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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Phelan, Ford tied for African Open lead

European Tour African Open scoreboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2015/tournamentid=2015016/leaderboard/index.html

Kevin Phelan's one shot lead at the Africa Open evaporated as late starter Matt Ford joined him at the top of the leaderboard in the opening round at East London Golf Club.
The Irishman looked to be continuing the momentum generated from his joint second placed finish at the Joburg Open last week when he surged to the top, but Englishman Ford also countered the blustery conditions and wandering wildlife to match Phelan's five under par 67

Starting on the back nine, Phelan dropped his only shot on his second hole, the par four 477 yard 11th. But the 24 year old responded in emphatic fashion with six birdies, including three consecutively from the fifth, the last of which was completed when he escaped from behind the trees following a disappointing tee shot.

Ford, who was about to spend a winter working for Royal Mail before coming through November's Qualifying School at the tenth attempt, produced the only flawless round of the day which included five birdies.

South Africa has provided all five past winners of this event and Neil Schietekat is leading the home charge following a four under 68, with England's Richard Bland, David Howell and John Parry plus Spain's Eduardo de la Riva also among the chasing pack.

Tseng, Park share 1st round lead in Singapore..

LPGA Tour HSBC Women's Champions scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=lpga

Overnight in hot and humid Singapore, South Korea's Inbee Park and Taiwan's Yani Tseng both shot -6 66 to share the lead after the opening round of the HSBC Women's Champions.

Angela Stanford of the United States is 3rd after -5 67. Lydia Ko had 2 bogeys but 6 birdies for 68, T4 with Karrie Webb, Jenny Shin, Mo Martin and Mariajo Uribe.

Paula Creamer the defending champion hasn't recovered from her honeymoon, shot a 74 while Michelle Wie had a 73.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Where are they playing this week? ...Live scoreboards..

PGA Tour WGC - Cadillac Championship scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=pga
All the top 50 players in the world are at this WGC event in Doral, Florida, outside Miami. The Blue Monster course has been purchased and re-designed and apparently upgraded by Donald Trump's company. Patrick Reed defends his championship.

European Tour African Open scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=euro
A strong English contingent joins this South African field on the East London GC situated with the Indian Ocean as the backdrop. Thomas Aiken the defending champion is not here, watch out for course specialist Jaco Van Zyl who always does well here.

LPGA Tour HSBC Women's Champions scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=lpga
The women are in Singapore this week at the Sentosa GC where newly married Paula Creamer defends her title.

Web.com Tour Karibana Championship scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=web
The tour returns to Cartegena in Columbia where it will be blistering hot this week, temperatures in the 90's F. Canada's Brad Fritsch is in the field as they continue their South American swing.

Bryan Angus

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Albin Choi notches first pro win over this weekend..

Thanks to Tyler Costigan from Golf Canada for this great news..

Toronto native and Young Pro Squad member Albin Choi recorded his first win as a professional on Saturday, shooting a 6-under 210 to win the SwingThought Tour Classic by one stroke.

Choi, 22, carded 14 birdies en route to shooting rounds of 69-70-71 for the come-from-behind victory on the weather-shortened 54-hole event at the Kiderlou Forest Golf Club.

With the win, Choi takes home $20,000 (USD) along with an exemption into the United Leasing Championship presented by PTI, a Web.com Tour event.

The long-standing Team Canada member had lost his Web.com Tour status following the 2014 season, and will surely be eager to return with an extra boost of confidence following his victory.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Paddy wins "Comedy of Errors" at Honda Classic

PGA Tour Honda Classic final scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=pga

There's an old song with the lyric " I don't want it you can have it she's alright by me.."

That's what's going through my mind after a strangely intriguing Monday morning from the Honda Classic where at least 3 guys had the lead, made a mess of things and finally the ever fidgety Paddy Harrington, playing on a sponsor's exemption, lost the lead, had the lead, lost the lead and eventually beat a 21 year old local kid, Daniel Berger who closed with a brilliant 64, on the 17th, the second playoff hole for his first PGA Tour win since 2008.

Now 43 and ranked 297 in the world he survived when all around him were failing and he's off to the Masters while he moves up to 82nd in the world.

Consider Paddy's roller coaster ride... He made four straight birdies on the back nine to take the lead. He then lost it after a soft 5-iron into the water for double bogey on the par-3 17th. Then he got it back with a clutch 15-foot birdie putt on 18 to force the playoff. Then the icing on the cake when after fidgeting forever on the tee, he hit the same 5-iron to 3 feet on the 17th to win on the second playoff hole when Berger hit into the water and made double bogey.

He wasn't alone on the rollercoaster...Consider Ian Poulter....He had a three-shot lead going into the final round on Sunday. He proceeded to hit five shots into the water which cost him the 3 shot then the 2 shot leads culminating with two more into the water on 14 for triple bogey. Despite all that he then finished birdie-birdie for a 75 and only missed the playoff by one shot.

Now consider Patrick Reed.. tied with Harrington at -7 on the 15th Reed hit his tee shot into the water and made double bogey. He bogeyed the next two holes, shot 73 and finished three shots behind.

How about Paul Casey who lost in a playoff at Riviera last week, was tied for the lead until a bogey on the 14th hole. He never caught up, missing a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th that would have got him into another playoff.

Finally Daniel Berger, 21 years young, father a former top 10 tennis player. He played better than anyone in his final round of 64 and had a 15-foot birdie putt to win on the 18th in a playoff and narrowly missed. Then, he watched Harrington hit 5-iron to within 3 feet on the 17th on the next playoff hole just like he had in regulation, only to lose it short and right into the water, leaving Paddy two short putts for the win.

A ' comedy of errors " for sure, but wildly exciting to watch, especially since the ultimate grinder, Paddy Harrington, once #3 in the world, down to #297 without a card came out on top.

Note Adam Hadwin finished T31 71 71 68 72 +3

Bryan Angus

Honda Classic play to resume at 8am this morning..

PGA Tour Honda Classic scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=pga

When play resumes at 8am this morning here is the situation.

Ian Poulter is at -7 through seven holes, tied with Paul Casey, who went out in 31 and was in the left rough on the 10th hole when the final round was halted due to darkness on Sunday. Patrick Reed, in the final group with Poulter, is at -6. Phil Mickelson was among four players who were three shots behind at -4.

Poulter shot 66 in his 3rd round and was 3 shots ahead in his 4th when he shanked an 8 iron on the par-3 fifth hole that went so far to the right it bounced into water on the sixth hole. He made double bogey and lost the lead. Then he proceeded to pull his drive into the water down the left side of the sixth fairway and had to two-putt from 65 feet to escape with bogey, and suddenly his lead was gone.

Casey who shot a 68 in his 3rd round, made four birdies on the front nine, all from no more than 12 feet. His birdie on No. 9 moved him into a share of the lead.

Paddy Harrington the 2nd round leader shot 71, and is +3 on his final round through 8, -3 total..

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

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Andy Sullivan wins thrilling Joburg Open..

European Tour Joburg Open final scoreboard http://www.europeantour.com/

At the halfway point of the final round it was England's David Howell who was the man to catch as the Joburg Open headed for an exciting climax at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.

The former Ryder Cup star began the final round two shots behind overnight leader Wallie Coetsee, but moved to the top of a crowded leaderboard with four birdies, including a 20 foot effort on the sixth, in a flawless front nine of 32.

That took the five-time European Tour winner to 16 under par and one shot ahead of Andy Sullivan, Anthony Wall and Kevin Phelan, with Coetsee part of a four-strong group on 14 under and a total of 16 players within four of the lead.

However I can tell you he missed from eight feet for birdie on the 15th to remain one behind Andy Sullivan, who won the South African Open Championship at nearby Glendower at the start of January and with birdies at 15 and 18 has shot -6 66 for a 2 shot win at -17 over a group of 5 including crowd favourite and overnight leader Wallie Coetzee.. He will now move up into the mid 50's in world wide ranking.

Bryan Angus