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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