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2010 US Open preview

Written by The Editor on . Posted in Features, Golf

Major time again in golf, and it doesn’t come any tougher than the US Open – a tournament where the USGA try and scare the living bejesus out of the players with wrist breaking rough and childish pin placements on green faster that a VW Beetle’s bonnet. Lucas Glover is the defending champ, but as always there is a parade of hungry golfers behind him wanting to claim Major glory and the instant golfing immortality that goes with it.

Lucas Glover won it last year, who will raise the trophy this year?

The spectacularly beautiful Pebble Beach hosts the 2010 event and is a course that the players all know very well. It is a course that Tiger blitzed the field on in 2000 recording a record win. Ernie finished second that year but the gap between him and Tiger was too big to even call him a runner-up (9 shots if memory serves).

Golf porn - there it is

See how the course shapes up from hole to hole with this handy link.

The talk of the week leading up to this Major has been all about Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Phil reigned supreme at Augusta in the years first Major, but has yet to win a US Open. Tiger has done it all (yeah, really done it all) but is battling to find consistency at the moment. With the spotlight on these two, we could very well have an unknown coming out of nowhere to sneak it.

Okay, 10 paces then we turn and putt.

Full field and opening round tee times below. (times central Africa times)

Thursday, Hole 1

16:00: Deane Pappas (RSA), Gary Woodland (USA), Paul Sheehan (AUS)
16:11: Steve Marino (USA), Gregory Havret (FRA) Charles Warren (USA)
16:22: Toru Taniguchi (JPN), Soren Hansen (DEN), Edoardo Molinari (ITA)
16:33: Francesco Molinari (ITA), Soren Kjeldsen (DEN), Hiroyuki Fujita (JPN)
16:44: Tim Clark (RSA), KJ Choi (KOR), Mike Weir (CAN)
16:55: Adam Scott (AUS), Geoff Ogilvy (AUS), Robert Allenby (AUS)
17:06: Matt Kuchar (USA), Justin Leonard (USA), Scott Verplank (USA)
17:17: Stewart Cink (USA), A-An Byeong-Hun (KOR), Lucas Glover (USA)
17:28: Ian Poulter (ENG), Yuta Ikeda (JPN), Henrik Stenson (SWE)
17:39: Trevor Immelman (RSA), Robert Karlsson (SWE), David Toms (USA)
17:50: Jason Gore (USA), Arjun Atwal (IND), Jim Herman (USA)
18:01: A-Andrew Putnam (USA), Ty Tryon (USA), Hugo Leon (CHI)
18:12: Kent Eger (CAN), A-Alex Martin (USA), Jon Curran (USA)

21:30: Steve Wheatcroft (USA), A-Morgan Hoffmann (USA), Rikard Karlberg (SWE)
21:41: Marc Leishman (AUS), Rafa Echenique (ARG), John Rollins (USA)
21:52: Rocco Mediate (USA), Graeme McDowell (NIR), Shaun Micheel (USA)
22:03: David Duval (USA), Tom Lehman (USA), Ben Curtis (USA)
22:14: Sergio Garcia (ESP), Steve Stricker (USA), Paul Casey (ENG)
22:25: Bob Estes (USA), Brendon De Jonge (ZIM), Brian Davis (ENG)
22:36: Lee Westwood (ENG), Ernie Els (RSA), Tiger Woods (USA)
22:47: Ben Crane (USA), Peter Hanson (SWE), Jerry Kelly (USA)
22:58: Martin Kaymer (GER), Sean O’Hair (USA), Charl Schwartzel (RSA)
23:09: Heath Slocum (USA), Oliver Wilson (ENG), John Senden (AUS)
23:20: Mathias Gronberg (SWE), Azuma Yano (JPN), Harrison Frazar (USA)
23:31: Jason Preeo (USA), A-Kevin Phelan (USA), Mark Silvers (USA)
23:42: Kenny Kim (KOR), A-Bennett Blakeman (USA), Blaine Peffley (USA)

Thursday, Hole 10

16:00: Rafael Cabrera (ESP), John Mallinger (USA), Stephen Allan (AUS)
16:11: Mikko Ilonen (FIN), Derek Lamely (USA), James Morrison (ENG)
16:22: Brian Gay (USA), Simon Khan (ENG), Bo Van Pelt (USA)
16:33: Camilo Villegas (COL), Zach Johnson (USA), Luke Donald (ENG)
16:44: Retief Goosen (RSA), Jim Furyk (USA), Angel Cabrera (ARG)
16:55: Stuart Appleby (AUS), Rory Sabbatini (RSA), Stephen Ames (CAN)
17:06: Phil Mickelson (USA), Padraig Harrington (IRL), Yang Yong-eun (KOR)
17:17: David Frost (RSA), Kaname Yokoo (JPN), Eric Axley (USA)
17:28: Nick Watney (USA), Hunter Mahan (USA), Ricky Barnes (USA)
17:39: Jason Dufner (USA), Thongchai Jaidee (THA), Ross McGowan (ENG)
17:50: Kevin Na (USA), A-Ben Martin (USA), Matt Bettencourt (USA)
18:01: Craig Barlow (USA), Kent Jones (USA), Bobby Gates (USA)
18:12: Dan McCarthy (USA), A-Joseph Bramlett (USA), Travis Hampshire (USA)

21:30: Terry Pilkadaris (AUS), Rich Barcelo (USA), Gary Boyd (ENG)
21:41: Jean-Francois Lucquin (FRA), Chris Stroud (USA), Gareth Maybin (NIR)
21:52: Simon Dyson (ENG), JJ Henry (USA), Alex Cejka (GER)
22:03: Michael Campbell (NZL), Noh Seung-yul (KOR), Paul Goydos (USA)
22:14: Aaron Baddeley (AUS), Pablo Martin (ESP), Rhys Davies (WAL)
22:25: Alvaro Quiros (ESP), Ryan Moore (USA), Michael Sim (AUS)
22:36: Vijay Singh (FIJ), Dustin Johnson (USA), Davis Love (USA)
22:47: Ryo Ishikawa (JPN), Rory McIlroy (NIR), Tom Watson (USA)
22:58: Kenny Perry (USA), Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP), Fred Funk (USA)
23:09: Ross Fisher (ENG), Brandt Snedeker (USA), Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)
23:20: Daniel Summerhays (USA), A-Scott Langley (USA), Matthew Richardson (ENG)
23:31: Erik Compton (USA), A-Russell Henley (USA), Jason Allred (USA)
23:42: Erick Justesen (USA), Jerry Smith (USA), A-Hudson Swafford (USA)

2010 Masters report card.

Written by The Editor on . Posted in Features, Golf

Time to look back on the 2010 Masters, the occasion where Phil Mickelson became the proud owner of a third green jacket. In my opinion it was the most impressive Masters to date, action packed and with a diverse leaderboard that kept raising the bar throughout the weekend.

The Masters - still the best tournament of the year.

The main story leading into the week was the return of Tiger. The much anticipated return of the world’s most gifted, and of course troubled golfer, was a show stopping performance in itself. Tiger recorded his best first round score ever at Augusta and though clearly off his game, he was still in the hunt on the back nine on Sunday eventually going on to finish fourth. Golf simply is better with him and though he wasn’t at his best and sulked like a nine year old after pretty much every shot, having Tiger in the field just seemed to lift everyone’s game that much more.

Accenture WGC World Matchplay

Written by The Editor on . Posted in Features, Golf

The golfing pre-season is well and truly behind us and it’s all systems go for the world’s top golfers.

No more fun and games as the players get down to business.

No more fun and games as the players get down to business.

Top 66 to be exact, well minus Phil Mickelson and of course Tiger who aren’t playing in this event. So it’s the best of the best all playing in one event, which is of course a matchplay format event. For those of you who aren’t to clued up on golf, matchplay is when golfers go head to head to win holes against each other.

No it's MatchPlay not match-make.

No it's MatchPlay not match-make.

So if i get a 4 and you get a 5, then i would go 1 up, stroke play scores are not kept over the 18 holes like in normal tournament play. If a person is up by more holes than there are left to play, then they win the match. Simple as that.

Wednesday saw the first round take place and their were some decent upsets to keep the crowd interested. World no.2 Steve Stricker took a beating from Ross McGowan the 66th ranked player, but apart from that all our major South African interests are still in tact.

There was a huge upset as Steve Stricker lost to little known Ross McGowan

There was a huge upset as Steve Stricker lost to little known Ross McGowan

Charl Swartzel downed the talented American Hunter Mayhem , Tim Clark conquered Vijay the Fijian , Retief beat some one or other who’s name escapes me and Ernie drilled American Ryan Moore.

Round two then and there are some fantastic match ups to look forward to tonight.

Things can get quite intense in matchplay golf

Things can get quite intense in matchplay golf

First up Rory McIlroy takes on fellow Ryder Cup hopeful Oliver Wilson. Winner of that will take on either Luke Donald or Robert Allenby

The two biggest winners from the first round, Paul Casey and Mike Weir lock horns with the winner taking on the victor of the Zach Johnson and Brian Gay match.

Jeev Milkha Singh who defeated Porrige Harrington in round 1 tees off against Matt Kuchar. Winner of that match takes on the winner of the interesting Ian Poulter and Adam Scott match.

PGA championship winner Y.E Yang battles Ben Crane , winner goes on to meet either defending champ Geoff Ogilvy or Columbian gun merchant Camilo Villavejaygus (Villegas).

Tim Clark who interestingly sent Tiger crashing out of this event this time last year,  squares up to the supremely impressive Martin Keymer with the prize of then taking on either Sergio Garcia or Anders Hansen.

Then the one i really want to watch, our very own Charl Swartzel is pitted against Jim Furyk, and he will hopefully progress to play the winner of the Sean O’Hair and Stewart Cink.

Japanese teenage sensation, Ryo Ishikawa faces Ross McGowan, the winner of that will meet the winner of the Thongchai Jaidee match

Then in the final bracket we have Lee Westwood and Nick Watney fighting it out to play a South African in the next round. I know this of course because we have oke teen oke in the match of Ernie versus Retief. What a game that’s going to be.

ah, no caption here - just a girl on a golf story.

ah, no caption here - just a girl on a golf story.

All set for a cracker evening of golf, played on a course that is a sight to behold.