Sunday, December 27, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #060

Happy Holidays to all. I hope you all got what you hoped for. Not much happened in the world of golf , so we'll be brief.

ADT GOLF SKILLS CHALLENGE WON IN PLAYOFF
Brandt Snedeker and Boo Weekley won the ADT Golf Skills Challenge in a playoff.


In the final of the worse-ball portion of the contest, Snedeker and Weekly initially tied finalists J.B. Holmes and Kenny Perry at par, forcing a playoff on the 305-yard, par-4, 14th hole.

Snedeker and Weekley, who split $314,000 in total prize money, gained an edge when Holmes' drive landed next door on the 15th tee. Holmes put them into further trouble by hitting into a trap 46 feet from the hole.

The champions sank a three-foot putt to win $200,000 for the reverse scramble portion of the event. Holmes made a six-foot putt for par, but Perry's putt skimmed past the hole, ending it.

Snedeker and Weekley set themselves apart from the rest of the field by winning three of the first six skills challenges -- the bunker shot, chip shot and trouble shot.

The other three were the long drive, mid-iron and short iron.

Well, that's it for this week. I'll be taking next week off, but will be back in January with results from the SBS Championship and the Africa Open.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #059


Sunday, December 20, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #058

LPGA TEAM WINS WENDY'S 3-TOUR CHALLENGE
Cristie Kerr shot 4-under 32 on the back nine to lead the LPGA team to a win  in the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge. It is the LPGA’s fifth win in the made-for-TV event that pits three-person teams from the PGA Tour, Champions Tour and LPGA. The PGA Tour leads with seven wins and the Champions Tour has six.

The LPGA team of Kerr, Suzann Pettersen and Natalie Gulbis had a combined score of 6 under on the final nine holes to beat the PGA Tour team of Stewart Cink, Fred Couples and Bubba Watson by two strokes and win $300,000.



RAMSAY WINS SOUTH AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Richie Ramsay of Scotland birdied the first hole of a playoff to defeat Shiv Kapur of India and win the South African Open on Sunday.

Ramsay shot a 7-under 65 to finish at 13-under  and move past overnight leader Pablo Martin of Spain. Kapur shot a final-round 67 in the event sanctioned by the European and Sunshine tours.

Sunshine Tour Order of Merit winner Anders Hansen of Denmark was a stroke back in third after a 69. Martin had a 73 and finished three strokes back in a tie for sixth.
Ramsay had a putt on No. 18 to win the championship, but it went just left, forcing the playoff.

Martin, who won last week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship, bogeyed the third and never recovered, managing only one birdie.



GOLF WRITERS AWARDS ANNOUNCED
The Golf Writers Association of America on Thursday ,by an overwhelming margin voted Tiger Woods, male player of the year, over Steve Stricker, with most ballots returned after he became embroiled in a sex scandal.

 It was the 10th time Woods has won the award in his 13 years as a pro.

LPGA Tour rookie Jiyai Shin was voted female player of the year over Lorena Ochoa, while Loren Roberts won the senior player award.



PGA PLAYERS NAME WOODS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tiger Woods was voted the PGA Tour player of the year by the players on Friday, the 10th time in his 13 years on tour that he has won the award.

The PGA Tour does not disclose vote totals.

The PGA Tour has one fewer tournament and a $3.9 million drop in prize money for next year.

The tour earlier announced the main portion of its schedule. On Friday, it released the dates for the four tournaments in the Fall Series, along with prize money for the regular tour events.

If the majors and The Players Championship keep their prize money even, the total purse for next year will be $270.8 million, down from $274.7 million this year.

The difference primarily is the loss of the Milwaukee tournament and its $4 million purse. And while 10 tournaments have purse increases, the Turning Stone Resort Championship has lowered its purse from $6 million to $4 million. That event is moving from the Fall Series to the same week as the World Golf Championship at Firestone.



PGA SCHEDULE HAS LESS MONEY, ONE LESS EVENT
The PGA Tour has one fewer tournament and a $3.9 million drop in prize money for next year.

The tour earlier announced the main portion of its schedule. On Friday, it released the dates for the four tournaments in the Fall Series, along with prize money for the regular tour events.

If the majors and The Players Championship keep their prize money even, the total purse for next year will be $270.8 million, down from $274.7 million this year.

The difference primarily is the loss of the Milwaukee tournament and its $4 million purse. And while 10 tournaments have purse increases, the Turning Stone Resort Championship has lowered its purse from $6 million to $4 million. That event is moving from the Fall Series to the same week as the World Golf Championship at Firestone.


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Sunday, December 13, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #057

KELLY/STRICKER WIN SHOOTOUT
Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly won the Shark Shootout by a stroke on Sunday. Stricker made an eagle on the par-5 17th, hitting the second shot and the putt to give them the lead.

Kenny Perry and J.B. Holmes, who had been in the lead most of the day, both missed birdie putts on No. 18 that would have forced a playoff in the scramble format.
Both Kelly and Stricker missed a lengthy birdie putt on No. 18 before Perry and Holmes both missed a 12-footer.

Chad Campbell and Tim Clark, and Justin Leonard and Scott Verplank also finished at 25-under 191 to tie with Perry and Holmes.

It was the second Shootout title for Kelly, who also won with Rod Pampling in 2006.

Kelly and Stricker, who carried a one-shot lead into the day’s play, split $750,000 out of the $3 million purse.



MARTIN TAKES DUNHILL CHAMPIONSHIP
Pablo Martin of Spain created more European Tour history on Sunday by winning the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

Two years after becoming the first amateur to win on the circuit, the 23-year-old former Oklahoma State star is now the only one to capture titles both as an amateur and a professional. Martin, who had a poor 2009 season just held on to his card and now is exempt until 2012.

Martin won the Dunhill with a closing 3-under-par 69 as  he held off the charging Charl Schwartzel to win by one stroke.




WIE MAKES CHARGE BUT FALLS SHORT
Michelle Wie’s late charge fell short at the Dubai Ladies Masters on Saturday and In-Kyung Kim of South Korea claimed a three-shot victory at the season-ending tournament for her first European Tour title.

Wie shot a 7-under 65, tied for the day’s best round, but the 13th-ranked Kim responded to the pressure with a 4-under 68 that left her at 18-under 270. Maria Hjorth of Sweden was third at 274 after a 68.

Wie could have made Kim sweat on No. 18, but her attempt to reach the green in two failed when her ball rolled back into a water hazard. Wie made par but the pressure was off Kim.




ALLENBY WINS AGAIN
Robert Allenby won his fourth Australian PGA title for his second victory in two weeks, closing with a 5-under 66 on Sunday to beat fellow Australians John Senden and Scott Strange by four strokes.

Allenby, the Nedbank Challenge winner last week in South Africa, won the Australian PGA for the first time since 2005, when he swept all three tournaments in the so-called Australian Triple Crown - the PGA, Open and Masters.

The 38-year-old Allenby, who only entered the tournament on a sponsor invite three weeks ago after Vijay Singh withdrew because of a knee injury, finished with a 14-under 270 total.




PGA TOUR PICKS UP NEW SPONSOR
The PGA Tour has picked up its third new title sponsor of the year with an announcement that Waste Management will be sponsor of the Phoenix Open starting next year.

Waste Management replaces FBR, which had said earlier this year it would not renew its contract after 2010.

The tournament, which draws by far the largest crowds of the PGA Tour, will be known as the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It will be held Feb. 25-28 at TPC Scottsdale.

The tour previously found new sponsors for the season-opener in Kapalua (SBS Championship) and a new tournament in West Virginia (The Greenbrier Classic).

Terms of the six-year deal were not disclosed. A PGA Tour official said the tournament would be broadcast all four days on the Golf Channel in 2010, mainly because of an Olympic year. CBS Sports, which typically broadcasts the Phoenix Open, has the Super Bowl next year while NBC Sports has the Winter Games in Vancouver.

The Phoenix stop is later than usual next year. In 2011, it is expected to return to its customary Super Bowl weekend slot.




NATIONWIDE TOUR TO PLAY IN COLUMBIA
The Nationwide Tour is headed to Bogota, Colombia, next year for its first tournament in South America.

The Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open will be played at the Country Club of Bogota on March 4-7. The
 tournament will mark the first time a PGA Tour-sanctioned event has been played for official money in South America.

Colombian PGA Tour player Camilo Villegas and NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya are involved in the event and proceeds from the tournament will support the Camilo Villegas Fund and Montoya’s Foundation, .




FAMOUS TREE KNOCKED DOWN
A storm knocked down a cypress tree on the North Course at Torrey Pines that was one of the city’s most photographed trees.

The cypress was located behind the downhill, par-3 sixth hole that offers a stunning view of the ocean. Its trunk was snapped near its base Tuesday morning, one of 18 trees lost on the North and South courses at Torrey Pines.

City golf manager Jon Maddern says the wind reached 58 mph during the storm.

Maddern says arborists will determine how to treat the tree, estimated to b e 40 feet. The damage begins about 12 feet from the base.


THE TIGER REPORT
There is a lot of Tiger stories this week. The big announcement, of course, was his statement to take a hiatus from the game.

Sponsors are starting to bail . Accenture,Tag Heuer, Gillette, and AT &T are all reevaluating their relationship. Nike is staying put as is EA sports.

Steve Williams, Tiger's caddie, claims no knowledge of Tiger's affairs.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #056

Tiger Woods released a statement today stating that he is taking a hiatus from golf. He says "After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person. " He goes on to ask for privacy for his family "during this difficult period.".

You can read the entire statement here

Sunday, December 6, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #055

FURYK WINS CHEVRON
Jim Furyk ended a two year absence from the winners circle by winning the Chevron World Challenge by one  stroke over Graeme McDowell and two shots over Lee Westwood.  Furyk made key putts on his final two holes , but had to sit and wait for McDowell and Westwood to finish.

Furyk finished at 13-under 275 for the victory over Graeme McDowell, who replaced Tiger Woods in the 18-man field. McDowell needed to hole out from the fairway to force a playoff, and it looked for a moment as if it had a chance.

McDowell settled for a birdie and a 70, and his second-place finish moved him up to No. 38 in the world ranking and virtually assured him a spot in the Masters next year.

Lee Westwood had a birdie chip to force a playoff, then missed a 4-foot par putt and had to settle for a 70 and a two-way tie for third with Padraig Harrington, who had two eagles in his round of 70.

Furyk took the lead with a birdie on the 10th and never trailed again, although he was in trouble on the par-3 17th when his tee shot was short and went into a bunker. He blasted out 35 feet beyond the hole, then made a clutch par putt to keep his one-shot lead.

Furyk went right at the flag on the 18th with his second shot  and watched it settle 5 feet below the cup. When he reached the green, he saw that Westwood had birdied the 17th to tie him.

Furyk sunk  the putt, then watched to see if anyone could catch him. The victory moved Furyk to No. 6 in the World Rankings.

Tiger Woods, the tournament host, wasn’t around to present the trophy . He withdrew because of injuries from his Nov. 27 car crash, although he was part of every conversation because of the worldwide publicity over allegations of extramarital affairs.





SCOTT WINS AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Adam Scott won the Australian Open  shooting an even-par 72 on Sunday to beat Stuart Appleby by five strokes. It was Scott's first pro victory in his home country.

Scott won 14 times worldwide since turning pro in 2000 before breaking through in his native land. He finished at 15-under 273 at New South Wales Golf Club.

The win followed Scott’s worst season on the PGA Tour, where he made only nine cuts in 19 tournaments and had just one top-10 finish.

New Zealand’s Michael Long , American Bryce Molder and Australia’s Nick O’Hern  tied for third, nine strokes behind Scott.

John Daly closed with a 71 to finish at 2 over. He will play next week in the Australian PGA at Coolum in Queensland state.





ALLENBY WINS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Robert Allenby won the Nedbank Challenge on Sunday, beating Henrik Stenson on the third playoff hole after a 1-under 71 in the final round.

Stenson shot a 69 to tie Allenby at 11-under 277 at the Gary Player Country Club.

The playoff was held on the par-4 18th, which both players bogeyed in regulation.

They scrambled to halve the hole in the first two playoff rounds before Allenby reached the green with his second shot for the first time in seven attempts in the third round. Stenson, meanwhile, went through the green and then chipped 25 feet past the pin. Allenby two-putted from about 5 feet for the win.

Overnight leader Retief Goosen had a 75 to finish fifth in the 12-man field.

Tim Clark had a 69 and Ross Fisher shot a 70 to share third, while Masters champion Angel Cabrera was sixth after a 75.




WOODS THANKS TOURNAMENT SPONSERS
Tiger Woods has posted another statement on his Web site, this time thanking sponsors and players for being part of the tournament that supports his foundation.

Woods withdrew from the Chevron World Challenge at the start of the week, citing unspecified injuries from a car accident Nov. 27 outside his home in Florida.

He also thanked his staff and the volunteers, and said he was sorry he was unable to fulfill his duties as a host .
Read the full statement here  http://web.tigerwoods.com/news/article/200912067763444/news/

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #054

Tiger Woods issued a statement on his website "admitting transgressions" without giving many details. Speculation has run rampant the last few days , since news of his auto accident came out. The tabloids were all over the story and reports of an affairs have come out. This statement is most likely an attempt to squelch future stories and speculation. Here is the link to Tiger's full statement. http://web.tigerwoods.com/news/article/200912027740572/news/

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #053

TIGER IN AUTO ACCIDENT
Tiger Woods was involved in an auto accident on Friday.In its initial accident report, the police said Woods left his house, ran over a fire hydrant with his Cadillac Escalade and then smashed into a tree at 2:25 a.m. Friday. Woods’ wife Elin, told officers she heard the crash from inside their home, and used a golf club to break out the back window.

The accident came two days after the National Enquirer published a story alleging that Woods had been seeing a New York night club hostess, and that they recently were together in Melbourne, where Woods competed in the Australian Masters.


The woman, Rachel Uchitel, denied having an affair with Woods when contacted by the press.

Tiger has issued a public statement on his website addressing the accident. In typical Tiger style he really gives no information.
The link is http://web.tigerwoods.com/news/article/200911297726222/news/






BROTHERS WIN WORLD CUP
Francesco and Edoardo Molinari became the first brother combination to win the World Cup of Golf, giving Italy its first title in the team event with a one-stroke victory over Sweden and Ireland on Sunday.

The Molinaris closed with a 4-under 68 in the alternate-shot final round on Mission Hills’ Olazabal Course. They finished at 29 under and earned $875,000 each in the tournament that featured two rounds of better ball and two of alternate shot.

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson, the winners last year, shot a 69 to tie for second with Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell (70). McIlroy and McDowell led after each of the first three rounds.


England’s Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher (64) finished fourth, three strokes back at 26 under. Americans Nick Watney and John Merrick had the best round of the day, a 10-under 62 that gave them a sixth-place tie at 20 under.



WEIR INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME
Mike Weir was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame on Saturday night .
The 39-year-old Weir has eight PGA Tour victories, matching George Knudson for the most by a Canadian.

Weir’s Hall of Fame plaque was unveiled Saturday night and features a sketch along with a brief biography. It will soon make a permanent home alongside other honored members at the Hall of Fame on Glen Abbey’s grounds in Oakville. An exhibit featuring Weir’s memorabilia has been on display at Glen Abbey since the Canadian Open in July.




COUPLES CHOOSES FIRST CHAMPIONS TOUR EVENT
Fred Couples turned 50 in October, and he could not have picked a better Champions Tour event to make his debut.


The “King of the Skins” will be playing in the Champions Skins Game in Hawaii on Jan. 16-17, joining a Hall of Fame cast that includes Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Ben Crenshaw and Nick Price.

While the original Skins Game held over Thanksgiving weekend has been canceled, the 50-and-older version lives on in paradise at Royal Kaanapali. The total purse is $770,000, and it features two-man teams playing alternate shot.



SEVERAL PLAYERS USTNG EXEMPTION
As many as seven players could be taking an exemption from the career money list to keep their PGA Tour cards.


Brad Faxon (No. 37) and Corey Pavin (No. 48) already have notified the tour they will take a one-time exemption for being among the top 50 in career earnings.

The tour is waiting to hear from two players who already have used a one-time exemption from the top 25 in career money and still have the top 50 option -- 50-year-old Tom Lehman (No. 21) and Chris DiMarco (No. 22).

Stuart Appleby (No. 15) expects to decide in the next few weeks whether to use his first career-money exemption or try to get by on sponsor exemptions and his conditional status.

Jesper Parnevik is No. 46 in career money and entered in the final stage of Q-School. He likely will use his exemption if he fails to make it through Q-School or is ranked low coming out of Q-School. Tim Herron (No. 42) also is in the final stage of Q-School and could lean on his exemption if he doesn't make it.


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Monday, November 23, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #052

WESTWOOD TOPS EUROPEAN MONEY LIST
Lee Westwood won the European PGA Tour event, the Dubai World Championship, and in doing so also won the European Tour's money list. He shot a course-record 8-under 64 in the final round to finish at 23 shots under par.

He earned $1.25 million with the 31st victory of his career to overtake Rory McIlroy on the season-long money list and win the European Tour’s first Race to Dubai since it changed from the European Order of Merit.
Ross McGowan of England was second and McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, finished third.

Westwood led by two shots entering the final round and opened it with five birdies in his first seven holes and he never looked back.

McGowan fell back from Westwood when he bogeyed his first hole. However, a run of five birdies from the 12th ensured he would finish second. McGowan is in his second season on the tour and only recorded his first win at the Madrid Masters in October.

McIlroy, who had a $120,000 lead in the Race to Dubai at the beginning of the week, made eight straight pars to kill any chance he had of making a run at Westwood.

Geoff Ogilvy of Australia and Padraig Harrington of Ireland finished tied for fourth at.



BROOKS WINS INVITATIONAL
Mark Brooks won the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational for a record third time, birdieing three of the last four holes Sunday for a 5-under 67 and a two-stroke victory over Rickie Fowler and D.A. Points.

The 48-year-old Brooks, the 1996 PGA champion, had a 12-under 276 total and became the first three-time winner in the tournament’s 38-year history. The seven-time PGA Tour winner also won the unofficial event in 1992 and 2002.



NORDQVIST WINS LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP;OCHOA TAKES PLAYER OF THE YEAR
In a tournament plagued by bad weather and shortened to 54 holes the drama came on Monday when Anna Nordqvist roared out of the pack as Lorena Ochoa and Jiyai Shin battled for LPGA Tour player of the year on the final, frantic day of the season.

Nordqvist shot a 7 under 65 to defeat Lorena Ochoa by two strokes in LPGA Championship presented by Rolex. It's Nordqvist's second win, in this her rookie year on tour.

Lorena Ochoa, finished second and received 12 points to beat Jiyai Shin for the 2009 Rolex Player Of The Year by one point.

Shin led Ochoa by eight points in the race entering the tournament. Once Ochoa finished second, Shin had to place no worse than seventh to win the player of the year award. Shin needed to chip in from the front of 18 and couldn't so she settled for a par on the last hole and finished tied for eighth, giving Ochoa the player award by a 160-159 score.



IN OTHER NEWS
After failing to find a venue to replace Upper Montclair Country Club, the Sybase Classic has dropped off the LPGA Tour schedule for 2010.

Tournament organizer Octagon Worldwide didn't renew its contract with Upper Montclair after a three-run at the course and then was unable to reach a deal with Essex County Country Club in West Orange.
http://tiny.cc/0zXWe



The LPGA Tour is adding a new $1.7 million tournament at La Costa Resort & Spa outside San Diego in 2010.

The LPGA Classic Presented by J Golf will be played March 22-28 at the resort in Carlsbad the week prior to the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the year’s first major.

In February, the tour said it would return to the Los Angeles area after a five-year absence. However, the new event is located 85 miles south of Los Angeles.

It gives the women’s tour three events in California, including the $2 million Kraft Nabisco to be played March 29-April 4 in Rancho Mirage.



The LPGA Championship will be held at Locust Hill golf course in suburban Rochester for one year next June, with supermarket chain Wegmans replacing McDonald’s as sponsor of the season’s second major.

The recession-pinched LPGA Tour is shrinking to 24 tournaments in 2010, down from 27 this year and 34 in 2008. With 13 events in the United States, it’s the smallest tour schedule in nearly 40 years.



Michelle Wie had to withdraw from the LPGA Championship with an injured ankle. She first injured her ankle at the Solheim Cup in August.

Wie was 3 under through 12 holes. Her ankle gave out on the 13th tee, and she stumbled backward, sliced her shot into the rough and took a bogey. She bent over in apparent pain on No. 14, then slipped again hitting her tee shot on No. 17.

After the round she went for treatment and withdrew a short time after.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #051

TIGER GOES LOW DOWN UNDER
Tiger Woods gave record crowds what they wanted to great shots and a closing round of 4-under 68 to win the Australian Masters on Sunday for his seventh win this year.

In his first trip Down Under in 11 years, Woods put on quite a show for his $3 million appearance fee.

Woods pulled away from a three-way tie for the lead with three birdies on his opening six holes, then seized control with a tee shot to a back pin on the par-3 15th that covered the flag and stopped 6 feet away for his final victory.

He finished two shots of Greg Chalmers who couldn't stand up to the "tiger onslaught".

Jason Dufner, with a 70 to tie for third with Francois Delamontagne of  France. James Nitties, who was tied for the lead, shot 73 and finished alone in fifth, followed by Adam Scott, who closed with a 69 for his second straight top 10 on the European tour.

Tiger has one tournament remaining—his Chevron World Challenge in California the first week of December that counts toward the world ranking for the first time.


AMES IS VICTORIOUS IN PLAYOFF
Stephen Ames won his second title in three years at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic on Sunday, edging George McNeill and Justin Leonard in a playoff to become, at 45, the oldest winner in the
tournament’s history.

Ames finished with an 8-under 64 for the clubhouse lead, watching as McNeill and Leonard  failed to pass him.

Leonard rimmed out a 16-foot putt for the win in regulation, even beginning to pump his fist in celebration only to watch the ball spin away. He twice  left putts short when he was eliminated on the first playoff hole.

After McNeill saved par on the first playoff hole despite landing his tee shot between the trees, he had a 6-foot putt on the 15th to force a third playoff hole. McNeill struck the ball right on the line, but it trickled around the edge and popped off to give Ames the win.



WIE IS A WINNER
Michelle Wie won her first LPGA Tour title,with a 3-under 69 Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Paula Creamer in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

Wie finished off the victory in style, hitting a greenside bunker shot to 6 inches on the 18th hole and then tapping in for a birdie.

The 20-year-old Wie raised both arms in the air putter in right hand—and then put her hand over her mouth.

Morgan Pressel, Jiyai Shin, and Cristie Kerr were three back. Wie finished at 13-under after starting the day tied for the lead with Kerr at 10 under.

Wie had a chances to pull away on the front nine, but couldn’t quite do it. She went to 13 under with a birdie on 11, giving her a one-shot lead over Creamer and Kerr. Wie bogeyed the next hole when her escape shot from under a cluster of trees squarely hit a trunk, the ball rebounding into the fairway behind her.

But she made par through 17.

Creamer drew even with Wie with an eagle on 10. But two bogeys down the stretch ruined her chances of victory.

Wie came to 18 hanging on to a one stroke lead. She hit her tee shot into the first cut, her second shot went into a greenside bunker. Wie then steadied her nerves and hit a great sand shot to within 6 inches of the hole and victory.

Wie has had quite a year as she rebuilt her career. She went to Q School and earned her tour card. She then went on to play in the Solheim Cup where she emerged as a star,going undefeated in four matches. And now she is a winner on the LPGA TOUR.



BOURDY WINS IN HONG KONG
France’s Gregory Bourdy has survived a late challenge from Rory McIlroy to win the Hong Kong Open by two strokes and secure a berth at the European Tour’s year-end championship in Dubai.

Bourdy had four birdies and a bogey in a 3-under 67 that gave him a 19-under 261 total and his third European Tour title. The win moved the Frenchman into the top 60 on the money list, qualifying him for Dubai.



IN OTHER NEWS
(AP)—The PGA Tour’s first-ever suspension for violation of its anti-doping rules wound up in federal court on Friday where attorneys for a 40-year-old journeyman tried to block the one-year ban.

Attorneys for Doug Barron, a professional golfer from Memphis, sought a temporary restraining order on his one-year suspension for testing positive for two banned substances in June. The tour announced earlier this month that he was the first golfer to be banned for violating the policy that went into effect July 3, 2008.
Read the full article here http://tiny.cc/LkXBk



It appears that David Duval,the former world No. 1 has likely lost his PGA Tour card for next year after missing the cut at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic, finishing at 5-over par in the final event of the season at Disney World.

Duval entered the week at No. 125 on the money list, the last spot to earn full status on tour. He is projected to finish at No. 131, giving him conditional status that would allow him to enter about a dozen tournaments for being in the top 150.

Duval’s name recognition should help him land sponsor exemptions. And his runner-up finish at the U.S. Open and his 2001 British Open championship will get him into the first three majors next year.



Paul Casey has pulled out of next week’s season-ending Dubai World Championship with a rib injury and will miss out on finishing at the top of the European Tour money list.

The 32-year-old Casey just returned to action after being sidelined for three months with an injury he picked up practicing for the British Open in July and was fifth in the Race to Dubai. He returned for World Match Play Championship in Spain two weeks ago but withdrew early in the final round of last week’s HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai.

His manager, Guy Kinnings, said the muscle behind the rib had become inflamed again.


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Sunday, November 8, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #050

LEFTY WINS IN CHINA
Phil Mickelson sank an 18 footer on the the 16th hole, then birdied the 17th, and parred 18 to defeat Ernie Els in the HSBC Championship. Els, who had a last round lead , and who was in the lead until hitting into the water and making bogey on the final hole watched from the clubhouse.

Woods was never a factor in the final World Golf Championship of the year, falling six shots behind on the front nine and doing well to stay on the leaderboard the rest of the way. He hit into the water with his third shot on the par-5 18th and had to scramble for bogey to close with a 72 and tie for sixth, five shots behind.

Mickelson finished at 17-under 271 and earned $1.2 million in winning his second WGC event of the year. It was the first time he won a tournament while playing in the final group with Woods.

Mickelson won for the fourth time this year, tying a career best. Sunday was Michelson's final round of the year. He will start his 2010 season at Torrey Pines in late January.



BO BAE WINS MIZUNO IN A SONG
Bo Bae Song, of South Korea won the Mizuno Classic on Sunday for herfirst LPGA Tour title, closing with a 4-under 68 for a three-stroke victory over top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, Brittany Lang and Hee Young Park.

The 23-year-old Song finished at 15-under 201 and earned $210,000 in the event co-sanctioned by the Japan LPGA. Ochoa shot a bogey-free 64, and Lang and Park had 68s.

Jiyai Shin, the 2008 winner who is trying to hold off Ochoa in the player of the year points race, closed with a 69 to tie for fifth.




IN OTHER NEWS

The HSBC Women’s Champions will remain part of the LPGA Tour schedule for the next three years after the title sponsor announced a three-year contract renewal.

The HSBC Women’s Champions will be played Feb. 25-28 in Singapore with
a $1.3 million purse.

Saturday’s announcement was a boost for the LPGA Tour, which goes into 2010 trying to keep as many title sponsors as possible.

The HSBC Women’s Champions will have a 63-player field determined largely by LPGA Tour winners and top players from the women’s world ranking.  Jiyai Shin, who is leading the LPGA Tour money list, won
the tournament this year.



Michelle Wie will end her season in Dubai at the final Ladies European Tour event of the year. Tour officials announced Thursday that Wie will be part of the field at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters from Dec. 9-12.

The 20-year-old from Hawaii played this year as an LPGA Tour memberfor the first time and is No. 17 on the money list. She did not win a tournament, although she helped lead the United States to victoryin the Solheim Cup.



Greg Norman’s slower-than-expected recovery from shoulder surgery will force him to miss next month’s Australian Open.

Tournament officials said that Norman was advised by his doctors not toplay competitive golf again this year following arthroscopic surgery in September.

Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott and John Daly are entered in the Australian Open, the second of three tournaments on the Australian late-year circuit.

Tiger Woods is making his first appearance in Australia since the Presidents Cup in 1998, at the Australian Masters, next week at Kingston Heath in Melbourne.


The season is really coming close to finishing but we will remain to report and whatever news occurs in the golf universe. Next week is the Childrens Miracle Network Classic, the last official stop for 2009 on the PGA Tour.

Tiger plays in Australia,and the LPGA has the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.


Have a great week.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #049

VIKING CLASSIC CANCELLED
  PGA Tour officials canceled the weather-plaqued Viking Classic on Saturday because of unplayable course conditions.
  No makeup date has been scheduled and players will move on to the final event of the season, the Children’s Miracle Network Classic on Nov. 12-15 in Orlando, Fla.
  The course had received 1.75 inches of rain Friday and Saturday alone,this on top of about 20 inches 0f rain in the past six weeks.
  This is the first time a tournament has been cancelled because of weather since the 1996 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which was canceled due to unplayable conditions. The last rainout came in Houston in 1991, though that tournament was rescheduled.
  The Viking Classic was important for a few dozen players who are chasing tour cards for the 2010 season. The top 125 on the money list pass through and most of the players hovering around that level were in attendance. They’ll have just one chance now to move up.


COOK WINS CLOSER- ROBERTS WINS CUP
John Cook won the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship by five strokes Sunday for his second Champions Tour title in three weeks, while Loren Roberts held on to win the season points title.
Cook, won the Administaff Small Business Classic winner two weeks ago in Texas. He finished today with a 3-under 69 to finish at 22-under at Sonoma Golf Club.
  Roberts had a 66 to tie for sixth at 13-under and win the points title and $1 million annuity for the second time in three years. He had to hold off a strong surge from Bernhard Langer), who also finished at 13 under.
Russ Cochran finished second in the tournament. Brad Bryant and Jeff Sluman were 15 under, and Phil Blackmar was 14 under.


CHOI WINS LPGA EVENT
Na Yeon Choi made birdie at the last hole for a 67 on Sunday, giving her a one-shot victory over Maria Hjorth and Yani Tseng at the Hana Bank KOLON Championships.
Choi and Hjorth played in the same group and were tied heading to 18, where they both hit nice tee shots. Hjorth hit a 4-iron into a water hazzard, while Choi laid up in front of the green. Hjorth managed to save par, while Choi chipped within inches for the tap-in birdie.
  She finished at 10-under 278 at Sky 72 Golf Club’s Ocean Course, where the LPGA was making its annual tour stop in South Korea. Choi won the Samsung World Championships in September in similar fashion, with an eagle at the par-5 last hole.


FISHER DEFEATS KIM IN MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Ross Fisher beat Anthony Kim 4 and 3 on Sunday to win the 36-hole World Match Play Championship final.
  Fisher eagled the 22nd hole and birdied the next to take a 3-up lead. Kim won the next hole before missing short putts at the next two, then squandering several chances to win holes down the stretch. Fisher never trailed his American opponent.
  Kim tried to rally on the second 18, putting his tee shot within 15 feet on the 24th hole and then making the birdie putt. But he couldn’t hold it together around the greens, lipping out from about a foot two holes later.

POULTER WINS SINGAPORE OPEN
Ian Poulter overcame a rough stretch in mid-round to fire a one-over 72 and win the Singapore Open by one shot on Sunday, finishing the $5 million event on 10-under 274 for a wire-to-wire victory.
China’s Liang Wenchong finished second on nine-under-par, with Australian pair Scott Hend and Adam Scott tied for third,a further shot adrift of Poulter, who won for the first time on the European Tour since the 2006 Madrid Open.
  The co-sanctioned event was troubled by weather delays on the three previous days but Poulter returned to the course under blue skies on Sunday and battled through 30 holes before limping over the finishing line having let slip a five-shot halfway lead.
  Australian players Scott Hend and Adam Scott finished two shots back in a tie for third. Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els finished six shots back at 4-under.



IN OTHER NEWS
Joey Sindelar remained hospitalized Sunday after having a pulmonary embolism during the third round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championships.
The Champions Tour said Sindelar’s condition had improved but doctors at Sonoma Valley Hospital wanted to keep the 51-year-old for further observation.
Sindelar withdrew Saturday and was taken to the hospital for dizziness and shortness of breath after playing the 204-yard, par-3 fourth hole. Sindelar rested in between holes and tried to play the fifth before withdrawing. Medical personnel attended to Sindelar at the course before he was taken to the hospital for additional tests.



The LPGA Tour picked Michael Whan as its new commissioner. Whan previously worked for TaylorMade Golf and Wilson Sporting Goods and most recently was president of Mission-Itech Hockey. He replaces Carolyn Bivens, who was forced out by players in July as the tour kept losing sponsors. Bivens had a strong business background but little experience in sports when she was hired in 2005.
  The number of official money events dropped from 34 in 2008 to 28 this year. The number of events for 2010 will be even less, but will be surprisingly strong. The complete schedule will be released in  mid November.
Whan will take over in January.


Have a great week and keep on swinging.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #048

GLOVER SLAMS IT

Lucas Glover, broke out a new set of Nike irons for the PGA Grand Slam Of Golf,a 36 hole tournament for the year's major champions, and doesn’t seem to have suffered too much.
  He fired a second-round 66 Wednesday to go along with his first-round 65 to finish on 11 under par, five shots clear of second-placed Angel Cabrera. Stewart Cink finished third, and PGA champion ,Y.E. Yang brought up the rear.

MATTESON WINS IN PLAYOFF

Troy Matteson, bogeyed the final two holes of regulation Sunday to fall into a playoff with Jamie Lovemark and Rickie Fowler, who were both seeking PGA Tour cards. He was able to rebound and
birdie the second playoff hole to beat Lovemark and Fowler in the Frys.com Open at Grayhawk Golf Club.
  After all three players parred the first playoff hole, Matteson hit his approach within 3 feet on the par-4 17th hole. Matteson then rolled in the putt for his second PGA Tour win.


JONZON WINS EURO EVENT

Michael Jonzon shot a 4-under 67 to win the Castello Masters, allowing him to keep his European Tour card for another year.
  The 37-year-old Jonzon finished at 20 under at Club de Campo del Mediterraneo, one shot clear of German Martin Kaymer and fellow Swede Christian Nilsson.


BLACKMAR WINS FIRST

Phil Blackmar won his first Champions Tour title Sunday, birdieing five of his first six holes en route to a 7-under 64 and a one-stroke victory over Jay Haas, Tom Kite and Andy Bean in the AT&T Championship.
  Blackmar,who joined the Champions Tour late in 2007, had a 10-under 203 total on the Oak Hills course. Blackmar earned $255,000 in the final full-field event of the year.
Haas had a chance to win or force a playoff, but bogeyed the 202-yard, par-3 18th.
Kite missed an 8-foot birdie putt on 18, and Bean failed to chip in from past the green.



MATT EVERY WINS EARNS TOUR CARD

Matt Every won the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship to earn a 2010 PGA Tour card with a 10th-place finish on the money list, closing with a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over Michael Sim.
  Every earned $180,000 to jump from 49th to 10th on the money list, with the top 25 earning PGA Tour cards.
  Josh Teater and Steve Wheatcroft tied for third at 13 under.



CHOI GETS BACK ON TRACK

South Korea’s K.J. Choi has claimed a four-stroke victory in the Iskandar Johor Open.
  Choi closed with a bogey-free 8-under to finish at 20-under in the Asian Tour event shortened to 54 holes by heavy rain.



IN OTHER NEWS

Tiger Woods has won the points-based award as player of the year from the PGA of America, which was virtually certain when the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup ended and became a mathematical fact this week. His six PGA TOUR victories were twice as many as anyone else, and Woods already wrapped up the PGA TOUR money list and lowest adjusted scoring average .
It was the 10th time Woods has won the PGA of America award.
Still to be decided is the Jack Nicklaus Trophy for the PGA TOUR player of the year, which is a vote of the players.



Former Masters champion Trevor Immelman has had surgery on his left wrist and expects to return to the PGA Tour next year at full strength.
  Immelman, who has not won since the 2008 Masters, missed most of this year with severe tendinitis in his left wrist. He tried to let the injury heal with rest until it was clear that surgery was his best option.
  The surgery was Thursday in New York by the same doctor who did similar procedures on Luke Donald and Jim Furyk.
  Immelman is expected to start strength exercises in six weeks, and hopes to begin chipping and putting after three months of rehabilitation.

Luke Donald has written an article about the new groove requirements that will take place in the 2010 season. Here's the link http://www.thegolfchannel.com/equipment-insider/new-grooves-no-problem-33412/

That's it for this week. The season is waning down but we will still be here reporting on what ever comes up in the world of golf.

Have a great week and we will see you next week.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #047

LAIRD WINS SHRINER CLASSIC
Martin Laird won the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in a three way playoff. He burdied the third playoff hole to beat George McNeill, who hit his second shot almost into the water. McNeill's shot hung on the bank and gave him no stance. He stood in the water and chipped up but missed his par putt.
Laird then went up and calmly rolled in his birdie putt to win, become the third Scot to win on the PGA Tour.
Chad Campbell, the third member of the playoff, lasted until the second playoff hole, when he bowed out with a bogey.
With the victory, Martin Laird moved from 134th on the money list to 62nd and gains a two year exemption on the tour.

Next week is the Frys.com Open. Cameron Beckman defends.


COOK WINS ADMINISTAFF CLASSIC

John Cook closed with a 68 on Sunday to win his third career Champions Tour title and first of the season, holding off Jay Haas and Bob Tway in the Administaff Small Business Classic.
Haas, looking for a victory in his third consecutive start and one stroke off the lead at the start of the final round, shot a 71. He had three birdies on the back nine, but had an early double bogey that hurt his chances. He had late chances to tie, but a putt for birdie at the 17th lipped out.
At 18, his drive landed in the rough short of the water guarding the green, then his shot to the green went long to the back fringe. When his long birdie attempt slid past the hole, Cook was the winner.
Tway, who shot a 70, started the round two shots off the lead, got close but never could catch the leaders. He had one bogey and three birdies, and closed with four straight pars.
The first and second rounds leader,Dan Forsman, was cruising Sunday and at 11 under through 13 holes. His run ended with a triple bogey at the par-3 14th, where he put his tee shot in the water. He finished with a 73 to tie for fourth at 8 under Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman.

The next tour stop is Texas for the AT&T Championship. John Cook is the defending champion.



WESTWOOD ENDS DROUGHT
It has been two years since Lee Westwood found the winner's circle. That search ended Sunday when Westwood defeated Francesco Molinari at the Portugal Masters on Sunday.
The Englishman shot a 66 to finish at 23-under, and move to the top of the European tour money list. Molinari had a 70 and Padraig Harrington had a 67 to finish third another two shots back.
Westwood bumped Rory McIlroy, into second in the standings for the Race to Dubai, which has replaced the European Order of Merit title.

Next week the tour goes to Spain for the Castello Masters. Defending will be Sergio Garcia.



COLLINS WINS NATIONWIDE TOUR EVENT
AP)—Chad Collins won the Miccosukee Championship for his second career Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 1-under 70 in windy conditions Sunday for a two-stroke victory in the final full-field event of the season.
The 31-year-old Collins, also the 2005 Henrico County Open winner, had a 10-under 27 total on the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club course. He earned $112,500 to jump from eighth to second on the money list with $386,014, with the top 25 next week after the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship earning 2010 PGA Tour cards.

The season concludes next week with the Nationwide Tour Championship in Charleston, South Carolina. Matt Bettencourt was last years champion.




IN OTHER NEWS
Seve Ballesteros is hopeful that his health will allow him to play a round at next year’s British Open at St. Andrews.
Ballesteros, who is recovering from brain cancer that has left him partially blind in his left eye, said Wednesday that he is considering an appearance at the event he won three times.



The organization that handles the annual PGA Tour stop in Milwaukee is dissolving after failing to find a sponsor, leaving the future of professional golf in the area on shaky ground.
The move virtually guarantees the Tour won’t return to Milwaukee next year. Tournament director Dan Croak said Thursday the organization has run out of money after paying its bills and other financial obligations, including a donation of more than $520,000 to charities.
The tournament, originally known as the Greater Milwaukee Open, has been in operation since 1968. Among its notable moments was Tiger Woods’ professional debut in 1996.
But the tournament’s popularity had been in decline of late, especially after it recently was moved to a date opposite the British Open and U.S. Bank announced its sponsorship of the tournament was ending.



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Sunday, October 11, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #046


Going into the final round of the Presidents Cup, the U.S. held a slim three point lead over the International squad. It would be prove to be insurmountable for the International team.

Led by the #1 player in the world, the U.S. rolled over their opponent to retain the Cup. Tiger Woods, who was perfect this week, going 5-0, won the point that clinched the cup. He also extracted a small bit of revenge by demolishing Y.E. Yang, who defeated Woods earlier this year at the PGA Championship.

Phil Mickelson wrapped up with a 7-foot birdie putt for a 2-and-1 victory over Retief Goosen, leaving him also unbeaten (4-0-1) in the Presidents Cup this week
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The Americans won 19 1/2 -14 1/2 , the same margin as last time against an overmatched International team.

“They are just one hell of a team,” Ernie Els said. “We have to pretty much go back to the drawing board, because they are a pretty well-oiled team, and it’s hard to beat that kind of team.”

Stewart Cink put the first point on the board by defeating Adam Scott, who contributed only one point for the week.

Sean O’Hair and Anthony Kim followed with big victories of their own, and Hunter Mahan eventually won his leadoff match over Camilo Villegas of Colombia, the only player to get shut out at Harding Park.

Then it was Tiger's turn. He won four holes in a five-hole stretch in the middle of the round, holing one birdie putt after another, then sealed it with a 9-foot birdie on the 13th hole. Captain Fred Couples was first to meet Tiger with a hug.

When Couples was appointed captain, he called Woods and jokingly asked for a big favor: Make the team so Couples wouldn’t have to waste a captain’s pick on the world’s No. 1 player.
And that is exactly what Woods did, and then some.




(AP)—Ross McGowan of England has captured his first European Tour title, winning the Madrid Masters by three strokes over Mikko Ilonen of Finland.

The McGowan shot a 1-under 71 in Sunday’s final round to finish at 25-under 263 at the Centro Nacional golf course.

The Englishman shot a 60 on Saturday and began the final round with a seven-stroke lead, but struggled early with bogeys on the first and fourth holes.

Ilonen had a 66. David Drysdale of Scotland shot 67 and was another stroke back in third



IN OTHER NEWS

Phil Mickelson thought he was alone. His wife, Amy, is recovering from breast cancer and stayed home in San Diego.

Or so he thought.

Mickelson had no idea that when he returned to his hotel room Saturday night, his wife was hiding in the bathroom.
“It was an incredible surprise,” Mickelson said. “I didn’t think she was coming up, and she actually hid in the bathroom when I walked in the room. I didn’t know she was there, and she scared me pretty good. It was an awesome surprise, though."
Players and wives alike were surprised to find Mickelson and his wife at the team dinner Saturday night.
“It was pretty neat,” Mickelson said. “It was pretty emotional. Just everyone seeing each other was pretty cool.”
Amy did not make it out to Harding Park due to a medicine regime that saps her energy. She was, however, waiting back in the team room for the celebration.



All of the golfers this week were excited about golf being a part of the Olympics. In order for it to be successful in the Olympic games the top names will have to be willing to play and that appears to be the case.
“It’s a perfect fit for the Olympics, and I think we are all looking forward to golf getting into the Olympics,” Tiger Woods said.
Unlike other sports, there will be no Olympic trials for golf. Eligibility will be determined by the world ranking, with the top 15 automatically exempt. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said if the Olympics were held now, some 30 countries would be represented in the men’s and women’s competitions.
So here's to 2016.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #045

Matt Kuchar won the Turning Stone Resort Championship on Monday, beating Vaughn Taylor on the sixth hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Tied for the lead after 72 holes, neither player managed to win after two holes of a sudden-death playoff Sunday, before play was suspended because of darkness.

Playing the 12th, 13th and 18th holes in the playoff, Kuchar missed a chance to end it on the first hole Monday when he missed a 4-foot putt at the par-4 13th hole as each player bogeyed the hole.

They matched each other on the next two holes, then Kuchar got a huge break when Taylor hit his tee shot at No. 13 into the water hazard along the right side of the fairway.

Kuchar hit his second shot into the rough on a slope to the right of the green, pitched to inside 2 feet for the victory as Taylor made double bogey.

It was the second career victory for Kuchar, who won the 2002 Honda Classic.



Tom Watson was trying to become the oldest major winner on the Champions Tour. But after making only one bogey in the first three rounds, he had three in the final round finishing with a 70. This allowed Jay Haas to blow by him and win the last major of the year the Senior Players Championship by a stroke. Haas birdied the 18th holeto match the course record with a 6-under 64.

Haas finished at 13-under 267 for his third senior major title. He has 14 career Champions Tour victories, also winning the Greater Hickory Classic two weeks ago.

Haas took advantage of a well-placed 6-iron from 195 yards on his second shot on the par-4 18th hole. His shot landed on the right side of the green, and rolled to within 3 feet of the cup for a birdie.

Watson missed the fairway on 18, ending any hopes he could catch Haas. Mark Wiebe and Loren Roberts tied for third at 7 under, and Bernhard Langer and John Cook followed at 6 under.



Lorena Ochoa successfully defended her title, overcoming early troubles to shoot a 2-under 70 on Sunday for a four-stroke victory over Michelle Wie and Brittany Lang.

Ochoa finished at 18-under 270 to end an 11-start winless streak dating to the Corona Championship in late April. The top-ranked Mexican star has three victories this year and 27 overall on the LPGA Tour. She has been struggling with her game all season so it was a relief to be back in the winners circle.

“It feels good,” said Ochoa. “I have a lot of emotions because it hasn’t been easy. I’m ready to keep playing good ball and would love the chance to finish with a few more wins.”




IN OTHER NEWS

Kenny Perry's mother has died after a long battle with blood cancer, and the 49-year-old American said he would play inthe Presidents Cup next week in San Francisco at his family’s request.

Even as Perry turned in one of his best years with three victories and a playoff loss at the Masters, he has been copingwith an emotional home life as his mother was put in hospice in July.
Mildred Perry died peacefully Thursday morning in Franklin, Ky. She was 79.

Perry’s family urged him to compete next week at Harding Park in the Presidents Cup.



Golf star Greg Norman and tennis great Chris Evert announced they have separated.

The announcement Friday comes three days before Norman is to captain the International team at the Presidents Cup in San Francisco, where wives of the captains take on a visible role.
Norman and Evert, did not say whether they planned to divorce.

In a statement, the couple said only, “We will remain friends and supportive of one another’s family.” The statement said they requested privacy for them and their families.



Forbes Magazine says Tiger Woods has become the first athlete to surpass $1 billion in career earnings.

The magazine estimates that golf’s top-ranked player crested the plateau when he earned $10 million for winning the FedEx Cup.

Forbes reported on its Web site on Tuesday that Woods entered 2009 having earned $895 million since he joined the PGA Tour in 1996. Prize money, appearance fees, endorsement fees, bonuses and his golf course design business were calculated to have pushed him over $1 billion.


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Sunday, September 27, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #044




TIGER AND PHIL BOTH WIN

Both Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods went home with trophies. Tiger
left with the bigger check but Phil left with a big ego boost.

Tiger Woods won the season long FedEx Cup by finishing second in
the TourChampionship at East Lake Golf Club. Woods made two late birdies,
to secure the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus. It finished a season
in which hewon six times and was no worse than second in nine of his
17 tournaments.

The big surprise was Michelson. He completed the season with a spectacular
rally at East Lake, closing with a 65 to go from four shots behind to a
three-shot victory, his first since his wife and mother were diagnosed with
breast cancer in the spring.

Mickelson finished at 9-under 271 and earned $1.35 million. He also collected
$3 million for being second in the FedEx Cup. It was his third victory of
the year, the 37th of his career and it pushed him back to No. 2 in the world
ranking.

Three other players had a chance to capture the FedEx Cup going into the back
nine at East Lake.

Kenny Perry had a two-shot lead to start the final round and doubled it after
two holes, only to implode with poor tee shots, bad chips and missed putts that
led to a 74.

Steve Stricker only needed to finish ahead of Woods. He was in position until
he found mud on his ball in the 16th fairway, sailed the green and made
consecutive bogeys to shoot 69.


Sean O’Hair stayed close to Mickelson until he took a bogey on the 17th
and wound up alone in third.

Mickelson's poor showing in the other playoff events, put him out of the
running for the FedEx Cup,and would have needed a lot of help to take the
Cup. But he'll settle for the tournament win.“I like the way today went,”
Mickelson said. “I was two back of him, I beat him by three. He gets the
$10 million check, and I get $1 million. I’ve got no problem with that.
I just love holding this finally" (the Tour Championship trophy).



PERNICE SAYS HELLO TO THE CHAMPIONS TOUR

Tom Pernice Jr. became the 3RD player this year to win in his Champions
Tour debut, holing a 35-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday for a one
stroke victory over Nick Price and David Frost in the SAS Championship.

Dan Forsman after battling Pernice for much of the day, shot a 70 to finish
fourth at 11 under. Olin Browne, Russ Cochran, Denis Watson and Andy Bean
followed at 10 under.

Price birdied three of his last five holes, and Frost birdied three of his
last five to make a run at Pernice, who avoided a playoff with his long
birdie putt.

Loren Roberts closed the gap on Fred Funk in the race for the Charles Schwab
Cup, moving within seven points as they head into next week's Constellation
Energy Senior Players Championship, where the points are doubled.



GUSTAFSON WINS AFTER SIX YEAR DROUGHT

Sophie Gustafson is finally an LPGA Tour winner again, six years after her
last championship, cruising to a four-stroke victory over top-ranked Lorena
Ochoa in the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge.

The 35-year-old Swede shot a 68 and finished at 20-under 268 for her first
title since the 2003 Samsung World Championship. She takes home the $165,000
winning purse for her fifth career tour victory.

Ochoa shot an even-par 72 on Sunday to finish at 16 under. She’s winless in
11 starts since taking the Corona Championship in her native Mexico in late
April. Ochoa has only two victories in 17 events this year after winning 21
times in the previous three years.

Amy Yang (66) and Sun Young Yoo (68) tied for third at 14 under.



WILLIS WINS ON NATIONWIDE TOUR

Garrett Willis won the WNB Golf Classic to lock up a spot next year on the
PGA Tour, closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Chad
Collins at Midland Country Club.

Willis finished at 20-under 268 after opening with rounds of 64, 69 and 67.
He earned $94,500 to jump from 19th to sixth on the money list with $261,506,
with the final top 25 earning 2010 PGA Tour cards.



IN OTHER NEWS

Kenny Perry,has been named the 2009 winner of the Payne Stewart Award as announced in a press conference with PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. Perry will be honored during a private reception as part of the festivities at THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola, the culminating event of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2009, the Payne Stewart Award is presented annually to a player sharing Stewart's respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the game's heritage of charitable support and his professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct. Stewart, an 11-time winner on the PGA TOUR and World Golf Hall of Fame member, died tragically the week of THE TOUR Championship in 1999.


After speaking with 2 time Major winner,Dave Stockton, Phil Mickelson made an adjustment in his putting that paid off big time. He went back to putting with his hands ahead and immediately regained his comfort zone. With his c putting back on track and his confidence soaring, Phil will be a force in 2010.



That's it for this week.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #043

It was a slow week in the golf world with the PGA Tour off in preparation for the Tour Championship next week.


HAAS IS ON TOP IN CAROLINA

Jay Haas overcame a sluggish start to shoot 7-under,setting a tournament record while winning his second Greater Hickory Classic by two shots over Russ Cochran and Andy Bean.

Haas,finished at 18-under 198 at Rock BarnGolf and Spa’s Robert Trent Jonescourse. His three-day total broke the tournament mark by one shot, set by R.W. Eaks in 2007.

It also made the 13-time winner on the 50-and-over tour the second repeat winner in the tournament’s seven-year history. Eaks won back-to-back titles in 2007 and ’08.

Cochran and Bean also shot 65 on Sunday, with Hal Sutton and second-round co-leader Nick Price tied for fourth at 15 under.

Next week The Champions Tour remain in North Carolina for the SAS Championship. Eduardo Romero defends.





CHOI BATTLES BACK

Na Yeon Choi of South Korea lost her seven-stroke lead, then rallied to shoot 1-under 71 Sunday to win the Samsung World Championship, her first LPGA Tour victory.

Choi finished at 16-under and held off runner-up Ai Miyazato of Japan, who shot a 69, the low round of the day at Torrey Pines.
Choi began the final round with a two-stroke lead, got birdies on two of her first four holes and made a 10-foot eagle putt on the sixth hole to give her a seven strokes lead
.
But Choi then faltered, making three consecutive bogeys starting at the 9th
hole.

She lost the lead on No. 14 when she three-putted for bogey. Miyazato then had a one stroke lead but bogeyed the 18th, when she hit a shop into the water, to slip into a tie with Choi.

Choi hit a nice drive on 18, her second shot was a few feet off of the green. She then hit an approach to within five feet, then sank that for a birdie and the win.

The ladies stay in California for the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge. In-Kyung Kim is the defending champion.



CABRERA-BELLO BREAKS THRU

Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain shot a course-record 11-under 60 on Sunday to win his first European Tour title by one stroke over Benn Barham at the Austrian Open.

Cabrera-Bello was in seventh place overnight, trailing leader Barham by eight strokes. He overtook the Englishman with 11 birdies to finish at 20-under 264.

Cabrera-Bello missed an eagle putt on No. 18 that would have given him a European Tour record 59 that would have matched the best score ever on the PGA Tour.

Soren Hansen of Denmark was two strokes back, placing third for the second straight week.

The Tour is off next week but will return to the Old Course at St. Andrews for the Dunhill Links Championship. Robert Karlsson defends.




IN OTHER NEWS

Amy Mickelson,recovering from breast cancer surgery,mixed with LPGA pros Monday near her home at the LPGA’s Samsung World Championship. She appeared at a golf clinic at Torrey Pines in La Jolla,Calif., representing the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation.



A Utah man who was a late addition to a charity golf tournament made a hole-in-one during a contest for a $1 million prize.
Jason Hargett's shot Tuesday on the 150-yard hole was the winner. He hit a borrowed 9-iron to about 10 feet past the hole and the ball rolled back and in, giving him the the $1 million.

The tournament benefits a fund at the University of Utah's Diabetes Center.




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Monday, September 14, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #042

Steve Stricker won the Deutsche Bank Tourney last week and took the lead in
FedEx Cup standings, but that lead did not last long as Tiger Woods cruised
to an eight stroke victory in the BMW Championship and reclaimed the lead.
One day after his course-record 62 gave him a seven-shot lead, Tiger made
quick work of the field,as he closed with a 3-under 68 for an eight-shot
victory over Jim Furyk and Marc Leishman.

It was Woods first victory since he blew the lead in the PGA Championship
last month.His most recent chance at winning came two weeks ago, but he
missed a 7-foot birdie putt on the final hole to get into a playoff.

While Tiger cruised to victory there was drama as the players scrambled
for playoff spots. The most fascinating fight was for the final spot. Brandt
Snedeker, who needed only a bogey on the 18th hole to get into the Tour
Championship, missed a 12-footer for par, then he watched in shock as his
3-foot bogey putt caught the left lip of the cup. Snedeker was so stunned
that he missed the next two putts from tap-in range and took triple bogey.

That allowed John Senden to capture the 30th spot by less than a half-point
over Ian Poulter.

As the No. 1 seed, Woods will have 2,500 points, with Stricker at 2,250.
The rest of the top five are Furyk, Zach Johnson and Heath Slocum. All of
them can win the FedEx Cup with a victory at East Lake.

The Tour takes next week off and will return the following week with The
Tour Championship.



Jiyai Shin shot a 7-under 64, then beat Angela Stanford and Sun Young Yoo
on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the P&G Beauty NW
Arkansas Championship.

Shin trailed by seven strokes at the beginning of the day but rallied to
win her third LPGA Tour event of the year Sunday. She made a birdie on No.
15, the second playoff hole, right after Stanford missed a longer putt for
birdie.

Yoo birdied No. 18 to tie for the lead, and Stanford qualified for the
playoff with a dramatic 18th-hole eagle.

Next week is the Samsung World Championship. Paula Creamer defends.




James Kingston of South Africa captured his second European Tour title on
Sunday, beating Anders Hansen of Denmark on the first playoff hole at the
Mercedes-Benz Championship.

Kingston was two shots ahead with two holes to play, but had a bogey on the
17th after Hansen had a birdie. Kingston, and Hansen,both finished regulation
at 13-under par.

Next week is the Austrian Golf Open. Jeev Milkha Singh defends.



IN OTHER NEWS

The U.S. team won it's third straight Walker Cup today. Winning five singles
matches and halving another for a 16 1/2 -9 1/2 victory over Great Britain
and Ireland at Merion Golf Club.


The LPGA and the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger jointly
announced a one-year extension to stage the event in 2010, continuing a
tradition that dates back more than two decades.


Christina Kim joins fellow LPGAers Sandra Gal, and Anna Grzebien, along with other
atheletes in posing for ESPN magazine scantily clad.



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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #040

STRICKER WINS DEUTSCHE

In a wild finish on the TPC Boston, where a half-dozen players came to the par-5 18th hole with hopes of winning,
Steve Stricker finished with birdies on 17 and 18 for a 4-under 67 and a one-shot victory.
His third victory of the season moved him up to a career-high No. 2 in the world ranking. And he replaced Tiger Woods
atop the FedEx Cup standings.
It was a revolving door atop the leaderboard throughout the back nine. Jason Dufner was the first player to break out
of the tie with a two-putt birdie on the 18th.
Scott Verplank birdied four holes in a row to tie for the lead. Stricker then knocked in a 15-foot birdie on the 17th.
Then, he split the middle of the 18th fairway and hit a hybrid just over the green. He hit a delicate chip to tap-in range
for the win.
Padraig Harrington recovered from two poor drives that cost him three penalty strokes and had a chance to join Dufner
and Verplank but he missed a 10-foot eagle putt on 18. He shot 68 and tied for fourth with Masters champion Angel Cabrera
who missed the 18th fairway and made par and Dustin Johnson, who failed to get up-and-down from behind the 18th green.
Stricker finished at 17-under and earned $1.35 million. He also built a 909-point lead over Woods in the FedEx Cup with
two tournaments remaining. Because the points are reset after next week in Chicago, Stricker is assured of being no worse
than the No. 2 seed in the Tour Championship with a chance to win the $10 million prize.

Onto the BMW Championshiop. Camillo Villegas defends.


PETTERSEN BREAKTHROUGHS

Suzann Pettersen won her first LPGA title in two years by winning the Canadian Womens
Open. Pettersen closed with a 1-under 70 for a five-shot victory over Momoko Ueda,
Morgan Pressel, Ai Miyazato, Karrie Webb, and Angela Stanford.
None of those players were able to apply much late pressure, making the walk around
the final few holes feel more like a coronation for Pettersen.
Despite the large margin of victory, Pettersen did have some tense moments midway
through the final round. Her lead over Webb had been whittled down to three shots when she
missed the green at the 10th hole.
However, Pettersen calmly stepped up and sank the chip shot. She then went on to get two
more birdies to rebuild her big lead.
Webb made a run at Pettersen on the final day by making three birdies over her opening
five holes to closing the gap to three shots. Pressel also tried to make a run, but
couldn’t make up all the strokes.

Next up is the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Classic. Seon Hwa Lee defends.



SLUMAN DEFENDS

Jeff Sluman overcame a six-stroke deficit Sunday at Pebble Beach to successfully defend
his Walmart First Tee Open title. Sluman aced the fifth hole and finished with a 4-under 68
for a two-stroke victory.
Sluman, who started the day tied for fifth after a second-round 73, had four birdies and
the hole-in-one on the 187-yard fifth to finish at 10-under.
Gene Jones shot a 70 to finish second. Tom Lehman and Mark O’Meara followed at 7 under, and
second-round leader Loren Roberts tied for fifth with David Eger and Olin Browne at 6 under.

The Champions Tour returns in two weeks for the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.
R.W. Eaks defends.



NOREN WINS MASTERS

Alexander Noren won the Omega European Masters by two shots over Bradley Dredge
on Sunday, shooting a 6-under 66 that included an eagle on No. 15.
Noren finished at 20-under 264 to hold off 2006 winner Dredge, who shot a
65.
Ross McGowan had a 65 to finish third at 267, two ahead of Miguel Angel
Jimenez (67).

The European Tour moves to Germany for the Mercedes-Benz European
Championship. Robert Karlsson is the defending champion.



MERRITT WINS MEXICO OPEN

(AP)—Troy Merritt won the Mexico Open on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour victory, beating
Australia’s Adam Bland with a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff. The 23-year-old
Merritt won when Bland missed his 8-foot birdie try.
Merritt and Bland finished regulation at 15-under 273 in the soggy, weather-plagued tournament at
El Bosque Country Club. Merritt closed with a 3-under 69, while Bland broke the course record with
a career-best 8-under 64.
England’s Matthew Richardson (67) was third, two shots back.

Next week the Nationwide Tour is in Utah for the Utah Championship. The defending champion is
Brendon Todd.



IN OTHER NEWS

The LPGA Sybase Classic may be moving out of New Jersey. Club president and tournament director Tony
Vespa disclosed Saturday that Sybase officials are considering changes to the tournament and have decided
to leave Upper Montclair Country Club after a three-year stay.
Vespa said the club had a three-year contract and spoke with Octagon Golf, which manages the event for
the LPGA Tour, about extending it another three years provided that Sybase signed on. However, Octagon
informed Vespa last week that Sybase was looking at a different format and a different venue.
The LPGA Tour has lost seven tournament since 2007, and commissioner Carolyn Bivens resigned under pressure.


The Captain's picks were made for the President's Cup to be held in October. Captain Fred Couples picks were no surprise as he selected U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover and Hunter Mahan.
Captain Greg Norman's selection for the International team were a bit surprising with the pick of Ryo Ishikawa, the 17-year-old sensation who has won four times on the Japan Golf Tour in the last calendar year. And for his second pick Norman selected fellow Aussie Adam Scott. Scott has endured the worst season of his career.
Scott, was No. 3 in the world a year ago, but he has plunged to No. 53 and barely qualified for the FedEx Cup playoffs. He was eliminated in the first round, and conceded he probably would be left off the team.
The rest of the International team consists of Geoff Ogilvy, Vijay Singh, Camilo Villegas, Retief Goosen, Ernie Els, Angel Cabrera, Mike Weir, Robert Allenby, Yang and Tim Clark.
The other Americans are Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Kenny Perry, Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink, Sean O’Hair, Anthony Kim and Justin Leonard.

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Monday, August 31, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #39

SLOCUM WINS BARCLAY
Heath Slocum was the next to last man to make the field for The Barclays, the first round of the FedEx Cup. That he would win it is even more remarkable, but win he did.

Slocum made a 20-foot par putt on the 18th hole for a one-stroke victory over Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and playing partner Steve Stricker.
Tiger made a run and had a 7 foot putt for a birdie on the 18th to tie for the lead. He stunned the crowd when he missed it.
On the same green where Woods missed from 7 feet, Slocum knocked in the 20-footer, then watched Stricker miss his 10-foot par try.
Slocum finished with a 4-under 67 to win for the third time in his career, and first time in four years.
The victory moved him to No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings, giving him a shot at the $10 million prize next month in Atlanta.
The top 100 players in the FedEx Cup standings qualified for the Deutsche Bank Championship next weekend outside Boston. Slocum, Fredrik Jacobson, Troy Matteson and Richard S. Johnson moved into the top 100, bumping K.J. Choi, Ben Curtis, George McNeill and Matt Bettencourt out of the playoffs.
After the Deutsche Bank, the playoff field will be cut to 70 for the BMW Championship and to 30 for the Tour Championship.



M.J. HUR WINS FIRST
South Korean M.J. Hur made a 6-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to beat SuzannPettersen for her first tour victory at the Safeway Classic.

Hur shot a final-round 65, while Suzann Pettersen and Michele Redman each shot a 67 to finish at 13-under 203 and both birdieing No. 17 to help set up the playoff.
Redman, whose last tour victory came in 2000, was knocked out when she missed a short putt for par on the first playoff hole, the par-4 No. 18.
Pettersen’s putt for birdie on the second playoff hole missed to the left, giving Hur the chance to clinch it.
Rookie Anna Nordqvist was a one-stroke leader going into Sunday’s final round. Sheshot a 72 to finish at 10 under.
Defending champion Cristie Kerr finished well back at 5 under with a 72.



ROBERTS WINS BOEING
Loren Roberts birdied 17 and 18 to win the Boeing Classic beating Mark O'Meara by one stroke.

Roberts made the short birdie putt on 17 to draw even with O’Meara, then sank a 3-foot birdie putt on the 18th to win the title Sunday and keep O’Meara winless on the Champions Tour.
O’Meara led by a one shot until a bogey on the short, par-4 16th . His second shot bounced on the lip of a bunker short of the green and fell back into the sand. O’Meara came back with a birdie on the 17th, but could only manage a par on the par-5 18th when he hit his tee shot into a fairway bunker.
Roberts took advantage by getting his birdie and then by playing 18 flawlessly with three solid shots. From 50 yards out Roberts used a wedge and hit a low skip shot that landed on the fringe, checked up and rolled just a few feet from the cup. He calmly dropped that putt in for the victory.



HEDBLOM WINS IN SCOTLAND
Peter Hedblom of Sweden shot a 5-under 67 Sunday to win the Johnnie Walker Championship title by one stroke over Martin Erlandsson.

Hedblom won his third European Tour title at 13-under 275.
Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie closed with a 69 to share third place with defending champion Gregory Havret (67), three strokes behind the leader.



CHRISTIAN WINS MARATHON
Gary Christian won the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic on Sunday on the ninth playoff hole, which tied a Nationwide Tour record.
The Englishman made a short birdie putt to beat Mathias Gronberg and earn his first Nationwide title.
Christian and Gronberg each started the final round at 9 under and two shots behind 54-hole leader Guy Boros. Both players shot a 64.

IN OTHER NEWS
Jim Furyk was penalized four strokes in the third round of The Barclays when he left an extra club in the bag, a mistake that ended up costing Furyk $131,250 and 188 FedEx Cup points.
Furyk found the 15th club while preparing to play a shot near the second green Saturday and had to take two penalty strokes for each hole, turning his opening pars into double bogeys. He finished with a 70 in the rainy morning round, then shot a 69 on Sunday to tie for 15th at 3 under—six strokes behind winner Heath Slocum.
Without the penalty strokes, Furyk would have tied for sixth. He dropped from 16th to 18th in the FedEx Cup points race.


Byeong-Hun An won the U.S. Amateur at age 17, making him the youngest to ever do so.


The LPGA announced an three year extension with Wegmans through the year 2012 for Wegmans LPGA, with the option for additional one-year extensions. The event, which for
the past 33 years has been played at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y., will continue to feature a $2 million purse in 2010.
The LPGA will announce its full 2010 Tour schedule in November at the season-ending LPGATour Championship in Houston, Texas.


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Sunday, August 23, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #038


US Ladies take Solheim Cup

It was a very exciting Sunday as Europe and the US fought for the Solheim Cup. What was a tight contest , ended in a rout as the US mounted a comeback and took back the Cup. The Americans won the singles 8-4, making the final score 16 - 12.

Michelle Wie had the best week going undefeated in her first Cup action. Juli Inkster, the oldest member of the team, led the comback on the back nine.

Inkster struggled most of the day, down 2 to Gwladys Nocera through 12 holes. She managed to hang in and made birdies on 14 and 15, and evened the match with a solid shot into 12 feet on the par-3 16th. She actually went 1 up when Nocera missed a 6-footer for par on the 17th, but bogeyed 18.

Still, she’d gotten the United States that half-point. It was quite a finish for what Inkster insists will be her last Solheim Cup.

With Morgan Pressel's win over Anna Nordqvist the Cup was clinched and the party was on.

The ladies reconvene in Oregon for the Safeway Classic. Cristie Kerr is the defending champion.


MOORE WINS 1st

It appeared that this tournament just did not want to get started, and then it looked as if it would not end, but it did with Ryan Moore rolling in a birdie putt on playoff hole #3 to win the Wyndham Championship over Kevin Stadler.

Play stopped and started three times during the first three days due to lightning and heavy rains. The combined 9 1/2 hours in weather delays meant none of the first three rounds finished before sundown, forcing players to return to the course each morning to finish their rounds.

After vaulting up the leaderboard with five consecutive birdies on the back nine, he had two chances in the playoff to seal the victory after his approach on No. 18 landed in the middle of the green and rolled to 6 feet. He sank that putt for his first victory in his 112th event.

Stadler’s second shot on the third playoff hole skipped off the back of the green. He chipped within 20 feet, but his putt missed to the low side of the cup.
That cleared the way for Moore to make his first putt, pick up his winner's check and take home 500 FedEx Cup points for winning the final tournament before the playoffs start later this week.

Stadler, Moore and Jason Bohn forced the playoff after they were tied at 16-under 264 through 72 holes. Bohn was eliminated on the first playoff hole after he had trouble escaping the greenside bunker on No. 18 and his first try rolled back into the sand.

Sergio Garcia blew a three-stroke lead midway through the final round, shot a 70 and finished at a stroke out of the playoff.

Now the Tour gets ready for The Barclays the first leg of FedEx playoffs. Vijay Singh won last years tourney as well as the FedEx Cup.



Reid wins Tradition

(AP ) Mike Reid sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday to defeat John Cook and give him his second career victory, and second major, on the Champions Tour. He also won the 2005 Senior PGA Championship.
Cook’s approach shot on the playoff hole, No. 18, came to rest about 15 feet away and his downhill putt for birdie missed just left.

Reid shot a final-round 70 and Cook had a 69 to finish at 16-under 272.Cook, who was two strokes behind leader Brad Bryant going into the final round, birdied the par-3 No. 17 hole to take a one-stroke lead to the final hole. But he hit into the bunker, settling for a bogey and forcing the playoff with Reid, who made par on the hole.

Bryant, who opened with a career-best 62, stumbled to a final-round 73 to wrap up with a 14-under 274.

The Boeing Greater Seattle Classic is next up. Tom Kite defends.



DYSON WINS KLM IN PLAYOFF

(AP)—England’s Simon Dyson came from six shots back to win the KLM Open, beating Ireland’s Peter Lawrie and Sweden’s Peter Hedblom in a playoff Sunday.
After six birdies in his first 12 holes, Dyson matched a course record with a 7-under 63 and then birdied the first extra hole for his second title at the KLM Open.

MICHAEL SIMS EARNS "BATTLEFIELD PROMOTION" TO PGA TOUR

Michael Sim has played his way onto the PGA Tour.

The Australian shot a 4-under 67 Sunday to win his third Nationwide Tour event this season, taking the Christmas in October Classic by two strokes.

IN OTHER NEWS

Juli Inkster, the oldest woman to play in a Solheim Cup, announced that she has made her last Solheim Cup appearance as a player.

The Hall of Famer said she knows she won’t play in another but looks forward to someday being a captain.

Inkster, 49, said that while she isn’t officially retiring as an LPGA player, she’s going to take a significant step back in her playing career.

Inkster was 1-2-1 this week, making her the all-time American points leader in Solheim Cup history with 18 points. She's 15-10-6, a record built on teams that won five Solheim Cups and lost three.



Tiger will get another shot at Y.E. Yang at the HSBC Champions in November, along with defending champion Sergio Garcia and world No. 2 Phil Mickelson.


Others competing in the tournament Nov. 5-8 in Shanghai include Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson, Stewart Cink and Padraig Harrington.


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Sunday, August 16, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #037

Yang wins PGA

In the end Tiger Woods couldn't make the shots he needed to and Y.E. Yang did coming from behind to defeat Tiger and win the PGA Championship.
Yang became the first Asian-born player to win a major Sunday with a stunning performance in the PGA Championship, memorable as much for his clutch shots as the player he beat.
Woods was 14-0 when he went into the final round of a major atop the leaderboard. He had not lost any tournament around the world in nine years when leading by two shots.
Woods held a a one stroke lead until the 8th when he fell back into a tie with Yang . Padraig Harrington ,who started the day two strokes back stayed close to the lead, but the 8th hole did him in . As he did last weekend he chipped a ball into the water and ended up with an 8 taking him out of the tournament.
Tiger regained the lead at 11 but bogeyed 12 to tie Yang. Both players parred the 13th. It was the 14th that would turn the tournament around.
Woods drove the green and was looking at a long eagle putt. Yang's drive was short of the green and forced to chip. And chip he did he hit a perfect chip that went in for an eagle and a two stroke lead. Tiger then missed his eagle putt but birdied to stay one shot back.
Both men parred 15 and 16 and bogeyed 17. Yang holding to a one stroke lead. Yang and Woods
hit their drives in the 18th fairway.Yang hits a wonderful second shot to about 8 ft. Tiger tries to answer but his shot goes into beginning of the rough just off the green . Tiger chipped on passed the hole. Yang then sunk his birdie putt locking up the victory. Woods would bogey the hole making the three shot margin.
And so the majors are over for this year and the players now gear up for the playoff run towards the FEDEX Cup finale and the Presidents Cup.

Next up is the Wyndham Championship. Carl Pettersson defends.


IN OTHER NEWS
Phil Mickelson had possibly one of his worst tournaments shooting 12 over for the PGA. Lefty took six weeks off earlier this summer after his wife and mother were diagnosed with breast cancer, and his game has been slow to return. He played last week at the Bridgestone for the first time since the U.S. Open in June and tied for 58th.
His next tournament will be in two weeks a The Barclays where he hopes to get his game back.


AP)—West Virginia’s Oakhurst Links is up for sale—the birthplace of American golf, where sheep roam the fairways and modern technology takes a back seat to hickory-shafted clubs.
Owner Lewis Keller said that after 50 years, it’s time for someone else to oversee the White Sulphur Springs course that held its first competition in 1884.
The asking price for the nine-hole course and its museum—$4.5 million.


The LPGA prepare for the Solheim Cup which takes place this week starting the 21st.

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #036

Two In A Row

The battle roared, Harrington and Woods came into today with the #1 player in the world three strokes back but by the time they got to the fifth hole Tiger had a lead. Not that Harrigton played poorly, he merely was in the way of a hot Tiger.

They made the turn and ran into trouble. Tiger was spraying the ball and Harrington kept grinding away and regained a share of the lead with his first birdie of the day on the 11th. And when Woods made consecutive bogeys, Harrington found himself with a one-shot lead heading for the homestretch.

It was the 16th that turned the tournament around abruptly. With Harrington still up by a shot, both hit drives into the rough at the 630-yard, par-5 16th hole. Woods punched a shot into the fairway, but Harrington pulled his layup and it ended up on the slope of a trap. From there he hit a high shot that soared over the green and into thick rough.
Harrigton then hit a flyer from the deep stuff behind the green, the ball going past the pin and into the lake in front of the green.
Tiger hit a shot that defied belief. His 8 iron soared high and landed past the hole and rolled back to within a foot.
After walking back down the fairway, Harrington took a drop and hit his sixth shot just over the green, he chipped on and hit the putt for a triple-bogey 8.
When they left the 16th Woods had a three stroke lead and the tournament. It was Tiger second win in a row and the 70th of his career.

Meanwhile, in the "other" tournament. John Rollins took home the trophy in the Legends Reno -Tahoe Open. Rollins posted a 17-under 271 to claim his third victory on the PGA Tour by three strokes over Jeff Quinney and Martin Laird.
Rollins, who tied the course record with a second-round 62 at Montreux Golf and Country Club, offset an early double bogey with a chip-in eagle at the par-5 11th on Sunday. He bogeyed three of the next four holes but notched a critical birdie on the par-5 17th, then got up and down from off the green on No. 18 for an even 72.

Next up is the PGA Championship the last Major of the year. Padraig Harrington is the defending champion.


IN OTHER NEWS
Harrington and Woods were put on the "clock" for slow play during Sunday's WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Harrington later said he felt the pressure to speed things up, but didn’t use that as an excuse—although he twice said he “rushed” shots at the 16th.
“I think being on the clock influenced him,” Woods said. “By rushing like he had to that … forced him to make a couple mistakes.”


Tiger Woods will be fined by the PGA Tour for his public criticism of a rules official after winning the Bridgestone Invitational, a tour official said Monday.
European Tour chief referee John Paramor told Woods and Harrington they were being timed.
Paramor said the final pairing was well behind most of the back nine, but officials gave them time to catch up. They were still 17 minutes out of position on the 16th tee, when they were put on the clock.

(AP)—Scott McCarron and Matt Kuchar got in the PGA Championship as alternates Sunday when previous qualifiers Tiger Woods and John Rollins won events.
The PGA Championship had reserved two spots in the field for the winner of the Bridgestone Invitational and the Reno-Tahoe Open. Woods and Rollins already had qualified for the final major, which starts Thursday at Hazeltine.
Alternates are based on a PGA points list, which is PGA Tour money earned dating to August 2008.
Bob Estes is now the first alternate.


Bridgestone has signed on renewing its contract with the PGA TOUR through 2014.
Bridgestone joins Accenture (Match Play), Zurich (New Orleans) and Travelers (Hartford), which also renewed contracts through 2014. Tim Finchem, the PGA Commissioner, calls this a solid trend in a down economy.

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