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

That's it for this time. Have a great week and don't forget my podcast

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