Two Major Winners Have No Assurance of Playing in the Masters

Ratief Goosen and Ernie Els have a combined five majors, yet both golfers will have to earn their spot in the 2012 Masters Tournament.

The field for the 2012 Masters rounded out after the official final week of international golf tournaments.  To qualify, you must be in the top 50 in the world golf rankings at the end of the golf season.

Ernie Els has been eligible for the Masters every year since his debut in 1994.  He has won the US Open twice and the PGA Championship once.  Ratief Goosen and his two US Open Championships, finished this seasons ranked number 53 in the world rankings

Els and Goosen can still qualify for the Masters by winning a tournament before the Masters or by moving into the world rankings top 50 the week before the Masters.

Other notable golfers who have yet to qualify are Ryan Moore, Anthony Kim, Camilo Villegas and Ryo Ishikawa.

Ratief Goosen and Ernie Els have a combined five majors, yet both golfers will have to earn their spot in the 2012 Masters Tournament.

The field for the 2012 Masters rounded out after the official final week of international golf tournaments.  To qualify, you must be in the top 50 in the world golf rankings at the end of the golf season.

Ernie Els has been eligible for the Masters every year since his debut in 1994.  He has won the US Open twice and the PGA Championship once.  Ratief Goosen and his two US Open Championships, finished this seasons ranked number 53 in the world rankings

Els and Goosen can still qualify for the Masters by winning a tournament before the Masters of by moving into the world rankings top 50 the week before the Masters.

Other notable golfers who have yet to qualify are Ryan Moore, Anthony Kim, Camilo Villegas and Ryo Ishikawa.

Gambling on the Golf Course: Friendly Wagers & Serious Side Bets

No matter if you’re a Pro, Amateur or Hacker, golfers are always looking for ways to make their time on the golf course more interesting and entertaining.  Focusing on your pace, swing and execution is always important & enjoyable, but sinking a pressure putt with a wager on the line is another experience altogether.  You can be playing your worst round of the year, and all it takes is 1 hole or shot to change your fortune!

For years my friends and I have continued to evolve the side bets we’ve placed while on the course — no matter which game we play, it always makes for a fun round.  Of course, collecting the cash at the 19th hole is always the difficult task, but regardless, our wagers are insignificant enough that a round of beers seems to settle any differences.

Here’s some of our favorite golf betting games:

 

WOLF

The round starts with the group establishing a value for each hole as well as a set rotation for how the players alternate being the “Wolf”.  For reference, in a foursome, two players will be the “Wolf” five times.  On each hole, the player designated as the Wolf chooses, before teeing off, who will be his partner for that particular hole, or he can choose to play “Lone Wolf” and take on the remainder of the group all by himself.  If the wolf and his partner win the hole, the two players split the earnings.  If the Lone Wolf wins the hole, he wins double the set amount per hole from each player, but reciprocates by paying the other three players double if they lose the hole.

ROUND ROBIN / HOLLYWOOD / SIXES

Perfect for a foursome as this is a rotating 2-player team match-play game.  Every 6 holes the teams switch so other members of the foursome are paired with one another — when riding in carts, we typically start pairing with the 2 Drivers, then Driver and the Passenger from the other cart, and end with players in the same Carts.  Therefore, there are three different 6-hole matches played within the 18-hole round.  The value of each match is decided before the round begins and the game gives every members of the foursome the chance to be teammates with one another, especially beneficial if one of the golfers is better than the others!

SNAKES, MONKEYS, GATERS & CAMELS

A fun way to bring side bets into the mix in a meaningful way throughout the round.  For reference:  

  • Snakes = 3-putts
  • Gators = hitting into water hazards
  • Monkeys = hitting a tree
  • Camels = hitting into sand traps

As the round continues, one player keeps track of each “animal” occurrence and the last golfer who made that shot.  At the end of the round, all “animals” are tallied-up and the last golfer for each category contributes the total amount to the pot, which is then shared equally among the other 3 players.

NASSAU

Very popular game and probably the most traditional wager on the course as it can be made individually or amongst a group.  The 18-hole round is split into three stroke-play bets — low scores on the Front 9, Back 9 and overall 18.  Of course, the amount wagered is determined before the round and is referenced as the dollar amount per bet (e.g. a $5 Nassau indicates a $15 total wager).

NINERS

Perfect game for a threesome and a good way to keep all players involved in the wager throughout the round.  A total of 9 points is awarded after each hole — 5 to the high score, 3 to second, and 1 to the low score.  In case of a 2-way tie for the high score, 4 points are awarded to both players; in case of a 3-way tie, 3 points are awarded to all 3.  If there is a high score and 2 players are tied for 2nd place, then both are awarded 2 points.  At the end of the round, the golfer with the high score wins the bet

Top 5 Most Ridiculous Golf Moments of 2011

The 2011 golf season was filled with ups and downs.  It began with what seemed to be the beginning of a new era with Rory McIlroy and ended with a revitalizing win from Tiger Woods.  In 2011 we saw some ridiculous moments that we definitely won’t see next year.

McIlroy's Meltdown on 13

1.  Rory McIlroy’s Meltdown at the Masters

I don’t think any of us will ever forget Rory McIlroy slumped over his club on hole 13 after he hooked his drive in to the stream, signifying the biggest collapse in professional golf in recent history.

Going in to the last day of the 2011 Masters, Rory McIlroy was leading by four strokes.  The front 9 went smooth and he seemed to be on cruise control to win his first Masters and become what many thought was the next Tiger Woods.  Then came the back nine…

Rory went on to the back with a 1 stroke lead, a lead that even he felt was attainable to hold on to.   On hole 10 Rory simply fell apart, he posted a triple bogey, hole 11 he posted a bogey, and hole 12 posted a double bogey by missing two 6 ft putts.  The complete meltdown that was just painful to watch came to a dreadful pinnacle on whole 13 when he hooked his drive in to the stream.  McIlroy was clearly struggling to hold back tears and unlucky for him the cameras would not leave his side.  At the end of the day, he saw a four stroke lead turn in to a 10 stroke defeat.

Tiger's First Win in Two Years

2.  Tiger wins his first golf tournament in two years

Over the past decade I don’t think anyone could even imagine Tiger struggling as he did over the past two years.  A two year drought of a tournament victory was simply unthinkable.  During the two year period Tiger entered 26 contests and fell short in all of them and even missed the cut at this years PGA championship.

It took a birdie putt from 6 feet out to edge out Zach Johnson by one shot at the Chevron World Challenge, to mark his first victory since the scandal.

Will this bring Tiger back to glory?  Only time will tell.

 

3.  Kevin Na’s Swing and Miss

I can’t say I haven’t done this before, attempt to really put some punch on your drive and you swing and just miss the ball totally.  But a PGA tournament player doing this is just unthinkable.  Per the PGA rule, if you have no intent of hitting the ball the stoke doesn’t count.  Since golf is on the honor system, Kevin Na said he had no intent of hitting the ball and it was only a practice swing.  You take a look – what do you think?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MMlMlmNIc34

 

4.  Kevin Na’s Scoring 16 on a hole

Serves this guy right, if you watched the previous video you know what I am talking about.  Na scored a 16 at the Valero Texas Open. He set a PGA Tour record for the worst score ever recorded on a par-four.

5.  Darren Clarke Wasted After Open Championship Win

There is nothing better than a guy who admits he celebrated his victory with a few drinks and no sleep.  After the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s, Clarke in an interview the next morning admits that he partied all night and didn’t get any sleep.  Gotta love golf!