Johnson withdraws from Humana Challenge

A few days ago, golfer Dustin Johnson withdrew from the Humana Challenge because of a back pain.

Dustin withdrew after playing the first 9 holes at the La Quinta Country Club. That week, the no 8 ranked golfer was the highest ranked player in the Palm Springs. Dustin hit an even-par seventy-two on Palmer Course.

In November, he had an arthroscopic operation in his right knee. He told that his lower back is very painful and stiff. The golfer also did not take part in the PGA Tour’s first 2 events in Hawaii.

Golf manufacturer Taylor-Made Golf certainly knows how to build the hoopla for their brand new products. After banking on a number of commercials with golfers like Dustin Johnson unveiling the brand new Rocket-Ballz 3-wood over three-hundred yards and after that introducing the new R11S and Rocket-Ballz line, with a mid-night launch, on Friday, Taylor-Made took things forward by sending staffers Pat Perez and Johnson Wagner to a nearby golf store to spend $ 10000 in cash for testing out the brand new line. Well, it’s really sounds nice to me.

Golf players were told to try the new Rocket-Ballz 3-wood and they were paid $ 10 per yard and upto $100. For each yard, they benefit with the new club above their present 3-wood.

There is no need to tell that people reached there to grab some free cash and give a shot to one of the most talked about thing in the field of golf.

It is time to give Taylor-Made credit for coming up with this kind of crazy idea – though in truth they probably get their inspiration from Tony Valentine – Wilson Golf’s marketing guru.

Some may question the requirement to perpetually build up things with innumerable gimmicks; it is quite clear from the buzz around the clubs that the twists are working properly.

Mickelson Enters Humana Challenge

Golfer Phil Mickelson, the 2 time Humana Challenge winner has trusted to play in the event in which he has enjoyed huge success.

In May, Mickelson will be inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame and he is the second Hall of Fame pick to enter the Humana Challenge field. Greg Norman, the leader of the International team at the last two Presidents Cups and twice British open champion, also pulled himself in his first ever Humana Challenge since 1986.

Mickelson stated that he is honored to join President Clinton and the Clinton Foundation for the Humana Challenge. He admires President Clinton and the charitable work of his Foundation that serves millions of people across the world and he applauds him for joining Humana in using the tournament to help promote health and wellness. Some of his best seasons have come after beginning at this event and he is really excited about coming back again, told the ace golfer.

Larry Thiel, the Humana Challenge Tournament Chairman told that Phil Mickelson is one of the iconic names in golf and they could not be more delighted to have Phil back playing an event in which he has enjoyed much success. He further added that everyone who has the privilege of watching Phil play sees a true master at his craft and they are thrilled that their fans will have that opportunity in a venue that Phil is comfortable playing in.

The Humana Challenge is scheduled to begin from 16th January and to go on till 22nd January. The tournament will be held at La Quinta. The tournament was previously known as Bob Hope Classic. Mickelson is one of the seven golfers to won this tournament more than one time.
Mickelson’s average finish is 12th in this tournament. This tournament has generated more than $50 million in contributions to the Eisenhower Media Center as well as charities within the Coachella Valley, in last
52 years.

FOWLER GETS HIS FIRST

Rickie Fowler has gone through immense pressure and has showcased a great deal of skills to finally emerge victorious at the Korean Open this year.

The 22 year old American golfers six shot win pushed Rory Mcilroy into second spot. His opponent missed a few opportunities to turn the score card around, but thankfully failed to do so. The basic reason behind this is that Rickie Fowler has put on a spectacular performance, smashing home birdie after birdie to ensure that there was no let up for the chasing pack.

Rickie Fowler has an aim of making it to Ryder Cup team. He feels that he has now established himself in the golf world and wants to push on to get into the top 10.

This tournament itself was a little shaky in the beginning for him, but he managed to gain his hold soon and there was no stopping him after that. He has good control over the ball and manages to drive it so straight that it really doesn’t matter how wide or narrow the fairways are.

Rory McIlroy was a gracious runner-up, though he was left to rue a few mistakes he made on the course – in his post-round press conference after the tournament he admitted that he was disappointed with a number of his shots. He admitted that there was no denying the fact that Rickie had put on a marvelous and fantastic performance.

Fowler’s win is all the more impressive because he was held back with a bad right foot that had all the symptoms of a sprained ankle all the way up to the tournament. Thankfully he was well enough to comete, and get his first Tour win under his belt. Well done Rickie!

WOOSNAM: MASTERS THE PINNACLE

IT’S 20 years since half of Wales stayed up until midnight to watch Ian Woosnam win the US Masters at Augusta. Anthony Woolford caught up with our greatest ever golfer to reflect on how those four days in Georgia changed the rest of his life.

AS soon as he arrived at Augusta National this week (sponsored byt the Free Golf Bet website) it was more of a stroll down memory lane than Magnolia Drive as Ian Woosnam’s mind wandered back 20 years.

The feel of the Green Jacket slipping over his shoulders as US Masters champion returned just like his 1991 triumph were yesterday. Yet you can’t blame Woosnam for coming over all nostalgic when the second weekend in April arrives.

The booming pulled drive over the fairway bunker, the eight iron off downtrodden grass to the fringe of the green, the worried gasps of the crowd as the first putt sailed eight feet past the pin.

And then that image. The one that forces all those who have a genuine appreciation of Welsh sport’s greatest moments to stand and stare.

Woosnam down on one knee, clenched fist raised, forearm pumping with sheer ecstatic relief etched across his face on seeing his ball disappear for a par four on Augusta’s 18th green. Then the bear-hug from caddie Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey (who almost dropped Woosnam’s Callaway golf clubs!) taking every last ounce of air from his lungs.

But remove the rosy hue of his heroics 20 years ago, when Woosie spanked his sumptuous draw around Georgia’s own Garden of Eden, and you’ll find a tale of how one of the greatest ever achievements in the Welsh sporting field became something of a poisoned chalice for the 2006 Ryder Cup-winning captain.

Because rather than being a Major launchpad for little Woosie to enhance his giant status in the world game, the Green Jacket came to be more a millstone around his neck.

“It was the greatest achievement of my career and something I had dreamed of for many years,” admitted Woosie, from his Barbados home.

“I feel you can’t be recognised as a great player unless you have a Major tournament win, and so it has allowed me to be recognised as a household name.

“When I received the Green Jacket from Nick Faldo, it was a great feeling to win my first Major and to be a part of history. Winning the Masters was the pinnacle.

“I’d always wanted to win a Major and it didn’t matter which one. But once I had done that, I had climbed to the top of the mountain and wasn’t quite sure where to go next.

FISHER LEADS THE MASTERS

Ross Fisher and Retief Goosen are tied for the lead in the opening round of the Masters Tournament, golf’s first major championship of the season.

Fisher, an Englishman who teed off in the first group of the day, is 4-under par through 15 holes at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Goosen, from South Africa, made an eagle on the par-4 first hole and is 4 under through seven.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is 3-under par, while Matt Kuchar of the U.S., Sweden’s Carl Pettersson, Australia’s Aaron Baddeley, Japan’s Hiroyuki Fujita and Spain’s Sergio Garcia are 2 under.

Four-time Masters winner Tiger Woods, the second choice behind defending champion Phil Mickelson among oddsmakers, is even par through four holes. Mickelson starts his first round at 1:48 p.m., in the next-to-last group.

ISHIKAWA BRINGS HOPE

Japanese teen golf prodigy Ryo Ishikawa teed off Thursday in the 75th Masters with hopes of providing people struggling in his disaster-ravaged homeland some much-needed inspiration.

The 19-year-old superstar has vowed to donate his entire 2011 season golf prize money winnings to relief efforts in the wake of last month’s earthquake and tsunami that left 26,000 dead in Japan.

“I would really like to encourage people, especially those who are going through the hardship in Japan,” Ishikawa said. “I hope this will contribute to those people so they will be encouraged and they can walk again in their life.

“I believe in the power sports can bring to people who are affected by the disaster. I would like to do my best to bring joy to those people. I would like to emphasize the power and energy that sport can create.”

Ishikawa’s goal is to send 200 million yen ($2.4 million) in relief donation prize money this year as well as 100,000 yen ($1,200) for his every birdie.

“As I see how these people supported me, now it’s my turn to support those people who are in need,” Ishikawa said. “As my social status in Japan is getting higher, I believe that is one of the responsibilities.”