Monday, March 16, 2009


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.

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.

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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