Grand Slam of Golf – What You Need To Know

With the megabucks FedEx Cup and the dramatic Ryder Cup consigned to golfing history, discounting the European Tour’s lucrative Race To Dubai, there’s very little left of note in the 2012 golfing calendar. However, one event which is growing in stature is set to take place in a week’s time, and it features all four of this year’s major champions. The PGA Grand Slam of Golf has taken place since 1979, and this year’s event promises to be a lot of fun for the golf fan suffering from withdrawal symptoms after the Ryder Cup’s end.

Every event features the four major winners over the past year, and this tournament is no different. The four participants this year are big-hitting Masters champion Bubba Watson, US Open holder Webb Simpson, South African veteran Ernie Els, who won the Open in dramatic style and World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who holds the USPGA Championship. All of them big names for some reason, this year’s event, which takes place at the Bermuda and Port Royal Golf Course from the 22nd-24th October, should generate a lot of interest.

Played over three days, like most golf tournaments, each participant will play 18 holes, with the winner the player who posts the lowest score. However, as there’s only a field of four players, the possibility of one player running away with the title is more likely, especially when it comes to form. The 2004 event was proof that it could happen, as eventual winner Phil Mickelson shot a round of 59 en route to lifting the title.

As far as prize money is concerned, from the $1.3m prize fund, the winner picks up a useful $600,000 cheque as well as the trophy. Although it’s not the most lucrative prize in golf, it’s still a lot of money compared to the prizes on offer in some PGA and European Tour events. It’s unlikely that any of the year’s foursome are to pull out, so it will make for compelling viewing.

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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

What to expect in golf for 2012

With the golfing tours and tournaments of 2012 firmly on the way, along with the European Championships and The Olympics; there’s more balls flying through the air on our televisions this year than any other time in recent history; taking in an eyeful from the television of all the fashions and trends of the golfing world is a great way to keep yourself updated with the sensibilities of the sport.

Quite often, people are put off golf because they feel that it is expensive or particularly unfashionable. The truth however, is quite different indeed. Golf clothes from Direct Golf for example can be particularly cheap as they monitor their prices on a day-to-day basis.  Of course, if you are new to the sport and would like to give it a go yourself; starting up can be cheaper than you think as most golf clubs offer hourly training sessions without the expensive membership fees. If you’re not into being coached however, you can always step foot onto one of many golfing ranges where you are able to perfect your stroke in your own time and relax as you tone your skills.

Once that you feel you have toned your skills and are ready to step onto the green, there’s nothing quite like getting out there and taking in the fresh air. But what however, are you to wear? Although rules have gradually relaxed, there are dress codes within golf clubs that must be respected. If you are unsure what to wear exactly, here’s a quick round up of what a couple of the professionals have been wearing in 2012.

Rickie Fowler
Although a youngling within the professional golfing sphere, the fresh Californian has been making waves in the touring world, with both his style of play and attire. After coming tied fifth in The Open Championship of 2011 and winning the Kolon Korean Open by a margin of six strokes, more and more people are beginning to pay attention to the young man who will one day contend with the greats.

Taking a look at Fowler’s attire throughout that last few years, you will find a spectacular palate of neon and matching colours to which even parrots may find attractive. Often seen in brightly coloured matching Puma clothes and caps, it is not hard to spot the 2010 PGA Tour Rookie of The Year.

What you wear on a golf course quite often states to other players just what your playing ethos is, and if you wear clothes in the same style of Mr. Fowler, although it may be fun; you might not be taken quite a seriously as you would have hoped.

Webb Simpson
On the other hand of the clothing spectrum however, you may find  Webb Simpson who, besides winning two 2011 PGA Tour Championships, is a dedicated follower of Ralph Lauren.

After turning professional in the summer of 2008, Simpson had quite an enjoyable first year in the sport with four top 10 finishes and retained his tour card of 2009, ranking 70th on the money list. Simpson also had a very successful 2011 season after winning the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina and the Deutsche Bank Championship in Massachusetts; potting him a total of roughly $2.3 million.

Webb Simpson signed with Ralph Lauren for a multi-year sponsorship deal in 2010 and has been their ambassador ever since. Taking a look through some of the images circling the web, you will find that Simpson is quite possibly the epitome of what the stylish modern golfer encompasses.

Taking into account the attire of Webb Simpson may be all very well and good in regards of what golf clothing to wear; but of course, not everyone can afford the wonders of Ralph Lauren, and if you are up for a bit of fun, Rickie Fowler may just be the fashion guru for you.