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.