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.
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