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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Europe needs a big Saturday at the Solheim Cup

Solheim Cup match results, live scoring http://www.solheimcupusa.com/leaderboard

It doesn't resonate with me as much as the Ryder Cup, due to my Scottish heritage, but I'll say right away the Solheim Cup is the most compelling event on the LPGA / LET circuits.

Of course I am rooting for the European squad led this time around by Annika Sorenstam, especially after they got their hats (visors) handed to them in Friday afternoons fourballs with a 4-0 whitewash by the USA team.

However they did open brightly in the morning foursomes winning 2 and halving 1 of the 4 close matches and will need more of the same today to keep this year's event close heading into Sunday's singles.

However you must remember in 2015 at this event, Europe held a 10-6 advantage in Germany only to see the USA fuelled no doubt by Susann Petersen's refusal to concede a very short putt, rally to win 141/2 to 13 1/2. Further to that, the USA men also led by 10-6 at Medinah in 2012 before the Miracle at Medinah as Europe astonished America as they roared back to win the Ryder Cup, clinched by Martin Kaymer's historic putt.

So as play gets underway with foursome play again today, USA leads 5 1/2 to 2 1/2 with fourballs after lunch.

In this early going Julie Inkster's women are leading in all four matches, but it's very early and after last night's European team pep rally, they all have their game faces on, decked out in their Swedish colors, yellow tops and blue skirts/shorts.

I think however the forced withdrawal of the tough, gritty Susann Pettersen due to a recurrence of a slipped disc is a crucial loss as they play at this Des Moines Golf and CC in Iowa.

I have provided the link with all the results, bio's and other related info.

Let's hope Annika's squad has a good Saturday to set up another compelling Sunday at the Solheim Cup.

Bryan Angus

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Glen Abbey to be named a Heritage Site

Good news today that the Abbey has been granted the status of a Heritage Site which means the greedy bastards at Clublink wont be able to build another 3000, $4M plus homes in an already ultra expensive Oakdale.. GOOD..

What we need in the west end of the GTA is more affordable housing for the average guy, not more big golf course homes for the wealthy..

Also the Abbey is THE home of our Canadian Open, with such a rich and lucrative history..

A report recommending that the Glen Abbey property be designated a Cultural Heritage Landscape under s. 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act went to Heritage Committee this morning at 9:30 a.m. in Council Chamber at Oakville Town Hall.

They voted in favour.... Now the rubber stamp at Mississauga town hall and the Abbey will be saved... The 2018 RBC Canadian Open is secure..

Bryan Angus

Solheim Cup, final Fed Ex playoff standings highlight this weekend

For those unaware the Solheim Cup is the women's version of the Ryder Cup... USA vs Europe, this year at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Here is the link to their website http://www.solheimcupusa.com/overview

Since it's inception in 1990 USA leads 9-5 and they are the defending champions, so it's a very emotional weekend, with a ton of storylines, all the big guns are playing from the USA and Europe.. except there is no Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, South Korea or anywhere else in Asia, or Australia.... so those are the guidelines..

Fed Ex Cup playoffs : Meanwhile this is the last week to qualify for the Fed Ex Playoffs for the top 125... with a $10m carrot dangling..It's the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro NC David Hearn is at 121, Brad Fritsch 205th, better placed are Adam Hadwin 13th, MacKenzie Hughes 32nd, Graham DeLaet 64th and now after T7 at the PGA he is #91 in the world, Nick Taylor 84th.

Its also a big week on the Web.com at the News Sentinal in Knoxville Tenn., where 7 Canucks are after a playoff spot...Choi, Connors(49th), Gligic, Silverman, Sloan (47th), Svensson (57th), and Ryan Yip

Bryan Angus

Sunday, August 13, 2017

DeLaet goes birdie, eagle, eagle, birdie gets into contention at PGA Championship

PGA Championship leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/competition/2017/pga-championship/leaderboard.html

First hi everybody after a very busy week for yours truly that precluded me from my normal post here,  however I have been keeping up to speed with the PGA Championship at a very, very tough Quail Hollow, so tough that only 15 players are under par heading into today's final round.

Main story : One of them is Graham DeLaet who unlike many, went on an absolute career tear with a display of ball striking that had everyone watching in awe.

Despite at double bogey 6 on the 11th, he played the back nine in 32 shots, how?
Par 3 13th he nearly holed his 240 yard tee shot, tapped in for 2. Par 4 14th he drove the green, hit the flagstick and made the 5 footer for eagle 2. Par 5 15th on in two he makes a huge putt from across the green for another eagle 3. Par 4 16th he makes birdie 3 on one of the toughest holes all day. He was -6 through those 4 holes !

Graham parred in for a -3 68 and starts today at -2 T7 5 shots off the lead.

The leader : Many of the field had a tough time closing out their rounds as the vaunted green mile at Quail Hollow took it's toll and Kevin Kisner, the leader was no different. However after sailing along at -10, he dropped 3 shots in closing, shot 72 -7 206 for a one shot lead.

Hot players : Both Hideki Matsuyama (73) and Chris Stroud (71) won last week, They are T2 at -6. Stroud won for the first time in 294 PGA Tour starts, Matsuyama won the WGC with a closing 61, and is looking to become the first Japanese player to win a major.

Bad finishes: Jason Day was among the leaders until he made a daft mistake on 18. He pulled his drive behind a tree and decided not to chip out safely instead tried hooking it around the tree. His ball went into the bushes, penalty drop, took a snowman ( quadruple-bogey 8) for a 77. 

Rickie Fowler took a three-putt bogey on the 16th hole, took a double bogey at 17, and another three-putt bogey on the last hole and he is at -1.

Out for a while : Rory McIlroy 72 72 73 +4 says he hasn't fully recovered from complications following his fractured rib which stop him from practicing as much as he should, and he will play today then reassess the rest of the year. In other words, I'm off to get fully fit, see you at the Masters.

Other contenders: Louis Oosthuizen (71) T4 -5 208, along with Justin Thomas (69). Louis has hurt his forearm however after hitting a tree route, so watch for that.

Big names : Dustin Johnson T47 +4, Jordan Spieth T37, Henrik Stenson T18 +1

Weather : It has been very hot all week at Quail Hollow and thundershowers and rain are due to blow through around noon today then again around 5pm. The leaders Kisner and Stroud are due off at 2.45pm.

The winner : Matsuyama must be considered the favourite, which would be a huge story in golf crazy Japan, but I'll be watching to see how well Graham DeLaet can do. The winner will need to start the day at -2 or better to have a chance on this very tough, long course, made even more difficult by the long rough that the PGA insists on every year.

Bryan Angus

Monday, August 7, 2017

Weekend winners... and others

Here are some of the winners and others from my point of view this weekend.

WGC Bridgestone Invitational final leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/competition/2017/wgc-bridgestone-invitational/leaderboard.html

Winner: Japans's Hideki Matsuyama set all kinds of records with his breathtaking brilliant -9 61 on Sunday for his 2nd WGC victory this season. WGC Records: lowest Sunday winning score ever, lowest weekend score at -12, most birdies ever over the week.

Winner: Belgian Thomas Pieters (71) for 2nd top WGC top 5 this year, along with a top 5 at the Masters.

Winner: Adam Hadwin T5 68 69 67 69 the Canadian was solid all four rounds finishing at -7 along with Rory McIlroy, Russell Knox and Paul Casey, also winners.

Other: Danny Willett with rounds of 76 74 74 77 +21 the 2016 Masters champion has lost all the form that made the Englishman an annual contender for the Race to Dubai. He was 37 shots worse than Matsuyama at -16.

Women's British Open final leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/ricohwomensbritishopen/results

Winner: I.K.Kim was wonderful all week. Diminutive and not very long off the tee, she kept her ball in play, gets an A+ for her long irons and hybrids, 65 68 66 71 -18 for the 2 shot win at Kingsbarns and of course she officially exorcised that little one footer she missed to lose the Ana Inspirational in 2012.

Other: I will never call Lydia Ko a loser, her record in this game starting at a precocious age speaks for itself. She T59 this week 73 70 73 70 -2, and more importantly hasn't been in contention for a while. Why she changed caddy's (again), and changed all her equipment, and is tinkering with her swing, all of this when she was on top of the world, is baffling to me.

Symetra Tour PHC Classic final leaderboard http://www.symetratour.com/tournaments/phc-classic/results

Winner: For all of us who've followed her since she was a little girl it was great to see all the hours and hours of practice pay off for Brittany Marchand as she stuffed a bogey free -4 68 on Sunday for a -13 total to win the PHC Classic by three shots for her first professional win and a spot in the years final major, The Evian, in France.

Web.com Tour Ellie Mae Classic http://www.pgatour.com/webcom/tournaments/ellie-mae-classic-at-tpc-stonebrae/leaderboard.html

Winner: the organizers for inviting basketball MVP, Stephen Curry to play. His 74 74 missed the cut but was fun to watch and brought worldwide attention to an event that would have had none, except to wonder why this blonde Beverly Hillbilly was sponsoring a golf tournament !..Oh yeh, the winner was an American called Martin Piller.

PGA Tour Barracuda Championship final leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/competition/2017/barracuda-championship/leaderboard.html

Winner: Chris Stroud got his first win in 11 years and 289 tournaments and will go to the PGA Championship next week and also gets a two-year exemption.

Winner:  David Hearn, although he finished T34th, he had a hole in one on the par 3 16th, which earns his winner status.

Bryan Angus

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Hadwin, McIlroy trail the leaders by 3 shots at WGC Bridgestone Invitational

WGC Bridgestone Invitational leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/competition/2017/wgc-bridgestone-invitational/leaderboard.html

What do Adam Hadwin and Rory McIlroy have in common ? Not their bank accounts for sure, but they are both 3 shots off the lead as we head into today's final round at Firestone.

Adam shot -3 67 aided by birdies in 2 of his last 3 holes and has a -6 total, while Rory who is just putting on a driving display of amazing power and accuracy, every drive well over 300 yards could only manage -2 68 -6 total.

Adam has only made 6 bogey's over 3 rounds with 36 pars and 12 birdies, he is 2nd in driving accuracy and T7 for greens in regulation. So he is playing with great accuracy and with a few more putts today, Mr 59 will be right there come 6pm this evening.

Now if Rory had Zach Johnson's wedge game he'd be miles ahead. Johnson shot -5 65 with popgun drives, but that razor sharp short game and he leads at -9 along with another bomber, Thomas Pieters who was long but wild off the tee, still managing a -4 66.

Aussie Scott Hend had a career type round of 63 and he is second at -8.

Watch out for Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama who has 2 wins and 2 seconds in his last four starts, who had a 67 and is at -7.

Jordan Spieth if you were wondering slipped to +1 71 -2 total, seven shots behind.

Mackenzie Hughes our other Canuck this week shot  +73 and is +11

Bryan Angus

I.K Kim leads by a touchdown at the Ricoh Women's British Open

Women's British Open leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/ricohwomensbritishopen/leaderboard

I.K Kim is another of the endless supply of diminutive South Korean women dominating the LPGA Tour, this time the 27 year old has a whopping 6 shot lead over the best field women can muster.

I'm rooting for her today because you may remember she was the one who missed that 1foot putt, thus losing the ANA Inspiration ( the old Dinah Shore) in 2012, the first major of the year on the LPGA Tour.

She has posted scores 65 68 in the worst of the weather, then -6 66 for a -17 199 total and that 6 shot lead over Georgia Hall (70) and Moriya Jutanugarn (67), who's younger sister Ariya Jutanugarn is the defending champion.

The Golf Channel set up their morning coverage around Lexi Thompson, who was just two shots behind but slumped to +2 74 and out of contention.

As I mentioned yesterday Brooke Henderson needed something special to get into the mix and she battled hard but her -1 71 leaves her out of it at -5.

If Kim doesn't have her A game today look for her challenge to come from Inbee Park who shot 64 -10 total yesterday and Stacy Lewis who shot 65 to sit at -9. Another young American, Ally MacDonald 70 is also at -10.

With round 4 underway the weather is overcast with a very light breeze so expect to see more scoring from the field in the mid 60's, however with a 6 shot lead Kim has a cushion that should be enough.

Bryan Angus