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|Thomas Rooney on 27-Jan-2012|
Tiger Woods can’t wait to get his new season underway when he takes part in his first tournament of 2012 this week, the Abu Dhabi Championship.
The 36-year-old 14-time Major winner has set himself the target of defying the golf betting odds and regaining the number one spot in the world, but accepts that it will be a difficult goal to achieve.
A mixture of injury and inconsistent form saw Woods’ world ranking plummet last season and at one point he slipped to 58th.
However, after finishing third at the Australian Open in November and winning the Chevron World Challenge last month, he is back up to 25th in the standings and confident of rising higher.
He said: "The young guys are practising harder and training harder than ever. The level of consistency I had a few years ago would see me climb back up the rankings quickly, but there are some pretty phenomenal golfers out there whom I really respect."
Woods will be making his first ever appearance in Abu Dhabi after organisers moved swiftly to secure his services for a reported $2.5million fee once his three-year contract at the Dubai Desert Classic expired.
However, Woods faces a tough task if he is to win the event as the world's top four golfers - Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and defending champion Martin Kaymer - are also taking part and are rated above Woods in the latest golf odds.
The quartet have all chosen Abu Dhabi to begin their own seasons while the field will also include world number eight Jason Day, in what is the strongest line-up of 2012 so far.
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|Thomas Rooney on 27-Jan-2012|
The United States Golf Association has confirmed that Lisa McCloskey, Erica Popson and Emily Tubert will all represent the USA at this year’s Curtis Cup match against Great Britain and Ireland.
The eight women will represent the USA in the biennial event that will be staged at The Nairn Golf Club in Scotland between 8th and 10th June.
"I am so pleased that Lisa, Erica and Emily have been named to the 2012 Curtis Cup Team," said USA Team Captain Patricia Cornett. "I could not have asked for amore talented and dedicated trio of players to have been selected. My congratulations go to each on this honor."
McCloskey, a senior at the University of Southern California, qualified for the 2010 and 2011 US Women's Open Championships while Popson, a junior at the University of Tennessee, won the 2011 Southeastern Conference Championship.
Tubert, a sophomore at the University of Arkansas, won the 2010 US Women's Amateur Public Links before winning three tournaments last year and earning first-team All-America honors.
They are understandably favourites in the latest golf odds for the upcoming tourament given the talent contained in the team.
The format of the event consists of six foursomes matches, six four-ball matches and eight singles matches over three days of competition.
|Thomas Rooney on 27-Jan-2012|
South African golf fans could be forgiven for thinking that Branden Grace is their country's answer to Rory McIlroy. The 23-year-old certainly has youth on his side, and, judging by his recent victory at the Volvo Golf Champions, in which he defeated Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington, he is something of a prodigy on the green.
|Thomas Rooney on 26-Jan-2012|
Rory McIlroy will go into this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship looking to improve on his impressive, yet so far unsuccessful, record at the year's first 'big' tournament. The Northern Irishman has recorded finishes of 11th, third and second in his last four visits to the event and will this year looking to go one better and claim the title, setting himself up perfectly for the new season.
|Thomas Rooney on 24-Jan-2012|
Former world number one Tiger Woods is hoping to break back into the world's top 10 with victory in the Abu Dhabi Championship this week.
|Thomas Rooney on 18-Jan-2012|
Tiger Woods recently announced that he will be playing at the Pebble Beach National Pro Am for the first time in 10 years, and his round will receive a little more attention from sports fans as he is set to partner the NFL star Tony Romo, with the two been favourites in the stan james free bets.
The even tees off on February 9th and while all eyes will of course be on Tiger Woods on his first start of the season on the US Tour, it will also be interesting to see the talent of Dallas quarterback Romo, who is a keen amateur golfer and has tried to qualify for the US Open for the past two years.
It wont be the first time that the two have partnered up however. In the Bwin review, the star pair were on the same team at the AT&T National in Washington in 2009.
Pebble Beach holds fond memories for Woods who once rallied from a seven-shot deficit to win this event in 2000 before, later that year, going on to win the US Open at the famed Monterrey course by a staggering 15 shots.
The 14-time major winner hasn't won a US Tour event since the BMW Championship in September 2009. However, after drifting outside the world's top 50 he ended a two-year victory drought by capturing the Chevron World Challenge - an unofficial event - at the end of 2011.
It isn't the first time Romo will be playing at the even either as he as partnered two-time major winner John Daley for the last two years at Pebble Beach.
The winning pro-am team 12 months ago were D.A. Points, who won the tournament itself, and comedian Bill Murray.
This year will no doubt onec again be another spectacular four days of golf.
|Thomas Rooney on 17-Jan-2012|
Lee Westwood will yet again go in search of breaking his Major hoodoo in 2012 and he has identified his putting as an area of a game which needs improving if he is to win one of the big ones.
|Thomas Rooney on 17-Jan-2012|
Ernie Els will get his season under way this week with one clear target already set – to put last year's disappointments firmly behind him and rediscover the consistency that once made him one of the world's best. The South African rounded off a shocking 2011 by dropping out of the world's top-50 for the first time since 1993, following a year in which the three-time major winner failed to register a single tournament victory and struggled with nearly all aspects of his game.
|Thomas Rooney on 16-Jan-2012|
Charl Schwartzel's bid to become one of the few golfers to have claimed three victories in a row at a European Tour event was dealt an unexpected blow, yesterday, when Damien McGrane and Jamie Elson ran away with the lead at the Johannesburg Open. The two largely unknown players finished on eight-under-par 63, compared to a first round 72 from Schwartzel.
|Thomas Rooney on 11-Jan-2012|
Paul Casey looks set to be out of action until March after dislocating his shoulder while snowboarding.
The injury means that the 34-year-old will not be able to defend his Volvo Golf Champions title later this month and also puts a major dent in his ability to return to the Ryder Cup squad.
The online bets suggest so far that he will almost certainly miss the Abu Dhabi Championship where he was chasing a third victory in six years.
Casey is particularly annoyed that he will be missing the Middle East section of the European Tour, saying: "I am very frustrated as I was really looking forward to getting off to a fast start in 2012.
"I've always played well in the desert and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship is one of my favourite events of the year.
“The good news is that the experts I've seen say I don't need surgery and, having already started my rehabilitation exercises, I should be back hitting balls in a few weeks."
The world number 20 failed to make the last Ryder Cup due to a rib muscle injury before controversially missing out on a wildcard.
Casey lost his PGA Tour card in America after finishing outside the top 125 on the money list, but his world ranking means he is still eligible for golf's big live in-play betting events once he is fit.
His best-ever finish in a Major came at the 2010 Open when he was tied for third and he has also claimed four other top-ten finishes.
Casey came sixth in the 2004 US Masters and seventh in the Open Championship four years later. The Englishman finished tenth in the US Masters and the US Open in 2007.
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