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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