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Quail Hollow Championship Final Round 2009

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

It wasn’t Zach Jonson who started the day with the lead, nor was it Tiger Woods who CBS had billed has the biggest threat to Johnson at the beginning of their telecast. But lack of excitement was no problem at Quail Hollow today. At one point 5 players shared the lead, it was a hard charging Sean O’Hair who walked away victorious today 11 under par for the tournament. After a bogey on 2 O’Hair settled down putting together 6 birdies and headed to 17 at 13 under par, bogeys on 17 and 18 wasn’t enough to drop him from the lead and he held on for his second win of the season and vaulted into 3rd place in Fed-Ex cup points. Bubba Watson and Lucas Glover were T2 at 10 under. Tiger Woods was alone in 4th who despite overcoming a couple bad drives on the front and pulling back to even par, never got his putter going today. Rounding out the top 10 at T5 were Phil Mickelson, Jonathan Byrd, Tim Petrovic, Ted Purdy, Ian Poulter and Jason Dufner. Mickelson put together a fine round of 67 today but that wasn’t enough to overcome his poor showing on Saturday. Zach Johnson was 4 over par at 76 today, a triple on 2 hurt him badly followed by a bogey on 3 after which he seemed to calm down and had back to back birdies on 4 and 5 but two more bogeys down the stretch, ending up in a 7 way tie for 11th.

Sean O’Hair was 7th in driving distance at 312.6 yards, T3 in GIR with an even 75% and 31st in putting at 1.778, his scoring average 69.25 the rest of the field averaged 72.42. Bubba Watson led in driving distance falling off some but still averaging 331.6 with the field average at 299.8, he also led the field in greens in regulation at 76.39% while the field average was 64.61%. Will MacKenzie led in driving accuracy at 69.64% with the field average at 46.14%. Lucas Glover led in scrambling at 82.76% with the field averaging 53.94% and he also led in putting with 26.75 and the rest of field at 29.75.

With the pin set back 17 was playing 225 yards today, most of the players seemed to be opting for 4 and 5 irons and bailing to the right but that left them with a near impossible chip to get over the hill and then with the green slanted toward the water it got very fast leaving them a long up hill putt, that is what caused most of the bogeys there today. PGA Tour still listed 18th as the toughest hole but 17 nearly took that dubious honor today.

Congratulations to young Mr. Sean O’Hair on a very fine performance today.

Quail Hollow Championship Round 3 2009

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

With just 4 players left on the course play was suspended due to the approaching storm in Charlotte. The PGA Tour has to play it safe whenever lightning is in the area and at approximately 5:50 PM they blew the horn to suspend play. Johnson and McNeil have pegs in the ground on 18 while Goosen and Watson finished on 17 but have yet to tee off on 18. The lead stands thus at this point, Zach Johnson leading at 11 under par, George McNeil in 2nd at 10 under, Lucas Glover and Tiger Woods are T3 at 9 under, Brendon DeJonge, Sean O’Hair, Retief Goosen and Bubba Watson T5 at 8 under, Y.E. Yang, David Toms, Ross Fisher, Davis Love III and Jason Dufner are T9 at 7 under par.

McNeil has 135 yards with his 3rd having caught his shot fat coming out of the bunker on 18, however even if he bogeys he will still play in the last group with Johnson, if he doubles the last group would most likely be Zach Johnson and Tiger Woods, generally on ties the tour goes by first in first out for pairings. Of course it is possible that Bubba or Retief will birdie 18 in which case one of them would be in the last group if McNeil gets the double. I think he will be fine, probably choke up on a pitching wedge to leave him a little bit below the hole and make his par when play resumes. I suspect the pairings will be Johnson/McNeil, Woods/Glover, Goosen/Watson, and DeJonge/O’Hair.

The lead did change hands a few times throughout the day, starting out with Watson/Goosen, but Woods, McNeil and Zach Johsnon all head the lead alone at times while at one point there was a four way tie at the top with McNeil, Johnson, Woods and Glover all at 10 under. Woods bogeyed 17 and 18 getting bit by the green mile yet again today. Young Danny Lee in only his 2nd tournament as a professional was 5 under on his round, 9 under for the tournament going into 17 but a nasty double bogey on 17 and a bogey on 18 dropped him to 6 under for the tournament standing at T14, pretty good showing regardless in my opinion. It was disappointing for Phil Mickelson and Jeff Maggert today as they dropped from T7 to T30 both shooting rounds of 3 over par 75 today. Very unlike Phil with a wedge in his hand from the bunker at 10, to not get out once but twice then running his putt past the hole and having to settle for a double bogey 7.

Zach Johnson stats are not official until the end of the round, currently Lucas Glover is shown as the leader in scoring average with a 69, once Zach finishes his round that will change unless of course he has a meltdown, stranger things have happened on the PGA Tour, however he is averaging 293.5 yards off the tee (61st), 73.6% greens in regulation (T4) and 1.69 putting (3rd). Bubba Watson continues to lead in driving distance at 337.2 while the field is averaging 299.9. Will MacKenzie leads in driving accuracy at 73.81% with the field at 46.77%. Jason Dufner leads in GIR with 75.93% hit while the field average is 64.43%. Lucas Glover leads in scrambling at 83.36% the field average is at 53.85% and Kent Jones leads in putting needing only 26 putts while the field average is 29.79. The toughest and easiest holes remain 18 and 15 respectively; a change from last year as 17 was the toughest. I believe that 18 has been the hardest hole all weekend.

With the storms in the area and the darkened skies I would take a guess that unless play can resume by 7 PM they will just wait until tomorrow, weather permitting. The rain is still over the metro Charlotte area on radar, tomorrow’s forecast is for scattered thunderstorms.

Quail Hollow Championship Round 2 2009

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Bubba Watson and Retief Goosen share the lead after round at 8 under par. Tiger woods was 9 under going into the final three holes but bogeys on 16 and 18 left him at even par for the day, 1 shot back at 7 under. Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk and George McNeil share the T3 spot with Woods. Zach Johnson and Jim Furyk were both on fire today, Johnson toying with a course record shooting 8 under par heading into the final three holes but bogeys on 16, 17 and 18 brought down to 5 under on the day, Furyk had 6 birdies and an eagle but bogeyed 2 and 17 for 6 under on his round. Furyk may have moved up farthest on the leaderboard as he moved from T43 to T3. Rounding out the top ten were Camilo Villegas, Phil Mickelson, Jason Dufner and Jeff Maggert all 2 shots back at 6 under for the championship. Villegas moved up from T43 to T7 the rest of that group tied for 7th dropped slightly down the leaderboard. The next bunch drop out of the top 10 at T11 with Steve Marino, Lucas Glover, AK, Robert Karlsson, Davis Love III and Ted Purdy all 3 shots back at 5 under for the championship. Marino and Glover dropped down the leaderboard with the other 4 players all moving up from T20 to the tied 11th spot.

Bubba Watson stats were impressive in that he not only led the field in driving distance at 337.5 yards but also led the field in GIR, hitting 80.6% of his greens in regulation and he led the field in scoring average at 68. His putting is at 1.69 where he stands alone at 16th. The rest of the field is averaging 72.47 in scoring, 298.8 off the tee and 64.73% greens in regulation. Martin Kaymer led the field in scrambling at 91.67% with the rest of the field averaging 53.73% and Bo Van Pelt leads in putting at 25.5 with the field averaging 29.86. Scoring wise the toughest hole today was the 18th while the easiest was the 15th.

Some of the players missing the cut were Stewart Cink, Ben Crane, Johnson Wagner, Nick O’Hern, Woody Austin, Kirk Triplett, Angel Cabrera, Rory Sabbatini, Chris DeMarco, Padraig Harrington, Ryuji Imada, Steve Elkington, KJ Choi, Aaron Baddely, David Duval, Vaughn Taylor, Sergio Garcia, Vijay Singh, Jason Gore, Jeev M Singh and Stuart Appleby.

Pairings for the top 10 Saturday are Watson and Goosen at 1:50, Johnson and McNeil at 1:40, Woods and Furyk at 1:30, Villegas and Mickelson at 1:20, with Dufner and Maggert at 1:10.

It is a tight leaderboard so it should be an interesting moving day Saturday. I’m still pulling for a Tiger/Phil showdown on Sunday.

Quail Hollow Championship Round 1 2009

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Tiger Woods shot a bogey free 7 under par 65 to take a two shot lead over Phil Mickelson, Robert Allenby, Jason Dufner and Steve Marino all at 5 under par 67.
The scorecards of Mickelson and Allenby were bogey free as well, Phil with 3 birdies and an eagle (on 7) and Allenby with 5 birdies, Marino had one bogey with 6 birdies to his credit while Jason Dufner had 3 bogeys but did make 8 birdies. At T6 and 4 under par are Jeff Maggert, Retief Goosen, Hunter Mahan and Lucas Glover. Ten players are tied for tenth at 3 under par, those include; Bo Van Pelt, Nick O’Hern, Steve Flesch, Jeff Klauk, Charles Warren, Sean O’Hair, Mark Calcavecchia, Bill Haas, George McNeil and Cliff Kresge.

Woods driving average is 297.5 and is T78 in driving distance, his Putts per GIR 1.571 where he is T7 and his Greens in Regulation 77.8% where he is T18, being the leader he is leading the field in scoring with a 65, field average is 72.18, he is also leading the field in scrambling an impressive 100% with the field average being 54.36%. Bubba Watson leads the field in driving distance at 337.5 (no surprise there) the field average is 298.2. David Mathis leads the field in driving accuracy at 85.71% the field average is 47.15%. Kevin Streelman leads the field in GIR at 88.89% with the field averaging 68.34% hitting their greens in regulation. Steve Flesch leads in putting with 25 while the field is averaging 30.35. The old adage drive for show and putt for dough is as true in the pro ranks as it is for your weekend scrambles.

Several players need to turn it up a notch if they are to make the cut after today’s performance. Padraig Harrington, Steve Elkington, Adam Scott, Trevor Immelman, Justin Rose, JB Holmes, Kirk Triplett, Jason Gore, DJ Trahan, Vijay Singh, Jeev M Singh, David Duvall, and Ryuji Imada all are in need of an under par round tomorrow if they want to play over the weekend.

The shot of the day had to belong to Phil Mickelson with his chip at 7 for eagle, I can’t fathom how he gets the spin to put the brakes on with those low trajectory chip shots he pulls out of his bag on a routine basis. Any faster and it would have careened off the pin and any slower and it would have come up short. Guess that is why he can sell his short game secrets videos for $49.95 on PGATour.com.

Will the stars continue to shine tomorrow? I would expect an exciting round of golf Friday. Saturday and Sunday for that matter, since the golf world didn’t get the Le Tigre/Lefty showdown at the Masters (well we did get the mini version, but not for whole enchilada) it could be coming this weekend for all the marbles.

Quail Hollow Club 2009

Monday, April 27th, 2009

The PGA Tour heads to Charlotte, North Carolina for the Quail Hollow Championship. Televised coverage will be on the Golf Channel Thursday and Friday and on CBS Saturday and Sunday.

Original architect: Pete Dye (2003)
Par is 72
Ranked 32 out of 54 in difficulty
Plays to 7,341 yards (reduced from 7,520)
Grass is TifSport bermudagrass (tees, fairways, greens, rough)
71 Sand bunkers, 5 Water hazards and greens run 11 on the stimpmeter
Course record is 64 shared by Kirk Triplett (2004), Bo Van Pelt (2006) and Rory Sabbatini (2007)
One ace has been recorded in tournament history at the 6th hole by Jay Williamson in 2008
The most difficult hole is the par 3, 217 yard 17th. In 2008 it saw zero eagles, 31 birdies, 260 pars, 146 bogeys, 18 doubles and 14 at triple or worse. This is Quail Hollows signature hole, nearly an island that does forces players to carry the ball 200 yards to clear the water. The shot will also need to be faded to settle the ball on a precariously perched, back-to-front and right-to-left sloping green.
The easiest hole is the par 5, 566 yard 15th. In 2008 it saw 7 eagles, 203 birdies, 234 pars, 72 bogeys, 3 doubles and zero triples or worse. Water hazards to the right and left of the fairway where accuracy and caution is the order of the day. Most of the professionals will have little trouble on this hole.

Some of the biggest names in golf will be playing this week including; Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Geoff Ogilvy, Padraig Harrington, Vijay Singh, Camilo Villegas, Nick Watney, Zach Johnson, Brian Gay, Sean O’Hair, Retief Goosen, Pat Perez, Angel Cabrera, Dustin Johnson, Jerry Kelly, Steve Elkington, Trevor Immelman, Ben Curtis, David Duvall, Rich Beem, Jim Furyk, David Toms, Davis Love III, Todd Hamilton, Mark Calcavecchia, Justin Rose, Jeev M. Singh, Ryuji Imada, Y.E. Chang, KJ Choi, Rory Sabbatini and Robert Karlsson are just a some of the players. Four late withdrawals after the deadline for various reasons; Brandt Snedeker, Alex Cejka, Dudley Hart and Arjun Atwal if you were looking for any of those four players you maybe disappointed. This is normally a fun tournament to watch. The 17th hole in particular has the players can go from hero to zero in one swing of the club. At 217 yards the players need a club with enough loft and the fade to hold the green. I would need a four iron just to get there and that would definitely run right through the green and end up in the drink.