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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tiger, Rory, the LPGA and Web.com all in action this weekend.

In case you missed the news, Tiger is back for another season beginning tomorrow at the Waste Management Pheonix Open, while Rory heads up a  stellar field at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, and the LPGA has a brand new season opener in Florida, the Coates Golf Championship, while the Web.com gets started in Panama..

European Tour live scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=euro
Play gets under way at 1015pm (ET) tonight. Rory is off with the morning flight at 1105. Martin Kaymer playing with Rory, gave a delightful interview yesterday about his 10 stroke collapse last week in Qatar, in which he stated he of course wanted the win, but to his way of thinking he is better off as a golfer and a person going forward having gone through the experience.

PGA Tour live scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=pga
Now off to another desert this one in Scottsdale, where another strong field is set headlined of course by Tiger ( 207pm ET with Jordan Speith and Patrick Reed), but Phil and Rickie and Robert Allenby are in the field along with 6 Canadians, Graham DeLaet (930am ET), David Hearn (158pm ET), Mike Weir, Nick Taylor (225pmET), Adam Hadwin (301pmET), Corey Renfrew (310pmET)
Remember this is the course with the rowdy par 3 16th, and Tiger's return is his first since 2001 when someone threw an orange at him.

WEB.com Tour live scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=web
Brad Fritsch is the lone Canadian in the season opener in Panama Claro Championship as the Web.com'ers spend a month down in Central and South America.

LPGA Tour live scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=lpga
Michelle Wie is one of eight top 10 players in the field at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club. Top-ranked Inbee Park also is playing along with No. 2 Lydia Ko, No. 3 Stacy Lewis, No. 5 Suzann Pettersen, No. 8 So Yeon Ryu, No. 9 Karrie Webb and No. 10 Lexi Thompson.

Paula Creamer got married in the off season, honeymooning in New Zealand and she is in the field. By the way this course has 3 Masters replica holes including the par 3 12th.

Bryan Angus

Monday, January 26, 2015

Jimenez wins in Hawaii.. Haas at La Quinta

PGA Tour Humana Challenge http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/humana-challenge-in-partnership-with-the-clinton-foundation/leaderboard.html

Bill Haas shot a -5 67, -22 breaking out of a six way tie with a 20 foot birdie putt on the 16th for a one shot win, for his sixth PGA Tour title and first since 2013. He also won  his first tour victory here in 2010.

It was his first start since November after he broke his left wrist last April when he fell down some stairs

His father, Jay who was playing in Hawaii, won in 1998. Matt Kuchar, Charley Hoffman, Brendan Steele, Steve Wheatcroft and Sung Joon Park tied for second. Hoffman and Steele shot 64, and Park had a 65, and Kuchar and Wheatcroft shot 67

Canadians ..Graham DeLaet  T30th at 14-under. Adam Hadwin  T48th at 13-under, while as I mentioned yesterday Weir, Sloane, Hearn and Taylor MC.

Champions Tour Mitsubishi Electric Championship http://www.pgatour.com/champions/tournaments/mitsubishi-electric-championship-at-hualalai/leaderboard.html
After shooting an 8-under 64, in windy conditions Saturday for a share of the lead with Rocco Mediate, golf's most interesting man Miguel Jimenez backed it up with -6 66, -17 199 to catch and overtake Mark O' Meara for a one shot victory for his sponsor Mitsubuishi Electric.

It is his second Champions Tour title in his third start on Tour and he did it in style making birdies on 6 of his last 9 holes including a big 20 footer on the 17th to pass O'Meara. In case you didn't know since he plays almost all his golf across the Atlantic, he has 21 European Tour wins and is the oldest winner there at age 50 years, 133 days, when he won the 2014 Spanish Open. He has also removed his name for consideration as the 2016 Ryder Cup captain, preferring to try and play his way onto the team.
Rocco Mediate, who shared the 36-hole lead with Jimenez, could only manage a final-round -2 70 to finish fourth. Fred Couples was third.
The scenery on this Hualalai GC on the Big Island, with all the black lava right down into the pounding waves of the Pacific Ocean was just stunning.

Bryan Angus

Mediate won twice on the 50-and over tour in 2013

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Corey Connors loses out in the Australian Amateur

Here is the report from Tyler Costigan of Golf Canada

ROSEBERY, New South Wales, Australia—Corey Conners’ impressive run of golf Down Under finally came to an end Saturday.

The National Amateur Squad member fell to Australian Kevin Yuan in a back-and-forth affair, 2&1. Conners held a 1-up lead late in the match until a three-putt bogey on the 15th left the match all-square. The Listowel, Ont., native couldn’t recover after that, losing two of the three remaining holes.

The 23-year-old will leave Australia with his head held high. In preparation for his ticket to this year’s Masters tournament (by way of U.S. Amateur finalist), Conners collected three impressive finishes Down Under. He started with a T12 finish at the Master of the Amateurs, won the Lake Macquarie Championship the following week and left the Australian Amateur in the quarter-final round—all high ranked events in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR).

Grace wins in Qatar.. Fourway tie for the lead at the Humana

European Tour Qatar Masters http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2015/tournamentid=2015004/leaderboard/index.html

After day of twists and turns, it was Branden Grace's near perfect drive to the short par 4 16th which rolled up to within 6 feet of the pin, and his resulting eagle that was the difference maker, giving him a one shot win over Scotland's Marc Warren (67), and his second title of 2015..The South African fired a final round 6-under 66 for an overall 19-under 269, and his 6th European Tour win.

Bernd Wiesberger who played beautifully and was in and out of the lead all week made two bogies on the second and third holes and they proved costly as the Austrian settled for third place at -17.

PGA Tour Humana Challenge http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/humana-challenge-in-partnership-with-the-clinton-foundation/leaderboard.html

Matt Kuchar bogeyed three of the final four holes for a 1-under 71 on PGA West’s Arnold Palmer Private Course. That left him a shot behind Erik Compton, Bill Haas, Justin Thomas and Michael Putnam

Compton shot a 67 on the Jack Nicklaus Private Course to join Haas, Thomas and Putnam at 17-under 199. Haas, the 2010 winner, had a 69 on the Nicklaus layout. Thomas shot 68 on the Palmer course, and Putnam had a 69 at La Quinta Country Club'

Canadians ..Graham DeLaet and Adam Hadwin posted third-round 66's. DeLaet is T24th at -12 while Hadwin sits T63rd at -8. Hearn Weir Sloane and Taylor all MC, Taylor slipping from T11 after a 77

Champions Tour Mitsubishi Electric Championship http://www.pgatour.com/champions/tournaments/mitsubishi-electric-championship-at-hualalai/leaderboard.html

AP....Miguel Angel Jimenez shot an 8-under 64 in windy conditions Saturday for a share of the lead with Rocco Mediate in the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

Jimenez had nine birdies and a closing bogey to match Mediate at 11-under 133 at Hualalai Golf Club. Mediate, the first-round leader after a 66, had a bogey-free 67.
Jimenez is making his third Champions Tour start. The Spaniard won the Greater Gwinnett Championship last year, a week after finishing fourth in the Masters. In May, he won the Spanish Open at 50 years, 133 days to break his own record as the oldest European Tour champion.

Mediate won twice on the 50-and over tour in 2013

Friday, January 23, 2015

Four way tie for the lead in Qatar...Taylor sparkles at the Hope !

European Tour Qatar Masters scoreboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2015/tournamentid=2015004/leaderboard/index.html

26 year old Brandon Grace buoyed by the rescue shot of the day shot 68 -13 to take a share of the lead alongside playing partner Emiliano Grillo 67, Scotland’s Marc Warren 67, and Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger 68, after a day full of twists and turns at the top of the leaderboard. At the 5th Grace drove it right, into the trees then had to snap hook a wedge around them to 5 feet for the birdie.

Wiesberger led for much of the day after birdieing the second and third and then curled in a 20 foot putt at the 12th and seemed to be in control of the situation until he pulled his tee shot into the desert at the driveable 16th and made his first bogey then made a five footer at the last at least keeping him in a share of top spot.

It was another perfect azure blue sky day on this Doha course, remember it's a Wednesday- Saturday event, Sunday is the first day of the working week. If you'd forgotten where they were playing we were reminded about 5am est when the local muslim leader got on the mosque's PA system and started calling everyone to prayers..none of the players even paused.. yet they can just lose it with the snap of a camera..!!

The PGA pros love this week in what will always be known as the Hope playing 3 easy desert courses with perfect greens in ideal weather. It's a nice way to ease into the year, they raise a ton of money, there are celebrities galore paying a fortune to play and the winning score (just 4 rounds now, used to be 5) is around -26.

Micheal Putnam is your leader, he made nine birdies in an 11-hole stretch in his 63. He birdied Nos. 7, 9 and 10 on the Nicklaus course and ran off six in a row on Nos. 12-17.
The course is in perfect shape,” Putnam said. “Greens are good. … I made a lot of birdies at the end. Hit a lot of close shots, a lot of 5-, 10-foot putts. I made them all, so I got to be happy about that.”

Mark Wilson, John Peterson, Francesco Molinari and Scott Pinckney matched Blake Adams at 64. Wilson and Peterson played the Nicklaus course, Molinari opened on the Arnold Palmer Private Course and Pinckney was at La Quinta

Phil Mickelson got all the ink, he looked rusty but fit to me, shot -1 71 which is like shooting 76 on normal PGA Tour courses. Defending champion Patrick Reed opened with 65.

Canadians   Nick Taylor had a solid -6 66 to T11 on the Palmer Private and he is just 3 shots off the lead, Graham DeLaet -4 68 T29 Nicklaus Private after overcoming 2 bogey's on his front nine, Adam Hadwin E 72 at LaQuinta, David Hearn E 72 (NP), Roger Sloan +2 74 (NP) and Mike Weir +8 80 (NP)

Bryan Angus

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Coetzee, Weisberger, Grace lead in Qatar..Live scoreboards

Qatar Masters scoreboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2015/tournamentid=2015004/leaderboard/index.html

It's pronounced 'Cat are' and while we're at it it's George 'Cot zee ah' and Bernd 'Wees berger' and they are the leaders going into the weekend

It was a windless day in the Arabian Desert so the officials tucked the pins and scoring as a result was a shot higher than round 1. Coetzee from South Africa 68 67 and Weisberger from Austria 69 66 lead at -9 and they are joined by Brandon Grace who was -4, 68.

Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup, a controversial decision to many pundits, considering the poverty that most of the population endures, not to mention the heat, and the golf producers have a great camera position on a crane that pans away from the emerald green fairways over the desert landscape that looks like the surface of the moon, then like a giant mirage in the distance arises a huge stadium, currently hosting the world handball championships.

It is an amazing story, these Desert Swing courses in Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Dubai were nothing more than just that, desert just 25 years ago. The discovery of oil has made the controlling families rich beyond their wildest dreams, and how they have chosen to develop their cities, country's, how they have married their Muslim religion with those of the west and how they have become major players on the world's stage is just overwhelming.

They have announced $140 billion worth of projects including roads, stadiums, the recently opened airport, a new port and residential and retail developments in preparation for the international tournament. However, the scope of the works, which has seen tens of thousands of expat workers move to the country monthly, has put significant pressure on the construction industry and the recent drop in oil prices has put a huge dent in revenue.

Sergio Garcia was in early 69 69 -6, there are 10 others on that mark. Big Ernie had it going early in his round, missed a couple of short par putts coming in and is 67 72 -5.

Charl Schwartzel took a snowman on the par 3 8th, putting it in the water twice, then lost his ball to the top of a palm tree on 14, TV clearly showing his name Charl lodged in the trunk. He is at +8 today and heading off to Dubai for a long weekend..

Justin Rose and Stephen Gallagher playing along with Charl are also playing poorly and will miss the cut which fell at -1. The Bermuda grass on this Doha course grows quickly in the heat of the day and we can see the sheen where the grain grows in a different direction and between that, tough pins and undulations, they are giving the players fits..

Humana Challenge.. there are 6 Canadians in the field starting later this morning. Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet, David Hearn Roger Sloan, Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor

Live scoreboard click http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dustin Johnson tells SI he is finally growing up..Cocaine not a problem

CP.... Dustin Johnson says in a magazine interview that cocaine is not the reason he chose to sit out the last six months to get his life in order.

I did not have a problem,” Johnson told Sports Illustrated when asked about cocaine. “It’s just something I’m not going to get into. I have issues. But that’s not the issue.”
Johnson said in August that he was taking a leave of absence from the PGA Tour to seek professional help for what he called “personal challenges.” Golf.com reported that he had failed a drug test for the third and time and had been suspended. The PGA Tour denied he had been suspended.

The interview was the first for Johnson since he took his leave of absence. He missed the final major, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup. He is not expected to return until his fiancé, Paulina Gretzky, has their first child. She is due within the next month.

Johnson is an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour. He said he didn’t go to rehab during his break from golf, instead hiring a team of experts, such as a life coach, to help him understand how to get the most out of his talent. Johnson is regarded as one of the best American players and the most athletic.

He said he learned he didn’t handle stress the right way. “My way of getting rid of it was drinking or partying,” he told the magazine. “Yeah, that might work for that day or the next week, but eventually everything keeps piling up.”

Johnson said he has gone months without vodka, which had been his vice. He put down $1,000 in a bet with his prospective father-in-law, hockey great Wayne Gretzky, and other members of Sherwood Country Club to see who could go through January without drinking.

I don’t miss waking up with a hangover, and I didn’t drink very often,” he said. “It was just when I did it was a little too much.”

Johnson is said to have a course-record 61 at Sherwood in Thousand Oaks, California, twice in three days and Gretzky said he senses that the 30-year-old from South Carolina is eager to return to golf and realize his potential. Johnson said he is trying to simplify his life, especially with a baby on the way.

Over these past four or five months I’ve really grown up, and I am starting to become the person I want my kids to look up to,” he said.