Rickie Fowler admitted that he is really hungry for a major win this year after going close in all 4 majors this year. Last year, this young American golfer was a really a model of consistency, registering a Top-5 end at Masters before taking a share of 2nd at US Open as well as Open Championship – albeit some distance behind Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer (US Open).
After that, Rickie ended 3rd behind Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson in US PGA Championship at Valhalla, whereas he also relished ten top-10s in twenty six starts on the PGA Tour last year without dealing to introduce to his single PGA Tour win at 2012 Wells Fargo Championship.
He has cashed in all 5 of his shows since the turn of the year without severely competing, and is expecting that playing in the Houston Open this week would offer him the preparation his requirements to challenge for a Green Jacket at the Augusta Masters.
Rickie Fowler stated that playing the weeks before definitely expected set me up to play on Thursday at the majors previous year. His patience was also very good previous year. This is a very long week at any major, and you just need to keep moving forward and stay away from as many mistakes as possible.
He added that he was really able to put himself in some very great positions, but unfortunately he ran into two people who just ran away with it mainly Martin Kaymer at US Open. He never gave them a chance that week.
David Duval, the former world number one golfer, has joined Golf Channel as analyst. David is expected to be on set for many of the top events of the year, and that includes World Golf Championship tournaments – Players Championship, Florida swing, and Presidents/Ryder Cup and FedEx Cup playoffs.
David, who has worked as a guest expert for the last 3 years, will come along during Golf Central pre and post-match events along with Brandel Chamblee.
David Duval’s very first television appearance of the year would be in 3 weeks at the Humana Challenge, where, in 1999 he splendidly shot fifty-nine in the last round to win. He became number one ranked golfer in the world on the back of that result, even though the golf betting markets had him as a rank outside to ever trouble the top spot.
David, now 43, has not won since the Dunlop Phoenix in 2001 and has handled several injuries in the past ten years. The British Open champion in 2001 has not been a full-time PGA Tour member since 2011, and is engaging on a limited playing schedule this year, with invites to the top tournaments based on his former champion status.
Molly Solomon, the executive producer, said that they are really very excited to welcome David Duval to their Golf Channel family and their talented group of golf experts. She added that Duval not just brings an enormous amount of credibility as one of the best golf players of his generation, but a knowledgeable and candid voice that the viewers will enjoy and could depend on.
American golfer Graeme McDowell suffered a double bogey early on the 17th as he finished at the tenth position in the Arnold Palmer Invitation tournament after a mediocre two under par 70 at the Bay Hill tournament.
The player from Portush carded a birdie on the sixth hole and then picked up shots at the 11, 12 and 14 to finally move to eight under. The result was quite a shock for the spectators as it was not the expected result and Every will celebrate his first ever PGA Tour title in his golf career.
He followed that up with a bogey at the 15 and then a bogey at the 16, but unfortunately, Graeme McDowell found water on the 17th and ultimately ended on six under which was not quite good enough.
American golfer Matt Every ended up with the win by one shot on 13 under and Padriag Harrington (10) ultimately finished on the 5th spot. Graeme McDowell started the last round of the event in a position of shared 19th, but gradually climbed up the leader board with four well executed birdies taking him to eight under. Adam Scott was unable to defend his Masters title and his world number 1 ranking, but Every was successful in clinching his first ever PGA Tour Title in a dramatic end to the prestigious tournament.
Graeme McDowell, a former US Open winner, faced an obstacle when he slipped with a double bogey at the par – three 17 Th. His fellow Irish man Darren Clarke marginally missed out by merely seven shots after the second round 78 left him nine over. McDowell later made it clear in the press conference that his performance has hampered in the tournament and he will try to make it better in the upcoming events.
The golf maestro, Tiger Woods, also the world number one has reached a record breaking income of US $1.3 billion in his career. He also leads the income list in the Golf Digest 50 where Adam Scott, the Australian stands in the eight position.
This is the 11th time that Tiger Woods is topping the charts and in addition to what he has already got there is a list of many more other earnings such as off the course earnings that amounts to US $71 million and other prize money that has amounted to US $12 million.
The 14 time major champion has still not called it a day and hopes to play more. The Golf Digest magazine reports that the winnings of Tiger Woods that amounts to US $155 million reflects only 12 per cent of what he has earned in his whole career so far. In this earning, US $1.16 billion came from his endorsements. He has been endorsing various products since his debut in 1996.
Although there was some personal turmoil in his career when he was ensuing a divorce and also was apparently convicted of an infamous sex scandal his popularity did not go down even for one day. The second person to be on the list in Golf Digest for the richest player is Phil Mickelson.
His total earnings so far has been US $52 million which is way below what Tiger Woods has earned. Phil also endorses many products and from there he has earned almost US $45 million. Apart from these there are other incomes too which includes all the prize money but the total amount has not yet been calculated and put down on the books. So here also Tiger Woods creates another record, one which would stay for a very long time.
Dustin Johnson held on to his nerves on the final day of the World Golf Championship – HSBC Champions in Shanghai and the challenges of Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter to take the win in a thrilling finale to the European Tour event.
Johnson began the day with a three shot lead over the chasing pack of McDowell and Poulter but he managed to blow his lead by taking three attempts to sink a putt while the others caught up with him to take the lead with a couple of quick fire birdies early in the morning.
But Johnson rallied back and he sank two birdie putts in the eighth and the ninth holes to take a share of the lead before Ian Poulter overtook him again to become the solo leader after a brilliant birdie on the twelfth hole. With Johnson sinking another birdie on the thirteenth, the American and the Englishman set up a grand stand finish as it were by sinking their respective birdies on the fourteenth hole.
However, it was to be Johnson’s day as he managed to find an extra gear to sink an eagle before landing another birdie par to score 66 and take the event by three shots.
And after the event, he respectfully accepted that it was a credit to all three of them for making one of the most interesting finishes of the season. He admitted that it was perhaps the biggest victory of his career till date as well.
Ian Poulter climbs to fourth place in the money list as the Race to Dubai heats up while Graeme McDowell finds himself a mere € 150,000 behind leader Henrik Stenson ahead of the final event of the series which takes place in Turkey in a week’s time with plenty on offer to take the lead.
If you are not a huge Jason Dufner fan, the following tale might do the trick. It all begins with a man called Rob Labritz. If one could not recognize that name, a YouTube video might help.
Rob is a New York club pro who hit a wedge shot from ninety five yards at PGA Professional National Championship to get the final position in the pack at the PGA Championship this year.
Rob is not new to the glamour and glitz of the big time. It was his 4th appearance in the final major as well as he has long links all across the world of golf. It was through Frank Darby (St. John’s University coach), that Rob found himself in a practice round game at Oak Hill Country Club earlier on Tuesday last month.
Frank set up Rob with Keegan Bradley, who is one of his ex players and an ex PGA champ. The two of them would get ready for the event by playing a match against Dustin Johnson and Jason Dufner. On Tuesday morning, at 8:30, the four stood on the 1st tee at the venue and discussed the day’s wager. Rob told that Dustin Johnson and Jason Dufner started speaking about bet.
Labritz added that there was more than a sarcastic ornamentation laced in that bid. It was a bit more than his price range. He had to call off 2 ladies clinics as well as a junior clinic to be there that day.
Patrick Reed is an American professional golfer. He was born in 5 august 1990, in San Antonio, in the state of Texas. This university high school graduate from Baton Rouge, Louisiana currently plays on the PGA tour.
He has been playing golf since he was in school. Patrick Reed won his first important championship at the 2006 junior British open. He also qualified for the 2007 U.S. Amateur. In both 2006 and 2007 he led his school to the state championships. He was among the very few to have won the Rolex AJGA All-American honors in 2005, 2006 and 2007. After he joined the University of Georgia he immediately started his college golf career.
After a brief period till 2009 he was transferred to the Augusta State University. This current Business major helped to lead Augusta State University to the NCAA Division 1 Golf Championships in 2010 and 2011 consecutively.
After his NCAA championship Patrick Reed finally debuted in professional golf. On the 2011, June Patrick Reed played his first PGA tour event at the FedEx St. Jude classic. He just played 2 more events in 2011 and two more on the Nationwide Tour. During 2012 he played 12 events on the PGA tour. He was able to play on sponsor’s exemptions and Monday qualifying. He managed to earn his 2013 PGA tour card by finishing at T-22 at the qualifying tournament. He made total of seven cuts that earned him a whopping $300,000. During 2013 his best finish was at the Frys.com Open.
Finally in 2013 his professional golfing career took a turn for the better and allowed him to pick up his first Top- 10 finish at the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach Nation Pro-Am. Again on august 18, 2013 Patrick Reed defeated Jordan Spieth in a playoff and win his first PGA Tour title.
Coming off a win, along with partner Bo Van Pelt at the charity golf tournament of Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, Steve Stricker will be headlining the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, officially known as the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.
Having won the title three times already, Stricker will head into the tournament aiming for his fourth title in five years which will also earn him a direct ticket to the British Open, which is scheduled for tee off next week.
With the victor eligible to board the charter flight that will fly with the contestants of the Open Championship to Muirfield, the 46 year old Stricker, already a twelve time winner of PGA Tour events will need to decide whether the trans-Atlantic trip will disrupt the semi retirement he has been in for the last few years.
Speaking to reporters, Steve Stricker stated that he thinks he missed the deadline of sending in his name for the British Open and mentioned that he doesn’t think he will be making the trip after all. Stricker has taken part in around 11 tournaments this year and finished at T-8 at the US Open last month.
Stricker cut back on his time playing on Tour to concentrate more on his family but this tournament has been one where he almost a guaranteed participant year in and year out.
He enjoys massive crowd following at the course and not only is it because it is close to his home in Wisconsin but the fans also love the fact that he has had a pedigree of being a part of the University of Illinois.
Alongside Steve Stricker, the likes of Zach Johnson, who will defend his title at the course, David Duval and Keegan Bradley will also be a part of the lineup.
Martin Kaymer, born on 28 December 1984, Düsseldorf, Germany, is currently a German professional golfer who made it to the 1st position in the Official World Golf Ranking on 27 February 2011. His runner-up finish at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship helped him escalate. However he could hold on to his top spot for only eight weeks after which he lost it to Lee Westwood.
Martin Kaymer picked up his professional win at an early age of 20 at The Central German Classic in 2005 as an amateur. The very same year he turned professional and is currently a member of the European Tour. Throughout February-August 2006 he played full-time in the EPD Tour and played in 14 tournaments out of which he won 5. Martin Kaymer finished within the top-ten in 13 out of the 14 tournaments. This fetched him the order of merit on the EPD Tour the very same year.
In 2007 he debuted in the European Tour at the UBS Hong Kong open. His first cut of the season was at the Singapore Masters. In Open de France he finished tied for the seventh position and a tied second in the Scandinavian Masters. He finished the season ranked 41st in the Order of Merit. This pushed him above the top 100 in the World Golf Rankings for the first time. His first maiden win came at the 2008 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.
This escalated him to the 34th rank among world golfers. Two weeks hence he finished second in The Dubai Desert Classic. In 2009 he finished one stroke behind Paul Casey and managed to defend his title at The Abu Dhabi Golf Championship by tying for the second position. The next week he won the Barclays open. in 2010 he won the PGA Championship. He won his first WGC-Champions event in Shanghai, China.
Jason Dufner has made it official that in the years to come he would be seen participating in the European Tour, more and more. He had had the idea of taking up a membership on the European Tour in his mind about which he feels, this year is the time. He had confirmed this in a report during his preparation for HSBC Championship held at Abu Dhabi.
The current world number 11 as per the current ranking count, Jason Dufner is making a debut participation at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. He will also take part at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. He may also be participating in the Presidents Cup which implies that he would just be left of two more events to participate before he can become a full-time member of the European Tour.
The reason for his interest in the European portion is because Jason Dufner has observed that the American Golfers put more focus on the PGA tour and to him it is a really centered approach that lacks variation. He wishes to explore more events that are happening outside USA and finds European tour as the maximum diverse.
Also he wants his gaming skills to improve and for that nothing could be better than the worldwide arena. With the sharpened skills it will help Jason more to get to the top. In his first World Tour at the last fall, at the Perth International held in Australia, Dufner had finished at the runners-up place after Bo Van Pelt.
It is not only Jason Dufner who is interested. Ryder Cup winners Martin Kaymer and Nicolas Colsaerts are also in line but things have not proceeded as far as it has for Dufner. But for now it is Jason Dufner who is ready to make the record deal.