Mickelson pulls out from World Golf Championships

This week, golfer Phil Mickelson would not be in seen playing in San Francisco. Phil Mickelson, the 5 time major champion, has taken off his name of this week’s World Golf Championships-Match Play event, showing unspecified personal reasons.

Gullane Golf Club

Phil’s withdrawal was declared earlier on Sunday, only 3 days before the beginning of the event at TPC Harding Park, San Francisco. In a statement released by one of his sponsors – Yacht charter Greece – the forty four year old man said that he is really very happy with the new format and TPC Harding Park is a terrific setting for match play, so this is unfortunate that he would not be able to play this year.

Phil, the runner-up at Masters this month, has been substituted in the sixty four man field by Finn Mikko Ilonen. Rory McIlroy, the Northern Irish golf player, is the top seed, whereas Jason Day, an Australian golfer, is the defending champ.

Phil Mickelson has confirmed that he will play a sixth consecutive Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club in July.

The 5 time major champ was a Scottish Open winner in the year 2013 and would utilize the East Lothian golf course as grooming for Open Championship at St Andrews a week after that.

After ending joint-2nd at Masters at Augusta National, Phil would be look to carry on his fine run of form at Gullane, where the event is being taken place for the very first time. He would look to snatch the Scottish Open title from Justin Rose.

Tiger Eyeing 2nd Billion

5 years after the infamous extramarital scandal that ripped him of grace and respect in recent years, Tiger Woods is reportedly foraying into next chapter of his career, with the goal of second billion dollars.

Although Woods have been frequently tortured with injuries in recent times yet the 38-year-old former #1 is steadily getting his fitness back and has startled everyone once again with his free swing at Hero World the previous week. However, nobody would deny that his golf was pretty rusty and he would still have to make a whole lot of improvements, though that hasn’t stopped the experts on Golf betting at bookmaker Williamhill.com from making him one of the favourites to hold the #1 spot come the end of 2015.

Off the golf course, Woods had a fiscal improvement with a tie up with new prime sponsor of the tournament & very soon he would be inaugurating his plush Bahamas resort where he is one of the business partners.

“The 2nd billion would be right there for Tiger”, stated Neal Pilson, the President of CBS Sports. 5 years back, in 2009, Tiger was the 1st athlete ever to reach up to $1 bn mark in his career earnings, as per one of the Forbes reports that was issued a couple of months prior to the disclosure of his scandalous personal life.

“That is long gone”, Pilosn continued. “That’s over. His very personality, his contacts, looks, the remaining skills & the very emotional bond which people still nourish for Woods is quite eminently marketable.”

Tiger, whose famous pursuit of Nicklaus’ 18 majors record has come to a halt since his winning of 14th back in 2008, revealed his grandest endorsement tie in 5 years. This is a 4-year contract with India’s Hero MotoCorp. The endorsement pact would be paying him $8 mn per year.

“Woods would go on working hard for his comeback yet both deep competition and age would make the win tougher for him”, said renowned sports business author Mr. Andrew Zimbalist.

Dustin Johnson set to play at the SHO

Fed Ex Cup leader Jimmy Walker (world number 27), British golfer Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson (world number 5), Webb Simpson (21) and Matt Kuchar (world number 11) are all set to compete in the upcoming Shell Houston Open. Event organizer Steve Timms revealed the latest roster of the esteemed tournament and the high profile line up is guaranteed to bring big bucks for the club and the organizers.

Mickelson will be a huge boost to the competition as the 42 times PGA champion will be the sixth playing in the Top 11 of the Golf Rankings to be a part of this event. The 2013 champion of the British Open will join the likes of Rory McElroy (number 7), Spanish star Sergio Garcia (number 8), Dustin Johnson (world number 9) and Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson.

Poulter is a veteran of as many as four Ryder Cups and he also boasts of 13 international trophies, when it comes to Europe. He also has a knack for World Championship events as both his major victories have come in the 2010 Accenture World Match Play Championship and the the 2012 HSBC Champions.

The collegiate golfer from Baylor, Walker, has already won three titles in the new season – At& T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, SONY Hawaii Open and the Frys.com Open, and he is enjoying a lead of 529 points at the present in the Fed Ex Cup leader board.

The players are given the final date till Friday to completely commit to the tournament which will be held from March 31 to April 6 at the Golf Club of Houston’s Tournament Course. This is a new concept as the players will not be fined if they choose to withdraw within the given date.

Porthcawl determined to recover

The recent Atlantic storm might have damaged Royal Porthcawl course severely but it could not dampen the spirits of the club. The club is determined to recover as fast as possible to ready the course for Wales’ 1st Senior Open scheduled for coming July.

Miguel Jimenez has expressed his earnest desire to contend in the event as the Spaniard is bidding for 2014 Europe Ryder Cup squad. Michael Newland, the secretary is expecting to come up with a perfect course, fit enough to host the prestigious golf event.

“The course has recovered really well”, Newland stated. “Tuesday has been pretty dry & the wind too strong & that has helped to clear volumes of stagnant water on the course.”

A cod, obviously dead, was found among the storm carried debris on the course.

Newland was in all praise for the staffs of the course given their serious efforts in cleaning the varied flotsam from fairways and greens. “The staffs on green have been exceptional”, remarked the impressed secretary. “They have toiled a lot to clear off maximum debris. If you take a look at left-hand side of the course that was badly battered from the storm, you will find it almost clear now.”
“The entire team put in a huge effort to sweep as well as blow & clean to clear the green off the debris”, added in Newland.

Jimnez, the oldest champion of European Tour is aimed to be the oldest of European Ryder Cup golfer by gaining a stand in McGinley’s squad at Gleneagles.

He would be having his debut at Senior Open 2014 championship which is scheduled to be held in between 24th July & 27th July.

“I hope we would be able to get back the course very quickly”, Newman sounded confident.

McDowell tips Adam Scott for more glory

Northern Irish golfer Graeme McDowell is convinced that Australian golfer Adam Scott has the freshness, the drive and a streak of selfishness that it takes to win the second major title.

McDowell, a hugely popular golfer on both the European Tour and the PGA Tour and he spoke about his love for the Royal Melbourne Golf Club and added how he is looking forward to dueling with Scott at the World Cup of golf when one of the most fabled team events in the sport hits the course between the 21st and 24th of November.

And his schedule for the end of the season also goes to show how much Scott is committed to the sport in his home country. The $ 8.2 million World Cup of Golf will be the third of four events for the Australian that also includes a stop at the same event for the Australian Masters the week before.

It isn’t a schedule that Scott would normally go through but he wanted to give back something to the sporting community in the country and he is also saw it as an opportunity to thank the fans for standing by him.
McDowell, on the other hand, did not win a single title in 2011 after winning his first major in the US Open 2010 but he believes Adam Scott is better equipped to handle the life changing major win.

McDowell stated that as a major champion, the demands on a golfer’s time increases rapidly and one has to pick and choose the events he wants to play in and be a little bit of selfish for the sake of his own career. He added that Adam Scott has been a great player for some years and is mature enough to adapt the demands on his time.

Kaymer working hard to get back his old form

Before Irish golf player Rory McIlroy struggled with the anticipations that come when you are the top ranked golfer, there was German golf player Martin Kaymer. The 28 year old golfer from Germany snatched the number one ranking from Tiger Woods earlier in February 2011 and he kept the spot for 8 weeks till he was overshadowed by Lee Westwood. His golf career has been quite bumpy since that time, but now he has an opportunity to make the 3rd leg of FedEx Cup playoffs in his very first full season on PGA Tour.

Kaymer, who placed 90th in the FedEx Cup points coming in this weekend’s Deutsche Bank event at TPC Boston, talked spoke yesterday regarding his downfall from the top spot when it appeared that he had the right talent to be one of the greats of the game.

Kaymer was ranked thirty seventh in the world. He told that one needs to concentrate on the main thing again, and not on things which has nothing to do with golf. At the end of the day, you have the golf ball, the clubs, and you play golf.

He added that it is other people who put a whole lot of pressure. The prospects are very high and he lost a little bit of focus. He lost a little bit of the meaning and the attitude. It was not that much fun anymore. Martin defeated Bubba Watson in a play off at the Whistling Straits to snatch the PGA Championship in 2010.

Lee Westwood apologizes for Twitter rant

English golfer Lee Westwood took to the popular social networking site Twitter with a series of outbursts, rounding on trolls that took him on and rubbished him for his very poor performance in the final rounds of the US PGA Championship at the Oak Hill last weekend. But the Englishman has now issued an apology for his behavior.

The 40 year old only managed to card a score of six over 76, a disappointing one to say the least, as he finished a massive 13 shots behind the eventual champion Jason Dufner and still without a single major trophy in cabinet in his professional career.

He was not, however, in any kind of mood whatsoever, to take any kind of criticism from his followers on his verified Twitter account and when one fan asked him to learn how to putt the ball first, Lee Westwood seemed pretty arrogant as he told off the fan and reminded him to get a life first before telling him what to do.

His tirade went on for a few more tweets as he went on to lambast all those fans that make comments about his performance and his career as a whole, mainly his failure to win a single major till date. However, he has now moved to make things right by positing another message on Twitter, apologizing to the fans as well as his sponsors for that amazing outburst he had.

He admitted that his comments were out of order as well as out of character and offered his since apologies. Lee Westwood also went on to dismiss the claims made by former European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie after his absolute shambolic round by merely dismissing the Scottish golfing legend as a nobody and declining to comment on his claims as well.

Paul Casey says McIlroy not using inferior equipments

There has been a lot of talk about the performances of former world number one Rory McIlroy after he switched from Titleist equipments to those supplied by Nike Golf, a move that has drawn the ire of many golfers considering the multi million pound deal that the young Northern Irishman signed and now, Paul Casey has come to the aid of the world number two stating that he is not using equipments that are inferior and has backed him to get back to winning ways sooner rather than later.

The 24 year old won five titles using the old equipments in 2012, including his second major title and has remained at Carton House over the weekend to get some extra practice as he looks to find the perfect balance in his shots. He also told the assembled reporters that he would meet with officials of Nike Golf over the weekend as well in order to find a solution to his driving and putting problems.

And Paul Casey, who also uses equipments supplied by Nike Golf, defended the equipment supplied by the company as he sided with the former world number one in the wake of his poor form as well as his own return to form after he claimed his first title on the European Tour since 2011 with a superb closing at 67.

He mentioned that he has full confidence in Rory and stated that he agrees with what is being written about him being a streaky player but also admitted that it is only a matter of time before he returned to winning ways. Paul Casey went on to state that he talks with Rory on the course but he doesn’t know what is going on inside his head and hopes the R&D of Nike will help him get the results soon.

Popular sporting events

Horse racing is still the most popular form of sports betting in the world and last year almost £12 billion was wagered on the sport. Although the bookmakers had a reasonable season, there were many very happy punters too. This is the time of year when we move from the National Hunt season to the Flat Racing Season, and there are plenty of events to look forward to; you don’t have to be upper class or a chav to visit Royal Ascot, though of course it helps.

Although the British football season is drawing to a close, you can always bet on European other games. There is plenty of action in the summer leagues and in particular Braziliero where betting on draws can often be the way to go. The most popular summer league in Europe is Allsvenskan, the Swedish summer league. There are just 16 teams involved and more often than not it is the away team that wins. Though if you like the unpredictable, there are few things more unpredictable than summer football in the Irish Republic.

This year bookmakers are anticipating a significant rise in the number of cricket bets. This has all the promise of being the most exciting cricket season for some years and is marked by a back to back Ashes series along with a test series against New Zealand.
The Formula One season is also heating up; although McLaren has got off to a bad start, it is also looking as if Jenson Button is finding the driving of his new teammate Sergio Perez somewhat challenging. Has Jenson still got what it takes or will Perez beat him on points? It is definitely worth a punt at the right odds.

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Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy deny rift

Former world number one Rory McIlroy and his Northern Ireland compatriot Graeme McDowell have denied there is any kind of rift between them, amid reports that have emerged over the last couple of weeks that that the two have fallen out with each other with the youngster also walking out of Horizon Sports Management in order to form his own management group. Speaking on the issue, McIlroy stated that there has been a lot of talk on the issue but mentioned that it is not something that he can make any comment on.

He went on to mention that he and Graeme are great friends and added that he might have said a couple of things that he was not happy with it but mentioned that they have had a talk regarding it and everything is fine between them. Speaking to the media just a couple of days back, Graeme McDowell had stated that it seems to him that the rumors that are doing the rounds are spot on and the youngster Rory will be leaving in order to do his own thing.

The world number seven mentioned that he and Rory are still great friends but it is an issue that he would want to leave to Rory and Horizon to sort out and not get involved in it. The world number two McIlroy had denied during The Players Championship that he would be leaving Horizon and form a new management group along with his father, friends and associates but Graeme McDowell had mentioned during the recent World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria that McIlroy might be looking to change managements for the second time since 2011.

In the latest press conference, Rory mentioned that there is no chance of his leaving Horizon and he is there to stay.