Watson favored to land last Ryder Cup spot

Bubba Watson is favored to land the fourth and final captain’s pick from U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III – at least, in the mind of a few offshore betting markets.

Shortly after Love added Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and J.B. Holmes to the American squad, odds were created to gauge who will get the last selection after next week’s Tour Championship. Skybet, which is based in the U.K., listed Watson as a -250 favorite, meaning bettors have to put up $250 for every $100 they hope to win if he is chosen.

The odds on Watson are understandably short considering he is ranked No. 7 in the world and finished ninth in the automatic qualification race, with the top eight players securing tickets to Hazeltine. But Watson hasn’t cracked the top 10 in a PGA Tour event since Doral, and he was a notable omission when Love announced his first three picks Monday.

Daniel Berger is next in line behind Watson at 7/2, while fellow sophomore Justin Thomas is listed at 5/1. Jim Furyk is listed at 12/1 despite having been eliminated from the playoffs two weeks ago, while Ryan Moore is alongside Furyk at 12/1 and Kevin Na sits at 16/1. Tiger Woods, who Kuchar hinted was in the mix for the final spot, has 50/1 odds to switch from assistant to participant.

Sportingbet.com, which like Skybet is a British outlet, opened with similar odds: Watson at -200, followed by Berger at 10/3 and Thomas at 6/1. They list Furyk (12/1) ahead of Moore (16/1), with Gary Woodland at 33/1, Na at 40/1 and Woods well down the list at 200/1.

Love’s final pick will be announced during Sunday Night Football on NBC Sept. 25, with the Ryder Cup beginning Sept. 30 in Chaska, Minn.

Via: http://www.golfchannel.com

Connecticut man on pace to crush Guinness World Record for most rounds of golf played in one year

Meet Barry Gibbons, a man who will play more rounds of golf this year than many golfers will play in their lifetime. That’s not an exaggeration. By the end of 2016, the Ridgefield, Conn., resident hopes to play 850 rounds of golf. That’s right, eight HUNDRED and fifty rounds of golf.

We know what you’re thinking: This guy has to be retired. Yep. This guy has to be single. Nope.

Gibbons’ wife, Joy, has supported her golf-fiend husband in his attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most rounds of golf played in a year. In fact, she’s played many of the rounds with him and even started a website, breakthegolfrecord.com, to track Barry’s progress. At the time of this post, he’s completed 572 rounds. By the time you finish reading, he’ll probably have gotten another 18 (or two) in.

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The record is a measly 611 rounds, set in 2010 by Richard Lewis, a retired Texas insurance executive. Gibbons also began his quest in Texas, where he owns a second home. He played nearly three rounds per day for the first few months of the year, and returned to Conn. in June with 350 under his belt. There, his pace has slowed down (public golf in the Northeast isn’t fast) while playing two rounds per day at Ridgefield Golf Club, which is located a convenient three minutes from his house.

“‘Are you the guy?’ they ask me,” Gibbons told The Ridgefield Press. “Then they usually follow it up with, ‘are you the crazy guy?'”

Gibbons walks and carries his bag, a requirement to break the official record. So far in 2016 he’s walked 4,220 miles, another stat his website tracks.

“The golf isn’t the hard part, it’s the walking,” said Gibbons, who worked at IBM for 30 years before recently retiring. “My biggest expense is golf shoes — I’ve used 11 pairs.”

Keep it up, Barry, you’re almost there.

Source: www.golfdigest.com

Tiger Woods Announces Return to Golf, Targets Three Tournaments

Tiger Woods’s intended return to competitive golf is a mystery no more.

Woods announced on his website Wednesday he plans to play the Safeway Open (Oct. 13-16), the Turkish Airlines Open (Nov. 3-6) and the Hero World Challenge (Dec. 1-4). The announcement also included a note about Woods taking part in the Tiger Woods Invitational, scheduled for Oct. 10-11.

“My rehabilitation is to the point where I’m comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do,” Woods said. “Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.”

Woods is returning from multiple back surgeries and did not compete on the PGA Tour during the 2015-16 season. His last event was the Wyndham Championship in August 2015, where he finished tied for 10th.

Woods underwent back surgery in September 2015 for the second time that year. The 14-time major winner originally targeted early 2016 as a return date, but a follow-up procedure to “relieve discomfort” came at the end of October.

This year was the first since 1994 that Woods missed all four major championships, as he said his return would come when rehab reached a point where he was comfortable.

“It was difficult missing tournaments that are important to me,” Woods said. “But this time I was smart about my recovery and didn’t rush it.”

The Safeway Open will take place in Napa, California; the Turkish Airlines Open (which Woods played in 2013) in Antalya, Turkey; and the Hero World Challenge (which is run by the Tiger Woods Foundation) in Albany, Bahamas.

Source: www.Golf.com