The World Long Drive championship that has been ongoing has had some memorable moments.
For instance, a Long contestant swung his club so hard that the driver shaft snapped and the club head went flying into the crowd. The highlights were showcased all over as well as videos that went viral all over. Indeed, the contestant Wes Patterson can be described as partly Paul Bunyan and part man who have covered the great lengths of becoming a professional golfer from a baseball player. Indeed the long drive contestant definitely showcased a lot of potential and it is akin to a Cinderella story. He has dabbled in the sport for merely a month and has already qualified to participate in the quarterfinals of the tournament that would be held on Wednesday night.
He qualified for the quarter finals after he beat Ryan Riesbeck in the sweet 16 round. Patterson did launch several bombastic shots that made news in the Oklahoma night rounds among which there was one blooper that broke off the club head entirely. As a result of the violent strike, many tweets started off about the force that he must have put in the shot which snapped off the driver.
Many thought that he must have lost his grip as a result. However, it was the hard swing that he made which snapped the shaft and sent the club head flying into the crowd. It was a coincidence that such a hard strike did not leave anyone hurt and Patterson was asked to sign the broken club head which he obliged to do.
Coming Wednesday night, many are prepared to stay away from the plexiglass barriers when Patterson takes the shots. No matter what, it would certainly make the rounds interesting to watch for the fans and family members.
English pro golfer Ian James Poulter has lost his tour card after failing to get the required results at the Texas Open.
He said he was not going away but would rather continue to compete in US tournaments on sponsor invitations. The dismissed the loss as “over-dramatized,” adding that he would feature in European Tour events as well.
Poulter is set to team up with Australian Geoff Ogilvy in the new 80 two-man team at the Zurich Classic next week. The 41-year old would play in the PGA Tour in New Orleans.
“I think it [losing his Tour status] has been slightly over-dramatized. Yeah, I would love to have finished it off and got it done this week but that hasn’t happened. It doesn’t mean you’re never going to see me again. It means I’ve got some work to do and I need to go away and do some work,” he said after failing to better the 36th spot position in Texas.
Poulter was among the top five golfers in 2010 but he currently ranks 190th. A foot injury stopped him from competing from mid last year. He needed 218 FedExCup points of almost USD350,000 to retain his full playing rights. His result of two over 146 was not enough to keep him.
The former champ said it was the nature of the game to have ups and downs. Poulter has two World Championship titles in his belt. In total he has won 12 times on the European Tour. His run in the Ryder Cup stands out. He featured in four out of five matches, winning 12 times, losing four and scoring two halves.
The Franklin Group Rotary Golf Tournament is all geared up to save lives of several people.
It will be raising funds from the golf tournament through which 5 defibrillators would be purchased for Franklin district. All committee members and the golf tournament have successfully managed to raise funds worth $230,000 for more than 18 years and aims to raise another $18,000 by this year. This initiative is being taken to ensure that there is some improvement in people’s lives in Franklin.
The committee member of the Rotary Club of Pukekohe said that the allocation of funds is being done every year to ensure that the Franklin Community is benefited. Also, the Rotary club is based in Pukekohe, and it will be a great opportunity to assist the Franklin community. This is the primary objective of Rotary club. As per St. John, with the purchase of defibrillators, the survival chance of patients will increase up to 40 percent more if treated within 3 to 5 minutes before cardiac arrest takes place.
Also, one defibrillator would be allocated to a police vehicle as it would most often attend cases of serious crashes in and around the district. The approval is yet to be given for this, but a request has been made already.
The golf tournament that would take place on 21st of April is a tournament that is an Ambrose style team which caters golfers of all levels. The entry cost is $200 for a team of 4 which is inclusive of a barbeque before the event, an admission into the event, and platter meals post the tournament and a great opportunity to win major spot prizes. The best individuals, best teams, closet to the pin, and longest drive are some of the criteria that will help you win major prizes along with many raffle prizes that can be won too. It is indeed a great day with fun and excitement at the golf course.
Just like other sports stars are fans of golf, golfers are also fans of other sports and it is no different for Jason Dufner, PGA Tour pro, who recently in a one on one conversation, addressed a number of issues such as the Detroit Pistons’ move downtown and the Michigan vs. Ohio football game.
Since finishing in the season ending tour championship tied in eighth, Dufner has taken time off the game. The Cleveland born who spent most of his teen years before heading out to Auburn, earned his first Tour win in 2012 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Since then, he has added three more titles, which includes the 2013 PGA championship. He was also a part of the Ryder Cup team in 2012, were he went on to post a 3-1 record at the Medinah Country club.
When asked if he had ever played golf in Michigan, and what he thinks about the courses down there, Dufner had replied saying,
“I haven’t played a lot (in Michigan). I played the old Buick Open up in Flint a couple times, when I was just starting the Tour. I wasn’t very good back then but I was fortunate to play it a little bit.
“I know there’s some great courses in Detroit, like Oakland Hills, obviously, and some others. But I haven’t played much up there. I’m sure they’re very passionate about it for the 6 or 7 months where the weather’s good enough to play.”
He also talked about the NBA which he says is his favorite sport, and about the Pistons who he felt have not been in pretty good shape since the last 10 years or thereabout. He however believes that there move downtown to share an arena with the Red Wings could spark some new interest.
In ongoing Turkish Airlines open, Adrian Otaegui got in second position after shot a 63.
He is not the alone in place. Otaegui is sharing this position with Thongchai Jaidee. The is the final series of tour that also include DP world tour championship, Dubai and Nedbank Challenge going to take place in South Africa.
In the championship Thorbjorn Olesen made record, of course, that is nine-under-par 62. It also includes six power strokes clear of the course. He ended the second round marvelously reeling off an eagle and four birdies. This he did while he was playing his last six holes. He wanted to finish it with 15-under total of 127.
The players are competing for the prize amount of 7 Million Dollar at Regnum Carya Golf course. Speaking about his performance Olesen said “Yesterday my performance was good and today as well; I am satisfied with my performance. The tournament is a big and each year it is getting bigger and popular”
Speaking about his performance, Otaegui said “Making record and holding the point that make you win is good things.
But, what is most important is winning of the tournament. I think, I am close to winning, if I maintain my good play going forward too.”
Thorbjorn Olesen is invited at Hazeltine to play tournament by his fellow Dane Thomas Bjorn. Now, with this invitation, Olesen has extra motivation to win this match.
Olesen has now made his half way to the tournament with his eight birdies and one eagle in the superb 62. Including Olesen his fans too want him to win the match with a great score. Olesen is in good form and playing well. However, he has to maintain his performance consistency until he finally breaks the iceberg and win a match with decent scores.
The 23 year old Spanish golfer Adrian Otaegu says he is very much satisfied and happy with the way he is currently performing in the European tour.
His best ever finish in a European tournament was a 69 he achieved at the Lyoness Open. He was second best in the tournament and hopes to build on this good journey by winning a title soon. He has so far participated in 18 events this season and is currently in the 80th position.
Even though his performance at the Lyoness Open in June was praiseworthy, he could not follow this good run of form into the other tournaments like the BMW Open, 100th Open de France and Scottish Open. He ended Scottish Open with T101 position. Otaegu is happy that finished the last day of Lyoness Cup on 12 under par just a shot behind the eventual champion Ashun Wu.
The result of the Lyoness event is considered to be the most remarkable achievement of his career and was in great putting form throughout the tournament. Otaegu said that he was at his competing best for all the 18 holes and this is what is most important for him. Winning or losing is secondary, but being able to give tough competition on the golf course is what he desires to do always.
Otaegu is pleased with the two birdies that he made at the Lyoness Open in the 15th and the 16th holes. He is ashamed of dropping a shot on the 17th. He is happy that fought tooth and nail till the end and this is why he came very close to winning the title. Otaegu is happy with his current form and wants to see more similar results in his future matches. With patience and more skill from his side, Otaegu is a name to reckon with in the European golf circuit.
Dustin Johnson, the golfer who is only 1 shot off the lead at ten under par two-hundred-six after carding a seventy in Saturday’s 3rd round, is known for his fecund distance, both off the tee as well as with his irons.
But he really has put on a little game clinic in Shell Houston Open, mainly with the putter. He is number one in strokes gained in putting, having made almost three-hundred-fifty feet of putts at the Golf Club of Houston. He is also 5-for-5 in sand saves and sixteen-for-twenty-three in jumbling, well for twenty-second in the pack. On Saturday, he had just twenty-five putts to stay in the line.
Johnson told that he played really well on Thursday and then, you know, just mediocre the past 2 days. But his short game has been really good. It has held him in there the past 2 days under tough conditions. At 6-under 210, Spieth would have to go very low Sunday to overhaul the champs and win Shell Houston Open. But in spite of not uploading really low scores, Spieth is happy with the shape of his new game and is feeling very comfortable with the putter going into Augusta later this week.
He had twenty-six putts during Saturday’s two-under-par seventy and has eighty putts for the tourney. He is forty-sixth in the pack in strokes gained putting. Defending Masters champion Spieth said that he did some very great work yesterday and a little more this morning. Now this is close. You know, seeing some go in is really what’s going to make the difference, seeing some in tournament play.
American Ryder Cup star Matt Kuchar and former champ Luke Donald have introduced their names to an already glorious field for Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at the Gullane Golf Club.
Like his fellow countryman, who is also a reigning champ Justin Rose, Luke will be targeting to lift the most wanted trophy for a 2nd time, having winning when the event was taken place at the Castle Stuart Golf Links in the year 2011.
That magnificent performance – he reached home by 4 shots thanks to a closing round of Sixty three, earned Luke his 6 win on The European Tour and, having won the Yacht Charter Croatia PGA event for a 2nd time in the year 2013, the thirty seven year old will be look for an 8th Tour title when he deals with Gullane’s Championship course – a complex of Number One and Number Two – from 9th July to 12th July.
Luke boasts a magnificent record in #3.25 million event – he ended in the Top-5 in each of his 1st three appearances, before snatching it in its 4th try – and the ex world No 1 is decided to carry on that run and sharpen his match before The 144th Open Championship that takes place the following week on Old Course at St Andrews.
He stated that he has tended to do well in the Scottish Open whenever he has played the event in the past, so he would obviously be very keen to carry on that good run this year. He got the scope to play Gullane last year and really relished it, so he is looking ahead to going back and teeing it up competitively.
Great news for Dustin Johnson’s fans- the great golfer who seems to be on a staggering phase now has written Masters history by making 3 eagles for the first time ever in Masters. The record was created during a 2nd round 67 of the recently concluded Augusta National.
Dustin, a much-admired long hitter eagled the 2nd, 8th & 15th holes. The golfer even birdied the thirteenth to play 4 par-five holes in seven-under par.
None of the golfers ever has been able to make over 2 eagles in one round. This year marks the 79th season of Masters.
“Definitely, it was really special & great fun as well”, remarked Dustin, who would be felicitated with 3 crystal goblets as the rewards for his 3 eagles.
At 2nd hole, the golfer hit a five-iron two hundred seven yards to eighteen feet. In regards to 8th hole, it was two hundred fifty yards with three iron to eleven feet. At 15th, Dustin covered two hundred five yards with 5-iron, to 2 ft.
It was not as if I was kind of hitting any further”, remarked the golfer who created the Masters record. “It was just normal shots which I had done earlier. Just it is always hard here to come up with great shots & hit them at right distance matching up with wind”, he continued while asked to speak a few lines about how he created history at the prestigious Masters event.
“The wind gave a pretty hard blow today. Thus, it was extremely tough to find out the wind & take my shot in right spot. However, O happened to hit some really amazing shots on the holes.”
Dustin overcame double-bogey on first hole & made some birdies at fifth & 16th.
Dustin Johnson is a professional golfer from the United States of America who is currently a member of the US PGA Tour.
He has been credited for being one of the longest drivers on Tour, where he had the third highest distance statistics for three years in a row between 2009 and 2011 and has also ranked inside the top five in each of his last five seasons on the course. He has been a regular feature in the top five of the Official Golf World Rankings and reached a career high position of fourth in 2011.
Having turned professional in 2007, he managed to earn his US PGA Tour card the very next year when he finished in 14th place in the qualifying school. His first win on the US PGA Tour came in the end of his first season as a rookie when he secured victory at the Turning Stone Resort Championship and added another win the following month with the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
In 2011, Dustin Johnson earned his best finish at a major championship event so far when he finished at second place at the Royal Saint George in The Open Championship.
Johnson has been a highly controversial figure in the golfing circle and in August 2014, he made the announcement that he would be taking the rest of the year off in order to focus on personal challenges. Soon, reports began to emerge that that he had been suspended by the US PGA Tour for six months for testing positive for cocaine.
However, Dustin Johnson dismissed those reports and claimed he had never taken drugs. He made his return to golf in 2015 and immediately earned his first win of the season with a victory at the World Golf Championship – Cadillac Championship in Florida.