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Tiger Woods gets his 8th win

Tiger Woods was in such good form at Torrey Pines for so long that it did not even matter that how bad it wnet at the end. It was an incredible end to an exasperating and long week, with Tiger having built an 8-shot lead with 5 holes to play till he lost his patience with slow play and begun losing strokes.

In spite of 2 bogeys and a double bogey, he finished with an even-par seventy two for a 4-shot win in Farmers Insurance Open.

After that game, Woods said that he is excited the way he played throughout week. He hit the ball quite well, did everything right and made himself a good little cushion. There were some mistake at the end, but his good plays earlier allowed him to afford those failures.

Tiger was odds on to win the tournament, according to online betting firm Unitbet, who have the latest odds here).

In his PGA career, he grabbed the title for the seventy fifth time, 7 behind the record that is held by Sam Snead. Tiger won this event for the 7th time, and held a PGA Tour record by snatching a win at Torrey Pines for 8th time, including US Open in the year 2008.

Golfer Nick Watney, who got within 5 shots of Tiger, said that he did not know whether anyone would have defeated him this week.

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Kuchar and Michael Phelps share in mutual admiration

Michael Phelps, who snatched his 22nd Olympic medal this year, caught the eye of some eager eyes as he donned a golf gear instead of his swim-wear at the pro-am golf tournament that took place in China. He also attracted some golf players.

When some players spend long time to perfect their game, the Olympic champion seems to have all the needed skills to be a professional golfer. He learnt golf from Hank Haney, the coach of Tiger Woods.

The Olympic told that he had scope to speak with Matt Kuchar coming down to the seventeenth and they talked about it. Matt told him that Michael has a smooth and good swing. For the Olympic, it is all about learning how to hit the right shot at a perfect time and getting muscle memory. Michael Phelps added that he would see a lot more results when he will spend a lot of time in the range.

But Michael’s new found love have not kept him out of the water for very long as the Olympic champion took some time to teach swimming to his fellow US golfer Matt Kuchar’s kids at the Mission Hills Resort located at an tropical island Hainan.

In the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am event, Michael was joined by several other acting and sporting legends like Darren Clarke, Pat Cash, Stephen Hendry, Ronaldo, Yao Ming, Minka Kelly, Adrien Brody, Ryan Reynolds and Andy Garcia.

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Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter are favorites

There is always a golf event waiting for those who always want to bet during a PGA Tour event, even when the season is not in progress. This weekend notes the Franklin Templeton Shootout 2012. The Las Vegas PGA Tour betting experts of Las Vegas’ GolfOdds.com unfolded the team of Ian Poulter and Dustin Johnson as the 3/1 favorites. Even Adam Scott has been unfolded as 3/1 favorite to clinch the Emirates Australian Open title.

In a statement, Greg Norman, the host of the Shootout Tournament, told that once again, the balance of these golfers both a team as well as an individual is really excellent. He added that the event will really be an exciting one both for TV viewers and for fans. Most of these players showed their enthusiasm regarding who they are paired with and in fact they have also showed an enthusiasm regarding the whole field. Keegan Bradley, the defending champ, and Brendan Steele were 11/2 with Rickie Fowler and Bud Cauley; and Vijay Singh and Jason Dufner.

The Shootout of this year will have an interesting twist as 2 teams will be defending their title. A year ago, the team of Brendan Steele and Keegan Bradley won the title. More than that, the team of Ian Poulter and Dustin Johnson is back in the schedule. Last, they could not defend their title because of date issues. The defending champs will now look for to win consecutive titles – something that has not happened since 2004.

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Ryder Cup Victory an Inspiration

36-year-old English golfer Ian Poulter says that the victory at the Ryder Cup has helped him to boost up his winning spree that helped him bag the WGC-HSBC Championship very recently. The other week, he had made his way to the fourth position at BMW Masters which was followed by the gigantic win of his life this year, the WGC-HSBC Championship where he blew a seven-under-par 65 shot and amazed everyone.

The golfer is now at Mission hills in Dongguan, southern China prepared to give his best at the upcoming tournament after his glorious victory at the two World Golf championships that has made him $ 1.2 million richer than what he was. He had also won the 2010 WGC-Accenture Match Play championship. However, Ian Poulter is still not quite complacent with the recently ended performance and does not feel the ‘Ryder blaze’. He is now concentrating on the upcoming Major because he feels that a pedigree and career of a golfer is judged on the basis of how many Majors does he/she have to his/her name. He aims to give his best shot there and hopes that the Ryder blaze is going to provide him with that required impetus.

Ian Poulter has recently bought another vehicle with the money that he won last week, an amount of $345000. Improvement of performance for the next year seasons is also one of the aims in his list. This year has been a successful and worthwhile year for him. He has finished at the top ten of all the biggest c=golf championships which includes Masters, British Open and PGA Championship.

The fans too are now looking forward to seeing an even better avatar of Ian Poulter at the upcoming Major Tournament this year.

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Dufner, an interesting golfer behind his serious facade

Bogeys and birdies do not seem to affect Jason Dufner. It seems that these two neither worry nor excite this man. Dufner is one of the best golfers in the world and his expertise in ball striking has brought him to become a favorite in the U.S. Open. Duf’s attitude arouses numerous comments from the crowd, but nothing seems to affect his stern expression. Duf says that it is just golf so he is not too worried at all about that.

You may not believe that with Dufner’s curt manner, he was able to tear up the PGA Tour. He is smart and rational and always seeks improvement. This is how he prepares his game and part of that preparation is to sit silently and replay rounds in his mind – he often pictures possible result of a certain shot. Even during the Dallas tournament, while he was playing, he talked to Lee Trevino, the two-time U.S. Open winner, to seek advice.

He believes that in order to succeed, he has to do many different things and be mentally strong. He has to prepare smarter and harder, and to make the most of his talent and everything that he possess. He has to be unique, like do the things in a way other guys do not; and though being honest to oneself is quite hard to do, he thinks he should do it.

Dufner was both a baseball and basketball player who did not take golf seriously until he was about 15 years old. According to Dufner, some people are motivated by the need to succeed, by money, and by fear of disappointment or failure. But for him, his feeling of being an underdog is what keeps him going.

The Duf admires Hogan, Scott Verplank, David Toms, Jeff Maggert, and Bob Estes. According to Dufner, these Tour pros or his golf heroes have learned to make the most of their gifts.

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Steve Stricker Finishes with T-23 at British Open

Madison, Wisconsin native Steve Stricker, one of the most consistent golfers on the PGA Tour, was left extremely disappointed at the way he finished at the recently concluded The Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, the oldest golfing tournament in the world and by far, the most prestigious Major tournament in the golfing calendar.

The 45 year old could only manage a T-23 finish, a massive 9 shots behind the eventual winner Ernie Els of South Africa, who managed to take advantage of Adam Scott bogeying his last four holes to take the famous Claret Jug.

Striker finished the final day of the tournament with a score of one over par 71, taking his overall score to two over par 282, a massive difference with Els in the third Major championship of the year. And Steve Stricker was extremely disappointed at the way he finished things off, more so after the disappointment of the John Deere Classic earlier in the week.

Stricker, who is a very close friend of new world number two Tiger Woods was in the hunt for the title for much of the weekend but he gradually began to fade away as the tournament entered the final rounds on the green, something that bothered a majority of the golfers. Stricker struggled most during the final two holes of the tournament and had he been able to put those away, he could have finished at a respectable T-7.

Double bogeying on the par-four 17th and bogeying on the par-four 18th cost Steve Stricker a lot of ground on the top of the leader board and after the disappointment of those two holes, there was no way that he could have clawed his way back up to a respectable position, having to be satisfied with the T-23.