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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Rory was the Story in 2014..

Rory McIlroy finally grew up to become a man in front of our eyes this year as he took the golf world by storm and emerged as the best player on the planet, the undisputed world #1

His sensational summer started late in May after a much publicized break up with fiancé Caroline Wozniacki, days after sitting down to send out their wedding invitations he celebrated with his first win of the season at the BMW PGA Championship where he beat Shane Lowry by one shot

However he really caught fire with a 2-shot victory at the Open Championship played at Royal Liverpool for his third career major title. He shot three rounds in the 60s, enough to beat out Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler by two. Rickie and Sergio seemed to be step and step with Rory all summer..

Rory made it two straight events with a 2-shot victory over Garcia again at the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational then in the dark he claimed his 4th major at the PGA Championship at Valhalla holding off Phil Mickelson and Rickie again.
Of course he led a wildly successful European squad to a resounding win over Tom Watson's USA team at Gleneagles, perhaps the icing on his summer of summers.

He concluded his season with a pair of runner-up finishes at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai winning the Race to Dubai and Player of the Year honours on both sides of the Atlantic along with nearly every other award ( Vardon etc)

Rory has always been shy by nature, after the public embarrassment of splitting with Caroline, he decided to dedicate himself much like the Tiger of old to becoming the world's best. He hit the gym, his physique is now more powerful than ever, and he seems set for a long run as the dominant player in the game.

Every week is like another chapter, I remember Billy Horschel getting hot a just the right time during the Fed Ex playoffs, and in a 2 week span swept the BMW, the Tour Championship and the Cup along with the $10m bonus, securing the future of his daughter, born a week after his win ..

The majors if you forgot went like this..
*10–13 April: Masters Tournament – Bubba Watson won by three strokes to claim his second Masters championship.

  • 12–15 June: U.S. Open – Martin Kaymer won at Pinehurst by eight strokes, becoming the first German player to win the U.S. Open, and the first player to win the Players Championship and the U.S. Open in the same year. This was his second major victory.
  • 17–20 July: The Open Championship – Rory McIlroy won by two strokes over Rickie Fowler and Sergio García at Royal Liverpool. It was his third career major championship, and his first Open Championship. With the win, he became the fourth player ever of 25 years old or under to have won at least three majors.
  • 7–10 August: PGA Championship – Rory McIlroy won by one stroke over Phil Mickelson at Valhalla. It was his fourth career major and his second PGA Championship. It was also his third win in three starts, dating back to the Open Championship three weeks earlier.

  • Canadian Golf highlights
    Brooke Henderson, now 17, was an integral member of Golf Canada’s National Amateur Team across the past three years. This summer she won the individual title at the 2014 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship and led Canada to a silver medal. As a 16-year-old, she was runner-up at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur and tied for 10th at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
    She boasts more than 50 victories as an amateur and has also won three professional tournaments including two Canadian Women’s Tour events and the 2014 PGA of Canada Women’s Championship. Henderson’s Canadian Women’s Tour victory in 2012 at the age of 14 years, 9 months and 3 days made her the youngest player (male or female) ever to win a professional golf event.
    Adam Hadwin had a great year on the Web.com tour and he won full status on the PGA Tour for this season. Rod Spittle was 5th at the very tough Champions Tour Q school and he will have full status as a result next year..
    Corey Conners from Listowel, was the runner-up at the US Amateur and led the men's amateur to a 2nd place finish at the World Championships in Japan, He will remain an amateur next year as he has invites to play in the US Open, the Masters and  possibly the Open Championship
    Nick Taylor hit the jackpot winning the Sanderson Farms in November to get a full 2 year exemption on the PGA Tour.
    Others I will remember..
    Kiwi teenager Lydia Ko became the first player on the LPGA Tour to win over $2m in a season when she scooped up the $1m bonus for winning the Race to CME Globe, and she seems set to be a dominant force in women's golf
    Stacy Lewis became the first American in 21 years to sweep 3 major trophies, the Vare for lowest scoring , the money title and Player of the Year..

    Veteran Jimmy Walker had a career year with 2 wins early on, Patrick Reed and
    Jordan Speith emerged with wins and a stunning partnership at the Ryder Cup..

    There was more but dominating it all was the summer of summers for Rickie and Sergio and of course Rory, who was the story of 2014...

    Bryan Angus..


    Thursday, December 18, 2014

    'Wayda' go Fritschy !!

    In honour of my pal and morning show broadcast partner Bill Hayes I say 'wayda go Fritschy' to Brad Fritsch on his impressive win at the Web.com Q school.

    There are many things that irritate Bill, many all to evident in our daily shows, but calling Canadian golfers Weirsy, or Fritschy is one of them. Of course as a reknown hockey puck, he's alright with Clarkey or Ozzie, or Bergy or all the hundreds of "y's" that are hung on hockey players... but that's just Bill."y"...!!

    Fritschy is so typically Canadian, down to earth, modest, is sponsored by the NHL in particular the Ottawa Senators, is a regular contributer to HF Boards a reknown hockey billboard site, and fyi he met his wife Megan on an internet dating site.

    In a recent interview he told me how meeting Megan, having their pride and joy, daughter Hannah and moving to Holly Springs NC has really given him the base and motivation to be a success on tour.." I have the most wonderful, supportive wife and daughter waiting at home and of course living in Holly Springs I can practice all year round.."

    Here is the report on his win from Terry Lenyk of Golf Canada..

    Canada’s Brad Fritsch will have a little more reason to celebrate this holiday season. The 37-year-old carded a final-round 66 to take home Web.com Tour Q-School medalist honours, earning $25,000 (U.S.).
    His 27-under total of 402 (72, 64, 65, 65, 70, 66) at PGA National was 7-strokes better than American Andrew Landry, who finished runner-up.

    Fritsch played the PGA Tour for the past two seasons, but his 2014 total of $568,391 (U.S.) in earnings left him 140th on the money list and 151st in FedEx Cup points, both outside the top-125 cutoff to retain privileges for 2015. He then failed to earn his way back onto the PGA Tour in the Web.com Tour’s four-event fall qualifying series.

    Winning medalist honours gives Fritsch full Web.com Tour status for the entire 2015, meaning he has the flexibility of picking and playing any tournament he chooses.
    The Ottawa resident isn’t new to the PGA Tour’s developmental circuit. In 2014, he had four top-10 finishes on the Web.com Tour without a victory. He had also previously maintained Web.com Tour status for next year, but prior to winning was only guaranteed entry into four tournaments before the ranks would be re-shuffled according to earnings.

    I think finally winning is great for my mind,” Fritsch told PGATour.com staff. “Because I was never much of a winner in junior golf, amateur golf, whatever. This is great, because I finally got out to a big, big lead. Usually for me, if I’m in first or second or third with one round remaining, I play an OK round and finish second or third. That’s not terrible, but it was nice to execute in the final round when I had to.
    “I think executing down the stretch and learning how to build a big lead, learning how to play with a big lead, is important. You can start to play defense, and I didn’t, and I’m happy about that.”

    For the rest of the field, getting into the top 45 was the goal for Tuesday’s final round. The top 45 finishers and ties are fully exempt until the second reshuffle of the 2015 season, while the top 10 and ties are fully exempt until the third reshuffle of the year. Anyone outside the top 45 has conditional status.

    Unfortunately, only one of the other six Canadians in the field were able to crack the top 45. Peterborough, Ont.’s Ted Brown carded a final-round 73 to tie for 35th at 8-under 421.

    Vancouver’s Ryan Williams (-3, 426) tied for 71st; Calgary’s Ryan Yip (+1, 430) tied for 100th; Victoria, B.C.’s Cory Renfrew (+9, 438) tied for 124th; Calgary’s Wes Heffernan (+12, 441) tied for 135th; and Montreal’s Beon Yeong Lee (+15, 444) tied for 142nd.

    Friday, December 12, 2014

    Fritsch leads Q school, Westwood, Chalmers are overnight winners..

    If you are one who thought this 2014-15 golf season ended in Atlanta with Billy Horschel wrapping the Fed Ex Cup, or even at Gleneagles with Paul McGinley's Euro team stomping the Yanks, just have a look at the big golf names spread around the world this week, with Christmas just 11 days away..!!

    European Tour Alfred Dunhill Championship.. Leopard Creek GC
    Live scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=euro
    With round 4 well underway Brandon Grace has seen his lead shrink to 1 shot. He opened with 62 66,72 -16. He had a five-stroke cushion after the second round, but a late surge by Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark erased most of the advantage. Bjerregaard had an eagle on the 13th and then birdied his last three holes for a 66 to climb to second place at -15. Danny Willett of England two shots behind after a 67 and Francesco Molinari another stroke back following a 70 at this spectacular South African course, routed through a magnificent jungle valley, bordered by yet another huge game reserve.

    Australasian Tour  Australian PGA, Royal Pines GC
    Live scoreboard http://www.pga.org.au/tourns/pga-tour/event/leaderboard?season=2014&tour=pga&id=1077
    Overnight I watched Greg Chalmers make a 2 foot putt for par on the seventh hole of a playoff after Adam Scott three-putted for bogey to hand the veteran lefthander the Australian PGA championship, for the second time.
    Chalmers fired a -8 64 on the Royal Pines GC after trailing the leaders by seven strokes going into the final round to catch Scott and Wade Ormsby, who both shot 71 to get to -11.
    Ormsby was eliminated when he made par on the third playoff hole, while Chalmers and Scott birdied. During the 7 holes Scott had at least 3 putts for the win, but couldn't convert. That wraps up the season down under for the Christmas break.

    PGA Tour Franklin Templeton Shootout  Tiburon Courses, Naples Florida
    Live scoring http://leaderboard.franklintempletonshootout.com/
    Jason Day and Cameron Tringale shot a 7-under 65 in the better-ball final round to finish at 32 under and win the Fanklin Shootout at Tiburon Golf Club by a shot. They each earned $335,000.
    Leading by three shots going into the final round, they had just one birdie in the first eight holes before closing with six in their last nine.Matt Kuchar and Harris English, the 2013 winners, finished second after a 62. Kuchar just missed an eagle chip on No. 17.
    Mike Weir and Retief Goosen finished in last place with a score of -15 for the week
    WEB.com Tour Qualifying PGA National courses, Florida 
    Live scoring  http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=web

    Brad Fritsch is the overall leader thru 54 holes at Web.com Q School, after carding a 7-under 65 at PGA National on Saturday.
    The Ottawa resident made six birdies and an eagle on the day to back up his second-round 64.  Fritsch’s only bogey was on the 11th hole. He currently sits alone atop the leaderboard at -14, two strokes ahead of Americans Rick Cochran III and Matt Fast.
    Ted Brown of Peterborough, Ont. also had a strong third round, carding a 4-under 68 and improving 13 spots into a tie for 32nd overall at -5 for the week.
    Vancouver’s Ryan Williams was also under par Saturday, shooting a 3-under 69 on the Fazio course to improve to 44th, while Victoria’s Cory Renfrew dropped into 86th place after an even-par 72.
    Calgary’s Ryan Yip (76) and Wes Heffernan (75) both struggled Saturday on the Champion Course, shooting over par.  Yip is currently tied for 117th at 6 over, with Heffernan sitting 7 over in a tie for 126th.
    Montreal’s Beon Yeong Lee (T142) carded his second 73 in as many days and has yet to go under par this week. (Dave Kaplan Golf Canada)

    Asian Tour  Thailand Championship
    Live scoring http://www.asiantour.com/
    AP..CHONBURI, Thailand --  Lee Westwood has just won the Asian Tour`s $1 million Thailand Golf Championship by one shot on Sunday after U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer and third-round leader Marcus Fraser both slipped up at the end.
    Westwood reeled off seven birdies in 10 holes then tapped in for par at the last to complete a superb five-under-par round of 67 for an eight-under total of 280.

    Fraser could have forced a playoff with a par of his own at the last but the Australian made a bogey to drop back to seven-under. Kaymer also came unstuck right near the end, making his only bogey of the day on the penultimate hole, to finish tied with Fraser, one behind Westwood.

    PNC Father/Son Challenge
    Curtis and Tom Strange saved par from a greenside water hazard on the 17th hole and finished with a 10-under 62 on Saturday for a share of the first-round lead with Bernhard and Jason Langer in the PNC Father/Son Challenge scramble event.
    Langer turned to 14-year-old son Jason after daughter Christina withdrew because of back issues.

    Defending champions Stewart and Connor Cink were a stroke back at The Ritz Carlton Golf Club along with Johnny and Andy Miller, Vijay and Qass Singh, and Hale and Steve Irwin. Jack and Jack II Nicklaus had a 67.

    LPGA  Dubai Ladies Masters.
    China's Shanshan Feng won the Dubai Ladies Masters for the second time in three years, closing with a 2-under 70 last night for a five-stroke victory in the Ladies European Tour's season-ending event.

    The fifth-ranked Feng, the LPGA Malaysia winner in October, had a 19-under 269 total on Emirates Golf Club's Majlis Course. Spain's Carlota Ciganda was second after a 69.
    England's Charley Hull tied for fifth to win the tour's money title at 17 years of age, the youngest ever..

    Bryan Angus
    (notes from europeantour.com, BBC, Reuters, AP)

    Monday, December 8, 2014

    Kim is lone Canuck to win full LPGA status at Q School

    Daytona, Fla. — Soo-Bin Kim could not carry over the momentum from her 65 a day earlier, but still earned exemption status on the 2015 LPGA Tour after carding a 3-over 75 in the final round of LPGA Q School on Sunday.

    The Coquitlam, B.C. resident struggled on the back nine of LPGA International’s Hills Course, going four-over par in her final four holes.  However, her eight birdies in Rd. 4 proved to be enough to keep her in the Top 20 and ensure her LPGA card for next season. She finished the week in a tie for 11th at -5.

    Toronto’s Rebecca Lee-Bentham shot a 73 in Sunday’s finale and finished in a tie for 28th with an overall score of -2 for the week.  Although she did not finish in the Top 20, the 2011 Canadian Women’s Amateur champion was able to secure conditional status on the 2015 circuit by finishing in the Top 45.

    Failing to earn a spot for the 2015 tour were Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C. (+5, T58) and Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke Que (+5, T64).
    For full LPGA Q School results, click here.

    Dave Kaplan (GolfCanada)

    Daly wins in Turkey, will marry his caddie..

    In other golf news this weekend..

    AP....John Daly, who hasn't tasted victory on the PGA Tour since 2004, won the Beko Classic in Turkey on Saturday. The tournament is a 54-hole pro-am event sanctioned by the PGAs of Europe.

    Daly, looking as trim as I've seen him in years, shot a final-round 72 to beat Robert Coles by a shot. Also in the field were 2011 Open Championship winner Darren Clarke and former European Ryder Cup player Paul Broadhurst.

    Daly announced Thursday via social media that he would marry his longtime girlfriend and current caddie, Anna Cladakis.

    AP..Meanwhile in Indonesia, Ireland's Padraig Harrington claimed his first worldwide victory since 2010, winning the Indonesia Open by 2 shots, as he held off Thailand's Thanyakon Khrongpha in the Asian Tour event at the Damai Indah Golf, PIK Course.

    "Winning is a good habit to have," Harrington said. "It gives you a lot of confidence and I need that confidence. I didn't start too well but I came through and I got the win. This win brings a lot of confidence to my game and hopefully it will show up next year."

    In the current 2014-15 PGA Tour season, Harrington has four starts, missing the cut twice and finishing T-75 and T-73 in the other two events. He hasn't had a top-10 finish on the PGA Tour since a T-10 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June, 2013.

    Speith laps the field, Willett wins in South Africa

    While winter continues to tighten it's grip on many of us, Jordan Speith and Danny Willett came out the winners in much warmer climes this weekend..

    PGA Tour
    Hero World Challenge final scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=pga

    In golf it's called being in the zone, and that's where lanky Texan Jordan Speith is right now. He capped off trips to Japan, Australia and back to Florida with his second straight win, this time Tiger's Hero World Challenge with rounds of 66 67 63 66 -26, TEN shots clear of the 18 man field including a guy who just won the player of the month award on the European Tour, Henrik Stenson who shot 69 to get to -16..

    He made it look way to easy in benign conditions on the Isleworth GC. He asked his caddie if there was an event they could play in this week, he just doesn't want the streak to end !..He put another $1m in his jeans for his efforts..

    As for the host, Tiger got better as the week went on, both physically and with his game 77,70 69 72, he hasn't played competitively in 4 months and feels if he can stay healthy, especially his lower back, he'll be able to compete again..

    European Tour
    Nedbank Golf Challenge final scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=euro

    It became a shoot out between 3 Englishmen, Luke Donald, Ross Fisher and Danny Willett and it was Willett with rounds of 71 68 65 66 -18 that eased away from the others for a 4 shot win on this stunning Gary Player GC surrounded by game reserves, fields of giant sunflowers nestled in the Pilanesberg mountain range in NW South Africa.

    Fisher 68, was second at -14 and Donald slipped to 73 to end up at -12.. Willett's win paid out at a cool $1.25m..

    Bryan Angus

    Sunday, December 7, 2014

    5 Canadians play today in LPGA Q school final round..

    Daytona, Fla.Soo-Bin Kim tied for low-round of the day and improved 29 spots with a masterful 7-under 65 at the LPGA qualifying final on Saturday, easily advancing to today's finale after the field narrowed to 70 golfers at +2.

    The Coquitlam, B.C. resident made eight birdies in her penultimate round, including three on the last four holes, to jump into a five-way tie for 9th overall at -8.

    Canadian-born golfers Rebecca Lee-Bentham, Samantha Richdale and Maude-Aimee Leblanc will join Kim for Sunday’s final at the LPGA International Hills Course.

    Toronto’s Lee-Bentham, the 2011 Canadian Women’s Amateur champion, continued her solid play from earlier this week, carding an unblemished 2-under 70 and advancing into 32nd place.

    Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C., who began the day in 11th place, struggled in Rd. 4, making three bogeys and a double on her front nine en route to a 5-over 77, but still survived the field’s contraction.  She will tee off on Sunday tied for 54th.
    Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., who started Saturday’s round just outside of the cut line, played her way back into contention with a 2-under 70.  She finished in a tie for 68th, one stroke ahead of the cutline.

    Sue Kim of Langley, B.C. (T72), Augusta James of Bath, Ont. (T80) and Brittany Henderson of Smith Falls, Ont. (T80) all narrowly failed to advance by two strokes or less.

    Also unable to qualify for Sunday’s final was Sara-Maude Juneau of Fossambault-Sur-Le-Lac, Que. (T99), who fell more than 50 spots on Saturday after going 7-over par on her final nine holes of the day.

    Other Canadians in the field this week were Charlottetown’s Lorie Kane (T103), Nicole Vandermade of Brantford, Ont. (T109), Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ont. (T117) and Brogan McKinnon of Mississauga, Ont. (T137).

    (Dave Kaplan Golf Canada)