Monday, August 31

Jason Day Sizzles in New Jersey, Eyes No. 1 Ranking

By Brian Keogh

Brian Keogh is a golf correspondent for The Irish Sun and a contributor to The Irish Times, Golf Digest Ireland and other golf publications. The following excerpt from Brian’s Irish Golf Desk is used with permission.


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JASON DAY CONTINUED HIS RED-HOT streak of form by making eight birdies in an immaculate 62 to win The Barclays by six shots from Henrik Stenson on 19 under par and move to No 1 in the FedEx Cup standings ahead of Jordan Spieth, who missed the cut.

It was Day's fourth win of the season and his third in four events following his RBC Canadian Open victory and breakthrough major win at the US PGA. And he now has a chance to become world No 1 and take over from McIlroy, who relieves Spieth of top spot today despite skipping the first Playoff event.

McIlroy will begin the Playoffs in 15th place and both he, Spieth and Day are expected to tee it up in Boston in an event that will now have the added spice of the world No 1 race.

"I am just excited about the competition and I think it is going to be a lot of fun," said Day, who finished tied ninth in the US Open, tied fourth in the Open before winning the RBC Canadian Open and then followed a share of 12th in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with back to back wins in the US PGA and The Barclays.

"I love being in contention. And I love playing against guys that are on fire. You kind of live for those moments ....

"I think I have the opportunity to get to No 1 if I play some good golf over the next three or four weeks. It's been a goal of mine but it's going to be tough to catch. Right now I am just going to focus on getting some rest and trying to play that golf course, which I absolutely love."

Brian Keogh covers golf for The Irish Sun and contributes to a variety of golf publications. Pay him a visit at Irish Golf Desk.

Friday, August 28

Snoopy Is Top Dog at Highland National Golf Course




From a Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) news release.

[CHARLES] SCHULZ DIED IN 2000, but his most famous cartoon character, Snoopy, lives on with a specially designed bunker on the 15th hole at Highland National Golf Course, the public course where Schulz caddied as a young boy and played golf throughout much of his life.

The character design was incorporated into the major course renovations that were completed in 2005.

"Charles Schulz was a huge figure in the St. Paul area and he loved golf," said Paul Miller, who collaborated on the course work with Garrett Gill.

"We wanted a way to honor his contributions to golf in the area, and Mrs. Schulz liked the idea. At first, we thought of doing a Snoopy-shaped pond, but the plans evolved into a Snoopy bunker. And it works to define the landing area of the hole."

The 15th hole is a 424-yard straightaway par-4, and the Snoopy bunker is clearly visible to traffic driving by on the neighborhood street.

Thursday, August 27

Golf on TV: The Barclays, Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, Dick's Sporting Goods Open, D+D Real Czech Masters

The following edited content was supplied by Golf Channel in a news release.

PGA TOUR

The Barclays                  
Dates: Aug. 27-30
Venue: Plainfield Country Club, Edison, N.J.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         2-6 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)
Friday              2-6 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday            Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)

On CBS (Eastern):
Saturday: 3-6 p.m.
Sunday: 2-6 p.m.

Broadcast Notes

Kicking off the FedExCup Playoffs: The PGA TOUR 2014-15 regular season concluded last week after 43 events and the top-125 in the FedExCup standings earned their 2015-16 PGA TOUR cards and became eligible to compete in the Playoffs. 121 players are currently in the field this week, and the top-100 in the standings following Sunday’s final round will be eligible to compete in next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston.

Mahan defends: Hunter Mahan won by two shots for his sixth career PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Zach Johnson, Patrick Reed and Robert Streb.

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LPGA TOUR

Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic
Dates: Aug. 27-30
Venue: RTJ Golf Trail at Capitol Hill (Senator Course), Prattville, Ala.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday              11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-6 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday          5-7 p.m. (Live) / 5-6 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday            5-7 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes

Hur defends: Mi Jung Hur finished four shots ahead of Stacy Lewis for his second career LPGA Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Stacy Lewis, Brooke Henderson, Lexi Thompson, Brittany Lincicome, Anna Nordqvist, Brittany Lang, Angela Stanford, Charley Hull and Cheyenne Woods.

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CHAMPIONS TOUR

Dick’s Sporting Goods Open
Dates: Aug. 28-30
Venue: En-Joie Golf Course, Endicott, N.Y.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              6-8 p.m. / 4-6 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Saturday          3-5 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday            2-5 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes

Langer defends: Bernhard Langer finished one stroke ahead of Woody Austin and Mark O’Meara for his 23rd career Champions Tour win.

Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Jeff Maggert, Kenny Perry, Mark O’Meara, Jay Haas, Marco Dawson, Kevin Sutherland, Joe Durant, Woody Austin and Lee Janzen.

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EUROPEAN TOUR

D+D Real Czech Masters
Dates: Aug. 27-30
Venue: Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         5-7 a.m. / 9-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Friday              5-7 a.m. / 9-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          7-11 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            6:30-11 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes

Headlining the field: Victor Dubuisson, Eddie Pepperell, Thorbjorn Olesen, Peter Uihlein, David Horsey, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Bradley Dredge, Gregory Bourdy and James Morrison.

Wednesday, August 26

European Tour: Make a Birdie, Propose to Girlfriend


BIRDIES WILL MAKE YOU FEEL INVINCIBLE. They will give you amazing courage and resolve.

Take Andreas Harto. The Danish player made a birdie on the 16th hole during the second round of the Made in Denmark tournament, last week's European Tour event. You can watch what happened next. He walked over and proposed to his girlfriend, Louise. She accepted.

Two gutsy plays, back to back. And a viral tweet for the European Tour.

OK, so Harto had it all planned.

"I was almost crying when I hit the putt," he said, "because I knew what was about to happen."

Harto added: "I couldn't say any words and I didn't hear her say yes, so I had to ask her afterwards and luckily she did want to marry me so I'm a lucky man."

Tuesday, August 25

Lydia Ko By the Numbers and U.S. Solheim Cup Team

LYDIA KO WON THE CANADIAN Pacific Women's Open this past weekend, her eighth LPGA title and third victory in Canada. Ko feels at home there and is an honorary member of the Vancouver Golf Club, where she has claimed two of her Canadian titles.

"I kind of feel like somewhat Canadian," Ko said, adding about the event, "... every year I have fun."

Yes, winning is fun.

Ward Clayton put together some of Ko's impressive numbers at LPGA.com:

1
The number of cuts missed by Ko. She is 59 of 60.

5
The number of Ko's eight wins that came in two events. One of the two
is the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.

April 27, 1997
Ko's birth date, two weeks after Tiger Woods won his first Masters.

35
The combined age of Ko and Brooke Henderson, the winners
of the last two LPGA events.

$3,792,455
Ko's career earnings through 45 LPGA starts. It comes to
$84,276 per tournament. Not bad.

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The Solheim Cup will be played in September at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in Germany. In 2013 Europe won for the first time on American soil. The United States has won 8 of 13 Solheim Cups.

2015 U.S. Solheim Cup Team

Juli Inkster (captain)
Stacy Lewis
Lexi Thompson
Cristie Kerr
Michelle Wie
Brittany Lincicome
Morgan Pressel
Angela Stanford
Gerina Piller
Alison Lee
Lizette Salas
Brittany Lang (captain's pick)
Paula Creamer (captain's pick)

Monday, August 24

Love Reaps Wyndham Rewards

FACT: THE GOLF BALL DOESN'T KNOW how old you are. That's a great thing about this game called golf.

Davis Love III (Allison)
So whether you're 21-year-old Jordan Spieth winning two majors and becoming king of the golf world, or you're 51-year-old Davis Love III coming back from surgery and scouting Ryder Cup talent, the golf ball flat doesn't care.

Just hit it solidly, hit it true and get it in the hole.

And that, my friends, is exactly what Love did Sunday at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina. He fired a closing 64 at Sedgefield Country Club to steal the trophy from Jason Gore, Tiger Woods, Scott Brown, Paul Casey ... all those young guys. (They're all young compared to Love.)

It was Love's 21st PGA Tour title and third win in Greensboro. He is the third-oldest player to win on tour. (Sam Snead and Art Wall Jr. are smiling down on Love from golf heaven.)

This unexpectedly extends Love's PGA Tour season and career. The win gets him into the FedEx Cup Playoffs, Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the Masters.

No one expected this ending. Instead, everyone wondered if Tiger Woods, just two strokes off the lead heading into Sunday, could win his 80th tour event and creep closer to Snead's record 82 victories. Tiger never got it going and finished four strokes off the pace.

Again, old Sam must be smiling.

Meanwhile, attendance was way up at the Wyndham Championship, thanks to the surprise appearance by Tiger, who played well and even hit his driver well.

It was a good week for golf.

Friday, August 21

Autographed and Inscribed Golf Books

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Autographed.

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DRAW IN THE DUNES: The 1969 Ryder Cup and the Finish That Shocked the World (with a foreword by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin) was nominated for The Herbert Warren Wind Book Award, a USGA honor that recognizes outstanding contributions to golf literature.


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Thursday, August 20

Golf on TV: Wyndham Championship, Canadian Pacific Women's Open, Boeing Classic, Made in Denmark

The following edited content was supplied by Golf Channel in a news release.

PGA TOUR

Wyndham Championsip      
Dates: Aug. 20-23
Venue: Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         3-6 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday              3-6 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday            1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

On CBS (Eastern):
Saturday: 3-6 p.m.
Sunday: 3-6 p.m.

Broadcast Notes

Final opportunity to qualify for FedExCup Playoffs: This is the 43rd and final regular season event on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR schedule, and the final opportunity for players to move inside the top-125 in the FedExCup standings to qualify for the Playoffs. Those 125 players at week’s end will earn PGA TOUR cards for the 2015-16 season, and qualify for the first of four playoff events at The Barclays next week in New Jersey. Players finishing at 126-200 in the FedExCup standings will be eligible for the Web.com Tour Finals, a four tournament series beginning Sept. 10.

Villegas defends: Camilo Villegas finished one shot ahead of Bill Haas and Fredrik Jacobson for his fourth career PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace, Martin Kaymer, Billy Horschel, Paul Casey, Ernie Els, Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas.

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LPGA TOUR

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open
Dates: Aug. 20-23
Venue: The Vancouver Golf Club, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         6-9 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Friday replay)
Friday              6-9 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-6 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday          7-10 p.m. (Live) / 4-6:30 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday            7-10 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes

Ryu defends: So Yeon Ryu won by two strokes over Na Yeon Choi for her third career LPGA Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis, Brooke Henderson, Hyo Joo Kim, So Yeon Ryu, Suzann Pettersen, Shanshan Feng, Lexi Thompson, Anna Nordqvist and Amy Yang.

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CHAMPIONS TOUR

Boeing Classic
Dates: Aug. 21-23
Venue: TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              9-11 p.m. (Tape delay) / 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Saturday          5-7 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday            5-7 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes

Dunlap defends: Scott Dunlap defeated Mark Brooks with a birdie on the first playoff hole for his inaugural Champions Tour win.

Headlining the field: Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Jeff Maggert, Marco Dawson, Kevin Sutherland, Joe Durant, Lee Janzen, Esteban Toledo, Woody Austin and Billy Andrade.

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EUROPEAN TOUR

Made in Denmark
Dates: Aug. 20-23
Venue: Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort (PGA Backtee Course), Aalborg, Denmark

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         5:30-7:30 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday              5:30-7:30 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          7-11 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            6:30-11 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes

Warren defends: Marc Warren finished two shots ahead of Bradley Dredge to earn his third career European Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, Marc Warren, Thorbjorn Olesen, David Lipsky, David Horsey, Daniel Brooks, Edoardo Molinari, Nicloas Colsaerts and Peter Uihlein.