Monday, October 11, 2010

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 10-10-10

 SLOCUM WINS MCGLADREY CLASSIC
Heath Slocum  knocked in a 6o foot putt on the 16th hole for an unlikely birdie that sent him to a 2-under 68 and a one-shot victory over Bill Haas.

Slocum was in a three-way tie for the lead in the final hour of the inaugural tournament, having led by three shots on the front nine. First, Robert Allenby blocked his tee shot into the hazard on the 18th hole and took double bogey. Then, David Toms three-putted from just inside 15 feet on the 16th hole in the group ahead of Slocum.

Slocum suddenly had a two-shot lead, allowing him a cautious bogey on the final hole to finish at 14-under 266.
The victory moved Slocum to No. 29 on the PGA Tour money list with one tournament left on his schedule. The top 30 earn invitations to the Masters.

Next up is the Frys.com Open. Troy Matteson defends.



KAYMER WINS THIRD IN A ROW
PGA champion, Martin Kaymer closed with a 6-under 66 at St. Andrews to win the Dunhill Links Championship on Sunday, making him the first European Tour player in 21 years with three straight victories.


Kaymer’s streak began with his playoff win at Whistling Straits in the PGA Championship. The 25-year-old German then won the Dutch Open last month while preparing for the Ryder Cup.

Kaymer finished at 17-under 271 for a three-shot victory over Danny Willett.

Lee Westwood, who needed at least a three-way tie for second to replace Woods at No. 1 in the world, shot 73 and tied for 11th. The Englishman does not plan to compete the rest of the month because of lingering pain in his ankle. That means Westwood will go to the top of the world ranking for the first time in his career Oct. 31.

Kaymer won for the fourth time this year, and his earnings of $808,352 increased his lead atop the European Tour money list.

The next stop on the Euro Tour is the Portugal Masters.  Lee Westwood was the 2009 winner, but he will not defend.



 O'MEARA TAKES THE SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Mark O'Meara knocked in a 4-foot par putt on the first playoff hole Sunday to defeatMichael Allen and win the Senior Players Championship, his first individual victory on the Champions Tour.


O’Meara had a three-shot advantage on the back nine at the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, but a bogey on No. 16 shrunk his lead, and Allen charged into contention with birdies on three of the last five holes. Both finished at 7 under.

In the playoff, O’Meara hit a perfect drive and Allen wound up in the rough, setting the stage for O’Meara—a nine-time runner up on the over-50 tour—to finally pick up the elusive victory.

Loren Roberts took third place, and Jeff Sluman finished fourth.

The tour is off next week.



HULL WINS NAVISTAR CLASSIC
Katherine Hull rallied to win the Navistar LPGA Classic on Sunday for her second career LPGA Tour title, pulling ahead with a birdie on the par-5 17th and finishing with a two-putt par for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke victory over Brittany Lincicome.


Hull,  who won the 2008 Canadian Women’s Open, finished at 19-under 269.  After opening with a 68, she had three straight bogey-free 67s.

On the par-4 18th, Hull missed the fairway to the left and was faced with a challenging lie. She hit her approach on the green, 50 feet from the hole. Her birdie try stopped 5 feet short and she saved par for the victory

Cristie Kerr who had the lead coming into the final round, shot a 72 to tie for third at 17 under with Na Yeon Choi . Kerr played the first 50 holes in 20 under, then was 3 over on the final 22.

Next up is the CVS Pharmacy/LPGA Challenge. Sophie Gustafson defends.



IN OTHER NEWS
Jumbo Ozaki finally gets to celebrate in America when he is inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Ozaki, who won more than 100 tournaments and led the Japan Golf Tour money list 12 times, was elected Wednesday through the international ballot by receiving 50 percent of the vote from a panel of journalists, golf dignitaries and Hall of Fame members

He will be inducted May 9 at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., along with Ernie Els, Doug Ford, the late Jock Hutchison and former President George H.W. Bush.

Ozaki had 111 victories, all in Japan except for the New Zealand PGA Championship in 1972. The knock on Ozaki was that he never won in the United States, although he had top 10s in the Masters and U.S. Open.
He joins Isao Aoki as the only Japanese men in the Hall of Fame.



Asia Tour organizers say Paul Casey, Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy will join Tiger Woods at next month’s HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.

A statement from the Asia Tour on Thursday also said three-time major winner Padraig Harrington will compete.

With defending champion Phil Mickelson confirmed as well, seven of the world’s top 10 golfers are set to be in Shanghai when play begins Nov. 4.

The HSBC Champions is the final World Golf Championships event of the season.



Tiger Woods will play in a one-day skins tournament in Thailand next month, returning to his mother’s home country for the first time in 10 years.

Organizers announced Thursday that Woods will play in the Nov. 8 event, which is part of celebrations to mark King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 60th year on the Thai throne.

It will be staged at the Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, a seaside province southeast of Bangkok, and comes the day after the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai.

Paul Casey of England, Camilo Villegas of Colombia and Thailand’s top player, Thongchai Jaidee, will also compete for total prize money of $300,000.



PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem expects some form of a “world tour” in golf in the future, even if he’s not around when it takes shape.

Europe already has one, with sanctioned tournaments on five continents. The PGA Tour is going to Malaysia later this month, returns to Shanghai for a World Golf Championship and has Japan on its wish list.

One reason Finchem believes a world tour is inevitable is marketing and sponsorship, which includes the players. Phil Mickelson is sponsored by Barclays, which promotes tournaments in Singapore, Scotland and New York. He is playing all of them this year.

The U.S. tour also has such multinational title sponsors as Deutsche Bank and BMW (both playoff events), Accenture and Zurich.

The European Tour was the first outside tour to set up golf in Asia, and one year had more tournaments in China than in Scotland. Now comes the American tour looking to create tournaments and opportunities for its members.


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