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.
That's all for this week.
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Posted by Gary Mack at 10:08 PM