Sunday, October 11, 2009
TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #046
Going into the final round of the Presidents Cup, the U.S. held a slim three point lead over the International squad. It would be prove to be insurmountable for the International team.
Led by the #1 player in the world, the U.S. rolled over their opponent to retain the Cup. Tiger Woods, who was perfect this week, going 5-0, won the point that clinched the cup. He also extracted a small bit of revenge by demolishing Y.E. Yang, who defeated Woods earlier this year at the PGA Championship.
Phil Mickelson wrapped up with a 7-foot birdie putt for a 2-and-1 victory over Retief Goosen, leaving him also unbeaten (4-0-1) in the Presidents Cup this week
The Americans won 19 1/2 -14 1/2 , the same margin as last time against an overmatched International team.
“They are just one hell of a team,” Ernie Els said. “We have to pretty much go back to the drawing board, because they are a pretty well-oiled team, and it’s hard to beat that kind of team.”
Stewart Cink put the first point on the board by defeating Adam Scott, who contributed only one point for the week.
Sean O’Hair and Anthony Kim followed with big victories of their own, and Hunter Mahan eventually won his leadoff match over Camilo Villegas of Colombia, the only player to get shut out at Harding Park.
Then it was Tiger's turn. He won four holes in a five-hole stretch in the middle of the round, holing one birdie putt after another, then sealed it with a 9-foot birdie on the 13th hole. Captain Fred Couples was first to meet Tiger with a hug.
When Couples was appointed captain, he called Woods and jokingly asked for a big favor: Make the team so Couples wouldn’t have to waste a captain’s pick on the world’s No. 1 player.
And that is exactly what Woods did, and then some.
(AP)—Ross McGowan of England has captured his first European Tour title, winning the Madrid Masters by three strokes over Mikko Ilonen of Finland.
The McGowan shot a 1-under 71 in Sunday’s final round to finish at 25-under 263 at the Centro Nacional golf course.
The Englishman shot a 60 on Saturday and began the final round with a seven-stroke lead, but struggled early with bogeys on the first and fourth holes.
Ilonen had a 66. David Drysdale of Scotland shot 67 and was another stroke back in third
IN OTHER NEWS
Phil Mickelson thought he was alone. His wife, Amy, is recovering from breast cancer and stayed home in San Diego.
Or so he thought.
Mickelson had no idea that when he returned to his hotel room Saturday night, his wife was hiding in the bathroom.
“It was an incredible surprise,” Mickelson said. “I didn’t think she was coming up, and she actually hid in the bathroom when I walked in the room. I didn’t know she was there, and she scared me pretty good. It was an awesome surprise, though."
Players and wives alike were surprised to find Mickelson and his wife at the team dinner Saturday night.
“It was pretty neat,” Mickelson said. “It was pretty emotional. Just everyone seeing each other was pretty cool.”
Amy did not make it out to Harding Park due to a medicine regime that saps her energy. She was, however, waiting back in the team room for the celebration.
All of the golfers this week were excited about golf being a part of the Olympics. In order for it to be successful in the Olympic games the top names will have to be willing to play and that appears to be the case.
“It’s a perfect fit for the Olympics, and I think we are all looking forward to golf getting into the Olympics,” Tiger Woods said.
Unlike other sports, there will be no Olympic trials for golf. Eligibility will be determined by the world ranking, with the top 15 automatically exempt. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said if the Olympics were held now, some 30 countries would be represented in the men’s and women’s competitions.
So here's to 2016.
Well that will do for this week
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Posted by Gary Mack at 9:15 PM