Monday, May 31, 2010

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 5-31-10

ZACH GOES PLAID WITH A WIN AT COLONIAL

(AP) Zach Johnson won the Colonial with a tournament record 21-under 259, sealing his victory with a pair of birdies in the short span of play in between two late weather delays Sunday.

When Johnson drained a 14-foot birdie putt at the 17th hole to take a two-stroke lead over Brian Davis, he had a wide smile on his face and emphatically pumped his fist. But the real celebration had to wait.

Johnson’s closing 6-under 64 left him three strokes ahead of Davis, who had a closing 68.

When the horn sounded to suspend play the first time, Johnson was approaching his tee shot at No. 15 that had landed in the right rough short of a bunker. After that delay, he hit his approach onto the green and made the putt to get back to 20 under.

The delays were because of threatening weather. Light rain fell despite sunny skies after the second delay lasted 46 minutes, a minute shorter than the first one.

Jeff Overton and Ben Crane both shot 67 to finish tied for third at 17 under. Scott Verplank (65) and Bryce Molder (70), who led after the second and third rounds, were another shot back.

The Colonial score was the lowest on the PGA Tour for a four-round tournament since Geoff Ogilvy won the season-opening SBS Championship in Hawaii at 22-under 270.

Next up is the Memorial Tournament. Tiger Woods defends.




A MAJOR FOR LEHMAN

Tom Lehman won his first individual Champions Tour title and it's a major title. Lehman won the 71st Senior PGA Championship with a par on the first playoff hole, where Fred Couples and David Frost double-bogeyed after terrible tee shots. Lehman teamed with Bernhard Langer to win the 2009 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

Lehman began the sudden death playoff on No. 18 with a solid shot down the fairway before Couples’ only bad tee shot of the tournament veered left into the shrubs, forcing him to take a drop.

“That was just a bizarre playoff,” Lehman said. “I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced anything like that. I turned to my caddie and I said, ‘How many shots have they taken?”’

Frost and Couples finished with 6s before Lehman’s birdie putt from 12 feet came up a quarter roll short. He smiled, tapped it from there, pumped his right fist and cradled the silver trophy.

Next up is the Principal Charity Classic. Mark McNulty is the 2009 champion.



DONALD ENDS DROUGHT

Luke Donald's late eagle helped secure a one-shot victory over Rhys Davies at the Madrid Masters on Sunday.

Tied with Davies heading to the 16th hole, Donald claimed the lead after hitting his approach shot from 252 yards to within 12 feet of the hole and sinking the eagle putt.

Donald shot a final-round 5-under 67 to finish at 21-under 267. Davies finished with a 68, while Italian star Francesco Molinari also shot 68 and was three shots back.

Next up is the Celtic Manor Wales Open. Jeppe Huldahl defends.






FRANCELLA WINS LPGA BRASIL CUP IN PLAYOFF

(AP)—Meaghan Francella has won the LPGA Brasil Cup by defeating Mariajo Uribe in a playoff.

Francella made a 10-foot birdie putt on the sixth extra hole, the par-3 17th, to win the $105,000 first prize.

Playing in the final group, Francella and Uribe were level at 6 under after making birdies on the 18th hole. Francella and Uribe then proceeded to match each other shot for shot in the playoff, rotating between the par-5 18th hole and No. 17.

This is the second year for the exhibition, which included 27 players and a $700,000 unofficial money purse.





IN OTHER NEWS
Zach Johnson and Phil Mickelson are the only players who have PGA Tour wins in each of the last four seasons (2007-10).
Steve Stricker finished at 8 under, tied for 38th this week, in his first event after a six-week hiatus because of a chest injury.


Reigning NCAA golf champion Matt Hill is turning pro, skipping his final year at North Carolina State after missing a chance to defend his title. He will make his pro debut this week at the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament.

The 21-year-old Hill was one of the top-ranked amateurs in the world last year. He won seven college tournaments besides the NCAA championship to earn the Haskins Award as outstanding college golfer. This year the junior failed to advance out of the East Regional.

He competed in three PGA Tour events as an amateur last summer, making the cut at the AT&T Classic


Tiger Woods will defend his title next week at the Memorial Tournament, marking his return to the PGA Tour after three weeks spent rehabbing a neck injury.

Woods withdrew from The Players Championship on May 9 with an inflamed facet joint in his neck. He confirmed on his website Wednesday that he'll play next week at Muirfield Village, where he has won four times and is the defending champion.


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