Sunday, September 5, 2010

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 9-6-2010

HOFFMAN GOES LOW IN BOSTON

Charlie Hoffman
won the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second leg of the FedEx playoffs. He made 11 birdies, and that was more than enough to win the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Hoffman ran off four straight birdies early to make up a four-shot deficit, and he kept right on going Monday on the TPC Boston. He closed with a 9-under 62 to win the second playoff event and go to No. 2 in the FedEx Cup standings. His margin of victory was five strokes over Jason Day, Geoff Ogilvy, and Luke Donald.

Tiger Woods shot 68 and tied for 11th. It was enough to keep the No. 1 ranking when Phil Mickelson again blew a good chance to replace him. Mickelson made two double bogeys on the back nine and wound up with a 76.

Next week round 3 of the playoffs at the BMW Championships. Tiger Woods defends.




SCHULZ GETS FIRST VICTORY


Ted Schulz won the First Tee Open on Sunday for his first Champions Tour title, holing a 12-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach en route to a 2-under 70 and a one-stroke victory over Tom Pernice Jr.

The 50-year-old Schulz—in the field as an alternate in his 12th start on the 50-and-over tour—finished at 14-under 202. It was his first victory since winning the 1991 Nissan Open for the second of his two PGA Tour titles

Pernice finished with a 67. Mark Calcavecchia and Tom Kite closed with 69s to tie for third at 12 under. Fred Couples (68) followed at 11 under.

Jeff Sluman, the 2008 and 2009 winner, shot a 71 to finish at 6 under.

Next week is a new event in South Korea the Posco E&C Songdo Championship.




JIMINEZ WINS EUROPEAN MASTERS


Miguel Angel Jimenez won the European Masters on Sunday, shooting a 4-under 67 to beat
Edoardo Molinari by three strokes.

Jimenez finished at 21-under 263 to secure his third European Tour victory of the year, following wins in Dubai and France.


Molinari also shot a 67, while fellow Italian Matteo Manassero had a 68 to finish third another two shots back.

Despite his convincing victory margin, the 46-year-old Jimenez nearly faltered on the back nine.

After leading by three shots going into the final round, the Spaniard extended his advantage to six as he covered his first nine holes in 4-under.

But in the space of four holes that lead was cut to just one stroke as Molinari produced birdies at the 12th and 14th holes, and then holed a 2-foot eagle putt at the par-5 15th.

With Jimenez having bogeyed the 14th, there was a chance Molinari might produce a late dash for the line for the second weekend running. He birdied the last three holes to come from behind and win the Johnnie Walker Championship last Sunday.




KISNER WINS MYLAN CLASSIC

Kevin Kisner won the inaugural Mylan Classic for his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a bogey-free 4-under 67 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Geoffrey Sisk.

Kisner finished at 13-under 271 at Southpointe Golf Club and earned $108,000 to jump from 50th to 14th on the money list with $194,692. The final top 25 on the list will earn 2011 season PGA Tour cards.

“This game is so much about winning and you have to beat 155 great players in order to have a chance,” Kisner said. “This is pretty special.”

Kisner closed with a 4-foot par putt, but didn’t know that Sisk (71) had fallen behind with a double bogey on the 17th. The 45-year-old Sisk then failed to birdie the 72nd hole, giving Kisner the title.




DAVIES TAKES AUSTRIAN LADIES OPEN

England’s Laura Davies won the Austrian Ladies Open on Sunday for her 75th worldwide victory, closing with a 2-under 70 to beat France’s Virginie Lagoutte-Clement by a stroke.

Davies, also the winner in 2007 and 2008 and second last year, finished at 11-under 205. She won with a birdie on the final hole after hitting a shot from a greenside bunker to 6 feet.





IN OTHER NEWS

Scott Verplank could no longer hold onto a golf club and figured there was no point in playing.

Verplank was back in Oklahoma on Sunday waiting to get an MRI on his left wrist a day after he withdrew from the Deutsche Bank Championship after four holes in the second round. He says he has been fighting the injury the last two months, and it reached a point at the TPC Boston where he could not control where the club was pointed



One week after Jim Furyk was knocked out of a tournament for oversleeping and missing his pro-am time, Chad Campbell was disqualified Saturday at the Deutsche Bank Championship when officials realized he never registered for the tournament.

Much like the formality of signing a scorecard at the end of a round, PGA Tour players must register when they get to a tournament before it starts. Campbell arrived Tuesday evening, practiced all week and even played Friday, opening with a 1-over 72.


Nationwide Insurance announced Friday it will end its title sponsorship of the PGA Tour’s developmental circuit when the contract expires in two years.

Instead, Nationwide will stay involved in golf starting in 2011 as the presenting sponsor of the Memorial Tournament, founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus.

The company, based in nearby Columbus, Ohio, has been the title sponsor of the development tour for the past eight years.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said his tour was economically healthy and had survived a difficult financial climate, but would be looking to find a replacement sponsor for the Nationwide Tour.


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