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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Greenbrier Classic washed out

As I mentioned earlier this week the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia was likely to be cancelled and the PGA Tour has done the prudent thing considering the tragic flooding that has taken 23 lives.

Here is the AP press release.

The PGA Tour announced Saturday that the Greenbrier Classic scheduled for next month has been cancelled because of the devastating flooding in West Virginia.
The tournament had been scheduled for July 7-10 at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, which was inundated with floodwaters after heavy storms rolled into the state Thursday.

Tour officials say the Old White TPC, the host course, suffered extensive damage and “is beyond reasonable repair to conduct the tournament.”

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said officials were heartbroken by the devastation in West Virginia and offered their thoughts and prayers.

Cancelling the Greenbrier Classic is certainly the most prudent course of action as our foremost concern is the well-being of those who are having to live through this tragic situation,” Finchem said.

Greenbrier County claimed 15 of the 23 deaths attributed to the flooding.

This is the first time a PGA Tour event has been washed out since the Viking Classic in Madison, Mississippi, in 2009. Unplayable conditions also led to the cancellation of the 1996 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Ernie Els trails Hurley by just 2 shots at the Quicken Loans National

PGA Tour Quicken Loans National leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/quicken-loans-national/leaderboard.html

With rounds of 66 69 65 -13 it's great to see Ernie Els back in form, trailing hometown boy and Naval Academy man Billy Hurley -15, by just two shots as we head into Sunday on the Blue course at Congressional, in this Tiger Woods hosted tournament.

Ernie has the shot of the week after he out for eagle on the par4 12th. He hasn't won in 4 years and has missed the cut in his last 4 events including the US Open'

Spain's Jon Rahm is playing his first event as a professional, had four bogeys in a 70 that left him three strokes behind Hurley.

Canadian scores: Nick Taylor 69 70 69 -5 T14, David Hearn 70 67 72 -4 T19, Adam Hadwin MC

Bryan Angus

Alena Sharp trails Ko by 2 shots at NW Arkansas Championship

LPGA NW Arkansas Championship leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/walmartnwarkansaschampionshippresentedbypg/leaderboard

With brilliant rounds of 65 65 -12 Alena Sharp is right in contention again at the NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Arkansas as she trails the world's #1 Lydia Ko who has been just a shot or two better with 66 62 -14 and American star Morgan Pressel 65 63 -14.

Maude Aimee LeBlanc is T66 71 68 -3 while Brook Henderson missed a rare cut with 69 73 E. Samantha Richdale and Anne Catherine Tanguay also missed the cut.

Ko tied the course record buoyed by 5 birdies and an eagle on her back nine as she looks for her 3rd win of the year.

At just over 6300 yards, scores have been very low on this Pinnacle Country Club and I expect more of the same later today and will be interested to see if Alena can keep the pressure on Ko and Pressel for her first LPGA Tour win.

She was T22 at the KPMG PGA Championship then T13 last week at the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Bryan Angus

Stenson, Olesen lead rain delayed BMW International in Germany

European Tour BMW International leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2016/tournamentid=2016048/leaderboard/index.html

After only 4 hours or so of play on Saturday, play at this BMW International in Pulheim Germany was suspended then abandoned at 4pm after heavy downpours put parts of the course under water.

The skies have cleared overnight and the players facing 36 holes were sent out paired in 3's to complete their 3rd rounds.

At the top of the leaderboard Swedish star Henrik Stenson and Norway's Thorbjorn Olesen have emerged as the men to beat. Olesen has posted rounds of 67 67 67 -15, while Stenson has been superb from tee to green with rounds of 68 65 67 -16.

Frenchman Jacquelin Rafael is 3rd at -12.

With Stensen hitting nothing but fairways, and with clean and place giving him perfect lies he seems the odds on favourite to emerge the winner, especially if his putter heats up.

More to follow...

Bryan Angus

Friday, June 24, 2016

Torrential rain, flash flooding puts Greenbrier Classic in doubt.

The Greenbrier Classic is scheduled to begin two weeks from Thursday, but a storm has left the course and the area flooded to the degree that West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has issued a state of emergency for Greenbrier County.

The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.V., meanwhile issued this statement:
"Due to the torrential rains that have fallen in Greenbrier County, W.Va., throughout the day, The Greenbrier is experiencing heavy flooding throughout the resort and in surrounding areas. All actions are being taken to keep all guests and Team Members safe, and that is the focus of everybody at this time.”
Greenbrier owner and CEO Jim Justice, a West Virginia native, said, “It’s like nothing I’ve seen. But our focus right now isn’t on the property, the golf course or anything else. We’re praying for the people and doing everything we can to get them the help they need.”
Bubba Watson lives on the property and his video shows the course underwater as the river flowing through it has burst through it's banks, Surrounding roads, bridges and all their accessories have been severely compromised as some 10" of rain has fallen within 10 hours with more expected.
The governor's office has reported one young boy was swept to his death with other fatalities expected.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell pull out of Rio..

A pair of Irishmen Rory McIlroy and now Graeme McDowell will not be playing for Ireland at the Olympics in Rio this summer.

Rory has cited the risk about the Zika virus, saying it is “a risk I am unwilling to take.”
After speaking with those closest to me, I’ve come to realize that my health and my family’s health comes before anything else,” the four-time major winner said in a statement released by his management company.

"Even though the risk of infection from the Zika virus is considered low,” McIlroy said, “it is a risk nonetheless and a risk I am unwilling to take.

This morning Graeme McDowell has joined Rory with the birth of his second child due to coincide with the conclusion of the competition.

That leaves Padraig Harrington next in line for selection and he says he would love to represent his country in Rio.

Personally I believe that if this were the Ryder Cup being played in the middle of August, a brutal time for the professional golf schedule, you wouldn't see either of them pulling out.

The Zika virus has simply given Rory the excuse he needed to withdraw without just saying " I'm too busy and not really interested" and I would think he and Graeme had a long talk about it before they pulled out. It must be said he has represented his country whenever asked mostly as an amateur

Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Vijay Singh won't be there either, mostly due to scheduling commitments.

The fact is that in the world of pro golf the majors, the Ryder or Presidents Cup and national championships, plus sponsor expectations come well before the Olympics every 4 years, and also I feel the IOC missed the boat in not making it a team event.

Bryan Angus

Where the Canadians are this week..live leaderboards

Just over a month away from the RBC Canadian Open at the Abbey with stops along the way at Reno, Akron, West Virginia, Alabama and Royal Troon, and that's just the PGA Tour that has the Quickens Loans this week at Congressional which is facing a weather delay this morning.

Here's where the Canadians are this week with live leaderboards to follow them all.

PGA Tour Quicken Loans leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/quicken-loans-national/leaderboard.html

Adam Hadwin, Nick Taylor and David Hearn are in the field this week at the Congressional Blue course down in Bethesda, Maryland where Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed are the headliners and Tiger Woods is the host.

Play has been delayed this morning with pouring rain, thunder and lightning in the area.

European Tour BMW International Open leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2016/tournamentid=2016048/leaderboard/index.html

Richard Lee out of Vancouver is the lone Canadian. 18 of the field played in the US Open last week. Oliver Fisher from England has the clubhouse lead in Pulheim, Germany with a -6 66.

LPGA Tour Walmart NW Arkansas Championship leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/walmartnwarkansaschampionshippresentedbypg/leaderboard

When play begins on Friday Brooke Henderson leads a contingent of 5 Canadians. Maude Aimee LeBlanc Alena Sharp, Anne Catherine Tanquay and Samantha Richdale in Rogers, Arkansas.

Web.com Tour Air Capital Classic leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/webcom/tournaments/air-capital-classic-presented-by-aetna/leaderboard.html

Ryan Yip, Adam Svensson, Roger Sloan, Taylor Pendrith, MacKenzie Hughes, and Albin Choi are the six Canucks, playing at the Crestview CC in Wichita Kansas for the 27th year.

PGA Tour Champions American Insurance Family Classic leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/champions/leaderboard.html

Steve Stricker is at home in Madison, Wisconsin at the University Ridge GC., and he is the host for this week's stop on the senior circuit where Rod Spittle will tee it up with the usual cast of characters including a very fat John Daly, whose weight goes up and down, mostly up more often than a toilet seat at a Shriners convention.

MacKenzie Tour Siga Dakota Dunes Open leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/canada/en_us/tournaments/siga-dakota-dunes-open/leaderboard.html

The PGA Tour Canada continues it's trip across the country with a stop in Saskatoon this week. There are 27 Canadians in the field including Matt Hill the former world #1 amateur who unlike Nick Taylor has struggled with his game since turning pro.

Symetra Tour Island Resort Championship leaderboard http://www.symetratour.com/tournaments/island-resort-championship/leaderboard

The ladies on the LPGA Tour development circuit are in Harris, Michigan this Friday thru Sunday and is where we will find 8 of our up and comers including Augusta James, Sue Kim, Jennifer Kirby, Brittany Marchand, and Sara Maude Juneau

Bryan Angus