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This Time for Africa: Oosthuizen wins 2010 British Open

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

One week after the last vuvuzela finished blaring in South Africa, Louis Oosthuizen shone the spotlight on his country once more by winning the 2010 British Open in St. Andrews, Scotland. And what a win it was! Although the British Open concluded on Sunday we still can’t stop talking about how Oosthuizen dominated the competition and won with such a huge margin! According to golf records it was the largest winning margin since Tiger Woods took on St. Andrews 10 years prior. However, the top prize undeniably went to the best player; Oosthuizen played the tournament flawlessly with an attitude that not even St. Andrews’s high winds could shake.

Even competitor Paul Casey could not resist commending his fellow athlete on how he handled his game throughout the tournament: “”Nobody was going to stop him…He didn’t miss a shot today. I don’t know if he missed one all week. That was four days of tremendous golf.”

To top it off, Oosthuizen’s win also fell serendipitously on Nelson Mandela’s 92nd birthday; a coincidence that no doubt made his win even more meaningful for him and his countrymen.

Results from Augusta: The 2010 Masters Tournament

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

This past weekend at the 2010 Masters Tournament ended joyfully with a spectacular win by Phil Mickelson, the third Masters Tournament title in his career. In the press conference following his win Mickelson tried to put into words how special this tournament has been for him. Not only did he feel comfortable playing at Augusta (a course he asserts best suits his golf style), but he also had the emotional support of having his wife and three children there with him. And after a tough year where both Amy Mickelson and Phil’s mother were diagnosed with breast cancer, this emotional win offered the Mickelson family a moment of joy to cherish – a moment they will no doubt remember for the rest of their lives.

Although he did not manage to recreate some of that 1992 magic and catch up to Mickelson, Fred Couples still had a terrific week. Couples played aggressively, knowing what he needed to do if he was going to overtake the leader. However, he hit the ball poorly on No. 12, making it slip under the water, along with his chances to bring home a title. Couples admits he had a few bad shots, but he also told the press how much he enjoyed playing on one of his favorite courses.

And the player who entered the tournament with all the promise (and spotlight) shining down on him, quietly disappeared after a disappointing week on the course. It was a very disillusioned Tiger Woods that departed from Augusta on Sunday. When asked when he was going to play next he simply replied that he “needed to take a little time off to re-evaluate things.” To this I might have replied, “More. Time. Off? Really, Tiger?!” With the new controversial Nike commercial, cheeky messages being displayed by planes flying overhead and now his childish reaction to his performance at the tournament, Woods is looking more ridiculous than ever. Especially compared to the courage and devotion of Phil Mickelson who gave his family and fans an incredibly meaningful win this weekend.

You can read more about Tiger and the conclusion of the 2010 Masters Tournament here.

The 2010 Masters Tournament

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Let the countdown begin! Only 1 week until one of the most renowned tournaments in golf – the 2010 Masters Tournament. And this year promises not to disappoint with the confirmed return of Tiger Woods to golf. (I must say, his timing is impeccable!)

At we are so excited that we are here to bring you a rundown of the tournament schedule so you won’t miss a thing!

Monday April 5th – Gates open at 8 am and The Practice Round Begins. Don’t miss Tiger’s interview which is scheduled for 2pm EST!

Tuesday April 6th – The Practice Round continues and interviews with 11 the other players are scheduled for today. David Duval interviews at 2pm, Phil Mickelson at 2:30pm, Geoff Ogilvy at 4pm and Jack Nicklaus at 5pm.

Wednesday April 7th – The Practice Round continues and the Masters Major Achievements Award Ceremony airs at 10:30am.

Thursday April 8th – The Competitive Round commences

Friday April 9th – Saturday April 10th – The Competitive Round continues

Sunday April 11th – The Final Competitive Round

The Year of the Tiger (Woods)

Friday, March 19th, 2010

It seems that we may soon be hearing more about Tiger’s game on the green and less about his personal life. In a recent statement, Woods said he would be returning to golf for the Masters tournament in early April. Despite his unexpected hiatus from golf (since November 27) Woods is still the favorite to win the Masters tournament, already having won 10 major tournament titles and 4 previous Masters Tournaments.

It will be interesting to see the public’s reaction to Tiger’s return to golf. Despite his public apologies, dropped endorsement deals and seemingly genuine remorse, it seems the public is still divided about whether to welcome Woods back to golf or continue to punish him for his personal mistakes. Just by reading some of the online dialog surrounding this recent news story, it seems that 50% of the comments are supportive of Tiger’s return and 50% are sarcastic commentary on his personal woes.

One thing’s for sure though, love it or hate it; Tiger’s back and ready to compete for more titles. His competition better start practicing!

Is Tiger’s Business Our Business?

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

A question was recently posed to me asking what I thought about what was arguably one of the biggest news stories of 2009. The person wanted to know: are Tiger’s marital woes breaking news or just petty gossip? Although, yours truly has already blogged about this very topic I still could not give this person a straight answer, because truthfully, I am not sure. However, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to get some reader opinions. So, I ask you: is Tiger’s marital crisis any of our business?

Those in the promotions department of Nike and Gatorade would likely reply, “Ummm, YES?! It is!” However, those of us who have experienced truly traumatic family crisis might not agree. Who’s right though? There are those who will argue that since Tiger is a public figure who has made a lot of money endorsing consumer products, he sold his image to the public long ago and therefore does not have the right to complain when the public comments on his behavior.

However, others might disagree by attesting that the only area of Tiger’s life which the public should be concerned with is his game on the golf course and that his family and private life are completely off limits. Again, not sure about either arguments, but here’s where I will tell you what I think. Arguments of right and wrong aside, I think it’s silly for Tiger to act for one minute that he does not have a special relationship with the media. The media has helped Tiger make a lot of money in his golf career by promoting the image he portrays in his endorsements. The media is there to report his successes on the golf course. The media and Tiger have a relationship, and although he may not like it, he needs to learn how to work with the media in his favor and not waste time berating the force that has made him as famous around the world as he is today.

All the Best in 2010 from

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Warm wishes and Happy New Year from everyone here at! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and got those clubs you asked for at Christmas! We are very grateful to everyone who reads this blog, follows on Twitter and uses to book their tee times here at home in Canada, the US or wherever their travels take them. We are very excited to see what surprises 2010 holds for us here at and hope you check back often this year to see what great tee time deals has available.

Wishing you all the best in 2010,

The team.


Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

One thing we can all agree on is the amazing fall from grace that Tiger Woods has been met with over the following weeks. Since his car crash on Nov. 27th in which he sustained minor injuries, information keeps surfacing as to the nature behind the incident and the double life the famed golf star has been leading while sheltered behind his perfect and squeaky-clean image.

Until recent weeks, Tiger Woods has been the prefect model sports star and a marketing dream for his sponsors due to his mixed race. He has been able to spread golf and make it mainstream since joining the PGA Tour. His recent troubles seem to show a person crippled with fame, unable to live up to the exorbant expectations that his image has come to demand of him. Tiger has always demanded his privacy and built a wall to protect him from the media spotlight, making him that much more intriguing and mysterious to the public eye. Here is a timeline of recent events:

Week of Nov. 23, Tiger busted for cheating: National Enquirer reports Woods has been having an affair with New York nightclub promoter Rachel Uchitel, the affair included racy text messages. It quotes Uchitel: “We’re in love… I don’t care about his wife!”

Nov. 27, 2:25am, One of Woods’ neighbor’s calls 911, saying Woods crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a tree and is lying on the ground beside the car. Woods is taken to the hospital in “serious condition” and released later that day.

Nov. 27, Police release a report indicating Woods was in and out of consciousness when they arrived at the scene. Elin heroically rescued him from the vehicle by smashing in the rear windows of the SUV with a golf club and was hovering over Woods “frantic and upset” when police arrived. (FISHY??)

Nov. 28, TMZ reports Elin had scratched up Tiger’s face in an argument before he attempted to flee in his vehicle, and that Elin was attacking the SUV with a golf club as Woods attempted to escape.

Nov. 29, Tiger posts a vague statement to his website: “This situation is my fault… I’m human and I’m not perfect… This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way.”

Dec. 1, Cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs, 24, tells Us Weekly she had an affair with Woods, over almost three years. She is reportedly paid $150,000 for her story. She is also linked to actor George Clooney.

Dec. 2, Las Vegas nightclub marketer Kalike Moquin is named as another Woods woman, having “hooked up” with him several times at a Vegas hotel during an October weekend. It’s later reported she did not have an affair with Tiger but was in fact pimping girls to him.

Dec. 3, A statement is posted from Tiger again to his website. “I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart.”

Dec. 3, Uchitel schedules a press conference to admit an affair with Woods, going against her original denial. The conference is called off with rumors that Woods’ camp had paid her off.

Dec. 3, Tiger was introduced to Elin by Swedish golfer, Jesper Parnevik, and employed Elin as a nanny. Jesper states, “I have lost all respect for him, primarily as a man and a father.”

Dec. 5, Model Jamie Jungers comes forward and tells UK’s Sunday Mirror that she had a two-year affair with Woods while partying in Vegas.

Dec. 6, Cori Rist tells New York Daily News says she met Woods in the Manhattan nightclub Butter and, a year later, was still seeing her, often in large hotel suites. Another woman, Mindy Lawton says she met Tiger in the Perkins chain of bakery restaurants, before they hooked up in a church parking lot and naming her “rag doll.”

Dec. 7, a porn star Holly Sampson does not deny having an affair with Woods.

Dec. 8, Barbro Holmberg is rushed to the hospital on “advanced life support.” Photographed being wheeled from Woods residence on stretcher.

Dec. 8, Deadspin says that Uchitel’s job was to find women for Tiger during tournaments around the world. Several sources say she may have slept with him, too, but she was not primarily his mistress. Deadspin says Kalika Moquin played a similar role, and is not believed to have been sleeping with Tiger.

Dec. 9, Rumors of sponsors beginning to jump ship. Gatorade drink gets cancelled. The brands involved state “This is coincidental and nothing to do with the “scandal!”

And it keeps coming… The Woods mistress count is now up to what? 12, 13, 16? Who knows anymore? Ambien and Vicodin have never been in the headlines as much with Tigers alleged abuse of prescription drugs and being under the influence of them at the time of the car crash. Rumors continue to swirl of sponsors turning their backs on Tiger, such as Accenture, Gillette and Tag Heuer. Elin has bought a secluded home in Sweden and is apparently leaving with the kids. She has been spotted numerous times without her wedding ring after more rumors that Tiger had torn up their pre-nuptial agreement and was said to have offered in the neighborhood of $55 million for her to stay. Tiger announces an indefinite hiatus from golf. His yacht is being prepped for a quick getaway to god knows where with reports that Rachel Uchitel will be renting a place near wherever Tiger is headed. Then last but not least, Tiger shows up on a list of patients of a Canadian doctor said to have provided steroids to athletes! What next??

The whole incident has more drama surrounding it than the last 10 seasons of Jerry Springer…. No wonder the intrigue. How someone perceived so perfect could be so far from it.

This self destruction seems all too familiar of a person who has been on top for so long. Pressure can be insurmountable and all consuming and needs an outlet. Unfortunately for Tiger, he choose a very poor way out. Look at Andre Aggasi’s recent tell all book. Tiger seems to be a mirror of his behavior. Self destructive while at the top. When you are at the top you are constantly told you are the best, but what is the best and how do you stay there. Always looking over your back and falling further and further away from who you really are and more and more into what you are not. An invincible, impenetrable force that no one can take down. You are still human, as Tiger has reminded us.
This is not an excuse for Tiger’s behavior as he is solely responsible for what he has done. He has dealt with it in the worst way possible without seeking the help he obviously needed to deal with his life.

It has been a long, long fall from grace in such a short period of time, but hopefully Tiger can in time, make things right and get back to doing what we all want to see. Him racking up wins and chasing records. It’s always nice to watch part of history.

Tiger Wood’s Golf Club Picks

Friday, August 7th, 2009

It’s that time of year again for to update you on which golf clubs Tiger Woods has been carrying with him on the course. And after winning the Buick Open last weekend, I think you’re just as curious as we are to figure out which clubs are in Tiger’s golf bag.

Tiger’s Driver            
Nike SasQuatch Dymo 380 prototype (10.5 degrees with Mitsubishi Diamana Witeboard 83x shaft)

Nike SQ2 (15 degrees with Mitsubishi Diamana Blueboard 103x shaft)

Nike SQ2 (19 degrees with Mitsubishi Diamana Blueboard 103x shaft)

Irons (3-PW)
Nike Forged Blades (True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)

Nike VR (56 degrees)

Nike SR (60 degrees)

Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport 2

Nike One Tour

Nike Air Zoom TW 2009 with Champ spikes

Nike Golf Tiger Woods Collection

Find out what golf clubs Tiger’s carrying with him on all his tournaments by checking the regularly updated list here.

Best of luck with the rest of the golf season!

A Soggy Sight – Rain Delays the 100th Canadian Open

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Rubber boots, birds bathing in puddles and grounds crew armed with a variety of green maintenance equipment were all common sights this weekend at the 100th Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario. 

An ominous gathering of clouds appeared in the sky on Sunday morning as play was called not long after forcing most players to retreat to the clubhouse before they could even finish their third round. The relentless rain that has plagued Glen Abbey this past weekend has made this tournament the first one to end on a Monday since 1988. 

However, in true Canadian form, Mike Weir and tournament director, Steve Carman, could not help, but poke fun at the tournament’s bout of misfortune. 

Mike Weir joked about the playing conditions commenting that, “…instead of reading the grain, you got to read the current…” 

And when asked which holes were the ‘problem holes’ Carman went to list most of the holes with a wry smile saying: “You would probably be better off asking which weren’t the problem holes.”

Nevertheless, despite the waterlogged course and threatening weather reports the tournament still offered plays for the fans to cheer for. Some highlights included: Mike Weir’s first-ever on tour ace, nine straight birdies hit by Calcavecchia and an incredible 7 holes-in-one throughout the tournament! 

As I check in with, it seems that the weather is beginning to cooperate in Oakville and tied for the top spot are Retief Goosen, from South Africa, and, Aussie, Nathan Green. Mike Weir is 5 shots from the lead and Stephen Ames is 7 shots away.      

Let’s just hope the rain gods smile benevolently on the tournament today and allow the 100th Canadian Open to close before Tuesday!

Lucas Glover Wins U.S. Open

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

On June 22nd an unassuming Lucas Glover accepted his trophy as the 109th Champion of the U.S. Open tournament stating humbly that, “…something was on my side this week.”

Although, Glover played seamlessly throughout the entire tournament and never lost the lead over the last 12 holes, it seems Glover was not the Champion the people were looking for. With the spotlight locked on other golfers such as Phil Mickelson and what the sports media have called a less than ‘compelling’ storyline; it seems that Glover’s win of the 109th U.S. Open was a bit of a disappointment to golf fans and, of course, his fellow competitors. A stoic Ricky Barnes, who finished tied for second with Mickelson and Duval, looked on as Glover accepted his trophy and tipped his hat to Barnes’s performance during the tournament. A disoriented and disillusioned Mickelson announced that he will likely not attend the British Open and is not certain about when he will return to golf. 

However, after sealing the tournament with a lackluster three-foot par putt on the 18th hole, Glover slowed down to bask in his win and reflect on his performance over the duration of a very delayed and somewhat dreary tournament. A true Southern gentlemen, Glover humbly commented on what everyone must have been thinking, but not saying about Glover’s name appearing next to greats such as Tiger Woods on the trophy.

“I hope I don’t downgrade it or anything with my name on there.”

Although a somewhat anti-climatic win, Glover played a clean and consistent game which was necessary under less than favourable conditions. For a tournament that was plagued by constant rain, Glover’s resilience under such circumstances is worthy of much praise and also the U.S. Open’s ultimate prize. As a NBC sports correspondent so eloquently summarized Glover’s game during his interview with the champion: “Alls well that ends well.” 

You can read more about the highlights of the U.S. Open tournament by searching for the definitive article by the Canadian Press written on June 23, 2009 titled: Glover Wins U.S. Open; Weir and Ames tied for 10th.