Johnson Looking Good at Zurich Classic

Dustin Johnson is surely going through a fantastic state lately – he has been the longest of hitters on PGA Tour with an average of 315.1 yards, owns 2nd best average & it seems that he is on his way to make big at Zurich Classic.

The # 7 golfer has so had a super successful 2015. He finished at 6th or better at 5 of 7 tours this year, including a triumph at Doral hosted WGC Championship last month. He must be looking ahead to keep up his heightened form alive in the upcoming Zurich Classic as well- which would be played at New Orleans.

Dustin took an off from PGA Tour in 2014 that led to rumors that the golfer had tested positive in drug test. But both the golfer & Tour denied such an allegation. He clarified that the break was needed for him to seek some professional help to help him in dealing with some personal challenges.

His layoff continued till February 2015 as he got back to compete at Farmers Insurance Open, having spent the winter out at sea on a Greek Yacht Charter.

Dustin missed out on the cut at the tournament yet apart from Honda Classic, he has been all charged up for the rest of tournaments so far. Initially, the golfer credited hard work & strong gym sessions for his turnaround. But later on he added that the reason might lie somewhere else.

The good news is that the golfer had his first child with fiancée Paulina in January this year which has naturally brought great joy & motivation in his life. The little one is called Tatum & Dustin is just captivated by the little bundle of joy in his house.

“Being a father gives you best feel in the whole world”, said the excited new dad He is with the new born and Pauline at New Orleans at present. Golf is no more the # 1 thing for me anymore. It is all about my son & my family now.”

Scott says he needs more practice

Australian golfer Adam Scott has mentioned that his performance of five over par at the World Golf Championship – Cadillac Championship in Miami has proven that he still needs to work on his game, especially with the defense of his US Masters title looming large in front of him in a month.

The Australian did not manage to break par at any of the rounds throughout the event at the Trump National Doral, a whopping nine shots behind the eventual winner Patrick Reed.
The course, known as the Blue Monster, has undergone a sea change over the last twelve months under its owner Donald Trump and that has drawn a lot of criticism from several top golfers who played at the event and only three from the entire field managed to finish with under par scores.
But for Scott, the world number two, his performance was still unacceptable.

He stated that there is very little for him to take out that event, except the fact that he has to practice a lot more. He added that he will work on the usual things and will try to tighten things up in his own way.

Scott went on to add that he will take a few days off and then start training and mentioned that he will hopefully get some good feeling from that. He also stated that he just needs to see where he stands in a few days’ time.

The Australian mentioned that if he it is horrible, then he will have to work a lot harder; on the other hand, if it is good, then he will just try and keep fresh.

He went on to add that the game is there in him and there is still three weeks left for the first major of the year and that is a good sign.

Coore & Crenshaw To Design Sand Valley Course

Eminent golf architect duo Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw has been requested to design Sand Valley Golf Course. The team has designed some of the most acclaimed golf courses worldwide.

The Sand Valley is a multi-course planned resort located near Wisconsin Rapids.

Sand Valley developer Mr. Mike Keiser admitted that it had been really hard for him to choose the architect for his resort course. According to his reports, along with Coore & Crenshaw his other preferences were David kidd, Jim Urbina and Tom Doak- but in the end it were Sand Hills architects who took away the contract.

The architect duo had never designed for Wisconsin. They have always been looked upon for their minimalist angle and visually stunning strategic links-type golf courses that are laid over the sandy dunes. They have worked for resort courses in Tasmania, Austin and New York.

The course at Sand Valley looks similar to some of the best courses previously designed by Coore & Crenshaw.

“Take a look at our course & you will find many similarities with Sand Hills. Open big dunes with enormous low-ground cover over it”, Keiser noted. “One would find heaps of sand here. You would walk in & say –That is Sand Valley”.

The architect duo would start to work on routing from coming spring & the constructions would start from the month of September. Keiser shared that the course would be opened tentatively in 2016 for its founding members & in 2017 for public.

Coore & Crenshaw generally work on just a couple of projects a year. At present, they are working on Cabot Cliffs construction on Nova Scotia’s Cape Brenton. This course belongs to a resort that is co-owned by Mike Keiser.
The 1st course of Sand Valley & one modest clubhouse would range between 5 million USD to 6.5 million USD to build.

Adam Scott humbled by The Don award

Australian golfer Adam Scott has been honored for breaking one of the biggest hoodoos in the sporting history of the country, becoming the first golfer to win the Masters title in over 77 years and in honor of his achievement, the Sport Australia Hall of Fame has conferred him with The Don award, the highest award for sporting excellence in the country.

He also became the first golfer to claim the prestigious award in its history and his performance at the Augusta National back in April where he claimed the title with a thrilling victory in the playoff rounds has been hailed as one of the biggest sporting achievements in the history of the country as well.

The selection committee of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame unanimously selected the performance as the winner of The Don award for 2013, which celebrates an athlete whose performances inspire the nation the most in the preceding twelve months.

Adam Scott wasn’t able to attend the award ceremony due to his commitments with the Tour but he spoke at the ceremony via video call and he stated that he was humbled as well as honored at being conferred with the award. He also admitted he is humbled at joining some of the greatest sporting champions in the country’s history who have been given the award before him.

He also thanked the Sport Australia Hall of Fame for considering him worthy enough to be awarded The Don and also congratulated the other finalists on their achievements.

Adam Scott will return home in the next month to take part in a string of events including the Australian Masters, the Australian Open, the Australian PGA as well as the World Cup which will tee off at the Royal Melbourne Golf Course in November and December this year.

Tiger won’t break Nicklaus’ record

Scottish golfer Colin Montgomerie has adamantly stated that there is no way world number one Tiger Woods will break Jack Nicklaus’ record of major wins at the end of his career.

The American was on his way to matching the legendary golfer’s record of 18 wins in major championships when he claimed his 14th major title back in 2008 but he is yet to win a single major title since his highly publicized fall from grace, both on the course and off it.

And although he has climbed back to the top of the Official Golf World Rankings, Tiger has failed to display any of the killer instinct or the class that were on show on a regular basis during his all conquering days and has often displayed a lack of motivation, falling off the pace towards the end of a major event.

And the Scotsman Colin Montgomerie, who has enough experience of playing against arguably one of the greatest if not the greatest golfer of his generation in Woods, believes that there is no way that Tiger will achieve the record he was a hands down favorite to achieve even a few years back.

Nicklaus himself stated in a recent interview that he still believes Tiger will break his record eventually but according to Montgomerie, the Golden Bear was just trying to be diplomatic and avoiding controversy. Montgomerie believes that whatever chances the 37 year old had of breaking Nicklaus’s record has gone now.

He mentioned that with the field in major championships at this time – the level of competition and the number of top level golfers that play in majors, the chance of Tiger claiming five more titles are next to none. Colin Montgomerie has also stated that the standard at the moment will prevent Tiger from breaking the record.

Major win hasn’t changed Jason Dufner

US PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner was extremely determined not to be changed by his first major success earlier in the month and by the looks to things, the American seems to have gotten his wish granted.

The American claimed his first major title earlier in the month at Oak Hill but the 36 year old still has his feet firmly planted on the ground. He changed his phone number about three weeks back and as a result, not many people had his personal mobile number, explained the American.

Bo Jackson and Charles Barkley were two famous athletes who texted him congratulating him on his success, and went on to add that most of the other people who sent congratulatory texts after his major win are people he keeps in touch with in any case.

He added that not much has changed in his life and Jason Dufner admitted that he still takes out the trash and it is also his responsibility to get up in the middle of the night to take their new puppy to the bathroom.

Dufner lives in a small town and according to him, the town endured some whirlwind moments immediately after his win and he had to spend some time in New York doing some time with the media but added that he lives in a small town and he hasn’t had to deal with too much since he returned home to Auburn. Dufner also stated that he still goes to his favorite breakfast spot in town even after that major success.

Jason Dufner is confident of adding more titles to his name and mentioned that he is not trying to put too much pressure on himself and is just trying to play the golf he has been playing for the last couple of years.

Betting on the US Open

This summer will see the world’s top golfers converging on Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania, for the US Open. While this tournament may not carry quite the level of prestige of the Master and the British Open, it is still unquestionably one of the majors, and thus competition – and betting – is likely to be strong. Many online bookmakers already have odds information available, but which players represent decent picks for those thinking of gambling on the US Open this year?

Unsurprisingly Tiger Woods has been installed as the front runner, with odds of around 4/1 at most sports betting sites, as he seems to have recovered from the dip in form that followed his unfortunate personal issues. However he is not expected to have things all his own way, with others players in good form including Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Brandt Snedeker, who have been given odds around 12/1 and 25/1.

The chosen course features thick rough and deep bunkers – suggesting that it will favour those players who are powerful hitters, just like last year’s Lake Course did. Therefore, while Woods and McIlroy appear to be clear favourites, some betting fans may prefer to sit this one out and play a golf themed game at an online casino instead such as Lucky Nugget.

They certainly wouldn’t have any shortage of choice if they did decide to, although one of the very best such games has to be the golfing slot The Argyle Open. Slots games are always amongst the most popular casino games, because they are easy to play and present a real chance of winning some money – and The Argyle Open is no different. Furthermore, playing such games doesn’t have to be purely an alternative to betting on events like the US Open these days, because mobile casino options mean that you can play golf themed casino games at any time – and from any place – even while you are watching the US Open action to see how your bet is getting on.

All about Steve Stricker

Steve Stricker is an American professional golfer. He has a membership of the PGA Tour. He has been ranked as high as number 2 on the official world golf rankings.

Steve Stricker has as many as twenty professional wins to his credit. That includes his 12 PGA Tour wins. In 1996, 26 May Steve Stricker won the Kemper Open by three stroked over Brad Faxon and Scott Hoch. Same year, 7 July he won the Motorola Western Open by defeating Mark O’Meara and Grant Waite by 8 strokes. Then after a long drought, finally in 2001, 7 January he won the Accenture Match Play Championship by defeating Pierre Fulke. In 2007 he claimed the Barclays Open over K.J. Choi of South Korea. On 31 May 2009 he won the Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial by defeating Tim Clark of South Africa and Steve Marino of U.S.A. in a sudden death playoff.

In 2009 he claimed The John Deere Classic on 12 July by 3 strokes over Zach Johnson and Brett Quigley, both representing the United States. He won The Deutsche Bank Championship by one stroke. In 2010 he had two victories in the PGA Tour, his first came on 7 February at The Northern Trust Open and then 11 July John Deere Classic.

His latest PGA Tour win was on 9 January 2012 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions by three strokes. He has set a PGA Tour playoff record in the consecutive years 2008 and 2009 at the Mercedes-Benz Championship where he lost to birdie on the fourth extra hole to Daniel Chopra and the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial where he won with birdie on second extra hole.

His other wins include the 1987 Wisconsin State Open as an amateur, the 1990 Victoria Open in Canada, the 1991, 1998 and 2000 Wisconsin State Open, the 1993 Canadian PGA Championship and the 2009 shark shootout.

Graeme McDowell in Good Times

Graeme McDowell has been a very busy man these days. Recently he had opened up a restaurant named Nona Blue Tavern in March 15 this year at Lake Nona, Fla.

The next week followed where he made the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill before the weather became impossible to let the game be continued. He had had lots of fun in the event and he had paired up with Ross Fisher and had played against Adam Scott and Tim Clark.

Talking about his restaurant, one could the new stuff looks really cool with new dining options with options for intimate dinner, separate sections for adult drinking.

There is also a facility to watch games, not to mention, the game of golf with friends. Graeme McDowell was particularly happy to have hung out with Fisher, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Graham DeLaet and Camilo Villegas in his newly formed restaurant and he felt this was a great support to his new venture. With this he felt that more good feedbacks would be coming their way.
Just as his new restaurant is doing well, so are his hands with the tees on the golf course. He is all charged up for the upcoming Masters tournament. At the Bay Hill, Graeme McDowell managed to have three consecutive top-10 finishes although they were achieved a bit jaggedly, including a T-3 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, a T-9 at the Honda Classic and a quarterfinals appearance in the WGC-Accenture Match Play.

His eyes are aimed at Augusta practice sessions. “Obviously (I have) more experience now, I’m learning how to prepare, learning the golf courses and just getting better really, that’s what it boils down to.” beamed McDowell. He has also said that he would buy drinks for people at Nona Blue if he won the tournament.

Hard To Build On His Success

Rory Mcilroy is a renowned golf player. He has been participating in major tournaments and recently made his debut at the WGC Accenture match play championship. It is during the debut that the player tried his best to build on his success.

Additionally, it was during the event that he was set to defend his no.1 spot in golfing arena against Tiger Woods. He has not only been training hard but has also been working on his equipment to enhance his chances of reaching greater heights in golf.

Rory Mcilroy has more than 14 variables in his golf bag. This was a major concern but it is one of the strategies he adopted to enhance his performance. He only needs to pick out the best equipment from top brands and settle for variables that work best for him. The good thing is that, it is a strategy and concern that will be settled within the shortest possible before his next tournaments. Rory has also been working hard on his own playing strategies to identify personal tactics that will enable him to build on his success. He is known to be more than ready to assume his number 1 positions in major titles.

Today, Rory Mcilroy is ahead of the pace that was set by Tiger Woods, when he was his age. This shows how much the player is committed to building on his success and maintaining the No. 1 golf position. He has the potential and he is willing to take the plunge to reach for greatness this year and in the history of golf. He has also made to the list to BBC sports personality of the year award owing to his outstanding performances. Rory also believes that there is more to come and that he will always be prepared to take the challenge in the world of golfing.