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The Memorial Tournament round 4

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Tiger Woods is now a 4 time champion at the Memorial. Shooting a 7 under par 65 for a 4 day total of 276, Woods defeated Jim Furyk by one stroke. Furyk stood alone in 2nd place, shooting a 3 under par 69 for a 277 in the tournament. Jonathon Byrd and Mark Wilson were T3 with 280’s. At T5 it was Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III and Matt Bettencourt with 282’s. Stewart Cink and Ernie Els were T8 with 283’s and to round out the top ten at T10 it was Will MacKenzie, Mike Weir and Geoff Ogilivy at 284.

Key Stats:
Scoring Average Tiger Woods 69, field average 73.42; Driving Distance Dustin Johnson 318 yards, field average 284.6; Driving Accuracy Jim Furyk 89.29%, field average 71.04%; GIR Ernie Els 76.39%, field average 58.89%; Scrambling Jonathon Byrd 77.78%, field average 51.61%; Putts per Round Jose Maria Olazabal 25.5, field average 28.81. The 18th took the honors as the toughest hole yet again, although 14 gave it a run for its money and the 7th played the easiest.

After Tiger’s bogey at 16 there were 4 players T1 at 10 under but that bogey must have lit a fire under him as his 2nd shots at 17 and 18 were nothing short of phenomenal leaving himself with 4 or 5 feet on 17 and on 18 the laser read 14 inches. Furyk was able to birdie 18 to take 2nd alone but the other two were less fortunate down the stretch. Bettencourt had a pretty miserable day shooting a 3 over par 75. He did card 4 birdies, but also had 5 bogeys and a double, in the Nationwide series he was known for being Tiger like once he had a lead but now that he is in the bigs, I can only speculate that the pressure got to him. I believe we will see him at the top of the leader board again and most likely a winner.

Sources: PGA Tour.com, The Golf Channel and CBS Sports

The Memorial Tournament round 3

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Matt Bettencourt and Mark Wilson are tied at the top spot after round 3, at 9 under par 207. Bettencourt shot a 4 under par 68, with 8 birdies on his card but he also had 4 bogeys. I’m absolutely not being facetious either, those greens are tough, players are literally running the ball off the green being a yard short. Seriously a yard to chip onto the green and the ball rolls right off the putting surface. Wilson shot a 3 under par 69. Two players are T3 yesterday’s co-leaders Jonathon Byrd and Jim Furyk both shot 1 under par 71 today and are 1 stroke back at 208. In the T5 spot are Geoff Ogilivy and Davis Love III, 2 strokes back at 209. Ogilivy shot up the leader board from T57 to T5 shooting a 9 under par 63. He spent a considerable amount of time on the range after his round yesterday after shooting a 2 over par 74. Lee Trevino is fond of saying that ones performance is measured “in the dirt”, meaning practice, it certainly paid off for Geoff today. Love III shot a 3 under par 69. Rounding out the top ten 4 strokes behind the leaders are Tiger Woods, Michael Letzig, Matt Kuchar and Ernie Els all officially scored as T7.

For the stat lovers: in Scoring Average Matt Bettencourt is at 69 with the field average at 73.41; Driving Distance is led by Dustin Johnson at 319.3, while the field is averaging 284.3; Driving Accuracy Jim Furyk at 88.1%, the field at 72.32%; Greens in Regulation it is Ernie Els at 77.78%, while the field is at 59.43%; Scrambling Jonathon Byrd at 84.62%, the field average is 51.29%; and Putts per round Mark Wilson at 25 with the field average at 28.93. The toughest hole today was 18 and the easiest was 7.

For those who don’t know Matt Bettencourt he was last year’s champion and money leader on the Nationwide tour, that is how he earned his way onto the PGA tour. He is an example of the everyman story, didn’t achieve a lot in junior golf or high school, never got a scholarship to play golf in college, he was selling windows and doors 10 years ago and just worked on his game. He entered and won a bunch of amateur tournaments and a championship, turned pro and grinded it out in the minors and now in his 17th PGA tour appearance is co-leader of the Memorial Tournament at Jack’s place. There is a guy who believed in himself, worked hard and now has the opportunity to earn the biggest paycheck of his career. Kudos and good luck tomorrow, Matt. Don’t let Faldo get to you that was a hell of a shot from a precarious lie. I seriously doubt he could have done it any better.

Sources: PGA Tour.com, The Golf Channel and CBS Sports
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The Memorial Tournament round 2

Friday, June 5th, 2009

The course played tougher today and emerging as co-leaders were Jonathon Byrd and Jim Furyk who stand at 7 under par 137. Byrd put forth a really nice effort today shooting a 4 under par 68, while Furyk shot a 2 under par 70. At T3 are Mike Weir and Mark Wilson, Weirsy shot a 3 under par 69 today and Wilson shot a 2 under par 70, they are both 1 shot back at 138, 6 strokes under par. Ryuji Imada and Matt Bettencourt are T5 2 strokes back at 139, shooting 3 and 4 under par respectively today. Ten golfers are T7 to round out the top ten, those being: Steve Marino, Rod Pampling, Ernie Els, Stewart Cink, Chris DeMarco, Matt Kuchar, Charl Schwartzel, Jason Day, Luke Donald and Davis Love III. The T7 contingent are all 3 strokes back at 140.

The cut was set at 4 over par, all those at T71 or better. Some of the players not playing the weekend are Vijay Singh, Carl Pettersson, Jesper Parnevik, Fredrick Jacobson, Mark Calcavecchia, John Mallinger, Padraig Harrington, Danny Lee, J.B. Holmes, Aaron Baddely and Adam Scott. Withdrawing were Sean O’Hair, Billy Andrade and Scott Percy.

Stats are as follows: Scoring average Jonathon Byrd at 68.5, field average is 73.49, Driving Distance led by Dustin Johnson at 314.8 while the field is averaging 285 yards, Driving Accuracy Kevin Na with 92.86% and the field is at 72.54%, Greens in Regulation led by Ernie Els at 77.78% with the field average at 58.81%, Jonathon Byrd also led in Scrambling at 100% while the field average was 50.66%, Putts per Round it was Steve Lowery with 24 and the field average at 28.88.

The toughest hole was a tie between 10 and 18, while the easiest hole was the 7th. I was particularly impressed with the post round interviews of Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods and Mike Weir. Weirsy and Furyk are two guys who rarely beat themselves and tend to be steady Eddy on the golf course. Some might consider that a conservative approach but consistency is what pays off on the golf course. Speaking of consistency TW has hit more fairways in this tournament than he has in awhile, he’s only missed 3 in 36 holes, his problems today was trying to be too aggressive. Shooting a 74 was his highest round since the US Open in 2007, and he is still only 6 strokes out of the lead. His mood was positive when interviewed, the course is playing tough which was the biggest conservation of the day and I believe he will rebound, not saying he will win but you can never count him out either. Nice to see Ernie turn in a fine couple of rounds, he has only been in the top ten twice this year and he played the first two rounds with Tiger which is always going to be a circus with the gallery and the media. Losing the playoff at Colonial hasn’t seemed to bother Steve Marino, a name you don’t hear a lot but if you watch golf it is someone you are aware of has he turns in a pretty steady performance week in and week out.

The Golf Channel is reporting TW’s knee is not 100%, I say quit beating a dead horse. It may never be 100% again let it go.

Sources: PGATour.com and the Golf Channel
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The Memorial Tournament Round 1

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Luke Donald shot an 8 under par 64 to take the lead in the first round of play at Jack’s place. He is T96 in driving distance at 270 yards, 55.6% and T55 in GIR but he is also first in putts per GIR at an impressive 1.3. Four players are T2 with 5 under par 67’s; Jim Furyk, Jason Day, Ted Purdy and Thomas Aiken. Three players are T6 with 4 under par 68’s to their credit; Steve Marino, Stewart Cink and Mark Wilson. There are nine players T9 with 3 under par 69’s; Troy Madison, Johnson Wagner, Kevin Sutherland, Nicholas Thompson, Rod Pampling, Tiger Woods, Mike Weir, Jonathon Byrd and Reinier Saxton.

Key stats Luke Donald in scoring average (64) with the field averaging 73.61 and putts per round (20) with the field average at 28.88, J.B. Holmes in driving distance (338.5) with the field averaging 283.7 yards, Tiger Woods leads in driving accuracy (92.86%) with the rest of the field at an average of 72.5%, Jonathon Byrd has the lead in Greens In Regulation (88.89%) and the field average is at 58.19%, scrambling is led by Troy Matteson with (100%) while the field is averaging 51.72%.

It was unfortunate to see J.B. Holmes alone in 118th position (out of 120) at 10 over par 82, it would take more than a career day to salvage that and stick around for the weekend. If the cut were made today I would place it around T67 which would leave out some big names like JB, Vijay, Padraig Harrington and Sean O’Hair just to name a few struggling. Most of those players still have an opportunity tomorrow, right now T67 is 2 over although that will surely thin out and be closer to even par or 1 under by the end of round 2. Since ties count there are currently 17 players in the top 10, but that won’t be the case by the end of tomorrows round. Tiger was looking good but bogeys on 13 and 18 hurt his score, still he did have 5 birdies and he is the world’s number 1 player. We will have to wait and see if he can put together a bogey free round to make a run at the leader. Right now Luke Donald is in the driver’s seat and it is on his own shoulders if he can hang on to the lead.
Sources: The Golf Channel, PGATour.com
Opinions my own