Sunday, January 13, 2013

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 1-13-2013

 HENLEY WINS SONY OPEN
Russell Henley won the Sony Open by three strokes over Tim Clark, getting his first PGA Tour victory. 

Clark made a run at Henley but Henley kept it together and matched Clark's 63 to take home the trophy.

Tied for the lead with fellow rookie Scott Langley to start the final round, Henley seized control from the start with a birdie on the first hole. And then he really poured it on at the end of the round. Henley birdied his last five holes to close .
Henley moved into a tie with Dustin Johnson atop the FedExCup standings. Both players lead with 500 points.

Henley finished at 24-under 256, breaking by four shots the Sony Open in Hawaii scoring record. It was the second-lowest score for a 72-hole tournament in PGA TOUR history, one shot behind Tommy Armour III at the Valero Texas Open in 2003.


The win gives Henley an invitation to the Masters.




OOSTHUIZEN WINS VOLVO CHAMPIONS
Louis Oosthuizen shot a final round 6-under 66 to beat Scott Jamieson of Scotland by a single stroke and win the Volvo Champions on Sunday.

Oosthuizen finished with a 16 under total of 272 at Durban Country Club to wrap up the victory after the Jamieson narrowly missed a chip on the 18th hole for eagle. Jamieson, who led by five shots heading into the last day, carded a final-round 72, and missed out on second successive European Tour win in Durban by a solitary shot.

Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand (68) was another shot back in third, two strokes ahead of Ireland's Padraig Harrington in fourth.

It was Oosthuizen's sixth career European Tour win and elevated him to a career-high fourth in the world rankings.



 NEWS & NOTES
 Tiger Woods  announced on his website on Wednesday that he is planning on playing in Abu Dhabi next week.

The tournament, held at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, begins  January 17, and will have a field that includes Tiger and Rory McIlroy. You'll remember that these two guys  played together at this event a year ago for the first three rounds.

Woods also announced that he will open his PGA Tour season the following week at the Farmers. Woods is a  six times winner of the event, and it's the site of his U.S. Open victory in 2008.




 
 John Daly  struggled to break 80 Saturday in the third round, but it wasn’t from a lack of trying.

The two-time major winner again injured his right shoulder, the same shoulder he originally separated in 2007 and has separated at least twice since. Apparently he hit a rock on the six hole and something popped in his shoulder. He got it popped back in at the physical therapist and see how it is tomorrow.


 

The Jumeirah Group is not renewing its five-year sponsorship deal with top-ranked Rory McIlroy amid expectations that the Northern Ireland golf star will sign with Nike next week.

The global luxury hotel company based in the United Arab Emirates signed the deal with McIlroy when he was 18 and was one of his first corporate sponsors.

 

Rory McIlroy  announced he has started The Rory Foundation. Among the first projects is to bring attention to children by putting the name of charities on his bag when possible. The world's No. 1 player starts his season next week in Abu Dhabi.

 My aim is that The Rory Foundation will support children's charities big and small, around the world, that try to give kids that helping hand.''

He starts with ''The 6 Bags Project,'' in which he will display the name of a children's charity in each of the first six tournaments he plays. During the tournament, the bag will be auctioned through www.roryfoundation.com, with the money going to that charity.

The Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children will be on the bag at Abu Dhabi.


First the Bahamas
and now Texas. The LPGA tour  announced a second new event for this year, the North Texas LPGA Shootout, April 25-28 at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving.

It is the first LPGA event in the region in more than 20 years.

The North Texas LPGA Shootout will  provide a unique opportunity for amateur players in the area to earn spots in the field through qualifying. Tournament exemptions will be awarded to the winners of a high school and collegiate "shootout" played in advance of the event. Tournament proceeds will benefit The Nexus Club which primarily supports and raises funds for the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf in North Texas.

The $1.3 million North Texas LPGA Shootout will host a full-field of 144 players playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition.

 

Japanese phenom  Ryo Ishikawa has signed a multiyear contract with Callaway Golf, it was announced Thursday at a ceremony at Narita International Airport outside Tokyo.

After the ceremony, the 21-year-old Ishikawa boarded a plane for the United States, where he will commence his 2013 PGA Tour campaign at the Humana Challenge, starting Jan. 17 in La Quinta, Calif.

Ishikawa, a media sensation in Japan, is a dominant figure internationally. He won his first professional event at 15 and has amassed 12 tournament titles, none in the United States.


Darren Clarke says he may pull out of the race to become Europe's Ryder Cup captain for 2014 because of the impact it would have on his career in the next two years. 


Clarke and Ireland's Paul McGinley are the two main candidates to replace Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal, with the European Tour's tournament committee expected to vote in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

However, Clarke said that after seeing an improvement in his own game toward the end of the 2012 season he's not sure he wants to take on such a time-consuming commitment.



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