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The picture says it all

 

 

Palm Beach Gardens - Rory McIlroy proved that he is the right man to take over as

world #1, but not before the former world dominator showed us that he has plenty

left in the tank.On a day that the young 22 year old Irishman won his third PGA Tour

title at the Honda Classic and ascended to the top, Tiger shot 62 and nearly stole

the title.

 

In what was his best final round ever, Tiger had a bogey free day-two eagles(at the

3rd and 18th) and four birdies on a day that seemed like even par would be a solid

day on The Champion course at PGA National (because of wind).The day was vintage

pre-scandal Tiger, and it looked like his 10 under par total might be enough to make

the young McIlroy crack under the pressure . . . but the new #1 did it with guts,

short game and solid course management, his final round 69 (-12) was two shots

clear of Woods and local journeyman Tom Gillis.

 

The roars from eighteen when Tiger made eagle did not fall on deaf ears, McIlroy

knew exactly what happened . . . and rolled in his birdie on thirteen to reclaim a two

shot lead, from there he parred his way in with clutch sand saves in the Bear Trap,

on holes fifteen & seventeen.Tiger was paired on Sunday with longtime rival Ernie

Els, after the round Els had an assessment on what he saw Sunday, "To me, it was

the old Tiger back, the guy that I remember, he never missed a shot or made a bad

swing."

 

Perfectly fitting that on the day that the kid took over as the world's best, the most

dominant player (perhaps of all time) is starting to show that the magic is still there.

McIlroy was proud of how he nailed it down, “I think the way I won today … I made

a couple big par saves early,” McIlroy said. “It was just one of those days. There

was a 62 and a 63 out there, which is unbelievable playing. I just needed to focus on

my game and do what I needed to do, and thankfully that’s what happened.”

 

"It was tough today, especially seeing Tiger make a charge," McIlroy said. "I knew

par golf would probably be good enough. To shoot 1 under in these conditions, when

you go into the round with the lead, is very nice. And I was just able to get the job

done."


"It was always a dream of mine to become the world No. 1 and the best player in the

world or whatever you want to call it," McIlroy said. "But I didn't know that I would

be able to get here this quickly. ... Hopefully, I can hold onto it for a little longer."


Lee Westwood finished fourth with a final round 63.


Charles Howell III aced the par 3 - seventh on Sunday

 

With Rory, Tiger, Phil and Lee Westwood all starting to peak . . .  the run to Augusta

is on, what a great time to be a golf fan.

 

 

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Around The LinksNation: Mahan Wins Accenture Match Play PDF Print E-mail
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Hunter Mahan & Rory McIlroy battled Sunday in the Accenture Match Play Final at Dove Mountain

 

 

Marana, Arizona -After 64 players started Match Play on Wednesday at the Accenture Match Play

Championship, it came down to two: Rising young Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland and Hunter

Mahan.Mahan's 2&1 victory over Rory, kept the Ulsterman from becoming the #1 ranked player in the

world, and it gave him his second WGC title and fourth PGA Tour victory of his career.At 29, Mahan

is the only player other than Tiger Woods have won two WGC titles in their twenties.


Mahan gave credit to two things for his success this week, he replaced his Ping Anser putter for a

Ping model called the "Nome", a mallet sized center shafted model that he credits with helping him

see the line better.Secondly, he has worked hard on his attitude, "If I wanted to be the player that I

thought I could be, I was going to have to change.I had to take it easy on myself, basically not try

so hard.I didn't want to have my identity stuck with my golf score.They needed to be seperated, and

I need to play golf because I enjoy it, and accept the result and move on and not get attached to it".


Sunday's result has him appreciative and hungry for more, "Since I've gotten two I'd like to win them

all.No question when you play a WGC event, it's the best  players in the world, not just in the U.S,

it's in the world . . . so this feels pretty special.It's hard to get lucky this week, because your going to

play such great players in every single round".


Mark Wilson defeated Lee Westwood 1 up in the consolation match




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Around The LinksNation: Haas Wins at Riviera PDF Print E-mail
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Bill Haas wins the Northern Trust Open at Riviera

 

Pacific Palisades, Ca - In a spectacular finish in regulation, Phil Mickelson &

Keegan Bradley made monster putts on the 72nd hole of the Northern Trust

Open at Riviera to tie Bill Haas at -7.

 

The unlikely heroics by Keegan & Phil produced a three way playoff.The

three men went back to the 18th, where all three made par.On to the 312

yard driveable par 4-10th, all three missed the green wide.Phil shortsided

himself and his flop shot rolled into the greenside bunker, Haas choose to play

to the fat part of the green and play for par.Keegan Bradley's drive left him an

impossible up and down from the front left bunker, and he nearly pulled it off.

Looking like a two putt would advance Haas to another hole, he buried the 45

foot bomb to steal victory . . . an amazing finish to another crazy Sunday on

the PGA Tour. 

 

"To beat guys of that caliber is amazing, something I will never forget," Haas said

 

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Naples, Florida - Kenny Perry blitzed the field shooting 64-62-70 to win by

five strokes at the Ace Group Classic.His 36 hole total of -18 was a Champions

Tour record, (winning score of -20)

 

Bernhard Langer finished second at -15.

 

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Around The LinksNation: Phil Grabs #40 PDF Print E-mail
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Tiger congratulates Phil on his victory Sunday

 

 

Pebble Beach, Ca - In a Sunday showdown, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods started the

day trailing 54 hole leader Charlie Wi by six and four strokes respectively.The two golf

icons faced off for the tenth time on a Sunday afternoon, this edition was at the AT&T

Pebble Beach National Pro Am, on the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links.

 

Mickelson started on fire, making birdies on the second, fourth, fifth, and an eagle on

the par 5 sixth.Meanwhile leader Charlie Wi was busy four putting the 1st for double

bogey.Tiger struggled throughout the day, especially with the putter, his ball striking

wasn't much better.What looked to be a battle royale, turned out to a clinic in all phases

from Mickelson, his Sunday 64 was 3 shots better than anybody else in the field by 3

shots, and 11 better than Tiger's 75.

 

It was Mickelson's 40th career victory (passing Watson and Cary Middlecoff for Ninth all

time).It was Lefty's fourth win at Pebble Beach, only trailing Mark O'Meara's five victories

on the Monterey Peninsula.

 

When asked about his recent success against Tiger, Mickelson was quick to point out that

overall Woods has gotten the best of their tilts.“Let’s not forget the big picture here, I’ve

been beat up,” Mickelson said. “But the last five years, I’ve been able to get some of my

best golf out when we play together.”

 

 

Scores: http://www.pgatour.com/r/leaderboard/

 

 

 

Boca Raton - Corey Pavin made a once in a lifetime par save to

keep his round going, and a birdie putt from 12 feet on the first

hole of a playoff with Peter Senior to win his first Champions Tour

event at The Allianz Championship on the Old Course at Broken

Sound.

 

On the par 3 - 14th, Pavin had to chip his ball using a

turned upside down 8 iron left handed, since his ball rested

against a tree root.The execution was magical, to within 5

feet.The par putt dropped and Pavin had a feeling what was to

come.

 

"That was a once-in-a-lifetime shot,'' Pavin said. "I can't think of

a better up-and-down I've had in my career. It's not like I practice

turning 8-irons over and hit them left-handed. When that

happens, you think you're going to win, but I had to get that

thought out of my head.''

 

Pavin's 71 was good enough to get him into the playoff, but Peter

Senior, who also shot 71 Sunday, couldn't help but think that he

let this one get away on the greens.

 

"I putted awful all day,'' Senior said. "I was happy to make the

last one to get into the playoff, but I don't think I've ever left so

many putts short in my life.''

 

Calcavecchia was in control until he bogeyed six of the last seven

holes to finish with a Sunday 73. 

 

Scores: http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboards/current/s009/

 

 

 

 

 
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