Lydia Ko’a spectacular performances has surely taken the entire golf world by storm, so much, that golf pundits are already comparing her to none other than Tiger Woods.
In fact, according to many the 18-year-ols is even better than the golf legend.
7 LPGA wins & 3 top 10s at majors assures a bustling career graph for any LPGA golfer. But the thing is that the Kiwi star has just been permitted to cast her vote for 4 days.
Lydia won LPGA Swinging Skirts Classic for 2 year in a row in the playoff over Pressel (Morgan). She has now triumphed eleven times as pro & 7 of those were on LPGA Tour.
Pressel is just too impressed with the young Kiwi golfer.
“She is extremely impressive& she is there in the contention always”, stated Morgan. “At this tender age, she shows immense calmness & poise which is not so viable with other other kids at the same age.”
And, this why many feel that Lydia is even better than Tiger Woods. When Woods was of Ko’s he could not show up with any pro win & what more, he was not even any pro player that time. In fact, Woods was nowhere at Stanford at the age of 18 – in fact he was working for Plain Sailing when he was 18!?
Now, the Kiwi youngster certainly has a lengthy way to march on to reach up to Woods’ spectacular achievements on golf course but- one thing for sure- she is just on the right way.
Ko has played in as many as fifty LPGA championships so far both as a pro & amateur. She triumphed at 7 of them.
Tiger won his 7th PGA Tour championship in his fifty-first even as a pro or an amateur. But unfortunately, Ko’s achievements are somehow underplayed in golf world.
English golfer and former world number one Lee Westwood has confirmed that he has split from swing coach Sean Foley as he bids to rekindle his form and mount a fresh challenge to make it to the European Team for the Ryder Cup in September this year.
The 40 year old has had an unbelievable fall from grace in the last one and half years, first losing his top spot and then managing to drop out of the top ten completely and he currently languishes as 35th in the latest rankings of golf.
And that makes it even more difficult for him to secure his place in the European Team for the Ryder Cup especially with the likes of Harris English as well as several others doing great on Tour. Westwood acknowledged that fact and admitted that he will have to work doubly hard to make it into the team but knows how difficult it is going to be.
The one good sign perhaps that is surely helping Westwood get back some of his confidence is his performance at the Honda Classic recently where he managed scores of 68 and 65 in the opening two rounds before falling behind in the latter stages.
But the fact that he is hitting the ball with a lot more precision and penetration and getting the requisite distance is sure to encourage him further as he looks to build momentum ahead of the Masters tournament in a few weeks’ time in Augusta.
Strangely, the veteran who has not missed a Ryder Cup event since first being selected in 1997 has never won a major title in his career and that will also drive him towards perfection this season as he looks to finally break a duck that has been a hard pill to swallow.
Angel Cabrera, popularly known as “El Pato” in Spanish (meaning “The Duck”) plays for the European as well as PGA Tour. Having won the 2007 US Open and the Maters of 2009, he is a two time major champion. In both the tournaments he became the first Argentine to achieve victory in either tournament. However, in the 2013 Masters, he lost in a sudden death playoff.
After three unsuccessful attempts to the European tour Qualifying School, he finally qualified for the membership of the European Tour in the year 1996. The first two professional victories of Angel Cabrera came in the year 1995, in Latin America. The first win in the European Tour was in the Argentine Open held in the year 2001. He also won the BMW Championship in the year 2005.
The BMW championship is considered one of the most prestigious events of the European Tour Schedule. Meanwhile he had also earned victory in three non European Tours in Latin America.
In the US Open that was held in the year 2007 at Oakmont near Pittsburgh, Cabrera earned his first major championship victory. He topped Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk at the end of the tournament by one stroke. In the year 2009, Cabrera won the Masters Tournament in a three way sudden death playoff. Unfortunately in the seasons held in 2010, Cabrera struggled with injuries, missing a number of events that took place during that year.
In 2011 Masters Cabrera was in the final pairing on Sunday, and showed a good finish, in fact his best in a major tournament after his comeback. The 2013 Masters too got Cabrera as a participant and once again he was in the final pairing on Sunday. The 2012 Visa Open de Argentina and the 2013 Abierto del Centro, both the tournaments were won by Angel Cabrera.
There were three things that happened during the long weather delay. People got wet, people stood around and waited long and more importantly, they got time to drink alcohol. The third one, which is also called liquid courage, was a real factor in the President’s Cup contest on Friday at the Muirfield Village.
An interesting development took place on 12th green, the place where golfer Angel Cabrera withdrew from a 28 foot birdie putt 3 times because of all the noise made by the spectators Friday night. Some spectators shouted as the 2 time Argentine major champ 1st stood over his ball. He addressed and regrouped the ball once again and the rooters shouted once again.
Australian golfer Marc Leishman told that the 3rd time he was over it, someone shouted very loudly, possibly a split second before he was going to take the putter away. It was a big distraction for him. That last call sounded something like Pato that means duck in Spanish language. Why? Well, El Pato, which means The Duck, is the nickname of Angel Cabrera.
After all that, Angel walked off, reset as well as hit the long putt. It offered his doubles squad a two up lead in a match against Brandt Snedeker and Webb Simpson. The International pair was one up through thirteen holes when play was stopped because of dark weather. After hitting the putt, Angel pointed to the spectators and 1st pumped with great energy. Leishman told that it was quite satisfying for him. It is something that fires him up.
English golfer Ian Poulter found himself in hot water as he ran into a raging row on the social networking site Twitter with Steve Elkington, a former champion at the US PGA Championship after he claimed that he would like to taser the muppets who keep on shouting during golf tournaments.
As it was, the 37 year old Englishman was disappointed with his performances at the Oak Hill and there was more fuel added to the fire after he posted a tweet on the popular social networking site lambasting those fans who yell on golf courses. According to the tweet posted by Poulter, professional golfers should be allowed to carry 10,000 volt tasers with them onto the golf course and tazer every fan who decides to shout out something stupid and have a laugh, adding that he would have a laugh then.
This sparked an angry reaction from Elkington who posted a message on Twitter, addressing Ian Poulter which stated that the fans the Englishman chose to refer to as muppets are known as patrons. But the Englishman was in mood to have a curt conversation with Elkington after finishing at tied 61st at the US PGA Championship, failing to challenge even once at Oak Hill and told Elkington that would be better off crawling back under the rocks with his friends.
In what was another major failure for the Englishman, the response he gave to Elkington would have surprised many but he was not finished yet as he went on to endorse a fan’s tweet asking if the evetran was indeed not liked by most of the professional golfers on Tour.
But Ian Poulter in decent mood later on when he summed up his four rounds at the Oak Hill last weekend and did not seem to have any problem whatsoever.
Tiger Woods has had a brilliant 2013 season for those not paying enough attention with his five wins on the US PGA Tour from 12 starts already this season. The world number one himself has termed his year a success and albeit it hasn’t yielded his 15th major title, it still has been more productive than any other golfer on the Tour by quite a distance.
And according to reigning US Masters champion Adam Scott, the polls are closed on the voting for the Player of the Year. The Australian stated that it is extremely hard to overlook five wins on the Tour, when asked about the media about the criteria for choosing the season’s Player of the Year.
He stated that it is a great achievement for any golfer to win so many times, before going on to add if one believes winning a major is something that determines whether a year has been a success or not, then not winning one can have an effect.
But Adam Scott mentioned that he has always based the success of a player on the Tour on winning and he added that he doesn’t believe that winning one major makes up for winning five other events. However, for someone like Tiger Woods who has already won 14 major wins under his belt, not winning one major for yet another year for the fifth straight season can have an effect.
And although Scott doesn’t believe he will never come anywhere close to challenging Tiger’s overall major record, he still wouldn’t trade his green jacket for the five wins on Tour. Adam Scott also added that he would rather have his own season and mentioned that he believes Tiger would also prefer his title considering the 15th title is proving so elusive for him.
An argentine by origin, Angel Cabrera is one of the most accomplished golfers around. He is very well known to have played spectacularly in both the PGA tour and the European Tour.
Back in 2007, he won the US Open, and two years later in 2009, he clinched the Masters, making him a major two-time champion in the world of golf. And not only this, he is the first argentine to have won both the tournaments.
It is surprising when people find out that he started playing golf by being a caddy at golf courses. He had no professional training in his initial years, and he learnt all his golfing moves by playing against the other caddies at the golf course for money. He became a professional golfer at the age of twenty, and there has been no looking back since then. And he is quite eccentric too, as he is known for smoking at every hole while he plays.
Angel Cabrera was in the news recently when he stated that he did indeed think that it was actually possible to go to sixty or lower, after he had birdied at the 15th hole and reached to an eight-under for that round. But unfortunately, Cabrera was able to play the three final holes at a 1-over, and after that he finished his round with a 7-under sixty three, which tied him at the spot on the ninth position. According to him, he did leave out a few spots near the end, but then overall, he did alright he thinks.
Angel Cabrera has won three of the most coveted championships among the major ones, but has not been so fortunate in terms of other PGA Tour events. He bogeyed the seventeenth, and also at the sixteen and eighteen, he missed the birdie opportunities.
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Angel Cabrera, born in Argentina, 1969, is a professional golfer. He plays on both European tour and PGA tour. He started playing professional golf at the age of 20. He is the only player from Argentina to be among the top 10 in the official World Golf Ranking.
He has 50 professional wins to his credit. That includes his two professional wins in Latin America in 1995. He qualified for membership of European Tour in 1996. His first European Tour win was in 2001 Argentine Open. He also won the 2005 BMW championship. By 2nd October 2005 he reached the 9th rank on the Official World Golf Ranking.
On 2007 Angel Cabrera won the U.S. open at Oakmont near Pittsburgh, that proved to me one of his first major championships. He concluded the tournament by topping Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods by one stroke. Thus becoming the first argentine player to win the U.S. open.
He won the 2009 Masters Tournament in a three-way, sudden death playoff, defeating Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry after the first and second playoff holes respectively. He was the first Argentine golfer to win a masters and also the lowest ranked golfer, at that time he was ranked 69th by the Official World Golf Ranking – well worth a quid or two on the golf betting william hill markets.
In the 2013 Masters Tournament he was in the final pairing. But was defeated by Adam Scott on the second hole of a sudden death playoff against Cabrera. Had he won, he would have been the second oldest golfer to have won the masters.
The oldest winner being Jack Nicklaus at the age of 46. He had won the Masters Tournament extraordinarily in 1986. That was a one time opportunity for Angel Cabrera languishing at 269th rank in the world. However this gave the opportunity for Adam to bring Australia their first green jacket.
It has now become a regular issue about Masters. Once people start to begin talks and analysis of the Masters, they find Angel Cabrera topping the board with his impressive scores. And why will it not be? Angel is the only player who has both Major Championship degree and the Masters Championship degree. He has won the 2007 U S Open at Oakmont, and the 2009 Masters. The Shell Houston open was no exception to this trend for the last couple of years. Last Thursday at the same open, he shot a -6 under par 66.
Angel Cabrera began his day on the front nine, his bogey free round by making the turn at -2 under 34 was a sight to savor, and then he hit the back nine in a full sprint. Starting at number 10, a hat trick of birdies seemed a piece of cake for him, and then he added one at the 18th hole at the Redstone Golf Course. He finished with a tie with Jason Kokrak which makes him just two shots far from the pace set by D.A. Points.
But the spring PGA tour had not gone nice on the 43 year old Cabrera from Cordoba, Argentina evident from his missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open, and last week at Bay Hill. The Northern Trust Open saw Angel Cabrera getting tied at the 33rd place.
After six events, Angel is currently 132 in FedEx Cup points after six events. When Jim Furyk, and Tiger Woods both finished at the runners–up place Angel Cabrera became victorious by four strokes at Oakmont in 2007. His victory at Augusta in 2009 came by beating Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry in the playoff after Campbell was eliminated on the first playoff hole and Perry on the second.