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Friday, March 16, 2018

Maude Aimee LeBlanc 3 shots off the lead in round 2 Bank of Hope Founders Cup

LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/bank-of-hope-founders-cup/leaderboard

Round two is under way at this Bank of Hope Founders Cup in Phoenix Arizona with South Korean Hee Young Park leading at -6.

As for the Canadians, Maude Aimee LeBlanc hasn't started yet after her -3 69 yesterday, 7 birdies, 4 bogey's in her first round of the season. Brooke Henderson and Anne Catherine Tanguay are at E, while Alena Sharp +3 75

On Thursday play was suspended at 6:50 p.m. local due to darkness. The round one scoring average last year was 69.9 compared to 72.4 this year due to the wind and particularly cool temperatures especially in the morning.

The defending champion Inbee Park shot -4 68.

Bryan Angus

Sensational Stenson's 64 leads with round 2 underway at Arnold Plamer Invitational

PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2018/arnold-palmer-invitational-presented-by-mastercard/leaderboard.html

Weather forecast for Friday https://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/arnold-palmer-invitational-presented-by-mastercard/weather.html

Round 2 is well under way at this Arnold Palmer Invitational under more gorgeous Florida weather, sunny, no wind just the Bay Hill course with it's thick rough and fast greens for protection.

So to win you have to stay out of the rough and putt well. Henrik Stenson was practising putting with his coach Phil Kenyon in nearby Orlando in preparation for this week and as a result he took only 20 putts, tying his personal best for fewest putts. He made an incredible five straight birdies from 9-13 and added 2 more at 15,16 for a -8 64 for the overnight lead playing in the late wave which produced 13 more rounds in the 60s including Rory McIlroy at 69 and captain Ernie Els. Jimmy Walker, Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau were at -5 67.

When I signed off yesterday I wrote about Tiger having the clubhouse lead at -4 playing early so he is off late today at 1.08 and of course everyone will be watching to see what the Tiger show will produce this afternoon.

Henrik and the late wave yesterday are playing early today and so far the scoring is not quite as low. Stenson for example is -1 thru 14 -9 total. He started on the back nine with 13 straight pars.  Marc Leishman the defending champion is -4 so far today at -6. Bryson DeChambeau -4 is currently tied with Henrik at -9.

All the live scoring is on my link above.

Nick Taylor starts the day T48th E72. Mackenzie Hughes T86th +2 74.

Bryan Angus

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tiger shoots 68 for clubhouse lead at Arnold Palmer Invitational

PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2018/arnold-palmer-invitational-presented-by-mastercard/leaderboard.html

With 6 birdies in a round of -4 68 Tiger Woods has just completed his day tied for the clubhouse lead. Patrick Reed also shot 68, and Jimmy Walker is at -4 late in his round.

On a Bay Hill course that he has mastered with 8 wins, matching Sam Snead's record at the Greensboro Open, Tiger who began play on the back nine, only had 1 blemish when he drove out of bounds on the 3rd leading to a double bogey 6.

The coup de grace came on the par 3 7th when he thrilled the huge gallery with a 70 footer, right across the green and right into the cup. I may add the putt would have gone 10' past if it hadn't hit the hole.

It was that kind of round for the man who has been installed as the 8/1 favourite to win his 5th Masters in a months time.

The rough is brutal and the perfect greens are fast so far today. The weather is perfect, sunny, warm and calm. Driver isn't a must off the tee, accuracy is, although the big bombers can pick their line to gain an advantage.

Canadian scores: Nick Taylor has opened E 72, Mac Hughes +2 74

The marquee group this afternoon is Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and defending champion Marc Leishman.

Bryan Angus

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Brooke Henderson leads Canadians this week at Bank of Hope Founders Cup

LPGA Tour Bank of Hope Founders Cup tee times http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/bank-of-hope-founders-cup/leaderboard

The LPGA returns stateside this week for the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in Phoenix after their sojourn in the Far East.

Brooke Henderson playing at 12.45 with Lydia Ko and Cristie Kerr will lead the Canadian contingent of Maude Aimee LeBlanc, Alena Sharp and Anne Catherine Tanguay when they tee it up on Thursday.

Incidentally the development tour for the LPGA, the Symetra Tour begins their season this week at the Florida's Natural Charity Classic in Winter Haven where you will find Brittany Marchand, Samantha Richdale, Jennifer Ha, Augusta James, Liz Tong and Lorie Kane.

Bryan Angus

Two Canadians join Tiger etal at Arnold Palmer Invitational

PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill tee times https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

Tiger has been saying it for a while now, how much he misses competing every time he tees it up, that excitement just can't be replaced hitting balls and playing friendlies at his mansion in Jupiter.

Well he's certainly re charging the batteries quickly after his T2 at the Valspar Championship last week in front of record pumped up galleries and of course a world wide audience on TV, then the announcement yesterday of his selection to captain the USA Presidents Cup squad in 2019, and now at Arnie's Invitational this week where he has won on the Bay Hill course 8 times.

He's off the 10th at 8.23 with Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama. Defending champion Marc Leishman, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler are the featured afternoon pairing at 1.08pm.

There isn't a seat left in the press tent, in fact they could have added another, and all eyes will be on his every step, I'm sure the Golf Channel would have a camera watching him sleep all night if they could.

There are 2 Canadians in the field, Mac Hughes (8.23) and Nick Taylor (7.35am) and there would be more but Arnie was not shy about letting players he invited but didn't show up know about it, so the player attendance at this one, and Jack's Memorial is always high.

I note there is no Jordan Spieth or Justin Thomas..

Bryan Angus

The International team has to start winning to save the Presidents Cup

Presidents Cup https://www.presidentscup.com/

The Presidents Cup is at Royal Melbourne in December of 2019 and Ernie Els will be replacing Nick Price as captain of the International Team and Tiger Woods has been named to replace Steve Stricker captain of Team USA.

Certainly these two guys get everyone's attention when they have most anything to say which will be great for this event and ensures that whomever they ask to make the trek down under will be on board. Tiger hasn't ruled out being a playing captain.

However as I have been saying for far too long, this International Team had better start winning or the Presidents Cup will cease to exist. They only have 1 win and 1 draw win in 11 events. I suggested after last years drubbing in New Jersey that players on the USA Ryder Cup team would not be allowed on the Presidents Cup squad the next year.

That of course would not be a popular decision all around, however remember the Ryder Cup would not be the mega monster it is now, without Jack Nicklaus suggesting the Great Britain & Ireland squad be changed to Team Europe to include rising star Seve Ballesteros back in 1979, to stop the bi-annual thrashing they foisted on the hopelessly out matched British guys.

Tiger and Ernie provided the most exciting finale in 2003 in South Africa when the teams were tied at 17-17 and Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus selected them to decide the match in a playoff which went 3 dramatic holes until darkness fell and Jack and Gary agreed to call it a draw with the two teams sharing the Cup.

I haven't forgot Mike Weir beating Tiger Woods at Royal Montreal in 2007, although USA won that one by 19 1/2 - 14 1/2.

Els has competed in the Presidents Cup eight times (1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013), tied for most by an International Team member. Woods, also an eight-time U.S. Presidents Cup Team member (1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013) and is the only player to clinch the Cup three times. Both Woods and Els served as captain’s assistants for their respective teams in 2017

For 2019 the top eight players for the International and U.S. Team standings will officially qualify following the completion of the 2019 TOUR Championship. Captains will later select four captains’ picks (at date to be determined) in the weeks to follow.

Bryan Angus
(notes from europeantour.com)

Monday, March 12, 2018

Four new modified rules of golf released by the R&A

The USGA and The R&A have unveiled the new Rules of Golf, to be implemented on 1 January 2019.

While the majority of proposed Rules remain intact in the final version, several important changes to the initial proposals and further clarification of many Rules were incorporated.

Dropping procedure: When taking relief (from an abnormal course condition or penalty area, for example), golfers will now drop from knee height. This will ensure consistency and simplicity in the dropping process while also preserving the randomness of the drop. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested dropping from any height).
  • Measuring in taking relief: The golfer’s relief area will be measured by using the longest club in their bag (other than a putter) to measure one club-length or two club-lengths, depending on the situation, making for a consistent process for golfers to establish their relief area. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested a 20-inch or 80-inch standard measurement).
  • Removing the penalty for a double hit: The penalty stroke for accidentally striking the ball more than once in the course of a stroke has been removed. Golfers will simply count the one stroke they made to strike the ball.  (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 included the existing one-stroke penalty).
  • Balls Lost or Out of Bounds: Alternative to Stroke and Distance: A new Local Rule will now be available in January 2019, permitting committees to allow golfers the option to drop the ball in the vicinity of where the ball is lost or out of bounds (including the nearest fairway area), under a two-stroke penalty. This Local Rule addresses the concerns raised at the club level about the negative impact on pace of play when a player is required to go back under stroke and distance. The Local Rule is not intended for higher levels of play, such as professional or elite level competitions. (Key change:  this is a new addition to support pace of play)