A strong finish from George Coetzee saw him take the lead after day one of the Qatar Masters in Doha.
The South African finished the day with three straight birdies to get himself to an eight-under-par round of 64 to go one shot clear of Dawie van der Walt and Steve Webster.
Steve Webster got he’s round off to the best possible start when he started at the 10th and managed to hole his second shot for an albatross on the shortish par 5.
Webster made history as it was the first time anybody had ever a started a European Tour event with an albatross., it’s not Webster’s first albatross though he managed it back in 2011 at The Italian Open.
There are some very good players just a shot further back which include major winners Ernie Els, Paul Lawrie, and John Daly.
With so many good players in contention the weekend really could be an exciting one!
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Posted onJune 25, 2013bymattd|Comments Off on All Star Line-Up At The Irish Open This Week
It’s the start of the Irish Open this week to which there will be an illustrious field of Ryder Cup players and Major Champions. The €2million event has attracted the attention from around the world and they will be coming to the glorious Carton House Golf Club.
There will be no fewer than 79 European Tour Winners teeing it up this week and seven players with 11 major titles between them also trying to get into form before The Open championship in a few weeks time.
The 2012 Ryder Cup captainJose Maria Olazábal will also be teeing it up having won the event back in 1990, he will have four of that team who won in Medinah – Molinari, McIlroy, McDowell and Paul Lawrie.
Should be a great week of golf again, let’s just hope the weather is okay, as we all know it can get a bit wet on the Emerald Isle!
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The eagerly awaited Zone Golf Charity Shoot Out at Dukes Meadows Golf in West London yesterday lived up to its expectations as crowds flocked in to see some of the best golfers in the world compete for a £250,000 prize.
Justin Rose, Paul Lawrie, Ian Poulter and Paul McGinley joined by four celebrities/sportsman competed in a new style of golf called ‘Zone Golf’.
This is a new format of golf which sees players pick a zone of the green to try and hit and are then rewarded with points if they hit the ZONE they elected from the tee. There are three ZONES – Red=9pts Amber=6pts Green=3pts plus another 1 point for a bogey, 2 for par and 3 for a birdie.
There were two semi-final matches to start with, then a final and then a third and fourth play-off.
It was a tight finish in the final match which went down to a putting competition on the last hole between Ian Poulter and Paul McGinley. Poulter had to hole a long 25 foot putt which he failed to make, which allowed McGinley an easy two-putt to win him and Jamie Redknapp the money.
The winning team received a total of £100,000 to give to a charity of their choice and the three other teams received a total of £50,000 each.
If you want to see how the day unfolded then Sky Sports are showing all the action:
June 4th Sky Sports 2 8pm.
June 5th Sky Sports 3 9pm.
A great day was had by all and I’m looking forward to next year already!
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Ryder Cup player Paul Lawrie has found himself at his highest position on the world rankings a week before the Ryder Cup after a 13 year absence from the competition.
The Aberdeen-born major winner played in the European team who lost in the controversial Ryder Cup when it was held at Brookline, in 1999, the year of his British Open victory.
So next week is when it all kicks off at Medinah Country Club in Chicago involving 24 of the worlds top 35 players, 17 of which will also compete this week at the Tour Championship.
All of the American team have made it through to the final of the FedEx Cup play-offs, plus the best player in the world right now Rory McIlroy who leads the season-long cash-grab race for the $10million pay day.
It’s going to be an exciting couple of weeks of golf ahead. Can Rory keep his nerve and win the big pot? Will his mind be on the Ryder Cup? Who will win the Ryder Cup? These are all questions that will be answered very soon!
13 years ago Paul Lawrie was given the chance to hit the first tee shot of The 1999 Ryder Cup in Brookline, and the memories of it still give him the shivers today, but after making his debut (not long after his British Open win) in golf’s greatest team event Lawrie can’t wait for a second bite at the cherry.
The Scot has held a strong position on the Ryder Cup Qualification Lists, but for months has refused to accept he was a certainty for the 12 strong team bound for Chicago, and he now can’t be caught even in this week’s Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles and is finally prepared to talk openly about his return to the Ryder Cup.
There is still one place remaining out of the ten automatic qualifiers with Nicolas Colsaerts bidding to become the first Belgian golfer to play in The Ryder Cup, needing a finish of no worse than second. Good luck this week Nicolas, I would love to see him in the team.
The 141st Open Championship got under way at 6.19am this morning with Barry Lane hitting the first tee-shot at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
The weather was calm but the scoring was still tough with bogeys being made everywhere, and poor American James Driscoll reaching the turn at ten over par and England’s Robert Rock double bogeyed the first and third holes to reach four over after six.
But there have been good starts from Scot Paul Lawrie who is currently leading at three under par and Lee Westwood second at two under par after birdies at the first two holes.. There is lots of golf still to come today as play will still be going at 7pm tonight. I for one will be watching most of it!
If you’re thinking of having a flutter this week and want some advice on picking a winner then here are my picks for this week.
Good luck and enjoy the golf! Click here for the live leaderboard
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Posted onJuly 11, 2012bymattd|Comments Off on Lawrie In Confident Mood Heading Into The Open
Paul Lawrie thinks that the start of the Scottish Open marks the start of the biggest two weeks of the year.
He goes into his national Open having been in some great form recently, before travelling to Royal Lytham and St. Annes to compete in The Open Championship which he won in 1999 in a play-off.
The Scotsman has had ten top-25 finishes in 14 events, including victory at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters which has propelled him to eighth in The Race to Dubai and third in The Ryder Cup standings, but the 43 year old is determined to build on that form and make it count in these bigger tournaments.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “Obviously it’s always the biggest two weeks of the year for a Scottish player if you’re in The Open”
Well Lawrie has proved he can cut it with the big boys and has already got a major under his belt, so he’s got nothing to prove. Could major number two be around the corner? What do you think?
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Paul Lawrie has finally made his way back in to the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking’s for the first time since 2003 after a superb performance gave him a second Commercialbank Qatar Masters.
The 43 year old Scot, chipped in twice during a brilliant closing 65 and beat Australian Jason Day and Swede Peter Hanson by four shots.
Lawrie has struggled since his famous 1999 Open Championship victory at Carnoustie, and less than a year ago he was 272nd in the Official World Golf Rankings. Now he is part of golf’s elite group again.
Winning the Qatar Masters guarantees him a place in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play in Arizona later this month and the 24-man Volvo World Match Play in Spain in May.
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Whenever the name ‘Carnoustie’ is mentioned we automatically think back to The Open in 1999, for those of you that don’t know why, here’s a little reminder……
……yes you remember!!
Van de Velde nearly achieved victory at the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie, when he was the clear leader playing the closing holes. He arrived at the 18th tee needing only a double bogey six to become the first Frenchman since 1907 to win the tournament. He had played error-free golf for much of the championship and birdied the 18th hole in two prior rounds. He took a seven and got into a three-way playoff with Justin Leonard and Paul Lawrie.
Paul Lawrie eventually triumphed in the playoff.
Carnoustie had been set up particularly hard for that week boasting the longest rough an Open had ever seen, and the tightest fairways. With the wind blowing as well just made it one of the toughest opens in history, which made Van de Velde’s achievement going into the final hole even greater.
The Championship course was 7,421 yards for that week and a par 71.