Monday, March 11, 2013

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY 3-10-2013

 TIGER ON PROWL FOR MASTERS
Tiger Woods  picked up the pace in his march to the Masters. Woods delivered two quick birdies to take the drama out of Doral, and two late bogeys only made his victory in the Cadillac Championship seem closer than it really was.

Woods had full control of his game and never let anyone get closer than three shots until he had locked up his 17th World Golf Championship title. With a conservative bogey that didn't matter on the final hole, he closed with a 1-under 71.


Woods moves to No. 2, behind Brandt Snedeker, in the PGA TOUR's FedExCup standings. For the first time in five years, he has two wins before the Masters.

Woods improved to 41-2 on the PGA TOUR when he had the outright lead going into the final round, the last two wins with McDowell at his side. Woods last won while ahead at Bay Hill a year ago.

This was his 76th career win on TOUR, leaving him six short of the record 82 wins by Sam Snead. He now has more wins than Mickelson and Vijay Singh combined.



 BROWN GETS FIRST PGA TITLE IN OPPOSITE TOURNEY

Scott Brown made birdie on the 18th hole Sunday to go from a one-shot deficit to a one-shot victory in the Puerto Rico Open for his first PGA Tour title.


Brown closed with a 2-under 70. He earned a two-year exemption on tour and a spot in the PGA Championship this summer.


Fabian Gomez of Argentina had a one-shot lead until he went over the green and into a bunker on his third shot, blasted out to 15 feet and missed the par putt. He closed with a 71 and tied for second with Jordan Spieth. The 19-year-old from Texas had a 67.


Former U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein tied for sixth, giving him a spot in the Tampa Bay Classic next week.


Brown finished at 20-under 268 and earned $630,000.



KISNER WINS CHILE CLASSIC
Kevin Kisner closed with a 4-under 68 Sunday to win the Chile Classic and earn his second career title on the Web.com Tour.


Kisner, one of three 54-hole co-leaders, played the final five holes at the Prince of Wales Country Club 1-over par, but his 21-under 267 was enough to edge Brice Garnett (68) and Edward Loar (69) by one for the victory.


Guy Boros (65) and hometown favorite Benjamin Alvarado (71) tied for fourth at 18 under.
Five others were at 17 under.


NEWS & NOTES
The European Tour  supports the proposed ban on the anchored putting stroke.
The European Tour says in a statement Monday that it backs the Royal & Ancient and U.S. Golf Association on the rule change.


Tour chief executive George O'Grady says ''virtually all of our Tournament Committee and player representatives support the proposed rule even though they are aware, and have taken into account, the fact that some members and especially our senior members use the anchored method.''


The R&A and USGA announced the proposed rule on Nov. 28. They allowed a 90-day comment period that ended last Thursday.


The PGA Tour and PGA of America have announced their opposition to banning the anchored stroke, the common method for using belly putters and long putters that are pressed against the chest.



China is turning to Greg Norman to identify and coach its best players for the Olympics.
The China Golf Association on Friday appointed Norman the exclusive advisory coach of its national golf team to get ready for the 2016 Games in Brazil and improve China's global standing in golf beyond the Olympics.


Norman, a two-time British Open champion and former No. 1 player in the world, will development a comprehensive plan of instruction, nutrition, mental training and course management, along with providing his own tournament experience.


He will appoint two assistant coaches to work with the China Golf Association staff. Norman will make regular visits to the national team's training facility in Nanshan leading up to the 2016 Olympics.


Norman also will identify China's best prospects for the Olympics and broaden the junior program to reach every province.




A judge in Dallas is ordering an auction company to hold onto a champion's green jacket from the Masters golf tournament until ownership can be determined at trial.

Judge Emily Tobolowsky granted Augusta National Golf Club a temporary injunction 


Monday to stop Dallas-based Heritage Auctions from selling the jacket won by Art Wall Jr. in 1959. Last month the club, which claims the jacket was stolen from there, was granted a temporary restraining order days before it was to be auctioned.

The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/Z3s3hV ) reports Stephen Pyles of Florida, who paid about $61,000 for the jacket at auction last year, now wants Heritage to sell it.
Pyles says there's no proof the jacket was stolen and disputes the club's claims that Masters jackets are supposed to remain there.



 Donald Trump is helping in a big way with the ''Els for Autism'' national golf tournament. Six of the tournaments will be played at Trump-owned courses. ''He's giving us one hell of a break,'' Ernie Els said. ''This is going to really help us. We have made $4 million the last two years, and with his help, we could be setting the next year with $7 million. That's how big this is.''


Justin Harding of South Africa had an 8-under 64 on Wednesday to lead three players in a 36-hole qualifier who earned spots in the British Open for the first time.
Harding finished the International Final Qualifying in Africa at 14-under 130.


Eduardo De La Silva of Spain had a 66 and Darryn Lloyd of South Africa had a 69 on the East Course at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington to earn the other two spots.


Golf's oldest championship has 36-hole qualifying on five continents. The final two to be held will be later this year in Europe and the United States.



PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem and Nike Golf President Cindy Davis were the only two golf representatives on Sports Illustrated's list of the "50 Most Powerful People in Sports."


Finchem was ranked 25th and Davis 46th on a list headed, not surprisingly, by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.


CALENDAR

PGA TOUR - TAMPA BAY CHAMPIONSHIP - LUKE DONALD

EUROPEAN TOUR - AVANTHA MASTERS

CHAMPIONS TOUR -  TOSHIBA CLASSIC - LOREN ROBERTS

LPGA TOUR
- RR DONNELLEY LPGA FOUNDERS CUP - YANI TSENG

WEB.COM TOUR - OFF



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