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Friday, March 27, 2015

Lee leads a strong field at Kia Classic in Carlsbad..

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

South Korean Mirim Lee using only 25 putts, birdied all four par-5's and finished with a -7 65 in sunny Carlsbad to take the first-round lead in the Kia Classic.

Once nearly unbeatable, Yani Tseng, now winless in 70 starts since her victory in the 2012 event at nearby La Costa, shot a -6 66.

Golf's teen sensation Lydia Ko is two strokes back at -5 67. The 17-year-old Kiwi has 10 straight top-10 finishes and has broken par in her last 25 LPGA Tour rounds, a remarkable four short of Annika Sorenstam's record set in 2004, and that number swells to 28 worldwide. Karrie Webb, Cristie Kerr and Lin Xiyu also shot 67.

Second-ranked Inbee Park, No. 3 Stacy Lewis and No. 4 Hyo Joo Kim are at -4 68 along with Lexi Thompson, Brittany Lang, Austin Ernst, Laura Diaz, In Gee Chun, Jackie Stoelting and Karine Icher.

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

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hoffman leads as scores soar in windy San Antonio

PGA Tour Valero Texas Open scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=pga

Gusty winds are the norm in Texas and Thursday morning was no different at the Valero as a result only 2 players from the morning wave were under par, Matt Kuchar and Camilo Villegas at E.

However the wind died down in the afternoon and scoring improved and in the end it was Charley Hoffman without the trademark long blonde locks who took advantage of the calmer conditions to take the first-round lead shooting a -5 67 over the quiet Christian from Australia Aaron Baddeley -4 68 who had the shot of the day, perhaps the year, when he snap-hooked his drive deep into thick woods on the par 4 17th, went back to play 3 off the tee and holed it from 336 yards !!!

Only 11 players broke par, including Max Homa with a 69, and Phil Mickelson and Ryan Palmer who shot 70's at -2.

Talk about horses for courses, Hoffman has eight top10 finishes in nine appearances in San Antonio. He was second in 2011 and third in 2013.

The stroke average for the morning wave was 78.61 and the overall average was 75.9.
From the 69 players in the morning, 23 failed to break 80. I have seen many rounds played in worse wind at the Open championship, but the problem here is the greens are all perched up so players can't land the ball short and run it up like they do on the links courses in Britain..

Graeme McDowell and 2 others withdrew while shooting high numbers, "citing injuries". McDowell said his left ankle and foot were bothering him was at +5 41 on his first nine. Sang Moon Bae (back) was +6 through seven, and Colt Knost (thumb) was at +9 through eight when they all said enough is enough..

Canadian scoring  David Hearn T122 +9 81  Graham DeLaet T128 +10 82 at the turn while Adam Hadwin T134 +11 83. Mike Weir did not make the start of play saying his forearm was still not right,

Bryan Angus (notes from BBC Reuters and AP)

France's Adam Saddier leads at Trophee Hassan II

European Tour Trophee Hassan II scoreboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2015/tournamentid=2015022/leaderboard/index.html

​A young Frenchman ADRIEN SADDIER, making only his second start after he lost his full playing privileges after finishing 127th on The Race to Dubai last year and missed the cut on his only previous appearance in 2015 at the Joburg Open, leads the Trophee Hassan II.  

He's shot an excellent -7 65, for a one shot lead over England’s Daniel Gaunt, who made bogey at the 18th for -6 66, and by 2 over George Coetzee who won 2 weeks ago in his home town of Pretoria and is at -5 67 as is Scotsman David Drysdale.  Belgian Marcel Siem is in at -4 68..

Siem and Coetzee were not the only members of the field with Augusta on their minds, with Alexander Levy, Andy Sullivan, Tommy Fleetwood and Ross Fisher all having chances to move into the top 50 before Monday's deadline.

Fleetwood and Fisher both need to win, but the latter got off to a terrible start with two double bogeys in his first three holes and carded a +5 77 which was matched by defending champion Alejandro Cañizares.

Fleetwood shot -2 70, Levy went round in E 72 and Sullivan +2 74. 

Bryan Angus (notes from BBC, europeantour.com)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Last chance for the Masters..Golf this week..

PGA Tour Valero Texas Open scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=pga
Yesterday I outlined players with a last chance at getting into the 2015 Masters field either here or at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco. Of course a win at the Valero is an automatic invite, Jordan Speith and Phil Mickleson are the headliners this week.

There are 4 Canadians playing this week. Mike Weir is coming back off a little elbow tightness and as the 2003 champion is already in the field for Augusta. Graham DeLaet is ranked #67, so he, David Hearn, and Adam Hadwin all need to win to join Weir in the Masters field.

European Tour Trophee Hassan II scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?
This event played on a the Golf du Palais, within the grounds of the King's private palace, has attracted a strong field, several vying for that Masters spot. They are back on the mainland in Morocco, several hundred miles SE of last weeks rain out on the Madeira Islands, which by the way will be replayed July 30 - August 2. The weather for Casablanca is nothing but sunshine for this week to the relief of the European Tour officials, not to mention the field..

LPGA Tour Kia Classic scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=lpga
After a swing through Asia, the tour is in Carlsbad California this week, where Michelle Wie is representing her sponsor, Kia... Field details to follow...

Champions Tour Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=champions
Jeff Maggert is the defending champion....Field details to follow

Web.com Tour Chitimacha Louisiana Open scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=web
This tour also returns stateside after their sojourn through South America, and there are 4 Canadians playing, Brad Fritsch, Ryan Yip, Ted Brown and Roger Sloan who couldn't get into the Valero field this week.

Interesting to see guys like veteran 48 year old Billy Mayfair still playing and padding his bank balance before he joins the Champions Tour in August 2016.

Bryan Angus

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A look at Masters spots up for grabs..

Getting into the 2015 Masters is a done deal for many of the big names in golf. The McIlroy's, Mickelson's, Watson's Stenson's, and Scott's of the world have all earned their place at Augusta in one of the many categories that make up the elite 100 (TBD)  man field, whether as Past winners, which is why guys like Sandy Lyle the 1988 winner and others who were once great have a spot reserved every year, or top amateurs, or winners of a recent major, or a spot in the world's top 50 published during the week prior to the Masters, there are many ways to get in and they are all listed here...http://www.augusta.com/masters/players/qualifications

For today since there are only two full weeks of play left, lets concentrate on the route via the top 50 which is why The Trophee Hassan II this week in Morocco or the Valero Texas Open are crucial to several players.

Here is the official world golf ranking http://www.owgr.com/...
These 5 guys from the European Tour are playing in Morocco, all with a chance to get into the Masters field.
Alexander Levy :
Having made his Major debut at last year’s US PGA Championship, where he finished in the top 30, the Frenchman, winner of both the Volvo China Open and Portugal Masters last year, will need to finish in a two-way tie for second or better at the Trophée Hassan II to break into the top 50 in the world and earn a Masters invite

Andy Sullivan :
He’s won in two of his nine starts so far on The European Tour this season but Andy Sullivan has yet to tee it up in a Major. This well liked Englishman needs to finish second alone or win the Trophée Hassan II to jump into the top 50 from his current position of 61st. It helps him to know he finished second here last season following a final round, -9 63..

Tommy Fleetwood:
He won his first European Tour title in 2013, then enjoyed a breakout year in 2014 with three runner-up finishes along with three other top fives which meant he qualified for the final two Majors of the season, and finished 19th in the Race to Dubai. A Masters invitation would be in the mail with a win this week in Morocco.

Marcel Siem:
This veteran Belgian knows how close you can come to a Masters invitation after winning the Trophée Hassan II in 2013 he looked certain of a place in the top 50. However heartbreak was just across the Atlantic and he watched later that night as strong finishes from Henrik Stenson and Russell Henley meant Siem finished the night ranked 51st and missed out on a Masters invitation by a few points. This time if he wins here again he will be guaranteed of a place in the top 50.

George Coetzee:
Of the above players, none have more Major experience than Coetzee. The South African has played in ten Majors so far with one appearance at Augusta National in 2013. Despite winning the Tshwane Open two weeks ago, Coetzee currently sits at world # 69 and will need a win this week in Morocco to receive a Masters invitation

Honourable mentions:
Ross Fisher is in the Trophée Hassan II field this week and should he win, there is a chance he could be on his way to Augusta. A win would move him to either 48th, 49th or 50th, but he may get bumped by others.

Marc Warren and Francesco Molinari are both in the field at the Valero with a chance of qualifying. Warren, currently world #51, needs to finish 18th or better whilst Molinari, currently 63rd, needs to finish third or better.

For others at the Valero, the only players who can move into the top 50 without winning are Chesson Hadley (No. 56) and Ryan Palmer (No. 62). Everyone else who could make it to the top 50 would have to win.

Bryan Angus (notes from BBC Reuters europeantour.com, pgatour,com)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Dawie van der Walt wins Chile Classic

Web.com Tour Chile Classic final scoreboard http://www.pgatour.com/webcom/tournaments/chile-classic/leaderboard.html

AP...Dawie van der Walt won the Chile Classic for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a birdie for a 6-under 65 and a two-stroke victory.

The 32-year-old South African finished at -21 263 at Mapocho and earned $108,000. He won two European Tour events in South Africa in 2013. Erik Barnes was second after a 66. He birdied the final three holes.

Third-round leader Craig Barlow was another stroke back along with Wes Roach. Barlow had a hole a hole-in-one on No. 8, but bogeyed Nos. 15 and 16 in a 69. Roach shot 68.

Canada’s Ted Brown T66 -2 282 while Brad Fritsch missed the cut..

Dawson goes wire to wire to win in Tucson..

Champions Tour Tucson Conquistadoes Classic final scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=champions

One of the first guys on the PGA Tour to combine a heavy weights gym routine with the flexibility required of a pro golfer, Marco Dawson muscled his way to a wire to wire win at the first ever Tucson Conquistadores Classic 67 67 69 -13 203.
Dawson won in his 21st start on the 50-and-over tour. He’s winless in 412 PGA Tour starts and has one victory in 161 events on the Web.com Tour.

In form Bart Bryant was second 68 67 70 -11 205. Jesper Parnevik struggled in his Champions Tour debut, shooting 71-74-71 to T42 at even par. The five-time PGA Tour winner turned 50 on March 7

Canadians  Rod Spittle T21 -4 72 71 69   Stephen Ames T37 -1 69 78 68  Jim Rutledge T70  +8 78 76 70