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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