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Monday, April 27, 2015

Durant, Andrade top a week of a Legends at Big Cedar Lodge..

Champion Tour Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge final scoreboard http://www.pgatour.com/champions/tournaments/bass-pro-shops-legends-of-golf-at-big-cedar-lodge/leaderboard.html

The event with the longest title this week, was the longest on entertainment for me, with all our favourites, all our golfing heroes playing a rather complicated format on simply spectacular par 3 courses in the Ozark mountains down in Missouri.

In the end it was 2 of the lesser lights, Joe Durant who had a hole-in-one and teamed with Billy Andrade to win the Champions Tour's Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf on Sunday at Big Cedar Lodge.
Andrade and Durant closed with a -9 45 at the par-3 Top of the Rock course, playing nine holes of modified alternate shot and nine of better ball. Durant aced the third hole on the second nine with a 7-iron.

Durant and Andrade finished at 19-under 159 in the 54-hole event, opening Thursday with a better-ball 63 on Buffalo Ridge's regulation Springs course and shooting a 51 on Saturday in high wind on the par-3 course. They each earned $230,000 for their first victories

Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam tied for second, three strokes back after a 51. The former Masters champions took a two-stroke lead into the final round. Larry Nelson and Larry Fleisher won the Legends Division for players 65 and older, beating Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player by two strokes

Bryan Angus (notes from BBC Reuters, AP)

Ko defends her title, Henderson 3rd at Swinging Skirts

LPGA Tour Swinging Skirts Classic final scoreboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/swinging-skirts-lpga-classic/results

Lydia Ko celebrated her 18th birthday, defending her title at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, this time beating Morgan Pressel on the second playoff hole for her seventh career LPGA Tour victory after firing a closing -2 70.
Pressel missed a 15-footer at the 18th in regulation for the win, closing with a 72. She also just missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole for the win again, then pulled an 8-foot birdie putt on the next hole giving Ko the opening she needed to make her putt and win. It was the first time she had the lead all day !
For me this was a bad loss for Pressel, whose last victory was in 2008. Consider she had a two-shot lead with four holes to play, made bogeys at 16 and 17, and then failed to make that birdie on the 18th
Brooke Henderson holed a bunker shot for eagle on the par-5 14th and she did have a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole to join the playoff which she couldn't make and she finished with a +2 74, disappointed I'm sure to finish 3rd, just a shot behind at -7, but at just 17 years of age this result will fill her with confidence, she beat a lot of great players...
Bryan Angus

Rose blooms in the hot soggy weather of New Orleans.

PGA Tour Zurich New Orleans Classic final scoreboard http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/zurich-classic-of-new-orleans/leaderboard.html

Justin Rose began the final round tied with Jason Day for the lead at -16 but while Day, who had to finish most of his third round Sunday morning, hooked his drive into trees lining the left boundary of the second fairway, then on the next swing pulled his shot into a tree, bouncing right back to him ended up with a bogey 6 was looking weary.

After the round he said hot, steamy conditions wore him down over the course of 32 holes. “The early days and the hot days, and just the long days in general kind of finally caught up to me,” Day said. “I played great all week, but this final round just had a lot of mental errors.”
Rain, wind, fog, thunder, lightning, bright sunshine, hot humid weather, this week had it all testing everyone's patience to the limit.
Meanwhile Rose, 7 years older than Day, perhaps wiser, was looking fit and fresh, and sensing he needed to birdie the final two holes to keep his lead over a charging Cameron Tringale, he pulled it off with aggressive swings and clutch putts for a one-stroke victory, his 7th on the PGA Tour, and a nice one for his sponsor, Zurich.
Rose completed a -7 65 in the rain-delayed third round Sunday morning and closed with a -6 66 at a rain soaked, soft TPC Louisiana for a record score of -22, 266. He has won at least once in six straight seasons, the second-longest streak on the tour behind Dustin Johnson’s eight straight. He’s projected to jump from ninth to sixth in the world ranking this morning.
Rose is coached by Canada's Sean Foley, who teaches life skills as much as technique, and after a slow start to the season with 3 missed cuts, he found his form at Augusta where he finished T2 two weeks ago and carried it with him to New Orleans. He admitted yesterday that he has moved his family to the Bahamas over the new year, and was away from Foley and his normal Florida practice routine enjoying the islands, and it showed in his game.
Tringale looking for his first win birdied the 18th for 65, just a shot behind and our huntin' and fishin' pal Boo Weekley, who led after the first round, finished third at -20 and Jim Herman and Jason Day, T4 at -19.
Canadian scoresDavid Hearn had a great week, finishing at -18 T6th with rookie Daniel Berger. While Adam Hadwin and Mike Weir missed the cut, Nick Taylor T48 -10 and Roger Sloan was T70 at E.
Now it's off to Harding Park for the WGC World Match Play, a new venue with an exciting new format.. the draw is today at noon...more on that later.
Bryan Angus (notes from BBC Reuters, AP..)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lyle and Woosnam turn back the clock..

Champions Tour Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/champions/tournaments/bass-pro-shops-legends-of-golf-at-big-cedar-lodge/leaderboard.html

Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam have both won the Masters, had storied careers and have been friends since they were 12 years old.

AP....Yesterday they took a two-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge after they shot a -6 64 in better-play play on Buffalo Ridge’s regulation Springs course to reach -13. On Thursday, they had the best score at the par-3 Top of the Rock course, a -7 47 for nine holes of modified alternate shot and nine holes of better ball. Play will close today on the par-3 course with nine holes of modified alternate shot and nine of better ball.

Former Ohio State teammates John Cook and Joey Sindelar were tied for second with Corey Pavin and Duffy Waldforf. Cook and Sindelar, the first-round leaders after a 60 on the regulation course, had a 53 on the par-3 layout. Pavin and Waldorf shot a 53 on the par-3 course

In the Legends Division for players 65 and older, Larry Nelson and Larry Fleisher had a four-stroke lead at 11 under. They had a 66 at Buffalo Springs after opening with a 47 on the par-3 course.

Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player were tied for second with Butch Baird and Al Geiberger. Nicklaus and Player had a 66 on the regulation course, and Baird and Geiberger shot a 49 on the par-3 course.

Compton, Day lead Hearn by a shot at rain delayed Zurich Classic

PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans scoreboard http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/zurich-classic-of-new-orleans/leaderboard.html

There is a lot of golf to be played today at this rainy Zurich Classic south of New Orleans, the question is will mother nature co-operate.

Erik Compton (65) birdied three of five holes after a nearly six-hour rain delay, giving him a share of the lead with Jason Day (65) early in the third round at -13, a shot ahead of Justin Rose, Blayne Barber, Jerry Kelly and David Hearn at TPC Louisiana when play was suspended because of darkness. Barber finished eleven holes, Hearn seven, Rose six and Kelly five

Saturday was the third consecutive day rain has either halted or suspended play as a strong storm downed at least one tree and toppled tables. Play was halted around noon and resumed at 5:57 p.m. and was suspended for the day at 7:32 p.m.

Play is scheduled to resume at 8:30 a.m EST today, and sun and a high near 30*c are forecast. The players will not be repaired for the final round.

Brooke Henderson leads by a shot at the Swinging Skirts Classic

LPGA Tour Swinging Skirts Classic scoreboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/swinging-skirts-lpga-classic/leaderboard

Winning any pro tournament is never easy and Brooke Henderson is finding that out.  The wind made the Pacific air on the tough Lake Merced lay out feel close to 50 degrees, and overnight rain made the course soft and longer. Only 2 players, Morgan Pressel (67) and Min Seo Kwak (69) were able to break 70 and they trail Henderson by just 1 shot. The average score was 74.6

The 17 year old Canadian star was leading by as many as five shots, until she closed with a pair of bogeys. She had been in control all day hitting fairways and greens until the end. From a bad lie in the left rough on the 17th, she was short and left with her second thinned he pitch shot over the green, but made a good up-and-down to get away with no more than a bogey.

On the par-5 18th, her 3rd was long and in the rough, and she couldn’t get up-and-down and made bogey 6 to sit at -9 207
So today Morgan and Kwak begin a shot behind, with defending champion Lydia Ko, who shot a 71  three back while Stacy Lewis and Shanshan Feng of China each had 71 and are four shots behind.
Henderson is used to pressure, winning three times on the Canadian Women’s Tour as an amateur, capturing the Canadian Women’s Amateur and finishing runner-up in the U.S. Women’s Amateur. She also was medalist at the Women’s Amateur Team Championship.
She was denied a waiver to the LPGA Tour’s minimum age requirement of 18 last year. Commissioner Mike Whan has granted only two exceptions to the rule, Ko and Lexi Thompson mainly because both had already won on the LPGA, so Henderson playing only her second LPGA event since she turned pro in December, may change all that with a win.

Sue Kim shot 77 and is T58

China's Ashun Wu wins the Volvo China Open

European Tour Volvo China Open scoreboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2015/tournamentid=2015030/leaderboard/index.html

Ashun Wu has become only the 3rd Chinese winner in the history of the European Tour after Englishman David Howell made a costly three putt bogey on the 72nd hole to shoot E 72 to end up at -8, 1 shot behind. Wu is also the first Chinese player to win a European Tour event on home soil

Wu shot -1 71 -9. The 29 year old, who predominantly plays on the Japan Golf Tour, started the day in a four-way tie for the lead with compatriot Li Hao-tong, France’s defending champion Alex Levy and Howell.,

It is the former Chinese #1's first European Tour win, and gives him a 2 year exemption, so he and his family have some nice decisions to make regarding his new schedule. He will also move inside the world's top 120 from #247.

I'll be on TSN1050 this morning at 8.15 with Lins and Pete's International Sports Report for my regular Sunday morning spot..