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...