Monday, January 28, 2013

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 1-28-2013

 Another Monday finish for the PGA Tour but well worth the wait....



TIGER WINS AT TORREY PINES AGAIN
 On an agonizingly slow day at Torrey Pines, Tiger Woods hit only three fairways, lost one of his tee balls and played the closing stretch in 4 over.

Continuing his  dominance at Torrey Pines, Woods was never challenged during his final 11 holes Monday, scrambling his way to an even-par 72 and a four-shot victory over two players at the fog-delayed Farmers Insurance Open.


Woods, who finished at 14-under 274, became the first player to win at the same venue eight times. It was also his 75th career PGA Tour title.


Before the sloppy finish – he was 3 over in 11 holes Monday – Woods seemed destined to either match or surpass his own tournament record for largest margin of victory at the Farmers (eight strokes, set in 2008). Less than five months later, of course, he won the U.S. Open there on a broken leg. 


Now, though, he’s simply content to erase what had been a bizarre start to his season. Woods missed the cut in Abu Dhabi, but only after being penalized two strokes for taking an improper drop in the second round.


At Torrey Pines, he shot 68-65-69 to create a comfortable cushion. When the final round resumed at 2:10 p.m.  Monday, he was staked to a six-shot lead with 11 holes to play.


Woods moved eight shots ahead midway through the back nine, but bogeyed the 14th and then lost his tee shot on 15 en route to a double-bogey 6. He dropped another shot on 17. Despite the miscues, he maintained a four-shot advantage as he stepped to the tee of the par-5 18th. 


Brandt Snedeker (69) and Josh Teater (69) tied for second, with Nick Watney and Jimmy Walker sharing fourth place.





 WOOD WINS FIRST ON EURO TOUR
Chris  Wood eagled the 18th hole to win the Qatar Masters for his first European Tour victory, overtaking Sergio Garcia and George Coetzee, who finished a shot back.

The 142nd-ranked Englishman shot 200 yards to the green with a 6-iron and watched the ball roll to within 12 feet. Wood calmly sank the putt to finish the final round at 3-under 69 for an overall 18-under 270. Garcia and Coetzee had looked set for at least a two-man playoff after both birdied the last hole.

Wood came into the final day with a three-shot lead over former U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell, Simon Khan and Alexander Noren after the third round.
But Wood almost threw the victory away early, after he missed a birdie putt on No. 2 and then double-bogeyed the par-3 third.

The 48th-ranked Coetzee, also looking for his first European Tour win, had three birdies on the final four holes on the front nine and then eagled the 10th to take a two-shot lead. Garcia got into the hunt with his much-improved short game, with six birdies on his final 11 holes.

Wood recovered with some clutch putting down the stretch. The win moves Wood into the top 60.


HEDWALL TAKES KO IN NEW SOUTH WALES OPEN
 Caroline Hedwall won the New South Wales Open on Sunday, closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over defending champion Lydia Ko of New Zealand.
Hedwall finished at 13-under 203 on the Oatlands course. Ko, the 15-year-old amateur who won the Canadian Open last year, shot a 69. 


NEWS & NOTES
Nicolas Colsaerts made a name for himself at the Ryder Cup last September when he erupted for eight birdies and an eagle as he and Lee Westwood knocked off Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker.
The memory of what Colsaerts calls that "incredible" day never gets get old.

Now the big-hitting Belgian has introduced himself to the PGA TOUR as he made his debut as a member at Torrey Pines this week. He calls this point in his career "pretty exciting times."
Colsaerts, who is a two-time winner in Europe, played eight events on TOUR last year with his best finish being the ties for seventh at the U.S. Open and Wyndham Championship. He's been very impressed with the condition of the courses, the pleasant weather and the way the players are treated which he calls "quite phenomenal."

Colsaerts, who is sure to attract attention after averaging 318 yards off the tee last year.
Colsaerts said he plans to spend his off weeks in West Palm Beach, Fla., a place many TOUR players call home. He spent last week there getting ready for this early stretch of tournaments that will see the 30-year-old remain in the U.S. at least until after the Masters.

So how did he make out  he made the cut and finished back in the pack tied for nd


Jeremiah Wooding will have a tee time at the Northern Trust Open.
Wooding, who was born in Orange County, Calif., and hails from Riverside, Calif., has been awarded the 2013 Northern Trust Open Exemption and will make his first career start on the PGA TOUR next month, following in the footsteps of his big brother, Joshua, who was awarded the Northern Trust Open Exemption in 2010.

A graduate of University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 2011, Wooding has conditional status on the Web.com Tour after advancing to the final stage of PGA TOUR q-school in December.

With the 2013 Northern Trust Open less than a month away, Wooding, 24, was chosen from a pool of applicants to receive the exemption, created and sponsored by Northern Trust . The annual exemption provides an opportunity for a top golfer who represents the advancement of diversity in golf and wouldn’t otherwise be eligible to compete in the event.  The 2013 Northern Trust Open returns to Pacific Palisades, Calif., and Riviera Country Club February 12-17.


The LPGA Tour is creating a tournament to determine the best in the world.
The International Crown will start in 2014 and be played every other year. It will feature four days of team matches among eight countries that can field the strongest four-player teams based on the world rankings. The inaugural event will be in late July at Caves Valley Golf Club outside Baltimore.
As much as the International Crown has an Olympic flavor, it might be more closely related to the Solheim Cup, which for years did not include the best players in women's golf because it was only for Americans and Europeans. Among those who never played were Karrie Webb of Australia, Se Ri Pak of South Korea, Lorena Ochoa of Mexico and Yani Tseng of Taiwan.

Whan said the players would be in uniforms of their country, free of corporate sponsorships. The purse will be $1.6 million, with $400,000 going to the winning team. It also will be played in the middle of the LPGA Tour season, when players are in form for the majors and media interest is higher than it would be at the end of the year.

The tournament also brings a new format to golf, breaking away from the routine of 72-hole events.
The eight teams will be divided into two brackets, and every team in each bracket will face each other over three days of fourball matches. Five teams will advance to the final round of singles matches, with the points carrying over.

The fifth team will be determined by a playoff between each of the countries that finish third in their brackets. Each country will be required to submit a name in an envelope of the player who would compete in the playoff - to determine the fifth finalist, and if a playoff is needed to determine the overall winner.

 After the inaugural event Caves Valley, it will move to Rich Harvest Farms west of Chicago - site of the 2009 Solheim Cup - for 2016. Whan said it would be played in July, which is the heart of the LPGA Tour's domestic schedule. 


Adams Golf added another former PGA TOUR winner to its staff in 2010 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic champion Robert Garrigus.
Garrigus was with TaylorMade before switching. He’ll wear the Adams Golf logo on his bag and headwear and carry a 22-degree SUPER S hybrid.

Garrigus will open his 2013 season this week at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, where he tied for second last year.

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