Wow, what a weekend great weather, great golf, and all the tours were in action.
Jerry Kelly came back with two birdies on the back nine to claim the Zurich Classic trophy in New Orleans. Kelly came into the final round in the lead but stumbled and was overtaken by Charles Howell III. But Howell had bogeys on 15 and 17 to eliminate himself. He tied for second with Rory Sabbatini, and Charlie Wi.
Next stop is North Carolina for the Quail Hollow Championships formerly the Wachovia Championship, Anthony Kim is the defending champion.
Lorena Ochoa , the #1 Womens player in the world, shot a 5 under par 68 to hold off Suzann Petterson by a stroke to win the Corona Championship for the second straight year. Ochoa had back to back birdies on the 15th and 16th holes to break a tie with Petterson and take home the trophy in her native country.
The ladies take next week off but, return for the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill. Annika Sorenstam won this event last year but will not be defending.
It didn't take Tom Lehman long to get his first Champions Tour victory. Teaming with Bernhard Langer, Lehman made a par putt on the second playoff hole to beat Craig Stadler and Jeff Sluman in the Liberty Mutuals Legends of Golf. Lehman became the 13th player to win in his Champions Tour debut.
The tour takes some time off and will return May 15 for the Regions Charity Classic in Alabama. Defending his title will be Andy Bean.
Thongchai Jaidee Ballantine's Championship after a three-way playoff Sunday against Kang Wook-soon and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Thongchai closed with a 2-under 70 to finish 4-under 284 on Sunday along with first-round leader Fernandez-Castano and Kang, who carded a 68 in the final round at the jointly sanctioned Asian and European Tour event.
Thongchai won the playoff with a birdie on the extra hole, the par 4 18th, for his second win in two months.
Ernie Els finished in a four-way tie for fourth place, two shots off the pace at 2 under, and Fred Couples finished at 10 over.
Sports Network - Garth Mulroy survived a double-bogey on the final hole Sunday to defeat Chris Tidland by a stroke and win the South Georgia Classic. Mulroy closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 13-under-par 275 for his first Nationwide Tour title. Tidland, who was going for his second tour win, closed with a 2-under 70 at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club to finish one back at minus-12. Garrett Willis ended alone in third at 10-under-par 278 after a final-round, 5-under 67.
IN OTHER NEWS
The Golf Channel is reporting that Final-round angst of a different nature heightened considerably Sunday at the LPGA's Corona Championship in Mexico with player concerns growing over news of the potentially deadly strain of swine fluvirus spreading in that country. "It's definitely scary," said Brittany Lincicome, the Kraft Nabisco champion who missed the cut at Morelia, home to the Corona Championship. "It's a very serious situation, and I'm just praying none of the girls gets sick. I feel fine." Lincicome was back home in Seminole, Fla., and out of the country by the time weekend news reports grew more serious about the deadly dimension of the virus. Mexican health officials report 81 deaths in that country are likely linked to the virus. Morelia is about 200 miles west of Mexico City, where news reports Sunday detailed how churches and bars were empty, how sporting events were canceled and how schools are being shut down as the city slows to a snail's pace. Jane Park withdrew from the Corona Championship on Saturday after two holes because of illness. She reported being sick to her stomach.
Over the weekend, LPGA players received up to three e-mails from the tour's tournament operations office outlining specifics of the swine-flu threat and precautions players should take. "They were very detailed and included what symptoms to look for, what to do if we aren't feeling well and how we should immediately see a doctor if we become sick," Lincicome said.
LPGA player family members who didn't make the Mexico trip anxiously followed news reports while awaiting the return ofloved ones Sunday night. Herb Krickstein, a retired doctor who is grandfather to Morgan Pressel, followed the tournament and the swine-flu news from a computer at his Boca Raton home on Sunday. "We just hope Morgan gets out of there without getting anything," Krickstein said. "Obviously, what's happening is worrisome."
Lanny Wadkins was elected to the World Golf Hall Of Fame. He had 21 victories on the Tour, a PGA championship and a record tying 8 Ryder Cup teams appearances.
Wadkins will be inducted Nov. 2 at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.
The Zurich Classic has reupped with the PGA TOUR and will remain a sponsor until 2014 and remain in New Orleans at theTPC Louisiana in Avondale.
AP - Organizers of an amateur golf tournament with rules based loosely on poker have signed a deal with cable network WGN America to air the mid-May tournament in 13 one-hour episodes.
The World Series of Golf is also upping its top prize from $250,000 to $300,000, with each player required to pay a $10,000entry fee to play.
In the unique format, dozens of amateur players bet with poker chips, winning chips when they finish holes in fewer strokesor by forcing opponents to fold.
The tournament aired on CBS last year as part of a three-year deal. But World Series of Golf president Terry Leiweke says the tournament opted out of the network deal this year because he thought cable would bring more flexibility to airing the tournament.
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