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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Stars splitting the spoils in the Far East..Live scoreboards

The last four, and may I add, very lucrative events in the European Tour's Race to Dubai get under way today at the BMW Masters on the Lake Malaren GC in Shanghai meanwhile the PGA Tour's Fall Series continues with the CIMB Classic on the Kuala Lumpur GC in Malaysia.

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

While Rory has all but wrapped up the Race to Dubai and is not playing this week a very strong field includes Ryder Cup stars Victor Dubuisson, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Stephen Gallagher, Jaimie Donaldson, Thomas Bjorn, and Graeme McDowell are playing for points, rankings and a $7m US purse.

Meanwhile a no cut field of 78 in Malaysia includes Fed Ex Cup winner Billy Horschel, now a dad, and the likes of Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Jason Dufner, Charl Schwartzel and defending champion Ryan Moore all also competing for $7m. Half the field are from the PGA Tour and the other half from the Asian Tour which is wrapping up it's season with American David Lipsky leading their Order of Merit.

As further incentive the winner gets into the Masters and the PGA Championship. Canadians Mike Weir and Graham DeLaet have made the trip and are in the field.

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

Finally from the Far East, the travelling LPGA Tour is in Taiwan this week for the Fubon LPGA Championship on the Miramar GC.

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

Stateside, the Champions Tour wraps up it's year with the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale Arizona where Bernhard Langer has already wrapped up the spoils before they even tee off..

Live scoring click http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=2139

Bryan Angus

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bishop's dismissal inevitable, but hardly necessary

Ted Bishop who had a month left in his term has been sacked as president of the PGA of America over what in this day and age has been interpreted as sexist tweet and Facebook post directed at Ian Poulter. Unhappy with comments Poulter made in his book about the Ryder Cup captaincy of Nick Faldo in 2008 and Tom Watson last month at Gleneagles. Bishop was with Faldo at The Greenbrier for the Faldo Series when he tweeted to Poulter, “Faldo’s record stands by itself. Six majors and all-time RC points. Yours vs. His? Lil Girl.”

Also on his Facebook page, Bishop stated “athletes with lesser records or accomplishments in a sport never criticized the icons.” and objected to Sir Nick and Watson getting “bashed” by Poulter saying “Really? Sounds like a little school girl squealing during recess. C’MON MAN!” He deleted the tweet and the Facebook post later but he never apologized.

Nor should he in my opinion ! C'mon man ! This is hardly worth getting the sack for is it ? Saying someone who has the right to openly criticize Bishop's selections as Ryder Cup captain in his book sounds like a little girl squealing is every day language, not demeaning at all to women, nor intended to offend any little girls.

Why should Poulter have the right to write it for public consumption and of course to sell copies, but Bishop not have the right to criticize and of course you are saying has the right to criticize but should have chosen his words more carefully, I am saying in the realms of racist or religious or in this case sexist remarks this one is as innocent and unintended as Mary had a little lamb.. 

After sacking him the PGA of America, stuffy as always had this to say “The PGA of America understands the enormous responsibility it has to lead this great game and to enrich lives in our society through golf, we must demand of ourselves that we make golf both welcoming and inclusive to all who want to experience it, and everyone at the PGA of America must lead by example.”

Derek Sprague, expected to be voted in as the next president at the Nov. 22 annual meeting, was appointed the interim president and he had more of the same to say..
The members and apprentices of the PGA of America must uphold the highest standards and values of the profession, as well as the manner in which we conduct ourselves at all times and we apologize to any individual or group that felt diminished, in any way, by this unacceptable incident.”

Poulter now in China had this to say “Is being called a `lil girl’ meant to be derogatory or a put down.That’s pretty shocking and disappointing, especially coming from the leader of the PGA of America.”

For the record Poulter said that Watson’s decision-making “completely baffles me.” and if you missed it Faldo during his Ryder Cup coverage said that Sergio Garcia was “useless” in 2008 during the European loss at Valhalla and that he had a “bad attitude.”which pissed off both Sergio and his team mates.

In the book Poulter noted “Faldo has lost a lot of respect from players because of what he said,” pointing out that it was Europe’s only loss in the last 15 years and Faldo was the captain. “So who’s useless? I think Faldo might need to have a little look in the mirror.”

In this day of political correctness it doesn't surprise me Bishop got the sack, but C'mon man it was hardly necessary.

Edit...A day after I wrote this Ted Bishop issued the following statement...

I want to apologize to Ian Poulter and anyone else that I might have offended with my remarks on social media that appeared on October 23, 2014. Particularly, I have great remorse that my comments contained the words “little girl” because I have always been a great advocate for girls and women in golf.

My two children, both girls, have made their careers in golf. I have a 4-year old granddaughter who I hope will someday play the game. In my 37-year career in golf, I have worked with many women to grow the sport and I have been a champion for inclusion and equal rights for women in golf.

However, this is a classic example of poor use of social media on my part and if I had the chance to hit the delete button on the things that I sent out yesterday, I would without hesitation. The PGA of America asked me to avoid any interaction with the media in the past 24 hours and that is why I did not issue a formal and public apology, which I have wanted to do since early this morning.

This afternoon I was asked by my fellow Officers to resign my position as President. I declined because I wanted to speak to our PGA Board of Directors, offer a personal apology and let the due process take place in this matter. The Board heard me out and then voted to impeach me as the 38th President. That is the due process and I respect that, as painful as it might be.

The PGA has also informed me that I will not become the Honorary President nor will I ever be recognized as a Past President in our Association’s history. These, along with the impeachment are drastic consequences for the offense I have committed, but I must live with them. I take great pride in what we were able to accomplish in the last 23 months. Hopefully, we laid the groundwork for a successful future for the PGA of America. Today, all I have left is my PGA membership and that will always mean the world to me.

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

Friday, October 24, 2014

Final scoreboards, stories from the weekend , Canadians Q school results

Here's the wrap from the weekend's play..

PGA Tour  McGladrey Classic, Sea Island, Georgia
Robert Streb made10 birdies, including one on the second extra hole, winning a three-way playoff in the McGladrey Classic for his first PGA Tour victory. He rallied from five-shots behind with a 7-under 63, his best round on the PGA Tour by two shots, and then beat Will MacKenzie and Brendon de Jonge in the playoff at Sea Island. He will now play in his 1st major atthe Masters in April. Canadians Adam Hadwin T81  and Nick Taylor T86 both missed the second cut. Roger Sloan 70 74 MC.
Live scoring http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=pga

EUROPEAN Tour  ISPS Handa Perth International
Norway's Thorbjorn Olesen 64 69 67 71 -17 won the Perth International by 3 shots over Victor Dubuisson Olesen for his 2nd Euro Tour win in the final qualifying event to decide top 111 players on the money list who will get their 2015 cards.
Live scoring http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=euro

LPGA  Blue Bay LPGA..China
Sensational South African Lee Anne Pace won the rain shortened Blue Bay LPGA at -16 with Caroline Masson second at -13 and Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda 3rd at -11. The event was reduced to 54 holes due to incessant rain. The players have now all flown to Taiwan for this week's event.
Live scoring click  http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=lpga

CHAMPIONS Tour  AT&T Championship  TPC San Antonio, Texas
Michael Allen made a 5-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 6-under 66 and a two-stroke victory in the Champions Tour’s AT&T Championship, and Bernhard Langer wrapped up the Charles Schwab Cup title.
Allen birdied three of the final four holes finishing at 15-under 201 for his second victory of the season. Marco Dawson was second after a 71. He bogeyed Nos. 16 and 18. Woody Austin had a 71 to finish third, three strokes back.

Langer closed with a 69 to tie for sixth at 10 under. He has a tour-high five victories two of them majors and leads the money list. The top 30 on the money list qualified for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week in Scottsdale, Arizona
As for our 2 Canadians, Rod Spittle tied for 33rd at 3-under 213. Stephen Ames tied for 47th at even-par 216
Live scoring click http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=champions

WEB.com Tour  Q School 1st Stage
Wrapped last week at 3 locations, California, North Carolina and Florida. Here are the results
Beaumont, Calif.,
Top 30 and ties advance
Matt McQuillan, Kingston, Ont., T5, (-13)
Seann Harlington, Vancouver, T20, (-7)

Pinewild CC,
Pinehurst, N.C.,
Top 32 and ties advance
Mackenzie Hughes, Dundas, Ont., T12 (-1)
Cam Burke, New Hamburg, Ont., T12 (-1)
Albin Choi, Toronto, T16 (E)
Taylor Pendrith, Richmond Hill, Ont. T25 (+2)
Derek Gillespie, Oshawa, Ont., T32 (+4)

St. Johns G&CC,
St. Augustine, Fla.,
Top 32 and ties advance
Beon Yeong Lee, Montreal, T20 (-4)



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 RaphaĆ«l 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