Dec 5, 2016

Can Rory McIlroy Dominate Golf in 2017?

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  12/05/2016 09:57:00 PM   No comments
Despite winning this season's FedEx Cup, 2016 was seen as somewhat of a year under the radar by Rory McIlroy’s lofty expectations.

Winning the $10m bonus that comes with becoming FedEx Cup champion AND claiming the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open AND the Deutsche Bank Championship would normally represent the year of a lifetime for about 99% of professional golfers. But not for Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy defines his career by winning Major Championships. 2015 and 2016 have yielded none of those for the Irishman - and that hurt. 2017 is another opportunity to add to his four Major past titles, with the Northern Irishman currently 9/1 to win the 2017 Open according to the bet365 golf betting.

After Nike announced they were pulling the plug on producing golf clubs and balls in August to concentrate solely on their clothing and shoes range, that left staff member McIlroy needing to find a new hardware provider. Naturally, there was no shortage of suitors and McIlroy made the switch to TaylorMade Woods (although he could still use this year’s Nike irons in his bag next year) in October, just enough time to get plenty of swing practice in before the sun sets on 2016.

McIlroy’s best year to date was 2014, when he claimed two Major titles and held the World Number One ranking for 22 weeks. He went on to win a total of four tournaments that year but still critically, one of golf’s biggest prizes eluded him yet again, the Masters. McIlroy’s holy grail is to win the annual Augusta event, which he so far has a tainted relationship with.

2011 saw McIlroy hold a one shot lead as he teed up at the 10th hole on the final day. However, six dropped shots in three holes saw a remarkable collapse as he ended the tournament in tied 15th and left to lick his wounds.

He was 21 then and to a certain extent that collapse could be seen as a positive as he went on to win the US Open later that year in a season that kickstarted his career.

McIlroy has the attributes, unique talent and long drive that makes domination in 2017 a very distinct possibility. When Jordan Spieth burst onto the scene in 2015 with two major wins, he simply looked untouchable. 2016 was perhaps not quite the year he was expecting but still impressive nonetheless. But McIlroy was still there in both years, reminding everyone that he is still the main man on the world stage.

Where McIlroy edges his rivals Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson is his continued consistency. Since 2009 McIlroy has won at least one tournament a year on either the European, PGA Tour or PGA Tour of Australasia.

That eclipses all of his rivals' records and confirms his natural ability at striking a ball. Four different major winners in 2016 is testament to the fact that next season is shaping up to be wide open. If McIlroy can sort out his slight erratic play around the greens then we could see Rory repeat his 2014 season and dominate the sport once again.





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Nov 30, 2016

Grégory Bourdy

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/30/2016 09:49:00 AM   No comments



Grégory Bourdy is a French golfer with many credits to his name, including a victory over Rory McIlroy in the UBS Hong Kong Open, and rose to the position of highest ranked French golf player in the Official World Rankings. Grégory Bourdy is available for booking to appear at private or corporate events as an after dinner speaker or for a brand opportunity, through London based talent agency MN2S.

One of Bourdy’s most high profile wins came in 2009 as he held a lead of two shots over Rory McIlroy to take first place and the UBS Hong Kong Open. His other significant triumphs include the Estoril Open de Portugal, where he emerged victorious from a three way play off, and the ISP Handa Wales Open in 2013.

Bourdy boasts the impressive statistic of being the highest ever ranked French golfer, achieving his highest spot at 81 in the world rankings in 2011. Bourdy’s 2014 season was disrupted by a wrist injury, but, a testament to his determination to succeed in the game, Bourdy returned strongly, finishing strongly in the Laguna National, Irish Open and Portugal Masters. More recently, he has picked up several top 10 finished in 2015 in Austria, South Africa, Malaysia and Qatar.



Bourdy’s experience at the Lyoness Open in June 2015 however was an unfortunate one; carrying a two shot lead into the final round, he went on to shoot a six over par 78 in the final, leaving him to finish in tied 6th place.

Born in Bordeaux, he lives and trains there still, turning professional in 2003. He has played full-time on the European Tour since 2005, previously competing on the second-tier challenge tour. His first victory came in 2007 at the Mallorca Classic, which elevated him to finish 39th on the European Tour’s Order of Merit list, he first appearance in the top 100.

Beginning to play golf at young age in Bordeaux, it quickly became Bourdy’s passion. Having finished his homework for the day, he would desperately try and practise a few chips before dinner time, his room at home adorned with posters of golfing legends like Norman, Ballasteros and Faldo. A dream of acquiring the infamous green jacket possessed him, and attaining his baccalaureate was merely an obstacle to move out of the way of his subsequent pursuit of his golfing dream.



Bourdy’s fascinating path in the world of professional golf is one worth hearing first hand – a dedicated and determined professional, he is a fine choice as an after dinner speaker at any corporate or private event. His consistency and humility mark him out as a remarkable individual, and his ascent to the record of highest ever ranked French golfer is a strong achievement worth widespread recognition. To enquire about booking Bourdy at an entertainment event, please contact an agent at MN2S Talent Agency.

Nov 19, 2016

Book Review: Arnold Palmer A Life Well Played

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/19/2016 08:07:00 AM   No comments

Having never met Arnold Palmer it was great reading his stories in his new book Arnold Palmer A Life Well Played.

 

Short, consice and endearing snippets of his life the book is a must read for anyone not only the golf fan. He pulls stories from all facets of his life: Golf, Life, Business.

 

Reading the book is like sitting down with Mr. Palmer outside his beloved Latrobe Country Club having a wee chat about "life".

 

Personable, candid, honest, a straight shooter Arnold Palmer A Life Well Played won't help your swing but it sure will put a smile on your face and give you insight into one of golf's finest embassodors. "The King" Arnold Palmer.

 

 


 

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Nov 11, 2016

The ‘Coast is Clear’ as Hilton Head Golf Island Announces Slate of Winter Stay-and-Play Packages

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/11/2016 07:22:00 AM   No comments

Once the snow starts to fly golfers start to dream of golfing again. Hilton Head Island is a great place to relax, golf and get away from the cold northern weather. They've got some great Winter golf packages. Check out the Press Release below and enjoy your weekend and your family.

 

 

 



(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI) – recently ranked among the top three islands in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler readers – has unveiled a slate of winter stay-and-play packages as nearly all of its award-winning golf courses and resorts have or will re-open in the next few weeks.


At Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, the “Winter Golf Package” delivers the perfect warm-weather golf getaway for groups of 12 or more. Starting at $133 (per person, per night based on quadruple occupancy), it includes three nights in a two-bedroom villa, three rounds of golf on the acclaimed Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront, Arthur Hills and George Fazio courses, range balls, dining and pro shop discounts, two hours of tennis court time, and preferred rates and priority access to all other resort activities. For reservations and more information, call 877.567.6513.

 

 

The Heritage Golf Group’s “Hilton Head Island Winter Challenge” provides an ultimate winter wonderland for larger groups. Starting at $160 (per person, per night based on 12 players), it offers three nights’ accommodations, personalized bag tag, tee gift, logoed golf balls and unlimited golf on any of its seven courses. If playing at Oyster Reef Golf Club or Robber’s Row, the best individual score of the group will receive a $100 merchandise card. Heritage is also offering monthly “Unlimited” or “10 Round” cards through February. Additional packages include a “Couples Weekend Retreat” and “All You Can Play Golf Getaway.” For more information and reservations call 843.681.1709.

 

 

The “Villa Golf Package” gives golfers the chance to tee it up on The Sea Pines Resort‘s three acclaimed courses. Starting at $154 (per person, per night, based on quadruple occupancy), guests can enjoy three nights’ accommodations in a private villa with a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room and up to four bedrooms. Also included are three rounds on iconic Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point by Pete Dye and new Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III plus complimentary afternoon replays, range balls and access to the fitness center. For more information call 843.842.1488.

 

 

“We’ve worked tirelessly to get our golf courses back up to par following the storm and are excited to re-open them on a daily basis,” says Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association. “We want to assure our loyal guests there’s no need to alter travel plans; by the end of November nearly all operations will be back to normal if they aren’t already.”

 

 

Crews have been working around the clock to fix landscaping damage and clear fallen trees and other debris from golf courses. Buildings and other structures experienced very little impact and have been open since Hurricane Matthew passed earlier this month.

 

 

At nearby Fripp Island Resort, nearly all resort amenities including dining, tennis, pools, activity center, marina and Ocean Creek Golf Club have been open since Oct. 27. Plans are to re-open the acclaimed Ocean Point Golf Links by January 1, 2017. Starting at $110 per person, per night (based on eight-or-more players, taxes and fees not included) the Stay and Play Package includes nightly accommodations, 18 holes with cart on Ocean Creek and complimentary replay round based on availability.

 

 

With numerous courses for players of all abilities, exceptional value, pleasant year-round weather and direct flights from more than 20 major cities, Hilton Head Island is one of the world’s premier golf destinations. In addition to being named the “No. 1 Island in the Continental U.S.” by Travel + Leisure magazine readers, Hilton Head has also received accolades from Golfweek, Golf Channel’s Golf Advisor and the South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel.

 

 

Getting to “Golf Island” is easier than ever from East Coast and Midwest population centers. JetBlue Airwaysoperates non-stop flights from Boston (BOS) and New York City (LGA / JFK) to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Allegiant Air also flies non-stop from Indianapolis (IND), Cincinnati (CVG), Baltimore (BWI) and Pittsburgh (PIT), among others cities. Fourteen other locales offer non-stop service to SAV including Chicago, Detroit, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

 

 

For more information on the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ 2016 North American “Golf Destination of the Year,” visit www.hiltonheadgolfisland.org or call 800.523.3373.

 

 

About Hilton Head Golf Island


Hilton Head Golf Island features more than 30 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy Hilton Head’s Southern hospitality and world-class public and private designs sculpted by vaunted architects Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones.

 

 

Its territory encompasses many of the great golf courses and resorts of North America and is ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including “Best Buddies Trip Destination,” “Best Accommodations,” “Best Couples Trip,” “Best Courses,” “Best Food and Drink,” “Best Weather” and “Best Value.” Hilton Head Island also was named the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ Golf Destination of the Year for North America for 2016. Home to the world-renowned Sea Pines Resort, the PGA TOUR makes its only South Carolina stop each April at Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.

 

 

The Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association, in conjunction with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Visitor and Conventions Bureau and Chamber of Commerce, launched Hilton Head Golf Island to support the island’s thriving golf market through promotion of golf rounds and packages.

Nov 10, 2016

Golf Course Review: Waterview Golf Club

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/10/2016 09:42:00 AM   No comments

A fun Texas track for a buddies trip.


Located in Rowlett, Texas Waterview Golf Club was the third Course we played during the 2016 Dallas Invitational. We had another beautiful day for golf and the staff was both knowledgeable and friendly something that seems to resonate at all the golf courses we played in Dallas.

 

The conditions were good both tee and fairways but unfortunately the Bermuda grass greens were terrible. Many dead areas with bare patches. A weed, like crab grass seemed to have infiltrated the Bermuda greens. I'm not sure what was going on but it didn't detract from our golf experience.

 

 

Some bunkers were a little thin but on the most part playable. If you played by the appropriate tees they most definitely come into play.

 

Waterview was a fun course to play good generous fairways and enough challenge for all levels of golfers. Five sets of tees to choose from, including senior tees. Pick the right tees and you'll have a great experience at Waterview.

 

The layout is good none of the holes are awe inspiring it's just a good test of golf when you have a group of guys wanting a fun and challenging layout.

 

Some fun and challenging par 3s at Waterview including the 2nd hole. Left side here is a whole lot of trouble.

 

A great wide open par 5, the third hole challenge is your approach shot as you can see from this picture.
 
 
Everyone loves a good short par 4. The 5th hole is just that, good drive Craig.
 

 

Water is defintely in play on the 8th hole a fun par 3. Jim here played it safe and hit it out to the right.

 

Trees line the 11th hole a nice par 4. Even though there's houses close to the course they never really infringe on your golf game.

 

Tees and fairways were in good shape for a October round in Texas.

 

Mr. Fairway loved the 14th hole.

 

Another great drive from our host Don King.

 

 

 

Nov 9, 2016

Golf Shoe Review: ECCO Cage

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/09/2016 03:59:00 PM   No comments

The golf shoe for all seasons and conditions


I've had the pleasure of testing out the new ECCO Cage golf shoe. Unlike some of ECCO popular spikeless golf shoes the Cage is spiked.

 

The testing period was extensive and included a week long period where I golfed 90 holes on a buddies golf trip to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The ECCO Cage stood up to the Texas heat and rain and got top marks for the stability in the Bermuda grass.

 

I also played golf up in the hills of Mont Tremblant at Le Diable Golf Course. During the round there was a steady rain and the only thing dry on me after the round were my ECCO Cage golf shoes. The waterproof leather exterior along with the one piece cage make for a perfect marriage of comfort and dry feet.

 

 

Posing with my ECCO Cage golf shoes at Le Diable Golf Course in Mont Tremblant Quebec.


Can't go wrong with the Champ Slim-Lock soft spike system making the ECCO Cage one of the most stable golf shoes on the market.

 

 

The one piece platform the Ecco Cage is constructed on is the heartbeat of the golf shoe. Using the Direct-injection process (DiP) that is found across a wide range of Ecco Golf Shoes. This is where the Cage gets its stability. A perfect waterproof seal is formed by this process and with the combination of the Caldera performance leather your feet will be comfortable and dry for many rounds.

 

 

The lightweight insole of the ECCO Cage.


The Concrete and Dark Shadow is a great colour combo for the ECCO Cage but also comes in 4 other colours.

 

A perfect fit out of the box. The look/style of the ECCO Cage might not be for the golf purist but for quality and technology you can't beat the ECCO Cage.

 

I haven't seen to many ECCO Cage golf shoes at Rideau View Golf Course where I play most of my golf but I think that's partially do to the popularity of ECCO spikeless shoes. Once people get wind of this spiked version with all the same great ECCO technology your going to see a lot more on the course.

 

At $260 CDN these golf shoes are at the higher price point but if you're looking for a waterproof leather spiked golf shoe look no further than the technology put into the ECCO Cage to help you stabilize your golf swing.

 

Spread Betting on Golf

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/09/2016 01:38:00 PM   No comments

Spread Betting on golf is becoming very popular and you will often find trading markets on all European, PGA and Champions Tour tournaments as well as on the majority of Australian, Asian and LPGA Major events.

 

Spread betting on Finishing Positions and Leaderboard Index markets allow you to bet on where players will end up in the field – if you think Dustin Johnson will have an off week, you can bet against him with a spread bet.

 

You can even take advantage of golf markets that offer in-play betting while tournaments are taking place.

 

Or if you want to focus on the performance of certain players, place Match Bets, which means you can bet on how many shots one named player will beat or lose to another named player by.

 

For major tournaments you can trade on an extended selection of special markets, make sure you check out all the spread betting markets for the next Masters, Open Championship, US Open, USPGA or Ryder Cup tournaments.

 

 

How to place a golf spread bet

 

To place a bet, look at the prediction or spread on the market in question. If you think the outcome will be higher than our price, then you would buy on the spread. If you think the outcome will be lower than our price, then you would sell on the spread.

 

The more right you are the more you can win, but the opposite is the case if you get it wrong, as you may lose more than your initial stake.

 

 

Example Golf Spread Bet - Sell

 

You fancy Phil Mickelson's chances in the week's US Tour event and take a look at a golf spread betting Finishing Positions market.

The Finishing Positions market is based on where the player will finish at the end of the tournament so you sell Mickelson's price for $5 at 30 on a spread of 30-33.

McIlroy doesn't do as well as you thought and finishes 40th in the field meaning a loss of $50 ((30-40) x $5).

 

Example Golf Spread Bet - Buy

 

You think Phil Mickelson's will play well in the week's major and so take a look at a golf spread betting Leaderboard market.

The Leaderboard market is based on an 80-40-30-25-20-15-10-5 index (80 to winner, 40 runner-up etc.) so you buy Mickelson's price for $5 at 29 on a spread of 26-29.

Mickelson does indeed do well and ends up as runner-up in the tournament meaning a profit of $55 ((40-29) x $5).

 

Golf spread betting is exciting and you can really put your golf knowledge to work when trading. Many spread betting firms offer other sports and trading on stock, shares, indices and forex. You can compare Spread Betting and Forex Trading brokers and find the service to meet your style and requirements .

 

 

Spread betting carries a high level of risk to your capital and can result in losses larger than your initial stake/deposit. It may not be suitable for everyone so please ensure you fully understand the risks involved.

 

Nov 4, 2016

Tiger Woods Set To Return To Competition - Hero Challenge - Perfect Venue

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/04/2016 12:54:00 PM   No comments

Well I don't think golf has been "garbage" since Tiger Woods last played 16 months ago like rapper Snoop Dogg thinks but having Tiger around is defintely better for golf. With all of his setback injuries he's never going to be the same Tiger but that's ok. We just want him back fans and non-fans alike. This is another chapter in his golf career. At present he's now scheduled to come back in the Bahamas for his tournament, the Hero World Challenge. By his event I mean it's hosted by Tiger's foundation, which will be played Dec. 1-4 in the Bahamas. Yes he withdrew from the Safeway Open in October but that's ok because this will be better event for Tiger's return.

 

 

It's his event he can control things more unlike a regular event it's just him and his buddies. The likes of Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Jimmy Walker, Matt Kuchar, Russell Knox, Brandt Snedeker, Louis Oosthuizen, J.B. Holmes, Emiliano Grillo and Zach Johnson will be able to ease him into competitive golf again. Less pressure for Tiger.

 

The even crazier thing about Tiger's return is that you can place prop bets on various scenarios, including whether Tiger will withdraw prior to the start of the Hero Challenge. Prop bets can be placed at William Hill Australian golf betting for those that enjoy a good wager.

 

 

I'm almost positive that Tiger will return at this event, win not so much. I'd definitely be betting for him not to withdraw. He's now had more time to practice plus there won't be as much attention on him and his golf game. The Hero Challenge is the perfect event for him to make his return. So get ready for Tiger golf again. I know I'll be watching.

 

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