Sunday, December 27, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #060

Happy Holidays to all. I hope you all got what you hoped for. Not much happened in the world of golf , so we'll be brief.

ADT GOLF SKILLS CHALLENGE WON IN PLAYOFF
Brandt Snedeker and Boo Weekley won the ADT Golf Skills Challenge in a playoff.


In the final of the worse-ball portion of the contest, Snedeker and Weekly initially tied finalists J.B. Holmes and Kenny Perry at par, forcing a playoff on the 305-yard, par-4, 14th hole.

Snedeker and Weekley, who split $314,000 in total prize money, gained an edge when Holmes' drive landed next door on the 15th tee. Holmes put them into further trouble by hitting into a trap 46 feet from the hole.

The champions sank a three-foot putt to win $200,000 for the reverse scramble portion of the event. Holmes made a six-foot putt for par, but Perry's putt skimmed past the hole, ending it.

Snedeker and Weekley set themselves apart from the rest of the field by winning three of the first six skills challenges -- the bunker shot, chip shot and trouble shot.

The other three were the long drive, mid-iron and short iron.

Well, that's it for this week. I'll be taking next week off, but will be back in January with results from the SBS Championship and the Africa Open.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #059


Sunday, December 20, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #058

LPGA TEAM WINS WENDY'S 3-TOUR CHALLENGE
Cristie Kerr shot 4-under 32 on the back nine to lead the LPGA team to a win  in the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge. It is the LPGA’s fifth win in the made-for-TV event that pits three-person teams from the PGA Tour, Champions Tour and LPGA. The PGA Tour leads with seven wins and the Champions Tour has six.

The LPGA team of Kerr, Suzann Pettersen and Natalie Gulbis had a combined score of 6 under on the final nine holes to beat the PGA Tour team of Stewart Cink, Fred Couples and Bubba Watson by two strokes and win $300,000.



RAMSAY WINS SOUTH AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Richie Ramsay of Scotland birdied the first hole of a playoff to defeat Shiv Kapur of India and win the South African Open on Sunday.

Ramsay shot a 7-under 65 to finish at 13-under  and move past overnight leader Pablo Martin of Spain. Kapur shot a final-round 67 in the event sanctioned by the European and Sunshine tours.

Sunshine Tour Order of Merit winner Anders Hansen of Denmark was a stroke back in third after a 69. Martin had a 73 and finished three strokes back in a tie for sixth.
Ramsay had a putt on No. 18 to win the championship, but it went just left, forcing the playoff.

Martin, who won last week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship, bogeyed the third and never recovered, managing only one birdie.



GOLF WRITERS AWARDS ANNOUNCED
The Golf Writers Association of America on Thursday ,by an overwhelming margin voted Tiger Woods, male player of the year, over Steve Stricker, with most ballots returned after he became embroiled in a sex scandal.

 It was the 10th time Woods has won the award in his 13 years as a pro.

LPGA Tour rookie Jiyai Shin was voted female player of the year over Lorena Ochoa, while Loren Roberts won the senior player award.



PGA PLAYERS NAME WOODS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tiger Woods was voted the PGA Tour player of the year by the players on Friday, the 10th time in his 13 years on tour that he has won the award.

The PGA Tour does not disclose vote totals.

The PGA Tour has one fewer tournament and a $3.9 million drop in prize money for next year.

The tour earlier announced the main portion of its schedule. On Friday, it released the dates for the four tournaments in the Fall Series, along with prize money for the regular tour events.

If the majors and The Players Championship keep their prize money even, the total purse for next year will be $270.8 million, down from $274.7 million this year.

The difference primarily is the loss of the Milwaukee tournament and its $4 million purse. And while 10 tournaments have purse increases, the Turning Stone Resort Championship has lowered its purse from $6 million to $4 million. That event is moving from the Fall Series to the same week as the World Golf Championship at Firestone.



PGA SCHEDULE HAS LESS MONEY, ONE LESS EVENT
The PGA Tour has one fewer tournament and a $3.9 million drop in prize money for next year.

The tour earlier announced the main portion of its schedule. On Friday, it released the dates for the four tournaments in the Fall Series, along with prize money for the regular tour events.

If the majors and The Players Championship keep their prize money even, the total purse for next year will be $270.8 million, down from $274.7 million this year.

The difference primarily is the loss of the Milwaukee tournament and its $4 million purse. And while 10 tournaments have purse increases, the Turning Stone Resort Championship has lowered its purse from $6 million to $4 million. That event is moving from the Fall Series to the same week as the World Golf Championship at Firestone.


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Sunday, December 13, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #057

KELLY/STRICKER WIN SHOOTOUT
Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly won the Shark Shootout by a stroke on Sunday. Stricker made an eagle on the par-5 17th, hitting the second shot and the putt to give them the lead.

Kenny Perry and J.B. Holmes, who had been in the lead most of the day, both missed birdie putts on No. 18 that would have forced a playoff in the scramble format.
Both Kelly and Stricker missed a lengthy birdie putt on No. 18 before Perry and Holmes both missed a 12-footer.

Chad Campbell and Tim Clark, and Justin Leonard and Scott Verplank also finished at 25-under 191 to tie with Perry and Holmes.

It was the second Shootout title for Kelly, who also won with Rod Pampling in 2006.

Kelly and Stricker, who carried a one-shot lead into the day’s play, split $750,000 out of the $3 million purse.



MARTIN TAKES DUNHILL CHAMPIONSHIP
Pablo Martin of Spain created more European Tour history on Sunday by winning the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

Two years after becoming the first amateur to win on the circuit, the 23-year-old former Oklahoma State star is now the only one to capture titles both as an amateur and a professional. Martin, who had a poor 2009 season just held on to his card and now is exempt until 2012.

Martin won the Dunhill with a closing 3-under-par 69 as  he held off the charging Charl Schwartzel to win by one stroke.




WIE MAKES CHARGE BUT FALLS SHORT
Michelle Wie’s late charge fell short at the Dubai Ladies Masters on Saturday and In-Kyung Kim of South Korea claimed a three-shot victory at the season-ending tournament for her first European Tour title.

Wie shot a 7-under 65, tied for the day’s best round, but the 13th-ranked Kim responded to the pressure with a 4-under 68 that left her at 18-under 270. Maria Hjorth of Sweden was third at 274 after a 68.

Wie could have made Kim sweat on No. 18, but her attempt to reach the green in two failed when her ball rolled back into a water hazard. Wie made par but the pressure was off Kim.




ALLENBY WINS AGAIN
Robert Allenby won his fourth Australian PGA title for his second victory in two weeks, closing with a 5-under 66 on Sunday to beat fellow Australians John Senden and Scott Strange by four strokes.

Allenby, the Nedbank Challenge winner last week in South Africa, won the Australian PGA for the first time since 2005, when he swept all three tournaments in the so-called Australian Triple Crown - the PGA, Open and Masters.

The 38-year-old Allenby, who only entered the tournament on a sponsor invite three weeks ago after Vijay Singh withdrew because of a knee injury, finished with a 14-under 270 total.




PGA TOUR PICKS UP NEW SPONSOR
The PGA Tour has picked up its third new title sponsor of the year with an announcement that Waste Management will be sponsor of the Phoenix Open starting next year.

Waste Management replaces FBR, which had said earlier this year it would not renew its contract after 2010.

The tournament, which draws by far the largest crowds of the PGA Tour, will be known as the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It will be held Feb. 25-28 at TPC Scottsdale.

The tour previously found new sponsors for the season-opener in Kapalua (SBS Championship) and a new tournament in West Virginia (The Greenbrier Classic).

Terms of the six-year deal were not disclosed. A PGA Tour official said the tournament would be broadcast all four days on the Golf Channel in 2010, mainly because of an Olympic year. CBS Sports, which typically broadcasts the Phoenix Open, has the Super Bowl next year while NBC Sports has the Winter Games in Vancouver.

The Phoenix stop is later than usual next year. In 2011, it is expected to return to its customary Super Bowl weekend slot.




NATIONWIDE TOUR TO PLAY IN COLUMBIA
The Nationwide Tour is headed to Bogota, Colombia, next year for its first tournament in South America.

The Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open will be played at the Country Club of Bogota on March 4-7. The
 tournament will mark the first time a PGA Tour-sanctioned event has been played for official money in South America.

Colombian PGA Tour player Camilo Villegas and NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya are involved in the event and proceeds from the tournament will support the Camilo Villegas Fund and Montoya’s Foundation, .




FAMOUS TREE KNOCKED DOWN
A storm knocked down a cypress tree on the North Course at Torrey Pines that was one of the city’s most photographed trees.

The cypress was located behind the downhill, par-3 sixth hole that offers a stunning view of the ocean. Its trunk was snapped near its base Tuesday morning, one of 18 trees lost on the North and South courses at Torrey Pines.

City golf manager Jon Maddern says the wind reached 58 mph during the storm.

Maddern says arborists will determine how to treat the tree, estimated to b e 40 feet. The damage begins about 12 feet from the base.


THE TIGER REPORT
There is a lot of Tiger stories this week. The big announcement, of course, was his statement to take a hiatus from the game.

Sponsors are starting to bail . Accenture,Tag Heuer, Gillette, and AT &T are all reevaluating their relationship. Nike is staying put as is EA sports.

Steve Williams, Tiger's caddie, claims no knowledge of Tiger's affairs.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #056

Tiger Woods released a statement today stating that he is taking a hiatus from golf. He says "After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person. " He goes on to ask for privacy for his family "during this difficult period.".

You can read the entire statement here

Sunday, December 6, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #055

FURYK WINS CHEVRON
Jim Furyk ended a two year absence from the winners circle by winning the Chevron World Challenge by one  stroke over Graeme McDowell and two shots over Lee Westwood.  Furyk made key putts on his final two holes , but had to sit and wait for McDowell and Westwood to finish.

Furyk finished at 13-under 275 for the victory over Graeme McDowell, who replaced Tiger Woods in the 18-man field. McDowell needed to hole out from the fairway to force a playoff, and it looked for a moment as if it had a chance.

McDowell settled for a birdie and a 70, and his second-place finish moved him up to No. 38 in the world ranking and virtually assured him a spot in the Masters next year.

Lee Westwood had a birdie chip to force a playoff, then missed a 4-foot par putt and had to settle for a 70 and a two-way tie for third with Padraig Harrington, who had two eagles in his round of 70.

Furyk took the lead with a birdie on the 10th and never trailed again, although he was in trouble on the par-3 17th when his tee shot was short and went into a bunker. He blasted out 35 feet beyond the hole, then made a clutch par putt to keep his one-shot lead.

Furyk went right at the flag on the 18th with his second shot  and watched it settle 5 feet below the cup. When he reached the green, he saw that Westwood had birdied the 17th to tie him.

Furyk sunk  the putt, then watched to see if anyone could catch him. The victory moved Furyk to No. 6 in the World Rankings.

Tiger Woods, the tournament host, wasn’t around to present the trophy . He withdrew because of injuries from his Nov. 27 car crash, although he was part of every conversation because of the worldwide publicity over allegations of extramarital affairs.





SCOTT WINS AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Adam Scott won the Australian Open  shooting an even-par 72 on Sunday to beat Stuart Appleby by five strokes. It was Scott's first pro victory in his home country.

Scott won 14 times worldwide since turning pro in 2000 before breaking through in his native land. He finished at 15-under 273 at New South Wales Golf Club.

The win followed Scott’s worst season on the PGA Tour, where he made only nine cuts in 19 tournaments and had just one top-10 finish.

New Zealand’s Michael Long , American Bryce Molder and Australia’s Nick O’Hern  tied for third, nine strokes behind Scott.

John Daly closed with a 71 to finish at 2 over. He will play next week in the Australian PGA at Coolum in Queensland state.





ALLENBY WINS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Robert Allenby won the Nedbank Challenge on Sunday, beating Henrik Stenson on the third playoff hole after a 1-under 71 in the final round.

Stenson shot a 69 to tie Allenby at 11-under 277 at the Gary Player Country Club.

The playoff was held on the par-4 18th, which both players bogeyed in regulation.

They scrambled to halve the hole in the first two playoff rounds before Allenby reached the green with his second shot for the first time in seven attempts in the third round. Stenson, meanwhile, went through the green and then chipped 25 feet past the pin. Allenby two-putted from about 5 feet for the win.

Overnight leader Retief Goosen had a 75 to finish fifth in the 12-man field.

Tim Clark had a 69 and Ross Fisher shot a 70 to share third, while Masters champion Angel Cabrera was sixth after a 75.




WOODS THANKS TOURNAMENT SPONSERS
Tiger Woods has posted another statement on his Web site, this time thanking sponsors and players for being part of the tournament that supports his foundation.

Woods withdrew from the Chevron World Challenge at the start of the week, citing unspecified injuries from a car accident Nov. 27 outside his home in Florida.

He also thanked his staff and the volunteers, and said he was sorry he was unable to fulfill his duties as a host .
Read the full statement here  http://web.tigerwoods.com/news/article/200912067763444/news/

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #054

Tiger Woods issued a statement on his website "admitting transgressions" without giving many details. Speculation has run rampant the last few days , since news of his auto accident came out. The tabloids were all over the story and reports of an affairs have come out. This statement is most likely an attempt to squelch future stories and speculation. Here is the link to Tiger's full statement. http://web.tigerwoods.com/news/article/200912027740572/news/

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