Feb 10th, 2020
It’s Manic Monday, so here is a very quick round up of all the results and stories from the weekend on the, PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA and Women’s European Tour.
It’s Manic Monday, so here is a very quick round up of all the results and stories from the weekend on the, PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA and Women’s European Tour.
There were lots of hugs and high fives as Team USA fought back from a 10-8 deficit to win the Presidents Cup, once again, by a score of 16-14. That huge smile we saw after Wood’s victory at Augusta was back and the there was obvious emotion in the US Captain’s voice when talking after his team’s victory.
Cleveland have been on a bit of a role when it comes to launching wrenches recently. Their CBX 2 wedges kicked it off, followed by their amazing Frontline Putters and the Huntington Beach range. Now, two years on from their return to the woods and irons market they are releasing the Launcher HB Turbo woods which they say are “sleeker, faster, and more forgiving” which is exactly what you want!
South Korea’s Hyo Joo Kim holds a one-shot lead over compatriot Sung Hyun Park heading into day four of the Evian Championship. Indeed, Kim has no shortage of company from home as five of the top six players are from South Korea with the only interloper being Shanshan Feng of China.
There were a number of rulings made by the R&A officials on day three of the Open but none was more interesting as that for Lee Westwood. And hats off to the 46 year-old Englishman who showed pure class and honesty in dealing with the situation.
Ok time for a rerun of our GolfPunk rant. The three-minute rule is a good one and it is intended to speed up play like the other good rule change, putting with the pin in. I am sure most pros did not expect to suffer too much from the rule change but then they are not playing Royal Portrush every day.
Normally a round of mini golf is a rather relaxing and sedentary activity. You saunter around putting that ball through a few windmills or similar unusual obstacles often with a beer in your hand and not a care in the world as you watch family members miss that putt for the umpteenth time. In fact its supposed to be so safe that it’s become a drinking based activity with places like Junk Yard Golf or Swingers popping up everwhere!
Congratulations to Gary Woodland who stood firm under the pressure of a charging Brooks Koepka, the world number one and winner of four of the last eight majors he had played in. Others launched a challenge, most notably England’s Justin Rose, but all faded away as Woodland stuck to his task.
Excellent interview with Tiger Woods speaking to GOLFTV’s Lead Tour Correspondent, Henni Zuel about the upcoming 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. He discusses the course, his preparations and his playing partners for the first two days - Brooksie and Franny!
As Tiger prepares for what could be the compelling second chapter of his come-back story he could have done without a lawsuit being slapped on him and his girlfriend in relation to death of an employee of his restaurant in Florida.
Following on from our recent rant concerning etiquette the writer took to the course this morning. It was a stableford competition (points system) a normally quicker format as a lost ball is not the end of the world and if you can’t score on a hole you pick up. It is those lovely medal events that often bring the course to a grinding halt with all competitors having to finish out every hole.
Seeing TaylorMade’ announcement (our coverage here) of its new mini driver got me thinking. What the hell is a mini driver? Surely, I need a Mahoosive big headed driver with a sweet spot the size of a tea plate which will launch the ball in to the stratosphere (Kaboom!). Did I not have a mini driver back in the 70s, it was made out of wood (persimmon if you were posh) and it had the propensity to fly all over the place.
Tiger Woods. The incredible story so far...
As Tiger Woods holed the winning putt some time around 7.35pm on Sunday I was asked an awkward question: "Are you crying??", "Seriously, mate, are you crying?" "I've just something... sniff... in my eye, that's ... sniff... all..."
Tiger Woods signed a multi-year deal with TaylorMade back at the begining of 2017, with Woods set to play their driver, fairway woods, irons and wedges. And now it is pay back time for TaylorMade....
I’m probably going to get shot down in flames for this one, but I am going to put it out there, Mr Woods is a lucky golfer. It may be golfing blasphemy akin to suggesting the Beatles, excluding their early stuff, were not that good or suggesting that David Beckham was actually not all that brilliant.
Well, there you have it. After all these years it seemed to be written in the stars that Tiger would deliver once again among the azaleas and pines of Augusta. Yes, he rode his luck a little, but ultimately he was the player that held his nerve the best coming down the stretch.
Despite being slide-tackled by a steward on the 14th hole, Tiger Woods produced a stunning round of 68 to put himself right in contention for his fourth Masters title going into the weekend.
Calling all self-respecting better players out there. Tiger Woods and TaylorMade have collaborated to create a premium players iron set. Say hello to the new P-7TW range...
European golf legend Ian Woosnam has based his new indoor swing room around SkyTrak, golf’s most affordable launch monitor and simulator.v
Two events this week. It's the Oman Open and the Honda Open. Here's where the action is......
Take the worry out of your game and enjoy yourself. Tiger Woods and Fred Couples give it to us straight...
Ian Woosnam, winner of the 1991 Masters and Ryder Cup winning Captain in 2006, has been named as official event host for the Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship which will take place between 20–23 June at Trevose Golf & Country Club near Padstow in Cornwall.
This has made our week at GolfPunk. Gary Woodland, we salute you. And Amy Bockerstette, you a star!
Is long-injured Tiger finally out of the woods?
This week we focus on the Saudi International and the Phoenix Waste Management.
Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Community is no doubt one of the most exciting golfing destinations in Europe, and they have some new Spring offers to tempt you out there.
Today, PUMA Golf announced a multi-year partnership with celebrated PGA Tour professional Gary Woodland that will see him wearing PUMA Golf apparel, footwear and accessories on the course.
So close last week at the Sony Open with Andrew Putnam 69/1 leading until the final stages eventually finishing 2nd to Matt Kuchar. But now I focus on the Desert Classic.
Great to start the year with a winner in Hawaii with our 2 point selection Xander Schauffele winning at 25/1 from our other selection Gary Woodland at 29/1 by 1 shot having equalled the course record in the final round!!! A profit of 42 points.
Wilson Golf has announced that Gary Woodland has signed a multi-year deal to join its Advisory Staff. The addition of Woodland, who is currently ranked in the top 40 worldwide, brings his considerable experience and genuine passion for the game to the Wilson Advisory Staff.
One of Europe’s most popular golf and leisure destinations, Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Community, is kicking off the new year in Spain by inviting PGA Professionals and amateur golfers from across Europe for two exciting tournaments.
There are some athletes who seem to transcend their sport and become names so big that even people who have little interest in their respective sports know who they are.
GolfPunk selections at last week's Hong Kong Open finished 3rd Jason Schrivner 37/1, tied 6th Rafa Cabrera Bello 12/1 and Shubhanker Sharma 45/1. Three events this week....
It's the big one. The match up we've all been waiting for. It's Tiger 'The Immovable Glute Whisperer' Woods versus Phil 'The Gawping Dandy' Mickelson. And this time it's for monnneyyy!!. GP Editor tells us why this is 9 million donuts down the hole...
It’s almost time for the somewhat eagerly awaited Tiger versus Phil Mickelson head-to-head for $9 million. But what if you are not in the USA and don’t have access to HBO?
A great result for GolfPunk readers with Danny Willett winning the DP World tour Championship at 139/1. He actually drifted on Betfair to 179/1 so hopefully GolfPunk readers got the best odds??
Praise has been circulating around Lumne Mediterránea Beach & Golf Community following the final stage of European Tour Qualifying School, as competitors recognise the quality of the golf courses on offer.
Arccos, the market leading golf data and artificial intelligence company, has predicted that Tommy Fleetwood will come out on top in his contest with Francesco Molinari this week when they face off at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
So close last weekend with Danny Lee 109/1 and J J Spaun 76/1 finishing 2nd and 3rd in the Mayakoba Classic In Mexico to Matt Kuchar! Two events this week, the DP world Tour Championship and the RSM Classic.
As the build up to the Tiger Woods v Phil Mickelson head-to-head continues, here's a little taster as Phil takes on Tiger at a bit of Golf Pong. And the winner is................?
It's Q School time at Lumine in the Costa Daurada. And here's how the course has been set up.
The hype surrounding the $9 million winnner takes all match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson continues to build with the release of this new video.
Has Tiger finally made a political statement by refusing Saudi riches? Probably not, but it does beg the question...
Two events this week, the Nedbank from South Africa and Mayakoba from Mexico, part of the PGA tour.
There have probably only been four truly dominant players in the modern game, and we have been waiting to see who the next one will be ever since Tiger Woods.
Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Community will soon play its part in one of European golf’s most exciting annual storylines by staging the conclusion to European Tour Qualifying School for the second consecutive time, from November 10-15.
1st and 2nd for GolfPunk readers at last week’s HSBC event!!! For most of the tournament Tony Finau 29/1 looked like winning, but our other selection Xander Schauffle 56/1 beat him in a play off !!!
Cobra Golf® has introduced the 2019 KING F9 SPEEDBACK™ Drivers & Fairways. For the first time in the metal woods category, the SPEEDBACK™ family of metal woods achieves true optimisation of aerodynamics and a low center-of-gravity (CG), delivering the longest and fastest COBRA driver and fairways.
Tommy Fleetwood’s caddie dropped a clanger during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions when he failed to stop Tommy’s ball from going into the water.
Actually, we're not 100% sure what's going on here...
The winning run came to an end last weekend with Sergio Garcia winning in Spain and Brooks Koepka in South Korea, both were favs so not on my radar for betting purposes! But we did get Ashley Chester placed at 74/1 in Andalucía and Gary Woodland 2nd at 40/1.
Tiger Woods has blamed his poor performance in the Ryder Cup on being "tired" after a long season, which included a fantastic comeback victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
We've been looking back at the best read articles from GolfPunk in the past year, and our exclusive interview with Tommy Fleetwood seemed to hit the mark with you. Here it is for you to enjoy again, or catch up with it if you missed it first time round. Wow. One simple word. Wow. And that’s all you need to sum up the last 18 months of Tommy Fleetwood’s career. So what has he done to make all this happen?
It’s hard to think of another golfer who has toyed with the emotions of fans around the world more than Tiger Woods. It’s very rarely straightforward with Woods and, especially since 2009, his career has had a lot more downs than ups.
Woods' 80th PGA TOUR victory caps remarkable comeback season, whilst stablemate Justin Rose claims year-long FedExCup Title with T4 Finish.
Tiger Woods has taken a three shot lead from Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy on moving day at the Tour Championship, and who would now bet against him finishing his dinner?
Tiger Woods made an eagle putt from over 27 feet on the par-5 18th hole for a 5-under 65 and a share of the lead with Rickie Fowler in the Tour Championship. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!
Ouch. Pushing for a playoff, Chris Wood three-putted the final green to finish second by a shot, leaving China's Wu Ashan to take his third European Tour title.
1991 Masters winner, Ian ‘Woosie’ Woosnam OBE, will continue his 2018 Staysure Tour season as he is confirmed to return to Birmingham’s Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club between 4-7 October. Playing in the annual Farmfoods European Senior Masters, Woosie will join returning tournament host, Peter Baker.
It's on. Tiger v Phil. Winner-takes-all $9m (£7m) exhibition match in Las Vegas over 18 holes at Shadow Creek GC.
Great to win the Wyndham with our 2 points selection Brandt Snedeker at 26/1. We also had CT Pan 2nd at 89/1. Two events this week but we leave the Czech event alone and concentrate on the first of the FedEx play off events the Northern Trust.
A day in the life of Swingin Siren Ashlee Mae...
How do you deal with a tipsy heckler giving your player a hard time during an important golf tournament? Point him out to an official? Threaten him with a short sharp trip to wedge town? Tiger's caddie Joe LaCava chose a different route...
Whatever happened to all the talk of 'The Big 4/5/6'? Two words. Tiger Woods. Actually, four words: Tiger Woods & Brooks Koepka.
So we caught up with the big hitting bomber Gary Woodland earlier this month. Here's what he had to say about Scooby Doo, Garth Brooks, and women trouble...
Thunder and lightning halted play at Bellerive last night but not before big-hitting Gary Woodland set a new lowest 36-hole score at the US PGA Championship.
The PGA championship is the last major tournament of the season, soon to be followed by the Fed Ex play offs!! The career grand slam event only achieved by 5 golfers Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen, while Bobby Jones won a true golf grand slam in 1930.
Welcome to the Tiger Woods Roast in which a brilliant comeback puts Jason Day firmly in his place. Plus WGC wrap and Tony Finau makes a fan's day!!
Could the Olympic Skiing Champion be the one to finally circle Tiger's square? Well, no, obviously, they broke up. But ever since Lindsey has been apparently supportive of Tiger's comeback. Last night, however, things seem to have changed...
What a great last day at the Open last Sunday, there were at least 12 possible winners with 6 holes to go and it's fair to say Tiger is back!!! The winner Francesco Molinari by 2 shots from Justin Rose but it was Tiger that had the crowd on its feet!!!
Two events this week the Scottish Open and the John Deere Classic. We concentrate on the Scottish Open, the last event before The Open. Two near misses last week in Ireland with both Jon Rahm and Andy Sullivan placed!!
Garmin International has announced the Approach Z80, a full-featured integrated laser range finder with GPS for the most precise distances to the flag from up to 350 yards, accurate to the pin +/- 10 inches.
Two events this week - the Irish Open and the Greenbrier in the USA. We will focus on the Irish Open, which has attracted a great field and is the ideal warm up for the Open in 2 weeks.
Tiger Woods has shot a five-under 65 in the second round of the Quicken Loans National in Maryland and now sits five shots off the lead.
Tiger Woods has been spotted working with a TaylorMade mallet putter in the lead into the Quicken Loans National. Could this be the equipment change that he needs to sort out his putting?
Brooks Koepka captured his first US Open last year at Erin Hills with a belligerent display of big hitting and aggressive scoring, devastating the Wisconsin course with a winning score of 16-under. He has become only the third man in post-war going history to retain that title in totally different circumstances.
A welcome return to one of the worlds great golf courses, it’s been slightly redesigned by widening the fairways but it’s still a monster with the prospect for lightning fast greens. Immense skill required to even contend on this great course so I expect the top players to monopolise !!!
TaylorMade Golf has introduced the Spider Mini, a wingless design to deliver the performance characteristics of the original Spider Tour putters in a more streamlined, minimalistic design.
Tiger Woods will be reportedly staying in his 155-foot, $20 million yacht when he plays the US Open. What’s not to like? Well, let's find out...
Tiger Woods was looking for a bounce back after a 72 on Thursday, and he cannot have been too disappointed with a second round of 67, which included an eagle from 95 yards at the par-five 11th, which moved him to five-under.
Tiger Woods is playing Graphite in a driving iron this week, as he put a MItsubishi Tensei pro white hybrid shaft 100g in his Tmag driving iron.
Tiger may have won this event five times (last time in 2012), but he needed all his powers of recovery to come back from an ugly front nine which included two bogeys and a double-bogey 7 at the par 5 15th (his sixth hole) where his tee shot flew out of bounds.
Great to have the winner of BMW PGA at Wentworth in Francesco Molinari 24/1 and Brandon Grace 16/1 and Kiradech Aphibarnrat 59/1 placed. And now it is time for Memorial and the Italian Open.
An anonymous bidder has paid the princely sum of $50,000 to caddy for Tiger Woods at the Hero World Challenge Pro-Am in November.
Tommy Fleetwood, Europe's number one golfer, will tee it up at BMW PGA Championship this week in Nike outfits chosen by TrendyGolf.com, golf's leading online fashion retailer.
Paige Spiranac met Tiger Woods for the first time on Friday at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas and posted about it to her 1.4 million Instagram followers.
Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, will tee it up alongside Europe’s Number One golfer Tommy Fleetwood in the Celebrity Pro-Am at the BMW PGA Championship on Wednesday May 23.
Good to be back with a winner last week as Webb Simpson at 80/1 wins the Players Championship at Sawgrass. The European event this week is the Belgium knockout hosted by Thomas Pieter's and his wife, it's too much of a novelty event to get involved with, so we concentrate on the Byron Nelson in the USA.
Tiger Woods will tee it up at The 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie in July, it has been confirmed.
We've all said it to ourselves at some point on the golf course. Just stop trying to hit the darned thing so hard. But what is the driver for, if not for blasting that puny little white thing into orbit?
It’s the Players Championships in the USA; I haven’t tipped Tiger Woods but I feel he is close to winning soon.
So near to a 99/1 winner last week with Van Rooyen and Bjork 94/1, who both got to the joint lead in the final round only to lose to a determined Levy who is trying to get in Ryder cup squad!! This week we will give the New Orleans event a miss as its pairs and I am fairly sure not taken too seriously?? So we concentrate on the China Open!!
The Masters – the year's first major and one of the truly great events. Won last year by Sergio Garcia (tipped by yours truly!) Most bookmakers paying out each way on top 10 including Betfair exchange. If you have a few accounts shop around. This week I am advising each way top 10 with a few more selections than normal.
Tiger Woods’ comeback is hitting Masters ticket prices, and you will now have to pay a very pretty penny if you want to see the four-time Masters winner teeing it up at Augusta National.
Lumine Beach and Golf Community, Costa Daurada’s much-loved and highly regarded golf destination, is inviting golfers to experience its outstanding golf courses with a number of new package options.
Great stuff from Rory McIlroy at last weekend's Arnold Palmer Invitational, he must have a great chance at this week's match play event, as has last year's winner Dustin Johnson. But we will try and look outside the two hot Favourites. This week's other event is low key, so we concentrate on the Dell Match play.
After a great up and down on the 14th to get within one of the lead, Tiger Woods blows it with an OB from his drive on the 16th. Oh, Tiger, when will you sort your driving out???!!!
Tiger Woods continued his impressive comeback with a first round 68 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.