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.



That's it for this week.

Until next time.

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