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 2011 PGA Champion - Keegan Bradley

 

 

Johns Creek, Georgia - Keegan Bradley a rookie, and winner of the Byron Nelson in May, is the

Champion of the 93rd PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.In another drama filled PGA,

"Glory's Last Shot" once again went beyond 72 holes.

 

Jason Dufner (69) in command throughout the final round, bogeyed 3 of the last 4 to surrender a

share of the lead to a resilient Keegan Bradley (68).Bradley a native of Vermont (now living in

Jupiter, Florida), triple bogeyed the treacherous fifteenth (after a thin chip shot raced across the

green into the water), he then bounced back with birdies at the long par 4 sixteenth and the par

3 seventeenth.The par he made on the 72nd hole kept him at -8, enough to reach the playoff.

 

The playoff began on hole sixteen, Bradley went Birdie, Par, Par (-1) to Dufner's par, bogey, birdie

(even) . . . good enough for a one stroke margin in the three hole aggregate format (after Dufner's 

three putt on the seventeenth, the drama was all but over).

 

One of 27,000 PGA Professionals, Mark Bradley can now call his son: PGA Champion.

 

Anders Hansen finished solo 3rd at -7, Scott Verplank, Robert Karlsson, and David Toms finished

Tied 4th at -5. 

 

For all the scores click the link below:

http://www.pga.com/pgachampionship/2011/scoring/index.cfm

 

 

 
Farewell To Seve PDF Print E-mail
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One of the most gifted athletes our game has ever seen, Seve Ballesteros has died at age 54. Seve's health had slipped away in recent months, and the word at this years Masters, was that his days left on this earth were few. Seve had suffered from cancer and a malignant brain tumor, that required numerous surgeries during the past few years.

 

As I relayed the news of his passing to a good friend of mine (Andy Wasserman who knew Seve personally) at 6am this morning, his response was this: "The Golf world has lost a unique and brave soul". Well said my friend.

 

Other reactions to the passing of Seve Ballesteros . . . . .

 

"One of the greatest talents the game has ever known" _ Bobby Clampett

 

"It was his creativity, his imagination, and his desire to compete that made him so popular not only in Europe but throughout American galleries, too. He was a great entertainer. No matter the golf that particular day, you always knew you were going to be entertained. Seve's enthusiasm was just unmatched by anybody I think that ever played the game." _ Jack Nicklaus.

 

"The biggest highlight of his personality was his strength, his fighting spirit and his passion for everything he did. ... The best homage we can pay him is to continue playing, but I don't think any of the homages we make will ever be sufficient enough after everything he's done for golf." _ Jose Maria Olazabal.

 

"His dynamic talent was evident from the time he first arrived on the scene and I always invited him to play in my tournament at Bay Hill. He was probably the main man, the greatest contributor to the European golf scene and to the Ryder Cup when they brought all of Europe into the matches. He will be sorely missed throughout the world of golf." _ Arnold Palmer.

 

"America had Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Seve was our Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus rolled into one. You can't speak too highly of him. Seve was Europe's best ever player." _ Bernard Gallacher

 

"His creativity and inventiveness on the golf course may never be surpassed. His death came much too soon." _ Tiger Woods.

 

"This is such a very sad day for all who love golf. Seve's unique legacy must be the inspiration he has given to so many to watch, support, and play golf, and finally to fight a cruel illness with equal flair, passion, and fierce determination. We have all been so blessed to live in his era. He was the inspiration behind the European Tour." _ George O'Grady, chief executive of the European Tour.

 

"He was the backbone of the European Tour for so long. Seve was their Arnold Palmer." _ Curtis Strange.

 

"There were very few players who you could simply call by a name. He was one of those guys. He was a name all around the world. His skills were maybe unmatched by anybody." _ Hale Irwin.

 

"He was the original get-out-of-jail artist." _ Mark McNulty.

 

"Seve wore his emotions on his sleeve. You could see how much the guy cared about winning." _ Johnny Miller.

 

"We are looking at a top artist, the king of European golf, if you like, for many years. He brought excitement into the European game as Arnold Palmer did into the American game. Everybody drew another breath when he played. It was like watching a masterpiece." _ Howard Clark.

 

"Severiano Ballesteros was a unique, unrepeatable person. We have to recognize we are where we are now, that golf is a popular sport ... in large part to Severiano Ballesteros. We all owe him a lot." _ Spanish golf federation President Gonzaga Escauriaza.

 

"Seve Ballesteros was a man of incredible skill, charisma and courage as a sportsman, and the dignified way that he fought against the disease was characteristic of the man and was an inspiration to us all. He was a 'once in a generation athlete' in his sport, and his influence on the game will live long after him." _ Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee.

 

"Spectators around the world enjoyed watching Seve, but talking to a lot of the players, he made such an impression on them the way he played, and the way he was such a beautiful, natural talent. His hands on the club. His address position. He had an unbelievable way of telegraphing through his countenance what he was going to do with the ball. It was just like an artist." _ Ben Crenshaw.

 

"For golf, he was the greatest show on earth." _ Nick Faldo.

 

"He never backed down from a challenge. The world of golf has lost one of its greatest heroes." _ Ernie Els.

 

"I went to my very first pro tournament because of Seve. He played in Germany and my dad was a big fan. I remember seeing him for the first time, and the aura and charisma. ... I thought to myself, 'This is not natural.'" _ Martin Kaymer.

 

"Because of the way he played the game, you were drawn to him." _ Phil Mickelson.   

 

"The thing that really stands out about him is his determination ... and his passion for everything that he did. He never gave up and always looked for (the shot) or way out, and that reflected his personality." _ Miguel Angel Jimenez.

 

"You always knew when Seve walked in a room even if you had your back to him. He oozed charisma and brought a whole new meaning to aura." _ Lee Westwood.

 

"I think his body language was the strongest of anybody, maybe save Tiger in recent years. I've always said that his body language said, 'Hey, I may have hit a really crappy shot right there, but if you miss this next one, you'll miss the greatest shot ever hit.' That's just the way he walked, the way he acted, the way he carried himself. He never seemed to ever doubt his ability." _ Tom Lehman.

 

 

 
A Day at Celtic Manor - Ryder Cup 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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MK (UK version) at Celtic Manor

 

LinksNation Uk correspondent Micky Kenz spent Tuesday in Wales, here are a few of his observations from Celtic Manor, the site of the 2010 Ryder Cup:

 

I awoke on the 1st day of practice rounds to find lots of mist in the air.We entered into Newport

station approx 20 minutes after leaving Bristol in England, and caught the bus to the course.Upon going through security we noticed that the new course was down in the valley below the original course and club house.As we walked down the hill you could see the mist still hovering below, we trudged down the man made walkway which had to be 1000ft above the course.It was noticeable that not many people were in attendance this early in the morning.

Jim Furyk tees off as teammates look on

 

We inspected the 18th green which is directly at the bottom of the path and in front of the new

impressive 2010 pavilion.It was already noticeable how thick the rough was around the green, and that any wayward shots into the green could prove almost impossible to recover, especially as it was only Tuesday and that more rain was due which would only make it worse.

 We wandered then down towards the 1st fairway, where the USA was just teeing off.We found an

advantageous position  across from the landing area of their tee shots.Tiger bombed his tee shot deep and right, into the center of the fairway past the bunkers on the left, and over the trouble of the the dog leg.Stricker split the fairway but approx 30 yards behind Tiger, Mahan with Zach were down the left in the light stuff.

All 4 peppered the flag to within 15 feet, and we all thought . . . the boys are in town.It was noticeable that the USA team spent at least 10 minutes on each green putting to possible pin positions.

 

 

211 yd Par 3- 17th

 

The 2nd group was a little indifferent.

Cink, Overton and Kucher all finding the long stuff, with only Furyk (a little shorter than the others) finding the short stuff.Furyk found the middle of the dance floor, whilst Kucher bunkered.Cink scowled as he saw the nasty stuff that is the heavy rough in Wales. So rough, you could lose a sheep in there if it wasn’t woolly enough.He chunked out short and gestured like he had broken his arm, since the grass was so thick.Overton duly followed him.

The following group consisted of a new starlet called Ricky Fowler, little known on this side of the pond, and looked young enough to be my son, although I would make him cut his hair.

He found the bunker down the left side, Big Bubba found the “Cink” rough, as did Johnson, whilst big Phil split the lot with a bomb. What seemed like an enormous ease of a man that can really play the game in his sleep.Bubba chunked into the bunker right side of the green, whilst Fowler caught the lip and fell well short.Phil Mickleson was the man however, with the easiest swing a man make, he lifted the ball to within 5 feet of the stick for a 3.

We followed for 3 holes and what was noticeable was that Tiger always walked off in front on his own. The younger guys talked discretly amongst themselves. Cink and especially Mickelson being the daddies of their respective groups.Mickelson especially having a great repartee with his group and with the crowd.

As the Americans played through 3, we trudged back through what was now turning to mud. We went to the 18th fairway and picked a spot on the landing area again, to see the Europeans

complete their first 9 holes on the homeward straight.

A long slight dog leg left par 5 reachable in 2 for the big boys if they hit the fairway, narrowed in just the right place and with bunkers down the left to try and catch the biggest boys.

Rory "the kid", came down over the bunkers just off the fairway but in the deep stuff, 5 yards from

us but couldn’t see his ball. Even Columbo might have struggled.

Westwood and Sergio

 

Team USA approaches green

 

McDowell found the fairway, but about 20 yards behind Rory. The Molinari brothers found the lighter down rough on the right. The brothers both had to lay up as no choice was offered, the fairway snaking down to the lake in front of the green.Rory had no choice either, but McDowell got out the 3 dog, Sploosh! Water hazard. Followed that with another one. Rory then dropped one to let rip. It had the legs but not the direction.McDowell dropped by the lake and fizzed a shot to the flag at the front, which then came back down the slope and into the water.This hole will prove massively interesting and as impressive and 18th as you will see.Very Valderrama esque.

18th at Celtic Manor

 

We watched as Westy carried his approach, but he ended up in the bunker, which if your going to carry this is where you will stay dry.Woods hit the green front left, the most impressive of the day.

It was now time for a pint (which turned into 4), as we had corporate hospitality overlooking the dangerous par 3 17th.Go to the right at your peril, a very steep hill with more sand than the

Sahara awaits.By this time most of the people in the exclusive club were saying how easy the hole was. (Beer talk we think)

We wandered then around the course picking holes where we could.Another striking factor was the narrowing of fairways and growing up of rough, where the balls would land.

Apart from 18, the hole that could have a massive deciding factor in this competition is 14.Water to the right comes into play off the tee, followed water left up to and around the green. I think this is the big hole.Par could win you the hole here and if the wind blows like it could this time of year, it could mean curtains in a tight game.

 An overview: considering the weather that we Brits have had here, the course is in tip top condition, and allegedly drains very quickly. It will need to be if the forecast is correct for Friday.I think that this could be very tight, but I think that the Europeans team spirit will pull them through.Strangely, it seems like they have all been best friends for years and with all the joking around and banter that they have, you could well believe it.

The example was with Westy and Sergio, taking the mickey out of Jiminez on the 8th tee whist he

was playing.

Highlight of the day though, had to be a member of the gallery asking “Woosie” whilst playing a

game with Sam Torrance, how many clubs he had in his bag.

What followed later in the day nearly killed us.The walk back up the hill.More annoyingly after

cardiac hill we were told that there were no buses at the top.

 May the best team win! From a wet and windy Wales.            

-Micky Kenz

Celtic Manor

 

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