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Monday, August 31, 2015

Jason Day bids for Player of the year .. weekend wrap...

PGA Tour the Barclays final scoreboard http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/the-barclays/leaderboard.html

When guys in pro sports get hot, they accomplish the most amazing feats .. and make it look easy..

For example Eddie Encarnacion of the Toronto Blue Jays has now hit safely in 25 games, he hit 3 homeruns with 9 RBI on Saturday, walked up to the plate in his first at bat Sunday and hit another. This is the same guy who couldn't punch his weight in April and May..

Basketball players hit eight threes in a row, then in the second half can't hit any and of course there are many more examples.

We had hardly paid any attention to Billy Horschel until he got hot in last year's playoffs and was runner-up in Boston, a winner in Denver and he cashed in big winning the Tour Championship in Atlanta and a cheque for $11.4m in one day. Horschel was ranked #69 when his hot month started.

Last summer Rory won three times in a row.. this summer it's all about Jason Day who has won three of his last 4 starts including his latest, a 63-62 finish for a 19-under 261 run away win of the Barclay's and remember he won two weeks ago with a record to par at 20-under 268.

He is driving it like Rory did last summer, long and straight and he is putting like a God, yesterday he made three long birdie putts and capped them of with another at the 72nd that resulted in a -8 62 for a six-shot victory over Henrik Stenson.

So he moves to the top of the FedEx Cup, ensuring he will be in the top five for the $10 million bonus at the Tour Championship and with this win Day remains at #3 in the world this morning but now joins Rory and Jordan to become world #1 at the Deutsche Bank Championship next week at the TPC Boston.

“It’s been a special summer for me, and it’s not over,” Day said. No kidding and you tell me, who is the player of the year. Spieth with his 2 majors will still get the award, but man is Jason making it close, and we'll see what Rory has left in his bag later this week..

The top 100 in the FedEx Cup advance to this week in Boston and there were 8 guys who played there way in yesterday, however on the flip side Nick Taylor was in good shape to advance but after a double bogey on the 14th hole he missed a 7-foot birdie putt on the final hole and lost the final spot to Jason Kokrak, who missed the cut but still finished one point ahead of Taylor.

David Hearn shot a final-round -2 68 to finish at E, moving up 17 spots to qualify among the top 100.

European Tour D+D Real Czech Open final leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2015/tournamentid=2015066/leaderboard/index.html#K0v6R50hFo17xk6D.97

Thomas Pieters was the best player all week and he capped it off with -3 69 to win the Czech Masters by three strokes for his first European Tour victory in front of hardly any spectators in the soccer mad Czech Republic.

Pieters held off Pelle Edberg of Sweden who shot a 71 with Matthew Fitzpatrick of England another shot back after a 68 .

However it was the 23-year-old Belgian who be them all as he finished with a -20 268 at the Albatross Golf course near Prague.

Champions Tour Dick's Sporting Goods Open final leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/champions/tournaments/dick-s-sporting-goods-open/leaderboard.html

All year we have been talking about Colin Montgomerie, Jeff Maggert and Bernhard Langer sharing the spotlight on this Champions Tour and just when it seemed Rod Spittle or Stephen Ames may break through it was late bloomer Maggert who won the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open for his fourth victory of the year, closing with a -6 66 to beat Paul Goydos by two strokes at -14 202.

Maggert started the final round two shots off the lead but changed all that after five birdies in the first nine holes. Remember he already had major wins at the Regions Tradition in May and the U.S. Senior Open in July, and he came up to Cagary and took the Shaw Charity Classic earlier this month.
Rod Spittle slipped to a disappointing 74 -8 T12, after rounds of 68 and 66 had him in the lead while Stephen Ames shot E 72 to also finish at -8 T12. 
LPGA Tour Yokohama Tire Classic final leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/yokohama-tire-lpga-classic/results
The weather finally cleared up in Prattville, Alabama and after a marathon day they did get 72 holes completed and it was little known veteran, Kris Tamulis who won the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title.
She is now 34, from Naples, Florida and she had to play 29 holes to do it and for this ultimate grinder the win came on the 186th start of her  career. She completed her 3rd round with 67 and got even better in the afternoon with a 65 to beat Yani Tseng and Austin Ernst by a stroke with a 17-under 271 total
Tseng who is back in form had rounds of 71 and 67, and Ernst shot 68-69 and both could only par the final hole when a birdie would have forced a playoff.
Alena Sharp had her best of the week, a -5 67, -9 T12. Brooke Henderson had a -3 69 T13.
Bryan Angus

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Pieters hits wrong ball but still leads Czech Masters

European Tour D+D Real Czech Masters leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2015/tournamentid=2015066/leaderboard/index.html#fDLxU8EZhsAdPa23.97

VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic – Thomas Pieters of Belgium shot a -7 65 on Saturday despite being penalized for hitting the wrong ball, taking a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Czech Masters.

Pieters began the round one shot behind overnight leaders Matthew Fitzpatrick and Pelle Edberg but made an eagle on the par-5 first hole and continued with four birdies on the next nine. His lead could have been bigger if not for taking a double bogey on the 11th after playing the wrong ball in the rough.
It’s never happened to me before,” Pieters said. “I normally check my ball. It still hurts a little bit because it is my mistake. It could have been a lower one but I’m still really happy with the way I played and seven under is a good score on a Saturday.”
Seeking his first European Tour victory at the Albatross Golf course near Prague, the 23-year-old Pieters recovered immediately with a birdie on the 12th and added two more on the 14th and 16th for a 17-under total of 199.
Edberg of Sweden produced a flawless round of 67 to sit a shot back in second place.
Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark carded a 67 with a 40-foot putt for a birdie on the last hole to sit three shots behind in third. Fitzpatrick is tied for fourth after carding a 71.
Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg carded a 64 to equal the course record with an eagle and six birdies to surge into a tie for sixth on 9 under.

Weather delays plague LPGA Yokohama Tire event in Alabama

LPGA Tour Yokohama Tire Classic http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/yokohama-tire-lpga-classic/leaderboard

I don't have a lot to add to yesterday's blog about this event down in Prattville Alabama, because after a 90 minute delay on Friday, the rain and thunder and lightning got worse yesterday, delaying  play for nearly 5 hours.

Austin Ernst has taken the lead at -10 before it got too dark to play. She passed Yani Tseng, who had a bogey on the fourth hole to drop to -9

This morning the players are all up and will to stay in the same pairings as they try to complete 72 holes and the weather forecast https://www.google.ca/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=EcrMVb3XM4WN8QeTx63wAQ&gws_rd=ssl#q=weather+for+prattville+al is hot and sticky again with 45% chance of rain around noon.
Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp are both T19 at -4

Jason Day's improbable summer continues at The Barclay's...

PGA Tour The Barclays leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/the-barclays/leaderboard.html

Jason Day's summer of summer's isn't over yet. He shot a brilliant -7 63, crowned by another 350 yard bomb off the 16th tee, 4 iron to within 20 feet then eagle putt which sounds all too familiar, to take the lead along with army bound South Korean Bae Sang-moon who had a 63 of his own, both are at -11 199.

A win for Bae means he would also win a spot on the International team for the Presidents Cup, which is being held in South Korea later this year and would be a huge deal for Bae.. if the Army lets him. He is due to start a 2 year stint of compulsory service.

Bubba Watson is a stroke back after another 67 along with Zach Johnson 67 and Henrik Stenson 67, while Ryan Palmer had a 65 and is two shots behind. Palmer lost his 71 year old father to a car accident last week.

Day, you'll remember was the roll of his ball from getting into the playoff at the Open Championship, after leading the US Open after 54 holes, then he came straight to Glen Abbey and birdied the last 3 holes to win the RBC Canadian Open, following that up with his win at Whistling Straits and the PGA Championship.

If this Aussie wins it will be his 4th of the year, the same as Jordan Spieth for most on tour this year, and will throw him right into the race for No. 1 adding some spice to these FedEx Cup playoffs

Nick Taylor 69 is T41 at -1 and David Hearn 73 is T62, +2

Bryan Angus

Spittle takes the lead into Sunday in Endicott, Ames right behind

Champions Tour Dick's Sporting Goods leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/champions/tournaments/dick-s-sporting-goods-open/leaderboard.html

There is a distinct Canadian flavour at the top of the Dicks Sporting Goods Open as the final round gets underway today down in Endicott NY.
Rod Spittle shot into the lead with an eagle at the 16th for a -6 66 to take a one-shot lead over rookie Scott McCarron (64) and John Huston (68) to get to -10,134.
Just 2 shots behind at -8 is Stephen Ames who found some of his old form with a brilliant 64 and he is joined by Jeff Maggert (68), Ian Woosnam (69) and first-round co-leader Paul Goydos (70) with Corey Pavin (66) and Willie Wood (69) another shot back.
For those who don't know Rod's story, he was a great amateur at Ohio State in the late 1970s and winner of the Canadian Amateur but he didn't turn pro until he was 49 choosing to raise his family in St Catherines instead. He hit the headlines when he won the 2010 AT&T Championship. This year he qualified to keep his card through Q School. He eagled the 16th when his chip from 65 yards hit the flag and dropped in the hole.
Ames had lived in this luxury home in Calgary http://calgaryherald.com/business/real-estate/luxury-home-of-golfer-stephen-ames-being-listed-for-sale-for-close-to-8-million for years with his wife Jodi, but they split up last year, sold the house and he and the 2 boys moved Vancouver.
He doesn't grind it out with the old guys, picking his spots and hasn't won on the Champions Tour ... yet.
Bryan Angus

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Golf stories for the weekend... live scoreboards

Since I have been working late since Wednesday and will be again over the weekend I haven't been able to pen my usual coverage, so here is my Saturday morning wrap of what to look forward to as I see it this weekend.

PGA Tour The Barclays leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/the-barclays/leaderboard.html

Bubba Watson is where he  seemingly has been almost every time he has teed it up this summer, near or in the lead. This time he is in the lead by a shot after a -2 68 got him to -7 133 and that score included a warning for playing to slowly at the 16th where he took over a minute to figure out how to hit it into a tough pin placement, when 40 seconds is the maximum the guys are allowed. Two warnings invokes a stroke penalty.

Jordan Spieth missed the cut by 5 shots 74, 73 and he did get a penalty at the 13th for stepping on his ball while searching for it and with that he drops out of the world #1 ranking, which goes back to Rory who is working out and enjoying life I assume somewhere in Florida..

Who knows who will beat Bubba but I can report Zach Johnson is still playing well, in particularly putting well as he made five birdies and a whack of par savers for -5 65 and is at -6 134 along with Henrik Stenson (66), Tony Finau (69) and Jason Dufner (68).

Canadian scores, Graham DeLaet MC, David Hearn 70,69 -1 139, Nick Taylor is E 140, T40.

European Tour D+D Real Czech Masters leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2015/tournamentid=2015066/leaderboard/index.html#5lpDIorV7tiO1FAl.97

With round 3 underway, is was Matthew Fitzpatrick a 20 year Englishman and Pelle Edberg the veteran Swede who both shot  -5 67 on Friday to share the lead after the second round of this Czech Masters at the Albatross Golf course near Prague.

Thomas Pieters of Belgium was one shot back after carding a 68, and this morning he is -3 with an opening eagle and has joined Edberg -2 in the lead at -13 through 6 holes while Fitzpatrick at E par is stalled at -11.

Champions Tour Dick's Sporting Goods Open leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/champions/tournaments/dick-s-sporting-goods-open/leaderboard.html

Course specialist Gene Sauers shot a -6 66 along with Paul Goydos for the first-round lead on the En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott NY.  John Huston a former winner is in with -5 67 as is Ian Woosnam.

Peter Senior with -4 68 is T5 as are Rod Spittle, Jeff Maggert, and Willie Wood another past winner amongst others while defending champion Bernhard Langer had a 71.

John Cook who has stepped off the set at the Golf Channel was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. He made an eight at No. 16 and signed for a seven.

 Rod Spittle fired five birdies on this short tree lined course on his way to -4 68 while our other Canuck, Stephen Ames is in with E 72.

LPGA Tour Yokohama Tire Classic leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/yokohama-tire-lpga-classic/leaderboard

The women have packed their bags and flown from Vancouver down to Prattville, Alabama and it's nice to see a familiar name back atop the leaderboard.

Whatever happened to Taiwan's Yani Tseng who you may remember was #1 in the world for a couple of years, but has now slipped to 75th and hasn't won since the 2012 Kia Classic.

Well she says she has been practising harder than ever to get back into the winners circle, where she has been 15 times already in her career, and yesterday she topped off her round with an eagle, birdie finish for -8 64 and a one-stroke lead at -10 134.

Play was suspended 90 minutes because of lightning and rain so some of the field are out early today to finish round one.

Austin Ernst was second after a -7 65 -9, and Lexi Thompson was third at -8 after a -5 67.

Canadians :  Brooke Henderson is -3, 71 70, Alena Sharp, -1 71 72. Sara Maude Juuneau 76 73 +5. Jennifer Kirby 77 76 +9. Sue Kim 74 +2  Rebecca Lee Bentham WD.

The cut is projected at +2.

Bryan Angus

Friday, August 28, 2015

FedEx playoffs just gravy for Spieth...

PGA Tour The Barclay's leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/the-barclays/leaderboard.html

Jordan Spieth doesn't need the FedEx playoffs and that in a nutshell is another reason why they don't work, and why there is none of the buzz we associate with the word playoffs..

Consider his year of year's, nine times in the top three, wins at the Masters and the US Open, way ahead in the FedEx race, he will be in the final 30 in Atlanta unless they make him play left handed.

So yesterday he shot +4 74, including 40 on his last nine, made headlines by saying he wasn't a big fan of the course, but you see my point here, nobody apart from the sponsor's and the TV moguls are agonizing over his round today. If your favourite team loses it's first game of the playoffs you fret about losing home advantage, analyze to death each player's performance, someone will be wearing the goat horns, you are on the edge of your seat for a must win game two... all of those things and more.

FedEx Playoffs, schmayoffs...

That said, I love golf and there are lots of storylines here for those of us who cover it and are fans. For the record, one of the guys I've been touting all year, big hitter Tony Finau joined Bubba, Camilo Villegas and Spencer Levin for the lead at -5 65.

Now you see for guys like Villegas who hasn't had a good year and just squeaked into the field, and Levin at 115, these playoffs are a chance to rescue their seasons, as well as padding their bank accounts and rewarding their sponsors.

Jason Dufner, Paul Casey are two of many in with 66. Golf's hottest property Jason Day is in with Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler at 68.

Hands up, who won this event last year?? Good for you if you remembered it was Hunter Mahan, who won't successfully defend after shooting 78 while Justin Rose had a 77, and the guy who got hot at the right time last year to win it all and hasn't been heard from in a good way since, Billy Horschel had a 76. He of course has much more important matters on his mind following the suicide of his father.

As for the Canadians, Nick Taylor T11 -3 67, David Hearn T47 E 70, Adam Hadwin T84 +3 73, Graham DeLaet T108 +6 76. The cut is projected at +1.

Eric Compton has WD after nine holes.

Bryan Angus