Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Late June Golf News

On Sunday, two golf tournaments ended exactly the way fans prefer. Players made plays. In the Barclay’s Classic, Padraig Harrington made Jim Furyk pay for sloppy back nine play when he drained a 65-foot putt for eagle on the final hole to win by one. In the U.S. Women’s Open, Birdie Kim (appropriately named) holed a difficult bunker shot for birdie on the final hole. That shot put pressure on Morgan Pressel, pressure she couldn’t handle. Fans like to see winners who go out and win tournaments.

The Harrington victory is a feel-good story as well. Harrington has now won twice on the PGA Tour this year. He is currently trying to play good golf while worrying about his ailing father back home in Ireland. He made his father proud on Sunday.

There was a Jean Van de Velde sighting in France over the weekend. And, it happened again. Like The Open Championship in 1999, he blew this year’s French Open. He led coming to the final hole, but hit the ball into the hazard. In the playoff, he made triple bogey and lost (barely) to Jean-Francois Remesy who only made double bogey. Remesy was the defending champion of the vent which is the second biggest event of the year for these Frenchmen, behind The Open Championship.

Brad Faxon hosted his annual charity golf event this week in Rhode Island.

Former U.S. Open champion Andy North, won one for the old guys at Treetops. In the annual par three skins game, North defeated CBS’s funny golf man Gary McCord, Fred Couples, and Phil Mickelson to take home $350,000. That’s a big check!

Augusta National is lengthening the course again. Is it Tiger-proofing? I don’t want to call it that. I like the basis for their decisions. Bobby Jones wrote about how the course was to be played, and the folks want people to be playing it the same way Jones did.


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