Monday, November 23, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #052

WESTWOOD TOPS EUROPEAN MONEY LIST
Lee Westwood won the European PGA Tour event, the Dubai World Championship, and in doing so also won the European Tour's money list. He shot a course-record 8-under 64 in the final round to finish at 23 shots under par.

He earned $1.25 million with the 31st victory of his career to overtake Rory McIlroy on the season-long money list and win the European Tour’s first Race to Dubai since it changed from the European Order of Merit.
Ross McGowan of England was second and McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, finished third.

Westwood led by two shots entering the final round and opened it with five birdies in his first seven holes and he never looked back.

McGowan fell back from Westwood when he bogeyed his first hole. However, a run of five birdies from the 12th ensured he would finish second. McGowan is in his second season on the tour and only recorded his first win at the Madrid Masters in October.

McIlroy, who had a $120,000 lead in the Race to Dubai at the beginning of the week, made eight straight pars to kill any chance he had of making a run at Westwood.

Geoff Ogilvy of Australia and Padraig Harrington of Ireland finished tied for fourth at.



BROOKS WINS INVITATIONAL
Mark Brooks won the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational for a record third time, birdieing three of the last four holes Sunday for a 5-under 67 and a two-stroke victory over Rickie Fowler and D.A. Points.

The 48-year-old Brooks, the 1996 PGA champion, had a 12-under 276 total and became the first three-time winner in the tournament’s 38-year history. The seven-time PGA Tour winner also won the unofficial event in 1992 and 2002.



NORDQVIST WINS LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP;OCHOA TAKES PLAYER OF THE YEAR
In a tournament plagued by bad weather and shortened to 54 holes the drama came on Monday when Anna Nordqvist roared out of the pack as Lorena Ochoa and Jiyai Shin battled for LPGA Tour player of the year on the final, frantic day of the season.

Nordqvist shot a 7 under 65 to defeat Lorena Ochoa by two strokes in LPGA Championship presented by Rolex. It's Nordqvist's second win, in this her rookie year on tour.

Lorena Ochoa, finished second and received 12 points to beat Jiyai Shin for the 2009 Rolex Player Of The Year by one point.

Shin led Ochoa by eight points in the race entering the tournament. Once Ochoa finished second, Shin had to place no worse than seventh to win the player of the year award. Shin needed to chip in from the front of 18 and couldn't so she settled for a par on the last hole and finished tied for eighth, giving Ochoa the player award by a 160-159 score.



IN OTHER NEWS
After failing to find a venue to replace Upper Montclair Country Club, the Sybase Classic has dropped off the LPGA Tour schedule for 2010.

Tournament organizer Octagon Worldwide didn't renew its contract with Upper Montclair after a three-run at the course and then was unable to reach a deal with Essex County Country Club in West Orange.
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The LPGA Tour is adding a new $1.7 million tournament at La Costa Resort & Spa outside San Diego in 2010.

The LPGA Classic Presented by J Golf will be played March 22-28 at the resort in Carlsbad the week prior to the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the year’s first major.

In February, the tour said it would return to the Los Angeles area after a five-year absence. However, the new event is located 85 miles south of Los Angeles.

It gives the women’s tour three events in California, including the $2 million Kraft Nabisco to be played March 29-April 4 in Rancho Mirage.



The LPGA Championship will be held at Locust Hill golf course in suburban Rochester for one year next June, with supermarket chain Wegmans replacing McDonald’s as sponsor of the season’s second major.

The recession-pinched LPGA Tour is shrinking to 24 tournaments in 2010, down from 27 this year and 34 in 2008. With 13 events in the United States, it’s the smallest tour schedule in nearly 40 years.



Michelle Wie had to withdraw from the LPGA Championship with an injured ankle. She first injured her ankle at the Solheim Cup in August.

Wie was 3 under through 12 holes. Her ankle gave out on the 13th tee, and she stumbled backward, sliced her shot into the rough and took a bogey. She bent over in apparent pain on No. 14, then slipped again hitting her tee shot on No. 17.

After the round she went for treatment and withdrew a short time after.

That will wrap it up for this week.

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