ELS TAKES CA CHAMPIONSHIP
Ending the longest drought of his 20-year career, Ernie Els played the
holes on the Blue Monster without a bogey and finished with a 6-under 66
to win the CA Championship by four shots over 25-year-old Charl Scwartzel
Schwartzel, in his first time on a world stage, refused to let Els
from him. Els was clinging to a one-shot lead as he stood over a 25-foot
putt on the 14th hole, and the Big Easy was relieved to see it fall on
Schwartzel caught a bad
the 15th hole when his ball plugged in a front bunker, and he knocked
a back bunker on his way to a crucial bogey. He missed short putts on
two holes and closed with a 70.
That allowed Els a strange sensation, walking up to the 18th green
cap in hand, waving to the gallery, unable to contain a smile that
parts relief and satisfaction.
It was a strong effort by Schwartzel, who has considered Els a hero
first started playing golf. Despite two bogeys on the final four holes,
the only player to give Els a run. And he was poised to take him down
tee shot left him little hope in the sand.
Padraig Harrington fell out with three straight bogeys on the back
nine, closing with a 72 to tie for third at 11-under 277 along with Matt Kucher and Martin Kaymer of Germany, who had a 69 and moved up to No. 7 in the
Defending champion Phil Mickelson, who was never ia real threat,
shot a 68 and tied for 14th.
LAMELY IS TOP OF THE FIELD AT PUERTO RICO OPEN
Rookie Derek Lamely fired a final-round 66 on Monday to post his first
win. After finishing his round,Lamely needed to sit and wait for two hours for the field to finish.
Kris Blanks parred the final hole, while Steve Whitcroft bogeyed to fall out of second place. As a result, Lamely
gets a two-shot victory, becoming the first rookie to win on TOUR since Marc Turnesa at the 2008 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for
He’s also the first Nationwide Tour grad from the previous year to
win on TOUR since Chez Reavie at the 2008 RBC Canadian Open.
Lamely came into Monday as the seventh alternate
for this week’s Transitions Championship. Now he automatically gets
into the field at Innisbrook for finishing in the top-10.
TSENG WINS AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Taiwan’s Yani Tseng won the Women’s Australian Open
on Sunday, birdieing seven of the last 12 holes for a bogey-free 7-under
a three-stroke victory over 2009 winner Laura Davies.
The sixth-ranked Tseng, the 2008 LPGA Championship winner, had a
total on the Commonwealth Golf Club course. She opened with rounds of
74, 71 and
72 to begin the day four strokes behind third-round leader Karrie Webb.
Australia’s Katherine Hull and Giulia Sergas tied for fourth at 4
Alexis Thompson, the 15-year-old U.S. amateur star, closed with a 74 to
16th at 3 over.
IN OTHER NEWS
The golf equipment company Acushnet has agreed
to sell its Cobra Golf brand to Puma, an apparel company slowly getting
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Acushnet said Wednesday it
continue to help with production, distribution, sales and customer
the sale is completed so Puma can make a smooth transition.
Among PGA Tour players under contract with Cobra are Ian Poulter, Camilo Villegas and J.B. Holmes.
Acushnet decided last year to reduce its promotion and
advertising of Cobra to focus more on its signature brands, Titleist and
Acushnet associates who had worked exclusively with the Cobra brand
expected to become Puma employees.
Tiger Woods has hired former White House Press Secretary Ari
Fleischer to help with damage control and a strategy for returning to
golf, according to the New York Post. Sources told the Post
that the former presidential advisor to George W. Bush has been meeting
frequently with Woods where the two have been plotting a return
strategy for the Arnold Palmer Invitational March 25 at Bay Hill. ( Golf Channel)
Two people with knowledge of Tiger Woods’ plans told The Associated Press on
Thursday that he intends to remain out of golf at least until the
early April. The two people spoke on condition of anonymity because only
is supposed to release such information.
Woods has been practicing at Isleworth near his Orlando home the last
weeks, and swing coach Hank Haney flew there recently to work with him.
Woods has not played since Nov. 15, when he won the Australian
Melbourne for his 82nd career victory.
Phil Mickelson will play Bay Hill this year in a change from his regular schedule. He decided to add Bay Hill because he wanted to get a certain number of tournaments in before Augusta, and his game simply isn’t where he wants it to be yet.
And speaking of Phil Mickelson a terrific breakdown of his game was given in the Devil Ball Blog on Yahoo. Essentially the author says Phil's main problem is analysing everything too much and that he should just play and not think. for the complete article see below.
Augusta National announced Monday that next month’s tournament can be
on 3-D-capable television sets and computers. It will be the first 3-D
event on TV in the United States; previous experiments used movie
Few Americans currently own the capable sets, but
networks believe 3-D could
be the next big thing and are starting to offer programming.
Comcast will broadcast the coverage for free to its customers with
A feed will also be available on the Masters’ Web site.
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