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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See you next week.

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