Happy birthday Ivor
This week I want to start by mentioning Mr Ivor"Digger" Robinson who turns 90 this week. Ok he's not the first person to reach that age but not many are still playing golf twice a week with their pals.
Digger regularly plays on Tuesday's and Sunday's unless their is a competition on, and his group are always first away at 7.30am. He took to the game later than most at 47 and joined Orsett in 1984, "when their was a waiting list to get in such places".
His lowest handicap was 8, winning a couple of the club major events and making 5 holes in one so far!
Congratulations "Digger" we look forward to our regular scolding for not having the gate open early enough this weekend!
The greatest of them all
From one of the more experienced players in the game to arguably THE greatest, that is Tiger Woods. A withdrawal last week after back spasms (and a horrible 77) was sort of sad really. The great man enjoys his Dubai Desert week but questions have to be asked of that schedule. Torrey Pines followed by a 17 hour flight there and back, horrendous jet lag and just the 1 million dollar appearance fee. It's not like he needs the greenbacks. Last count Tigers nett worth was still just north of 700 million (even after that divorce).
Many who know him well are beginning to fear for not only his golf game but his health as well. 3 months ago the future looked rosy, a little rusty thru a lack od competing of course, but a few rounds under his belt and well, normal service resumed. No problem....or so we thought. It seems all is certainly not well with the great man. He still holds great presence for any event, TV ratings roar and he is a sponsors dream (hence the big bucks). And even if Rory withdrew prior to the Dubai event, Tiger was still the main draw. Many want to see him going down the stretch with the younger guys and seeing who has the mental strength and game to see it through? Right now is looks like we may never witness that. We just have to hope he sees sense and maybe lay off the weights and just continues to play golf, with a sensible schedule.
As a side note Sergio won the event beating Henrik into second place.
Matsuama defends in Phoenix
The Wild West event in Arizona had plenty of players managing to waste their chance to win last week. In the end in front of record crowds and the maddest hole on Tour, the much mentioned 16th, with crowds of 16 thousand on that hole alone, more than most Tour events have all week, Hideki Matsuama gunned down Webb Simpson in a 4 hole shootout for the title settling it with a birdie 3.
With Augusta just around the corner, many of the "faces" are starting to show some form. South African, Louis Osthuizen was third and with Ricky Fowler a further shot behind. Other top ten finishers were Speith and Kuuuuuchar. Hometown favourite Phil Mickleson ambled in in 16th place.
This week they head off to serene Pebble Beach, the complete opposite of the College City crowd and spectator heckling.
The Super Bowl
How does America follow that event? Only with one of the most expensive events in the World, namely the Super Bowl. And what a game! The New England Patriots going for their 5th Championship playing the impressive first timers, The Atlanta Falcons. It had all been about the quarterbacks all week both high scorers with outstanding defences.
The Falcons got into 21-3 lead at halftime which usually means it's a done deal; stop the game let's get home early. Even after the third quarter Atlanta were still 28-9 ahead and their owner sort of just happened to come down from the VIP area to celebrate with the team. He just forgot about Tom Brady and his team who somehow woke up to the situation started dominating the line. The Falcons QB, Ryan was getting run down by the Pats defense and Atlanta failed to score.
Along with a couple of unbelievable plays such as the between the legs catch in treble coverage less than 3 centimetres from the floor by Julian Edelman, Brady drew them into a last play tie. The game went into extra time and from then on their was only one team winning. The "Pats" made history 5 wins from 7 attempts more than any other team and Brady one in front of the great Joe Montana of the 49ers. All unbelievable Sunday viewing but trumped (there's that name again) by a certain win in Italy earlier in the day....
The Six Nations
The Six Nations got off to a good start for Wales with a win over the Italians in Rome. A possible banana skin was avoided after the team got a rocketing from the coaches for trailing at half time.
The day before saw two giants of the game go head to head. England with their Aussie coach and now new saviour, Kiwi, Samoan and Aussie rugby league centre Ben Te'o from another world,(what's that all about?). England managed to just get past France with their 25 stone prop to open their account but it was a bit of a struggle.
The best game of the weekend came in Murrayfield where Scotland played with heart and soul to get past pre-tournament joint favourites Ireland in a thriller that could have gone either way. Some great rugby was played but I wouldn't have wanted to be watching the review with the Irish coach as a player, after a shocking schoolboy error at the line out in the first half which gave Scotland a major hand in their win.
The Irish forwards were not facing the ball awaiting the line out to take place. The expectation was for a long throw, however it went short and the easiest of try's was scored. Sorry, but it had to be the Irish didn't it.
There are more games this weekend with England crossing the bridge to Wales. It doesn't get much more of a rivalry than this one. Both sides will be expecting more, England are firm favourites.
It's a funny old game
"It's a funny old game", as the saying goes in football but when a manager goes to the ref asking a player to be sent off for celebrating ...
This was the opinion of Burnley manager Sean Dyche after 19 year old, Watford player Niang, scored his first Premier League goal. Anyone who follows the football knows Burnley's away results have contributed just one point this season so to ask of this is just ridiculous and many other unprintable words......"Sean, Sort it ouuuut".
Shop gets more new arrivals....
The ladies are not forgotten this week with the launch of the new PING GLe range. The style is designed on the successful G series men's range with easy to hit hybrids and the thin face iron technology giving that all important word that most women want.....length. I have demo clubs in both Irons and Drivers are available for you ladies so I can get you fitted on the GC2 machine, so no favouritism with us. Click here to request a fitting.
For the men the new PING Glide ll wedges have arrived as well. What's different to the old Glide? Well the grooves are sharper and spaced closer together to create up to 400 rpm in testing to the ball. With more grind options for different turf conditions and attack angle they are well worth a look. Try one of our demo wedges and compare for yourself.
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