Monday, July 27, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #034

They finally finished the Canadian Open today and it went into a playoff. Nathan Green,emerged as the winner defeating Retief Goosen. After missing a 12-foot birdie attempt on the par-4 17th on the second extra hole, Green won when Goosen’s 8-foot par putt slid right. Anthony Kim, and Jason Dufner,tied for third at 14 under, a stroke ahead of Lee Janzen, Brandt Snedeker, and Jerry Kelly.
It was the first PGA TOUR win for Green as he earns $918,000 to jump from 132nd to 43rd on the money list with $1,282,017, and also received a tour exemption through 2011.

The Tour next stop is the Buick Open. Kenny Perry is the defending Champion.



Loren Roberts won his second Senior Open Championships by defeating Mark McNulty on the third hole of a playoff. Roberts looked like he was out of contention but, he made two key putts at 11 and 12 then at 14 and 17 and get back in it.Fred Funk also took part in Sunday’s playoff at Sunningdale, but was eliminated on the first extra hole when he made par as Roberts and McNulty birdied.
The remaining pair parred the second playoff hole before Roberts clinched the victory with another par.Roberts, who won in 2006 at Turnberry, and Funk each shot a 67 in the final round. McNultyshot 64.
Bernhard Langer was fourth with Sam Torrance fifth. Overnight leader Greg Norman and Larry Mize were next.
Next week is another major for the Champions Tour. It is US Seniors Open the defending champion is Eduardo Romero.




Ai Miyazato of Japan won the Evian Masters with a birdie on the first playoff hole Sunday, beating Sophie Gustafson of Sweden to clinch her first victory on the LPGA Tour.Gustafson birdied 18 to tie Miyazato and force the playoff. Her eagle putt stopped just short of the hole and she settled for birdie and the tie.
In the playoff, Miyazato steadied herself and sank a putt from about 6 feet after Gustafson had missed her birdie putt from the edge of the green. Meena Lee and Christie Kerr finished in a tie for third. Helen Alfredsson, the defending champion, eagled No. 18 to tie for fifth with former Evian champions Paula Creamer,and Karrie Webb.

Major time: it's the Ricoh Women's British Open. Ji Yai Shin is the defending champion.




(AP)—Ricardo Gonzalez won the SAS Masters by two strokes on Sunday, making birdies on five of the final six holes for a 4-under 69.The 39-year-old Argentine finished at 10-under 282 on the 7,665-yard Barseback Golf Clubcourse—the longest in European Tour history. Jamie Donaldson of Wales closed with a course-record tying 68 to take second. Jeppe Huldahl of Denmark (74) was third, another two shots back.

Next up a new tourney the Moravia Silesia Open.




Rich Barcelo shot a 6-under 65 to win on the Nationwide Tour for the first time, defeating Tom Gillis by a stroke in the Cox Classic.

The Nationwide Tour's next event is the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational. BillLunde defends.




IN OTHER NEWS
Tiger Woods will be in the field at this week's Buick Open. If form olds true Tiger will play the next three weeks right into the PGA Championship.

It looks as though Jesper Parnevik might have played his last round of the season. The 44 year old Swede apparently will undergo hip surgery next week in Colorado. The five-time winner in the United States hasn’t finished better than a tie for 42nd at the Buick Invitational.

Mark Calcavecchia birdied nine straight holes Saturday in the RBC Canadian Open to breakthe PGA TOUR record.



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Sunday, July 19, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #033

In the end, the great story was not to be written. The end would not be as Tom Watson wanted it to be, at least for him. For Stewart Cink it would be the best ending he could ever imagine as he wins his first major, The British Open.

The Tournament was a wild one with the lead going back and forth all day. Ross Fisher, Lee Westwood, Tom Watson, Matt Goggin and Stewart Cink claiming a share of the lead. Fisher had a 3 stroke lead ,but bogeyed the4th, and scored 8 on the 5th knocking him out.

Westwood eagled the 7th to take a 2 stroke lead, but he couldn't hold it. The same could be said
for everyone else. Cink played steady and hung around till he birdied 18 with a beautiful putt to share the lead with Watson and was the clubhouse leader.

Westwood birdied 17 to join Watson and Cink in the lead. Watson then birdied 17 to take a one stroke lead.

Westwood bogeyed 18 knocking him out .Watson came into the final hole with a one stroke lead. After a good drive, he hit what appeared to be a great second shot but it hit the firm green and went long. He chose to use the putter for his 3rd shot hit it good but ran it the past hole.He left about a 9 footer to win. Watson made an awful putt and bogeyed the hole and putting him in a 4 hole playoff with Cink.

The playoff was all Cink. Whether it was fatique, or the disappointment of not winning in regulation, Watson could not get started. He sprayed his tee shots into the rough stuff and just looked beat. Cink continued his steady play and hit it stiff on his second shot to the final hole.
He calmly sank the putt, and taking home the Claret Jug.

So, congratulations to Stewart Cink for winning his first major.

And for Tom Watson thank you, thank you for turning back the clock and showing us why we love the game, thank you for showing us a different way to play the game. Thank You.



Associated Press
MILWAUKEE – Bo Van Pelt won for the first time on the PGA Tour with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden death playoff over John Mallinger on Sunday at the U.S. Bank Championship.

Van Pelt had two putts to win, leaving a 26-footer a little short before sinking a 2-foot birdie for his first victory in his 229th tour event. On the second playoff hole, the 29-year-old Mallinger rolled his second shot in a greenside bunker. Mallinger got out, but left himself a 28-footer for birdie that he pushed right of the hole and settled for par.

Frank Lickliter, who led at 11 under after 54 holes and Greg Chalmers, who started the day one back and was the leader after each of the first two rounds, both struggled on the front nine Sunday and never recovered.

The tournament must find a new title sponsor to return next season after U.S. Bank earlier announced it was ending its relationship with the 42-year-old event following a six-year run.

Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker, both from Wisconsin, are working together on a new concept for the tournament that they plan to pitch to sponsors and the PGA Tour.

The tour now moves to Canada for the Canadian Open. Chez Reavie is the defending champion.



IN OTHER NEWS
Seve Ballesteros said he would like to play in the British Open at St. Andrews in 2010.

Ballesteros, who underwent four operations on a malignant brain tumor late last year, said he would like to be able to play in next year’s championship as a gesture of gratitude to his British fans who have supported him for three decades.



Rick Rhoden held on Sunday to claim a record eighth victory at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship after Dan Quinn’s comeback attempt ended with a shot into the pond guarding the 18th hole.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #032

Another great weekend of weather in the Norteast, though some of us have to work for a living. So let's recap this week's action.

They played the first round of the John Deere Classic in relatively nice weather. Then the bad weather came and Friday's 2nd round was cancelled. They played the 2nd round Saturdayand Steve Stricker tied the course record (61) and fired a 7-under 64 in the fourth round after starting the day with a third-round 68 to finish at 264 for the tournament. That was good enough to give him his second PGA Tour win this year and sixth in all.

Zach Johnson , Brandt Snedeker and Brett Quigley all tied for second at 17 under.

Stricker’s biggest challenge came from Tim Petrovic, who was in his group and was two strokes off the lead heading into the 36th and final hole of the day. But he hit the pond on No. 18 and double-bogeyed, leaving him at 16 under along with Matt Jones and J.J. Henry .Second-round leader Darron Stiles (70, 71) finished at 14 under.

The Tour moves on to Scotland for the British Open. Padraig Harrington defends. For those players who did not qualify there is the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, Richard S.Johnson is the defending champion.


Eun Hee Ji, a 23 year old from South Korea, sank a long birdie putt on the 72nd hole to takehome the US Women's Open Trophy. Ji, made a double bogey on the tenth, but battled back to birdie three of her final six holes to break out of a log jam and grab the title. ChristieKerr,who had the lead and the tournament had a case of the nerves and gave away the tournament.

Candie Kung. Kung vaulted from 37th to a tie for fifth in the third round and was tied with Ji at 1-over before the winning putt.

Ji, is the second straight South Korean to win the event, following Inbee Park. Countrywoman Birdie Kim claimed the championship in 2005.

Eun Hee Ji made the U.S. Women’s Open memorable for more than a lingering LPGA Tour dispute. A group of players sent a letter calling for the resignation of their Commissioner Bivens. This dispute threaten to overshadow the golf but a great Sunday on the course help overcome that. Reports are that a new Commissioner will named very soon.

The ladies are now off to France to play the Evian Masters in two weeks with Helen Alfredsson defending.



He did it again. Bernhard Langer, chipped in for an eagle on the 18th hole to win the 3M Championship,his fourth win of the year on the Champions Tour and second in a row.
His 7-under 65 put him at 16-under for the tournament, one shot better than runnerup Andy Bean.
Standing about 10 feet off the back fringe, Langer softly chipped the ball on the edge of the green and watched it roll about 10 feet into the hole. Langer turned and pointed to the crowd with both arms raised when the ball dropped in the hole . It was his only eagle of the tournament.

Nick Price started the round two strokes ahead of Langer but missed key putts on 15 and 16 and Langer came out hot and never backed down.
Scott Hoch finished two shots back. Tom Kite shot his second 67 at the TPC Twin Cities to finish fourth.
Steve Thomas shot a 67 to finish tied for a career-best fifth place with Price.
The Champions Tour returns in two weeks with the Senior Open Championship in Berkshire, England. BruceVaughn is the defending champion.



Stars of the sports world were out for the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic in Ontario, Canada but it didn'tbother Roger Tambellini who fashioned a 4 stroke win.He shot four consecutive rounds in the 60s and seta new tournament record. Craig Barlow finished in third place at 15 under and D.J. Brigman, Chris Anderson and Garth Mulroy finished tied for fourth at 14 under.



IN OTHER NEWS
This just in: Carolyn Bivens is out and replaced by Marsha Evans on an interim basis. Bivens resigned bowing to pressure from players who were upset about the organization’s economic woes and her leadership.
Marsha Evans, a retired rear admiral in the Navy who also has led the American Red Cross and Girl Scouts of the USA, will take over until the LPGA board finds a replacement, which it hopes to do by the end of the year.
Bivens' four years on the job was full of controversy and difficulties. She angered sponsers and players alike and it just came to a boiling point with a meeting of the top players calling for her resignation, as reported last week on my podcast.
Now the search begins.

Tiger Woods is in Scotland practicing for this weeks Open Championship. Tiger will paired in the first two rounds with Lee Westwood and Ryo Ishikawa.
Defending champion Padraig Harrington will play with former U.S. Open champions Jim Furyk and Geoff Ogilvy.

Here is the current FedEx Cup standings
1 Tiger Woods 2 Steve Stricker 3 Kenny Perry 4 Zach Johnson 5 Phil Mickelson

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Monday, July 6, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #031

Just gorgeous weather on this holiday weekend. Even got out to play nine, though the results were terrible.

Hunter Mahan went out early today and shot a 62, tying the course record, and posted a number for the field to shoot for .It did not bother Tiger Woods as he sank a 20 footer on the 16th to take a one stroke lead. He then parred 17 and 18 to take home the victory. Mahan finished alone in second. Anthony Kim finished third, whileBryce Molder was fourth,and Brandt Snedeker finished fifth.
Woods won for the third time this year, living up to his hopes of being a “greedy host” at his own tournament.
He goes to the top of the PGA Tour money list and the FedEx Cup standings for the first time this year. Woods has won all three tournaments this year in his final start before a major, with the British Open next.
Oddly enough Tiger this year has won Arnold Palmer's Tournament, Jack Nicklaus's Tournament, and now his own.
Next up is the John Deere Classic. Kenny Perry will defend and he'll be looking for career win 15.


Eunjung Yi blew a six-stroke lead then hit a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to defeat MorganPressel and capture her first LPGA victory Sunday in what might be the final Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.
Yi began the day with a four-shot lead. She birded two of the first three holes to go up six shots.
Pressel, chasing her third career victory, pulled even by holing a wedge shot for eagle on the par-5 17th hole.
Michelle Wie made a back-nine rush to finish at 16-under, tied for third.
The tournament’s contract with its title sponsor, the LPGA and HIghland Meadows Golf Club expired after the final round.
The U.S. Women's Open is next week with Inbee Park defending.


(AP)—Martin Kaymer of Germany won the French Open on Sunday, beating Lee Westwood of England in the first hole of a playoff.
The 2007 Rookie of the Year on the European Tour kept his composure in a dramatic finish on Sunday to clinch his third title after having missed chances on the last few holes.
Kaymer sank a putt from 18 feet on No. 18 at Le Golf National’s Albatross Course to edge Ryder Cup star Westwood, who sent his approach shot into the water.
Next up is the Barclay's Scottish Open. Graehme McDowell defends.

IN OTHER NEWS
Paula Creamer, who withdrew from this week's Jamie Farr Classic,with a thumb injury, will play in the U.S. Women's Open next week in Pennsylvania. Creamer says her thumb was swollen after hitting balls on Thursday, and she decided to pull out of the tournament so she wouldn’t risk further injury. Paula received two anti-inflammatory shots this week and figured therest would do her good.

Tiger Woods is helping out longtime friend Notah Begay III, agreeing to play in his charity Skins Game at Turning Stone Resort next month to support Native American youth. Tiger and Begay were teammates at Stanford and have remained closeever since.

Bryce Molder will get to play in his first British Open. He qualified with his top five finish in this week's AT&TNational at Congressional.


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