Monday, April 20, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #015

What a beautiful weekend. I even got out to play 9 holes and it was terrific. If only my golf game had matched the weather, but it was the first time out and it was great nonetheless. My ballstriking was so-so but I was happy with my putting. Not so happy with the other parts of my short game so it's back to the drawing board. Anyway, it was fantastic to be out on the course again.

It was the Brian Gay show at the Verizon Heritage tournament. Gay grabbed the lead in the second round and never looked back winning by a whopping 10 strokes. Gay was just fantastic as he built on his lead in the final round blowing away the field and tearing up the course. Luke Donald and Briny Baird tied for second, while Todd Hamilton and Lee Jantzen both had good tournaments. The win was Gay's second on the PGA TOUR.

Next week the Tour goes to New Orleans for the Zurich Classic Andres Romero defends.

Nick Price had a roller coaster ride on his way to his first Champions Tour victory at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

Price had a three stroke lead going into the final round but had to overcome three double bogeys to battle back and win by two strokes over Larry Nelson.

Next on the Champions Tour is the team event the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. Tom Watson and Andy North defend.


Patrick Sheehan defeated Michael Sim in a playoff to take the Athens Regional Foundation Classic on the Nationwide Tour. The win was Sheehan's second on the Nationwide Tour and first since 2002.

(AP) Australian Scott Strange won the Volvo China Open by one stroke over Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, shooting a 4-under 68 on Sunday.

Strange had five birdies in the final round to finish at 8-under 280 on 7,321-yard BeijingCBD International Golf Club course.

The $2.2 million China Open is jointly sanctioned by the European Tour and is the first tournament in the OneAsia series launched by the PGA of Australasia, the China Golf Association and the Korean Golf Association and PGA.

OneAsia has been created as a rival to the established Asian Tour in a battle for control of professional golf on the continent.



IN OTHER NEWS
Colin Montgomerie, the European Ryder Cup captain, dustup in China Open he says was caused by a result of people not understanding golf etiquette.

Montgomerie told BBC Radio that China “is an emerging nation golf-wise.”

He went to say that sometimes the Chinese, Koreans and Thais and emerging countries in the Far East tend not to understand or appreciate the etiquette of the game.

Brendon Todd aced the same hole two days in a row making Nationwide Tour history. Todd aced the 147 yard 17th in the second round with an 8 iron. During the first round the 17th played 9 yards longer and he aced it with a 7 iron.

The California Senate has voted to make it illegal to hold events that require participants to speak English in a move prompted by the LPGA Tour’s English-only proposal. The women’s golf tour wanted last year to require its players to speak English so they could talk with each other and the media, and give acceptance speeches in English. The LPGA backed off the plan after Sen. Leland Yee and others criticized it as discriminatory. Yee says the proposal insulted women, minorities and immigrants, and might disqualify the best golfers. The San Francisco Democrat’s bill makes such policies illegal in California without a“business necessity.” It was approved Thursday 21-14 without debate. The measure now heads to the Assembly.

TIP OF THE WEEK
To help correct slicing, see how centered you can hit the ball with your club and how low you can send the ball. If you send the ball too high, it gets into the wind and can go left or right on to rough ground.

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