Sunday, August 2, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #035

Tiger wins Buick
His contract with Buick was not renewed but that did not stop Tiger Woods from playing in the Buick Open and winning it. With a one stroke lead coming into the final round, Tiger shot a 69 and cruised home with a three shot victory.
Roland Thatcher briefly shared the lead at 17 under and finished tied for second with Greg Chalmers and John Senden.
Woods will play at the Bridgestone Invitational next before going to Hazeltine for the PGA Championship, his final chance to win a major this year.
He is set to compete in two straight tournaments going into a major for the first time in his career.
With the win Woods moves into first place in the FedEx standings, it also is his 69th career victory puts him closer to Sam Snead's career total of 82.
Next week is the WGC Bridgestone Invitational ,Vijay Singh defends. And , for those who are not invited there is the Legends Reno Tahoe Open, Blaine McCallister defends there.



US Senior Open in a Funk
It was funkytown in Indiana as Fred Funk took control and won the US Seniors Open. Funk set a tournament record by finishing 20-under par and won by six strokes.
Joey Sindelar finished second at 14 under, his sixth top-10 finish of the season.
Funk shot 13 under the first three days to take the lead. He birdied holes 2, 5 and 9 on Sunday for a 33 on the front nine and was on his way to routing the field.
Funk lost a playoff last week in the Senior British Open. He has fought through knee and shoulder injuries to finish in the top seven in six of his past seven tournaments.
Loren Roberts tied the course record with a 64 on Sunday to finish tied for fourth at 11 under. He was ahead of the record until he bogeyed on 17. He made par on 18 to finish 8 under.
After two Major Championships in a row the Champions Tour Takes a few weeks off and will return with yet another Major : The Jeld Wen Tradition. Fred Funk will be defending.



Scot wins Ricoh Women's British Open
Ten weeks ago,Catriona Matthew gave birth to her second child. Today, she won the Women's British Open by three strokes capturing her first major title.
The 39-year-old Scot birdied three straight holes on the back nine to hold her third-round lead. She finished at 1-over 71 for a 3-under 285 total.
Karrie Webb of Australia closed with a 68 and was second. Sharing third were Paula Creamer, Hee-Won Han, Ai Miyazato, and Christina Kim.
Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie had their best rounds of the week with 69s. Kerr shared eighth place and Wie tied for 11th.
The ladies are off for about a month. The break is for the Solheim Cup which begins on August 21.



Swede wins European Tour Event
(AP)—Sweden’s Oskar Henningsson made six birdies Sunday to win the Moravia Silesia Open by two strokes, shooting 13-under 275 at the Prosper Golf Resort.
It was the 23-year old rookie’s first European Tour victory since he turned pro in 2004. The $2.8-million tournament marked the return of the PGA European tour to the Czech Republic.
The English duo of Sam Little and Steve Webster finished tied for second at 11-under.
Miguel Angel Jiminez of Spain, who helped design the 7,155-yard course, finished tied for 17th with four other players after finishing at 4 under.
Bernhard Langer won the last event in the Czech Republic at the Karlstejn Golf Club course near Prague 12 years ago.



IN OTHER NEWS
Michelle Wie and Juli Inkster were named as Captain's picks to the US Solheim Cup Team today. It is Wie's first appearance in the event. Inkster, who will make her eighth Solheim Cup appearance and at 49 will become the oldest player to compete in the matches.
Wie and Inkster will team with Paula Creamer, Christie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Nicole Castrale, Brittany Lang, Morgan Pressel, Kristy McPherson, Christina Kim, Brittany Lincicome and Natalie Gulbis.
On the European side Catriona Matthew, with her win in the Ricoh Women's British Open , will be joining the European team. The team includes Gwladys Nocera (France), Tania Elosegui (Spain), Diana Luna (Italy), Laura Davies (England), Sophie Gustafson (Sweden), Suzann Pettersen (Norway), Helen Alfredsson (Sweden), Maria Hjorth (Sweden), Becky Brewerton (Wales, wild card), Janice Moodie (Scotland, wild card) and Anna Nordqvist (Sweden, wild card).




After playing for the sixth straight week on a road trip that has taken him to five countries, John Daly felt as though he hit rock bottom Friday with his worst score ever in a regular PGA Tour event that left him wondering whether he should quit.
His swing coach, Rick Smith, described Daly as being in a “toxic state” after an 88 in the Buick Open, which Smith attributed to a massive weight loss, not enough sleep and the wrong kind of diet.
Daly said he would see his doctor in Florida next week, then decide whether to play in the PGA Championship at Hazeltine.



Phil Mickelson will be returning to the PGA Tour next week at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. He will then play the PGA Championship, and the Barclays. He says on his website if all goes well he will then play at more events.
Both his mother and wife were diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and underwent surgery. Phil has not played on tour since the US Open in June.


That's it for this week.

Have a great week.

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