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Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood have today been named by European Captain Paul McGinley as his three wild card selections for The 2014 European Ryder Cup team.
The trio will join Thomas Björn, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson on The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles from September 26-28, as Europe bid to retain the trophy won in such dramatic fashion in Medinah two years ago.
Poulter and Westwood, of course, were members of that Medinah team, while Gallacher will be making his Ryder Cup debut in his home country.
For Westwood, the appearance will see him make another significant mark in the history of the biennial match against the United States.
Having played in every Ryder Cup since making his debut at Valderrama in 1997, the 2014 contest in Scotland will be the 41 year old Englishman’s ninth consecutive appearance, taking him to joint fourth in the all-time European appearance list behind Sir Nick Faldo (11), Bernhard Langer and Christy O’Connor (both ten) and alongside Dai Rees.
Westwood, who has an overall record of 18 wins and six halves from his 37 matches spanning 17 years, said: “I’m obviously delighted. The Ryder Cup has always been a massive thing for me and I was delighted to get the call from Paul. It was a long day yesterday but when Paul rang with the good news I was relieved.
“I’ve played a lot better in the last month and a half and I’ve been showing some form and giving Paul a reason to pick me. I’m delighted and honoured to be representing Europe again.”
Joining Westwood is his countryman Poulter, the man credited with lighting the blue touch paper on Europe’s remarkable comeback in Chicago in 2012, when he claimed the final point of Saturday afternoon’s fourball session thanks to five closing birdies.
The 38 year old Englishman’s love and passion for the biennial contest is as legendary as his point-scoring prowess in the blue and gold of Europe, having won 12 of his 15 matches in his outings in 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2012, a statistic which includes a point in the singles on every occasion.
Poulter said: “I’m absolutely thrilled. To get the call was amazing. I can’t wait for Gleneagles. It’s a fantastic feeling and I’m proud to be a pick. The Ryder Cup means a lot to me and I can’t wait. It’s always difficult to make a Ryder Cup team and this one was no different. Paul had a very difficult decision with some fantastic players to pick from.”
Completing the wild card line-up is Gallacher, who will thrill the home crowds at Gleneagles when he tees up for his Ryder Cup debut at the age of 39. The Scot battled valiantly to try to claim one of the nine automatic places on offer but came up one place shy in last week’s Open D’Italia, leaving him a mere 1.61 points short on the World Points List.
Gallacher said: “It’s massive for me and my family. It’s been a goal all my career to play in The Ryder Cup and I was delighted to get the call from Paul. It was a long day yesterday.
“On Sunday I had mixed emotions. I was delighted with the way I played but disappointed not to have made the team automatically. I knew there were other great players in with a shout of getting a pick, so I really didn’t know what was going to happen. I’m just glad it all turned out okay in the end.”
Commenting on his decision, Paul McGinley said: “I am delighted to name Stephen, Ian and Lee as my wild card selections which completes the 2014 European Ryder Cup team, a team which everyone in Europe should be proud of.
“Stephen’s performance in trying to make the team automatically was hugely impressive and one for which he should be given an enormous amount of credit. To play that consistently over the past few weeks when the pressure and expectation were on his shoulders – not just from himself but from everyone in Scotland – made his inclusion a relatively easy decision for me.
“In terms of Ian, I’m not sure what more there is to say about him in terms of The Ryder Cup, aside from the fact I couldn’t envisage the team without him in it. Everybody knows what he did at Medinah but his overall Ryder Cup record in his four appearances to date is hugely impressive and I know he’ll be looking to add to that tally in Scotland.
“Finally, in terms of Lee, I have said many times that he has been the pillar of the recent success that Europe has enjoyed in The Ryder Cup and I know he will show that again, in this, his ninth consecutive appearance. He is a class act and he has shown glimpses of the form we all know he is capable of in the recent big events in the United States.”

Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood have today been named by European Captain Paul McGinley as his three wild card selections for The 2014 European Ryder Cup team.

The trio will join Thomas Björn, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson on The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles from September 26-28, as Europe bid to retain the trophy won in such dramatic fashion in Medinah two years ago.

Poulter and Westwood, of course, were members of that Medinah team, while Gallacher will be making his Ryder Cup debut in his home country.

For Westwood, the appearance will see him make another significant mark in the history of the biennial match against the United States.

Having played in every Ryder Cup since making his debut at Valderrama in 1997, the 2014 contest in Scotland will be the 41 year old Englishman’s ninth consecutive appearance, taking him to joint fourth in the all-time European appearance list behind Sir Nick Faldo (11), Bernhard Langer and Christy O’Connor (both ten) and alongside Dai Rees.

Westwood, who has an overall record of 18 wins and six halves from his 37 matches spanning 17 years, said: “I’m obviously delighted. The Ryder Cup has always been a massive thing for me and I was delighted to get the call from Paul. It was a long day yesterday but when Paul rang with the good news I was relieved.

“I’ve played a lot better in the last month and a half and I’ve been showing some form and giving Paul a reason to pick me. I’m delighted and honoured to be representing Europe again.”

Joining Westwood is his countryman Poulter, the man credited with lighting the blue touch paper on Europe’s remarkable comeback in Chicago in 2012, when he claimed the final point of Saturday afternoon’s fourball session thanks to five closing birdies.

The 38 year old Englishman’s love and passion for the biennial contest is as legendary as his point-scoring prowess in the blue and gold of Europe, having won 12 of his 15 matches in his outings in 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2012, a statistic which includes a point in the singles on every occasion.

Poulter said: “I’m absolutely thrilled. To get the call was amazing. I can’t wait for Gleneagles. It’s a fantastic feeling and I’m proud to be a pick. The Ryder Cup means a lot to me and I can’t wait. It’s always difficult to make a Ryder Cup team and this one was no different. Paul had a very difficult decision with some fantastic players to pick from.”

Completing the wild card line-up is Gallacher, who will thrill the home crowds at Gleneagles when he tees up for his Ryder Cup debut at the age of 39. The Scot battled valiantly to try to claim one of the nine automatic places on offer but came up one place shy in last week’s Open D’Italia, leaving him a mere 1.61 points short on the World Points List.

Gallacher said: “It’s massive for me and my family. It’s been a goal all my career to play in The Ryder Cup and I was delighted to get the call from Paul. It was a long day yesterday.

“On Sunday I had mixed emotions. I was delighted with the way I played but disappointed not to have made the team automatically. I knew there were other great players in with a shout of getting a pick, so I really didn’t know what was going to happen. I’m just glad it all turned out okay in the end.”

Commenting on his decision, Paul McGinley said: “I am delighted to name Stephen, Ian and Lee as my wild card selections which completes the 2014 European Ryder Cup team, a team which everyone in Europe should be proud of.

“Stephen’s performance in trying to make the team automatically was hugely impressive and one for which he should be given an enormous amount of credit. To play that consistently over the past few weeks when the pressure and expectation were on his shoulders – not just from himself but from everyone in Scotland – made his inclusion a relatively easy decision for me.

“In terms of Ian, I’m not sure what more there is to say about him in terms of The Ryder Cup, aside from the fact I couldn’t envisage the team without him in it. Everybody knows what he did at Medinah but his overall Ryder Cup record in his four appearances to date is hugely impressive and I know he’ll be looking to add to that tally in Scotland.

“Finally, in terms of Lee, I have said many times that he has been the pillar of the recent success that Europe has enjoyed in The Ryder Cup and I know he will show that again, in this, his ninth consecutive appearance. He is a class act and he has shown glimpses of the form we all know he is capable of in the recent big events in the United States.”

Posted on Tuesday, September 2nd 2014

Swing Catalyst—Every man’s swing analyzer
By ED TRAVIS
The old saying, “If you get something for nothing, probably that’s what its worth,” may have to be revised because the new Swing Catalyst iPhone and iPad app is free and definitely worthwhile.
After downloading and registering all you do is use the app to take a video of your swing either from down-the-line or face-on. Then you can play it back in regular speed, slow motion or frame by frame to study every move and position.
What I found the most helpful were the drawing tools such as lines to mark your set up alignment, shaft angle, position at the top or anything else you may want to analyze. There’s even a box you can draw to highlight how much your head moves, sways or spins out. Very useful to say the least.
The app also allows two swings to be shown in synch to make comparisons, such as a good swing with one you just made and the videos may be uploaded to the cloud for permanent storage. This feature let you show off to your friends or show your swing coach your progress—or lack of it if you want more help. 
Serious golfers will find the Swing Catalyst app an extremely useful tool and should give it a try…and as I said it’s free.

Swing Catalyst—Every man’s swing analyzer

By ED TRAVIS

The old saying, “If you get something for nothing, probably that’s what its worth,” may have to be revised because the new Swing Catalyst iPhone and iPad app is free and definitely worthwhile.

After downloading and registering all you do is use the app to take a video of your swing either from down-the-line or face-on. Then you can play it back in regular speed, slow motion or frame by frame to study every move and position.

What I found the most helpful were the drawing tools such as lines to mark your set up alignment, shaft angle, position at the top or anything else you may want to analyze. There’s even a box you can draw to highlight how much your head moves, sways or spins out. Very useful to say the least.

The app also allows two swings to be shown in synch to make comparisons, such as a good swing with one you just made and the videos may be uploaded to the cloud for permanent storage. This feature let you show off to your friends or show your swing coach your progress—or lack of it if you want more help. 

Serious golfers will find the Swing Catalyst app an extremely useful tool and should give it a try…and as I said it’s free.

Posted on Tuesday, September 2nd 2014

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TURN YOUR WEDGE AROUND • EGDEW Custom stamping, paint, grinds and shafts. Let our “OneManTourVan” and his 20+ years experience turn your wedge around. To see our complete portfolio, find and follow @egdew on Instagram. For more info on having your clubs stamped or to place an order visit https://squareup.com/market/egdew-turn-your-wedge-game-around-brad-hardan-pga

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Posted on Monday, September 1st 2014

Trish Johnson wins Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open

England’s Trish Johnson proved that age is no barrier to success as she won the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open on a glorious final day at Archerfield Links in East Lothian, becoming the Ladies European’s Tour’s oldest winner at the age of 48.

With rounds of 66, 70 and 73, she ended on a 54-hole total of 209, seven-under-par, two strokes clear of Frenchwoman Gwladys Nocera. Australians Rebecca Artis and Stephanie Na were a stroke back in a share of third place with Scotland’s Sally Watson on four-under-par. With a final round 70 he 2013 champion, Catriona Matthew moved up from equal 30th into a tie for 13th place.

Johnson began the final round six strokes clear of the field and birdied the second and third holes to reach 10-under, but found trouble on the seventh when she drove the ball left into a gorse bush and had to return to the tee resulting in a double bogey.

Three strokes ahead of Watson at the turn, she made four steady pars before missing a four-footer and dropping a shot on the par-4 14th. After Watson faltered down the stretch, Johnson was three ahead of Nocera with two to play but the 2008 Scottish Open champion birdied the last to move into solo second place.

“With a six shot lead today, I think if I’d thrown that away in perfect conditions, well… it was a difficult one, I played pretty well but I never got the putter going at all,” Johnson said. “I just didn’t putt as well as the first two days but I didn’t have the same mentality. I suppose that was because I was defending a little bit, which I didn’t think I’d do.”

Johnson nearly pulled out of the tournament with a back injury earlier in the week as she could hardly walk, but in her winner’s speech, she thanked the LET osteopath and masseuse, Chris Wilkes and Amanda Bailey, for helping her to recover in time to play and keeping her going. She also thanked Neil Carter, her caddie for the week.

“I wasn’t expecting this. I had very low expectations and I guess that worked for me. I didn’t have a practise round and I didn’t play until Friday morning and probably played one of the best rounds of my life on Friday. I’m chuffed to bits,” she said.

In the Pro-Am tournament running simultaneously, Johnson partnered ex-footballer and former BBC Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen, a 5-handicap golfer, who was full of praise for her performance.

“She played so well for the three days and was just rock solid, putted great. It was never in doubt and watching her play was a delight. This is the fourth time I’ve played with her and she hits it so well,” he said. “She’s been unlucky a couple of times but this was her tournament right from the word go. She shot 66 in poor conditions and yesterday again, massively in control of what she was doing. Today she got the job done and it was a delight to see. She is a big Arsenal supporter and I’m a big Liverpool supporter and Liverpool always beat Arsenal so that’s why I like playing with her.”

This was Johnson’s 22nd international tournament victory in her 28th year on tour, and her 19th win on the LET, but incredibly, it was her first LET win in Scotland and she credited the green staff for their superb work on the magnificent Fidra Course.

Four years after her last LET victory at the 2010 French Open, Johnson now feels that she is playing the best golf of her life and shows no signs of stopping, with the Helsingborg Open in Sweden next week.

In the Pro-Am tournament, Holly Clyburn and amateur Richard Bevan, a 6 handicapper, won with a team better-ball score of 24-under-par, while Anne-Lise Caudal and Jonathon Shinton were second on 21-under and Nikki Campbell and Gavin Corbett finished third.

Posted on Monday, September 1st 2014

Steven Bowditch interview with Lily and fellow BJAGA student Josh at the Barclay’s 2014 “Youth Day” Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, NJ

Posted on Monday, September 1st 2014

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Beautiful Evening. Ugly Game.

Beautiful Evening. Ugly Game.

Posted on Monday, September 1st 2014

Big thanks to Bunkershot.com for posting the
2014 Chromax Golf “Best Shot” Photo Contest entries.
Last photo for August: Everett, Washington - Thank you!
Chromax golfers have proven they are fun and creative. Great qualities to have on the course.
Stay tuned for a new contest in October!

Big thanks to Bunkershot.com for posting the

2014 Chromax Golf “Best Shot” Photo Contest entries.

Last photo for August: Everett, Washington - Thank you!

Chromax golfers have proven they are fun and creative. Great qualities to have on the course.

Stay tuned for a new contest in October!

Posted on Monday, September 1st 2014