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Mickelson Surges At BMW Championship For Share Of Lead

There was a stretch this season where Phil Mickelson went 12 straight rounds without shooting under par.    It seems that he has put those days way behind him as he shot an 8 under par round of 64 to tie Vijay Singh for a share of the lead going into Sunday.

Vijay Singh carried a 1 shot lead over Rory Mcllroy and Tiger Woods going into today’s round.   Rory was able to keep pace though Tiger shot a 1 under par round to fall to 3 shots back.    Another weekend round of golf for Tiger that he watched the field make a move, and he was unable to follow suit.

Phil had a stretch on the front nine where he put up 5 birdies in a 6 hole span.   Same with the back nine also.   He sprinkled in two bogeys, but when you put up 10 birdies you can afford a couple bogeys.  His 8 under round was the best round of the day.    Mickelson will be paired with Vijay Singh who has played extremely well down the stretch of the regular season and now  into the playoffs.

Another  player that stood out today and made a significant move was Adam Scott as he shot a 6 under par round of 66 that pulled him to within 2 shots of the lead tied along with American Robert Garrigus.    I spoke of Rory earlier as he is only one shot back; he shares that spot with Lee Westwood whom played well today also.   Lee finished today with a 4 under par round of 68.

Other notables would be Dustin Johnson who shot a 5 under round to pull him to within 2.   Zach Johnson, Graeme McDowell and Bo Van Pelt all are within 4 shots tied at 12 under.

Sunday is setting up to be a tremendous finish, though if all goes to plan, at least one player at or near the lead will collapse.   That has been a trend all season now, and I would not expect to see anything different tomorrow.

Here is the Link to the Leaderboard.

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Very Exciting News!

I am excited to announce that we will be adding an additional 4 contributors to the Sports Monger On The Green Staff.  They come from all walks of life and different parts of the world, bringing different angles to some really great topics.   The is truly an International Expansion.

I will be introducing each one, in consecutive posts as they all deserve their day in the sun.   I hope you are all as excited as I am as their will be many changes coming to the site, not to mention additions I have not even mentioned.

We will be kicking things off next week so…Stay Tuned!

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Ryder Cup Captain makes his picks

Captain Davis Love III announced his picks to round out the remaining spots on this year’s US Ryder Cup Team. He announced the four spots in this order, Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker and Steve Stricker. DL3 announced at the press conference broadcast live on PGATour.com that the players were announced in no particular order other than by height. He laughed and stated that was as good a way as any to announce them.

I am very happy with these four being selected to the team. Johnson has been playing as good as just about anyone the last few weeks. And his length and power are perfect for the “big ballpark” that is Medinah. Davis Love III said that was one of the reasons he picked DJ. Furyk is a no brainer in my opinion. The team needs his experience. This will be his 8th Ryder Cup appearance. Stricker is on the team to be partnered with Tiger Woods period. End of story. Snedeker is wielding the hottest putter on the planet since The Open Championship. That will be a giant asset in the Ryder Cup matches. As we all know….putting has both won and lost the Cup for the Americans in the past. Snedeker can help win the Cup with his putting.

I am not even going to go into who was left off the team. It does not matter. I believe Captain Davis Love III put together a squad that can win the Ryder Cup back from the European team. When asked how he thought his players would prepare for Medinah, DL3 responded by saying “They will be playing a lot of golf over the next few weeks competing for the FedEx Championship and a whole lot of money.” He said he is pretty sure that they will be focused.

This team is deep in talent and the four Captain’s picks rounded out the roster nicely. The 2012 Ryder Cup will be exciting and should end with the US team celebrating victory on American soil!

Golf Writers Wanted!

We are looking for a couple more golf writers to add to the mix.   We just added one, and would like to have at least 4 active writers at all times.  I am looking for someone who has a passion for the sport of golf and would like to write about products, golf courses, and or PGA Tour Information.

We will be adding an E Commerce site/link to this website soon that will be actively selling golf related products.   We are looking at several products as we speak, which means we will be launching it soon.

I am also looking into adding someone that will take our Social Media effort to the next level.  That said, we will need  fill several more writer positions and with all of the new help that will be coming on board, we will be able to drive readers to your posts and get you noticed.
If you are interested, please send me an Email at Jhavelka@pittsburghsportsmonger.com with your information.   Thanks again, and I look forward to talking with everyone that is interested!

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Robert Streb Shoots -7 Final Round To Run Away With Mylan Classic

Ben Kohles, Matt Weibring

Going into the Final Round, Cliff Kresge had the lead but  Casey Wittenberg and Ben Kohles were the story as they were in contention and had an opportunity to get their automatic PGA Tour Card with this victory.   With some poor play in the middle of the round, and a Huge Round from Robert Streb, neither player could make enough of a move for the win.

Streb finished with a final round -7 under par, to pull away from the entire field.   The Greens were relatively slow this week, and the players struggled with them from Green to Green.

I was speaking with some Club Members, and I was told that they started watering them heavily during the middle of the summer in order to save them from the drought. Though I must say, the entire course looked lush and green.  And with the added rain from the storm last night, they were even slower on Sunday.

I watched player after player coming up short with their irons and their putters.   On the 8th hole, I watched about 8 groups come through there including the leaders, and the only players to really test the Pin were Chin and Weibring.   Matt Weibring played well and consistent all week, and John Chin also played well all week.   Chin finished at -11.    Here is the Link to the Final Leader Board.

All was not lost for Wittenberg and Kohles though, as they further secured their positions in the Top 25, which at the end of the season, will all get a tour card.   Here are the rankings after today’s results. (PGATOUR.com)

Rank
This
Week
Rank
Last
Week
Player Events Money YTD Victories
1 2 Casey Wittenberg 18 $312,428 2
2 1 Luke List 18 $309,196 1
3 3 Ben Kohles 4 $286,875 2
4 23 Robert Streb 18 $253,491 1
5 4 Paul Haley II 17 $252,726 1
6 5 Andres Gonzales 17 $229,072 1
7 6 James Hahn 17 $221,850 1
8 7 Lee Williams 19 $205,341 1
9 9 Justin Hicks 18 $204,273
10 8 Darron Stiles 18 $200,911 1
11 10 Andrew Svoboda 19 $182,806
12 11 Cameron Percy 18 $180,118
13 12 Brian Stuard 19 $176,482
14 15 Jim Herman 19 $172,908
15 13 Shawn Stefani 19 $172,715 1
16 14 Hudson Swafford 20 $170,758 1
17 24 Nicholas Thompson 19 $165,446
18 17 Scott Gardiner 19 $164,860
19 16 Paul Claxton 19 $159,594
20 21 Joseph Bramlett 19 $155,850
21 18 Alex Aragon 20 $154,338 1
22 19 Luke Guthrie 5 $152,963
23 20 Doug LaBelle II 17 $150,395 1
24 22 Camilo Benedetti 18 $147,261
25 25 David Lingmerth 19 $141,043

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After Three Rounds, Wittenberg and Kohles Tied And In Hunt

The Forth round of play on Sunday is setting up to be very interesting.   As the top stories on the Web.com Tour collide and will contend for the Mylan Classic Championship.   If, the Rain holds off.

Currently they are both at -9 under and are only three strokes out of the lead behind 7 other players.   The Leader, Cliff Kresge is currently at -12.    There are three tied at -11 and -10.   Here is a Link to the Current Leader Board.

Of the 4 Players that have experience and name recognition from the PGA tour, only Jason Gore made the cut and is currently at 4 over and completely out of contention.   Lee Janzen, Paul Stankowski, and Frank Lickliter all  missed the cut.   They were all quite ordinary this week.

I mentioned the rain because the remnants of the Hurricane that dumped up to 20 inches of rain on communities in the gulf, has made it’s way north and may end up slowing down play on Sunday.   Currently the forecast is for Rain or Thundershowers scattered throughout the day.   I do not like to speculate on the weather, though I am convinced that a trained chimp could predict weather with similar accuracy as the Meteorologists do.   Nothing against them of course, but trying to predict what mother nature wants to deliver to us is…well…pretty fun if you ask me.

I plan to be on the grounds tomorrow, and will hope to broadcast from their also on The Sports Monger Radio Network.  

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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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