Sunday, June 17, 2012

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 6-17-2012


SIMPSON BACKS INTO OPEN WIN
Webb Simpson erased  a of couple early mistakes, and a four-shot deficit, to win what turned out to be an exhibition of poor golf.

Simpson bogeyed two of his first five holes, and stood at +5, his hopes apparently vaporized. But then came three straight birdies, and four in five holes, and presto, he was right back in the mix. 

A fortunate par save on 18, from the exact same spot that Tiger Woods chunked a shot on Saturday, and Simpson found himself in the lead by a stroke and waiting for Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell to finish their final holes.

Both men made it interesting; McDowell birdied 17 and missed a 24-foot putt on 18. Furyk, who had held the lead since Friday afternoon, gave up a costly bogey on 16 and put his approach on 18 into the sand. But in the end, both men missed their opportunity, and Webb Simpson had the U.S. Open trophy drop into his hands


FICHARDT WINS EUROPEAN TOUR EVENT
Darren Fichardt of South Africa shot a 2-over 73 to win the Saint-Omer Open by three strokes on Sunday for his third European Tour title. Fichardt went into the final round with a five-stroke lead and shot his worst round of the tournament to finish at 5-under 279. He also won the Sao Paulo Brazil Open in 2001 and the Qatar Masters in 2003.

Gary Lockerbie of England birdied two of the last three holes to shoot a 69 and finish second. Simon Wakefield of England (72) was third, one stroke behind Lockerbie.

No other player finished the tournament, played in strong winds, under par.

Wil Besseling of the Netherlands (73), Pelle Edberg of Sweden (72) and England's Charlie Ford (70) and Adam Gee (72) were at 286.


IN OTHER NEWS
Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is taking a month off after the U.S. Open because of a nagging rib injury.

Schwartzel has withdrawn from the Travelers Championships next week in Hartford, Conn., and the South African does not plan to play again until the British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

He has decided to play the final round of the U.S. Open on Sunday at The Olympic Club. Schwartzel says he has experienced discomfort all week, and doctors told him he should take three weeks to rest. He says if he doesn't take a break, it could be months before it goes away.

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