Sunday, October 28, 2012

WEEKEND RECAP 10-28-2012

 NICK WATNEY TAKES CIMB CLASSIC
Nick Watney shot a great 61 to win Malaysia’s $6.1 million CIMB Classic and hold off charges by Tiger Woods and defending champion Bo Van Pelt on Sunday.


Watney, 31, became the second player in two days to flirt with a 59  at the par-71 Mines Resort and Golf Club, before bogeying the last.


But his 10-under-par round was enough for a thrilling one-shot win, while  Van Pelt botched a chance to force a play-off on the 18th  the same hole  where he also missed a 59 on Saturday.



HANSON TAKES BMW MASTERS
Sweden's Peter Hanson won the BMW Masters on Sunday for his second European Tour victory of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 to hold off Ryder Cup teammate Rory McIlroy by a stroke.


Hanson finished at 21-under 267 and earned $1,166,600 in the European Tour's richest regular event. He won the KLM Open last month in the Netherlands and has six career tour victories.



PETTERSEN DOUBLES UP
Suzann Pettersen lifted her second trophy in as many weeks Sunday after a three-shot victory at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship.


The world number seven braved strong winds and fired three-under-par 69 in her final round to snatch the win from South Korea's In-Bee Park, who had led by two overnight but had to settle for second.



 FROST WINS FINAL FULL FIELD EVENT ON CHAMPIONS TOUR
David Frost won the AT&T Championship on Sunday, beating Bernhard Langer with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff after overcoming a six-stroke deficit in the final round.
Frost and Langer each shot 6-under 66 to finish at 8-under 208 on TPC San Antonio's Canyons Course.


Second-round leader Mark Calcavecchia had a 74 to finish two strokes back. He bogeyed four of the first 11 holes.



BOLLII TAKES WEB.COM CHAMPIONSHIP GAINS TOUR CARD 
Justin Bolli closed with a 6-under 65 to win the Web.com Tour Championship on Sunday. He moved into the top 25 on the money list with the $180,000 first prize to earn a PGA Tour card for next year.

Bolli was at No. 44 on the money list coming into the final event at TPC Craig Ranch. He won by two shots over James Hahn, who closed with a 69. The top 25 on the money list earned PGA Tour cards, and Hahn was at No. 13, making him safe going into the last round. But his final hole determined the fate of two players.


Hahn's birdie to finish alone in second meant Jim Herman finished 25th on the money list. Had Hahn made par, Adam Hadwin would have claimed the last PGA Tour card.
 



 NEWS & NOTES
Padraig Harrington is a winner for the first time in two years, even if the PGA Grand Slam of Golf was only an exhibition.

Four days after Harrington agreed to fill in for British Open champion Ernie Els, he ran off three straight birdies early on the back nine and closed with a 4-under 67 Wednesday for a one-shot win over U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson at Port Royal.

His last official win was the Johor Open on the Asian Tour in late 2010.
 



John Daly has a chance to be fully exempt and set his own schedule next year for the first time since 2006.

Daly is No. 88 on the European Tour money list, courtesy of a fourth-place finish in Qatar, along with his tie for 11th in the Sicilian Open and tie for 18th in PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. He is about $226,336 short of the cutoff to qualify for the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, which makes this next month important.

He is playing in Shanghai this week at the BMW Masters, which has a $7 million purse and no cut. Then, he plans to play in Singapore and Hong Kong to try to crack the top 60 and get to Dubai, which would be his 13th event in Europe.

The top 118 on the money list get a card. Daly has been playing out of a lower status as a past major champion.



Tiger Woods is expected to get a $2 million appearance fee and Rory McIlroy $1 million for their one-day exhibition match Monday in Zhengzhou, China.
The top-ranked McIlroy and Woods, a 14-time major winner, will play their first head-to-head match in an event without other competitors at Lake Jinsha International Golf Club.

The 18-hole medal-match has been dubbed the ''Duel at Lake Jinsha.''

McIlroy finished second Sunday in the BMW Masters in Shanghai, while Woods tied for fourth in the $6.1 million CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

 


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Sunday, October 21, 2012

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 10-21-2012

GAINEY GOES LOW AT MCGLADREY
Tommy Gainey fired a course-record 60 on Sunday to earn a surprising comeback win at the McGladrey Classic.


Gainey entered the day seven shots off the pace, but used a torrid back-nine stretch at the Seaside Course to jump in front of overnight leaders Jim Furyk and Davis Love III.




PETTERSON TAKES HANABANK CHAMPIONSHIP
Suzann Pettersen won the HanaBank Championship on Sunday for her ninth LPGA Tour title, beating Catriona Matthew with a 5-foot birdie putt on the third hole of playoff after blowing a big lead.


Seven strokes ahead of Matthew at the start of the round, Pettersen shot a 2-over 74 to finish at 11-under 205 on Sky 72 Golf Club's Ocean Course. The 43-year-old Matthew finished with a 67.
They played the par-5 18th three times in the playoff, halving the first two extra holes with pars.




VAN PELT WINS ON EUROPEAN TOUR

Bo Van Pelt won the Perth International on Sunday, closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over American countryman Jason Dufner.

Van Pelt extended his one-shot overnight lead with the help of six birdies and two bogeys to secure his first victory in a European Tour-sanctioned event. He finished at 16-under 272.




 HENLEY WINS JACKSONVILLE OPEN 

Russell Henley won the Jacksonville Open on Sunday for his second Web.com Tour victory of the year, beating B.J. Staten with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

Henley birdied the final hole of regulation for a 5-under 65 to match Staten at 10-under 270 on Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass. Staten finished with a 68, then had a double bogey on the playoff hole.




NEWS & NOTES
The PGA Tour
has acquired the Canadian Tour, giving it smaller circuits north of the border and in South America.

Web.com Tour cards will be awarded to the top five players on what now will be called ''PGA Tour Canada,'' with the next five players given exemptions into the final stage of qualifying school for the Web.com Tour.


 

Tiger Woods plans to start his season in the Abu Dhabi Championship on the European Tour for the second straight year.

The tournament said Wednesday Woods and Rory McIlroy have committed to play Abu Dhabi, which will be Jan. 17-20.


According to the Irish Times, Rory McIlroy is reportedly being linked with Nike for a deal that could be worth upwards of $250 million.


McIlroy's deal with golf giant Titleist/FootJoy expires at the end of 2012.



Ernie Els has pulled out of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf next week in Bermuda because of a minor ankle injury. He will be replaced in the four-man field by Padraig Harrington.


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Sunday, October 14, 2012

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 10-14-2012

BLIXT GETS FIRST VICTORY
Jonas Blixt won the Frys.com Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, holing a 4-foot par putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory at CordeValle.

Blixt became third PGA Tour rookie to win this season, closing with a 3-under 68 for a 16-under 268 total. He earned $900,000 in the Fall Series event and a tour exemption through the 2014 season.


FUNK WINS ON FINAL HOLE
Fred Funk won the Greater Hickory Classic for his second Champions Tour title of the year and eighth overall, holing a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Duffy Waldorf by a stroke.
The 56-year-old Funk closed with a 3-under 69 on Rock Barn's Jones Course to finish at 15-under 201. He also won eight times on the PGA Tour.



ROSE BEATS WESTWOOD IN EXHIBITION
Justin Rose beat Lee Westwood on Friday to win the eight-player World Golf Final and earn a career-best $1.5 million.
The fifth-ranked Rose shot a 5-under 66 to defeat his Ryder Cup teammate and fellow Englishman by one stroke at the Antalya Club.
Rose, who won all of his five matches in the $5.2 million exhibition, birdied the opening hole on the Sultan Course and led the rest of the way against his fourth-ranked opponent.



PARK WINS IN MALAYSIA
Inbee Park rallied to win the LPGA Malaysia on Sunday for her second victory of the year, closing with a 4-under 67 to beat fellow South Korean player Na Yeon Choi by two strokes.

Park took the lead with a tap-in birdie on the par-4 13th and moved two shots ahead with another short birdie putt on the par-4 14th. She got away with bogeys on the final two holes when Choi made a double bogey on the par-3 17th in her closing 71.


IRELAND'S LOWRY TAKES PORTUGAL MASTERS
Shane Lowry of Ireland won the Portugal Masters on Sunday after a final-round 5-under 66 to defeat England's Ross Fisher by one stroke.

Lowry started the round four shots off the lead, but he made an eagle on the par-4 11th to move ahead of overnight leader Bernd Wiesberger.
The 25-year-old Lowry then traded the lead with Fisher before taking advantage of Fisher's bogey on the 16th with a birdie on the 17th hole.


STEFANI TAKES MICCOSUKEE CHAMPIONSHIP
Shawn Stefani won the Miccosukee Championship on Sunday for his second Web.com Tour victory of the year, closing with a 3-under 68 for a five-stroke victory over Australia's Alistair Presnell.




  NEWS & NOTES
Former U.S. Open champion and longtime television analyst Ken Venturi has been selected for the World Golf Hall of Fame.Venturi, 81, was chosen through the Lifetime Achievement category.

Venturi overcame severe dehydration on the final day to win the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional, one of his 14 wins on the PGA Tour. He also was the only amateur with the 54-hole lead in the Masters, though he shot 80 in the last round to finish one shot behind in 1956. He made even greater contributions in the broadcast booth, where he became a respected voice for 35 years with CBS Sports.
He also was the winning captain at the Presidents Cup in 2000.
Venturi will be inducted May 6 at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.


 

Tiger Woods hopes to captain the U.S. Ryder Cup team someday. He still plans to play in a few more before that happens.

The 14-time major winner is coming off a disappointing performance at Medinah. He secured only half a point in his seventh Ryder Cup appearance as Europe retained the title Sept. 30.



And according
to Golf Channel contributor Tim Rosaforte, Brandt Snedeker told him that Woods took the four Ryder Cup rookies -- Snedeker, Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner and Webb Simpson -- into a room and apologized for his performance on Sunday evening.

Woods obviously didn't need to take all of the blame for the U.S.'s defeat. You could've pointed a finger at a number of players, but when you're the biggest name in golf, you're going to shoulder a larger load than, say, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker, who were just as awful as Woods when the pressure started to mount.

Regardless, you have to give Woods a lot of credit for stepping up and admitting to the rookies that he didn't do his part to ensure a U.S. victory.


Still more on Tiger

As he will consider the possibility of joining the European Tour after changes are made to membership qualification.

The European Tour is expected to announce soon that participation in the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and Seve Trophy will count toward the 13 events needed for tour membership.

Woods said Wednesday he last looked into joining the European Tour in 2000 when the requirement was 11 events.

Woods would be only two or three events short of the 13 if the list includes the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, four majors, four World Golf Championship events and appearances in either Abu Dhabi or Dubai.

Meanwhile, organizers said they hope Woods will compete in the inaugural Turkish Open next year.

The $7million event will be played Nov. 7-10, 2013, at The Montgomerie Course in Belek.

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LPGA TOUR OFFICIAL DEAD AT 62


 The LPGA Tour says longtime rules official Doug Brecht has died after a three-month battle with the West Nile virus. He was 62.

Brecht was hospitalized in August during the Jamie Farr Classic in Toledo, Ohio. He later was transferred to his home in Oklahoma to continue fighting the virus. LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan said Brecht's wife told him he died peacefully Friday with his family close around him.





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Monday, October 8, 2012

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 10-8-2012

  
MOORE WINS CHILDREN OPEN
Ryan Moore won the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title, birdieing the par-5 16th to take the outright lead and finishing with two pars for a 5-under 66 and a one-stroke victory over de Jonge.



 LANGER COMES FROM BEHIND TO WIN SAS
Bernhard Langer came from behind to take the SAS Championship, firing a 9-under-par-63.
Langer trailed by four shots entering the final round, but his nine-birdie, no-bogey round lifted him to a two-shot win over Jay Don Blake 



 GRACE WINS FOURTH ON EURO TOUR
Branden Grace won his fourth European Tour event of the season Sunday by shooting a 2-under 70 to protect his lead and win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by two shots.

 

LINGMERTH WINS WEB.COM EVENT
Sweden's David Lingmerth won the Web.com Tour's Neediest Kids Championship on Sunday to wrap up a 2013 PGA Tour card, closing with a 4-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Casey Wittenberg.



 K.J. CHOI WINS OWN EVENT…AGAIN
K.J. Choi successfully defended his title in his own Asian Tour event Sunday, closing with a 4-under 67 for a two-stroke victory in the CJ Invitational Hosted by KJ Choi.


The eight-time PGA Tour winner finished at 15-under 269 at Haesley Nine Bridges Golf Club, and again donated his $118,875 first-place check to his KJ Choi Foundation.


NEWS & NOTES
South Africa will host the second richest tournament in golf in 2013, but it won't have the World Golf Championship status initially promised by the country's national tour.
Organizers say the Tournament of Hope, with total prize money of $8.5 million, will be staged in South Africa for 10 years. The prize puts it ahead of all four majors and on a par with the money offered at the four WGC events. Only the Players Championship is richer at $9.5 million.
The new tournament is sanctioned by the International Federation of PGA Tours and South Africa's Sunshine Tour, but increases a cluttered end-of-season calendar.


Victorious Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal ruled out the possibility of staying on for the 2014 competition at Gleneagles.
The Spaniard returned to Europe , cradling the gleaming golden trophy and still reveling in Europe's stirring rally over the United States at Medinah.
Spain's King Juan Carlos and tennis star Rafael Nadal were among those who sent Olazabal messages of congratulations after the 14 1/2-13 1/2 win that kept the cup in European hands.
But after seven matches as a player - during which he teamed up so effectively with the late Seve Ballesteros - and now another as a winning captain, he has come to the end of his 25-year Ryder Cup career.



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