March 10th, 2014 | Article by Christian
April is arguably my favorite month of the year. The weather is beginning to warm up. We've set the clocks ahead so there's more daylight hours for golf and most importantly, it's time for the greatest golf tournament in the world; The Masters. Masters week in my house is bigger than the Super Bowl, World Series and NBA Finals combined and it never fails to entertain. With that said, we wanted to share a great infographic on Masters history from Function18.com. Do you know how much prize money the first Masters winner took home? Who holds the record for most Masters appearances? Take a look below and you'll probably learn a couple new things about the greatest golf contest on the planet.
February 4th, 2014 | Article by Christian
Stephen Gallacher was able to successfully defend his title in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic as he beat the field by one in the 2014 running of the competition.
The Scot shot a round of 72 on the final day to finish on -16. That left him one stroke ahead of Argentine Emiliano Grillo and two shots above Brooks Koepka and Romain Wattel.
Gallacher’s final round did not get off to the best start as he recorded four bogeys in the front nine holes. He was unable to gain headway with successive dropped shots coming at the first and second.
The back nine proved to be more generous to the champion as four birdies followed. A good tee shot on the par-three 11th hole set up a birdie, while he continued his good week on the par-five 13th by once again making a four there.
Players around the Scot were all making mistakes in the final few holes but the 2013 winner held his nerve to birdie the 16th and 17th which were crucial to him climbing back up to the top of the leaderboard.
Betfair ante-post favourite Rory McIlroy had led for most of this week and was just two off the pace going into Sunday’s play but carded a disappointing 74.
The two-time major winner had a poor 2013 with just one win coming, which arrived in the Australian Open.
His first European Tour triumph came in the Dubai Desert Classic in 2009 when he scored by one stroke ahead of Justin Rose. He has also consistently played well in the event each year since then.
McIlroy will attempt to secure his third major of his career at the Masters in April where he is prominent in the outright market for the prestigious tournament at the Augusta National Club.
December 10th, 2013 | Article by Christian
Tiger Woods believes the influx of young talent into the game means it is harder to win events after yet another year without a major.
2013 was a largely successful campaign for the American, as he appeared to have rediscovered some of the aura that he held when he previously dominated the game, winning five events including the prestigious Players Championship.
However, despite near misses at both the Masters and the Open, for which he was among the favourites in the golf odds, he once again failed to claim one of the four biggest events on the calendar to make it five years since he won the US Open at Torrey Pines in 2008.
Since that famous day on the California coast, when the world number one battled through a serious knee injury in order to defeat Rocco Mediate in an 18-hole play-off, he has been plagued by a host of well publicised personal problems.
Following his fall from grace in 2009, the game has undoubtedly become more competitive, with the last 24 majors producing 21 different winners.
His exploits over the last 12 months seem to indicate that Woods now appears to be fully focussed back on his golf though, but he admits that he remains unsure about his major chances over the coming years as the depth of talent in the game is so deep. The Paddy Power Tiger Woods specials currently have Woods down as 1 / 2 to go without winning a major in 2014.
“I think it's deeper now than it ever has been,” he told reporters. “There is more young talent. There are more guys winning golf tournaments for the first time. But if you look at the major championships, how long did we go from basically Phil (Mickelson) winning [to] Phil winning? I mean, how many first time winners did we have during that stretch? It's deeper. It's more difficult to win events now, and it's only going to get that way.”
December 4th, 2013 | Article by Christian
Adam Scott has set his sights on becoming a favourite among Unibet golf betting fans by following the lead of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and writing his name into Masters folklore.
In April, the 33-year-old held his nerve to beat former champion Angel Cabrera in a play-off and become the first Australian to claim the Green Jacket at Augusta.
It was his maiden major title and went some way towards making up for his 2012 Open heartache, when he was four strokes clear with four holes remaining only to bogey all of them and lose the title by a stroke to Ernie Els.
Now Scott has tasted major success, he wants to be greedy like the greats of the game. He believes Augusta is the perfect place to get his fill.
"I've really felt the last few years my level of understanding of that golf course grew and then obviously culminated in winning this year," Scott said.
"I'm really looking forward to going back and I feel I have an opportunity to develop even more there and become a dominant player like a Phil Mickelson or a Tiger Woods (who have seven wins between them) there.
"I have the opportunity; I'm not saying I'm going to. But I've got a bit of momentum going so I'm really looking forward to that."
Scott became just the sixth man to complete the Australian Triple Crown when he added the PGA Championship to his Masters and Open wins earlier this month.
The Adelaide-born star moved on to defend his Masters title at Royal Melbourne, which he managed to do by two shots from Matt Kuchar.
Scott will head to Sydney for the Open next month aiming to become the first player to win the Australian PGA, Masters and Open in the same year since 2005.
December 4th, 2013 | Article by Christian
Lee Westwood is set to reunite with long-time caddie Billy Foster after nearly a year apart. The Englishman was forced to split with Foster last November after the caddie suffered a knee injury that kept him off the course for longer than had initially been expected.
After being forced to switch his caddie, Westwood linked up with Zimbabwean Mike Kerr at the beginning of this year but, despite recording top-10 finishes at the Masters and the Open, the partnership failed to produce a single tournament win throughout the year and the 40-year old never looked capable of upsetting the odds and winning that elusive maiden major title.
Having slipped down to 23 in the world rankings, Westwood now decided to reprise his partnership with Foster in a bid to get himself back up the rankings and back to his best next year.
It’s been a while since Westwood was up there with the Betfair favourites going into a major, but the former world number one will be hoping linking back up with Foster could be the key to getting himself back into contention.
"Everyone knows that Lee and Billy were a great partnership and it made sense now Billy is fully fit again that the partnership reforms. They laugh at the same jokes, are both very quick-witted, and Billy knows when something needs saying to Lee. And, of course, he's a great caddie,” Westwood's agent Chubby Chandler revealed.
It is understood the duo will resume their working relationship at Tiger Woods' World Challenge event in California next week, but a lot of the duo’s focus will be on ensuring 2014 is a much more successful season for the Englishman.
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