Sunday, October 17, 2010

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 10-17-10

ROCCO WINS FRYS
Rocco Mediate holed out for eagle for the fourth straight day, hitting a pitching wedge from 116 yards that spun back into the cup on the par-4 17th Sunday en route to a one-stroke victory over Bo Van Pelt
and Alex Prugh in the Frys.com Open.

The 47-year-old Mediate won his sixth PGA Tour title and first since 2002, finishing with a 2-over 73 for a 15-under 269 total. He had a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole Thursday, holed out from 160 yards Friday on the par-4 fourth, and holed out from 111 yards Saturday on the par-5 15th hole.

Prugh shot a 69, and Van Pelt closed with a 71.



 RECARI GETS FIRST LPGA VICTORY
Spain’s Beatriz Recari won the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title, overcoming soggy conditions and a late bogey for a one-stroke victory over France’s Gwladys Nocera
.
The 23-year-old Recari, a tour rookie who made cuts in only three of her first 13 stroke-play events this season, rebounded from a bogey on the No. 17 with a par on the 18th for a 2-under 70 and a 14-under 274 total on the Blackhawk Country Club course.
Nocera birdied the final hole for a 70.
Michele Redman and Karine Icher tied for third at 12 under.

Cristie Kerr missed a chance to overtake Ai Miyazato for the No. 1 ranking, closing with a 70 to tie for fifth with Wendy Ward at 11 under. Kerr needed to at least tie for third to take the top spot.



GREEN TAKES PORTUGAL MASTERS
Richard Green shot a 65 Sunday to win the Portugal Masters over a group of four players two strokes back.
Green began the final round seven shots back of overnight leader Pablo Martin of Spain, but Green took a clubhouse lead of 18-under 270 and never was caught.

It was Green’s third victory on the European Tour, but his first since the 2007 BA-CA Open in Austria.

Francesco Molinari of Italy shot a 62, Gonzalo Fernandez of Spain had a 68, Robert Karlsson of Sweden a 67 and Joost Luiten of Netherlands a 69 to share second at 16 under.

Martin finished in a three-way tie for sixth at 15 under after a 75.



GORE WINS MICCOSUKEE CHAMPONSHIP
Jason Gore won the Miccosukee Championship on Sunday for his record seventh Nationwide Tour title, closing with an even-par 71 in windy conditions for a four-stroke victory over Kevin Kisner and Scott Gutschewski.

Gore, also the 2005 84 Lumber Classic winner on the PGA Tour, broke a tie with Sean Murphy, Matt Gogel and Kevin Johnson for the developmental tour’s victory record.

Gore finished at 16 under and earned $108,000 to jump from 124th to 39th on the money list with $141,451. The top 60 after the Jacksonville Open next week will qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship and the final top 25 will earn 2011 PGA Tour cards.

 

 HARRINGTON WINS ON ASIAN TOUR
Padraig Harrington earned his first victory in two years Sunday, winning the Asian Tour’s Iskandar Johor Open by three strokes over Noh Seung-yul of South Korea.

The three-time major champion shot a 3-under 69 to finish at 20-under 268 in his debut in the tournament.  Harrington last won at the 2008 PGA Championship.

It was the Irishman’s third Asian Tour title after wins in Taipei and Hong Kong.



IN OTHER NEWS
At least 12 Ryder Cup team members and multiple major winners will join host Tiger Woods at the Chevron Challenge in December

Still to be determined is whether the All-Star field will be without the No. 1 player for the third straight year.
Woods' foundation announced the 16 players Monday who qualified from the world ranking a group that starts with Woods and goes down to Sean O'Hair at No. 28. The field includes U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and PGA champion Martin Kaymer.


The tournament is to be held Dec. 2-5.



Lana Lawless, a former police officer who underwent a sex change operation five years ago, is challenging the LPGA’s ban on transgender players.


She filed a federal lawsuit late Tuesday in San Francisco federal court claiming the LPGA’s “female at birth” requirement for competitors violates a California civil rights law.

Lawless is seeking to prevent the LPGA from holding tournaments in the state until the organization changes its policy to admit transgender players. She is also seeking unspecified damages.

Lawless said the LPGA is one of the few athletic organizations to bar transgender competitors. She noted that the International Olympic Committee has allowed transgender athletes since 2004 as long as the competitor underwent surgery and at least two years of hormone-replacement therapy.



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