UBER is a service a friend of mine introduced me to a while ago which I now use regularly for all types of journeys. It has, without fail been a stress free experience each time I have used it and I think it would be a perfect service for golfers who need a lift or who normally use taxi’s.
It is an app available on the app store, android market and at m.uber.com and is essentially a cost effective chauffeur service with a fleet of cars consisting of mercedes s/e class, bmw 5 & 7 series, jaguar, lexus etc.
The home screen of the app is shown below.
I have used UBER for getting from my golf course a few times and every time it has been a stress free experience. The drivers who are dressed in suits are all friendly and will be waiting with the door open, greet you with a handshake and place whatever luggage you have (clubs etc) in the boot.
Ordering an UBER is a simple task:
- Log in to your UBER app on your smartphone
- Drag pin to the location you wish to be collected at
- Click the arrow which will bring you to a confirmation screen.
- Click ‘Request UBER black’ (you also have the option of viewing a fare quote here)
- Wait for your black car to arrive (He may call you or you can call him to confirm pickup location)
You can check how much it will cost from point A to B by clicking fare quote. An example shown below is from Elm Park golf club to Monkstown.
Above, you can see what it looks like once you’ve ordered an UBER. It shows the drivers name, the type of car and the registration number of the vehicle. You can also see the rating of the driver and track his location.
Below are a few pictures I have taken inside various vehicles.
Bottles of water and tissues are provided in all cars.
After you have completed your journey you will receive a bill/summary of your journey sent to you. You can then rate your driver and if you like, send comments to UBER.
I believe UBER is a service golfers and non golfers can benefit from. It is 100% safe, reliable and easy to use. However the best news is that as readers of this blog, you can receive 20 euro off your first journey. Simply download the app, sign up and enter the promo code ‘grrz1′ to avail of this amazing offer! Alternatively, you can follow this link
I hope you all use and enjoy this great service.
A problem all golfers dread is that their buggy runs out of battery.
In this case it was in a foreign country and at about 9pm when the golf shop was closed. This is a tutorial on how to move a golf buggy if it runs out of battery!
In a field that includes 79 European tour winners and 11 major winners, it will be hard to pick the winner this week. The 2 million euro event promises to be a fun and memorable week in Carton House, and I’ll be there every day providing top notch coverage through tweets and pictures.
Here are the three players I think are looking like great value.
Shane Lowry – 22/1 Knows the course extremely well, has a house on the course and will have the crowds firmly behind him. His recent form has been decent and I believe this could be his week. View More
Francesco Molinari 28/1 You can’t look past a man who has won three times on the European Tour. A superb iron player (which will be important this week) and knows how to get the job done. Will be up there come Sunday. View More
Felipe Aguilar 80/1 A man who is having a great year on the European tour. Ranked 28th in the Race to Dubai, he has improved his putting in recent years. Has proved to be consistent this year, having numerous top 10′s and 20′s. Also loves the event, coming 2nd in Adare Manor in 2008. View More
If I were a betting man, here are my tips for this week’s World Match Play Championship!! – Tell me what you think!
Bobby Jones bracket
Rory McIlroy (NI) v Shane Lowry (Ire) My Pick Lowry
Rickie Fowler (US) v Carl Pettersson (Swe) My Pick Pettersson
Dustin Johnson (US) v Alexander Noren (Swe) My Pick Johnson
Graeme McDowell (NI) v Padraig Harrington (Ire) My Pick Harrington
Bubba Watson (US) v Chris Wood (Eng) My Pick Wood
Jim Furyk (US) v Ryan Moore (US) My Pick Moore
Charl Schwartzel (SA) v Russell Henley (US) My Pick Schwartzel
Zach Johnson (US) v Jason Day (Aus) My Pick Day
Gary Player bracket
Louis Oosthuizen (SA) v Richie Ramsay (Sco) My Pick Oosthuizen
Branden Grace (SA) v Robert Garrigus (US) My Pick Garrigus
Keegan Bradley (US) v Marcus Fraser (Aus) My Pick Bradley
Ernie Els (SA) v Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) My Pick Jacobson
Justin Rose (Eng) v KJ Choi (Kor) My Pick Rose
Bill Haas (US) v Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) My Pick Colsaerts
Sergio Garcia (Spa) v Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) My Pick Jaidee
Matt Kuchar (US) v Hiroyuki Fujita (Jpn) My Pick Fujita
Ben Hogan bracket
Tiger Woods (US) v Charles Howell III (US)My Pick Woods
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa) v Francesco Molinari (Ita) My Pick Fernandez-Castano
Webb Simpson (US) v David Lynn (Eng) My Pick Simpson
Peter Hanson (Swe) v Thomas Bjorn (Den) My Pick Hanson
Lee Westwood (Eng) v Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa) My Pick Cabrera-Bello
Martin Kaymer (Ger) v George Coetzee (SA) My Pick Kaymer
Jason Dufner (US) v Richard Sterne (SA) My Pick Dufner
Hunter Mahan (US) v Matteo Manassero (Ita) My Pick Mahan
Sam Snead bracket
Luke Donald (Eng) v Marcel Siem (Ger) My Pick Donald
Paul Lawrie (Sco) v Scott Piercy (US) My Pick Lawrie
Steve Stricker (US) v Henrik Stenson (Swe)My Pick Stenson
Nick Watney (US) v David Toms (US)My Pick Watney
Adam Scott (Aus) v Tim Clark (SA)My Pick Scott
Jamie Donaldson (Wal) v Thorbjorn Olesen (Den) My Pick Oleson
Ian Poulter (Eng) v Steven Gallacher (Sco) My Pick Poulter
Bo Van Pelt (US) v John Senden (Aus) My Pick Bo Van Pelt
This week has been a huge success, the belly putter is to be banned in 3 years, but for the governing bodies, tours and players using the belly putter there’s decisions to be made.
True, it’s not often that you see heckling on a golf course, and there is rarely an excuse for it, but after Keegan Bradley was heckled off the 18th green after his 3rd round 67 at the world golf challenge, the USGA, Keegan Bradley and others need to see beyond the heckling, but the bigger issue of their continued use of the belly putter.
I can agree with the fan in some ways! Keegan Bradley isn’t a cheater, but he’s certainly ruining his reputation by continuing to use the belly putter. Whether he likes it or not, he will continue to be ‘heckled’ if he doesn’t switch putter soon.
The USGA need to ban the belly putter soon. If Keegan Bradley wins today there will be uproar from players and fans. Technically it is still legal to use the belly putter until 2016, but how can players justify using the belly putter until then when it has been called cheating? If it were me, I would feel morally obliged to stop using it. Yes, they have to make a living, but golfing ethics come before that.
The USGA and R&A are in a seriously awkward situation, after announcing that belly putters would be banned in 3 years. The PGA Tour surely have to enact the ban sooner, or else they can expect 3 years of heckling!!
I don’t like when fans tell Keegan to get a job at Burger king etc, claiming that he’ll lose his job over the ban, but he does have to consider if he wants to continue getting this for 3 more years!
Hopefully the poster boy of the belly putter will get rid of his bad habit and switch soon, before it’s too late! Maybe it already is if he wins today?
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We have always been advocate’s for making golf as enjoyable as possible, I’m sure you’ll agree that we want to increase the number of people who play, watch and enjoy golf. Although I have always been against belly putters and although it’s a better image for the game with a ban, it could also have some ‘shaky’ consequences.
Ever since Keegan’s sensational yet controvercial win @ The PGA Championship in 2011 I have been against the belly putter as to me it’s against the etiquette of the game and (now proven) cheating! Yet I have made it clear that a ban for pro’s only would be much better. It would discourage young people from choosing the belly putter, but would’t leave older players feeling bullied. Slowly over the next decade belly putters would be a thing of the past! If you want a chart to see if your style of putting is or isn’t allowed by the R&A click here
Many amateurs have turned to the belly putter as a savior for their ‘yips’, what will happen in 2016 when they are no longer allowed to use it? Will they quit? Hopefully not, but many will! Avoiding the embarrassment of four putting etc. This is just another catalyst for decreasing the numbers in the game.
Undoubtedly the belly putter will be a great training aid for all players with the ‘yips’ or for helping with rhythm stroke or follow through. So for the manufacturer’s it’s not all bad news. If you want to read my thoughts on the belly putter after Ernie’s open win click here!
I have to say fair play to the R&A for making such a quick decision, in a week where they’ve come under a bit of scrutiny for making changes to the home of golf among other things, but I’m not sure if their decision is the correct one. Let me know your thoughts on the debate on twitter!
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What a fitting end to the European Tour! Although Mcilroy had the money list wrapped up, the culmination of the European tour certainly produced some exciting golf. As the final round began, it was the world number one Rory Mcilroy facing world number two Luke Donald in an almost match play like situation. The two didn’t start well and things started to get interesting! However Mcilroy showed his class over the final holes to snatch the trophy from Justin Rose and take yet another accolade in his greatest ever season.
Justin Rose almost defied all odds that the winner would come from the Rory/Luke group by producing a course record smashing 62 on the 7675 yard beast. But although Luke Donald didn’t produce anything special, Mcilroy proved his class as world number one by birdieing his last five holes to take yet another accolade this year.
When Rose turned in 4 under, while Rory and Luke were both level par through 6, you began to believe that Rose could challenge, he confirmed this by eagling the par 5 14th and his round culminated with what was (even though it didn’t drop) possibly the putt of the year. Stopping on the brow of the hill for a few seconds, he could have looked like an idiot, but finally it rolled to within an inch of the cup. Here’s what he said afterwards.
However, within 10 minutes of finishing Rose was caught by Mcilroy, who was still on course and crucially with 2 holes to play! When he nailed his tee shot on the par three 17th and rolled in the birdie, it was four consecutive birdies for the world number one, all he had to do was par the last to take first prize. He finished in style by rolling in a 15 footer to end what was an amazing year!! It confirmed how much his mental game has improved since Augusta last year and this will be influential as he tries to win more majors in the future.
Paul McGinley said it was one of the best wins he had seen.
Afterwards, Rory was asked what he had expected to achieve five years on from his success in the 2007 open championship, he said to have a card and to be earning enough money to make a living, with his $250 million dollar switch to Nike he sure has accomplished his goal.
The question is whether he can emulate his success with his new Nike equipment in 2013. Personally, he is just too good for it to have any effect on his golf game. Life doesn’t get much better for Rory right now! Well done Rory!
Full scores here
It was a great season on the European Tour, this event just proved it. Hopefully next season is even better! For the full schedule next year click here.
Crohan O’Shea @Crohaan
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I think we need a round up of the weeks action, considering there have been four major men’s tournaments taking place, plenty of choices if you’re a pro I guess (Do I go to South Africa, Hong Kong, Australia or Japan?) but for us viewers it’s been hard to follow it all.
In Japan world number three Luke Donald fired an impressive final round of 68 to win the Dunlop Phoenix tournament by five strokes. Other notables were Alvaro Quiros who finished on 8 under and Jonas Blixt, nominee for pga tour rookie of the year, finished on 6 under.
With the win Donald leapfrogs Tiger Woods to go to number two in the world. Despite getting hacked during the week Luke tweeted : ‘Loved my week here in Japan – the Dunlop Phoenix is a great event, on a great course, great food, great beer….it’s just great!’
Further south in Hong Kong, Miguel Angel Jimenez claimed a historic victory, as he became the oldest winner on the European Tour at almost 49 years of age. Des Smyth formally held this record. The win never looked in doubt as he went bogey free for his final 54 holes – some streak.
He certainly seemed to suggest when being interviewed afterwards that he wants to be part of the 2014 Ryder cup team and that’s not as captain! The cigars and the Rioja must be serving him well, as he celebrated the win with his well known tradition.
Overnight leader Michael Campbell slipped during the final round and made matters worse when he shanked his approach to the 18th, which led to a double bogey. Fredrick Anderson Hed of Sweden almost caught Jimenez, missing a 15 footer at the last to force a playoff. Last weeks winner in Singapore Matteo Manassero also was in contention but didn’t produce any quality golf over the last 6 holes.
Further south again in Melbourne, at the Australian Masters, Adam Scott overturned a 1 shot deficit to win by 4 shots over Ian Poulter, it was a battle throughout but on the two longest holes on the course, Poulter made bogeys, which proved to be his downfall.
It was a win that was due for Adam Scott who ended a 15 month drought, after he should have won the British open earlier this year and it was nice to do it in front of his home crowd. It was a strange anti-climatic finish that never looked likely throughout the final day shootout but as Scott birdied 17 he had the win wrapped up.
After winning the ‘gold’ jacket Scott said, ‘Maybe I could turn it green,” That will be a matter of do, not dye.
GMAC finished 8th,
Over in South Africa Henrik Stenson won the South African open, securing not only his place in the Dubai World Championship, but a two year exemption. Although he double bogeyed his ninth, he responded well with birdies at 10, 16 and 17 to take the trophy over George Coetzee
Martin Kaymer played well too, recording a T3 finish, his best in a while.
It was a jam packed week in the golf world, next week it’s a little more straightforward! Off to Dubai for those who made it, who’s your money on?
Crohan O’Shea @crohaan
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The Hong Kong open proved to be a dramatic week as some players tried to make the Race 2 Dubai grand finale, while others were more focused on securing their card for 2013. There were some sad stories and some happy, but no one was happier than Miguel Angel Jimenez who became the oldest winner on the European tour, surpassing Des Smyth’s former record.
Last week, 19 year old Matteo Manssero won in Singapore, he also happens to be the youngest winner on the European tour at 17 years of age. This week it was the other end of the spectrum we saw, the almost 49 year old Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a final round 65, and with that became the oldest winner on the European tour!
It was a perfect round of golf for Jimenez who never looked in danger of dropping a shot. Playing the last in textbook fashion, driving the ball to within a foot of the down slope, hitting his approach to 18 feet and calmly two putting for the championship, it summed up his tournament. He didn’t bogey a hole in his final 3 rounds - I think he’s got a few more wins left in him.
Fredrik Anderson Hed from Sweden finished 2nd, he shot a 64 and almost got to Jimenez’s mark of 15 under, missing a 15 footer at the last, which would have made things interesting.
It was good to see overnight leader Michael Campbell in contention although nothing happened for him in the final round, shanking his approach shot on the last en-route to a 2 over 72. It was sad to see but he still has positives to take from the week, being the third round leader and he can also be proud to have been in such good humour after his bad round on Sunday.
Manassero was also in contention up until the 12th where he bogeyed the par 5, which really halted his progress.
It’s quite amazing for golf, I can’t think of any other sport where one week it’s a 19 year old winner and the next it’s a 48 year old. Is the Ryder cup on the cards for Miguel? I think it could be, it’d be pretty cool for a 50 year old player playing in the Ryder cup, you can really see he wants it.
Next year I’m sure he’ll return to Hong Kong, although UBS are no longer sponsoring the event and it’s being moved from it’s prime slot on the European tour, a week before the dubai world championship.
Congratulations to Miguel Angel Jimenez! I’m sure he’ll enjoy a few bottles of rioja tonight.
Crohan O’Shea @crohaan