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Friday, 4 January 2013

Hyundai Tournament of Champions : Take A Look

Steve Sticker 2012 Champion
This week's PGA Tour tournament is of course the 'tournament of champions'.
A prestigious event to be included in as the field only consists of 30 tour pros.

However, the tournament does lack a key ingredient, star quality.
For example, within the field of 30 only 3 are in the top 10 of the world golf rankings. Those 3 are Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner. They are ranked from 7-10 so the first 7 are missing.

Most noticeably, Mr. Golf, Rory McIlroy.
Closely followed by Tiger Woods. As a result of the lack of abundance in world class household names slightly diminishes the tournament plus it will also lack the media attention the 'Tournament of Champions' deserves.

The course, the plantation course at Kapalua, is a par 73 with the length of 7411 yards. So not a longest course considering the par.

Number 3, the first test the players will find will be a welcomed par when the trade winds are up. Or down.

Number 9, a 'long' par 5 requires 2 good hits to make it over the valley as anything short will leave a a blind approach shot into a demanding green.

Finally, Number 18 named 'home' is a beast of a number but luckily for the players It is reachable in two for the longer hitters. Sitting at 663 yards it is the longest hole on the PGA tour.  

Unparallelled within the pga tour for its beautiful surroundings it is defiantly a hole that will be important to the final winner as after playing 17 holes in Hawaiian weather the mental capability to not get too distracted will be most important.

Blast From The Past : Jason McAteer

Ireland v Netherlands, 1st of September 2001

Jason McAteer

Lansdowne erupted like never before as Ireland beat Holland 1-0 back in 2001.

It was also Roy Keane's finest hour as an Ireland player after he set the tone for the match with a bone crunching challenge on Mark Overmars.

Gary Kelly was sent off for a silly foul which led to Robbie Keane being replaced by Steve Finnan which would prove to be a major decision.

The ball fell to Steve Finnan's feet in the 67th minute and he whipped in a cross to find Jason McAteer unmarked on the far side of the box and he coolly finished past the Dutch 'keeper.

Pandemonium ensued as Ireland were reminded of the glory days of the late 80's and early 90's.

McAteer has always been a fan favourite for his hilarious personality and sense of humour, and for scoring that goal of course!

Take a look at this amazing moment in Irish footballing through < This Link  >

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