Furyk expecting successful return in 2012

Golfer Jim Furyk, who has a successful 2010 season, struggled early in the last season and now the golfer is gearing up for the 2012 season in a different way – by taking time off from the game. He will not be taking part in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions as he did not win in last season. He is using this off time for improving his game and preparing for the 2012 season.

Speaking about his game, Jim said that he lost some confidence along the way during last year, but he did not lose confidence in the fact that he is not going to go from player of the year to he can’t play anymore. He realized that one can lose confidence a lot quicker in this game than one can gain it. One can lose it quickly, but one have to build up some momentum, build up some time and some consistency before that person gain a lot of confidence back and he thinks that he is hopefully back on track to doing so. He feels a lot better about his game.

There are various aspects of his game, but Jim focusing mostly to putting being the most prominent issue. Jim tried out different strokes and models. He tried to find out some of his weaknesses. He told that he is trying to get a little longer off the tee and also trying to hit the ball a bit farther. He further added that he like the ball he was playing. It was spinning a little bit less than the products he had played in the past.

Last year, at this point of time, he was preparing himself for the opening run on Maui and Oahu, after winning three times in 2010.He is giving himself enough time to improve before venturing out once again.
With some recent improvement, the golfer thinks that his game has taken the right direction.

KIM JOINS HUMANA CHALLENGE

A three time winner on the PGA Tour, Anthony Kim will participate in the Humana Challenge starting in a couple of days in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. Kim joins a challenge which includes stars like Phil Mickelson, Greg Norman and Bill Hass among others. It is to be noted that Kim has not featured in desert’s PGA tour event since 2008 where he finished third behind D J Trahan and Justin Leonard.

Kim’s participation has thrilled the organizers of the tournament. Larry Thiel, Humana Challenge Tournament Chairman commented that adding Kim is a great boost for the tournament as he draws tremendous amount of interest because of his ties to the Coachella valley. Kim’s aggressive style of play is also expected to draw large crowds to the tournament.

Kim’s best season came four years ago in 2008 when he triumphed the Wachovia Championship and the AT&T National. Kim joined PGA Tour in
2007 and he won a couple of events in 2008. In 2010, Kim added a third title to his name at the Shell Houston Open but the rest of the year he laid low because of a surgery on his left thumb. Back from his surgery in 2011, Kim has won over $1 million and was placed 87th on the tour’s money list.

The tickets for Humana Challenge can be purchased online from its office site (humanachallenge.com). Spectators can also call 1-888-672-4673 to book tickets for the tournament. The Humana Challenge will feature 144 PGA tour experts and 144 amateurs including celebrities.

The event will have celebrities such as Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman, Billy Crudup, Craig T Nelson and Lucas Black. The total prize money of Humana Challenge is $5.6 million and the tournament will be played from January 19-22 at three different courses of La Quinta.

WESTWOOD DOMINATES IN BANGKOK

Lee Westwood wasn’t on holiday for long before his season started all over again, this time in Bangkok for the Thailand Golf Championship, at the Amata Spring Club.

This inaugural event was sanctioned by the Asian Tour which makes the tournament an important (and rich) one.
Westwood arrived early at the event, and flew in from Dubai. He attended a charity auction in order to raise money for the Thailand Flood Relief, helping to raise more than sixty thousand pounds to help all the innocent victims of the disastrous floods.

On the course, Westwood started off being paired with with Ryo Ishikawa and Thongchai Jaidee. He had a great opening round, managing five birdies and an eagle, on the opening nine holes, to card an impressive twelve-under-par sixty, and top spot on the very first day. His nearest rival was John Daly, a full 5 shots adrift. On this kind of form Westwood has to be one of the favourites on the US Masters betting online markets.

Westwood’s second round started at half past seven the next morning, and went on to produce another top class round of sixty four, leaving him twenty-under after 36 holes and eleven shots in the lead.

This perfomance should obviously come as no surprise, given that Lee won four tournaments in 2011, and held the World number One position for a brilliant thirteen weeks. He eventually finished a good fifth in the prestigious Race to Dubai, and finished the year as the World Number two – no mean feat.