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
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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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