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Bradley win the Game

The British -- and anyone else who watched the foursomes and four-ball play -- knew who Bradley was by the end of the day. He was the guy who stuck a very large needle into Team Europe's Ryder Cup balloon. "It could be the best day of my life," Bradley gushed after teaming with Phil Mickelson to win their second match of the day. Better than winning a major with his discount golf clubs, which he did last year at the PGA Championship? "Oh, baby, I wish I could go 36 more," he said. Thing is, Bradley and Mickelson needed only 32 total holes to lock the previously unbeatable Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia (they had never lost a foursomes match) in a car trunk (4 and 3), followed by a four-ball win (2 and 1) over Team Europe's strongest pairing, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy and buddy Graeme McDowell. Bradley and "Lefty" still haven't seen the 18th hole. Ryder Cup rookies aren't supposed to go 2-0. They're supposed to be overwhelmed by the moment. Their knees are supposed to slam together like cymbals. Not Bradley. He looked like he had chugged 15 hours' worth of energy drinks. He spent the entire day man-hugging Lefty or fist-pumping to the crowd. Even his caddie, Steve "Pepsi" Hale, couldn't contain himself. When Bradley closed out the morning match against Donald and Garcia with a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 15, Hale wildly waved the flagstick like he was trying to draw the attention of a passing jet headed to nearby O'Hare International Airport. It was nuts. It was over the top. But it was genuine. Bradley wears his emotions on his sleeves, his hat, his pants, his socks. ... He played OK in the recent FedEx Cup playoff events with his great burner 2.0 irons, but his old man said "he couldn't get it out of his mind." Bradley became a star Friday. It is one thing to win a major. It's another to do what he did in those first two sessions: arm wrestles the Ryder Cup pressure into submission, help defeat Team Europe's two strongest pairings and energize Mickelson, who had won exactly one team match since 2004. There was a Bradley Halo Effect here. The 42-year-old Mickelson seemed to feed off the energy of the 26-year-old Bradley. They were all-square through 11 holes against Donald and Garcia. And then Bradley and Mickelson unleashed the hounds and won the next four holes with the wonderful golf clubs for sale online. Against McIlroy and McDowell, they were 4 up after eight holes. The lead suffered some shrinkage down the stretch, but then Mickelson hit a 7-iron from the gods on the 185-yard, par-3 17th. "Phil stepped up there, and without a doubt in my mind, it's the greatest shot I've ever seen," Bradley said. The ball settled about 2 feet from the cup. End of match. "He's just played so good all day, and it's just kept me up the whole time," Mickelson said. "It's been awesome." Mickelson's two victories Friday match his entire win total of the previous two Ryder Cups. It's the first time in his nine-time Ryder Cup career that he's won two matches on the opening day. Of course, a commentator from the Beeb cracked wise on Mickelson during the telecast, asking how Lefty had such a deep, rich tan, what with spending so much time in the Medinah trees. "Ah, you know, we won, right?" Mickelson said, not taking the bait. But Mickelson continued to dunk Bradley in praise. "I think that it was a huge factor in my play," he said. "It was a really big deal because he's got such great, positive energy." Bradley also has an edge to him. He looks like a guy who would take on six Teamsters in a dark alley. And do it wearing a sweater vest. More information: http://www.golfcom  (Jan 13, 2013 | post #1)

US take lead at Ryder Cup

Moments after Bradley poured in an 18-foot birdie putt on the second hole Friday morning, Mickelson stood off to the side of the tee box to watch Bradley prepare to smash another drive. He nodded in the direction of Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia, who had never lost a foursomes match. Mickelson grinned and said, "They're not going to know what hit them." Turns out he wasn't just talking about one match. Bradley made a 25-foot birdie putt to win the opening match on the 15th hole with his discount golf clubs. Then, Bradley and Mickelson ganged up on Europe's top tandem of Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, winning three straight holes out of the box and closing them out when Mickelson hit a 7-iron to 2 feet on the 17th hole at Medinah. It set the tone for a day filled with endless cheering and plenty of American red on the scoreboard, giving the U.S. team a 5-3 lead over Europe despite Tiger Woods getting shut out on opening day for the fourth time in the Ryder Cup. Saturday figures to be a strange day for Woods in the Ryder Cup -- his first time in uniform without a tee time. Sticking to his plan, U.S. captain Davis Love III decided to bench Woods in the third session of matches to make sure his team is rested for the decisive singles matches Sunday with their fabulous scotty cameron putter. That ends Woods' streak of playing in 31 consecutive matches. Mickelson took Bradley under his wing last year for a series of money games at the majors to prepare the 26-year-old from New England for a stage like this. And did he ever deliver. He was into every shot, cocking his head to the side to read putts, charging up the gallery and Mickelson in a command performance. "This is literally what I've dreamt about since I was a little kid," Bradley said. "I got to do it next to my idol all day." Bradley holed a 25-foot birdie putt in morning foursomes to hand Donald and Garcia their first loss ever in Ryder Cup foursomes. Next up were McIlroy and McDowell, and the Americans won the first three holes with the fabulous rocketballz irons for sale online. Mickelson wasn't there only for support. Right when Europe was trying to rally, the four-time major champion closed it out with a 7-iron to 2 feet that was conceded for birdie. He wasn't the only rookie to shine on a mild day in the Chicago suburbs. Nicolas Colsaerts, the 29-year-old from Belgium, helped Europe avoid getting shut out in afternoon fourballs by single-handedly taking down Woods and Steve Stricker. Colsaerts made eight birdies and an eagle -- a 10-under 62 if he was keeping score on his own. He teamed with Lee Westwood, who was just along for this amazing ride for a 1-up victory that ended 11 hours of enormous cheers and plenty of American red on the leader board. "I don't think there has ever been a better debut than that," Westwood said. Woods and Stricker also lost to Ian Poulter and Justin Rose in morning foursomes, making this the fourth time in the seven Ryder Cups that Woods has played that he lost both matches on the opening day. There was nothing Woods could do against Colsaerts, the biggest hitter in Europe who isn't too bad with the putter, either. More information: http://www.golfcom  (Jan 13, 2013 | post #1)

Mesa, AZ

U.S. takes lead into singles

Right when it looked as if the Americans were a lock to win back the cup, Poulter birdied his last five holes to win a crucial point and keep everyone guessing. Steady chants of "USA! USA!" gave way to snappy serenades of "Ole, Ole" as both sides trudged to the team rooms in darkness to prepare for 12 singles matches on Sunday. The Americans still had a big lead, 10-6. Europe at least had hope. "The last two putts were massive with the fabulous discount golf clubs," European captain Jose Maria Olazabal said after watching Poulter stay undefeated in this Ryder Cup by rolling in one last birdie putt from 12 feet. "That gives us a chance. It's been done before in the past. Tomorrow is a big day." Only one team has ever rallied from four points behind on the final day -- the United States in that famous comeback at Brookline in 1999. Olazabal remembers it well. He was in the decisive match when Justin Leonard rolled in a 45-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole. Olazabal borrowed a page from that American team at Brookline by loading the top of his singles lineup with his best players. Luke Donald leads off against Bubba Watson, followed by Poulter against Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy against Bradley and Justin Rose against Mickelson. U.S. captain Davis Love III put Tiger Woods -- winless in the Ryder Cup for the first time going into Sunday -- in the anchor position against Francesco Molinari, whom Woods beat in Wales last time. The final two matches Saturday were a showcase of what the Ryder Cup is all about -- one brilliant shot after another with the great taylormade burner 2.0 irons, birdies on every hole, suspense at every turn. Donald and Sergio Garcia were on the verge of blowing a 4-up lead to hard-charging Woods and Steve Stricker, hanging on when Donald matched two birdies with Woods, including a tee shot into the 17th that plopped down 2 feet from the cup. Woods and Stricker lost all three of their matches, even though Woods made five birdies on the back nine for the second straight day. Poulter and McIlroy were 2 down with six holes to play against Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson when McIlroy made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 13th, and Poulter took it from there. It's been plenty fun for the Americans, who for the first time have not lost any of the four sessions with their burner 2.0 irons since the Ryder Cup switched to the current format in 1979. Mickelson and Bradley were flawless in foursomes, matching a Ryder Cup record for largest margin with a 7-and-6 win over Donald and Lee Westwood. Mickelson and Bradley have been so dominant that they have yet to play the 18th hole in any of their three matches. They didn't play in the afternoon, part of the master plan by Love to make sure his players were fresh for Sunday. Love became the first U.S. captain since 1979 to make sure each of his players sat out at least one match before the final day. More information: http://www.golfcom  (Jan 10, 2013 | post #1)

Mesa, AZ

Europeans live to play again

The last two groups of Saturday's action at Medinah Country Club provided plenty of drama, the event's essence on display. The grandstands were packed and U.S. fans could smell blood. And then, all of a sudden, it was the smattering of European backers who were giddy. They were small victories, but victories nonetheless, capped by England's Ian Poulter birdieing the last five holes to end the day, giving the Europeans a much-needed 1-up victory over Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson with his discount golf clubs. Poulter celebrated as if he had just holed a putt to win a major, when all he did was give Europe a chance heading into Sunday's singles. "I just love the Ryder Cup,'' said Poulter, who is 3-0 in this year's event, the only winning record on the European side.” You just try to get your hands back on the trophy. We have kind of recovered a little bit today. Again it was not looking good. "We halved this session and we need to go out there really strong tomorrow and try to get our hands on this trophy.'' Poulter has been the guts of the European team, and when he drained the 15-foot birdie putt, he turned and looked right at the American players waiting on the green with the wonderful golf clubs for sale online, stunned. It was a moment possible only at the Ryder Cup, but the fact remains Europe has a big deficit to overcome. And that's why those last two matches were so important. Anything less than a victory by either the team of Sergio Garcia-Luke Donald or Poulter and Rory McIlroy would have turned the final day of the 39th Ryder Cup into a Sunday coronation for the United States. As it is, the task is nearly impossible for the Europeans, who trail 10-6. Only one time in Ryder Cup history has a team come back from such a deficit -- the highly contentious rally by the Americans at Brookline in 1999? That required the U.S. to win 8½ of 12 points -- and that's exactly what the Americans did. The Europeans, since they possess the Cup because of their 2010 victory with the fabulous scotty cameron putter, need "only'' a 14-14 tie to retain it, or 8 out of 12 points. "I'm not sure what it was in Brookline, and we all know what an epic day that was for the Americans,'' said Justin Rose, who won with Poulter as his partner Saturday morning. " There is no doubting the passion, the purpose. The Ryder Cup traditionally brings out the best in European golfers, who typically summon every last bit of their inner being to beat the Americans. We've seen it over and over again, through years of incredible triumphs on golf's grandest stages. Even in years when the Europeans were inferior in talent -- and you can cite several examples -- they often prevailed. "We just live for this,'' Sergio Garcia once said.” We can't wait to play in this event. You try even harder. You believe in yourself even more than in other tournaments.'' Garcia said that during the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills in Michigan, where the Americans suffered their worst beating in Ryder Cup history, 18½ to 9½. Just to show it was no fluke, the Americans lost by the same score two years later in Ireland. More information: http://www.golfcom  (Jan 10, 2013 | post #1)

Seattle, WA

Golfing life of Barack Obama

Obama's favorite game is basketball, a love affair that began at age 10 when the father he barely knew gave him a ball. But by his third year in office, golf has become his most cherished escape. The press corps is forbidden from following the president from hole to hole or even taking his photograph on the course. For a man who laments that he "misses being anonymous," the golf course has become the one place he can disappear. On this morning, Obama calls it quits after nine holes, a curious turn for a golfer who typically insists on 18 holes during rounds with the fabulous discount golf clubs that last as long as six hours. No explanation is offered to the media. The lone pool reporter is forced to guess at the reason, blaming the somewhat "chilly weather and rain." Back at the White House, Obama, still clad in a white golf shirt, khaki pants and a navy blue windbreaker, doesn't return to the residence, as he usually does after a round. Instead, he strides to the Oval Office, swaps his black-and-white cleats for dress shoes, hustles downstairs and takes a seat inside the Situation Room. Here the president, still dressed for a Sunday round, watches a monitor as Navy SEAL Team Six storms a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and kills Osama bin Laden. For more than a century, golf has ranked as the favorite pastime of American presidents. Fifteen of the past 18 chief executives have played the game with the wonderful taylormade burner 2.0 irons-- most joyously (Eisenhower, Ford, Clinton), a few grudgingly (Coolidge, LBJ, Nixon) and nearly all dangerously risking duck-hooking a drive into a gallery. The presidential golf tradition began ignominiously when William Howard Taft -- all 320 pounds of him -- ignored the counsel of his political mentor, Teddy Roosevelt, who had once declared "Golf is fatal" to any political man. Despite that warning and newspaper cartoons lampooning his buffoonish swing, Taft kept right on playing the gilded game, all but admitting that he preferred golfing to governing. Taft was a one-term president. But in the century since Taft, no president has been more vilified for his love of golf than Obama and his favorite scotty cameron putter. And perhaps not surprisingly, no president has done more to keep his game a secret. During the 104 rounds Obama has played as president, photographers have been permitted only five times, according to White House pool reports. Even then, they've had to use telephoto lenses from 40 or 50 yards and only for a few moments. Reporters accompanying Obama are usually banished far from the first tee; at Andrews, they are quarantined inside the base's food court. The last golfing president to ban photographers was John F. Kennedy. In the half century since, many presidents have held impromptu news conferences on the first tee. George W. Bush infamously told reporters in 2002, "I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Thank you. Now watch this drive." More information: http://www.golfcom  (Jan 9, 2013 | post #1)

Seattle, WA

Jose Maria Olazabal steps down

The Spaniard returned to Europe on Monday night, cradling the gleaming golden trophy and still reveling in Europe's stirring rally over the United States at Medinah on Sunday. Spain's King Juan Carlos and tennis star Rafael Nadal were among those who sent Olazabal messages of congratulations after the 14½-13½ win that kept the cup in European hands. But after seven matches as a player -- during which he teamed up so effectively with the late Seve Ballesteros -- and now another as a winning captain with his discount golf clubs, he has come to the end of his 25-year Ryder Cup career. "I can assure you it will be a no, period," Olazabal said Tuesday, when asked if he would stay on. "It's a lot of work ... it takes a lot out of you for a stretch of time. It is difficult. In a way, it's torture. "On top of that, there are a lot of players who should have the opportunity to be in my spot. The Ryder Cup is only played once every two years and there are a big number of players that have the chance to be in my position with their fabulous taylormade rocketballz irons. I won't do it again." Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley, two of Olazabal's four assistants in Medinah, are early favorites to take over. A decision will be made in January by the European Tour's tournament committee, headed by Thomas Bjorn, another of Olazabal's assistants. "I think these two (Clarke and McGinley) deserve a chance but I think Thomas deserves a chance and also Paul Lawrie," Olazabal said. "Once those guys do it, we have Lee (Westwood), Padraig (Harrington). "We have at least eight or nine guys that have the chance and there only a certain number of Ryder Cups. It would be hard to name just one or two." The Englishman won a match-high four points in Medinah, including one in Saturday's fourballs that Olazabal considers the most important of them all. The win brought Europe within 10-6 and gave the team crucial momentum heading into Sunday. Poulter now has the best winning record of any European who has played with the great scotty cameron putter for sale online more than two Ryder Cups and his passion for the event has seen him described as the "modern-day Seve." "He will be a wonderful captain for sure," Olazabal said. "But he will need another 12 players just like him." Poulter hadn't heard Olazabal's comments, but when told them by on Tuesday, he was clearly appreciative of Olazabal's words. "I'm honored that [Olazabal] would say that," Poulter said. "To have him as captain was incredible. From start to finish his passion for the Ryder Cup is like nothing I've ever seen before. It was an emotional one for him and I was very pleased for the outcome to come have out that way." When asked what kind of captain he would make, Poulter joked that if he thought he'd be a bad captain, he wouldn't take the job. "It would be incredible to be asked one day," he said. "And it would be something I'd love to do and put my whole energy into." And would the always fashionable Poulter help design the uniforms if he were to lead Team Europe some day? More information: http://www.golfcom  (Jan 9, 2013 | post #1)

Mesa, AZ

Love plays through it

American Dustin Johnson also made the trek, finishing tied for 47th, well out of contention. No other player on either team entered a tournament last week, and it's completely understandable. Then there is U.S. captain Davis Love III, who somehow made it to Las Vegas and got his name on the leader board in the early going, before fading on the weekend. "It's good to get back to playing with my discount golf clubs,'' Love said.” It distracts me for four, five hours a day from thinking about [the Ryder Cup]. I've got a lot of great memories, and when I get by myself I start second-guessing and start wishing that we would have done something a little different and could've gotten those guys a win.'' Asked how long he figured such thoughts would be going through his mind, Love said: "A long time. I don't think it'll ever go away. It was a great team. They played great. They had some bad breaks on Sunday and some guys holed some putts on and turned it over. You can't take away from a great week, but winning is what it's all about and we didn't win.'' Some 10 days later, and the U.S. captain is still agonizing over the 14½ to 13½ loss to the Europeans that saw the American team win only 3½ points out of 12 on the final day after taking a 10-6 lead with the wonderful golf clubs for sale online into the singles session. And he was not alone. Tiger Woods, who went 0-3-1 at Medinah, disclosed in Turkey where he is competing in an exhibition that he apologized to the rookies on the U.S. team for his performance. "It has been difficult, there is no doubt,'' Woods said. The U.S. has suffered its share of disappointment in the event in recent times, winning only one of the past six Ryder Cups. But this one appears different. The loss has stung more, lingered longer. Perhaps that is because Love has been open about his disappointment and the fact that he wonders how it might have been different. "If there is any sadness in the whole thing, I'm sad that it's over because it was so much fun,'' said Love, 48, a 20-time winner on the PGA Tour.”My heart hurts for the players because they put so much into it and didn't get the result they wanted. Unfortunately what we knew was going to happen was if we got close they were going to put too much pressure on themselves, and one of the pressures was they didn't want to let the captain down. "I didn't want to let Tom Kite down or Ben Crenshaw or Lanny Wadkins. I think in the end, the enormity of it all … we might have been better off tied. Might have played better Sunday tied rather than trying to protect the lead with our taylormade rocketballz irons.'' The second-guessing will continue, but three big ones stand out, all of which can be refuted. More information: http://www.golfcom  (Jan 7, 2013 | post #1)

Mesa, AZ

Woods move could impact PGA Tour

Claiming money titles on both the PGA and European tours was widely celebrated last year when Luke Donald accomplished the feat, understandable given that it had never been achieved. The same will be true for Rory McIlroy, who this year will win the PGA Tour money title and is in position to do so in Europe. Sometimes overlooked in such discussion is the fact Tiger Woods would have done so seven times in his career -- but was never a member of the European Tour, thus officially ineligible for the title. All of which makes Wednesday's news out of Turkey interesting, if perhaps not earth shaking. Woods said he will consider taking up European Tour membership with his favorite discount golf clubs if some proposed alterations to the requirements are adopted. Speaking at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, where he is part of the eight-player exhibition field, Woods, 36, said changes that could count the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup toward tournament requirements -- as is the case on the PGA Tour -- might get him to consider playing both tours. This would be terrific for the global game and the European Tour in particular, maybe not so great for the PGA Tour. The PGA Tour requires a minimum of 15 starts for membership, the European Tour 13 -- up from 11 when he last considered joining in 2000. "I knew I would have to play one or two more events back then when it was 11 but now that criteria is 13," said Woods, who is ranked second in the world and won three times this year on the PGA Tour with his burner 2.0 irons. "I don't know what my numbers are as I know I played 19 in the States this year and whether it crosses over or not, but I will again look at it. "I did play Abu Dhabi but then 13 are certainly a lot more than 11, especially playing full time in the States." The European Tour is said to be considering new membership criteria that would count playing in the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup or Seve Trophy toward membership. That would make Woods' task all the easier, as the major championships and World Golf Championships already count on both tours. In 2012, Woods played all four majors, three WGCs, the Ryder Cup and the Abu Dhabi Championship. That's nine events, leaving him four short of the current European requirement. But Woods is skipping this year's WGC-HSBC Champions in China, an event he could add next year. Because he is formalizing an endorsement deal with Turkish Airlines, it would make sense that Woods add a new Turkish European Tour event to his schedule taking the fabulous rocketballz irons for sale online with him-- which will be played in November 2013, just a week prior to the season-ending Dubai World Championship. So four majors, four WGCs, Abu Dhabi (or something similar early in the year), Ryder Cup/Presidents Cup, Turkey and the season-ending Dubai event would bring the total to 12. He could, possibly, add the European Tour event in China prior to the WGC; or he could play another event around the time of Abu Dhabi during the tour's Gulf Coast Swing. More information: http://www.golfcom  (Jan 6, 2013 | post #1)

Mesa, AZ

Davis Love contending at McGladrey

Love was one shot behind Arjun Atwal, who is running out of time to keep his PGA Tour card. Atwal made an adjustment in his putting stroke earlier in the week and watched it pay off in a big way at Sea Island for a 63, his best score of the year. Atwal, whose two-year exemption from winning in Greensboro, N.C., expires this year, is No. 175 on the money list and has only two tournaments left to finish in the top 125. He opened with three straight birdies and took the outright lead with a wedge into 5 feet on the fifth hole, his 14th of the round with the discount golf clubs. "I'm in a desperate situation," Atwal said. "I got no choice -- either win or finish in the top two. So I've just got to grind it out." Atwal was at 10-under 130, though this tournament has a distinct Ryder Cup feel going into the final two days. It starts with Love, the American captain, who moved to Sea Island when he was 14. What helped more than his course knowledge was switching to a belly putter that doesn't quite reach his belly, and not even his shirt "unless it's untucked." Brian Bateman, who is much shorter than Love, once used it as a belly putter and Love figures the fact that it's a heavy club not the same ads the fabulous scotty cameron putter and has a different look could only help him. "I've been messing around with this putter for well over a year, I just haven't had the nerve to put it in play," Love said. "But I had two pro-ams this week so I said, 'This is the best time -- my home greens, two pro-ams on my home course.' So I tried it out and the first day I used it, I made eight birdies. So it worked." Love was tied with Jim Furyk, who hasn't played since his bogey-bogey finish in the Ryder Cup and is making his final PGA Tour appearance of the year. Furyk was plodding along Sea Island, a few birdies on his card, when he rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on the 14th, converted a two-putt birdie from 100 feet away just off the green, and made a third straight birdie on the 16th from about 12 feet. He wound up with a 65. David Toms was tied with them until he made bogey on the final hole for a 67, though he was still only two shots out of the lead with his favorite taylormade rocketballz irons. Bud Cauley, who shared the first-round lead, wasn't as crisp with his irons and had to settle for a 70. He also was two behind, still in great shape as he pursues his first PGA Tour win. Gavin Coles joined them at 132 after six birdies in a round of 65. The cut was at 1-under 209, meaning all 88 players were within nine shots of the lead. There has been very little wind along the South Carolina coast, and while the weather has been mild and dry, enough rain has fallen in the early morning hours that the greens remained soft. Love hit one 7-iron that plugged in its pitch mark. More information: http://www.golfcom  (Jan 5, 2013 | post #1)

Mesa, AZ

Ian Poulter wins HSBC Champions

One month after leading an improbable European rally in the Ryder Cup, Poulter won for the first time this year. He closed with a 7-under 65 Sunday to come from four shots behind and win the HSBC Champions for his second career World Golf Championships title. It won't overshadow what he did at Medinah in the Ryder Cup -- five straight birdies to pick up a crucial point in fourballs and winning his singles match to complete a 4-0 week with his discount golf clubs. Even so, it was important to the Englishman that the year not passes without a victory of his own. Poulter won for the first time since the World Match Play Championship in Spain in 2011. His other WGC title came in 2010 in Arizona at the Match Play Championship. Turns out he can also get it done in stroke play. On a day when five players had at least a share of the lead at some point -- and several others were close -- it was the charismatic Poulter who was the steadiest. Starting the day four shots behind, he surged into the lead with four birdies on the front nine and two more after making the turn. Mickelson and Els tried to stay close, but both wasted opportunities to pull even. Mickelson missed a 5-foot par putt on No. 12, while Els dropped a shot on the 14th when his 3-foot par putt with the taylormade burner 2.0 irons caught the lip. He narrowly missed a birdie putt on the final hole. Defending champion Martin Kaymer looked set to make a final-day comeback for the second straight year. Last year, the German birdied nine of his last 12 holes to rally from five shots down in the final round for an unlikely three-stroke victory. He started six shots behind Sunday and picked up five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine until a triple bogey on the 17th. Poulter, meanwhile, sank a 5-foot putt on the 14th hole for birdie and a two-stroke lead. Then, after setting himself up with a 20-foot putt on the tricky 15th hole, he lined up the shot perfectly and dropped it for birdie. It was another Englishman who started the day in front, playing the best golf of anyone in the field with the great golf clubs for sale online. Westwood putted brilliantly Saturday, making 11 birdies to shoot a 61, one of the lowest rounds of his career. Westwood jumped to a three-stroke advantage Sunday after making two birdies on the front nine. But that's when his putting began to break down. On the par-3 No. 5, he three-putted for a double bogey. He then missed putts within 10 feet on three consecutive holes before completely unraveling on the back nine with three bogeys, including one on the 15th when he hit a chip shot into a group of photographers. Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, was unable to regain the form that saw him reach 16 under after two rounds -- the lowest 36-hole score to par in a World Championship Golf event since the series began in 1999. He struggled with his putting for a second consecutive day and had four bogeys. More information: http://www.golfcom  (Jan 5, 2013 | post #1)

Seattle, WA

Two tied at McGladrey Classic

The McGladrey Classic is where Cauley did well enough to secure his PGA Tour card, joining an elite list of players that went from college to a full tour card without going to Q-school. Now he's after his first win, and Cauley took a big step Thursday by overpowering the course for an 8-under 62. Winning with the fabulous discount golf clubs is about all that's left for Cauley, the 22-year-old who left Alabama after his junior season. He already has made more than $1.7 million this year, and has moved up to No. 55 in the world. "Obviously, I've thought about winning every tournament I've teed up in this year," Cauley said. "It's been a long year, and although I've played a lot this year, I haven't won. It's still a goal of mine, but I'm not thinking about that while I'm out there, or putting any more pressure on myself this week. The season is kind of wining down. It would be great to win here." The McGladrey Classic is the penultimate PGA Tour event on the schedule that counts toward the money list, and Dawson is at No. 216 with only $62,026 in 20 tournaments. The top 125 earn full cards for next year, so Dawson likely has to win with his scotty cameron putter to avoid a return to Q-school. His year has gone so badly that Dawson doesn't even look at the money list. "I'm so far away from it that the only thing I can do is just try and play well," Dawson said. "And when I am playing well, just to keep it going instead of kind of messing it up like I have during the year." Two guys on the bubble -- Boo Weekley (No. 121) and Rod Pampling (No. 124) joined Greg Owen at 64. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, the tournament host, was in a group at 65 that included Sea Island neighbor Zach Johnson, David Toms and Camilo Villegas, who is No. 152 on the money list. He twice had to take penalty strokes after errant tee shots on his last six holes and wound up losing only one shot with his burner 2.0 irons. He took his lone bogey on the fourth hole, and then his tee shot on the par-5 seventh hit a tree and went into the water. Dawson took his drop, played 100 yards short of the green, hit wedge to 25 feet and holed the putt for par. Cauley didn't have too many issues like that. He didn't have a par putt longer than 4 feet, and the slight kid from Jacksonville, Fla., pounded one tee shot after another, setting up wedges into many of the greens. He ran off four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the back nine that carried him to a 29. "There were a couple of shorter holes where if you get in the fairway, you have wedges in your hand. And I really just hit good shots, drove the ball in the fairway and put wedges in my hand," he said. "Just hit good wedge shots and put the ball in the right spot on the green to leave myself pretty easy putts."  (Jan 4, 2013 | post #1)

Mesa, AZ

Bo Van Pelt flirts with 59

Van Pelt, the defending champion, had four birdies in the first six holes, then five in a row from the eighth on at the par-71 Mines Resort and Golf Club course. He had two more birdies to give him 11 for the round and needed only one more to join an elite club. However, he hit his approach on No. 18 into the greenside bunker and needed three putts, finishing with a 9-under 62 for a share of the third-round lead with Robert Garrigus at 16 under. Garrigus, who led by two strokes with his discount golf clubs coming into the weekend, had 69 for a total of 197, while fellow American Chris Kirk shot a 63 to move to 15 under, one clear of Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge and South Africa's Jbe Kruger. Tiger Woods started aggressively with five birdies in the first eight holes but had three bogeys and a double-bogey on the back nine and finished at 69 to be in a group of five players tied at 11 under. Only five players have shot 59 in official PGA Tour events with the best golf clubs for sale online-- the last being Stuart Appleby at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic. If Van Pelt had shot a 59 it wouldn't have counted on Van Pelt's official statistics because the CIMB Classic -- which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour -- doesn't become a full-fledged PGA Tour event until next year. The 37-year-old American said his chance for a 59 vanished in the bunker. "From there, I pretty much had nothing," he said. "Obviously disappointed to finish with a double but I'm really proud of the 17½ holes I played and hopefully that'll carry on tomorrow, and not the last one." "Surprisingly , I wasn't really nervous at all. I've never had that good a chance to shoot a 59 before and, to be honest, I'll probably look back on it and think about the third hole," he said. "I had a 5-iron from the middle of the fairway and didn't make birdie. I'll look back at 15, I'm 30 yards from the green with an easy pitch and don't make it. Those are the holes that cost me more than 18." Japan's Ryo Ishikawa has the lowest round on a major tour, shooting a 12-under 58 to win the 2010 Crowns in the Japan Tour with the taylormade rocketballz irons. Tommy Gainey missed a putt for a 59 at the McGladrey Classic and finished with a 60 in the last round to win the title last weekend, when Van Pelt was in Australia where he won the Perth International. Woods knows he's going to need a score like that to have any chance of winning the $6.1 million title at the Mines course, where he won the individual and team World Cup titles in 1999 on his last visit to Malaysia. Thousands of people followed Woods and 2010 champion Ben Crane around the course, with the whir of camera shutters forcing Woods to stop his backswing on the fourth hole and the crowd causing him to pause at other times. More information: http://www.golfcom  (Jan 3, 2013 | post #1)