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Ian Poulter is About to Breakthrough

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Ian Poulter’s sharpness in match-playing is popular and proven by his incomparable record of winning stroke plays. He has just set a new record of 12 European Tour wins and 2 PGA victories after winning the World Golf Championship recently.

Poulter has been a decent golfer even before playing professionally in the 90s but not considered great. He turned to be a professional player even at 5 handicap. A handicap of 5 may sound good for casual golfers but not for the pros. Golfers at this level may score at an average of 70-up and is not a money-making score for the professionals.

For this reason, Poulter had to work harder to reach where he is now, the world number 15. If the Ryder Cup would be considered in counting the world golf rankings, he could have made it to the top 7. He is one of the best players in the history of Ryder Cup with a 12-3-0 record.

The English golfer’s excellence in match plays wasn’t only confined in the Ryder Cup. Among his many European Tour victories, two of which were also match plays aside from winning the 2011 Volvo World Match Play title competing against Lee Westwood, Nicolas Colsaerts and Luke Donald.

Soon enough, Poulter is anticipated to breakthrough, turning his record of match play excellence into winning a major tournament. He is indeed getting closer in winning his first major.

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Olazabal Joins McIlroy in the UBS Hong Kong Open

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Captain Jose Maria Olazabal, together with his winning Ryder Cup team, will go and play in the UBS Hong Kong Open at Fanling from November 15 to 18. Vice-captain Miguel Angel Jimenez, World number 1 Rory McIlroy and Paul Laurie will join him in the trip after their group miraculously won the Race to Dubai tournament held in Medinah.

Northern Irishman McIlroy won last year’s UBS Hong Kong Open and is coming back to defend his title. The Europeans were the top scorers in the same event which happened on December, last year. This year’s tournament, which is co-sanctioned by both the European and Asian tours, will give away prize money of $2 million.

American golfer Matt Kuchar is joining the Hong Kong Open for the first time and is anticipated to be a strong competitor in the tournament. He said, “I’m very excited about making my debut at the Hong Kong Open, I’ve heard a lot of good things about the tournament and the city, so I look forward to finding out for myself what all the buzz is about.”

“The strength of the field is impressive and Rory’s record in the tournament is even more impressive, so it’s going to be tough to win my first European Tour title but I’m certainly going to give it my best shot,” Kuchar added.

“It’s a great tournament in a fantastic city, so it’s a fun week on and off the course. My record in the event isn’t quite as good as I would like, but the way I’ve been playing this year I feel very confident of giving a good account of myself,” says Laurie who looks forward going to Hong Kong for the competition.

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Paul Casey Gets Closer to Victory

Paul CaseyFinishing the ISPS HANDA Perth International in the fifth place with a tie, Paul Casey is quite confident that victory is just close. The event was held at the Lake Karrinyup, in Western Australia.

Scoring at 67, this is the first European Tour where Casey landed on the top-five position after placing fourth in the 2011 WGC-HSBC Championship. The best finish Casey had on the previous 2012 European Tour games was a tie at the 25th place. He gained momentum after finishing in the third place at an event hosted by the Asian Tour.

The 35-year-old English golfer, who is also a former world number three, foresees bright games in the succeeding events after sharing the fifth place at Perth. “This is the best I’ve felt in probably a few years, and the form is coming around really nicely. With the form I’m starting to show, it’s a case of wanting to be out there, play as much as I can and I feel it’s not going to be long before I’m back in the winner’s circle,” says Casey. After having suffered from a dislocated shoulder due to a snowboarding accident, he has had a difficult year and dropped to world number 133.

The 11-time European Tour winner is more confident now after having recuperated and believes that he can finish among the top 60 in the Race to Dubai tournament. The event is also the season-ending game of the DP World Tour Championship.

“I’m still not in Dubai but the goal is to win before the end of the year – simple as that. If I win next week, I don’t know if that gets me in HSBC, it might, I don’t know. A win before the end of the year, because the three I’m playing, BMW, Singapore and Hong Kong, they are all great events, and certainly BMW and Singapore are big money, as well. So I think ignore trying to get into Dubai; just try and win. That solves every problem,” says Casey.

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Tiger Woods May Join the European Tour

tiger woodsSince there were changes made in the membership qualifications, Tiger Woods is now thinking over the probability of joining the European Tour which is anticipated to soon announce its participation in the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and the Seve Trophy. The tour membership currently requires 13 events in all.

Woods expressed that he considered going for a membership in the European Tour in 2000 when the requirement was 11 events. He said, “I knew I would have to play one of two more events back then when it was 11 but now that criteria is 13. I don’t know what my numbers are as I know I played 19 in the States this year and whether it crosses over or not but I will again look at it.”

“I did play Abu Dhabi but then 13 are certainly a lot more than 11, especially playing full-time in the States,” he added during an interview at the World Golf Finals held in Belek, Turkey.

If the European Tour includes the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, four majors, four World Golf Championships and an appearance in Abu Dhabi or Dubai, Woods will be left with two or three more events to comply the membership.

The organizers, on the other hand, still hope that Woods will consider competing in the inaugural event of Turkish Open, come 2013. The event is set to happen at The Montgomerie Course in Belek from November 7 to 10, 2013. Seventy-eight professional golfers, including world champions, are expected to compete not just for the trophy and honor but also for the whopping $7 million prize.

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The Return of Lorena Ochoa

Mexican Lorena Ochoa returns to professional golfing once again. But, just for a short while at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France of the Ladies European Tour at the Chantaco Golf Club in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Aquitaine, France.

Ochoa, now 30 years old, was hailed as world number one for three years and holds a record of winning two majors and 27 more wins in different tournaments. She bid full-time golfing goodbye in 2010 and spent her time for her family and charity events.

When asked what brought her to play in the Lacoste Ladies Open de France, she said, “Having Lacoste as a sponsor, they asked me to come and play the tournament. They asked me actually last year and I couldn’t because I was pregnant so I said, no, it would be too difficult for me. I prefer to wait for next year. Here I am and I’m very happy to support the tournament.”

Ochoa has liked the Chantaco Golf Club ever since she played there for an exhibition game some four years ago. She still remembers some of the holes and its management though she admits finding it difficult yet interesting because some greens are quick and rippling.

She keeps herself busy in Mexico by spending time in her foundation and writing. Her book about personal life and experiences on being a professional golfer is about to come out very soon. Living a very relaxed but busy life back home, Ochoa confesses that she doesn’t practice golf anymore but assures everyone that she will do her best and put more pressure on herself for the tournament.

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Crooks is Fit for the European Tour

Kimberley Crooks has been a member of the Ladies’ European Tour for two years now but is receiving little financial rewards. Yet, she spends so much effort to keep herself fit and ready until given the chance to compete and become a top golfer.

Standing at five feet in height, with dress size down to 8-10 from the previous 14, and thigh size of 21 inches from the former 24, she has been spending the past three months of her life diligently going to the gym for extensive trainings to maintain her upper body strength, increasing particularly the power of her shoulders. All her efforts paid off since she now has 15 yards longer driving distance, bringing the ball 225 yards away.

The first six tournaments of the Combined Order of Merit of the Women’s Professional Golfers’ Association in 2012 brought Crooks as one of the three players tied on the 15th rank. She was one of the top 5 in one, in the top 10 in one, and twice on the top 20. Yet, she was given an amount of £87.50.

Moving onward, she’s currently under training with Mike Howes at the Saltburn Golf Club where she is affiliated and working at the same time for American Golf at the Middlesbrough Leisure Park.

She was also appointed as the Lady Ambassador for the North Golf Show which is the only golf show in the region that opened itself to the public. The inauguration will start with a three-day run beginning from Riverside Stadium.

Andrew Hill, the Director of the Dogolf Limited, describes Crooks as, “Kimberley ticks two boxes…. …. At 21, she is young enough to relate to junior golfers as well as fronting up the women’s aspects of the show, one of which is the daily golf fashion parade in a part of the stadium on the concourse which will be for women only. She is perfect for an ambassador because she has a bubbly personality as well as drive, ambition and organizational skills. We are delighted she has agreed to take on the role.” Dogolf Limited is the company organizing and sponsoring the golf show.

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Feast of Golf in Ireland

Ireland offers a feast of five-star golf action this summer, with many of the big names in golf taking part in the fun. Male and female professional golfers will join forces for a festivity of golf. World’s number two and 2012 US Open winner Rory McIlroy and Open champion Darren Clarke take the front lines as the country hosts a top professional golf event for the first time in almost 70 years. Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, both Irish Major winners, join this league of professional golfers.

The European tour and the Ladies Irish Open are two of the top tournaments to anticipate in the succeeding weeks. Current US PGA Champion Bradley Keegan and American John Daly are expected to attend the exciting 2012 Irish Open, which is hosted by Royal Portrush.

The Galgorm Castle Golf Club is hosting the Ulster Bank PGA EuroPro Open for the third consecutive year. This event has grown to be one of the most highly-anticipated golf events in the EuroPro Tour. It is indeed a feast of golf as Ireland stages no less than three EuroPro Tour events within the next two months.

“Ireland has an amazing depth of professional talent at the moment and it’s fantastic that golf fans will have the chance to see them on home soil at close range over the coming months. There’s no substitute for live action and to have the opportunity to watch some of the top players and stars of the future is a mouthwatering prospect which can only serve to increase the popularity of the game in Ireland,” said David Boyce, who is Tourism Ireland’s head of business and sports tourism.

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