late, but getting hold of a stamp down this neck of the woods is harder than you'd imagine. Decided to mug the golf off for a few hours to go and sample the delights of Detroit, or Motor City as the locals call it.

What with the NHL season starting next month, I went to see the Red Wings practice for a few hours and they're looking good to retain the Stanley Cup. Apparently they throw octopi onto the ice before a game, which is a bit weird if you ask me...

This Oakland Hills place is bloomin' marvellous. It was nice to see my mates Anthony Kim (we call him Melon) and Jeev Milkha Singh play well, but I'm not sure how long it'll last. Loads of blokes on TV we're going on about the greens being syringed, but I haven't got a clue what they're banging on about. I'll try and find out by tomorrow.

Bit disappointed that that Westy bloke had a go at the course and that Kenny Perry felt the need to fake an eye injury, but I guess deep down we all know that today's pros are just a bunch of prima donnas. Got to go, promised Boo Weekley and Brandt Snedeker I'd meet them at the buffet cart at nine.

Big hugs,
Jack x



Why on earth is Butch Harmon allowed anywhere near a commentary booth? If he says 'golf shot' one more time, there'll be trouble...


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The Adidas Tour 360 3.0: Wouldn't look out of sorts on the set of Star Trek...

Look what our spies have managed to get their hands on, that's right, a pic the new Adidas Tour 360 3.0 shoe that's set for release at the start of September. The TOUR360 3.0 will feature Adidas' revolutionary 360WRAP technology that hugs to your feet, giving the shoe an almost glove-like fit.




We've already made too many apologies for openly showing-off about how great we are. So with no guilt whatsoever, we command you to click HERE to read a lovingly-prepared PGA Championship digital magazine that we've put together for our mates at RBS.

Tiger Woods will definitely be flicking through this bad boy over the weekend seeing as he won't be playing at Oakland Hills. He said it's our best digital magazine yet, and who are we to argue with the world's best golfer?



Hal Sutton: "Young man, there's no need to feel down..."

It was on this day in 1983 that Hal Sutton finished at 10-under-par to pip Jack Nicklaus to the PGA Championship at the Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California by one stroke.



Anthony Kim: 'Just chillin', watching the game, having a Bud...'

They call this PGA Championship malarkey 'Glory's last shot', which is weird considering I'm down to my last tenner. It's going to be a flippin' tough job picking a winner at Oakland hills this week, but I'm looking for a great ball striker who'll think his way around the course and creep quietly up the leaderboard. Someone like Anthony Kim...



1984 PGA winner Lee Trevino: 'Can't hold this thing much longer...'

'Even though you are 44, your clubs don't know your age.'

Lee Trevino's wife Claudia offers some pretty sound advice.


'It seems that it never will be safe to count Hagen out when he is playing for money, marbles or glory.'

Golf hack Gould B. Martin. We'd definitely beat him at marbles...


'Every golfer worthy of the name likes to think that he is just as good at the man-to-man competition as he is shooting against par.'

That's easy for Ben Hogan to say. He was pretty good at both...

'Having won the PGA championship twice, I can speak with some authority about the prestige that this crown brings to the man lucky enough to hold it.'

Byron Nelson. 'Nuff said.

'I don't care what you say about me. Just spell the name right.'

Gene Sarazen. How do you spell your name again Geane?




Something strange is going on in Bloomfield Hills. Look what we spotted prowling the mist-coated fairways of Oakland Hills at the crack of dawn this morning. Who, or what was this dark, mysterious figure lurking underneath the tree? Is it any relation to The Beast Of Birkdale? Only time will tell...


The Wanamaker Trophy: Could do with a good polish to be fair...

So, Tiger needs a win at Oakland Hills this week and that elusive Grand Slam is his... sorry, we forgot. What with this being 'Glory's last shot,' anybody could emerge with the lovely Wanamaker Trophy in their hands come Sunday afternoon. Whoever wins this thing (the stats say it will either be Shaun Micheel again or Geoff Ogilvy) will need the patience of Jobe, because Oakland Hills is a bleedin' stern test of golf.



Bert Yancey: 'Think you get depressed after a double bogey? Think again...'

It was on this day in 1983 that American golfer Bert Yancey was born. Trouble followed Yancey around like a puppy. Diagnosed with manic depression when he was a young man, Yancey was forced to rely on huge doses of lithium to keep his condition in check. But the more he took the more he shook and playing golf soon became impossible.



David Graham: Blames it all on intuition...

It was on this very day in 1979 that the Australian David Graham defeated Ben Crenshaw by making a 10-foot birdie putt on the third play-off hole to win the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills, Michigan. Despite a final hole double bogey, Graham still shot a final-round 65.



The Golden Bear like you've never seen him before...

What have we learned from golf this week? Well, we've learned seven things, including the fact that bruins are putting spectators' lives at risk, that those South Korean ladies are pretty good at golf and where there's a blame, there's a pretty hefty claim...


Melissa Reid: 'I'm going to be the new Laura Davies. Well, kinda...'

As much as we love the girl, there's only so much of Natalie Gulbis we can take here at IGWT, which is why we're jumping for joy over Melissa Reid (sorry Nats). The 20-year-old Derby lass can't half play golf, and she's well fit to boot. But that last bit's not important at all...



Tiger Woods: 'Yeah, Lefty and Monty are my biatches fo show...'

We've spotted Tiger Woods getting up to some dodgy things with his time off, but this latest find just takes the biscuit. The world's number one golfer, working the streets of New York City as a 1970s pimp? Who would have thought it, eh? Not sure if we agree with this particular line of work, but we're loving the suit and afro, fella...



Parker McLachlin: 'Yeah, I'm totally comfortable with hugging another man...'

He may have carded a pretty unimpressive two-over 74 on the final day, but it was more than enough to give Parker McLachlin a seven stroke victory at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open. Our Bet Detective said he was going to pick McLachlin to win, but then again, he says a lot of things...

This was McLachlin's first PGA Tour victory, the 29-year-old Hawaiian-born finishing 18-under par, seven strokes ahead of Brian Davis and John Rollins. The best of our picks was Ryan Palmer, who gave us a tidy each-way return in tied 4th place. Kevin Streelman finished tied 33rd, with Ryan Moore tied for 58th.

Speaking of people from Hawaai, Michelle Wie didn't make the cut after a second round 80. We all knew that would be the case if truth be told...



Vijay Singh: This bloke uses a belly putter, by the way. Cheat...

It must have been a bit of a relief for Vijay Singh to get a PGA Tour victory under his belt at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The Fijian held his nerve to finish ten under par - one stroke ahead of Stuart Appleby and Lee Westwood in second place - to jump back onto the winner's circle for the first time in 34 Tour events.

Singh's victory (this was his 32nd) saw him become the winningest international player in the PGA Tour's history, but if truth be told, Phil Mickelson should have won it. Our favourite left-handed golfer started the day in pole position, but three bogeys in the last four holes saw him drop into a tie for fourth with Retief Goosen.

Darren Clarke, Paul Casey and Miguel-Angel Jimenez all finished inside the top ten, but Padraig Harrington was a bit of a letdown, finishing tied 20th. Apparently he was a bit tired after the Open. Yeah, right...

The best of our picks was Trevor Immelman (T36), with Stewart Cink (T43) and Soren Hansen (T73) both finishing further down the pecking order. Back to the drawing board...



Ji-Yai Shin: 'I did ask you not to do this, remember?'

Apparently this Ji-Yai Shin girl had to overcome a bout of nerves and a lack of sleep on Saturday night, but judging by her sensational final-round 66 to win the Women's British Open, we reckon it was all a pack of lies. The 20-year-old South Korean finished on 18 under par to finish three strokes ahead of Taiwan's Ya-Ni Tseng.



Babe Zaharias: 'Get in the hole you little sh...'

It was on this day in 1955 that the LPGA star and all-round good egg Babe Zaharias was stricken with cancer for a second time. "It's a rub of the green," said Zaharias. "This is my greatest battle." But it was a battle she would not win.



Gene Littler (third from the right): 'My legs are absolutely killing me...'

It was on this day in 1975 Gene ‘The Machine’ Littler defeated Julius Boros in a playoff to win the Westchester Classic. A Major-winning golfer in a hugely competitive era is no mean feat and his 1961 US Open victory was the pinnacle of a creer that included a managed 17 top 10 finishes in the American-based Majors.



Babe Zaharias: 'Do you mind keeping this one? I'm running out of room..'

On this day in 1953, the incredible Babe Zaharias further amazed the world at the All-American Open in Chicago. Babe, who was playing her first competitive rounds since cancer surgery in April, managed to complete her 72nd hole and finish 15th, despite having to sit on a collapsible seat between shots.



Michelle Wie: 'Make sure you get my good side...'

Cutting right to the chase, Michelle ‘sponsor’s exemption’ Wie could make a PGA Tour cut yet after shooting an opening round one-over-par 73 to put her right in the mix at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open.

Back on the leaderboard and eight birdies put American Jeff Overton in contention for a first PGA Tour title. The former Walker Cup amateur opened up a two-stroke lead with a seven-under 65 from Britain’s Brian Davis and the chasing pack.

The day’s highlight, apart from Wie’s attire, saw 1987 Masters Champion, Larry Mize, ace on the 176-yard, par three 16th. Legends live on!



Johnny Miller: 'Yes, I do feel silly...'

It was on this day in 1964 that a 17-year-old Johnny Miller defeated Enrique Sterling, 2 and 1, to win the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Eugene Country Club, Oregon. Nine years later, Miller would win the U.S. Open at Oakmont, followed, three years later, by the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.



Juli Inkster: 'Botox? Yeah, I have thought about it...'

Veteran American Juli Inkster showed the kids how it’s done, rolling back the wrinkles, with a sensational seven-under-par 65. An eagle and five birdies were good enough for a one-shot lead ahead of a crowded leaderboard.

English rose, Johanna Head knocked it around nicely in six-under-par with a plethora of unpronounceable others, including Ji-Yai Shin, Yuri Fudoh, Momoko Ueda, Ji Young Oh and Stacy Prammanasudh - Oh and Laura Diaz - that’s easy enough.

Saving the best until last. Annika Sorenstam recovered from a terrible start to card a level-par 72 in her last ever British Open.



 Fred Funk: Seen bigger bushes in his time...

A run of birdie, eagle, birdie propelled Players champion Fred Funk into the clubhouse lead on the opening day of the US Seniors Open - one shot clear of John Cook and the chasing pack.

British Seniors Open play-off loser, Cook, put last week’s disappointment behind him by shooting a four-under 66 while Argentinean Eduardo Romero heads the list of players on three-under, which also includes Tom Kite.



Lee Westwood: 'Wait until you see my love-bite boys...'

All that work on the treadmill over the past 18 months seems to have worked as a fitter, stronger Retief Goosen didn’t even let a bogey at the last prevent him from holding onto a slender first round lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Countryman Tim Clark is in a four-way tie for second on three-under with former major champions Zach Johnson and Vijay Singh also shooting 67s. British Open Champion Padraig Harrington struggled a bit with a 69 while IGWT’s new best friend Ian Poulter carded a level-par 70.


 

 


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