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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Johnson, Rahm hot favourites at WGC Dell Match Play

WGC Dell Match Play scoreboard http://www.pgatour.com/competition/2017/wgc-dell-technologies-match-play/leaderboard.html

After 5 days of play and all the twists and turns, birdies and bogey's, round robins and quarter finals, it's down to the semi final four, and two of them are the hot favourites.

Dustin Johnson has been easing his way through his half of the draw like Usian Bolt easing his way to gold through 200 meters. Extraordinarily gifted, enormously talented and now totally dedicated.

Alex Noren gave him a game, DJ won 3&2, he beat a very tenacious Zack Johnson 5&4, Jimmy Walker went down 5&3, Martin Kaymer 3&2 and Webb Simpson 5&3.

Today he faces one of the surprises, 38 year old Japanese veteran Hideto Tanihara who beat Jordan Spieth 4&2 back on Wednesday and has gone on to 4 wins including over a pair of Englisnmen, Paul Casey and Ross Fisher. He was ranked #60 and has 14 wins on his Japanese tour.

He has little or no chance against world #1 Johnson who is vying for his 3rd title in a row, and is the favourite going into Augusta. Tanihara however can take comfort that with his success this week he has qualified for Augusta.

Jon Rahm has had the same type of success in his half of the draw, undefeated with wins over Soren Kjeldson (7&5), Sergio Garcia (6&4), Kevin Chappell, Charles Howell (6&4) and Shane Lowry. The tall, powerful Spaniard hits it almost as long as DJ, and has all the other tools as well.

Rahm was so dominant he played only 27 holes in two matches Saturday. He hasn’t had a match go longer than 14 holes since Thursday. And the 22-year-old rookie from Spain still hasn’t played the 18th hole since a practice round Tuesday. (pgatour.com)

He plays Bill Haas who beat Phil Mickelson 2&1 in the quarter finals to get here. He is a stuffy player with great genes, father is Jay Haas, remember Bill won the Fed Ex Cup back in 2011. Haas looks like an insurance salesman, and is a quiet guy, but he will give Rahm a game, although if on form the Spaniard is the betting favourite..

Bryan Angus

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Brooke Henderson misses the cut at Kia Classic

LPGA Tour Kia Classic leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/kia-classic/leaderboard

It wasn't a great week for the Canadians out in Carlsbad, Ca., unless your name is Jennifer Ha who recovers from an opening 74 with a sparkling 67 -3 total to stick around for the weekend T18.

Brooke Henderson 75 74, Alena Sharp 72 74, Maude Aimee Leblanc 76 74, all missed the cut as did defending champ Lydia Ko 74 72.

The leader is former champion Cristie Kerr 66 69 -9 followed by southern California's Mo Martin 66 70 and Mirim Lee 68 68 both at -8.

Bryan Angus

Rain delays Puerto Rico Open with De Chambeau and Points leading

PGA Tour Puerto Open leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/competition/2017/puerto-rico-open/leaderboard.html

Former U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau ran off four straight birdies in a stop-and-start round Friday and finished with a 7-under 65 -11 133 total to share the lead with D.A. Points in the rain-delayed Puerto Rico Open.

Heavy rain kept the opening round from finishing, and there was another two-hour rain delay on Friday.

Canadian scores: David Hearn 66 69 -9 T12, Brad Fritsch 71 70 -3, Graham DeLaet 73 70 -1, Nick Taylor 71 72 -1

Bryan Angus

Mickelson, Dustin Johnson headline sweet 16 elimination at WGC Dell Match Play

WGC Dell Match Play scoreboard http://www.pgatour.com/competition/2017/wgc-dell-technologies-match-play/leaderboard.html

All the drama of this Dell Match Play round robin has been decided, and so have the final 16 players who begin playing knock out matches this morning with the final 8 going this afternoon. Here are the match ups with Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson left standing as the headliners.

As for the others, Rory McIlroy (2) was mathematically eliminated on Thursday; Jason Day (3) withdrew due to his mother's battle with lung cancer; Hideki Matsuyama (4) didn’t win a match; and Jordan Spieth (5) didn’t make it out of group play for the second time in three years. (CP)

There is also a run down of the drama from Friday afternoon from Golf Digest.


Bryan Angus

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Brooke Henderson struggles in 1st round of Kia Classic

LPGA Tour Kia Classic leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/kia-classic/leaderboard

This week the LPGA has returned to action out in la la land, Carlsbad California for the Kia Classic where Lydia Ko is the defending champion. She is competing in her fifth event of 2017 and has three top-10 finishes: T8 at the Honda LPGA Thailand, T9 at the HSBC Women’s Champions and T8 at the Bank of Hope Founder’s Cup.

She has opened with +2 74.

The clubhouse leaders with -6 66 in perfect weather are Mo Martin and Cristie Kerr.

Canadian scores : Brooke Henderson +3 75 and she made 4 bogey's in 5 holes on her back nine, Maude Aimee Leblanc +4 76, Alena Sharp, Jennifer Ha are early in their rounds as I write.

Bryan Angus

Hearn opens Puerto Rico Open T5

PGA Tour Puerto Rico Open leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/competition/2017/puerto-rico-open/leaderboard.html

Round 1 of the Puerto Rico Open in Rio Grande, has been suspended due to rain and now the threat of lightning leaving those who did not finish scheduled to return a 7am local time Friday morning.

David Hearn with went out and came in in 33 for ay -6 66 good for a T5. Other Canadian scores Graham DeLaet +1 73, Nick Taylor -1 71, Brad Fritsch -1 thru 13.

With all eyes on the WGC Dell Match Play in Austin Texas, there is a full field of others in Puerto Rico, where a win has all the trappings of a regular PGA Tour event.

The leader at -9 63 is American, Troy Mullinax, a week after he was married, and remember our own Adam Hadwin is getting married tomorrow after the best two weeks of his PGA Tour, a win at the Valspar and a T6 last week at Arnie's tournament.

Bryan Angus

Revised Dell Match Play format is better

WGC Dell Match Play scoreboard http://www.pgatour.com/competition/2017/wgc-dell-technologies-match-play/leaderboard.html

Day 2 is underway in the Dell Match Play in windy Austin, Texas, and before I get to today's match ups, in a recent poll of the players, the majority interviewed said they understood why the "old lose and you go home, win and you go on" format ala' March Madness has been revised, but most said they preferred the way it was, some said it has lost it's edge, or drama.

Personally I am for the new format in which the first round of 32 matches in the group stage took place yesterday. The field of 64 players will play a round-robin format, with the 16 groups of four winners, advancing to the weekend’s single-elimination rounds.

My reason is simple, you get to see your favourites play at least until Saturday, so if they run up against a guy having a hot round on day one, they still have a chance to get through. Yesterday for example the little Dane Soren Kjeldsen beat Rory McIlroy and Hideto Tanimara beat an out of sorts Jordan Spieth, which of those four do you want to watch on the weekend ?

Years ago in 2009 I recall Judy Rankin was nearly apoplectic interviewing Tiger at greenside after he bowed out in the first round, as she and the rest of the crew saw the ratings nosedive, as Geoff Ogilvy went on to beat Paul Casey 4&3 in the final in front of friends and family.

Other finals like Jeff Maggert vs Andrew Magee, Steve Stricker vs Pierre Fulke or Kevin Sutherland vs Scott McCarron were ensuring this event was not going to be on the schedule for long and to be honest guys like Monty or Adam Scott were not all that keen flying half way around the world to the Arizona desert to lose 6&5 before heading right back to the airport.

This revised way gives the great players fans want to see, a better chance, and I don't buy the lack of drama theory, there is plenty of drama come Friday when all 16 groups will be decided. Also fans get a chance to see some of the lesser known stars from other countries over a few days, like Si Woo Kim from Korea for example.

Day two of the round robin is available by clicking on my link above. There are no Canadians in the field.

Bryan Angus