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Archive for August, 2012

Mylan Classic Update Day 1

The First Day is almost over and the Money leaders are lurking near the top of the  leader board.

Casey Wittenberg is tied for second right now at -6 under par, and he is done for the day.   He is one stroke behind Edward Loar who shot a -7 under par 64.    Casey played well all day and was able to make putts when he got them.

One of the other stories I wrote about prior was Ben Kohles.    Ben finished the first round at -3 and is in contention after day one.

As I roamed the grounds today, the greens seemed a bit slow and it took a few players some time to get used to that.

I followed Darron Stiles for a while, and he struck the ball very well but ran into trouble on the 6th hole where he had a triple bogey.    He had 3 birdies, but off set that with a triple and two other bogies to finish at 1 over.

Some other notables, Lee Janzen through 17 was even.    He struggled with his irons today on the holes I followed him on.   He drove the ball well, but just could not get the ball close enough to take advantage of the course.

Jason Gore had a very up and down round.   He finished at -1 but had 2 double bogies in the round.     That sounds more like something I would do.

Frank Lickliter II finished at 2 over also struggling with the short stick and Paul Stankowski finished at 1 over.

Here is a link to the current leader board.    Follow me all this week as I update you on the daily happenings of the Mylan Classic.
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The Mylan Classic Is Set

On the eve of the Mylan Classic, there are several stories that are  front and center.   As I pounded for days to get a hold of a copy of the field for the tournament, I finally was given a copy.   And the name I wanted to see…showed up.   Ben Kohles will be on the grounds this week, trying to earn his automatic PGA tour card by snagging his 3rd victory in 4 tournaments.

Ben stormed out on to the scene winning his first two events.   He has an opportunity this week to gain his tour card just 4 tournaments into his Pro Golf Career.   Born in Texas, he is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia.   How recent you ask?    Well, this spring, he played in his last events.

After he left school, he went on and played in a couple of amateur events, which then led him to the Web.com tour.   He won his first event, The Nationwide’s Childrens Hospital Event.    He followed that up the following week with a victory at the Cox Classic.     His third event, he made the cut and finished at -8 par.   Though that was only good enough to net him a 60th place finish.    He was then given an opportunity to play in a PGA Tour event, the Wyndham Championship where he finished 70th, and made the cut again.

Another Player to watch this week will be Casey Wittenberg, who currently is ranked second on tour and all but guaranteed to finish in the Top 25.    The Top 25 earn their tour card automatically.   Though, starting next season, the top 25 will not be the only ones that move on.  It was announced that the Web.com will sport it’s own season ending final playoff.   And the top 50 will earn their card.

Some other names that may be familiar to golf fans this week, will be Lee Janzen, Jason Gore, Paul Stankowski, and Frank Lickliter II.   Once again, the Honorary Chairman for the Pittsburgh Area  tournament is none other than Arnold Palmer.

Here is the link for the Team Times.   I will be writing daily posts as the week unfolds.  You can follow me here or on Twitter  @sportsmonger and you can follow me on Facebook at Pittsburgh Sports Monger!

 

 

 

World Am is in full swing

Good morning from rainy Myrtle Beach! Of course it is raining…the World Am is in town! The Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship has been played in Myrtle Beach For 29 years now. It has more than 3,000 folders from all 50 states and more than 20 foreign countries and rain. I have to laugh. I have live in Myrtle Beach for 14 years and it always rains during the week of the World Am. This time it is the effects of Hurricane Issac that have reached the Carolinas.

But I digress. This is an amazing event. It is 3,000+ golfers, playing over 50 courses along the Grand Strand, over 4 days. Every night once play is done the participants and their guests (spouses) get to enjoy “The World’s Largest 19th Hole” at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. It is catered by a variety of restaurants in Myrtle Beach an provides free drinks and live entertainment. It also has vendor booths, demo areas and on-site instruction from PGA professionals.

This venue is truly incredible. People roaming around, cocktail in hand commiserating on how bad they played that day or in some cases how well. Then they discuss the courses they played. Most enjoy the courses, but there always the one that say it was terrible (probably because they shot 10 strokes over their handicap that day). But there are people from all over the country and the world in one place soon the same thing….taking golf. I sold a driver to a guy that was from France. The only words of each other that we could understand were the golf terms as he was describing what he was looking for in a driver and I was trying to tell him how great the Razor Eclipse driver was and what the price was. But we were still 2 guys talking golf!!! Awesome experience!!!

I do not play in the event. I have to work during the day. But each year I work a vendor booth for Razor Golf. They are a club manufacturer out of Tampa, FL. The owner is a friend and in return for my labor I receive food, drinks, and most importantly, any new clubs that Razor Golf has developed!!

So I look forward to the next three nights at the “19th Hole” and chatting it up with the golfers from around the world. I will eat some great food. I will have a few cocktails. I will make some new friends. And when it is all said and done I will watch them all leave town and start looking forward to next year as I say “I really need to play in this thing one of these years!”. Just like I do every year.

Nick Watney Holds On For Victory At Barclays

Nick Watney shot two under par today holding off Brandt Snedeker for The Barclays Championship.   Going into today’s round, Sergio Garcia was leading and was playing well.   But Sergio collapsed today shooting a round of 4 over par, including a round that housed a 3 over par closing nine.

Tiger Woods also went into the final round in contention, but as we have seen from him this season, he shot a 5 over par closing round to take him way out of contention.   Tiger Woods collapse today was enough to drop him to 3rd in the Fed Ex Cup Standings.

Dustin Johnson shot a three under par round today to finish in a tie for third with Sergio Garcia at 6 under.

Though,the day belonged to Nick Watney as he vaulted himself into the lead of the Fed Ex Cup Championship with the victory.  Sergio’s final round struggles, which goes along with the theme of the season thus far, did not take him out of the running of the Fed Ex Cup, and his finish was probably enough to get him on his European Ryder Cup Squad.

Phil Mickelson finished at one over par for the tournament with a final round score of 76, 5 over par.   Another bad round to go along with his thoroughly underwhelming year.   Phil is currently ranked 17 in the Cup Race.

Bubba Watson went into today’s round at three under, but was unable to make up any ground at all.    He finished the day at even par, and the tournament at three under.

The up to date top 5 going into next weeks tournament is as follows.

  1. Nick Watney
  2. Brandt Snedeker
  3. Tiger Woods
  4. Rory Macllroy
  5. Zach Johnson

 

 

 

Ryder Cup Poll

 

Who wins the Ryder Cup?

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Barclays Update

Nick Watney continues to play well after two solid rounds at the Barclays Tournament tied for the lead with Sergio Garcia.    Watney shot a first round score of 65, then followed that up with a 69 today.    As for Garcia, he has hung right with him shooting a 66 and 68.

As for other notables, Vijay Singh continues his strong play of the last month or two.   He is a player that continues to defy age and play at a really high level.   A good many players have played well later in their 40’s as Vijay has, but he is rare in the fact that his play has really not dropped off all that much staying in the top 20 in the world for as long as he has.

Tiger Woods is only 3 back, as he continues to show the world that he can play well on Thursday and Friday.  I realize that he has won several times this season, but he has also shown the ability to not play well on Saturday and Sunday in big tournaments this season.  Here is a LINK to the Current Leader Board.

Here is the the projected top 16 in the Fed Ex Cup Standings. (Standings Courtesy of PGATour.com)

FEDEXCUP RANK FEDEXCUP POINTS
Projected +/- Official* Player Proj. Event Proj. Total Official*
1 32 33 Sergio Garcia 2,500 3,435 935
2 47 49 Nick Watney 2,500 3,226 726
3 2 1 Tiger Woods 413 2,682 2,269
4 1 3 Rory McIlroy 72 2,164 2,092
5 3 2 Jason Dufner DNP 2,110 2,110
6 2 4 Zach Johnson 18 2,037 2,019
7 2 5 Bubba Watson 185 1,962 1,777
8 1 7 Carl Pettersson 250 1,941 1,691
9 9 Matt Kuchar 185 1,785 1,600
10 4 6 Hunter Mahan 0 1,739 1,739
11 1 12 Justin Rose 250 1,676 1,426
12 4 8 Keegan Bradley 0 1,670 1,670
13 5 18 Rickie Fowler 412 1,658 1,246
14 4 10 Steve Stricker 185 1,641 1,456
15 4 11 Ernie Els 185 1,632 1,447
16 41 57 Vijay Singh 875 1,544 669

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The Mylan Classic

Next Week, I will be covering the Web.com Tours, Mylan Classic from the Golf Club at Southpointe.   I will have daily updates, and don’t miss the podcasts that I will be doing throughout the week to further the coverage.

For those of you coming out this upcoming week, I will be roaming around the grounds.  I hope to see you all there.

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