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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