Tom Lewis – Golf Member of European Tour

Tom Lewis is an English golfer who plays professionally as a member of the European Tour.

Having won the Boys Amateur Championship at the fabled Royal St. George’s in 2009, Lewis lost a closely contested battle against Peter O’Malley in a playoff for the New South Wales Open the following year.

His performances in the Local Final Qualifying at Rye earned him a place at the Open Championship of 2011, which was held at the Royal St. George’s.

Having shot a five under par 65 in the first round, Lewis managed to share the lead along with Swedish golfer Thomas Bjorn. This remains a record for the lowest score in a single round by an amateur in the Open Championship and the joint lowest in the majors.

It also made him the first amateur player to lead in a major championship after one round since 1976 when Mike Reid managed that feat at the US Open and also the first amateur leader after a round at the Open Championship since 1968.

Tom Lewis eventually finished the event in 30th place and earned the silver medal for being the highest ranked amateur in the event.

Following the Walker Cup in 2011, Lewis turned fully professional at the age of 21 years and made his debut at the Austrian Golf Open.

His first and so far, only win as a professional came in the Portugal Masters of the European Tour in October 2011 in what was just his third start as a professional.

That same year, the European Tour crowned Tom Lewis as the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year for the stunning displays he had made in his very first season as a professional and many expect the Englishman to become one of the best golfers of all time in the next few years.

Duval joins Golf Channel as an expert

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.

Ryder Cup Turns A Disastrous Experience For Simpson

As far as Ryder Cup is concerned it continues to bring in analysis from the players even in its 40th year. It is from the mouth of Webb Simpson who is gearing up for the first time after Gleneagles at the Hospital for the Children Open called Shriners. Webb Simpson is the defending champion.

Last month he made his second appearance but unfortunately he lost the match playing with Bubba Watson in the opening itself and then it was with Ian Poulter that his match was halved. His week was great no doubt about that but it was everything apart golf which took toll. The experience of golf was just terrible for him since it was just two matches that he played. He was all set to play the match in Scotland but sitting for three matches continuously was tough. He did not lie as the part of golf sucked him up totally. May be he would have a different answer if he does not sit for three matches continuously.

Speaking with Todd Lewis he spoke in a conference for expanding the post tournament event. His anticipation for the Ryder Cup was superb but it was not what he expected. His team lost and nobody likes to lose. It was Tom Watson, the captain of the U.S team who was one of the veterans out of three that selected Simpson. Simpson was not in his correct state of mind and that became the reason precisely to be hailed as failure. No matter how hard he tried but it could not be turned into laurels by him.

He wishes to bounce back and prepare for the next event as failure is a part and parcel of life which does not suppress the sportsman in any way. The fighting spirit keeps them going.

Lee Westwood – 15 and Confident

The European Ryder Cup contender, Lee Westwood, confidently reported that his finish at number 15 at the USPGA will guarantee him a wildcard entry to the tournament.

Lee Westwood is an English born, 41 year old professional golfer, and is regarded as one of those few consistent and gifted golfers who have managed to ace tournaments like the European tour and PGA tour, on nearly every major continent. The seasons 1998, 2000 and 2009 saw him as player of the year. Westwood has also managed to win the Tour Order of Merit, in Europe in 2000 and in 2009 he was the renamed Race to Dubai. An interesting fact about Westwood is that he has been mentioned frequently as one of the golfers without pocketing any major championship.

He has managed to topple golf great Tiger Woods to become the Numero Uno in world golf standings in October, 2010 and was the first British golfer to do so after Nick Faldo in 1994. However, his term of superiority lasted only a span of five and a half months.
This season at the Valhalla, he started promisingly on the opening day, unfortunately finished 7 shots behind the winner Rory Mcllroy. He however holds enough optimism and believes that his performance so far will manage to convince Paul McGinley, the European skipper.

Westwood told journalists, “I have a decent week ahead to build on for further success. Hey, if at the end of the day I am in the top 15, I consider that a good week for me.”
“I feel better and fitter now. I have a clear focus and know how things are going on and what I am to do. Honestly, my play was like shit, I feel I have improved from there on.”

Lee Westwood – 15 and Confident

The European Ryder Cup contender, Lee Westwood, confidently reported that his finish at number 15 at the USPGA will guarantee him a wildcard entry to the tournament.

Lee Westwood is an English born, 41 year old professional golfer, and is regarded as one of those few consistent and gifted golfers who have managed to ace tournaments like the European tour and PGA tour, on nearly every major continent. The seasons 1998, 2000 and 2009 saw him as player of the year. Westwood has also managed to win the Tour Order of Merit, in Europe in 2000 and in 2009 he was the renamed Race to Dubai. An interesting fact about Westwood is that he has been mentioned frequently as one of the golfers without pocketing any major championship.

He has managed to topple golf great Tiger Woods to become the Numero Uno in world golf standings in October, 2010 and was the first British golfer to do so after Nick Faldo in 1994. However, his term of superiority lasted only a span of five and a half months.
This season at the Valhalla, he started promisingly on the opening day, unfortunately finished 7 shots behind the winner Rory Mcllroy. He however holds enough optimism and believes that his performance so far will manage to convince Paul McGinley, the European skipper.

Westwood told journalists, “I have a decent week ahead to build on for further success. Hey, if at the end of the day I am in the top 15, I consider that a good week for me.”
“I feel better and fitter now. I have a clear focus and know how things are going on and what I am to do. Honestly, my play was like shit, I feel I have improved from there on.”

Canadian Open Quite Optimistic About Having Tiger Woods Play In Montreal

In the upcoming month’s RBC Canadian Open taking place at the Royal Montreal Golf Club, there is sure going to be few golf big shots; however, there is still a lot of room left for more. Bill Paul, the director of the tournament confirmed this Tuesday that Charl Schwartzel, Dustin Johnson, Chris Kirk, Charley Hoffman and Matt Every are going to be a part of the tournament. Tiger Woods, although hasn’t been playing for some time now, courtesy his injury, however woods as an option hasn’t been ruled out completely.

During the press meet before the tournament, Paul has confirmed that he is in talking terms with the officials of Woods. At present Tiger Woods is struggling with a back injury and is hoping to be a part of the British Open, which is just a week before the Canadian version of the PGA open kick starts.

Talking about whether or not Woods will participate in the tournament, Paul commented that he has had a word with his camp, however, at present there is no official word as to his fitness for the tournament. He further added that as a golf fan he sure wishes that he is fit and healthy before the tournament kicks off. He is quite sure that it is coming; however he doesn’t exactly know when since they are not giving an official statement about it, so he doesn’t have an option but move on.

Some has said a big no, while some seem in two minds while the rest few remain on the fence. All one can do is expect a commitment and stay in regular touch. Although, it hasn’t been confirmed yet by him, however it seems like Bubba Watson will be available for the upcoming tournament.

Rory McElroy all set to tie the knot

Irish golfer Rory McElroy is planning to get married to his long time girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki at a grand wedding at New York, as reported by various leading press sources. The Irish golfer and the Danish tennis star have been together for a long time and the news of their impending marriage is doing rounds in the world media. Various sources have revealed that the couple have decided to get married at the Big Apple in a lavish ceremony later this year.

The couple are planning their wedding in the middle of November and it is believed that the mega wedding will have an illustrative guest list to honour the occasion. It is believe that former US President Bill Clinton will be an invitee in the wedding which will include all the leading sports names of the world.

Rory McElroy got engaged to Caroline in Sydney on the New Year’s Eve after he proposed with a beautiful eight carat £120,000 engagement ring which now adorns the ring of the soon bride-to-be. The news of the engagement was made public on the public site Twitter when Wozniacki made it official and shared the picture of the engagement ring along with the announcement.

The best man to Rory McElroy will be fellow golfer and friend Harry Diamond, who is all set to marry Belfast model Katie Larmour and according to the golfer, the ceremony will be a huge one. According to Diamond, the preparations have already started for the extravaganza which will celebrate the love of the sports couple who will take their vows in the presence of family, friends and significant sports entities.

The event is all set to be one of the most talked about celebrity affair of the year and New York will the witness to this excellent celebration of love.

McDowell tied tenth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

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.

Woods Becomes The Highest Earner In Golf

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.

Poulter surrenders WGC-HSBC Champions

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.