2015 - WEEK 13: Mar 23 - Mar 29

               WEEK 13 WORLDWIDE SCHEDULE 

                          PROFESSIONAL GOLF 2015
                            THE COMPLETE MEDIA, FAN & FANTASY GUIDE
         458 PAGES OF RESULTS, PROFILES & FORECASTS - 9 TOURS, 600 PLAYERS

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Around Louisvile

Rory McIlroy came into the PGA Championship hot, having backed his epic Open Championship victory at Hoylake with a two-shot triumph at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in his next start, climbing back into the number one sport in the Official World Ranking in the process.  Thus he arrived at Louisville's Valhalla Golf Club as the strongest Major championship favorite since Tiger Woods - and seemingly very much at home with the expectations.  McIlroy's performance in Thursday's opening round did little to suggest the the oddsmakers were wrong, for playing over a rain-softened Valhalla layout that would yield low scores all week, he posted a five-under-par 66 that left him one shot off the lead held by England's Lee Westwood and a pair of Americans, Kevin Chappell and Ryan Palmer.  What made McIlroy's round notable, however, was that it might have been quite a bit lower, for after turning in three-under-par 32, he hooked his second at the par-5 10th out-of-bounds en route to a double-bogey, then followed that with a bogey at the 210-yard 11th.  But where many a golfer might have lost their momentum entirely after falling back to even, McIlroy instead responded with four straight birdies at holes 12-15, then added one more at the par-5 closer to push himself resiliently back into the mix.  Friday saw McIlroy play in the morning and it was then that he began taking control of the tournament, piecing together an up-and-down 67 that included four birdies and an eagle (at his ninth hole, the par-5 18th) and finishing with a tournament-leading nine-under-par 133 total.  His margin was only one, however, for hot on his heels were the ever-competitive Jim Furyk (68) and three-time Major championship runner-up Jason Day, who posted the day's low round (65) by logging five birdies, plus an eagle at the 597-yard split-fairway 7th.  Following more morning rain, Saturday would prove to be the lowest scoring round in PGA Championship history, ultimately producing a 54-leaderboard that was both deep and star-studded.  McIlroy may not have loved his round of 67 but on a day when a number of stars might well have shot past him, he gamely rallied late in the back nine to birdie the 15th, 16th and 18th and maintain a one-shot lead.  Now his closest pursuer was Austrian upstart Bernd Wiesberger, who carded a flawless 65 that included birdies on the final three holes, and moved him into air far more rarified than anything he'd experienced on the European circuit.  Two back was Rickie Fowler (playing with great confidence as he sailed around with a bogey-free 67) while three behind were Phil Mickelson (67) and Day, who played uneven golf en route to a 69.  Sunday morning witnessed still more rain, with play delayed nearly 90 minutes and questions emerging as to whether the round could be completed before darkness.  As things ultimately unfolded, players like Ernie Els, Jimmy Walker and Furyk all made some early noise, but the real challengers proved to be Mickelson, Fowler and Henrik Stenson.  Trying gamely to salvage an otherwise disappointing year, Mickelson charged to an outgoing 31 and by the 12th tee stood 15 under par.  Fowler, meanwhile, bogeyed the 2nd but bounced back with four birdies in five holes and, with one more at the par-5 10th, also stood on 15 under.  Stenson, for his part, turned in 30 and, with a birdie at the island green 13th, joined them at -15.  McIlroy, meanwhile, had stumbled to an outgoing 36, leaving him, quite surprisingly, three off the pace.  But at a moment when almost any sane golfing mind might well have concluded that his run of form was cooling, McIlroy instead mounted an epic charge, ripping a 281-yard 3 wood to seven feet en route to eagling the 10th, then adding a birdie at the 13th which, combined with each of his opponents carding one untimely bogey, saw him nose improbably back ahead.  A wayward drive at the 17th threatened to pull him back, but a 9 iron from a fairway bunker dropped 11 feet from the hole, with the ensuing birdie putt extending the lead to two.  Yet there was still some drama left.  With darkness rapidly setting in, Mickelson and Fowler followed standard Tour etiquette in allowing McIlroy and Wiesberger to drive off quickly behind them at the last, guaranteeing all four players the option to finish even if the horn sounded.  McIlroy's tee ball then narrowly missed right-side water before things became confusing when PGA of America officials then instructed Mickelson and Fowler to stand aside while the final pair hit their second shots - an odd suggestion in any circumstance.  In the end, Mickelson narrowly missed holing a long pitch to tie, Fowler missed his long eagle putt as well, and when McIlroy took two putts from 33 feet for his five, the championship was his.  Fowler, for his part, became the only player in history to finish among the top five in all four of a season's Major championships without winning one.  McIlroy, meanwhile, deeply solidified his hold on world number one status, and also became only the fourth player in the last century (joining Jones, Nicklaus and Woods) to win four Majors by age 25.  Most importantly, however, he gave great legitimacy to the notion that he may now, in fact, be a dominant player with the ability to win on a scale similar to Woods and Nicklaus.

Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 03:56PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 32 Results

PGA Tour - PGA Championship  -  Rory McIlroy  (268)
LPGA Tour - Meijer LPGA Classic  -  Mirim Lee (270)
JLPGA Tour - Meiji Cup  -  Jiyai Shin  (202)
Web.com Tour - Price Cutter Charity Championship  -  Cameron Percy  (267)
E Challenge Tour - Norwegian Classic -  Benjamin Hebert  (273)
Symetra Tour - New England Charity Classic  -  Sadena Parks  (208)

Posted on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 11:44AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Around The World

Any notions that Rory McIlroy might be complacent following his dominant victory at the British Open were dispelled quickly at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational as the 25-year-old Northern Irishman threw his game into gear on the weekend and cruised to a two-shot victory over the same man he battled hardest at Hoylake, Sergio Garcia.  McIlroy stood five shots off Marc Leishman’s lead after an opening round 69, then posted a 64 that might well have given him the halfway lead under normal circumstances.  On this occasion, however, it would only be good enough to trail by four as Garcia uncorked a stunning Friday 61 – a truly remarkable round in that he turned in one-under-par 34, then birdied the 10th and parred the 11th before charging home with seven straight birdies to become the ninth man in PGA Tour history to card a 27 on a par-35-or-greater nine.  It also set up what appeared to be a two-man battle on the weekend between Garcia and McIlroy, and that storyline grew as both men turned in 32 on Saturday before Garcia’s lead expanded to five prior to rain causing a three-hour delay in play.  Uponing returning to the course, however, McIlroy birdied both the 17th and 18th to cut the margin to three after 54 holes.  But as it turned out, the prospect of a serious head-to-head battled faded quickly on Sunday as McIlroy – who predicted he’d need a 63 to win – birdied four of his first five holes which, combined with Garcia playing the same stretch one over, moved him into the lead for good.  McIlroy then played even-par golf thereafter and, with nobody mounting a serious charge, marched methodically home to victory.  The win lifted him back into the number one spot in the OWR for the first time since March of 2013, a re-ascendency which few in the golf world could reasonably dispute……………… In danger of losing his PGA Tour card for the first time in his long and successful career, 37-year-old Australian Geoff Ogilvy instead righted his ship in comprehensive fashion by claiming is eighth PGA Tour title at the newly renamed Barracuda Championship, in Reno.  In the Tour’s only event to be contested using the modified Stableford scoring system, the 2006 U.S. Open champion played solid golf throughout the week, racking up point totals of 16, 7, 12 and 14 over four days of play to salvage his season, gain entrance to the upcoming PGA Championship and guarantee his exempt status on Tour through 2016.  Ogilvy was chased down the stretch by Justin Hicks who, while looking for his first PGA Tour victory, led the entire field on Sunday by carding 18 points.  But as Hicks drew close early in the final nine, Ogilvy responded by grabbing five points with an eagle at the 518-yard 13th, then added birdies at the 367-yard 14th and the 616-yard finisher to ultimately stretch his margin of victory to five.  Though he’d only previously logged two top-25 finishes in 2014, Ogilvy’s form had been on the upswing since before the U.S. Open, and he acknowledged improved putting as reason he was able to convert this into a long-awaited victory.  Despite not winning, Hicks held his game together down the stretch to finish a career-best second while John Huh and another player returning from a papable dip in form, Jonathan Byrd, shared third...............Twenty-four-year-old Satoshi Kodaira landed his second career Japan Tour victory at the Dunlop Srixon Fukushima Open, closing with a workmanlike 68 to overcome a three-shot 54-hole deficit and claim the title.  The winner of the 2013 Japan Tour Championship, Kodaira began his week disappointingly, trailing by eight after an opening-round 72.  A second round 68 still left him trailing a trio of halfway leaders by six before Kodaira lifted himself back into the mix on Saturday with a stellar 64, a round which included seven birdies, one bogey and an eagle at the 526-yard par-5 7th.  Now standing three back of Ryutaro Nagano and Thailand's Thanyakon Khrongpha, Kodaira methodically posted three front nine birdies to turn in 33 on Sunday, allowing him to catch Khrongpha and pull within one of Nagano.  A birdie at the par 5 13th then got him to 16 under par, a number which, after Kodaira closed with five straight routine pars, proved enough to win by two.................. Forty-two-year-old veteran Keith Horne won for the sixth time on the Sunshine Tour by cruising to a three-shot victory at the 54-hole Vodacom Origins of Golf event at St. Francis Bay.  Horne took control of the tournament early by opening with a course record-setting 65 over the Jack Nicklaus-designed St. Francis Links, a flawless round which included seven birdies and no bogies, and which staked him to a two-shot lead over Titch Moore.  A second round 71 was a bit uneven, however, leaving Horne tied with 24-year-old second-year player Erik van Rooyen, who had posted a pair of fine 68s that included an eagle at the 443-yard 18th hole in round one.  Remarkably, the players' 136 total stood them five shots clear of the field, setting up a two-man battle in Friday's finale.  Under windy and rainy conditions, Horne bolted out of the gate quickly, recording birdies at the first three holes, then adding another at the 5th before eventually turning with a four-shot cushion over the far less-experienced van Rooyen.  The much tougher back nine would extract four bogeys (against a single birdie) from Horne but under difficult conditions, van Rooyen could only manage to do one stroke better, allowing Horne to cruise home to a relatively easy victory.

Posted on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 12:24PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 31 Results

PGA Tour - WGC-Bridgestone Invitational  -  Rory McIlroy  (265)
PGA Tour - Barracuda Championship  -  Geoff Ogilvy  (49 pts)
Japan Tour - Dunlop Srixon Fukushima Open  -  Satoshi Kodaira  (272)
Sunshine Tour - Vodacom Origins of Golf  -  Keith Horne  (207)
Champions Tour - 3M Championship  -  Kenny Perry  (193)
Web.com Tour - Stonebrae Classic  -  Tony Finau  (258)
E Challenge Tour - Azerbaijan Challenge Open  -  Moritz Lampert  (272)
Symetra Tour - Credit Union Classic  -  Veronica Felibert  (201)

Posted on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 12:21PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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Thirty-eight-year-old Tim Clark ended a victory drought which dated to the 2010 Players Championship by coming from behind to win the RBC Canadian Open, edging Jim Furyk by one at the Royal Montreal Golf Club.  For Furyk, a back-to-back champion here in 2006 and 2007, the event appeared a golden opportunity to break a nearly five-year winless streak of his own, as he opened with a 67, then added a course record-tying 63 and a Saturday 65 to build a three-shot 54-hole lead.  Clark, for his part, began with rounds of 67-67 before an eagle at the par-4 2nd jumpstarted a third round 64, allowing him to go to sleep Saturday night as Furyk’s closest pursuer.  On a Sunday which saw players go off both tees, in threesomes, in attempts at beating incoming rain, the status quo was maintained over the first nine as both Clark and Furyk turned even par.  But Clark soon found another gear coming home, reeling in birdies at the 11th, 12th, 14th and, after a short rain delay, the 15th to finally move into the lead.  He maintained this margin by matching Furyk’s birdie at the par-3 17th, then clinched the title by holing a six-footer for par at the last after Furyk missed a 12-foot birdie putt to tie………………England’s David Horsey endured an up-and-down closing stretch on Sunday afternoon to ultimately claim his third career European Tour title, beating Damien McGrane on the first hole of sudden death at the M2M Russian Open.  The 29-year-old Horsey held or shared the lead after each of the first three rounds at  Moscow’s Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club, leading by one after an opening 65, by two after tacking on a Friday 68, and sharing the top spot with Scotland’s Peter Whiteford after posting a Saturday 70 which included two bogeys over his final six holes.  Meanwhile, hoping to record his first victory since the 2008 Volvo China Open, McGrane began Sunday six back but his fortunes began turning quickly as two early birdies, combined with Horsey bogeys at the 5th and 6th brough him briefly within two of the lead.  That margin returned to three by the turn, then two when McGrane birdied the 10th – and then, rather suddenly, they were tied after Horsey double-bogeyed the 470-yard par-4 12th.  A Horsey bogey at the 374-yard 14th then put McGrane in front, and the Irishman promptly added a run of three straight birdies which, on most occasions, would have been enough to salt away the title.  But his untimely bogey at the 448-yard 18th left the door slightly ajar, and once again there was Horsey, rising from the ashes to chip in for eagle at the par-5 17th – just enough to force a playoff which he would win (via a routine par) after McGrane’s approach found a back bunker at the 18th...............Thirty-eight-year-old Jean Hugo braved the elements to win for the 15th time on the Sunshine Tour, edging rookie Rhys West by one at the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Arabella.   In a week in which gale force winds wiped out the second round, and Friday's finale was drenched by an icy rain, Hugo carded rounds of 68-69, the latter climaxed by a crucial final birdie at the 563-yard 18th.  West was unable to match that closing four but took solo second, one ahead of a foursome of imposing veterans led by Adilson da Silva and Trevor Fisher Jr.

Posted on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 05:36PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 30 Results

PGA Tour - RBC Canadian Open  -  Tim Clark  (263)
European Tour - M2M Russian Open  -  David Horsey  (275)
Sunshine Tour - Vodacom Origins of Golf  -  Jean Hugo  (137)
LET - Sberbank Golf Masters  -  Julie Greciet  (196)
JLPGA Tour - Century 21 Ladies  -  Bo-Mee Lee  (205)
Champions Tour - Senior Open Championship  -  Bernhard Langer  (266)
Euro Senior Tour - See Champions Tour (Above)
Web.com Tour - Midwest Classic  -  Zack Sucher  (265)
E Challenge Tour -  Le Vaudreuil Challenge  - Andrew Johnston  (268)
Symetra Tour - DEFCU Championship  - Sadena Parks  (199)

Posted on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 11:24AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Around Hoylake

It would hardly have been unreasonable to have fancied Rory McIlroy’s chances at the 2014 Open Championship, for he entered play with nine top 10s in calendar 2014, incluing the BMW triumph.  But it was clear that as the Open returned to one of England’s most historic clubs for the first time since 2006, the competition would be fierce, for top-10 players like Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia were all arriving in top form, and there was no shortage of additional world-class players nipping closely at their heels.  And then, of course, there was Tiger Woods, rebounding – perhaps a few moments too soon – from spring back surgery, but seemingly physically fit, and returning to the place of his last British Open triumph eight years earlier.  Woods, of course, would briefly tease with a very solid Thursday 69 before collapsing to a Friday 77, only to be heard from thereafter as a marquee filler for the early hours of ESPN’s wall-to-wall weekend coverage, and ultimately finishing an inglorious 69th.  McIlroy, on the other hand, sent a message bright and early on Thursday, carding a bogey-free 66 in ideal morning conditions to grab a one-shot lead over Italian Matteo Manassero, with a group of seven players – including Scott, Garcia and Jim Furyk – sitting two back.  Among the biggest names, Stenson and Rose settled for even par 72s, Rickie Fowler and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama posted 69s, and defending champion Phil Mickelson continued a disappointing season with an afternoon 74.  The McIlroy lead managed to open another rather offbeat storyline: whether he would be able to avoid stumbling badly on Friday, an odd malady that had recently submarined his chances at The Masters (77), Wells Fargo (76), Memorial (78 – after leading with 63) and the Scottish Open (78 - after leading with 64).  It was a bizarre hex indeed, and one which perhaps seemed unbeatable when he opened Friday with a bogey at the par-4 1st.  But in true championship form, Rory stopped the bleeding forthwith and wet on to card seven birdies to record his second consecutive 66, good enough to move four shots clear of long-hitting Dusting Johnson (65) and six ahead of a blue-chip sixsome composed of Garcia (70), Fowler (69), Francesco Molinari (70), Louis Oosthuizen (68), Charl Schwartzel (67) and Ryan Moore (68).  Also notable was 64-year-old Tom Watson, who made the cut on the number to extend his own record as the oldest man to play on the weekend at a Major.  If there was a defining day to this championship, it was Saturday – a day in which the R&A set a precedent by knuckling under to ominous weather forecasts (which largely failed to pan out) and sent the field off early, off both tees, and in threesomes.  McIlroy, for his part, seemed like a man trying to get himself to Sunday as quickly as possible, once again opening with a bogey (which allowed Johnson, who birdied the 1st, to move within two), then plodding around in eevn par figures through 13 holes.  Though he was hardly playing badly, his relative stagnation left the door open to his pursuers and while Johnson bogeyed holes 7-9 to slip a bit, Fowler made an impressive move, posting seven birdies over his first 12 holes and actually drawing even.  It was then that McIlroy put his indelible stamp on the Open, for as Fowler played his final five holes in two over par, Rory proceded to play his in four under, spearheaded by overpowering eagles at both the 577-yard 16th and the 551-yard 18th – the only eagles recorded on either hole all day.  Thus off these spectacular fireworks, McIlroy went into a Sunday with a six-shot lead which would indeed prove insurmountable, though not before there were a few moments of at least marginal interest.  Fowler, for his part, initially played solid, steady golf, logging two birdies over his first 10 holes – not quite a full-fledged charge as McIlroy recovered from minor stumbles at the 5th and 6th to play the same stretch in one under.  Instead the charge came from 34-year-old Sergio Garcia, who began the day seven back before turning in three-under-par 32, then eagling the par-5 10th to pull within three.  A McIlroy bogey at the 13th briefly narrowed the lead to one but moments later, Garcia left his second in a greenside bunker at the 161-yard 16th and a bit of breathing room was restored. Garcia made obligatory birdies at both the 16th and 18th (numbers matched by Fowler, who also birdied the 15th) but when McIlroy carded his own four at the 16th, then got deftly up-and-down from right of the green at the 458-yard 17th, there was little left for him to do but record a safe par at the last to win by two.  For Garcia, now four times a Major bridesmaid, his impressive overall performance demonstrated a more focused and measured player on the very biggest of stages.  Off much work with swing coach Butch Harmon, Fowler (who logged his third top-5 Major finish of 2014) also appeared to raise his stock significantly going forward.  But in the end, the glory was reserved primarily for McIlroy, who joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only men to claim three legs of the career Grand Slam by age 25, and once again demonstrated to the golfing world that he is both a player of transcendent skill and a man very much at home in the idol’s limelight.

Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 08:13PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 29 Results

The Open Championship -  Rory McIlroy  (271)
LPGA Tour - Marathon Classic  -  Lydia Ko  (269)
LET - Ladies German Open  -  Kylie Walker  (263)
JLPGA Tour - Samantha Tavas Girls Collection  -  Misuzu Narita  (200)
Web.com Tour - Albertson's Boise Open  -  Steve Wheatcroft  (260)
E Challenge Tour - Swiss Challenge  -  Pierre Relecom  (269)

Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 09:22AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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Twenty-seven-year-old left-hander Brian Harman claimed his maiden victory on the PGA Tour at the John Deere Classic, saving some of his best golf for the final nine as he battled – and untimately defeated – local favorite Zach Johnson by one.  After sharing the first round lead with an eight-under-par 63, Harman added a Friday 68 and a Saturday 65 (which included two eagles) to claim the 54-hole lead, one shot ahead of three-time John Deere champion Steve Stricker.  But while the 47-year-old Sticker uncharacteristically stumbled to a Sunday 72, Johnson – the event’s 2012 champion and also twice a runner-up – mounted a charge, ultimately carding seven birdies and posting a bogey-free 64 to finish on 21-under-par 263.  Also in the Sunday mix were Tim Clark and Scott Brown, both of whom turned in 32 to jump into contention before coming home in 35 and 36 respectively and falling into ties for 5th.  Harman, meanwhile, solidified his position early with an eagle at the par-5 2nd before eventually turning in 33.  A birdie at 10 kept him in narrowly in front before a run of three straight birdies at holes 14-16 opened up a two shot cushion, allowing him to safely bogey the pond-guarded 18th to clinch the title.  In addition to a two-year exemption and a trip to the 2015 Masters, Harman also earned a spot into next week’s British Open at Hoylake, the final berth in the world’s oldest event………………Apparently fully recovered from the shoulder tendinitis which delayed the start of his 2014 season, England’s Justin Rose won his second consecutive event at the Aberdeen Asset Mangement Scottish Open, edging Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg by two at Royal Aberdeen.  Hot on the heels of his PGA Tour victory at the Quicken Loans National two weeks earlier, Rose opened with rounds of 69-68 to trail a trio of halfway leaders by one, then carded a Saturday 66 to join Marc Warren atop the 54-hole leaderboard at 10-under-par 203.  Looking every bit the class of the strong pre-British Open field, Rose then birdied four of his first six holes on Sunday to take command, eventually turning in 31, then motoring smoothly home in 34 for a closing 65 – a performance which left the remainder of the contenders bobbing in his wake. Indeed, more hotly contested was the battle for the final three places in the British open field which took place behind Rose.  With Warren’s place at Hoylake already secured, the first beneficiary was the 27-year-old Broberg, who’d opened with a Thursday 65, then hung around the lead admirably enough to nail down second.  The remaining two spots went to England’s Tyrrell Hatton (T4) and Scotland’s Scott Jamieson (T8) – though with nine of the 10 finishers immediately behind them already headed to Hoylake, their biggest challenge was actually to finish within the top 10, a stipulation for receiving their Open berths.

Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 07:29PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 28 Results

PGA Tour - John Deere Classic  -  Brian Harman  (262)
European Tour
- Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open  -  Justin Rose  (268)
LPGA Tour - RICOH Women's British Open  -  Mo Martin  (287)
LET - See LPGA Tour (Above)
Champions Tour - U.S. Senior Open  -  Colin Montgomerie  (279)
Euro Senior Tour - See Champions Tour (Above)
Web.com Tour - Utah Championship  -  Andres Gonzales  (263)
E Challenge Tour - D+D Real Slovakia Challenge  -  Andrew McArthur  (267)

Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 02:49PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off