Phil Mickelson took two bad blotches with him to the 1st tee earlier on Thursday.
He blocked off one, and might be on his way to finishing the 2nd. Phil, highlighted by an 278-yard three-wood which fixed a tap-in eagle at the par-five 8th hole, opened the seventy ninth Masters with a two-under-par seventy. Dating to the 1st round of the Masters 2013, Mickelson’s last 5 rounds at Augusta National, till Thursday, had all been over par. He escaped the cut here previous year, for just the 2nd time.
Phil, who required thirty three putts, told that he hit the ball very well that day. He really did not got anything going on the greens. It was a good way to start the event. He feels great with the way the game is, and if he could, over the course of the next 3 days, get hot with the putter a time or two, he would probably be able to make a run.
High finishes and runs have been missing from Phil’s game for some time. Since winning the Open Championship in 2013, he has no titles. Worse – he has earned just a top-Ten finish in his last thirtyone PGA Tour beginnings, a streak which started with a tie for forty first at the Deutsche Bank Championship 2013 at TPC Boston. The only top-Ten since then was a runner-up at previous year’s PGA Championship.
His seventy left Phil tied for twelfth after the 1st day, 6 shots behind leader Jordan Spieth. But the 3-time Masters champ appeared very encouraged. Phil said that if he carry on to hit the ball like this he would have a number of scopes. Eventually you have to get hot on the greens.
Angel Cabrera is a professional golfer who hails from Argentina and is a member of both the European Tour and the US PGA Tour.
Affectionately known as ‘The Duck’ for the waddling gait that he has, Cabrera is a two time major winner having won the US Open title in 2007 and the Masters title in 2009, he is also the first and only Argentine golfer to win both the major titles in the country’s history.
Born in the city of Cordoba in Argentina, Cabrera had a difficult upbringing as a child with his father, a handyman, struggling financially and his mother also had to work as a maid in order to support the family. He was only four years old when his parents split up and a young Cabrera was left in the care of his maternal grandmother.
Angel Cabrera became a caddie at the Cordoba Country Club when he was just ten years old and he still fondly calls it his home away from home. He learned to play the sport by watching the players on the course and in the evenings, he would play against the other caddies for money. He had a fierce determination and powerful swing and his prowess on the course soon caught the eye of a real estate manager who bought the youngster his first set of golf clubs when he was 16 years old.
Having turned professional at the age of 2000, Angel Cabrera failed to qualify for the European Tour in his first three visits to the qualifying school.
Since becoming a member of the major Tours, Cabrera has improved significantly as a golfer and has gone on to become one of the most consistent and highly respected golfers on the Tours although he plays very less events now than before.
Alberto Contador has said that he’ll be participating in the next year’s Giro d’Italia and in the 2015 Tour de France.
Contador won’t be defending his Vuelta a Espana title that he won this year in the next edition of the race. He said that participating in two grand tours will be very tough for him. He said that Giro d’Italia is a race that not only motivates him but he also likes it very much. Contador not participating in the 2015 Vuelta a Espana would be very much advantageous for Chris Froome.
Froome indicated earlier that he might be participating in the next year’s Giro d’Italia where he might get to compete against Contador and after that he’ll be competing in the Vuelta. With Contador not participating in the 2015 Vuelta, Froome has a chance of winning the race.
Contador began his 2015 season by climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa with his Tinkoff Saxo team members. He said after climbing Kilimanjaro that the experience was great and now he intends to focus completely on cycling after he gets back in form. He considers the upcoming season to be the most challenging one of his career yet.
Regarding the difficulties they had to face during the expedition, Contador said that it rained heavily during the first three days of the expedition and they didn’t get to dry their equipments that got wet. He said that the climb to the summit on the last day of the expedition was the hardest. Contador said that the team woke up at 11:30pm in the night before the final climb and their objective was to reach the summit at daybreak. Before they started to climb, it was very windy but gradually the weather improved, Contador was the first of all his team members to reach the summit.
He said that one of the main objectives of the expedition was to develop camaraderie between team members and the team did learn that.
For a time last year, whatever Adam Scott touched turned into gold. The Aussie became the world number one, won a major event, had ten finishes in the top ten and his cut streak extended to a whopping 44 events but he is looking for a lot more from his game.
The US PGA Tour season of the Australian ended on a decent enough note as he finished at ninth in the Tour Championship, but it is not quite close to the top as he would want to be and it also means he will be spending his off season looking to improve his game.
Despite the good results he had this year, Scott, who is currently ranked at second in the world behind Rory McIlroy feels that he left a lot out on the course and he didn’t make full use of the opportunities that presented itself.
Adam Scott stated that he was expecting a lot more from his game this year. The 2013 Masters champion also said that he has played better golf than the results are showing and he wants to prove the doubters wrong.
He went on to add that he will find out the reasons behind his failings this year and find a remedy and that is what he plans to do between now and the end of the year. He admits that he needs to do a lot better.
Scott witnessed the likes of McIlroy and Martin Kaymer win major titles by playing an aggressive brand of golf and according to Adam Scott, he will look to play with a lot more freedom as he believes everything is there in his game and all he has to do is put them together and find the missing link that will help him succeed in the future.
Rory Mcilroy has surely been working hard on his golfing skills and this clearly reflects in the recent successes that he has been able to achieve even without the help of any lady luck. Mcilroy won the PGA National Championship on the 10th of August, 2014.
The PGA championships took place in Kentucky this year. Mcilroy faced tough competition from Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson. However, he was able to win the tournament very conveniently.
After the tournament, Mcilroy went to New York in order to celebrate his success at the championships with a few of his close friends.
Sources said that Mcilroy and his bunch of friends were seen at around 3:30 am in the 10ak nightclub on Monday (11th of August, 2014). Later, they were spotted at Lavo where they were having lunch. Mcilroy and his friends also went to Bodega Negra in order to attend Dream Downtown Hotel’s dinner party.
The next day (12th of August, 2014) at around 1 am, Rory Mcilroy went to Avenue (famous nightclub in NYC) along with his male friends. Sources also claim that a large number of booze bottles were ordered by Mcilroy and that his table was close to George St. Pierre’s (UFC fighter) table at the club. The whole crew left Avenue at around 2:30 am. Rory Mcilroy enjoyed with his group of his male friends and he showed no interest whatsoever in any of the women present at the club.
Mcilroy in the month of May had got out of his relationship with Caroline Wozniacki (tennis player from Denmark). According to Mcilroy, the break up has had a good effect on him since he has got the ultimate opportunity to focus only on golf. He has taken all the correct decisions and has practiced hard because of which he is reaping the benefits now.
Recently, Rory Mcilroy won his second title in Kentucky at the golf club known as Valhalla and thus was able to win his 4th major golfing championship. The attractive blonde model- Ashley Bongiovanni has been claiming that she has been the lucky charm that has worked for Mcilroy and his recent successes.
Ashley Bongiovanni had earlier tried to gain Mcilroy’s attention during the WGC Bridgestone tournament that had taken place in Ohio. A video was uploaded on the internet which actually showcased the attempts that Bongiovanni was making in order to make an impact on Mcilroy during the tournament last month.
In the month of May, Rory Mcilroy broke off his relationship with Caroline Wozniacki (tennis player) and just a month after that Ashley Bongiovanni was seen at the tournament trying to impress Mcilroy with her beauty.
The pictures she uploads on Instagram and Twitter are usually very striking and appealing because she is a glamour model.
Since the video of Bongiovanni at the WGC Bridgestone golf tournament went viral on the internet, people thought that her chances would be hampered. But then Mcilroy decided to follow her on Twitter and it seems he does not want to ignore the attention he is getting from this beautiful fan.
In an interview that was taken by Fox News, Ashley Bongiovanni said that Mcilroy and she have been in contact with each other. She is also of the opinion that maybe her presence at the tournament increased his chances of winning the Bridgestone tournament.
Bongiovanni even affirmed that if Mcilroy and she did get into a relationship then that would totally be their personal matter.
There were already rumors this summer, about Rory Mcilroy having romantic links with Irish models namely Sasha Gale and Nadia Forde. However, the rumors have not been affirmed by either Mcilroy or the models.
Matt Kuchar stood to the 18th green as he was unable to clinch it by a lead of four- shot. This happened in April at the Houston Open. So a very abrupt closing to the playoff. After seven days Kuchar lead Masters share but not before a putt of four in the fourth hole at the Augusta National.
At the RBC Heritage with four shots he won the trophy from his own lead in which there was a bunker shot that managed to reach into a hole of number 18. For him golfing god exists as whatever goes around comes around too. Everything will be going his way if he selects the shots properly. So it might happen that in U.S Open too he gets good results.
He has the potential as from the beginning of 2010 his finish top 10 from 46 is astounding. So much that it has set new standards at the Tour of PGA as he has 9 extra than anyone. He has managed to win 5 five and at the elite stops three. Kuchar easily fits among the players of the Open championships. He is yet in search of his first major title but given the fact that he is young with elegant striker of the ball so there will be no shock when the win comes.
Brandel Chamblee asserted that he has full faith that this season Kuchar is going to win the U.S Open title. He is playing really well this season so there should not be any reason for him to slow down his progress. It has been 17 years since being an amateur that time he has won it. This time it will be his confident turn around in the major.
Great news for Lee Westwood fans- the leading English Westwood golfer has been confirmed for the upcoming Scottish Open tournament.
Along with Westwood, Darren Clarke has also been confirmed for the prestigious tournament to be hosted at Royal Aberdeen. Scottish Open 2014 is scheduled to take place from 10th to 13th July and would feature some of the best names from golf such as Jimmy Walker, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson, apart from Clarke and Westwood.
Westwood was naturally delighted with the confirmation of his participation at the esteemed golf tournament this July. It would be his 1st appearance in Scottish Open after 3 years and he admitted that he is eagerly waiting to play at it.
“I am really glad to get confirmed for this tournament and have been eagerly waiting to play here”, said the 40 year old golfer. “It’s a course that I’ve never got a chance to play at and hence it’s surely going to be a major challenge. I’ve heard excellent things about the course.”
“I feel that it would be a great place to prep up for Open championship & this is one among the major reasons why I have decided to bounce back this year”, Westwood added in.
Clarke is trying hard to get back to his glorious form of late and akin to Westwood, he too is delighted to play at the tournament. “It’s true that I adore links golf”, remarked Clarke.
“So to get the opportunity to play at some new links golf course on Euro Tour Schedule seems to be really thrilling for me. It’s more special because Scottish Open is such an event which is really close to my heart. The golf fans of Scotland are really knowledgeable & it has been a pleasure, always, to get back to this esteemed event.”
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.