Sunday, September 27, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #044




TIGER AND PHIL BOTH WIN

Both Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods went home with trophies. Tiger
left with the bigger check but Phil left with a big ego boost.

Tiger Woods won the season long FedEx Cup by finishing second in
the TourChampionship at East Lake Golf Club. Woods made two late birdies,
to secure the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus. It finished a season
in which hewon six times and was no worse than second in nine of his
17 tournaments.

The big surprise was Michelson. He completed the season with a spectacular
rally at East Lake, closing with a 65 to go from four shots behind to a
three-shot victory, his first since his wife and mother were diagnosed with
breast cancer in the spring.

Mickelson finished at 9-under 271 and earned $1.35 million. He also collected
$3 million for being second in the FedEx Cup. It was his third victory of
the year, the 37th of his career and it pushed him back to No. 2 in the world
ranking.

Three other players had a chance to capture the FedEx Cup going into the back
nine at East Lake.

Kenny Perry had a two-shot lead to start the final round and doubled it after
two holes, only to implode with poor tee shots, bad chips and missed putts that
led to a 74.

Steve Stricker only needed to finish ahead of Woods. He was in position until
he found mud on his ball in the 16th fairway, sailed the green and made
consecutive bogeys to shoot 69.


Sean O’Hair stayed close to Mickelson until he took a bogey on the 17th
and wound up alone in third.

Mickelson's poor showing in the other playoff events, put him out of the
running for the FedEx Cup,and would have needed a lot of help to take the
Cup. But he'll settle for the tournament win.“I like the way today went,”
Mickelson said. “I was two back of him, I beat him by three. He gets the
$10 million check, and I get $1 million. I’ve got no problem with that.
I just love holding this finally" (the Tour Championship trophy).



PERNICE SAYS HELLO TO THE CHAMPIONS TOUR

Tom Pernice Jr. became the 3RD player this year to win in his Champions
Tour debut, holing a 35-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday for a one
stroke victory over Nick Price and David Frost in the SAS Championship.

Dan Forsman after battling Pernice for much of the day, shot a 70 to finish
fourth at 11 under. Olin Browne, Russ Cochran, Denis Watson and Andy Bean
followed at 10 under.

Price birdied three of his last five holes, and Frost birdied three of his
last five to make a run at Pernice, who avoided a playoff with his long
birdie putt.

Loren Roberts closed the gap on Fred Funk in the race for the Charles Schwab
Cup, moving within seven points as they head into next week's Constellation
Energy Senior Players Championship, where the points are doubled.



GUSTAFSON WINS AFTER SIX YEAR DROUGHT

Sophie Gustafson is finally an LPGA Tour winner again, six years after her
last championship, cruising to a four-stroke victory over top-ranked Lorena
Ochoa in the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge.

The 35-year-old Swede shot a 68 and finished at 20-under 268 for her first
title since the 2003 Samsung World Championship. She takes home the $165,000
winning purse for her fifth career tour victory.

Ochoa shot an even-par 72 on Sunday to finish at 16 under. She’s winless in
11 starts since taking the Corona Championship in her native Mexico in late
April. Ochoa has only two victories in 17 events this year after winning 21
times in the previous three years.

Amy Yang (66) and Sun Young Yoo (68) tied for third at 14 under.



WILLIS WINS ON NATIONWIDE TOUR

Garrett Willis won the WNB Golf Classic to lock up a spot next year on the
PGA Tour, closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Chad
Collins at Midland Country Club.

Willis finished at 20-under 268 after opening with rounds of 64, 69 and 67.
He earned $94,500 to jump from 19th to sixth on the money list with $261,506,
with the final top 25 earning 2010 PGA Tour cards.



IN OTHER NEWS

Kenny Perry,has been named the 2009 winner of the Payne Stewart Award as announced in a press conference with PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. Perry will be honored during a private reception as part of the festivities at THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola, the culminating event of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2009, the Payne Stewart Award is presented annually to a player sharing Stewart's respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the game's heritage of charitable support and his professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct. Stewart, an 11-time winner on the PGA TOUR and World Golf Hall of Fame member, died tragically the week of THE TOUR Championship in 1999.


After speaking with 2 time Major winner,Dave Stockton, Phil Mickelson made an adjustment in his putting that paid off big time. He went back to putting with his hands ahead and immediately regained his comfort zone. With his c putting back on track and his confidence soaring, Phil will be a force in 2010.



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Sunday, September 20, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #043

It was a slow week in the golf world with the PGA Tour off in preparation for the Tour Championship next week.


HAAS IS ON TOP IN CAROLINA

Jay Haas overcame a sluggish start to shoot 7-under,setting a tournament record while winning his second Greater Hickory Classic by two shots over Russ Cochran and Andy Bean.

Haas,finished at 18-under 198 at Rock BarnGolf and Spa’s Robert Trent Jonescourse. His three-day total broke the tournament mark by one shot, set by R.W. Eaks in 2007.

It also made the 13-time winner on the 50-and-over tour the second repeat winner in the tournament’s seven-year history. Eaks won back-to-back titles in 2007 and ’08.

Cochran and Bean also shot 65 on Sunday, with Hal Sutton and second-round co-leader Nick Price tied for fourth at 15 under.

Next week The Champions Tour remain in North Carolina for the SAS Championship. Eduardo Romero defends.





CHOI BATTLES BACK

Na Yeon Choi of South Korea lost her seven-stroke lead, then rallied to shoot 1-under 71 Sunday to win the Samsung World Championship, her first LPGA Tour victory.

Choi finished at 16-under and held off runner-up Ai Miyazato of Japan, who shot a 69, the low round of the day at Torrey Pines.
Choi began the final round with a two-stroke lead, got birdies on two of her first four holes and made a 10-foot eagle putt on the sixth hole to give her a seven strokes lead
.
But Choi then faltered, making three consecutive bogeys starting at the 9th
hole.

She lost the lead on No. 14 when she three-putted for bogey. Miyazato then had a one stroke lead but bogeyed the 18th, when she hit a shop into the water, to slip into a tie with Choi.

Choi hit a nice drive on 18, her second shot was a few feet off of the green. She then hit an approach to within five feet, then sank that for a birdie and the win.

The ladies stay in California for the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge. In-Kyung Kim is the defending champion.



CABRERA-BELLO BREAKS THRU

Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain shot a course-record 11-under 60 on Sunday to win his first European Tour title by one stroke over Benn Barham at the Austrian Open.

Cabrera-Bello was in seventh place overnight, trailing leader Barham by eight strokes. He overtook the Englishman with 11 birdies to finish at 20-under 264.

Cabrera-Bello missed an eagle putt on No. 18 that would have given him a European Tour record 59 that would have matched the best score ever on the PGA Tour.

Soren Hansen of Denmark was two strokes back, placing third for the second straight week.

The Tour is off next week but will return to the Old Course at St. Andrews for the Dunhill Links Championship. Robert Karlsson defends.




IN OTHER NEWS

Amy Mickelson,recovering from breast cancer surgery,mixed with LPGA pros Monday near her home at the LPGA’s Samsung World Championship. She appeared at a golf clinic at Torrey Pines in La Jolla,Calif., representing the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation.



A Utah man who was a late addition to a charity golf tournament made a hole-in-one during a contest for a $1 million prize.
Jason Hargett's shot Tuesday on the 150-yard hole was the winner. He hit a borrowed 9-iron to about 10 feet past the hole and the ball rolled back and in, giving him the the $1 million.

The tournament benefits a fund at the University of Utah's Diabetes Center.




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Monday, September 14, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #042

Steve Stricker won the Deutsche Bank Tourney last week and took the lead in
FedEx Cup standings, but that lead did not last long as Tiger Woods cruised
to an eight stroke victory in the BMW Championship and reclaimed the lead.
One day after his course-record 62 gave him a seven-shot lead, Tiger made
quick work of the field,as he closed with a 3-under 68 for an eight-shot
victory over Jim Furyk and Marc Leishman.

It was Woods first victory since he blew the lead in the PGA Championship
last month.His most recent chance at winning came two weeks ago, but he
missed a 7-foot birdie putt on the final hole to get into a playoff.

While Tiger cruised to victory there was drama as the players scrambled
for playoff spots. The most fascinating fight was for the final spot. Brandt
Snedeker, who needed only a bogey on the 18th hole to get into the Tour
Championship, missed a 12-footer for par, then he watched in shock as his
3-foot bogey putt caught the left lip of the cup. Snedeker was so stunned
that he missed the next two putts from tap-in range and took triple bogey.

That allowed John Senden to capture the 30th spot by less than a half-point
over Ian Poulter.

As the No. 1 seed, Woods will have 2,500 points, with Stricker at 2,250.
The rest of the top five are Furyk, Zach Johnson and Heath Slocum. All of
them can win the FedEx Cup with a victory at East Lake.

The Tour takes next week off and will return the following week with The
Tour Championship.



Jiyai Shin shot a 7-under 64, then beat Angela Stanford and Sun Young Yoo
on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the P&G Beauty NW
Arkansas Championship.

Shin trailed by seven strokes at the beginning of the day but rallied to
win her third LPGA Tour event of the year Sunday. She made a birdie on No.
15, the second playoff hole, right after Stanford missed a longer putt for
birdie.

Yoo birdied No. 18 to tie for the lead, and Stanford qualified for the
playoff with a dramatic 18th-hole eagle.

Next week is the Samsung World Championship. Paula Creamer defends.




James Kingston of South Africa captured his second European Tour title on
Sunday, beating Anders Hansen of Denmark on the first playoff hole at the
Mercedes-Benz Championship.

Kingston was two shots ahead with two holes to play, but had a bogey on the
17th after Hansen had a birdie. Kingston, and Hansen,both finished regulation
at 13-under par.

Next week is the Austrian Golf Open. Jeev Milkha Singh defends.



IN OTHER NEWS

The U.S. team won it's third straight Walker Cup today. Winning five singles
matches and halving another for a 16 1/2 -9 1/2 victory over Great Britain
and Ireland at Merion Golf Club.


The LPGA and the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger jointly
announced a one-year extension to stage the event in 2010, continuing a
tradition that dates back more than two decades.


Christina Kim joins fellow LPGAers Sandra Gal, and Anna Grzebien, along with other
atheletes in posing for ESPN magazine scantily clad.



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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #040

STRICKER WINS DEUTSCHE

In a wild finish on the TPC Boston, where a half-dozen players came to the par-5 18th hole with hopes of winning,
Steve Stricker finished with birdies on 17 and 18 for a 4-under 67 and a one-shot victory.
His third victory of the season moved him up to a career-high No. 2 in the world ranking. And he replaced Tiger Woods
atop the FedEx Cup standings.
It was a revolving door atop the leaderboard throughout the back nine. Jason Dufner was the first player to break out
of the tie with a two-putt birdie on the 18th.
Scott Verplank birdied four holes in a row to tie for the lead. Stricker then knocked in a 15-foot birdie on the 17th.
Then, he split the middle of the 18th fairway and hit a hybrid just over the green. He hit a delicate chip to tap-in range
for the win.
Padraig Harrington recovered from two poor drives that cost him three penalty strokes and had a chance to join Dufner
and Verplank but he missed a 10-foot eagle putt on 18. He shot 68 and tied for fourth with Masters champion Angel Cabrera
who missed the 18th fairway and made par and Dustin Johnson, who failed to get up-and-down from behind the 18th green.
Stricker finished at 17-under and earned $1.35 million. He also built a 909-point lead over Woods in the FedEx Cup with
two tournaments remaining. Because the points are reset after next week in Chicago, Stricker is assured of being no worse
than the No. 2 seed in the Tour Championship with a chance to win the $10 million prize.

Onto the BMW Championshiop. Camillo Villegas defends.


PETTERSEN BREAKTHROUGHS

Suzann Pettersen won her first LPGA title in two years by winning the Canadian Womens
Open. Pettersen closed with a 1-under 70 for a five-shot victory over Momoko Ueda,
Morgan Pressel, Ai Miyazato, Karrie Webb, and Angela Stanford.
None of those players were able to apply much late pressure, making the walk around
the final few holes feel more like a coronation for Pettersen.
Despite the large margin of victory, Pettersen did have some tense moments midway
through the final round. Her lead over Webb had been whittled down to three shots when she
missed the green at the 10th hole.
However, Pettersen calmly stepped up and sank the chip shot. She then went on to get two
more birdies to rebuild her big lead.
Webb made a run at Pettersen on the final day by making three birdies over her opening
five holes to closing the gap to three shots. Pressel also tried to make a run, but
couldn’t make up all the strokes.

Next up is the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Classic. Seon Hwa Lee defends.



SLUMAN DEFENDS

Jeff Sluman overcame a six-stroke deficit Sunday at Pebble Beach to successfully defend
his Walmart First Tee Open title. Sluman aced the fifth hole and finished with a 4-under 68
for a two-stroke victory.
Sluman, who started the day tied for fifth after a second-round 73, had four birdies and
the hole-in-one on the 187-yard fifth to finish at 10-under.
Gene Jones shot a 70 to finish second. Tom Lehman and Mark O’Meara followed at 7 under, and
second-round leader Loren Roberts tied for fifth with David Eger and Olin Browne at 6 under.

The Champions Tour returns in two weeks for the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.
R.W. Eaks defends.



NOREN WINS MASTERS

Alexander Noren won the Omega European Masters by two shots over Bradley Dredge
on Sunday, shooting a 6-under 66 that included an eagle on No. 15.
Noren finished at 20-under 264 to hold off 2006 winner Dredge, who shot a
65.
Ross McGowan had a 65 to finish third at 267, two ahead of Miguel Angel
Jimenez (67).

The European Tour moves to Germany for the Mercedes-Benz European
Championship. Robert Karlsson is the defending champion.



MERRITT WINS MEXICO OPEN

(AP)—Troy Merritt won the Mexico Open on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour victory, beating
Australia’s Adam Bland with a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff. The 23-year-old
Merritt won when Bland missed his 8-foot birdie try.
Merritt and Bland finished regulation at 15-under 273 in the soggy, weather-plagued tournament at
El Bosque Country Club. Merritt closed with a 3-under 69, while Bland broke the course record with
a career-best 8-under 64.
England’s Matthew Richardson (67) was third, two shots back.

Next week the Nationwide Tour is in Utah for the Utah Championship. The defending champion is
Brendon Todd.



IN OTHER NEWS

The LPGA Sybase Classic may be moving out of New Jersey. Club president and tournament director Tony
Vespa disclosed Saturday that Sybase officials are considering changes to the tournament and have decided
to leave Upper Montclair Country Club after a three-year stay.
Vespa said the club had a three-year contract and spoke with Octagon Golf, which manages the event for
the LPGA Tour, about extending it another three years provided that Sybase signed on. However, Octagon
informed Vespa last week that Sybase was looking at a different format and a different venue.
The LPGA Tour has lost seven tournament since 2007, and commissioner Carolyn Bivens resigned under pressure.


The Captain's picks were made for the President's Cup to be held in October. Captain Fred Couples picks were no surprise as he selected U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover and Hunter Mahan.
Captain Greg Norman's selection for the International team were a bit surprising with the pick of Ryo Ishikawa, the 17-year-old sensation who has won four times on the Japan Golf Tour in the last calendar year. And for his second pick Norman selected fellow Aussie Adam Scott. Scott has endured the worst season of his career.
Scott, was No. 3 in the world a year ago, but he has plunged to No. 53 and barely qualified for the FedEx Cup playoffs. He was eliminated in the first round, and conceded he probably would be left off the team.
The rest of the International team consists of Geoff Ogilvy, Vijay Singh, Camilo Villegas, Retief Goosen, Ernie Els, Angel Cabrera, Mike Weir, Robert Allenby, Yang and Tim Clark.
The other Americans are Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Kenny Perry, Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink, Sean O’Hair, Anthony Kim and Justin Leonard.

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