For Hideki Matsuyama, the year has been quite a good one, and the end of the year, just perfect!

He had started out the year with a victory in the Japan Open at home, while rounding it off with another trophy against a short but strong field in the Bahamas. In five tournaments, he has so far come off with four victories.

In the HSBC Champions and the Taiheiyo Masters, the 24 year old Japanese star had come off with seven-shot victories. And going into the final round at the Albany Golf Club, he had a seven shot lead over Henrik Stenson.

After the ninth hole, he was unable to make another birdie and so got his lead reduced to two shots. He had two more holes to play and thus closed with two pars for a -1-over 73 and a two-shot victory.

“I can’t say that I played well today,” he said. “But I did win Tiger’s tournament, and what a great honor it is.” Continue reading “HIDEKI MATSUYAMA COMES OFF VICTORIOUS IN THE BAHAMAS”

Ian Poulter third at Puerto Rico Open, behind Finau & Marino

Ian Poulter could not convert his overnight lead into win at Puerto Rico Open, ending 3rd (tied) behind Steve Marino and Tony Finau.

The England man, who has not become victorious at a PGA Tour title since the year 2012, carded a level-par seventy-two in the final round.
That left him one off the leaders, who were separated by a play-off – American Finau beating his compatriot Marino with three successive birdies. The forty year old golfer told that this is a bit disappointing. He is continuing to work on the game to attempt and improve and he know if he rectify a couple of poor shots then his game would improve. Hitting shots slightly too far right at certain times is costly.
Meanwhile, he has lived up to his car-lover repute by sending one of his prized-assets to get some ‘TLC’. Ian, who recently ended T3 at Puerto Rico Open at the Coco Beach, is targeting to win his very first tournament since the year 2012.
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Adam Scott rues rustiness

Australian golfer Adam Scott believes his lack of match practice over the last few months cost him the title at the World Golf Championship – Cadillac Championship in Florida last week as Dustin Johnson made a sensational return to professional golf, winning the title over the rest of the pack.

Having started the final round a massive eight shots behind the leader, Scott gave the leading bunch a run for their money when he halved that lead at the end of nine shots and was well placed for one final assault on the title. However, a bogey on the 11th hole made him change his strategies and forced him to go all out on attack on a course that is difficult to navigate traditionally. And that proved to be the difference in the end as he eventually finished in fourth place, five shots behind the winner Johnson.

Adam Scott took an extended break from the sport following the birth of his daughter in February and began the season much later than the others. He had last played at the Australian Masters back in December and admits he still feels some ring rustiness. Continue reading “Adam Scott rues rustiness”

Paul Casey trolled

It was a bright afternoon at the Alfred Dunhill Links. Paul Casey was about to hit his shot. Suddenly a dog came, took the ball, and simply ran off with it!

Well! It’s an incident that you do not get to hear every day. With a golf championship going on at Kingsbams in Scotland, it is awfully abstract to think that a dog could take away a ball from the ground.  Casey was preparing for a eagle putt from 20-foot distance at the par five 12th hole when this happened.

Paul Casey and his partner, Australian Olympic Swimming wonder Michael Phelps were simply spellbound to see this happening. They were laughing in astonishment as they had never seen such thing taking place on a golf course, with a championship match going on.

Then Casey bought a brand new golf ball to get away with the game and soon after one of them from the crowd came up with the ball which was taken away by the dog. The rules administrator of the European Tour came along to see both the balls and then allowed Casey to go on with the old ball after positioning it on the same spot from where it had been taken.

Paul Casey was simply amazes to see the incident as he said later that it was the weirdest thing that could happen on the golf course. He also reported that he was just about to hit the eagle putt from 20 foot distance at the 12th hole, which was his third, and suddenly a dog appeared and took away the ball. He left the putt short and was tapped in for a birdie.

Casey already had a disastrous season in 2012 and he now ranks 118 in the world. He survived a number of injuries this year. And now with this dog-attack, it seems that the luck factor is really not working for him.