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Around The LinksNation: Stricker Wins in Hawaii PDF Print E-mail
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 Steve Stricker starts off 2012 as a champion

 

Hawaii-Steve Stricker fought a balky putter all day, but finished

off the field at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on the

Plantation Course at Kapalua.

 

Stricker (-23)finally got it goin on the back nine, and finished with

birdie on the 72nd hole (69) to outlast Martin Baird who shot 67

(-20), Jonathan Bird and Webb Simpson.

 

Stricker warmed up for the season opener by playing golf in

Scottsdale last week.Although he had an un-Stricker like 32 putts

in the final round, he made key putts on the eighth, twelfth,

sixteenth, and eighteenth to seal the deal.

 

"I've worked hard on my game, I was rusty in December, I've

always wanted to win one of these early events in Hawaii"

 

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

 

 

 

 

 
Around The LinksNation: Westwood Rises to #2 In The World PDF Print E-mail
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Lee Westwood officially moved to #2 in the World Golf Rankings after his win in Thailand

 

 

Bangkok, Thailand - Lee Westwood shot 69 Sunday and went wire to wire to win the Thailand

Golf Championship.Westwood beat Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel by seven strokes.

"It means a lot, any win does," Westwood said. "It's special this week because of the difficulty

of the golf course, who I was up against in the weekend.

"Charl is the Masters champion and he has had a great year. The fact that I led wire to wire (60

in the first round and 64 in the second round), 20 under after two rounds . . . it's yours to lose

really with an 11-shot lead. There was pressured involved."

 

 

Official World Golf Rankings for 2011 . . . . . . '10 rank

1. Luke Donald

10.03

9th

2. Lee Westwood

8.06

1st

3. Rory McIlroy

7.77

10th

4. Martin Kaymer

6.55

3rd

5. Adam Scott

5.50

24th

6. Steve Stricker

5.33

7th

7. Dustin Johnson

5.27

14th

8. Jason Day

5.07

38th

9. Charl Schwartzel

5.06

34th

10. Webb Simpson

5.03

213th

 

 

 

2011 JB Were Masters Champion Ian Poulter

 

Melbourne -Ian Poulter capped off a successful 2011 by winning the JB Were

Austrailian Masters at Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne.Poulter who finished at

-15, won by three over Marcus Fraser and third round leader Geoff Ogilvy.

 

"For me it was a pure ball-striking round of golf," Poulter said. "My concentration

was flawless the whole day. I was happy how I approached every shot."

 

Full Field scores: http://www.pga.org.au/scores/717




Dubai - Lexi Thompson wins again to become the youngest player to win on both the

European Womens Tour and the LPGA, her five under 67 Sunday was good enough to

win by four strokes.

 

 


 
Around The LinksNation: Luke Doubles Up PDF Print E-mail
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 World #1 Luke Donald - 2011 Race to Dubai Champion

 

 

Dubai - Alvaro Quiros (67) won the Dubai Desert Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates,

but Luke Donald won the Race to Dubai title and a historical money title double.

 

Donald's third place finish after a second consecutive 66, secured the European Tour Money

title to go with the honor on the PGA Tour, becoming the first player ever to accomplish such

a feat.If his ranking as world #1 was in question before, it now seems obvious to all.

 

Donald has had his personal life up and downs this fall, his father passed away just over a

month ago, and days later his wife gave birth to their second child.

 

"It's funny to sum up how I feel," said Donald.  "This is something I've wanted for the last few

months, to try and win both Money Lists.  Obviously with my come from behind win at Disney,

this really became possible. "I got what I came for, and that was to win The Race to Dubai and

do the double and create history."

 

When Donald was asked about his father, the Englishman showed some emotion.

"He would have been very proud and he would just give me a big hug, my father hopped into my

head quite a few times (over the closing stretch).

 

When asked about his closest challenger, Donald said "I didn't really look at a leaderboard until

the 13th, but didn't see Rory's name and so knew it was mine."

 

Rory McIlroy, suffering from illness finished T11 at -9 after his third consecutive 71.

 

Scores: http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2011/tournamentid=2011091/leaderboard/index.html?showLeaderboard=Y

 

 

 

 
Around The LinksNation: Rory,Tiger & Westwood Win PDF Print E-mail
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Rory McIlroy holes out from the greenside bunker on the 72nd hole to win in dramatic style

 

 

Hong Kong - Rory McIlroy holed out from the greenside bunker on the finishing hole to shoot

65 and win the UBS Hong Kong Open by two strokes.McIlroy, ranked#2 in the world finished

at -12 on the fanling course.The 22 year old Irishman is the only player with a chance to take

the European Tour money title from Luke Donald entering the finale in Dubai.  

 

McIlroy trailed by three strokes after 54 holes to Alvaro Quiros, who could only manage to shoot

73 on Sunday.Gregory Havret shot 65 Sunday to finish 2nd.2010 Champion, Ian Poulter shot a final

round 66 to finish tied for fourth.

 

Scores: http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2011/tournamentid=2011089/leaderboard/index.html

 

 

 The Chevron World Challenge was our first glimpse in over 2 years, will 2012 bring more for Tiger?

 

 

Thousand Oaks, California - Tiger Woods finished off Zach Johnson and a two year drought, by

winning the Chevron World Challenge on the final hole Sunday at Sherwood CC.Woods birdied

the final two for a one stroke victory, his fifth at his end of year event to benefit the Tiger Woods

Foundation.

 

"I felt normal, felt very comfortable," Woods said. "I've been here so many times that, you know,

I just feel very comfortable being here in this position. Was I nervous? Absolutely. Always nervous

in that position. But it's a comfortable feeling, and I enjoy being in that position. For some reason,

it's kind of a comfort to be in there with a chance to win."

 

Many in the press that said Tiger might never win again (rediculous), are now saying he's back.

I'm not so sure if beating a field of 17 other players can qualify as "being back".Is he on the verge

of world domination once again? Maybe, maybe not . . . but he certainly looks better than he has

in some time . . . problem is, so do the McIlroy's, Westwood's, Donald's and Dustin Johnson's of the

world).2012 should be interesting to watch.

 

Final results: http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboards/current/r478/

 

 

Sun City, South Africa - Lee Westwood struggled coming in, bogeying his final two holes but it

was enough to defended his title at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.After a course record 62 in the 3rd

round, Westwood knew Sunday would bring challenges.

"Today wasn't going to be easy, going out with such a big lead," Westwood said. "When you've got

a big lead you're never sure how to play. I tried to just break it down into fairways and greens. That

wasn't possible all the time but I didn't make any silly mistakes out there."

 

Westwood finished at -15, while Swede Robert Karlsson put up a charge, shooting a Sunday 68 to

finish second.American Jason Dufner and Graeme McDowell finished T3 at -11, World #1 Luke Donald

finished 7th, ten shots off the pace.

 

Scores: http://www.nedbankgolfchallenge.com/leaderboard.aspx

 

 

 

 

 
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