Monday, February 16, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #006

Sunshine but still cold out there

Dustin Johnson won for the second time after rain shortened the AT&T National Pro - Am at Pebble Beach. Johnson built a four shot lead on Saturday that figured to give him a cushion going into the final round but torrential rains and wind gusts left The PGA tour no choice but to shorten the tournament and declare Johnson the winner. Next week Phil Mickelson defends at the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera CC.

Mike Goodes, who turned pro only 2 years ago, won his first career Champions Tour title taking the Allianz Championship. He held off Fulton Allem for the one stroke victory. The tour moves to Naples florida for the ACE Group Championship. Scott Hoch defends.

Michelle Wie had the lead heading into the back nine but faltered and Angela Stamford stormed to the lead to win the SBS Open. It was Angela's third win in her last seven starts. The ladies are off next week moving on to Thailand for the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Anthony Kang of the United States ended an eight year victory drought by rolling home a short birdie putt at the final hole to emerge from a tightly bunched field for a one stroke victory at the PGA European Tour's Maybank Malaysian Open.

In other news
We'll have an idea of when Tiger will return as Friday at 5pm is the deadline to enter the Accenture Match Play. Keep an eye on that one.

Will Phil Mickelson get his game together to defend at Riviera this week. Phil won there last year and was the runnerup in 2007 so it'll be worth watching what happens.

The Golf Channel signed a 10 year deal with the LPGA that will make the network the exclusive cable home of the ladies tour beginning in 2010.

TIP OF THE WEEK
When you are in the sand, the number one priority should be getting out in one shot. Get fancy later when you have mastered this.

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Until next time

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