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GOLF & LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE • ISSUE 15 • MARCH–MAY 2011

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10. Laguna Phuket Golf Club The award winning golf course features a wealth of tropical scenic lagoons and undulating fairways set against a stunning backdrop of mountains and nearby sea.

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18. Druh Belts & Buckles

36. Roberto Di Matteo

Interview with founder, Simon Hurd. Druh Belts & Buckles were launched internationally just over two years ago but already they have taken the golf market by storm.

Interview with the Chelsea Legend and keen golfer - “My favourite players are Francesco Molinari and Ian Poulter, even though Ian is an Arsenal Fan”

26. Lee Westwood

42. David Edwards Trick Golf Show - Renowned Golf Trick Shot Maestro David Edwards has taken his unique brand of skills to no less than four continents around the world.

After taking over the position held by Tiger Woods, Lee is only the second English golfer after Sir Nick Faldo to scale the summit of the professional game as World Number One.

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Common sense to prevail in the Rules of Golf In a time of high-definition super slowmotion television are there some rules in golf which might have made sense in the past but not necessarily now? After Padraig Harrington’s disqualification from the Abu Dhabi Championship is it time for common sense to prevail in some circumstances? The Dubliner thought he had scored a 7 under-par, 65,

So from now on how will televised golf change? We will now be able to watch players take a pitch shot from the deep rough and check (watching in super-slow motion) if the golf ball leaves the clubface for a tiny fraction of a second and does not touch the club again - a (double hit) that could never be detected by the naked eye. Andy McFee, the European Tour senior referee who had to disqualify Harrington conceded that the R&A and USGA were discussing the possibility of changing the rule. So being able to apply the relevant penalty but re-open the scorecard and the player to continue the tournament with the correct penalty.

in the opening round and put himself in contention to win,

So with common sense, Harrington should have been

only to find himself out of the tournament for a rules violation.

given the penalty and allowed to re-sign his scorecard, this time

The three-time major winner had unknowingly moved his ball

for a 67, and carry on playing the weekend. Instead, he was

forward on the green in the act of marking it.

thrown out of the tournament.

As to what spectators and fans watching on TV might

The Rules of Golf are there to make sure players adhere to a

think, Harrington was not disqualified because he inadvertently

strict code that the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers laid

moved his ball a fraction on the 7th green (a breach of rule

down centuries ago. But sometimes are they just too excessive?

20-3a incurring a two-shot penalty) but because he signed his scorecard without adding the two shot penalty - the penalty he didn’t know he had incurred to his score of 65. If the naked eye couldn’t determine in real time if Harrington’s ball had moved, should it even be a penalty? How many tour players in the past might have been disqualified from events if there had been super slow motion TV, and emails/ twitter enabling viewers to contact rules officials?

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Phuket’s Only Resort-Based 18-Hole Golf Course Designed by Max Wexler and David Abell, Laguna Phuket

Sheraton Grande Phuket, Laguna Beach Resort, Dusit Thani

Golf Course measures 6,654 yards from the back tees and

Laguna Resort, Laguna Holiday Club, Best Western Allamanda

5,464 yards from the forward tees. The award-winning Golf

and Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas. Laguna

Club features a wealth of tropical scenic lagoons and

Phuket’s facilities and activities include five spas, 30

undulating fairways, set against a stunning backdrop of

restaurants and bars, boutique shopping, private charter and

mountains and nearby sea. The golf course is integrated into

join-in luxury tours, daily activities at most hotels, canoeing

the Laguna Phuket resort complex, which comprises the

and sailing, as well as the pristine beaches and azure waters

seven luxury hotel and villa properties of Banyan Tree Phuket,

of the Andaman Sea.

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The Par 4, 12th hole

Laguna Phuket is easily accessed from

including

functional

services include rental of equipment

any point of the island and is just 20

clubhouse that overlooks the island

such as clubs, shoes, umbrellas and

minutes

ninth

tennis rackets.

from

Phuket

International

a

Thai-style

green. The clubhouse has

Airport. Everything within the resort is

a Pro Shop stocked with all leading

accessed in minutes by complimentary

golf brands, locker rooms with a full

Practice Facilities and

shuttle buses and water ferries.

range of amenities, the Banyan CafĂŠ

Training Academy

offering

and

Manned by qualified PGA professionals,

Open and the 2010 Mercedes-Benz

excellent service, and also three floodlit

Laguna Phuket Golf Club also offers a

Masters Thailand, the 18-hole resort

tennis courts, where instruction and

wonderful opportunity for you to refine

course

ball girl service are available. Other

your game at its extensive practice

Host of the 2009 Singha Thailand

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The Par 5, 17th hole

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facilities. Features include a covered area for sun and rain protection, a driving range, putting greens, practice bunkers and chipping areas; so you can work on both your short and long games.   The Club also boasts an indoor teaching centre,

which

offers

state-of-the-art

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The Par 5 18th hole

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LOST FARM Lost for words Officially opened on the 10th December 2010 Barnbougle Lost Farm is a 20-hole Links Golf course on Tasmania’s north east coast. Designed and constructed by world renowned U.S golf course design company Coore & Crenshaw, the Lost Farm is situated on Barnbougle Farm adjacent to the Barnbougle Dunes Course which opened in December 2004. Despite the close proximity of Lost Farm to Barnbougle Dunes, the two courses are remarkably different. The dunes on which Lost Farm is located are steeper and more dramatic than those of Barnbougle Dunes. Lost Farm features 20 holes all of which are playable during any given round, whilst the layout of holes at Lost Farm also offer a more diverse routing compared to Barnbougle Dunes, with fairways that roll both along the coast and inland. In addition to the course, the new facilities at the Lost Farm include a restaurant – perched atop a large coastal dune, a 30 room lodge, sports bar and Day Spa featuring Tasmanian inspired treatments and product from Tasmanian boutique Spa care company Melle Beauty. A course that is dramatically different – yet simultaneously complimentary – to the famed Barnbougle Dunes, the Lost Farm is a completely new golfing experience. For the avid golfer, or for those that love a causal hit and have an appreciation for the remarkable beauty of Mother Nature, the two courses at Barnbougle make for an extraordinary golfing getaway. Getting to Barnbougle Barnbougle is located in Tasmania, a 50 minute flight south of Melbourne to the town of Launceston. Launceston is one hour drive to the course. For golfers playing other courses of the Melbourne sand belt, Vortex Air offer direct charters from the sand belt landing on course at Barnbougle Dunes. Packages start from $695 pp including golf at both Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm, overnight accommodation and return private charter flights. For more information visit www.vortextair.com.au www.lostfarm.com.au Tel: +61 (0) 3 6356 1124

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Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm ranked 1 & 2 best public access courses in the country by Golf Australia Magazine.

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Druh Belts & Buckles. Swing Image met up with Druh founder, Simon Hurd. Druh Belts & Buckles, a unique range of stylish belts and buckles, were launched internationally just over two years ago but already they have taken the golf market by storm. The brainchild of Touring Professional Simon Hurd of England, Druh has quickly become the number one belt on tour in Asia and Europe amongst the pros who are all wearing and loving Druh Belts & Buckles. Swing Image spoke to Simon on a recent trip to Thailand when he met with his designers and manufacturers. Druh founder, Simon Hurd

Druh Belts & Buckles seem to have

Tours and of course we’re very honoured

say that this is reflected in sales to the

become a runaway success with so

that some of the top players in the world

amateur golfers all over the world.

many tour players like Thongchai

like Thongchai and Robert have chosen

Jaidee and Robert Karlsson wearing

to wear Druh. It’s a great compliment to

I understand that world number one

the brand?

the brand and fantastic endorsement of

Lee Westwood will also be wearing

the product. There’s no doubt that these

Druh this season?

Yes we’ve been really delighted by the

guys wearing the belts gives us great

response that we have had from Tour

profile and gets the belts and buckles out

Lee is a big fan of Druh and as he likes

players both on the Asian and European

in to the marketplace and I’m pleased to

to look pretty smart both on and off the

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course, our belts really complement his style of dress. For us Lee is the perfect ambassador for the brand as he is a 20time winner on the European Tour, was a vital member of the European Team for the 2010 Ryder Cup and is a truly global traveller. Druh is already the number one belt on Tour in Asia and Europe so it fits in nicely with Lee being the world’s number one golfer at the moment as well! The lady professionals are also keen on Druh Belts, aren’t they? That’s right! Although we hadn’t imagined that the ladies would go for our belts in such a big way it was soon clear that they wanted to look as stylish - as well as a little bit funky - as the boys! The Druh Belts really took off with the girls when we brought in the ‘db’ diamante range. Almost immediately we had the likes of top stars Christina Kim, Sophie Gustafson and Carin Koch wearing our belts. Christina especially has been a great advert for us as she is so flamboyant and loves to wear bright colours and slightly off the wall clothing to match! Is that why you’ve designed a range specifically for the girls? Absolutely! We briefed our designers to come up with something a little more feminine and colourful and also added a touch of glamour with lots of sparkling diamante. The result was a delicate flower motif in a range of bright colours such as

World Number One, Lee Westwood

yellow, pink, purple and red plus the more traditional white and black. The lady pros absolutely love this range and I’m sure you’ll soon see female golfers wearing

What do you attribute the popularity of

leather we use goes through a strict quality

our specially-named Druh ‘Flower Power’

Druh Belts & Buckles to?

control process. I also think that the wide variety of colours and the fact that our

Belts & Buckles at your club very soon! 2011 will also see the launch of the

I believe that the popularity is as much to

leather comes in three different patterns

new Druh ‘Butterfly Buckles’ which we

do with the design as the quality of the

- ostrich, crocodile and plain leather –

envisage will also be a big hit with the

product that we produce. All our belts are

mean that there is a colour and style for

ladies especially with the younger girls

handmade in Thailand by highly-skilled

everyone. And of course because our

coming in to the game.

and experienced craftsmen and all the

buckles are interchangeable – each ‘db’ 19

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LPGA Tour Star, Christina Kim

Ryder Cup star Robert Karlsson

belt sold comes with a complimentary

This facility to design your own belt is

included Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn who

plain buckle – it makes them extremely

available solely through our website

won the Golf Estoril Open de Portugal in

versatile and allows the wearer to literally

www.druhbeltsandbuckles.com.

June, Sophie Gustafson who secured the

create their own unique belt. This is

Ladies Irish Open in August, England’s

helped by the fact that we now have a

Druh Belts & Buckles are often

Gary Wolstenholme who recorded a

huge variety of different buckle designs

referred

of

wire-to-wire victory in September at the

in silver, gold and brushed nickel, oval

Champions’. How did you acquire

Casa Serena Open, South Korean Jimin

buckles with an array of colour enamel

such a great tagline?

Kang who took the Sime Darby LPGA in

to

as

the

‘Choice

inlays as well as the ‘db’ diamante buckles

Malaysia, Swede Rikard Karlberg who

that are very glitzy. New for 2011 are the

Yes, we’re delighted with that tagline and

won the Indian Open at the Delhi Golf

two-colour striped enamel buckles that

it’s a great compliment. I suppose it arose

Club and Thongchai Jaidee who claimed

are already proving to be very popular as

because so many Druh wearers won on

the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open

we are using some quite unusual colour

tour last year. We had a really fantastic

in December, and Robert Karlsson who

combinations that look really striking.

roll call of champions for the year that

secured two victories, the Qatar Masters

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and the Dubai World Championship at the start and finish of the year. And these were just some of our wins! What are the future plans for Druh Belts & Buckles? The aim is to further entrench Druh as the number one belt on all the international Tours and move Druh on from a recognizable belt in the golf world to a brand that is sought after and freely available on the high street. What we’d really like is for Druh Belts & Buckles to become a ‘fashion must-have’! Added to that we are currently in discussions with a number of potential partners to discuss launching a range of shoes and clothes which is extremely exciting for us.

For more information visit : Recent winner of the Qatar Masters, Thomas Bjorn

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Sai Taan Villas Situated on the west coast of Phuket, Sai Taan Villas is a luxury development of private garden villas offering complete privacy and an ultimate lifestyle for holiday or retirement. Miles of beautiful beaches combine with one of the most attractive cultures in the world. Sai Taan Villas is located right at the main

garden villas in a convenient location. After

technology the three principles relocated

entrance to the Laguna Phuket Golf Club,

the completion of 28 Villas in December

from major business centres around Asia

4 minutes away from Bang Tao Beach.

2006 - Sai Taan launched Sai Taan Villas. 

to upgrade quality of life, spend time with

Also, being located just fifteen minutes by

Now in its 7th year of operation they have

family, but maintain a finger on the pulse

highway from Phuket airport the location

been very well received and recognized

of business round the region - Phuket is

is very convenient for the busy executive

as one of the best selling developments

an ideal location.

looking for a weekend trip.

on the island.

In July 2003, Sai Taan began its first

The developers all live in Phuket in the

development with the purchase of some

vicinity of Sai Taan. Following successful

8 Rai of land with a view to building 9

careers in the worlds of entertainment &

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They moved to make this lifestyle

builder who has completed many 5 star

available to a broader community, by

developments in Bangkok and Phuket.

employing an international architect

Now in his 6th year of working with

based in Hong Kong, responsible for the

Sai Taan this has proved a successful

design of several beautiful homes round

partnership for all concerned.

the island. His brief was to combine

The Villas Each villa sits on a plot of at least (950 sq m) with a generous private pool 10m by 4.5m. All rooms open on to the pool - the centre of the house, via

The Villas have been designed to

concertina glass and hardwood doors.

combine the function of a modern home

Where possible the existing Banyan (Sai)

with an easy flow between indoor and

and tall coconut (Taan) trees have been

outdoor - enabling open living.   Design

retained, providing an element of shade

influences evoke the light and elegance

and underscoring the simple elegance of

To bring the design to life the developers

of traditional Northern Thai architecture,

Sai Taan living.

called in a well respected Bangkok

with pitched roofs over major living areas.

the function of a modern home with maximum use of open living afforded by Phuket’s tropical climate. The result speaks for itself.

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The construction makes extensive use

There is an option to add a fourth

opened create that special tropical

of modern western technology, but the

bedroom by way of a fully self contained

ambience for entertaining. 

finishing in local materials emphasises

Garden Suite bringing the total covered

Oriental imagery. The pitched roofs are

living space to 282 sq m or (3,103 sq

finished internally with local hardwood

ft) Especially suitable for those long

emphasising

the

staying guests!  A huge central living

structure. The standard Sai Taan villa

area of approx 64.8 sq m (648 sq ft),

contains 247 sq m (2,717 sq ft) of

compromising breakfast bar, dining

covered living space with 3 bedrooms,

room and living room with pitched

including a magnificent master suite with

ceiling, overlooks the terrace, pool and

pitched ceiling. All bedrooms have

gardens. The concertina glass doors

en suite facilities. Servants’ quarters,

running the length of this area, give

laundry and wet kitchen are provided.

directly onto the pool terrace and when

the

elegance

of

For more information contact : Ms Nareeluck Kullawisit (Ying) +66 (0) 76 271 255 Email: info@sai-taan-phuket.com Web:   www.sai-taan-phuket.com

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Lee Westwood took up the game of golf at the age of thirteen after his grandparents bought him a half set of clubs. Less than two years later he was crowned Junior Champion of his home county Nottinghamshire. Lee is now giving a lot of his time back to junior golf with the launch of the Lee Westwood Golf School. Visit www.leewestwood.com Since October 2010, Lee has held the

World Rankings and only the fourth

inaugural Race to Dubai. Since turning

position of being World Number One,

player to reach World No.1 without

Pro in 1993, Lee has won 20 times on

taking over the position held by Tiger

winning a major.

the European Tour and is 3rd in the all

Woods. Until this point, Tiger had been

time Career Money List with tournament

dominating golf for so much of the

One of the highlights in his golfing career

decade - topping the World Rankings

would be his double triumph in November

for 281 weeks. Lee is the first European

2009, winning the season ending Dubai

since Sir Nick Faldo in 1994 to top the

World Championship and with it the

winnings of â‚Ź 23,938,692 Questions - Sean Harrison

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How has life changed for you since

Will your 2011 schedule be much the

this another reason why you have

you became the number one golfer in

same?

spent so much time on your fitness

the World?

With one or two tweaks here and there

regime?

It has changed quite significantly because

my schedule is fairly well set in stone year

You get used to the travel after a time

it wasn’t until I reached number one that

on year. I consider myself a world golfer

but being fit and healthy does have its

I fully appreciated what went with the

so I try to balance everything between

benefits in every aspect of my life.

title. Before I always considered that I

Europe, America and everywhere else. Has private aviation made travelling

was representing myself, but now I am representing the game and I have to be

Travelling so much, you are obviously

easier and are you just relaxing on

careful what I say and do so as not to

crossing many time zones which will

board - phone calls, twitter etc?

bring it into disrepute.

take more of a toll on your body. Is

Flying private occasionally does take the hassle out of travel but commercial travel has improved enormously in the 16 or 17 years I’ve been on the road. I’ve never really sat down and worked out how many miles I travel in the air but it won’t be far off 100,000 miles per year, possibly more. Flying time is relaxing time and it’s when I can disappear into my own world. I am a Twitter fan and love the banter, particularly with my fellow pros. What key changes have you made to your diet and how much stronger and fitter do you think you are now from a year ago? I actually haven’t had to adjust a great deal. I just eat sensibly and not quite as much as I used to. All the gym work helps burn off any excesses. I’m not much fitter or stronger than I was a year ago but there is no comparison with my body today to what it was five years ago. And I’m sure my fitness has been reflected in my results. How do you stay mentally strong and do you believe in having a sports psychologist? I’ve probably spent no more than two hours with sports psychologists throughout my entire career. If other players find them useful then that’s up to them but I am quite happy doing my own thing. I’ve always been fairly strong mentally. Away from the golf course you love your football and horse racing. What are the chances of Nottingham Forest getting back to the Premiership?

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A lot of things need to happen for Forest to get back into the Premiership but hopefully everything will come together soon although my chances of ever playing on the left wing for them are probably over. A day at the races - The sport of kings has always been one of my favourite pastimes and I have an interest or a leg in several four-legged friends. You can’t beat a good day at the races as long as you’re with the right company and back a few winners. Do you have a favourite destination? Sandy Lane, Barbados. Your favourite golf course in the UK/ world? Worksop Golf Club twinned with Pebble Beach. Is golf course design something that you might get involved in one day? Absolutely. I try not to get involved in too much businesswise apart from playing but when I start to branch out this is one area I’d love to get more involved in. The Lee Westwood Golf School You must be pleased to see all your juniors being inspired by you and working hard on their game. It’s something I’m very proud of and I’m delighted to be able to give something back to a sport that has given me so much.

Hopefully, we’ll get some

graduates who will go on and do what my ISM colleague Louis Oosthuizen did after leaving the Ernie Els Foundation. The number of good young players coming through never fails to delight and surprise me... and particularly as many of them are English. If I’m an inspiration then I’m very proud.

I’ve always tried to encourage

youngsters because I got plenty of help when I was a teenager.

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The Serenity Residence Situated in the heart of Kathu, The Serenity Residence is a real insider’s tip for the passionate Golfer, with four of Thailand’s most beautiful golf courses only a stone’s throw away. The famous Red Mountain Golf Club

of 26 Condominiums were finished

with modern European elements. The

as well as Loch Palm Golf Club and the

in September 2010. In addition the

terrace offers a scenic view over the

Phuket Country Club offer magnificent

adjoining Serenity Hotel (over an area

lake and gardens. The view is framed

landscapes and challenges for golfers of

of 8000 sqm) also offers a restaurant,

by the striking balustrade and the

all handicaps. If you want to follow in the

Swimming Pool, Massage and several

traditional Thai roof construction, which

steps of Tiger Woods the Blue Canyon

other conveniences to condominium

together gives the building its particular

Country Club can easily be reached by car.

owners and hotel guests.

charm. The standards correspond to

The Serenity Residence

In its architecture The Serenity Residence

contemporary state of the art Swiss

Under Swiss management the building

elegantly fuses traditional Thai styles

methods of construction.

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The Condominiums

whether you are looking for a single

The Hotel

The fully serviced condominiums are

flat or a holiday resort, luxurious

In

available in five different categories

comfort and high living standards

modernized to match the condominiums`

varying from (90 – 260 sqm) offering

is what all our apartments share. To

luxury and comfort. It offers 10 rooms

a generous living space with high

ensure a rapid return of investment,

and 4 bungalows varying from (35 - 60

ceilings (starting from 3 meters).

the

sqm) to the sophisticated customer.

Whether you prefer a cosmopolitan

condominium owner the possibility to

All

style penthouse or a more solid home,

enter a pool sharing program.

conditioning, mini-bar, king size bed,

Serenity

Hotel

offers

every

2009

rooms

the

are

Hotel

complex

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with

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flat screen TV and DVD-player, free

Thai, English, German and French. The

“You can check out any time you want,

Wi-Fi, safe and room service.

amicable atmosphere and round the

but you can never leave”

Service

clock security will make you feel safe and

(Hotel California – The Eagles, 1976)

Our goal is to make your stay as

at home during your stay.

comfortable

Therefore,

The surrounding landscape and view

we offer a large variety of free services

as well as the quality apartments and

including - green fee bookings (up to

golf courses have already convinced

35% discount) with transportation to

former Chelsea soccer legend and single

the golf clubs, trip organization, pick-up

handicapper Roberto Di Matteo to invest

service from the airport, car rental plus

in his own Condominium.

as

possible.

many other services on your request.

Contact Details: The Serenity Residence & Golf Hotel 18/98 Moo 6, Soi Sreekor 1, Kathu, Phuket, Thailand 83120 Tel: +66 (0)76 203 103 Email: alain.gogniat@serenity-residence.com Web:  www.serenity-residence.com

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Roberto Di Matteo

Firstly, you must have enjoyed watching the Italian brothers Francesco and Edaordo in the Ryder Cup but what about your new young Italian star Matteo Manassero? Matteo Manassero looks very talented and has a great future ahead of him. I have not had the opportunity to follow any of my fellow Italians at events but I love watching the golf on TV. My favourite players are Francesco Molinari and Ian Poulter (even

As a midfielder, Roberto Di Matteo

though Ian is an Arsenal Fan).

will always be remembered for his

The next European Ryder Cup Team could be 25% Italian

successful playing days at Lazio and Chelsea. He was capped by Italy 34 times and played for them in the Euro 1996 and the 1998 World Cup. His passing ability and accurate long-distance shooting saw him become one of the driving forces

- if Manasero makes the team with the Molinari Brothers? Well, you never know, but as for the European victory last year in Wales - I think the Molinari brothers played their part. Who is the most impressive golf pro you have played with? I played in the Abu Dhabi Pro Am a few years ago with Luke Donald and enjoyed his company very much. He is a great guy and a very talented golfer - impressive accuracy with all his shots. Which golf equipment do you use? My golf clubs are from Mizuno. As for my clothes - J. Lindeberg looked after me so I wear all their golf gear.

of Chelsea’s resurgence in the

Being so involved in football do you get to play in many

late 1990s. He was selected in

corporate or charity golf days?

the squad of Chelsea’s greatest

Honestly, since I have become a football manager I have not

ever eleven and had the honour of leading them out at Wembley for

had much time to play golf. The job is absorbing - 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Can you remember the first golf shot you hit in front of

the 2002 FA Cup Final. He retired

a gallery?

as a player at the age of 31 after

Yes, I do remember. I teed off in front of just 5 people. That was

he sustained a triple leg fracture. Roberto now loves playing golf

enough to make me nervous and hit a very bad shot!! Do professional footballers, who play in front of thousands of fans each week, sometimes struggle with

and on his travels he has had the

nerves on the 1st tee - and if so why?

opportunity to play some of the

Yes we do, because we are not as in control of our golf swing as

best golf courses in the world.

to play in front of 50,000 supporters without a problem, as we

we are playing football. Playing football we have the confidence have the ability to strike a football as we want after years and years of practice. That is the difference.

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From the footballers you know - who is the best golfer? I would have to say Gianfranco Zola (handicap 4) and Ruud Gullit (handicap 5) We understand you have been playing a bit of golf on the Island of Phuket in Thailand? Yes. I was there last May for a week with some friends and we played some beautiful courses. I‘m planning to repeat the trip this year. Where do you stay in Phuket - Do you have any favourite courses there? I always stay at the Serenity Golf Hotel - a very peaceful place located only 5 minutes from some of the best courses on the Island. My favourite course is the Red Mountain Golf Course. It is one of the best courses in the world and I have seen a lot of places, believe me. Where do you play most of your golf when based in the UK? I used to play a little bit everywhere. The Addington Golf Club (near Croyden, London), The Warwickshire Golf Club, The Wentworth Club (Surrey) and The Wisley Golf Club (Surrey). Which are the best courses you have played in the world? Red

Mountain

(Phuket,

Thailand),

Tuscany Resort (Naples, Florida, USA), Turks and Caicos Golf Club (Turks and Caicos Islands), Wentworth Golf Club (Surrey, England ) If possible, which would be the first golf course to play on your ‘never played’ list? Pebble Beach, California.

Questions - Sean Harrison

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Trick Shot Maestro David Edwards

Renowned Golf Trick Shot Maestro David Edwards has taken his unique brand of skills to no less than four continents around the world. His top class Golf Trick Show and ever growing popularity ‘On Course Video Commentary’ will entertain a truly global audience. Having appeared at many European

When did you take up golf and take an

into playing golf. I was a club professional

Tour Events which include the 38th

interest in – The trick shot?

who went to tour school and finished 4th.

Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and the

I started playing golf when I was nine

I played in the Open Golf Championship

final event of the European Tour

years of age when my father was in

at Royal St George’s three times, the

‘The Dubai World Championship’ he

the forces and stationed at Catterick.

PGA Championship plus a few more

never ceases to amaze the crowds

We moved to Hong Kong and I was

events on tour. I realised that my short

with his talents.

fortunate to see an American called Paul

game was not good enough to succeed

As well as his dazzling array

Hahn who was regarded as the world’s

as a top flight player, so I concentrated

of golf shots and impersonations

best trick shot artist. I guess I hit my first

on my club professional’s role.

of the tour players, David Edwards

‘trick shot’ while playing golf!

specialises in providing a humorous

What started the interest in putting

On Course Commentary of the

What are your memories of being a

on a golf show - doing trick shots?

corporate golf day which has grown

Tour professional?

I started going out to Cyprus to teach the

hugely popular especially with many

In my younger days my hero was Tony

armed forces and every time I visited I did

corporate clients around the world.

Jacklin who inspired many youngsters

a little show and increased my routine,

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hitting thousands of golf balls on the golf range along the way. What is unique about your show and who are your main audiences? I would like to think that my show is entertaining,

with

lots

of

audience

participation and I take pride in hitting quality shots. I realise that in my role as a ‘Trick Shot Artist’ it is important to entertain and bring humour to the performance. You have to come alive and be the entertainer. My show is performed at many events which range from Tour Events, corporate days, charity days, centenary events, golf expos and even a wedding reception is planned for this year.

With Tom Watson, watching my show at the Senior Open at Sunningdale

Do you enjoy all the travelling that you

So,

do with the show?

Edwards in a challenge match – who

you impersonate them?

I really enjoy my job and travelling to the

would win?

The impersonations are always great

shows around the world. Having visited

Well if I had to play Seve it could be a

fun. At last year’s Ryder Cup I took

over 35 countries, the travelling can be

close match. To me he was a magician

off Jimenez, Poulter and Monty. Both

difficult at times.

and one of the finest players the game

Jimenez and Poulter were laughing

We all remember Seve Ballesteros

has ever seen. I am sure Seve would win

at

playing shots on his knees. This is a shot

the bottle of Rioja wine!

always great when he has seen my

that you attempt as part of your show.

Seve

playing

against

David

Do the Tour Stars have fun when

the

impersonations.

Monty

is

impersonation of him.

With Sir Nick Faldo

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On his back - Rory Mcllroy in Dubai taking part in the show

Was performing at the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor one of your most memorable shows? Performing at the 38th Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor was very special and is

I remember watching your show in Dubai, when Rory Mcllroy was flat on his back [with a tee peg in his mouth] and you got out the Driver.

something that I will not forget for a long time. The participation of some of the players such as Luke Donald, Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton was good fun. Another favourite event of mine would be the Senior Open at Carnoustie last year. Tom Watson told me he was very impressed with what I could do with a golf ball.

What a great show, your ball striking was impressive. Your Video Commentary captured the magic moments and had everyone in laughter. Rory Mcllroy

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Tony Jacklin - 1969 Open Champion, 1970 US Open Champion, 4 Times Ryder Cup Captain. Having seen most Golf Trick Shows, David’s performance is most certainly and truly outstanding, it is simply “World Class”. With Tony Jacklin and his son Sean.

I remember watching your show in

The famous shot in my show is the

a volunteer to lay down so that I can hit

Dubai, when Rory Mcllroy was flat

‘Edwards Scissorhands’ in which I set a

a ball from their ‘mouth’, but I enjoyed

on his back [with a tee peg in his

new world record hitting 312 golf balls in

having Rory Mcllroy as a volunteer in

mouth] and you got out the Driver.

under three minutes.

Dubai and he was a great sport.

Is this one of your favourite tricks?

The hardest shot in the show is finding

Website: www.david-edwards.co.uk Email: enquiries@david-edwards.co.uk Telephone: 0044 (0) 7887 545114 Twitter / Facebook / Linkedin Available for Corporate Golf Days, Video Commentary, Conferences and After Dinner Speaking.

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White Box The White Box is a vibrant mix of high class eatery and a cool music lounge, resting on the sands of Kalim Beach just north of Patong. Elegant white dĂŠcor, with splashes of blue, reflect its proximity to the ocean and the minimalist style makes for a relaxed uncluttered feel. The restaurant boasts a location which is nothing short of breathtaking, with unobstructed views over the bay and the ocean waves almost crashing at your feet.

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The roof top lounge bar is the ideal place to unwind whilst

White Box has international chefs and the cuisine is

watching the sun set over Patong Bay and a haven in which to

predominantly Mediterranean, using the finest local and

chill out, listen - and perhaps dance to the music after a gourmet

imported ingredients with a hint of contemporary Thai style

dinner. The fully stocked bar offers a delicious assortment of

in the presentation. Complimenting the European culinary

cocktails, spirits, wines and Champagnes.

influences on the menu are Thai dishes prepared and presented

Dinner can be taken inside, or al fresco on the terrace

the traditional way.

lodged on the beachside rocks. Select a wine from the

Visit the White Box for dinner or drinks at the bar, or be

comprehensive list, or go down to the wine room and pick out

welcome to spend the whole evening enjoying the complete

a bottle yourself from the beautifully appointed cave.

dining experience.

247/5 Prabaramee Road, Kalim Beach, Patong, Phuket Contact/Reservation Tel: 076 346 271 or 076 680 410 www.whiteboxphuket.com

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Classic Golf Apartments Renovated to Former Glory! The breeze is sweeping gently over the fairways at Phuket Country Club. Cool air is pushed down from the surrounding mountains into the valley, cooling golfers even on a hot day. Then to finish off the day, relax on the balcony with a cool drink and enjoy the mountain views and yes, the breeze you had for your morning round of golf is still there to cool you down! Being the first established golf course in

had been allowed to deteriorate over

the majority owner, Akara invested time

Phuket almost two decades ago, Phuket

the last decade; sales were affected and

and money to rebuild the apartments, as

Country Club chose its location wisely.

rentals declined. So, the once classic golf

well as the reputation of The Green. This

Not only is it a beautiful golf course,

apartments lost a good reputation and

included all new wiring and infrastructure

it’s location in the centre of the Phuket

the Phuket Country Club lost an attractive

with the latest technology. The result,

means that most of the islands attractions

option for accommodation.

tastefully designed apartments in a

are never too far away. In the central area of the golf

Local architect firm Akara – whose track

record

includes

the

awarded

modern or classical style that are offered both on sale or rentals basis.

course lies the classic golf apartment

interior design at Phuket Marina, saw the

To re-build the reputation of The

complex, The Green. Since it was initially

potential in The Green and decided to

Green, Akara at an early stage engaged

constructed 15 years ago, The Green

purchase all the remaining units. Being

established partners within sales and

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management. St James Properties, one of the leading real estate agents in Phuket have sold more than 70% of the apartments since February 2010. The managing director at St James Properties, Esa Huovila, points out that the apartment sales ratio at The Green is far above average for Phuket due to the combination of a unique location and attractive pricing that promise above average rental return. Mr. Huovila further explains that the Resava Group is contracted for the Common Area Maintenance and the Rental Program management. “They offer one of the strongest rental returns in Phuket which has strengthened the sales process� Mr Houvila is further confident that St James Properties will be able to close more sales during this high season. The large apartments with plenty of storage room, a golf course location not more than 10 minutes from the beaches and shopping malls, The Green offers unique accommodation - whether an investment, or just a few days´ holiday.

Resava: 081-979 90 86, reservation@resavaholidays.com St James: 081-085 00 08, info@stjamesphuket.com

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Camberley Heath Golf Club Camberley, Surrey, UK Camberley Heath Golf Club, set in the beautiful Surrey countryside, is a challenging course that features an abundance of pine and heather - A true classic amongst heath-land golf courses. Established in 1913 Camberley Heath Golf Club was designed by the legendary H. S. (Harry Shapland) Colt. His legacy is an outstanding heath-land golf course. Today, the golf club and course is still enjoyed by club members and visitors alike. The course has a rich golfing heritage. The Duke of York, later to become King George VI, was an honorary member and the Prince of Wales followed as patron of the club. In 1929, a match was arranged between the Admirals and the Generals to celebrate the Club’s association with the Staff College and Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in which both the Prince of Wales (later to become King Edward VIII) and the Duke of York took part, appearing alternately for both sides. In 1990 a new clubhouse was built which includes a magnificent restaurant on the first floor and golfers may also relax in the spacious bar overlooking the 18th green. The course has hosted the Lagonda Trophy and the Regional Qualifier for The Open Championship.

www.camberleyheathgolfclub.co.uk +44 (0) 1276 23258

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The aim of the Black Mountain Golf Club is to provide a world class golf course linked to a hotel and spa resort as well as a residential development. One of the designer’s concepts was to keep all the natural

Earlier this year thousands of spectators visited Black

rocks that were found on the site as well as all the natural

Mountain to watch the top golfing stars, as the club hosted

creeks that run throughout. Another unique feature of the

the fifth edition of the Royal Trophy golf championship

Black Mountain course is the use of native red grass,

played between the continents of Europe and Asia. The

which not only creates a hazard for missing the fairway,

club also hosts the Asian Tour’s season finale ‘The Black

but frames the design of the golf holes with the stunning

Mountain Masters’ which attracts all the top Asian Tour

views of the mountains beyond.

players to compete for the coveted Order of Merit crown.

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Best Championship Golf Course in Thailand 3rd Best Championship Golf Course in Asia Pacific Region

Contact: Professional Shop: + 66 (0) 32 618 666 -7 Golf Bookings: proshop@bmghuahin.com General Enquires: info@bmghuahin.com Property Enquiries: sales@bmghuahin.com Web: www.bmghuahin.com

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Welcome the New Sunseeker 40m Yacht When only the best will do

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Sunseeker has outdone itself and spared no expense to produce their biggest yacht to date. With additions to the main saloon such as balconies on both sides of the yacht and a supremely laid out living area this saloon is the perfect entertainment area for family and guests. There has been a lot of thought put into the main saloon which contains bar, lounge and dining areas beautifully appointed as you would expect from Sunseeker. The galley also located on this deck would make any chef excited to work in with its well thought out design. Then you have the master cabin truly a bedroom most opulent houses don’t have. A hydraulic side wall that with a push of a button opens out into a private balcony for the owner. This coupled with a large bathroom makes this master cabin second to none.

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Above the main deck we have the upper saloon deck with an outdoor dining area that easily seats 12 guests for dining. Moving into the upper deck saloon you are met by another bar that services this alternative entertainment area which includes Karaoke, card table and a Bang & Olufsen sound system which works with zone technology allowing you to listen to music or watch a DVD of your choice in different locations on the yacht. Then move up onto the sky deck and enjoy 360 degree visuals of the many exotic locations in Asia. This deck also includes a Jacuzzi surrounded by sunbeds for the sun worshipper and areas protected from the sun by well designed power driven sun awnings. This is the party deck and as you would expect contains a custom

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designed bar area with 3 BBQ hot plates. Lets not forget the garage with hydraulic stern door that houses 2 GTX IS Seadoos and an Avon 6m RIB as well as two top of the range Seabobs. These

Sunseeker have comfortably moved into the Superyacht market and are able to provide the personal client service while you design your Superyacht with a truly global brand!

toys are easily deployed by a hydraulic swim deck. This yacht has had many of the owners personal touches put into it so

For information on this yacht or other Sunseeker vessel please contact:

not to miss any luxury!

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Contact:

Craig Murphy

Email:

craig@sunseekerthailand.com

craig@maxmarine.asia

Web:

www.sunseekerthailand.com

Mobile:

+66 (0)81 970 0583

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IJP Design hits it right for Spring Summer 2011 The new IJP Design collection for Spring Summer 2011 is effortlessly stylish and cool, maintaining technical and functional excellence. With modern colour palettes, the IJP designers have transformed the ever evolving Poulter Tartan into four colour collections – Signature, Sport, Fashion and

White

Watch.

Perfectly

fusing

fashion with functionality, IJP Design has developed into a stylish and sophisticated brand for the modern golfer both on and off the golf course. Technical Perfection Each item is tried and tested on the

down to the final touches. The technical

and ball marker pockets and adjustable

golf course by Ian Poulter himself, whose

shorts and trousers boast lightweight,

waistbands finished to perfection. All

attention to detail and fastidious feedback

water repellent and breathable stretch

shirts are designed for comfort and

ensures each design is technically precise

fabric, with details such as slanted side

performance with lightweight, perforated

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fabrics and comfortable finishes that wear and wash beautifully. IJP Design proves that it is possible to combine highly technical designs without compromising on the stylish end look. Tartan Roots Each season the IJP designers, follow their ‘lead with the legs’ philosophy and chose a 4 colour palette for each of the 4 tartans. These tartans dictate the rest of the collection, with shirts, jumpers and accessories designed to harmonise with each tartan, ensuring coordinated style on the course. The

Signature

colour

palette

consists of four blues, from sky to sapphire. This palette has an effortless beachside and boaty feel to it. The cosy Bluebird ¼ Zip Pique Jumper is perfect for the chillier days out golfing, ensuring that like IJP himself, if you look good, you’ll play great.

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The Sport palette offers golf chic pea green

The rouge gives a bold finish to items

and golf ball white combined with granite

such as the Golf Ball White Tipped Shirt.

and jet black to give a sharp and sleek

Funky yet retro, this range will ensure

look. The IJP brand philosophy of fusing

ultimate style on and off the course.

fashion and functionality is demonstrated

The summer take on last season’s

in the Tech Trousers, which are breathable,

widely popular Blackwatch tartan is this

water repellent, lightweight, and have

collection’s White Watch, taking neutral

stretch. These trousers also protect the

colours and adding the classic Poulter

skin from UV rays, ideal for long sunny

Pink. Unique pieces for this range include

outdoor durations.

the White Watch Cardigan offering

Seasonal neutrals of chalk, mist and

sophistication and style and the Tech

putty are combined with vivid rouge to

Windblocker ensuring protection against

produce this collection’s Fashion palette.

all the elements. About IJP Design Ian Poulter launched IJP Design four years ago in July 2007, after being unable to find clothes he wanted to wear on the golf course that both looked good and performed well, combining high quality tailoring with technical perfection. IJP has created a name for itself as a high quality, unique and exciting golf and lifestyle brand with a fashionable edge. This is their 8th Collection and by the end of the year they will be stocked in all 35 golf playing nations in the world.

Website & Stockists www.ijpdesign.com

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A Luxurious 3 bedroom Penthouse condominium with ‘Foreign Freehold Title’ Designed over one floor with a roof top garden and infinity swimming pool, the views from any aspect of the apartment are very pleasing with the eight mile stretch of Bang Tao Beach literally alongside. Set in a small prestigious estate (professionally managed by CBRE) the property is without doubt one of the finest examples of luxury condominium living in this price range. more details code # GLP 41

This magnificent property has just become available on the prestigious “Anuphas Estate”. Set out on 1.8 Rai (approx 2,880 sqm) this property quite simply represents the “epitome” of luxury living. If you are looking to acquire a residence in Kathu you will not find a better property. Within a ten minute drive you have four of the Islands best golf courses, plus easy access to fine shopping, restaurants and International schools. more details code # GLP 44

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Sir Nick opens Faldo Design’s Latest Course In Cyprus Sir Nick Faldo has visited Paphos, Cyprus, to officially open Faldo Design’s latest completed golf course design at Elea Golf Club. The

six-time

Major

winner

commented: “I would like to thank the entire team here at Elea and, of course, in particular Zenon Eliades, whose relentless dedication and vision has made this stunning project possible. “All of us at Faldo Design are proud

the perception of Cyprus as a special

contrast with the dark green paspalum

golfing destination.”

grass fairways and semi-rough, which

Gold

of our own achievement here. We have

At 6,900 yards from the back

on a number of holes are fringed by

created a course that offers not only

tees, the golf course commands a

Mediterranean grasses and an abundance

strategic golf in a beautiful setting, but is

striking location above the shimmering

also very sympathetic to its environment

eastern Mediterranean Sea and has

with

been

tee shot you are met with a multitude of

concentration on native plant species.

rolling countryside, featuring imposing

challenges that will make this course a

This is a golf course that sits comfortably

weathered outcrops of limestone that offer

test for every level of player. Already, the

and in harmony with its landscape.

a unique character across the course.

course is receiving critical acclaim from

water-usage

and

a

crafted

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“I’m certain that this course will

The challenging layout circulates

become a real talking point in the

through groves of mature carob and

Mediterranean – and the Elea Estate

olive trees and the dramatic outcrops

certainly has the potential to help develop

of

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strikingly

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Graeme McDowell’s crucial birdie putt on the 16th hole on the final day of The Ryder Cup voted The European Tour Shot of the Year for 2010 Knowing that the outcome of The Ryder Cup rested firmly on his shoulders, McDowell held his nerve in front of thousands of spectators gathered around the green – and millions glued to television sets - to stroke the ball home. For many observers it was the sporting moment of the year, and for the judging panel of golf commentators it was certainly The European Tour Shot of the Year. McDowell went on to beat Mahan at the next hole to secure the winning point in Europe’s 14 ½ - 13 ½ victory over the United States, the narrowest margin of victory since 1991. McDowell said: “That putt on the 16th was the best I’ve hit in my life. It was

Picture credit (© Getty Images).

just 15 feet but it was above the hole and very fast. I knew I just had to get the ball

standing over that putt and appreciating

Member for the shot judged to be the

going and thankfully it caught an edge

its importance. It was as important as

most outstanding played during each

and dropped in because I wouldn’t have

any stroke I will ever play in my career

calendar month on The European Tour

fancied the one back if it had missed!

and I am delighted it has been voted as

International Schedule. The winning

The European Tour Shot of the Year.”

shots from each month are entered

“However

everything

went

according to plan at the 16th and the rest

The European Tour Shot of the

is history. I will never forget the feeling

Month Award is presented to the Tour

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into The European Tour Shot of the Year Award.

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Custom Fitting Chilli Dip Golf

The Chilli Dip Golf Performance Centre offers a truly bespoke custom fitting, club building and repair service normally reserved for Tour Players. With access to the finest components available in the industry, the product range comprises of the latest high-tech club heads, cutting edge shaft technology and the very latest in grip design. As a result, Chilli Dip Golf is able to offer an experience unrivalled by leading suppliers and an expert team of technicians in the field of custom fitting and club building. The Surrey location is easily accessible from London and the

and modified, the work will all be carried out to the highest

whole of the South East. Chilli Dip Golf is ideally located at

standards in the impressively ultra-modern golf workshop. With

Camberley Heath Golf Club 29 miles south west of London and

an extensive knowledge of golf equipment, Chilli Dip have now

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created their own brand - Frozen Rope. Frozen Rope is a unique

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Custom fitting. Each fitting includes the following steps: An in depth consultation and a current club-set analysis. This will include - checks on shaft length, shaft flex, swing-weights and loft and lie. Full ball-flight analysis in the High Tech fitting studio, using the very latest TrackManTM Launch Monitor as used by the R&A, USGA and PGA Tour. The  testing of a combination of clubshafts and club-heads, to find the optimal match to your golf swing, helping you gain the all important extra yardage and accuracy.

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What is Trackman? The

Trackman

launch

monitor

provides

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accurate

measurement of 3D club movement and ball flight which are crucial for club fitting and take’s the club fitting process to a new level. Tour Professional’s do not play with equipment that is not custom fitted and the reliance on Trackman for this data is second to none. Additional Options - With TrackManTM you can also have clubgapping analysis sessions on the outdoor practice facility. Ball fitting sessions are also available allowing you to completely fine tune your equipment for optimal performance. If I have a high handicap is it worth getting my clubs custom fitted? It’s always worth visiting an expert in this field to get the correct advice. Plus it does not cost much more to buy the correct custom fitted equipment rather than just buying sets of clubs straight off the shelf.

Why should I get my clubs custom fitted? Everyone that is serious about the game of golf should be custom fitted. Most golfers do not know a great deal about equipment and to be honest, haven’t always had access to the best equipment. At Chilli Dip Golf we thrive on making our customers aware of the improvement that can be made to any player’s game with the correct custom fitted clubs. This could be a new set or to have your current set of clubs modified.

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Lee Westwood awarded Honorary Life Membership of The European Tour Lee Westwood, only the second English golfer after Sir Nick Faldo to scale the summit of the professional game as World Number One, has been awarded Honorary Life Membership of The European Tour. The 37 year old from Worksop, who deposed Tiger Woods at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking on October 31 last year, was presented with a silver Honorary Life Membership card and money clip by George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, during the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club. professional

at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, which

biennial contest against the United

in 1993 and has been a loyal and

Westwood

turned

secured The 2009 Race to Dubai title to

States, winning 19 points during the

committed supporter of The European

add to his Order of Merit win in 2000.

seven matches in which he has played.

Tour since his debut season in 1994.

He is third in the all-time Career

Westwood said: “I have always

Now in his 18th year on his home Tour

Money List behind Ernie Els and Colin

loved The European Tour, from the

and making his 388th start in Dubai

Montgomerie with tournament winnings

moment I first teed up in Madeira to this

this week, Westwood remains one of

of €23,911,692, and is only the 13th

day, standing here in Dubai receiving this

Europe’s most consistently brilliant and

player to reach the pinnacle of World

award. I have had a few ups and downs

popular performers wherever he tees up.

Number One in the 25 years of the

in that time but I have always loved The

Official World Golf Ranking.

Tour and the people surrounding it. It

He has won 20 times on The European Tour, the last victory being

Since making his Ryder Cup debut

has played a huge part in my life and

his superb success in the Dubai World

at Valderrama in 1997, Westwood has

I will cherish this honour for the rest of

Championship presented by DP World

become a talisman for Europe in the

my life.”

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© Getty

Images

LPGA Stars dress up for the HSBC Women’s Champions 2011 Dressing for golf took on a new dimension

and last year’s World No. 1. Wie doubted

felt honoured to be sharing in her culture.

as Michelle Wie donned a Korean

whether she would be able to play golf

The morning was designed to

hanbok and Paula Creamer a Japanese

in the prettily flowing garb but gamely

capture the matching attributes of HSBC

kimono for a photo-shoot ahead of the

suggested that she could give it a try.

and the LPGA Tour. “As we travel,” said

event at Tanah Merah, Singapore.

Creamer, before she walked down the

Mike Whan, the LPGA’s commissioner,

“It feels great,” said Wie, who had

catwalk, thanked Japan’s Ai Miyazoto

“we use HSBC as our role model. They

been helped into her costume by Jiyai

who had helped with the finishing

are sponsors and business partners who

Shin, Korea’s top player of the moment

touches to her outfit and said that she

can think big and act locally.”

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Change To Ryder Cup Qualification Process

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Images

After consultation with European Ryder Cup Captain José Maria Olazábal, The European Tour Tournament Committee has announced a modified qualification procedure for The 2012 Ryder Cup in Chicago, Illinois - September 28th-30th, 2012. The qualification criteria, beginning at the

my request. The only reason that I asked for

placings will be decided by the player with

Omega European Masters at Crans-Sur-

a change in the criteria is because I believe

the higher ranking on The 2012 Race to

Sierre from September 1-4, 2011, and

that it will give me the strongest team

Dubai at the conclusion of the Johnnie

ending at the conclusion of the Johnnie

possible to defend The Ryder Cup. I looked

Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

Walker Championship at Gleneagles in

over the last few qualification processes,

(b) The leading five players, not

2012, will now see the leading five players

going back to 2004, and was satisfied that

otherwise qualified (having selected the

from the European Points List joined by the

my proposal would give me the strongest

five players from The Ryder Cup European

leading five players from the World Points

team on paper. We are going to have a very

Points List) from The Ryder Cup World

List as automatic qualifiers to the European

strong team but I just felt that this would

Points List (2) at the conclusion of the

Team. This represents a reversal of the two

give the team the best chance to keep The

2012 Johnnie Walker Championship at

lists with the European Points List counting

Ryder Cup and that is what we all want.’’

Gleneagles. In the event of a tie (equal

before the World Points List. Olazábal will then add two Captain’s Picks to complete

Qualification Criteria for The 2012 European Ryder Cup Team

number of points accumulated), placings will be decided by the player with the higher

the 12-man team that will defend The

(a) The leading five players on The

Ryder Cup against the United States at

Ryder Cup European Points List (1) at the

(c) The Captain, José Maria Olazábal,

Medinah Country Club.

ranking on the Official World Golf Ranking.

conclusion of the 2012 Johnnie Walker

will choose the remaining two players

Olazábal said: “I am very pleased that

Championship at Gleneagles. In the event of

following the conclusion of the 2012 Johnnie

the Tournament Committee has agreed to

a tie (equal number of points accumulated),

Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

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2010 Ryder Cup Captains Corey Pavin and Colin Montgomerie visit Tenovus’ Mobile Cancer Support Unit.

© Getty

Images

Charities benefit from The 2010 Ryder Cup

The 2010 Ryder Cup was not only a huge success for Europe on the course; off the fairways it raised more than €1.8 million for charity. While Captain Colin Montgomerie and

Cup Wales, later becoming National

enable it to continue its support of those

his team were edging their way to a

Charity for The 2010 Ryder Cup.

affected by cancer.

14½-13½ victory over the United States,

The Foundation supports those

In its six-year association with The

fundraising schemes and initiatives were

affected by cancer and improves the

2010 Ryder Cup the charity raised a total

in full swing at The Celtic Manor Resort,

lives of patients and their families, and is

just short of €1.4 million, from initiatives

accumulating a seven-figure sum to

constructing the Elizabeth Montgomerie

such as taking the Samuel Ryder Trophy on

benefit numerous charities.

building, in conjunction with Maggie’s

a helicopter tour of golf clubs around Wales,

Soon after it was announced The

Cancer Caring Centre, at Monklands

corporate golf days, auctions and generous

2010 Ryder Cup would be played at

Hospital in Airdie, which is due to open

donations from numerous events.

The Celtic Manor Resort in the City of

in 2012.

Newport, Welsh cancer charity Tenovus

from nearly €200,000 from its 18 month

was named the Official Charity for Ryder

association with The 2010 Ryder Cup to

The charity has benefitted

For further information contact: The European Tour Communications Division Email: media@europeantour.com

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