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ikael RisedalI am a happy person with a positive outlook on life. I never give up. Further, I'm very goal oriented and I am able to see opportunities in all situations. I dare to claim that these are qualities together with my talent for golf that made me get to where I am today. I was born on the 23rd of September in 1977 in Lund in the south of Sweden. In 2006, I moved to Stellenbosch, a university town outside Cape Town. South Africa is a wonderful country with lots of opportunities and I love the people, the food and the climate. I have always represented Lunds Akademiska Golf Club in Sweden, whose activities and support for juniors and pros are excellent and for other clubs to look up to. From LAGK I have always been greatly supported and helped to 100%. Now, I work as a free lance golf teacher/coach at Devonvale Golf and wine Estate. I can offer lessons, coaching, golfschools, golfpackages and corporate days. I will also be running junior classes. My interests are many besides golf. When I am not on the course, I love to ski, cook, jog, play soccer, tennis or the saxophone. I also like to travel, see my family, friends and watch other sports. In conclusion, one could say that there is always something going on in my life. International experiences with the national team When I started high school at Polhemsskolan in Lund, I chose the so called ''hometown alternative''. This meant that I did not have to take all the classes required to get my degree. Instead, I could go to practice during these hours but got a high school diploma anyway. After a lot of hard work, I manage to take a spot on the Swedish National Team for juniors in 1993. Through this team I got the opportunity to get international experience by travelling and
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competing all over Europe and the U.S. During these years I learned very much and all that experience I now carry with me as professional. More experience in the USA Photo: Jeremy CampionAlready in high school I'd figured out that I wanted to pursue a career as a golfer, first as a player and then possibly as a teacher/coach. However, a good education was still very important to me. As a player, I thought I would be able to play more relaxed with less stress if I had an education to fall back on. Thanks to several successful tournaments during my high school years I was offered to play and study at about 10 different universities in the U.S on a scholarship. I finally decided to represent Texas A&M university as it not only had a good golf team, but also was a great business school.
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I graduated from TAMU in 2000 with a degree in marketing. During my years in the states I learned a lot as I represented the team all over the country. Further, I was really taught how to manage my days well as both practice and studying were very time consuming. Further, not only did I get to play great golf courses, meet friends for life and learn marketing, but also, I experienced how to live in another country and take part in its language and culture. Starting in November 2006, I will conduct golfschools , give lessons, coach and do corporate days in Stellenbosch, South Africa. I will mainly work from Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate. I will also organize golf packages where you are able to stay and play golf for a very reasonable figure. When the South African Tour starts in February/March I will be eager to do well as player. I am fortunate to be able to really have golf as a profession these days as I am able to find a fantastic mix between playing, coaching and teaching. When winter starts in South Africa I will go to the summer in Sweden to play on the Professional Tour over there and to see family and friends.
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PEARL VALLEY Pearl Valley Golf Estate is an exclusive 500-home residential development surrounding a magnificent 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course.
MISS WORLD The contestants have been put through their putting paces on the Extreme 19th by director of golf at the Legend Golf & Safari Resort in South Africa, David Riddle.
NATALIE GULBIS LPGA Tour superstar and contestant on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice, Natalie Gulbis shall appear at the 2009 LOPen Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the LOPen Charity Golf and Akron Children’s Hospital Centre for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Akron Children’s Hospital.
JAMES CORRIGAN James Corrigan tells his story – from rags to Green Jacket. There are now two professionals competing on the Tours proper with a Green Jacket and a US Open title to their name. It is fair to say, however, the pair were in wildly different moods yesterday as they reflected on a Sunday night of the highest drama.
JACK NICKLAUS There is no greater name in the game of golf. No name more synonymous with excellence in golf course design.
TIGER WOODS With a combination of power, touch and tenacious resolve, Tiger Woods has become one of the most dominating golfers ever, transforming the sport along the way
5 WAYS TO GOLF IMPROVEMENT Imagine what it would be like to approach a round of golf with great confidence in your abilities, with the sure knowledge that you will perform your best.
how to hit the ultimate Go-To drive A reliable power fade gives you extra control without sacrificing distance
Learning to Play Golf #5 What It Is The power fade is just that: a fade with power. Because a fade is the most common ball flight, hitting one is the most dependable shot when you need a solid drive. How To Add Power To Your Fade STEP 1 Angus Murray TEE IT LOW When you tee the ball lower, you won't feel like you have to force an outside-in swing, which can turn a power fade into a pull or slice. Aim your body where you want the ball to start and set your clubface
square to where you want the ball to land. An open stance will automatically move the ball forward in your stance. The only ball adjustment you need to make is to tee it slightly lower. This will allow you to naturally make a more outside-in swing without forcing it. STEP 2 Before you start your swing, remove any tension you have in your body. This allows your body to complete its range of motion in your transition before starting down to the ball.
how to make Breaking Putts Look Easy Treat them like uneven lies in the fairway
The Situation You're on the green facing a tough 10-foot breaker. While you think you can read putts like this correctly, you never seem to play enough break.
The Solution Think about what you do when you have a sidehill lie in the fairway: You adjust your ball position based on the lie (ball back of center when the ball is above your feet to fight a hook; ball forward when the ball is below your feet to stop slices). The same rule applies when you putt â€” a breaking
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putt is just an uneven lie on the green. Here's how to give yourself a great chance to sink it: If Your Putt Breaks Left-to-Right......you're on an uneven lie with the ball below your feet, just like a slice lie in the fairway. Move the ball slightly forward in your stance, almost off your front foot. This will stop you from contacting the ball too soon and missing to the right (on the low side). With the ball a little forward, you'll catch it pure.
Christopher X. Shade has been GOLF. com's technology executive producer for nearly two years, but he'd never picked up a golf club in his life before this spring, when he and his wife, Paige Sellers, signed up for lessons at Chelsea Piers, a multi-tiered driving range in Manhattan. He is writing about their attempts to learn the game in a series of articles on GOLF. com. T.S. Eliot in The Waste Land said that April is the cruelest month, and I'll just add "for golf" to the end of that because we're anxious for the weather to warm up so we can get out to a course. We've got the golf bug. The Georgia weather for the Masters was sunny and breezy, and bright and colorful. At least it looked that way on TV in our cramped apartment in New York City. Here the weather's been pretty darn dismal. There have been spells of warmer days here and there to momentarily dispel the gray chill, but those warmer days never seem to be the ones that we have on our calendar to walk over to the Chelsea Piers driving range to hit some balls. Paige and I have had five lessons from the teaching pro John Hobbins at Chelsea Piers Golf Academy. We're getting a whole lot better. Making contact with the ball. Turning our attention to the nuances in our swing motion, good and bad. And I'm anxious for my swing to be everything I want it to be for this, my first season playing the game. There are other signs of April â€” we saw a club out on the Astroturf fairway. Thrown in frustration? Someone upset that there was no Tiger-Phil finish in Augusta? Reminds me of the video where Top 100 Teacher Charlie King shows us how to throw a club. Paige was the one to spot it: "Hey, look at that club out on the fairway. Somebody threw it out there." John said, "Yeah, that happens frequently."
Three Club Adjustments
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For Perfect Distance Between Clubs
The distance of your approach shot is between two clubs—a full swing with one will send the ball too far, and a full swing with the other will leave you short. The Play First, never take the more lofted club—the shorter iron—because you never want to overswing. Always take the less lofted club and play the "2+2+2" low shot, which will slightly reduce your carry distance. The best part about the "2+2+2" is that it can be used with any club and requires zero changes to your tempo, swing length or technique. How to hit it The key is to make three 2-inch adjustments (2+2+2) at address. Each change works to remove loft from your clubface at impact so that your ball will come off the clubface on a lower and shorter trajectory. Take your normal address position, then add up the 2s. 2 Choke down about two inches on your grip. This will not only shorten your club and subtract yards from your swing, but it will also stiffen the shaft, which will help produce lower, more boring shots.
BEST PLACES TO STAY It's a sad sign of our current economy that a week before the Players spare rooms can be had at the host Sawgrass Marriott (904-285-7777, sawgrassmarriott.com). Your stay will set you back five Franklins a night, but as part of its Players Package, the hotel throws in two tickets a day and unlimited Vijay sightings, among other perks. A week later rooms plummet to $165. Cocktailing at V. Kelly's or at the Lobby Bar and civilized dining at the Augustine Grille are highlights. Now that the beloved, if tattered, Sea Turtle Inn in Atlantic Beach has morphed into the pricier, more pretentious One Ocean Hotel Resort & Spa, the runaway winner in the region's value department is the new Holiday Inn Express Jacksonville Beach (904-435-3000, hiejacksonvillebeach.com). It's less than a mile from the Atlantic, only seven miles from the TPC, offers wireless Internet, flat-screen TVs, a free hot breakfast, fresh cookies at happy hour — and it's asking $145 a night during the
BEST EATS Call ahead, because in the last few months alone, longtime favorites Cafe Carmon, Dolphin Depot and Plaza III Steakhouse have closed their doors. Local boy Jim Furyk recommends Dwight’s Bistro (904-241-4496, dwightsbistro.com), a tiny eatery hidden in a Jacksonville Beach strip mall that serves memorable crab cakes with a wine list to match. For steaks that sizzle, Furyk likes Ruth’s Chris (904-285-0014, ruthschris.com) right outside the Sawgrass gates. (Of course, Furyk used to be sponsored by the chain.) Budget-minded fans of smoked meats lacquered with tangy, mustard-based sauces will find their tastes satisfied at any of the area’s Bono’s Pit BarB-Q locations (bonosbarbq.com). If you’re down St. Augustine way and have a hankering for oldFlorida atmosphere, Saltwater Cowboys (904-4712332, saltwatercowboys.com) is drenched in it.
Tiger Woods “With a combination of power, touch and tenacious resolve, Tiger Woods has become one of the most dominating golfers ever, transforming the sport along the way”
is astonishing success, often accompanied by his signature fist pump after holing clutch shots, has even placed him on many people's short list of greatest American athletes, alongside figures like Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan. Woods has captured many of professional golf's most revered records. He is in close pursuit of many of the rest, including Jack Nicklaus's 18 major tournament victories, the most prestigious record of them all. He routinely leads the sport's world rankings, a result of winning more than a quarter of the P.G.A. Tour tournaments that he's entered, a figure unrivaled in modern times. As a toddler, he sank a putt on "The Mike Douglas" television show. His legend has grown steadily since. He won three straight U.S. Junior Amateur titles and then three straight U.S. Amateur titles, both records. With the simple statement, "I guess, hello, world," Woods turned professional in 1996. A year later, at 21, he became the youngest winner of the Masters, and broke the tournament record for lowest overall score (-18) and margin of victory (12). In 2000, at 24, he became the youngest golfer to have won all four major tournaments. Born to parents both of mixed race and ethnicity, including African, Chinese and Thai, his rise to stardom was made more noteworthy and barrier-breaking because he is the first non-white to lead a traditionally white sport. At Augusta National Golf Club, for example, which hosts the Masters tournament, the first African-American member wasn't admitted until 1990. Some tournaments have tried altering course layouts to reduce Woods's advantage, but to little obvious effect. While Woods is among the longest hitters in the game, his putting and creative shotmaking, along with his much-ballyhooed focus and competitiveness, separates him from the competition.
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Because of his skill and charisma, golf audiences have grown dramatically and the purses at professional tournaments have increased significantly since he joined the P.G.A. Tour. Golf's television ratings are largely dictated by whether Woods enters that week's tournament or is in contention. Huge endorsement contracts for Woods have followed as well. Combined with his tournament earnings, they could make him the first athlete to earn more than $1 billion in his career. In 2008, after finishing second in the Masters in April, Woods won the U.S. Open in June with a stirring victory over Rocco Mediate after an extra 19 holes, despite a painfully injured left knee and a fracture in his left leg. The win at the Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego was his 65th over all and his 14th major championship; Woods called it “probably the greatest tournament I’ve ever had.” Nine days later, he had reconstructive surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He revealed that he had played the event not only on a bad knee, but with a fractured left tibia. He sat out the rest of the 2008 season and the first weeks of the 2009 tour — a nearly nine-month absence — returning in February 2009 for the Accenture Match Play Championships in Arizona. Woods said that the hiatus had given him the opportunity to reconnect with his wife, Elin; marvel at their toddler daughter Sam’s development, and attend the birth of their second child, son Charlie, on Feb. 8, 2009. Woods’s significance to the PGA Tour cannot be overstated. His galleries are larger than players drew at many tournaments in his absence, and television ratings for golf tournaments fell while he was away. Asked what he missed most, Woods said: “I miss that rush of playing and competing, I really do, getting on that first tee and feeling it.”
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Athlete. Born Eldrick Tont Woods on December 30,
year, Woods tied the course record of 64. The next
cancer. Woods remarked on his website at the
1975, in Cypress, California, as the only child of an
few years brought even more successes, including
time, "My dad was my best friend and greatest
African-American Army officer father and a Thai
four US PGA titles, three U.S. Open wins, three
role model, and I will miss him deeply." Despite
mother. His father began calling Woods by the
Open Championship wins, and three U.S. Masters
his grief, Woods returned to golf and won several
nickname "Tiger" in honor of a fellow soldier and
events, including the PGA championship and the British Open.
friend who had the same moniker. In 2003, among Woods' five wins were the Buick Woods learned to play golf as a child. His father,
Invitational and the Western Open. The next
The next season was marked by many wins
Earl, served as his teacher and mentor. Around
year, Woods won only one official PGA Tour
personally and professionally. His wife gave birth to
the age of eight, Woods had become extremely
championship. While he may have had some
the couple's first child, Sam Alexis Woods, on June
proficient at the game, showing off his skills on
challenges on the course, his personal life was
18, 2007. After taking some time off to welcome his
such television shows as Good Morning America.
running smoothly. Woods married his longtime
daughter, he won the World Golf Championship
girlfriend Elin Nordegren, a Swedish model, in
and US PGA Championship in August 2007.
He studied at Stanford University, and won a
October of 2004. The next month, Woods' winning ways continued,
number of amateur U.S. golf titles before turning professional in 1996. Woods shot to fame after
Returning to dominate the sport, he won six
garnering the top spot at the BMW Championship
winning the U.S. Masters at Augusta in 1997â€”with
championships in 2005 and was voted the PGA
and The Tour Championship. He was named Player
a record score of 270â€”at the age of 21. Woods was
Tour Player of Year for the seventh time in nine
of the Year by the other participants in the PGA
the youngest man to earn the title, and the first
Tour and won his eighth Arnold Palmer Award for being the lead money earner on the tour.
African-American to accomplish this feat. Woods experienced a great personal loss in 2006. In his first appearance at the British Open later that
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His father died in May after battling prostate
Woods won the U.S. Open on June 16, 2008, in a
19-hole playoff, overcoming sporadic pain in his
his golf. He thinks his golf is just a vehicle for him
says that his religion has given him self awareness.
left knee from arthroscopic surgery performed
to influence people. He wants to influence kids
He says his religion has taught him that he is here
on April 15. Woods shot a par four on the first and
in a positive way. Tiger feels that’s what it’s all
to work on flaws in his personality. The two things
only hole of sudden death while American Rocco
he has worked on most has been stubbornness and impatience - he used to want things to be
Mediate, 45, settled for a bogey. Tiger and his parents put together The Tiger
perfect right away. Now he understands that he
The sudden death duel at Torrey Pines in San
Woods Foundation in order to promote both
has to work on things in his life and that this takes
Diego followed an 18-hole playoff, which saw
golf and non-sports activities for disadvantaged
time and discipline.
the two finish at par. In that playoff, Woods led
children. In 1997 Tiger ran six different golf clinics
Mediate by three shots after the first ten holes.
for youths in Orlando, Chicago, New York, Dallas,
Mediate then birdied three of the next five holes
Miami and Memphis. Tiger’s foundation isn’t just
him through almost every phase of his golf
and took the lead. But on the final hole, Woods
interested in helping kids with their golf. It’s to
development. His dad used to sit by Tiger’s bed
birdied while Mediate shot par, forcing the
help youngsters become better people.
at night and give him confidence, telling him how
good he was going to be at life and at golf. But
sudden death playoff."I think this is probably the best ever," Woods said. "All things considered,
People say Tiger has a real presence and that his
his dad never pushed him. Tiger did what he did
I don't know how I ended up in this position, to
ability to help others extends beyond the U.S.
because he wanted to. The other big influence
be honest with you." The victory gave Woods his
He is truly a multi-racial person, not just a black
in his life was his mother. For years she used to
third U.S. Open championship and 14th major
athlete. People feel that he will be a big influence
get up early in the morning and drive him to
title. He's now just four behind the all-time record
on people across the world - and not just in a golf
tournament sites all around the state of California.
held by Jack Nicklaus
sense. He can hold everything together. He is a
She used to keep score and never complain about
universal child - truly multi-cultural.
how much time it all took. He says they were both very important in the development of his golf.
As a Role Model: Tiger thinks that being a good role model to others is even more important than
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JACK NICKLAUS JACK NICKLAUS
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â€œThere is no greater name in the game of golfâ€?
ack Nicklaus. There is no greater name in the game of golf. No name more synonymous with excellence in golf course design. Now, an elite group of developers of Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses will be selected to enjoy the most exclusive designation associated with the legendary name - by becoming a Jack Nicklaus Golf Club. A maximum of 25 Clubs will be selected from the family of
Signature Golf Courses worldwide to participate in this elite access and reciprocity program. Clubs will have no more than 35 Founding members that pay no separate JNGC membership fees or annual dues for program benefits that include full golf reciprocity, accommodation in a private Nicklaus Home, club amenities, and tee times at each Jack Nicklaus Golf Club location.
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Pearl Valley Golf Estate
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panning some 212 hectares of prime Cape Winelands real estate near Paarl, Pearl Valley Golf Estate is an exclusive 500-home residential development surrounding a magnificent 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. With panoramic views of the spectacular mountain ranges and vineyards which in turn surround the entire estate, this outstanding course provides one of the games most memorable South African experiences. Trevor Immelman, the current Masters champion and a two-time winner of the SA Open who'll be in the field again when the South African Open tees off for the second time here at Pearl Valley on Thursday, is a South African by birth and is proud to call Pearl Valley Golf Estates home. At least six other high profile big guns are in the field including, defending champion Ernie Els and fellow South Africans Retief Goosen, Rory Sabbatini and Australian Open winner this past weekend Tim Clark as well as Britain's Lee Westwood and Justin Rose and the Swedish winner of the Nedbank Challenge some eight days ago, Henrik Stenson. THE GOLF COURSE The par 72, 6511-metre (7,120 yards) Pearl Valley championship course, one of the latest additions to the Jack Nicklaus stable of signature-designed courses worldwide, is surrounded by the Simonsberg and Drakenstein Mountains and bordered by vineyards with The Berg River running through it and creating a plethora of water hazards Nicklaus has stayed true to his design principles by working closely with nature and has provided a golf course that fits in superbly with the environment. The fairly flat and largely uninterrupted terrain on which his layout was built enabled Nicklaus the freedom to develop hole strategies that make his really tough creation very much a thinking man's course. The fairways are unique in that they have been sown with 'all season cool grass' imported from the USA - a first in South Africa - and it is advisable to keep your ball on the cut grass to avoid the 70-odd strategically placed bunkers and the 17 hectors of running water that create water hazards on almost every hole. The newness of the course has so far prevented the owners from deciding on their signature hole, but the resident pro believes it should be the par-three 13th where the green is situated on the edge of a small guarding dam and has a large, deep bunker at the back of it. 18 GOLF IQ
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Golf Babe natalie Gulbis Golf Babe natalie Gulbis to appear at Akron Children’s hospital Fundraiser
PGA Tour superstar and contestant on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice, Natalie Gulbis shall appear at the 2009 LOPen Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the LOPen Charity Golf and Akron Children’s Hospital Centre for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Akron Children’s Hospital. With children’s charities as the main focus of Gulbis’s charitable efforts, she welcomed the invitation to participate at the fundraiser for Children’s Hospital. “I am thrilled to participate in the 2009 LOPen Charity Golf Event, and it is an honor to have been invited to an event that supports Akron Children’s Hospital,” explained Gulbis. “I am happy to be able to support this wonderful cause, as children are an important aspect of my philanthropic work.“ The fundraiser will be a celebrity golf tournament followed by a live and silent auction. Once again, this year’s title sponsors are Lifetime Financial Growth, Luttner Financial, Capital Planners, STUN Golf, Hylant Group, and QDOBA Restaurants. Past and present celebrities include: Mark Nolan -Channel 3, Carole Chandler Sullivan- Channel 3, Tim White- Channel 3, Ron Harper- NBA Superstar, Len Barker- Perfect Game, Elvis GrbacNFL Quarterback, Cameron Beckman -PGA Tour, Greg Pruitt- NFL running back, Steve BellisariOhio State Quarterback and Gregg Zaun- Major League Baseball. The event will take place on Monday June 1st and will be held at Stonewater Golf Club in Highland Heights, Ohio. There are a limited amount of foursomes available at $1,200 per team (included are QDOBA lunch, beverages, dinner, auction, Nike Gift card, and STUN Golf apparel). For the non-golfer, tickets to the dinner and auction are available for $75 per person. Hole sponsors can be secured for $200 and Corporate sponsorships are also available. Besides the exciting action on the course, the auction is packed with one of a kind trips, memorabilia, artwork and golf packages. Some of this year’s auction items are: Limited edition Lebron James autographed canvas, Pele autographed jersey, NEC Bridgestone Golf packages, Natalie Gulbis guest package, Local foursomes to some of Ohio’s finest courses, Brett Favre, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Joe Frazier, Terry Bradshaw, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Hagar, Toby Keith, John Mellencamp autographed items, Nike apparel, Taylor Made golf equipment and much, much more. GOLF IQ 19
Angel Cabrera Shoeless 'slumdog' to millionaire
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orn in a shanty town, Angel Cabrera has won one of the most lucrative titles in sport. James Corrigan tells his story – from rags to Green Jacket There are now two professionals competing on the Tours proper with a Green Jacket and a US Open title to their name. It is fair to say, however, the pair were in wildly different moods yesterday as they reflected on a Sunday
night of the highest drama. First there is Tiger Woods, Mr Sour himself. The world No 1 must have been the only person on the planet who did not take any enjoyment whatsoever from the "Tiger and Phil show", as he and Mickelson pegged back the leaders on the last day of the Masters with all the certainty of the tortoise and that hare. In fact, Woods detested it and made no secret of his disgust. With his ill-
advised "I almost won with a band-aided swing" statement, he not only managed to pour scorn on his coach Hank Haney – with whom there are the first real signs of tension – but also, of course, on the validity of the achievement of the champion. Not that Angel Cabrera would care. The Argentine is not what one would call expressive and a feature, perhaps the feature, of his play-off victory was his ability to take it all in that loping stride of his. But then, where Cabrera comes from feelings are prone to stay hidden. In his Cordoba shanty town the glory comes in the survival. Those harsh beginnings have led to Cabrera, who won $1.35m here, being labelled golf's "Slumdog Millionaire". "My parents didn't have any plans for me," explained Cabrera, after denying Kenny Perry on the second suddendeath hole.
"Economically, it was rough. We were poor. There was no money for school so there was really nothing for me to do. There was not much hope of any kind of future. "I wasn't able to finish primary school. I became a caddie when I was 10 to put some food on the table, so that's why probably these moments are enjoyed even more than the common things. I definitely had to play golf to make a living, to feed my two kids and wife. I had no other option." But there was a lot more to it than the merely personal. His country would have seen the hand of God at work. Augusta, they felt, owed Argentina. In 1968, the year before Cabrera was born, their Open champion Roberto De Vicenzo wrongly signed for a four instead of a three – and
missed out on a play-off with Bob Goalby by a single shot. It was then that De Vicenzo uttered the immortal line: "What a stupid I am." Now in his eighties, De Vicenzo has inevitably taken a close interest in Angel's ascent. "When I won the US Open, Roberto gave me a picture where he has in his hand a Green Jacket," revealed Cabrera. "And he said, 'I hope this gives you luck so some day you can bring back a Green Jacket for yourself.' It's not going to change what happened to him. But this win, to take it back home ... well it's really going to help the game in our nation." Golf in Argentina has already undergone something of a revolution in the last decade, with new courses being built and the working classes being encouraged. The impact of Cabrera should not be underestimated. While his major breakthrough at Oakmont two years ago was greeted with phone calls from the president, the chaqueta verde is in a different league. The Masters holds a special place in the hearts of his countrymen, dwarfing even the Open Championship in its importance. Cabrera admitted, however, that he still has some way to go before he joins the biggest Argentinian sporting superstars. "The Masters is the Masters – what I do is what I do," he said. "What Diego Maradona does or [the basketball star] Manu Ginobili does is their game. Football has always been the biggest sport in my country. I won the Masters, but that's not going to change football's status there." Cabrera's status, though, has definitely changed. The guts he showed on the first extra hole identified him as one of the coolest performers in the golfing cauldron. His chief inspiration is Seve Ballesteros and the Spaniard would have been proud of how his friend extricated himself from a seemingly impossible position behind a tree to the right of the 18th fairway. Cabrera had no option but to take a lunge and it somehow found the fairway. "I had this much room," he said, indicating a foot with his hands. "All I can say is that the gap was bigger than the ball. You need luck sometimes." There was nothing lucky about his sand-wedge into six feet or indeed the clutch putt down the slope. All it took then was for Perry's nerve finally to give and Angel was back in his heaven, just as he had been in Pittsburgh almost two years before. That was doubtless where Woods was yesterday as he dealt with his frustrations. On Saturday, he was seen "having words" with Haney as his swing continued to fail him. His mood had not improved by Sunday evening, despite his starring role in a compelling duel. "I hit it so bad today warming up – I was hitting quick hooks, blocks, you name it," said the American, who finished tied sixth, his worst placing at Augusta since 2004. "I hit it all on the range and then on the very first hole I almost hit it into the eighth fairway. It's one of the worst tee shots I have ever hit starting out. I fought my swing all day and just kind of band-aided around and almost won the tournament with a band-aid swing today. It was just terrible. I don't know what was going on." Woods will surely figure it out by the Players Championship in Sawgrass in three weeks' time. Cabrera will be there waiting for him. GOLF IQ 21
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Cotswold Downs has been the venue for some great corporate golf days in the past few months. We count amongst our clients many of KwaZuluNatal’s large companies such as Wakefields Estate Agents, Supergolf, Golf Digest, Dormac, Grinaker Lta, BMW Finance, Mercantile Bank, Sibaya Casino and Entertainment World, Shell Chemicals, The Pavillion, and organizations such as the KZN Senior Ladies and many more.
Although our clubhouse is a temporary facility we have managed these golf days remarkably well, with our modern locker rooms, large verandah, and cosy bar area, and clients have been extremely complimentary.
We have a great team to manage all the event’s requirements from registration to prize giving and dinner. Our team goes the extra mile and has really made these golf days a great success,
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and we are proud to say that we have had return bookings from our corporate clients . Here is what some of our clients say about Cotswold Downs: Grinaker LTA: “Many thanks for putting together a superb outing of golf for us last Thursday. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and only had good things to say about Cotswold Downs, right from the course to the facilities and the service provided. “ Sibaya Casino and Entertainment World: “A very special thank you for all that you have done before and during the Sibaya Golf Day. We are glad that the day was successful and I must admit, I was really amazed at the calm way you all handled the last minute changes etc. and the day itself. It was great working with you on this event. You have a great team & the right team spirit.” We also specialize in organizing charity golf events and have hosted many since the opening of the golf course including the Ethelbert Children’s Home, Edu Kids, Hillcrest Pre-Primary, Hillcrest Christian Academy, Watercrest Round Table, Wakefields & GPI. All these events have been a great success in raising much needed funds. We offer reduced rates for these events and clients plan them for a Monday we offer a great rate of only R140.00 including the compulsory cart fee!! Ethelbert Children’s Home had this to say: “I appreciated the efficient service I got from Cotswold - it was an absolute pleasure to work with your staff and your course clearly impressed all the players - so we will definitely be back next year if it is up to me. And if all calculations are correct then we made at least R10 000 more at Cotswold than last year’s golf day. “ Our professionally organized and run events will ensure your guests leave having experienced a truly memorable and enjoyable event Cotswold Downs is a place of pleasure, from arriving at the main gate to arranging golf with the pro shop, to practicing your putting and chipping.... to teeing up for real with clients or friends...and then sipping a cold one on the balcony or the bar after the game, our club is like a comfortable shoe. It fits and always feels good!
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â€œA GALAXY of Miss World contestants has learned to putt on one of the most amazing greens in the worldâ€?
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he contestants have been put
And with a green contoured and shaped like
through their putting paces on
Africa all the continent’s contestants have been
the Extreme 19th by director of
excited to find their own countries in Africa on
golf at the Legend Golf & Safari
Resort in South Africa, David Riddle.
The girls have all been given basic lessons on
It’s all part of their six day stay at the resort
golf etiquette, safety and a brief insight into
in the 22000 hectare Big 5 Entabeni Safari
the principles and great traditions of the game
Conservancy in Limpopo Province where they
so they can celebrate all that is profoundly
are enjoying an amazing variety of activities.
good and healthy about the sport, a sport with
The exhilarating program, which includes an
element of golf, has been developed by a team
Another contestant who really enjoyed the
of experts to bring together all aspects of bush
challenge of the Extreme 19th was Miss England,
life and to showcase all that the resort and
Laura Coleman, who worked at Stapleford Park
conservancy has to offer.
GC in UK for four years but said she was a little rusty when it came to putting. She said: “I really
The golf has been particularly popular with
enjoyed my time on the golf course back home
the contestants, many of whom have only
but it didn’t have a setting like this. Certainly no
ever played mini-golf before or seen the game
beautiful mountains and such stunning wildlife
played on TV.
– what amazing rough!!”
Miss Finland, Linda Wikstedt, who was one of
The Extreme 19th is the ultimate golf challenge
the nearest to the pin in a putting competition
and sits next to a unique golf course… where
said: “I have only ever played mini golf before
each of the 18 holes has been designed one of
but that made this a bit easier. I really thought it
the world’s leading golfers. The list of signatures
was amazing putting on a green that is designed
who have been honoured to design a hole
in the shape of Africa and looking up to where
reads like a who’s who of world golf… Trevor
the tee is on the top of the mountain.”
Immelman, reigning US Masters Champion;
The Extreme 19th is the world’s longest and
Padraig Harrington, reigning British Open
most spectacular par three which provides every
and US PGA champion; Bernard Langer, Colin
golfer with a truly unique and unforgettable
Montgomerie, Justin Rose, Vijay Singh, Sergio
Garcia and Retief Goosen to name but a few.
Accessible only by helicopter, the hole is
The unique 18 signature golf course is due to
situated on the top of Hanglip Mountain with
open for play in March 2009 but is already one
a 361metres shot to the green situated 430
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The final day of the Legend Golf & Safari Resort experience was a fitting end to a sensational programme as The Legend Awakened..... For the first time a group of very special guests had the opportunity to play the Signature Course â€“ and the Miss World contestants were on hand to join them. Using skills honed during their stay, the contestants will helped the golfers by putting out for them as they landed on the wonderfully manicured greens. With each hole designed by one of the worldâ€™s top golfers it is only fitting that the first people to play this signature course were joined by representatives of most of the countries of the world. And each group of golfers was joined by their Miss World host to experience the unique challenge that is the Extreme 19th. A helicopter flight transported them to the top of Hanglip Mountain where the golfers attempted to master the longest par three in world, played to a green the shape of Africa some 400m below.
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CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2009 PRIZESHEET CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS MISCELLANEOUS PRIZES & TROPHIES SENIORS CHAMPIONSHIP DESCRIPTION Presidents’ Putter - Oldest player Veterans - Best Net Cup Veterans - Best Gross Cup
WINNERS NAME CLIVE VAN NIEKERK Ivan Busschau Murray Gilbert
SCORE PRIZE 80yrs 141 153
Bottle of Whisky Glass Glass
780 S/Ford 4th 3rd 2nd 1st Gross 3rd 2nd 1st + Trophy
7th 6th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st
Konrad Unger Hennie Oosthuizen Alan Ford Leon Botha Mike Zubrinic Leroy Azar Jim Hughes
74 74 77 82 157 157 154
12 x Burner balls 12 x Burner balls + Towel Taylor Made umbrella Taylor Made umbrella + Towel 12 x Burner balls + TM Cap T/Made glove + R9 cap & Pitch. Cleveland CG10 wedge + Glass
C DIVISION RESULTS (HANDICAPS 16 to 24 - Ind. Stableford ) Cyril Ronald Mike Ullyett Martin Heyman Hennie Wentzel Arries Swanepoel Frans Barrie Johannes Marais
75 76 77 78 78 80 81
T/Made R9 cap 12 x Srixon balls Ashworth jacket Go Slim Jim bag Cleveland CG10 wedge T/Made duﬄe bag Adidas Innolux shoes + Glass
B DIVISION RESULTS (HANDICAPS 10 to 15) Net 6th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st B Div Net Trophy Gross6th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st B Div Gross Trophy
Chris Assad Johan Scholtz Darryl Den Heyer Robin Cross Andrew Scott Eddie Kassebaum David Briggs Andre de Wet Craig Pye Ivan Busschau Derek Swift Alan Richard David Briggs David Briggs
145 144 143 141 140 137 137 165 165 165 165 165 161 161
Go umbrella Swingyde Ping belt Ping cap & shoe bag Ping shag bag & wallett T/Made duﬄe bag Glass T/Made R9 cap & towel Ashworth jacket 12 x Titleist Pro VX09 12 x Burner balls R9 cap & glove T/Made duﬄe bag T/Made Corza stand bag 161 Glass
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A DIVISION RESULTS (HANDICAPS +2 to 9) DESCRIPTION Net 7th 6th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st A Div Net Trophy Gross7th 6th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st A Div Gross Trophy
WINNERS NAME Jaco Pretorius Martin Strauss Warrren Jeffery Murray Gilbert Dennis Nolan Clifford Smith Rouaan Bredenkamp Rouaan Bredenkamp Mellet Hendrikse Derek Lloyd Donovan Pearse Eddie Antonie Luca Paparas Schalk Naude Gary Baynham Gary Baynham
SCORE PRIZE 142 143 143 145 142 142 141 146 148 141 141 147 149 245 322 275
Top Flite Bag Nike towel + cap Adidas shirt 12 x Srixon balls 12 x Srixon balls + towel 12 x T/Made balls + R9 cap + glove T/Made duﬄe bag Glass Ashworth jacket 12 x Titleist Pro VX balls 12 x T/Made balls + umbrella Adidas shirt T/Made duﬄe bag T/Made Classic putter T/Made travel cover Glass
80 780 150 200 300 400 250 350 500 215 120 200 300 400 500 600
DAILY NET PRIZES Net 7th 6th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st
Jaco Pretorius Martin Strauss Warrren Jeffery Murray Gilbert Dennis Nolan Clifford Smith Rouaan Bredenkamp
142 143 143 145 142 142 141
Top Flite Bag Nike towel + cap Adidas shirt 12 x Srixon balls 12 x Srixon balls + towel 12 x T/Made balls + R9 cap + glove T/Made duﬄe bag
180 250 320 400 500 600 220
A Div Net Trophy Gross7th 6th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st 0
Rouaan Bredenkamp Mellet Hendrikse Derek Lloyd Donovan Pearse Eddie Antonie Luca Paparas Schalk Naude Gary Baynham Gary Baynham
146 148 141 141 147 149 245 322 275
Glass Ashworth jacket 12 x Titleist Pro VX balls 12 x T/Made balls + umbrella Adidas shirt T/Made duﬄe bag T/Made Classic putter T/Made travel cover Glass
300 400 500 600 700 895 4970 558 889
Net 6th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st B Div Net Trophy Gross6th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st B Div Gross Trophy
Chris Assad Johan Scholtz Darryl Den Heyer Robin Cross Andrew Scott Eddie Kassebaum David Briggs Andre de Wet Craig Pye Ivan Busschau Derek Swift Alan Richard David Briggs David Briggs
145 144 143 141 140 137 137 165 165 165 165 165 161 161
Go umbrella Swingyde Ping belt Ping cap & shoe bag Ping shag bag & wallett T/Made duﬄe bag Glass T/Made R9 cap & towel Ashworth jacket 12 x Titleist Pro VX09 12 x Burner balls R9 cap & glove T/Made duﬄe bag T/Made Corza stand bag 161 Glass
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EurOPE'S WOrST SinCE 1981
or only the second time since 1981 not one European earned a return trip to The Masters next April by finishing in the top 16 at Augusta.
Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell did best after a closing 69 lifted him into joint 17th place, one shot too many. But at four under even he was eight shots adrift of the winning score. "It has shown me I can get around Augusta," said McDowell. "When I came here in 2005 I went away maybe thinking I couldn't." He shot 79-70 then to miss the halfway cut. "I feel I have come on a lot," he added. "You learn a
He left the ball in the trap first time and as well
which he shot 75-74.
lot about how to plot your way round a course like
as ruining his round it led to an investigation
The best European performance probably
this and it is still work in progress.
into whether he had kicked the sand.
belonged to 51-year-old Sandy Lyle, champion
"I've had a short-game lesson all four days from my
Asked what he had learnt from his first Masters
playing partners (he was paired with Tiger Woods
McIlroy joked: "Not to dance in the bunker!"
Lyle shared 20th spot not only with McIlroy,
in the third round) and I have a lot more work to
Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter had little to
but also Houston Open winner Paul Casey,
do before I can hopefully slip a green jacket on."
laugh about when they came off.
Poulter and Justin Rose and said: "Considering
Nineteen-year-old Rory McIlroy's eventful debut,
Joint 10th with a round to go they shot 79 and
I double-bogeyed the opening hole of my first
including a rules incident which would have seen
74 respectively, Westwood dropping seven
round, to finish at two under was not bad.
him disqualified if it had gone against him, ended
shots in the last four for the worst score of the
"I have always known I could still be
with six birdies in the last 10 holes for a share of
competitive round here. I know things haven't
Padraig Harrington had written off his chances
gone well the last few years, but last year I
"If only I'd finished on Friday like I'd finished today,"
of a third successive major when he took nine
made a few changes to the swing and it seems
said McIlroy, referring to his five dropped shots in
early in his second round.
to be working."
Yesterday he had a seven on the ninth after his
Nevertheless it was the worst collective
"I hit a couple of bad putts and then on 18 I was
ball stuck up in a tree.
showing by the European contingent - 17 of
probably trying to be a little cute from the bunker.
That he still finished level par was no mean
them world top 50 players - since 2000 when
I should have taken my medicine, but I was trying
feat given all that, but he finished 35th - and
Harrington, Colin Montgomerie and Jean Van
to be a hero."
so did Sergio Garcia after a terrible weekend in
de Velde led the way in 19th spot.
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golf gear Bridgestone Golf Clubs As we start to digest all the new products and equipment that we saw at the 2008 PGA Merchandise Show this week, a few stand out. While we’ll be writing more about our favorite products from the show in the coming weeks, we thought we’d let you know about one that’ll certainly make the list - the Ogio Nexos Stand Bag. New for 2008, the Nexos Stand Bag won’t be available until April but we managed to get up close and personal with one of the prototypes. Not only that, but Chad Robinson from Ogio International gave us a full product tour. Check out the video below.
Ogio Nexos Stand Bag As we start to digest all the new products and equipment that we saw at the 2008 PGA Merchandise Show this week, a few stand out. While we’ll be writing more about our favorite products from the show in the coming weeks, we thought we’d let you know about one that’ll certainly make the list - the Ogio Nexos Stand Bag. New for 2008, the Nexos Stand Bag won’t be available until April but we managed to get up close and personal with one of the prototypes. Not only that, but Chad Robinson from Ogio International gave us a full product tour. Check out the video below.
Stylo, one of Britain’s best known golf shoe
manufacturers, is back on course following major investment, with a brand relaunch and a comprehensive redesign of its products.
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TM BURNER 09 IRONS OUT SOON TaylorMade have announced that their exciting new Burner 09 irons will be available in the shops beginning March 20, 2009. "Our goal with these clubs" the company said this week, "was to create easy-to-launch irons that deliver meaningful distance and we did that by promoting a high, straight, longcarrying, soft-landing ball flight." TaylorMade designers, the company revealed, had worked in separate groups on the long irons, the middle irons and short irons, which had finally come out with the following characteristics: Club Faces: They have thinner clubfaces than previous models, the thinnest being in the long irons (3-5), the not quite so thin in the middle irons (6-8), with the short irons being a little thicker than both. Inverted Cone Technology: This technology features in all (the long, middle and short) irons. Larger clubhead sizes: Larger clubheads feature in the long and mid-irons, but not in the short irons. Wider soles: The set has wider soles on all the clubs, but they are not quite as wide on the middle irons as they are on the long irons, nor are the short irons as wide in
the sole as in the middle irons.. Thicker topline: All the clubs have thicker toplines, but again, the long irons having the thickest. Offset clubs: The long irons only are offset Ultra light shafts and Grips: Ultra light shafts and grips are employed throughout the Burner 09 irons set with the shaft length also being increased in the long and middle irons to help promote faster swing speeds. MOI TaylorMade says the MOI of these irons are greater than any other set they have put on the market and add that the center of gravity location is progressive throughout the set. On its cosmetics, the company describes their irons as being a "a futuristic blend of curves, angles and lines" completed with "a dark, almost sinister finish." The new, TaylorMade Burner 09 iron sets range from 4-irons through to attack wedge, with 3-irons, sand wedges and lob wedges being available as separate purchases. A set of the clubs with steel shafts will have an MSRP of $840 and $1,080 for clubs with graphite shafts.
Callaway Gift Set Callaway Windproof Top Britainâ€™s best known golf ball manufacturers, is back on course following major investment, with a brand relaunch and a comprehensive redesign of its products.
Britainâ€™s best known golf ball manufacturers, is back on course following major investment, with a brand relaunch and a comprehensive redesign of its products.
TITLEIST INTRODUCES NEW DT CARRY AND DT ROLL GOLF BALLS Provide Two Distinct Approaches to Distance for Average and Recreational Golfers
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the 5 Keys to amaZinG Golf imProVement Astonish Your Friends and Opponents by Jon Stabler
magine what it would be like to approach a round of golf with great confidence in your abilities, with the sure knowledge that you will perform your best. (Like Tiger Does)
well? This all sounds like too much hype but it is possible for you to be this way....
What would it mean for you to perform more consistently? How would it feel to be the steady, tough, take no prisoners, spit in their eye competitor who always comes through, who finishes the round
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Let me tell you a story of a young man we worked with recently and for a very short period of time, one weekend. While the results are amazing, his story is not unusual for us.
His name is Alex and he is a handsome young man, 16, who plays a lot of competitive golf. He has some great skills and some unusual technique. We never met Alex before the school but he did take our personality assessment and our mental skills assessment online before the school. He had a chance to read those both before he arrived, so he had started learning before he got here. The school started Friday night with a couple hours reviewing the results of his online assessments, answering questions and laying out the model for playing a competitive round well. Saturday we worked in class and on the course developing his personal mental routine, his ability to control his thoughts and level of tension. On Sunday we did it again on the course. He headed home just after noon. Then the results started coming in... First Alex played in a two man best ball tournament the next week. From his Dad's Blackberry the first day: Alex and his partner shot 62 in match play today. Alex shot 31 on the back nine by himself. I haven't had a chance to talk to him yet but he looked very calm and focused on the back including three really pressure packed shots where his partner was out of contintion on the holes. This tied them for first place. The second day, shortened to nine holes because of weather: Alex just eagled 18 to force a 3 way playoff. He drove the green and made a 10 footer!!.... It was unbelievable. 18 is only 310 but up hill. Alex birded the first playoff hole from 18 feet to win it. A month later from Dad: Alex's last 8 rounds in tournaments or tournament like conditions have been 71, 67, 73, 68, 69, 68, 74, 65. Every round but one was below the course rating. It must be working. Thanks. (Stroke average of 69.375) The 65? At Jimmy Clay in Austin where the Texas State High School Championship is played. 73.8 rating. When Alex came to the school one of the main things he wanted to know was, "How to get off the bogey train?" It is clear from this story that Alex has talent. Now he is bringing it out and getting the most he can from it. After one weekend group school!
Imagine what it would be like to perform your best in competition. Through our research on Tour and work with over 360 Tour Pros we have learned there are 5 Keys to Your Improvement. In a nutshell they are: 1. Being in the "Present" 2. Managing Tension 3. Playing all Shots Athletically 4. Increasing Self Awareness 5. Knowing Yourself Other, recent examples of the results of learning these 5 Keys... -A talented and extroverted junior golfer in Florida learned to be present, and better manage her focus in her Junior year. She was less distracted by college coaches, eliminated many of the "big numbers", became more consistent, and solidified a full scholarship to Auburn. -A talented junior golfer from California recently learned to be present and is developing greater self-awareness leading her to a strong second in an AJGA event with a very strong field. She then topped that performance by qualifying for the Women's U.S. Open at the age of 17! -A freshman college golfer at a Division 1 school learned to manage her arousal and play more athletically under pressure. Instead of struggling her freshman year as so many college golfers do, she helped lead her team to the NCAA Finals and was just named second team All American! -A tremendously talented mini tour player missed qualifying for the Nationwide Tour 5 times. Last October he committed to improving all 5 Keys and went on to earn his Nationwide privileges for 2008. -An avid senior club player was consistently losing money to younger club members and was always left feeling he was capable of much lower scores. He committed to all 5 Keys in the Fall of 2007. He is now shooting consistently lower scores, winning money and is confident enough in his abilities to sign-up for more serious competition this summer! -One LPGA player fell into a deep slump and was speeding toward career ending burnout and depression. Mainly because she was trying to emulate a practice and playing style and schedule that was not her own. She made a strong commitment to refreshing 3 and learning 2 of the 5 Keys (emphasis on getting to know her own tendencies and her own personality). Her joy and passion have returned, her game is soaring and she is truly having fun playing golf again.
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