Sunday, August 29, 2010

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 8-29-2010

KUCHAR WINS THE BARCLAY

Matt Kuchar has had a great year with top ten finishes but he had not had a victory this year until Sunday when he chased and caught Martin Laird to win The Barclays.

Kuchar closed with a 5-under 66, and went to the clubhouse tied for the lead. Laird birdied 17 taking a one-shot lead and needed two putts from just inside 25 feet on 18 for the victory, when he ran his putt 7 feet past the hole. He missed the par putt, setting up the playoff.

Kuchar's first victory of the year came two weeks after he made his first Ryder Cup team, and moved him to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings . And his third career win is likely to move him to a career-best No. 10 in the world ranking.

Laird looked shaky throughout especially with the putter. He missed a 20 footer for an eagle on 17 and three putted 18. However Laird is safe through the next month in the playoffs. He was at No. 95, hopeful of advancing to the second round, and his runner-up finish puts him at No. 3 and virtually guarantees he’ll be among the top 30 at the Tour Championship who compete for the $10 million prize.

Tiger Woods continues to make progress, which in this case means he gets to keep going.

Woods, who started these playoffs at No. 112 in the standings, closed with a 4-under 67 to easily make the top 100 who advance to the second round next week at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Steve Stricker closed with a 66 to tie for third with Kevin Streelman, Streelman was on the bubble, starting at No. 102, and moved up to No. 18.

Rory Sabbatini had the low round of the day at 64 and tied for fifth.

Round 2 is next week at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Steve Stricker defends.



LANGER AGAIN IN WASHINGTON

Bernhard Langer gained his fifth tournament win of the year in taking the Boeing Classic. It's the second victory this year for Langer in the state of Washington.

He closed with a final-round 69 and pulled away from Nick Price down the stretch to take home the title and his 18-under-par total matched Loren Roberts' tournament record from last year.

Langer let Price hang around early. Price birdied the eighth and 11th to pull within two of the lead but couldn’t get any closer to Langer.

Langer made consecutive birdies at Nos. 15 and 16 to stretch his lead to four strokes with just two to play and take a four-shot lead over Price.

Hometown favorite Fred Couples closed with a 67 to finish in third at 9 under.

Next up for the over 50 crowd is the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Jeff
Sluman is the 2009 champion.




WIE TAKES HOME CANADIAN OPEN

Michelle Wie has won the CN Canadian Women’s Open for her second career victory on the LPGA Tour.

Wie shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday to move to 12 under for the tournament at the St. Charles Country Club.

Jiyai Shin of South Korea shot a 1-over 73 and tied for second with Kristy McPherson of South Carolina , defending champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway and Jee Lee Young from South Korea.

Wie was tied with Shin for the lead entering the final round.

The ladies take the week off and return Sept. 10.




E.MOLINARI WINS JOHNNIE WALKER


(AP)—Edoardo Molinari birdied the final three holes at Gleneagles on Sunday to win the Johnnie Walker Championship and boost his chances of a place in the Ryder Cup.

The 29-year-old Italian needs a wild card pick from European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie later Sunday.

Molinari shot a 1-under 71 to reach 10-under 278 and beat Brett Rumford by one shot. The Australian had earlier shot a 3-under 69.

Francesco Molinari—Eduardo’s brother—shared third place with Wales’ Jamie Donaldson and Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain.

Jimenez secured automatic qualification for the Ryder Cup, as did Peter Hanson of Sweden who was tied for 19th.




KIRK WINS NATIONWIDE EVENT

Chris Kirk, fired a back-nine 31 to finish at 20-under 268 and earn his second Nationwide Tour title this year at the Knoxville News Sentinel Open.

Kirk broke out of a late afternoon tie with back-to-back birdies on the final two holes to win by two shots over Travis Bertoni .

North Carolina's Matt Davidson and 48-year old Kirk Triplett tied for third place, three shots behind Kirk, who joins Tommy Gainey and Martin Piller as the Tour's double-winners in 2010.





IN OTHER NEWS

Colin Montgomerie the European Ryder Cup Captain, named Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald and Edoardo Molinari on Sunday as his three wildcard selections for the Ryder Cup against the U.S. in October.

Harrington, Donald and Edoardo Molinari join automatic choices Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Ross Fisher, Francesco Molinari, Peter Hanson and Miguel Angel Jimenez on Europe’s team.



Elin Nordegren, is speaking out for the first time publicly in a People magazine story that hit the newsstands on Friday.

The couple’s divorce became official Monday.

Nordegren shares the pain she felt with her husband’s infidelities making worldwide news. She shared how she didn’t just lose sleep and weight over it. She also lost hair.

Nordegren also said that she never hit her husband and now that her marriage is over she wants to get on with her life.



The PGA Tour announced Thursday the Heritage golf tournament in South Carolina will be played a week later than usual in 2011 on April 21-24, the same week that the popular Champions Tour event, the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, is taking place about an hour’s drive south in Savannah, Ga.

The change to the longtime event at Harbour Town Golf Links, usually played the week following the Masters, came because The Players Championship was shifted to a week later in May. That forced a date change for the Texas Open, which moved into the Heritage’s normal slot.

PGA Tour chief of operations Rick George says the switch is for next year only with all intentions to move the Heritage back to the week after the year’s first major.



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