Sunday, May 27, 2012

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 5-27-2012

 JOHNSON GETS SECOND COLONIAL IN 3 YEARS

Zach Johnson was so caught up in the emotion of another Colonial title and a victory in honor of his caddie's late father that he forgot to properly remark his ball before his final putt.

Even with a two-stroke penalty, Johnson won by one over Jason Dufner and got to slip on the plaid jacket Sunday for his first victory since also winning at Hogan's Alley two years ago.

Johnson moved his original ball mark out of the line of Dufner's putt on the 18th green. But he never moved it back before his final 5-foot putt.

The penalty was assessed before he signed his scorecard, and Johnson's 12-under 268 total was enough to edge Dufner, who finally faltered and closed with a 74.

The victory came 10 days after Green's 88-year old father died from stomach cancer. After Johnson's runner-up finish at The Players Championship two weeks ago, the caddie drove to Pensacola, Fla., to see his father. But Damon Green was ready to get back on the course this week. 

It is the eighth PGA Tour victory for Johnson, who won $1,152,000 even as his record streak of 15 consecutive under-par rounds at Colonial ended.

Tommy Gainey was a distant third at 7 under after a 67, a stroke better than Jim Furyk.

In what was essentially a match-play final round, Johnson took command at the 414-yard 15th hole. Dufner's approach hit the left side of that green then rolled into a ditch, leading to a triple bogey that put him four strokes back after Johnson's par.

Dufner's only two PGA Tour victories came in the previous four weeks, a stretch when he also got married.

After winning last week at the Byron Nelson Championship, he was trying to match Ben Hogan, his hero, as the only players to win both PGA Tour events in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the same year. Hogan did it in 1946, when the tournaments weren't played in consecutive weeks.


There had already been four two-stroke swings between Dufner and Johnson before that fateful 15th hole.

Dufner drove into a fairway bunker before the shot that trickled over a ledge into the water. He then pitched his drop all the way over the green and missed a 4-foot putt for double bogey.

Johnson made par at the same hole where a day earlier his approach settled into a grassy clump only inches from going into that ditch. With his feet together to keep from falling over himself, Johnson's pitch from about 81 feet rolled only inches from the cup.

Johnson had blown a two-stroke lead before going back ahead with his 9-foot birdie putt at the 445-yard 14th.

And then came the 15th and Dufner was finished.


CHAPMAN WINS SENIOR PGA

Roger Chapman has won the Senior PGA Championship, holding on for a two-stroke victory after leading comfortably throughout the final round Sunday.

Chapman led by five after 54 holes and was never really threatened Sunday. His closing 1-over 72 was his worst score of the tournament - but it was enough to give the Englishman a win at the major championship.

Chapman, who had never won on the Champions Tour, finished at 13 under. He bogeyed three of the last five holes but had enough of a cushion that it didn't matter.

John Cook was at 11 under after a 69. Hale Irwin shot 68 to finish another stroke back.
Kenny Perry shot a tournament-record 62 at Harbor Shores but finished five shots behind in ninth place.


DONALD TAKES BMW AGAIN
Luke Donald held off Justin Rose to win the BMW PGA Championship for the second straight year Sunday and overtake Rory McIlroy for the No. 1 ranking.

Donald won by four strokes after starting the fourth round at Wentworth with a two-stroke lead. He shot a 4-under 68 to finish at 15 under. Sharing second place at the European Tour's flagship event were Rose (70) of England and fast-closing Paul Lawrie (66) of Scotland.

This was Donald's second victory of the year, following the Transitions Championship in the United States in March.

This is the fourth time Donald has been ranked. No. 1. It's the sixth change at the top of the rankings in 12 weeks between Donald and Ryder Cup teammate McIlroy.

McIlroy missed the cut at Wentworth after a second-round 79. Lawrie, the 1999 British Open champion, birdied the last hole to finish alone in fourth place after a 71, with Branden Grace (70) a shot further back in fifth.

Rose drew even for the lead after a birdie on No. 4 while Donald made his only bogey of the round on the same hole. At that time, Ireland's Peter Lawrie and Paul Lawrie were within two shots after strong starts in sunny conditions, but Donald found another gear.

He picked up shots at Nos. 6 and 7 and a 30-foot birdie at No. 10 drew cries of ''Luuuuke'' from the gallery to give him a three-stroke cushion.

Rose - looking for a victory that could have lifted him into the world's top five for the first time - couldn't respond. Further birdied by Donald at Nos. 12 and 16 allowed him to stroll down the par-5 18th. He is the third player, after Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie, to win successive titles in this event.


NEWS & NOTES

Ernie Els has apologized for his expletive-laden outburst about the softness of the greens in the PGA Championship at Wentworth, European Tour officials said on Sunday.

The 42-year-old South African hit out at tour organizers and the West Course green-keeping staff on Saturday for not taking the bite out of the course during a third round when gusts of up to 40-kph wind sent scores soaring.

Former world number one Els complained that insufficient water had been applied to the putting surfaces and sprinkled his tirade with the occasional swear word.Memorial Tournament winners Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Justin Rose and Vijay Singh have each committed to play in the 37th tournament,coming up at Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Village Golf Club.

The tournament also announced that Luke Donald was coming to play and that former Ohio State standout Bo Hoag will receive an exemption to play in the field.

Donald's presence gives the tournament nine of the top 10 players in the world rankings.

Els won the Memorial in 2004, Furyk in 2002, Rose two years ago and Singh in 1997.

Hoag, like Nicklaus a product of Upper Arlington, Ohio, will be making his first appearance at the Memorial. He will be playing in his second PGA Tour event this season after missing the cut at the Honda Classic.


PGA Tour rookie Harris English shot a course best and International Finals America qualifying record 60 and easily qualified for the British Open on Monday.

English shot a 63 in the afternoon in the par 70 Queens Course at Gleneagles Country Club, just outside of Dallas, for a 123 total, to snag one of the eight available spots for the Open from July 19-22 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in England.

The 60 was the lowest 18-hole qualifying score since the R&A began holding qualifying in the United States in 2004. Records were incomplete if it was the lowest 18-hole score ever shot in British Open qualifying.


Anthony Kim will miss the rest of the FedEx Cup season to treat chronic tendinitis in his left arm.
Kim has made only two cuts this year and has withdrawn from his last three tournaments. Along with nagging pain in his left forearm, Kim hurt his right elbow when his club struck a rock while he was trying to hit out of a bush at the Texas Open.

He decided to take time off after seeing the same Cleveland doctor who operated on his left thumb two years ago.

Kim says he's been trying to revive his game and has been held back by injuries. Treatment is expected to last four to five months. That gives Kim hope of returning after the Ryder Cup for the Fall Series.


UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantlay was given the Ben Hogan Award on Monday night at Colonial as the top NCAA player in men's golf across all divisions. Cantlay is the second-youngest player to win the award behind Rickie Fowler, who was a freshman when he won in 2008. Cantlay was the low amateur at the U.S. Open and the Masters.


Ben Curtis
, a former British Open champion with four PGA Tour wins, was among six athletes to be inducted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame last week. Curtis went to Kent State

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 5-20-2012


DUFNER CAPTURES NELSON CHAMPIONSHIP

Jason Dufner made a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday for a one-stroke victory at the Byron Nelson Championship, his second win in three weeks.

Dufner's winning putt wrapped up a closing 3-under 67 for an 11-under 269 total, one ahead of Dicky Pride.

Dufner got his first PGA Tour win three weeks ago at New Orleans, a week before getting married.

Pride, whose only PGA Tour in a 20-year professional career came in 1994, was at 10 under after a par-saving 22-foot putt at No. 18 after hitting his drive into the water.

J.J. Henry, who had an early hole-in-one, was in the lead at 11 under after consecutive birdies at Nos. 15 and 16, overcoming a bad tee shot on the first and a greenside bunker on the second.

But Henry, in the final group with Dufner, hit his tee shot at the par-3 17th over the green. He lost the lead with a double bogey after a 4-foot putt slid just outside the cup.

After watching Henry's meltdown, Dufner made a tap-in par at No. 17 and then hit a big drive on No. 18 in the middle of the fairway. He hit his approach to the middle of the green, avoiding a playoff with the long putt and joining Hunter Mahan as the only two-time winners this season.

Pride had made a 13-foot birdie putt at No. 17.

Joe Durant, who was the final alternate added to the Nelson field, shot a 65 to finish in a tie for third at 271 with Henry (68), Marc Leishman (66) and rookie Jonas Blixt (66).

Phil Mickelson, making his first Nelson start in five years, had four consecutive birdies on the front nine and went on to a round of 66 to finish four strokes back. He tied for seventh with Ken Duke, who also had a string of four birdies in a row in his own 66.

While Henry and Dufner were playing the 17th hole, Pride drove his tee shot at No. 18 left into the water. After his drop, Pride hit his approach to 22 feet and made that par-saving putt to remain at 10 under, letting out a scream when the ball dropped into the hole.

Pride, then watched the final group play the 18th hole and waiting to see if he would be in a playoff. Even he had to applaud on the clinching putt by Dufner, who went to rival Auburn.

Matt Kuchar, the fifth-ranked player who won The Players Championship a week earlier, had 70 and finished at 276 in a tie for 15th. He was trying to become the first PGA Tour player since Tiger Woods in 2009 to win in consecutive weeks.



COLSAERTS WINS MATCH PLAY

Nicolas Colsaerts handled fierce winds to top Graeme McDowell and capture the World Match Play Championship on Sunday, boosting his chances of making Europe's Ryder Cup team.

Colsaerts won a slow final 1 up in southern Spain for his second European Tour title and earn a winner's check of $900,000.

McDowell, the 2010 U.S Open champion, bounced back after falling 1 down three times on the front nine, but was frustrated on the long closing stretch with his iron play letting him down.

Colsaerts had a two-hole lead after No. 16 and although his advantage was cut when he three-putted the next hole, he made par on the last hole to win one of the most prestigious titles on the calendar.

The victory lifted Colsaerts into 10th place in the Ryder Cup points table - the last automatic spot for the European team - but perhaps more importantly demonstrated to team captain Jose Maria Olazabal his prowess at match play ahead of the September matchup against the United States in Medinah near Chicago.

It would be Colsaert's first appearance for Europe and would cap a successful season in which he has grabbed seven top-10 finishes in 11 events - the most of any player so far.



MUNOZ TAKES SYBASE CLASSIC

Azahara Munoz beat Candie Kung 2 and 1 on Sunday to win the Sybase Match Play Championship, a title that was set up when Morgan Pressel was penalized for slow play while in control of their semifinal match.
 
It was the first LPGA Tour win for Munoz, but this one is going to be shrouded in controversy. It also will put more focus on pace of play in golf.

Pressel appeared to take a 3-up lead with a par at the 12th hole at the Hamilton Farm Golf Club. But before she could tee off on No. 13, tour official Doug Brecht informed her that she had violated the tour's pace of play rule and lost the hole, dropping her lead to 1-up and changing momentum. Munoz, a former Arizona State star from Spain, then rallied to beat Pressel 2 and 1.



FLANAGAN WINS BMW EVENT

Nick Flanagan defeated Cameron Percy at the BMW Charity Pro- Am for his fourth tour victory and first since a 3-win '07 season.
 
Flanagan wouldn't have been in position to win without a fortunate bounce on the 72nd hole of regulation, where he drilled his approach over the green. The ball hit a video camera and bounced back onto the green, nearly rolling into the hole in the process.

He rolled in the birdie to reach 15-under par 271 and tie Percy, who had bogeyed the hole one group earlier to reduce his lead to one stroke.

The two Australians returned to the par-four 18th, which had been playing tough all week at Thornblade Club, for a playoff. But neither could come through with a key shot the first two times they played it -- both bogeyed the hole on the first try, then managed to sink their par putts on the second.

Percy found the woods with his tee shot the third time around, while Flanagan hit his second into a bunker.

But while Percy had a tough time getting to the pin -- he chipped his second shot out of the trees and into the rough beside the fairway, then hit an iron past the green -- Flanagan came through with a crucial shot.

He blasted out of a bunker to within two feet, and after Percy carded a six, Flanagan ran home the short par putt to secure the victory in just his second Nationwide start of the season.

Sam Saunders (67), Aaron Watkins (67) and third-round co-leader Brad Fritsch (70) tied for fifth at minus-13.



IN OTHER NEWS
The U.S. Amateur trophy is among the artifacts missing after a burglar broke into the U.S. Golf Association Museum in northern New Jersey.
 
Somerset County prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano says police responded to the building in Bernards Township after a burglar alarm was activated there around 2:40 a.m. Wednesday.

Officers found several trophy cases had been extensively damaged with an ax and noticed some trophies and other items were missing.

Museum officials say among the items taken were the U.S. Amateur trophy that was created in 1926, and a replica of the late Ben Hogan's Hickok Belt, which he won for being the nation's top professional athlete in 1953.

Soriano says security video shows the burglary apparently was carried out by one person.

 
Tournament organizers for The Greenbrier Classic announced Monday that Tiger Woods has committed to play July 5-8 in the event, which began only two years ago. It is played on The Old White TPC Course, where two years ago Stuart Appleby closed with a 59 to win.

It will be the third time in the last nine months that Woods plays a tournament for the first time as a pro. He played the Frys.com Open in October in San Martin, Calif., and the Honda Classic in March. Woods last played the Honda Classic as a teenager.

Phil Mickelson already has said he is returning to The Greenbrier, giving the 3-year-old event two of the biggest names in golf.

The Memorial Tournament also announced Monday that Woods would play there May 31-June 3.



The LPGA
will make following players on social media even easier.

Caddies will be sporting bibs with Twitter handles on their backs starting with the LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club in June.

Kraig Kann, chief communications officer of the LPGA Tour, says 113 LPGA players have Twitter accounts. Tseng was at Locust Hill for a news conference as the defending champion.

The LPGA Championship has been sponsored by Wegmans Food Markets the past three years. The contract is up after this year, but both sides plan to sit down in late June or early July to work on a new deal.

 
Michelle Wie, has earned a undergraduate degree in communications from Stanford University.  Wie finished up while participating in 20 LPGA events in 2011, a year that saw her finish 18th on the money list. Somehow Wie handled a 20-credit slate during the year.

On June 17, Wie will walk at Stanford's commencement. By the way, it took her only five years to earn her degree. The teen prodigy turned young woman admits she's got some work to do when it comes to her golf career.


Defending champion Tom Watson has withdrawn from next week's Senior PGA Championship.

Watson has been recovering from a pinched nerve in his wrist. He is still expected to be at Harbor Shores before the tournament, and will host the champions' dinner Tuesday night.

Watson beat David Eger in a playoff to win last year's event.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 5-13-2012


KUCHER TAKES PLAYERS
Matt Kucher won the Players Championship with a gutsy performance down the stretch making clutch putts to hold off challengers.

Kuchar opened with a bogey and quickly fell three shots behind. After coming backhand grabbing the lead, he was locked in a brief battle with Martin Laird, and when he looked across the water from the 16th green to see Rickie Fowler dressed in his all-orange outfit sink a birdie putt on the island-green 17th to cut Kuchar's lead to two shots.

Kuchar answered with a birdie of his own on the 16th to restore his margin to three shots. He found land on the par-3 17th, even though he three-putted for a bogey that extended the drama for one more hole. And best of all was tapping in for par and celebrating with his entire family. 

He won by two shots over four players who had a chance on the back nine.
Fowler, slowed by a double bogey on the fifth hole, birdied the 16th and 17th and had an 8-foot birdie putt on the last hole that would have put enormous pressure on Kuchar. It caught the right lip and he had to settle for a 70. Ben Curtis ran off four straight birdies around the turn, but not enough until it was too late. He made a 10-foot birdie on the last hole for a 68.

Zach Johnson was in range until a bogey on the 15th. He made a great par save on the 18th for a 68. Laird was the only runner-up who was tied for the lead, running off three straight birdies on the back nine until a poor tee shot on the 14th led to bogey. Laird, who three-putted the 18th in regulation at The Barclays in 2010 that allowed Kuchar into a playoff that he won for his most recent win, made bogey on the 18th at Sawgrass after nearly hitting into the water. He shot 67.

Kevin Na had a one-shot lead going into the final round and was under pressure from the viewing public more than any player. His pre-shot routine is painful to watch, and he knows it. The waggles. The whiffs he does on purpose so he can start over. The practice swings. The indecision.

He tried to speed up, even walking well ahead of Kuchar to get to his ball, and he wonders if rushing hurt him. Na made four bogeys in a five-hole stretch at the turn to lose the lead. But what really stung were the chants he heard from the gallery. Everyone knew this guy had a hard time making his swing.

The worst of it was on the par-3 13th, when he pulled his tee shot into the water, effectively ending all hope. Some in the crowd sang, ''Na-na-na-na ... good-bye.''

He shot 76, extending a remarkable trend at Sawgrass since the tournament moved from March to May in 2007. It's one thing that the 54-hole leader has never won The Players in those six years. None of the third-round leaders has ever shot better than 74 in the final round, with an average score of 76.3.

Luke Donald shot 30 on the back nine for a 66, making him stick around to see if it would be enough. It wasn't, and he wound up in sixth place, not quite enough for him to return to No. 1 in the world ranking.

Tiger Woods shot 40 on his front nine and rallied for a 73, at least finishing The Players Championship under par. He tied for 40th it's the first time in his career that he has finished no better than 40th in three straight tournaments. The streak began after a five-shot win at Bay Hill for his first PGA Tour title in 30 months.

Kuchar finished on 13-under 275 and collected $1.71 million. He moved to No. 3 in the Ryder Cup standings, and to a career-best No. 5 in the world ranking.



SANTOS GETS FIRST WIN AT HOME
Portugal's Ricardo Santos came from four strokes behind to set a new championship record as he stormed to four-shot victory in the Madeira Islands Open.

Santos also became the first Portuguese-born player to win on home soil in the 40-year history of the European Tour after posting a last round 63 for a 22-under total on the Santo da Serra course.

Sweden's Magnus Carlsson birdied the last in a round of 67 to finish second on 18-under.

The 29-year-old Santos birdied his closing three holes to also set a record lowest winning final round in the 19-year history of the event. Victory earns Santos, a former Challenge Tour graduate, a one-year European Tour exemption as well as entry to the upcoming PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Andreas Harto of Denmark finished third, one stroke further back, after a 67.



SUN-JU AHN WINS JLPGA 1ST MAJOR IN PLAYOFF
Sun-Ju Ahn beat Morgan Pressel and Inbee Park in Playoff to claim the Salanpas Cup,the first Major of the year on the JLPGA.

Pressel had the the lead at the 8th when things began to unravell.She bogeyed the 173-yard par-3 8th. She bogeyed the 391-yard par-4 11th. She bogeyed the 512-yard par-5 12th. She bogeyed the 401-yard par-4 14th. Meanwhile, Ahn, the JLPGA's money-list leader for the past 2 seasons, was going through some turbulence of her own, with bogeys on the long par 4s 9 and 14. Pressel and Ahn left the door wide open for Park, and for a while it looked like she was going to bust through it and never look back.

The 3-time JLPGA winner Park looking for her 2nd major on tour birdied the 188-yard par-3 13th and the 163-yard par-3 15th to get to -6 on the day and -10 for the week. But then she, too, stumbled badly down the stretch, with back-to-back bogeys on the 16th and 17th. When she parred the 408-yard 18th to become leader in the clubhouse at -8, it looked like anything could happen.

When Ahn made an amazing walkoff birdie on 18 to join Park at -8, it was up to Pressel to beat them, join them, or leave the playoff to them. She closed with her 4th straight par, but Ahn made quick work of both LPGA major winners with a 6-foot birdie putt on the 1st playoff hole.



IN OTHER NEWS
British player-turned-broadcaster Peter Alliss is among those who believe Tiger Woods is getting too much instruction.

At a news conference before his induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, Alliss said Woods' ''golfing brain for some reason or another is completely addled.'' What astonished him was a scene from the practice range at the Masters last year. Alliss said he was sitting with Arnold Palmer at the end of the range.

''And there 50 yards away is Tiger Woods at the green nearest the television facility being shown how to chip,'' Alliss said. '''You must do it this way, this way.' And I said to Arnold, 'Are we seeing ...?' He was the greatest chipper in the world for a period, and this guy is teaching, 'No, don't do it that way.'

''It's like Pavarotti saying, 'I'm fed up with being a tenor. I think I'm going to sing as a baritone.' Land sake,'' he said. ''That's as stupid as that, in my opinion. That's not a criticism, that's an opinion. But that's why he's fuddled and befuddled. ... But he's gone. He's gone at the moment.''


Nancy Lopez will receive the Byron Nelson Prize next week at the Byron Nelson Championship outside Dallas. The award recognizes people in golf who show the same philanthropic spirit for which Nelson was known.


The Irish Open got another boost Tuesday when PGA champion Keegan Bradley announced he was playing. The field will feature three of the last four major champions - Bradley, McIlroy and Darren Clarke


Rory McIlroy is to throw out the first pitch at a San Francisco Giants game June 12, two days before the start of the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco


England's Paul Casey withdrew from the Volvo World Match Play Championship on Sunday because of a right shoulder injury, and Sweden Robert Karlsson took his spot in the 24-man field in the European Tour event that begins Thursday at Finca Cortesin.

Casey withdrew from The Players Championship in Florida on Thursday after shooting a 42 on the front nine in the first round. He dislocated the shoulder snowboarding over the holidays.
Karlsson tied for 56th on Sunday in The Players Championship.



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Sunday, May 6, 2012

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 5-6-2012

FOWLER GETS MAIDEN VICTORY
Rickie Fowler has his long-awaited first PGA TOUR win, in a Wells Fargo Championship playoff.

Fowler, billed as one of the rising American stars, delivered a clutch shot on the 18th hole in a playoff for a 4-foot birdie to beat U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points on Sunday in the Wells Fargo Championship. McIlroy had a shot at winning in regulation and missed a 15-foot birdie putt.

The 23-year-old Fowler won in his 67th PGA Tour start as a pro. He already has become one of the most popular players, especially with the kids. Dressed in his Sunday orange, he closed with a 3-under 69 and got into a playoff when Points made his first bogey of the final round on the last hole.

In the playoff, all three hit the fairway, with McIlroy hitting a 3-wood that traveled nearly 340 yards. Fowler's wedge covered the flag and spun some 4 feet away. Points went long and did well to two-putt for his par, making the second one from 12 feet. McIlroy hit his wedge well right of the flag and had to work hard for a two-putt par.

That set the stage for Fowler, and he wasn't about to let this chance get away.

Even though they're the same age, McIlroy has a two-year head start on Fowler. They were in the Walker Cup together in 2007, and McIlroy turned pro that fall. Fowler didn't turn pro until two years ago.

The only other win as a pro for Fowler was last year in South Korea, when he beat McIlroy.


FUNK IS A WINNER AGAIN
Fred Funk birdied the final hole to edge Tom Lehman and win the Champions Tour's Insperity Championship.

Tied with one hole left, Funk hit his approach on No. 18 to 2 feet. Lehman missed his birdie putt, and Funk tapped in for his seventh victory on the 50-and-over tour first since 2010. He finished with a 5-under 67 for a 14-under 202 total.

The 55-year-old Funk added one more good memory at the Woodlands Country Club, where he won the Houston Open in 1992 for his first win on the regular tour. He met his second wife, Sharon, at a post-tournament event that year and Sharon was the first to run onto the green and congratulate him Sunday.

Lehman closed with a 68.

Season points leader Michael Allen, who was going for his third straight win, finished five shots back after a 71.


MOLINARI WINS SPANISH OPEN
Francesco Molinari shot a 7-under 65 Sunday to win the Spanish Open by three strokes, the first Italian to capture the European Tour event.

Molinari finished at 8-under 280 in the 100th edition of the tournament for his third victory on the tour. He entered the final round four strokes behind leader England's Simon Dyson, who shot a 76 and tied for 12th place.

Molinari was followed by Spaniards Pablo Larrazabal (71) and Alejandro Canizares (69) and Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen (69).

Matteo Manassero (70) was tied for seventh. The Italian will have to wait until Monday's rankings to see if he has moved back inside the top 60 to qualify for the U.S. Open next month. Manassero arrived in Seville ranked 64th but needed to finish seventh on his own to be assured of qualifying.


PHATLUM TAKES LPGA EXHIBITION EVENT
Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand shot a 6-under 67 to win the LPGA Tour's Brazil Cup on Sunday, four shots ahead of Amy Hung of Taiwan.

Phatlum had six birdies and no bogeys to finish 13-under for the tournament at the Itanhanga Golf Club in Rio de Janeiro. Five of her birdies came on the front nine.
Hung had nine birdies and a bogey for an 8-under 65, the low round of the day.

Paula Creamer eagled the par-5 ninth hole, but gave it back with two bogeys on the back nine to shoot 69 and finish at 8-under for the tournament, tied for third.

Karine Icher of France entered the final round tied for the lead with Phatlum at 7-under, but shot even par to finish tied for fourth.


SWAFFORD WINS NATIONWIDE EVENT
Former Georgia golfer Hudson Swafford banked a shot off the pin and into the 18th hole from a bunker 30 feet away for a birdie, capping a new course-record round and winning the Stadion Classic at UGA on Sunday.

Swafford bridied his final three holes to wrap up a record 9-under par 62 round and finish with a 72-hole 17-under 267.

His tee shot on No. 18 landed in the rough just to the right of the fairway and his second shot hit the lip of the bunker and rolled back into the sand. His final shot, from about 30 feet from the pin, cleared the bunker, hit low on the pole and dropped in.

Luke List, winner of last week's South Georgia Classic in Valdosta, threatened Swafford's lead but hit a tree and botched a shot out of the rough to bogey No. 18 and finish the day with a 6-under 65 and in a tie for second with Lee Janzen with a 72-hole 16-under 268.


IN OTHER NEWS 
 Phil Mickelson  will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Monday night along with four others, taking an undisputed place among the best who ever played this game.

His 42 wins worldwide include three Masters, a PGA Championship and two World Golf Championships.


Arnold Palmer curled in a 25-foot putt on the 18th hole, raised his right hand and acknowledged the massive, cheering gallery with a thumbs-up sign and his trademark smile.
Jack Nicklaus gave Palmer a hard handshake. Gary Player offered a pat on the back, a fitting end to a memorable day for the golf greats.

Nicklaus, Palmer, Player made up a threesome in a nostalgic, 18-hole exhibition round Saturday in conjunction with the second round of the Champions Tour's Insperity Championship and that threesome took home the biggest trophy, shooting 11-under par.
Lee Trevino played in the threesome ahead in the nine-man scramble.

 Miller Barber, Don January, David Graham, Gene Littler and Dave Stockton also participated.


Researchers have found evidence that a lost English colony from the 16th century may sit beneath the Arnold Palmer-designed golf course at Scotch Hall Preserve.

According to a recent story in The Seattle Times, researchers at the British Museum in London, acting at the request of a group of North Carolina historians and archaeologists, have found a symbol hidden on an ancient map that could show where members of the English colony established on Roanoke Island in 1587 settled. The "Virginea Pars" map was created by members of Sir Walter Raleigh's Roanoke Colony expeditions of 1584-1590, which was the first attempt to establish an English colony in the New World, and is said to be "unusually accurate" for its time.

On the map created by the leader of the 1587 colony expedition, John White, were two small patches, which were commonly used by artists at the time to make alterations to the original. One of the patches was in an area the settlers had explored, and where some historians think they might have moved. 

When the British Museum officials put the map on a simple light table, they found a large symbol under one of the patches that appeared to show the location of a fort roughly at or near what is now the Scotch Hall Preserve. Earlier efforts to match pottery recovered from the area to the correct time-period have also produced positive results, researchers said.


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