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Woods Withdraws From Masters


golfTiger Woods will miss the US Masters next week for the first time since 1994 due to a back injury which has required the world number one to undergo surgery.

The American has not had the best of seasons so far and will need at least three weeks rest before he can return to a golf course.

Woods has been successful in 14 major championships; however, he has not won one of golf’s four biggest prizes in six years. His last victory was in the 2008 US Open when he beat Rocco Mediate in a 18-hole play-off at Torrey Pines.

Rory MCilroy currently heads the odds to win the Green Jacket next week in the absence of the four-time winner. The Northern Irishman finished in a tie for 15th in 2011 despite leading going into the final round.

Defending champion Adam Scott is also a prominent in the betting for the Augusta National Club event. If successful, the Australia will bridge the gap between himself and Woods in the world rankings where he currently sits second.

Scott beat Angel Cabrera in a play-off 12 months ago where he broke his maiden tag in majors in the process. The 33-year old has been one of the most consistent players in world golf in the majors over the last few seasons with seven top 10 finishes since 2011.

Justin Rose and Luke Donald, along with MCilroy, will be some of the European players who are looking to add their name to roll of honour and become the first player from Europe to win the tournament since Jose Maria Olazabal in 1999. They will also be aiming to follow in the footsteps of Nick Faldo who was the last Brit to be successful in the invitational event 18 years ago.




Working on Your Vertical Leap

So I am going to try out for the Junior Varsity team, even though I could probably sit on the bench for the varsity team. On the JV team I am going to be the best player probably, unless there is someone there that I do not know about. I figure that it is better to get time on the court rather than sit on the bench watching. I probably will practice against the Varsity team. If there is some way I get minutes I will play for it. I am looking at this stuff by Adam Folker right now. I guess that he used to play for UC Irvine and he has this thing where he is trying to make a business out of teaching people how to jump higher.

US Open preview


With the 2014 US Open at Pinehurst fast approaching, the betting is start to heat up in regards to which golfer will light up the greens and take the second ‘major’ tournament trophy of the year. Last year Justin Rose finished as the eventual winner, finishing an impressive two strokes away from Jason Day and Phil Mickelson, who were tied in second place.

Rory McIlroy, who heads the betting with a price of 10/1 with Bet365, holds both the tournament’s record aggregate score (268) and the record score to par (-16). He will be looking to perform just as well as he did when breaking those records in 2011, although it will be no easy feat given his recent stints of unpredictable form, which has left him all the way out at 172nd in this year’s PGA Tour rankings. His is well known for powerful drives and consistently close approaches, but McIlroy will need to hope his putter complies with him, if he is to repeat the eight-shot success he saw in 2011.

Justin Rose, substantially priced at 25/1, will be looking to repeat last year’s success he saw at Merion Golf Club, Pennsylvania, but it certainly won’t be easy. The last golfer to win back-to-back US Open competitions was Curtis Strange back in 1988 and then 1989, which is possible evidence as to why Rose is priced so far out to be in the frame to win this year’s Open. Rose’s last start saw him miss the cut, in the Memorial competition last month, but prior to that he was showing the consistency needed to win a prolific tournament such as the Open, posting three successive top-ten finishes and it will be interesting to see if he can shake last month’s inconsistency.

A wildcard to watch out for during the Open, is Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama. Although the price of 45/1 may put you off, Matsuyama is only 22 and recorded his first tour title at the Memorial last month. That form suggests he may be in with a shout at Pinehurst in a couple of weeks, although his inexperience of major competitions could prove costly when battling it out with the big boys. However, should his game, confidence and composure remain intact during the week; we could soon be looking at one of the youngest pen champions to date.

Other players such as Matt Kuchar and Jordan Speith are others to watch out for during Open season. Speith has earned himself a respectable reputation on the Tour, despite competing in what is only his second year on the Tour, while Kuchar’s one win, one runner up and nine top-ten finishes throughout 2014 means he simply cannot be overlooked as a major competitor for the US Open trophy at Pinehurst.


Easy Guide to Learn Muay Thai in Thailand

Muay Thai training is an excellent camp for exercise and work out platform in Thailand. Before you join with Muay Thai kick boxing camps, it is important to know and understand Muay Thai benefits/advantages for your exercise.  If you are planning to learn Muay Thai seriously, it requires more pay attention to stay focused and discipline in Muay Thai lessons. This course is stand based on great discipline, self control. Self discipline and approach learning to apply its basic and technique in real life. When you are learning exercise at Muay Thai camps, you need to learn it with fit bodies. The lean, fit body and focus in building body strength is the great combination to make good Muay Thai fighter. Every fighter should train with light and mobile weight regularly. It helps you to make a body for actual fighter and you can read from Bestmuaythai News in May 2014
There are many methods for Muay Thai from Thailand . First, shadow boxing method. For beginners, practice in front of the mirror and follow your own movement with offense and defense movement. Second, punching bag. The punching bag is an excellent tool for placement and technique attack skill. Third, practice with boxing pads. Practicing with boxing pads are a great tool to train represent target and help fighter to develop their attack and defense movement. Fourth, sparring with a partner. Sparring is a great way to feel real kick boxing strategy and technique for better Muay Thai Kick boxing fighter.
Learning Muay Thai kick boxing will give you great benefits as well. With Muay Thai kick boxing, you are able to protect yourself from any bad persons. You will improve and develop self defense technique and attack skill. Learning Muay Thai kick boxing is requiring a lot of practice and exercise. You should discipline and seriousness. Learning Muay Thai kicks boxing will boost and increase your body fit. If you are looking for the affordable way to boost weight loss treatment, Muay Thai kick boxing is the right way to choose . With Muay Thai kick boxing, you are able to increase and develop body muscles. Before you start Muay Thai kick boxing at Muay Thai training camps, you need to practice pre-exercise regularly. Jogging, running, skipping rope are some pre-exercise before Muay Thai exercise. It is very important to practice pre-exercise Muay Thai in order to make your body more flexible.
When it is coming to train kick boxing technique in Muay Thai Camps, you need to learn any basic movement and technique to build strong muscle during training classes. It helps you to protect and prevent from injury accident. For better result, all kick boxers should practice exercise and workout regularly in stretching, running and skipping rope exercise. Stretching exercise is an important part to train and build fit condition for kick boxing arts. It helps you to keep losing muscle and get fit for a training class. Stretching is a great way to keep your muscle healthy and strong. It is recommended to practice stretching in 5 minutes before training kick boxing class. If you are looking for cheap exercise, running is a great exercise to choose. Running can help you to build strong shin and stamina. Skipping rope is another great exercise to increase cardiovascular and stamina. Skipping rope can help you to burn calories and fat within your body.


Longboarding is the Way to Ride

Getting around a a busy town with alternative means (not using a car, that is) has always been a long and personal goal of mine. Since I started college it has become even more important that I’m able to do this in order save as much money as possible as well as mitigating my carbon footprint on this world which has already been damaged enough by humankind I decied to give longboarding a try since a buddy hooked me up with a longboard that just needed some longboard wheels – might as well give it a shot, right? It’s not like the wheels are very expensive or anything and since I don’t have a car, and my bike is out of commission right now, it was definitely the best choice available to me.

Preparing Yourself for the Wild

View Product Details: oso negro survival knifeIf you’ve ever done any serious camping, or even some light over night camping, it’s always good to be prepared. I’ve been on camping trips with friends who brought nothing but a regular school backpack with a change of clothes packed away. That is certainly not enough unless you are absolutely positive that you are not going anywhere far from help if something should happen. Even then, I always like to take my best survival knife, a first-aid kit and some light rations with me on an over night trip. I have heard too many horror stories about people who went out for a simple hike only to become lost within a few hours. Many of these people become so lost that they die from dehydration or exposure. Cases like this one are exactly why if you are ever planning to go out into the wilds, you have to treat it like the wilds.