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Monday, May 25, 2015

Monty defends his Senior PGA title..

Champions Tour Senior PGA Championship final scoreboard http://www.pga.com/seniorpga/scoring/leaderboard

Remember this, I wrote about it yesterday, Colin Montgomerie has won 31 European Tour titles and the Order of Merit a record eight times, and has been brilliant for Europe in the Ryder Cup eight times, but as all his detractors point out..... he was 0 for 71 in majors although he was a runner-up six times.
So knowing how much he has bristled at that constant criticism, his successful defence of his Senior PGA Championship, done in style, by 4 shots after posting -3 69, for his third senior major championship victory in 10 appearances, including three of the past six has him particularly happy this morning.
His -8 total of 280 led only five players under par on the windswept Pete Dye track up on top of the hills at the French Lick Resort in Larry Bird country, Indiana..
Mexico’s Esteban Toledo shot a 69 to finish second. As for Canadians, Rod Spittle shot up the leaderboard into T34th after a final round 69, +8 total.


Chris Kirke emerges as the winner at soggy Colonial

PGA Tour Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial final scoreboard http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/crowne-plaza-invitational-at-colonial/leaderboard.htm

As I wrote yesterday I expected scoring to be low after officials allowed players to improve their lies through the green, essentially allowing them to tee their balls up in the rough as well as the fairway.

The outcome of this soggy week at the Colonial in north Texas was in doubt right until the last putt, a 7 footer for par that gave Chris Kirke his 4th PGA Tour win with a closing -4 66, -12 268, one ahead of Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Bohn.
Snedeker had his chances with a 67, including a birdie putt from 12 feet on the 18th, but it slid past and kept him from tying Kirk. Meanwhile Bohn had his chances with a brilliant 63 that included six consecutive birdies going out in 29 to shoot into contention.  Spieth shot 65 capped by a 20 footer for birdie on the 18th and he was waiting near the 1st tee for a possible playoff until Kirke's clutch par clinched the deal and the tartan jacket.
Kevin Na who led for much of the tournament, struggled and shot 72 to finishing in an eight-way tie for 10th at -9,
Adam Hadwin had a great week T5 at -10. David Hearn T33 -4, Graham DeLaet T53 -1 while Mike Weir MC.
Bryan (notes rom BBC Reuters AP)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Rare rule is invoked at a soaking wet Colonial

I expect scores to go very low today at the Colonial as PGA Tour officials are allowing the players to improve their lies through the green.

In other words they can put the ball in their hands, clean it and place it not only in the fairway which happens all the time, but also in the rough which I can't remember seeing. The only place they can't improve their lie is in a hazard, like a bunker.

All this because of the soaking the Fort Worth area has been taking over the past week. The greens are soft but have drained very well, the fairways have some puddles, but the rough is so wet officials felt they had to give the players relief to be fair.

The field is off early and on split tees as well as threesomes with more rain forecast. They have also moved the tee boxes up. Adam Scott hit the par 5 1st with a driver, seven iron as a result.

Crowne Plaza Colonial Invitational scoreboard http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/crowne-plaza-invitational-at-colonial/leaderboard.html


An becomes first Asian to win BMW PGA Championship

European Tour BMW PGA Championship final scoreboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2015/tournamentid=2015038/leaderboard/index.html

This could be a kind of weird day in pro golf with Kevin Na leading the Colonial and Byeong Hun An or Ben An just winning the BMW PGA Championship by a whopping 6 strokes after posting a sparkling -7 65.  Na, An... get it ??

His -21 total beat the previous tournament record by two shots, finishing six ahead of veterans Miguel Angel JimĂ©nez (67) and Thongchai Jaidee (69). Lanky 6'6" Chris Wood was two shots further back in fourth after a closing 66 which included winning a BMW i8 for a hole-in-one on the 14th, a tournament-record fifth ace of the week.

An is a South Korean who moved to the States and became the youngest winner of the US Amateur Championship in 2009 at the age of 17 - moves from 132nd in the Official World Golf Ranking to inside the top 60 as a result, securing his place in the US Open and Open Championship.

Becomes the first player to win the BMW PGA Championship on their debut since Scott Drummond in 2004 and it's his first win on this tour. He is also the first Asian to win this flagship event.
Bryan (notes from europeantour,com)

Na leads Poulter at a very wet Colonial in Texas

PGA Tour Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/crowne-plaza-invitational-at-colonial/leaderboard.html

Kevin Na and Ian Poulter are neck and neck this week at a very wet Hogan's Alley. Na is remembered by most of you as the guy who had the yips so bad on the tee he used to yell at himself to hit it ! Poulter who has lived in Florida for years now, is getting roasted by some in the British media for not playing at Wentworth this week, and of course he was part of the SI recent player survey, pinning he and Rickie Fowler as golf's most over rated players.

After sharing the lead all day, Na edged ahead with a birdie at the 17th for a one-stroke advantage over Poulter going into the final round. Na shot a -1 69, to reach -11,199. Poulter had a 68 -10, 200.

They moved up play on Saturday and played in threesomes off split tees because of the threat of severe afternoon storms. Heavy rain is falling overnight and is expected into the day, with plans again for threesomes and early tee times off both Nos. 1 and 10 this morning.
Charley Hoffman continuing his fine play is 3rd -9 after a 66. Chris Kirk had a 65 for the best round of the day T4 -8 with Brandt Snedeker (66).
Defending champion Adam Scott shot his second 66 to follow an opening 72 T10 -6 in a group that included Jordan Spieth, who got everyone's attention with an opening 64 and is playing the first of consecutive weeks at home in North Texas. He slipped to 73 on Friday but was better at 67 Saturday.
As for our Canucks Nick Taylor T10,68 along with Adam Hadwin 69. T17 is Graham DeLaet, 67 and David Hearn shot 69, and is T62.
Bryan (notes from BBC Reuters, AP, europeantour.com)

Monty after another major..

Champions Tour Senior PGA Championship leaderboard http://www.pga.com/seniorpga/scoring/leaderboard

He was one of the world's best players for over a decade, won the Order of Merit eight times, was nearly unbeatable in the Ryder Cup, but he never won on this side of the pond, and never won a major therefore never got the recognition world wide that he deserved.

Now nearly exclusively on the Champions Tour, a little grayer, still fighting the flab, Colin Montgomerie shot a -2 70 on the tough, windy Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort to take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Senior PGA Championship with a -5 211, that has the 51-year-old Anglo-Scot in position to win his third senior major championship in a year.

Remember he won the Senior PGA last year at Harbor Shores in Michigan, and took the U.S. Senior Open in July in Oklahoma. He says he is finally settling down in life. “I’m more relaxed now. I’m more relaxed than I was. My temperament is more consistent and I think that’s helping. I’m enjoying it, I really am. I’m a great believer that if you enjoy something, you’re usually quite good at it

Bernhard Langer, his long time Ryder Cup colleague but now the main man on the senior circuit with 4 majors is second after a 68 and it will be an all European Tour finale today as they will play in the final pairing just like they did last year at Harbor Shores, when Montgomerie shot a 65 and won by four.
Scott Verplank 70, Esteban Toledo 73 and Brian Henninger 74, are T3 at -1. Thirty of the 76 players who made the cut shot par or better on a sunny Saturday with a tricky wind. Eleven players go into the final round within six shots of Montgomerie. This Pete Dye course has no trees and is routed on top of a hills in French Lick, Indiana, it is windy and very difficult,  just ask Rod Spittle who is at +11 after rounds of 77, 75, 75 or Rick Gibson and Jim Rutledge who both missed the cut.
Bryan ( notes from BBC Reuters AP )

Molinari, An share lead at Wentworth

European Tour BMW PGA Championship leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2015/tournamentid=2015038/leaderboard/index.html

South Korea's Byeong Hun An shot a -5 67 to share the lead with Francesco Molinari after the third round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth after he made seven birdies, including two in the last two holes, to equal the Italian’s overall score of -14 202.

Molinari the younger of two golfing brothers shot a 68 while former paratrooper Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand (68) is two shots back. Young English star Tommy Fleetwood made an albatross on the par-5 fourth hole, with a 7-iron from 198 yards then an eagle on the 12th for a 65 good for fourth.
Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez the winner here in 2008, hit a European Tour-record 10th hole-in-one from 148 yards at the par-3 2nd with a 9-iron on his way to a 68 -10 T5.
Star of the show Rory McIlroy missed the cut after a 78 on Friday and most of the other European notables are well down the leaderboard or aren't playing. Wentworth's greens are taking some criticism, they are very bumpy at this time of year, leading former #1 Martin Kaymer to suggest the event should be moved to later in the summer while Luke Donald went as far as saying they should be re surfaced with a different strain of grass to get rid of the poa annua.
Bryan  (notes from BBC Reuters europeantour.com)