2012 Fantasy Race to Dubai

European Tour Fantasy Race to Dubai

European Tour Fantasy Race to Dubai

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Fantasy Race To Dubai – brought to you by The European Tour and Fantasy League.

Blimey – what a bunch of miscreants we have in this week’s Zeb’s Tee Totallers for the European Tour’s fantasy Race to Dubai!

To be fair, I’m sure they’re all smashing chaps as well as excellent golfers (well, they’d better be!).

There’s a distinct lack of familiar faces in the team, this week.  Although, it has to be said, many of the top European golfers are absent from St Andrews/Carnoustie/Kingsbarns, this weekend.

But we do have three returning heroes from Medinah lining up, including Germany’s Martin Kaymer whose putt so famously won the Ryder Cup for us last weeekend in historic fashion. Messrs Lawrie and Hanson are also back in domestic action, safelhome from action in Illinois.

Gonzalo FDEZ-CASTAÑO, my man of the moment way back in the middle of September winning the Italian Open in the last event before the Ryder Cup obviously keeps his spot; also, his fellow countryman Rafa CABRERA-BELLO lines up as one of the young guns alongside Simon Dyson, who I think will win his first top three place on the European Tour this year in Scotland this weekend.

Then it’s call in the old guard, with Thomas BJÖRN, Ernie ELS, Monty and finally Darren CLARKE, who’s had a tough year defending the old Claret Jug and is due a top five finish, if not higher.

So there we have it – a mixture of youth, European endeeavour, experience and confidence for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.  It tees off with three pairings across all three courses at 9:00 am in the morning, so if you’ve not entered your team yet, you’ve not got long to do it.

The full tee times and pairings for the Alfred Dunhill can be found here: http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2012/tournamentid=2012074/teetimes/index.html

All the best, Thet Watson & the UK Golf gang.

p.s. we’re off on a jolly to Lanzarote on Saturday for a fortnight so, if there’s nought posted between now and October 22nd, it’s because we’re sozzled on cerveza and sangria!

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Feherty won’t root for Team Europe at Ryder Cup

Feherty Live Ryder Cup Special

Feherty Live Ryder Cup Special

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Golf funny man David Feherty said he’ll be rooting for the USA when the Ryder Cup tees off Friday morning.

It was only last week we posted a guest blog on http://sportsmongeronthegreen.com/ about Rory McIlroy possibly facing a tough decision ahead of him in front of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, which sees the reintroduction of golf following an absence of more than a century.  Should the golfer from Holywood play for EIRE, as he played for the Republic in his junior country-representing events?  Or should he play for the UK as, after all, he’s from Ulster, technically making him a UK citizen?

Whereas the popular money’s on Rory switching his historic allegiance and returning to Northern Ireland, hence Team GBR for Brazil and beyond, another Northern Irish golfer and ex-Ryder Cup team member, David Feherty, is thinking of abdicating to Team US for this week’s event in Medinah.  I know, shocking!

But, to be fair, has has lived Stateside for the last decade and a half and, although the European Tour winner and Team Europe golfer quipped that he’d never win the legal batle to become an American proper as his “wife always wanted to marry an Irishman”, it’s clear to see where his loyalties lie ahead of Medinah this weekend, if his latest broadcast on Feherty Live is anything to go by.

The repeat of Monday’s Ryder Cup Special show can be seen on The Golf Channel tonight (Weds 26th, September) and features a host of global sports stars helping the golfer-come-presenter-come-comedian make the decision, Team Europe or Team US.

And although he had strapping Scot Sam Torrence alongside him threatening to ‘smack’ him if he chose the stars ‘n’ stripes over the blue with yellow stars of Europe, his closing line of, “I’ll take plenty of flak for it..But hey, Americans take flak. We take it pretty well.” pretty much says it all.

In hindsight, if Northern Ireland could have the choice of who they want n their team for the Ryder Cup and Brazil, 2016, I think they’ll be happy the switch has worked out this way around and not the other, to be sure…

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Maybe, just maybe, not everything’s wrapped up for RoMac Just yet

 

Would you believe that there are only nine events left on the European Tour this term?

Okay, there’s a little thing called the Ryder Cup in between now and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews the first weekend of October (note to self – select Fantasy Race to Dubai Team before jetting off to Lanzarote on the 6th), but the season’s well and truly entering its final stages as we enter autumn officially on Saturday, when both daylight and nighttime last twelve hours apiece.

European Tour 2012 - Oct & Nov Schedule

European Tour 2012 – Oct & Nov Schedule
(opens as pdf with active links on click-thru)

Here’s a quick run-down of the remaining 2012 European Tour events, with all but the aforementioned trip to Scotland and the following week’s trip to Vilamoura for the Portuguese Masters taking place in the southern hemisphere. The guys and gals at the European Tour know how to get themselves out of the cool run up to winter, don’t they?

In my article for Sports Monger on the Green this weekend, I alluded to the fact that RoMac had just about got everything wrapped up for the season. But if you look at the Race to Dubai rankings, below left, there’s still a Rose that could be a thorn in McIlroy’s side, Justin time for Dubai.

If you’re taking recent form into consideration, you’d say that the Holywood man will go on to win the FedEx Cup and both money lists either side of The Atlantic. But Rose, who was Europe’s top home soil earner for the majority of the early part of the season, is only half a million Euro behind Rory. The money left on offer on the European Tour, worked out at today’s Dollar/Euro rate of $1.00/€0.69 where the purse is offered in dollar$, means that a couple of wins for Justin in the last nine events could see the lead swap again.

Of course, swapping leads will be no alien concept for McIlroy, whose pass the parcel with Luke this season for the OWGR number one spot has been well documented. But Rose will at least want to finish the season on the same number of Tour events as Rory to put him on an even footing, having currently played ten to the Northern Irishman’s eleven, before they head to Dubai for the season’s showcase finale, where a whopping £8M is up for grabs in total.

Race to Dubai - End September 2012 Rankings

Race to Dubai – End September 2012 Rankings

But the Alfred Dunhill’s three weeks away and there’s that small matter of Medinah CC in Illinois in a little over ten days time to get our heads around first before we start contemplating the OWGR, FedEx and Race to Dubai final standings. For that, at least, Luke, Rory and Justin will all be batting for the same team as Team Europe look to defend the Ryder Cup won so valiantly at Celtic Manor two autumns hence.

More on the RtD rankings later this week – Luke and Lee at tenth and eleventh respectively? Surely that’s a typo, innit? Mm, when you consider their joint lack of top twenty penetration since mid-season and Tiger’s usurping them both for the world number two spot, maybe not…

 

Win a Limited Edition Sergio-inspired adidas Golf Staff Bag!

Sergio Adidias Staff Bag

Sergio Adidias Staff Bag

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Just a very quick one, today folks –

Adidias/TaylorMade bring you the chance to win a Sergio Garcia-inspired staff-bag in honour of the Spaniard’s recent run of hot form.

Following up his victory @ Wyndham last week he looked like he was going for back-to-back victories, but failed at the last hurdle at Gleneagles, yesterday allowing home-soil golfer Paul Lawrie to take the Johnnie Walker.

Still, with RoMac’s domination of the US PGA, Garcia last week on US soil and Lawrie yesterday in Scotland (Paul, not Peter, the Irish fella), it would be a brave fellow indeed to back against Europe retainng the Ryder Cup in Medinah later this year.

Ryder Cup displayed at the 2008 PGA Show

The Ryder Cup, CC 2.0 Wikipedia

That’s enough waxing lyrical about the state of European golf – you want to know about this competition, right?

The question is relative to the bumph, I swear:

By how many strokes did Garcia win the Wyndham @ Greensboro, North Carolina, last week?

Was it: one, TWO or three?

I know – it’s just TWO easy, like starting up a TWO-stroke engine scooter on a downhill run. Got it?

Okay, good! Here’s the t & c stuff:

Closing date for entries is 5.00pm on the 31st August 2012.

TWO be in with a chance of winning this prize, they’re going to need your first and last name and email address and the answer TWO the question.

Not TWO tasking, is it?

Oh, one more thing: have you’ve picked up your copy this week’s edition of UK Golf? It’s a cracker this week. With some very special offers for the American golf circuit, too!  Get it now and share it with all of your golfing buddies – it’s free, no subscription required.  Share the golfing love!

If you’re reading this directly on Scoop.It/UK Golf, the link to the competition’s through the the title.

If you’re on Get Thet Go or It Drives Like A Golf, the link’s here: T-mag Competitions/Garcia Golf Bag

Okay – that’s it for today.

Have a very happy Monday,

Thet Watson. xxx

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WIN a four-ball at Gleneagles | Johnnie Walker prize draw | VisitScotland SurpriseYourself

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Enter our fantastic competition for your chance to win a four-ball at Gleneagles.

As the Johnnie Walker gets down to the nitty gritty post-cut, how do you fancy the opportunity of playing the same golf course, The PGA Centenary Course, for free?

The European Tour and Visit Scotland have teamed up to host a competition that could see you playing a four-ball at the venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup shortly after the golf pros vacate the world-famous arena this weekend.

There are no quiz questions to answer, it’s simply a prize draw.  There’s a 3-question radio-button style survey after you’ve entered your details and the chance to receive regular updates by e-mail from both the Scottish Travel Board and Gleneagles itself that you can either opt in or out of.

The survey is about your experience of Scotland and your perception of the country as a holiday destination – it is jointly hosted by Visit Scotland, after all.

Click through the link below or the title itself if you’re reading this directly on Scoop.It/UK Golf. If you’re reading it on any of the darrelldoo4golf satellite sites, use the bottom link only to get you directly through to the entry form.

Two minutes and you could be on your way to Gleneagles in the very near future for a four-ball in the home of golf.

Please – if you know of anyone who’d be interested in this prize, please share this post directly with them.

And if you’ve not already visited Scotland to form an opinion already, firstly, why not? Secondly, you don’t know what you’re missing.

True, broad Glaswegian and deep Black Country sound like two different species of creature trying to make contact in a vortex after 12 double-scotches, let alone dialects of the same language conversing, but I’ve never – in all of my time nipping up to the East End of Glasgow to watch the finest football team in Europe play their home games – ever experienced that Celt/Anglo rivalry so often publicised.  Although, when I’ve been wearing my hoops, to be sure, I’ve stuck to Parkhead and the surrounding area, so that might have something to do with that, but even when out of ‘uniform’ I’ve ne’er had the slightest issue – beautiful country, beautiful people.

So,. c’mon – let’s see you win this competition and you can drop me a bottle of Glenmorangie 10 year-old Single Malt back by way of thanks if you’re the lucky winner!

TTFN, Thet Watson.

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