Bubba Watson earlier told that he came to the Augusta National Golf Club in 2015 more set to defend his title than he was 2 years ago. And it really showed. Bubba, who has skidded on the Masters Tournament winner’s green jacket 2 of the last 3 years, started his bid to the 4th player to win back-to-back honors with a 1-under par Seventy-One. He trails leader Jordan Spieth by 7 shots going into Friday’s 2nd round.
After the first round, Watson told that it was a great day. He did not play his way out of this, and he is not too far behind, so he is happy with this. In the year 2013, when defending his 2012 title, Bubba began with a 3-over seventy-five and finished the event tied for 50th at Seven over par.
Speaking about his 2013 performance for title defense, he told that he did not know what to expect. This time he knows more. He must be better prepared. Playing in a group with Justin Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champion, and Gunn Yang of South Korea, U.S. Amateur winner, Bubba had 4 birdies as well as 3 bogeys on a sun- swamped day in Augusta, Georgia, where the temperature reached to 89 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius).
Watson shot 3-under sixty nine in previous year’s first round, leaving him tied for 2nd, and followed it with rounds of 68,74 and 69 to edge Jonas Blixt and Spieth for the win in the 1st of golf’s 4 annual major tournaments.
Adam Scot, the Australian Golfer who currently holds the third rank has selected Mike Kerr, a Zimbabwean as his full time Caddie. Mike Kerr was the Caddie of Scott when he was playing at the Australian Open in November last year.
Mike Kerr got the fifth place in the competition. He was Scott’s caddie also in the month of December last year when he got the second place in the PGA Championship Australia. Kerr was offered the job of being the full time caddie for Adam Scott soon after that.
After Kerr accepted the job, Scott said that was very happy that Kerr has accepted his offer. Scott also said that he is very confident that Kerr will prove himself to be a valuable member of his team for the 2015 season.
Scott has also indicated that Kerr might even continue being his caddie even after 2015. Mike Kerr has been the caddie of Lee Westwood, Ernie Ells, Miguel Angel Jimnez and right before accepting the job of being the caddie for Adam Scott, he caddied for Thorbjorn Olesen.
Adam Scott’s last caddie was Steve Williams, he has been the caddie of Scott for three years. Steve Williams, a New Zealander, could not continue being the caddie for Adam Scott for a complete season and for that reason they had to go their separate ways.
The partnership of Adam Scott and Steve Williams was a successful one. Scott was out of form and during that period, he got back in form and managed to play what may be the best games of his career. He won the Masters in 2013. Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters and after that he became the number one golfer in the world and managed to retain that position for eleven weeks. For Adam Scott and Mike Kerr, there’s a lot of work to be done in the upcoming season.
The United States did not enjoy the best of Ryder Cups this time around, suffering yet another defeat in the prestigious team event. But while the Europeans lay the claim to the famous trophy for yet another time, American golfer Matt Kuchar remains the undisputed king of the ping pong table.
The American is back in the United States ahead of playing in the Frys.com Open and during the press conference for the US PGA Tour curtain raiser, Kuchar said that Bubba Watson has one of the weakest backhands in the team and youngster Jordan Spieth was a little too keen to make a name for himself as he tried to dethrone Kuchar but according to the soft spoken American, even he knew what he was going to get.
Matt Kuchar said that they mostly played doubles during the Ryder Cup in Scotland last month. He added that only someone like Jordan Spieth challenged him to a singles match and he got what he knew he was going to get. But Kuchar also mentioned playing singles was a lot of fun because there was only doubles games being played but the advantage of a doubles are also there as it creates a bonding between members of the team.
Bubba Watson is also a very sly character when it comes to picking the team as he has claimed Kuchar as his partner every time and that way, it works out very well for him. Matt Kuchar said that for a player that has absolutely no backhand, he is decent as a player and as a team, they always blend well and take on some of the big hitters.
He also said that Jordn Spieth, Zach Johnson and Phil Mickelson are also good players and are the next three best after him.
Paul Casey is one of those names in the world of Golf these days which is a symbol of calmness. He is currently sitting at the 125th position of the FedEx cup standings which is the final spot for making it into the first end of season play-offs. This play-off will be starting off with the Barclays in the upcoming week. In a press conference held recently Casey looked calm and confident for the task ahead. He said that he was desperate to win it and play it in the next week. His desperation looked in his play as in the opening round he scored 65 two back of the current leader. With this form he is sure to achieve what he desires for and it will quiet a challenge for him playing in both the European and PGA tour. He too admitted it saying that it was a dream to play in both for him but currently he is struck in between both of them and it is proving out to be difficult situation despite of his work in the game last year.
After the current 5 under in round 65 he also said that he loved playing this tournament and loved the golf course. It is a place where he has hit 16 out of 18 greens in regulation and he will be looking forward for the rest of the rounds. He also shared that he feels the pressure of playing but it his current situation of not being at the do or die situation keeps him cool and calm in all the pressure situations. In his last words of the press conference he yet again said that he was extremely happy with the 5 under he played today in the tournament.
The Ryder cup is all set to be played and both the continents have started off their preparation for the cup. This year the Ryder cup will be played in the country of Scotland in the month of September. The US team has started off with announcing the players who will be representing them in Scotland this year. The US team made a big announcement this week as they named Tom Watson as their captain for Ryder cup 2014. Steve Stricker was named as the man who will act as the deputy to Watson. Currently the squad who will represent US in the Ryder cup 2014 is more of a list of players who are unfit to play or are experiencing injury. Looking at the current condition of the players named in the list the US team will be looking for some huge number of last moment replacement to be carried on in Scotland.
Steve Stricker was named as the third assistant captain to Watson but the main concern is that he has not played much in the year and may be less of practice. On the other hand the US teams Matt Kuchar is currently suffering from back injury which forced him to withdraw from PGA championship. On the other hand Jason Dufner too is suffering with two bulging discs in neck. The captain said that Tiger Woods is under consideration for a comeback. Looking at the current squad of championship Stricker may get a call to replace injured player in Scotland. He is the only player who has a good record when it comes to Ryder up. He has been a part of the Ryder cup team 3 times and has played well during that time. The captain also hinted of his chance of playing the championship as a last minute substitute.
The US Women’s Open this year is sure very different from its previous seasons, since it is the very first time in the history of golf that it is being hosted in the same golf course where the US Open for men was held. That is the reason why Juli Inkster was taken aback mildly, when the teeing off time was made public. Inkster at present is fifty three and will be taking part in her 35thUS Women;s Open. However Luci Li is just eleven and this is her maiden tournament.
Talking about USGA’s groupings for the first two round, Inkster commented that she was pretty sure that she would play with Li at the Open. Commenting on the fact that age is just a number, the ace golfer said that Li hasn’t hardened yet as she has, she is still smiling.
Regardless of the curiosity surrounding the playing the doubleheader, some of the aspects of the upcoming week’s tournaments will remain intact at the Pinehurst number two. The tournament still remains the most hyped event in the schedule of the LPGA Tour, particularly now, with the budget increasing to 4 million dollars, and at the end, it is still all about the title and the trophy.
For all the curiosity about golf’s version of “Let’s Play Two,” some aspects of the week ahead at Pinehurst No. 2 don’t change. The U.S. Women’s Open remains the biggest event on the LPGA Tour schedule, especially now that the purse has increased to $4 million. And at the end of the week, it’s still about that trophy. Talking about the tournament and her competitors Inkster commented that it is sure going to be a tough tournament and won’t be that easy to bag.
With Tiger Woods not competing in the forthcoming Masters, the first thing that comes to anybody’s mind is that won’t the tournament suffer because of the absence of the 4 times champion. It definitely is a big deal that Tiger Woods will not be competing in the next week’s Augusta; nevertheless the Masters is a much bigger concept than a single player.
This recent injury of Woods, which has kept him out of the Master for the first time in twenty years sure is a major setback for him. This definitely will have a toll on his chances of surpassing the record of Jack Nicklaus of bagging eighteen major championship titles. More than breaking Sam Snead’s record of 82 PGA Tours or winning FedEx Cups or to earn bigger, the main reason why Tiger still plays on is to break Nicklaus’s record. And this year’s Masters was important for him which was supposed to draw an end to his 6 years of no win drought.
Woods had managed to bag 6 wins out of 14 in major courses of 2014. Although there was implausible depth in the game, nevertheless it was quite a bet that Tiger was sure to win no less than one course. However post his surgery, nothing is certain about how his further seasons. The back surgery he is going to undergo this week is an add-on calamity to his long list of injuries in the past several years, which can derail his career path, which is just a shame.
This major setback has taken a toll on Tiger’s confidence, since he doesn’t practically have a lot of majors in his kitty to break Nicklaus’s record and be a top contender. However at the end of the day what will be remembered most about the ace golfer is not whether he broke the record of Nicklaus but the things he tried and went through to get it.
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.
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.
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.