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Westwood, Oosthuizen Co-Lead the WGC-HSBC Championship

Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen shared the top spot in the final round of the WGC-HSBC Champions Tournament held in Shenzhen, China. Westwood shot three birdies, no bogey and a score of 30, 18-under early on of the game putting him on tie with the then waiting Oosthuizen who carved an overnight lead of five shots, scoring at 70.

Westwood admitted enjoying his Asian trips at the last quarter of the year. He said, “It’s generally pretty hot here and it was quite steamy out there today. But obviously the conditions here suit me with the grasses and the style of golf courses. And I have always been a middle-to-the-end-of year good player.” He grinningly added, “Other than that, the reason for playing well … must be the grain or rice or something like that.” The English golfer also putted few 20-foot birdies after being criticized for not putting well in the recent Major tournaments.

Oosthuizen, on the other hand, played the first two rounds explosively but was not able to sustain the momentum on the latter part. “It was frustrating. Early on I didn’t play really well and then I started to find a little bit of form on the back nine but just didn’t make any putts. I missed two six footers for birdie and one of them I didn’t hit a good putt. It was frustrating seeing all the other low ones out there,” says the South African golfer.

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Does Golf Technology Really Help Minors to Win a Major?

Discussions are recently ongoing about the effects of golf technology among players and the sport in general. It is observed that as modern technology revolutionizes the quality and performance of golf equipment, particularly golf clubs and balls, the equipment greatly help golf players achieve a major title.

Golf clubs are more controlled and powerful delivering greater precision and performance while golf balls endure different weather conditions and go further than they used to. The change seems to be very positive but it has changed sport.

Though nothing seems to be wrong about technology but the question being asked is, are the golfers really excellent in their golf skills or was it the technology that have taken over the sport? The scores players deliver now become a question of skills and performance versus applied technology.

The performance of golfers nowadays is not as competitive as it was 20 years ago. Many people before devoted themselves in the sport but few have mastered and delivered great performances but now, technology matches up with players’ inabilities.

Golf equipment is now adjusted and customized to meet the players’ needs and requirements thus giving the golfer an edge during a game. It is worth noting that the last 16 majors held turned out with 16 different winners. Many concerns were raised regarding the matter but everything is still on the discussion table. Some jestingly thinks that time may come that robots will be on their way to play golf. We all can just wait and see what the conclusion would turn out to be.

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Another Major for Neil Thomson

Neil Thomson, alumni from University of Virginia, is the third winner of the Major Championship Challenge hosted by Golf Digest. The event is a fantasy golf league wherein the winner in each major championship is chosen by the readers themselves. He was also one of the alpha-planners for the first Golf Digest Ambush in Georgia.

The win gets Thomson an all-expenses-paid golf trip for two to Ireland. Bringing his wife with him, he said, “She’s all fired up for the trip.” They can choose one from the four options offered by Carr Golf Travel. He admitted that he had never gone to Ireland saying, “Golf Digest has been very good to me. I’m looking forward to comparing Scotland to Ireland.” He and his wife, Jackie, are going for the Celtic Couples Challenge.

Thomson is a 36-year-old lawyer based in Charleston, South Carolina, happily married for 4 years and father to 2-year-old son, Davis. His wife grew up in Northern Michigan playing golf and he describes her golf skill as, “She has a pretty good swing. She’s going to have to dust off the clubs.”

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First Chinese to Win a Major at LPGA

The 22-year-old Chinese golfer, Feng Shanshan, won the LPGA Championship, held in Pittsford, New York. With a closing score of 5-under-par 67, she bagged the title from Mika Mayazato of Japan, who was two shots behind.

Born in Beijing, Feng started playing golf when she was barely 10. She moved to the U.S. in her teens, where she continued to hone her skills. She first joined the LPGA in 2008 and made her first win in the same year.

Though she thought she had a chance of winning, being three strokes off the lead for the final, she still didn’t think that the title would come that day. “I was focusing on every shot. If I win, I win. If I don’t, I don’t. It just worked out,” she shared after the event. Her two goals for 2012 were to win the LPGA and become one of the top 10 players in a major event. ”I did them both together,” she said, describing her accomplishments.

“I think I’m just lucky… There are good players from China now. I became the first one but I’m sure there will be more people winning in the states and in the majors,” she said during an interview with ESPN.

More young golfers are getting into the game as the Chinese economy takes off. It’s expected that the number of golfers will increase to 20 million players by 2020. Another Chinese golfer, Guan Tianlang, made his name in the sport when he became the youngest player on the European Tour, at 13 years old.

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Luke Donald for the Major

Luke Donald is more focused nowadays as he aims for his first major title. The Englishman’s enthusiasm was fired up after achieving world number one again. A four-shot victory in the BMW PGA Championship pushed him back into the top rankings.

As Donald said, “Winning one major would satisfy some of my critics but the goal is to win more than one. I feel like I have that ability.” Just a single major title will get Donald a chance to play for the Olympic Club, which is up for grabs in San Francisco.

“There are three majors left and that is the next goal – to try and get one of those. The big thing is that every time you have the opportunity to close out events you gain confidence and hopefully that will serve me well,” Donald said.

Posture is one of the things that Donald has been working on lately. He is getting assistance from his trainer, Dave Alred, who was also Jonny Wilkinson’s coach in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. According to Donald, he is seeing great results from his efforts.

“It has helped me to be really aware of my posture and how I outwardly project that feeling of positiveness. It helps me and obviously sends a message to whoever I am playing with. It helps me to feel very confident on the greens and it is a big, big weapon in my arsenal. I have done a lot better job of it since I have been working with Dave – he is always reminding me about it,” Donald said.

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