Golfers Delight: January 2006

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Bad Golf Haircuts

Todays featured model: Lennox Lewis.

Red Bull Final 5

It is already an established event on the pro tour, as of this year the Red Bull Final 5 will be on the amateurs tournament calendar.

The idea is to set up a valuation that counts only the score on the final five holes of a round. That's where stamina and concentration matter, things that are being enhanced by Red Bull.

The tournament series is to be set in about 150 german golf clubs. Special prizes are being given by Red Bull, the ten best players in the series will be invited to the Red Bull Final 5 finale. Which is taking place in none other club than Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina, site of the 2005 US Open.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Golf TV weekly

So Tiger came back from around the cut line to win the Buick Invitational for a record fourth time, leaving Jose Maria Olazabal and Australian rookie Nathan Green behind in a sudden death play-off at the second hole.

On the European Tour, Sweden's Henrik Stenson held his nerve to win the Qatar Masters by three strokes from England's Paul Broadhurst. Vijay Singh didn't look to good, finishing in tied 24th position at -2 for the tournament.

Both tournaments will be covered on Eurosport on Wednesday night.

Oh, and Abschlag on n-tv changes schedule, the new episode will be shown on Sunday at 18:30, whilst the old episode from the week before will be shown on Saturday at 18:30.

Monday, 30. January
22.30 CNN, Living Golf

Wednesday, 01. February
21.05 Eurosport, Wednesday Selection
21.15 Eurosport, US PGA Tour "Buick Invitational in San Diego"
22.15 Eurosport, European Tour "Qatar Masters in Doha"

Saturday, 04. February
08:30 Tele5, SI:Lifestyle on Golf
18.30 n-tv, Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

Sunday, 05. February
18.30 n-tv, Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

Premiere subscribers check the extended list on golferlink.de.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Buick Invitational Quote

"The driver is fine," Woods said about a new Nike driver in his bag. "It's the dude holding it."
(via)

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Westendgolf Indoor Matchplay Frühjahr 2006

Today I received an E-Mail by a fellow golfer with a great idea. Great ideas have to be supported, so here we go:
Ich empfinde diese Zeit, in der man nicht oder zumindest nur in dicken Fellbekleidungen auf den Golfplatz gehen kann, als verschenkte Zeit. Mir kribbelt es schon wieder in den Fingern, aber rausgehen... puh ist das kalt!

Und genau deshalb habe ich mir etwas einfallen lassen:
Ich veranstalte ab dem 24. Februar eine Turnierserie mit dem Titel "westendgolf Indoor Matchplay Frühjahr 2006".
Das Besondere daran, diese Turnierserie findet ausschließlich in der warmen Stube statt.

Vor kurzer Zeit haben in Berlin zwei Golf Indoor Lounges eröffnet, die es uns ermöglichen, auch im Winter unserem Hobby ohne Probleme nachzukommen. Ich selbst habe die Anlagen getestet und bin vollends begeistert.

Und da ich die Herausforderung liebe und gerne in Gesellschaft golfe, habe ich mich mit den Indoor Lounges kurzgeschlossen und kurzerhand diese Turnierserie organisiert.

Nun brauchen wir nur noch die Teilnehmer.

Wer also Lust hat, kann sich gerne unter http://www.westendgolf.de/html/indoor_m_f_2006.html anmelden und daran teilnehmen. Unter dieser Adresse gibt es auch alle weiteren Informationen.

Als Anlage erhaltet Ihr eine Turnierausschreibung, in der alle Fakten genannt sind.

Mit der Teilnahmegebühr von 40,00 EUR gibt es bei den Indoor Lounges bis zu 30,00 EUR Rabatt auf die Nutzungsentgelte während der Turnierserie und eine Abschlussparty mit kostenlosem Buffet und Getränken.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Bounce

Can you imagine how high a ball bounces off the ice (formerly known as driving range)? Especially when it comes down after a well hit 8 iron to 130m? Let me tell you, it's good fun!

Monday, January 23, 2006

Golf TV weekly

Congratulations Chris DiMarco on winning the Abu Dhabi Championships last Sunday. Check out the report on Eurosport on Wednesday.

Tiger Woods will be back in the game on the US PGA trying to defend his title at the Buick Invitational. The European Tour stays in the desert and plays the Commercialbank Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club in Katar. But thats on the TV menu for next week, let's see what we have this week:

Monday, 23. January
22.30 CNN, Living Golf

Wednesday, 25. January
21.05 Eurosport, Wednesday Selection
22.15 Europsort, European Tour, Golf Championship Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Thursday, 26. January
12.35 Arte, "Chic" among others with a report on Crossgolfers in Hamburg

Saturday, 28. January
18.30 n-tv: Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

Premiere subscribers check the extended list on golferlink.de.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

Well, what a lineup do we have for the inaugural Abu Dhabi Golf Championship starting tomorrow. Vijay Singh, Sergio Garcia, Colin Montgomerie, Chris DiMarco and John Daly are playing in the EUR 1,6 million European Tour event.

The championship is the first of a three tournaments in the Gulf and precedes the Qatar Masters and Dubai Desert Classic. The event at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club is the latest tournament to offer Ryder Cup points.

The humble clubhouse of the Abu Dhabi Golf Club

Visit the official tournament site or the European Tour website for more updates like tee times or news and reports.

Update:
The tournaments is underway, just look at the lineup of these flights:
08:15 MONTGOMERIE, Colin SINGH, Vijay GARCIA,Sergio
08:25 CASEY, Paul POULTER, Ian DALY, John

Check out the live leaderboard here!

Late Christmas Gift

One thing my darling wife learned about golf christmas gifts is to order them way ahead of december. My wish to have was the 2004 Ryder Cup DVD.

In Germany, this is only available as a UK import and needs 2-4 weeks to ship. In my case, it took six weeks and I got my christmas present in the middle of january. I am still extremly happy about it and already watched the first part of it last night. Great golfing moments.

What made me think though is the fact, that golf videos are so hard to get in germany. Ok, I didn't execute a thorough search through all possible outlets, but at least on the internet there is hardly anything to find. Maybe I should do something about it and open up a decent online shop for these items.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Golf TV weekly

Poor coverage again this week, as the Sony Open are only shown on Premiere.
Here's whats left:

Monday, 16. January
22.30 CNN: Living Golf

Saturday, 21. January
08.20 HR: Golfen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
18.30 n-tv: Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

Premiere subscribers check the extended list on golferlink.de.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Anticipation

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Honorary OBE awarded to Bernhard Langer

"Her Majesty The Queen is pleased to appoint Bernhard Langer to be an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his services to Golf."
(via)

British Honours are awarded on merit for exceptional achievement or service to British interests. The Most Excellent order of the British Empire awards founded in 1917 to recognise service by civilians in the First World War. The order now honours civilians and service personnel for public service and other distinctions.

The honour OBE is that of an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Honorary awards are conferred by The Queen, on the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary, on those foreign nationals who have made an important contribution to British interests. They are made throughout the year and are quite distinct from the New Year and Birthday Honours list.

Sony Open

Coming up this week is the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club. The event will feature yet another attempt of Michelle Wie trying to make the cut in a mens event.

HOG blog has a poll and discussion about wether or not she will make it. Join in!

Also check out wieblog.com on this matter.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Golf TV weekly

Monday, 09. January
22.30 CNN: Living Golf

Tuesday, 10. January
14:30 N24: ZOOM - Das Reportagemagazin, "Thema u.a.: Anarchos beim Abschlag - Crossgolf"

Wednesday, 11. January
20.35 Eurosport: Wednesday Selection
20.15 Eurosport: European Tour 2005, Summary of the 2005 season

Saturday, 10. December
18.30 n-tv: Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

Premiere subscribers check the extended list on golferlink.de.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

The Royal Trophy

Despite a spirited fightback of the asian team,
Europe sealed victory in the inaugural Royal Trophy on Sunday after holding off Asia 9-7 at the Amata Spring Country Club in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Royal Trophy brings together teams from the european and the japanese and asian tour. Eight man teams play a series of 16 matches involving foursomes, four-ball and singles for a trophy donated by the King of Thailand. Ryder Cup legend Seve Ballesteros captained the european team, whilst Japan's Masahiro Kuramoto captained Asia.

The asian team already trailed by 6-2 following Saturday's foursomes and fourballs. The sunday singles brought the decision and showed an interesting fight back of the asian team, only losing narrowly in the end by 9-7. Here are Sunday's results:

Yasuharu Imano (JPN) bt David Howell (ENG) 2 up
Paul McGinley (IRE) bt Zhang Lian-wei (CHN) 2&1
Graeme McDowell (NIR) bt Jyoti Randhawa (IND) 3&2
Arjun Atwal (IND) bt Nick Faldo (ENG) 3&2
Thaworn Wiratchant (THA) bt Ian Woosnam (WAL) 2&1
Hur Suk-ho (KOR) bt Kenneth Ferrie (ENG) 2&1
Keiichiro Fukabori (JPN) bt Thomas Bjorn (DEN) 4&3
Henrik Stenson (SWE) bt Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 5&4

Read more on the European Tour website, including some video footage or chech the PGA website

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Geoff Ogilvys new apparel

Geoff Ogilvy, 28 just signed a 4-year-contract with Puma. He will wear Puma golf shoes and clothing on the PGA tour, beginning with the Mercedes Championship in Maui.

He will also be featured in the tv and print ads, the campaign is to start in march. Also as of march, the new collection will be available in stores, the website doesn't show anything yet, but you can join their mailing list for further updates.

Home on the range

It is a hazy day, feels like -10° Celsius outside and still, there are people nuts enough to practive on the driving range. Including me! Tell you what: it wasn't Hawaii, but it was f***ing great!

Friday, January 06, 2006

Mercedes Championships

So the PGA Tour started off yesterday with the Mercedes Championship in Kapalua, Hawaii.

Not the worst location to start with. But as the winter break was pretty short, some stars like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen decided to stay on vacation to get some extra days with their loved ones.

Olin Browne leads with the field with a 69, but that's the highest first-round pacesetter since the event moved to Kapalua. The 7,411-yard Plantation Course has been reworked, the contours of 8 greens had been changed and all the greens reseeded with a different grass. In the first round, only nine players managed to break par.

Latest news and the leaderboard can be found on the PGA website.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Golf Bloggers Unite

The last days I was surfing around the web to find some other german based golf blogs. But to this point I wasn't able to dig some up. But I bumped into some other golf blogs from all over the world that were new to me (mostly via the well selected links on Hooked on Golf Blog, thanks for that).

So I decided to rearrange the link section of this blog and add a blogroll. Golfers Delight strongly recommends reading this:

  • Hubert Cup
  • The Golf Blog
  • Hooked on Golf Blog
  • Golfchick
  • The Golf Blog
  • Golf Punk Magazine
  • The Sand Trap
  • BogeyLounge
  • Going For The Green
  • Golf Blogger
  • eatgolf.com
  • 30dollargolf.com
  • Wounded Duck
  • Bugger!! Shanked it again!
  • Royal Green

    In case there are some other german golf bloggers out there, let me know about your existance.

    Update: Found one:
  • Birdies & Bogeys

  • Monday, January 02, 2006

    Golf TV weekly

    Off we go into 2006, hopefully all of you have good intents as far as your game is concerned. Personally, I want to end up in the very low 20ies, handicapwise, practise starts this wednesday.

    Practising is also the only thing to do this week, as there isn't really much to watch this week. Please note that "Abschlag" is moved back one hour in saturday!

    Monday, 02. January 2006
    22.30 CNN: Living Golf

    Saturday, 07. Januar 2006
    18.30 n-tv: Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv