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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