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Olazabal Joins McIlroy in the UBS Hong Kong Open

UBS Hong Kong Open 2012
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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Jason Dufner Goes for the Win at Perth International

jason dufner at perth internationalThe American Jason Dufner wants to overcome his frustration in the Ryder Cup by going for the win at the Perth International in Lake Karrinyup, Australia.

Dufner cannot let go of what happened in the event at Medinah where he won three out of four points and worked with the American team to go on a 10-4 lead but eventually lost to the Europeans through José Maria Olazabal by just a single point.

“I often catch myself thinking about it. I think about what could I have done better? Where could I maybe have picked up another half a point? How could I have helped my teammates more? We were pretty close to winning that,” he recalls. “It’s been a tough couple of weeks since the Ryder Cup and the toughest thing about it is you’ve got to wait two years again until you can play again. That’s a long time for us.”

Dufner says that the best ways to recuperate is going back to the course and compete for this event which is co-sanctioned by the European and Australasian PGA Tours. It will also help him build his name more as he tries to become a more prominent global golfer.

“I think [that as] you experience different golf courses [and] different styles of play, [it] makes you better, [it] tests your game. This golf course is a lot different than what we see in the States. Same thing when I go to Asia, [it is] a lot different than what we see in the States. I think it makes you a better golfer,” Dufner added.

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More Odyssey Putters Seen in the FedEx and Ryder Cups

Odyssey PuttersOdyssey keeps on moving forward into developing new, better and excellent putters. Having this attitude allows them to maintain the number one putter in golf status. Their position in the golf industry was further affirmed by the big number of putters counted and recorded in the recent tournaments.

Putters made by Odyssey were seen used by one after another winning golfer in different tour championships, including the recent FedEx Cup. The event’s champion took home the $10-million bonus after using Odyssey’s White Hot XG Rossie Putter, closing the event at the East Lake with three shots away.

Aside from the FedEx Cup, the Ryder Cup also recorded most putters by Odyssey. More than 41% of the 24 total competitors used an Odyssey putter as they played for the team they represented. The latest Ryder Cup is also said to be one of most exciting games that has ever happened in its history. This only proves that the world’s best golfers rely on Odyssey during difficult times.

Even professional golfer Phil Mickelson has the most number of appearances in the entire Ryder Cup history since 1995. This year’s Ryder Cup is his fifth since 2004 after he officially joined Odyssey. He took control over the first three matches used the Pro Type ix 18 PM putters with a claw grip. Both equipment helped him well at the smooth greens of Medinah.

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Bubba Watson Graces the Tonight Show

2012′ Masters winner and Ryder Cup team member Bubba Watson was the featured guest on Jay Leno’s “The Tonight Show” last Monday night. Having been a guest for several different talk shows, Watson coolly and cheerfully went along with the discussion about some topics thrown by Leno: from Ryder Cup, his fears, Twitter then Justin Bieber.

Watson shared that the Ryder Cup was a match play team event competed by the American and European golfers. Twelve professional golfers compose each team, competing against the other in front of more than 60,000 audiences and fans, vying not for any amount of money but for a chic but prestigious trophy.

Known by the public to be an emotional person, Watson admitted crying after losing the game. He said, “We tried to win… Europe decided to play good that day. They played great… They beat us.” When asked what the last movie that made him cry was, Leno laughed out loud when Watson said, “The Expendables 2!”

Leno revealed that Watson’s biggest fears are: crowd, heights and the dark. Watson, however, said that he loves the show’s audience and he is not afraid to admit his fears.

Showing off a video of Watson performing a practice shot using a watermelon, Leno simulated the same using bell pepper, pineapple, pumpkin pie and a cake. The golfer, wearing safety goggles, took his personal pink driver then smashed the full-sized cake decorated with Leno’s face. What a hilarious sight!

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Hunter Mahan Misses the Ryder Cup

For two consecutive times, Hunter Mahan misses his chance to appear in the Ryder Cup leaving him feeling downhearted. First, he didn’t qualify for an automatic spot in the 12-man team then he was not included in the selection made by US Captain Davis Love III. Love preferred Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker to be on his list.

“The Ryder Cup has been a goal for every American player, and it’s disappointing not to be a part of it,” Mahan said. “I’ve been part of the last five (U.S.) teams, so it hurts not to be a part of it. It feels a little empty right now,” he honestly shared.

Mahan debuted in the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor and was perceived to be a likely pick after winning two championships in the 2012 PGA Tour. Trying to work on the remaining slots of the Ryder Cup, he skipped the Wyndham Championship, missed good shots at The Barclays then ranked 39th with a tie at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He has recorded five winning PGA titles, so far.

“It’s been a good year,” he added. “I’ve played pretty well. Obviously I haven’t been playing as well recently, but there are still two (PGA Tour playoff) events left … and they don’t feel quite as important as I want them to be right now.” He also said that finding the right kind of motivation is his biggest key for the week.

Mahan, however, knew that his chances to be called for the Ryder Cup slots is less likely after his performances at The Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship tournaments.

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The Barclays Hails Watney

Nick Watney didn’t give up this season even after a year of seemingly futile attempts. And, he reaped his harvest bagging the win at The Barclays held at a tough course Bethpage Black. The win gave him a $10 million prize plus a chance to play at the Ryder Cup.

It all came to pass when Watney gave good shots until the 16th hole, turning a two-shot behind into a three-shot lead against Sergio Garcia, overcoming bogeys with birdies and finally closing the game with a score of 2-under 36 and three-shot ahead victory against Brandt Snedeker.

“It’s been not quite the year I wanted. But this really makes it all forgotten. Winning a tournament is hard, but winning out here and against this field was very, very difficult. I’m kind of still on a high right now,” Watney said during the interview.

Snedeker is a strong contender in the British Open and played well until the end making big putts on the last two holes but came short to beat Watney on the side. The game closed with him at the second place scoring at 1-under 70.

Watney himself didn’t expect that he will be competing in the Ryder Cup and things would happen the way it did. “I’m thinking much more now than I was coming in. Coming in here, I didn’t deserve to be in the conversation because I had not played my way in. Someone told me that Davis said he wanted a hot player, and we still have a week to go. But like I said, I’d love to be on the team. But I’m not really concerned with it just because it’s out of my control,” he humbly confessed.

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The New and Improved PGA Centenary Course

With no doubt, Gleneagles Resort is one of the most incredible golf resorts you can find in Scotland. It encompasses three golf courses with outstanding qualities, one of which is the PGA Centenary Course.

The PGA Centenary Course has had enough share of ups and downs. Jack Nicklaus presented the resort to be the “finest parcel of land in the world”. On the other hand, many golfers also contend the awarding of 2014 Ryder Cup to the course. They are among those who believe that the course’s layout fits more of an American style of golf course.

Darren Clarke, a Ryder Cup legend, expressed his contention by saying, “Scotland is the home of golf and we should not be playing on an American-style course – it’s beyond my comprehension.” Some also thinks that the PGA Centenary can be an easy course for top golfers with modern ball and club technology. All these led to a suggestion that the course requires an overhaul.

Now, upon its completion, the changes to the course are yet to be experienced by the upcoming Johnnie Walker Championship. But even prior to the event, Clarke himself already had his praises in the course’s new layout. “I’ve heard all about the changes they have done. I haven’t played all of them yet, but the ones that I saw yesterday certainly were massive improvements. With this whole sub-air system that they have put in, it will suck the moisture out of the greens and they will be much, much better.”

Extensive changes and development were done within half a year resulting to a refurbished course, improved layout and several memorable holes for the Ryder Cup and other tournaments to be played on. These holes are expected to challenge players to take risks in giving shots and those who fails, will be punished. Let us all look forward for more of the PGA Centenary Course.

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