The Open Championship 2012 teed off on Thursday from The Royal Lytham & St Annes golf Club in Lancashire England. The course is a testing par 70, 7118 yard course with course rough & testing sea breezes off the North Sea. This is the 11th British Open Championship that has taken place here with previous Open Championship winners on this course being David Duval & Seve Ballesteros twice.
Adam Scott leads after the opening round of The Open Championship
Moving onto the action from The Open Championship 2012 Day 1 which saw numerous high profile names sit atop of The Open Championship leaderboard but it was Adam Scott who was on top at the end of day 1. The 32 year old Austrailian golfer Adam Scott tied a course record with a 6 under par round of 64 to lead the tournament by 1 stroke.
Lawrie, Johnson & Colsaerts trail Scott by 1 at The Open Championship 2012
There are 3 players who are 1 shot behind Scott on 5 under par and that group includes 1999 British Open Champion Paul Lawrie, American Zach Johnson & Nicholas Colsaerts who all shot rounds of 65. Brandt Snedeker sits 1 shot further back on 4 under par after a solid opening day score of 66.
Moving back to 3 under par sees a clutch of Major Champions which sees Tiger Woods who spent time on top of the leaderboard earlier in the day, Graeme McDowell, Bubba Watson & Rory McIlroy. With all of these big names in the hunt for the Claret jug makes for what is sure to be an exciting weekend of golf.
The opening day wasnt much hope for English Golf fans hoping to see an English winner for the 1st time in 20 years at the 2012 Open Championship with Luke Donald sitting 6 shots back on even par & Lee Westwood even further back on 3 over par. The day was even worse for 2011 Open Champion Darren Clarke who struggled all day and ended up on 6 over for the day.
The action continues tomorrow in the The Open Championship 2012 be sure to check back for a daily update from the British Open.
As The Players Championship Golf Tournament moved into day 2 there were some interesting story lines to be told and a shock departure as the worlds number one golfer missed the cut.
McIlroy misses the Cut – The Players Championship Golf Tournament
Rory McIlroy who is currently ranked Number 1 in the world had a 36 hole score of 4 over to miss the cut for the 3rd time in 3 appearances at The Players Championship. McIlroy after finishing the first round at even par shot a 4 over round of 76 to give himself a free weekend after a disappointing showing.
It also wasn’t a great day for the 2 British golfers who held the overnight lead at the 2012 Players Championship with Ian Poulter shooting a round of 76 after 2 double bogeys in the opening 4 holes. Whilst fellow overnight leader Martin Laird dropped 1 shot after shooting a round of 73.
Johnson, Na & Kuchar lead the The Players Championship Golf Tournament
At the end of the 2nd round at The Players Championship Golf Tournament their were a trio of Americans atop of The Players Championship 2012 leaderboard. Zach Johnson, Kevin Na & Matt Kuchar lead the way on a 36 hole score of 8 under par. Johnson shot the lowest round of the leaders with a round of 66 which had 8 birdies & 2 bogey’s including one on the last which stopped him leading the tournament for himself. Kevin Na carded a round of 69 whilst Matt Kuchar went one better with a round of 68.
The leaders hold a 1 shot lead over Harris English on 7 under & 2 shots clear of Charlie Wi, Martin Laird, Jonathan Byrd, Adam Scott & Brian Davis on 6 under par.
It was a better day for Tiger Woods who was at danger of missing the cut but a solid 4 under round of 68 moved him to 2 under par for The Players Championship 2012.
With the final 2 rounds of The Players Championship golf tournament still to go there are going to be plenty of twists and turns and we will keep you up to date on all the latest.
Day 1 of The Players Championship 2012 from the TPC at Sawgrass, the Stadium Course is now in the books and sees 2 British golfers sitting pretty atop of The Players Championship leaderboard.
The Players Championship 2012 – Poulter & Laird lead the way
Englishmen Ian Poulter & Scotsman Martin Laird shared the lead after the first round of the Players Championship who both shot rounds of 7 under 65 to lead the tournament on 7 under par. Poulter had led for most of the day with a round that consisted of 8 birdies & 1 bogey whilst Laird joined him late in the first round with a bogey free round with 7 birdies.
The 2 British golfers lead the Players Championship by just 1 shot ahead of American Blake Adams who carded a first round of 66 to be 6 under par with a card that featured 8 birdies & 2 bogies. Adams then leads Kevin Na & Ben Crane who are on 5 under whilst a clutch of players including Matt Kuchar & Adam Scott are sitting at 4 under par.
Big names faltering at The Players Championship 2012
The Players Championship 2012 has so far been unkind to some of the bigger names on the PGA tour with World number 1 Rory McIlroy & former world number 1 Luke Donald are on even par. However for Tiger Woods The Players Championship golf tournament sees him sitting at 2 over par and along way off the leaders who are 9 shots away.
Other notable British Players in the Players Championship field see Padraig Harrington on 3 under par & Lee Westwood on 1 under, with other names such as Phil Mickleson still in the mix at 1 under par also
The Players Championship is typically dubbed the 5th major and features the biggest prize pool of a golf tournament on the PGA Tour, over the next 3 days players will be going all out to win The Players Championship 2012.
The Players Championship 2012 kicks off on Thursday from Stadium Course at the TPC at Sawgrass in Florida. The Stadium Course is a par 72 course and is a 7215 yard course with the formidable par 3 17th where many a great round have been squandered.
17th hole at TPC at Saw Grass – The Players Championship
The Par 3 17th features an island green and is the signature hole of the course and is one of the most recognisable hole in golf. Whist the final 3 holes at the TPC at Sawgrass are considered to be the toughest finishes in golf tournaments.
The Players Championship is dubbed the 5th major by many golf fans & the Players with them coveting winning this as much as one of the 4 majors.
The Players Championship 2012 Field
The 2012 Players Championship field includes the top 50 players in the world featuring world number 1 Rory McIlroy & former number 1′s Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood & Luke Donald.
The Winner of the Players Championship receive 80 points towards there World golf ranking, a 5 year exemption on the PGA tour, 3 year invitation to the Master, The Open & US Open with a exemption to the PGA Championship for one year. The 2012 Players Championship golf tournament also features the highest prize fund of any golf tournament with $9.5 million with the winner collecting a cheque for $1.7 million.
Last year’s winner was KJ Choi who won with a tournament score of 13 under par after winning in a playoff against David Toms to become the first Asian player to win The Players Championship.
The action from the Players Championship 2012 will run from Thursday 10th May until the winner is crowned on Sunday 13th May 2012. Where we will keep you up to date with The Players Championship 2012 Leaderboard. So sit back and enjoy all the action from the 2012 Players Championship from TPC at Sawgrass.
2012 Masters – Freddy Couples falls pack into the pack
Day 3 of the 2012 Masters Golf tournament began with veteran Fred Couples leading the way but the former Masters champion from 1992 was unable to hold on to that lead as he shot a round of 75 to finish the day 3 over par and 2 under for the tournament.
Phil Mickelson moved himself right into contention on Day 3 of the 2012 Masters as “Leftie” played an immaculate round of 6 under for a score of 66 to put him in second spot going into the final round of the 2012 Masters. Mickelson’s round featured 4 birdies and 1 Eagle to give himself a superb chance of wearing the illustrious green jacket.
Peter Hanson Takes Charge – 2012 Masters
However the round of the day at the 2012 Masters went to Peter Hanson who also shot the round of the tournament so far with a 7 under round of 65. Hanson’s impressive 2012 Masters scorecard consisted of a bogey on the opening hole and then 8 birdies for the rest of his round. Hanson sits atop of the 2012 Masters Scoreboard with a tournament score of 9 under par which gives him a 1 shot lead over Mickelson in 2nd.
The rest of the chasing pack in the 2012 Masters field are still in contention with Oosthuizen on 7 under, Watson on 6 under, Kuchar on 5 under & Westwood, Harrington, Stenson & Mahan still in the hunt at 4 under par.
Some top players however are out of contention at the masters with Tiger Woods at 3 over par & pre tournament favourite Rory McIlroy at 1 under who will have to wait till next year to win the green jacket at Augusta.
The 2012 Masters final round at the Augusta National Golf Club will be filled with the normal excitement the final day of the Masters bring.
Bay Hill 2012 – A treat of Golf
14 Days to go, that’s what I thought this morning as I made my daily commute to work, yes 14 days until my favourite tournament of the year The Masters at Augusta. However I then recoiled and remembered that today saw the start of another favorite tournament the Bay Hill Arnold Palmer Invitational 2012, for as long as I can remember this tournament has offered an excellent dress rehearsal for the first Major Championship of the golfing season.
To my disappointment there are going to be some notable absences from this years Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, for starters both of the worlds top 2 golfers will be absent from this years Bay Hill Invitational. That’s right both Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy are missing out on the Bay Hill Arnold Palmer Invitational 2012, their omissions from this invitational event did not go
unnoticed either. Arnold Palmer openly showed his disappointment that Rory was missing, this was even after Rory courteously wrote to Arnold Palmer to explain his absence. McIlroy is opting to watch his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki in Miami before getting in some essential practice for Augusta. Luke Donald however passed up his invite for the Bay Hill Arnold Palmer 2012 in favour of participation in the Transitions tournament which he won earlier this week, Donald therefore rests this week ahead of next weeks big game the Bay Hill Arnold Palmer golf tournament is not historically favoured by Donald anyway.
Bay Hill Arnold Palmer 2012 - Includes Tiger
What this has left us with in this Bay Hill Invitational 2012 is a very open field, Tiger Woods is set to play even with his injured Achilles tendon. But can Woods win this years Bay Hill Arnold Palmer Invitational, after all no other player has ever performed so well at the Bay Hill Golf Course which is a course which historically has favored big hitters.
Other names that are featuring are Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia and Bo Van Pelt. At time of Writing Tiger Woods is featuring well in Tied 3rd place whilst Charlie Wi leads the way.