Thursday, August 30, 2012

CHEYENNE WOODS GETS FIRST PRO WIN

 From the Golf Channel
Cheyenne Woods closed with a 1-under-par 69 on Thursday to capture the Suncoast Ladies Series event held at LPGA International, her first win as a professional. 

Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods, finished the 54-hole event on the Champions Course at 6 under. She shot rounds of 67-68-69 to win by four strokes over runner-up Taylore Karle. 

Woods was also runner-up at a Suncoast Series event last week on the Legends Course at LPGA International. She made her professional debut earlier this summer at the Wegmans LPGA Championship after graduating from Wake Forest. 

Later in the day, her famous uncle congratulated Woods on her victory. "Congrats to my niece Cheyenne on winning her first professional event," Tiger Woods shared via Twitter. "Won by 4, very proud."


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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WOODS,MCILROY FAVORITES AT DEUTSCHE

 No surprise the two of them will soon be joined at the hip. I just hope Tiger doesn't start dating a pro tennis player.




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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

EAGLES, APOLOGIES and GERRY'S PICK

 This past Sunday afternoon at the Canadian Tour Championship, Eugene Wong canned an eagle from the fairway to win by a single stroke.

Wong, a 21-year-old and the 2010 Jack Nicklaus Award winner as the NCAA's top player, trailed Joe Panzeri, 2011 International Rookie of the Year, by a stroke. He was sitting in the 18th fairway, 133 yards out, took out a nine-iron, and plopped that baby right in the hole for a one stroke victory. Now that's the way to win a tournament.



Geez, in my last podcast (TGWG #177) I forgot to mention Gerry from Long Island's pick for the Deutsche Bank Championship. Sorry Gerry just slipped my mind. Anyhow, here it is Gerry is picking DUSTIN JOHNSON. 

Till next time.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

OLAZABAL MAKES RYDER CUP PICKS


 European Ryder Cup Captain,Jose Maria Olazabal made his final "wildcard" picks naming Ian Poulter  and Nicolas Colsaerts.


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Sunday, August 26, 2012

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 8-26-2012

WATNEY TAKES BARCLAYS
Nick Watney salvaged a dismal season with a victory Sunday at The Barclays that was timely in so many ways.

Watney turned a two-shot deficit against Sergio Garcia into a three-shot lead in four holes around the turn at Bethpage Black, and then hung on to close with a 2-under 69 and capture the opening playoff event for the FedEx Cup. Watney won by three over Brandt Snedeker.

Watney is assured a shot at the $10 million prize at the Tour Championship next month. Winning against one of the strongest fields of the year also puts him in the conversation as a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup. Davis Love III will select four players after next week's tournament outside Boston. Watney's performance puts him in the picture for a pick along with Snedeker, Johnson, Furyk, Stricker and Fowler.

Garcia shot 75 and tied for third. 

And the playoffs continue next week outside Boston.

Only the top 100 players advance to the Deutsche Bank for the second of four playoff events. The biggest move belonged to Graham DeLaet of Canada, who started the week at No. 106 and was right on the bubble going into the final round. DeLaet moved up 62 spots to No. 44 and should be safe for the next two tournaments.

It was a good day for another Canadian - David Hearn. Playing with Woods, he closed with a 71 and moved from No. 108 to No. 67. The other four from outside the top 100 who moved in were Jonas Blixt, Tommy Gainey and Jason Day, who closed with a 66.

The odd man out was John Mallinger, who started the week at No. 88 and missed the cut.


BLAKE TAKES BOEING CLASSIC IN PLAYOFF
Jay Don Blake defeated Mark O'Meara in a playoff for the Boeing Classic title. Blake birdied the second hole to earn his third Champions Tour win.
Playing the par-5 18th hole for the third time in less than an hour, Blake tapped in for birdie after O'Meara's 15-foot birdie attempt missed on the low side of the hole. Blake and O'Meara also birdied the hole in regulation for matching 4-under 68s that left them tied at 10-under 206. They missed short birdie putts on the first extra hole.

O'Meara pulled his second shot on the 498-yard, uphill hole, into the rough left of the green and his pitch checked up short. Blake went into the rough behind the green with his second shot, but his pitch nearly went in.

Blake won twice last year on the 50-and-over tour.

The playoff marked the fourth time in eight years that the event has gone to extra holes.
Willie Wood, coming off his first tour victory last week in New York in the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, had a 70 finish a stroke back.



KO EARNS LPGA WIN AS AMATEUR
Lydia Ko entered golf's record book Sunday.
Firing a 5-under 67, she took the title at the Canadian Women's Open to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history and the first amateur to earn a victory in more than 40 years.

It wasn't particularly close, either.

Ko began the round with a 1-stroke lead but finished three ahead of the field. She won with a score of 13-under 275, while Evian Masters winner Inbee Park took second at minus-10.


 LAWRIE SCORES AT JOHNNIE WALKER
Paul Lawrie marked his return to the European Ryder Cup team after 13 years with a resounding four-shot victory in the Johnnie Walker Championship.

The 43-year-old Lawrie, who entered the final round leading by a stroke, shot a final-round 68 to finish with a 16-under 272 total on the rain-softened PGA National Course at Gleneagles that will host the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Brett Rumford of Australia was second for his best finish in two years at 12 under.


STILES FENDS OFF OPPONENTS TO WIN IN KNOXVILLE
Darron Stiles overcame big rounds by several opponents to win Sunday at the News Sentinel Open, shooting a 4-under 67 to take the title by a single stroke.

Scott Gardiner had put pressure on Stiles, the third-round leader, by firing a course-record, 9-under 62 to reach minus-17 at Fox Den Country Club. D.J. Brigman and Nicholas Thompson had rounds of 63 and 64, respectively, to reach the same number.

 NEWS & NOTES
Fred Couples withdrew from the Champion's Tour Boeing Classic on Friday because of back problems on the first hole.

Couples, from Seattle, has a long history of back issues and took three weeks off before the tournament.

After his drive on No. 1 at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, Couples lagged behind partners Mark O'Meara and John Cook and rubbed his lower back. When Couples reached his ball, he had a conversation with O'Meara and the two fist pumped. O'Meara and Cook hit their second shots and walked ahead. Couples told his caddie to pick up his ball and the two waited for a cart to return to the clubhouse

Martin Kaymer of Germany has clinched the 10th and final automatic place in Europe's team to defend the Ryder Cup against the United States.Nicolas Colsaerts needed a top-two finish on Sunday at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles to oust Kaymer from the No. 10 spot. The Belgian ended tied for 19th, but could still be selected Monday as one of Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal's two wild picks.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy heads the qualifying list, followed by Justin Rose, England; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland; Paul Lawrie, Scotland; Francesco Molinari, Italy; Luke Donald, England; Lee Westwood, England; Sergio Garcia, Spain; Peter Hanson, Sweden; and Kaymer.


European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal has chosen fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez as his fourth and final vice-captain.

Jimenez joins Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn for Europe's defense of its Ryder Cup title against the United States at the Medinah Country Club in Chicago from Sept. 28-30.

Jimenez was vice captain to Seve Ballesteros in 1997 and has competed in four Ryder Cups, including wins for Europe in 2004 and '10.


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CASTRO MAKES CUT WITH AN ACE AT THE BARCLAYS

Talk about doing things the hard way Roberto Castro was one-shot outside the cut line when he stepped to the tee on the par 3 14th. Hoping to  make the cut and keep his playoff hopes alive, he hit a shot that we all dream of  knocking the ball in the cup on the fly. He made the cut and kept his FedEx hopes alive.





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Saturday, August 25, 2012

HARRINGTON MUST WIN TO MAKE RYDER CUP TEAM

 Wow! talk about pressure Padraig Harrington must win the Barclays to have a shot at being considered for the European Ryder Cup team.  That's not me talking those are what the captain of the squad, Jose Maria Olazabal, said. That's a lot of pressure on Paddy  see more
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Friday, August 24, 2012

BIG NAMES MISS CUT

 Several big names missed the cut at The Barclays. Among them were Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan, Bill Haas, and Keegan Bradley. While Bradley is ion the Ryder Cup team Furyk, Mahan,Haas were all hoping to play well and to get a consideration for the team .  Missing the cut hurts that immensely.


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Thursday, August 23, 2012

RYDER CUP YEAR BRINGS MORE IMPORTANCE TO BARCLAYS

With this being a Ryder Cup year and players still in play to make the U.S. team via Captain's picks, The Barclays and the Deutsche Bank (and the FedEx Cup in general) become much more important.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

FEDEX CUP PLAYOFFS START TOMORROW

 The Barclays marks the first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs and they start on Thursday at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. That's a site folks are familiar with, having hosted the U.S. Open there twice in the last decade (2002, 2009). Should be a boon to Long Island and the local community. 

Who will win? Who moves on to the next round ? These questions will all be answered Sunday. We do know that there will be a long list of the best on the PGA Tour out there playing so go check it out.


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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

WOMEN AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL GOOD OR BAD

 For the first time in history the Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament, has admitted two women  members into it's ranks. Up to now it has essentially been an "all boys club" but now that comes to an end as Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore.

The club has been criticized in the past for not having any women members. Women have been allowed in and even played the course just were not memebers. Membership always said when the time was right they would admit women. I guess the time is right now.

Let's be honest golf has been losing players in the U.S. over the last number of years and needs help on all fronts. If this move sparks some interest with young girls to take up the game then I say it is a good thing for the game. What do yo think?


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Monday, August 20, 2012

SERGIO WINS & AUGUSTA NATIONAL ADMITS WOMEN MEMBERS

 Sergio Garcia snapped a four-year PGA Tour title drought with victory at the rain-delayed Wyndham Championship in North Carolina on Monday that secured the Spaniard a spot on the European Ryder Cup team.

Garcia, who had a one-shot lead after four holes on Sunday when play was halted at Sedgefield Country Club because of rain and thunderstorms, shot a four-under 66 in the final round for an 18-under total, two shots clear of South African Tim Clark.


 Augusta National Golf Club announced today that they added two women members for the first time in the club's history.

Dr. Condoleezza Rice, 57, and Darla Moore, 58 were the selected women .Rice was National Security Advisor for the first term of George W. Bush's presidency and Secretary of State for the second. She is currently a professor of political science at Stanford University.

Moore is a partner in the private investment firm Rainwater Inc., founded by her husband Richard Rainwater.


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Sunday, August 19, 2012

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 8-19-2012

 DOWNPOUR PUSHES WYNDHAM FINISH TO MONDAY
Sergio Garcia had the lead at 15 under through four holes Sunday when the final round in the last event before the FedEx Cup playoffs was suspended for the day because of heavy rain.

I'll have a complete recap on a post Monday as well as on the podcast.



 MIYAZATO GETS HER FIRST VICTORY
Mika Miyazato won the Safeway Classic on Sunday for her first victory on the LPGA Tour, finishing with a 2-under 70 to beat Brittany Lincicome and Inbee Park by two strokes.

The 22-year-old Miyazato finished at 13-under 203 in her wire-to-victory on Pumpkin Ridge's Ghost Creek Course. She shared the first-round lead and had a two-shot advantage after the second.

Lincicome shot 67, and Park had a 70.



QUALIFIER TAKES CHAMPIONS TOUR EVENT
Willie Wood parred the first playoff hole Sunday to defeat Michael Allen and win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, his first victory in 16 years.

Wood, a Monday qualifier, drained a long birdie putt at the 18th to match Allen atop the leaderboard and force a playoff.



STEFANI TAKES MIDWEST CLASSIC
Shawn Stefani fired a 7-under 64 on Sunday to earn a 2-stroke win at the Midwest Classic, his first title on the Web.com Tour.

Stefani began the day in a tie for 13th place, four shots off the lead. But he turned in a flawless round , carding seven birdies - including five on the back nine.



 NEWS & NOTES
Last week we gave the 8 spots fotr the U.S. Ryder Cup team . On Sept. 4th Captain Davis Love III will announce his 4 picks in advance of the Sept. 28-30 tournament. And the choices are not easy.

Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk and Rickie Fowler are the next four in line, but would you leave off one of them in favor of Bo Van Pelt or Brandt Snedeker? How about Dustin Johnson or  Bill Haas? There are two tournaments between now and Selection Day; watching these players go at it will be fun.



Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will square off in China this fall in a one-day exhibition.
Woods and McIlroy are to play an 18-hole match at Lake Jinsha International Golf Club on Oct. 29, the Monday after the top two players in the world ranking compete in different Asian tournaments.

Mark Steinberg at Excel Sports Management, the agent for Woods, says the exhibition has been in the works for a couple of months. He described it as customer entertainment.

The timing could not be better. McIlroy won the PGA Championship on Sunday, boosting comparisons with Woods. They are the only two players to win multiple majors by more than eight shots over the last 35 years. McIlroy won his second major at a slightly younger age than when Woods won the second of his 14 majors.

Woods will be playing the CIMB Classic in Malaysia on Oct. 25-28, while McIlroy will be competing in the Volvo Masters in Shanghai.

These 18-hole exhibitions are nothing new for Woods, who played David Duval in a Monday night match on network TV in 1999 when they were battling for No. 1 in the world. McIlroy and Woods played together in Abu Dhabi to start the year, and they will be in the same group at The Barclays next week when the FedEx Cup playoffs begin. But unless they are paired in Ryder Cup singles - a blind draw - the ''Duel at Lake Jinsha'' will be their first time going head-to-head.



 Steven Fox made an 18-foot birdie putt on the 37th hole Sunday, completing a remarkable underdog run to win the U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills.
The 21-year-old Fox, from Hendersonville, Tenn., was 2-down with two holes to play against Michael Weaver of Fresno, Calif., before rallying to force the extra hole.
''This is unreal. This whole week is like a dream to me,'' Fox said.
Both players earned spots in the U.S. Open next year, and will likely receive invitations to the Masters - both if still amateurs.



As I posted on my blog this week, Jose Maria Olazabal announced three of his four vice captains on Thursday, picking Irishmen Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark for the match against the United States.


  Lee Westwood's manager says the English golfer has split from coach Pete Cowen and temporary caddie Mike Waite after his disappointing performance at the PGA Championship.



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Can Sergio Garcia hold on Sunday?

 Sergio Garcia had one of his best performances yesterday but can he close it out? We will have to wait and see, but his showing has to help his chance of making the European Ryder Cup team. He was 13th but his play at the Wyndham has to open the eyes of Captain Olazabal and make Garcia a pick.

And how about Captain Davis Love II. Going into the final round of the Wyndham he was just 3 stroke out of the lead. Go Davis you can still teach these youngsters a thing or two.


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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Olazabal announces vice captains

 Jose Maria Olazabal announced three of his four vice captains on Thursday, picking Irishmen Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark for the match against the United States.



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McIlroy Back On Top

 With a big win in the PGA Championship,Rory McIlroy has returned to the #1spot in the World Rankings. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/mcilroy-back-top-record-setting-074529644--golf.html



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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Push Begins

 Tomorrow the players tee it up for the Wyndham Championship. This is the last chance they have to get into the top 125 in FedEx Cup point standings .

The top 125 qualify for The Barclays at Bethpage Black. After that, the top 100 in the standings move on to the Deutsche Bank Championship, the top 70 to the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick and the top 30 go to the Tour Championship.


 Rod Pampling is on the bubble at No. 125, 26 points ahead of Brendan Steele. And John Daly is at 137 with a chance to move up. Should be an interesting weekend.


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Monday, August 13, 2012

Westwood splits with coach,caddie after PGA

Lee Westwood's manager says the English golfer has split from coach Pete Cowen and temporary caddie Mike Waite after his disappointing performance at the PGA Championship.





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Sunday, August 12, 2012

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 8-12-2012


 MCILROY WINS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Rory McIlroy built a large lead on  Sunday and won the PGA Championship by a record eight strokes over England's David Lynn and by nine over four others.It was the largest margin of victory in a PGA Championship, breaking Jack Nicklaus' record of winning by seven in 1980 at Oak Hill, the site of next year's PGA Championship. And at 23, McIlroy is the youngest PGA Championship winner in its stroke-play history.

McIlroy won his second major, following his eight-shot 2011 victory at the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. This time he vanquished the field, including Tiger Woods, shooting a 6-under 66 on Sunday, with no bogeys, to end the week at 13-under par, including birdie on the 72nd hole.


RYU RIDES HOT STREAK TO VICTORY
So Yeon Ryu rode a string of six straight birdies in the middle of her round to a 9-under 62 and a seven-stroke victory in the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic.

Ryu began the day locked in a four-player logjam - all South Koreans - for first place. She took the lead by herself for the first time with an 8-foot birdie putt at the third hole and gradually stretched her advantage until pulling away with birdies on Nos. 9-14.

 WILSON WINS PRICE CUTTER CHAMPIONSHIP
Chris Wilson birdied the first playoff hole on Sunday to beat Scott Harrington and win the Price Cutter Charity Championship.
Wilson closed with a 5-under 67 to end at 21-under-par 267. Harrington, who shared the third-round lead, posted a 4-under 68 to force the playoff at Highland Springs Country Club.



NEWS & NOTES
As the defending PGA champion, Keegan Bradley was responsible for hosting a dinner for past champions on Tuesday night. He also had to provide the champions a gift, and the New England native stayed true to his roots.He got each of the champions a Boston Red Sox cap and a 100-year anniversary baseball.

The gift package was topped off by a personalized Red Sox jersey, with the player's name on the back. They were assigned numbers corresponding with the year they won the PGA Championship - 91 for John Daly, 97 for Davis Love, 5 for Phil Mickelson.


Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland was disqualified from the PGA Championship.

Hoey had one of only five rounds under par Friday at Kiawah, and he was to go into the weekend of the final major eight shots out of the lead. But only after he signed for a 2-under 70 did he realize he failed to re-create his lie on the ninth hole after removing his ball from an embedded lie to make sure it was his.

Hoey wiped away sand on the ninth hole. His mistake was not replacing the sand on his ball.

He was disqualified for not including the two-shot penalty, and thus signing an incorrect scorecard. Hoey is the one who brought the oversight to the attention of rules officials.


Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, has plans for the next stage of his career: to play the world’s greatest golf courses and improve his game under the eye of Hank Haney.

“The Haney Project” returns in February 2013 with Phelps, a 22-time Olympic medalist in swimming. The announcement was made Saturday by Phelps and Golf Channel president Mike McCarley


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 8-8-2012

 CHA,CHA,CHA CHANGES
Changes are taking place all around us and that is true for this website as well. I am in the midst of revamping everything with the site ,the blog, and even (eventually) the podcast. So subscribe and keep coming back for more exciting changes.

On this eve of the PGA Championship Ben Crane has withdrawn from the PGA Championship because of a back injury.He was replaced at Kiawah Island by Chris Stroud, who has not played in a major this year.


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Sunday, August 5, 2012

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 8-5-2012

 BRADLEY WINS AS FURYK FALTERS
Keegan Bradley only wanted a chance to get into a playoff Sunday at Firestone. All it took was a clutch par, along with a stunning collapse by Jim Furyk, for Bradley to win the Bridgestone Invitational and wrap up a spot on the Ryder Cup team.

Bradley closed with a 6-under 64, and the final stroke was the most important - a 15-foot putt to save par from a plugged lie in the bunker.

Furyk, who led for 71 holes and looked solid throughout the final round, chopped up the 18th hole for a double bogey to throw away a chance at his first win since the 2010 Tour Championship. He missed the green from the fairway. His chip with one foot in the sand barely cleared the bunker and stayed in the thick collar. He hit a weak chip to 5 feet, and his bogey putt never had a chance.

Furyk dropped his putter when the ball left his blade. He went from what appeared to be a certain win to a 69 and a tie for second with Steve Stricker, who made four birdies on his last five holes for a 64.

Bradley won for the first time since last year in PGA Championship, and now goes to Kiawah Island to defend his title with a lot more confidence.

Bradley was four shots behind going into the final round, and was six shots back when Furyk opened with three straight birdies. Bradley kept pecking away at the lead, holing a 25-foot birdie putt on the seventh, scrambling for par on the 12th, and starting the back nine with a pair of birdies.

Furyk finally answered with an 18-foot birdie putt on the 16th, only for Bradley to follow him in for birdie from 12 feet. Furyk had a one-shot lead playing the 18th, and got one big break when he pulled his tee shot into the trees and it ricocheted out into the fairway.

That's where it all started to go wrong.

He went long of the green and the ball hopped out of the bunker and into the thick collar, forcing him to put his left foot into the sand. He flubbed the chip, just over the bunker into more thick grass, and his chip was a clunker, rolling out to just over 5 feet.

Bradley also went long and plugged into the sand, and he blasted out to 15 feet behind the hole. The dynamics changed so suddenly. There was a chance for a four-way playoff if Bradley and Furyk missed, and Louis Oosthuizen made his birdie putt form just outside 12 feet.

Bradley, whose putting carried him to a comeback in the PGA Championship, hit a pure stroke for the par to finish on 13-under 267. Then, it was up to Furyk to force the playoff.
Bradley has three wins in two years on the PGA Tour, including a major and a World Golf Championship. He is only the 11th player to have won a major and a WGC.

Stricker found his putting stroke at Firestone - not that it was ever deep in hiding - and showed that down the stretch with his closing stretch of birdies. It was an important performance for Stricker, who moved up three spots to No. 10 in the Ryder Cup standings. Furyk is No. 11, followed by Rickie Fowler at No. 12.

Bradley moved to No. 4, and bumped out Hunter Mahan from the top eight for automatic spots after the PGA Championship next week.

Oosthuizen closed with a 69 to finish alone in fourth. Justin Rose (67) and Rory McIlroy (68) were another shot behind.



HENRY GETS RENO-TAHOE OPEN
J.J. Henry won the Reno-Tahoe Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title, beating Brazil's Alexandre Rocha by a point in the modified Stableford event.

Henry finished with 43 points. Players received eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie and zero for par. They were docked a point for bogey and three points for anything worse.

Henry had three birdies on the front nine, then mostly stayed out of trouble on the mountain course's more difficult back nine. He had four birdies and a bogey for seven points in the round on the 7,472-yard Montreux Golf & Country Club course.

Argentina's Andres Romero was third with 37 points, followed by John Mallinger with 34.
John Daly and Justin Leonard tied for fifth at 33. It was Daly's best finish since 2005.

Rocha needed to eagle the par-5 18th to have a chance to become the first Brazilian winner on the PGA Tour, but had to scramble for birdie after his approach bounced into the gallery left of the green.

Henry two-putted for par from 12 feet to secure the victory. He earned a spot next week in the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, and the $540,000 winner's check pushed his season earnings past $1.2 million and career total to $12.7 million. He also won the 2006 Buick Championship.



LANGER RALLIES TO WIN 3M
Bernhard Langer rallied to win the 3M Championship for the second time in four years, shooting a 10-under 62 on Sunday to overcome a six-stroke deficit.

The 54-year-old German finished at 18-under 198 at the TPC Twin Cities for his 15th Champions Tour title. He ended a 24-event victory drought, his longest on the 50-and-over tour.

David Peoples, three strokes ahead entering the final round, shot a 70 to finish second – two shots behind. The runner-up finish is his best in 51 starts on the tour.

Kenny Perry and Olin Browne tied for third at 15 under. Perry had a 64, and Browne shot 66.
Langer, also the 2009 event champion, was 5 under on the front nine, added birdies on Nos. 11 and 12 to get within two shots of the lead, and birdied Nos. 14 and 15 to tie Peoples at 17 under.

Moments after Peoples bogeyed No. 16, Langer put his approach within 7 feet on the par-5 18th to set up a clinching birdie. It was the largest final-round comeback in the history of the tournament.



KOHLES WINS AGAIN

Ben Kohles won his second straight Web.com Tour title since turning professional, closing with a 8-under 62 on Sunday for a three-stroke victory in the Cox Classic.

The 22-year-old former University of Virginia player won the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational last week in a playoff, in his first professional start. He was the first player to win a Web.com title in his pro debut, and is the first to win in his first two tour starts.

Kohles also wrapped up a 2013 PGA Tour card from the Web.com money list, and moved within a victory of an immediate PGA Tour promotion. He earned $117,000 to move into second place on the money list with $261,000, more than enough to finish in the final top 25 and earn a PGA Tour card.

Kohles finished at 24-under 260 at Champions Run.
Dawie van der Walt had a 60 to finish second.



NEWS & NOTES
Gil Morgan was happy to shoot his age Friday, yet slightly disappointed his score wasn't even lower.He had a bogey-free round, but missed four putts in the 6- to 10-foot range, while making a handful of long ones, including a 40-footer for birdie on the par-3 13th.

 
Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn successfully defended her title Friday in the Junior PGA Championship, and Robby Shelton of Wilmer, Ala., won the boys' division.

The 16-year-old Jutanugarn, a 10-stroke winner last year, birdied the last four holes at Sycamore Hills for a 5-under 67 and 14-under 274 total, three strokes better than 15-year-old Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Fla.

PGA Championships groupings are out and defending PGA Champion Keegan Bradley, 2010 winner Martin Kaymer, and four-time PGA champion Tiger Woods, who will go off on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. EST.

There's also the 2012 major winners grouping of Bubba Watson (Masters), Webb Simpson (U.S. Open) and Ernie Els (British Open) teeing off at 1:20 p.m, and a salty Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jim Furyk threesome that's schedule to go off the 10th tee at 8:10 a.m.

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