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30 Sep, 08 | Comments [2] | Tags: Golf Central | World Of Random

This Aussie hails from the excellently named Wagga Wagga region and once pipped Monty to a major...

30 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central

Justin Timberlake: Give us chinos and an XXXL t-shirt anyday...

It's probably better for us all if pop lothario Justin Timberlake spent more time doing golf-related stuff like this instead of being in the studio churning out crap, annoyingly ubiquitous pop songs. Sorry, that's just jealousy on our behalf. Deep down, we'd love to look this good clad head-to-toe in J.Lindeberg...

*Copyright 2008 Golf Digest and all that malarkey.

30 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central

Nick Dougherty: It's called a golf ball, Nick...

Have to give a big shout out first of all to Cambo and Jeev Milkha for coming good with an each-way spot last week. Can't say I'm a big fan of this Alfred Dunhill Links tournie though. The prospect of Hugh Grant on Scotland's finest links tracks hardly gets me jumping for joy, but Nick Dougherty defending his title and putting more moula into the kitty certainly does...

30 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The PGA Tour | Tiger Woods

News breaks that Tiger Woods won't be fit until 2010...

Clearly not content with all the headlines his fellow Americans have been grabbing after the Ryder Cup, Tiger Woods has decided to drop a massive bombshell. No, he won't be shaving that awful receding hairdo of his...

Turns out that Woods won't be able to start swinging a club until January next year, and he reckons it will be another 18 months before his ACL (whatever that actually means) is healed and he's back to his best. Great news if your second name is Singh, Furyk, Mickelson, Harrington, Kim...

Even though he'll be back competing sometime next year, would you believe that 2010 is in fact the year of the Tiger on the Chinese calendar? Is this another one of Nike's tactical PR stunts, or just us being superstitious?

Tony Lema: 'So what's inside the jug, mister?'

On this day in 1962, ‘Champagne’ Tony Lema capped his first full season on the PGA Tour by capturing the Sahara Invitational in Las Vegas, and kick-starting a four-year run in which he joined Palmer, Nicklaus and Player briefly at the pinnacle of golf before a plane crash claimed his life in 1966.

29 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Ed's Blog | Golf Central

Camilo Villegas: His words, not ours...

It may be Monday, but that's no excuse to shy away from a quick rant. The FedEx Cup is firmly in our crosshair at the moment, and unless things change, we're ready to pull the trigger. Surely we weren't we the only ones annoyed by the fact that Vijay Singh was allowed to walk away with a $10 million retirement fund that belonged to Camilo Villegas?

Amy Winehouse: Stay off the crack, kids...

We've learned a lot about golf this week. Bet you didn't know that crack and golf don't mix mix, did you? And what about golf being environmentally friendly, eh? And Jeev Milkha Singh winning next year's Masters at Augusta National. You heard it here first people...

29 Sep, 08 | Comments [1] | Tags: Golf Central | World Of Random

This bloke could easily be mistaken for that really good tennis player Roger Federer...

29 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The PGA Tour

Camilo Villegas: 'This time I'd like to thank my hairdresser & flag maker...'

Talk about waiting for a bus and two coming along at the same time. That's right folks, Camilo Villegas, seemingly from nowhere, won the Tour Championship at East Lake to claim his second tour title in a row.

The 26-year-old Colombian was five strokes behind at one point, but found it in himself to nail six birdies (for a four-under 66) on the final eleven holes to force a playoff with Sergio Garcia.

And let's face it, Garcia's hardly the best when it comes to playoffs, which is why it only took one hole for the Spaniard to make a hash of things. We've got the number of a great mental coach if he wants it...

IGWT pick Anthony Kim and Lefty finished in a tie for third, with Ben Curtis in fifth, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk and Mike Weir in a tie for sixth and KJ Choi in ninth.
Some other bloke called Vijay Singh wrapped up the FedEx Cup before we forget. A trophy and a $10m bonus prize they gave him. Nice for some...

War is hell for Bernhard Langer...

On this day in 1991, the ‘War on the Shore’ Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island came to an agonising close for Europe and Bernhard Langer, who slid a six-foot putt past the hole and allowed Hale Irwin to scrape out a halve, giving the US side a 14½-to-13½ victory.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano: 'I hope nobody notices my wet patch...'

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano nabbed the British Masters title from defending champ Lee Westwood's hamster-like hands after three play-off holes. The Spaniard made a cracking up and down to force extra time, and some scrappy play from Worksop's finest (Donald Pleasence? - Ed) gave Fernandez-Castano his first win of 2008.

It was another fine weekend for our Bet Detective, who'll be laughing all the way to the bank as Michael Campbell finished third and Jeev Milkha Singh tied fifth. That extra bit of moula should see him through until Christmas.

Mikael Lundberg (4) and Magnus Carlsson (T7) assured a Swedish presence in the top ten, and Ross 'I'm so boring but I'm good at golf' Fisher's sterling year continued with yet another top-top finish (T7). Onto Fife next week for the Alfred Dunhill Links. Let's hope Hugh Grant stays at home...

'Don't drown Woosie...'

After taking a five point lead over the United States at Valderrama GC in Spain, Europe withstood a mighty fightback from the US team to win the Ryder Cup on this day in 1997. It was the first Ryder Cup contested in continental Europe, with Seve Ballesteros at the helm and five rookies in the side including Thomas Björn, Darren Clarke and Ignacio Garrido.

Brown Leather? Mad bling? Nice lettering? What's not to like about AK's Tour Championship special?

Seve Ballesteros: 'The winner by knockout, from Scunthorpe, Tony Jacklin...'

On this day in 1987, Europe won the Ryder Cup with a 15-13 victory at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The win was particularly historic as it marked the first time that the USA had been beaten on American soil in the Ryder Cup, a record spanning 60 years and 13 matches.

Jessica Alba: 'I've heard that Monty fella's a right laugh...'

Lefty, Vijay and Robert Allenby, er, Allenby to join the European Tour? Aren't they happy with the identikit courses of the PGA Tour anymore?

Even though the trio will continue to play in the States, it seems the $20million prize fund on offer for the European Tour's 'Road to Dubai' was too tough for them to resist.

Now that Mickelson's decided to ply his trade on the European Tour, we've come up with a list of five Yanks that should join him, and five that should just stay at home....

Come on over

. Jessica Alba
. Halle Berry
. Michael Jordan
. Eric Koston
. Willie Nelson

Stay in the States

. Michael Douglas
. Sylvester Stallone
. Justin Timberlake
. Kid Rock
. George Bush

26 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | World Of Random

Of course it was bloomin' homemade...

Fancy a job working for us here at Made Up Media? All we ask is that aspiring staff members - like the girl that popped into the office today - deliver a chocolate cake along with their CV. Other ways to win extra Brownie points include rustling us up a Sunday lunch or popping the kettle on...

26 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The PGA Tour

Anthony Kim: Looks like those ballet lessons are paying off...

Demoloshing Sergio Garcia in the Ryder Cup can do a lot for a man it seems. Just ask Anthony Kim, who shot an opening round of 64 to carve a four-shot lead at the Tour Championship. 'This Ryder Cup hangover doesn't feel as bad as a college hangover,' he said.

AK fired eight birdies to put himself on six-under, well clear of the half-decent Trevor Immelman, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson. Just in case you forgot, we picked Kim to win, because we're experts at this golf betting malarkey...

Other names in the fold include KJ Choi (5), Mike Weir, Sergio Garcia (both T8), Bubba Watson, DJ Trahan and Ben Curtis (all T8). It wasn't a good day for Kenny Perry, however, who played crap and was summoned for his second drugs test of the year. Must have been all that Advil he took...

'Was that a six or seven iron you wanted boss?'

Aussie Marcus 'House Of' Fraser shares the first round lead at the British Masters with Swede Mikael Lundberg. Both players carded opening rounds of 67 to perch themselves on top of the pile on five-under.

Other names in the mix on four under include Rafa 'what do you mean you've never heard of him?' Echenique, Anders Hansen, Sam Walker, Marc Warren and Lee Westwood.

Just behind this lot are Michael Campbell and Jeev Milkha Singh, who we tipped to win by the way. Elsewhere, IGWT fave Nick Dougherty shot under par, as did Francesco Molinari, Graeme Storm (all T15), Gregory Bourdy, Markus Brier and Ross Fisher (all T24).

Old Tom Morris: 'I want a tache like Alexis Noel James IV...'

On this day in 1861 that Old Tom Morris won his first Open Championship at Prestwick Golf Club. A true pioneer of professional golf, Old Tom was born in St.Andrews on June 16, 1821, and plied his trade playing, as a course designer and he even had a bit of time to dabble in club-making.

25 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Ed's Blog | Golf Central

Who: Elin Nordegren
Partner: Married to some bloke called Tiger Woods...
IGWT Says: Lefty may have bagged himself a corker with Amy, but anything he can do, Tiger can do much, much better it seems...

25 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Ed's Blog | Golf Central | Golf Equipment

The Cleveland Classic: Full of class from heel to toe...

Look, if Cleveland's sticks are good enough for man of the hour Boo Weekley, then they're certainly good enough for us. Even though we've loved the brand for their wedges in the past, we can't help but stand up and take notice of their new Classic line of putters...

Vijay Singh: He's getting more and more cool every year...

On this day, in 1994, Vijay Singh narrowly squeezed past Miguel Angel Jimenez by one stroke to win the Trophee Lancome. Vijay Singh was born in 1963 in Lautoka, Fiji and turned pro in 1982. Unless you've been living in a dustbin for the last ten years, you'll know all about Vijay's three majors, 34 PGA victories and 32 week stretch at number one...

24 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | World Of Random

Johan Edfors & Roger Federer: Scary...

One of these blokes is legendary tennis player Roger Federer, the other is a seriously well dressed golfer called Johan Edfors. Can you tell which one is which, because we certainly can't. Somebody get their birth records out...

No.1 - Nick Faldo & Harrison Ford

24 Sep, 08 | Comments [2] | Tags: Golf Central

Diane Antonopoulos: 'He was the only one left to be fair...'

Who: Diane Antonopoulos
Partner: Luke Donald's fiancee
IGWT Says: What on earth's going on here? How can someone so ugly, with such little personality like Luke Donald bag a lady like this?

24 Sep, 08 | Comments [1] | Tags: Golf Central

Nick Faldo: 'Work hard enough Rory, and one day you'll be in my shoes...'

It's business as usual on the European Tour as we jump from Valhalla to an equally iconic Ryder Cup venue, Bognor Regis pitch 'n' putt. Sorry, make that The Belfry. I may have hit a bit of form as of late when it comes to picking winners, but that hasn't stopped me playing relatively safe this week with the likes of Cambo, McIlroy and Jeev Milkha...

24 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central

Hunter Mahan: Loved to incorporate his karate skills into celebrations...

Poults coming good as top wildcard points scorer at Valhalla means I've got a bit of extra cash floating around for this week's Tour Championship at East Lake. Took all my might not to go with Justin Leonard, but in fellow Ryder Cup stars Anthony Kim, Hunter Mahan and Billy Mayfair (strictly for the value), I'm definitely onto a winner...

Her cocktail making skills are much less publicised than her golf...

On this day in 1995, Annika Sorenstam won the Michelob Light Classic by a whopping ten strokes over Jan Stephenson. Annika was born in 1970, near Stockholm and took up golf at the age of 12 having already enjoyed prodigious success in both skiing and football.

Nick Faldo: 'What do you mean you've never heard of me?'

In a controversial twist to the normal billing, we've got a special Ryder Cup edition of 7 Things for you this week. After all, nothing remotely interesting has happened in the game of golf (that's the Butch Harmon effect - Ed) over the past seven days other than the goings on at Valhalla...

23 Sep, 08 | Comments [6] | Tags: Golf Central | Golf Equipment

We want the blades, we want the blades, we want the blades...

Why do Nike do this to us, eh? Money may be tight during this credit crunch malarkey, but we can't help feel a little tempted to dip into our pockets and buy a set of their new Victory Red (VR) irons. Nike's design geeks have been working on three different irons; one set of blades, one set of split cavity irons and an offset cavity. So whether your name is Tiger Woods or Billy Android, there's an iron for every level of player...

Paul Azinger: 'A burger named after me at KFC you say? Great...'

On this day, in 1990, Paul Azinger won the BMW International Open after defeating David Feherty in a playoff. Paul William Azinger was born in 1960 in Holyoke, Massachusetts and turned pro in 1981. His first win came in 1987 and in the same year he finished second, one shot behind Nick Faldo, in the Open. Not that he'll care about that after Valhalla...

22 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Ed's Blog | Facial Hair We Hate

#4 Gary McCord

Noted for his outspokenness in the commentary booth for CBS, Augusta National removed McCord from The Masters commentary team by after he said the 17th green was so fast it had been 'bikini-waxed.' The real reason he was removed was due to Augusta National's strict no facial hair policy...


Azor - King Of ShavesAzor says: If this McCord bloke put the same effort into his golf as his tache, he'd have been a multiple major winner.

22 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Ed's Blog | Golf Central

Richelle Baddeley: She's Badd, she's Badd, she's really, really Badd...

Who?: Richelle Baddeley
Partner: Married to Aaron Baddeley
IGWT Says: To be fair, Badds could tied have tied the knot with Angelina Jolie if he'd wanted to, but the Aussie hasn't done badly with this feisty blonde lass...

Seems even the Ryder Cup's finest have become obsessed by this Facebook malarkey. Look who was writing on Graeme McDowell's (aka the Irish Action Man with a fake tan obsession) wall after things had wrapped up at Valhalla, none other than K Club hero, Thomas Levet. Wonder if Zinger was poking Tiger at all over the weekend?

22 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Boo Weekley | Ed's Blog | Golf Central

President Boo Weekley: 'Free hunting and fishing for all...'

Now I'm no North American political expert, but Barack Obama and John McCain had better watch their backs, because when Boo Weekley throws his hat into the Presidential candidacy race, the White House is as good as his. After all, Obama and McCain haven't got chants like 'Boo-S-A,' have they? And they certainly can't smoke a driver like our Boo...

Peter Butler & Brian Barnes: 'Of course I'll by you a pint after, Brian...'

It was on this day in 1973 that the first Ryder Cup was held in Scotland. The USA won its eighth competition in a row with a 19-13 victory, memorable for Bernard Gallagher pulling out with food poisoning when Great Britain were 5 ½ to 2 ½ up. Peter Butler was summoned as a replacement to partner Brian Barnes and became the first player in Ryder Cup history to record a hole-in-one. Still lost though…

22 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central

Paul Azinger: 'Damn this thing looks mighty fine with the lights off...'

So, the Yanks win for the first time since '99: Yep...
Gutted?: Of course, but boy did they deserve this one. It was a top day, and top week for that matter, for Azinger and all of his boys.
It was about time they won, don't you think?: The writing was on the wall right from the start if you ask me...
Writing on the wall?: Tiger Woods not being there was only going to take the pressure off the Yanks, something that certainly showed in Phil Mickelson's demeanour. He was right at home sans Tiger.
Guess that makes sense: The majority of Zinger's team weren't on the losing sides of the past six years, so they were only ever going to have winning on their minds. And they were on home soil, and, and...
Anything else?: Yeah. Every other European fan seemed to think Faldo's boys were big favourites, but they obviously weren't aware of the year that the likes of Kim and Perry have had...

'There was the ghost that jumped out at me between five and six and went, 'Booooooo.'

We always knew Lee Westwood had a sixth sense.

'I've never had so much fun on the golf course with my clothes on...'

What Graeme McDowell gets up to in his spare time is his own business.

'I'm fine, I'm absolutely fine. I could go again...'

Ian Poulter. Europe's best player. Period.

'I love Tiger Woods, missed him. I really wanted to spend my week hanging out with him.'

There's just no pleasing Paul Azinger.

'I started eating Advil like candy...'

Someone should tell Kenny Perry that overdoses are dangerous.

22 Sep, 08 | Comments [1] | Tags: Boo Weekley | Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Boo Weekley: Great value for money throughout the week...

IGWT Loves

. Boo Weekley for his horse dance and combatibation.
. Betting on the opposition and winning.
. Hunter Mahan's putt at the 17th.
. Valhalla. Generally...
. The Wider Cup. Like the Ryder Cup, but wider...

IGWT Hates

. Nick Faldo's McClaren-esque tactics.
. Rhodri Morgan's lengthy speech at the closing ceremony.
. Being on the losing side...
. Worrying that the Celtic Manor won't make the grade.
. Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia. Rubbish...

21 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Dear Mum,

Well, that's it. Nine years it's taken 'em, but Zinger's boys had more than enough minerals to win the cup. As we speak, I'm writing this final postcard from the closing ceremony, and if truth be told, it's all a bit cringeworthy. Crap music, terrible suits, embarrassing WAGs - some things never change...

Turns out that Nick Faldo was Steve McClaren in disguise after all. Haven't got a clue what he was doing throwing cheap beer to us European spectators? Probably trying to make some friends. What a loner. Heaven knows how he got this gig in the first place...

I've decided to delay my flight back to Blighty by a week. My new best pal Boo Weekley's invited me to do a bit of hunting and fishing, and I just couldn't say no to an offer like that. Gotta love a bloke who rides his driver like a horse down the fairway! I reckon we're going to combatibate just fine. Anyway, JB Holmes has cracked open a bottle of bourbon...

Hugs and kisses,
Jack x

21 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Paul Azinger: 'Yeah, I'll be your mate, Nick. Don't call me, I'll call you fella...'

Sunday's Singles

Anthony Kim beat Sergio Garcia 5&4
Hunter Mahan halved with Paul Casey
Justin Leonard lost to Robert Karlsson 5&3
Phil Mickelson lost to Justin Rose 3&2

Kenny Perry beat Henrik Stenson 3&2
Boo Weekley beat Oliver Wilson 4&2
JB Holmes beat Soren Hansen 2&1
Jim Furyk beat Miguel Angel Jimenez 2&1

Stewart Cink lost to Graeme McDowell 2&1
Steve Stricker lost to Ian Poulter 3&2
Ben Curtis beat Lee Westwood 2&1
Chad Campbell beat Padraig Harrington 2&1

Why on earth was Nick Faldo handing out free beer to European spectators when he should have been out on the course getting his troops fired up?

21 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Let's see how he copes on the mean streets of Newport in 2010...

After a nine year wait, the USA have finally won the Ryder Cup. Baldy Jim Furyk sealed the deal for his boys against Miguel Angel Jimenez, but the real damage was done earlier in the day by Anthony Kim, Kenny Perry, Boo Weekley and local lad JB Holmes. Who needs Tiger?

Boo Weekley: 'Yeeeeeee-haaaa...'

*Rob Harborne is the reason why Wally's hiding.

21 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Anthony Kim: 'Don't turn your back when I'm talking to you Sergio...'

First point of the day goes to the USA as Anthony Kim handed Sergio Garcia his arse to him on a plate. The American phenom was on top form and only needed 14 holes to spank the arrogant Spaniard 5&4.

There was a bit of bad blood between the pair on the first after they made each other hole out for a half from three foot, but Kim's flair and upper hand in the mind games department proved too much in the end.

21 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | Golf Equipment

Billy Android: The Footjoy thief had finally been caught in the act...

Ryder Cup? I haven't got time for stuff like that with my sort of schedule. While the others slog their guts out in the office, I packed my bags for a weekend on the Gower Peninsula with a few of my robot mates. Not only have I hacked around some of the area's finest courses, those munificent people at FootJoy decided to kit me out with loads of their clobber to get me through the weekend. Which was nice of them...

Spot 'The Warriors' cast member on a break from filming...

On this day, in 1980, Lee Trevino won the Texas Open by one stroke at Oak Hills Country Club, San Antonio. Lee Buck Trevino was born in Texas in 1939, to Mexican parents and is known as one the most popular American-Mexican sportsmen ever. As a child, 'The Merry Mex' worked in the cotton fields from the age of five and began caddying at the age of eight.

21 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central

Boo Weekley: Professional golfer or next US President? You decide...

What a difference a day makes, eh?: Yeah, 24 little golfing hours...
Your boys are still two behind though: That's true, but what an amazing day.
What about Faldo leaving Garcia and Westy out of the foursomes, eh?: Blisters and sleep ain't no excuses not to play in the Ryder Cup as far as we're concerned, but who cares when you've got Oliver Wilson.
Oliver who?: Oliver Wilson, innit. It's fair to say that every European was slightly sceptical about how he'd fair in his first Ryder Cup, and when he and Stenson went four down to the darling couple of Lefty and Kim early on, we thought that was it...
And was it?: Of course it flippin' wasn't. They only came back to win 2&1. Wilson's long, snaking putt on the 17th to take the match was awesome (word of the day with all the players it seemed)...

Like the font he's gone with, but on the whole, this Ryder Cup special isn't one of our favourites...

21 Sep, 08 | Comments [1] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Michael Jordan: Billy no-mates...

IGWT Loves

. Poults starting on Anthony Kim. In front of Michael Jordan...
. Great comebacks.
. Big bets coming in.
. Steve Stricker's corking clutch putts.
. Ollie Wilson for coming good.

IGWT Hates

. Tony Jacklin. Officialy the worst commentator ever.
. Things potentially turning nasty on Sunday
. Not leaving the house for 48 hours.
. Using blisters as an excuse. Shame on Lee Westwood.
. Weather warnings.

'We're compatibating with the gallery.'

Paul Azinger adopts Boo Weekley's new made up word.

'Raquel, you're doing all right.' Americans, we have to explain that to you; Only Fools and Horses. '

When will Nick Faldo realise that they'll never understand English humour?

'The adrenaline, I feel like a dog that somebody done stuck a needle to and it juiced me up like I've been running around a Greyhound track chasing one of them bunnies.'

Who else but Boo Weekley?

'I was going to go give him a kiss.'

Ben Curtis' initial reaction to Steve Stricker's putt on the 8th.

'Had stinging hands a few times but it's okay.'

Graeme McDowell on his high-fiving habit.

21 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Hi Mum,

This Louisville place we're staying in is famous as the home of 'The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports'. Some horse race called the Kentucky Derby apparently. How can it be the most exciting two minutes in sport though, especially when you consider how flippin' good yesterday's golf was?

It all got a bit heated at one point when, get this, my mate Ian Poulter started on my other mate Anthony Kim in front of some basketball player called Michael Jordan. They didn't end up throwing any punches, what with all that stupid etiquette to adhere to, but they exchanged some verbals. I would have put my money on Kim...

Speaking of Michael Jordan, he only asked me to go and shoot some hoops with him and Jose Maria Olazabal, didn't he? Had to politely decline, however, because I was getting some boxing tips of Louisville legend, Muhammad Ali.

Also bumped into this mentalist on the street giving it the big 'un about some Scientology malarkey. He looked proper familiar... Could have sworn he was the one from that Cocktail film. Anyway, he was a weirdo...

Jack x

21 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Ian Poulter: The Harrington reaction face quickly spread through the team...

There was absolutely no contest when it came to Saturday's player of the day.  As he showed at this year's Open, Ian Poulter plays his best golf when he feels he's got a point to prove, and after being overlooked in favour of Monty and Clarkey, he had a lot of critics to answer to at Valhalla...

By far Europe's outstanding player thus far, Poults has three of is four matches and has showed a passion and determination like no other. He's been the best player from tee to green by a country mile, and his birdie putt at the last today to beat Perry and Furyk may yet prove crucial.

To see the video of our equipment editor Billy Android take a peek through Mr.Poulter's 'golf bag' (as Butch Harmon would say), click HERE.

21 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Sales for G-Mac's first gig as a hip-hop MC exceeded all expectations...

Saturday's Fourballs

Weekley / Holmes beat Westwood / Hansen 2&1
Curtis / Stricker halved Garcia / Casey
Perry / Furyk lose to Poulter / McDowell 1 up
Mickelson / Mahan halved Stenson / Karlsson

Saturday's Foursomes

Cink / Campbell lost to Poulter / Rose 4&3
Leonard / Mahan halved Jimenez / McDowell
Mickelson / Kim lost to Stenson / Wilson 2&1
Furyk / Perry beat Harrington / Karlsson 3&1

Henrik Stenson: 'Mum, you're cramping my style in front of the lads...'

*Tina Turner's 'Simply the best'? Yeah, that song is about Rob Harborne.

20 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Valerie Bercher: 'Just smile and pretend we're happy together...'

Who: Valerie Bercher
Partner: Mrs.Faldo III...
IGWT Says: Sure, Ms.Bercher's easy on the eye, but it's hard to justify marrying her after a divorce settlement that cost £15 million...

Is Nick Faldo some sort of tactical genius, or is he just Steve McClaren in disguise? We'll soon see...

20 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central

'We're going to be in so much trouble for bunking off school...'

Well, he did warn us, didn't he? Our man in the States, Stuart Mathews, said Anthony Kim was going to produce the goods and right on cue, that's exactly what happened. He said that in Paul Azinger, his boys had a great leader, and before we had the chance to ask 'Where's Monty when you need him?,' those Yanks had raced away with the lead...

Smoking is bad, but it looks so flippin' cool...

On this day, in 1998, Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Trophee Lancome with an 11-under-par, 273 – enough for a two stroke victory over Mark O'Meara, Greg Turner, David Duval, and Jarmo Sandelin. Miguel Angel Jimenez was born in Malaga in 1964 and is best known for his love of cigars and his penchant for fixing rather than driving high performance cars.

20 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central

Michael Jordan: 'Honestly Jose, that's what Monty said about you lot...'

Talk about an explosive start...: What about it?
I was talking about day one of the Ryder Cup: Why didn't you say that, then?
I know things didn't go your way, but let's not fall out about it: Yeah, things couldn't have gone much worse for us Europeans.
Well, they could have lost every match...: Don't start giving me lip like that. I don't give need an excuse to sack you, remember?
Easy Tiger. Just let all that anger pour out fella: Well, it was all rubbish from Nick Faldo's boys throughout the day. Maybe rubbish is a bit harsh, but they just didn't look like making anything happen to be honest. Where were the likes of Harrington and Garcia, eh? Big guns my arse...

20 Sep, 08 | Comments [1] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

'Yes. Yes. Maybe. Too old...'

IGWT Loves

. Uncle Philly Mick looking after Anthony. Great parenting skills...
. WAGs - especially Amy Mickelson - and gorgeous birds in general.
. That 'Boo-S-A' chant. Barack Obama watch out...
. Soren Hansen for saving our bacon on the 16th.
. Gripping down the shaft. We don't know what it does, but we like it.

IGWT Hates

. Nick Faldo. Didn't think we'd be saying that after day one...
. Butch Harmon's scary left eye. Time to get a patch?
. Padraig Harrington's stupid face and teeth. Stop it, Pad. NOW!
. The fact that Monty's back in Scotland, or on a beach in Barbados...
. Awful, and we mean awful outfits from both teams.

'I ain't never rustled no animals, but the Ryder Cup is exciting.'

You can always count on Boo Weekley to say something good.

'Best day of my life, man.'

And you can always count on Hunter Mahan to keep it short and sweet.

'I saw five leprechauns and a matador. I saw Monty out there, as well, in a kilt. It was great fun.'

Paul Casey should have asked them to come and help Europe's boys out.

'I don't mind when they're raising their arms and whooping the crowd up. There's no need to do it between the shots.'

Lee Westwood takes over the role of Mr.Grumpy in Monty's absence.

'That is so uncool. Get them removed...'

Phil Mickelson lays down the law against pesky snappers in the crowd.

20 Sep, 08 | Comments [1] | Tags: Golf Central

Phil Mickelson: Quite good at golf...

So many names to choose from today, most of them American in all honesty. Phil Mickelson, however, scoops the prize for a few key reasons. Sure, Lefty produced some sublime flop shots and clutch putts throughout the day, but that's just what he does.

What really caught our eye was how well he gelled with his playing partner for the day, Anthony Kim. He really took the youngster under his wing to be fair, and by the end of the day they were feeding off each other as well as Boo Weekley feeds off a family bucket...

19 Sep, 08 | Comments [5] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Dwight Gahm: 'Sorry, we can't say Nick Faldo without keeping a straight face...'

Friday's Fourballs

Mickelson / Kim beat Harrington / McDowell 1 up
Stricker / Curtis lost to Poulter / Rose 4&2
Leonard / Mahan beat Garcia / Jimenez 4&3
Holmes / Weekley halved Westwood / Hansen

Friday's Foursomes

Mickelson / Kim halved Harrington / Karlsson
Leonard / Mahan beat Stenson / Casey 4&2
Cink / Campbell beat Rose / Poulter 1 up
Perry / Furyk halved Westwood / Garcia

Colin Montgomerie: 'You're not singing, you're not singing and all that...'

*The words credit and crunch aren't part of Rob Harborne's vocabulary.

19 Sep, 08 | Comments [4] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Dear Mum,

Flippin' heck! This Valhalla place is well nice... Valhalla in the Ryder Cup sense that is, not Norse Mythology. Historians and those sort of people say Valhalla was an enormous hall located in Asgard, ruled by some God called Odin.

'Hall of the slain' they reckon it means, but I ain't 'aving none of that malarkey. Valhalla stands for flippin' immaculate greens, end of story. Anyway, those Yank galleries are a bit annoying if you ask me. 'USA! USA! USA!' Can't they think of anything more original to chant? 'Boo.S.A' is much better...

To be fair to 'em, they've got lots to cheer about. Lefty was doing those flop shots for a laugh today and that Hunter Man was blatantly lying about how much he hated the Ryder Cup.

Have to go, Anthony Kim's going to show me some of his new belts before we hit the bars and clubs in Louisville tonight. Looking forward to getting a couple of Sambucas down Booooooo...

Love and kisses,
Jack x

19 Sep, 08 | Comments [2] | Tags: Ed's Blog | Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Amy Mickelson: 'It was his big flop that sealed the deal for me...'

Who: Amy Mickelson
Partner: Do you really need to ask?
IGWT Says: He may be a bit chubby, but boy has Lefty done really well for himself in the wife department. She's our fave WAG by far. Good work fella...

19 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Is this some newfangled way that dentists use to put teeth back into place nowadays?

19 Sep, 08 | Comments [5] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Paul Azinger: 'Yeah, it's all part of initiation Anthony. Honest...'

You didn't think we were all about team Faldo at Valhalla, did you? Well, we pretty much are, but we got our man Stateside to put down his wetsuit and surfboard for the weekend to help balance things out. So, on the tee from California, representing the United States of America, Stuart Mathews. Cue rapturous applause from the galleries...

Crenshaw's putting expertise was second only to his beat-boxing...

On this day in 1976, Ben Crenshaw chalked up a one stroke victory over Andy North in the Ohio Kings Island Open. One of the finest putters the game's seen, Ben Daniel Crenshaw was born in 1952 in Austin, Texas and turned pro in 1973. He won his first event in his rookie season, The San Antonio Texas Open and would go on to savour a total of 19 PGA Tour victories.

18 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Nick Faldo: 'Wake me up when we've won...'

There was mixed reaction in the office to Nick Faldo's pairings for the opening foursomes here at... Actually, I'm the only one left in the office, so chuck that opening sentence out the window. If you're not near a window, just find a bin. Anyway, things are going to get interesting when they tee-off at some stupidly early hour at Valhalla tomorrow morning.

'It may be a Pro V1, but I'm not flippin' going to get it...'

Massive thanks to our Creative Director, Rik Sellers, who wins the inaugural email of the week award with this little gem. And to think those design geeks were only any good with Photoshop. Take it away Rik...

'Did you know that most balls on sale today have about 300 to 450 dimples. Everybody knows that. It's common knowledge, although there were a few balls that had over 500 dimples not so long ago.

'The record holder was a ball with 1,070 dimples - 414 larger ones (in four different sizes) and 656 pinehead-sized ones. All brands of balls, except one, have even-numbered dimples. The only odd-numbered ball on the market is a ball with 333 dimples.'

18 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Robert Karlsson & Nick Faldo: 'So that's rocket and ketchup for you Rob...'

Nick Faldo can be a right idiot sometimes, can't he? Europe's captain was pictured with a piece of paper on Wednesday with some of the team's initials on, and it doesn't take a genius to figure out what was going on. 'It just had the lunch list, it had sandwich request for the guys. I was just making sure who wants the tuna, who wants the beef...'

Juli Inkster with Christina Kim: Laura Davies & Monty just out of shot...

On this day in 1983 and in 1988, Juli Inkster won the SAFECO classic. Her 1983 triumph came after she pipped Kathy Whitworth, JoAnn Washam, and Cindy Lincoln. In 1988, her 10-under-par 278 was enough to defeat Ok-Hee Ku by three strokes. Despite a decent career, it's a great shame she's never learned how to dance properly...

Forget about the Ryder Cup gala dinner. There's only one meal that matters this week and that's the second installment of my working lunch series. Had a bit of a weird time after last week's pretentious salad, so I've opted for a plate of nuts and bolts with a side of Titleist Pro V1s today...

17 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Paul Azinger: 'After three, leg it...'

We don't like the look of what's going on here if truth be told. Is Paul Azinger really having a casual chat with his assistant captains, or is he hatching an evil plan to nab the Ryder Cup? Are we being too paranoid? You decide. To be fair to Zinger, he should make the most of having that thing in his hands...

17 Sep, 08 | Comments [2] | Tags: Golf Central | Golf Equipment

What do you get when you combine three of the best names - Trendy Golf, Vega and J.Lindeberg - in the business? A limited edition set of black irons and wedges, that's what. Using an awesome one piece forging process, Japanese equipment masters Vega have engineered another set of fine sticks that have got us drooling all over the shop. Again...

How did this bloke ever got the job in charge with shoes and socks like that? Shocking combo...

17 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

John Holmes: 'That JB kid doesn't know the meaning of long...'

We've been wondering for a while here at IGWT why JB Holmes is called, well, JB Holmes. Turns out he dropped his first name because he was sick and tired of being confused with the well-endowed porn star John Holmes, inspiration for the 70s adult smash, Boogie Nights.

Nick Faldo: A young Faldo discusses the merits of the bowl cut...

On this day in 1977, the U.S.A retained the Ryder Cup at Royal Lytham and St.Annes Golf Club. This would turn out to be the final Ryder Cup contested between just GB and Ireland and the States after Jack Nicklaus' suggestion to include the whole of Europe in the interests of competition.

16 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Can't say I usually dabble in the Ryder Cup, but after that win with Villegas, I've got a spare bit of moula floating about. And looking at the market, there's a lot of money to be made if you pick the right bets. Good thing I do all the hard work looking so you lot don't have to...

'Wonder if they'll have any tee times for a ten-ball available?'

Kids, who'd have 'em? You put a golf club in their hands with the intention of getting them started early, and the next thing you know, they're taking you to the cleaners with holes-in-one left, right and center. As you can probably tell, we've learned that youngsters are quite good at golf this week, as well as a whole host of other things...

Nancy Lopez: Nancy would often swap trophies for icy replicas...

On this day in 1969, a 12-year-old Nancy Lopez won the New Mexico Women's Amateur, crushing 23-year-old Mary Bryan 10 and 8 in the final match. That must have been so humiliating for her opponent. Nancy Lopez was born in California in 1957 and has enjoyed one of the most successful careers ever in women's golf. In her rookie season she won nine LPGA events and was named Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

Nick Faldo & Harrison Ford: Faldo on the right, Ford on the left. Hang on...

Is it just us, or does anybody else truly believe that Nick Faldo and Harrison Ford were mysteriously separated at birth? Look at the similarities. The hair. The cheesy smile. The eyes. The wrinkles. The nose. Those weird lines from the nose down to the mouth. Flippin' uncanny...

15 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | Golf Equipment

Why can't more people take a leaf out of the book of those lovely folk over at Golf Refugees, eh? If you're after a range of neat, environmentally-friendly golf clobber and accessories, look no further than this lot. We're fans of the whole range here at IGWT, but this printed tee of hacker and all-round blagging legend Maurice Flitcroft is our pick of the bunch...

15 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | Golf Equipment

Billy Android: Wanted for crimes against golf equipment...

Can't remember the last time my lights lit up like this, but I guess that's what happens when some earthling from MD Golf comes into the office to give me an exclusive peek at their new range of sticks. Have to say I was a massive fan of the new Norman Drew putter (above), but then again, those wedges designed by Seve Ballesteros were pretty sweet...

15 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Nick Faldo: In the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon, not a plane...

This photo can mean only one thing in our eyes. Nick Faldo's off to the annual KFC eating convention, where he'll no doubt be spending some quality time with fellow chicken lover, Boo Weekley. What's that about the Ryder Cup? Oh yeah, he's going to captain Europe in that big golf tournament thingy...

15 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Colin Montgomerie: Look at him. The man's pure evil...

Good to see that greenstaff are doing their utmost to keep Valhalla in good nick ahead of the Ryder Cup, isn't it? Officials are giving it the big 'un about how some Hurricane Ike ripped through the course on Sunday, causing a fair bit of damage in the process. Being a sceptical bunch here at IGWT, however, we reckon it's one big cover up story. All the evidence clearly points to this being the evil work of Colin Montgomerie.

The trapeze acts of the 80s were sadly lacking in drama...

Having seemingly been on permanent display in some gigantic American trophy cabinet, Europe had the audacity to go and win the Ryder Cup for the first time in 28 years on this day in 1985. Tony Jacklin’s team finally beat the US led by Lee Trevino 16 ½ to 11 ½. Spain’s Manuel Pinero was the unlikely hero, with four points from the weekend, while the win was secured by Sam Torrance, who canned an 18-foot birdie putt on the last hole.

Robert Karlsson: 'Keep the trophy, just gimme the keys already...'

Things are looking pretty sweet for us Europeans, aren't they? Robert Karlsson closed with a one-under 71 to win the Mercedez-Benz Championship at Gut Larchenhof by two over Italy's Francesco Molinari. Despite a bit of a nervy finish, Karlsson ended up thirteen-under-par, reminding us (if we needed reminding) why he'll be a forced to be reckoned with at Valhalla this week.

He may be flippin' good at golf, but he's pretty rubbish with words to be honest. 'It was really good,' said Karlsson. Michael Campbell brought the biggest smile of the day here at the IGWT office, finishing tied for third on nine-under with Ross 'thank you' Fisher and some other bloke we've got on our Ryder Cup team called Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Other names to finish strongly included Soren Hansen (another one of our lot), Martin Kaymer and Marcel Diem (all T8), with the best of our picks being Jeev Milka Singh (T11). Now bring on Valhalla...

Tony Lema: 'Hope they don't notice the shocking cut on these trousers...'

On this day in 1964, Tony Lema won the World Series of Golf. That season he would also take home five PGA events including the British Open, in what proved to be his career year. Anthony David Lema was born in 1934 in California. He took up golf at a young age, but at 17, enlisted in the army and went to fight in Korea.

14 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Raymond Floyd: 'All I need now is some Whitesnake on the radio...'

How goddamn cool does Ray Floyd look, in a late 80s kind of a way that is. Here's a pic of Ray carrying out his strenuous captain duties during the 1989 Ryder Cup at The Belfry. Floyd played a total of 31 matches in eight Ryder Cups, winning 12 of them, losing 16 and drawing three.

Robert Karlsson: 'Can't wait until Valhalla, Darren. Sorry, I forgot...'

Looks like this Swedish revolution shows no sign of stopping any time soon, as Robert Karlsson leads at the Mercedez-Benz Championship in Germany after carding a second-round 69. The Swede finds himself on eight-under, one stroke ahead of first-round leader Jean-Francois Lucquin and two shots clear of compatriot Peter Hanson in third.

Biggest movers of the day were Soren Hansen (T5) and yet another Swede, Johan Edfors (T7). Jeev Milkha Singh is the best of our picks on one-under (T17), but Stuart Appleby (T53) and Daniel Chopra (T69) may as well pack up their bags and go home.

Billy Andrade: 'Go on Phil, it's only monkey brain...'

On this day, in 1998, Billy Andrade won the Bell Canadian Open after defeating Bob Frame in a playoff. William Thomas Andrade was born in 1964 in Rhode Island. He won the 1981 Junior World Cup and was a member of the successful US Walker Cup team of 1987, turning pro later that year.

12 Sep, 08 | Comments [4] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Paul Casey: 'I like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain...'

Is this the campest golf pic known to man? Pink jackets, white turtle necks and cheesy smiles? Here we have Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey, Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald celebrating yet another European Ryder Cup win in 2006 at The K Club. A shockingly bad way to end an otherwise memorable occasion...

'Just fry the chorizo and pine nuts, then bung it all together on a plate...'

When I'm not blabbering on about golf gear, there's nothing I like more than cooking a spot of lunch. Today, I went for a cheeky lettuce, rocket, cucumber, mozzarella, mung sprout and chorizo salad, washed down with an ice-cold Budweiser. Flippin' nice it was...

Rachel Stevens to win Strictly Come Dancing OR Jim Furyk to be the top points scorer for the Yanks at the Ryder Cup @ 5/1. Your call...

Se Re Pak: 'Weetabix? No thanks. Got any dog?'

On this day in 1999, Si Re Pak nicked the Samsung Championship of Women's Golf with a one stroke victory over Karrie Webb. Born in 1977, in Daejeon, South Korea, Pak made her debut on the Korean LPGA Tour in 1996 and won six times before joining the LPGA in 1998.

Jean-Francois Lucquin: Looks like that surgery downstairs didn't go too well...

What is it about those Frenchies and golf, eh? They're pretty good at it if truth be told, especially Jean-Francois Lucquin, who shares the first round lead at the Mercedez-Benz Championship England's Richard Finch .

Lucquin - who pipped our good mate Rory McIlroy last week - carded an opening round of 66 to put him on six-under with Finch. Other names in the fold include Robert Karlsson (3), Ross Fisher (4) and Bernhard 'we were going to put a few quid on him' Langer (T7).

The best of our picks is Jeev Milkha Singh, who's tied for 32nd on even par. Just behind Jeev is Stuart Appleby (T46) and Daniel Chopra, well, he had a corker. The bleach-haired Swede opened with a 78...

11 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Thomas Levet: 'Help me. Please...'

You've probably seen this photo of Thomas Levet celebrating victory at the 2006 Ryder Cup a few times over the past couple of years. What you probably haven't noticed, however, is that one of the blokes in the middle of it all works here at IGWT. He's the one with the visor on and squinty eyes...

11 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | Golf Equipment

Footjoy LoPro MyJoys: Decisions, decisions...

We just thought you might like to know that those wonderful people at Footjoy have added another model - the LoPro - to their MyJoys range. If you're not aware of MyJoys, then where on the earth have you been for the last few years? Footjoy My Joys allow you to design your own golf shoe by combining loads of different colour, logo and lettering combinations.

'What's that Franz? There are no pictures of Ken Green on Getty?'

On this day, in 1988, Ken Green won the Greater Milwaukee Open by six strokes over Jim Gallagher Jr., Donnie Hammond, Mark Calcavecchia, and Dan Pohl. Ken Green, born in 1958 in Connecticut, was never the most prolific player on Tour but was certainly one of the most controversial. Although he only won five events, Green gained a notoriety and infamy as he was fined over two dozen times by the PGA.

10 Sep, 08 | Comments [1] | Tags: Golf Central

'Can't they invent something that do this scoring automatically?'

Not much going on here apart from some bloke scribbling on a scorebaord at the 1933 Ryder Cup at Southport and Ainsdale. If you're interested, JH Taylor captained Great Britain to victory, which was no mean feat against an American side that boasted the likes of Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen and Denny Shute.

10 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central

Daniel Chopra: Nice car, good golf, bad hair...

Who didn't have the bottle to stick with me through a bad patch, even though I promised a massive pay day sooner or later? Props to everyone who took the advice on Camilo Villegas last week; a win for both of us was well overdue and at 35/1, it was all gravy. Anyway, back to this week's Mercedes-Benz Champs in Germany, where I'm going to lump big on the likes of Daniel Chopra, Stuart Appleby and Jeev Milkha Singh...

Mark O'Meara & family: 'Daddy, why can't things be this happy at home?'

On this day in 1995, Mark O'Meara won the Bell Canadian Open with a play-off victory over Bob Lohr. Mark Francis O'Meara was born in 1957 in Carolina. He turned pro in 1980 and won 16 times on The PGA Tour. Although he didn't win a major until he was 41, in 1998, he eventually bagged two – the Masters and The British Open. He attributed this resurgence to playing alongside some kid called Tiger Woods. Never heard of him...

10 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | Golf Equipment

Our equipment editor Billy Android was supposed to have the day off today, but when those people at Cleveland sent him photos of their new Launcher driver, he had to come into the office and tell us all about it. Black finish? Low spin rate? Fujikura Fit-On Flightspeed shaft? No wonder it's had Billy's lights going absolutely flippin' mental.

9 Sep, 08 | Comments [1] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Constanino Rocca & Jose Maria Olazabal: 'Only gay in the village, Tina?'

Jose Maria Olazabal and Costantino Rocca pinching each others cheeks after victory at the 1997 Ryder Cup at Valderrama GC? Can anyone explain what's going on here? Answers on a postcard to the usual address please.

Sam Snead: 'Practice hard enough son, and you still won't be as good as me...'

On this day, in 1945, Sam Snead won the Dallas Open, his fifth of six victories that season. Samuel Jackson Snead was born in 1912 in Virginia and is recognised by many as one of the greatest golfers ever. He won a staggering 82 PGA Tour events, a record, was the first player ever to shoot his age (67) in the 1979 Quad Cities Open and is also the oldest ever winner of a PGA tour event, at 52 years and 10 months.

8 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central

'Can't say I'm too chuffed about the nick of this course...'

Aren't you getting bored of these introductions? This is where we tell you about the seven things we've learned from golf in the past seven days. This week, we've learned that dogs should never be allowed anywhere near golf tracks, that golf is way more important than some game called football and to our great surprise, golf and porn don't mix. Weird that...

8 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Ken Brown: What else did he expect with a putting stance like that?

Things couldn't have gone much worse for Ken Brown at the 1979 Ryder Cup. Not only did he feel the wrath of officials for refusing to wear the team jacket or attend meetings, he was also on the wrong side of a 7 & 6 bruising in the foursomes. Hale Irwin and Tom Kite handed out the demolition to Ken and his playing partner Des Smyth, and Brown's lack of effort prompted Irwin to say, 'Brown played like he didn't care.'

More Chokers

Bernhard Langer
Tiger Woods

8 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Brian Barnes: Orange juice? Orange juice?

That Jack Nicklaus was the reigning Masters and PGA Champion mattered little to the irripressable, pipe-chomping Barnes, who defied logic by defeating The Golden Bear in both the morning and afternoon singles of the 1975 Ryder Cup at Laurel Valley GC, Pennsylvania. What’s more, after his morning defeat, The Golden Bear uttered confidently to Barnes, 'There ain’t no way you’re going to beat me again.' What a story to tell the grandchildren, eh?

More Heroes

Justin Leonard
Seve Ballesteros

Dottie Pepper: 'Half price sale at Hennes? Woo! I'm there!'

On this day in 1996, Dottie Pepper won the Safeway LPGA Golf Championship with a 14-under par, two stroke victory over Chris Johnson. Dottie Pepper was born in 1965 in New York and joined the LPGA Tour in 1988. She won 17 times on the Tour between 1989 and 2000, including two majors.

8 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags:

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Walter Hagen with J.H Batley: 'Just take your hands off the frickin' cup Walt...'

Some fella called Walter Hagen reluctantly hands the Ryder Cup to J.H Batley, Chairman of the Golfers Association, on arrival at London's Paddington station in 1929. Born in New York in 1892, Hagen captained the first six US Ryder Cup teams and played on the first five.

8 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | PGA Tour | The PGA Tour

Camilo Villegas: 'I'd like to thank mum, dad, the Bet Detective...'

It's taken 86 starts on the PGA Tour, but we can finally say 'welcome to the winner's circle Camilo Villegas'. That's right, our pick sealed the deal at the BMW Championship with a two-under 68 for his maiden tour victory... And it was about bleedin' time too.

Villegas - flexing a white and bright yellow clothing combo - finished two strokes clear of some bloke called Dudley Hart. 'It's awesome to be here. Hopefully, it's the first of many,' said Spiderman. We're sure it will be Camilo.

The much-fancied Jim Furyk ended up tied third with Anthony Kim, and a few other names to finish in the top ten included KJ Choi (T5), Hunter Mahan (T8) and Steve Stricker (T10). Not that we really care how our other picks fared, but Justin Leonard finished tied 11th and Chad Campbell withdrew because his wife was giving birth or some lame excuse like that...

7 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Payne Stewart & Mark O'Meara: 'I'm ready to let the world know, Mark...'

The late, great Payne Stewart and Mark O'Meara share a moment together during the 1999 Ryder Cup at Brookline. It's this type of camaraderie that won the USA Ryder Cups back in the day, so Chav Campbell and Boo Weekley should start taking note. Doubt they'd be up for it somehow...

Jean-Francois Lucquin: 'Could this get any more embarrassing?

Got to feel gutted for Rory McIlroy, haven't you? Our new best buddy had a four-footer on the last to finish with a 70 and win the European Masters, but a miss there forced a playoff with France's Jean-Francois Lucquin, who posted a gutsy 67 in the final round.

The par-four 18th was used as a playoff hole and, despite a stalemate the first time around, a bogey from McIlroy all but sealed the deal for the Jean. The Frenchman had two putts for his maiden victory, but his birdie effort was only ever going one place. Lucquin battled valiantly throughout the day and his never-say-die attitude was aptly rewarded.

It was just one of those days for Rory where nothing seemed to drop, but his time will come, and we can't wait until it does. Elsewhere, Frenchie Christian Cevear, local favourite Julien Clement, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Gary Orr all finished tied for third.

7 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | PGA Tour | The PGA Tour

Jim Furyk: 'Why oh why isn't this hair growth cream working?'

Is this BMW Championship ever going to get finished? After shocking weather on Friday, the plan was to get 36 holes played on the Saturday, but bad light quickly put that idea to rest. It wasn't all doom and gloom though, especially for Jim Furyk, who managed to get his second and third rounds finished, carding a 62 and 66 respectively.

That was enough to give him a share of the lead on 12-under with our boy Camilo Villegas, who's still got five holes left to play before the final round. Probably best to look out for Brian Gay (3), Anthony Kim (4), as well as KJ Choi, DJ Trahan, Aaron Baddeley and Tim Clark (all T5).

Twenty three out of the 68 players in the field weren't able to complete their rounds on Saturday, which means they'll have to finish up on Sunday morning before being re-paired for the final 18 holes. Before we forget, Bart Bryant and Sergio Garcia both managed hole-in-ones... Wonder what the odds of that happening were?

Constantino Rocca: 'Billy's here? I thought I had a restraining order on him...'

On this day in 1997, with a final round 62, Billy Android's favourite mucker Constantino Rocca won the Canon European Masters by one stroke over Scott Henderson and Robert Karlsson. Born in Bergamo, in 1956, Rocca is Italy's most successful ever golfer.

7 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Ian Poulter & Colin Montgomerie: 'Just you wait until I'm captain, Ian...'

Looks like Ryder Cup preparations are going well for Ian Poulter. Our pal bumped into Monty in London's swanky Zuma restaurant on Saturday night whilst dining with his muckers from Westlife, Brian McFadden and Nicky Byrne. Things quickly turned nasty, however, when Poulter spotted the grumpy Scott across the room and before you could say Suzuki No Shioyaki, the two were having a 'furious bust up' over Faldo's picks.

7 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The LPGA Tour

From left to right: Carolyn Bivens, Yani Tseng and Ronald McDonald...

It's good to see that at least a few people on the LPGA Tour have got a smidgen of sense. For now, the LPGA has backed off its stupid plan to ban players who couldn't speak English well enough to be understood in pro-ams, interviews and in making acceptance speeches.

We weren't the only ones left disgusted by this discriminatory plan and, after much criticism, tour commissioner Carolyn Bivens said a revised plan will be put in place by the end of the year. What we don't flippin' understand, however, is the fact that fining no-English speakers remains an option. Some people will never learn...

6 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Arnold Palmer: 'Wonder what we're having for tea tonight...'

Some bloke called Arnold Palmer lines up a putt at the 1973 Ryder Cup at Muirfield. A corking American team comprising the likes of Palmer, Weiskopf, Nicklaus and Trevino beat the GB & Ireland team 19 points to 13 and, more importantly, looked well dapper in the process.

Rory McIlory: 'Those chinos look fantastic close up on camera, Rory...'

Things are looking pretty dandy for Rory McIlroy at the Omega European Masters after the third round. The 19-year-old posted a  66 on Saturday to take a four stroke lead into the final round... Not even Billy Android could throw away such a big lead.

McIlroy's biggest threats now, all on nine-under, are Robert Dinwiddie, some French blokes called Christian Cevaër and Jean-François Lucquin as well as Argentina's Juan Abbate. Rory laughs in the face of opposition like that...

The only one of our tips left with any sort of a shout is Ross McGowan, who's five behind Rory in tied 13th. Cambo finds himself five-under (T23) and Bradley Dredge (T44) has been a bit of a letdown, but those Welshies always are...

6 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | PGA Tour | The PGA Tour

Camilo Villegas: 'I'm so good I don't even need both my eyes...'

Our red-hot tip Camilo Villegas carded a first round 65 (five-under) at the BMW Championship to give himself a slender one-stroke advantage over the rest of the field. Hate to say we told you so, but we told you so. The dapper Colombian sank eight birdies on a soggy Bellerive CC as his fine playoff form continues.

Steve Stricker
(another one of our FedEx Cup picks would you believe? Damn we're good) holed a 35-foot birdie on the last to put him in a tie for second with the annoying Kenny Perry, the lumpy Tim Herron, the affable Stuart Appleby and the er, er... Andres Romero.

Other names in the mix include Tim Clark (T7), Sergio Garcia, Anthony Kim, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els (all T12). After Villegas, Justin Leonard is the best of our picks (T21), but Chav Campbell has got a lot to do on three-over (T60). Guess that's what happens when you wear Burberry...

Jay Haas & Tom Kite: 'Remember when I beat you in 1981, Tom? Good times...'

On this day in 1981, Jay Haas won the B.C Open by three shots over some bloke called Tom Kite with a 14-under-par 270. Jay Dean Haas was born in 1953 in Missouri and in his youth was a member of Golf World's greatest ever college team along with Curtis Strange and Bob Byman. He turned pro in 1976 and won nine PGA Tour events between 1978 and 1993.

The lovely Sara Folino to win Big Brother OR the 2008 Ryder Cup to end in a tie @ 12/1. Your call...

5 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Paul Azinger: Zing Zinger, who got the keys to my bimmer?

We're not sure what Paul Azinger's up to in this photo, but he doesn't half look cool. Come to think of it, he's probably reacting to the fact that he's just chipped in at The Belfry's 17th on the final day of the 1989 Ryder Cup. Didn't make much of a difference though, as the Yanks went home without the cup.

Miguel Angel Jimenez: Go on Miguel, sing 'The Sound Of Music' for us...

Billy Android's new best mate Rory McIlroy has a share of the lead at the European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre, which is in some small country called Switzerland apparently. The young whippersnapper shot an even-par 71 on the second day to put him eight-under with defending champion Brett Rumford.

Not that we really care about anyone else in the field, but Juan Abate jumped into tied third with Alejandro Canizares and Jean-Francois Lucquin after carding a 67. Other names McIlroy should probably keep an eye on inculde Peter Lawrie, Simon Dyson (both T6) and perhaps Miguel Angel Jimenez (T9).

Just in case Rors does make a hash of it all, it's good to know that all our picks - Bradley Dredge (T21), Michael Campbell and Ross McGowan (both T35) - will be playing on the weekend.

5 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central

Billy Android: 'I'd take them lot on any day of the week...'

If there's one thing that really grinds my gears, it's the fact that there aren't any proper Florida-style crazy golf courses here in Blighty. So imagine how brightly my eyes lit up when I got a call from those lovely people at Jurassic Encounter, inviting me to have a knock on their brand spanking new Dinosaur-themed adventure golf track in New Malden, just outside London.

Rory McIlroy: 'Honestly Chubby, that Billy Android has changed my life...'

We put it all down to Billy Android to be honest. Just a few days after he met with our equipment editor, Rory McIlroy goes and shoots an opening round of 63 (eight-under) at the European Masters in Switzerland. 'About time,' said our new best buddy. 'Golf's such a fickle game. I could go and play better than that and shoot level par.'

This was the youngster's best round on the European Tour and was enough to give him a three-stroke lead over Argentina's Julio Zapata and the Welsh duo of Garry Houston and Kyron Sullivan. Da iawn bechgyn...

A few players in a massive group tied for fifth include the excellently-named Emanuele Canonica, Peter Lawrie, IGWT pick Ross McGowan and Gary Orr. Our other tips - Michael Campbell and Bradley Dredge - are both tied for 21st on two-under. Not a bad day at the office for the Bet Detective...

Lee Westwood: The photo he didn't want you to see...

On this day in 1999, Lee Westwood won the Canon European Masters by two strokes over Thomas Bjorn after recording a 14-under-par 270. Contrary to popular belief, Lee Westwood wasn't born in a hamster cage. Lee was actually born in Worksop in 1973, and won his first professional tournament in 1996 and since then has won 18 times on the European Tour...

4 Sep, 08 | Comments [1] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

'Phwooar, look at those legs Jeffrey my old boy...'

What happened to the humble periscope in golf, eh? If you know the answer, send it on a postcard to the usual address. Anyway, here's a photo of three identically-clothed fans watching the 1965 Ryder Cup at Royal Birkdale. Senior Service was a brand of cigarettes according to my nan...

4 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | PGA Tour | The PGA Tour

That'll be no play on Thursday then...

Just as we were about to plonk ourselves in front of the box to watch the BMW Championship, they've only gone and suspended play at the first round in St. Louis due to crappy weather. Slugger White, the excellently-named tournament director said, 'We've got a mess out there... Might be as bad as I've seen in a long, long time.' Normal service will resume on Friday, but players will have to endure 36 holes on Saturday. Oh the pain...

4 Sep, 08 | Comments [1] | Tags: Golf Central | Golf Equipment

Billy Android & Rory McIlroy: 'Seriously, Rory, what do you keep in that bag?'

It's about time those berks in the office started letting me out more, especially considering the players I bump into. Honestly, they all love me on tour. First there was Ian Poulter, then Jeev Milkha Singh and now, I've only gone and got myself snapped with McIlroy. He asked me to caddy for him, but I had to say no. His bag was just too heavy for a droid like me...

4 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | Golf Equipment

Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback: Look at that grain....

Let's face it, picking the right putter always has been and always will be the most important decision you're ever likely to make. Judging by the hundreds of sitters we miss, it's fair to say we still haven't found that perfect putter here at IGWT. However, Titleist's new range of Scotty Cameron Studio Select putters may well be the answer to our woes...

Tom Kite with Justin Leonard & Nick Faldo: 'So what's Homer really like?'

On this day in 1949 in McKinney, Texas, Tom Oliver Kite was born. He won his first tournament at the age of 11, turned pro in 1972, won 19 times on the  PGA Tour and bagged one major, the 1992 U.S Open. Kite is best known for his innovative approach to the game, his awesome specs and more importantly, his guest appearance in The Simpsons...

3 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central

Bradley Dredge: 'Sod what those sports nutritionists say...'

Glad all that Ryder Cup wildcard malarkey is over because it means I can get on with the European Tour business good and proper. It would have been all too easy to go with some of the bigger names at this week's Omega European Masters, but what's the point when there's value to be had with the likes of Dredge, Ross McGowan and Cambo, eh?

3 Sep, 08 | Comments [6] | Tags: Golf Central | Tiger Woods

'We're sorry Mr.Woods, but you're newborn's going to be a lefty...'

We've brought you some Tiger Woods exclusives in our time, but this latest scoop takes the rusk. Don't ask us how, but we've managed to get our hands on an ultrascan photo of Tiger and Elin's new nipper. You heard it here first folks, Mrs.Woods has got her second bun in the oven, which has got us doubting this Tiger injury malarkey once again...

3 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central

Camilo Villegas: If they're ever after a new Incredible Hulk...

This Vijay Singh fella may have had a bit of a resurgence, but it's all been one massive fluke I tell ya. He ain't going to win three FedEx Cup events on the trot. Who is going to win this week? Well, I'm not going to make any promises, what with my shocking form as of late, but I'm fancying a bit of Villegas, Leonard and Chav Campbell. Like I said, no promises...

3 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Samuel Ryder: Cheer up Sam, it may never hapen...

Samuel Ryder departs for South Africa from London with his daughter Joan in October, 1930. Son of a Manchester corn merchant, Ryder made his fortune selling penny seed packets. He donated a solid gold trophy in 1927 for a biennial golf championship between the best professionals from the USA and UK, that trophy being the Ryder Cup if you hadn't already gathered.

This week, Chav offers his views on getting a wildcard pick for the US Ryder Cup team...

Bruce Devlin & Arnold Palmer: 'He's still got both hips you know...'

On this day, in 1966, Bruce Devlin won the Carling Open, the third of his eight PGA Tour wins. Bruce William Devlin was born in Armidale in Australia in 1937 and turned pro in 1961. He had one win on the Senior Tour before retiring from playing to concentrate on commentating and golf course design. To date he has designed over 150 courses all over the world.

2 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | Golf Equipment

Jeev Milkha Singh with IGWT: 'Yeah, it's a robot Jeev. Just go with the flow...'

He may have a funny swing, but Jeev Milkha Singh is one heck of a nice guy. We spent yesterday with those lovely people at Footjoy and, to our complete surprise, Mr.Singh (the real one) was there knocking some balls. Jeev's been off for a while now as a result of a dodgy ankle, but he was more than happy to take our equipment editor Billy Android through his bag.

2 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Paul Azinger: 'I just want to see Mahan suffer through those dinners...'

It was never going to happen really, was it? We thought Paul Azinger would go with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Bill Clinton and Will Ferrell, but he didn't end up taking our advice after all. Who does he think he is? Cheeky git. Instead, Zinger went with Steve Stricker, Hunter Mahan, J.B Holmes and Chav, sorry, Chad Campbell.

2 Sep, 08 | Comments [4] | Tags: Golf Central | Golf Equipment

Vokey Spin Milled Wedges: It's all about the Oil Can finish if you ask us...

If the name Bob Vokey doesn't ring any bells, then you deserved to be publicly horsewhipped. A master craftsmen for Titleist, Vokey has produced the most jaw-droppingly beautiful wedges we've ever seen. Being such an enthusiastic wedge geek, Bob has gone and designed the new Vokey Spin Milled wedges, which will be available in November 2008.

2 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Sam Torrance: 'Topless beach volleyball? Yeah, I'm all over that...'

Sam Torrance and his wife Suzanne pose for the cameras at the 1987 Ryder Cup at Muirfield Village, Ohio. Sure, he may have been pretty good at this Ryder Cup stuff, but with hair, shades and a moustache like that, we're wondering why he never got an audition for Top Gun?

2 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | PGA Tour | The PGA Tour

Sergio Garcia & Vijay Singh: 'Same time next week, Sergio?'

Talk about finding some form at the right time, eh? Vijay Singh laughed all the way to the Deutsche Bank yesterday as he won his second tournie - and more importantly second FedEx Cup event - on the trot. In doing so, Singh passed the $60 million dollar mark in career earning. Nice for some...

The Fijian sealed the deal with a final round of 63 (his fourth knock in the 60s) to finish on 22-under par, a whopping five strokes ahead of Mike Weir. Ernie Els and IGWT fave Camilo Villegas finished tied for third and, if you listen to our Bet Detective, Sergio Garcia (T5) provided a small each-way finish. Better than a punch in the face, I guess...

Other names to finish well included Chav Campbell, Justin Leonard and Jim Furyk (all T7). For a second week running, however, it was all about Vijay. Notoriously nervy with the putter, Singh's putts have indeed started to drop, which means he's well ahead in the FedEx Cup standings with 120,500 points.

Byron Nelson: 'Take that Japan...'

On this day in 1940, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead battled it out for the PGA Championship at the Hershey Country Club in Pennsylvania. Nelson won, one-up, to earn his second Major championship. Seven years earlier in 1933, the excellently named Virginia Van Wie won her second consecutive U.S. Women's Amateur.

1 Sep, 08 | Comments [0] | Tags: Golf Central | The Ryder Cup

Tony Jacklin and Jack Nicklaus: 'I would have made you putt that, Jack...'

Tony Jacklin and Jack Nicklaus shake hands at the 1969 Ryder Cup at Royal Birkdale. In what many consider to be the greatest sporting gesture of all time, Nicklaus conceded Jacklin's two-foot putt at the last, which halved their match and resulted in the first tie of a Ryder Cup in the tournament's 42-year history.

Chi Chi Rodriguez: Watch you don't have someone's eye out with that...

On this day in 1963, Chi Chi Rodriguez won the Denver Open, his first PGA title since turning pro in 1960. He would win seven more PGA Tour titles on his way to becoming the first Puerto Rican to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1992.

Neil Diamond: 'I knew this photo would make it onto IGWT, Tony...'

This is the part of the site where we tell you about seven things we've learned from golf in the last seven days. Last week, for example, we learnt that golf is more important than football, that Diamonds (nothing to do with Neil Diamond, we just like the photo) are a golf's best friend and that Tiger is a greedy faker. You probably already knew that last bit...




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