Monday, August 31, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #39

SLOCUM WINS BARCLAY
Heath Slocum was the next to last man to make the field for The Barclays, the first round of the FedEx Cup. That he would win it is even more remarkable, but win he did.

Slocum made a 20-foot par putt on the 18th hole for a one-stroke victory over Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and playing partner Steve Stricker.
Tiger made a run and had a 7 foot putt for a birdie on the 18th to tie for the lead. He stunned the crowd when he missed it.
On the same green where Woods missed from 7 feet, Slocum knocked in the 20-footer, then watched Stricker miss his 10-foot par try.
Slocum finished with a 4-under 67 to win for the third time in his career, and first time in four years.
The victory moved him to No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings, giving him a shot at the $10 million prize next month in Atlanta.
The top 100 players in the FedEx Cup standings qualified for the Deutsche Bank Championship next weekend outside Boston. Slocum, Fredrik Jacobson, Troy Matteson and Richard S. Johnson moved into the top 100, bumping K.J. Choi, Ben Curtis, George McNeill and Matt Bettencourt out of the playoffs.
After the Deutsche Bank, the playoff field will be cut to 70 for the BMW Championship and to 30 for the Tour Championship.



M.J. HUR WINS FIRST
South Korean M.J. Hur made a 6-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to beat SuzannPettersen for her first tour victory at the Safeway Classic.

Hur shot a final-round 65, while Suzann Pettersen and Michele Redman each shot a 67 to finish at 13-under 203 and both birdieing No. 17 to help set up the playoff.
Redman, whose last tour victory came in 2000, was knocked out when she missed a short putt for par on the first playoff hole, the par-4 No. 18.
Pettersen’s putt for birdie on the second playoff hole missed to the left, giving Hur the chance to clinch it.
Rookie Anna Nordqvist was a one-stroke leader going into Sunday’s final round. Sheshot a 72 to finish at 10 under.
Defending champion Cristie Kerr finished well back at 5 under with a 72.



ROBERTS WINS BOEING
Loren Roberts birdied 17 and 18 to win the Boeing Classic beating Mark O'Meara by one stroke.

Roberts made the short birdie putt on 17 to draw even with O’Meara, then sank a 3-foot birdie putt on the 18th to win the title Sunday and keep O’Meara winless on the Champions Tour.
O’Meara led by a one shot until a bogey on the short, par-4 16th . His second shot bounced on the lip of a bunker short of the green and fell back into the sand. O’Meara came back with a birdie on the 17th, but could only manage a par on the par-5 18th when he hit his tee shot into a fairway bunker.
Roberts took advantage by getting his birdie and then by playing 18 flawlessly with three solid shots. From 50 yards out Roberts used a wedge and hit a low skip shot that landed on the fringe, checked up and rolled just a few feet from the cup. He calmly dropped that putt in for the victory.



HEDBLOM WINS IN SCOTLAND
Peter Hedblom of Sweden shot a 5-under 67 Sunday to win the Johnnie Walker Championship title by one stroke over Martin Erlandsson.

Hedblom won his third European Tour title at 13-under 275.
Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie closed with a 69 to share third place with defending champion Gregory Havret (67), three strokes behind the leader.



CHRISTIAN WINS MARATHON
Gary Christian won the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic on Sunday on the ninth playoff hole, which tied a Nationwide Tour record.
The Englishman made a short birdie putt to beat Mathias Gronberg and earn his first Nationwide title.
Christian and Gronberg each started the final round at 9 under and two shots behind 54-hole leader Guy Boros. Both players shot a 64.

IN OTHER NEWS
Jim Furyk was penalized four strokes in the third round of The Barclays when he left an extra club in the bag, a mistake that ended up costing Furyk $131,250 and 188 FedEx Cup points.
Furyk found the 15th club while preparing to play a shot near the second green Saturday and had to take two penalty strokes for each hole, turning his opening pars into double bogeys. He finished with a 70 in the rainy morning round, then shot a 69 on Sunday to tie for 15th at 3 under—six strokes behind winner Heath Slocum.
Without the penalty strokes, Furyk would have tied for sixth. He dropped from 16th to 18th in the FedEx Cup points race.


Byeong-Hun An won the U.S. Amateur at age 17, making him the youngest to ever do so.


The LPGA announced an three year extension with Wegmans through the year 2012 for Wegmans LPGA, with the option for additional one-year extensions. The event, which for
the past 33 years has been played at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y., will continue to feature a $2 million purse in 2010.
The LPGA will announce its full 2010 Tour schedule in November at the season-ending LPGATour Championship in Houston, Texas.


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