Sunday, December 11, 2011

Luke Donald Makes History

Luke Donald today secured his place in history by taking the number one spot for earnings on both sides of the pond. No-one has previously had the top level of earnings in both the US and the European Tour so this is truly a first. Added on to this he is number one in the world so things couldn't be going any better for him golf-wise.

His personal life has had a couple of highs and lows recently with the birth of his second daughter coming shortly after the death of his father.

Donald just needed to finish higher than 10th at the Dubai World Championship to secure the top earnings spot for the European tour and the only player that could beat him was Rory McIlroy - who needed to win - but he was struggling with illness over the last couple of weeks.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tiger Woods Comeback?

So is it possible that the Tiger Woods comeback that we have all been waiting for, might actually now happen? With his first win for over 2 years, Tiger won the Chevron World Challenge by 1 shot from Zach Johnson. I would imagine that at times Tiger had wondered himself if this win would ever come, after a massive comeback sparked from not only his knee injury but also the psychological damage caused by the sex scandal and his divorce.
It seems that most of the other players are happy that Tiger is back in the game - after all it brings more attention, media coverage and even sponsorship to golf which consequently will likely mean higher levels of prize money and gate receipts etc which is all good for golf. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Dubai Desert Classic Marshalling Opportunities

Although the next big event in golf is the Dubai World Championship, which is a culmination of the Race to Dubai taking place in early December, if you are interested in being a marshal at a high profile golf event then registration is now open for the Dubai Desert Classic Volunteers.

Having been a volunteer marshall at this event 3 times in the past I can highly recommend it. If you have not been a golf marshall before then sign up and you will be shown what you need to do. If it is your first time then make sure you volunteer for the Wednesday pro-am as this gives you an opportunity to learn the ropes in a slightly more relaxed environment - and usually there are not so many spectators at the Pro-Am event. if you are a spectator then I recommend you GO to the Pro-am as this is the one day when you are allowed to take cameras and get autographs from the players and mostly they are very happy to do this. I have chatted to quite a few players on the Pro-Am day and been maybe one of only a handful of spectators on the course.

Anyway, back to the marshalling. You need to volunteer early, so get your name down now. You can find the volunteer registration form here. And a note to female volunteers, the shirts come very small so choose maybe a size larger than you would normally! Ideally they like you to sign up for at least 3 days, if not more, and in the past they have turned down anyone not offering to do 4 or 5 days as they usually have a lot of volunteers. The marshalling basically involves helping the public find their way around the course and ensuring that the players are safe and not disturbed by anyone by keeping the spectators quiet and only in the places where they are meant to be! It can be tiring work as you may end up walking the course 3 or 4 times but it is very enjoyable and you usually get to see a good bit of golf in your off times. You also may be able to play a round on the Emirates Golf Club Majlis course where the event is held as they have a volunteer golf day a week or so after the tournament. You are given free meals and access to the course but the majority of volunteer jobs are obviously not paid.

And to prove my point, here is a picture of myself and Rory McIlroy at the Dubai Desert Classic!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

More Tiger Woods Controversy

So there was more controversy surrounding Tiger Woods recently - or more to the point his ex-caddy Steve Williams. On receiving an award for best caddy celebration at the annual golf caddy awards for his post match celebration at the Bridgstone Invitational where Adam Scott had his first big win, Williams was alleged to have said about Woods "I wanted to shove it up that black a***hole"

Tiger Woods says that Williams is not racist and to be honest, to describe a part of his body as black - when it is - to me does not make him a racist. If Tiger Woods said about Williams "I wanted to shove it up his white..." then would that be described as racist? I somehow doubt it. Tiger Woods is black and I say that as a fact, if people reading something describing a part of someone's body as the colour that it is then isn't that their problem to believe the word 'black' to be racist? OK yes it was an insult but if Tiger Woods stands up for Williams and says he is not racist then maybe we should assume he didn't mean it in that context.

Sometimes it just seems that we are taking things a bit too far and need to take a look at things a bit more closely before calling the racist card. I am not denying that there is racism out there but to aggravate a situation by tarring it with that brush only serves to stir up controversy like the media want.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Tiger Woods New Caddie

So Tiger Woods has a new caddie at last after the slightly unceremonious dumping of Steve Williams who then went on to become caddie for Adam Scot. Tiger has been slightly in limbo since the parting with Williams but now hopes to get back on track with his new caddie, Joe LaCava.

LaCava had been working for Dustin Johnson who is one of the up and coming names in golf and at age 27 has a great future in the game. Prior to that LaCava had worked for Fred Couples for 20 years.

According to Tiger's website, Joe and Tiger had been friends for years and Tiger is very excited to be working with Joe. Their first tournament together will be the open on Octber 6-9.

So, now that Tiger Woods has settled on a caddie could this be the start of a real comeback? It certainly gives him some stability that has been missing since Williams left and will psychologically feel like a new start if nothing else.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Looking For a Set of Cheap Golf Clubs?

Maybe you are just starting out playing golf and you are looking for your first set of clubs, maybe you currently have an old set that was given to you (and frankly is a bit old and out of date), or maybe you are looking for a set of golf clubs as a present for someone who wants to start playing: whatever the circumstances there are plenty of golf club sets available for under $200 that should suit beginner or intermediate golfers.

Check out a selection of cheap golf clubs here. If you are looking for a great value set of women's golf clubs costing under $200 then check out these cheap ladies golf clubs.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

An Evening With Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal

If you want to attend an evening with the Ryder Cup captains of 2012, Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal then tickets are currently on sale for an event taking place on Monday September 26 at the Chicago Theatre. Hear insights into how the whole spectacle of the Ryder Cup comes together and get behind the scenes info from them and other special guests. Tickets are a very reasonable $55 and you can get them here.

Adam Scott's Long Putter

So it is interesting to see that long putters are coming to the fore in golf. It all started with Adam Scott winning the Bridgestone Invitational as well as Keegan Bradley winning the PGA, both with belly putters. So I had a bit of a look around what was available in terms of long or belly putters and there wasn't a huge amount but check out this article on how to get hold of one, including the same one that Adam Scott uses. Belly Putters

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

2012 PGA Tickets on Sale Sunday

The last few tickets for the 2012 PGA Championship will be on sale from Sunday. They are likely to be sold out quickly as the ticket numbers have been reduced by 30% to enhance the viewing experience. Sign up for tickets here.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

TV Coverage at the Bridgestone Invitational

I for one was somewhat disappointed in the coverage by the US TV media of the Bridgestone International Golf Tournament. In case they hadn't realised, there are other golfers apart from Tiger Woods. OK so we all want to see a few shots of how he is doing on his latest comeback, but to blatantly ignore golfers who are shooting up the leaderboard is just plain annoying, if not ridiculous.

With Tiger shooting an OK but not exceptional first couple of rounds, all focus was on him, the two Australians at the top of the leaderboard (Adam Scott and Jason Day) and a few others in the field. However, making a great run was Luke Donald, the world's number 1 (who'd have thought it watching the coverage?) to at one point, 3rd place. I think we may have seen him for a couple of seconds as he finished his round on the 18th but that was about it.

Hopefully this blatant favouritism which only goes to compound the myth that is Tiger, will stop on the final day.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bahrain Dropped from 2012 European Tour

Bahrain has temporarily been dropped from the schedule of events for the 2012 European tour golf due to the continued political uncertainty in the kingdom. The event, which was won last year by Paul Casey, was due to be played in January as part of the 'Desert Swing' events which also include Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Although the venue will remain on the books as a possible for later years, it will be passed over this year.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Tiger Woods Comeback Number...?

So Tiger Woods has announced that he is coming back to play in a tournament for the first time since he stepped down and headed off for treatment on his injured knee 11 weeks ago. The big question is, was that long enough to fully recover from the ligament problems and also to get in enough practice for his game to be back on track? Tiger will play in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio next week, a tournament that he has won 7 times.

The other big question is - who will be Tiger Woods caddie at the event? He has not yet announced and permanent replacement for Steve Williams who he sacked recently and it is thought he could have a temporary replacement until he decides on a permanent one.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Tiger Woods Caddie is Sacked

So Tiger Woods thinks it is time for a change and has let go of/sacked/parted company with (whatever you want to call it) his caddie Steve Williams. Williams had been Tiger Woods caddie for 12 years and had been with him for 13 of his 14 major victories. From Tiger's side all seemed amicable and he wished his former caddie well but from Williams side it looked like a different story - it seems that Steve Williams was shocked with this news and not completely happy.

However, Williams has walked straight into his next job as he will now be permanent caddie for Adam Scott, the upcoming Australian golfer who he has recently caddied for in the US Open and the Open. As Williams is from New Zealand and Scott Australian, this could be a good set up for them both.

So who is next to be Tiger Woods caddie? We'll just have to wait and see!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Darren Clarke wins the Open!

So with a great show of ball striking particularly over the last 2 days of the tournament, Darren Clarke became one of the most popular winners of the Open in recent years. In fact he was the first British winner this century since Paul Lawrie won in 1999.

The weekend bought tough conditions for golf with intermittent torrential rain and some dry spells. The players braved the weather and after day 3 Clarke was already in the lead. it was close on day 4 when Phil Mickleson hit a great front 9 to put himself level with Clarke and in contention. However, at the moment that Mickleson missed an 18 inch tap in and Clarke bunny-hopped his ball over the bunker and on to the green, the game turned and Clarke was in charge until the end. Dustin Johnson out in a spirited attack to secure joint 2nd with Mickleson and there was no doubt that the Guinness would be flowing for Clarke until the early hours!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Open Starts Tomorrow

So the Open at Royal St George's in Sandwich, Kent starts tomorrow and the pressure is rising on Rory McIlroy to get a 2nd Major title. However, no-one has won a 2nd major in a row after winning their first one, since before the war, so past history says the chances are slim! Waiting in the wings for their first major titles are Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, the golf world number 1 and 2, who are both currently on good form. The Open has not been won by an Englishman since Nick Faldo won it in 1992.

Weather reports look a bit bleak with rain predicted over the weekend and possible high winds on Sunday so the course could be quite unpredictable. Which could set the scene for a fascinating battle!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tiger Woods Out of the Open

So yesterday Tiger Woods announced that he was not fit enough to take part in the Open next week. He said that he will not take part in any more tournaments until he is fully fit which may be some time by the sounds of things. he still thinks that his best years are ahead of him but as the years creep by and he slides down the rankings I have to ask if he will ever get back to the top of the tree? There are plenty of hot young golfers waiting in the wings to take his crown as well as the current top golfers Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Ryder Cup Volunteers Wanted

So if you want to be a Ryder Cup volunteer for 2012 at Medinah Country Club, then the volunteer registration will begin on 11 July 2011 at 8am. There are a few jobs that you can do as a Ryder Cup volunteer including being a marshal around the golf course, ensuring that the players have a quiet and troublefree round of golf and the spectators are kept informed and kept quiet!

All Ryder Cup Volunteer assignments are made on a first come, first served basis so be sure to get to the website early to secure your spot.

If you haven't yet registered for Ryder Cup volunteer information then you can do so here.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

US Open Golf Prize Money

So I was just checking out the prize money for the US Open 2011. No wonder those guys agonise over the top spots! For Rory McIlroy who walked away with the tournament, he also took with him a cheque for $1,440,000 for his trouble, not bad! However, drop back to second place and you have lost the price of a rather nice house by only winning $865,000 (still not to be sniffed at!). Then for the 4 players tied for 3rd place, they might have kicked themselves for losing the chance of a couple of spare Ferraris with a prize each of $364,241.

But the one I feel most sorry for, although I shouldn't as he himself doesn't seem to be bothered by it, is Patrick Cantlay, the leading amateur, who tied for 21st place. For this he would have got $97,242 except that he gets nothing, due to his amateur status.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Amateur Patrick Cantlay Shoots 60!

So, riding on the back of his great result at the US open where he won the title of lowest shooting amateur, Patrick Cantlay now shoots the lowest ever score by an amateur in a PGA tour event! The round of 60 came on a day that the 19 year old from the US actually played two rounds, his first and second, on the same day, with the 60 following a 67, at the Travelers Championship.

The feat obviously didn't pass Rory McIlroy, who had stood next to him at the US Open awards ceremony, by, as he tweeted "Patrick Cantlay......... RESPECT!!" shortly afterwards.

So it looks like Patrick Cantlay is another young golfer to look out for. It seems right now that there is some great talent out there that is bringing more welcome attention to the game, away from the whole Tiger Woods scenario, which was at one time threatening to monopolise the game.

I'll be keeping an eye out for Patrick Cantlay in the future - wonder when he will turn professional!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Rory McIlroy Wins The US Open

Sorry for the late posting of this but the excitement got the better of me! Was so glad that Rory managed to hold on (with style) and win the US Open last Sunday. I have to admit I had my doubts after the Masters and it was only when he got to the 17th that I really believed he was going to win it!

Anyway, he won the US Open in style and broke lots of records on the way, so let's hope that this is the first of Rory McIlroy's major wins. I'm sure that he will win many more tournaments in the future as, after all, he is only 22 right now.

Watch out Tiger Woods!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

US Open Day 3 - Rory Still in Charge

So after day 3 Rory is still 8 shots ahead of the pack at 14 under with YE Yang behind in second place on 6 under par. Good rounds by Lee Westwood and Jason Day put them back in contention at 5 under so it is just left to see if Rory can hold it together for day 4.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Golf: US Open First Day

So with no Tiger Woods in the US open this year the attention turned to the many other top golfers out there. In a way I think it is good that Tiger is not there - it kind of detracts from the other players when all of the media attention is on him. For example, at the Dubai Desert classic Tiger had his own set of marshalls who walked around with ropes following him round the course as everyone wanted to be near him, it was really crazy and in a way ridiculous.

Don't get me wrong, I think Tiger has done a lot for golf and it is good that he gets a lot of media attention because that means that golf itself does to.

Anyway, Rory Mcilroy put in a good show in the first round with an amazing 6 under par, 3 shots ahead of his nearest rival. he didn't really put a foot wrong on the tricky course that was not expected to yield too many under par performances. He will be the first one to admit that he has to hold it together for the whole tournament to actually get a result, particularly after the famous Masters meltdown, but he seems to be a young guy with an old head on his shoulders so is bound to come back from that.

Graeme McDowell, the defending champion at the US Open also put in a solid performance which was what he needed to start off his campaign in a steady way with still a perfectly good chance of taking a second win if he maintains his consistency.

Many commentators have said that it will not be a huge under par score at the end of the US open as the course is so hard, so we will look forward to seeing how the tournament progresses.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Golf Clubs Under $200

So if you are looking for golf clubs for under $200 then check out my article that lists golf clubs for men and women that you can buy for under $200 and some golf club sets that are under $100.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tiger Woods Out of the US Open

So for the first time in 14 years Tiger woods will not be taking part in the US Open. The knee injury that he has will put him out of action for a while and although it looked like he was doing everything that he could to try and get to the US Open, at the end of the day you can't push yourself that hard when your body is just not fit enough.

The US Open Golf Championship takes place from 13th to the 19th June with the defending champion Graeme McDowell trying to head off all challengers. It will be a tough job for him to regain the title I think as his form has not been completely consistent in the past few months, albeit he has had some good rounds of golf in there.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Wales Open - Back at Celtic Manor

So it is good to see some of the top golfers back at Celtic Manor, the scene of the 2010 Ryder Cup, for the Saab Wales Open. The course is looking great with the fairways bathed in sunshine this time, rather than the torrential rain that dogged the Ryder Cup and delayed it by a day. With Graeme McDowell defending his title, there are plenty of other top players there to try and take it from him...

Monday, May 30, 2011

Luke Donald - World Golf Number 1

So Luke Donald can celebrate his victory over Lee Westwood in the PGA Championship at Wentworth which not only gave him the tournament victory but also the golf world number 1 spot. All Donald needed to do to get the number 1 spot was to finish higher than Westwood. Well it was a close run thing with the tournament going to a play off at the final hole which Donald took on the first go as Westwood hit his ball into the newly configured water hazard. Both players had played some great golf shots (also some not so good one) in a bit of a controversial tournament in terms of the course - which ended in a winning score of 6 under for each of them after 72 holes - not a great score compared to other tournaments so the course really must have been tough.

Whether this is good for golf is debatable as spectators often want to see birdies, eagles etc going in and they didn't see so much of that on this course.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

PGA Championship Golf at Wentworth

So the golf at Wentworth has been interesting! Some of the golfers have complained that they don't like the course and the way it has been remodelled (most notably Ian Poulter). The scoring has not been particularly low (apart from Luke Donald's 64 on the first day) and today some of the shots could have been hit by, well, me actually! With Manassero leading at the end of day 3 it is still anyone's game and with some added interest that if Luke Donald finishes ahead of Lee Westwood then he will take the golf world number one spot.

So hopefully we will see some better golf played on the last day with a few more birdies and eagles rather than the 7's and 8's that were showing up on a few scorecards...

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Tiger Woods To Fall Out of the Top 10

For the first time since 1997 Tiger Woods will fall out of the golf world rankings top ten list on Monday. His ranking has been dropping all this year as 3 particular golfers vie for the top spot - Lee Westwood, who is the current world number 1, Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer. The number 1 spot has changed hands a few times this year, a change from the times when it was dominated by Woods for years on end.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Seve Ballesteros Dies at Age 54

Well today is a sad day for golf with the death of  Seve Ballesteros at the age of just 54 after fighting a brain tumour for around 2 years. He had such a huge impact on golfers all around the world and will be sorely missed by all. I remember watching him as a teenager in the eighties and wondering at his ability to make such great shots.

A true golfing legend, RIP Seve Ballesteros

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Golf Skills Subliminal MP3

Golf Skills Trainer
Subliminal MP3s are things that I use myself to improve many aspects of my life - they are basically affirmations that are recorded and played back subliminally so that your subconscious mind takes in all the information. You can get general information about Subliminal MP3s here as well as downloading 3 free subliminals. There is a specific Golf Skills Trainer subliminal that should help improve your game with regular listening. This MP3 will:

  • help you to improve your specific golf skills such as your swing, body positioning, and technique. You will become more aware of minute details and tiny errors and aim to correct them one by one. You will take a real methodological and pragmatic approach to your golf, which leads to the next point:
  • It will make sure you take your training and practice seriously. You will practice harder and longer than ever before. You will be dedicated, you won't cut corners, and you will always put those extra few shots in. This will help you to improve at a faster rate.

Golf- Westwood Winning Again At The Number 1 Spot

So it seems that Lee Westwood is back on form after regaining his number one spot recently and getting 2 wins in a row to cement that position. Since Tiger Woods fell from holding the number one spot in golf for so long there has been a bit of to-ing and fro-ing with the number one spot with a few contenders up for it including Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer. This does make golf a bit more interesting in my view rather than the monopoly held by Woods so let's hope there are more golfers up there vying for the number 1 spot in the next few years. 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Matteo Manassero Wins the Malaysian Open

Well done to 17 year old wonder kid Matteo Manassero for winning the Malaysian open golf tournament with a score of 16 under par by one stroke from Gregory Bourdy with Rory McIlroy 1 stroke further back at -14. Manassero, who is 18 on Tuesday led after day 3 and there were plenty of players in the mix who could have won on the back 9 on the final day, including McIlroy, who seems to have quickly forgotten his Masters meltdown from last week.

The weather conditions were a bit of a struggle over the 4 days with delays and players finishing their 3rd round on the 4th day but a round of 68 including a great eagle 3 at the 10th, enabled Manassero to be the youngest golfer to win the tournament.

A great birthday present for the young golfer who turns 18 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tiger Woods Favourite to Win the US Open in June

So finally Tiger Woods has hit some good form after the last few months of meltdowns and pretty average rounds of golf. He showed in The Masters last week that he possibly still has what it takes to win majors when some people had doubted that he would ever come back to form. Leading the tournament for a short while on the final day, I for one was shocked that he might actually go on to win the Masters. As it happened, we all know that he didn't and Charl Schwartzl of South Africa took the title after Rory McIlroy had a last day meltdown, but at least he showed that he was still in contention.

So, William Hill have him as favourite to win the US Open which takes place from 16-19th June at Bethesda, Maryland. The odds on Tiger Woods winning the US Open currently stand at 6-1 with Phil Mickleson at 8-1, Luke Donald at 14-1 and Lee Westwood at 16-1. Rory McIlroy, who is determined to come back from his last day meltdown at the Masters, is at 25-1.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Rory McIlroy Has A Meltdown at the Masters

Well I for one am a big fan of Rory McIlroy and this week he had an amazing start to the Masters. Not many players can say that they led the Masters on all of the first 3 days and having gone into the last day with a 4 shot lead, the pressure was really on Rory McIlroy to perform. However, what we need to remember is that he is still only 21 years old. A lot of pressure has been put on him in recent years and he has had to live with being called a lot of things, including the next Tiger Woods.

So, going into the last day of the Masters with a lead is never an easy thing for anyone, let alone a 21 year old hoping to win his first major. He did get off to a good start with a perfect tee shot at the 1st but I think you could see from his demeanor that he knew the kind of pressure that he was under.

It was a good experience for him and a learning curve as he himself said on his twitter feed and he will no doubt come out of it stronger. He is such a gracious and likable guy that he always wins over the supporters with his 'boy next door' kind of demeanor and his honest interviews. Compare his interview after the 3rd round with the monosyllabic replies of Tiger Woods and you can see why he is going to gain more and more fans.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Golf Courses in Dubai

So the golf courses in Dubai overall are excellent and many people come over just for a golf holiday here. The facilities are 5 star in most of them and the courses are often championship standard. Check out this review of the Dubai Golf courses if you want more information.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Tiger Spitting Is Not His Biggest Problem

So with all the publicity about Tiger Woods spitting on the 12th green at the Dubai Desert Classic last Sunday still reverberating around, I feel there is something more important that he needs to address if he wants to get his reputation back.

Anyone who went to watch the Pro-Am at the Dubai Desert Classic will have seen Tiger playing his rounds with 3 guys, one of whom was a Colonel in the US army who was flown in to play with Tiger, having won a competition to play in the Pro-Am. However, what they also would have noted was the Tiger didn't really interact much with these guys, the other 2 of which had probably paid huge bucks to play with him. Instead the only person (of the many I should say) that were on the fairways/greens/tees with him that he interacted with was a blonde young lady who was caddying for one of the amateur players.

Surely Tiger needs to sort out this kind of behaviour if he is going to get any of his reputation back...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Quiros Wins, Westwood Up A Tree!

So on the final day of the Dubai Desert Classic Alvaro Quiros wins on 11 under par. However, it could have been anyone's tournament as the scores were pretty close and bar a couple of players, scoring low was hard due to another day of high winds. I was marshalling with Lee Westwood and Peter Hansen and up to the end of the 16th Westwood was still in contention. However his tee shot off the 17th went into a palm tree and failed to come down. He therefore had to go back to the tee and take another tee shot which ended up in a double bogey. After that it went downhill when both he and Hansen went into the water at 18th where they had to really go for it or know they would not stand a chance of winning. Congrats to Quiros on his win and next time I will wear more sunscreen :-)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

First Day of the Dubai Desert Classic

So today the Dubai Desert Classic kicked off with the top three golfers in the world all vying for a win. Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Martin Kaymer played as a threesome today but in the end none of those 3 was top of the leaderboard at the end of play. Instead the winner from a few years ago, Rory McIlroy, ended the day on 7 under which gave him a 2 shot lead. However shot of the day was from David Howell who got a hole in one at the 7th and won 2 first class Emirates flights for his trouble. As it happened I had been marshalling with David Howell yesterday (see pic) and he is such a nice guy so I am really pleased for him. The usual circus surrounding Tiger Woods went on with large crowds following that group around and although he had a better back 9, he didn't seriously trouble the leaderboard on day 1, ending on 1 under par.