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Monday, February 8, 2016

Tearful Fowler blows Phoenix Open...Matsuyama wins..

PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open final leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/waste-management-phoenix-open/leaderboard.html

It didn’t look very good, then Rickie opened the door for me, and I was able to walk through it.”

"Surprised and sad that Rickie finished that way, but all I can do is my best,” Matsuyama said through a translator. “I was lucky to come out on top.”

This one hurts, the hard part is having all my friends and family and grandpa and my dad who haven’t seen me win,” Fowler said. “But I will be able to kind of hang with them tonight. I’ll be all right.”

Brave words from the hottest guy in golf these days, Rickie Fowler who broke down in tears after his playoff loss Sunday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, overcome by emotion after he let the tournament get away from him, and the culprit was the par4 17th

He was leading Matsuyama by 2 shots in front of a another massive Super Bowl Sunday crowd of 66,330 ( record total for the week was 618,365) and the way he has been playing it looked lie he was going to win his his fifth worldwide title in nine months. Remember his win back in May at The Players Championship, then at Gullane for the Scottish Open followed by the Deutsche Bank Championship in September and then of course in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago.

After narrowly missing a 10 footer at 16th for birdie to go 3 ahead he stepped up to the tee on the 317 yard 17th. Rickie is a tiny guy folks, 5'7 maybe 145 pounds soaking wet, but these days after his work with Butch Harmon, he can simply pound the ball when he needs to.

On the 17th tee he pounded one, too far, as he blew his two-shot lead when hit it some 360 yards through the green and into the water for bogey while Matsuyama made birdie to suddenly tie for the lead.

Fowler recovered to force the playoff after Matsuyama birdie the 18th, with a 12 foot birdie putt of his own and off they went to the playoff after they both fired -4 67's -14 270.

They played the 18th twice, then halved the 10th before arriving back at the 17th where Rickie changed tactics, using a 3-wood, but with the same result, this time pulling it into the lake just short of the green. He made bogey leaving the Japanese star with a 2 putt par for the win.
Matsuyama won Jack's Memorial in 2014 for his only other PGA Tour title, beating Kevin Na on the first extra hole and you may remember he T2 here last year, a shot behind Brooks Koepka.
Canadian scores: Adam Hadwin -3 68  T17th -6 278 total while Nick Taylor, +2 73 +5 289.
Third-round leader Danny Lee shot 73 T4 -11 after starting the day three strokes ahead of Fowler and Matsuyama.

Bryan Angus
(notes from BBC, pgatour.com)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Kiwi Danny Lee leads Waste Management in front of golf's biggest crowd.

PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/waste-management-phoenix-open/leaderboard.html

The crowds are always huge at TPC Scottsdale and yesterday after an estimated 201,003 came through the turnstiles they set the record for the largest crowd in golf history.
Danny Lee who recently asked fellow pro Pat Perez to help him find a girlfriend, shot a -4 67 to move three strokes ahead of Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama going into Super Bowl Sunday'
The previous largest crowd at the Stadium Course was 189,722 in 2014. The event also set a day record Friday at 160,415, and has drawn 535,035 for the first six days – close to the weekly mark of 564,368 set last year

Lee is at -13 200 and you will remember the 25-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander beat David Hearn in a playoff to win the Greenbrier Classic last year for his first PGA Tour title.

Fowler won two weeks ago in Abu Dhabi for his fourth worldwide victory in nine months.
Matsuyama chipped in for birdie on the par-4 14th and two-putted for birdie on 15. The 23-year-old Japanese player T2 last year, a stroke behind Brooks Koepka.

Bryce Molder (64) and Boo Weekley (65) are -9 under. Phil Mickelson is at -8 after 65.
Canadian scores :  Adam Hadwin T31 73 68 69 -3  Nick Taylor T62 73 69 74 +3  David Hearn and Graham DeLaet MC
Bryan Angus
(notes from pgatour.com, AP, BBC)

Brooke Henderson finishes 2nd at Coates Championship in rainy Ocala, Florida.

LPGA Tour Coates Championship final leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/coatesgolfchampionshippresentedbyrlcarriers/results

Mother nature took a hand in the outcome of this rain soaked final round of the Coates Championship in Ocala Florida, but as the old saying goes " it was the same for everyone"

Brooke Henderson had the lead until she made a pair of three-putt bogeys over the final five holes as the rain worsened, forming puddles on the edges of the green. The greens crew used leaf blowers on some of the puddles to help the water evaporate.

She then tried to lay up on the par-5 18th with a hybrid and came within an inch of the hazard. With an awkward stance and a tough lie, she chunked a wedge to the front of the green, some 75 feet away, and did well to two-putt for par.

So she was drying out in the clubhouse at (72) -9 279, waiting to see if it would be enough for a playoff

Sadly for her she had to settle for second as she eventually finished two shots back of South Korean Ha Na Jang, who captured her first career LPGA Tour title making a late birdie to take the lead en route to a final-round 72 -11 277.

However always the optimist she had this to say afterwards “Starting the day, if I would have finished second, I would have been very happy,
a couple putts on the back nine kind of cost me, but overall it was a good day, and I’m right in position where I want to be.”

Lydia Ko, the LPGA player of the year making her 2016 debut, was tied with Jang after they completed the third round Saturday morning at Golden Ocala.
Ko, however, fell apart in the middle of the final round. She made three straight bogeys to finish the back nine, then hit her tee shot into the water and made double bogey on the par-3 11th to fall five shots behind. She ran off three straight birdies late in her round to try to stay in it. Ko closed with a 75 and tied for third, three shots behind.

Jang was 15th on the LPGA money list last year as a rookie, when she was runner-up four times. The player of the year on the Korean LPGA in 2013. She was a runner-up here last year.

Bryan Angus
(notes from lpgatour.com, CP. AP)

Willett wins Omega Dubai Desert Classic

European Tour Omega Dubai Desert Classic leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2016/tournamentid=2016008/leaderboard/index.html#1kbzAKgiWfcJHfvm.97

Breaking news ....Danny Willett has just hung on to win Omega Dubai Desert Classic

Danny Willett has just made a 12 foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by a shot over Andy Sullivan and Rafa Cabrara Bello.

Willet shot -3 69 -19 269 and held off the hard charging field including the Spaniard Bello -3 69 -18 270 T2 and Willett's talented countryman Sullivan -4 68 -18 270 T2.

For years stalwarts like Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter have been the standard bearers for English golf, and while they hardly all said and done, the future of the game for that country is on full display yet again playing round 4 this morning in spectacular Dubai.

After second successive round of -7 65 Danny Willett held a one-shot after the third round Saturday at -16. Remember that name if you haven't been paying attention, he's no flash in the pan, battling right to the end before finishing second to Rory McIlroy in the Race to Dubai last year.

Red hot Spaniard, Rafa Cabrera Bello who won here in 2012 began play this morning in second place at -15 after a third consecutive -5 67 with Willett's fellow country man little Andy Sullivan (-6 66), who finished runner-up to McIlroy in November’s DP World Tour Championship third at -14 202

Defending champion McIlroy again got off to a slow start on Saturday but saved his round with another brilliant back nine to shoot -4 68 starting today eight shots behind Willett at 208 but he has been charging hard this morning shooting -7 65 -15 T5 including 3 straight birdies at 13,14,15, .
One of the great stories this week has been the play of Ernie Els who who started Saturday just one shot behind the leader but stumbled a little in the middle of his round ending up  with a +2 74 T28 at -7. However he back on form this morning, firing a very solid -5 67 and he is in the clubhouse at -12
With young guns like Matt Fitzpatrick, Eddie Pepperall, Tyrrel Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood all vying for England's 2 spots at the Olympics and places in future Ryder Cup teams that country is going through a real purple patch in the men's game, with Willett and Sullivan right at the top.
Making a run this afternoon along with Rory were South Korean star Byeong An who birdied the first 4 holes of the back nine, -7 65 -16 4th, and Henrik Stenson -6 66 -15 6th, Alvaro Quiros -7 65 -16 4th
Bryan Angus

Friday, February 5, 2016

Ernie turns back the clock, Rory recovers at Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

European Tour Omega Dubai Desert Classic leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2016/tournamentid=2016008/leaderboard/index.html#kOV3Q0mhbWfzkcKr.97

Ernie Els has shot 68 67 to get to -9 just a shot behind leader Rafa Cabrera Bello 67 67 -10 who won here in 2012 and is in great form after last week's T2 at the Qatar Masters following a top 15 finish in Abu Dhabi .

Dressed in bright blue slacks and a big pink shirt the big Easy talked after his round about how he is falling in love on the greens again, after he got so bad earlier in South Africa he was grinding over 18"ers. It's hard to imagine this gentle giant has slipped to #205 in the world.

With a new left hand low grip, and a new comfortable set up, he is rolling in putts the way he did in his prime especially here where he is the three-time champion with another 5 top 10's.

He is joined by Danny Willett (65) and Trevor Fisher Jnr at -9. Joost Luiten, Thorbjørn Olesen, Andy Sullivan and Chris Wood are all at -8

Henrik Stenson, who won here in 2007, and 2011 winner Alvaro Quiros are a further shot behind alongside Brett Rumford at -7

Defending champion Rory McIlroy rescued his round with a birdie-birdie-birdie finish for 72. It was one of those rounds for Rory where he had a lot of bad luck on this Emirates Course which seems much firmer this year with less rough in crucial run off areas. On a few occassions superb towering drives kept on just trickling into fairway bunkers, and his putter was cold on his front nine where he had 4 bogey's to go out in 38.

Els, McIlroy and Stenson will all be going for a fifth title in the Gulf States, while a win for McIlroy would also see him match Ernie's record of three wins at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Bryan Angus
(notes from europeantour.com)


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Fowler, Lowery and Matsuyama lead the Phoenix Open..

PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/waste-management-phoenix-open/leaderboard.html

This is the Phoenix Open with the stadium par 3 16th, fuelled by some 16,000 beer soaked fans.... These days with Waste Management as the title sponsor we have to pay homage to guys who make porta potties and have stumped up some $10m as title sponsor to tell everyone their s--- doesn't stink..

Round one is well underway and there are 4 Canadians. David Hearn +3 74 and Nick Taylor +2 73 were out early and didn't do so well.

Graham DeLaet playing late just about aced the 17th ended up E 72 while Adam Hadwin shot +1 73

The leaders are Rickie Fowler, Shane Lowery and Hideki Matsuyama at -6 65. Indian star Anibar Lahiri is  3rd at -5 67

Bryan Angus

Rory and Noren a familiar story at Dubai Desert Classic

European Tour Dubai Desert Classic leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2016/tournamentid=2016008/leaderboard/index.html#GJOyobtxLzRudl7U.97

Rory McIlroy is a familiar story where ever he goes, and as far as this tournament is concerned so is Denmark's Alex Noren who finished 2nd to Rory here last year.

McIlroy had a shaky start but recovered for a -4 68 leaving him two shots off the lead held by guess who.. Alex Noren -6 66

McIlroy bogeyed two of the easiest holes on the course, but also had six birdies to sit in a large group at -4 which included evergreen Ernie Els, the most successful player in the history of the tournament with three titles and eight other top-10 finishes
Four players were tied at -5 67,  Sweden’s Peter Hanson, Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Australia’s Brett Rumford and South African Trevor Fisher Jr.
Henrik Stenson playing alongside McIlroy, opened with a -3 69.
The new changes in the course, where the fairways have been made firmer and grass has been shaved off the fringe of the greens have made the course tougher and at times they troubled McIlroy, who has never finished outside the top 10 in his last six starts at the Emirates Golf Club.
If you want to join me at 2.30amEST we can watch Rory and Henrik etal in round 2... Why not ?!... the wife is snoring, the kids are in la la land..
Bryan Angus
(notes from europeantour.com)