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Professional golf tours

Dec 27, 2017

Professional golf, whether at mini tour or major tour level, is not exactly a walk in the park. Actually, some say it is one of the toughest careers you could choose in sports, considering it takes a minimum of 7 to 10 or even more years of hard work to make it to the major leagues.

Nonetheless, golf is one of the most lucrative sports in the world if you manage to get to the top. And if you like betting, there are many different ways to wager on golf, so take advantage of this bitcoins bonus code 2017 and place your bets.

Professional golfers, or touring professionals, who make a living from prize money and endorsements are a small elite within the profession. An overwhelming percentage of them – no less than 95% – make their primary income as club or teaching professionals rather than competitions.

Professional golf tours have appeared due to the need to organize otherwise unconnected professional golf tournaments into a regular schedule, given that there are so many separate tours for men and women based in different geographical regions.

There are more than twenty professional golf tours worldwide, each run by a PGA or an independent tour organization, which will handle things like arranging events, finding sponsors, and regulating the tour. As the difference in the prizes offered at these golf tours is enormous, players always aspire to move up the ladder and get as close as possible to the major competitions.

What they pursue is to get to participate in one of the four major golf tournaments played on the PGA TOUR every season, which represent the most prestigious events in the game. These are The Masters, the US Open, the Open Championship and the PGA Championship.

Usually played in the second week of April, The Masters tournament is hosted by invitation only at the renowned Augusta National Golf Club and the winner receives the coveted Green Jacket. Winners of this tournament can honestly say that they have accomplished one of the greatest feats in all of golf.

The US Open follows in the third week of June and is hosted by the USGA and played at a different location in the U.S each year.

Furthermore, the Open Championship, which was first played in 1860, is the oldest of the four major championships in professional golf. It takes place every year during the third week of July on a links-style course at one of nine different locations in the United Kingdom and the current champion is Jordan Spieth.

Finally, the PGA Championship is the final major of the season, taking place each year in mid-August. Due to its popularity, it is a televised event in the United States.

Byeong Hun An leads Waste Management Phoenix Open

Byeong Hun An leads Waste Management Phoenix Open

Feb 6, 2017

Byeong Hun An is a 25 year old South Korean professional golf player who shot a 6-under 65 with one stroke to lead the competition Saturday February 4, at Scottsdale, Arizona.

This impressive shot adds to his professional performance, making An look forward to win this competition among others. In 2015 he won the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. At the age of 17 he he won the US Amateur, being the youngest winner of the event.

“It was crazy. Last couple holes, that many people around the course is insane. Sixteen, obviously, but 17 and 18, when you walk to the green, it was absolutely packed around the green, left and right of the green, everywhere.”

An never finished on lower position than 13 in the Middle East, and he is saying modestly that he doesn’t know why. Could this be luck or his skills? In the Waste Management Phoenix golf competition he doesn’t expect to win. His modesty comes again in the spotlight and he says “My goal will be bogey-free again and just play smart. Hopefully, tomorrow, just keep the same, and then I will be happy. Doesn’t matter if I win or not.” Whatever works.

An had a 16-under 197 total. He birdied five of the first 10 holes. An saved par with a 7-foot put on the 16th and followed with a 7-foot birdie putt on the short par-4 17th. He made another save on 18. An, also known as Ben, said that “The course, I think, just suits my eyes. The hole shaping, and there is not much of a dogleg left or right. You basically hit drivers out there and try to carry all the bunkers”. He opened with consecutive 66, and in the second round, he shared the lead with Brendan Steele. Brendan Steele then dropped into a tie for 7th at 11 under.

Phil Mickelson was six strokes back at 10 under after a 65, but still in the striking distance. He was optimistic and he thought he was in a good spot. “I’m in a spot where nobody’s really looking at me. I’m far enough back, but I am within striking distance.” He won the event in in 1996, 2005 and 2013. The 46-year-old former Arizona State star is performing very well after his two spots hernia surgeries.

John Peterson shot a 63 for the rest of the round, had a double bogey and eight birdies. He said “I got on a little bit of a heater there and really wasn’t in jeopardy of making bogey after that. It was a lot of good ball-striking and I made a couple good putts, too.”

Graham DeLaet had a 65, and Michael Kim a 66. DeLaet said “I’m playing well. I believe in it. But you’ve got to just keep the pedal down out here.”

Hideki Matsuyama who beat Rickie Fowler in a playoff, had a 68 to join John Peterson, Graham DeLaet and Michael Kim at 12 under.

Dubai Desert Classic found its winner: Sergio Garcia

Dubai Desert Classic found its winner: Sergio Garcia

Feb 6, 2017

The Dubai Desert Classic has been part of the European Tour since its inauguration 28 years ago, in 1989, and took place yearly ever since then. It is a tradition in golf community worldwide to celebrate this event. The golf championship takes place in Dubai in January/February each year. Its views from the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club and prizes are astonishing.

Having all these money prizes in mind when talking about golf, they are definitely an inspiration for people who have passion for the golf championships. The satisfaction is even greater for people who like to place their favorite sports bets online like pros. It was definitely a big win for all who had Garcia in their minds for their bets. The odds are great, don’t forget to check them out.

The current champion of the golf tournament is Sergio Garcia, a 37 year old Spanish professional golf player. It’s not his first win on the European Tour. He actually has 12 other European Tour wins. At this moment he ranks number 15 in the world and he is expected to be in the top 10 when the new rankings are made public. This is Garcia’s first victory in Dubai that earned him €410,224. He never actually finish in the top 10 the previous years, and on top of that he missed the cut the last time he played Emirates Golf Club two years ago, in 2015. This championship though, his luck changed and Sergio Garcia became the winner of the game.

In an interview after the game, he modestly says: “Early it was a little bit easier, not a lot of wind. The last probably six holes or so, it started picking up,” said Garcia, whose previous best round in Dubai was a 66. “I got away with a couple of shots here and there, and I chipped and putted nicely. So it added up to a nice round.”

In the championship from Dubai, Sergio Garcia shot a bogey-free 69 to close out a wire-to-wire, a shot that brought him victory. In the final round he imposed himself above Henrik Stenson who lead the competition until then. It was an important and necessary step for Garcia that made him unstoppable. Thanks to his incredible skills he kept Stenson away the entire duration of the match. It was a tough game for every part involved, especially for Sergio Garcia who didn’t play golf since his T-11 finish from January in Singapore. Stenson did make a move with the Nos. 13 and 14 birdies that helped him to finish in the top 10 in the world.

Other reputable golf players like Tyrrell Hatton from England and Lasse Jansen from Denmark, tied for third at 14 under, being five shots behind Sergio Garcia.

The 2016 Dubai Desert Classic was won by the English Danny Willet, in 2015 Rorry Mcllroy from Northern Ireland. 2014 and 2013 were Stephen Gallacher’s from Scotland.

Upcoming 2017 PGA Events In Hampshire

Upcoming 2017 PGA Events In Hampshire

Feb 6, 2017

2017 is definitely a year in which every single month has a richness of golf events scheduled by The Professional Golfers’ Association. To dive fast into the latest golfers’ competitions, here is a list of some of the most important or popular events and just a little bit of info about their venue, location and registration end dates. Moreover, you can use the Ladbrokes promo code 2017 if you want to win cash easily. 

February 15: PGA in Hampshire Alliance Winter Series, will take place at the South Winchester Golf Club, Winchester. The registrations are closed for this event. Some of the golf players that will be seen in the series are Richard Adams, Martin Smith, Adam Harnett, Benjamin Cummings and Cristopher Hudson.

February 27: PGA in Hampshire AGM and Winter Fourball, takes place at the South Winchester Golf Club, Winchester. Registration closes on February 13.

March 23: PGA in Hampshire Alliance Winter Series, in Basingstoke. Registration closes on March 9.

April 25: PGA in Hampshire Trainees Pro Am, at Royal Winchester, Winchester. Registration closes on March 25.

June 9: Petersfield GC Pro-Am, at Petersfield, Hampshire. Registration closes May 9.

June 21: Hampshire Patrons 42nd Young Pros, at Army, Hampshire. Registration closes on May 21.

June 21: Be Wiser Insurance PGA in Hants, at Army in Hampshire. Registration closes on May 21.

June 27: Test Valley Golf Club Pro-Am, Test Valley, Hampshire. Registration closes May 27.

June 30: Children of the Dumb Pro-Am, Southwood GC, Hampshire. Registration closes May 30.

July 7: Army GC Pro-Am, Army, Hampshire. Registration closes June 7.

July 28: Blackmoor GC Pro-Am, Blackmoor GC, Hampshire. Registration closes 28 Jun.

August 17: Oxford Brasserie PGA Matchplay P/Q, Test Valley, Hampshire. Registration closes July 13.

August 25: Southwood GC Pro-Am, at Southwood GC, Hampshire. Registration closes one month before, on July 25.

September 12: Cams Hall GC Pro-Am, at Cams Hall Estate, Hampshire. Registration closes on August 12.

October 9-10: Oxford Brasserie PGA Matchplay Finals, taking place at Test Valley, Hampshire. Registration closes on July 17.

October 25: PGA in Hampshire Alliance Winter Series, taking place at Hayling GC, Hampshire. Registration closes on October 11.

November 9: PGA in Hampshire Overseas Pro Am, at Vila Sol- Prime 1-18, Vilamoura. Registration closes on September 9.

November 16: PGA in Hampshire Alliance Winter Series, at Alresford, Alresford. Registration closes on November 2.

December 14: PGA in Hampshire Alliance Winter Series, at Test Valley, Hampshire. Registration closes on December 7.

Belfry appoints academy director

Belfry appoints academy director

Apr 2, 2016

PGA Professional Rob Spurrier has exciting plans for The Belfry’s golfers after being unveiled as academy director at the resort’s PGA Golf Academy.

Spurrier will develop the structure and coaching at academy while also implementing his own GLF.Locker Academy management software to create a new, comprehensive website for the facility.

The 41 year old has a strong background in golf academy management since qualifying as a PGA Professional having played a key role in player development at Crown Golf from 2007–2013 as well as further roles in the USA.

Spurrier aims to reinvigorate the Belfry Golf Academy as the centre for golf coaching and custom fitting in the UK.

The Academy has also launched a new comprehensive website, which utilises the GLF.Locker software, pioneered by Spurrier which creates a much simpler online platform that allows coaches and students to book in lessons, track progress and trends, or manage marketing promotions.

The new system will save time for the Academy staff and help provide a broader base of programming that can easily set-up group lessons, junior academies and golf schools.

Spurrier commented: “The Belfry Golf Academy has always been renowned for its impressive facilities in the heart of the country, but I feel there is a great opportunity to take this on to the level, aligning ourselves with the first class standards set across the wider Belfry resort during recent years.

“We have an incredibly talented team here and my aim is to put suitable structures in place to harness all of this knowledge, creating the best team of golf experts that can provide the highest levels of coaching and custom fitting expertise for golfers at every level of the game.

“We have received a wealth of great feedback on the GLF.Locker platform from golf academies across the UK and USA since it was launched in autumn last year, and I can’t wait to see how it will revolutionise the systems here.

“It is going to make it so much easier for the team to manage lessons and golf schools, and create a dedicated programme for each student.

“Our aim is to ultimately make The Belfry Golf Academy into the ideal place for anyone to learn and develop their golf, no matter whether they are from the local area, visiting the resort, or want to travel from further afield to use our outstanding facilities.”

To further help kick start the 2016 golfing season, The Belfry Golf Academy is also launching a series of brand specific fitting events throughout February and March.

Utilising the dedicated custom fitting suites at the Academy, these events will provide the opportunity for golfers to experience the latest products from leading brands such as Titleist, Callaway, Ping, TaylorMade and Nike.

Tyrrell aiming to boost Hampshire pro-ams

Tyrrell aiming to boost Hampshire pro-ams

Feb 24, 2016

The PGA in Hampshire’s incoming captain Chris Tyrrell is set to place a new emphasis on the county’s pro-am schedule.

Tyrrell, 36, is keen to increase the popularity of the county’s long-standing events and anxious to make them must play events for PGA Professionals and amateurs alike.

The head PGA Professional and general manager at New Forest GC said: “I want to connect with the pros and get to as many events as possible. I also want to get their feedback on pro-ams and learn from it and try to get the pro-ams back to where they were in the past.”

“We have to try to find a way to address getting pros to play with their club members and clients in our events – as they are really great days out – not just for this year but future years.”

Tyrrell says there is “an issue” with slow play which needs to be addressed, not necessarily in PGA tournaments but certainly among clubs and with the golf watched by club golfers on TV. And he believes legendary Open champion Tom Morris would be “turning in his grave” at the amount of time it takes some golfers to complete a round.

Tyrrell said: “I am reading a book called Tommy’s Honour. Tom Morris used to go out at first light and play 18 holes in two hours! Whilst we are not going to achieve that we have got to do something about slow play.

“You see guys on TV taking a long time and it has a knock on affect as juniors for one tend to follow suit.”

Tyrrell, in his fifth year at New Forest, is still pinching himself at replacing Weybrook Park’s Andrew Cloke as captain. After graduating from Dorset county juniors to the first team, he started out as a pro at neighbouring Brockenhurst.

The Barton-on-Sea man said: “My dad tells me I am an established pro but I still consider myself to be a new boy. I want to do the job properly and lead by example. It is a massive honour and the club are very proud of me, which I really appreciate. It is amazing really.”

In addition to playing on the Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Channel Islands circuit, he intends to compete in Open qualifying and the Titleist & FootJoy PGA Professional Championship as well as occasional PGA South Region events.

“It is a case of striking a work/life balance,” said Tyrrell, who is engaged to Becky and father to one-year-old Charlotte. And to add to his work load, he is in the process of moving house.

One date firmly pencilled in his diary is the annual match against the County Golf Union on April 10, adding: “I am already looking to pick a team – maybe we will have a team bonding session beforehand as we are up against top amateurs. That’s how much I want to win.”

Asbri heads Stateside

Asbri heads Stateside

Feb 12, 2016

1202AsbriGolfGolf accessory brand Asbri Golf is setting out to conquer America following the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida.

The South Wales based company, who were official licensees to The 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor, already export to over 25 countries worldwide and has now reached a new agreement with a US partner to target the largest golf market in the world.

The Welsh company, formed in 2003, first exhibited at the show in 2005 as a joint venture with Ryder Cup Wales and Visit Wales. Now, in their 12th year at the show, the company has built up a reputation as one of the leading logo accessory brands worldwide, supplying over 1500 golf shops and resorts.

Eryl Williams, managing director at Asbri Golf, commented: “The PGA Merchandise Show is by far the most important dates in our diary. It gives us the opportunity to sit down with existing global distributors and present new ranges to them as well as meeting new customers.

“In past years at the show we have processed significant business across Europe but only small amounts of business in the US.

“Having reached this new agreement we are extremely excited and confident that we have found the right partner to represent and distribute our brand across all states in the USA and confident their team of 23 sales reps will have good success.”

Asbri Golf is proud title sponsors of the Welsh National PGA Championships which this year will be held at Tenby Golf Club, July 5-6.

Three cheers for Lee-on-the-Solent trio

Three cheers for Lee-on-the-Solent trio

Feb 11, 2016

Three cheers are in order for a trio of Lee-on-the-Solent pros who topped their respective Order of Merits last year, writes Ken Gaunt.

James Ablett (Virgin Atlantic PGA South), Jon Barnes (The PGA in Hampshire) and Jack Coulbert (The PGA in Hampshire Trainees) will each be celebrated during The PGA in Hampshire’s annual dinner at Weybrook Park, Basingstoke.

While Barnes and Coulbert will both be in attendance, Ablett is in America, taking part in the Scottsdale Classic Pro-Am.

Ablett, who plays full-time, won the PGA Surrey Open, the PGA Kent Open and the Keith MacDonald Matchplay on his way to finishing top in the south for the second time in six years.

He recorded 14 wins, eight second placed finishes and secured 11 top five slots in a successful season locally. In 71 rounds, his average score was an impressive 69.4. And he has made no secret of the fact he wants to advance to a higher level.

Barnes said: “The tour school is a bit of a lottery and James fell away last year, which was a shame. It is so tough at that level.

“There is no doubt he has plenty of ability as he proved by winning the South region again. He is a very good player, a talented lad.”

Lee-on-the Solent boasts a former Ryder Cup player in Steven Richardson and is a special place, according to Barnes, who won the OOM for the ninth time, going back to 1996.

Now 18 months into his spell as head pro, he said: “I love it here. It is a wonderful environment to play golf. That’s down to head greenkeeper Jason Diment, who does a great job.

“It is such a nice course and is always in brilliant condition, no matter how bad the weather gets. That’s why it is so popular and the membership are very enthusiastic.

“I enjoy all aspects of the job, the shop, coaching and playing in regional tournaments. It is always special to win the OOM and I finished in the top 20 in South Region as well, which was pleasing.”

Barnes is predicting a bright future for his assistant Coulbert, who turned pro two years ago after winning the club championship at the age of 15.

Coulbert, 26, is known for his long driving, averaging over 300 yards, but his boss reckons there is more to his game than that.

Barnes said: “He has got a lot of potential and is beginning to realise that. He is showing good signs of improvement and came close last season to winning a big tournament.”

Father-of three Coulbert added: “I have felt a lot more comfortable since Jon came in. He has been a massive help to me.

“He never scrutinises my game, is never negative and I appreciate that. My aim this season is to player in some bigger regional events and try to climb the Order of Merit.”