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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