The PGA championship gets underway in a week’s time and the pundits of the game set sights on various players who have the tendency to win it this time along. This year the PGA Championship is to be played at the Valhalla. The course is one of the most renowned courses of the golfing world and many players have found it difficult to cope with it. Sergio Garcia is among such players who have come out saying that it is really difficult to cope with the course and he finds it difficult playing over in this course and score some good shots. Garcia is among the favourites of winning this PGA tour as he is coming recently from being runners up in the recent Open championship. This is one of the biggest reason why he stand a great chance of winning this year’s PGA Championship and is considered as one of the favourites to win it easily.
His past records of the course claims a different story as this has not been a good hunting ground for him he has faced many failures on this course and this is the reason why he came out stating that this is one of those tracks which is not liked by him. The most recent defeat for him in this golf course was way back in the year 2008 when he played here in the Ryder cup. People saw him lose against Anthony Kim. He lost to him in both 5 and 4 in a singles match of the Ryder cup and thus the ghost of his loss still haunts him. He would surely be looking to get over the defeat he faced against Anthony Kim this time and will make sure that the golf course enters his favourites list once the PGA championship gets over.
As PGA USA championship gets underway the round one saw Adam Scott currently world number 2 faced problems of in the first round as he lacked the edge of scoring it big. Currently a week ago he was dethroned from world number 1 position and this week he was finding problems in making things the way he wanted to. Currently he was at 71 at even par on a day which was perfect from scoring. After his dismal performance in the first round of the PGA championship the player was found heading directly for a practice session. After his dismal performance he attended the press conference where he exhibited his disgust over the first round performance.
He in the press conference stated that this was no doubt one of the easiest upset that one can see. He described that the conditions were a piece of cake for anyone out there and he failed to score points easily. He had 6 shots off the pace and tied up on the 54th. The next here days will be a tough chase testing the character of world’s 2nd best player in the sport. The world no. 2 was found off pace from the tee itself. He also said that that he was not in rhythm today and found it difficult to play his shots. He was finding it difficult in hitting the shots in his line. He also said that when one player is not hitting it well he is required to hit all his puts but he failed to do so in this round. The game changed for him when he got two back to back bogeys in the 5th and 6th holes and thus failed to move up the charts in round one. Hopefully his comebacks strong in the next round else it will be game over for Scott.
Rickie Fowler, who always dominates the headlines for his fashionable aura on the court is again back in news for his style statement but this time for a nobler reason- the 25 year old young golfer is all set to go retro at the US Open in the honor of his idol Stewart (Payne).
Pinehurst 2 is smeared with the great memory of the late golf star everywhere across and around the course. From the lively statue of the golfer at the back of eighteenth green to retrospectives of fifteenth anniversary of Stewart’s US Open triumph to 1st round attire of one among youngest of golfers- the star seems to be alive still.
Rickie has decided to don knockers accompanied by argyle socks in the first round of Thursday game in the honor of his much revered late golf idol.
He remarked that he was quite excited to put on Stewart’s style statement while playing at the court of the legend’s most memorable triumph. Stewart is hailed for his 2 US Open wins & one among these victories was witnessed at Pinehurst- which is the venue for 2014 US Open. Pinehurst remembers the iconic player with a grand bronze statue commemorating his famous first-pump 1999 celebrations.
“I am really eager to come up in his outfit. It is something that I have been planning to do for say a month. This is my style of recognizing the great man”, noted Fowler while speaking about his wonderful way of paying tribute to his idol. “He was one among my idols & a favorite.
The 25 year old golfer was just ten when Payne thrilled everybody with his dramatic US Open 1999 victory against Mickelson (Phil) at Pinehurst. Unfortunately, he met with an untimely death after some wins post the great win at 42 in a heartbreaking place accident.
Rarely has Phil Mickelson drawn back from any sort of suspense, although it’s mostly restricted to his gameplay. This 4 times major champion had to withdraw from Texas Open during the previous week after he pulled a muscle badly on the right side. He has waited substantially to draw an end to the guessing game about whether or not he will play in the Master in the upcoming week.
Finally on Wednesday afternoon Mickelson announced on his website that he has every intension to take part in the upcoming Houston Open. This decision was taken after a light practice session for couple of days at Augusta National, when Mickelson reported that that his right side was slightly sore instead of hurting. He further commented that he in order to give himself the best possible chance at Masters, he has to first compete in Houston. If he had felt that he might injure himself more, he would have drawn back from the play off, however past few days have gone better.
Mickelson’s comeback to Houston Golf Club, previously called Redstone Golf Club, brings into limelight a field which includes Rory Mcllroy, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia and Darren Andrew Points, the defending champion. Mcllroy commented that he just cannot recollect a time when the sport lacked a dominant someone who is heading into the championship. He added that he hasn’t had a word with Tiger Woods post his back surgery, which is keeping him out of the upcoming Augusta National. The ex No. 1 also commented that on an overall level and not just Masters specifically seems much wide open opportunity wise during the time when he was a pro. It is almost like golf as a sport is waiting for that dominant someone to make a mark.
Mike Furyk gave some invaluable advice to his son Jim as he was playing in the World Golf Championship – Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain in Arizona.
Jim Furyk stated that he thought his father was just telling him not to get out of his comfort zone and playing differently than what he is used to. He mentioned that his dad told him not to change his style too much or even try to hit the ball higher and farther than he is capable of.
Furyk went on to add that his father also told him that he should just stick to the game that got him there and not try anything fancy and just try and shoot a number and see where it takes him.
And importantly, Furyk Sr. was absolutely spot on with his assessment of his son’s game as the veteran golfer, who struggled initially, took control of the match before going into the next round.
Jim Furyk is a former graduate from the University of Arizona and he qualified to the quarter finals of the event beating Harris English 1 and up. English vanquished Rory McIlroy in the previous round and as expected, he also pushed Furyk all the way before surrendering the match.
This is the first time that Furyk has managed to reach the quarter finals of the event in 14 attempts and he is no doubt, very happy about reaching the level.
The veteran also admitted that this is the first time that he has gone into the weekend of the event and uncharacteristically for someone like Jim Furyk, mentioned that he was feeling a bit nervous about it. He thanked the fans for the support he has got and mentioned he wants to give them something more to cheer for as well.
Golf has become a sport that many people these days tend to perform and for this fact it is necessary for them to acquire the right techniques and the right strength to handle the equipment for a better performance. You may ask: “What has strength to do with all these?” and the answer to this question will be found within this article.
Training your body for golfing activity has become almost a requirement if you really want to improve your skills when you are on the golf course. But do not worry too much about this, because the exercises required in this regard won’t need to be done in a gym but you can as well perform them in the comfort of your home. This is a very convenient way especially for those who do not have the time to attend a gym training program and besides, these exercises are quite easy to approach given the fact that there is no sport device included in the exercising program.
The strength that you need to achieve for your golfing activity won’t require the use of any device; what it does require is the small amount of free time for performing the exercises. Another benefit of these exercises comes with the fact that once performing them at home, they will save you a lot of time not to mention the money that you would otherwise have to spend for gym subscription. These exercises will address mostly the improvement of golf swings and for this you will need a pair of dumbbells and some knowledge of stretching your muscles before and after the weight lifting.
You can as well make use of medicine balls for these types of exercises and while you at it, you must perform them in a rotational way the same way your arm moves for the golf swing motion.
The Miracle Man of Medinah Ian Poulter has been warned that his heroics of last year in the Ryder Cup do not guarantee him a free pass to get into the European team for the next year when the tournament tees off at Gleneagles.
It was believed that Poulter was guaranteed a place in the European team after his extraordinary birdie spree on the Saturday morning in Chicago lifted the European team from the dust where it had been lying bleeding throughout the week before setting up the drama on the final day which saw the American team beaten again.
But Paul McGinley, the captain for the European Ryder Cup team stated clearly that the Englishman will have to prove his worth to the team once again in tournament golf if he is to make the team for the event at Gleneagles next year.
He stated that he can assure everyone that if Ian Poulter goes on to have a very poor season next year, he won’t be a part of the team. He went on to add that he would love to have the 37 year old Englishman in the team but he will have to earn his stripes just like everyone else.
McGinley also mentioned that what Poulter has achieved in the past has been incredible and even compared his Miracle of Medinah to Liverpool’s 2005 UEFA Champions League triumph against AC Milan but he is adamant that Poulter has to do it all over again and prove to him that he is both physically and mentally ready to take on the challenge once again.
It is almost inconceivable that Ian Poulter will not be in the team after his performance last year and McGinley stated there is no one at this moment who is guaranteed a place in the team.
He claims himself to be a pretty cool customer on the course but according to American golfer Jason Dufner, his nerves were pretty much jangled as he went on claim the first major title of his career at the recently concluded US PGA Championship at Oak Hill.
The American equaled to the lowest ever score recorded in the history of major competitions when he shot a second round 63 and carded a 68 in the closing round to finish with a score of 10 under par, finishing two shots ahead of the overnight leader, American golfer Jim Furyk to claim his first major title.
The 36 year old is known as much for his internet phenomenon known as ‘Duferning’ as showing almost no emotion at all on the course admitted to being under immense pressure as he held onto his lead in the closing stages of the event.
Jason Dufner mentioned that he might have come across as a pretty cool customer over the years on the greens but there were definitely a lot of nerves as he was trying to put the finishing touches to his first triumph at the majors.
He went on to add that the feeling still hasn’t sunk in and he still cannot believe that it is happening to him. He stated that he had decided to put his best foot forward and try and be aggressive and win the major and he is happy that he has managed to do so.
Dufner admitted that he was unfortunate to have had two bogeys in the last two holes but he also mentioned that the name Jason Dufner will always be engraved on the trophy and no one will be able to take that away from him and that is a great accomplishment on his part.
British golfer Justin Rose will embark on another attempt at winning an event on the FedEx Cup playoff events with the Deutsche Bank Championship after finishing tied for second at The Barclays last weekend.
The golfer from the north of Hampshire will go into the second of the four playoff events of the FedEx Cup at seventh in the standings of the FedEx Cup and he is well within his rights to think about claiming the title at the end of the season and lay his claim to the $ 10 million jackpot that will be available to winner at the end of the season.
The seventh place in the rankings has a lot to do with his success at the US Open this season as he managed to win his first major title since turning professional. With only the top 100 players on the rankings taking part in the event, Justin Rose will fancy his chances as things start to heat up.
He knows that a win in the playoff events will be worth a lot more points than winning any other title on the Tour and he will also be happy with the fact that the points margin will be reset when The Tour Championship tees off, which will favor the leader but will ensure the rest of the field has an equal chance of winning the title and pocket the handsome prize money.
Justin Rose has done very well this year especially in the playoff events over the last two years. Last year, he finished second at The Tour Championship to finish sixth overall while he finished fifth the year before after winning at The Barclays. And he hopes he will be able to do better this year and cap off what has already been an amazing year.
Tom Lewis was born in England on 5 January 1991. He is a resident of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. He is a professional golfer who represents England.
Tom Lewis had a remarkable amateur golfing career. In 2009, Lewis won The Boys Amateur Championship at Royal St. George’s. in the 2010 New South Wales Open he lost to Peter O’Malley in a playoff.
Later same year finished tied for the 12th position in the Australian Open. This victory was followed by the victory of the St. Andrews Links Trophy in 2011 on the Old Course at St. Andrews. The Local Final Qualification Matches at Rye took him to the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George’s. He shared the lead with Thomas Bjørn in the first round by virtue of a five-under-par 65 in the first round. In the Open Championship this was the lowest single-round score by an amateur and the lowest in any major championship.
After the 2011 Walker Cup Tom Lewis turned pro and made his debut at the professional level at the Austrian Golf Open in September 2011. He managed to finish tied for the tenth position after shooting a two-over-par 74. On October 2011 he claimed his first maiden win at the Portugal masters on the European Tour. This kick started his professional golfing career.
He was awarded the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year in 2011, December. His team appearance includes the Jacques Leglise trophy where he represented Great Britain and Ireland and won the 2008 as well as the 2009 tournaments. He also played the Eisenhower trophy for England in 2010 and the st Andrews trophy representing Great Britain and Ireland later the same year. He also played for the same countries in the Walker Cup team which went on to win in 2011.