Gareth Bale 'guns' from golf, Fergie lauds McIlroy

Gareth Bale says his muscles may be from golf, while Sir Alex Ferguson pens a love letter to Rory McIlroy

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Wed, 31 Dec 2014

Gareth Bale 'guns' from golf, Fergie lauds McIlroy

Welcome to the gun show

Gareth Bale revealed golf may be the reason behind his bulging biceps as he has been teeing it up in the off-season.

The Real Madrid star told Golf Digest: "I don’t usually wear a vest, so no one sees my arms! I did a bit of running in the off-season, but nothing else.

"I’d played a fair bit of golf, so maybe it was from my golf swing. It could also be from the tan I’ve got from living in Spain.”

No hairdryer treatment for Rory

Sir Alex Ferguson has waxed lyrical about vocal Manchester United fan Rory McIlroy saying the 25-year-old is the best he has ever seen.

"There are geniuses in life and Rory produces shots that he shouldn't try," Ferguson told CBS Sports. "He's got the ability to do it and sometimes they don't come off but his imagination is such that he can do these shots. And when they come off you say to yourself ‘How did he do that?' and he's got that in his locker."

"He's an exceptional, exceptional player. He's without doubt, I think, the most gifted golfer that I've seen. And he's got the personality too. And he's a United fan as well – that helps."

Masters ticket hike

Masters ticket holders will have to pay $325 to attend all four days of April’s tournament, an increase of 30% on 2014’s price.

Patron Larry Elia told Bloomberg: “Every two to three years the tickets go up. It’s still the best ticket in sports in value and for the money.”

The tournament, held at Augusta National, is famed for its reasonable pricing and there is expected to a be a huge interest at the first major of the year as Rory McIlroy attempts to complete the career Grand Slam. 

The Golden Bear is on the hunt 

Jack Nicklaus and Keegan Bradley spearhead a seven-person panel of judges looking for the best swing in junior golf.

Players aged eight and under are eligible to enter the "Best Pee Wee Golf Swing in the World" competition by uploading their swings to YouTube.

Bradley’s father Mark, a PGA Professional, is also on the panel and is accompanied by Golf Channel analyst Frank Nobilo, former PGA of America president Allen Wronowski, instructor Chuck Evans and LPGA Professional Nicole Weller. 

Watson never lost Phil

Keegan Bradley thinks Tom Watson "never lost" Phil Mickelson during the 2014 Ryder Cup despite Lefty heavily criticising his captain in the post-match press conference.

“I don't think he ever lost Phil,” Bradley told “I think Phil is probably the most passionate player we have - he wants to win more than anybody. He was going to do anything he possibly could to win his matches and help the other guys win theirs, so at no point did he lose Phil.”

On whether he was annoyed at being benched by Watson for the entirety of the second day at Gleneagles, the 28-year-old Bradley said: “We were surprised we weren't playing, but Phil is a team player, and so am I.

“So we were going to go out that afternoon and cheer on our team-mates as hard as we could. I spent most of my time with Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker to see if I could give them a little boost.”



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