APPLEBY SHOOTS 59 WINS NEW TOURNAMENTStuart Appleby hit golf’s magic number Sunday, shooting a 59 at the Greenbrier Classic.
Appleby is the fifth PGA Tour player to reach the milestone. The Australian’s round came less than a month after Paul Goyos had a 59 at John Deere Classic And it catapulted him into the lead and eventually victory.
Appleby birdied the final three holes with putts of 15 feet or less to win the tournament by a stroke and get down to 59. He also broke a four-year winless drought, when third-round leader Jeff Overton narrowly missed a long birdie attempt on the par-3 18th that would have forced a playoff.
The Australian trailed Overton by seven strokes to start his round, shot 6-under 28 on the front nine and eagled the par-5 12th before settling for three straight pars.
He got his momentum going again just in time with birdies of 15, 10 and 11 feet on the final three holes.
Next week is the Bridgestone Invitational featuring the Top 50 players in the world. Tiger Woods defends. And also the Turning Stone Resort Championship. Matt Kuchar is last years winner.
TSENG TAKES WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN
Yani Tseng of Taiwan won the Women’s British Open by one stroke over Katherine Hull of Australia with a 6-foot putt on the 18th hole Sunday.
Hull came into the round trailing by four strokes. She trimmed three strokes off Tseng’s lead— with birdies at the second and third—while Tseng dropped a stroke at the third. Hull hit a 5-wood to 12 feet at the second and made it, then an 8-iron to 40 feet at the fourth and holed that as well.
Hull’s putt for birdie at the 17th lipped out.
She trailed by just one heading into the 18th. But Hull missed a 20-foot birdie attempt and had to settle for a 70, and Tseng made her par putt to shoot 73 and total 11-under 277 at Royal Birkdale.
Tseng drove into a bunker on the last hole and was just off the green in three. Hull chipped poorly before her birdie attempt went past the hole, and Tseng coolly stepped up to make the winning putt.Koreans Na Yeon Choi and In kyung Kim shared third at 7-under 281. American Cristie Kerr was tied for fifth at 6 under with two other Koreans, Heekyung Seo and Amy Yangon.
The ladies take the next few weeks off.
One week after winning the Senior British Open Berhard Langer repeated by defeating Fred Couples to win the US Senior Open.
Langer shot a bogey-free 3-under 67 on Sunday, took advantage of Couples’ one critical mistake and completed a trans-Atlantic double by winning his second straight Champions Tour major.
Couples took the lead with a birdie at No. 1 .
Then came the second, and gone was any realistic chance of Couples winning the tournament.
It was the easiest hole on the course all week, a par 5 at 503 yards. For the first time, Couples laid up with his second after pushing his tee shot right and deciding not to chance a hybrid from the first cut of rough. The layup left him about 65 yards to the pin for his third.
His pitch landed in a greenside pond, well short of the green. The mistake was magnified when Couples hit his fifth shot over the green, then needed two putts to walk away with a triple bogey.
Suddenly a one-shot lead for Couples became a three-shot deficit. And Langer never opened the door to give Couples hope of rallying.Olin Browne and John Cook were tied for third at 2 under. Tom Watson was alone in fifth at 1 over after shooting 66.
Next up is the 3M Championship. Berhard Langer is the 2009 champion.
FISHER TAKES IRISH OPEN
Fisher led by one shot going into the round but stretched that advantage to three after sinking a 15-foot eagle putt at the par-5 seventh hole.
The Englishman totaled 18-under 266 at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club after he had been briefly joined at the top of the leaderboard by Harrington (64) on three occasions.Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain and Chris Wood of England were next at 270, followed by Richard Bland of England and Richard Green of Australia another shot back.
Fisher’s fourth career victory lifted him to sixth place in the qualifying standings that will determine nine automatic members on the European team for the Ryder Cup later this year.
IN OTHER NEWSTiger Woods has announced that he will play in next year’s Dubai Desert Classic.
Woods says in a statement released by tournament promoters that he wants to win back the title he held in 2008. He was due to defend his title in Dubai last year but was sidelined by knee surgery.
Woods won the tournament in 2006 and 2008 and never finished lower than fifth since he started playing it in 2001.
The tournament, which is part of the European Tour circuit, takes place at Emirates Golf Course from Feb. 10-13.
Bobby Wyatt shot a 57 at the Alabama Boys State Junior Championship.
The University of Alabama-bound teen, who turns 18 this weekend, had 12 birdies, an eagle and five pars Wednesday on the par-71, 6,628-yard course at the Country Club of Mobile. His birdie putt hung on the lip on the 18th green and he had to settle for par.Wyatt needed 23 putts total and shot a 9-under 26 on the front nine.
Ray Halbritter received loads of attention last week when he said he'd compete in the Turning Stone Resort Championship. The CEO of Nation Enterprises carries a 2-handicap and was looking to fulfill what he called a lifelong dream of competing against the best in professional golf.
After much criticism, Halbritter announced Sunday that he intends to withdraw to give his spot to someone more deserving, someone who perhaps is chasing a Tour card for 2011.
That's it for this week.
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