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Monday, July 28, 2014

Weeekend wrap.. Final scoreboards..

PGA Tour

There are guys on tour who's putter is taller than Tim Clark, but the little South African who lives in Scottsdale has proven he can  play with the best when he is on his game. 64,65 over the weekend proved just enough to edge out Jimmy Furyk (69) to win our national championship at -17 263 for only his 2nd PGA Tour win.

Listed at 5'7" he isn't very long off the tee, but this week featured a snappy short game and clutch putting to hold off the charging pack who were taking advantage of the soft conditions at Royal Montreal.Clark birdied 5 of the last 8 holes to close the deal. Justin Hicks was third at 13 under after a 64. Matt Kuchar (65), Michael Putnam (66) and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (66) tied for fourth at 11 under.

Graham DeLaet was the top Canadian, closing with a 68 to tie for seventh at 10 under, Brad Fritsch ended up at -9.

Since starring in college at North Carolina State where he won the US Public Links in 1997 and was twice the NCAA East player of the year he has endured several injuries including bulging discs in his neck, but told us all during the week he has been swinging and playing better recently, and went out and showed us all how much better this week.


Colin Montgomerie never won a major in his illustrious pro career, coming into this week he was the winner of two in a row and in the end he finished 2nd at -5 !..and he wasn't the story ! Bernhard Langer absolutely lapped the field, maybe twice as he played Royal Portcawl and the wind like a fiddle while all the rest were strumming on their banjo's..

He won by 13 shots adding a closing 4-under 67 Sunday to his earlier rounds of 65-66-68 for an 18-under 266. Langer’s 13-stroke win is the largest margin of victory in a senior major, beating Hale Irwin’s 12-stroke win in the Senior PGA Championship in 1997 as they played in 4 rare days of sunshine on the Welsh coast.

At -2 Canada's Rick Gibson T3. Rod Spittle claimed a 21st place finish carding 70 in the final round, and 291 for the tournament.


Carlota Ciganda breezed to an early victory to set the tone and Spain won all four of its singles matches Sunday to capture the inaugural International Crown.
Sweden finished second in the tournament that began Thursday with 32 players from eight countries. The top-seeded United States was among three teams eliminated Saturday, leaving five countries and 20 players to compete for the trophy

Points accumulated through Saturday were added to those amassed Sunday. Using the scoring system of two points for a win and one for a tie, the final order was: Spain (15 points), Sweden (11), South Korea (10), Japan (10), Thailand (9), United States (6), Taiwan (4) and Australia (3).


The Euro tour without many of it's stars rolled into Moscow and in the end it took a playoff to decide the winner. David Horsey sensationally forced and won a play-off with Damien McGrane to take the M2M Russian Open at Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club

The turning point came at the 17th where Horsey chipped in for eagle to catch McGrane

CANADIAN Womens Amateur

Team Canada’s Augusta James ran away with the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship on Friday winning by six strokes after a final round 2-under 69 at Craigowan Golf and Country Club.

James showed that she was in command early, firing a 3-under 32 to open up her final round. Her front-nine came on the heels of Thursday’s record-setting performance where she carded the lowest round in the championship’s 101-year-old history with an 8-under 63.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Furyk bidding for 3rd Canadian Open

Rogers is pissing a lot of people off these days as they change over from analog to digital, and I personally would like to thank the two dolts working on our complex who decided to turn off all our services cable, phone, internet while they went home for the weekend.. Thanks to the guy who was left to do relief mop up work last night so that I can get back in touch with you again this morning..!!  Can't wait to fill out that email they send asking for your thoughts on their service..

Scrambling beautifully, Jim Furyk who won this championship in 2006 at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club and followed with a win in 2007 at Angus Glen in Markham, Ont., fired a bogey-free 65 in the third round at Royal Montreal to go to 15-under-par 195 and take a three-shot lead over South African Tim Clark, while crowd favourite Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., saw his hopes sag with a three-putt on the 18th to fall seven strokes off the lead

A third win for Furyk would put him in a tie for second all-time with Tommy Armour (1927, 1930 and 1934), San Snead (1938, 1940 and 1941) and Lee Trevino (1971, 1977 and 1979). Leo Diegel won four titles in the 1920s

Live scoring click http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/rbc-canadian-open/leaderboard.html

Friday, July 25, 2014

'Mr Big" leads in Montreal, Canuck amateur steals the show..

Several years ago I played in a pro-am at Diamondback GC up near Stouffville when the Nationwide Tour combined with our CPGA championship and we drew Tim Petrovic as our pro.

Never heard of him before but turned out he was a great guy with a beautiful sparkling new bag and clubs (black and silver) courtesy of his sponsors.. Srixon..

We went off mid afternoon and by the time we made the turn many of the field were already hard at the barbeque and beer and Tim sent his caddy into the clubhouse to buy some "candy bars" to keep him going on the back nine..

The caddy comes back with half a dozen " Mr Big's" which Petro starts to devour as we ride down the 10th..  " Mmmmmm these are good, can't get these in the States.." and his nickname was born.. "Mr Big"

Years later, 2006, I was broadcasting from the Hamilton GC the year Furyk won his first of back to back titles and I left a box of Mr Big's at his locker... I was in the gallery at the first when he teed off and as he started his walk down the fairway I shouted "hey Mr Big" and he turned with a big smile, gave me the thumbs up and I am sure he enjoyed a couple that day !

Well he and Web.com player of the year Micheal Putnam shot 64 yesterday to grab the first round lead on a beauty day ay Royal Montreal GC..Only tough pin placements and a little breeze kept the scores from being lower..

Team Canada member Taylor Pendrith, (Richmond Hill) who just drives it a mile stole the show however, averaging 298 straight yards off the tee (5th in stats) to T3 at 65..

I have been pulling 12 hour days at Canada Post this week, instead of taking my post in the media tent..(don't ask!!) so here is the missive from Golf Canada in case you missed it.


ROUND 1 CANADIAN SCORES T3 Taylor Pendrith* (-5) T16 David Hearn (-3) T44 Graham DeLaet (-1) T44 Eugene Wong (-1)     T67 Adam Svensson* (E)   T67 Kevin Carrigan* (E)   T67 Mike Weir (E) T67 Adam Hadwin (E)     T87  Michael Gligic (+1)   T87  Robbie Greenwell (+1)      T106  Brad Fritsch (+2)   T106 Beon Yeong Lee (+2) T123 Benjamin Silverman (+3)    T123  Dave Lévesque (+3)   T138 Stephen Ames (+4)    T138  Corey Conners* (+4)   T138  Kevin Stinson (+4)    T138 Bill Walsh (+4)  T150 Chris Hemmerich* (+5) 


Caddy comes back with six "

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Soft Royal Montreal set to go under sunny skies..

Heavy rain yesterday has been replaced today and tomorrow with clear skies, sunshine and very little wind for today and tomorrow, there is rain in the forecast again for Sunday.

The RBC Canadian Open is about to get underway http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/rbc-canadian-open/leaderboard.html with as Jim Furyk said yesterday, "exactly the opposite conditions from last week's Open Championship.."

As we have seen in recent years ( Hamilton, St George's for example) even great old traditional courses are at the mercy of these guys when they are soft, so expect to see 62's 3's and 4's, hopefully one of the 19 Canadians will be in that kind of form..

Mike Weir is in the feature group with Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell at 110pm, all three sponsored by RBC...

So here we go again, follow me, your comments are welcomed as always..


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Missing Montreal !!

I'm missing all my colleagues and pals at our annual get together at the Canadian Open as I can't go to Montreal this week, it's always one of the media highlights to catch up with Rube (Lorne Rubenstein), Perky (Dave Perkins) Hutch (Ian Hutchinson) Weeksy (Bob Weeks) Wilbur (Bill Paul) just to mention a few..

Normally I'd spend the weekend in the media room broadcasting our Fairways Golf show with Scott Metcalfe (680 News) and Weeksy when he was available after his duties with Scoregolf and TSN, and I'd ask all the guys to join us on air over the weekend... It mean't long days, in at 6am often not back home til 10pm.

We have had some hair raising experiences, usually weather related like the year in Hamilton where a river of water from a torrential downpour swept right through our location in the media tent, leaving us doing the show live, standing on chairs with 9 billion watts of electrical equipment beneath us and the torrent, until the tent was secured properly !...

Look, this great event, and it's RBC sponsor, led by Bill Paul (Tournament Director) may have the worst possible date (right after Open Championship and before a WGC event and the PGA Championship), and it is often faced with some volatile weather, but it is our national championship, thanks to Wilbur's efforts and the RBC player sponsorship money it has as strong a field as any regular PGA Tour stop, Els, Couples, Donald, Furyk, Snedeker, just to name a few.

Of course the main hope is that one of our Canadian's in the field will get hot and get in contention. Remember it was here during the President's Cup in 2007 that Weirsy beat Tiger in his singles match..a career highlight for sure..

I'll be covering it all here and you can here me on TSN1050 radio with my analysis on various shows, and for sure at 845am Sunday morning.

For a hole by hole look at The Royal Montreal Golf Club and the changes on its famed Blue course since it last held the RBC Canadian Open in 2001.

Live scoring click http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/rbc-canadian-

Bryan Angus


Monday, July 21, 2014

None could catch Rory..

Final scoreboard http://www.theopen.com/en/TheCourse.aspx

Sergio shot 66, Ricky played solid (67), holing putt after putt, others flashed up the leaderboard in spurts then fell away, there were 65's and 66's on an ideal day by the seaside at Hoylake on Sunday, but in the end none could catch Rory.

66 66 68 71 -17, "the gold medal winner and champion golfer of the year" had the  hammer all weekend, he could see what he had to do,he had it all in front of him and of course he had those 2 par 5's playing downwind at 16 and 18 as insurance.

His final round 71 therefore was not as spectacular as the previous 3, but it didn't need to be. He had a beautiful ball striking week, an under control draw he could trust over and over and he putted beautifully,including several clutch par savers from 10 feet or more and a few bombs like the 45 footer on 14 on Saturday that turned his round around... if you know what I mean..

He says he's happy these days, the break up with Caroline stung, but it was mutual, his mum was there in person for the first time at a major and he dedicated it to her. He has now won 3 different majors and he's just 25.

Rory is a shy guy, you can see that, at a party he'd be the one sipping pints with his mates out of the limelight. The demands thrust upon him from the media because of his shocking prowess are things he has had to learn to cope with, not something he chooses or seeks.

He's hard not to like, both on and off the course. He and Ricky and Sergio etal played the game like gentlemen, their admiration for each other afterwards was evident, what a great example in these days of me, me, me athletes..By the way what a difference in Sergio as he walked up 18, the runner up again paying heartfelt tribute to his adoring crowd... a far cry from the whining Sergio from years gone by..

This Open had some bad weather, but mostly when there was no golf being played and apart from the breeze that came up on Friday, the guys missed a bullet this week.

Today the crews move in to dismantle all the scaffolding and tear down the tented village, it will be a few days before the residents of Hoylake get their normal lives back again.... but it will be a lot longer before they forget the week none could catch Rory...

Bryan Angus

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Open Championship Sunday.. Rory's to lose..

Live scoring click http://www.theopen.com/en/TheCourse.aspx

It's short shirt sleeve weather at Hoylake today, no rain so far, warm, and devoid of wind.

Rory tees off with his buddy and now neighbor in Florida, Rickie Fowler at 940am est . They have played together many times through the years back to Walker Cup matches. but this time Ricky spots Rory 6 shots, the rest of the field even more..

This championship many feel is a done deal, but I will watch the first 6 or 7 holes closely to see how it goes in honour of all those before who have squandered big leads and there have been too many to mention, hall of famers among them...

Remember Rory has had a bad round out of the four a lot recently, just because he has gotten by his Friday problems, it doesn't mean they won't come back on, say Sunday

The young guns in closest pursuit, Ricky, Sergio, Matteo, Dustin etal have nothing to lose and will be flag hunting... all the pressure is on Rory.

If he wins it will be expected, if he loses.... well let's not go there, for the sake of the young man... and indeed the game of golf..

Bryan Angus