Sunday, July 22, 2012

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 7-22-2012


ELS WINS OPEN - SCOTT PULLS MAJOR CHOKE JOB
Ernie Els kept saying all week that he felt something special was going to happen for him in a tournament he's extremely fond of being held on a golf course he loves.Five shots behind pace-setting Adam Scott at the turn and still four shots in arrears with three holes to play on Sunday, the extraordinary happened for Els as he birdied the last hole at Royal Lytham & St Annes and won the British Open when Scott finished with four consecutive bogeys.

Els was the only player to break par among the last five groups to tee off and shot a final-round 2-under-par 68 to finish at 7 under, one shot ahead of Scott, the overnight leader by four. Els made three birdies on the back nine, the final one from 18 feet on the final hole to win his fourth major and first since capturing this championship in 2002.

Scott, on the other hand, was trying to win his first major and seemed in total control all week as he tied the course record with a 64 in the first round, shot 67 in the second and 68 in the third. After a birdie at the 14th, Scott was at 10 under and four shots clear of the field. A bogey at 15 was the result of a poor drive. He missed a three-footer for par on the 16th, couldn't get up-and-down from thick grass behind the 17th green, and drove into a bunker on the 18th.

After laying up from the bunker on 18 and hitting his third to eight feet, Scott's final attempt at salvation slipped by on the left side.



STALLINGS TAKES TRUE SOUTH CLASSIC

Scott Stallings shot a 4-under 68 in the final round on Sunday to win the True South Classic at Annandale Golf Club.

The 27-year-old won his second career tournament and his first in 2012, shooting a 24-under 264, which is a tournament record at Annandale.

Jason Bohn shot a 5-under 67 to finish second, two strokes back. Billy Horschel was alone in third at four strokes back.

Stallings jumped on top of the leaderboard by shooting back-to-back 64s in the second and third rounds. He wasn’t quite as spectacular on Sunday, but late birdies on 16 and 17 allowed him to pull away for the victory.

Stallings was one of the Tour’s best rookies last season, but has struggled because of injuries this season until blazing through Annandale.



NEWS AND NOTES
Anthony Kim, who just three years ago was supposed to be the next big star, has had surgery on his left Achilles tendon, and is expected to be out from 9-12 months. He had injured the tendon while doing some sprint training.

Kim broke through in 2008 when he won his first PGA Tour event (the Wells Fargo Championship), nearly won the Tour Championship and performed well in a United States victory in the 2008 Ryder Cup. But a succession of injuries to his wrist, elbow and thumb have sidelined him for long stretches since then.

This year, he has withdrawn from his last three tournaments, the Shell Houston Open, the Valero Texas Open and the Wells Fargo. He hasn't played competitively since the first round of the Wells Fargo, where he shot a 2-over 74. His best finish is a T42 at the Honda Classic


Yani Tseng fired her caddie Jason Hamilton after 16 wins together. Jason will be moving over to the PGA Tour, where his new employee will be Danny Lee from New Zealand.


And sticking with caddie news….

Luke Donald played the second round at the British Open on Friday with a new caddie after giving regular bagman John McLaren the day off to attend the birth of his first child.

The world number one is accompanied by Gareth Lord who normally works with Swede Robert Karlsson, a late withdrawal from the tournament.


In the first round of the Open Championship - Rory McIlroy bounced a tee shot off a spectator's head and wound up making double-bogey.
When McIlroy went in search of his drive at No. 15, he wasn't expecting anything worse than a tough lie. Instead, at the end of his wild slice, he discovered a bloodied teenager with a bandaged head and his golf ball out of bounds -- by a few inches -- next to a burger stand.

The 16-year-old spectator, Jason Blue, from Bristol, England, got a considerable bruise and an autographed glove for his troubles. In addition to an apology, McIlroy drew a smiley face on the souvenir.



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