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Lee Westwood deals with injuries

Lee Westwood’s nagging back and neck injuries have caused many to speculate on the former world number one golf champion’s future after a disappointing performance at the ongoing BMW Golf Championships, meaning the player has failed to qualify for the Tour Championship.

Westwood’s gradually worsening back and neck strain, caused in part by his advancing age and the rigours of the game, follow last year’s calf injury, creating a less than stellar run of luck for the Brit, who has admitted he is bowed but not defeated by his move to the US and subsequently disappointing season.

However, the US-based PGA Tour does represent a significant amount of money and media for the Worksop-born golfer, and affords easier opportunities for Westwood to play in many of the key matches, rather than facing the difficulty of travelling across the world in order to compete. This could perhaps aid Westwood in recovering from his injuries and improving his game in future.

Injuries and recent disappointment aside, Westwood is already being touted to captain for Europe at the 2024 Ryder Cup, which perhaps indicates that belief in the unlucky player has not entirely waned, and that freebets.org/ will be taking many more bets on the former champion player in the future.

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Phil Mickelson wins British Open

Putting is so important in major championships, and Phil Mickelson was on fire today as he stormed to a stunning comeback win in the British Open. He birdied four of the last sic holes and said in the interview above that it’s the best he’s ever putted.

Meanwhile Lee Westwood faded and Tiger Woods was good but not good enough again. Think about it – Tiger hasn’t won a major in 5 years! He used to be well ahead of the pace set by Jack Nicklaus but know the two are pretty close. Passing Jack is no longer an easy task for Woods. There are plenty of young golfers who have emerged in the sport, and Mickelson continues to be a force in the game as well.

Tiger wins Memorial in dramatic fashion

I guess we can put a stop to those stories about whether Tiger can come back. Today’s win was vintage Tiger Woods, and now he has momentum heading into the US Open in a couple of weeks.

Dust off the Tiger Woods highlight reel and add another jaw-dropper, this one near the very top. From a downhill lie, to a green running away from him, and with a wall of water lurking if he went long, Tiger Woods hit a flop shot into the hole for birdie on the par-3 16th hole, one of the most amazing shots of his career, and went on to record his 73rd victory on Sunday.

The win at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village ties Woods with tournament host Jack Nicklaus for second place on the career victories list, trailing only Sam Snead (82), and gives Woods a surge of adrenaline heading into the U.S. Open at Olympic Club, which begins in 11 days.

“That was one of the most incredible golf shots I think you’ll ever see played,” Nicklaus said on the CBS telecast of Woods’s chip-in. “It wasn’t just the pitch shot. It was where he had to land it, and what he had to do, and what the penalties were if he didn’t make it. Unbelievable.”

Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson dropped out of this invitational tournament after playing one lousy round. Things change quickly . . .

Highlights of the 2012 Masters Tournament DVD Giveaway

When the 76th Masters Tournament ended on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff, it was a 33-year-old Floridian named Bubba Watson who triumphed, shedding tears of joy in the warm embrace of his mother on the 10th green at Augusta National Golf Club. In a tournament filled with drama, triumphant play and only the fourth double eagle in Masters history, it was the denouement of one of the most exciting Augusta tournaments in years. On May 29, relive Watson’s victory and every scintillating moment with “Highlights of the 2012 Masters Tournament,” the official commemorative DVD from A+E Networks Home Entertainment and Augusta National available on May 29.

The 2012 Masters was a surprising and volatile affair, as world number one Luke Donald and four-time winner Tiger Woods struggled to find their rhythm. However, it was Watson and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen who would emerge from a diverse and unpredictable leader board the final day. At 10-under-par 278, Watson ended regulation tied with Oosthuizen, who earlier in the day had recorded the only double eagle on the par-5 second hole in the Tournament’s history. At the end, the defining shot wasn’t Oosthuizen’s. Rather, it was Watson’s high, hooking — and improbable — wedge shot from 164 yards through the overhanging trees to the right of the 10th fairway that safely finished 15 feet from the hole. Two putts later, Watson was the 2012 Masters champion.

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Tiger now favored to win The Masters?

Tiger Woods. UPI /Art Foxall

It’s been a long time, but Tiger Woods has finally won another PGA Tour event. Now the buzz shifts to The Masters, and Tiger is already listed as the favorite.

William Hill has Woods listed as the 4-1 favorite to win his fifth Masters title, with Rory McIlroy close behind at 5-1. Other bookies have similar odds, with Ladbrokes quoting the same numbers as William Hill. Paddy Power and Coral both have Woods as the 7-2 favorite with McIlroy next at 9-2.

If he puts like he did this past weekend, Tiger will probably be a force at Augusta. Perhaps we’ll see an incredible rivalry with Rory McIlroy after all.

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