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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