Sunday, November 28, 2010

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 11-28-2010

KARLSON WINS DUBAI TOURNAMENT
Sweden’s Robert Karlson  won the Dubai World Championship , beating third-round leader Ian Poulter in a two-way playoff after a bizarre blunder by the Englishman on the final hole.


Karlsson calmly rolled in a birdie putt on the second playoff hole after Poulter had been given a one-stroke penalty for dropping his ball on his marker on the green, causing it to flip over and move from its original position.
Poulter spotted his error and reported it to the match referee, whose ruling left him with a long putt for par instead of a birdie. The putt came up a foot short, taking all the pressure off the Swede as he then had two shots to clinch the victory.

He needed just one to secure his second European Tour victory this year.

It was his third straight birdie on the 18th green, having caught up to Poulter on his last hole in regulation when his approach shot landed within a few feet of the pin. He rolled that in to close with a 5-under 67 and a 14-under total of 274.

Poulter then had a birdie putt for the victory at the 18th but missed to force the playoff, where both players birdied the first hole.

Karlsson led after the first round but followed it up with a 75 on Friday to seemingly fall out of contention. But he recovered with consecutive rounds of 67, and started Sunday with consecutive birdies. His second shot on the par-4 third then landed on the green and rolled in for an eagle.
He had two more birdies on the back nine before a lovely approach shot that almost hit the pin on the 18th, spun back and landed within a few feet of the hole



 KAYMER WINS MONEY LIST
 Martin Kaymer  won the 2010 money-list crown on the final day of the season at the Dubai World Championship on Sunday.


The German, still out on the course, was guaranteed to land the prize of $1.5 million for topping the Race to Dubai when his only rival for the title, Graeme McDowell , finished down the field.

McDowell needed a top-three result to overhaul the German at the summit of the money list but could manage only a closing 68 for a six-under-par tally of 282.



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IN OTHER NEWS
Nine of the top 10 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings will play in the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship  next week.

As expected, Michelle Wie wasn’t on the commitment list released Tuesday by the LPGA. She’s the lone player among the top 10 who isn’t scheduled to play.

Wie withdrew from the Lorena Ochoa Invitational with back pain almost two weeks ago, but her appearance in the LPGA Tour Championship was uncertain even before that. She’s had a long-standing commitment to play in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters the week after the LPGA Tour Championship. Omega’s one of her sponsors.



A maintenance worker at a central Florida country club is dead after being struck by a golfer's tee shot.
Police say Maurice Hayden was pulling weeds near a tree at the Mayfair Country Club in Sanford on Wednesday when he was struck in the temple about 30 yards away. 

The 42-year-old man was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital. Police say he died Thursday after being removed from life support.

Police say the shot was an accident and that the golfer will not face charges.



Rory McIlroy the 21-year-old  that already said he'd spend most of the year in Europe next season avoiding the PGA Tour, dogged TPC Sawgrass and the Players, saying he didn't like the golf course and never feels comfortable there.

"I don't like the course," McIlroy said "It's a Pete Dye course. It creates angles, a bit like Whistling Straits," he said. " the tee boxes are sort of lining you up in the wrong direction. Visually it's very tough off the tee. It makes you feel uncomfortable because it looks like you've only got a little bit of fairway to hit but actually once you get up there, it's a little bit wider. It's just very demanding visually," added McIlroy.



The 2011 European Tour schedule will feature 50 golf tournaments—two more than this year—on 29 courses, with new events in Bahrain, Malaysia and Sicily.


The 2011 tour starts next month in South Africa and ends with the Dubai World Championship next December.

The European Tour said in a statement that from 2012 the schedule will be contained within the calendar year, starting in January and ending in December. The 2010 tour ends on Sunday.



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Sunday, November 21, 2010

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 11-21-2010

 POULTER CAPTURES HONG KONG OPEN
Ian Poulter held off a spirited challenge from Italian youngster Matteo Manassero to win the Hong Kong Open by one stroke Sunday, returning to the top 10 in the world rankings.

The 17-year-old Manassero shot an 8-under 62 at the Fanling course and finished at 21-under 259, but Poulter’s 67 was enough to secure his 10th win on the European Tour.

“I felt comfortable the whole day, the way I was hitting it,” Poulter said. “I was hitting it inside 12 feet at pretty much nearly every hole out there and I knew if I kept doing that I would be very tough to beat.”
Matteo Manassero of Italy hits the ball at the 17th hole during the final day at the Hong Kong Open golf tournament on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010.

Simon Dyson tied Manassero for second after a 65, while American Anthony Kang finished fourth, a stroke further back.

Poulter led Graeme McDowell by two shots heading into the final round, but the U.S. Open champion’s challenge was all but over by the third hole after a pair of bogeys. He finished fifth at 20 under after closing with a 68.

Still, McDowell reduced his deficit to European money leader Martin Kaymer to $293,000 ahead of next week’s season-ending Dubai World Championship.
Not even a bogey at the last—only his second of the tournament—could deny the 34-year-old Poulter as he won his second European Tour event of the season.



MALLINGER TAKES INVITATIONAL
John Mallinger won the Pebble Beach Invitational on Sunday, birdieing four of the last six holes for a 4-under 68 and a two-stroke victory over Jason Gore.

Mallinger, who lost his fully exempt PGA Tour status after finishing 133rd on the money list, made a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to finish at 15-under 273 in the event featuring 76 male and female players. He earned $60,000 in the $300,000 tournament sponsored by Callaway Golf.

Gore, who will join Mallinger in the PGA Tour’s final qualifying tournament, closed with a 65.

Pat Perez (65) and Champions Tour player Russ Cochran (71) tied for third at 11 under.

Annika Sorenstam, completing her first 72-hole tournament since her LPGA Tour retirement in 2008, shot a 73 to finish at 3 under.



CLEARWATER WINS QUALIFIERS
Two-time PGA Tour winner Keith Clearwater won the Champions Tour’s national qualifying tournament Friday, closing with an even-par 72 in windy conditions at TPC Eagle Trace for a three-stroke victory over Lee Rinker, Frankie Minoza and Phil Blackmar.

The 51-year-old Clearwater finished at 16-under 272 to earn the first of five fully exempt spot on the 2011 tour. He shot a 9-under 63 on Thursday.

Minoza shot a 67, Blackmar had a 68, and Rinker closed with a 72.

John Morse earned the fifth and final fully exempt spot, beating Robert Thompson and Roger Chapman with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff. Morse missed a 4-foot par putt on the final hole of regulation to drop into a tie with Thompson and Chapman at 12 under.



 IN OTHER NEWS
Mark O’Meara and Nick Price won the 19th annual ADT Golf Skills Challenge at The Breakers on Monday.

The duo beat Fred Couples and Dustin Johnson in the reverse scramble final, in which teams picked the worst shot of the opponents to be played throughout the 4-par, 10th hole.

The finalists had to play out the hole twice to come up with the winners after both teams shot par on the first go around.

On the second attempt, Price holed for par, which was good enough to win. O’Meara, Couples and Johnson were unable to par the hole.

Couples and Johnson won four of the six skills challenges: long drive, mid-iron, trouble shot, and short iron. Price and O’Meara won the chip shot.

Rickie Fowler and Scott Verplank were third and won the bunker-shot challenge.




Jim Furyk won the PGA Tour Player of the Year. Furyk was the king of this season, he was the only  player to win more than two times. The 40-year-old Furyk was victorious at the Transitions Championship, Verizon Heritage and Tour Championship, which helped vault him to the top of the FedEx Cup standings and the $10 million bonus.

Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar were just behind Furyk with 50 points to Jim's 60, with Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson rounding out the top five.

 Kuchar, who finished with the PGA Tour's lowest scoring average of the season, won the Vardon Trophy, an award for just that stat. Kuchar's final number landed at 69.61, just five one-hundredths better than Stricker.

This is the first time since 2006 that two different Americans won both the Player of the Year award and the Vardon Trophy, when Woods took home the former trophy and Furyk the latter.

Hockey star Wayne Gretzky, the only non-professional golfer in the field, teamed with Ricky Barnes to come in fourth. Their team earned $132,000, and Gretzky was donating his portion of the money to his charity.



In-Kyung Kim won the Loena Ochoa Invitational and gave her winnings way.  Half of the $220,000 she won went to Lorena's charity, which funds educational programs for Mexican youth, and the other half is headed towards a charity in the United States.

You might think that a pro golfer donating winnings isn't a big deal, but you have to understand, the LPGA isn't like the PGA Tour. Golfers don't dive in their vault of gold coins on the LPGA Tour, and this amount is nearly 20 percent of her entire earnings for the season.



The Ladies European Tour says nine candidates have declared an interest in hosting the Solheim Cup between Europe and the United States in 2015.

Six of the nine have made their bids public while the other three wish to remain anonymous after the deadline for applications passed Oct. 29.

Germany has bidders in Hamburg and Berlin while Spain has candidates in La Manga and an unspecified course on the Costa del Sol. The Prosper Golf Resort in Celadna, Czech Republic, and the Forest Pines Resort in Lincolnshire, England, also intend to bid.

The Tour will announce the winning bid in 2011.



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Sunday, November 14, 2010

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 11-15-2010

GARRIGUS WINS AT DISNEY 
Robert Garrigus shot an 8-under 64  and won the Disney and with it secured his tour card. Garrigus blew an easy victory earlier this year in Memphis when he tripled bogeyed the final hole, but he made up for that this weekend.


Garrigus finished three shots clear of Roland Thatcher for his first tour victory.

Garrigus began the week 122nd in earnings and needed a solid finish to stay inside the top 125 the cutoff for full PGA Tour status. Thatcher shot a final-round 70 and jumped from 179th to 122nd to keep his playing privileges, blowing a four-stroke lead but keeping his card.

Garrigus began the final round five strokes behind Thatcher  who led everyone by at least four  and put pressure on a player who needed an even stronger finish. Thatcher had to have at least a solo second place or he was heading to qualifying school next week.

Thatcher imploded with three bogeys on the back nine, including back-to-back at 16 and 17, when he badly misread putts. But  saved his card with a pressure-packed par putt from 5-feet on No. 18.

Thatcher joined Mark Wilson  and Michael Connell as the only players this week to jump inside the top 125 after starting the week outside of it.



APPLEBY IS MASTERFUL
Stuart Appleby was a non entity this week in Australia until the final round.

He rallied from a seven-shot deficit in the final round, stayed in the game by making a 30-foot par putt on the 16th, pulled ahead with a 25-foot birdie on the 17th and two-putted for birdie on the final hole.

Adam Bland, who had a three-shot lead going into the final round, was the last one with a chance to catch him. Bland hit 6-iron to 10 feet on the par-5 18th, but missed the eagle putt that would have forced a playoff.

Appleby already had reason to celebrate this year, winning The Greenbrier Classic with a 59 on the last day. This might have been even sweeter. It has been nine years since he won on home soil, dating to the 2001 Australian Open.

Tiger Woods, the defending champion, finished in fourth place going winless this season for  the first time in fourteen years.

Woods now gets two weeks at home before finishing out the year in California for his Chevron World Challenge.


 
KIM IS VICTORIOUS IN MEXICO
 In-Kyung Kim won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday for her third LPGA Tour title, closing with an 8-under 64 for a three-stroke stroke victory over Suzann Pettersen.
 
Kim matched the tournament record set by Cristie Kerr in the first round with her 64, playing the front nine in 6-under 30 and adding three birdies and a bogey on the final nine. Kim finished at 19 under on the Guadalajara Country Club course.
Pettersen shot a 68. The Norwegian star has 11 top-five finishes in 18 starts this season. She’s winless since the 2009 Canadian Women’s Open.

Karine Icher was third at 15 under, Kerr  and U.S. Women’s Open champion Paula Creamer  tied for fourth at 14 under, and Ai Miyazato  finished at 13 under.

Ochoa, playing her first LPGA Tour event since retiring in April, shot a 74 on her home course, leaving her 19 strokes back in a tie for 25th.

Kim also won the 2008 Longs Drugs Challenge and 2009 LPGA State Farm Classic.



SCOTT TAKES SINGAPORE OPEN 
Adam Scott won is second tournament of the year by taking the Barclays Singapore Open. Scott won by three strokes over Anders Hanson.

Adam Scott claimed his third Barclays Singapore Open title with a composed performance at Sentosa Golf Club.

The Australian landed his seventh European Tour title over the Serapong Course where he won in 2005 and 2006 with a closing round of 68 to finish 17 under par
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The leaders had returned on Monday with ten holes of the final round remaining after a five and half hour delay for thunderstorms on Sunday, and Scott never really looked like throwing away his three shot lead on the extra day.

Graeme McDowell made inroads into Martin Kaymer’s lead in The Race to Dubai despite going into the trees on the 11th leading to an early bogey.

The Northern Irishman recovered with birdies at the 13th and 14th before making a great par at the 15th after hitting his tee shot so close to the water he was standing on rocks for his second, which he proceeded to shank into the rough.

A round of 70 gave him a 13 under total and a share of third place alongside Swede Rikard Karlberg, while PGA Champion Kaymer was tied for tenth.



SAIKI WINS ON JLPGA TOUR
Miki Saiki faced a front-9 31 from JLPGA money list leader Sun-Ju Ahn and a late charge from Hiromi Takesue in the final round of the Ito-En Ladies, but she got off to a fast start herself with 4 birdies of her own on the front to keep them at bay and played just well enough on the back to hold off Mie Nakata and Na-Ri Lee and take her 1st title since her rookie season in 2007.

Lee failed to make a birdie in her last 6 holes and had to settle for 70 and 3rd place after a walkoff bogey. Nakata fired a bogey-free 67, but despite birdieing both par 5s on the back and pulling within 1 shot of the lead when Saiki bogeyed the long par-3 17th, just couldn't catch the leader on the final hole. Saiki's par secured her 2nd career victory on the JLPGA



LAURA DAVIES WINS HER 77TH
English star Laura Davies won the Women's Indian Open on Sunday for her 77th worldwide victory, beating Thailand's Nontaya Srisawang, South Africa's Tandi Cuningham and Sweden's Louise Friberg with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

Davies eagled the par-5 18th in regulation for a 2-under 70 to match Nontaya (71), Cuningham (73) and Friberg (70) at 3-under 213 on the DLF Golf & Country Club course. In the playoff, Davies reached the green on the 18th in two and two-putted for the victory. 



IN OTHER NEWS
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland has decided not to join the PGA Tour next year, which could leave as many as three of the top 10 players in the world rankings not belonging to golf’s strongest tour.


McIlroy told British newspapers Monday evening he found himself not wanting to be in America, especially during the FedEx Cup playoffs when the majors were over. In his first season on the PGA Tour, McIlroy closed with a 62 to win at Quail Hollow, and finished among the top three at the British Open and PGA Championship.

England’s Lee Westwood, the new world No. 1, has not been a PGA Tour member for several years. PGA champion Martin Kaymer of Germany, who is No. 3 in the world, has indicated he will not join the U.S. tour next year.



Phil Mickelson plans to start the 2011 in the desert he said he  is planning to make the Abu Dhabi Championship his first tournament of the new year. It will be held the same week as the Bob Hope Classic.


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Thursday, November 11, 2010

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 11-10-2010

 Phil Mickelson will start his 2011 season at the  Abu Dhabi Championship and will skip the Bob Hope Classic which is the same time.

Big week as players fight for position on the money list to keep their tour cards and avoid Q School.

Matt Kuchar won the money list and the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average, although he has only one victory. Phil Mickelson was the only PGA Tour member to win a major, but he didn’t win anything else.

One thing Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar share is a perk that often gets overlooked. Any PGA Tour player who wins the money list or the FedEx Cup receives a five-year exemption on tour.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 11-7-2010

MOLINARI  KING IN SHANGHI
It turned out to be a  duel down the stretch yet in the end Francesco Molinari outlasted Lee Westwood to capture the HSBC Champions for a one-shot victory to capture his first World Golf Championship .

Molinari closed with a 5-under 67 at Sheshan International for his first win this season, and only the second of his career. He spoiled the debut of Westwood as the world’s No. 1 player, although the Englishman put up a fight worthy of his ranking.

Two shots behind on the par-5 18th, Westwood hit a powerful drive that left him only an iron into the green. He had a 25-foot eagle putt to force a playoff, but the ball stayed left of the hole the entire way, and Westwood had to settle for a 67.

Tiger Woods  closed with a 68 and tied for sixth, 13 shots behind. It was only his third top 10 of the year, and his best finish since a tie for fourth at the U.S. Open. For the first time in his career, Woods failed to win on the PGA Tour, ending a streak of 14 years

Richie Ramsay of Scotland closed with a 71 and tied for third with Luke Donald who staggered in with  a 73.



SHIN CAPTURES MIZUNO CLASSIC
Jiyai Shin won the Mizuno Classic on Sunday for her second LPGA Tour victory of the season and eighth overall, closing with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Yani Tseng.

Shin finished at 18 under after opening with rounds of 65 and 66 . The South Korean star, also the 2008 tournament winner in the event also sanctioned by the Japan LPGA, earned $180,000 to increase her season total  and to pull her within $3,535 of leader Na Yeon Choi with two events left.

Tseng, from Taiwan, shot a 66.

Stacy Lewis  was third at 15 under, Miki Saiki) was 12 under, and Choi , Brittany Lincicome  and Mika Miyazato followed at 11 under.

Tseng leads Japanese star Ai Miyazato by 14 points in the player of the year race. Shin and Choi are tied for third, 18 points behind Tseng.



COOK DEFENDS AND LANGER WINS POINT TITLE
John Cook successfully defended his title in the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Sunday at Harding Park, and Bernhard Langer took his first season points title.


Cook shot 4-under 67 in steady drizzle after rain delayed the start of play, holing a 15-foot par putt on the 18th hole to beat Michael Allen by two strokes.

Cook began the day a shot behind Allen, but birdied two of the first three holes to take the lead for good. Cook finished at 17 under and earned $440,000 for his fifth career victory on the 50-and-over tour.

Allen, who grew up in the Bay Area, shot a 70 in the rainy, windy conditions that hampered his tee shots and forced the 2009 Senior PGA Championship winner to scramble most of the day.

Langer tied for third with David Frost at 12 under to wrap up the Schwab Cup points race and $1 million annuity. Fred Couples, the only player in position to catch Langer entering the tournament, closed with a 67 to tie for 10th at 9 under.



IN OTHER NEWS
The LPGA Tour’s Northwest Arkansas Championship will return next season.

Tournament officials said the event at Pinnacle Country Club will be played Sept. 9-11, and will offer a total purse of $2 million, with the winner earning $300,000.

Fourteen of the top 15 players on the LPGA Tour played in the fourth edition of the event in September, with Yani Tseng rallying to beat Michelle Wie by a stroke.



Shigeki Maruyama of Japan withdrew from the HSBC Champions one day after opening with a 76.

Maruyama pulled out because of a shoulder injury.

He was playing his first World Golf Championship of the year, eligible through winning the Golf Nippono Series JT Cup on the Japan Golf Tour late last year.



The PGA Tour's season-opening tournament at Kapalua has a new sponsor and a new name.

The tour announced Thursday that Hyundai Motor America has taken over as the title sponsor on Maui for a winners-only tournament that now will be called the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Seoul Broadcasting System had signed a deal through 2019 to be the sponsor, and will continue to support the tournament.

By changing the name of the tournament, the tour goes back to its tradition of when it began in 1953 in Las Vegas. It had been the ├ČTournament of Champions├« until Mercedes began as sponsor in 1994.

The winners-only event moved to Kapalua in 1999. It most recently was called the SBS Championship.

Until next time.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 10-31-2010

WESTWOOD TAKES #1 SPOT IN WORLD RANKINGS
Lee Westwood reached No. 1 on Sunday for the first time. He ended a record run by Tiger Woods, who had led the world ranking for 281 weeks.

Westwood is followed in the rankings by Woods, Kaymer, Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker.


 
CRANE IS VICTORIOUS  IN ASIA
Ben Crane drove the 292-yard 15th hole to within 8 feet for an eagle, then won the inaugural Asia Pacific Classic on Sunday with an 8-foot birdie putt on the last hole to close with a 2-under 69 and beat Brian Davis of England by one shot.

Crane, who won the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in January, finished at 18-under 266. He earned $1 million, and heads to Shanghai for the HSBC Champions and its $7.5 million purse.

The PGA Tour and Asian Tour sanctioned the Asia Pacific Classic, although with only a 40-man field, it does not count as an official PGA Tour victory for Crane. He still earned world ranking points, and likely will move into the top 35.

Martin Laird of Scotland and Luke Donald of England  tied for third at 16 under. Ernie Els , Robert Allenby  and Rickie Fowler were among those at 14-under 270.



IT'S MCDOWELL IN SPAIN
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland shot a 74 Sunday to win the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama.

He finished at 3-under, two shots ahead of Northern Ireland’s Gareth Maybin, who shot a 76 to finish in a tie for second place with Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen and Ireland’s Damien McGrane.

McDowell, who won the Wales Open and the U.S. Open in June, is expected to move to No. 10 when golf’s rankings are announced Monday.

Those rankings will be topped by England’s Lee Westwood, who will replace Tiger Woods as No. 1. Martin Kaymer needed a top-two finish in Spain, but shot a closing 75 to finish tied for 21st.

Kaymer also finds his lead dwindling in Europe’s Race to Dubai money list. By winning the $697,000 first prize, McDowell cut Kaymer’s advantage.



QUALIFIER WINS CHAMPIONS TOUR EVENT
Monday qualifier Rod Spittle won the AT&T Championship on Sunday for his first Champions Tour victory, beating Jeff Sluman with a par on the first hole of a playoff.


Spittle, a 55-year-old Canadian, and Sluman closed with 4-under 67s to finish at 12 under on the Oak Hills Country Club course..

Spittle birdied Nos. 15-17, hitting a wedge shot to 2 feet on the 17th and parred the 18th, while Sluman birdied 15 and 16 and finished with two pars.

He’s the 11th player to win on the Champions Tour after qualifying Monday and the first since Pete Oakley won the Senior British Open six years ago.

Sluman hit his tee shot into the front bunker on the playoff hole—the par-3 18th—and had a bogey putt left when Spittle won with a 4-foot par putt.

Two-time Oak Hills winner John Cook , second-round leader Larry Nelson and Chien Soon Lu  tied for third at 11 under.




CHOI SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS LPGA TITLE
Na Yeon Choi successfully defended her title in the LPGA Hana Bank Championship, shooting a 3-under 69 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Vicky Hurst.


Choi finished at 10 under for her second LPGA Tour victory of the year and fourth in two years.

Hurst closed with a 70.

Second-round leader Song-Hee Kim was third at 7 under .Kim has five runner-up finishes in her winless LPGA Tour career.

U.S. Women’s Open champion Paula Creamer, second-ranked Jiyai Shin  and Suzann Pettersen  followed at 6 under.

Michelle Wie shot a 70 to tie for 12th at 3 under in a group that included top-ranked Cristie Kerr and 50-year-old Juli Inkster.



 NATIONWIDE EVENT IS A STEELE
Brendan Steele  won the Nationwide Tour Championship, beating Colt Knost on the fourth hole of a playoff Sunday. But both players left feeling like champions as they finished among the top 25 money winners to earn PGA Tour cards.


Steele began the season-ending event 30th and Knost, the 2007 U.S. Amateur champion, was 36th. Steele knocked in an 8-foot birdie on the fourth extra hole, ending a nerve racking day.

Steele finished sixth on the final money list and Knost 15th, both among the 14 first-timers out on tour next season.



IN OTHER NEWS
Lorena Ochoa came out of retirement and made $1.28 million with her two-shot victory Sunday over Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie in the pro-celebrity Star Trophy at Mission Hills.

Ochoa, the Mexican star who retired last year at the top of her game, had rounds of 71-71 to earn the winner-take-all check. Montgomerie was penalized two shots after his caddie moved a sign on the 16th hole.

Candie Kung and Hong Kong celebrity Eric Tsang won the team competition.

The field included Greg Norman, Annika Sorenstam and Nick Faldo, along with celebrities Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hugh Grant, Michael Phelps and Matthew McConaughey.



Matte Manassero has pulled out the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama to focus on getting a visa in time for next week’s HBSC World Championship in Shanghai.

The 17-year-old Italian qualified for both events at the Castello Masters on Sunday when he became the youngest European Tour winner in history.

He’s in Rome trying to get a visa to visit China for the $7 million tournament in Shanghai.

Apparently Manassero has still not obtained the necessary letter of invitation from the sports ministry to get a visa.



The founder of Shoal Creek Country Club, whose comments about the admission of blacks created a stir, has died.

Club president Bob Luckie says in a statement that 87-year-old Hall Thompson died Wednesday morning. Thompson developed the club in suburban Birmingham and it played host to the PGA Championship in 1984 and 1990, and the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1986.

He was the subject of controversy before the 1990 PGA Championship after he was quoted as saying the golf club could not be forced into accepting blacks as members. Thompson claimed he was misquoted.

The club now has black members, including former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.



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