Sunday, May 31, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #023

Wonderful weather weekend . Hope you all had a great weekend . Back to work tomorrow.


Steve Stricker was out of the tournament when he chipped in on the 17th to stay one stroke behind Tim Clark. He parred the 18th and waited . Clark came to the final hole with that one stroke lead over Stricker and Steve Marino. Clark had a nine footer for par and missed it bringing on a playoff. As the three replayed the 18th Stricker and Marino both had long birdie putts while Clark had about a six foot putt for the victory. He missed it and on to the next hole they went . Stricker and Clark hit good tee shots while Marino went into the trees and thick rough. His next shot was short of the green, his chip was off the mark and he two putted and was out . Stricker and Clark had different experiences. Stricker hit his 2nd to about 4 feet . Clark also hit a great second shot but he hit the flag and the ball bounded 20 feet away. He missed the birdie putt, Stricker made his and it was over with Steve Stricker the 2009 Crowne Plaza at Colonial Champion.
Next is Jack Nicklaus's tournament the Memorial in Ohio. Kenny Perry is defending.



Christin Caevaer, of France won the European Open by a stroke Sunday, more than five years after his only previous victory.
Cevaer, ranked 449th in the world at the beginning of the week, made only one birdie in a round of 74 after three bogeys on the front nine, but was solid again on the tough closing stretch of the 7,257-yard London Golf Club course.
He birdied the 15th and parred the other four holes of the last five, two-putting from the fringe for his victoryon the final hole. His four round total was 281, good for his first win since the 2004 Spanish Open
Steve Webster and Gary Orr, with rounds of 71, shared second place with Alvaro Quiros(72).

The tour moves to Wales for the Celtic Manor Wales Open. Defending champion is Scott Strange.



(AP)Kevin Johnson birdied the first playoff hole Sunday to defeat Jeff Gallagher and win the Nationwide Tour’s Rex Hospital Open.
Gallagher shot a final-rouned 7-under 64 and wound up in a playoff when Johnson, playing in the final group, made a 4-footer for birdie at the par-5 18th.
Next the Tour plays the Melwood Prince Georges County Open. Jeff Klauk defends.



Mark McNulty sank a 30 foot birdie putt on the fourth hole of a playoff to gain his seventh Champions Tour victory at the Regional Charities Classic.
The 55-year-old McNulty closed with a 5-under 66 to match Fred Funk and second-round leader Nick Price at 10-under 203 on the Glen Oaks Country Club course. McNulty and Funk birdied the second extra hole to eliminate Price.
It was the longest Champions Tour playoff since the 2007 AT&T Champions Classic.
Denis Watson defends next week at the Triton Financial Classic.



The LPGA was off this week but will return next week at the State Farm Classic.



IN OTHER NEWS
Tiger Woods announced that he will play in next weeks Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.
Tiger is a three time winner of the tournament, though he has skipped the tournament two of the last three years because of family matters and knee surgery. His last victory there came in 2001.



Zach Johnson had another good week and another top ten finish and with that stayed on the top of the heap of the FED EX CUP standings.



Amy Mickelson's cancer caught early according to her doctors and her husband who said on his website “We have a wonderful team of doctors helping us, and it is believed that we caught this early." “We are anxiously waiting for a number of test results that will help guide us in the best possible direction.”
That is good news and lets all say a prayer that all goes well not only for Amy but all those people suffering with this disease.


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Monday, May 25, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #022

What a glorious weekend, but it is back to work soon. Got 9 holes in at the local muni. My game is still bad . I hit the ball well but the chipping, and pitching leaves a lot to be desired.


Rory Sabbatini, broke the tournament record on his way to the HP Byron Nelson Championship trophy. Sabbatini went -19 for the tournament, to gain a two stroke victory over Brian Davies.

Davies put on a late charge but ran out of holes and had to settle for second.

Most of the players and caddies wore pink ribbons on their hats in support of Amy Mickelson and for all those fighting cancer.

The tour stays in Texas for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Last year's champion Phil Mickelson will not defend.



Paul Casey birdied the last 2 holes to win the BMW PGA Championship by 1 stroke in London. Ross Fisher finished second by recording the lowest round of the week a 64 but fell short to
Casey.

The victory gave Casey his third victory of the year, two on the European Tour and one on the PGA Tour (his first win in America ).



Michael Allen had never won in his 271 starts on the Pga Tour, but was able to hang in and gain a two stroke victory in the Seniors PGA Championship. It was Allen's debut on the Champions Tour.

His two-shot victory over Larry Mize was his first of any kind since the 1998 Greater Austin Open on the Nationwide Tour. His only other win came in the 1989 Bell’s Scottish Open on the European Tour.

The tour now moves to Iowa for the Principal Charity Classic Jay Haas defends.



The LPGA played the final Corning Classic and Yani Tseng fired a 5-under 67 on Sunday to hold off a charging Paula Creamer in New York. Tseng, finished at 21-under 267 for her second career victory and moved into third on this year’s money list after collecting the $225,000 winner’s share.

South Korean Soo-Yun Kang (69) missed a three foot par putt which would have forced a playoff.

The ladies take the week off and return June 4 for the LPGA State Farm Classic. Ji Young Oh is the defending champ.



IN OTHER NEWS
AP)—David Toms missed the cut at the Byron Nelson Championship but made it into the next two majors.
The top 50 in the world ranking after this week are exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black and the British Open at Turnberry. Toms slipped only three spots to finish at No. 50, by three-hundredths of a point over Aaron Baddeley, who chose not to play the Nelson and fell two spots to No. 51.
Toms will get to skip 36-hole qualifying June 8 for the U.S. Open.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain birdied the 18th hole at Wentworth for a 68 to tie for 11th in the BMW PGA Championship on the European tour, earning enough points to move up 11 spots to No. 49. It will be his first U.S. Open.
Other players exempt from the world ranking are Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Alvaro Quiros, Adam Scott and Justin Rose.
The U.S. Open also exempts the top 10 from the PGA Tour money list through the Byron Nelson Championship. That group includes Sean O’Hair, Nick Watney, Rory Sabbatini, Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson. They also would have been eligible through the top 50 in the world.
A 36-hole British Open qualifier for PGA Tour players will be held Monday near Dallas.



John Daly wore bright pink pants in the final round of the BMW PGA Championships to show support to Amy Mickelson, who was diagnosed with cancer this past week (blog # 20). Daly said that there has been some cancer in the his family and felt he needed to do something positive.



Zach Johnson continues to lead the FED EX standings followed by Geoff Oglivy, Phil Mickelson, Sean O'Hair and Kenny Perry.



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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #021


This news came on the wire and on Phil Mickelson's website that his wife Amy, has been diagnosed with breast cancer and as of now Phil will be suspending his schedule indefinitely. To read the whole announcement click here.

Let us hope that all goes well and she makes a full recovery.

Monday, May 18, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #020

Iffy weekend weather here in NY, but I was able to get in 9 holes at Bethpage on Saturday.Okay, it was the yellow course and not the black but close enough. The tents are going up,and preparations are in full swing for the U.S. Open.

Zach Johnson repeated as champion of the Valero Texas Open in a playoff. Johnson beat JamesDriscoll in a one hole sudden death playoff defending the title and gaining his sixth career victory. Driscoll, came from eight strokes back and birdied the 18th to take the clubhouse lead at -15. He then had to wait to see if his then one stroke lead would hold up. It did not as Zach Johnson tied and they went to the playoff.

Paul Goydos had the lead with two holes to play but bogeyed the last two holes and fell one stroke off the playoff tied with Bill Haas,who birdied five of six holes on Nos. 11 through 16 but missed a 6-foot putt on the par-3 17th.

This is the last year this event will be played on the current course La Cantera Golf Club.

Next week is the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Adam Scott is the defending Champion.



The Champions Tour battled nasty,rainy weather finally deciding to shorten the Regions Charity Classic to 36 holes. Keith Fergus, shot back to back 66's to defeat Gene Jones by three strokes.

It was the first time a Champions Tour event had been limited to 36 holes because of weathersince the Administaff Small Business Classic in 2006.

The win gave Fergus his second Champions Tour win of the year.

The Tour next stop is the first major of the year outside Cleveland for the Senior PGA Championship. Jay Haas will defend his crown.




Irish amateur Shane Lowry made his first European Tour tournament memorable by winning the Irish Open on the third playoff hole defeating Englishman Robert Rock.

Lowry missed a winning putt in regulation but was able to make up for it on the third playoff hole.

The win made Lowry the second amateur to win a on the European Tour this season. Danny Lee won the Johnnie Walker Classic earlier this year.

The tour's next tourney is the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Miguel Angel Jiminez defends.



Michelle Wie had a chance but let it slip away as Ji Young Oh played steady golf and defeated the field by four strokes winning the Sybase Classic.

Suzann Pettersen made a charge and tied for the lead with 8 holes to play but made two big mistakes coming home to lose the tournament. She missed a tap in putt on 17 and bogeyed the 18th after a bad drive.

Lorena Ochoa who was going for her fourth straight Sybase title had a rough weekend and finished well back.

The women go to upstate NY for the LPGA Corning Classic for the final time. Leta Lindley is the 2008 champion.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP)—Australia’s Michael Sim won for the second time in his last three Nationwide Tour starts, beating Fabian Gomez with a par on the first hole of a playoff Sunday in the BMW Charity Pro-Am.

Sim, who followed a victory last month in California in the Stonebrae Classic with a playoffloss in the Athens Regional Foundation Classic, closed with a 2-under 69 on the ThornbladeClub course to match Gomez (65) at 22-under 264.




IN OTHER NEWS
(AP)—Bob Rosburg, who won the 1959 PGA Championship and spent three decades with ABC Sports as the first reporter to call the shots from the golf course, has died. He was 82.

The PGA Tour said Rosburg died Thursday at home in Palm Springs, Calif. He had been battling cancer, but longtime friend Sal Johnson wrote on his blog that Rosburg died of head injuries after a fall.

Rosburg won six times on the PGA Tour, his biggest victory coming at the 1959 PGA Championshipwhen he rallied from six shots behind at Minneapolis Golf Club to beat Jerry Barber and DougSanders for his only major.



Zach Johnson's victory at the Valero Texas Open moved him to the #1 spot on the Fed Ex standings. Johnson had won earlier this year in Hawaii.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #019

Hope all of you had a lovely weekend and all of you Moms had a great Mother's Day.

Henrik Stenson had a great mothers day. Stenson kept his clothes on and shot a flawless round of golf in the final round of the Players to take home the victory. Stenson, you will remember, stripped down to his civvies to hit a shot out of the mud at Doral a few months back(talking golf with gary #10). Stenson came out on the final round and took advantage of a momentous collapse by then leader Alex Cejka (+5 in his first six holes) and shot a beautiful 6 under 66 and broke free of the pack and dominated the rest of the day.
Tiger Woods also in contention never really got anything going and finished eighth. Ian Poulter put together a nice four days and finished second, while John Mallinger and Kevin Na finished third.Stenson won his first stroke play event in the U.S. having won a match play event two years ago. The win moved him to #5 in the world ranking.
The Tour now goes on the Texas swing starting with the Valero Texas Open. Zach Johnson is the defending champion.


John Daly finally made some news on a golf course by shooting a 66 in the final round of the Italian Open finishing in a 3 way tie for second place behind champion Daniel Vancsik. Daly moved up from 11th place (after 3rd round) to second with his 66.
Vancsik, of Argentina, led at the end of the second and third rounds. He made eight birdies and two bogeys in Vancsik, of Argentina, led at the end of the second and third rounds. He made eight birdies and two bogeys in the final round.the final round.


Christie Kerr became the first two-time champion of the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill. Kerr emerged from a pack to grab a lead and win by two shots over In-Kyung Kin and three over Song-Hee Kim and Lindsey Wright.
Kerr, posted a 72-hole score of 16-under par. In-Kyung Kim shot even-par 70 . Song-Hee Kim, too, shot 70. She led by a stroke before a disastrous double-bogey at No. 16 knocked her out of contention. Wright, who shared the 54-hole lead with Kerr, shot 73.
The Sybase Classic is next up for the ladies with Lorena Ochoa defending.

The Champions Tour and the Nationwide Tour both make their return to the schedule this week with events in the South.



IN OTHER NEWS
David Feherty, the CBS golf commentator got himself into some hot water last week with an inappropiate comment he made in an article he wrote. He has since apologized and I hope that is all that happens to him. How is it that Wanda Sykes, Michael Musto, Perez Hilton, Al Franken,and Janene Garafalo can make nasty, hurtful, derogatory statements all the time and nothing happens to them yet Feherty makes a statement and the PC police are out. Me thinks , me see a DOUBLE STANDARD.


If you have a spare couple of million the Milwaukee PGA stop could use it. U.S. Bank the current
sponsor will be pulling out after this years tournament. They need a major sponsor to step in but finding one in this economy is difficult. Compounding the problem is that the event is opposite the British Open so it is not possible for them to get the top ranked players . I wish them luck.



Michelle Wie has confirmed she will play at the Women's British Open the end of July in Royal Lytham. Wie finished tied for third in The Open in 2005. She is currently 22 on the money list with two top ten finishes in 5 starts this year.



It is no secret that Tiger Woods is struggling this year. It really is not that surprising. Usually,
after a major operation it takes a good year to fully recover. So will see with Tiger. We've seen glimpses of Tiger of old but no consistency. Keep watching though, if not this year then...well I feel sorry for the tour next year.


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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #018


It's The Players Championship week. Sergio Garcia defends and he'll be using a new unique Taylor Made putter. This new putter is similar to the extended length Corza putter with a more solid look and feel and an extended grip on the shaft. Let's see if it helps.

Should be exciting. TPC Sawgrass is one of the most exciting and fun courses to watch a tournament .

Sunday, May 3, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #017

Spring is here. And so is allergy season. I watched the golf through watery eyes, runny nose ,but hey it's golf and it's better then work.


Sean O'Hair grabbed a two stroke lead but bogeyed 17 and 18 to fall into a tie with Lucas Glover,but Glover bogeyed 17 giving O'Hair the title at the Quail Hollow Championship. Zach Johnson who had the lead going into the final round triple bogeyed the second hole and that set him back. Tiger and Phil both stumbled on Saturday but Phil made a run but fell short at -8. Tiger played even golf finishing at -9.

Five weeks after he blew a five-shot lead against Tiger at Bay Hill, O’Hair showed his mettle in hard, blustery conditions Sunday with a 3-under 69 and rallied to win the Quail Hollow Championship when no one could catch him.

The win is O'Hair's third on the PGA Tour.

Next week is The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Sergio Garcia defends.



(AP)—Thomas Levet became the first Frenchman to win five PGA European Tour titles on Sunday, shooting a 4-under 68 to win the Spanish Open by two strokes over Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay.
American John Daly, who is serving a six-month suspension from the PGA Tour, closed with a 69 for his best round of the tournament. He tied for 31st at 3 under.
Leading Zanotti by one stroke, Levet had a birdie at No. 15 and added another at No. 17 to finish at 18-under 270.
He dedicated the victory to golf great Seve Ballesteros, who is battling cancer.
“I always think about Seve,” Levet said. “He is having a hard time at the moment.”
Zanotti finished with a 65 on the same course where he got through qualifying school to get his Tour card only six months ago.
“This is more pressure,” Zanotti said. “It was my first time in this situation and I am very happy.”
Defending champion Peter Lawrie (69) and Thomas Bjorn (66) finished tied for third at 14 under.
Daly, a former British Open champion, is playing in Europe for a month and hopes his play will continue to improve at the Italian Open.
“I’ve struck the ball pretty good and only made two long putts all week, but in the last two rounds I hit a lot (that) I thought I had made,” he said.



IN OTHER NEWS

SANTANDER, Spain (AP)—Golfing great Seve Ballesteros made his first public appearance Sunday since undergoing four separate surgeries to remove a cancerous brain tumor.
Ballesteros, a five-time major winner, was on hand for a Spanish league match at Racing Santander’s El Sardinero stadium, where he received a standing ovation from the fans.
Dressed in jeans and a dark blazer, Ballesteros, who lives close by, waved to fans and smiled.
The 52-year-old underwent four operations to destroy a malignant brain tumor between Oct. 5 and late December, when he was finally released from Madrid’s La Paz hospital.
He is currently undergoing his fourth round of chemotherapy.
Widely regarded as one of Europe’s greatest players ever, Ballesteros was known in particular for his spectacular improvisational play that helped him win three British Opens and two Masters. He also recorded 50 victories on the European Tour and is credited with having transformed European golf.
The Spaniard helped beat the United States in 1985 to begin two decades of Ryder Cup dominance for Europe, which he also captained to victory in 1997 at Valderrama.

The Nationwide Tour cancelled the Mexico Open scheduled for May 21 - 24 because of the swine flu outbreak.
The Mexico Open was to be played at El Bosque Golf Club in Leon, located about 200 miles northwest of Mexico City.
The event will be rescheduled for later this year.


John Daly made some news this past week with his new look. John sported a 50 lb lighter frame and some wild colored clothing with a diamond patterned on his pants. Neon yellow and orange were the highlight of his new color palette.

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