Sunday, February 14, 2010

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #67

JOHNSON DOUBLES UP
Dustin Johnson birdied the 18th hole to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Classic by one stroke, after a roller coaster 18 holes. David Duval and J.B. Holmes finished tied for second.  The victory gave Johnson consecutive wins at this event.

Johnson finished with a 2-over 74, the highest final round by a Pebble champion since Johnny Miller in 1994. And he became the first player since Davis Love III in 2003 to win at Pebble Beach with a birdie on the last hole.

Paul Goydos, who started the final round tied with Johnson, had a one-shot lead until he made a 9 on the 14th hole.

Next week is a two event week with the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship and the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico.  Geoff Ogilvy defends at  the Accenture and Mark Wilson is the 2009 winner of the Mayakoba Classic.



COUPLES IS VICTORIOUS AT ACE GROUP CLASSIC 
Fred Couples won the ACE Group Classic on Sunday for his first victory on the 50-and-over tour, defeating  Tommy Armour III by a stroke.

Couples closed with an 8-under 64 to finish at 17-under, while Armour, making his Champions Tour debut matched the tour record for lowest score in relation to par with an 11-under 61.

Couples made a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 17 and a tap-in par on 18 to wrap his first official victory since the PGA Tour’s 2003 Houston Open.

Armour started his charge with an eagle on the par-5 seventh, and birdied Nos. 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17. Armour tied Couples with the birdie on No. 17.
Scott  Hoch, the 2008 champion, shot a 69 to finish third at 9 under. Bernhard Langer and Mike Goodes tied for fourth at 8 under. They also shot 69s.

Next week is the  Allianz Championship where Mike Goodes defends.



DODT TAKES AVANTHA MASTERS
Andrew Dodt shot a final-round 68 on Sunday to defeat Englishman Richard Finch by a stroke and win the Avantha Masters.
Seven players began the final round tied for the lead, but it was Finch who made the biggest charge, shooting a 6-under 66 to get into contention. Dodt answered with birdies at Nos. 16 and 18 to get to 14 under, good enough for his first European Tour victory.

Richard Bland shot 71 to finish in a group at 12 under, along with fellow Brits Barry Lane and David Drysdale and Tetsuji Hiratsuka. The Japanese player shot 71 two days after his round of 62 set the course record.

Dodt, whose previous best finish was a tie for ninth at last year’s Barclays Singapore Open, began the day one shot off the pace but picked up three strokes by the turn and was well placed with nine holes to play.

A bogey at the 11th threatened his bid to win , but he managed to recover over the final three holes to take home the trophy.

Finch, mounted a charge from way down the leaderboard. He shot 32 on the front nine with five birdies and a bogey,but only picked up two more shots down the stretch.

The European Tour is taking the next two weeks off and will return in March.




PRESNELL WINS VICTORIAN PGA
Alistair Presnell shot a 12-under 60 on Sunday to match the PGA Tour of Australasia record and win the Victorian PGA Championship by a stroke.

Presnell missed a 6-foot birdie try on the 17th hole, then closed with a birdie on the Sandhurst course. He birdied 11 of the first 14 holes.

The Australian tied the tour record set by Paul Gow in the 2001 Canon Challenge at Castle Hill and matched by Ernie Els in the 2004 Heineken Classic at Royal Melbourne.

Australians Kurt Barnes and David Bransdon tied for second.






IN OTHER NEWS
Kia Motors America is getting involved with the LPGA Tour, agreeing to an endorsement deal with Michelle Wie and a title sponsorship for a new tournament at La Costa Resort.

Considered among the most popular female players, Wie will be the official golf ambassador and spokesperson for Kia Motors. Terms of the deal were not announced.

The Korean-based automaker also will be title sponsor of the Kia Classic, to be played March 25-28 at La Costa Resort north of San Diego. It will be the first time the resort has been on a national golf stage since the Match Play Championship left for Arizona in 2006.



Jespar Parnevik sounded optimistic about returning to golf Wednesday after speaking to a Michigan specialist who told him he could avoid surgery for a broken vertebrae.

One day after telling a Swedish tabloid that it would take a “miracle” for him to play golf again, Parnevik said rest and physical therapy could put him back on the PGA Tour in a couple of months.

Parnevik had surgery on his left hip about nine years ago, and missed the second half of last year with surgery on his right hip. Recently it was discovered he had a broken vertebrae.

Doctors told him he would need joint fusion surgery, which would threatened his career.


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