Sunday, July 4, 2010

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 7- 4 -10

Happy 4th of July to everyone. Hope you all had a happy and healthy 4th and remembered what the holiday is all about.

ROSE DOESN'T WILT WINS AT&T
One week after a massive collapse at the Travelers, Justin Rose held to win the AT&T National by one stroke over Ryan Moore. It was Rose's second PGA Tour victory in the last month following his victory at the Memorial.

Rose had a five-shot advantage when he made the turn Sunday. Then came consecutive three-putt bogeys, and the 29-year-old Englishman had to battle for pars to the secure the victory.

He closed with an even-par 70 for the one-shot victory over Moore, who finished with eight straight one-putt greens for a 65.

Tiger Woods closed with a 71, marking the first time in 11 years that he failed to finish a regular PGA Tour event without breaking par in any of the four rounds.

Vijay Singh who has been struggling this year had a top ten finish.

The John Deere Classic is the next stop with Steve Stricker defending.



MIZE SHOOTS 64 TO TAKE NEW TOURNEY
Larry Mize shot a final-round 64 to win the inaugural Montreal Championship by one stroke over John Cook for his first career victory on the Champions Tour on Sunday.

The 1987 Masters champion had seven birdies, an eagle and a bogey on the 7,105-yard par-72 course.

The 51-year-old finished with a 54-hole total of 17-under. He tied for the low round of the final day with Bobby Clampett.

It was Mize’s first official win of any kind since the 1993 Buick Open on the PGA Tour.

Cook, the second-round leader, mounted a late charge but finished a stroke short. The four-time winner on the Champions Tour missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th to tie it, and left a 25-footer on 18 wide to the right.

Dan Forsman finished with a 65 and Corey Pavin had a 67 to tie for third place .



CHOI TAKES JAMIE FARR CLASSIC
Na Yeon Choi (Nah Yuhn Choy) made a 2 1/2 -foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

Choi converted a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to join fellow South Koreans In-Kyung Kim, Song-Hee Kim and American Christina Kim in Sunday’s playoff. After all four missed birdie putts on the first playoff hole, Choi hit her third shot close and rolled in the putt for her third career LPGA victory.

Choi had rounds of 64, 67, 68 and 71 to finish at 270.ampion.

Christina Kim had a 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to seal the win but missed it.

Next week is Open week for the ladies as the U.S. Womens Open takes place. Eun Hee Ji is last years Champion.



JIMENEZ WINS FRENCH OPEN
Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain has won the French Open on the first hole of a playoff against countryman Alejandro Canizares and Francesco Molinari of Italy.

The trio finished the fourth round at Le Golf National in Versailles at 11-under 273 Sunday. Jimenez shot a 67 and his two rivals had 68s.

Jimenez had a par on the playoff at No. 18, while Canizares twice hit his ball into the water and Molinari found a fairway bunker with his tee shot and the sand again with his third shot, an approach to the green.

Jimenez earned $613,000 for the victory, moving into the top nine of the qualifying list to automatically make Europe’s Ryder Cup team.

The Barclays Scottish Open is next on the European Tour. Martin Kaymer defends.



IN OTHER NEWS
Tiger Woods has switched to a Nike golf ball that has a slightly harder cover and spins less than his previous model, which might explain why he has been hitting his tee shots farther than he has all year.

And speaking of Tiger
Tiger Woods has made it official by sending in his entry form to play in the PGA Championship.

The PGA of America said Friday that Woods was among the first four players to enter. The others were Masters champion Phil Mickelson, U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and two-time PGA champion Vijay Singh.

The PGA Championship will be played Aug. 12-15 at Whistling Straits, where Singh won in a three-man playoff in 2004.


Ryan Moore is off to St. Andrews.

Moore finished second, a stroke behind winner Justin Rose, on Sunday in the AT&T National to lock up a spot in the British Open.

Moore earned a spot because he was the leading player not already eligible among the top five at the AT&T National. Moore got in over Jeff Overton, who shot 67 to finish third; and Charlie Wi who shot 69 to finish fourth.



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