Latest Golf News (Week 1 April 2018)

Poulter takes a major step towards Masters berth

Englishman Ian Poulter continued his wonderful form as he shared the Houston Open lead. The 42-year old will head to the Augusta National, scheduled to be held next week if he continues his spectacular form on Sunday.Although Poulter’s berth in the Masters looked insecure after he opened with a 1-over 73, he buckled up with a 7-under 65. Consequently, after 54 holes, Poulter moved up to 14-under 202. He shared his Houston Open lead with Beau Hossler,who joined Poulter on 14 under. Hossler holed a fine six-foot birdie putt for an impressive 3-under 69, which he accomplished at the 18th.

Poulter said that he felt he played well on the day but also made it clear that he needed to back up his good work on Sunday. He claimed that he was super aggressive in his approach. He added that he had made a slight adjustment to this technique by slightly opening his shoulders.

 

Anticipation over Woods grows before the Masters

The Masters is nearly upon us and as always Tiger Woods, arguably the greatest to ever play the sport is the centre of attraction, as always. It has been 10 years since Woods last captured a major. However, Woods’ strong display at the recently concluded Valspar Championship has garnered renewed interest about the legend and his chances in this year’s Masters. Woods would be making news for all the right reasons again if he were to triumph at Augusta National, following years of personal conflict and injuries.Woods, who will be making his first Masters appearance since 2015 is the joint second favourite to clinch the title according to a betting site, only behind tournament favourite Rory Mcllroy.

The 42-year old remarked that though he couldn’t really do the angles that he used to create with is body, he feels good about himself at the moment and is in the process of learning to do things differently. He added that he had been given a second chance in life and that he had come to Augusta National with the sole ambition of winning the Masters.

Swede Lindberg takes a lead, Hull both in contention

Pernilla Lindberg has taken an impressive 3-shot advantage into the last round of the very first women’s major of 2018. Meanwhile, Charley Hull and Ewart Shadoff of England remained in contention.Lindberg, whose final best finish at any major was a 5th spot at the U.S.Open in 2015, holed 2-under round of 70, leaving her 14 below par. Park Sung-hyun was tied with Lindberg overnight but she had a major back-9 collapse which saw her slip from the top spot. Amy Olson of America is second at the moment.

While Hull did not drop a single shot in the opening nine and scored birdies on the 2nd, 6th, 8th, she dropped her 13th and 17th after two more birdies on the 11th and 12th.