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Geoff Ogilvy Wins Mercedes Championship

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

The Mercedes Championship came to a stunning conclusion in Kapalua Hawaii on Sunday. Geoff Ogilvy went into the final round with a comfortable six-shot lead after playing some of his best career golf. The hard charging Anthony Kim managed to cut Ogilvy’s lead to within one shot after eight holes of play.

Ogilvy, who had a wire to wire win stated “It’s an uncomfortable feeling knowing you’re six shots out in front and you’re almost back to tied.”

Ogilvy managed to make a bogey on the eighth hole at the Plantation Course, which was his fourth in that stretch, and suddenly his big lead was reduced to one single shot. Any frustration he may have felt was quickly erased once he reached the par-5 ninth hole in two and drained a 20-foot eagle putt that increased his lead back to three over Kim. After that he was on fire, making birdies on five of the next six to seal his fifth PGA win.

“Since I walked off the ninth green I felt actually the best I did all week,” he said “All of the sudden, a switch flicked.”

Ogilvy has won more than $17 million finishing in the top ten 40 times since joining the TOUR in 2001. Not making his presence known on leaderboards as often as he would like though, separates him from the likes of Tiger Woods or Vijay Singhs of the world. Don’t think for a minute though that Ogilvy doesn’t think he can take the next step.

Harrington Wins PGA Championship

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Ireland’s Padraig Harrington has captured the 90th PGA Championship and won his second straight major. Fresh off his win at the British Open, Harrington fended off Spain’s fiery Sergio Garcia, to claim his third major victory and hoist the Wanamaker trophy.
Harrington managed to be an incredible 8-under par over the final 36 holes by shooting two 4-under 66s. He was a 3-under par 277 total for a two shot victory over Garcia and Ben Curtis to take his second major victory in three weeks. After posting a 4-over 74 in the second round on Friday, Harrington was at 5 over par for the tournament. “I went back and had a look at it and had a discussion with my trainer at home; it was possible that I was dehydrated, “said Harrington about his terrible start. “And that’s what was the lack of coordination. So it gave me something to focus on. If it was the cause or not, whether it was it might have been tiredness, as well. But as least I had something tangible that I could actually pin it on and try and put some effort into it and gave me the belief that if I can get my hydration right, basically my coordination would come back.” he continued. “And whether it was the answer or not, it certainly helped me focus on something, and that was the important part of it.”

In the last three holes at Oakland Hills this Sunday, Harrington was 1-under, while Garcia and Curtis were 1-over and that proved to be the difference. Right when it was getting interesting Garcia had met another all-to-familiar demise in a major. He hit a great approach shot onto the 15th green that tool one short bounce, hit the cup and pin before drifting 10 feet from the hole. If it didn’t hit the pin it would have been a short birdie attempt. Instead, Garcia made a two-putt par.
“Funny enough, I think that Peter Kostis told me it hit the pin and went in the hole and came out to about 10 feet,” Garcia said. “So I went and asked him because I saw the ball jump a little bit to the left and I thought, you know, I wanted to know if it was on the green or not and he told me what happened.”

So in the end, Harrington claimed his third major title and one of golfs most underrated individuals further solidifies his place in golf history. The Irishman finnished off a couragous comeback to be able to put his name on the Wanamaker trophy.

Reavie Wins Canadian Open

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Chez Reavie has captured his first PGA Tour victory by winning the 2008 RBC Canadian Open. Reavie had a trying week at Glen Abbey and was rewarded with a victory when he shot a 1-under 70 in his final round on Sunday. He finished three shots up on Billy Mayfair and four up on Steve Marino and Sean O’Hair. Mike Weir was never able to really contend for the lead on the last day after his putter let him down when he missed two birdie putts from inside six feet. He finished with a 69 and in a tie for fifth. Weir’s finish did earn him the Rivernead Cup as he was the low Canadian finisher for the event.

Reavie had the momentum all week. He has now added two big tournaments over the next two weeks – the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship. With his win, Reavie also takes home a cheque that is worth more than his combined earnings since turning pro four years ago. “How much? $900,000? That’s unbelievable, really. Yeah, wow. That’s all I can say is wow to that.” said Reavie.

The following are final Canadian scores for Sunday, July 27, 2008 at Glen Abbey (7,222 yards, Par 71).

Mike Weir, Bright’s Grove, Ont. 65-79-68-69—-272
(a) Nick Taylor 70-70-72-71—-283
David Hearn, Brantford, Ont. 69-72-69-74—-284
Bryan DeCorso, Guelph, Ont. 74-67-70-74—-285
Ian Leggatt, Cambridge, Ont. 70-71-74-MC
Jon Mills, Oshawa, Ont. 69-71-77-MC
Dustin Risdon, Calgary, Alta. 68-72-80-MC
David Morland IV, Aurora, Ont. 71-72-MC
Andrew Parr, London, Ont. 72-71-MC
Chang Wan Woo, Markham, Ont. 73-74-MC
Jacob Scriven, Uxbridge, Ont. 79-71-MC
Stephen Ames, Calgary, Alta. 72-71-MC
Adam Short, Vineland, Ont. 76-67-MC
(a) Michael Knight 71-73-MC
Jim Rutledge, Victoria, B.C. 75-71-MC
Brad Fritsch, Manotick, Ont. 71-76-MC
Wes Heffernan, Calgary, Alta. 74-73-MC
Eric Landreville, Melocheville, Que. 81-71-MC
Todd Halpen, Calgary, Ont. 75-78-MC

Weir Takes First Round Lead at RBC Canadian Open

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Canada’s Mike Weir shot 65 and is currently in a tie for first with Eric Axley, Anthony Kim, Sean O’Hair and John Huston. Can Weir become the first Canadian to win the Open in 54 years?

Stephen Ames, Canada’s other hope didn’t have the best of days at the RBC Canadian Open in Oakville. Ames finished the round he began yesterday in the rain and posted a one over par 72, which puts him 7 shots back of the leaders. Ian Leggatt from Cambridge was one-under par through 17 holes.

Defending champion Jim Furyk finished his round, shooting a one-under par 70 in glorious weather conditions at Glen Abbey Golf Course.

Jon Mills of Oshawa was two-under after 15 along with Brantford’s David Hearn.

Seventy-eight players still hadn’t finished their day one rounds when play was suspended last night. Most have now completed their first round of play, but a few still have several holes to go.

Ames will go back on the course at 11:20 a.m. for his second round. Weir won’t tee off for his second round until 4:35 p.m., which makes it unlikely he’ll finish by the time it gets dark.

Weir should get in 15 or so holes today, but a few groups won’t even tee off for their second round until 6:05 p.m., which means they might finish only nine holes by the time the sun goes down.

Delays from yesterday’s rain means the halfway cut won’t come until some time tomorrow morning. But if the weather cooperates, tournament officials feel they can complete things on time for the usual Sunday afternoon finish. ( info from TheStar.com)

Harrington Repeats as British Open Champion

Monday, July 21st, 2008

The sentimental favorite entering into the final round on Sunday was the veteran Greg Norman, who was attempting to be the oldest player to take home the Claret Jug at the age of 53. It was a wonderful storyline but Padraig Harrington had other ideas and instead became just the 5th player in the last 50 years to repeat as British Open champion. Two great stories, however only one could come out victorious on Sunday and Harrington showed he had the stuff of champions as he played the last nine holes at 4-under par.

Greg Norman finished tied for third with Henrik Stenson, which was a very respectable finish but likely disappointing for the Shark after closing with a 7-over par round of 77. Norman’s previous highest round of the Open was 72 on Saturday. The Shark was quoted saying, “I know it was a good week. Can I walk away feeling down? Of course, I can. But can I walk away feeling pretty good? Yeah, I can do that as well.”

The repeat win by Harrington puts him in a very select group of legendary golfers, such as Woods, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino and Arnold Palmer. Over the course of four rounds Harrington proved consistency is key to taking home the Claret Jug with rounds of 74, 68, 72, and 69. His 283 total gave him a four shot victory over Ian Poulter and allowed Harrington to thoroughly enjoy walking up to the 18th green with very little pressure. Most impressive was Harrington’s approach shots on both 17 and 18 coming home Sunday as he attacked both flags and landed close on both occasions. He dropped his putt on 17 for eagle, his second on 17 during the Open, and narrowly missed his putt on 18 to close with a par.

PGA Irish Region Secretary Michael McCumiskey stated, “he really is a golfer extraordinaire. This second Open win is great for Irish golf. Even people in Ireland who don’t play golf can relate to Padraig Harrington. He is something special.”

It was a great week for golf and the PGA can sleep soundly that even without Tiger, a major tournament can be a wonderful success and full of great moments. (sources: irishtimes.com, tsn.ca)

KJ Choi Takes Lead from Norman at British Open

Friday, July 18th, 2008

KJ Choi is now the current leader at the 2008 British Open at Royal Birkdale. KJ managed two birdies on his last two holes to take a one shot lead over 53 year old Greg Norman. Choi, now sits at one under par for the tournament after posting a Friday round of three-under 67. Norman managed a second round of 70 to remain at even par for the event showing that he still has fantastic.

“It feels a bit like stepping back in time,” admitted Norman, the 1986 and 1993 champion, while stressing that he was keeping his expectations for the rest of the tournament “realistically low.”

Choi described his round as “the best I’ve played at the British Open.”

“Everything went the way I wanted it to. The fans support was wonderful and I got great motivation from that.”

Camilo Villegas fired an amazing 65 to climb the leader board and now sits two off the lead with David Duval who after a decade of silence was maybe even more surmising to see near the top of the scoring. Duval, who was the 2001 champion, has only made one cut in 12 attempts all year as he continues to try to rebuild his career after his win at Lytham.

Padrig Harrington, the defending champion is also at two-over par and he finished with an eagle and a birdie to shoot 68. “I’m well in there with 36 holes to go and you just need to be there with nine to play,” said the delighted Irishman. “It’s unlikely anybody is going to run away with it.”

Rocco Mediate, Graeme McDowell and Robert Allenby, the 1st round leaders and the only players to break par in their opening rounds, all dropped back with 73s but are still in striking distance.

No one however could fully wrest the limelight away from Norman. The 53-year-old, who married tennis legend Chris Evert last month, plays more on the tennis court than on the golf course these days. He fits in tournaments when business commitments and injuries allow and he is making his first appearance at the Open since 2005.

Norman proved he could still play a links course after sinking a 50 footer for birdie on the first hole to go one under par. He also made huge putts at the seventh and eighth holes for birdie while making double bogey on the sixth. Norman managed seven straight pars after the eighth hole and scrambled amazingly on the last three holes.

The projected cut looks to be at nine over par meaning that players like Tom Watson, Ernie Els, Mark O’Meara, Paul Lawrie and Angel Cabrera do not look to be around for the final two rounds. (Data from The Associated Press.)

Canadian Mike Weir Starts Strong at 2008 Open

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Mike Weir is off to a solid start in the 2008 British Open at Royal Birkdale with a round of one over par 71.  He sits two strokes back of the lead held by Rocco Mediate, Robert Allenby and Graeme McDowell.  Currently, Retief Goosen and Jim Furyk are tied with Weir.

Weir was able to make an eagle three on the par-5 17th hole after making a double-bogey six on the par-4 16th hole.   Stephen Ames managed to post a round of 73 and sits at three-over par.  At 53 years of age, Greg Norman, the two time Open champion, was the story of the day with an even-par round of 70 and sits tied with Adam Scott, both one back of the leaders.

Conditions at Birkdale this morning started brutal with severe wind, cool temperatures, and rain making play extremely difficult and putting those with late tee times at an advantage as the afternoon conditions improved slightly.

Other big names such as Michelson, Singh and Els struggled badly with rounds of 79, and 80’s.  Defending champion Padrig Harrington shot a four-over 74 along with Justin Rose and Tom Watson. (data from Score Golf)

Will Justin Rose Rise Again at 2008 British Open?

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Justin Rose will forever have wonderful memories of Royal Birkdale, where he made a sensational impact as an amateur in the 1998 British Open Championship. Rose had a fourth place finish, just one stroke behind Tiger and just two behind Mark O’Meara and Brian Watts. O’Meara went on to win in a playoff. Rose’s 45-yard pitch into the hole for birdie at his last hole is considered one of, or the most memorable, shot in British Open history.

In the ten years following, Rose has had his struggles, but he is now a contender for any tournament including this years 2008 British Open Championship.

“Obviously this place has a lot of wonderful memories for me” Rose said during his Birkdale press conference. “I’ve enjoyed my time here this week. I’ve enjoyed my practice rounds and the course itself. I’ve really enjoyed the whole vibe of the tournament so far.”

Over the last decade there have been lots of articles written about Rose, both good and bad. His game took some time to develop and there were lots of expectations. “I was turning pro after the Open whatever happened because I had done what I wanted to achieve in the amateur game. My dad, my family and advisers al thought it would take me three years to get established on the European Tour, and that turned out to be remarkably accurate. But meantime I think my own expectations and those of others had changed and that became a bit of a burden. At the same time a lot of doors were opened for me to gain valuable experience, and some tough lessons were learned as well. But I’ve come through a stronger person, and hopefully a better player.”

As for the 2008 Open Championship, Rose says he’s happy with his strategy and the game plan he has for the course. After playing a full round on Monday and Tuesday he had a short outing today to sharpen his short game. “This week is all about me going out and trusting my game and the fact that I’ve matured a lot – and going out there with the intent to do it, rather than hope to do it as I did in ‘98.” (Source: opengolf.com)

Tiger Woods Captures 2008 U.S. Open Title in Dramatic Fashion

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Tiger Woods does it again in dramatic fashion at the U.S. Open. After four grueling rounds at Torrey Pines, in which it was evident that his surgically repaired left knee was bothering him, it took an 18-hole playoff against Rocco Mediate and an additional one-hole sudden-death playoff to capture his third U.S. Open Victory. This third win puts Tiger one back of Jack Nicklaus’ four U.S. Open wins and four back of Nicklaus’ eighteen major victories.

On Sunday, Rocco stood in the scoring room watching the theatrics unfold on TV as Tiger made but yet another clutch putt in a career filled with clutch moments. “Unbelievable,” Mediate said. “I knew he’d make it.”

They finished at 1-under 283 after four rounds, the first time since 2004 that someone broke par at the U.S. Open. Mediate finished with an even par 71, missing a chance to eliminate Tiger when his wedge to the 18th green stayed on top of a ridge 30-feet from the hole. Mediate two–putted for par. It looked like it may be enough when Woods and Westwood, both one shot back, hit into the bunker on each side of the fairway on the 527 yard closing hole and had to lay up. Tiger’s bunker shot headed right into the rough and found an old divot while Westwood hit his into the left side of the fairway. From there, both players managed to hit their shots to about 15-feet, where Tiger was the only one to make his putt. “It feels very similar to what Valhalla felt like,” Woods said. “If I didn’t make that putt, I don’t get a chance to continue to keep playing. At best, I gave myself a chance to win the tournament tomorrow, and that’s all I can ask for.”

Woods wasn’t sure he could make it on Sunday, with a left knee that progressively got worse since the opening round, his first round of golf since knee surgery to clean out cartilage on April 15th. He shot 73 and made it into Monday’s playoff for the third time in a major championship, this one being 18-hole stroke play. Could the knee take one more round of Golf? “It’s going to have to,” Woods replied.

On Monday, Woods clinched his 14th major victory after defeating Mediate.  Monday’s playoff saw the 18-hole battle result in yet another tie and the match went to a single hole sudden-death playoff in which Rocco could not match a par from Woods.

Mediate, 45, bogeyed the 1st hole and was three shots back of Woods at thee over par after ten holes.  Tiger then proceeded to make two consecutive bogeys letting Rocco back into the match.  Rocco then made three straight birdies and lead after the 15th hole putting the pressure squarely on Tiger’s shoulders.  On the 18th hole, Mediate had an 18-foot putt left to claim victory, but could not make it fall after watching Tiger make his birdie put to bring the match all square.  On the first sudden-death playoff hole Mediate could not sink his par put to equal Tiger and once again the world’s #1 player found himself with a dramatic victory.

“This is probably the greatest tournament I’ve ever had,” Woods said afterward, paying tribute to the 25,000 spectators that stayed to witness the epic battle.

“Everyone thought I’d get my ass handed to me, but I didn’t,” Mediate exclaimed, regarding the fact that the majority of the sporting world thought the match would be a route for Woods.  Mediate showed that at age 45 he still has some solid golf left in him after facing so much adversity over the last several years with injuries.  Hats off to Rocco Mediate for his spectacular play and staying shot for shot with the world #1.  In the end, Tiger claimed one more victim and one more victory.  The legend continues…

Watch Rocco & Tiger Live Online Monday

Monday, June 16th, 2008

This is just a quick post to inform everyone that you can still watch the US Open Live even if you’re stuck at the office.

Click Here to watch the Final 18 Holes between Rocco and Tiger on Monday.

You will have to do a quick Browser install for Microsoft’s Silverlight technology prior to watching, however this only takes a couple minutes.

Enjoy!