Sunday, August 16, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #037

Yang wins PGA

In the end Tiger Woods couldn't make the shots he needed to and Y.E. Yang did coming from behind to defeat Tiger and win the PGA Championship.
Yang became the first Asian-born player to win a major Sunday with a stunning performance in the PGA Championship, memorable as much for his clutch shots as the player he beat.
Woods was 14-0 when he went into the final round of a major atop the leaderboard. He had not lost any tournament around the world in nine years when leading by two shots.
Woods held a a one stroke lead until the 8th when he fell back into a tie with Yang . Padraig Harrington ,who started the day two strokes back stayed close to the lead, but the 8th hole did him in . As he did last weekend he chipped a ball into the water and ended up with an 8 taking him out of the tournament.
Tiger regained the lead at 11 but bogeyed 12 to tie Yang. Both players parred the 13th. It was the 14th that would turn the tournament around.
Woods drove the green and was looking at a long eagle putt. Yang's drive was short of the green and forced to chip. And chip he did he hit a perfect chip that went in for an eagle and a two stroke lead. Tiger then missed his eagle putt but birdied to stay one shot back.
Both men parred 15 and 16 and bogeyed 17. Yang holding to a one stroke lead. Yang and Woods
hit their drives in the 18th fairway.Yang hits a wonderful second shot to about 8 ft. Tiger tries to answer but his shot goes into beginning of the rough just off the green . Tiger chipped on passed the hole. Yang then sunk his birdie putt locking up the victory. Woods would bogey the hole making the three shot margin.
And so the majors are over for this year and the players now gear up for the playoff run towards the FEDEX Cup finale and the Presidents Cup.

Next up is the Wyndham Championship. Carl Pettersson defends.


IN OTHER NEWS
Phil Mickelson had possibly one of his worst tournaments shooting 12 over for the PGA. Lefty took six weeks off earlier this summer after his wife and mother were diagnosed with breast cancer, and his game has been slow to return. He played last week at the Bridgestone for the first time since the U.S. Open in June and tied for 58th.
His next tournament will be in two weeks a The Barclays where he hopes to get his game back.


AP)—West Virginia’s Oakhurst Links is up for sale—the birthplace of American golf, where sheep roam the fairways and modern technology takes a back seat to hickory-shafted clubs.
Owner Lewis Keller said that after 50 years, it’s time for someone else to oversee the White Sulphur Springs course that held its first competition in 1884.
The asking price for the nine-hole course and its museum—$4.5 million.


The LPGA prepare for the Solheim Cup which takes place this week starting the 21st.

That's it for this week.

Have a great week.

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