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Friday, July 3, 2015

Low scoring on opening day at the Greenbrier Classic..

PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=pga

The Old White TPC course was softened by morning rain and as a result the field took it apart led by 2 guys you haven't heard much from recently, Scott Langley (62) and on a sponsors exemption, his buddy Jonathan Byrd (63) along with Danny Lee also at 63.

Heck even the guy ranked 200 in the world...eh, Tiger Woods shot 66, his lowest round of the year, closing with 3 straight birdies.

You have to go down the leaderboard to 117th to find someone over par !

Roger Sloan joined Woods at 66, Graham Delaet and David Hearn are at 68, Nick Taylor 69 and Adam Hadwin 72 were the Canadian scores.

Langley and Byrd have been out of touch so far this year, neither in the top 10 this season and both need some solid results to be among the 125 qualifiers for the FedEx Cup playoffs so this Old White course has been a great tonic for their games.

To be fair it  is reknown for low scoring as Tiger said after the round, " if you drive the ball well here, you’re going to probably have at least seven shots with 9-iron or below into the greens, and you’re going to have to capitalize on that,” so far I’m one of those guys who did.”

John Daly was in at 68, Bubba at 69 and defending champion Angel Cabrera at 71.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Nova Scotia hosting the Web.com tour this week..

Web.com Tour Nova Scotia Open scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=web

Nova Scotians are reknown for their hospitality, but there are 8 Canadians in the field this week who would like to put off their hospitality until Sunday evening.

The Web.com tour is at the Ashburn GC, playing the Nova Scotia Open. Roger Sloan won it in 2014, he has moved on to the big tour, but Ryan Yip, Ryan Williams, Adam Svensson, Eugene Wong, Brad Fritsch, Cory Renfrew, Taylor Pendrith and Austin Connelly are all trying to emulate him.

Play is underway..


Brooke Henderson joins Na Yeon Choi, Lydia Ko, Mika Miyazato, LPGA stars preparing for US Open..

The Lancaster CC in Lancaster Pennsylvania is the setting for Michelle Wie to defend her US Women's Open championship next week, so all the LPGA stars are off this week in preparation.

Wie won it at Pinehurst last year, remember they played the men's and women's there in back to back week's. Before the big Wiesy, it was 3 straight years of South Korean domination, Inbee Park in 2013,Na Yeon Choi in 2012 and So Yeon Ryu in 2011.

Last year Brooke Henderson as a 16 year old amateur finished in the top 10 and won the low amateur honours by 3 shots over Australian Minjee Lee. Henderson is  in the field this year, this time as a pro !!


Kieffer leads rain plagued French Open..

European Tour Alstom Open de France leaderboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=euro

At my count 28 Frenchmen are in this week's field at the French Open at Le Golf National on the outskirts of Paris, the site of the 2018 Ryder Cup..

Led by Victor Dubuisson, Gregory Havrat, Raphael Jaquelin, and Alexander Levy they will all vying to unseat defending champion Graeme McDowell who is looking to become the first player for 77 years to win the title three years running this week.

Not since Marcel Dallemagne in 1938 has someone lifted Continental Europe’s oldest Open three times in succession, and only five players have ever landed a hat-trick of European Tour titles in the same event – with McDowell hoping to join an illustrious list which currently features Ian Woosnam, Sir Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els

updated    Maximilian Kieffer of Germany was leading on -4 with four holes to play when the first round was suspended for the day because of thunderstorms.

Victor Dubuisson, Bernd Wiesberger, and Jaco van Zyl completed their rounds in -3 68, while Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Andrew Dodt were on the same score with one hole left.
Graeme McDowell, seeking a third straight French Open title, was 1 over after 17 holes.
Two thunderstorms disrupted play for a combined 2 1/2 hours at the start of the day.
Kieffer is the most consistent player on the European Tour this season after making 16 cuts, more than anyone else.

Bryan (notes from BBC Reuters europeantour.com AP)

Tiger, Bubba, John Daly all in this year's Greenbrier Classic..

PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=pga

There are 5 Canadians set this morning to tee it up down in West Virginia at Sam Snead's old stomping grounds, White Sulpher Springs for the Greenbrier Classic (Sam won it 8 times), this year long hitting Angel Cabrera defends his title and last year he put on a long driving display I will never forget.

Adam Hadwin, Roger Sloan, Graham Delaet, David Hearn and Nick Taylor are joined in a rare performance by Tiger and John Daly, heck even Bubba is in the field, so lot's of interest here this week.

I looked in my rolodex and sure enough I still have Sam Snead's number at his house, I remember the last time I called him, his wife answered and said he was outside cutting the lawn !.. His son came to the phone and I did the interview with him..

This is the course where Aussie Stuart became the 5th player in history to shoot 59. Appleby's 59 in 2010 was the first on the PGA Tour carded on a par-70 course, and he finished 22-under 258 for the tournament, one stroke clear of overnight leader Jeff Overton who shot a three under 67 to end at 21-under. It was Appleby's 9th PGA Tour win.

Play gets underway at 7am.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Canadians Richdale and Henderson 2nd and 3rd on Symetra Tour

Symetra Tour Island Resort Championship http://www.symetrascoring.com/public/Leaderboard.aspx

Dani Holmqvist won the Island Resort Championship on Sunday at Sweetgrass for her first Symetra Tour title as she closed with a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke victory over Canada’s Samantha Richdale.

Holmqvist finished at 10-under 206 and earned $18,750 to jump from 38th to 13th on the money list with $27,272. The final top 10 will earn 2016 LPGA Tour cards.
Richdale birdied the final hole for a 68 and she made a great effort as she played the back nine in 5-under 31.
More good news as Brooke Henderson was third at 8 under, making an eagle on the par-4 14th in a 67. The 17-year-old Henderson won the tour’s Four Winds Invitational last week in South Bend, Indiana.

Revitalized Maggert wins US Senior Open

Champions Tour US Senior Open final scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=champions

Jeff Maggert won the U.S. Senior Open for his second major victory on the Champions Tour this year. He closed with a 5-under 65, edging defending champion Colin Montgomerie by two strokes.
Along with Montgomerie (3) and Bernhard Langer (3), the three have combined to win the last eight majors on the Champions Tour.
Remember Maggert didn't have a sparkling PGA Tour career, he was the ultimate grinder with just three wins in more than 20 years, a number he  has equalled in a little more than a year with the Seniors..
He played well all day finishing at 10-under 270 good for $675,000, a gold medal, a silver trophy and an exemption into next year’s U.S. Open at Oakmont.
Meanwhile a very tired Monty defended his title well, closing with a 66 -8, then jumped on a red eye to fly from Sacramento to Edinburgh where he will try to Monday qualify for the Open Championship at St.Andrews today. He ended a bogey-free round with a birdie putt from about 25 feet on the 18th, walking off the green to roars with pairing partner Tom Watson, who also finished with a long birdie putt.
Watson missed his chance to carve his place as the oldest winner of a senior major at age 65. He started one off the lead but was never a factor, shooting a 69 to tie for seventh at 5 under
Grant Waite and Langer tied for third at 7 under. Waite had a 67, and Langer, who shared the lead with Maggert after three rounds, shot a 68.
Maggert embraced wife Michelle and their 10-year-old children, twins Madeline and Jake, who came running onto the green – with Madeline leaping into his arms.
It wasn't the most exciting final, Maggert getting in front early, the run I expected from Perry, Watson, Langer and Monty never did materialize.
Stephen Ames ended up T38 at +4.
Bryan (notes from BBC Reuters AP europeantour.com)