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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dufner returns after recovering from a "pain in the neck"...

Jason Dufner is set to return to tournament play for the first time since August 11 down under at the Perth International. Dufner was experiencing muscle tightness in his shoulder and neck, which tweaked a nerve and resulted in him having a "kind of dead, numb arm".

Having received treatment and totally stepping away from the game for nearly 3 months he started practicing at home 2 weeks ago and starting with today's pro-am will play 5 rounds in a row, hopefully pain free for the first time in 2 years.

He headlines the field at #32 in the world along with French sensation Victor Dubuisson who just arrived in Perth yesterday and Charles Schwartzel who has also been away from the game as he and his wife have been joined by a brand new baby girl, Geoff Ogilvy is also in the field as spring in Australia is well under way.

Perth incidently was hammered by strong winds and rain over the weekend.


Rory's lawsuit ' A pain in the grass"...

AP... Rory McIlroy said Monday that mediation in a lawsuit with his former management company has failed, and he will skip his next two tournaments in China because he needs time to prepare for the trial.

McIlroy will not play the BMW Masters, which starts Oct. 30 at Lake Malaren, or the following week at the HSBC Champions. Those are the opening two events in the final series of the Race to Dubai on the European Tour. The HSBC Champions is a World Golf Championship.

The world’s No. 1 player has been involved in an acrimonious dispute with Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management. He left Horizon in the spring of 2013, about six months after signing a lucrative contract with Nike. Both groups have sued each other, and McIlroy’s attorneys have sought evidence that Graeme McDowell was getting a better deal from Horizon. A judge recommended mediation to keep sensitive documents from going public.

“I’m going to need time away from tournament golf to prepare for the trial over my legal dispute with Horizon Sports Management,” McIlroy said in a statement. “The court-direction mediation process failed over the weekend to resolve the issue.”
The trial is expected to begin in February.

McIlroy has virtually locked up the Race to Dubai. He is not expected to play until the DP World Tour in Dubai on Nov. 20-23. He also plans to defend his title in the Australian Open, which would be his final tournament of the year.

McIlroy won the British Open, a World Golf Championship and the PGA Championship in consecutive starts, which enabled him to win PGA Tour player of the year for the second time in three seasons. He also won the Vardon Trophy and the PGA Tour money title.

He played in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf last week in Bermuda, a 36-hole made for TV exhibition among current major champions. McIlroy finished a distant third.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Sunday Story...Hearn and Hadwin finish in top 10

European Tour

Scott Hend beat Angelo Que of the Philippines in a playoff to win the Hong Kong Open and become the first Australian to win the event since Greg Norman in 1983.
Que and Hend both ended the final round tied on 13-under 267 to force a playoff on the par-four 18th hole of the Fanling Course at the Hong Kong Golf Club.
Hend held his nerve to win on the first playoff hole with a par putt from five feet having watched Que bogey after failing to reach the green with his approach shot http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=euro

PGA Tour

Ben Martin made a 45-foot eagle putt to regain the lead and finished with a 20-foot birdie putt for a 3-under 68 and his first PGA Tour victory in the Shriners Hospital for Children Open.Martin played his final four holes at the TPC Summerlin in 4-under par, though no shot was more important than the eagle.
Kevin Streelman ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch to overtake Martin for the lead, and Streelman hit a wedge into 5 feet on the 18th hole. Martin, who led by as many as four shots on the back nine, hit a 6-iron over the water to the back of the green on the par-5 16th.
His eagle putt broke back to the left over the final few feet and dropped in the cup to put Martin back in the lead.Moments later, Streelman missed his short birdie attempt.
Martin two-putted for par on the 17th, and then rolled in a birdie putt he didn’t need for a two-shot victory. The 27-year-old from South Carolina won in his 56th career start.

Canadians David Hearn and Adam Hadwin both cracked the top 10. Hearn tied for 7th at 14-under 270, six shots off the lead. Hadwin finished tied for 10th at 13-under 271.
The other Canadian in the field was Nick Taylor. He tied for 56th at 5-under 279 http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=pga


Kyu Jung Baek of South Korea won a three-way playoff to claim the LPGA’s KEB-HanaBank Championship. Making the first LPGA start of her career, she shot a final-round 67 to finish tied at 10-under 278 with Brittany Lincicome of the United States and compatriot In Gee Chun, then birdied the first playoff hole on the Ocean Course at the Sky72 Golf Club to take the title.
In the playoff, Lincicome and Baek hit third shots to four feet on the par-5 18th. Lincicome missed her birdie putt while Baek calmly made hers for the win. Chun’s hopes for the title were dashed when her approach shot went into the greenside water.http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=lpga

Jay Haas became the 18th player to win a Champions Tour at 60 or older, closing with a 5-under 66 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic.
The 60-year-old former Wake Forest player has 17 victories on the 50-and-over tour after winning nine times on the PGA Tour. He also won the event in 2005 and 2009.
Haas extended his streak of under-par rounds to 23 and finished at 17-under 196 on Rock Barn Golf and Spa’s Champions Course. He ended a 27-month, 49-event winless streak since June 2012. Joe Durant and Kirk Triplett tied for second. Durant and Triplett, the winner last week in Cary, shot 66.

Calgary’s Stephen Ames tied for 6th after a final round 65 left him at 11-under 202 for the championship. Rod Spittle of St. Catharines, Ont. finished tied for 26th at 6-under 207. Jim Rutledge of Victoria, B.C. tied for 55th at even-par 213. http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=champions


Mikko Ilonen became the first Finnish player to win the Volvo World Match Play Championship after a hard-fought victory over Number One seed Henrik Stenson at London Golf Club.
Ilonen carded four birdies and no bogeys despite the windy conditions to win 3 and 1 and secure the first prize of 650,000 euros, almost double his previous biggest payday from winning the Irish Open in June.
In the third/fourth place play-off, Luiten beat Coetzee on the 19th hole after they were locked at all square.

Bryan Angus
files from europeantour.com, BBC Reuters, AP )

Friday, October 17, 2014

Birthday boy Els leads in Hong Kong

Ernie Els on his 45th birthday has taken a 2 shot lead in Hong Kong after 2 rounds. A second round 65 in Fanling took the South African to nine under par, two shots ahead of Frenchman Raphaël Jacquelin and Australian pair Scott Hend and Cameron Smith.

“I played quite nicely and 65 is what I needed to do,” said Els. “I’m looking forward to the rest of the week and obviously in a good position.
“I won’t have any alcohol to celebrate, but I’ll have a bit of cake and relax back at the hotel and see what we do for dinner tonight.”

Four-time Major winner Els started the day two behind Jyoti Randhawa, but swiftly took the lead with four birdies in five holes from the 13th after starting his round at the 11th.

Live scoring click  http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2014/tournamentid=2014083/leaderboard/index.html

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bae bids for Presidents Cup...weekend winners..

As I was going on TSN1050 for my Sunday morning golf report my colleague Tim Haffey, veteran sports broadcaster asked me if it was correct to say that the Fry's.com was the first event of the 2015 PGA Tour season... it is confusing isn't it !

Yes Tim the 2015 season is now underway and Korean sensation Sang Moon Bae had this one under control most all the way, stretching his lead to as many as six shots, he closed with a 1-over 73 at Silverado in sunny Napa, California, for a two-shot victory over Steven Bowditch, who had a 67. Bae had gone 36 straight PGA Tour events without so much as a top 10.

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

None of our Canadians had great weekends. Graham DeLaet T39th at 4-under 284 worth $23,400 while after a promising start Adam Hadwin could only manage a 75 on Sunday for $13,890 T53rd at 2-under 286. David Hearn T68th at 3-over 291,worth $12,120

Speaking of 2015, the Presidents Cup goes to Asia for the first time next year at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, by far the country's biggest golf event and Bae really wants to be a part of the International team “I think it’s most important to me because it’s in Korea next year. It really means a lot,” he said.

If you were wondering, the majors in 2015 are the Masters of course at Augusta, April 9-12, the US Open is at Chambers Bay in Washington June 18-21, the Open Championship is at St Andrews July 16-19 and the PGA is at Whistling Straits in Kohler Wisconsin August 13-16.

CHAMPIONS Tour .. In Gary, NC Kirk Triplett won the SAS Championship for his second victory of the year and fourth in three seasons after he closed with a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory over Tom Lehman. Triplett finished at 14-under 202 at Prestonwood Country Club.

Jim Rutledge carded a final round 2-under 70 to tie for 50th ($5,712) as the leading Canadian at even-par 216. Rod Spittle tied for 55th ($4,200) at 1-over 217, while Stephen Ames tied for 65th at 3-over 219 ( $2,415)

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

With 3 events left to go in the Charles Schwab Cup race Bernhard Langer who T3, extended his lead, adding 138 points this week. He has a tour-high five wins, two of them majors, and leads the money list. Colin Montgomerie finished outside the top 10, earning no points this week. The German star now holds a 771-point lead over Montgomerie

EUROPEAN Tour ..It did nothing but rain at Vilamoura in the Algarve, and that is most unusual for this popular golf resort in Portugal. In 8 previous year's there hadn't been a drop of it.

Alexander Levy of France won the shortened Portugal Masters after the third and final round was abandoned because of further bad weather Thunderstorms and water-logged greens had already led to the event being reduced to 54 holes Friday, and more rain Sunday saw it finally cut to 36 holes.

Levy’s rounds of 63 and 61 on Thursday and Friday left him on 18-under 124 – three shots ahead of Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts

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

LPGA...In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia China’s Shanshan Feng rallied to win the LPGA Malaysia for her fourth Tour title, playing a six-hole stretch on the back nine in 6 under. Feng, four strokes behind Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum entering the round, closed with a bogey-free 8-under 63 for a three-stroke victory over Phatlum

The tournament was the second in the tour’s six-event Asian swing. The LPGA KEB-HanaBank is next week in South Korea, followed by the Blue Bay LPGA in China.

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

PGATour LatinoAmerica.. Tyler McCumber a 23-year old from Jacksonville, Florida defeated Argentina's Jorge Fernández Valdés in a playoff to claim the Mazatlan Open title in Mexico..

Final scoreboard http://www.pgatourla.com/leaderboard/m2014130/?lg=en#.VDu7HjpMvMw includes Canadian scores..

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

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Canadian results a mixed bag so far this week

Yesterday I wrote of the record 6 Canadians in a PGA Tour event, the Fry's.com out in Napa California, and after 2 rounds their results are mixed.

Adam Hadwin who has full exemption this year after winning the money title on the Web.com tour is off to a great start, T12, 70,69 -5. Graham DeLaet, now well established on tour is T36 71 70 -3 and David Hearn T63 72 71 -1 made the cut..

Unfortunately Brad Fritsch, using up a minor 1 event injury exemption MC 70 74 and now will head back to the Web.com tour for 2015. Nick Taylor who also earned his card also MC 74 72. He doesn't have full exemption like Hadwin so needs to get off to a quick start so he doesn't lose status after the first re-shuffle. Mike Weir who turns 45 next year, MC 73 75 and is hoping life with his new swing coach Martin Ayers will bring back the consistency in his game he has been striving for. He finished 109 in money earned last year so needs a good stetch of golf having used up his two career money list exemptions. Roger Sloan did not get into the field.

Scotland's Martin Laird leads 67 67 -10..

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

Meanwhile on the Champions Tour, Stephen Ames playing his second event, the SAS Championship in NC is T43 at +1 73, Rod Spittle is T62 75 +3 and Jim Rutledge is T79 78 +6
Guy Boros in his rookie year leads 66 -6

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

The European Tour Portugal Masters has been reduced to 54 holes, there are no Canadians in the field http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=euro, Frenchman Alexander Levy leads with round 2  being completed today 63 61 -18. Nicholas Colsaerts left a putt on the lip for 59 in his first round of 60 is in 2nd spot at -15

Commentator Ken Brown, a delightfully eccentric player in his day, is armed with a delightfully dry sense of humour described the flying ants that swarmed the course on Friday, crawling all over the greens as "bacon sandwiches for the sea gulls" that had arrived to devour them..

Later when asked if when he played he would have flicked them aside or crushed them with his putter he said " I was a flicker, live and let live was my motto....unless I missed the putt of course !"

Listen for my report on TSN1050 Sunday morning at 830am

Bryan Angus

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall brings lots of important, exciting golf..Live scoreboards..

There is no doubt in my neck of the woods that Fall has arrived, the temperature is just 5*c this morning, and for many the pro golf season was over after the PGA Championship, if not then certainly after the euphoria of the Ryder Cup.

In fact nothing could be further from the truth, as Fall in the northern hemisphere, spring in the southern brings tons of important, exciting meaningful golf.

The Race to Dubai continues at the Portugal Masters this week, ( live scoring http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2014/tournamentid=2014080/leaderboard/index.html ) and after the Volvo World Match Play in Kent next week travels to Hong Kong, Australia then the Final Series with 2 huge events including a WGC in China, then Turkey and the $10m finale in Dubai..

The aptly named Fall Series begins today on the PGA Tour in Napa, California at the Frys.com ( live scoring click http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/frys-com-open/leaderboard.html ) where a record 6 Canadians, Mike Weir, David Hearn, Graham DeLaet, Brad Fritsch, Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor are in the field with a  seventh, Roger Sloan as the fourth alternate, followed by the Shriners in Las Vegas, the McGladery Classic at Sea Island in Georgia, before flying to Malaysia for the CIMB then to China for the WGC- HSBC and any money won here counts fully in 2015..

With 4 events left to go in the Charles Schwab Cup race,the Champions Tour continues with the SAS this weekend in North Carolina (live scoring http://www.pgatour.com/champions/tournaments/sas-championship/leaderboard.html,) the LPGA continues their 6 event Asian swing in Malaysia at the Sime Darby (live scoring http://www.lpgascoring.com/public/Leaderboard.aspx) and they still have Q School looming, Stage 1 of the Web.com Q school gets underway this weekend (live scoring http://pgatq.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/pgatq14/schedule/upcoming.htm ), while the PGA Tour LatinoAmerica carries on through December in Mexico then South America. ( http://www.pgatourla.com/leaderboard/m2014130/?lg=en#.VDZ6qzpMvMx)

Rory McIlroy will join Adam Scott and all the Aussies, Kiwi's, Springboks and a handful of invited Americans playing the Australasian Tour starting next week culminating in their PGA, Masters and Open championships..

Then there is the silly season invitational events like the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City and Tiger's challenge event in California..

I'll have it all right here, live scoring, stories galore. Pro golf is a global game these days, huge prize money, big fields, big names all this Fall..

Bryan Angus..