Sunday, June 28, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #030

Beautiful weekend but I have a cranky knee ,so no golf ,oh well, maybe next weekend.


Kenny Perry was feeling fine as he started the final round of the Travelers Championship one stroke behind Paul Goydos. Perry came out hot shooting 32 on the front nine and was five up coming into the 15th. Perry birdied 15, and put the tournament away by making birdie on 17 after hitting a 164-yard approach to within 8 feet. Goydos and David Toms played beautiful golf but there was no catching Kenny Perry.

Ben Curtis, Ryan Moore, and Hunter Mahan tied for fourth.

Kenny Perry set a new tournament record for the Travelers Championship and with won his 14th career tournament.

Now the Tour heads to our Nations Capital for the AT&T National hosted by Tiger Woods. Anthony Kim will defend his title.



Jiyai Shin, won for the fifth time in 11 months, shooting a 1-under 71 on Sunday to win the Wegmans LPGA by seven strokes with a 17-under 271. Kristy McPherson and Yani Tseng each shot a 66, the day’s best score, to tie for second-place at 10 under.

Shin lengthened her lead over Michelle Wie in the rookie of the year standings to 405 points. She also jumped from fourth to first in the Rolex Player of the Year rankings with 90 points, nine ahead of Kerr.




Lonnie Nielson opened his final round of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open by getting 4 birdies and an eagle in his first 5 holes, on his way to a 63 and the victory in Endicott, NY. Nielson quickly erased Funk’s three-shot lead and went on to beat Funk and Ronnie Black by three shots.

Nielsen shot a 9-under 63 to finish at 21-under 195, a record in the three-year history of the event.

The Tour takes off next week but will return July 10.





(AP)—Nick Doughtery shot a final-round 64 to win the BMW International Open by one stroke on Sunday, although he was nearly upstaged by one of the most rare shots in golf.

The 27-year-old Englishman finished at 22-under 266, and wound up holding off Rafa Echenique after the Argentine produced an albatross—a two on a par-5 — on the 18th hole to complete his 10-under 62.

Third-round leader Retief Goosen of South Africa finished third, four strokes behind Dougherty, after a final-round 71 at the Golfclub Munchen Eichenried.

Next up is the Open de France in Paris. Pablo Larrazabal defends.



IN OTHER NEWS
Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa closed with a 1-over 73 on Sunday to win the Mizuno Open on the Japan Golf Tour and qualify for the British Open next month.

It was the first victory this year for the 17-year-old Ishikawa, and it came at the right time. The top four players not already exempt for the British Open earned a spot in the field July 16-19 at Turnberry.



Fredrik Jacobson has withdrawn from this week's AT&T National where he finished second last year to Anthony Kim. Kevin Stadler replaced Jacobson in the field for this week's event, which is hosted by Tiger Woods.



Kenny Perry moved to the top of the FED EX standings with his win on Sunday. Zach Johnson and Phil Mickelson are right behind Perry, with Tiger Woods, and Steve Stricker finish off the
top five.


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Monday, June 22, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #029

Lucas Glover won the U.S. Open in Farmingdale NY. In a tournament that was plaqued by weather problems and took a day longer to finish then usual, Glover was the last man standing. He came into today tied for the lead with Ricky Barnes. Both men started off poorly, and, began coming back to the field,
Tiger Woods, Ross Fisher, and Hunter Mahan all started to challenge but fell back. Phil Mickelson, and David Duval mounted the biggest charges even tying for the lead before they fell back.
Mickelson, tied Glover with an eagle on 13 but bogeyed 15. Glover also bogeyed 15 to again tie Mickelson. Duval, who had a terrible start to his round, fought back by running off three straight birdies on the back nine tying Glover and Mickelson at -3.
Glover birdied 16 to go -4 while Mickelson bogeyed 17 as did Duval dropping them two strokes back.
Glover who was steady all week, hung on and parred his way in to claim the Championship Trophy.


If I may just some thoughts on the week. It's a shame the Tournament was affected by the weather. The course was in great shape but the heavy rainfall took away the toughness of the course. Like the sun , the Black never got to shine.

David Duval played a great tournament and maybe back to form or close to it. He has truly risen from the ashes.

Phil Mickelson was playing inspired golf. He departs now to be with his wife during her treatment. Good luck, Amy and Phil get well soon. I hope we do get to see Phil later this season.

With all the starts and stops due to the weather the tournament never got into a good flow until the final nine holes.

The fans were great and the USGA should get the Open back here as soon as it can.


Next week the other tours will return and the PGA moves on to Connecticut for the Travelers.
Stewart Cink defends.


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Sunday, June 21, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #028

Monday finish at the Open. Ricky Barnes and Lucas Glover are tied with a few holes started in the final round.
The field finished the third round today and started play on the final. When play was suspended
Tiger Woods was at even par and Phil Mickelson was at -2. David Duval was in the mix he came in at -2.
Should be a big Monday at the Black.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #027


The first round is underway and of course it's raining as it always seems to do this year. The forecast for the tournament is wet. The course will play really long, however, in a way it could help the shorter hitters in that the greens will be soft and more accepting of long irons and fairway woods. It should make it interesting.

Monday, June 15, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #026

IT'S OPEN WEEK!!!
The crowd are already forming out at Bethpage Black for practice rounds. The tents are up and
the place is abuzz with excitement.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #025

It's almost here the second major of the season the US Open.


And the latest entry to the field is Brian Gay. Gay cruised to a victory in the St.Jude'sClassic. The win gave him his second victory in his last five events and with it a berth in next weeks Open under the multiple winner in the last calendar year exemption.

David Toms and Bryce Molder finished in second five strokes behind. Toms finished with a 65,and Molder had a 70. John Senden (64), Paul Goydos (68) and Robert Allenby (69) tied for fourth at 12 under.

Phil Mickelson, and John Daly,both making a return to the PGA tour, tied for 59th at 1 over. Mickelson closed with a 75, and Daly shot a 70.

The frenzy starts Monday as the golf world converges on Long Island and Bethpage Black for the US Open. Tiger Woods defends.



Anna Nordqvist, a rookie on the LPGA tour, and playing in only her fifth tournament, won her first title and her first major with a victory in the LPGA Championship.

Nordqvist was cool and calm all week stayed that way today and finished at -15. She let a five stroke lead slip to one, Nordqvist birdied 14 with a 12 foot putt and sunk a 35 footputt for birdie on 15 essentially locking up the tournament.

After Nordqvist ended the tournament with a birdie putt on 18, her coach friends rushed out to
the green to spray her with champagne.

Lindsay Wright finished second with Jiyai Shin, was third at 10 under, Kyeong Bae was 9 under,and Angela Stanford (69), Nicole Castrale (69) and Kristy McPherson (70) followed at 8 under.

Next week the Tour is off.



(AP)—Kevin Johnson tied the Nationwide Tour career victory record and moved within a win of an in-season promotion to the PGA Tour, beating Bradley Iles with a birdie on the second playoff hole Sunday in the Knoxville Open on the Nationwide Tour.
Johnson ended the playoff with a short birdie putt on the par-5 18th.

IN OTHER NEWS
(AP)—Former Masters champion Trevor Immelman has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because of tendinitis in his left wrist and elbow. Immelman is the second player from the top 50 in the world to pull out of the U.S. Open, which starts Thursday at Bethpage Black. Robert Karlsson of Sweden withdrew last week because of an eye infection.

Immelman was replaced by Clinton Jensen, the first alternate from sectional qualifying in Florida.

Earlier this weekend, Dudley Hart withdrew and was replaced by Scott Lewis.



Ken Green, a Champions Tour player who was in a major RV accident last week,that killed his girlfriend, as well as his brother, found out that he needs to have his lower right amputated.
The golfer's agent Kevin Richardson said Green is struggling with the “double whammy” of the deaths and his own career-threatening injuries.
Richardson also said that Green will try to return to the tour with a prosthetic limb and use that as his inspiration .


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Sunday, June 7, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #024



That roar you hear is Tiger Woods coming from behind to win The Memorial for the fourth time. In a day when all sorts of stories could have been written it was Tiger who charged and refused to lose. He drove the ball perfectly all day and was magnificent when he had to be. Tiger birdied 17 to take a one stroke lead. On the 18th he hit a spectacular second shot to about14 inches for a tap in birdie and a two stroke lead.Jim Furyk, playing behind Tiger birdied 18 to finish one stroke back.
(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The day started with Matt Bettancourt and Mark Wilson in the lead. Tiger,Furyk, Jonathan Byrd and Davis Love III all mounted a run at the lead. As, Bettancourt and Wilson fell back the big names made a move . Byrd grabbed a lead with an eagle on the 7th only to give it away on the 14th with a double bogey. Davis Love sank a couple of long birdie putts on 13 and 14 to get in the mix, at one point joining a 4 way tie for first. He fell with a bogey on the 17th and a triple 18.


It looks like Tiger is ready for the US Open after all.

The next stop on the tour is the St.Jude's Classic. Justin Leonard defends.


Bernhard Langer shot a 67 to become the first three time winner this year on the ChampionsTour. The victory margin was six strokes over Mark O'Meara in the Triton Financial Classic. Langer has now won seven times on the Champions Tour since joining the tour late in the 2007 season.


O’Meara, winless on the Champions Tour, shot a 70 for his third runner-up finish of the yearand sixth overall, while Dana Quigley shot a 69 to end up another shot back. Hoch (71), LarryMize (69) and Gene Jones (74) tied for fourth at 7 under.

The Tour takes the next few weeks off and will return in the end of June.



I K Kim birdied two of her final three holes to beat Se Ri Pak by a stroke in the StateFarm Classic on the LPGA Tour. Kim won the shootout at 17 under 271.Hee-Won Han (65), Jee Young Lee (66) and Angela Stanford (67) finished at 15 under, and third-round co-leader Cristie Kerr (70) was 14 under along with Eun-Hee Ji (63), Paula Creamer (65), Suzann Pettersen (68), Ai Miyazato (68), Amy Hung (68) and Ji yai Shin (70). Michelle Wie tied for 54th at 4 under, following a third-round 77 with a 69.
Next week is Major week on the tour with the McDonald's LPGA Championship. Yani Tseng is the defending champion.




NEWPORT, Wales (AP)—Jeppe Huldahl shot a 4-under 67 to win the Wales Open by one stroke onSunday, giving the world’s 377th ranked player his first European Tour title.
The Dane had four birdies and no bogey’s in finishing at 9-under 275 at Celtic Manor. Niclas Fasth of Sweden birdied the last for a 5-under 66 to take second place and Ignacio Garrido (69) of Spain was another shot back in third.
The tour takes the next few weeks off and will return June 18.



Veteran Mathias Gronberg won for the first time in the US with a win at the Melwood PrinceGeorge's County Open. Gronberg won by six strokes over Justin Bolli, and Robert Damron who tied for second.

Next stop is Tennessee for the Knoxville Open with Jarrod Lyle defending his title.


IN OTHER NEWS


Phil Mickelson makes his return to the PGA Tour at the St. Jude Classic. It is his first appearance since his wife Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer. Phil had suspended his schedule thinking his wife would have surgery,but Amy's surgery and treatments were pushed back and so the decision was made to play next week and the following week at the US Open.


John Daly returns next week to join Phil and give this tournament a much neededboost. Daly also signed a multiyear deal with All Sport sports drink and will display their "Big Red" logo on his golf bag.


Every year the Memorial Tournament has special honorees. Next year, they will honor Seve Ballesteros. Ballesteros, fighting a cancerous brain tumor, won a record 50 times on the European tour, including three British Open championships. The first European to win the Masters, in 1980, the Spaniard twice won the green jacket and was the youngest winner at Augusta until Tiger Woods’ first victory in 1997. He'll be invited to come to Muirfield Village, if his health permits, to take part in the festivities.


Reports are that Oakmont will rewarded the 2016 US Open. Oakmont last hosted the Open in2007. The formal announcement is to be made at the US Open in Bethpage.


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