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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Dustin Johnson-"Gretzky" is a class of his own at Tour Championship

PGA Tour Championship leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

It's hard for me to say exactly, but it is for sure the day Pauline Gretzky set her heart on a hard partying, great golfer called Dustin Johnson, his life changed completely.

Pauline was a party animal all by herself if you remember, with pictures she posted of herself on Twitter so suggestively inflammatory her Canadian icon of a dad Wayne, forced her to shut it down.

Meanwhile DJ as he is commonly known, was taking time of his own off of his profession  'for personal reasons" wildly rumoured to be an inability to curtail his abuse of alcohol and drugs when he was with his mates outside the ropes..

These days the hugely talented Johnson has come through to fulfill all the raw talent that was making him the game's biggest enigma, while Pauline has gone from night's in her "g"string at Caesar's Palace to night's as a mother and doting wife with her hubby, mum and famous dad.

Through it all the "Wayner and Janet", no strangers to the media spotlight to say the least have been right there, the steadying influence, the guiding example, the comforting resource on which,  shall we say the spoiled youngsters turned into responsible adults..

Johnson is the best player in the world right now, and as we head into this weekend he leads the Tour Championship by a shot on paper, but by a mile in reality.

On a tough East Lake course where only 10 players remain under par, Johnson added at -3 67 to his opening 66 to lead at -7, 203, a shot ahead of bridesmaid Kevin Chappell as he closes in on the $10 million FedEx Cup prize, not to mention the  PGA player of the year award, especially now that Jason Day has been forced to WD with the resumption of the back injury that has plagued him all year.

Chappell, who has made only one bogey in 36 holes, shot a 68 and will be in the final group of a playoff event for the second time this year. He has been a runner-up three times this season.

Kevin Kisner (70) and Hideki Matsuyama (71) are four shots behind at -3, Rory McIlroy shot a spotty 70 and leads the group at -2 which includes the red hot Paul Casey, who I picked to contend with Johnson before the week began.

Jordan Spieth 68 72 E is out of the picture right now as he has been for much of the year, so it all seems to be in the hands of the new and improved Mr. Johnson - " Gretzky"....

He used to find a way to blow these things, not so much anymore...

Bryan Angus

Friday, September 23, 2016

Tour Championship..'Playing with house money"

PGA Tour, Tour Championship leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

A debate broke out on the Golf Channel yesterday between former world #1 David Duval now turned analyst, and recent victorious Ryder Cup captain, and veteran European Tour player Paul McGinley about who was the best player in the world.

Duval was very assertive in saying that it was Dustin Johnson when "it was his week with the putter" was unbeatable, citing his easy length and accuracy off the tee, much improved wedge game and regular placing in the top third on tour with the flat stick, topped off with the inner confidence he know carries with a US Open on his CV..

McGinley, much more the politician, said he thought it was Rory who from tee to green is as good as there is, and with a record that includes four majors by the age of 25, and a gold plated Ryder Cup record despite weeks when he putts like an eight handicapper, was the best, although he was quick to include Jason Day and Jordan Spieth in the top four for obvious reasons..

One thing is for certain, all four of them are playing with house money as this regular PGA Tour season wraps up this week at the Tour Championship on the historic par 70 East Lake course in Atlanta.

All are already rich beyond their wildest dreams, travelling the world as they decide in first class accommodation, all with wonderful wives and or families for support, surrounded in adulation by their peers, and public.

While they are fuelled to varying degrees, by their desire to place themselves as prominently as possible in the history books beside all the legends, they are all great friends, sharing private moments that they somehow keep separate from we mortals.

This week in Atlanta all four are in the top 10 after round one, Johnson T1 at -4 66, Day T3 -3 67, with Spieth and Rory T7 -2 68 as they fight with the likes of Kevin Chappell (66) Hideki Matsuyama (66) for another $1.8 million first prize and the $10m bonus thrown into the pot as the Fed Ex Cup winner.

Next week the pressure gets turned up by as many notches as the game has, this time at Hazeltine for the Ryder Cup where there is no money necessary, just national pride, with DJ and Spieth as intrigal parts of the US team desperate to stop the 8 out of 10 wins by the Europeans, led of course by Rory and his mates.

Still, through it all, they remain friends and in a way colleagues in a very rare wealthy circle, travelling without a financial care in the world, playing with house money, with many more years to come.

Bryan Angus

Monday, September 19, 2016

Weekend wrap up..final scoreboards, stories..Canadian scoring.

This week brings the culmination of the Fed Ex Cup playoffs with the  Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta, where by the way they will be re routing the holes, playing the front nine last to finish with a shortish par 5 instead of the traditional par 3.

Over the weekend there was plenty of excitement, it's a great time of year for sports, with the Ryder Cup just two weeks away, the NFL underway, the CFL coming down to the playoffs, MLB with crucial games every night for every team in contention (see Blue Jays!), all the major soccer leagues, the list goes on and on..

Here are the final scoreboards and stories from the weekend.

LPGA / LET Evian Championship http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/the-evian-championship/results

In Gee Chun shot a final 69 to finish on -21 in a steady rain, breaking the record for men and women of -20 held by Henrik Stenson and Jason Day. She bettered the women’s record by two. She has 2 wins on the LPGA tour, both majors.

Brooke Henderson 69 71 67 70 -7 T9, Maude Aimee LeBlanc 70 74 76 71 +7 63rd.

European Tour Italian Open http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2016/tournamentid=2016072/leaderboard/index.html

What a finale with Italy's best golfer Francesco Molinari (65) out playing Masters Champion and Ryder Cup rookie Danny Willett (66) to win the Italian Open in Milan,
becoming the first Italian to win his national Open twice since the event became part of the European Tour in 1972.

The 2006 champion also became the first Italian to win any European Tour event twice as he claimed his fourth win and his first since the 2012 Reale Seguros Open de EspaƱa in 2012.

Web.com Tour Albertsons Boise Open http://www.pgatour.com/webcom/tournaments/albertsons-boise-open-presented-by-kraft-

The Web.com playoffs second leg wrapped up with a win for Micheal Thompson who shot a pair of 64s on the weekend finishing at -23 261 for a three-stroke victory over Argentina’s Miguel Angel Carballo and securing his PGA Tour card for next year.

Of note England’s Andrew “Beef” Johnston (68)  -17 earned a PGA Tour card, making $48,000 to push is two-event total to $54,910

Canadian scores: It was a great week for Mackenzie Hughes (68) -16 T5 which will improve his PGA Tour status. Roger Sloan 69 68 71 74 -2 T64 while Adam Svensson 71 68 75 71 +1 67th.

PGA Tour Champions Nature Valley First Tee Open http://www.pgatour.com/champions/tournaments/nature-valley-first-tee-open-at-pebble-beach/leaderboard.html

If you are a Brit, your ears perked up when you saw veteran English journeyman Paul Broadhurst continue the fine play that won him the British Senior Open in July finishing with a -4 68 for a one-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer and Kevin Sutherland on the storied Pebble Beach links.

His win at Carnoustie was the biggest of his life, coming at the age of 51, now full of confidence here he is with the trophy and full exemption on the Champions Tour for next year, all good for a guy who's son told people in the local supermarket before his Senior Open win, "this is my dad, he used to be a pretty good golfer !"

Canadian Scores : Stephen Ames 69 70 71 -5 T10, Rod Spittle 73 73 70 +1 T36

Symetra Tour Garden City Charity Classic http://www.symetratour.com/tournaments/garden-city-charity-classic-presented-by-mariah-fund/results

American Christine Song was the winner at -13 203. of the 6 Canucks, Jessica Wallace was tops 3rd 67 69 70 -10, while Augusta James continued her fine year T10 72 71 68 -5.

Click the link for all other scores.

Bryan Angus

Sunday, September 18, 2016

MacKenzie Hughes in contention for title at Albertsons Boise Open

Web.com Tour Albertsons Boise Open leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/webcom/tournaments/albertsons-boise-open-presented-by-kraft-nabisco/leaderboard.html

Canadian MacKenzie Hughes is off to the PGA Tour next year after his win at the Price Cutters Championship back in August, and he is playing like he belongs there this week at this second leg of the Web.com playoffs in Boise Ihaho, where he is T5 going into today's final round with scores of 68 64 68 -13.

The leaders are Micheal Thompson and Scott Stallings at -16.

Andrew “Beef” Johnston has caught the attention of fans on this side of the pond with his folksy personality, shot an -8 63 on Friday and followed it with 70 yesterday to sit 3rd at -14, putting the bearded Englishmen in position to wrap up a PGA Tour card.

Other Canadian scores: Roger Sloan 69 68 71 -5 and Adam Svensson 71 68 75 +1.

Bryan Angus

Molinari leads his national championship at the Italian Open

European Tour Italian Open leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2016/tournamentid=2016072/leaderboard/index.html

Off to a fast start this morning, Francesco Molinari is -3 through 4 holes and currently leads his Italian Open at -19, just a shot ahead of Ryder Cup rookie Danny Willett who will be pleasing captain Darren Clarke with scores of 66 64 67 on this rain soaked Golf Club Milano.

In fact of the Ryder Cuppers' in Italy this week, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Andy Sullivan shot 65's yesterday, Martin Kaymer had a 67, Cabrera Bello a 64 and Chris Wood has a 63 in his scores, while Lee Westwood missed the cut.

So far the rain which has delayed play on Thursday and Friday is holding off.

Bryan Angus

Henderson's fine play lost in the scoring sensation of the Asian Invasion at Evian Championship

LPGA/LET Evian Championship leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/the-evian-championship/leaderboard

One year before he'd struck a shot at the Open Championship, as he peered out at the rain and wind sweeping over the Old Course at St Andrews, the late great Christy O'
Connor said go "let me sign for even par right now and I'll go home happy"

That sums up the prevailing theory for majors. Even par should be a good score at what are supposed to be the stiffest tests of the game for those four championships (five in the women's game) of the year.

Fast forward to today at the Evian Championship, the last major of the year, staged on this beautiful resort course high in the French Alps overlooking Lake Geneva near the Swiss border.

Brooke Henderson is playing very nicely, 69 71 67 -7 which should have her right near the lead, right ?.. Well she is T8... but she is 14 shots behind the leader, the ever smiling South Korean, In Gee Chun 63 66 65 -21 who in turn is 5 shots clear of the all Asian contingent that dominate the Sunday leaderboard, China's Shanshan Feng 64 67 69 -16, then four more South Koreans who are all playing for 2nd place.

Granted the smiling 2015 US Open champion, Chun, who carries a scorecard and an English translation book in her back pocket, has the opportunity to break the lowest winning score in a major championship, male or female. The record for the women is -19, posted on four occasions and matched by Chun on Saturday. The record for the men is -20, set by both Jason Day at the 2015 PGA Championship and Henrik Stenson at the 2016 Open Championship.

With round four well under way I guess I hope she sets the new mark and is likely to, as they play in a steady rain making the course very soft, on the other hand, like Christy said all those years ago, even par should be good enough to win a major.

Incidently Maude Aimee LeBlanc has had rounds of 70 74 76 and is +3 so far today at +10.

Bryan Angus

Friday, September 16, 2016

Brooke Henderson -2 after two rounds at the Evian Championship

LPGA/LET Evian Championship leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/the-evian-championship/leaderboard

Brooke Henderson was out in the early wave of the final major of the year in women's golf, the Evian Championship in the French Alps at Lake Geneva. She isn't at her very best but has managed to shoot 69, 71 -2 140, currently T22

Alena Sharp has produced rounds of 75 72 +5 and looks like she will miss the cut projected at +3.

Maude Aimee LeBlanc opened with a -1 70, but had five bogey's and a birdie today on her front nine of 39, but has battled back in 35 for a 74 and a +2 total which should make the cut.

Lydia Ko is just outside the top 10 at -4 (70 68).

In the top 10 there are 4 South Koreans, 5 Americans, 1 Chinese, 1 from Taiwan and 1 from Japan, such is the international flavour of an LPGA Tour once so dominated by the USA.

The clubhouse leaders at -11 are Shanshan Feng (64 67) Sung Hyun Park (63 68) but still on the course and currently in the rain at -12 is In Gee Chun through 14 holes.

Bryan Angus