This Week in Golf – June 6th, 2011

Posted by Robert on Jun 7

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Stricker Peaking at Right Time

With the US OPEN around the corner (June 16th-19th), Steve Stricker couldn’t have picked a better time to catch fire.  He shot a 30 going out on Sunday at The Memorial, and managed to keep it together on the back (38) to beat Matt Kucher and Brandt Jobe by one stroke.  I would love to tell you how I witnessed him making sick up-and-downs from the kitty litter on 12, 16 and 17, but I fell asleep during the two and a half hour rain delay.  When I woke up, the GF was watching Sister Wives on TLC.

New at (participating) Wisconsin Denny’s:   The Stricker Eagle Grand Slam

However, I did see Steve become the 13th player in PGA Tour History to make an eagle on a Par-3, Par-4, and a Par-5 in the same tournament.  On Friday he aced the par-3 eighth with a 6-iron, on Saturday he dunked a wedge on the par-four 2nd, and three holes later he sank an eagle putt on the Par-5 5th.  I’d say Strick is dialed in.

Garcia In, Singh Out for The US Open

Sergio Garcia had to go play a qualifying round just to get into the US Open.  The Spaniard has fallen to 75th, and originally said he wasn’t going to qualify.  Good thing he changed his mind.  He shot 68-67 at Tunica National in Memphis and cashed one of four spots after a 7 man playoff.  This keeps his streak of 47 majors intact.

Unfortunately, Vijay Sing’s streak will end at 67. He’s not signed up to play next week at The St. Jude (his only other way of qualifying), and The Tour says it won’t extend an exemption for him like they did last year.

Other notable absentees will include:  Steve Jones, Lee Janzen, Tom Kite, Justin Leonard, David Duval and Ben Curtis.  Tiger Woods is expected to announce this week if his knee is good enough to make a go.

Next Up: The FedEx St. Jude Classic, June 09 – 12, Golf Channel, CBS, Last Year’s Champ:  Lee Westwood

Lincicome Beats A Bad Case of Nerves to take The ShopRite LPGA Classic

Coming to the 18th tee on Sunday at The ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway, NH, Brittany Lincicome hadn’t made one birdie on the back nine and was leaving every putt short.  She still was tied for the lead (with Jiyai Shin and Cristie Kerr) when she jacked a 230 yard approach over the par-5 last hole and it came to rest in some deep rough.

“I was shaking like a leaf,” Brittany admitted.  She sucked it up and popped a lob wedge onto the green within 5 feet and drained the birdie for the win.

Next Up: LPGA State Farm Classic, June 09-12, Golf Channel, Last Year’s Champ:  Cristie Kerr

Whose this Steve Wheatcroft Guy

It was a butt-kickin’ this week on the Kiddie Tour.  Steve Wheatcroft eagled the last hole to win his first tournament, The Melwood Prince George’s County Open, by 12 stokes – A Nationwide Tour-record.

What’s more is his final total of 255 (66, 60, 65, 64) is the lowest 72-hole total in the 22 years they’ve had any version of the Nationwide Tour.  The 33 year-old Indiana State Grad and Pennsylvania native said, “I didn’t want anybody thinking they had a chance.”  I guess not.  You might want to keep an eye on this guy in the future.

Next Up: TPC Wakefield Plantation, June 09-12, Golf Channel, Last Year’s Champ:  John Riegger

Champions Tour

Next Up: Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, June 10 – 12, Golf Channel, Last Year’s Champ:  Gary Hallberg

 

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