WESTWOOD RUN CONTINUES

Lee Westwood has continued his brilliant run in WGC Match Play having secured a place in the semi finals.

He will be facing Rory Mcilroy in the semi final which is being touted as the most exciting match of the entire tournament. This would have been the ideal finals for the tournament as both the players are extremely good and are on the top of the game.

Lee Westwood and Rory Mcilroy will both be vying for the number one spot in the World Rankings for which they will have to win the tournament. So if either one of them ends up winning the tournament, then he will be displacing Luke Donald of England from the numero uno position. Luke Donald hasn’t been having the best of the current season as he faced a couple of bad defeats and also crashed out of this tournament in the very first round itself.

Lee Westwood beat Martin Laird in the quarterfinals to set up a date with Rory Mcilroy to make it to the semi final. It was not an easy match for Lee Westwood but he came back strong to beat Laird. Rory Mcilroy found a place in the semi finals with ease as he beat Sang-Moon Bae comfortably.

The other semi finals will see Hunter Mahan and Mark Wilson vying for a place in the finals. They are both of the same country and hence it will be a good competition between the two. Mahan beat Kuchar in the quarterfinals to set up a date with Mark Wison while he beat Peter Hanson of Sweden to reach the semi finals.

The match between Rory Mcilroy and Lee Westwood will be a mouth watering encounter as two of the best players of the game will be vying for a place in the finals.

According to many critics, this should have ideally been the finals of the tournament. What remains to be seen is whether it is Rory Mcilroy or Lee Westwood who makes it to the finals.

MICKELSON SUES YAHOO

Golfer Phil Mickelson has registered a lawsuit against an Internet company, in Canada, to find out the identity of an individual who has been putting up “vexatious statements”.

Mickelson, the 4-time major winner thinks that it is a deliberate strike on his reputation.

In Mickelson’s lawsuit against Videotron S.E.N.C in Quebec Superior Court, the golfer stated that opinions posted on 11th and 12th November on Yahoo! Sports, in which one or more individuals under the pseudonyms “Longtitude” and “Fogroller” made comment that the golfer’s wife had an affair and that the golfer fathered an unlawful child.

The golfer is asking the court to identify the individual so Phil Mickelson can stop the dissemination of false and wrongful statements … and obtain reparation for the prejudice already suffered.

Mickelson’s Jacksonville-based attorney Glenn Cohen said that the internet company did not fight the request for subpoena and that he is expecting the data shortly.

Whether the ruling has wider significances for anonymous postings on the site is not Phil’s concern. Cohen said that if they can restrict one individual, then one less person who can get away with this. If other individuals are victims of this and want to take up the mantra than that is fine.

It was a very close decision Mickelson and he made to discover this individual’s identity and stop it.

The golfer first registered a complaint on 21st November; in San Diego County superior court that empowered Phil to subpoena information from Yahoo! Inc.

Hopefully now that it’s all sorted Phil can concentrate on picking up his golf clubs and winning titles rather than courtroom rulings!

SEVEN DAYS LEFT

Seven days remain for golfers to make it into the top sixty-four in the OWGR (Official World Golf Ranking) and comfirm their invitation for the 2012 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

The European Tour’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR are the last opportunities for golfers to grab a golden ticket to the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for the very first golf championship of this season Feb. 20 – 26.

One of the top golfers who find himseld on the edge is United States’ Jim Furyk, who grabbed the the FedExCup championship en route to garnering PGA TOUR Player of the Year honors in the year 2010.

Furyk is currently No. 59 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Last year, he was a 10th seed golfer, though he lost to Palmer in the very first round, two down. Furyk is playing at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this week.

Italy’s Matteo Manassero is all set to become the youngest golfer to play in a World Golf Championships event last year. He is at the 60th spot in the ranking at present and this week he is playing at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Despite being just 18 years old, Manassero has been a revelation on the courses around Europe, and is sure to impress if he makes it through to the World Match Play. He also has the best Masters golf odds of any golfer under 25!

Many golfers on the edge of qualifications have risked their places by not playing this week, including Ernie Els of South Africa (No. 62). Els has played in eleven of the last 13 instalments of the Accenture Match Play Championship, made it to the semifinals in 2001 and quarterfinals in 2009.