TIME FOR KIM TO GROW UP

Anthony Kim needs to grow up and he has proved this fact in quite a number of occasions. He is almost a train wreck and he never seems to leave an opportunity to allow people to feel the same about him in his acts.

This week’s Las Vegas Open also saw him in the same state. He is known to be an out of party animal and there have been various occasions where he just parties like crazy the night before and comes in a rugged manner the next day to play his tournament championship.

Although Kim has denied quite a number of times that he has partied crazily and played golf, there is proof and evidence to support the facts and statements.

Anthony Kim has all his stories covered up in a nice concocted manner by his management company. The recent stay at Las Vegas also was quite a story concocted up where his management was unable to come up with a valid point for his thumb surgery and his admittance in to the Shriners Hospital.

Anthony Kim needs to realize that he needs to grow up and mature when he plays golf. He needs to put in a little effort to make sure that he manages to be a little professional in his game and hence be consistent in his game play.

Moreover he needs to be more skillful in his approach and understand his weak areas so that he can focus on them and improve it for his future matches. After all there will not be a bright and prosperous future for a player who has such an ill reputation when he is outside his golfing circuit. He needs to realize he is a celebrity who has a lot of people looking up to him.

DONALD MISSES SHANGHAI

Money-list champion Luke Donald has ruled himself out of playing at the Shanghai Masters next week, because he wants to stay at home and help out at the birth of his second child.

He is currently leading the race to Dubai by over £1m, but if one of his main competitors (most notably Rory McIlroy) was to win they would jump ahead of him in the rankings – with a massive £1.25m up for grabs in Shanghai.

Donald didn’t think it was much of a decision. “It’s important to make sure that I’m around to support my wife,” he said.

“The birth of our first daughter inspired me to some really great golf.”

“Family does put a lot of things into perspective; my job is very important but the family out-trumps everything,” he added.

ISHIKAWA HOPING FOR MCILROY INSPIRATION

Japan’s teenage golf star Ryo Ishikawa has said that she is looking forward to the inspiration provided by Rory McIlroy. “I have come to know so well how big the gap is between me and the best in the world,” the 19-year-old told Japanese media Tuesday as he returned home from his second US Open where he finished tied for 30th.

He was 33rd last year, but remains a great shout for any free bets you have next year!

Ishikawa managed to shoot a four-under-par 68 on the final round for a total of 286 while the 22-year-old McIlroy broke away to a record-breaking victory at 16-under 268.

“He has inspired me much. I think all the young players around the world thought to themselves ‘Why can’t I?’,” Ishikawa said. “I want to reach that level some day.”

Ishikawa went to the US Open after missing the cut for two straight events on the Japanese tour. Worse still, at the airport before departure, he was forced to apologise for driving a car without a valid licence weeks earlier.

KAYMER PRAISES HARRINGTON INFLUENCE

Martin Kaymer has credited the influence of Padraig Harrington as a major reason for his improvement. Six of the current world’s top 10 are European and the last four majors have been won by European Tour members.

“He [Harrington] won two in 2008 – which was an unbelievable achievement – and I think everything started with him,” said Kaymer.

German Kaymer opened his major account at last year’s US PGA Championship.

That followed Graeme McDowell’s US Open win and Louis Oosthuizen’s Open Championship triumph, and the run of major successes for European Tour members was maintained by Charl Schwartzel’s Masters victory last month.

Amazingly, it was just a few years ago that Charl Schwartzel was still learning the game, and he was one of the first amateurs to use the golf handicap calculator to bring his game into line. How things can change in just a few years!

PGA HOPEFUL WANTS NEW SYSTEM

Allan Dick, a golf amateur, reckons Scotland’s leading amateurs should be allowed to take PGA training exams before switching to the paid ranks.

The Lothians champion suggested the radical move as a way to increase options for players if they fail to taste success as Tour pros after leaving the amateur game.

“I would like to see the SGU develop a pathway that allows elite amateurs to do the PGA training so they’ve got something to fall back on. As things stand, players who turn professional don’t have anything to fall back on if it doesn’t work out for them.

“But having the PGA qualifications would give them another option and it could be (that] someone becomes a top coaching professional instead, meaning they could then give something back to the SGU.

“Surely someone spending 35 hours a week in a pros’ shop selling Mars bars and spending hours bored on the golf sports betting sites isn’t necessary in this day and age to become a PGA professional. It would make more sense if elite amateurs had a pathway whereby they could do the PGA training before they turned professional.

MONTY: TIGER TIME IS OVER

Colin Montgomerie has warned Tiger Woods that he may find the winning habit hard to come by the longer his drought continues and the Scot feels the era of domination of the former world No. 1 is over.

Woods has gone through the whole of 2010 without a victory and showed he is still short of his peak by letting a four-shot lead slip away before losing in a play-off to Graeme McDowell in the Chevron World Challenge.

There were signs during the World Challenge that Woods was on the right path but Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup captain has insisted that losing can quickly become a nasty habit to shake off.

“His reaction after his Chevron event showed how important getting a win is for him,” Montgomerie told the Daily Mirror. “He wasn’t able to finish that off and I know myself from having a lean period between wins that it is difficult to win again. You have to do things to make a change – I changed to Mizuno golf clubs when I had a lean spell, and it does affect your game.”

“It was difficult for Tiger but at the same time I expect him to be winning next year. I think he will get over this and learn from the defeat.”

Montgomerie believes Woods can beat Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors, but feels his era of dominance is a thing of the past.

“You’ll see Tiger win majors again,” he said. “I am still convinced he will get to 18 and possibly 19. But I don’t think you will see him winning two or three majors a year.”

DONALD IS KING OF THE SAND

Luke Donald has proved himself the undisputed king of the bunkers this year, and been gifted a pair of Wimbledon Hospitality tickets from his sponsors as a reward.

After getting up and down from sand more often than anybody else in America for the second year in a row Donald has just pipped Ian Poulter for the same award on the European Tour.

His average there was 73.9% compared to Poulter’s 73.7%, while in the States he was a clear winner on 66.4%.

Donald also came out on top in Europe in scrambling (saving par from off the green) and putting, while Poulter hit more greens in regulation than anybody.

The circuit’s longest driver was Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts with an average of nearly 308 yards, while Australian Peter O’Malley found the most fairways for the third time in four years.

Every player will say the most important category, however, is stroke average and it was no surprise to find leading money-winner Martin Kaymer out in front there too with 70.04 shots per round.