Monday, January 30, 2006

European Tour Update

Henrik Stenson followed his second place finish in Abu Dhabi last week with victory at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters at Doha GC. The victory takes Stenson into the World Top 20 for the first time as he jumps 9 places to World Number 19. Elsewhere, second placed Paul Broadhurst moves up 22 places to World Number 62.

World Number One Tiger Woods retained his Buick Invitational title when he overcame Nathan Green and Jose Maria Olazabal in a sudden death playoff after the trio had tied on 10 under par. Woods extends his lead at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking to 7.64 average points. Green climbs 110 places to World Number 143 while Olazabal’s improvement is 6 places to World Number 24.

The 2006 Nationwide Tour got underway this week with the Movistar Panama Championship and it was Tripp Isenhour who came out on top. The win takes him up to World Number 389, an improvement of 694 places.

Its been a long time!

Wow, it has been a long time since I last updated. Firstly I must apologise, I have been really busy over the past few months- a very hectic schedule.

Anyway, on a lighter note, I will tell you about our Winter League Campaign. So far we have played 3 matches, winning two of them and unfortunately loosing the other. We had to give 9 shots in the first match, but still managed a victory, 2up in the end. The second match was a slight disaster, lets just say me and Matt were not on form, and finally the third match, which we played yesterday was a resounding victory of 4&3. With another 3 matches remaining and our chances of getting into the knockout stages looking promising our spirits are high!

Well until next time! (hopefully tomorrow or maybe even tonight)

Regards, Matt

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Winter League!

With my first match of the Winter League drawing even closer, I have suddenly discovered that I may be slightly out of practice! I had a lesson on Sunday in the wind and rain which didnt really do anything for me apart from show up my alignment. Striking the ball ok, but to make things worse the first match we have to play we have to give 9 shots! And thats on three quarters of the difference! To be honest it is slightly a joke, 9 shots!, thats half of the round. The only plus side is that our opponents have higher handicaps thus prone to make more mistakes, however if they are bandits, which they could very well be, then we are basically screwed!

I will tell you all the results afterwards.

P.S. Think of me when you are all lying in bed on Sunday morning and I am teeing off in the cold and rain at 8.30!

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Europe take the lead

Europe's golfers established a stranglehold in the inaugural Royal Trophy against Asia on Saturday when they took a 6-2 overnight lead in the matchplay event. They collected a 3-1 lead in the morning foursomes, in which players take alternate shots and followed up with a similar advantage from the fourballs.

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Nick Faldo and European Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam, who have won seven major titles between them, were the only European losers earlier, crashing 6&5 to Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant and Thongchai Jaidee. But both were paired with different partners in the fourballs where each competitor hits his own ball and emerged victorious.

There are eight singles matches remaining on Sunday and Europe require two and a half more points to clinch the trophy.

Asia would have been in worse shape overnight but Kenneth Ferrie, playing with fellow Englishman David Howell, missed a seven-foot putt on the last to tie against Indians Arjun Atwal and Jyoti Rhandhawa in the fourballs.

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