Edwin Huxley - Tuesday 06.01.15, 18:11pm
As the 2015 season gets under way, the golfing world’s focus is already looking forward to the first major of the year at the Masters in April.
While the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and defending champion Bubba Watson will be the focus of much of the betting public’s interest in the build-up to the event at Augusta, there will be a lot of players being overlooked that have more than enough talent to win the tournament.
These long shots might not always come off, but the Masters has shown in recent years that players can come from nowhere to win the famous green jacket.
Mike Weir’s victory in 2003 surprised a lot of fans, but not as much as Trevor Immelman’s 2008 success.
It has been a few years since a shock winner took the Masters title, but there are some real contenders in 2015 that could start the tournament with some very long odds.
With odds of around 50/1 with some bookmakers, including betfair online, Martin Kaymer could well be one of the most overpriced players at Augusta in April. While the Masters is by far the German’s least successful of the four majors, it wouldn’t be a massive shock if Kaymer was in contention come the final round this year. The two-time major winner has a best finish of 31st at Augusta but victory in last year’s US Open showed he has the ability to succeed in a tournament he has previously struggled in.
Donald’s current betting odds are a reflection of a dismal 2014 but the Englishman will know he has the tools to prove a lot of people wrong this year. The former world number one might not have been at his best over the past couple of seasons but the 37-year-old still has plenty of time to turn things around. After missing the cut at the Masters and US Open in 2014, Donald failed to impress in the remaining two majors of the season. Recent form aside, Donald is still a name that many feel will one day win a major, and the Masters looks as likely as any.
While his memorable 2012 US Open victory stands out like a glorious sore thumb on Webb Simpson’s C.V. the American has shown on more than a few occasions that he can play some incredible golf on his day. Not many of those days have come at Augusta but Simpson still looks overpriced by a lot of online bookies heading into this year’s Masters. Two missed cuts in his past two appearances at Augusta might not give Simpson huge confidence as he prepares for the first major of the year, but the 29-year-old is still young enough to get it right when it comes to the testing conditions at the Masters.
Not many players have experienced the slump that Padraig Harrington has over the past few years but the Irishman could still have one last hurrah in him. The three-time major winner ended 2014 with a welcome win on the Asian Tour and the 43-year-old will be hoping that is a sign of things to come this season. With four top-ten finishes to his name, Harrington has shown that he has the game to handle Augusta and there will be some betting fans jumping on the chance to back the Irishman should he make it into the first major of the year.
Edwin Huxley - Wednesday 31.12.14, 14:42pm
With over 2000 golf courses in the UK, it can be challenging to find the best golf club to play at. There are several factors that make a golf course great: the condition of the course, the design and variety of each hole, a sense of history, and the scenery… even just the very feel of the course can have a play in your fondness towards it.
Finding a golf course with all these qualities can be tough, so a great way to start is by using a course finder such as the Gamola Golf Course Finder, which allows you to search by town or postcode to find golf courses local to your area.
Sometimes, however, only the best course will do. In these instances, here are the top five courses in the UK to check out.
1. Royal Birkdale, Merseyside
Royal Birkdale has a rich noble history and has hosted many championships in the past. Each hole runs through stunning landscapes of sand dunes and heather, and the course itself is extremely challenging due to tight fairways, deep bunkers, rough greens and sea gathered wind. The course itself is in excellent condition and each hole is varied, suiting the course to all players.
2. Royal St George’s, Kent
Those looking for a traditional experience need look no further than Royal St George’s. With its in-depth history of hosting The Open championships, stunning clubhouse and outstanding catering, Royal St George’s appeals to golfers of all abilities. The course itself is immaculate, and challenging. Blind tees, deep bunkers and rough create varied holes which require strategic navigation.
3. Sunningdale (Old), Berkshire
Famous for its elevated 10th tee, the old course at Sunningdale is one of the most visually attractive courses in the UK. Surrounded by pine, birch and oak trees, the course gives the peaceful illusion of being at one with nature. Suitable for players of all handicaps, the course rewards good shots and punishes bad ones. Both the course and clubhouse are in perfect condition, with excellent facilities throughout.
4. Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin), Lincolnshire
The Woodhall Spa Hotchkin Course is extremely challenging, testing even the very best golfers. Built on sandy soil, the course is an oasis within a canopy of oaks, fir and birch trees. Lined with rich heather and gorse, the course itself is in immaculate condition. Narrow fairways, deep bunkers and blind tees make the course difficult, but enjoyable.
5. Walton Heath (Old), Surrey
More suited to those with a lower handicap due to the thick heather that lines the fairways, the old course at Walton Heath is a stunning heathland course whose difficulty progressively increases with each hole. Warm hospitality, stunning food and beautiful clubhouse facilities make a welcome reward after a hard game.
When considering which golf course to visit, it can be easy to get caught up in the idea of travelling overseas to take advantage of stunning courses and warm sun, however UK courses are among some of the most traditional and prestigious, and are well worth taking the time out to spend a day navigating the holes, enjoying the scenery and taking in the history.
Edwin Huxley - Friday 31.10.14, 15:24pm
Seve The Movie
Seve Ballesteros fought against adversity to become the most spectacular and charismatic golfer to ever play the game. Seve combines dramatic recreations with archive footage to tell his incredible rags to riches story – to become world number one and the greatest golfer of his generation.
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Terry Lane - Wednesday 24.09.14, 18:57pm
Catherine Aitken Golf Shoe Bag
Scotland has been in the news for the past few weeks. Last week it was the referendum for independence and this week it plays host to one of the most exciting sports event of all, as Europe play host to the United States at Gleneagles for the bi-annual Ryder Cup.
All of golf will be focused on three days of excitement as the most difficult and lonely of sports becomes a team game where those fortunate enough to be there will be encouraged to support their team and politely throw banter at the opposition. And so it goes that following the Ryder Cup we are all enthused to have an extra round or two of golf in the hope that we can have a round to be proud of, whether we play for fun or to chip away at a low handicap.
But golf isn’t just about hitting the ball straight or making every shot count. Everyone makes a choice with the clubs they use, the balls they hit and the shoes they wear. Quality and style is important. Looking good can rub off on how one plays; and if you are looking for a shoe bag with style and panache, look no further than Scottish designer Catherine Aitken’s gorgeous golf shoe bag. It is currently available in three beautiful cloth designs – Green Herringbone with Overcheck; Classic Grey Herringbone and Yellow Macleod Tartan.
This premium quality golf shoe bag is created from handwoven Harris Tweed and lined in premium strong and durable waterproof waxed cotton with antique effect. It comes complete with a strong zip closure with leather pull tag, and a leather handle that can also be used as a hanger.
If you want to set yourself apart from the crowd in your local golf club or simply looking for something a little more unique that oozes class and classic style, look no further than the Catherine Aitken collection. But be aware, this item only fits up to UK shoe size 11.
At the time of writing this article the Catherine Aitken website was offering free UK delivery.
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Terry Lane - Saturday 13.09.14, 15:37pm
Harris Tweed Golf Shoe Bag by Catherine Aitken
Ahead of this year’s Ryder Cup clash at Gleneagles, Catherine Aitken of Edinburgh are offering the chance to win a high quality golf shoe bag.
Perfect for golf footwear or everyday shoes. Created from handwoven Harris Tweed and lined in premium strong and durable waterproof waxed cotton with antique effect. There’s a strong zip closure with leather pull tag, and a leather handle that can also be used as a hanger. Fits up to size eleven shoe
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