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2009 PGA Championship Final Round

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Y.E. Yang played his game today and won the 91st PGA Championship. He made history by becoming the first Asian born player to win a major. He made history by defeating Tiger Woods who until today was 14-0 when going into the final round of a major with the lead. You can say Tiger had a bad day, some have questioned his conservative play in rounds 2 & 3, even today although known for patience it seemed more like he was waiting for a mistake from Yang than going for the win in my opinion. Still I think the credit belongs to Yang for the win and not to Tiger for uncharacteristic play. I certainly hope that the 91st PGA Championship is remembered for Yang’s victory and not for Tiger’s loss.

Y.E. Yang shot 2 under par for a tournament total of 8 under par 280 to take 1st, Tiger Woods shot 3 over par for a tournament total of 5 under par 283 for 2nd place, in T3 was Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy at 3 under par 285, alone in 5th place Lucas Glover at 2 under par 286, T6 were Martin Kaymer, Ernie Els, Soren Kjeldsen and Henrik Stenson at 1 under par 287 and rounding out the top ten it was John Merrick, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Francesco Molinari and Padraig Harrington who all finished T10 at even par 288.

Hole number 12 continued to be the toughest taking 31 doubles and 191 bogeys for the tournament. The biggest movers up the leaderboard were Soren Hanson and Michael Sim who moved up 19 positions today while the biggest movers down the leaderboard were Stewart Cink (41 spots) and Hiroyuki Fujita (30 positions). I’m glad that I missed Paddy’s 8 on the par 3, 8th he finished the day at 6 over par. Phil Mickelson who was lucky just to make the cut finished the tournament in 73rd position at 12 over par 300. Other notables who struggled during the tournament included Angel Cabrera, Jim Furyk, Rory Sabbatini, Jeev M. Singh, Justin Leonard and Sean O’Hair.

Congratulations to Yong-Eon Yang for winning his first major championship. The 37 year old South Korean didn’t begin playing until he was 19 then took a couple years off while serving his country. He didn’t turn pro until 2004 and has played in 7 majors. I expect we will see more of him.

Round 3 PGA Championship

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Tiger Woods takes a two stroke lead going into the final round tomorrow. Paddy Harrignton and Y.E. Yang are T2 at 6 under par. Henrik Stenson and Lucas Glover are 4 under par at T4. Ernie Els and Soren Kjeldsen hold down the T6 position at 3 under par. Five players are T8 at 2 under those being; Alvaro Quiros, John Rollins, Martin Kaymer, Ross Fisher and Brendon Jones. That is the top 10 as those at 1 under are T13.

Since Y.E. Yang finished before Paddy he will be playing in the final group with Tiger. They have yet to make an official posting but I believe it will be Harrington and Stenson, Glover and Els, Kjeldsen and Quiros, Rollins and Kaymer then Fisher and Jones.

Richard Sterne had to withdraw with a hand injury bringing the total of withdrawals up to three, along with Paul Casey (ribs) and John Daly (back).

The biggest movers up the leaderboard were Retief Goosen (36 positions) and John Rollins (30 positions) and down the leaderboard were Grant Sturgeon (57 positions) and J.J. Henry (49 positions). The toughest hole has been 12 with 27 doubles and 161 bogeys’.

Tiger’s putter wasn’t as hot today although he nearly had a bogey free round, the one stumble was on 4 but he did birdie 2 and 14 to post a 1 under par 71. The hot hand today was Y.E. Yang who matched Tiger’s opening round 5 under par 67 Yang had 6 birdies and one bogey on the par 3, 13th. Padraig went into 18 with 4 birdies on his card but bogeyed the final hole for a 3 under par 69. Stenson had a good day after opening with a bogey on 1 he put together 5 birdies for a nice round of 68. Tiger has never lost a major with a 54 hole lead but several players are doing well including Yang, Harrington, Stenson and Lucas Glover has been the model of consistency with 71/70/71 if he can put together a low round tomorrow while the rest play at or near par he could walk away the winner. Never know what may happen in the last round. Woods determination has been well documented throughout the years though and his record speaks for itself.

2009 PGA Championship Round 1

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

It seems as though Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington have started where they left off after the first round of the 2009 PGA Championship in Chaska, Minn., at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Tiger shot a 5 under par 67, his lowest first round in a major since 2007, and Padraig shot a 4 under par 68. To take 1st and 2nd place respectively. Six players are T3 those being Robert Allenby, Mathew Goggin, Hunter Mahan, Alvaro Quiros, Vijay Singh and David Toms they all shot a 3 under par 69. Rounding out the top ten are eight players at T9 who all shot 2 under par 70, those players are; Paul Goydos, Thongchai Jaidee, Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood, Michael Bradley, Gonzalo Fernandez-Costano, Soren Kjeldsen and Ben Crane.

Reports are that officials are surprised at the low scoring, those at even par are T27, those at 2 over are T69, while those at 3 over are T95 and 4 over par are T110. Not that there were no players that had a really bad day, Adam Scott and Steve Scheinter are at 10 over par, Mitch Lowe and Will MacKenzie are at 12 over and Kevin Roman is at 15 over. So the course is hardly a push over, trouble can be found and it can be found quickly. In addition to Paul Casey’s withdrawal this morning, John Daly has withdrawn with back problems, although he finished his round he did not turn in an official score before withdrawing.

Good to see Tiger and Padraig back on top, after officials put them on the clock due to slow play in the final round last week. It really wasn’t of their making as JB Holmes had problems with rulings that backed them up in the first place. Tiger believed and rightly so that the clock hurt Padraigs chances and he was vocal about the officials ruling. Rules are rules but when the final group is penalized when they are really the only two in contention there should be some consideration given in my humble opinion. Although it is only the first round I like that list up there in the top ten, some up and comers as well as some salty dogs. I hope they continue to play well, particularly Hunter Mahan, Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, Paul Goydos and Ben Crane. I believe there is some promising talent and a couple good guys who deserve some credit, again my opinion.

Televised coverage will begin tomorrow at 2pm EDT on TNT, weekend coverage should be pretty sweet for those wanting to watch a lot of golf as TNT will air from 11-2 then CBS will take over from 2-7 Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately I will miss a portion of the Saturday morning coverage as I will be playing in a charity event for Cancer but I tee off at 8am so I shouldn’t miss much of it.

PGA Championship

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

The final major of the season, the PGA Championship! Who’s playing? Well the top ten in all three of the major categories, those being the Fed-Ex Cup, PGA Tour money list and the Official World Golf Ranking. Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker and Kenny Perry 1, 2 & 3 on both the Fed-Ex Cup Points and PGA Tour money list, then there is Phil Mickelson and Paul Casey who are 2 & 3 in the OWGR list, Zach Johnson, 4 in Fed-Ex Cup points and 5 on the money list, Sergio Garcia 5 in OWGR, Geoff Ogilivy 6 on Fed-Ex and the money list. Lucas Glover 7th in FE and 8th on the ML, Sean O’Hair 7th on the ML and 9th in FE, Brian Gay 8th in FE and 9th on the ML. Hehnrik Stenson 7th in OWGR, Retief Goosen, 10th in FE and the ML, Stewart Cink 9th on the OWGR and Jim Furyk 10th in OWGR. Wow, some really heavy hitters.  That does make the top ten in each category. Obviously some are in both, and however you feel the need to measure a golfers talent, they are all covered here. Moving down the list 2009 winners Pat Perez, Nick Watney. Dustin Johnson, Mark Wilson, Y.E. Yang, Michael Bradely, Angel Cabrera, Jerry Kelly, Rory Sabbatini, Bo Van Pelt, Nathan Greene, & John Rollins who incidentally won last week in Reno while the bigger names were at the WGC. Past Winners of the PGA Championship Padraig Harrington, Shaun Michael, David Toms, Mark Brooks, Paul Azinger, Vijay Singh, Rich Been, Davis Love III, Steve Elkington, John Daly and Bob Tway. Majors winners, Steve Elkington, Michael Campbell, Shaun Michael, Freddy Couples, Corey Pavin, Tom Lehman, Mike Weir, Trevor Immelman, Ben Curtis, Justin Leonard and Enrie Els. Then there are a host of International Players like Andres Romero, Michael Sim, Aaron Baddely, Adam Scott, Brendan Jones, Mathew Goggin, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Richard Green, John Senden, Rod Pampling, Stephen Ames, Camilo Villegas, Soren Kjeldsen, Soren Hansen, Anders Hansen, Chris Wood, Mich Dougherty, Ross Fisher, Oliver Wilson, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Anthony Wall, Steve Webster, Brian Davis, Lee Westwood, Thomas Levet, Martin Kaymer, Jeev M. Singh, Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, Fransesco Molinari, Ryo Ishikawa, Ryuji Imada, Shingo Katayama, Hiroyuki Fujita, Charlie Wi, KJ Choi, David Smail, Alistair Forsythe, Colin Montgomerie, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Richard Sterne, Tim Clarke, Alvaro Quiros, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano, Miguel A. Jimenez, Peter Hanson, Carl Pettersson, Johan Edfors, Thongchai Jaidee and Prayad Marksaeng

 

You can pick your favorites and figure out the young guns versus the grizzled vets on your own, A little about the course, the PGA Championship will be played at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.

 

The course is a Robert Tent Jones design from 1962, it plays to 7,674 yards and par value will be 72. That is a little odd for a major as opposed to 70 or 71 but not unheard of. The last PGA Tour event was held there in 2002 and at that time the most difficult hole proved to be the par 4, 16th which plays 402 yards, over Hazeltine Lake and additionally must be kept short of the creek on the left side of the fairway. The right rough is a bear and the green angles away and is hard to hold. Hole locations along the right side of the green will bring the lake back into play, so anything can happen. Johnny Miller called it the hardest four-par he ever played. The easiest hole was the par 5 7th which plays  572 yards, it is 29 yards longer than it was in 2002 when it played 543 yards but then most players went for it in two, that strategy can be dicey because of the pond on the left. Players like Zach Johnson and Justin Leonard may lay up and still make birdie, that would be the strategy I would prefer but we will have to see what the big dogs decide. During the 2002 season Hazeltine was the 2nd hardest course of the 57 courses played that year. It is no stranger to championship golf having hosted the having hosted the 1966 U.S. Women’s Open, the 1970 U.S. Open, the 1977 U.S. Women’s Open, the 1983 U.S. Senior Open, the 1991 U.S. Open and the 2002 PGA Championship. For history buffs the PGA Championship has been played annually since 1916 with the exception of 1943 when it was not played due to WWII.