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Great Scott At Firestone PDF Print E-mail
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Stevie's new partner is all smiles after dominating at Firestone.                                       zimbio

 

 

 

 

Akron, Ohio - Adam Scott and his caddy Steve Williams made a statement Sunday at the World Golf

Championship at Firestone Country Club on the 72nd hole . . . Standing on the tee, Stevie Williams

called Adam off the shot and had him hit hybrid.After a striped tee shot, Scott still had 201 yards to

the pin tucked back left.The victory was not in doubt (Scott had a three shot lead at the time), but

that didn't stop Williams from applying his trade.The approach, a striped 6 iron that nearly found the

cup, ended up 5 feet away.The birdie roll was money, and with it, complete domination.Adam Scott

finished at -17 for a four shot victory over Ricky Fowler, Luke Donald and Ryo Ishikawa.

 

 

The week marked Steve Williams 8th victory at the event (7 with Tiger Woods), and after looping for

over 3 decades (for Ray Floyd, Ian Baker Finch, and Greg Norman), he seemed to be feeling a great

sense of satisfaction and relief, perhaps all caddies who have been blamed for their players incompetence

can unite and feel some sense of vindication.

 

 

Rarely is a caddie the main story, but his interview after the round was telling about how raw he still

is about being sacked by Tiger.No player or caddy has ever publicly had the stature or insight to make

such remarks regarding Sir Eldrick.Regarding the tournament, Williams said "after 33 years as a caddy

and 145 wins, It was the best week in my life, the people here have treated me great, I appreciate

all of the support they have given me".In his time afterwards with the media, he seemed somewhat

liberated to be able to speak candidly about how and why Tiger cut him loose.

 

The next time Scott and Woods are paired together in an event it will be compelling.

 

 

Complete Scores: http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboards/current/r476/index.html

 


 

 
Farewell To Seve PDF Print E-mail
Written by BRUNO   

 

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.

 

 

 
Master Charl PDF Print E-mail
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Augusta, Ga - On Masters Sunday at the Augusta National Golf Club, Charl Schwartzel became the 3rd player from South Africa to win the Masters. The victory was Charl's first major win, and it came 50 years after fellow South African Gary Player became the first international player to don the Green Jacket.

 

Charl's magnificent final round 66 and a run of four straight birdies to finish the championship will be remembered for years to come. Adam Scott and Jason Day playing a group ahead of Schwartzel, were making highlights themselves.  Day shot 68, and his birdie on eighteen matched Scott's score of -12. Instead of wilting and making bogey at eighteen to send the championship to extra holes, Charl busted his tee shot down main street and his approach was striped to 12 ft . . . needing only to two putt from there for the win, Charl drained the putt for a two shot win over the Aussie duo.

 

This was supposed be the day where 21 year old Irishman Rory McIlroy put his claim to being the next dominant player in the world, but after holding the lead since Thursday, the pressure proved too much. He wilted early and never regained the form that had brought him a four stroke lead going into Sunday. McIroy's 80 was reminescent of Dustin Johnson's meltdown last year at the U.S Open at Pebble Beach.

 

The final round on Sunday looked like it was going to be a re-emergence for Tiger Woods (winless in majors since the 2008 U.S open), but after a blistering 31 on the front nine, that included an eagle at the eighth, the flatstick went cold on the inward nine . . . where he shot 36. A solid 67 and an impressive showing for the former world number one, but another T4 was certainly not what Mr.Woods was hoping for.There is no doubt that Tiger is regaining some of his old form, but the inconsistent putter seems to be the lost variable right now.

 

Luke Donald provided must see tv at the end of his round, an unbelievable approach shot to the eighteenth from an awkward stance (it crashed the flagstick), then the heroic chip in just moments later was pure magic. Donald finished tied for 4th with Tiger and Geoff Ogilvy. The englishman was attempting to be the first player to win the Masters after winning the par 3 contest.

 

Defending champion Phil Mickelson struggled Sunday, shooting 74 and finished at -1.

 

 1 Charl Schwartzel -14   69   71   68   66   274   $1,440,000
2t Jason Day -12   72   64   72   68   276   $704,000
2t Adam Scott -12   72   70   67   67   276   $704,000
4t Luke Donald -10   72   68   69   69   278   $306,667
4t Geoff Ogilvy -10   69   69   73   67   278   $306,667
4t Tiger Woods -10   71   66   74   67   278   $306,667
7 Angel Cabrera -9   71   70   67   71   279   $268,000
8t K.J. Choi -8   67   70   71   72   280   $240,000
8t Bo Van Pelt -8   73   69   68   70   280   $240,000
10 Ryan Palmer -6   71   72   69   70   282   $216,000
11t Edoardo Molinari -5   74   70   69   70   283   $176,000
11t Justin Rose -5   73   71   71   68   283   $176,000
11t Steve Stricker -5   72   70   71   70   283   $176,000
11t Lee Westwood -5   72   67   74   70   283   $176,000
15t Fred Couples -4   71   68   72   73   284   $128,000
15t Ross Fisher -4   69   71   71   73   284   $128,000
15t Trevor Immelman -4   69   73   73   69   284   $128,000
15t Rory McIlroy -4   65   69   70   80   284   $128,000

 

 

 

  

 

 

 
The Ultimate Drama PDF Print E-mail

Monty and his Vice Captains celebrate victory at Celtic Manor

 

How many people actually watched the Ryder Cup singles matches ? I bet not many. First of all, it was pushed to Monday and most people with a pulse work on Monday mornings, and because October in Wales is as pleasant as December afternoon in Cleveland, or so I hear. After all of the rain earlier in the week, it seemed as if the site selection, would destroy the event.Also contributing to the non-exposure was the fact that the telecast was moved to USA network (I didn't even know that channel was still around).If You did get to see it, because you are a)retired, b)on vacation or c)called in sick to watch . . . then you were treated to a handful of hours of the ultimate drama of sports.The Ryder Cup can't be ruined by any of these outside factors, it remains the best event in golf period.Nowhere in golf, do you find fans and players so passionate about an event, where Europeans and the rest of the world root against the U.S, and Tiger and Phil fans root for each other. Finally the sun came out, and with it came drama probably bigger than Samuel Ryder envisioned, when this match amongst contemporaries started in 1927.

At 9 1/2 to 6 1/2, it seemed the stars and stripes were done, no chance, adios. The U.S squad got back in the match by staking huge wins by Steve Stricker (over Europe's leader Lee Westwood), as well as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and most notably Dustin Johnson dusting off Martin Kaymer 6&5 . . .  just to let Kaymer know what might have been had he been in the playoff at Whistling Straits (LinksNation will be at Whistling Straits on Oct.16th). Zach Johnson also had an impressive victory over Padraig Harrington. Europe had it's aces too, such as Luke Donald beating Jim Furyk, Miguel Angel Jimenez dusting Bubba Watson, and Ian Poulter (Matt Kuchar 5&4) who has turned into the best Ryder Cup player on the planet.

By the time the dust began to settle, there were two matches that would decide what side of the Atlantic that Samuel Ryder's Cup would be for the next two years: The first was Ricky Fowler vs Edoardo Molinari. Molinari was 3 holes up with 3 to play, All he needed to do, was tie any hole coming in and the cup would be won by the Europeans, he was assured of atleast a tie. As fate would have it, the young American executed perfectly on the 16th and 17th holes and stood on the 18th tee just 1 down. After more miscues by the Italian, it came down to a 16 foot putt by the young kid from California. This was his chance to steal half a point and keep his team and country's hope alive. The putt breaking slightly left to right, rolled gently down the slope and poured into the jar for birdie 4 ! Ricky Fowler looked like he could be the X factor in this event, but Hunter Mahan was 2 down to Graeme McDowell and needed 1/2 a point to snatch the Cup from Monty and the rest of Europe. On the driveable par 4 fifteenth, McDowell drove into the thickest rough, just right of the green and Mahan came up just short of the green with a better lie in the thick stuff. The Irishman left his second shot in the cabbage, then gouged his 3rd out to 8 feet past the hole. Mahan lobbed his to four feet. McDowell then made the gutsy putt for par, and left the stage to Mahan. Hunter calmly poured in his four footer to get the match to within 1. Could the U.S team pull this off ? What once seemed like sure demise only 2 hours earlier now seemed more than remotely possible. On the 16th, the Irishman had a fifteen ft downhill putt to go 2 up with 2 to play. Just like the guy at Pebble Beach in June, he showed why he is the U.S Open champion, and nailed the putt to go "dormy" heading to seventeen. Mahan now had to win out to get the half point USA needed to retain the cup.

On the par 3 seventeenth playing 195yds, McDowell hit to the right edge of the green some 35 to 40 feet away. The door was open for Mahan, his shot appeared online in the air but seemed to lack the distance, landing some 10 yds short of the green. The U.S team needed a heroic chip in, something similiar to Larry Mize in the '87 Masters. It wasn't to be, he flubbed the chip,advancing the ball just a few yards  . . . the pressure was too much for one man. The Irishman lagged his putt down beside the hole and the match was conceded. The Cup now belonged to Europe once again. In the best Ryder Cup since Brookline in '99 and Kiawah in '91, the game of golf came out a winner. It was fitting that European Captain Colin Montgomery, perhaps the best Ryder cup player of all time, wins as Captain.

Team Europe 2010

 

Can't wait for Chicago (Medinah) in 2012, I've got dibs on a bleacher seat at Wrigley, a dinner at Ditka's and a little exhibition called The Ryder cup. See you there.

 
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