Ian Poulter couldn’t stop smiling as he donned the golden jacket of the Australian Master’s.
He managed to finish the fourth and final round in under 67 shots, giving him the victory he had been dreaming of.
After what has been a tough year for him, he was pleased to re-find the form that helped Europe win the Ryder Cup and move up in to the World gold rankings top 20 league, which is quite an achievement and obviously meant a lot to him.
Poulter ended the tournament at 15 under par for the 72 holes, and is now one of the favourites to win a major this year, with the best golf betting odds placing him at just 3/1 to win one of the 4 tournaments!
Although this has been a tremendous win for him, he feels that this has not been one of his best years in his professional career – apart from this victory, he has not been performing well in the last few match play tournaments in which he has participated and needs more consistency.
He exclaimed on his Twitter feed that he would celebrate this victory with a turkey feast at his place with his family, and admitted that luck had played its part in his win – particualraly on the 13th green when a chip-shot dropped in for an eagle.
He realized the importance of being patient and did not panic at crucial situations, managing to keep concentration levels up until the very last hole. Well done Poults!
Graeme McDowell’s 2010 season was sensational. His first major victory came in the US Open at Pebble Beach and then he topped that at The Ryder Cup. McDowell hit a 6-iron to 15 feet for a birdie on the 16th to take the lead and then win the cup for Europe.
Then completing the season at Sherwood, from a deficit from a four-shot and made a pair of 20-foot birdie putts on the 18th hole to beat Tiger Woods in a playoff. No one had ever come back from more than two shots behind in any pro-trournament and then beaten Woods.
However following up a dream season like that with another was a task way more daunting.
Graeme started the new season at Kapalua where he shot 62 on the last day and missed the playoff by one shot, and then he flew around the world to Abu Dhabi and tied for third. A decent start but he felt something was already missing.
McDowell took a break to unwind but he’s not sure he managed to do that. He says taking a break in the middle of the season, you never really switch-off. And when he did come back on, he already felt key components of his game missing.
Graeme had a lead at the Players Championship by one-shot but closed with a 79. He had never missed a shot in practice at the British Open but hit a double bogey in the opening hole.
“Last year,everything went right. This year, everything went wrong” was what he said.
Even then, McDowell says he has learned a lot more about himself during the forgettable season of 2011 than his 2010 dream season. The biggest lesson he learned was “Your own expectations are dangerous”.
Golf wunderkid Rory McIlroy is a stunning £1.25m rcher after holing out in the Shanghai Masters.
After four rounds it was still neck and neck between the Northern Irishman and the AMerican Anthony Kim at 18 under par, which meant that they went into sudden death play-offs.
It took just one hole for McIlroy to take the title (and all that money!) – both players ended up in a bunker at the end of the first hole, but whilst Rory got down in 2 for par, Kim could only manage a bogey.
McIlroy was pleased with the win. “I’ve been close in two or three tournaments and had two thirds and two seconds and was finally able to get myself over the line today.”
“This was the third play-off of my career, and I was able to win this one, so at least my record in these events is getting better.
“I am just delighted to get another win.”
Tom Lehman has provided various tips to become successful in golf. And leaving aside who turns in the better score, professional golfer Tom Lehman says we’ll all be, well, potentially better for the game.
Back in the 1990s, Tom was briefly ranked the number-one golfer in the world. And he’s won five teams on the PGA Tour, the winner of the Phoenix Open, darn near, at least twice, Tom, on the U.S. Open. Tom says it is an open-and-shut case; these things are good.
All right, place your bets. Who claims more mulligans, the president or the speaker? Barack Obama, John Boehner, they’re hitting the links this weekend.
Playing golf on the great lawn is very essential and there are many tips for maintaining that. It doesn’t matter if most homes nearby are only 800 square feet or more than 4,000; either community can have lawns that could appear in gardening magazines or some that look to have grass more crabby than Kentucky blue.
It seems there are three types of homeowners when it comes to lawn care. Some take great pride in their yards and work hard to maintain them. They fertilize, rake, aerate, water and mow regularly, or pay someone else to do it. Many municipal golf courses don’t look as nice.
Other people really don’t give much thought to their lawns. They might cut them every week or two, especially if neighbors complain, but really give them very little thought — or water.
During dry summers, it is not unusual for much of the lawn to turn yellow and go dormant. And that’s fine with these types of homeowners — they won’t have to mow it if it isn’t growing. As for weeds, as long as there is still a good amount of grass in there with the dandelions, these homeowners are OK.
Mere Golf and Country Club is to undergo a rebrand, having appointed Wodehouse Direct to undertake the work.
As well as the new branding for the club, the Manchester agency will also handle the marketing, advertising, point-of-sale and e-commerce design, with the new website which will carry the branding planned for early this year.
The club is currently investing £15m in developing the resort, which will include a new spa and leisure club.
Mark Boler, CEO of Mere Golf and Country Club, commented: “This is an exciting phase in Mere’s history and I am delighted to be working with Wodehouse Direct to create what we hope will become the North West’s number one golf and leisure destination resort. Once complete the club will be re-launched as The Mere Golf Resort and Spa.”
“We’re also looking at re-launching the website with golf news nd stats, and the best places to bet on golf online.”
COLIN MONTGOMERIE last night revealed Paul Casey is still in the huff with him over his decision not to give the Englishman a Ryder Cup wild card.
Monty revealed all attempts to contact Casey in the 10 weeks that have passed since the Celtic Manor victory have been blanked.
The Scot has previously described the decision to not hand a place to a man he calls a friend as the most difficult of his golfing life but it seems he has not been forgiven.
Monty said: “I have still to speak to Paul. I have been trying hard but I’m not getting very far. Email, text and voicemail is about my limit and I can’t do any more than that. But I’ve tried and we’ll leave it like that.”
Leading Europe to victory is the highlight of Montgomerie’s career but he believes the event faces a massive overhaul to make golf’s greatest show even bigger.