Sunday, July 25, 2010

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 7-25-2010

OH CANADA

Carl Pettersson rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday for his fourth PGA Tour victory, closing with a 3-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Dean Wilson.

Pettersson, who set a tournament record with a 10-under 60 in the third round, finished at 14-under 266 .

Wilson, playing on a sponsor exemption, shot a 72 after opening with three straight 65s to take a four-stroke lead into the final day.

Six strokes behind Wilson after seven holes and four back with seven to play, Pettersson made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-3 13th to pull within one, then took the lead with a 25-footer from the fringe on the 480-yard, par-4 14th.

Wilson bogeyed 14, hitting into the thick rough to the right of the green, chipping through the putting surface to the opposite fringe and missing a 15-foot par try.

Pettersson pulled away on the par-5 15th with his third straight birdie and fourth in five holes, hitting a wedge to 4 1/2 feet. Wilson’s approach trickled into the back fringe and his birdie try came up 2 1/2 feet short.

Pettersson parred 16 and 17 and bogeyed the 18th, missing a 5-foot par putt after Wilson putted out for his fourth straight par.

A new event starts next week and that is The Greenbrier Classic.


LANGER TAKES MAJOR TITLE

Bernhard Langer, the two time Masters champ, won his first seniors major title by winning the Seniors British Open by one stroke over American Ryder Cup captain, Corey Pavin.

Langer shot a 1-over 72 at Carnoustie to finish at 5-under 279. Pavin ended with a 1-under 70.

Pavin,trailed by three shots at the start of the fourth round but cut the gap to two when he birdied his second hole of the day.

Langer survived three-putting both the 8th and 9th greens. After making birdie at 15, he parred his way to his 11th win in three years on the Champions Tour.

The tour has another major next week as they play the U.S. Seniors Open. Fred Funk defends.



SHIN WINS EVIAN MASTERS

Jiyai Shin of South Korea birdied the 18th hole to win the Evian Masters, shooting a 5-under 67 to finish at 14 under and one stroke ahead of Morgan Pressel, Na Yeon Choi and Alexis Thompson.

Shin’s fifth birdie in the final round put her one stroke clear of overnight leader Pressel, whose putt to force a playoff then rolled over the hole without dropping in.

Pressel’s downhill putt from the right of the green gathered speed, and she sank to her knees when it rolled over the hole—giving her a share of second with Na Yeon of South Korea and the 15-year-old Thompson from the United States .

Suzann Pettersen of Norway was fifth . Defending champion Ai Miyazato finished tied for 19th . Americans Michelle Wie and Criste Kerr were tied for 31st.

It's major time next week -the Ricoh Women's British Open Catriona Mathew is last years winner.


SWEDE WINS IN SCANDINAVIA

Richard Johnson of Sweden won the Scandinavian Masters on Sunday, making a 30-foot birdie putt at the last hole to shoot a 1-under 71 and finish a stroke clear of Rafa Echenique of Argentina.

Johnson, who shared the overnight lead with South Korea’s K.J. Choi finished with a total of 11-under 277 .

Echenique made four birdies in a 69, while Edoardo Molinari, of Italy was a shot further back in third.

Echenique replaced Johnson as leader after making birdies at the 12th and 13th holes. The two were tied again at the 18th before Johnson holed his 30-foot put to win his second European Tour title.

Next up is the 3 Irish Open. Shane Lowry defends.



IN OTHER NEWS

Little drama and a little-known champion sent the British Open’s television ratings plummeting to a record low.

ESPN said Sunday’s coverage drew a 2.1 rating, down 45 percent from last year’s 3.8. The previous low was a 3.1 in 1996, according to Nielsen, when Tom Lehman went into the final round with a six-shot lead.

Average ratings for the first three rounds were up from 2009, increasing from 1.3 to 1.4.

This was the first year the tournament was broadcast entirely on cable. The coverage previously was split between TNT and ABC.



Tom Watson has been granted honorary life membership of the European Tour.

The eight-time major winner received the award at Carnoustie ahead of the Seniors British Open, which began Thursday.

The 60-year-old Watson said it was a “great honor” and “totally unexpected.”

Watson joins Arnold Palmer, Bob Charles and Gary Player among the greats who have received the award while Senior Tour players.



The Blue Course at Congressional Country Club is longer, tougher and not far from championship condition after a massive renovation that included rebuilding all 18 greens.

USGA officials showed off Congressional Friday, five weeks after it reopened and 11 months before it hosts next year’s U.S. Open.

The new greens are soft and slow—a concession to the scorching temperatures on the East Coast this summer—but Mike Davis, the USGA’s senior director of rules and competition, said the reconstruction will allow them to play firmer and faster than in previous events at Congressional.



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