McIlroy is the leader on first day

The first round of 2011 US masters produced an new star in the Nothern Irish man Rory McIlroy. McIlroy set agusta alive with a stunning 65, he was joined later by Alvaro Quiros for a share of a two-shot lead after the first round of the Masters.

The Northern Irishman and the Spaniard raced to seven under ahead of South Korean pair Yang Yong-Eun and KJ Choi.

McIlroy, 21, is playing in the maters for the 3rd time. He is the youngest ever first-round leader, beating the previous best of Seve Ballesteros who set the record in 1980.

Masters 2011 – who will triumph on this one?

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It took some months to prepare this tournament as best as possible and now the Masters 2011 is just hours away to getting on the move. This tournament is a long-awaited one and it seems that will be a full of surprises one, with all those big names trying to score their highest levels in this fantastic challenge. There are so many great players involved that there will be no surprise if a Japanese golfer like Matsuyama (2010 Asian Amateur champ), a Brit or an Aussie folk will show their best strength. This will surely be something to remember in the golf tournaments…

On the other hand, the most appropriate candidate seems to be the winner from Houston – Phil Mickelson. With his fantastic participation in the previous Masters tournaments, this seems to be the Masters 2011’s favourite golfer. Although the pressure of becoming world’s number one golfer could be at highest levels, it is a “to definitely watch” course in trying to reach at least place two on this challenge, a place that will guarantee him world’s number 1 player.

Augusta tournament indeed seems to be the biggest opportunity for a UK golfer to win the tournament while no less than 10 players are coming from United Kingdom. Tiger Woods, the legendary golf champion, thinks otherwise – he said “everything” related to his game show him off like the winner of this tournament, and this is exactly what we are looking for at the Masters 2011: spectacle at its highest levels.

Opening at 12:45 comes with Ross Fisher, followed by Martin Laird, Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood. It seems that weather will be on their side with some clear blue skies and medium temperature, almost no wind at all; however the field being a little wet we assume nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to scoring, but we shall wait and see what Masters 2011 has to offer.

Golf Hotels – Camelot Hotel , A Legendary Golf Venue

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The problem which often faces individual golfers or golf tour organisers is trying to combine good golfing with an invigorating recreational break. You don’t, for example, go to the Belfry or to Sunningdale for the sea air !
Those planning a refreshing venue deep in the countryside with either magnificent scenery and / or a spectacular coastal location are always on the lookout for somewhere new within reasonable traveling distance.

One of the less obvious options is a stay at Cornwall’s Camelot Hotel at Bude on the bracing Atlantic coast. What seems to appeal to the golf parties who regularly descend on this very well appointed establishment which is still ably run by the Naylor family is the fact that it is immediately adjacent to a fine links course and is also an ideal base for visits to well known courses in the area including St. Mellion and St. Enodoc.

The hotel is enthusiastically geared towards visiting golfers with dozens of UK golf societies returning year after year for their annual tour, many booking next year’s trip even before they have finished the current one. It has recently launched the Camelot Hotel Golfers Club and it continues to offer golf hotel package discounts in relation to the number of guests staying. For parties of between six and eleven guests, it offers a 5% discount on the published tariff and for groups of 12 or more the discount is 10%.

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In line with other promotions, the Camelot will now be giving each group staying for dinner, bed & breakfast a loyalty reward based on 10% of the accommodation tariff charged on the last visit. New golfing groups coming to the hotel are given a welcoming package of gifts worth between £26 and £50 depending on the length of the Dinner, Bed & Breakfast stay. In addition new golfing groups also receive gifts worth £2 per person per night to be presented as prizes on the final evening of their stay. In addition, the Club will present the winner of each group of six or more with an engraved trophy which will be kept in its Trophy Cabinet for competition in future years.

The Camelot sits a mere 50 yards from the Bude & North Cornwall Golf Club which is a traditional seaside links course founded in 1891 and designed by Tim Dunn. It is situated in the centre of the town, close to the sea and beaches. The course is playable all year round and provides spectacular views together with outstanding greens.

St. Enodoc and St. Mellion are two famous Cornish courses which are both within about 33 miles distant and which are both favourites of guests looking to enjoy a fine day’s play.

St. Enodoc is hard by Rick Stein’s Padstow and boasts stunning views over the estuary and out to sea. Founded in 1890 and designed by James Braid, the course uniquely features a 12th Century Church in the middle where Poet Laureate, John Betjeman, is buried. The club also claims to have the highest sand bunker in the world which rises 60 feet above the fairway on the 6th hole. The Church course remains one of the finest links courses in the South West.

St. Mellion Golf and Country Club, by contrast, offers one of the finest parkland courses in Europe. Founded in 1976 and designed by its namesake, the Nicklaus course was the venue for the Benson & Hedges International Open until 1995 and part of the European PGA Tour. Surrounded by the Nicklaus Course, the Kernow Course is a pleasant to play parkland course with wide fairways and lovely views, suitable for all standards of golfer. Guests of the Camelot may use the indoor leisure complex for a small charge.

For anyone looking for a pleasant day away from golf, there are several attractions within easy reach of the Camelot including, naturally, King Arthur’s Tintagel, the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Tiger Woods spits on green and apologises

Tiger Woods has had some really difficult times in the last year and it seem that “negative” aspects do not end here. He divorced, he cheated, and his playing skills seem to have diminished lately but the last event he participated at (Omega Dubai Desert Classic) was shadowed by Tiger Woods spitting on the 12th green. When seeing this, commentator Murray Ewen said “Disgusting, what he has just done there … there are some parts of him that are just arrogant and petulant. Somebody now has to come behind him and maybe putt over his spit. It does not get much lower than that.”

Tiger Woods, now number 3, spat on the 12th hole after he missed a par putt on his way to a 3-over 75, this tournament being the 17th without a victory, first time since 1996 when he turned his eyes to professional golf.

The European Tour announced on Monday that Tiger Woods shall be fined due to what he did at the tournament; Mike Stewart, tournament director, said that that Woods has breached the code of conduct and he will be fined according to this. The sum has not been disclosed though however rumours are that it is probably between $400 and $16,000.

However, as a last resort, Tiger Woods apologised about his lack of conduit and said on Twitter:”The Euro Tour is right – it was inconsiderate to spit like that and I know better. Just wasn’t thinking and want to say I’m sorry.” Let’s just hope that the fine and the fact that every European newspaper (and not only) wrote about this incident will make Tiger Woods re-consider his gestures and also give the most out of it when doing what he knows best – playing golf like a pro.

Jose Maria Olazabal to lead Europe in 2012 Ryder Cup

The 44-year-old Spanish golfer has been chosen to follow Colin Montgomerie as Europe’s captain in 2012 Ryder Cup that will take place in Illinois. Present for seven times in Ryder Cup, he won 21 matches from a total of 31 and the last two matches he was also a vice-captain.

Also two Masters winner, Jose Maria Olazabal said being a captain for Europe’s 2012 Ryder Cup is one of his best achievements while this cupa is one of the most important competition for worldwide golf players. Olazabal found out that he will lead the Europe team from CE of European Tour – George O’Grady and this announcement was well received by players like Lee Westwood (UK’s world number one golfer) which added that naming Olazabal as captain will be a fantastic experience for Europe’s team. With his experience in Ryder Cups he will come with great motivation for all players, and that is a good sign for Europe team’s performance in 2012.

On the other hand, Corvey Pavin’s successor is to be revealed on Thursday but many rumours say David Love will be the one with who Olazabal said he is in an excellent relationship. Olazabal has a great experience in this field, making his way in Ryder Cup way back in 1987 and had the most successful partnership with Seve Ballesteros, Spanish as well. He was a vice-captain in 2008 (for Nick Faldo) and 2010 (for Montgomerie), the last one deciding not to be captain anymore in 2012 but participate as a player.

The only problems Olazabal is facing are some rheumatic pains, however he said that he is feeling much better and looking forward to play in four consecutive tournaments. O’Grady added that he is sure Olazabal will have some great results and he is definitely sure anyone in Europe team will love his performance as captain for 2012 Ryder Cup.