Hideki Matsuyama won the 2017 Phoenix Open

Hideki Matsuyama won the 2017 Phoenix Open

Feb 6, 2017

The Phoenix Open started on February 2 ended on February 5 and the purse was $6,700,000. The event was held at TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course Scottsdale, Arizona, in the United States. The 2017 Phoenix Open drew an estimated 58,654 fans Sunday to shatter the weekly record with 655,434, compared the the last year’s event which drew a total of 618,365.

Pheonix Open had a very good couple of days with Byeong Hun An who shot a 6-under 65 with one stroke to lead the competition Saturday February 4, at Scottsdale, Arizona. Matsuyama took advantage of the An’s back-nine collapse. An had a 73 to finish sixth at 14-under. In the end it was Hideki Matsuyama who won the title, in the playoff – final he played against the United States professional golf player, Webb Simpson.

Hideki Matsuyama won the Phoenix Open for second year in a row. He birdied the par-4 17th to beat Webb Simpson in the playoffs. This victory is his fifth in his last eight worldwide starts. In his career as a professional golf player, he became the first to win a playoff back-to-back years in the same tournament since Ernie Els at the Sony Open in 2003-2004. This year, Matsuyama almost won the event in regulation, leaving his 19-foot birdie putt on the last an inch from the hole. Matsuyama and Simpson matched pars on the first three extra holes and eagled the par-5 third.

Matsuyama, and everyone else didn’t understand how that putt at 18 just stayed out. He didn’t lose confidence though, he did his best and had patience. He said “during the playoff, I did hit some good putts. Just the line wasn’t there, and so, you know, up and down. But I didn’t lose confidence. I just kept grinding and had patience.”

Simpson on the other hand said “I feel like two weeks ago I was pretty lost. I did’t hit it that great the first couple rounds. Paul notices something, so we go work on it. You know, that’s all we do is kind of fine-tune everything. And came out this weekend and I hit it great.”

“I don’t know if I played that well,” Hideki Matsuyama said, “but I won. It’s been a good run. I’m going to ride it as long as I can.”

Watch Matsuyama’s game highlights below.

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.