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McIlroy Claims Fourth Major In Near Darkness

It wasn’t all plain sailing this time around for Rory McIlroy as he saw his overnight lead vanish after the first few holes in the PGA Championship at Valhalla.

McIlroy found himself 2 over par on the front nine, and strong starts from Mickelson, Fowler and Henrik Stenson saw him 2 behind the leaders at the turn.

But as a true champion McIlroy was to show that he wasn’t out of the tournament yet and with a tremendous second shot to eight feet on the par 5 10th which he holed for eagle, he suddenly was right back in the tournament.

As the other players were running out of steam and holes up ahead, he would go on to birdie the 13th and the 17th and claim a one-shot victory in what was pretty much darkness at the 18th green apart from the lights of the clubhouse which lit up a small part of it.

It’s been quite a few weeks for McIlroy and he has become the third youngest player after Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to win four majors, but by the way this young man is going, he will be looking to break all records set by these great players and who’s to say anything can stop him at the moment.

If you followed my bets from earlier last week then well done on your winnings, and don’t spend all of the money at once!


My Betting Tips For The Masters 2014

The long wait is nearly over as the first major of the year is just around the corner and it feels like an eternity since we saw Jason Dufner lift the PGA Championship at Oakhill back in August last year. 

The players have arrived at Augusta today and they will playing their practise rounds, either on their own or in groups. For some players this will be a new experience, especially the likes of European players such as Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson and Joost Luiten. The last debutant to win The Masters was Fuzzy Zoeller back in 1979, so it doesn’t happen that often. Just to make the cut would be a major achievement for these players, and I’m sure they will be seeking advice for fellow European players before teeing it up on Thursday.

So the big question is….Who is going to win?

It’s always hard to pick a winner at any tournament, but even harder in a major championship. Augusta is a well known course, and The Masters is the only major that is held at the same golf course each year so you can kind of get an idea looking back through previous results who does well, and who doesn’t. So if you are going to bet, this is a good one to bet on.

Here are my tips for this year:

Phil Mickleson 12/1

Dustin Johnson 25/1

Rickie Fowler 66/1

Jimmy Walker 55/1

Zach Johnson 33/1

For more betting odds visit Paddy Power.

Good luck if you are having a bet and enjoy watching the golf this week, this really is a spectacular event that never fails to be exciting!


Woods Backs Mickelson’s Decision To Cut Back On Events In 2014

Tiger Woods has supported Phil Mickelson’s decision to play a reduced schedule in 2014 after the big American’s announcement last week.

Mickelson hinted that he might even skip the end of season FedEx Cup play-offs despite the amount of money on offer in these tournaments.

The world number one Woods said he understood Mickelson’s decision to have more time away from the course, and saying that it is so important to stay refreshed for the big events such as the four majors and the World Golf Championships and of course The Players Championship.

Steve Stricker seems to have got it right this year, he has only played in 13 tournaments but has made the cut in each event  and has earned $4.4m. Not bad work if you can get it!


Mickelson a Worthy Winner Of The Best Tournament In The World

Well we have a new Open champion in Phil Mickelson, and what a worthy winner he was too! Having hung around in the mix all week, he somehow managed to muster up a final round 66 to win by three shots and in his own words was ‘The round of my life’.

It was all looking very tight at the top of the leaderboard with about two hours of play left, Woods never really got the putter going, Westwood looked calm but just made too many mistakes to win a tournament of this magnitude, and Adam Scott made a move and then faded away.

There was a charge from Ian Pouter in the middle of his round which saw him get to one off the lead with others still out on the course, but he couldn’t sustain it and was clubhouse leader for a while at one over par.

But Mickelson made a late charge birdieing four out of the last six holes including a tremendous three on the last to comfortably seal victory to the delight of his waiting family and coach Butch Harmon.

Although I would have loved to see an Englishman win The Open, I think Mickelson has been a great ambassador for the game of golf, and he seems like a really great guy too, so good luck to him, and I think he’s got a few more in him yet!


Mickelson Returns To Action After US Open Heartbreak

It’s a return to action tonight for Phil Mickelson after one of the biggest disappointments of his career a few weeks back at the US Open where he came out second best to England’s Justin Rose in a thrilling final day at Merion.

Mickelson has now finished second 6 times in the event and is looking to put the heartbreak behind him this week at the Greenbrier Classic.

The American has got 4 major titles to his mane now and a total of 41 PGA Tour events and if it wasn’t for Tiger Woods he would have been World Number One for many years. But write him off at your peril, this guy has got a few more years in him yet, and he will be contending for many more majors over the next few years let me tell you.

My Betting Tips For The Masters

Well as promised I’m going to tell you who I think can win the US Masters this year. It’s getting tougher than ever to predict winners of tournaments now, as so many players are capable of winning major tournaments.

I’ve gone for three players who I think can win:

Phil Mickelson

Lee Westwood

Louis Oosthuizen 

To see their odds take a look here

If you’re having a bet yourself then GOOD LUCK!


Mickelson Going For Riviera Hat-Trick

Phil Mickelson has said that he fees he’s ready to compete this week and win his third Northern Trust Open after having won the event in 2008 and 2009. He showed sublime form when he won the Phoenix Open two weeks ago and is hoping to re-capture some of that feeling again.

He was defending his title last week at Pebble Beach but had to settle for a tie for 60th even though he did produce some fine golf. He said that he just needs to find some consistency but feels he is in some of the best form of his life and is looking forward to competing in all four majors this term.

Mickelson has said that he is playing well in practice and loves Riviera and its set-up as it suits his game and eye.

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Mickelson Slump Has Spurred Him On For The Future

One of the nicest guys on tour Phil Mickelson has admitted that this season has seen some of the worst golf he has ever played in his long and illustrious career but  has said it’s proved to be a blessing in disguise.

Mickelson who has won four majors and countless tournaments started the season in fine form winning at Pebble Beach in February which we all thought would set him up for a great season. But come summer his form deserted him and a below average performance at the US open was followed by missed cuts in the Greenbrier and at the Open Championship which is one of his favourite events.

The big smiling yank acknowledged his loss of form and decided to go back to the drawing board and he feels he is reaping the benefits of working on every part of his game.

A decent performance in the Ryder Cup and coming so close last week has proven that all the hard work is paying off. Good on ya Phil, you’re a great golfer and a really nice bloke too! You deserve every success.

Big Guns Heading To HSBC

Four of the top players in the world have confirmed they will take part in the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions from November 1-4. World Number Three Luke Donald, World Number Four Lee Westwood, defending champion Martin Kaymer and Phil Mickelson have all said yes to the sponsors. The event will take place on the Olazábal Course at Mission Hills in China.

2010 US PGA Champion Martin Kaymer  who won the event last year by three shots in dramatic style by making nine birdies on the final day is looking forward to defending the title.

England’s Luke Donald is also looking forward to his week at the WGC-HSBC Champions, having missed out last year waiting for the birth of his second daughter.

He said: “I was so disappointed to miss out on playing at the WGC-HSBC Champions last year, although it was for the best possible reason!

Plus Donald will be keen to get back to winning ways after not having the best season. But I guess compared to his heroics last season it was always going to be a disappointment!

Mickelson Scrapes In By The Skin Of His Teeth

Fans favourite Phil Mickelson managed to cling on to the last qualifying position on the American Ryder Cup team even though a closing 74 dropped him out of the top 30 in the US PGA Championship on Sunday.  But by qualifying he will become the side’s record cap holder with his ninth appearance in the Ryder Cup matches.

Even if he hadn’t made the team by automatic qualifying i’m sure captain Davis Love III would have picked him, he makes a great fourball player as he makes so many birdies, I get the feeling he won’t be playing in many foursome matches after his display of driving on the first two day’s at the US PGA but you never know!

Bo Van Pelt was  Mickelson’s closest challenger needing to finish second to ensure himself a Ryder Cup debut.  But with Bogey’s at the 14th and 15th failed to do so.

Not long to go now, who will Jose pick as his wildcards?