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Gainey Aims for a Back-to-Back Win


Tommy GaineyWith just three weeks after winning his first PGA Tour, Tommy Gainey is working for a back-to-back win in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic to be held at Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Gainey, who is popular with his unconventional swings, scored a 7-under-par 65, closing the first round with a lag of one hit. Two of the final three holes were birdied by the American golfer, finishing the round in tie with Camilo Villegas of Colombia and one-shot away from the leading South Korean golfer, Charlie Wi.

The sensation created by Gainey in the golf world last month is still afresh. Golf enthusiasts can still recall how he closed the McGladrey Classic with a score of 10-under-par 60.

Gainey was happy to start even a windy day in Lake Buena Vista. “It’s playing kind of tough out there. The wind’s blowing 10 to 15 mph steady, gusting up to 20 at different times, and when you catch that gust on the wrong side, you can make some bogeys pretty fast. I’ve got off to a great start, so I gotta focus on maybe trying to win another tournament this week. It’s all about winning again for me, because my goal has not been achieved yet,” he told the reporters after the round.

The 37-year-old golfer has a definite goal. He is working to be in the top 30 of the PGA Tour’s money list and to be able to play at the Augusta National by next year. “When I’m playing at Augusta, that means I’m also playing in the other majors, so that’s my goal,” he said. Gainey is currently at number 56 in the money list. “I’m just trying to play my game and just go from there,” he concluded.

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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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Gainey Bags His First PGA Title


tommy gainey wins PGA TourTommy Gainey had always dreamt of winning the PGA tour. Now, it has become a reality. This golfer started low. He worked in a hot water tank wrapping insulation job and eventually played in mini-golf tours in a reality program for Golf Channel. He was then known as “Two Gloves”.

Gainey bagged his very first PGA win at the McGladrey Classic with an awesome score of 60 coming from seven shots away at the start of the final round. He pulled far enough that it took David Toms, Jim Furyk and Davis Love III more than two hours to catch him, but all of them failed thus giving the new champion his victory. He also set a new record of 10-under 60 at the Sea Island Golf Course closing the game with a single shot ahead of the second placer Toms.

“Oh, man. I tell you, you’re out here on the PGA Tour. You’re playing with the best players in the world. Ninety-nine percent of these guys have already won, and won majors, big tournaments. The only show I can say I’ve won is the ‘Big Break’,” Gainey said enthusiastically.

“Now I can sit here and say I’ve won the McGladrey Classic here at Sea Island, and I’m very proud to be in this tournament and very proud to win. And wow, it’s been a whirlwind day. I didn’t know having 24 putts and shooting 60 would be like this. So I’m pretty stoked about it,” he added.

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Tommy Gainey Wins at the McGladrey Classic


tommy gaineyAmerican golfer Tommy Gainey bagged his first PGA tour title after winning the McGladrey Classic. It was indeed a remarkable victory for Gainey who started the final round at the 29th place with a tie and a score of 6-under-par, 7 shots behind the two leading players, Davis Love and Jim Furyk.

Gainey closed the event with a final score of 60. He could have made it 59 had he not missed his birdie shot at the 18th hole. He birdie putted the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 9th holes but had struggles on the back nine. Though he also birdied the 11th, 13th and 14th holes, he was holed in a greenside bunker on the par-5, 15th hole. However, he immediately recovered by again, another birdie on the 16th hole.

During the interview, he said, “I wasn’t thinking about 59. All I did all day was just try to make birdies and a lot of birdies because when you’re seven shots back, your chances of winning a PGA Tour, especially with the leaders, Davis Love III and Jim Furyk, it don’t bide in your favor, man.”

Taking a peek at Gainey’s bag, most of his golf equipment is from Callaway. He used the 10.5-degree Callaway RAZR Fit Driver, a 15-degree Callaway FT-I Tour Fairway Wood, a 4-PW Calalway RZR X Forged Irons, Forged 50-, 54-, and 60-degree wedges by Callaway, Backstryke Blade Putter by Odyssey and HEX Black Tour Golf Balls, also by Callaway.

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Volvo World Match Play Will be in Bulgaria


2013 volvo world match playNext year’s Volvo World Match Play Championship of the European Tour will be held for the first time in Bulgaria. The tournament scheduled on May 16-19, 2013 will be held at the Thracian Cliffs. This golf course was designed by Gary Player and is situated beside the Black Sea.

The Volvo World Match Play took place at Wentworth from 1964 to 2007 and shifted to Finca Cortesin, Spain about three years ago. Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts won the past two tournaments where the number of competitors also increased into 24 players.

“We are delighted to be working with the Bulgarian Government and the Bulgarian Golf Association and are thrilled that they have committed their support to this prestigious and historic championship,” says Per Ericsson. He is the president of Volvo event management.

Ericsson also added, “We will announce future venues in due course and while our focus is firmly on delivering a magnificent 2013 championship as our inaugural event at Thracian Cliffs, we then plan to rotate the Volvo World Match Play Championship between a few very special venues around the world,”

Boyko Borissov, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, is very excited that the European tournament is about to happen in his country. He said, “This is a real coup for Bulgaria being chosen to host such a prestigious international tournament with a rich heritage and sporting traditions. The vast media coverage will deliver a reputable boost for Bulgaria and our tourism industry. The recent growth of golf in our country will have the opportunity to be showcased around the world.”

Colsaerts said, “I’ve never been to Bulgaria, but I’ve heard great things about the country and Thracian Cliffs and I can’t wait to defend my title there in May next year.” Holding the record of 2011 Volvo China Open and 2012 Volvo World Match Play Championships, he looks forward to winning the 2013 event as well.

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Morrison and Ramsay Shared Lead in the Indian Open


2012 indian openJames Morrison of England and Richie Ramsay from Scotland tied in the first place in the opening game of the Indian Open at the Asian PGA Tour. Both of them scored five-under-par 66 on the first round of the $1.25 million event held at the Karnataka Golf Association course and won by a single shot against India’s Shiv Kapur and six other players at 67.

Tied at the second spot were Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat and Chapchai Nirat, Finland’s Kalle Samooja and Jaakko Makitalo, Myanmar’s Zaw Moe and Javi Colomo of Spain. Moe held the lead spot most of the game after shooting consecutive eagles at the 11th and 12th holes until he shot double bogeys on the par-3 8th hole.

Ramsay won the Asian and European Tours sanctioned event, the European Masters held last September. He played better late in the afternoon when the wind started to blow heavily. He shot four birdies while doing his homeward nine. “I kept it going on the front nine and played lovely on the back. I hit it nicely on the last few holes but couldn’t make my putts. As long as you are hitting fairways, there are a lot of chances out there,” Ramsay said.

Morrison, on the other hand, birdied the 4th hole and eagled the par five 5th hole with a big 30-foot putt. He again had another birdie shot at the 6th hole. “I kept out of the rough and found most of the fairways. The course was brilliant and I like this kind of an old-style course, which is tree-lined and challenging,” he said with delight.

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Who’s Who at the McGladrey Classic


McGladrey Classic 2012Danny Lee of New Zealand did well at the first round of the McGladrey Classic held in Sea Island, Georgia. The event was a very important competition for Lee who is working hard to keep his PGA Tour card.

Lee, who shot three birdies and an eagle in five holes, scored a five under par 65 closing the round with a tie at the sixth place and three shots lagging from the leading Americans, Bud Cauley and Marco Dawson. He shot another birdie at the 11th hole which placed him in the lead but failed to make a good shot on the par four-16th landing him at 65.

Dawson led the initial round of competition early on by shooting nine birdies and one bogey. Cauley, on the other hand, shot six birdies out of his last nine holes which allowed him to catch up with Dawson and eventually, share the lead. Cauley turned professional before the 2011 US Open.

Cauley was glad with his bogey-free performance in the competition. “Really no complaints today. I’ve been struggling with my driving a little bit lately but I’ve been working hard on that and was able to drive it really well today. And then I took advantage of that with some great iron shots and made most of the putts, so all in all it was a really good day,” he shared.

Cauley earned his PGA Tour card without undergoing a qualifying school. This was also done by the prominent golfers Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. “Obviously I’ve thought about winning every tournament I’ve teed up in this year. It’s been a long year and although I’ve played a lot this year, I haven’t won. This is probably going to be it. This is probably my last tournament (this season),” he said with full of optimism.

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Rory and Tiger Lose in Turkish Airlines World Golf Final


The world two highest ranking golfers Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods both lost in the opening round of the recently held Turkish Airlines World Golf Final. Matt Kuchar won over McIlroy who hasn’t held a golf club since the Ryder Cup while Woods, on the other hand, lost to 2011 Masters Champion Charl Shwartzel by just a single shot.

World number one McIlroy fell from two-under to five-over after going triple bogey, double bogey, double bogey in the 15th to the 17th holes. The event was a medal match play where the lowest scorer in the strokeplay succeeds with a point. Though Kuchar also had bad shots, he was still able to close out the round with a score of one-under 70 leading by six strokes.

McIlroy, who had not seen the course prior to the match said, “I was playing pretty well until the 15th, then hit a loose tee shot there and was messing about in the trees and making seven. Then I hit it into the hazard on 16 and was just trying to get the round done. I lost a bit of concentration, went a few behind and gave up a bit.”

Woods, however, gave Schwartzel a tough fight after throwing birdies at the 16th and 17th holes but had a hard time in a bunker near the 18th hole where he recorded a bogey five. The game ended with a 69 to 70, in favor of Schwartzel. Woods, McIlroy, Kuchar and Schwartzel comprise the tournament’s Group One. Group Two is composed of Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan, Lee Westwood and Webb Simpson. Whoever emerges as Group One’s winner will eventually meet the Runner Up of Group Two in the semi-finals and vice versa.

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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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Turkey Hosts the 2013 European Tour


2013 European TourThe 2013 European Tour will be hosted, for the time, by Turkey. The Tour is scheduled one week before the DP World Tour Championship ends its season on November 7 to 10, 2013.

It has been announced that the tournament will be held in the famous Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Belek, Antalya. The world’s most renowned names in golf will compose the seventy-eight players who will compete for the $7 million Turkish Open championship.

The information was shared to the public during the second round of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals. This event was an exhibition game consisting of eight players including world number one Rory McIlroy and world number two, Tiger Woods. All these actions are believed to be part of Turkey’s preparation of the 2020 Olympics which the country will also be hosting.

Andrew Chandler, the Managing Director of International Sports Management, said, “This is just a great move for Turkey. This tournament ticks a lot of boxes for Turkey who are really driving towards a bid for the 2020 Olympics. Hosting big events like this tournament can only help that strategy, and to be able to announce a three-year deal for a $7 million tournament is a very rare thing these days.”

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