Bright future for English golf

With Lee Westwood still struggling to win the first major of his career at the age of 40, England needs a number of new golf stars. One that looks more than ready to fill the void is 18-year-old Matt Fitzpatrick, who became the first Englishman in 102 years to win the US Amateur Championship on Sunday.

The golf betting market is dominated by names such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, and it seems like it is time for the English public to have a home-grown player that can scale the heights of the game. It may still be early days for the Sheffield-born Fitzpatrick, but he played with the confidence and swagger in Brookline, Massachusetts, to make history.

The next step for Fitzpatrick is inclusion in the 10-man Great Britain and Ireland team that will have its work cut out to defend the amateurs’ Walker Cup at the National Golf Links of America in New York State next month.

Although a professional career for Fitzpatrick looks certain, the teenager has admitted that he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground and is in no rush to give up his amateur status.

“Obviously things might change,” he admitted after beating Australia’s Oliver Goss 4&3.”

“But I’m pretty sure Dad’s going to have me under control. He certainly didn’t want me to turn pro any time soon and wanted me to get an education first.”

Fitzpatrick may well not be in a rush to turn pro right away, but his golfing education will be coming thick and fast in the next year.

Due to the fact that he finished with the leading amateur’s silver medal at The Open last month, he is set to play in the Masters, the US Open and The Open in 2014, which will be a fantastic experience for the youngster.

England golf fans will hope that Fitzpatrick’s victory in the US Amateur Championship will be the first of many in a career full of accolades.

Europe Win the Ryder Cup 2012

Starting the third & final day 10-6 down, the odds were stacked against Europe to even make a reasonable score, let alone retain the Ryder Cup by winning a majority of the 12 singles matches.  But with Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose & Paul Lawrie winning the first five matches, the final day was an amazing show of awesome, nail-biting golf.

Ian Poulter didn’t lead in his match against Webb Simpson until the 17th hole and Justin Rose needed 18 holes to beat Phil Mickelson finishing with two sublime birdies.

While Rory McIlroy beat the young charismatic Keegan Bradley after only arriving at the Medinah Country Club ten minutes before his tee time in a police car with the excuse he had confused Eastern with Central Time!

Luke Donald & Bubba Watson was the first match of the day & the first to finish with Donald winning 2&1. But apart from Paul Lawrie thrashing US rookie Brandt Snedeker 5&3 every match was a tight one, with many switching from red to blue and back again.

It went right down to the wire, the last two matches between Steve Stricker & Martin Kaymer and Tiger Woods vs Francesco Molinari.  With three holes to play both matches were all square with Europe needing just one point to retain the Ryder Cup. And it went down to the 18th when Steve Stricker made his putt and left Martin Kaymer a shot to win or lose the Ryder Cup for Europe. With just one match remaining, Kaymer won the Ryder Cup for Europe in the most amazing comeback of all-time.

In a post-match interview José María Olazábal attempted to dedicate the win to his great friend Seve Ballesteros before breaking down with emotion.

Sunday’s Singles:
Bubba Watson lost to Luke Donald 2&1
Webb Simpson lost to Ian Poulter 2 up
Keegan Bradley lost to Rory McIlroy 2&1
Phil Mickelson lost to Justin Rose 1 up
Brandt Snedeker lost to Paul Lawrie 5&3
Dustin Johnson beat Nicolas Colsaerts 3&2
Zach Johnson beat Graeme McDowell 2&1
Jim Furyk lost to Sergio Garcia 1 up
Jason Dufner beat Peter Hanson 2 up
Matt Kuchar lost to Lee Westwood 3&2
Steve Stricker lost to Martin Kaymer 1 up
Tiger Woods v Francesco Molinari A/S


The history & tradition of the BMW PGA Championship

Wentworth Club is one of the most prestigious courses in the UK, set in Surrey; this course is home to the BMW PGA ChampionshipGolf equipment with direct golf is exactly what you need when tackling these challenging, yet enjoyable courses.

The BMW PGA Championship is considered the flagship event of the European Tour with the PGA European Tour headquarters based at Wentworth Club. This even was founded in 1955 and is usually played at the end of May each year on the West Course of Wentworth Club.

West Course at Wentworth is a seventy three par course that opened in 1926; the course record belongs to Robert Karlsson, a 62 shot at round three of the 2010 BMW PGA Championship. This is considered to be a stern but fair course designed by Harry Colt with pleasant elevation changes. In 2005 the course was redesigned and a renovation project was underway by golfing favourite Ernie Els, lengthening some of the holes including the construction of eighteen new greens.

BMW PGA Championship Winners

Over the past ten years there have been winners from all over the world that have played on the beautifully landscaped West Course at Wentworth for the championships.

Only eight players have managed to win the event more than once and when the total prize money is estimated around £3.6 million, it’s no surprise that this is one of the most prestigious golfing events held annually and followed by thousands of spectators.

The most wins at this course during the championship is held by Nick Faldo with four wins, followed by Peter Allis, Berhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie with three wins. Tony Jacklin, Seve Ballesteros, Ian Woosnam and Anders Hansen all have won this event twice.

Other winners at this event include players from Spain, Denmark, Argentina, England and Scotland with last year being won by Luke Donald from England with a 278 (-6). This was a match to be remembered by everyone who loves golf with Luke Donald winning in a sudden death playoff against Lee Westwood that enabled him to go home with the winning prize of £600,000.

What to Expect This Year

The BMW PGA Championship is ready to start for this year with a buzz of excitement as the top three contenders are expected to offer thrilling entertainment as they battle for first place.

This year all eyes will be on Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood to see who will walk away with the winning prize and title.

For those who enjoy golf equipment with direct golf, you will be able to see how these professional players take full advantage of their equipment during the game, what they use for which holes so should you ever have the opportunity to play on the prestigious West Course at Wentworth Club you will have an idea on what to expect.

The tournament will be made up of fifteen major Championship players and twenty nine Ryder Cup players who will battle it out over four days this year to win the ultimate title of winner of the BMW PGA Championship.

Luckily the weather is holding for this year’s event, the West Course has been designed to take full advantage of the climate and location, taking wind factor into consideration during the planning stages, but sunshine is always welcome when attending or playing in such an event.

The longest drive on the course still belongs to Robert Karlsson and it will be interesting for those with golf equipment with golf direct to see if there is a new record broken this year. The course difficulty remains the same being challenging yet enjoyable for the handicap golfer.


Who will win the 112th US Open?

The golfing calendar is now brimming with professional golf tournaments every weekend of the year, it seems.  Though the four tournaments that matter above all else in men’s golf are the Majors; and it is every pro golfers dream to win one of the four most prestigious championships in the world.

The first of the Major Championships in 2012 was a classic, settled by a two-hole play-off when Bubba Watson beat South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen after an amazing approach shot found the green after a disastrous tee shot left him deep in the trees.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were the favourites going into the US Masters though I had a sneaky feeling the long fairways were going to be perfect for Lee Westwood to win his first Major Championship. Neither Tiger or Rory were contenders, and Lee Westwood left himself short with some poor putting throughout the whole tournament.

The next of the four Majors will be the 112th US Open Championship in June, followed by The British Open (known simply as ‘The Open’) in July and lastly, the PGA Championship in the United States.

While Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer continue to jostle to be ranked number 1 in the world, all eyes will be focussing on the US Open which this year will be held at The Olympic Club, Lake Course on 14-17 June.

Rory McIlroy and Tiger woods are once again favourites ahead of the US Open, with McIlroy looking to defend his title and Tiger Woods (2000, 2002, 2008) looking for a fourth victory to equal the current record held by Scotsman Willie Anderson (1901, 1903, 1904, 1905) and American legends Bobby Jones (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930), Ben Hogan (1948, 1950, 1951, 1953) and Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980).

Current golf betting has Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods at 8/1 followed by Phil Mickelson 12/1, Lee Westwood 14/1 and Luke Donald 16/1 with Hunter Mahan, Martin Kaymer, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson at 33/1.

I can’t help thinking, if only Lee Westwood could be step up with his short game, it would only be a matter of time before he wins his first Major.  But equally, you never know when the Tiger is going to return; and I am confident it is when and not if.


Rory McIlroy is world #1 golfer

Rory McIlroy became the world no.1 golfer last night by winning the Honda Classic in Florida.

He replaces Luke Donald and in doing so, becomes the second youngest golfer ever to be ranked world #1 begind Tiger Woods; and it was Woods who Rory McIlroy had to beat on the final day’s play after he had finished on a fantastic 62, putting the pressure on the young Irishman.

But McIlroy pulled through finishing on 69 after parring the first seven holes and hitting a birdie on the eighth.

Rory McIlroy won the Honda Classic finishing on -12, two shots clear of Tom Gillis and Tiger Woods.  Englishman Lee Westwood acored an excellent 63 to finish fourth overall.

The expectation for the young Irishman to deliver now appears to be bearing fruit.  But this year will prove to be a tough test for Rory McIlroy as Tiger Woods begins to put in some good performances and Englishmen Lee Westwwod and Luke Donald will be looking to oust the young Irishman.