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Monday, February 20, 2017

Rod Spittle takes his opportunity at Chubb Classic

Champions Tour Chubb Classic leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/champions/tournaments/chubb-classic/leaderboard.html

Rod Spittle was on the driving range on Friday morning at 9am as the first alternative of the Chubb Classic in Naples, at 9.45 he was in the tournament when John Harris WD.

Come Sunday evening after rounds of 68 68 69 -11 he finished T3, behind winner Freddie Couples 68 65 67 -16. It was Couples first win since the Shaw Classic in Calgary in 2014. In 3 starts at this event he has two firsts and a second.

Spittle won $96,000, and automatically gains entry into next week's tournament in Tuscon.

Bryan Angus

Johnson romps to world #1 at Riviera...soon to be a father again..

PGA Tour Genesis Open final leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/competition/2017/genesis-open/leaderboard.html

Dustin Johnson seems to have life all figured out and as a result he is playing the best golf of his career.

Unconcerned about stats, spin rates, launch angles, happy to stay out of the limelight, secure at home, a doting father and about to be again, and blessed like his father-in-law with obscene skills, he makes the game seem ridiculously easy.

Only a couple of years ago he took time away from the game to get a grip on himself. A combination of falling for a certain Ms. Gretzky and coming under the influence of her famous Dad, becoming a father and re-dedicating himself to the game, led to his big breakthrough winning the US Open last summer when he'd been the bridesmaid at majors so often. He doesn't need money, and is only interested in winning...

He took all the drama out of Sunday's 36 hole finale of the Genesis Open at Riviera, shooting a 64 in his third round, winning by 5 shots, going to #1 in the world, and announcing that his fiancĂ© is pregnant with their second child. It was his 4th win in 8 months.

Graham DeLaet (68) finished in 17th at -7, Adam Hadwin (69) was 34th at -4 and Nick Taylor (73) was 55th at -1.

Bryan Angus

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dustin Johnson leads with 36 holes to play on Sunday at Riviera

PGA Tour  Genesis Open leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/competition/2017/genesis-open/leaderboard.html

The rain finally blew through the Los Angeles area on Saturday around noon, giving officials enough time to get round 2 completed, leaving the field with 36 holes to play today, and round 3 began at 7am PT.

Dustin Johnson has posted a pair of 66's, -10 and is in one of those DJ grooves where he just makes it look so easy, this time Riviera is his stage. We'll see if he keeps it up.

Pat Perez 67 66, and Cameron Tringale 69 64, are right behind him at -9. Jordan Spieth is T18 and Jason Day is 70th.

Canadian scores with round 3 underway:  Nick Taylor T60 74 68, Graham DeLaet 73 68, T60, Adam Hadwin 68 73 71st

The weather is good for today, and darkness falls around 545pm, but there is a small cut of 71 which will help them get all 36 in, and nothing speeds up play for pro's than making sure they finish on Sunday night if at all possible.

Bryan Angus

Brett Rumford, Ha Na Jang winners in Australia..

If you missed it overnight, Brett Rumford won the ISPS Handa Super6 in Perth, while happy little Ha Na Jang overcame a struggling Lisette Salas to win the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.

European Tour ISPS Handa Super6 final leaderboard. http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2017/tournamentid=2017012/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

Brett Rumford led by 5 shots after 3 rounds of stroke play, so it was poetic justice that  he made it through 4 rounds of stroke play, beating a young 19 year old from Thailand called Phachara Khongwatmai in the final 2&1, and regaining his European Tour privileges for another 2 years at 39 years young.

Canada's Austin Connelly had a great week in his debut finishing 9th after a tough 2&1 loss to Aussie Matthew Millar in the 2nd round of the matchplay. Austin puts € 25,567 in his jeans for the week.

This new format provided a lot of excitement and drama that wouldn't otherwise have been present. 8 players had to playoff for 5 spots late on Saturday to fill out the 24 man matchplay finale to start with, then the matches were only 6 holes each which made the players go for it from the start.

LPGA Tour ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open final leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/isps-handa-womens-australian-open/results

On another difficult day for scoring in the wind at Royal Adelaide, it was the diminutive, smiling South Korean Ha Na Jang who was the only one in the top 25 to break 70, as she charged up the leaderboard, culminating with a 50 footer for eagle on the 71st hole to win the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open by 3 shots at -10 for her 4th win.

Lisette Salas chunked a wedge on her first hole and never recovered with 7 bogey's, ending up with +5 78 to finish 7th.

Maude Aimee LeBlanc had a superb week, posting her best ever finish at -5 (71-68-73-75) T7. Alena Sharp also had a strong week, finishing T16 at -3. Brooke Henderson had five birdies on her front nine of 32, then came the tough back nine in +3 to finish T21 -2.

Bryan Angus

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Round 2 set to resume at 12pm (EST) at rainy Riviera

Yesterday at around 12:20 p.m. PT, play was suspended for the day at the Genesis Open as rain poured down with winds gusting to 20 mph. Just 24 players completed the second round at Riviera Country Club and nearly half the field (60 players) hadn’t teed off when the horn sounded.

They were scheduled to restart at 7am PT (10AM EST) but it is still raining in the LA area. The rain is scheduled to stop at around 11am PT, but officials have just announced they will restart at 12pm EST (9am PT)

PGA Tour Genesis Open leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/competition/2017/genesis-open/leaderboard.html

Bryan Angus

Matches announced for final 24 at ISPS Handa Super 6

Here are the matches for Sunday's match play finale at the ISPS Handa Super 6 in Perth Australia, and Canada's Austin Connelly after a terrific -6 66 today ended the stroke play part of the tournament T2 at -12.

The top 24 players move into Sunday's match play, with the top 8 getting a bye into round 2. Connelly is seeded #3 and has a bye into round 2 as such.

The players who finished #9 -24 play the eight 6 hole matches in round 1.

Here are the pairings : http://www.pga.org.au/news/pga-tour-aus/world-super-6-perth/isps-handa-world-super-6-perth-round-4-draw-announced

Bryan Angus

Connelly, LeBlanc, Sharp all making round 3 news in Australia...

Here are the overnight stories and scores for the two ISPS Handa tournaments being contested in both Perth and Adelaide Australia.

LPGA/LET ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open leaderboard  http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/isps-handa-womens-australian-open/leaderboard

First to Adelaide in South Australia where after Saturday's third round of the Women's Australian Open it's the American, Lizette Salas with rounds of 68 70 71 who is the leader by 2 shots at -10, however the locals are cheering on a pair of their own, Su Oh, 70 73 68 -8 and Sarah Jane Smith 70 67 74 -8 both T2 and both looking for their first LPGA win, and their national championship to boot.

From a Canadian perspective it's Maude Aimee LeBlanc who is T5 71 68 73 -7 and Alena Sharp T10 71 69 74 -5 who are in contention going into Sunday .

Brooke Henderson shot E 73 and is T35 at E, 10 shots out of the lead. Because she made the cut right on the number, she played on her own for the first time in her career in just over three hours. Now she and sister Brittany have Saturday off and are off for " some shopping and lunch down at the beach."

Remember par is 73 for the women at Royal Adelaide and as usual the wind is making scoring very difficult. -5 68 was today's lowest score.

European Tour ISPS Handa World Super 6 leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2017/tournamentid=2017012/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

Now over to Australia's west coast in Perth, where round 3 of this ISPS Handa World Super 6 is in the books, and under this new format, the stroke play part of the event is complete, and the top 24 have been decided and they will go into the first round of match play tomorrow.

The top 8 get a bye into the 2nd round, while #'s 9-24 play in eight 6 hole knockout matches in round 1.

Amongst the top 8 is Canada's Austin Connelly who ended up T2 after a 66 -12 total and he will be seeded #3 in tomorrow's match play.

Here are the matches http://www.pga.org.au/news/pga-tour-aus/world-super-6-perth/isps-handa-world-super-6-perth-round-4-draw-announced

Consider Aussie, Brett Rumford who continued his stellar play, and at -17 he would be taking a 5 shot lead into Sunday's final round. Now he is merely the #1 seed going into the 24 man match play.

Bryan Angus