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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Don't forget to download my podcast at http://par3radio.podbean.com/Send your comments / questions to gary21753@gmail.com
See you next time!

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