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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Team format makes Zurich Classic worth watching

PGA Tour Zurich Classic teams http://zurichgolfclassic.com/players/

This week is different on the PGA Tour as it has swung into New Orleans for the Zurich Classic, an event I must admit had it's regular guys and grinders every year, but not much more for the average golf fan. In 2016 they decided to change the format to team play and as a result this year 18 of the world's top 30 are in the field.

It is the only team tournament in the PGA Tour season. It's a 72-hole stroke 2 man team play format with Four-Ball  during the first and third rounds and Foursomes during the second and fourth rounds. There are 80 teams. Following the conclusion of the second round, the field will be cut to the low 35 teams and ties. In case of a tie after 72 holes, there will be a sudden-death playoff using Foursomes  for the first extra hole and Four-ball (best ball) for the second extra hole and alternate each hole thereafter.

Here are some of the featured teams, click my link above for the full list.

Jordan Spieth/ Ryan Palmer
Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley
Sergio Garcia/ Rafael Cabrera Bello
Jon Rahm/Wesley Bryan
Justin Rose /Henrik Stenson  (bookies favourites at 8-1)
Jason Day/ Ryan Ruffels 
Bubba Watson/Matt Kuchar
Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantley
Brooks Koepka/ Mark Turnesa
Mac Hughes /Corey Connors
Ben Silverman/ Matt Atkins
David Hearn/ Seamus Power

Mackenzie Hughes and Corey Conners will be paying a unique tribute to the Humboldt Broncos. Inspiration extends beyond the golf course..@MacHughesGolf and @coreconn are choosing "Big League" as their walk-up song for the @Zurich_Classic as a tribute to the @HumboldtBroncos.

It all gets underway tomorrow.

Bryan Angus

Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday morning "Shag Bag..." final scores, stories..

Some of my random and not so random thoughts from this weekend's golf..

PGA Tour Valero Texas Open final leaderboard https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2018/valero-texas-open/leaderboard.html

1. Brand new father, 30 year old Texan, Andrew Landry won the Valero Texas Open for his first PGA Tour victory by 2 shots after his -4 68. Playing in front of a large family gathering his -17 271 is worth $1,116,000 and a full two year exemption. You might remember he lost the old Bob Hope (Career Builder Challenge) to Jon Rahm earlier this year. Nice story for a local guy in only his 32nd event after years on the Web.com.

2. David Hearn finished T16th, shooting a -7 281 for his best finish of the year. After opening 68 70 he was T5, but his 3 bogey front nine 39 on Saturday spoiled a strong 3 birdie finish, his 73 moved him the wrong way, still, a good week.  Corey Conners 70 74 70 70 -4 T26 and Ben Silverman ended 7173 73 70 -1 T45th.

3. Talk about golf's world wide footprint, 19 year old Chilean, Joaquin Niemann ended his reign as world #1 amateur by finishing T6 -12 in his pro debut.

4. Nice to see Sergio still cares !. He helped design this TPC San Antonio course with Greg Norman while he was dating Greg's daughter, but rounds of 74 72 saw him miss the cut, after missing the cut at the Masters, the first time he's missed back to back in 15 years. He got so ticked off with his game on Friday he gave his driver the old helicopter into the bushes on the 14th.!!

European Tour Trophee Hassan II final leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2018/tournamentid=2018034/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

5. Austin Connelly was T5 just 2 shots off the lead -5 at the turn on Sunday, but 2 bogey's then a killer double bogey 6 at the 16th ended his chances of winning, he'll be disappointed today, but on reflection with rounds of 69 71 71 he was in contention with the leaders all week. Final T13 -2, by far his best of the year.

6. If Europe is going to beat Team USA at the Ryder Cup in Paris this year, they are going to need inspired play, and this guy could be a great ally. Alex Levy (70) is a passionate Frenchman, with a great game, when he's at his best. Trouble is, he gets in his own way too often. However he hung in to edge revived Spaniard Alvaro Quiros (72) by a shot in Morocco to move to #9 in the Ryder Cup standings.

LPGA Hugel-JTBC Championship final leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/hugel-jtbc-la-open/results

7. This new LA event has a huge Korean twin sponsorship in Hugel ( botox company) and JTBC (Korean broadcasting), but this week their 4 South Korean women were runners up to Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn 68 66 70 68 -12 who joined her more famous sister Ariya who finished T24, in the winners circle.

8. The lone Canadian to make the cut was Anne Catherine Tanguay, and despite finishing last 76 67 74 78 +11, she will benefit from playing the weekend in this kind of company. Next week the women are up the highway in San Francisco.

and finally..

9. Great news that the City of Toronto is finally opening 4 of their courses today. Don Valley, Dentonia, Humber Valley and Tam O'Shanter. The 5th course Scarlett Woods is still too wet after this long wet spring.

10. Calgary’s Jaclyn Lee  was sensational again this weekend, tying a 54-hole scoring record at the Big 10 Championship en route to a 66 68 73 -9, four-stroke victory. The win marks the third NCAA title of her year. http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=player&tid=15606

Bryan Angus

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Moriya Jutanugarn leads in LA, Tanguay lone Canuck to make the cut

LPGA Tour Hugel-JTBC LA Open leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/hugel-jtbc-la-open/leaderboard

Golf as all of us mortals know is an extremely difficult frustrating game to play, and in many ways it's the same for the pros. You can never master the sport, just strive to get better, more consistent.

Last week in windy wet Hawaii, Brooke Henderson was the best of the bunch at the Lotte Championship, winning her 6th pro title at the tender age of 20 to put her right on track to beat the Canadian mark of eight wins, held by Sandra Post, Mike Weir, and the late George Knudson.

This week with rounds of 70 79 +7 she and her pals Maude Aimee LeBlanc (75 75 +8), and Alena Sharp (74 73 +5) have all missed the cut. Henderson is likely off to San Francisco where she will play next week then off to Dallas before returning to little Smiths Falls for a week off and an appearance in a charity event in Ottawa. Anne Catherine Tanguay was on her way home as well after an opening 76 but she recovered with a brilliant 67 +1 T28 and will carry the flag this weekend.

So while Brooke and her sister are sampling the sights of San Fran, Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn has the lead at this Korean sponsored Hugel- JTBC LA Open with rounds of 68 66 -8, a shot ahead of American Marina Alex 67 68 -7.

With a huge LA based Korean community cheering them on, So Yeon Ryu -6, Eun-Hee Ji -5 and Inbee Park -5 are all lurking with the weekend ahead.

When you think of the success of all these very hungry young South Korean players, most of whom have moved to America, then you look at all the young women their age who live under the brutal dictatorship of Kim Jong Un in North Korea who are not allowed to leave or play golf, it is staggering.

It reminds me of Berlin before the wall came down back in 1989.

Follow all the action on my live scoring link above.

Bryan Angus

Austin Connelly right in contention at Trophy Hassan II in Morocco

European Tour Trophy Hassan II leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2018/tournamentid=2018034/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

I mentioned earlier today that David Hearn is having a good week down at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. Well if you get in a plane and fly due east for about 17 hours you could arrive in Casablanca, Morocco via Madrid and near there at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam golf course you'd find another Canadian who is having a good week mid way through round 3 at the Trophy Hassan II.

Slightly built Austin Connelly's game belies his physical staure, and he has posted rounds of 69,71 and is -1 today approaching the turn, and at -5 he is just 2 shots behind the leaders Alvaro Quiros from Spain and South African Erik van Rooyan who are at -7.

Connelly has been scrambling so far with 11 birdies and 6 bogey's, but this course with it's new makeover which features tricky, sloping greens isn't yielding low scores, so the field is very tightly bunched.

He is ranked #260 in the world and 216th in the Race To Dubai, hasn't had a great season so far with 2 MC in 6 starts and a T62 his best finish, but all that can change if he continues to play like this today and tomorrow.

Follow all the scores on the live scoring link above.

Bryan Angus

David Hearn having a good week at Valero Texas Open

PGA Tour Valero Texas Open leaderboard https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2018/valero-texas-open/leaderboard.html

David Hearn is ranked #397 in the world, he is 177 in the Fed Ex Cup standings with a paltry 61 points and no longer has full status on the PGA Tour. This is his 10th event in the 2018 season (including the wrap around) and he has missed the cut in 5 of them, his best finish T17 at the RSM Classic before Christmas.

Not the best of times for this tall likeable Canuck who turns 39 in June, however this week at the Valero Texas Open he finds himself T5 70 68 -6, just 3 shots off the lead heading into the weekend.

Playing very steadily he only has 2 bogey's so far, 8 birdies and all the rest are pars. He ranks 4th in overall putting and T5 in overall short game.

The leaders are at -9, Zach Johnson (70,65) and Ryan Moore (68 67), and they have a one-shot lead over Grayson Murray (69) and Andrew Landry (67).

Other Canadians:  Corey Conners (74) and Ben Silverman (73) both on even par while Nick Taylor (70) and Mackenzie Hughes (75) missed the cut which fell at +1 145, and because 80 players made it, there will be a 54-hole cut today.

Bryan Angus

Friday, April 20, 2018

Henderson will miss cut in LA..

LPGA Tour HUGEL-JTBC LA Open leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/hugel-jtbc-la-open/leaderboard

With play under way in round 2 at this Korean sponsored HUGEL-JTBC LA Open Brooke Henderson has had her worst round in a while, 70,79 +7 , and she along with Maude Aimee LeBlanc (75 ) and Alena Sharp (74 73 +5) are in danger of missing the cut due to fall at +4..

Anne Catherine Tanguay 76 67 +1 T34 may be the lone Canuck this weekend, while the rest fly home or to their next stop..

Marine Alex (67 68 -7) has the clubhouse lead, with 2 South Koreans in hot pursuit. Overnight leader InBee Park is in the late wave at -4..

More to follow from LA

Bryan Angus

Brooke Henderson leads Canadians in Los Angeles

LPGA HUGEL-JTBC LA Open leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/hugel-jtbc-la-open/leaderboard

This week the LPGA Tour has flown from Hawaii to the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open for their return to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence. They are playing the windy Wilshire Country Club just south of Hollywood with in the shadow of the famous Hollywood sign and Griffith Observatory.

Brooke Henderson hot off her win last week continues her fine play and was the low Canadian at -1 70 T15.  Alena Sharp won't be pleased with +3 74 T75.  Maude-Aimee Leblanc +4 75 T96 and Anne-Catherine Tanguay was +5 76 T115.

The leader in front of a big crowd of LA based Koreans is Inbee Park who shot a -5 66 for a one-shot lead. Marina Alex (-4 67) was second. Lexi Thompson was one of seven players at -3 68 in partly sunny and unseasonable temperatures.

According to Wikipedia, HUGEL is the South Korea-based maker of beauty products, including botulinum toxin product (commonly known as “botox.”) Founded in 2001, it exports botulinum toxin product Botulax to 24 countries including Japan, Thailand and Vietnam and plans to enter the U.S. market in future.

JTBC, a Korean broadcasting company that is part of the JoongAng Group, owns multiple channels that consist of comprehensive, golf-specialized and other various genres. JoongAng Group is a multi-media company that covers all categories of culture including printed media, television, entertainment and leisure. JTBC is also the LPGA’s Korean television rights holder and previously sponsored multiple events in Portland, Virginia and Arizona.

Bryan Angus