Monday, March 30, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #012

Due to a death in the family I will not be giving my usual report. I hope to return next week with
the results from the Shell Open.

Tiger's Back!!!!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #011

March Madness time, but if you pull yourself away from the bball there was some great golf going on this week.

Retief Goosen hung on sinking a par putt on the 18th to win the Transitions Championship. Goosen had a two stroke lead with three holes in but stumbled in to the 18th leading by one. He then had two putts from 25 feet to win. His first putt slipped 5 feet past the hole. His next putt curled in the side of the cup , to give him the victory over Brett Quigley and Charles Howell III.
Third round leader Tom Lehman did not have a birdie until 17 and shot a 75 to end up in eighth place.

Quigley, who has spent 13 years on the tour, remains winless having now gone 0 for 342 in tournaments.

The next event on the Tour is the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Harbor. Tiger Woods will be on hand to defend his title.

Associated Press - Pat Hurst shot a 4-under 68 Sunday to beat top-ranked Lorena Ochoa and Yani Tseng by one stroke at the Mastercard Classic. Hurst sank a long putt on the 18th hole at the tough BosqueReal Country Club to finish at 10-under 206. Ochoa (69) had three bogeys and six birdies. Crowds packed the sun-drenched hillsides to watch Ochoa play. As the Mexican finished her round, the crowd broke out into chants of “Mexico!” and “Lorena!”

Next week the tour moves to Phoenix for the Phoenix LPGA International.

Estanislao Goya of Argentina won his first European Tour title capturing the Madeira Islands Open by one stroke holding off Scotland's Callum Macaulay. Next stop is Spain for the Open de Andalucia.

The Nationwide Tour as well as the Champions Tour were off this week and will return next week.

IN OTHER NEWS
Annika Sorenstam announced on her blog that she and husband Mike Mcgee are expecting their first child in the fall. Sorenstam retired from the LPGA Tour after last season to start a family and look after her business interests.


The PGA TOUR'S stop in Memphis will be known as the St. Jude Classicfor 2009, dropping it's reference to the Stanford Financial Group, which is under investigation.

Tournament officials announced the same change Thursday. The move had been expected since federal authorities began investigating Stanford for investment and securities fraud.

The event , which benefits the St. Jude's Children Hospital, had been called the Stanford St. Jude Championship the past two years following 21 years with FedEx as the tournament's title sponsor.



Tiger Woods will play at the Australian Masters in November, his first appearance Down Under since 1998. Victoria State premier John Brumby held a news conference to confirm the world's top ranked golfer would play in the tournament at Kingston Heath, scheduled for November 12 - 15.
Brumby predicted the visit by Woods would earn Victoria State $12.54 million in economic benefits, which would offset Tiger's 3 million appearance fee.

Michelle Wie has signed a contract with IMG to manage her career. Wie, now 19, originally signed a contract with the William Morris Agency when she turned pro before her 16th birthday but she recently announced she had left William Morris.
Wie, a runner up in her LPGA Tour debut this year, is to play next week in Phoenix.


TIP OF THE WEEK
When you swing move your body from the hips and make it a smooth, fluent motion.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #010

Cloudy, nasty day in New York but golf is in the air. Took a ride past by my local muni and saw quite a few hardy golfers out there. It still is a bit chilly for me but I was nice and warm watching this weeks action.

Phil Mickelson dodged a Nick Watney putt that stopped just short of the 18th hole, to win the WGC CA Championship. Mickelson and Watney staged a great duel throughout the day with the lead going back and forth. Mickelson who spent the night before the final round in the hospital being treated for heat exhaustion and dehydration.

“I haven’t been able to eat the last three days so I got an IV to get hydrated,” Mickelson told NBC Sports. “Feeling a little weak.”

Watney started the day tied for the lead with Mickelson and stayed with him the whole round. Watney could have tied Mickelson at 18 but his birdie putt stopped about an inch from the hole. “I’ll get over this,” Watney said. “It’s a positive week. I played really well. Beat 78 of the best players in the world. Beat Tiger, which is always good. I’m very pleased with the way I’m playing.” Jim Furyk made a big push but fell short and finished 3rd. Tiger Woods shot a 4 under 68 to finish tournament in a tie for 9th. The win gave Lefty his first WGC title.


The Puerto Rico Open was won by Michael Bradley after he sank a birdie putt on the 18th for his first PGA victory. He outlasted Brett Quigley ,and Jason Day who finished tied for second. Next is the Transitions Championship, Sean O'Hare defends


First, it was the Aussies, then the Kiwis, and now three Americans finished 1-2-3 in theMichel Hill New Zealand Open. Alex Prugh won the NZ Open winning his first Nationwide Tour title. He pulled away from the field with his second eagle of the day and finishing threestrokes clear of fellow American Martin Piller. Jim Herman shot a 68 to tie up third place and an American sweep. The Nationwide Tour is off next week returning in two weeks for the Louisiana Open. GavinColes is defending.

Dan Forsman defeated Don Pooley in the first playoff hole to win the AT&T Champions Classic. Forsman overcame a five stroke defecit to get his first Champions Tour win. Joey Sindelar who was leading going into the final round slipped to fourth place. Jay Haas finished third. Pooley missed a 6 foot putt on the final hole blowing his chance to win in regulation. The win was Forsman's first win of any kind since his victory at the 2003 Allianz Championship. The tour heads to the Dominican Republic in two weeks for the Cap Cana Championship. Mark Wiebe is the 2008 champion.

IN OTHER NEWS
The Associated Press reported that Phil Mickelson played 27 holes at Augusta National in preparartion for the Masters. Mickelson said the course is in great shape and playing well.


The Golf Channel reports that the Tavistock Cup, the crosstown rivalry between Isleworth andLake Nona’s professional golf members, has finalized its field and set its pairings for theteam competition March 16-17 at Lake Nona. Mark O’Meara returns as captain for Team Isleworth and is joined by teammates Tiger Woods, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Daniel Chopra,Darren Clarke, John Cook, J.B. Holmes, Charles Howell III and Nick O'Hern. Ernie Els returns as captain of Team Lake Nona which includes Ben Curtis, Chris DiMarco, Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman, Graeme McDowell, Mark McNulty, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson.


With his win in the CA Championship, Phil Mickelson leap frogs over Sergio Garcia to become#2 in the world rankings, just a hair behind Tiger Woods for the #1 ranking. Phil has never been #1 in the world.


John Daly , who is currently serving a mandatory six month PGA TOUR suspension is working out getting into shape according to an article by Rex Hoggard of the Golf Channel. Apparently,Daly has lost 40 pounds and his working with Rick Smith on his golf game. He plans to play some European Tour events and then will see what happens from there. It would be great to see Big John on tour competing at a high level.


The really big news of the week was Henrik Stenson and his undies. Stenson hit a shot near the edge of the water on the third hole. He did not have any rain gear and did not want to get mud all over him so he.... stripped right down to the undies, took the shot and finished the round clothed. "I was only wearing two things when I hit the shot, my jocks and my golf glove -- that is the only thing that will appear in the picture aside from the golf club --just the way God created me," he said Thursday. "Shirt, trousers, socks, shoes, hat, the lot was off." Let's hope the next time he carries a rainsuit.

TIP OF THE WEEK
A good golf swing will be a fluid, easy motion with your shoulders turning slightly in the back swing and your follow through complete.


It should be a great summer on the golf scene. Tiger is back, Phil is coming around, and with all of these young players coming into their own it should be interesting. Maybe we will get that summer long battle for #1 between Tiger and Phil.

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #009

Ahh Spring like weather for the most part going to cool off this week. Muni courses open next Friday.

Y.E. Yang became the 2nd South Korean male to win a PGA title with his victory in The Honda Classic. He had the lead throughout the final round but stumbled on the back nine. John Rollins made a run getting to within one ,however, Yang was able to par 18 and hold on for the one stroke victory. Next, on tap is the WGC-CA-Championship at Doral , Geoff Ogilvy defends. For those that do not qualify there is the Puerto Rico Open.

Shooting a 66 in the final round gave Jiyai Shin the HSBC Women's Championship. The win gave Shin, her fourth LPGA title in eight months and her first as a full member of the LPGAtour. The others came as a non member.Katherine Hull had the lead coming into the final round but had a terrible day shooting a 74 and finished 2nd two strokes back. Paula Creamer and Angela Park tied for third. The ladies head "South of the Border" in two weeks for the Master Card event.

Joey Sindelar shot a 63 in the final round of the Toshiba Classic but it was not enough to catch Eduardo Romero who shot a 68 and held on for a one stroke victory. Mark O'Meara finished tied with Sindelar in second. Bernhard Langer who shared the lead going into the final round had a difficult day and finished 9th. The Champions Tour stays in California for the AT&T Champions Classic Denis Watson defends.

Much like last week's Moonah Classic where Aussies finished one, two, three, this week it was the Kiwi's turn. Steve Alker shot a 67 to win the HSBC New Zealand PGA championship.Alkerwas the first Kiwi to win the title since Frank Nobilo in 1987. The runner-ups were JoshGeary and David Small. The Nationwide Tour stays in New Zealand for the Michel Hill New Zealand Open in another co sanctioned event.

IN OTHER NEWS
Tiger Woods has committed to play in Doral next week. This will be return II. Phil Mickelson will also return after sitting out this week's tournament.


It looked liked the lawsuit between Callaway Golf and Acushnet the parent company of Titleist and Pro V1 was getting resolved, but both companies filed another round of lawsuits against each other.Titleist lost round 1 and is appealing the decision. In the meantime, they introduced a new 2009 version of the Pro v1.

In the latest court battle, Callaway filed another lawsuit claiming the new Pro V1s still infringe on Callaway patents. Moments earlier, Titleist filed a separate lawsuit in the same federal court in Delaware claiming Callaway has infringed on nine patents with its Tour i and Tour ix golf ball.


In the latest rankings Tiger is still #1 and is followed by Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson. Geoff Ogilvy moved into 4th pushing Padraig Harrington to fifth. Vijay Singh, Henrik Stenson, Robert Karlsson, Camilo Villegas, and Kenny Perry round out the top ten.


TIP OF THE WEEK
This week's tip comes from my buddy Gerry who is always telling me to just make a smooth stroke when I putt. That's it just make a smooth stroke you'd be surprised how good itworks.


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Monday, March 2, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #008

March is definately coming in as a lion as we are expecting 6 to 12 inches of snow in NY so...........let's recap this week's action

In a week that started with a roar ended in a whimper with Geoff Oglivy defeated Paul Casey 4&3 in a less than stellar final match in the WGC Accenture Match Play Championships. The week started with the return of Tiger Woods, who won his first round match but was defeated in round 2 by Tim Clark. Most if not all the high cedes were gone by the weekend. Saturday came with interest waning and we ended up with the final pairing. Despite it all
Ogilvy had a remarkable weekend and has established himself as one of the finest match play golfers in the world.

The " other" PGA Tournament the Mayakoba Classic was won by Mark Wilson. Wilson was tied for the lead after the third round, took the lead for good on the second hole and never relinquished it even with bad weather threatening. J.J. Henry finished two strokes back in second place while Kevin Streelman and Heath Slocum tied for third. The tour now moves East for the Florida swing, starting with the Honda Classic, Ernie Els defends

Lorena Ochoa opened her 2009 season by coming from behind and defeating Paula Creamer to win the win the Honda LPGA Thailand event. South Korea's Hee Young Park finished 2nd. Creamer,who ended up in 3rd, blew a three stroke lead in two holes. She bogeyed the second hole and third while Ochoa birdied the 2nd hole. Ochoa took the lead at the 5th,added a birdie on the 6th and pulled away at with birdies at 8, 11, and 13. The win was Lorena's 25th career win and it is the second year in a row she has won her first event of the season. The ladies nextstop is Singapore for the HSBC Womens Championship, Lorena Ochoa defends.

Thongchai Jaidee won the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open the "other" European Tour event. He finished two strokes ahead of Sweden's Alexander Noren and English pair Steven Webster and Simon Dyson. The win was Jaidee's third on the European Tour. The tour takes a few weeks off.

The Nationwide Tour found it's way to Australia for the Moonah Classic. The event was won byAussie Alistar Pressnel who birdied the final hole to take the trophy. Australians finished1st, 2nd and 3rd in the tournament. Next stop, New Zealand with Darren Stiles defends.

The Champions Tour returns next week with The Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Ca. BernhardLanger defends.

IN OTHER NEWS
Luke Donald had to concede his 3rd round match with wrist discomfort. This was the wrist that he injured and had surgery on last season. The surgically repaired wrist was examined and the discomfort was linked to scar tissue and not the tendon repaired last year.

FBR is pulling out of the FBR Open after the 2010 tourney. The event is one of the most attended events on the Tour. The PGA and the organizers will search for new sponsorship.


TIP OF THE WEEK
Golf shoes are very important to playing a good game. Make sure they are comfortable andwaterproof.

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