Tiger Woods Announces INDEFINITE BREAK From Golf

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We won’t be seeing Tiger Woods on the golf course for a while.

Woods announced Friday night, on his Web site, that he is taking an “indefinite break” from golf. Woods begins his four-paragraph statement by saying that he is aware how much disappointment his infidelities have caused, and apologizing again for those infidelities.

It may not be possible to repair the damage I’ve done,” he writes, “but I want to do my best to try.

He then writes:
“After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person.”

As for the poll above, the PGA Tour and 99-percent of PGA Tour players will be voting for “by the 2010 Masters” because they desperately need Tiger on tour. During Woods’ 8-month absence from golf following knee surgery in 2008, PGA Tour television ratings tumbled dramatically, golf Web sites lost tons of readers, print media buried golf stories. Bad economy plus no Tiger equals major headaches for pro golf.

But publicly, the PGA Tour issued this statement from Commissioner Tim Finchem: “We fully support Tiger’s decision to step away from competitive golf to focus on his family. His priorities are where they need to be, and we will continue to respect and honor his family’s request for privacy. We look forward to Tiger’s return to the PGA Tour when he determines the time is right for him.”

Here is the full text of Woods’ statement:
I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children. I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness. It may not be possible to repair the damage I’ve done, but I want to do my best to try.

I would like to ask everyone, including my fans, the good people at my foundation, business partners, the PGA Tour, and my fellow competitors, for their understanding. What’s most important now is that my family has the time, privacy, and safe haven we will need for personal healing.

After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person.

Again, I ask for privacy for my family and I am especially grateful for all those who have offered compassion and concern during this difficult period.

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Ross Fisher beat American Anthony Kim 4and3 on Sunday to claim the Volvo World Matchplay Championship at the Finca Cortesin Golf Club.

A birdie on the first hole of the 36-hole final gave the 28 year-old an early lead and he was never behind, eventually securing victory when both players recorded pars on the par-four 33rd.

The victory earned Fisher the €750,000 top prize, which takes him from seventh to fourth in The Race to Dubai European Tour money list.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic,” said Fisher, who moves up to 17 in the world rankings on the back of his triumph. “It’s been a long, gruelling week, but obviously very worthwhile.

“This course was very physically demanding and I don’t think I am the fittest of blokes out here. I know I need to work a lot more in the gym.

“The only thing that’s been missing this year was a win. I feel I’ve been very consistent and to be the leading guy in the majors [in terms of shots taken] shows my golf has been very good.”

Leading by one hole after the morning session, Fisher went three up after winning the 22nd and 23rd holes, first with a 35-foot eagle putt and then a birdie after Kim drove into trouble.

Kim – one of the stars of the United States Ryder Cup victory last year – responded on the 24th to reduce the deficit but Fisher kicked again on the back nine, restoring his three-hole lead when Kim bogeyed the 28th and going four up with four to play thanks to a birdie at the par-four 32nd.

Fisher, who let the lead slip on the final day of the Open, went into the afternoon with a one-hole lead, having missed a chance to extend his advantage by three-putting on the 18th after Kim could only make par.

The Englishman took the lead on four separate occasions but was unable to pull away, with Kim levelling the match on the seventh, ninth and 13th holes before bogeying the 464-yard 16th to hand his opponent the initiative.

“I think this format suits me,” Fisher continued. “I’m quite an aggressive player and sometimes it’s caught me out in the past but the best player in the world [Tiger Woods] is an aggressive player and he hasn’t done too badly.

“That’s where I draw inspiration from – try to be aggressive but smart as well.”

Earlier, Australia’s Robert Allenby defeated Argentina’s Masters champion Angel Cabrera in the 18-hole third-place play-off match.

Allenby, who was defeated by Kim in Saturday’s semi-final, holed in one with a 230-yard five wood on the sixth hole but had to birdie the 18th to send the match to a sudden-death play-off.

The Australian prevailed on the first extra hole after sinking an 18-foot eagle putt off the back of the green, giving him third place and a cheque for €250,000.

Ross Fisher uses Titleist golf clubs


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How to Choose Golf Putters and Golf Balls ?

Golf Putters

Golf putters and golf balls are two main important golf accessories are in golf. Golf putters and golf balls used most in the game. Golf putters are like your companion in the game which used most in the game. As you know very well that golf balls are the premier and often used golf accessory for the golf. If someone wants to enjoy the golfing and feel comfortable while playing golf then he or she has to choose best of these golf accessories. Golf putters are used in the game when the distance between golf holes and golf ball in nearest so they are play important part in earning the points in golf and there is no doubt about how much golf balls are important for the game of the golf. Now one can have technologically improved golf putters and golf balls. They help the golfer through out the game. Consider golf putter length, grip and head while you choosing the good golf putter and for the golf balls not forget to consider its dimples while buying golf balls. Golf balls are the most essential golf accessory of game of golf. You can not play the golf without golf balls. What you need to play golf is to hit the golf ball and try to insert it in a hole.

Here are some tips for make your picking easier for golf equipments:

For Golf Putters:

Golf putting is both an ART and a SCIENCE. The ART of golf putting requires a visualization or proper “read’ of the slope and grain of the green and a feel for the distance of the putt.

The type of golf putter you choose depends on which type works best for you and which fits your physical framework.

There are many important things to consider when you are choosing a golf putter. One of the things to consider is face balancing.

You can choose between two types of putters, either those that are face balanced or those that are toe balanced. The face balanced putters are those that have their face pointed upwards when you balance the shaft. Toe-balanced putters are those that have a toe pointed toward the ground when it is balanced on the shaft using your finger.

Main points to approach to buying a new golf putter:

  • Decide on price/quality
  • Pick a putter type
  • Choose loft – an iron or a wood
  • Select an alignment system –
  • Choose a putter head style
  • Decide on face inserts
  • Decide on shaft offset
  • Decide on grip and weight

About Golf Balls:

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Lee Westwood ends long wait for European victory

Lee Westwood wore Tiger Woods red on Sunday as he attempted to end two years in Europe without a victory.

Francesco Molinari wore Stewart Cink ogre-green as he tried to end three years without a victory. As usual Tiger-red triumphed and with this win at the Portugal Masters Westwood now goes top of the Race to Dubai ahead of Rory McIlroy.

The 36-year-old Englishman was both skilful and fortunate. On the 17th hole he baled out of his dangerous second shot over water, but was lucky that his nervy hoik finished in an ornamental shrubbery near a path from which he got a free drop.

The bad news was that he now faced a flop shot, off a bare lie, over some small trees, to a green with water beyond. He said earlier in the week that the weakness in his game is from 80 yards in. On Sunday Westwood played one of the shots of his life, all but holing the pitch and leaving a tap-in for birdie. It was just reward for an awful lot of hard work in the previous two years.

Poor Molinari watching back in the fairway must have been cursing his luck. The Italian had just jabbed a short putt for par left of the hole on the 16th green, having putted brilliantly earlier in the afternoon. But his old weakness had come back at the crucial moment.

At the start of the week Westwood said he wanted put himself in a position where a win in Dubai next month would guarantee he would finish top of the money list. By Saturday night it was no longer about the money, it was about winning.

Westwood’s caddie Billy Foster, who used to caddie for Seve Ballesteros, has been reprising the great Spaniard’s mantra all week “second is no good.” On Sunday evening Westwood became a winner again, just as he was back in 2000 when he had six victories and was known as the most ruthless closer on tour. Westwood can now take that winning feeling on into next year’s majors, having become such a formidable player in the big championships.

But spare a thought for Molinari. Like Westwood he is one of the best ball strikers on Tour, but Molinari fears the putter. Before his round Gary Wolstenholme, the conqueror of Molinari in the semi-final of the 2003 Amateur Championship, said: “Can he conquer his nerves? He was exceptionally long as an amateur but his putting was always a genuine weakness.” This time the weakness proved still as genuine as this Italian, who can yet become an important member of Colin Montgomerie’s Ryder Cup team.

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Golf Tips : Key Shots : Short Iron

Many golfers learn to play with a single club – often a six or seven iron – and this remains their favourite club throughout their playing years.

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Golf Irons

If you can play this shot well, you can play any shot well as the short iron swing is the bedrock of all golf.

The only variation between clubs is the ball position and width of stance.

As a rule the higher the club, the narrower the stance and the further back the ball should be in the stance.

Step One.

Take an open stance with the ball in the middle with the hands slightly ahead of the ball.

Pick a specific target – for instance don’t just aim in the direction of the green, aim for a specific point on the green.

This will help you visualise the shot.

Step Two.

Swing normally, concentrating on a nice smooth takeaway and a full turn of the shoulders and hips.

Step Three.

On the downswing make sure your hands remain ahead of the club as you drive your knees, hips and shoulders back towards the ball.

Aim to clip the ball first then the turf as you make contact.

Don’t forget to ‘hit’ the ball.

Attack it as you unleash the power stored in your swing.

From bbc.co.uk