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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