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World Top Golfers Goes to Durban


2013 Volvo Golf ChampionshipCaptain Jose Maria Olazabal and the rest of the European team who won the Ryder Cup will head to Durban for the 72-hole Volvo Golf Championship from January 10 to 13, 2013. Nicolas Colsaerts, Francesco Molinari, Paul Lawrie and Thomas Bjorn complete the line-up of the team.

Defending champion Branden Grace of South Africa has already confirmed his participation in the event. The 24-year-old golfer also won this year’s European Tour defeating Ernie Els and Retief Goosen at the Fancourt Resort. He also bagged the 2012 Volvo China Open victory and currently stands number 4 in the European money list, ranking after Rory McIlroy, Peter Hanson and Justin Rose.

Grace’s fellow South Africans Goosen and Louis Oosthuizen will also be at the Durban Country Club for the said tournament. Oosthuizen is this year’s runner-up at the US Masters. Els, Darren Fichardt and Jbe’ Kruger are all expected to participate though there is no confirmation yet as of this writing.

Volvo Golf Championship is open only for this year’s European Tour winners as well as professional golfers who have won more than ten European Tour events according to Volvo Events Management President Per Ericsson.

Colin Montgomerie, former Ryder Captain, and English golfer Paul Casey have both confirmed their participation. However, defending Nedbank Golf Challenge winner Lee Westwood already declined the invitation due to a family commitment.

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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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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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Tiger Woods: “Getting back to No. 1 will take time.”


Two years after losing the world number 1 title, Tiger Woods admits that getting back the number 1 rank may take some time. The title is currently held by Rory McIlroy after winning the USPGA championship plus other consecutive winning tournaments in the FedEx Cup.

Woods admitted that he’s got to win to hold the title back. He said, “Rory is playing a lot of events, and so am I, toward the beginning of the year. It’s about winning golf tournaments. That’s how I got to No. 1, that’s how Rory got to No. 1. You’ve got to win golf tournaments, and when you don’t, you’ve got to be consistent and finish high. I’m looking forward to that.”

Though Woods won three US tournaments this year, his trademark of winning consistently was hardly seen. “Things are progressing nicely. Last year I was 127th on the money list, this year I was second. So I think that’s pretty good improvement in a year. And given that I’m healthy, I’m really looking forward to next year,” he shared.

McIlroy is the first rightful competitor of Woods who is more than 13 years younger. Woods said that time will only tell if the golfer from Northern Ireland is the best opponent he ever had. “Trust me, I’ve played against a lot of guys over the years that have been really good. All these guys have won two to four major championships during the time that I’ve been on tour. And Rory has too, but he’s still young. He’s only 23 years old. Let him grow, let him develop over the next decade. He’s still learning how to play the game. He’s only going to get better with age,” he said.

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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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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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Youth Golf Showing Signs of Popularity


The weather is getting warmer and the sun brighter, which can mean only one thing. Golf season is right around the corner.

With that in mind, the Southwest Junior Golf Tour may just what the doctor ordered for competitive young golfers looking to refine their skills and take their games to the next level.

The SWGT, 19 years in existence, offers several weekly tournaments throughout summer as the youth typically compete against top-notch competition. The tour is open for boys and girls against 9-18.

“We register approximately 200-220 kids each year, that’s quite a few families that have played golf with us and enjoyed competition,” said SWGT co-founder Dave Moskal, a Hinckley resident and PGA professional at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Strongsville. “A lot of kids who have graduated certainly check back with us and tell us how they’re doing. It’s kind of fun to see their progress.”

This isn’t your normal golf tour, however, as it’s more for the competitive golfer than the beginner. It’s an ideal opportunity for the high school player looking to compete in college.

“They should have some working knowledge of the rules of golf and have a great understanding of the game,” said Moskal. “Certainly this appeals to the high school player. The summer tournament series really helps these kids stay in touch with their game so by August, the tryouts are in full swing and by school they’re ready to play their matches.”

The schedule of events begins with the Joe Haase Cup at Firestone Country Club May 13, followed by tournaments in Avon, Valley City, Brunswick, Hinckley, Olmsted Township, Elyria, Brecksville and Medina.

The tournaments draw young golfers from all over the city.

“What’s nice is that they come from all the communities so they all know each other when they’re playing,” said Moskal. “It’s really a fun experience for them.”

Age divisions for girls are ages 9-12 (nine holes), 13-15 (18 holes) and 16-18 (18 holes). For the boys, 9-11 will play nine holes and the 12-13, 14-15 and 16-18 divisions compete in 18 holes.

New to the program this summer is the advent of the Satellite Tour, geared towards boys ages 9-11 and girls 9-12.

“At that age, even though they’ve played a few rounds and they show some skill, there’s a lot of room for improvement in all areas,” said Moskal. “We’re kind of grooming them for our regular tour down the line when they get up to the high school years.”

Moskal said the summer tournaments are well known around the golf community but the Hinckley resident wants to highlight the Satellite Tour.

“The word of mouth is out there amongst the high school players where to play during the summer. Our emphasis is that Satellite Tour, trying to get that younger set a little better educated and prepared for the competition that they’ll be involved in,” said Moskal. “Instead of just throwing them out on the golf course and hoping that they play, we want to have an educational component along with their competitive round so that they’re learning and they understanding the rules and etiquette.”

The other co-founder and SWGT director is Derek Smith, a Parma resident who is currently employed at Lakewood High School. Smith graduated from Brunswick High School in 1985 and coached the Holy Name boys golf team from 2009-11.

More information on the summer tours and registration information can be viewed atswgtcleveland.com.

 

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