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The Players Championship

The Players Championship

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After a 90 minute weather delay, German born Martin Kaymer nailed down his first win in two years.

The 2014 Players Championship belonged to Kaymer from the first day of the tournament as he led after eighteen, thirty-six and fifty-four holes. He briefly allowing Jordan Spieth to take the lead on Sunday, but Kaymer ended the day shooting a 1-under 71 en route to a one stroke victory over late charging, Jim Furyk.

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The Par 3, 17th hole, true to form gave Kaymer some trouble. His tee shot landed 65 feet from the hole just missing the front bunker. He sank an incredible 28-foot putt to save par as Furyk could only watch as the 29 year old held on to his one stroke lead.

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A par on the last hole preserved the round and the tournament for Kaymer, who is only fourth European player to win the Players Championship. (Sandy Lyle, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson)

American, Jordan Spieth went the first 58 holes without a bogey. The 20 year old then hit a rough patch and bogeyed five of eleven holes. He went on to finish at 10-under for the tournament, tied for fourth with Justin Rose.

Top-10 Leaderboard 

POSITION PLAYER SCORE
1 Martin Kaymer -13
2 Jim Furyk -12
T3 Sergio Garcia -11
T4 Jordan Spieth -10
T4 Justin Rose -10
T6 Jimmy Walker -9
T6 Rory McIlroy -9
T6 David Hearn -9
T6 Lee Westwood -9
T6 Francesco Molinari -9

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Faldo Is A Flip Flopper

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Golf Quick Fix: The Masters

     Tiger Woods created quite a stir at The Masters with his questionable ball drop on the 15th hole on Friday. Tiger was was slapped with a two stroke penalty on top of the one stroke penalty he took for the drop in the first place.
     Nick Faldo Openly Criticized Tiger Woods For Not Knowing The Rules And Called For The World’s Top Ranked Golfer To Withdraw From the Masters.
As A So Called “Expert” For The Golf Channel, He Should Learn The Rules Himself! Faldo went on the air on Sunday and completely reversed himself after he took the time to find out what he was talking about.
     Frank Ridley, Chairman of The Augusta National Rules Committee got the call right.
Faldo should do the “manly thing”, as he put it, and apologize.
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Two Stroke Penalty For Tiger Woods At The Masters

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The Masters – The governing body of Augusta National has determined that the ball drop Tiger Woods took in round two on Friday afternoon warrants a two stroke penalty rather than a disqualification as per 33-7 of the USGA.

There was a ton of social media and sports news discussion late Friday night and going into the early morning hours on Saturday that Tiger might possibly be disqualified for improperly signing his score card based primarily on an inaccurate drop of the golf ball on the fifteenth hole after his approach shot ricocheted off the flag stick and into the water. Apparently, Tiger hit the ball too perfectly when he hit the flag stick. The penalty left Woods five strokes behind tournament leader Jason Day.

Fred Ridley, chairman of The Masters competition committee released the following statement:

  • “In preparation for his fifth shot, the player dropped his ball in close proximity to where he had played his third shot in apparent conformance with Rule 26. After being prompted by a television viewer, the Rules Committee reviewed a video of the shot while Woods was playing the 18th hole. At that moment and based on that evidence, the Committee determined he had complied with the Rules.
  • After he signed his scorecard, and in a television interview subsequent to the round, the player stated that he played further from the point than where he had played his third shot. Such action would constitute playing from the wrong place.
  • The subsequent information provided by the player’s interview after he had completed play warranted further review and discussion with him this morning. After meeting with the player, it was determined that he had violated Rule 26, and he was assessed a two stroke penalty. The penalty of disqualification was waived by the Committee under Rule 33 as the Committee had previously reviewed the information and made its initial determination prior to the finish of the player’s round”.

Looking at the rule book, USGA Rule 33-7 reveals that a penalty of disqualification can be waived in exceptional situations. The penalty can be waived, altered or enforced if the Committee thinks such a penalty is warranted.

This is what seems to have unfolded in this case. Somebody viewing the tournament on t.v. evidently called it in to The Augusta National Rules Officials who at the time said Tiger was in conformance before he finished his round Friday afternoon.
Subsequent to that ruling, in a post round media interview, Tiger altered his own fate by disclosing that he actually took the drop two yards farther back than his original shot which gave him a more suitable yardage.

 

So of course the officials had to reopen the investigation. Due to the fact they had previously ruled he was correct taking his drop they didn’t feel it was appropriate to disqualify him from the tournament .

According to the rules Tiger could have taken a drop behind the point of entry in to the water hazard or from the spot he played the original shot, none closer to the hole.

Woods attempted to perform neither of the two rules interpretations. By misinterpreting the “none closer to the hole” rule Tiger knocked himself two strokes further off the lead by altering the distance of his next shot.  Truth be told, if Tiger hit the ball a little less perfectly he could have been one stroke off the lead coming into “Moving Up Day”.

Tiger now sits at one under for the tournament, five strokes behind Jason Day who is at six under. Day is clinging to a one stroke lead over fan favorite Fred Couples. The fifty-three year old Couples seems to show no signs of father time catching up to him whenever he plays at The Masters. If Couples wins he will be the oldest player to ever win The Masters. It will be interesting to see if Woods, who already has three wins this year can mount a comeback starting today.

 

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Tiger Reclaims Number One

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The Arnold Palmer Invitational

A fantastic effort by Rickie Fowler to try and catch Tiger Woods went right down the drain yesterday, “literally.”

Fowler cut Tigers lead to a mere two strokes after 15 holes and found the fairway on 16 while Tiger landed in the same fairway bunker he hit on Saturday. That bunker shot led to Tiger hitting his next shot in the water. Tiger bogeyed the hole on Saturday.

However, history never guarantees future performance and yesterday proved that. Yesterday Tiger hit the green from that fairway bunker on the par five, sixteenth, setting up an easy two putt for birdie. Fowler on the other hand hit his second and fourth shots into the water which all but destroyed any chance he had of catching Tiger over the last three holes.   Fowler ended up taking a triple bogey which cost him the first runner-up position.

When the World Rankings are re-calculated,  Tiger on the strength of his two stroke victory over fifth ranked, Justin Rose, will have overtaken Rory McIlroy as the World’s Number One Ranked Golfer. Golf Quick Fix already named Tiger the number one player in the world on Saturday, having already nailed down two wins in2013 before yesterday and looking like “Tiger Woods” in his prime doing so.

 

 

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Golf Quick Fix Declares Tiger Number One

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Forget the Official World Golf Rankings. No man on the planet is playing better golf than Tiger Woods right at this moment.

Yesterday, Tiger tore it up at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Shooting a six under par to thrust himself into first place. Today Tiger will wearing his traditional Sunday red where he will be paired with fellow American and fan favorite Rickie Fowler (second place) who has played brilliantly  as well.

World Rankings CLICK HERE:

http://www.officialworldgolfranking.com/home/default.sps

 

 

 

The Best Player In The World Is A Woman

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All things being equal, nobody in the world is playing better golf than American Stacy Lewis. Lewis scored her seventh career title two weeks ago in the Republic Of Singapore. She followed that up this weekend with her eighth pro title at The Founders Cup in Phoenix. With that win on Sunday, Lewis advanced to Number One in the world.

Lewis claimed the distinction of Number One in the world on the strength of six victories in only her last twenty-three LPGA events. The American, originally from Toledo, Ohio had four LPGA victories last year earning Tour Player Of The Year honors for 2012.

Lewis closed Yani Tseng’s dominant reign of Number One in The World which lasted a little over two full years. Lewis along with Cristie Kerr are the only Americans to claim the LPGA’s top ranking since its’ inception in 2006. Kerr held the honor for a total of five weeks over three separate ranking periods back in 2010.

The rise to the top for Lewis is very inspirational. She was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 11 but was nothing but optimistic and positive energy yesterday.

“I’m having a blast on the golf course,” Lewis said. “To be No. 1 in the world, it’s what everybody out here on tour is working for.”

“Every setback you have along the way, everything good that happens, it all happens for a reason,” said Lewis, who now takes up residence in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. wfh

“I couldn’t have dreamed the kid growing up wearing a back brace 18 hours a day is the No. 1 player in the world,” said Lewis who is 28.

The ten year sentence of wearing a back brace proved to be less than effective. That course of treatment was unable to improve the curvature in her spinal column. She required surgery to insert a metal rod and five screws in her back.

“That was only 10 years ago,” Lewis explained.  “That’s not normal, that’s not supposed to happen. I mean, I’m not, I’m really not supposed to be here. People with metal in their back, how do you play golf? I don’t know. I don’t know how. I don’t know why I’m here.”

Congratulations Stacey Lewis! Well done!

World Rankings: CLICK HERE

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Is Tiger Back To Being Tiger?

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Tiger is absolutely Destroying the TPC Blue Monster

Playing together Rory McIlroy and of course Luke Donald, Tiger was showing signs of his former dominant self yesterday as he takes a two stroke lead heading into “moving up Saturday” and Championship Sunday at the 2013 WGC-Cadillac Championship.

The world’s number two golfer turned in a 7-under scorecard (65) in the second round, absolutely destroying the TPC Blue Monster in Miami.

Woods registered eight birdies versus one bogey to gain him a total score of thirteen under par, two full strokes in front of of Graeme McDowell and three better than fan favorite Phil Mickelson.

Tiger’s play has not only placed him head and shoulders above the rest of the field, but he also recorded his all time personal best of 17 red scores (under par) thru the first thirty-six holes, breaking his own personal best 16 birdies and/or eagles in any other first two rounds of a tournament.

No predictions here, anything can happen with thirty-six holes to play.

Here is what the top of the leader board look like:

Leaderboard

Place Player Score
1 Tiger Woods -13
2 Graeme McDowell -11
T3 Phil Mickelson -10
T3 Steve Stricker -10
T5 Bubba Watson -9
T5 Freddie Jacobson -9
T7 Charl Schwartzel -8
T7 Keegan Bradley -8
9 Dustin Johnson -7

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