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2nd November 2016

CIMB Classic - Moore is less, Ryan Moore that is. Ryan Moore (-14) wins on the storm delayed anti-climatic 1st playoff hole against Gary Woodland on a quiet Monday morning. Imagine having to wake up the next morning at 7.30am to tee-off and play 10mins of golf, winning the tournament without much fanfare. (No crowd, the crowd couldn't get there if they wanted to because Monday traffic)

Kiradech Aphibarnrat again impressive as the only Asian in the top-10 at 13-under.As for the tournament's main draw new 5-time major winner Phil Mickelson, he played a respectable 5-under for a tie for 19th but not good enough.

 

 

Greatest of All-time top ten golfers (Is Phil a worthy GOAT?)

Phil is passed parallel at the top, there is hope for all the golfers that can't really keep the left arm straight throughout the back swing

 

On the topic of Phil, some golf commentators are rushing to place 5-time major winner Phil Mickelson in their all-time top ten golfling greats, seriously! While Lee Trevino and Nick Faldo have more major wins at 6, Phil gets the nod to go on top. Spin it how ever way you want it but it is a way of a stretch to put Phil in the top ten list, top-15 no-doubt winning the 5th puts you right there.

Why is everyone eager to place Phil at the top of the ranks? Is it because there is no other active golfer in the top ten list besides Tiger Woods? Where was Phil's position in the all-time greats before his 5th major win? He obviously cannot make it 9th position or better so they put him at 10 and made justifications why he belong. (it is not just the number of majors won....but a mix of 3 different majors, 42 PGA wins, most number 2nd place finishes, etc.)

Surely the number of majors won is the key factor and then one would consider the circumstances and look at other wins (PGA and European Tour). Arguments such as the field is deeper now than decades ago and that the PGA Tour is more competitive than the Eurpoean Tour are just lame. (Seve Ballesteros won 50 European titles vs Phil's 42 PGA)

Yes, he has won many tournaments and we have seen remarkable shots around the green but he never dominated for a period like the others did. (or able to stare down eye-of-the-Tiger) Before his Masters breakthrough, we was the best golfer never to have won a major.

Yes, he is a popular guy with the right mantle attribute to be the poster boy(man) for American golf and therefore the enthusiasm to declare his greatness for this generation.

Almost everyone is unanimous (easy pick) with the 2 top positions – Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, positions 3 to 10 have various picks but by “counting votes” of a number commentators an averaged list ended up looking like this:-

 

All players in the top 10 has at least 7 major wins except for Byron Nelson with only 5 because he played through the WWII period when less major championship were competed. He more than made up for it with 52 PGA Tour wins in a relatively short career.  Gene Sarazen (career slam) and Harry Vardon also each has 7 majors to their name. Where does Phil stand? Outside the top-ten....

How many more does he have to get to get there? One more would still cause a lot of debate...let's make it two.

 

13th October 2016

Sime Darby LPGA 2016, not quite making it to the top......

It is a grind and no walk in the park as the top ladies struggles. Final leaderboard Lexi Thompson -19, Feng Shanshan -15 and IIhee Lee -12.


 

 

18th August 2016

Solheim Cup - one cup is not enough

Congratulations to Europe on their record (by the biggest margin) and first ever win over the Americans playing away.

But what’s the Solheim Cup without top players? Did anyone interview Inbee Park or Na Yeon Choi what they thought about the Solhiem Cup?

Take a look at the players that make the US and European teams based on the Rolex World Rankings.

 

Take the world’s top twenty women golfers and you only get 5 players on the US team and 3 on the European team. And the US team needed to call on Michelle Wie ranked 87th (not to pile on more pressure on Wie, but seriously) shows that US/ Europe talent may be in limited supply.

If you take the other players in the top 20 from Korea, Japan, China/Taiwan, Australian and NZ you have huge talent to form another more compelling 12-player team.

 

 

 

Re-shuffle the teams a bit……throw in a captain’s pick in the form Thai Ariya Jutanugarn and you have diverse players from more than half dozen different countries as in Europe. You will have a multi-language team and a 16-year old amateur as well that will make pairings interesting.

Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan has a lot of goodwill to build between them and Oz & NZ need to join their neighbours of the same time zone, and what is a more exciting way to do it.

Finally have them play the USA & Europe combined and you will give the Ryder Cup a run for their money. (Charley Hull should get the captain’s pick not Wie)

The No. 1-2 Inbee and Stacey can fight it out and the tough No.3 Petterson will trade shots with the cool No.4 Na Yeon Choi and the teenagers Lydia Ko and Charley Hull can have the battle of the ages....classic East vs West...

Welcome to the Far East Invitational Cup, where Team Asia-Pacific All-Stars take on Team Eumerica.

 

Now that is something exciting worth waiting for.....

BTW welcome back Inbee Park to Malaysia, we would like to think your remarkable 3-major Slam started with your win here in Malaysia last year.

 

22nd July 2016

 

The Open Championship – the winning formula

 

 

 

The last two years have shown the winning formula for the British open was by coming from behind to finish first before the leaders, birdieing the final hole and post a good under par final round. Birdieing the 72nd hole really hammers the spirit of the opponents still on-course where the nature of the Scotland courses & weather doesn’t allow you to stare it down and make birdies on demand. (unless you are TW in the 2000s).

Of the leader pack only Phil and Henrik Stenson were under par (as with the 2012 Open Championship only Els was in the red) in the final round which shows how difficult the courses that you have a group of four or five top players struggling at the same time. On a normal PGA or European tour event course you will not get blustering wind, crater bunkers, the long stuff and awkward bounces holding back all your competitors. Surely on a normal course not all the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th leaders will falter at the same time.

So with a 72nd hole second shot that awkwardly bounced the right way to a 5-under round we welcome now five-time major winner Phil Mickelson to the CIMB Classic Malaysia 2013.

 

July 2016

iPod, iPhone, iPad......iPark

Best putting statistics man or woman we have ever seen….Inbee Park

For most of us here, we really only noticed her when she won the Sime Darby LPGA tournament last year. We noticed an unremarkable swing, understated demeanor, no display of emotions or crowd excitement but coolly managing a bogey final hole to win.

Here is a collection of iPark fist pumps:-

Have not heard of the song? Hang out with your kids

Women’s golf has had a string of star players rotating at the top of the world rankings but dominating 2 to 3 years from Annika Sorenstam (she was there for a long time…), Se Ri Pak, Karrie Webb, Lorena Ochoa to Yani Tseng. And now Inbee Park, can the minimalist swing keep her at top….the putting sure can.

iPark iron swing

Inbee Park wins her 3rd consecutive major championship as we speak. We look forward to the 2013 Sime Darby LPGA tournament come October.

 

 

 

30th June 2016

US Open Champion

JR at 1998 British Open JR winning the US Open

The above left shows, JR holing it out on the final 18th in 1998 British Open picking up top spot as an amateur and then 15 years later on the way to winning the 2013 US Open. On the second shot final hole on route to victory, Rose fired a 4-iron pass the pin compared with Ben Hogan’s 1950 famous 1-iron from just a couple of feet away. How equipment has changed or is it just the outcome of how everyone is pushing distance? Who has seen a 1-iron before?

As for Rose, it took 15 years to get back to the level that he knew he could play at, such is golf the doubt it puts in you to repeat that perfect swing and the hope it leaves you believing that you got it figured out each time. Has his swing changed?

 

The Masters 2016

The trailer had Angel Cabrera Adam Scott, rainy day, drama, gracious and grateful runner-up of another opportunity, redemption and opportunities of commercialization.

This year’s Masters had melancholy movie feel to it, with the misty rain, the two protagonists, the supporting cast (twists provided by TW and “comic relief” by Tianliang Guan) and the epic stage . Had Angel won? What does it mean for Adam? Angel didn’t need to win…like all good stories the one who needed to win won…and did the story unfolded slowly unscripted.

Adam’s Angel….weakness and grandness in the heart

 

Tiger Woods - Lets just say his wedge in on the 15th didn’t hit the flag stick and spins back within a couple of feet for birdie instead of the ricochet into the water for a one-shot penalty, another stroke for the instant replay and the near self-disqualification interview with a 2-stroke penalty, that is 4 strokes less. That would have put him in the playoff….but it was the “what if” he had hit the flagstick…

Masters Leaderboard what if

Chinese golfers and Li-Ning Golf coming? – Tianliang Guan got a front row seat at the green jacket presentation, was that commercialization of the 14-year old “watch me make the cut” wunderkid. An ad-placement for golf in the Chinese market?  To woo a couple hundred millions(give or take) to pick up the game? Definitely, but it is also Master’s tradition to have the lowest amateur at the presentation. Congratulations TLG!

Green Jacket presentation with TLG

Someone lamented that how come in badminton we had only Danes representing the Western field in the game. (Sure we also have some Germans and probably other Europeans…not sure). The BWF could sure use a 14-year old badminton maestro from US so that at least they can spell “badminton” over there and bring in some heavyweight sponsors. Alternatively BWF do tours over there in the off-seasons like how the football clubs do…probably would have to play at badminton halls if there are any at all.

 

 

List of Ramadan Golf Package/ Promotion for 2016

* unless otherwise stated the below rates are per pax inclusive of green fee, buggy fees(based on twin sharing) and insurance.

Golf Course Weekdays Weekend
SELANGOR & KL
BUKIT BERUNTUNG GOLF & COUNTRY RESORT RM50 RM60
BUKIT KEMUNING GOLF & COUNTRY RESORT RM70 RM118
BUKIT UNGGUL COUNTRY CLUB AM @ RM68 AM @ RM148
PM @ RM88 (Wed-Fri) PM @ RM98
DANAU GOLF CLUB RM60 RM130
IMPIAN GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB AM @ RM100 AM @RM156 (after 8.30am)
PM @ RM 80 PM @RM134
KELAB GOLF PERKHIDMATAN AWAM (KGPA) RM85 AM @RM140
PM @RM120
KELAB GOLF SERI SELANGOR AM @ RM70 AM @ RM140 nett
PM @ RM90 PM @ RM110 nett
PM @ RM115 + Buka Puasa Buffet PM @ RM135 + Buka Puasa Buffet
KELAB GOLF SULTAN ABDUL AZIZ SHAH RM111 N/A
KINRARA GOLF CLUB RM80 AM @ RM150
PM @ RM100
KOTA PERMAI GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Mon-Fri @RM160 nett N/A
KUALA LUMPUR GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Mon-Fri @RM301 AM @RM401
PM @RM301
MONTEREZ GOLF CLUB RM 50 AM @ RM98
PM @ RM65
PERANGSANG TEMPLER GOLF CLUB RM60 AM/PM @ RM95
9-holes PM @RM67 + Buka Puasa Buffet 9-holes PM @RM77 + Buka Puasa Buffet
TASIK PUTERI GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB RM68 RM108
TEMPLER PARK COUNTRY CLUB RM106 N/A
UTOPIA GOLF CLUB (previously SSG BERINGIN) RM35 RM55
PAHANG
AWANA GENTING HIGHLANDS GOLF & COUNTRY RESORT RM78 RM162
BERJAYA HILLS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB RM78 RM118
SELESA HILLS GOLF RESORT RM50 RM50
PERAK
CLEARWATER SANCTUARY GOLF RESORT RM83 N/A
NEGERI SEMBILAN
ERA GOLF & COUNTRY RESORT RM45 AM @ RM60
PM @ RM50
NILAI SPRINGS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB RM80 AM @ RM150
PM @ RM110
STAFFIELD GOLF & COUNTRY RESORT RM88 RM158
JOHOR
HORIZON HILLS GOLF RESORT RM110 AM N/A
PM - SAT @ RM230, SUN @ RM170
SARAWAK
DAMAI GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB RM90 + Buka Puasa N/A
KELAB GOLF SARAWAK RM100 RM150
SABAH
DALIT BAY GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB RM100 nett (min. 3 golfers)
(15th June - 31st Aug 2013)
PM @RM100 nett (min. 3 golfers)
(15th June - 31st Aug 2013)
NEXUS GOLF RESORT KARAMBUNAI RM171 RM212

 

Tiger Woods wrestling the Blue Monster (and came out on top)

TW at the Blue Monster

3rd Apr 2016

Maybank Malaysian Open 2016

Winner - Kiradech Aphibarnrat at -13 (all 106kgs of him, it is listed on the player's profile for whatever reason)

And what did we learn from the Malaysian Open?

  • Thais are much at golf better than the Malaysians (than the rest of SEA region for that matter)
  • Golf is not really a sport, size doesn’t matter
  • F1 is a sport, size do matter
  • Golf and F1 fans are mutually exclusive
  • The Chinese are coming (already here in the form Wu Ashun T11 and Liang Wen-chong T22)

Tiger Woods back at Number One

Three wins, Farmers Insurance Torrey Pines, WGC-Cadillac and Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Invitational (4 if you count Tavistock) and he is back at the top. Solid turn and whip, especially in the picture on the right how he gets the Kompressor going and bends the club like a rubber band. Finally the switch is there to just turn it on, for sure he is back at the level where he won 14-majors but I would think it will only be at stretches. Four more majors to reach the all time record is tough mentally when there are only so many years left. He needs to get one this year otherwise it may slipped. Who doesn't want to be part of history, even as a spectator?

Oh, and we were talking about McIlroy-Tiger rivalry. It seems now the reality is not easy to start a rivalry with a 14-major champion. When Tiger started out he didn't have a double digit major winner to contend with, just Els, Vijay and Phil. (and Padraig?). Maybe if McIlroy let the Tiger train pass in the next few years and then he can dominate or will we see a 1-2 Tiger-McIlroy domination? Really?, not with this score card....

 

Rory McIlroy's scorecard at the Honda Classic (that is if he submitted it at all)

 

24th March 2016

Trick shots galore

Watch Sergio Garcia hit a shot from up a tree at the Arnold Palmer Invitational :- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10jORLiU7Ak. The shot was nothing short remarkable. What's more remarkable is that no one ask what was the heroics for. He had to hit the shot backward so unless he didn't have a shot at the green if he played an unplayable there is no advantage gained. And he injured himself in the process.

And Phil Mickelson hits off the buggy track(or cart path as they call it over there) at the WGC-Cadillac :- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAuvkGWILZM. Similarly all the commentators go all ga-ga over this but why not take a free drop and make a normal pitch. Phil had a better result than Sergio birdieing the hole.

 

18th March 2016

Taking back some spotlight from all the asians

Stacy Lewis takes over the number one spot from our beloved fellow asian Yani Tseng after overcoming a 2-stroke penalty and 4-stroke deficit at the LPGA Founders Cup. Only the second American to reach world number one because ranking for the female side only started in 2006.

 

Others

Here is a ball on the buggy track, where is the nearest point of relief? To the left, to the left... Nobody wants to hit from the sloppy left so we always justify to the right if we allow space to stand off the track, to the right is the nearest. And what if the ball was right in the middle of the track?

 

 

 

 

Golf Course Weekday Weekend
Bukit Unggul Country Club, Selangor Mon- Tue @RM68 nett AM @RM148 nett
Wed-Fri (before 11am) @RM 68 nett PM @RM98 nett
Wed-Fri (after 11am) @RM 88 nett + RM10 meal voucher
9-holes (after 4pm) @RM 68 nett + Buka Puasa Buffet 9-holes (after 4pm) @RM 88 nett + Buka Puasa Buffet
 
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