Sunday, September 12, 2010

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 9-12-2010

JOHNSON DRIVES THE BMW

Dustin Johnson , who had an 82 in the final round of the U.S. Open, and grounded his club in a bunker in the PGA, birdied the 17th hole and took home the BMW Championship. Paul Casey was the runner up.

Casey grabbed the lead and had it or a share of it all day,at one point it was 3 strokes , but as usual Casey choked and fell into a tie with Johnson. Johnson was steady all day and made the big birdie when it counted.

Johnson moved to No. 2 in the FedEx Cup standings and will have a shot at the $10 million bonus in two weeks at East Lake.

Matt Kuchar tied for third and will be the No. 1 seed in two weeks at East Lake. He was at 7 under and needed a birdie for any hope of getting into a sudden-death playoff, but he ran his birdie putt about 3 1/2 feet by the hole.

The Tour takes next week off, but will return in 2 weeks with The Tour Championship.



TSENG COMES FROM BEHIND TO WIN IN ARKANSAS

Yani Tseng shot a 65 and came from behind to defeat Michelle Wie by one stroke and win the P&G NorthWest Arkansas Championship.

Wie, trying for her second straight victory, had the lowest nine-hole score on the LPGA Tour this year on Saturday. She finished the second round at 10 under, three strokes ahead of Juli Inkster, Tseng and Na Yeon Choi .

But Tseng was spot on today as she birdied four of five holes early on the back nine, then held on for a one-stroke victory over Wie with a birdie on No. 18. She finished at 13-under for three rounds. Wie gave up the lead Sunday during a shaky back nine the same half of the course she played in 7-under 28 during a great stretch Saturday.

Mika Miyazato took third at 10 under.



COCHRAN TAKES CHAMPIONS TOUR EVENT IN ASIA

Russ Cochran won the Songdo Championship on Sunday for his first Champions Tour victory after making a birdie on the opening hole of a playoff with Fred Funk in the 50-and-over circuit’s first event in Asia.

The 51-year-old left-hander finished at 12-under 204 on the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea to earn $456,000. He won the 1991 Western Open for his lone PGA Tour title.

Cochran, who shot a final-round 66 to force the playoff, tapped in for the win after splashing a shot from the bunker to about a foot from the hole.

Funk, who began the day with a two-stroke lead, shot a 68. He had a chance to win in regulation, but missed 3-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th.

He landed his approach into a bunker on the playoff hole—a replay of the 18th—but failed to get up and down and extend the match.


KAYMER WINS KLM OPEN

PGA champion Martin Kaymer shot a final round 4-under 66 to win the KLM Open by four strokes on Sunday.

The German, who had led by one shot overnight, carded five birdies and only one bogey when he missed the green at the short 10th hole, to stay top of the leaderboard all day and finish with a 14-under total of 266.

Sweden’s Christian Nilsson and Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti both shot 69s to finish joint second at 10 under.

The win was the 25-year-old Kaymer’s seventh on the European Tour and his third in 2010 following victories in Abu Dhabi and last month’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Next week the tour goes to Austria for the Austrian Golf Open. Rafael Cabrera - Bello defends.



PUTNAM GAINS FIRST NATIONWIDE TITLE

Michael Putnam fired a 4-under 67 Sunday to come from behind and win the Utah Championship by three strokes over Venezuela's Jhonnatan Vegas and New Zealand's Bradley Iles. Putnam finished at 18-under 266 and collected his first victory since turning professional in 2005.

Putnam, the 36-hole leader, began the final round at Willow Creek Country Club at 14 under and one shot back of Iles, who stayed one step in front briefly with a birdie at the second hole. A string of four birdies in five holes to close the front nine gave the former Pepperdine University standout the lead for good.






IN OTHER NEWS

Tiger Woods is not guaranteed to play in the maximum five matches against Europe in next month’s Ryder Cup. Pavin is not the type to be scared of limiting Woods' play.

The top-ranked Woods, chosen as one of U.S. captain Corey Pavin's four wild-card picks last week, will be playing in his sixth Ryder Cup but has only been on the winning side once, in 1999.

Woods, a 14-time major winner but without a tournament victory this year, has picked up 11 points from a possible 25 in the Ryder Cup. He has won three of his five singles matches but only seven of 20 matches in foursomes and fourballs, which are played in pairs on the opening two days.


Tiger Woods was officially eliminated from the FedEx Cup Playoffs Sunday, but the closest player to being his rival says the world No. 1 is closer than people think to a return to form.

Phil Mickelson ,the #2 ranked player in the world , believes Woods is very close to being back in top form.

“I think he is inches away from being there,” Mickelson said after the two played together in the final round of the BMW.

Mickelson shot a 4-under-par 67 to Woods’ 70. Woods has gotten the best of Mickelson just once the last eight times they’ve been paired together.


Nearly three weeks after her strange disqualification from a tournament in Oregon, Juli Inkster is still a bit vexed.

Inkster said the fact that viewers can alert officials of possible violations can put players who earn more exposure at risk.

Inkster isn’t the only big name to be disqualified lately. Jim Furyk was declared ineligible for The Barclays last month when he overslept and was late for his pro-am tee time.

“And then you’ve got other people out here that are doing stuff that’s illegal, and they are getting away with it,” Inkster said.


That's it for this week.

Now you can follow me on twitter at twitter.com/talkgolfgary
Listen to my podcast weekly at par3radio.podbean.com
Send your questions and comments to talkinggolf@gmail.com

No comments:

Post a Comment