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This Week In Golf: Landry Wins Valero Texas Open With Steady Play

In January, Andrew Landry just missed winning his first PGA Tour event when he lost on the fourth hole of sudden death to Spain’s Jon Rahm at the CareerBuilder Challenge in Palm Springs, California. On Sunday in San Antonio at the Valero Texas Open, however, Landry made sure there would be no playoff, as he shot a closing-round 68 to finish 17-under par and clinch that elusive first Tour victory.

Landry was the only golfer in the tournament to card all four rounds in the 60s on the TPC San Antonio Oaks Course, and as a result, he finished two shots ahead of runners-up Trey Mullinax and Sean O’Hair. Jimmy Walker finished three shots off the lead. Landry was tied for the lead after the third round with Zach Johnson, who struggled on Sunday and finished four strokes back in fifth place. All five top finishers are American golfers, the first time that has happened since the Genesis Open in February.

O’Hair shot the low round on Sunday, posting a 66 to move up three spots on the leaderboard; Walker shot a 67 in the fourth round to move up one spot. But Landry’s steady hand won the day and the event. He started off right away on the first three holes, too, making birdie on each to break his tie with Johnson and own the top spot for the entire round. He added a birdie on the sixth hole and then cruised home on the back nine, shooting even par.

With the victory, Landry took home the $1.116 million winner’s prize, and he is projected to move up 33 places to ninth place overall in the FedExCup standings. His overall score was the lowest at this event since 2008, when Johnson won the first of two straight Texas Opens with a 19-under effort. Johnson was looking to become just the third man in PGA Tour history to win this event three times, but he made four bogeys on Sunday which erased a four-birdie effort on the scorecard.

First-round leader Grayson Murray finished 72-73 over the weekend after starting strong with a 67-69 effort. His Saturday and Sunday struggles left him in a tie for 16th place at 7-under, while Ryan Moore also saw a promising start turn into a grind over the weekend. His 68-67 on Thursday and Friday seemed to position him well, but Moore closed with 70-72 over the weekend to finish in seventh place with an 11-under total.

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Next On The Tee: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

The PGA Tour stays in the South this week, heading east to TPC of Louisiana for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. This event, held in Avondale, is unique, as it features a team format. Eighty teams of two golfers compete in a stroke-play format, with alternate-shot play on Thursday and Saturday, combined with best-ball play on Friday and Sunday. The top 35 teams make the cut, including ties. The defending champions are Sweden’s Jonas Blixt and Australia’s Cameron Smith. They combined for 27-under par in last year’s event before winning the title in a playoff against Americans Scott Brown and Kevin Kisner.

Those two twosomes will be back in 2018, and the field promises to make this an exciting change-of-pace event in the spring stretch of the PGA Tour season. Landry will go for a second-straight victory, as the Zurich Classic does grant FedExCup points as well as tour exemptions. It just does not count toward world rankings, and no Masters invitation is awarded to the top finishers. The Texas Open champ is partnered with Talor Gooch, while Johnson is also playing this week with teammate Jonathan Byrd.

Fan favorites Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson are paired together, while O’Hair and Walker look to continue their success another week on Tour, this time together on the same squad. Europeans Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson are playing together in what is sure to be a formidable pair, and Jordan Spieth is playing with Ryan Palmer. Masters champion Patrick Reed returns to action with his partner, Patrick Cantlay, as well.

Pete Dye designed the TPC of Louisiana track, with some input from 1995 PGA Championship winner Steve Elkington. Opening in 2004, the course features an exciting and interesting combination of closing holes, as the 355-yard, par-4 16th hole leads into the 215-yard, par-3 17th and the 585-yard, par-5 final hole. To win this event, golfers need to be consistently good with all their clubs down the stretch.

The TPC of Louisiana Course plays 7,425 yards long and is a par 72.

Favorites: Kuchar/Watson, O’Hair/Walker, Rose/Stenson

Teams to Watch: Blixt/Smith, Reed/Cantlay, Spieth/Palmer

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100 Years Ago: National Amateur Golf Championship

Recently our manager dropped an article off to me about golf from the Utica Observer Dispatch:

1915, 100 years ago

Sherman brothers

Sherrill and Thomas Sherman win national fame representing the Yahnundasis Golf Club in upstate New York at the National Amateur Golf Championship Tournament in Detroit and winning the four-ball event there. They are the sons of the late James Schoolcraft Sherman, vice president of the United States from 1909-1912 and president of the Yahnundasis (pictured above) in 1900-1901.

He mentioned that Sherrill Sherman was still an active golfer when he was a junior golfer.

He also mentioned that in 1888, when the Oneida Community decided to establish itself as a municipality, it petitioned the federal government for a post office. With the help of Congressman James S. Sherman (who later served as Vice President of the United States), the petition was granted. As a sign of appreciation, the community was named in honor of Congressman Sherman’s infant son, Sherrill. In 1916, state legislation established Sherrill as a city: the smallest in New York State!

Back to golf: Amateur golf was more important than professional golf 100 years ago. It took golfers like Walter Hagan to establish golf as a professional sport.

 

New York State Golf Amateur At Turning Stone

While we talk about the 2015 New York State Golf Association’s Amateur Championship, we will be talking about the history of the organization and a very famous tournament in the past.

Trevor Sluman of Pittsford came to the par-3 15th tee at Kaluhyat Golf Club at Turning Stone (Verona) nursing a one-stroke lead in the final round of the 93rd New York State Men’s Amateur.

He had just made a disheartening bogey at No. 14. But upon his arrival at the No. 15, he looked to his left and liked what he saw. “They moved the tee forward 20 yards from the third round,” Sluman said. “I didn’t dare go for that flag with a 7-iron in the morning. But with a 9-iron, I had a perfect number.”

Sluman sent the shorter iron sailing over the wetlands fronting the green, the shot coming to rest inches from a hole cut in the back left corner. That birdie and a par-bogey-par finish gave him a 2-over-par 74 and a 72-hole total of 4-under 284, good for a two-stroke victory over Sam Bernstein of Century Country Club in Westchester County and Adam Condello of Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford.

Scores went up in the afternoon’s final round, despite the New York State Golf Association field staff having shortened the course by several hundred yards. Three consecutive days of sustained prevailing winds near 20 miles per hour and the penal Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed layout had taken its toll on the Empire State’s premier amateurs.

“That was definitely the toughest course I’ve ever played in a 72-hole tournament,” said the 21-year-old Sluman, who graduated from the University of Louisville in May.

Sluman, who began the third round tied for second, trailing Bernstein by two, grabbed the lead with a 69 for 6-under 210 good for a one-stroke advantage over New Hartford’s Derek Bard, who shot 68 in Round Three. Sluman, Bernstein, Condello and Bard remained closely bunched for most of the way.

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Now backup to 1958.  In picture at the top, left to right are favorites Tommy Goodwin and Ray Billows, then young John Konsek. Konsek would go on to win in 1959 and 1960. Multiple winners Goodwin and Billows had been rivals since the 1930’s. The contest was held at the 6,450 yard Par 70 Yahnundasis Golf Club in New Hartford (the background for the picture at the top). Our interest in this contest was that our manager was the caddy for Ray Billows.

The NY State Golf Association WebSite www.nysga.org has a lot of good articles on the history of golf.

 

Golf Tournaments as of March 8, 2015

Cadillac Championship

 

POS PLAYER NAME TOTAL THRU ROUND R1 R2 R3 R4 STROKES
1 1 Dustin Johnson -9 F -3 68 73 69 69 279
2 1 J.B. Holmes -8 F 3 62 73 70 75 280
3 1 Bubba Watson -7 F -1 71 69 70 71 281
T4 4 Adam Scott -4 F -1 70 68 75 71 284
T4 1 Henrik Stenson -4 F 69 71 72 72 284

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PuertoRicanOpen2015

 

 

POS PLAYER NAME TOTAL THRU ROUND R1 R2 R3 R4 STROKES
1 4 Alex Cejka -7 F -3 70 67 75 69 281
T2 1 Emiliano Grillo -7 F -2 69 70 72 70 281
T2 18 Tim Petrovic -7 F -5 75 71 68 67 281
T2 1 Jon Curran -7 F -2 70 71 70 70 281
T2 8 Sam Saunders -7 F -4 72 72 69 68 281

 

 

Here are the performance stats from both the WGC-Cadillac Championship and the Puerto Rico Open:

WGC-Cadillac Winner: Dustin Johnson
Weekly leader Finish
Driving Distance 328.4 (1) Won
Driving Accuracy 48.21%, 27 of 56 (T41) J. Furyk/C. Hoffman (36 of 56, 64.29%) T12/T38
Strokes Gained: Putting 0.536 (19) M. Kuchar (1.111) T23
Greens in Regulation 72.22%, 52 of 72 (T1) Johnson/T. Aiken (52 of 72, 72.22%) Won/T23
Proximity to the hole 35′-9″ (T2) R. Fisher (35′-6″) T23
Scrambling 50.00%, 10 of 20 (T42) B. Watson (18 of 27, 66.67%) 3

 

Puerto Rico Open Winner: Alex Cejka
Weekly leader Finish
Driving Distance 280.5 (26) B. Hagy (316.5) T16
Driving Accuracy 73.21%, 41 of 56 (T8) C. Beckman (47 of 56, 83.93%) T55
Strokes Gained: Putting NA
Greens in Regulation 77.78%, 56 of 72 (T3) C. Beckman (61 of 72, 84.72%) T55
Proximity to the hole NA
Scrambling 68.75%, 11 of 16 (16) R. Cabrera Bello (20 of 25, 80.00%) T10

 

 

Ryder Cup: Where We Were Saturday Night

Bradley bumps a wonderful chip to a couple of feet. That’s a fine par secured under extreme pressure. McDowell will have to knock in a 15-footer if Europe are to win this match, and win it here. And that’s exactly what he does, setting the ball out a couple of hole’s width to the right, and curling it in, the ball clearly on the correct route halfway along its journey. He raises his arms in triumph. It’s been a fine afternoon for Europe, and not a bad one for Northern Ireland, when you come to think about it.

Walker whips the ball up into the air from bunker, but it lands softly on the green and doesn’t run. Fowler will have a 15-footer for his birdie. It might be immaterial if McIlroy drains this eagle putt. Rory tickles it to the hole side for a certain birdie. Fowler will have to make his birdie putt for the half – and he can’t! A stunning half for Europe! Rory and Sergio ended birdie-birdie-birdie! That’s a huge result for the Europeans. Walker and Fowler didn’t even do anything wrong, and they’ve just suffered an almighty blow.

The true heir to D’Artagnan, Charles de Batz-Castelmore d’Ubuisson, whips his second into 15 pin high, 30 feet from the flag. Mickelson, who was 40 yards nearer the green, can only put his ball next to Europe’s. America need something to happen here, that’s not really good enough. Up on 18, Fowler takes out his 3-wood, and lashes his second into the trap front-right of the green. His ball’s not plugged, so they’ll have a chance of getting up and down from there. But what a shot Sergio makes afterwards! He takes out a fairway wood too, and lands it softly on the back left of the green, leaving Rory a 25-footer for eagle! We’ve had some drama up 18 already today; here’s more! Oh, by the way, the atmospheric cauldron we were promised on this final hole? Gleneagles has delivered.

McIlroy clatters his drive at 18 smack into a tree down the right! What absurd behaviour from Europe off the tee in this match! But the ball takes a bounce to the left and settles in a bare patch of rough. Sergio might have a route to the flag here! Meanwhile Walker, who was surely preparing to shake hands for the win on the last green, batters a less wild, but still not good, drive into the rough down the left. That isn’t so ridiculous, but might be a worse lie. Them’s the breaks. I suppose Rory earned one with that stupendous putt on the last.

Komik kutz on the 14th tee, as Mickelson takes an iron for safety and finds deep rough down the right, and Dubuisson hooks a load of nonsense into the woods down the left. Up on 16, McIlroy chips a delicate third shot to 18 inches, but Walker will have that 12 footer for eagle, and the match. But no, it slides by on the right. A half, and the USA are dormie two in the third game.

McIlroy/Garcia v Walker/Fowler 2 UP (16)
2 UP Dubuisson/McDowell v Mickelson/Bradley (13)

Europe 3½-2½ United States of America

It’s not black or it’s not white. I had an overall, as I call it, a skeleton plan, and you bob and weave.”

Just one day into the Ryder Cup, the European captain’s bobs and weaves have been countered with backpedaling and sidestepping from his American counterpart.

It doesn’t mean anything yet. It doesn’t mean the European team will definitely win or the American team will absolutely lose. But at a biennial event where analyzing and second guessing and Monday morning quarterbacking are as much traditions as the actual golf, so far McGinley is 1 up on Watson.

LATEST LINKS

Captain Watson reacts to Saturday’s loses and looks towards Sunday http://snpy.tv/1pjKgBW

Team Europe builds a 10-6 lead … same as Team USA at Valhalla two years ago: http://go.pga.com/1vfAjvf

Europe will only need to win 4 of tomorrow’s 12 singles matches to retain the #RyderCup.

Saturday’s matches are in the books. Complete interactive scoreboard: http://go.pga.com/1vfxHh2

Justin Rose buries a 7 footer at 18 to grab a half point and give Europe a 10-6 lead after Day 2. #RyderCup

And Finally

GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Europe seized command of the Ryder Cup on Saturday, winning three foursome matches and halving a fourth to extend its lead to 10-6 going into the final day’s singles.

For the second day in a row, Europe grabbed 3 1/2 points from the afternoon alternate-shot matches at Gleneagles.

The United States won 2 1/2 points in the morning fourballs to cut the lead to 6 1/2-5 1/2.

Twelve singles will be played on Sunday. Europe needs a total of 14 points to retain the trophy and 14 1/2 to win it outright.

The Americans led 10-6 two years ago at Medinah, but Europe pulled off a remarkable comeback to win 14 1/2-13 1/2.

Europe has won seven of the past nine Ryder Cups.

Saturday Final

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Billy Horschel Wins the Fed Ex Cup: A Year-Long Process

Billy Horschel beats Rory McIlroy for Tour Championship crown and $10million bonus as Tom Watson rues not picking the US star on a career hot streak for Ryder Cup

  • Billy Horschel won the PGA Tour Championship and a HUGE payday
  • Horschel shot a final round 68 to win by three shots 
  • He finished ahead of fellow American Jim Furyk and Rory McIlroy
  • Chris Kirk, Justin Rose and Jason Day were a further shot back


The FedExCup Playoffs determine the season-long champion on the PGA TOUR.

  • In 2013-14, the four Playoffs events will offer $32 million in prize money, meaning a total of $67 million is on the line over the four weeks of FedExCup Playoff competition.
  • The PGA TOUR entered a new era in 2007 with the introduction of the FedExCup, a season-long points competition, offering $35 million in bonus money and culminating with the PGA TOUR’s first-ever Playoff system.

Over the span of 43 weeks of competition, players vie to become the FedExCup Champion, which distinguishes the one player who not only performs well during the 39-week PGA TOUR Season, but also excels through the pressure of the four-event FedExCup Playoffs. Tiger Woods won the inaugural FedExCup in 2007 and its $10-million top prize and won again in 2009. Others to hoist the FedExCup trophy include Vijay Singh (2008), Jim Furyk (2010), Bill Haas (2011), Brandt Snedeker (2012) and Henrik Stenson (2013).

During the PGA TOUR Season, TOUR members earn points based on their finish, with a strong emphasis placed on winning and high finishes. Once the PGA TOUR Season concludes, the top-125 players advance to the Playoffs, a series of four $8-million tournaments offering quintuple points relative to PGA TOUR Season events.

The Playoffs feature a progressive cut, beginning with The Barclays in New York (125 players), continuing with the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston (100 players) and the BMW Championship in Denver (70 players). A reset takes place, seeding the top-30 players for the culminating TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in Atlanta, where the FedExCup Champion is crowned.

Billy Horschel started his PGA Tour season with a whimper, missing the cut at the Frys.com Open last October, but he ended it with a bang Sunday, winning the Tour Championship and the $10 million FedEx Cup at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Starting the final round tied with Rory McIlroy, Horschel shot 68 Sunday to win the Tour Championship by three shots over McIlroy and Jim Furyk. The win also guaranteed he would win the FedEx Cup playoffs. All combined, Horschel won $11. 4 million Sunday, $10 million for the FedEx Cup and $1.4 million for the Tour Championship.

 

 

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Why Does Tiger Woods Need A “SWING COACH”?

The news has been full of Tiger Woods. He isn’t playing well. Doesn’t every golfer have bad streaks?

News media has blamed it on his coaches. First Foley gets fired or quits or something. Then Harmon won’t take the job.

All along, I keep asking myself, Why does Tiger Woods TigerWoods

Need a coach Coach

Isn’t he World’s best player.

Even little old non-professional used to figure out my swing myself. Every so often, I “took a lesson”, and my game got worse.

Along comes the first piece of sense:

Paul Azinger believes Tiger Woods has become “over engineered” with his swing, but he believes Woods can be fixed in 10 minutes.

“It doesn’t mean he doesn’t have to work on it, but the fix should be able to be explained in minutes,” Azinger told GolfChannel.com. “And then you work on it. You dig it out of the ground yourself.”

Azinger, a 12-time PGA Tour winner whose victories include the 1993 PGA Championship, said he was “a little surprised” Monday that Woods announced he was splitting from Sean Foley as his swing coach while still injured.

“But it doesn’t mean it’s not the right thing to do,” Azinger said. “It’s pretty obvious the success he was having on the range with Sean wasn’t transferring to the course. Tiger detractors think it’s Sean Foley, and Tiger lovers say it’s Tiger’s back.”

What does Azinger think?

Azinger believes Woods’ swing doesn’t require yet another overhaul.

“Tiger doesn’t need to revamp or rework anything but his head and his thought process,” Azinger said. “Really, in the end, great players don’t miss it left. They figure out how not to hook it. They figure out how not to miss it left. When you know you can miss it left, you miss it to the right. That’s simple.

“Tiger’s got a two-way miss. He’s got to have somebody stand there and show him quickly, either physically, by putting his hands on him, or by talking him into not hitting it left anymore. I don’t think you physically have to put your hands on him. You just talk to him about the mental aspect of not hitting it left.”

Azinger said he has no insight into what Woods is going to do about his swing now, but Woods’ history suggests he will find another coach.

Azinger believes today’s instruction has become unnecessarily technical and complicated. He believes the right swing coach will help Woods quickly.

“I would say this to Tiger Woods: `If you work with anybody who doesn’t have you hitting it really, really well in one day, you need to leave that guy. He’s giving you bad information … unless you want another overhaul.’”

“I don’t think he needs a swing coach,” Butch Harmon said. “If I were advising Tiger I’d tell him, ‘you’re the greatest player that ever lived, just go to the range and hit shots.’ Only he knows what his body can and can’t do. In this day and age you can get all the technical coaching you need with TrackMan. He’s good enough to do it himself.”

“He’s never been on his own,” Azinger said. “I don’t know if he trusts himself to do it on his own.”