ELS HOLDS ON FOR WIN AT BAY HILL
Ernie Els is making an early bid for player of the year by continuing his inspired play. Els made two
clutch par putts to win the rain-delayed Arnold Palmer Invitational in a
finish for his second PGA Tour victory in a row after a two-year
Coming off a four-shot victory in the World Golf Championship at
weeks ago, Els closed with a 1-under 71 at Bay Hill to win for the 18th
his PGA Tour career and made it consecutive wins for the first time
He was relieved upon holing an 8-foot par putt on the final hole,
a two-shot victory over Kevin Na and Edoardo Malinari of Italy.
The victory was worth $1.08 million and put Els atop the PGA Tour
with more than $3 million. He moves to No. 7 in the world.
Retief Goosen and Chris Couch tied for fourth.Ben Curtis, who
started the final round one shot out of the lead, closed with a 74 and
alone in sixth.
Next week is the Shell Houston Open . Paul Casey took home the trophy in 2009.
COUPLES' TRIPLE PLAY
Fred Couples is white hot and the Champions Tour is getting burnt. Couples won his third straight start on the 50-and-over tour Sunday,
shooting a course-record 10-under 62 at Jack Nicklaus-designed Punta
a two-stroke victory over Corey Pavin in the Cap Cana Championship.
Couples made 11 birdies in the final round and finished the tournament
21-under 195. Pavin finished with a 66.
The 50-year-old Couples is the first player in Champions Tour history to
three of his first four tournaments, and the eighth to win three
starts, leaving him one behind the tour record set by Chi Chi Rodriguez in 1987.
SEO IS ON KIA
Hee Kyung Seo, who is not a member of the LPGA Tour, won her first LPGA tournament with a six stroke victory in the Kia Classic. She received one of
the three sponsor’s exemptions to get into the tournament. An 11-time
the Korean LPGA Tour, she can chose to become an LPGA Tour member this
After opening with a 70, Seo took the lead with a second-round 67 and
69 on Saturday en route to a 12-under 276 total.
The only real blemish on her round was a double bogey when she hit into
water on the par-3 16th. She had six birdies and two bogeys.
South Koreans swept the top four spots, with Inbee Park (65) finishing
second, and Jiyai Shin (70) and Jee Young Lee (70) tying for third at 5
The ladies have their first major of the year next at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage. Brittany Lincicome is defending.
OOSTHUIZEN WINS FIRST TITLE
Louis Oosthuizen, who was knocking on the door last week, earned his first European Tour title after shooting a 3-under 67 Sunday
in the final round of the Andalucia Open.
Peter Whiteford of Scotland (66) and Richard Finch of England (67) were
tied for second.
Oosthuizen has spent eight seasons on the European Tour, He had previously
finished second four times, most recently at last weekend’s
Hassan 11 Trophy in Morocco after having led into the final round only
to be outplayed by Rhys Davies.
the moment he opened his fourth round in Spain with a successful 22-foot
birdie putt on the first green, there appeared to be no threat of him
being overtaken again.
Next up is the Madeira Island Open in Portugal in two weeks.
ARGENTINIAN WINS IN LOUISIANA
(AP)—Argentina’sFabian Gomez won the Louisiana Open for first
Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 7-under 64 in windy conditions
a tournament-record six-stroke victory over three playe
The 31-year-old Gomez finished at 15-under 269 on the Le Triomphe
Club course and earned $99,000.
Kyle Reifers , Scott Gutschewski, and Brian Vranesh tied for
IN OTHER NEWS
Tiger Woods will hold a press conference before the Masters at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 5, according to a tentative interview
Augusta National released Wednesday.
It will be his first press conference in nearly five months, and his
time facing a room full of reporters since he crashed his SUV on
Nov. 27, setting off an epic sex scandal..
MichelleWie made a splash at the Kia Classic but lost yet another rules dispute. Wie was five shots off the lead when she hit her ball into the
water’s edge near the 11th green. With her right foot in the water and
left foot on the bank, she barely splashed the ball onto the shore.
After water fell all over her, and after finishing her swing, she set
her club onto the ground with her left hand, within the red hazard line.
Not long after holing out at the 11th for what
she thought was a par save, Wie was informed that she incurred a
two-shot penalty for grounding her club. After the round, in a Golf
Channel truck, Wie and rules officials engaged in a classic golf rules
Wie conceded that it did not look as if she was using the club to
help her catch her balance but that she
actually was. She raised some good points in whether rules officials
were making assumptions of facts they could not know.
Wie said the splash of water caused her to close her eyes, and set
the club down instinctively to feel her balance.
LPGA rules chief Doug Brecht told Wie he and two other rules
officials could see no evidence that she was off balance. Without the two shot penalty, Wie, would have finished second, instead she finished in a tie for sixth and lost about $91,000 dollars.(Golf Channel)
(AP)—Louis Oosthuizen and K.J. Choi were among five players
to move into the top 50 in the world rankings and earn a spot in the
which could have its largest field in 44 years.
Oosthuizen, the 27-year-old South African who lost a 54-hole lead a
in Morocco, won his first European Tour event Sunday at the Andalucia
Spain. He earned enough points to move into the top 50.
Choi closed with a 1-over 73 and was tied for 17th in the Arnold
Invitational when the final round was suspended by weather. Choi, who
to No. 48 with his runner-up finish a week ago at Innisbrook, will stay
Augusta National takes the top 50 players in the world ranking to be
published Monday. The only other way to qualify now is for someone not
eligible to win the Houston Open next week.
The other three players to qualify for the Masters through the world
are Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, Alvaro Quiros of Spain and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand.
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