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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Congratulations Rod Spittle !!

Rod Spittle as I reported yesterday, earned full status on the Champions Tour for 2015 after finishing fifth at the final stage of Champions Tour Q-School after he shot a steady 2-under 70 at Panther Lake Golf Club and finished the week at -5.

Spittle, now 60, turned pro in 2004 after a stellar amateur career and won his first and only event in 2005. He was out of options for this year, so this finish is a huge boost. Only the top 5 get full status..

Jim Rutledge of Victoria, B.C. and Rick Gibson of Calgary both shot 68s and just missed full status..

Rutledge (-4) finished in a tie for sixth place, just one stroke back of Spittle, while Gibson (-2) climbed thirteen spots to finish in a T10. By finishing between 6-13, both players earned conditional exempt status in 2015.

Other Canadian scores.. Ken Tarling (+10) of Stouffville, Ont. and Calgary’s Darryl James (+16).

Stenson, Rafa tied for lead after round 3 in Dubai..

European Tour  Live scoreboard click http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=euro

Rafael Cabrera Bello, known only as Rafa to everyone on tour has shot 64 65 in his last 2 rounds and if it wasn't for his opening 73 he'd be well ahead, as it is the streaky Spaniard is T1 with Henrik Stenson who came to life late in his round to shot 68, both are at -14.

Rory looked for all the world like he'd be in the lead as well until he double bogeyed 12 and 13 to fall to -9, a late birdie got him to -10 so he is spotting the leaders 4 shots.

Justin Rose is 3rd after his 68, -11, while Rory is joined by 3 others at -10, including Thorbjorn Olesen and Victor Dubuisson.

LPGA Tour  Live scoreboard click http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=lpga

On a tough day that only rewarded the best shots, Michelle Wie holed out for eagle with a pitching wedge on her way to a 5-under 67, -5 139, that moved her up high enough on the leaderboard Friday at the CME Group Tour Championship to get into position for a $1 million bonus.

The leaders are Carlota Ciganda of Spain who took advantage of a putting lesson from Spanish great Jose Maria Olazabal to make five birdies for a 67 that gave her a share of the lead with Julieta Granada of Paraguay, who scrambled for a 71. They were at 7-under 137 going into the weekend at the Tiburon Golf Club. Morgan Pressel, shot a 66 and was one shot out of the lead.

Wie, who captured her first major this year at Pinehurst No. 2 in the U.S. Women's Open, is No. 4 in the Race to CME Globe. Only the top three players, Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and 17-year-old Lydia Ko, can win the $1 million bonus simply by winning the tournament. So Wie needs a little bit of help and she got it because Lewis shot 74 and is six shots out of the lead. Park couldn't get a putt to drop. She also had a 74. Ko had another 71 and was five shots behind.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Spittle T6 after 3 rounds of Champions Q School..

Live scoring click http://www.pgatour.com/champions/leaderboard.html

Rod Spittle needs just one more solid round today to grab his fully exempt tour card for next year on the Champions Tour. His 69 73 71 -4 have him in a 4 way tie for 6th, 6 shots behind red hot leader Frank Esposito 67 -10 who won last week’s Senior PGA Professional National Championship in Port St. Lucie, Florida

There will be no cut in the 72-hole qualifier. After today's final round, the top-five finishers earn fully-exempt status through the re-order in the 2015 season, while the next seven players will be conditionally exempt. In addition, the top-30 finishers and ties will be eligible to compete for spots in open qualifiers at all co-sponsored events on the Champions Tour in 2015

Jim Rutledge was. T17 70 75 71 E

Latest .. Rod Spittle is playing the 13th currently -2 today now T3, while Rick Gibson is charging up the board now T10 at -4 today having gone eagle birdie bogey birdie on his last 4 holes, now playing the 18th at -2. Jim Rutledge is -1 today through 15.

Granada leads LPGA Tour Championship in round 2...

Julieta Granada played bogey-free in a tough wind at the CME Group Tour Championship on the Tiburon Course for a 66 that gave her a two-shot lead over Sandra Gal in the LPGA Tour's final tournament.

Live scoring click http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=lpga

The other event going on, is the Race to CME Globe, which pays a $1 million bonus to the winner. Only the top nine players in the standings can win it, and Granada isn't one of them. She still hopes to close out the season with her first victory in eight years.

The top three players, Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and 17-year-old Lydia Ko need only to win the tournament for the $1 million bonus. Lewis is atop the standings, Park and Ko each shot 71. Lewis is 3 shots behind the leader after her opening 69.

Round 2 is underway as I write this..

Bryan Angus  (notes from BBC, Reuters, AP, lpgatour.com..)

King Henrik back on top in Dubai..Live scoreboards..

European Tour  After his record breaking 2013 season Henrik Stenson came into this year " completely stressed out " and his game suffered. Recently though he has been showing the form he stunned the golfing world with last year, placing 3rd in Turkey last week.

You'll remember his stunning 3 wood from 250 yards on the 18th last year that nestled down just 2 feet from the pin for a tap in eagle, it won him the shot of the year to go along with the tournament and all his other baubles...

Well he posted a solid 66 earlier this morning to take a 2 shot lead at -10 over Rory (70), Danny Willett (67) and Richie Ramsay (69) all on -8 in Dubai.

On a day of low scoring there are 10 players with 4 shots of the big Swede. Rory hardly made a putt all day, although he is still hitting the ball miles. The low round of the day -8 64 went to Spaniard Rafeal Cabrera Bello and he leads a group of 5 players including Justin Rose and Shane Lowry who had a hole in one at -7..

Live scoring click  http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=euro

Meanwhile down in Melbourne, Adam Scott stayed in contention at the Australian Masters with a 4-under 68 to leave him six shots off the lead after two rounds at Metropolitan Golf Club.He is T12th, and has won the previous two Masters.

Leader Michael Wright shot a 68 for a 36-hole total of -9,135, two strokes ahead of fellow Australian Paul Spargo on a crowded leaderboard.

Bryan Angus

Thursday, November 20, 2014

What rust ?? Rory the Story again in Dubai..

European Tour  Live scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=euro

Like it was yesterday I remember Rory getting his first professional win at age 19 when he won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on February 1st in 2009, moving him to 16th in the world rankings. His girlfriend of 6 years, Holly Sweeney couldn't be with him as she was studying for her high school exams. We all knew the kid who joined Holyrood GC as a junior member at age 7 was going to take the golf world by storm.

Now 5 majors and millions and millions of dollars, pounds, euros whatever you want later the world's #1 player returned from a six-week absence to shoot a 6-under 66 for a share of the lead with his Irish pal Shane Lowry, on the first day of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

He birdied four of his opening five holes and then two of the last four to join Lowry at the top, in Dubai at the Earth Course at Jumeriah Estates Resort who were once Rory's main sponsor.

In 2011 he began dating Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki after meeting at a boxing match, and after their emotional split last May, he went on a tear that week winning the BMW at Wentworth, then of course the summer of summers with 2 majors and the WGC that has won him this Race to Dubai.

By the way over the summer Rory was linked to Dublin model Nadia Forde and Belfast model Sasha Gale, although he has made it clear to friends he is staying unattached for the foreseeable future.

T3 a shot behind are Scotland's Richie Ramsay and Norway's star, Thorbjorn Olesen both at -5 67. In last place in this elite final field of 70, was last week's winner Brooks Koepka who struggled to an ugly +6 78..

Australiasian Tour   Meanwhile it's a big few weeks of golf down under in Australia beginning with the Masters where defending champion Adam Scott struggled in the blustery conditions at Metropolitan Golf Club for a 1-over 73, six strokes behind a group of four of his countrymen. Live scoring click http://www.pga.org.au/tourns/pga-tour/event/leaderboard?season=2014&tour=pga&id=1075

Scott, who won the Masters the past two years at Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath remained optimistic. "A strong northerly (wind) from the get-go was always going to make it tough. I played pretty well but didn't take any of my chances. I'm a little behind the eight-ball at the moment but it's nothing a good round tomorrow won't fix."

Australians Michael Wright, Stephen Allan, Steven Bowditch and amateur Todd Sinnott shot 67s to share the lead.

Bryan Angus

Monday, November 17, 2014

McIlroy, Koepka, Kim and Hoffman your weekend winners.

Rory McIlroy has won the European Tour's Race to Dubai for the second time in three years after neither Marcel Siem or Sergio Garcia could win the Turkish Airlines Open.

Nobody can catch him now, based mainly on his sensational play this summer, starting with the BMW Championship at the end of May followed by  the Open Championship on July 20, the Bridgestone Invitational on Aug. 3 and the PGA Championship on Aug. 10. He ended up more than 2.7 million euros ($3.4 million) ahead of Henrik Stenson who was T3 in Turkey..

European Tour  Speaking of Turkey, Brooks Koepka (65)-17 edged out Ian Poulter (67) -16 for his first European Tour win. Poulter had a 6 footer to tie on the 72nd but missed, but really he lost the event after blowing a 6 shot lead on Saturday with a sorry 75..
Final scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=euro

Koepka is a 24 year old from Tallahassee in Florida who decided to go to Europe to take that path to the top. He won 3 times on the Challenge Tour to graduate and his new world ranking this morning is 35, meaning he can pretty much play whereever he wants next season.  New official world rankings click http://www.owgr.com/ranking

PGA Tour  Final scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=pga
Charlie Hoffman, without a win in 4 years, rallied from three-shots behind, taking advantage of Danny Lee's mistakes on the back nine closing with a 5-under 66 -17 267, after taking two putts for a bogey on the 18th. It was his third career victory.

Lee fired seven straight birdies on the front nine to take the lead, but couldn't hold on,  dropping three shots on the back nine for a 67. He finished two shots behind in a tie for third with Andres Gonzalez, who had a 67 for his best career finish
Canadians  David Hearn T16 -10 68 65 73 68.. Roger Sloan, Nick Taylor both -3 281

LPGA   Final scoreboard  http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=lpga

Christina Kim won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational for her first LPGA Tour title in nine years, beating Shanshan Feng in a playoff after blowing a five-stroke lead and immediately announced " This is the greatest win in my life, without a doubt"

After battling depression, the yips and a loss of confidence the relief was obvious, as she celebrated jumping up and down on the green. She hugged her caddie T.J. Jones, then Michelle Weir's caddie Duncan French who happens to be Kim's boyfriend before embracing Wie as well.

 The field only has 36 players but is awarded full LPGA status...

Bryan Angus