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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