Monday, September 3, 2012

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 9-3-2012

 MCILROY WINS DEUTSCHE CHAMPIONSHIP
Rory McIlroy hung on to win the Deutsche Bank Championship by one stroke over Louis Oosthuizen and two over Tiger Woods.

In a Labor Day finish that featured some of the biggest names in golf, McIlroy closed with a 4-under 67 and got away with a few mistakes to hold off Louis Oosthuizen . Oosthuizen narrowly missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff. He closed with a 71.


Tiger Woods made a charge on the front nine, though he never got closer than three shots until a birdie on his last hole for a 66. Phil Mickelson finished fourth.


 Dustin Johnson had a 70 and likely played his way onto the Ryder Cup team. Brandt Snedeker made a strong case for a captain's pick with a 65-67 weekend to finish sixth.

Davis Love III will announce his four picks Tuesday morning in New York.



 RAMSAY TAKES EUROPEAN MASTERS
Richie Ramsay captured the biggest title of his professional career Sunday, shooting a 5-under 66 to win the European Masters by four strokes.


The overnight leader was never challenged after the turn and finished at 16-under 267. Four players tied for second.

Ramsay earned $440,000 for his second European Tour victory, following the South African Open title in 2009.

The 29-year-old Scot, who won the 2006 United States Amateur Championship, is set to move up the world rankings from No. 110 into the top 70.


STREB WINS MYLAN CLASSIC
Robert Streb won the Mylan Classic on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, finishing with a 7-under 64 for a four-stroke victory.


The 25-year-old  had a tournament-record 18-under 266 total.  He earned $108,000 to jump from 23rd to fourth on the money list with $253,491 enough to earn a 2013 PGA Tour card as a top-25 finisher.


NEWS & NOTES
PGA Championship winner Rory McIlroy will be a no show from the elite end-of-season PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda in October due to a scheduling conflict, organizers said.

McIlroy, who clinched his second major title by eight shots at Kiawah Island earlier this month, had already committed to the European Tour's BMW Masters in China, the PGA of America said in a statement.

The BMW Masters, which was added to the European Tour schedule in April, will be played at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai from  25-28.



Annika Sorenstam has been appointed vice captain for the 2013 European Solheim Cup team.
Captain Liselotte Neumann announced the selection Tuesday at Colorado Golf Club, which will host the event next August. Carin Koch also was named a vice captain.


Sorenstam filled a similar role in 2011 when the Europeans won the Cup in Ireland. She has played in the event eight times, accumulating 24 points in 37 matches.


The former world No. 1 golfer retired in 2008. Sorenstam had quite a career as she won 90 tournaments, including 10 major championships.


U.S. captain Meg Mallon announced in July that Dottie Pepper will be her vice captain.


Notah Begay III finally was on the winning side in his signature charity event, and it felt so very good.
''Five years! Finally! Great!'' Begay said Wednesday after teaming with Tiger Woods to shoot 9 under. 


''I had to get on my partner. He was getting a little lackadaisical out there.''

Woods and Begay, longtime friends and former college roommates at Stanford, helped lead the American side to victory in the NB3 Foundation Challenge at Turning Stone Resort's Atunyote Golf Club.


The 12-player field was split into two teams, with Woods and Begay serving on a West squad that also included PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland and LPGA Tour players Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson.


Woods and Begay took on K.J. Choi and Y.E. Yang in one of three stroke-play matches that were billed as an ''East Meets West'' challenge involving Asian and American players. The other pairings had Woodland and Kerr against Danny Lee and Se Ri Pak, and Fowler and Thompson playing against Charlie Wi and Yani Tseng.


Woods and Begay beat Choi and Yang 9-7, Woodland and Kerr beat Lee and Pak 8-7, and Tseng and Wi tied Fowler and Thompson 7-7, giving the Americans a 2.5 to 0.5 victory.



 Tom Watson will play in the Australian Open for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Tournament officials said Friday that Watson, who won the Australian Open in 1984, will join Australians Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy and Greg Chalmers at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney from Dec. 6-9. Scott won the Australian Open in 2009, and Chalmers is the defending champion.


Watson's win at Royal Melbourne in 1984 came a year after he won the last of his eight majors, the 1983 British Open at Royal Birkdale, his fifth Open championship. He joined the Champions Tour in 1999 and has 14 wins on the senior tour.




 
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