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Thursday, December 7, 2017

4 Canadians at final stage of Web.com Tour Q School

Web.com Q School leaderboard https://www.pgatour.com/webcom/leaderboard.html

Four Canadians are in the field for the final stage of the Web.com Q school starting today in Chandler, Arizona at the Whirlwind Golf Club.

They are Albin Choi from Toronto,  Seann Harlingten and Stuart Macdonald of Vancouver, and Calgary’s Ryan Yip.

The winner will earn full exempt for the 2018 regular season and those finishing second through 10th (including ties) receives exempt status for the first 12 events of 2018. Finishers 11th through 45th, plus ties, will receive exempt status for the first eight events, while the remainder of the field receives conditional status.

Bryan Angus

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Mike Weir finishes Australian PGA T15

Australian PGA final leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2018/tournamentid=2017096/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

Two young Aussies went to a playoff to decide the winner of the Australian PGA on the Gold Coast early this morning (EST)and it was Cameron Smith from Queensland winning it with a par 4 on the 2nd hole after Jordan Zunic made a bogey 5.

It was Smith's first European Tour victory in only his 11th European Tour start. He has one PGA Tour win.

I've been chronicling Mike Weir's progress here all week and he saved the best for last with a sparkling bogey free -5 67 to T15 at -8. He went out in -2 34 and came in with -3 33 for the 67. His 5 birdies brought his total for the week to 15 and the $15,000 he won was not as important as the way he handled the RACV Royal Pines course.

This was his highest finish on the European Tour going all the way back to 2009 when he was 10th at the US Open. It was his 7th event on the European Tour this year. For his 2017 Schedule click here http://www.mikeweir.com/schedule

I'm sure he is delighted to end this 2017 season on such a positive note as he heads home for Christmas.

Bryan Angus

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Mike Weir T28 at Australian PGA Championship

Australian PGA Championship leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2018/tournamentid=2017096/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

Don't look now, but Mike Weir is having a very nice week down under with rounds of 73 69 71 -3 total he is T28, not threatening the leader, Aussie Jordan Zunic at -17, however a solid week none the less.

He's had 10 birdies through 3 rounds and 7 bogey's with all the rest pars as he heads into the final round.

You can watch this on the Golf Channel later tonight as they are 15 hours ahead of EST.

Bryan Angus

3 Canadians battling to advance at LPGA Q School

LPGA Tour Q School leaderboard https://qs.lpga.com/q-school/

Later today a 72 hole cut will be made at this LPGA Tour school final stage for the low 70 and ties and then after the final round on Sunday the top 20 will get full status for next year while those finishing at 21 to 45 will get conditional status.

As it stands. Lorie Kane, Jennifer Ha, Samantha Richdale and Augusta James will not make the cut.

That leaves Maude Aimee LeBlanc 72 69 73 -3 total and currently -1 today T11, Brittany Marchand 73 74 75 +1 total, but at -5  today through 12 holes T36, and Elizabeth Tong 76 72 75 +5 total and at -2 today, T70

The cut is projected at +5

You can follow their progress on the scoring link I have provided, but it looks like Maude and Brittany for sure with Elizabeth right on the cut line.

The leader, running away with it is Japan's Nasa Hataoka a -12.

Bryan Angus

Tiger Woods looks fit enough to make a return to competitive golf

Hero World Challenge leaderboard

This week I have had several people, who never mention golf to me when we are talking sports, say something like " Hey, I see Tiger is playing again and doing good eh"

That my friends is all you need to know. It doesn't matter who else is playing, where or why. These people are not big sports fans, are from all over the world, but they pay attention when they hear about Tiger, and as a result are paying attention to golf.

So for the record with rounds of 69 68 he is at -7 down in the Bahamas at what is billed as the Hero World Challenge, and he is was five shots behind the leader who incidentally is Charley Hoffman 69 63 -12.

He's looking fit, swinging well, playing some great shots, missing a few as well and seems after a couple of rounds to be able to return to play instead of needing to recover and that is the biggest news of the week.

Hero is a burger giant in the who boast they are made with free-range, grass-fed, 100% traceable, 100% Canadian, 100% Angus beef.

A "World Challenge" is hardly the case, with 18 invited and available guys on holiday playing an exhibition with no cut. So this is all about Woods and via the Golf Channel who rely on Tiger for their ratings, his every move is being scrutinized, analyzed, but never criticized...

Heck even his caddie, veteran Joe LaCava spoke with more reporters than Hoffman after the round, and he had this to say to sum things up.

I said at the beginning of the week, I hope he wins. It’s great for the game of golf. Hopefully, I can stop him from winning this week. But anytime he’s in contention, or even playing the golf tournaments, it brings a buzz to golf that we all need.

Bryan Angus

Thursday, November 30, 2017

LeBlanc moves to T4 at LPGA Tour School final stage

LPGA Tour Q School leaderboard https://qs.lpga.com/reports/?tourn=0021&report=https://qs.lpga.com/tic/tmscores.cgi?tourn=0021~season=2017~params=P*2ESC02~

Maude Aimee LeBlanc 72 69 -3 has moved up into a T4 after 2 rounds at LPGA International in Daytona Beach in this final stage of the LPGA Tour School as she attempts to gain full status for the 2018 season.

She is just 3 shots off the lead held by American Marissa Steen who is at -6 71,67.

The other Canadians aren't going so well. Brittany Marchand 73 74 +3, Elizabeth Tong 76 72 +4, Augusta James 74 74 +4, Samantha Richdale 73 77 +6, Jennifer Ha 76 82 +12, Lorie Kane 78 82 +16.

Top 70 and ties will make the cut on Saturday.

Bryan Angus

Mike Weir is playing this week in the Australian PGA Championship

European Tour Australian PGA Championship leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2018/tournamentid=2017096/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

Summer is in full blast down under in Australia and so is the Australasian tour, last week in Sydney it was the Emirates Australian Open won by Aussie Cameron Davis.

This week they are playing the Australian PGA Championship on the RACV Royal Pines Resort course in a city called Gold Coast which is in the state of Queensland, southeast of the state capital Brisbane, on the east coast.

That's where you will find our own Mike Weir, who will turn 48 in May, and has an OWGR of 1928. He continues to play top competitive golf here and there wherever he gets an invitation as a past major winner, the 2003 Masters of course.

He played and finished T35 back in August at the Fiji International organized in part by his friend Vijay Singh who you will remember beat Mike in that memorable 2004 Canadian Open at the Abbey on the 3rd playoff hole.

He also shows up from time to time on invitation in Europe and plays over here each year at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and the Northern Trust which he won twice at Riviera, amongst others. After taking time away from the game in 2015 to be with his daughters after his divorce from his wife Bricia and to get fit and healthy again he has returned with their blessing to resume his career.

His net worth is estimated at $32.5m. Weirsy as he is known to one and all is in that twilight zone of pro golf, late 40's waiting until he turns 50 on May 12, 2020 to join the Champions Tour, if in fact he decides to do that, and I suspect he will.

He needs reps under competitive conditions, and he won't get that until he turns 50, unless he catches lightning in a bottle and wins. He says the injuries to his left elbow tendon and wrist have "derailed his career", forcing him to change his swing with a few coaches including David Leadbetter.

He has exhausted his 2 career money list exemptions, and his major medical exemption for the PGA Tour.

As for this week Sergio Garcia is the highest ranked player and he is T3 after an opening -5 67 a shot behind 2 Aussies, Jordan Zunic and Adam Bland, both with 66's.

Bryan Angus