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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

No surprises from McGinley..

Ian James Poulter, Stephen Gallagher and Lee Westwood have been selected by captain McGinley and his assistants, Des Smyth and Sam Torrance as his 3 wild card picks, joining a stacked team of Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Thomas Bjorn and Graeme McDowell.

Lee Westwood has played in the last eight Ryder Cups but is far from his best at the moment, although he responded to calls from McGinley to show some form by shooting a final-round 63 at the Bridgestone Invitational last month before finishing tied for 15th at the PGA Championship the following week. In the end he was chosen over Luke Donald to my surprise. McGinley admitted this morning there was nothing to choose between them, and he simply went on Westwood's better form this month.

I have to admit that being such overwhelmimg favourites may just have the European side exactly where the American team wants them. Nobody expects them to win, they are flying way under the radar.. It's the old nothing to lose and everything to gain for the Americans this year..

Bryan Angus

McGinley set to announce Ryder Cup wild card picks..

AP...Paul McGinley, Des Smyth and  Sam Torrance have gathered at the Grand Ball Room at European Tour headquarters and will announce their decision minutes from now.

They should be Stephen Gallagher, Ian Poulter for sure, and in my opinion Luke Donald...Molinari, Westwood will miss out and I'd have loved to see him pick Langer but that just won't happen...

Gallagher's slew of top-10 finishes this year and his play and deportment over the weekend have helped the 39-year-old Scotsman lock down a wild-card selection for a Ryder Cup debut in his home country

The three chosen will join a team already packed with talent, including four of the top five in the world Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.
Westwood, Donald and Poulter have made up the backbone of Europe’s dominance of the event since 2002 but have struggled for form this year.

Gallagher came up just short in his attempt to snatch the final automatic qualifying place from Graeme McDowell, finishing third in the Italian Open on Sunday when a top-two spot would have seen him make the team and McGinley was in Turin to see him finish 65-69-65 and was impressed.

His performance this week will very strongly be in his favor when it comes to making the picks,” McGinley said Sunday. “This has been the toughest ever Ryder Cup team to make from a European point of view, in terms of points you need to amass to make the team, so he has been up against it,” McKinley added. “And for a rank and file guy from the European Tour, who doesn’t play in America and misses out on a lot of the ranking points as a result, to perform as well as he does is all credit to him.”

As if those words weren't enough Gallagher also showed his liking for Gleneagles by making a three-man playoff in a European Tour event at the course last year.

Poulter will be difficult to leave out considering he usually saves his best performances for the Ryder Cup. He has 12 wins from 15 matches, and is on a seven-match winning streak, the last four coming at the “Miracle in Medinah” in 2012 when Europe came from 10-6 down on the final day to retain the cup.

Despite a lack of form this year, can McGinley overlook Luke Donald’s brilliant short game and putting, as well as a record of 10 wins from 15 Ryder Cup matches? Donald has played in four cups, 2004, `06, `10 and ’12 and Europe has won them all.

My selections won’t be a surprise,” McGinley said at the Italian Open. “It won’t be coming out of left field. I will be going by logic.”

Europe has won five of the last six Ryder Cups, and seven of the last nine stretching back to 1995.

Kirk has the weekend of his career to win the Deutsche Bank..

Final scoreboard click here http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/deutsche-bank-championship/leaderboard.html

AP....Chris Kirk made three big putts and captured the biggest win of his career in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Kirk won for the second time this season. He went the last 37 holes at the TPC Boston without a bogey and he closed with a 5-under 66 for a two-shot victory in a FedEx Cup playoff event.

Ten shots behind after the opening round, Kirk was flawless the rest of the week, particularly on Monday in another wild Labor Day finish at the TPC Boston.

Billy Horschel had a chance to at least force a playoff and possibly win when he stood in the fairway on the par-5 18th hole with a 6-iron in his hand. Horschel chunked the shot so badly that it barely reached the hazard, and he made bogey for a 69.

Horschel tied for second with 54-hole leader Russell Henley (70) and Geoff Ogilvy, who extended his unlikely run through these FedEx Cup playoffs. Ogilvy was the last of the 100 qualifiers for the Deutsche Bank Championship. He went 65-65 on the weekend without a bogey.

The top 70 in the FedEx Cup advance to the BMW Championship in Denver later this week. Ogilvy went from No. 100 to No. 24, and now stands a reasonable chance of getting to the Tour Championship for the top 30.

Kirk  was No. 14 in the Ryder Cup standings, five spots away from being an automatic qualifier. This victory could go a long way toward captain Watson using one of his three selections on the 29-year-old from Georgia. Last week, Hunter Mahan bolstered his Ryder Cup case by winning The Barclays.

Rory McIlroy started the final round only two shots behind, fell back with successive bogeys on the front nine, bounced back with a pair of birdies, and then fell out of the mix by missing two short par putts early on the back nine. He closed with a 70 and tied for fifth with John Senden (66).

David Hearn finished tied for 43rd at 3-under 281 after making a bogey at the par 5 18th, missing the green with a short wedge on his third shot and short siding himself badly. Unfortunately, the result wasn’t good enough to get him into the FedEx Cup top 70 and advance to the next week’s BMW Championship.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Rory lurking at Deutsche Bank...

Live scoring click http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/deutsche-bank-championship/leaderboard.html

AP....Russell Henley doesn’t get into contention as much as he’d like, though he is tough to beat when he’s anywhere near the lead. Rory McIlroy seems to be there all the time.

They were among a host of contenders Sunday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, setting up the second straight week in the FedEx Cup playoffs that the final round resembles more like a free-for-all.

Henley ran off five birdies in a seven-hole stretch around the turn on his way to a 6-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead over Billy Horschel going into a Labor Day finish loaded with possibilities.

Ten players were separated by four shots. Six of them already have won on the PGA Tour this season, and one of them is McIlroy who was dialed in with his swing and shot a 7-under 64 to get within two shots of the lead at -10. Rory this summer won the  Open Championship, a World Golf Championship and the PGA Championship to assert himself at No. 1 in the world.

He played with Chris Kirk, who also shot a 64 with birdies on his last two holes – a chip-in for birdie on a shot that would have gone 10 feet by the hole had it not banged into the pin, and an eagle putt that stopped an inch short on the 18th.

Henley was at 12-under 201. He will play in the final group with Horschel, who birdied his last three holes for a 67

Webb Simpson, among those under Ryder Cup consideration, overcame a double bogey to post a 68 and was three shots behind. Keegan Bradley also is in the hunt for one of the three captain’s picks. He made only two birdies on a soft day for scoring and had a 69, leaving him four shots behind

Phil Mickelson had a 72 and remains on the bubble for advancing next week to Cherry Hills, where he won the 1990 U.S. Amateur. Canada’s Graham DeLaet is tied for 40th at 1-under 212.

He's the "Real" McCoy...

Final results click here http://www.pgatour.com/canada/en_us/tournaments/wildfire-invitational-presented-by-pc-financial/leaderboard.html

With a par on the fourth hole of a sudden victory playoff, Iowa’s Nate McCoy captured The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial over Burlington, Ont.’s Michael Gligic, securing his first career PGA Tour Canada win

The 24-year old shot a final round 7-under 65 to post 19-under par, then watched as Gligic matched him with a birdie on 18 to tie and force a playoff. The two made a pair of pars on the par-5 18th and then parred the par-4 10th, before returning to the final hole. After Gligic found the deep fescue left of the green and made bogey, McCoy secured the win with a textbook par, securing his first victory as a professional.

The win comes as the latest success in golf for the McCoy family, after father Mike McCoy’s victory at last year’s USGA Mid-Amateur Championship earned him a spot in The Masters Tournament, where Nate caddied for him.

Brian Decker PGA Tour Canada

Ernst wins LPGA event in Portland

Final results click http://www.lpgascoring.com/public/Leaderboard.aspx

AP.....Austin Ernst won the LPGA Tour’s Portland Classic on Sunday with a par on the first hole of a playoff against South Korea’s I.K. Kim.

It was the first professional victory for the 22-year-old Ernst, who shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to get to 14 under at Columbia Edgewater. Kim, the first- and second-round leader, carded a 68.

Ernst pulled into contention with a 5-under 31 on the front nine, highlighted by a chip-in eagle at the par-5 fifth. Kim made four birdies and no bogeys.

South Korean’s So Yeon Ryu and Chella Choi tied for third at 12 under. Ryu, last week’s Canadian Pacific Women’s Open winner, shot 70, while Choi had a 68.

Sue Kim of Langley, B.C. and Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ont. finished as top Canadians with a share of 52nd at 1-under 287

Cauley wins opening event of Web.com playoffs

Final results click http://www.pgatour.com/webcom/tournaments/hotel-fitness-championship/leaderboard.html

CP....Bud Cauley won the Hotel Fitness Championship on Sunday to regain his PGA Tour card, earning $180,000 in the Web.com Tour Finals opener.
Cauley closed with a bogey-free 7-under 65 at Sycamore Hills for a one-stroke victory over Colt Knost. The 24-year-old former Alabama player won his first professional title.

Cauley was 143rd in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings, forcing him to play the Web.com Tour Finals for the second straight year. Nos. 126-200 in the FedEx Cup and Nos. 26-75 on the Web.com Tour’s regular-season money list are playing for 25 PGA Tour cards based on earnings in the four-event series, with Cauley earning more than enough Sunday to secure a spot.

Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C. was the lone Canadian to make the cut. He finished tied for 9th at 12-under 276.