India’s veteran golf player, Mukesh Kumar just recently blew away his chance to tee up alongside Danny Willett, U.S Masters Champion, Patrick Reed, US Ryder Cup Star and Justin Rose, Olympic Gold medalist.
This was due to the expiration of his passport.
At the weekend’s US$400,000 Panasonic India Open, Mukesh, 51 year old had secured his maiden Asian Tour Victory by one stroke, thus in the process, became the oldest winner in the circuit.
For Mukesh, it has been the biggest win since he began his professional career 32 years ago. It also gave him entry to compete in the US$2mil Hong Kong Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour.
While it will begin on Thursday, Mukesh will be unable to participate in it because he cannot travel.
“I am not able to go because my passport has expired and it will not be renewed in time to get things in order for the Hong Kong event,” said Mukesh.
Top players in the competition at the Hong Kong Golf Club this week includes Willett, Rose, Ian Poulter, alongside Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain and Australia’s Scott Hend. Continue reading →
Phil Mickelson, one of the Ryder Cup heroes of the United States, is recovering from a recent surgery.
It was indeed a surprise revelation. Fans are taken aback by this revelation which was made public last week. Phil Mickelson is a highly accomplished player. He won 5 major championships. So it definitely made news when it was revealed that he had underwent sports hernia surgery in October. It happened right after the Safeway Open. Tim Rosaforte of Golf Digest came up with this news.
He talked about the procedure and the hernia. First and foremost, he clarifies that it wasn’t an outie belly button. But of course, it resembled one. The hernia was walnut-sized and it was seen behind his belly button. Was that painful? No, it didn’t cause any discomfort while playing. It wasn’t a big deal for him at all. He was able to push it back every minute or so. Continue reading →
The US Masters were held earlier this year and Danny Willett was one of the champions in the game.
He won the Masters and then he took the green jacket that he won to Wimbledon. He threw out the first pitch as a celebrity in a New York Yankees game. He has definitely been on a high as he became a champion at the Masters. Being a first time champion definitely adds to the feathers of accomplishment that he has obtained. He has also become a father in recent months.
That surely has kept the last months busy and happy for him.
The golf games definitely make up a big story in his life. He played in a total of seven tournaments for the win, he obtained in Augusta. He has one more game to finish in the top ten. He obtained the third position at the BMW PGA Championship which was held in England, his native place. Continue reading →
US Open 2015 has already startled many with its new venue Chambers Bay and there is another great news for the golf fans planning to watch the championship live-the fans would be allowed to carry their mobile phones while watching the golf stars in action at the upcoming June championship.
Such a move makes the US Open this year all the more special as this is something for the first time in the history of golf. The news has been confirmed by a press release from USGA.
“Spectators can carry their mobile handsets smaller to 7” in height or length, including smartphones, cell phones & PDAs”, stated the USGA press release.
“All the devices must have their volume controls set to vibration or silent while on the course.’
The policy, however, excludes computers and tablets.
USGA has come up with 4 specified “phone zones” meant for the event patrons where they would have the on-site Wi-Fi facility & unperturbed phone usage.
USGA’s decision coincides with launch of latest USGA.org which boasts an “enriched fan experience” through the offer of exclusive contents on their phone application & on the usopen.com.
“It is a policy that we have been on the lookout for a while at USGA”, stated USGA PR Director Janeen Driscoll. Continue reading →
Steve Stricker went for surgery as he was suffering from chronic and acute L5 radiculopathy. He was relieved of his issues. In 2014 he was suffering from hip problem which was due to bulging disc. He was not there for three months in PGA Championships. Before going for surgery he took part in Franklin Templeton Shootout and Hero World Challenge.
The surgery was performed in Madison in the University of Wisconsin Hospital. For the following six weeks he will be resting under the rehab. After 8 weeks he will be allowed to practise. He is sure of competing in 2015 with 100 percent physical fitness as stated by him. Continue reading →
In spite of Steve Stricker winning the PGA Tour 12 times many people still consider him to be lacking the adequate amount of determination. It might be due to his not winning any big competition in spite of having quite a few chances at them.
It can also be due to the fact that he’s playing a lot less and skipping competitions. It might also be because family is a bigger priority than winning trophies for him now. Some people consider him to be lacking a competitive spirit.
Jerry Kelly said that he considers Stricker to be a bit more competitive than he appears.
This competitive factor is an important factor that Stricker is adding to the US team, being an assistant of Captain Tom Watson.
The Ryder Cup takes place once every two years between the US and European teams. Each team consists of 12 members, for the last six competitions the European teams have won five times and in this year’s competition they are the defending champions, Since 1933, the American teams have never been able to secure a victory.
Stricker was hoping that he would be participating as a player but he has problems in his hips and also in the back which did not let him play. But he will help in leading the US team.
He said that it will be fun for him to be able to be a part of that atmosphere
Stricker is a good choice for the role of assistant captain, because he has extensive amount of experience and he also has a good relationship with the players of the team.
Hunter Mahan said that if anyone has a problem or they want t share something, Stricker would be the one they will be going to.
Kelly said regarding the usefulness of Stricker that he probably has helped everyone on the team before and thus he is a very important addition to the team.
With Tiger Woods set to be out of action at least till December, Brandel Chamblee has found a new object of scorn in his path in the form of Phil Mickelson, with the analyst for the Golf Channel claiming that the veteran Ryder Cup star should start owning up more about the string of defeats that the United States has suffered in the event in recent years.
The veteran American blasted US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson for his strategies during the event following the press conference after the event. He also said that Paul Azinger was a much better captain than Watson as he allowed the players to become invested.
The repercussions of those comments made by Mickelson have been widespread with Watson himself saying that there was definitely some communication gap between him and the players and Chamblee blaming everyone from Phil Mickelson from Tiger Woods, despite his absence from the event for the corruption of the entire Ryder Cup experience.
And now, Chamblee, who is known for his outspoken outbursts at players, has called Mickelson a liar.
Chamblee stated that Mickelson had claimed during that press conference that Watson’s players didn’t have a say in the team decision but he knows for a fact that Watson walked with the players and their caddies and asked them who they wanted as their teammates.
So, Chamblee believes that Mickelson was not entirely being truthful with his comments and claimed that Watson went about his captaincy in very much the same way as Paul Azinger had done in 2008.
He also said that these comments by Phil Mickelson makes Watson the scapegoat whereas all the players especially Lefty should be taking responsibility for the string of losses that the United States has suffered in the Ryder Cup over the past couple of seasons.
Is it a McTurmoil between Mcllroy and McDowell- well it has to be seen through reports. Mcllroy has sued to get released from from Horizon Sports Management’s contract. Similarly McDowell has hard feelings for Mcllroy after his decision.
The duo seems to be at loggerheads. A lawsuit was filed by Mcllroy on McDowell that too a day before his marriage and more so the nuptials were not attended by Mcllroy. McDowell has however always appreciated Mcllroy in public. More so since both were in the Ryder Cup scoring in the last match with two and a half points. But now whether they will formulate as a team or not is questionable. The case is due after the Ryder Cup till 2015. But has the incident blown out of proportion by the media is to be seen.
The date of the lawsuit is appaling as the question is that Mcllroy got the wedding date of McDowell to destroy his ceremony! MD Conor Ridge states that the lawsuit was filed in order to inflict maximum tarnish of the company’s image in front of the media and that too when he knew that two of the company’s men were attending the wedding of McDowell. It has pointed through several inferences in the mail provided to the lawyers that the wedding day was labelled as ‘D-Day’ which makes it an inquisitive case. But the whole thing seems to have been an issue of trust factor between the company and Mcllroy. What promted him to act in such a manner is well known to him but what action will the case conclude in can be foretold by his fans. Both play professional game and have a reputation of their own which is already under the scanner.