April 1, 2016 · Uncategorized

Miaoli, Chinese Taipei, April 1: India’s rising star Chikkarangappa S. fired a sizzling seven-under-par 65 and stayed bogey-free to share the halfway clubhouse lead with James Byrne of Scotland at the weather-disrupted US$150,000 find the best online casinos Charming Yeangder ADT on Friday.

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March 31, 2016 · uncategorized

Miaoli, Chinese Taipei, March 31:
James Byrne of Scotland shared second place after signing for a 65 at the Charming Yeangder ADT. Byrne, a two-time winner on the ADT, was pleased to return with a bogey-free round highlighted by seven birdies, which included five straight birdies from the 12th. “I putted very well. Everything was solid for me today. I missed quite a few chances on the front nine but I had a good run on the back when I reeled in five successive birdies. That pretty much sums up the round,” said the 27-year-old Scotsman, who needed only 27 putts.

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March 24, 2016 · uncategorized

Langkawi, Malaysia, March 24: Indonesia’s George Gandranata battled into a share of halfway lead with overnight leader Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden after carding a three-under-par 68 at the PGM LADA Langkawi Championship on Thursday. ..Two-time ADT winner James Byrne of Scotland signed for a 68 to sit in third place while Asian Tour stalwart Danny Chia returned with a similar 68 to emerge as the highest-placed Malaysian in fourth on 135 at the RM200,000 (approximately US$46,600) event.

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March 23, 2016 · uncategorized

Langkawi, Malaysia, March 23: Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski rode on a hot putter to snatch the opening round lead with a sizzling seven-under-par 64 at the PGM LADA Langkawi Championship on Wednesday. ..James Byrne of Scotland settled for fourth following matching 66s at the RM200,000 (approximately US$46,600) event.

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March 8, 2016 · uncategorized

Perak, Malaysia, March 8: Local talent Gavin Green hopes to continue his winning ways at the PGM Clearwater Masters which gets underway at the Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort on Wednesday. Other notable names include…James Byrne of Scotland, Singapore’s Quincy Quek as well as Thai duo Nirun Sae-ueng and Chanat Sakulpolphaisan.

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January 4, 2016 · uncategorized

Hua Hin, Thailand, January 4: The Asian Tour Qualifying School presented by Sports Authority of Thailand has attracted a total of 646 entries as players from across the globe vie for playing rights on the 2016 Asian Tour season. Amongst the notable names in the First Stage include James Byrne of Scotland, Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski, Thailand’s Annop Tangkamolprasert, England’s Chris Cannon, Australian Darren Tan and American Paul Harris.

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October 27, 2015 · uncategorized

Other notable players in the field include ADT Order of Merit leader Casey O’Toole of the United States, Australian Jake Stirling, Thammanoon Sriroj of Thailand, James Byrne of Scotland and Japanese Masaru Takahashi, placed fifth on the Merit rankings.

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October 23, 2015 · uncategorized

Bangalore, October 23: The second edition of the TAKE Solutions India Masters is set to showcase the region’s aspiring golfers on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) when it kicks off at the Eagleton-The Golf Village next week.
Other notable players in the field includes Asian Tour winners Digvijay Singh and Himmat Rai of India, ADT winner Sujjan Singh, also of India, as well as Canadian Lindsay Renolds and James Byrne of Scotland.

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September 1, 2015 · uncategorized

“At Royal Aberdeen (in 2014), I think we had only five invites, and they had to be done in Tour order, which was the only way to do it. But there were folk like James Byrne, in the Walker Cup team at Royal Aberdeen and from Aberdeen, and we couldn’t get him a place. So I think having a qualifier is a great system.”

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August 29, 2015 · uncategorized

Banchory exile James Byrne, pictured above, finished joint 13th in his title defence at the Asian Development Tour event, the Ciputra Golfpreneur tournament, at Damai Indah golf course, Jakarta in Malaysia.

Byrne had rounds of 67, 72, 66 and 71 for a 12-under-par total of 276 – six shots behind play-off participants Michael Tran (Vietnam) (70-66-66-68) and Lam Chih Bing (Singapore) (69-67-68-68).
Tran won the play-off at the first extra hole on his debut on the Asian Development Tour.

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August 28, 2015 · uncategorized

Australian Jordan Sherratt (66), Thailand’s Atthaphon Sriboonkaew (67) and Gyeongjun Lee (67) of Korea shared sixth on 204 while defending champion James Byrne of Scotland fought his way back into top-10 after capping his best efforts of a 66 to tie in ninth position.

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August 26, 2015 · uncategorized

Defending champion James Byrne from Banchory, Danny Chia of Malaysia and Danthai Boonma of Thailand were a further shot back in tied seventh place at the Damai Indah Golf, BSD course.

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August 26, 2015 · uncategorized

Jakarta, August 26: Rookie Gavin Green of Malaysia bounced back from a disappointing defeat by taking the opening round lead at the Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament on Wednesday. Defending champion James Byrne of Scotland, Danny Chia of Malaysia and Danthai Boonma of Thailand were a further shot back in tied seventh place at the Damai Indah Golf, BSD course.

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August 25, 2015 · uncategorized

Jakarta, August 25: James Byrne of Scotland plans a stout title defence when he tees up at the US$100,000 Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament which starts on Wednesday.

The US$100,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) tournament will feature the region’s best players, including 2014 ADT Order of Merit champion Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand and current Merit leader Hsieh Chi-hsien of Chinese Taipei, at the BSD course by Damai Indah Golf.

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August 21, 2015 · uncategorized

Bowen sought the help of his good friends on Tour, George Gandranata of Indonesia, James Byrne of Scotland and countryman Casey O’Toole, in the construction of the house, which was a donation made by Bowen’s family to the Habitat for Humanity Indonesia.

“The habitat for humanity of Indonesia is a wonderful charity and it does great work here and all around the world. I had the honour to meet a beautiful family here in Indonesia and make a better life for them by building a home for them. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to helping out as much I can in future,” added Bowen.

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August 11, 2015 · uncategorized

Kuala Lumpur, August 10: The Asian Development Tour’s (ADT) hopefuls will resume their chase for Asian Tour cards when they head to Malaysia for the PGM Northport Glenmarie Championship which gets underway on Wednesday.
Other notable players who will shoot for glory include Malaysia’s Wilson Choo, Janne Kaske of Finland, Japan’s Masaru Takahashi, James Byrne of Scotland, Thai duo Itthipat Buranatanyarat and Phachara Khongwatmai, who became the youngest winner on the ADT in March at the age of 15.

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July 29, 2015 · uncategorized

Chang Hwa, Chinese Taipei, July 29:
New ADT winner Matthew Giles of Australia, reigning ADT number one Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand, Arie Irawan of Malaysia, Khalin Joshi of India and former Walker Cup player James Byrne of Scotland will also feature in the event.

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April 10, 2015 · uncategorized

Cavite, Philippines, April 10: The region’s promising talents will take on a strong local cast at the inaugural ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational which gets underway at the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club from April 15 to 18 next week.
A strong international field with players from 16 countries including ADT winner James Byrne of Scotland will also challenge for honours in what is the seventh leg of the schedule this season.

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April 7, 2015 · uncategorized

Johor Bahru, Malaysia, April 7: Australian Jack Munro will stake his claim for a maiden Asian Development Tour (ADT) victory when he tees up at the PGM Johor Championship which starts on Wednesday. Munro will join Order of Merit leader Hsieh Chi-hsien of Chinese Taipei, American Brett Munson, James Byrne of Scotland and Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing in leading an international field which consists of players from over 20 countries at the RM200,000 (approximately US$55,400) ADT event.

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April 6, 2015 · James Blog

It’s only March, but my 2015 season is already well underway. Unlike the British golf season – typically April through to September at best – being in Asia means I’ve been in the full swing of it since early January. And it’s already been a hectic couple of months. Towards the end of January I played at Asian Tour Q School in Thailand, which I narrowly missed by a couple of shots. That was followed immediately by PGA Tour China Q School in Shenzhen. I was the right side of the cut line that week, earning “conditional” status, which basically means I’ll play most if not all of the 13 scheduled tournaments. The Asian Development Tour looks like hosting around 22 tournaments this season, so combining that with the PGA Tour China means my schedule this season is going to be rammed. Which is fine. I would much rather have it that way than be struggling for playing opportunities.

At the moment I’m in Johor Bahru preparing for my fifth tournament in a stretch of seven straight. Then I get a week off, before another run of four on the spin. I can’t complain. In fact, I’m extremely fortunate. Not many players competing in the lower tiers of professional golf get to experience a 30-35 72-hole tournament season, with world ranking points available in each. And that frequency of competition gives me the chance to regularly test myself in good quality fields, rather than being stuck at home for weeks at a time, stagnating, hitting dimpleless balls off mats and watching Sky Sports News on a 15 minute loop all day.

Eleven tournaments in twelve weeks could arguably be pushing it a bit, and I will more than likely choose to sit out one of those eleven, but at the same time I’ve always maintained that playing golf tournaments isn’t actually very tiring, and I’ve never understood people who claim it to be. I used to swim competitively, and I can vouch for the fact that swimming 63km each week is extremely difficult, both mentally and physically. Then the Olympians probably go as far as 100km or more, which frankly blows my mind. But golfers don’t even walk half that far in a week (typically about 40km), and in my experience, walking is a hell of a lot easier than swimming butterfly.

I’ve never really understood the likes of Woods or McIlroy or Stricker shaving their seasons down to just 12 or 15 or 18 events, albeit they must have their own reasons. From my perspective, each of them seem to have played their best golf when they’ve played regularly, building momentum and taking confidence from one week to the next. Indeed, over the last couple years, it feels like Woods’ participation has dwindled down to the odd cameo appearance, to the extent that when he does actually play, the media scrutiny around him is laughably intense. Whether it’s a bounce game at Medalist or a morning jog, if he’s not showed his face in a while, the mystique around him intensifies and everyone wants to know exactly what he’s been doing. For example, “TIGER WOODS’ PLANE SPOTTED AT AUGUSTA AIRPORT” was an actual headline on Sky News last week. A man landing at an airport in a plane. Never mind the war raging in the Middle East for a second, Tiger Woods was at an airport. Sure enough, within minutes of the news there was speculation spreading all over the internet; golf journalists debating what the plane’s license number was, and TrackMan enthusiasts debating what its angle of attack was.

Tiger’s aversion to competing is a bit difficult to figure out. His latest reasoning was that he didn’t want to compete until he felt “tournament ready”. In my opinion, though, he would have done a much better job of getting ready by playing in actual tournaments. I can’t see how he feels tournament ready now, when he hasn’t finished a round since an 82 at TPC Scottsdale. Instead of playing, he decided to retreat into the shadows for a while and figure it out there when no one was looking. But as a result of that, when he finally makes his return at Augusta this week, everyone is going to be looking, and the media microscope will be so zoomed in on those into-grain Augusta pitch shots that we’ll see every inch of grass and mud that hits his wedge before the ball does. And no one really wants to see that at all, apart from Brandel Chamblee.

Personally, I’d much rather watch full shot-by-shot highlights of Sandy Lyle’s inevitable opening 70, or Bradley Neil’s debut, or anything that Fred Couples does, than listen to a bunch of ex/non-players debating whether or not Tiger Woods has the chipping yips or whether or not his glutes are activating properly. If he’s not contending, then aside from the obvious side-note that our sport’s GOAT is in decline, which we shouldn’t be particularly surprised about, then who actually cares? We all want to know how he’s getting on, but in terms of the tournament coverage, if he’s not up there he shouldn’t be anywhere near the headlines, not least when he’s at the rear end of the field. *ahem*

If you’ll excuse a wee tangent for a second, it is surely one of sport’s greatest ironies that the one player in golf who has always prided himself on being the fittest, leanest, meanest player in the entire game, is undoubtedly one of the top 5 least fit players over the last half dozen years. If you define being “fit” as being able to compete injury free, then he’s failed that test in recent times more than almost everyone on tour. And that includes the likes of Daly, Herron, Stadler and Calcavecchia, who with the greatest of respects to, would probably admit that fitness isn’t their number one priority. Woods, on the other hand, has been so committed to his physical training over the years that the fact he went on training missions with the US Navy Seals didn’t even come as a surprise.

Aside from Gary Player, and his highly debatable 1000 sit-ups,1000 push-ups per day routine (I tried it once, got to about 150 of each and called it a day), Tiger has been easily the most influential man in golf’s drastic shift from metal spikes and hip flasks to flat-billed hats and protein shakes. And yet incredibly, this pioneer of supreme fitness and athleticism is often not even fit enough to finish a round of golf – something centenarians are often able to accomplish without breaking sweat. 

Tiger Woods - Fittest golfer on tour? That depends on how you define it...

Tiger Woods – Fittest golfer on tour? That depends on how you define it.

It’s highly unlikely that Woods will ever get back to his awe-inspiring, unrivaled best. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely do hope he does. But if he is to do so, I believe he needs to spend less time at the squat rack and more time playing golf tournaments. That is his job, after all. We constantly hear him harping on in interviews about needing more “reps”, but reps on the practice tee or in the gym are very different to reps on the 1st tee on Thursday, and in my opinion those are the kind that he’s massively short of. I’m not suggesting that playing eleven tournaments in twelve weeks is right for everyone, but can you imagine Tiger even trying it? Absolutely not. He’d sooner go back to Butch Harmon, or be fashionably dressed in public.

I accept that my current stretch of tournaments might be pushing the boundaries a little, but there’s obvious benefits too, and if in some imaginary world Tiger actually committed to playing that frequently I have no doubt that he would eventually start to figure out his chipping, sharpen up his distance control, putt better, get on a few hot streaks of form, build confidence, and who knows, maybe even notch up a win or two, even if it was “just” the Shell Houston Open for a measly $1.2 million. But for some reason, he doesn’t want to be seen at the smaller events. Winning breeds confidence, and Tiger has shown that in numerous seasons when he’s won multiple times, but you can’t win if you don’t play.

Anyway, I was about to say rant over just there but I’m only giving my opinions so I’m not sure at what point that becomes a rant. Tiger-based opinions over then, it’s time to talk about the Masters, and I’ll wrap this up with a few predictions. I haven’t looked at their prices yet, but my money will be going on Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth. Spieth seems to be the form player in the world right now and by not winning in Houston yesterday that could well take some of the pressure off of him. Unless he now goes and wins the par-3 contest, which would be utterly daft. Matsuyama is maybe a bit of an outsider but is one I feel is on the verge of a major breakthrough very soon, as is Spieth. And as for Stenson, he’s just a ball striking machine and those types of machines tend to perform well at Augusta. As opposed to coffee machines or washing machines, who tend to struggle for some reason. Too much spin perhaps.

I would of course love to see Tiger make a run at it, but I just can’t see it given his lengthy absence and and the ridiculous media scrutiny he will be under. He might have changed his swing again and fixed his short game, but if you haven’t played in a couple months it’s a massive ask to come out and win a major against the quality of field he now faces. If you absolutely insist on putting money on him though, the smart money might be best placed on anything with letters, such as WD, DQ, MC, NR or INJ. Those last two don’t exist really but you know what I mean.

That’s all for today, then. Stay tuned next week for a blog on physical training, proper scheduling and irony, when Tiger Woods inevitably wins the 2015 Masters.

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