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Monday, November 20, 2017

What a weekend !! ..Winners galore

In my world of sports radio we are always looking for the top stories, the informative and compelling stories, and the entertaining stories.

Monday mornings don't take much searching, and this weekend was certainly no different. Every village, town and city has their own priorities.

In Toronto this weekend the Leafs hammered the Habs 6-0 in Montreal to the DELIGHT of what is called the Leaf Nation these days, and in a wintery gale at BMO field down by the lakeshore a titanic defensive struggle ended with an offensive flourish and on the third last play of the game the hometown Argonauts beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 25-21 to clinch their spot in next week's Grey Cup vs Calgary in Ottawa.

To top it off Santa arrived right on time at Christie Pitts to send the children in a crowd of over a million people on the parade route home happy with Christmas right around the corner.

In golf terrific rookie Ben Silverman earned another top 10 finish, his second this wrap around season, T8 with a -4 66, -13 total at the RSM Classic at Sea Island in Georgia. David Hearn had a good week as well T17 after a final -5 65 -11 total.

PGA Tour RSM Classic final leaderboard https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2018/the-rsm-classic/leaderboard.html

Brooke Henderson finished off a terrific 30 tournament season with final round E 72 T25th at the CME Group Tour Championship while her fellow Canuck Alena Sharp shot 69 to finish T46.

Drama unfolded on the final hole. Lexi Thompson was all set to win the CME Group Tour Championship and LPGA player of the year with a gimme par putt from less that 2 feet on the final hole.

Ala' Doug Sanders at the 1970 Open at St Andrews, she missed it !!! That opened the door for Ariya Jutanugarn, who birdied her last two holes for a -5 67 and an improbable one-shot victory.

Thompson did however have enough points to win the $1m bonus with the Race to CME Globe and the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average.

The points-based LPGA Player of the Year was a tie between a pair of major champions from South Korea, So Yeon Ryu and LPGA rookie Sung Hyun Park. It was the first time the award was shared since it began in 1966.

LPGA Tour CME Group Tour Championship final leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/cme-group-tour-championship/results

Finally as I mentioned in yesterday's post in the Race to Dubai, Jon Rahm won the DP World Tour Championship and Tommy Fleetwood had enough points to hang on to win the Race to Dubai.

If you thought golf is over, forget that as the Australasian Tour is in it's summer and for example this weekend in Japan, American star, Brooks Koepka, the defending champion, shot a final-round -4 67 -20 264, nine shots clear of second place to win the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament worth $350,000.

What a weekend and I didn't even mention our all action Raptors beating Washington to continue their winning ways !!

Winners galore !!

Bryan Angus

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Brooke Henderson 4 shots off the lead at CME Group Tour Championship

LPGA Tour CME Group Tour Championship leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/cme-group-tour-championship/leaderboard

The leaderboard says Brooke Henderson with 3 rounds of 70 is T23 at -6 heading into today's final round of the CME Group Tour Championship, however the fact is there are 18 players crowded near the top of this jam packed leaderboard, and she is only 4 shots off the lead.

If she makes a charge she is still very much in contention to win the tournament and with it the Race to CME Globe. What a prospect for the 20 year old Canadian, but it will be tough.

"Being this far back with that many people ahead of you it’s very unlikely that I could be the champion of this event this year. However, I can still get into the top 10, maybe even better if I get off to a hot start tomorrow and hopefully make a few putts.”

However even if she does charge, there are so many others who have the same thing in mind, so like the Race to Dubai, this season looks like it'd going right down to the wire.

There are 4 women in the lead at -10, all great players. A healthy Michelle Wie
with her new blond hairdo, Suzann Pettersen, Ariya Jutanugarn and Kim Kaufman lead the way.

7 players are at -9 including the woman I wrote about yesterday, Rookie of the Year Sung Hyun Park who slipped out of a 3 shot lead with a 75, and Lexi Thompson (69) who leads the Race and is in the drivers seat now to win everything.

There are another 7 players at -8, 4 more at -7, then comes Brooke, Lydia Ko and 7 others at -6.

Alena Sharp (69) T54th at +2.

So you try picking the winner, or winners !  The field is paired in 3's, the weather in Naples, Florida is hot and sunny with a breeze getting up in the afternoon

Bryan Angus

Race to Dubai finishes on the final hole

European Tour DP World Tour Championship final leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2017/tournamentid=2017094/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

Next week the 2018 Race to Dubai begins again in Hong Kong, just as it did last year.

Moments ago the 2017 Race was decided and it virtually came down to the last hole, after 50 events and 26 different countries.

Justin Rose seemed to have it all in his hands after 4 birdies on the front nine, but bogey's on the 14th and 16th dropped him out of the lead, Sergio who had an outside chance played spectacular golf for 17 holes, but drove into the trees on 18, and put his next shot into the creek resulting in a bogey, but still a -7 65 -17 T4 finish for the Masters champion.

Tommy Fleetwood opened with a 73, then recovered with a pair of 65's, but after he struggled to a messy 74 today he looked like he'd blown the lead in the Race he had held for much of the year.

Big Jon Rahm is already the Rolex Rookie of the Year with 2 wins on his resume, and he got hot on his back nine, chipping it stiff on the 17th and making a birdie putt on the difficult 18th, and his final score of -5 67 -19 turned out to be good enough for the win

Meanwhile Fleetwood sat waiting in the clubhouse and when Rose finished T4th with a -2 70 -17 score, the numbers were all totalled up and despite his final round, his performance all year with 2 wins and 10 top 10's was good enough to crown him the Race to Dubai champion.

Irishman Shane Lowery closed with the low round of the day -9 63 -18 along with in form Kiradech Aphibarnrat whose worst score of the week was 69, had a 67 today -18 finish T2.

So it's England's Tommy Fleetwood, about to be married with a new born son Frankie, who wins the Race to Dubai and the lions share of the $10m dollar bonus, and 25 year old Spanish star Jon Rahm who crowns his Rookie of the Year season as the DP World Tour champion.

Bryan Angus

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ben Silverman leads Canadians at RSM Classic

PGA Tour RSM Classic leaderboard https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2018/the-rsm-classic/leaderboard.html

Thornhill's Ben Silverman shot another 67 to sit a - 8 going into this weekend at the RSM Classic in historic Sea Island, Georgia and he leads the Canadians, 6 shots off the lead.

David Hearn shot -2 70 and is T33 at -5.  Corey Conners has posted 69 69 and is T50 at -4, while Nick Taylor and MacKenzie Hughes have missed the cut.

The story so far is PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook who is bogey free through 36 holes and after a stunning -8 62 has one-shot lead at -14 over 45 year old Brian Gay, who shot a 64. They are five shots clear going into this weekend.

Cook graduated from the Web.com Tour, and as fate would have it has hired Gay’s former caddie, Kip Henley, while Gay has been recovering from injury.

Chris Kirk followed his opening 63 on the Plantation with a 70 on the Seaside and is now T3 -9 C.T. Pan (65) and Vaughn Taylor (66).

Bryan Angus

It's Rose and Fleetwood down to the wire in the Race to Dubai

European Tour DP World Tour Championship leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2017/tournamentid=2017094/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

Here's the deal as we head into the final round at this DP World Tour Championship and indeed to the Race to Dubai.

Justin Rose, winner of his last two tournaments is having the month of his golfing life which includes a US Open and an Olympic gold medal. After another -7 65 he is at -15 and leads this tournament by a shot over Jon Rahm 65 -14 and South African Dylan Frittelli 63 -14.

Tommy Fleetwood who has led the Race to Dubai for much of this season has recovered from an opening 73 with a pair of 65's and is at -13, 2 shots back in the tournament, and just one behind in the Race to Dubai.

The other contender at the beginning of the week, Sergio Garcia 70 69 67 -10 is having a nice week but appears to be a little short in a year that has included a Masters win, getting married in Texas and is now about to become the proud father of his first child.

Bryan Angus

Rookie of Year Sung Hyun Park set for historic weekend at Race to CME Globe

LPGA Tour CME Group Tour Championship leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/cme-group-tour-championship/leaderboard

South Korean Sung Hyun Park was honoured at an awards banquet Thursday night as the LPGA rookie of the year and after 2 rounds of this season ending CME Group Tour Championship she is set for a historic weekend in this Race to CME Globe.

She shot a -7 65 on Friday, giving her a three-shot lead at Tiburon Golf Club and at -12 132 and is three shots clear of Caroline Masson (66) and Sarah Jane Smith (69).

She is the story so far. A win would give her the award for player of the year,  the money title, and she might  even catch Lexi Thomson in the race for the Vare Trophy. She could become the first rookie since Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez in 1978 to win LPGA player of the year.

To sweeten the pot even more, none of the other players in the chase for the Race to the CME Globe, or any of the other awards is within five shots of her.

The other two players who need to win the tournament to collect the $1 million bonus, Brooke Henderson fired another 70 to get to -4 and Chinese star, Shanshan Feng shot +1 73 to get to -1.

Alena Sharp is out of contention, 75 74 +5. Lydia Ko shot 71 and is at -6

So Park is in the drivers seat but there is still 2 rounds to go and she was understandably cautious with so much at stake. “I don’t think it’s quite that far of a lead, two, three shots of a lead can change at any moment. We will have to see what’s in store for this weekend"

We shall see..

Bryan Angus

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fleetwood's 65 puts him back in the Race to Dubai

European Tour DP World Tour Championship leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2017/tournamentid=2017094/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

After another beautiful warm day in the Arabian Desert, the Race to Dubai has heated up accordingly as Tommy Fleetwood recovered from his opening +1 73 with a stunning -7 65 T11 to get right back in the chase.

Defending champion Matthew Fitzpatrick is the tournament leader at -10 with consecutive rounds of 67. Player of the Year candidate Tyrrell Hatton had the round of the day, -9 63 to move into second place at -9.

Justin Rose continued his solid play, adding a -2 70 to his opening 66 and is in a group at -8 T3 including in form Kiradech Aphibarnrat 69 67 -8.

In fact there are 14 players within 4 shots of each other as we head into the weekend  at this DP World Tour Championship.

Sergio Garcia is T15 at -5 with rounds of 70 69 so is not completely out of it but here's how things stand.

Fleetwood began the week 256,737 points ahead of Rose at the top of the Rankings but his 73 on Thursday, coupled with a 66 from Rose, dropped him out of the top position he had held for most of the season.

However his 65 coupled with Rose's 70  has him back in the pole position, with all to play for heading into the weekend. If Rose does not finish in the top five, then Fleetwood is guaranteed to be the winner of the Race to Dubai.
Like a good whodunit all will be revealed come Sunday evening, right now there are several scenarios that have thickened the plot !
Bryan Angus