Golf’s Golden Couple Reach Settlement

American professional Golfer Jason Dufner and his famous wife Amanda Dufner, have finally reached a divorce settlement.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Dufner is a part of the PGA Tour where he is a three-time winner. He won his major championship title in 2013 at the PGA Championship in August with a two-stroke victory at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York.

Once considered as the golden couple of golf, Dufner and Amanda met through a mutual friend and got engaged in 2011. They tied the knot in 2012, but went for a separation in this February. The divorce was confirmed on 31st March.

Amanda filed the divorce papers in March 16th stating that the couple is suffering from ‘irretrievable breakdown of the marriage’ and that there was ‘a complete incompatibility of temperament that the parties can no longer live together.’

After the settlement Amanda will be awarded with $2.5million (£1.8m), as well as their Croatian Yacht Charter business, while Jason will maintain his ownership of two of the couple’s houses at Auburn, Ala., including one that is under construction on a 46-acre area.

The couple has a massive internet follower and their divorce has thus gained a ton of attention and became a topic of gossip among their fans. A picture of Jason leaning on a wall during a visit to the Salesmanship Youth and Family Centers in March 2013 went viral. It became the famous “Dufnering” meme, which provoked many PGA Tour golfers along with Keegan Bradley to post photos of themselves imitating Dufner’s pose as a joke.

Amanda Dufner is also a darling of social media and received plenty of media attention when her ex husband won the PGA Championship in 2013. She had thousands of followers in her instagram account but she deactivated it this week. Both Jason and Amanda refrained themselves from making any comments on this subject.

Westwood sacks swing coach Foley

Former world number one Lee Westwood has decided to ditch swing coach Sean Foley with immediate effect. Foley, who also works as the swing coach with the likes of Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan as well as Tiger Woods to name a few, worked with the Englishman for just a few months before getting the axe.

Speaking to an American media outlet about the split with Foley, Westwood stated that he decided to sever ties with him because he felt that the two of them were going in different direction altogether.

He went on to add that he wanted to improve with some of his technicalities in terms of swing positions and things like that but he didn’t think that Foley was someone who coached like that and so, it didn’t really fit in with what he wanted to do and what he was getting with Foley.

Lee Westwood began working with Foley hardly eight months back. The Englishman was ranked as high as number eight last season but at the beginning of this season, he has fallen as low to 33rd already.

He mentioned that he felt that he had that game back which had made him the top ranked golfer in the world and he felt he needed to work on things that he didn’t pay any attention to at that time and hence, it made sense to go back on work on those things.

The Englishman stated that the split was mutual and he bears no grudge against Foley. He stated that he wanted something else, importantly, a new way of teaching but he did enjoy working with Foley for those months.

Now, it is worth the wait to see if Lee Westwood manages to break his major duck this season or if he has to wait longer.

Westwood Promises Rebounce

Great news for Westwood fans- The 40-year old esteemed English golfer has vowed to bounce back in 2014 after a dry 2013 season.

Amazing his fans throughout 2011 & 2012 with major wins at Nedback Challenge and Thai Golf Championship, Lee Westwood is going to end the 2013 season with no win unfortunately.

The English golfer who shifted to Florida this time cited the sudden immense changes in his life as an obstacle to secure wins this season. However, it’s not solely the change of his residence that he is counting as the hurdle behind a hard 2013. Added to the jet lag issue, there was the concern of new caddie, his tenure with new coach and the problem of inconsistency.

“Lax in continuity” is what the golfer remarked when asked about his tough times in 2013.

“Many changes, actually”, stressed the golfer while explaining his hard time on field this year. “It is kind of impossible sum up the effect these changes have brought in my career. Changing tours, new coach, changing caddies at the last moment- all of these are bound to effect.”

Westwood further mentioned of his struggles with swing consistency. The golfer was at the final stage of British Open yet could not make it to the trophy, losing out the championship to Phil Mickelson.

“I have been struggling with swing throughout the year”, added Westwood. “When you are a pro you can come up with positive results without a good hit. I could not get a proper hit in Open. I simply know the trick of getting around & I putted pretty well.”

However, in spite of his declined ranking at # 25 from an esteemed # 7, Westwood firmly believes that he is quite capable of a return the coming year. Albeit more number of changes are scheduled for 2014 yet the golfer assured that these are just meant for his travel plans- and won’t be affecting his golf like this year.

Westwood not taking part in Seve Trophy

Golf player Chris Wood has aimed a shot at the top names who have not participated in the Seve Trophy. Just 3 members from previous year’s Ryder Cup squad will tee up in matchplay battle between Continental Europe and Great Britain and Ireland in Paris.

Top 6 qualifiers in GB&I squad – Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell and Spain’s Sergio Garcia have decided not to take part in the event.

Chris Wood stated that it is up to those golfers but as per him it was a bit of a shame the golfers who are now staying in the United States did not want to come over. Just 2 years ago, it was all about Seve event and it does not quite seem to be the same at present.

Jose Maria Olazabal will send his stagers Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Bjorn in today’s starting fourball game against Stephen Gallacher and Scots Paul Lawrie. Great Britain and Ireland, this year led by Sam Torrance, have become victorious in the past 6 events.

In Presidents Cup golf event between United States the Rest of the World, US golfer Tiger Woods would partner golfer Matt Kuchar against Marc Leishman and Angel Cabrera in his first match in fourballs.

Lee Westwood, the ex world number one golfer, slumped to a 9 over par 80 following neck and back problem in the first round of BMW Championship in Illinois.

Rory McIlroy will play in the Australian Open

Two time major champion and former world number one Rory McIlroy will tee of alongside Australian golfer Adam Scott, the winner of the Masters Championship at this year’s Australian Open which tees off in Sydney, according to the organizers of the event.

The 24 year old from Northern Ireland won the US Open in 2011 and followed it up with his second triumph in major championships when he won the US PGA Championship last year and will return to play the event at the Royal Sydney Golf Club which will tee off on the 28th of November and will continue to the 1st of December after an absence of seven years from the event.

This will be the first time that Rory will take part in the event as a professional golfer and the last time he played at the event, he finished in a tie for 59th position back in 2006, competing as an amateur.

The event is co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and One Asia and will also see the presence of world number four Adam Scott along with Rory McIlroy. Scott made history when he won at the Augusta National earlier in the year to take home the Masters title.

McIlroy, on the other hand, who also played in the Australian Masters when it was held in Melbourne in 2007 and finished in 15th position stated that it had been quite a long time since he has played in the event and is looking forward to playing some of the best golf he is capable of in Sydney later this year.

Rory McIlroy that he was looking forward to returning to the Royal Sydney Golf Club and added that hopefully, the course will be nice to him as he searches for a trophy this season.

Adam Scott thinks Tiger would have his year

US Masters winner Adam Scott has always been a jovial person and knows his limitations on and off the field. So, when the assembled media at The Barclays asked the Australian whose season he would rather have – his own or the one Tiger Woods has had, his answer proved to be extremely interesting.

The first ever Australian to win the US Masters stated very confidently that he would rather have his own year but went on to add that as far as Tiger Woods is concerned, he might want the year he has had considering the fact that major number 15 has been proving extremely difficult for him.

And the entire media could read a lot into the statement made by Scott. Although not many could say that he has fired a shot at Tiger, they could easily say that it wasn’t a nod to the year the legendary American has had this season as well. And especially when one puts into perspective that the words were echoed by Adam Scott, who is an extremely soft spoken and affable character, things become very interesting indeed.

And there is actually a point to what the Australian has stated. He would, without a doubt, trade the five titles he won on Tour this year for five strokes at Augusta, which would have seen him lift his 15th major title. When one considers the fact that Tiger Woods has gone 0-4 in majors this season, it is extremely surprising that he has been so consistent in other events this season, winning five titles from twelve events.

And although Tiger Woods has won more titles this season than Adam Scott has won throughout his career, it is the lack of major success that would haunt him quite a bit and there, Scott has an advantage.

Golf Betting

Due to the fact that a tournament can last up to, and over, four days, with leaders changing usually at in incredible rate the game of golf can have fans hooked for extremely long periods of time. The topsy turvy nature of the sport also attracts plenty of sports betting fans who, especially since the advent of internet gambling, can make bets all the way through a tournament. This includes betting during that tense last round when the pre-tournament favourite three is looking a lot shakier than it had during the previous two days.

The biggest events in golf are the four majors. These are the Masters, The US Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Tour Championship. The size of these events is reflected in the amount of people betting in them and because of the size of the tournament, and the sheer amount of pressure on the top players, means that, in a strange way, the chance of an upset is not unlikely.
This has been illustrated this year as although superstar Phil Mickleson did win the Masters, Northern Irish player Graeme MacDowell won the US Open and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen caused the real shock of the year by coming from nowhere to win the Open Championship at a canter.

These long shots are almost impossible to guess at the beginning of the tournament but if you watch the standings throughout the tournament and keep your eyes on the odds then you may well be able to pick out a few surprises of your own. Be aware that you can also place bets on the highest scorers and things other than the tournament winner so lifting the trophy is not the be all and end all.
The one thing that you really need to do is get to know all of the individual golfers, their habits, form and their performance in different weather conditions, types of courses etc. If you know the abilities and habits of the players that you are betting on then you will know that you are making an informed decision about where you place your money.

The gambling market has expanded with the many online sports betting bookmakers, furthermore online casino games providers like MobileCasinoAustralia.com.au have also developed games specifically for this particular target market. Sports themed casino games like the video slots Lucky Shot and Argyle Open are available to play online with the chance to win jackpot prizes. There are also other games which are based on other major sports on offer as well in order to broaden the entertainment that sports provides.

Lee Westwood plays down Woods-Garcia spat

English golfer Lee Westwood has made an attempt to play down the spat between world number one Tiger Woods and Spanish golfing ace Sergio Garcia as he heads into the BMW Championship at Wentworth. The Englishman has returned to play in England for the first time in nine months since shifting base to the United States of America to play in the USPGA Tour on a regular basis and during a recent press appearance; he seemed more interested in talking about his much improved short game.

However, the Englishman was constantly pushed for comments regarding the statement made by the Spanish Garcia about the fact that he would have Tiger over for dinner every night for fried chicken during the US Open which tees off next month. The Spaniard has since apologized for his comments, adding there were no racial undertones in his comments and according to Lee Westwood; Woods wouldn’t be bothered by the comments either way.

Speaking at a packed press conference, the Englishman stated that he doesn’t believe that Woods would be bothered, adding that it is just an awkward situation for both of them where it is quite obvious that they just don’t get along all too well. He went on to add that it is definitely not his business and further commented that fortunately, he gets along with both the golfers all too well.

Garcia will one of the key attractions in the tournament where all twelve of Europe’s victorious golfers will be taking part. The tournament is one of the rare highlights of the European Tour and although the USPGA Tour draws more players with money, Lee Westwood believes that that the tournament should build itself and draw big name players from across the Atlantic to enhance the reputation of the prestigious English tournament.

Last Chance Stand

Lee Westwood is well determined about this year’s Augusta National because this is perhaps going to be his last Major now that he has reached 40. Lee Westwood has been born as an Englishman but he is now in Florida.

18 months ago, he was ranked 22 in the world golf rankings. He also had 39 wins all along the world tours that he had been. The reason why he left his country to come to live in Florida is perhaps because of certain changes in his team which he could not have coped up with that is the release of Coach Pete Cowan and caddie Billy foster.

But when asked Lee Westwood said that he been thinking of moving for quite some time. He was irritated with the bitter cold weather in England because the winters kept him from working hard for tournaments and his practice sessions, as per his feeling, were being hampered. His kids are not that grown up as yet and so he felt it as the right time to move to Florida. Now that he has made a move, he has set up a good practice sessions that would help him to reduce the rust in his skills. This is what Lee Westwood said about his moving, “It seemed like the right time. I played on the PGA Tour a lot last season and really enjoyed it and fancied a new challenge with the family. The prospect of being somewhere warm was appealing and the kids were a good age to move. I can’t see how the move won’t help.”

But the fact that everyone around is saying that he has turned and it is last time for him to get a Major is not bothering him at all. He just loves to be a part of the game and that is what he is concerned with.

Lee Westwood buys mansion in Palm Beach Gardens

For Lee Westwood, the English golfer, the Honda Classic is an event for whom the weekend’s tournament will feel just like home.

Just like Northern Ireland’s world number one Rory McIlroy, American Tiger Woods and South African Ernie Els and a few others, the Englishman will not have to travel very far to get some rest after finishing the afternoon round on Friday. The 39 year old was the man who ended Tiger Woods’s long reign as the world number one when he became the top ranked golfer in the world back in 2010.

And just a few weeks back, Westwood spent a staggering $ 5.875 million to buy a spanking new 10,000 square foot villa at Palm Beach Gardens, just a few minutes’ walk from the Old Palm Golf Club. The deal came to the view of the public from public records and the deal for the one acre property on the Tillinghast Circle that boasts of five bedrooms on the 14th fairway of the Old Palm was signed by Lee Westwood on the 15th of last month. The records also show that the English golfer took out a mortgage of $ 4.2 million.

Westwood, along with his wife Laurae and their two children moved into the property just a couple of days back, although the furnishing of the new villa hasn’t been completed in its entirety. He had already stated that he was not comfortable with not being able to work on his game back home where the weather is very unpredictable and it always rains.

As a result, Lee Westwood decided to splash out on the spanking new property which according to the golfer, provides a healthy environment for his kids as well along with providing him with the perfect conditions to work on his game on the course.