Sunday, September 19, 2010


It's a very slow week in the golf world as most tours take the week off but there was some action around the world.

Jose Manuel Lara of Spain won his second European Tour title on Sunday, beating David Lynn of England on the first playoff hole at the Austrian Open.

Lara had 10 birdies in an 8-under 64, including a 35-foot putt on No. 18 to finish at 17-under 271 and force the playoff. Lynn, who shared the overnight lead, had seven birdies in a 68.

Lynn drove into the rough on the first playoff hole and missed a 15-foot putt for par. Lara two-putted from 30 feet for a par that gave him his first victory since the 2007 Hong Kong Open.

Lynn had shared the third-round lead with fellow Englishman Danny Willett, who shot a 71 to finish three strokes back, tied for third with Alexander Noren of Sweden and U.S. Open Champion Graeme McDowell.

Hunter Haas became the Nationwide Tour's fourth two-time winner of the season, and moved to No. 4 on the money list, with his victory at the Boise Open. 
Daniel Summerhays the third round leader,missed a birdie attempt of his own at the 18th that would have forced a playoff and finished a stroke back.

Jhonattan Vegas, Keegan Bradley, Kirk Triplett, and John Mallinger tied for third 4 strokes back.

English star Laura Davies won the Spanish Women’s Open on Sunday for her 76th worldwide victory, closing with an even-par 71 for a two-stroke victory over American Christina Kim, England’s Rebecca Hudson and Australia’s Frances Bondad.

Davies,won earlier  this year on the Ladies European Tour in New Zealand, Germany and Austria,finished at 11 under after opening with rounds of 65 and 66 on the Flamingos course. She overcame a quadruple-bogey Davies  broke her own record as the oldest winner in Ladies European Tour history. She has 43 LET victories, 20 LPGA Tour titles and 13 other tour victories.

Mi-Jeong Jeon opened with a 33 and closed with 4 straight birdies for a 64 to win  the Munsingwear Ladies Tokai Classic over Sun-Ju Ahn, who shot a 65 of her own to pass 2nd-round co-leaders Na-Ri Kim and Sakura Yokomine.

Jeon extended her lead on the 2010 JLPGA money list and she became the 1st 3-time winner on the JLPGA this season and moved her career JLPGA victory total to 16.

Golf Channel announced Wednesday that it will develop the network’s first-ever morning show. Tentatively titled "Dawn Patrol", the show is slated to debut in January. Scheduled to air live, weekdays from 7-9 a.m. ET from Golf Channel’s Orlando studios, the show will feature news and commentary on the biggest sports and news stories of the day.

Padraig Harrington is refusing to underestimate Tiger Woods heading into next month’s Ryder Cup, insisting the American retains an “intimidation factor” despite his lack of success this year.

The No. 1-ranked Woods only made it onto the United States team after receiving a wild card by captain Corey Pavin and has not won a tournament this year.

“He is the No.1 golfer in the world still by rankings,” Harrington added. “He has a presence—an intimidation factor.”

The LPGA will return to suburban Los Angeles next year.

A new venue that’s actually an old LPGA venue is news in the announcement that Kia Motors America is extending its title sponsorship for two years with the event moving to Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms next year. It will mark the first LPGA event in the Los Angeles area since 2005.

La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad hosted the inaugural Kia Classic this year but was unable to continue to host due to a planned golf course renovation next year, according to the LPGA.

Sean Foley vs Stack and Tilt - interesting article on Tiger's new "consultant/coach" and his theories on the golf swing.

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