Sunday, June 27, 2010

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 6-27-10

BUBBA GETS FIRST WIN IN PLAYOFF
In a tournament that had far more excitement and drama then last week's U.S. Open, Bubba Watson came from six strokes behind to beat Scott Verplank on the second playoff hole with a par putt to earn his first PGA Tour victory Sunday at the Travelers Championship.

Watson, Verplank and U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin needed extra holes after they all finished at 14-under par.

After sinking a 3-footer for par on the par-3 16th to win it, Watson hugged his wife, Angie, and began crying.

Verplank left his tee shot short of the green on the second playoff hole and missed an 8-foot par putt. Watson, who had a 48-footer for birdie, was able to steady his nerves enough to get it close.

Pavin was eliminated on the first playoff hole after hitting his tee shot just 219 yards and putting his approach into a bunker short of the 18th green. He chipped to within 3-feet, earning a standing ovation.

Justin Rose, who was coming off his first PGA Tour win earlier this month at the Memorial, had a three-stroke lead coming into Sunday.

But the 29-year-old Englishman was 1-over par on the front nine, and collapsed on the back, shooting a 5-over 75.

Rose held the lead until he missed a 10-foot par putt on the 10th hole and moved into a three-way tie with playing partner Ben Curtis and Verplank.

He lost the lead after a bogey on the 12th hole, then hit his tee shot on 15 into the water on his way to another bogey.

Curtis, who bogeyed just two holes in the tournament coming into Sunday, hit his tee shot on 12 out of bounds to the left, and made double bogey from there. Both he and Rose bogeyed 16 to drop out of contention. Curtis finished with a 73.

Next up is the AT&T National. Tiger Woods defends.


KERR WINS SECOND MAJOR

Cristie Kerr shot a 6-under 66 to win the LPGA Championship by 12 strokes and is set to become the first American to top the world rankings.

Beginning the final round Sunday with an eight-stroke lead, Kerr opened with six pars before getting birdies on three of her next four at Locust Hill Country Club. Kerr won and the LPGA projected she will take over top spot in the world ahead of Japan’s Ai Miyazato when the rankings are released Monday.

Miyazato shot 66 to finish 5 under in a tie for third with Jiyai Shin. Song-Hee Kim was second.

Kerr finished with a 19-under 269 to win her 14th career tournament and second major after the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open.

The ladies travel to Ohio for Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. Eunjong Yun is the 2009 winner.


ROBERTS WINS CHAMPIONS EVENT

Loren Roberts won the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott N.Y. It's Roberts 12th Champions Tour victory .He birdied the final hole Sunday for a closing 7-under 65 to get the win.

Roberts hit a pitching wedge to 6 feet and made birdie at the 18th hole at En-Joie Golf Club to finish at 15-under 201 and edge Funk, who also shot a 65. It was the 12th victory on the Champions Tour for the 54-year-old Roberts, who rallied from five shots behind with eight holes to play.

Local favorite Wayne Levi tied for third at 13 under with Zimbabwe’s Nick Price and Dan Forsman, who bogeyed three of the final five holes to lose the lead he held for most of the day.

Former Europe captain Nick Faldo believes he is being ignored by successor Colin Montgomerie in the buildup to the Ryder Cup in October.

Faldo’s haul in winning 25 points in 11 Ryder Cups is a record. He was also Europe captain in defeat at Valhalla two years ago.

However, during three days spent in Munich with Montgomerie at the BMW International Open this week, there has been no dialogue between the pair.

Faldo said that his attempts to contact this year’s captain have drawn a blank.



Seve Ballesteros has canceled plans to attend the British Open at St. Andrews next month.

The 53-year-old Spaniard underwent life-saving surgery in 2008 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Ballesteros had planned to play in a four-hole event for former champions on July 14, the day before the Open starts.

But he canceled the trip after undergoing his latest round of health checks at the La Paz Hospital in Madrid on Tuesday.

A statement on his website Thursday says his medical team decided “he should not put himself under any undue stress or in potentially emotional situations.”


That's it for this week.

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