This Week in Golf – July 24th, 2011

Posted by Robert on Jul 24

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PGA TOUR

Tiger Doesn’t Change His Stripes

In an apparent effort to show us that he still doesn’t care about public opinion, Tiger Woods dropped his long-time caddy (of 13 years), Steve Williams, this week without notice or provocation.  Naturally, we don’t have Tiger’s side of the story (which we’re used to), but it appears he was miffed that Stevie grabbed Adam Scott’s bag recently to make some spare change.  Reportedly, Stevie hasn’t been paid a dime by Tiger in the last couple years while he’s dealt with scandal and injury, other than the few tourneys that Tiger managed to limp around.  (Remember, he did finish tied for 4th at Augusta.)

“You could say I’ve wasted the last two years of my life.” Stevie said on a New Zealand television program.  Stevie will now continue to caddy for Adam full time.  Read more about Stevie’s firing here.

O’Hair Refuses to be Blanked

Sean O’Hair has had a rough year.  At one point, the three-time winner missed five cuts in a row.  What a difference a day will make (or a weekend).  It took him an extra hole, but he outlasted Chris Blank, making a beautiful up and down on 18 when Blank lipped out his par putt.

Sean was very emotional after the win in Vancouver, BC, but he managed to keep it together to tell his wife that he loved her before blowing his nose in Peter Kostas’ toupee.

Big John Daly (who’s recently become quite a bit smaller) scored his first top ten in 6 years.  JD, who was playing on a sponsor’s exception, finished tied for 9th and is playing again next week at the Greenbrier.

Other notables, Luke Donald and Ricky Fowler, finished 17th and 22nd respectively.

Speaking of the Greenbrier, Stuart Appleby will be back in White Sulphur Springs to defend his championship.  You might remember he fired a 59 on Sunday last year.  Tiger won’t be in the field (no big surprise) but Phil Mickelson, Tom Watson, and Luke Donald will.

Next up: The Greenbrier Classic, The Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, WV, July 28 – 31, Defend Champ Stuart Appleby.

NATIONWIDE TOUR

Amateur Bull Dogs the Nationwide Children’s

For the 2nd time this year (and only the 3rd time ever) an amateur, Harris English, won the Children’s Hospital Invitational in Columbus, OH.  The Georgia Bull Dog did it in dramatic fashion birdying the last hole.  English fired a one under 70 to best fellow amateur John Peterson by 1, the NCAA Individual Champion, who lead after each of the first three rounds.

I’m sure we’ll be seeing this kid soon on the big boy tour.  With the name Harris English, it would have to be golf, right?  Or polo.

Next up: Utah Championship, Willow Creek CC, Sandy Utah, July 28 – 31, Golf Channel, Defend Champ Michael Putnam.

LPGA TOUR

Another Uplifting Win for Japan

Move over, Homare Sawa. Japan has another star bringing some joy to the tsunami-ravaged country.  Ai Miyazato won the Evian Masters in France by two shots.  Just watching her silky smooth swing will take two strokes off of your game.  This is the 26 year-old's 7th win on tour; she won this very tournament in 2009.

Other notables:  Suzann Pettersen and Morgan Pressel tied for 6th, Yani Tseng tied for 12th, and Brittany Lincicome and Paula Creamer tied for 14th.

Don’t miss the ladies next week in the British Open at Carnoustie!

Next up: RICOH Women’s British Open, Carnoustie, Scotland, July 28 – 31, ESPN, Defend Champ Yani Tseng.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Russ Cochran Wins Senior British

It looked like Calc was going to make a run at this one until he four-jacked #9, opening the door for Russ Cochran to win his first major.  Russ shot 67 on Sunday, while Calcavecchia finished alone in 2nd, shooting 69.

Tommy Watson, coming off his stellar showing at The Open Championship, was dropping in birdies like it was 1977.  He also shot 67 and tied for third with Corey “I can hit it closer with my hybrid than you can with your wedge” Pavin.

No rest for the old folks, as the US Open is coming up this week.  My man Fred Couples who was a late withdraw from the British probably won’t make this one either.  D'oh!  C’mon Freddy, do your yoga.

Next up: The U.S. Senior Open Championship, Inverness GC, July 28-July 31, ESPN2/NBC, Defend Champ  Bernard Langer.

Until next week – Smack the heck out of it, go find it, and smack it again.

 

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