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Friday, August 26, 2016

Rain, wind, lightning play havoc with play at CP Women's Open

LPGA Tour Canadian Pacific Women's Open leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/cp-womens-open/leaderboard

Stephanie Meadow was born and grew up in Northern Ireland where she played a lot in the rain and wind and that's exactly what  they got for the opening round at this CP Women's Open, in fact there was a 3 hour lightning delay which started at 11.45 local time.

When it was over she came out and posted a -6 66, good for the clubhouse lead.

Chella Choi is the leader at -7 through 14 holes and will be one of 52 players who will be out at 7.45 MST this morning to finish their first rounds. Karine Icher is at -6 through 14

Lydia Ko is in a group at -5 67 and she gets to sleep in this morning.

Canadian scores so far: Brooke Henderson is T46 at -1 through 15. Alena Sharp finished at -4 68 and is tied as the top Canadian with Jaclyn Lee, an amateur who ended the night at -4 through 13 holes.

Maude-Aimee LeBlanc shot -3 69 while Rebecca Lee-Bentham and Jessica Wallace, shot scores of -2 70.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fed Ex playoffs begin at the Barclay's.

PGA Tour The Barclay's leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/the-barclays/leaderboard.html

So much has happened in the men's game this jam packed summer already, with Dustin Johnson winning the US Open, Henrik Stenson's epic win at the Open and Justin Rose just edging Stenson for the gold in Rio.

Now the top 125 on the money list begin the Fed Ex Cup playoffs on the tough Bethpage Black course in New York state.

Rory and Jason and Jordan all skipped the Olympics sadly and therefore have been out of the picture, but are here and I presume well rested. There are 3 Canadians who qualified, Adam Hadwin, Graham DeLaet and David Hearn.

Play is underway...

Bryan Angus

Brooke Henderson seeks her first Canadian Pacific Women's Open

LPGA Tour Canadian Pacific Women's Open leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/cp-womens-open/leaderboard

As always, it will take a great performance this week in Calgary for whomever wins the  Canadian national title for women.

The field is stacked as play gets underway today, and Brooke Henderson fresh off her T7 at Rio2016 leads the Canadian contingent of 16, ( 12 pros, 4 amateurs) as she seeks her first of what she hopes would be several Canadian Pacific Women's Opens.

"Having Canadians and people from all over the world kind of celebrate this national championship is really cool,” Henderson said. “Even yesterday morning, I teed off at 8 in a pro-am, and there were people following me right from the start. My gallery kind of grew throughout the day, and as I finished, that was probably the longest autograph session that I’ve ever had.”

If Brooke is going to win it, she'll need to beat all the regular stars on the LPGA tour and at the top of that list is Lydia Ko who has an infinity for Canada having won the national championship three of the last four years, the first two as an amateur.(2012 at Vancouver GC when she was just at 15 years old with big glasses and braces on her teeth, then again in Edmonton in 2013)  Last year as a pro, she returned to Vancouver and beat Stacy Lewis in a playoff.

Brooke can take heart from the fact she beat Lydia in a playoff in June at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship for her first major title.

The tournament organizers have split them up on opposite sides of the draw with Ko out early this morning off the 10th tee with Jessica Korda and Sei Young Kim, and Brooke off the first at 1.31pm with Gerina Piller and Amy Yang

Gold medal winner Inbee Park is not here, but all the rest are including Lorie Kane, making her record-tying 26th straight appearance and this year she is being inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.

Also remember that Suzann Pettersen won the tournament on this Priddis Greens course in 2009, horses for courses is the old adage...

Bryan Angus

Monday, August 22, 2016

European Ryder Cup Team named for 2016

European Ryder Cup team http://www.rydercup.com/news-media/europe/nine-qualifiers-set-hazeltine

Europe will seek a record fourth successive Ryder Cup victory with at least five rookies on the team when they take on the United States from September 30 - October 2.  Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Andy Sullivan, Danny Willett and Chris Wood will all be making their debuts.

Rory McIlroy, Open champion, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Olympic gold medal winner,Justin Rose are the 4 veteran members who have also qualified.

European Captain Clarke will name his three wild cards to complete the 12-man team on Tuesday 30 August.

I believe they will be Lee Westwood who has played in every Ryder Cup since 1997, Marin Kaymer a three-time Ryder Cup veteran, who so memorably sunk the winning putt to secure the Miracle at Medinah four years ago and has seven top 15 finishes in his last nine starts, and Travelers Champion winner, Russell Knox.

Luke Donald will be tough to ignore after his T2 this week, but Knox has earned his shot. Guys like Thomas Pieters, Shane Lowry and Soren Kjeldsen all could make the team easily if the guys ahead weren't so good.

Bryan Angus

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Inbee Park wins gold at Women's Olympic Golf Competition

Women's Olympic Golf Competition leaderboard http://www.igfgolf.org/olympic-games/scores/womens/

The women's version of these Olympic  Games golf competition came down to the last few holes and there was a Chinese star, Shanshan Feng at -10, and a Japanese star, Harukyo Nomura (65) at -9 along with an American star Stacy Lewis (66) -9 and also world #1 from New Zealand, Lydia Ko,  but they were all chasing the queen of the LPGA tour, back after months away with a broken thumb, Korean #1 Inbee Park who cruised to the Olympic gold that has put the icing on the cake of her Hall of Fame career at a final score of 66 66 70 66 -16.
Lydia Ko made a birdie putt at the last (69 -11) to earn silver and Feng (69 -10) from China won the bronze.

Brooke Henderson finished her adventure representing Canada in Rio with a birdie on the 72nd, 70 64 75 67 -8 T7, to finish just outside the medals. Apart from Thursday's 64 when everything went in her putter let her down this week.

Alena Sharp 72 69 75 69 finished at +1, 30th.

The former world #1 28 year old Park has had not played in 2 months, has won seven majors including the career Grand Slam, is already in the Hall of Fame and has now won an Olympic gold medal.

Her family moved from Korea  to the US when she was 12 and she now lives in Lorietta, California.

She has hinted strongly that she wants to retire to start a family like Lorena Ochoa did while she is at the top of her game, so we may have seen the last of this unflappable, stoic, brilliant player... she can't get much more on top than she is today...

Bryan Angus

Friday, August 19, 2016

Henderson begins round 3, T3 at Women's Olympic Golf Competition

Women's Olympic Golf Competition leaderboard http://www.igfgolf.org/olympic-games/scores/womens/

At 9.58 (est) Brooke Henderson, dressed from head to toe in black with long white sleeves smacked a drive away down the middle past all the bunkers on the by now familiar opening hole of this Women's Olympic Golf Competition.

Following rounds of 71, 64 she begins play under sunny skies and a freshening breeze at -8, T3 with English star Charley Hull 68 66 -8 , just a shot behind Stacy Lewis 70 and a course record, 63 -9, and two behind the amazing Korean Inbee Park 66, 66 -10 who is probably playing her final event after a Hall of Fame career which includes seven majors.

The other Canadian Alena Sharp 72 69 is +2 this morning thru 7 holes currently T37.

Lydia Ko is going well this morning with a hole in 1 at the par 3 8th, along with 4 birdies now at -8, Suzann Petersen of Norway has 5 birdies and is also at -7. Many of the big names like Lexi Thompson, Ariya Jutanugarn and Shanshan Feng are in contention.

Henderson who began her shot at a golden medal, had gotten off to a terrible start on Wednesday, 3 over thru 4 holes did well to recover, but it was a different story on Thursday, -2 through the first nine, then 5 birdies in her last 6 holes for the 64.

She had this to say afterwards " Yeah, it was a much better day today, I felt better right off the bat. I was 2-under through my first nine holes, which was good, and I was hoping to get a few more birdies on the back nine, and I definitely was able to do that, especially my last six holes. I kind of got momentum and putts drained for me and I was able to hit some really good shots. I’m really happy with today and hopefully I’ll do something similar on Friday."

She made par 5 on her first and is hole high in two, on the par 4 2nd.

Remember play began Wednesday, so this is moving day for the 60 women in this Olympic field, where unlike the men, all the top performers are in attendance.

More to follow...

Bryan Angus

Monday, August 15, 2016

Gold: Rose, Silver: Stenson, Bronze: Kucher

Men's Olympic Golf Competition final scoreboard http://results.nbcolympics.com/golf/event/men/

In Scotland we have what are called "pitch and putt courses". When you rent the clubs you get a wedge, a putter and a ball. They aren't as big as par 3 courses, the longest hole may be 100 yards and the greens are tiny.

On a sunny, breezy afternoon in Rio, good pals, neighbours in Florida, Ryder Cup team mates Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose had an enjoyable walk around the newly minted Olympic golf links and played some pretty decent golf. Matt Kuchar went out and shot 63, just missing 62 to set the clubhouse mark at -13 and make it interesting coming down the last three holes, but most of the afternoon it was between the Swede and the Englishman for the gold medal.

In the end it became a pitch and putt competition. locked together at -15, both just 70 yards or so short of the green in two big strokes. Stenson pitched first and came up 20 feet short, while Rose stuck his within 3 feet.

Henrik was too bold with his attempt down the hill and three putted for bogey 6, leaving Justin with 2 putts for the gold medal.

He only needed one.

So ended a most enjoyable Men's Olympic Golf Competition. A truly international gathering played in good spirits on a course for the most part left unprotected by the prevailing winds, but with enough slope and undulation around the greens to make it challenging.

This was a test to see if golf will be back in 2020 and it surely will, despite the absence of Rory, Jason and Jordan, the new big 3, who as it turned out missed out on the party.

Gold: Rose, Silver: Stenson, Bronze: Kucher is what will go down in the records, but that doesn't nearly tell the story....

Canadians : Graham DeLaet had two birdies and an eagle for -2 69 finishing -4 280, for 20th while David Hearn shot a brilliant -5 66 to end up -1 T30.

Now on to the Fed Ex playoffs, the Ryder Cup and the Race to Dubai, but the game will be better for their week at Rio2016.

Bryan Angus