Sunday, November 29, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #053

TIGER IN AUTO ACCIDENT
Tiger Woods was involved in an auto accident on Friday.In its initial accident report, the police said Woods left his house, ran over a fire hydrant with his Cadillac Escalade and then smashed into a tree at 2:25 a.m. Friday. Woods’ wife Elin, told officers she heard the crash from inside their home, and used a golf club to break out the back window.

The accident came two days after the National Enquirer published a story alleging that Woods had been seeing a New York night club hostess, and that they recently were together in Melbourne, where Woods competed in the Australian Masters.


The woman, Rachel Uchitel, denied having an affair with Woods when contacted by the press.

Tiger has issued a public statement on his website addressing the accident. In typical Tiger style he really gives no information.
The link is http://web.tigerwoods.com/news/article/200911297726222/news/






BROTHERS WIN WORLD CUP
Francesco and Edoardo Molinari became the first brother combination to win the World Cup of Golf, giving Italy its first title in the team event with a one-stroke victory over Sweden and Ireland on Sunday.

The Molinaris closed with a 4-under 68 in the alternate-shot final round on Mission Hills’ Olazabal Course. They finished at 29 under and earned $875,000 each in the tournament that featured two rounds of better ball and two of alternate shot.

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson, the winners last year, shot a 69 to tie for second with Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell (70). McIlroy and McDowell led after each of the first three rounds.


England’s Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher (64) finished fourth, three strokes back at 26 under. Americans Nick Watney and John Merrick had the best round of the day, a 10-under 62 that gave them a sixth-place tie at 20 under.



WEIR INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME
Mike Weir was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame on Saturday night .
The 39-year-old Weir has eight PGA Tour victories, matching George Knudson for the most by a Canadian.

Weir’s Hall of Fame plaque was unveiled Saturday night and features a sketch along with a brief biography. It will soon make a permanent home alongside other honored members at the Hall of Fame on Glen Abbey’s grounds in Oakville. An exhibit featuring Weir’s memorabilia has been on display at Glen Abbey since the Canadian Open in July.




COUPLES CHOOSES FIRST CHAMPIONS TOUR EVENT
Fred Couples turned 50 in October, and he could not have picked a better Champions Tour event to make his debut.


The “King of the Skins” will be playing in the Champions Skins Game in Hawaii on Jan. 16-17, joining a Hall of Fame cast that includes Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Ben Crenshaw and Nick Price.

While the original Skins Game held over Thanksgiving weekend has been canceled, the 50-and-older version lives on in paradise at Royal Kaanapali. The total purse is $770,000, and it features two-man teams playing alternate shot.



SEVERAL PLAYERS USTNG EXEMPTION
As many as seven players could be taking an exemption from the career money list to keep their PGA Tour cards.


Brad Faxon (No. 37) and Corey Pavin (No. 48) already have notified the tour they will take a one-time exemption for being among the top 50 in career earnings.

The tour is waiting to hear from two players who already have used a one-time exemption from the top 25 in career money and still have the top 50 option -- 50-year-old Tom Lehman (No. 21) and Chris DiMarco (No. 22).

Stuart Appleby (No. 15) expects to decide in the next few weeks whether to use his first career-money exemption or try to get by on sponsor exemptions and his conditional status.

Jesper Parnevik is No. 46 in career money and entered in the final stage of Q-School. He likely will use his exemption if he fails to make it through Q-School or is ranked low coming out of Q-School. Tim Herron (No. 42) also is in the final stage of Q-School and could lean on his exemption if he doesn't make it.


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