This Was the weekend of comebacks, Scott Hoch and Steve Lowery both did it.

Scott Hoch was trailing by three shots with eight holes to play, so he simply went back to basics.

The decision paid off. Hoch birdied five of the final eight holes for a one-shot victory in the Allianz Championship on Sunday.

After a bogey on the 10th hole, Hoch knocked in birdies on Nos., 11, 12, 15, 17 and 18 to finish at 4-under 68, one shot better than Brad Bryant and Bruce Lietzke. It was Hoch’s second win since joining the Champions Tour in 2006.

“It wasn’t looking good today,” Hoch said. “I just went back to basics instead of hitting shots according to conditions.”

He finished the tournament at 14-under 202.


 
 

Bryant was the leader in the clubhouse after shooting a 6-under 66, the best round of the day in windy conditions at The Old Course at Broken Sound. He started four shots behind second-round leader Jerry Pate, who was bidding to win his second straight Champions title.

Bryant was impressed by Hoch’s finish.

“That birdie (on 17) was just phenomenal,” Bryant said. “It’s probably the toughest hole out there today.

“When I finished, I thought we had an outside chance for a playoff. But the 18th was playing easy today.”

Hoch hit his drive down the middle and landed his second shot about 16 feet away for an easy two-putt for the winning birdie.

“Anytime you win a tournament, you have to have a little luck,” said Hoch, who took time to dedicate the victory to his ailing caddie, Greg Rita, who isn’t able to carry his bag. “Hopefully, he gets to come back and caddy for me again.”

Lietzke also held the lead briefly, but needed birdies at Nos. 16 and 18 to finish off a 4-under 68 to tie with Bryant at 203.

Eduardo Romero, who was tied for the lead until bogeying the 15th, tied with Bobby Wadkins at 12-under 204.

Keith Fergus, who eagled the first hole to get into contention, tied with Jay Haas and John Cook at 205. Pate and Tom Kite were next at 206.

Defending champion Mark James finished eight shots behind Hoch after shooting a 74 on Sunday.

Vijay Singh falters and Steve Lowery Wins after a frustrating 7 year drought

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Steve Lowery had gone more than seven years and 199 tournaments without winning, a drought that would have continued Sunday at Pebble Beach if not for a stunning collapse byVijay Singh.

Three shots behind when he stood on the 15th tee, Lowery made up quick ground when Singh made three straight bogeys, then won on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with a 7-foot birdie. At 47, he became the oldest winner in the 71-year history of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Lowery closed with a 4-under 68 and won for the third time in his career, all of them in playoffs.

Singh recovered from his three bogeys with a wedge that stopped 2 feet away for birdie on the final hole for a 71 to force the playoff. Both players finished at 10-under 278.

But the Fijian’s troubles only got worse playing the famous 18th hole at Pebble Beach a second time. His drive found a bunker to the right, and his second shot clipped the top of the bunker, leaving him 192 yards short of the green. A 4-iron for his third shot plugged into the side of another bunker, and he did well to blast out to 8 feet and make par.


 

Lowery’s birdie putt was good all the way, an amazing victory for a variety of reasons, least of all Singh’s collapse.

Lowery was No. 305 in the world when he arrived on the Monterey Peninsula. He finished 148th on the money list last year because of a wrist injury, and was given eight tournaments to make $282,558 to keep his card for the rest of the year.

That’s no longer a problem. Lowery earned US$1.08 million and a two-year exemption, sending Singh home to question whether his retooled swing can hold up under pressure.

Mike Weir (69) of Bright’s Grove, Ont., tied for 14th.

The first playoff at Pebble Beach since 1992 didn’t even seem remotely possibly when Lowery walked off the 14th green with a bogey. He was three shots behind Singh, who had just hit a brilliant flop shot to six feet to save par on the 13th.

Turns out that was a sign of sloppy play that followed.

Singh went at the flag on the 14th with a sand wedge from 92 yards, but it was a tad strong and spun down the slope, and the best he could do was chip to 20 feet and make bogey. He missed the 15th green to the left, chipped weakly and missed an eight-footer for par.

His fairway metal found a bunker off the 16th tee, and Singh powered that shot over the green, down the slope and into the back bunker. He blasted through the green and two-putted for bogey from the fringe to fall into a tie. Singh arrived on the 17th tee in time to watch Lowery hole a 20-foot birdie putt to take the lead, and if not for a couple of fortuitous bounces, Singh might not have been in a position for a playoff.

Singh’s three-foot par putt on the 17th swirled around the inside of the cup before falling, and his tee shot on the 18th was headed for a tree until it bounced off the trunk and deflected to the right. That gave him a clear shot at the green, setting up his wedge to two feet.

Dudley Hart, who started the final round tied with Singh, didn’t make a birdie until making three in a row at the end for a 72 to finish one shot out of the playoff. He tied for third withJohn Mallinger (65) and Corey Pavin (66).

Jason Day, the 20-year-old from Australia, finished alone in sixth after a 70.

Pebble Beach was the final tournament to qualify for the Accenture Match Play Championship. Pat Perez shot 72 and tied for 24th, but it was enough for him to get into his first World Golf Championship. Perez moved up two spots to No. 64, and withErnie Els not playing, he will face Phil Mickelson in the first round.

J.B. Holmes, who missed the cut at Pebble, dropped to No. 65 and gets Tiger Woods, provided no one else withdraws.

Phil Mickelson will play in the Pro-Am

PGA TOUR
AT&T PEBBLE BEACH NATIONAL PRO-AM
– Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Poppy Hills Golf Course, Pebble Beach, California – Phil Mickelson squashed talk of a career slump when he won last year’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am by five shots.

Mickelson and the field battled three days of bad weather, but clearer skies yielded even sunnier results for Lefty on Sunday when he closed with a six- under 66 for the first of four wins in the 2007 calendar year.

He tied Mark O’Meara’s 1997 tournament scoring record at 20-under 268 and also matched the record for winning margin. It was Mickelson’s third win at Pebble Beach and it came on the heels of three consecutive poor finishes to start last season.

Mickelson has opened the 2008 season with better — if not still disappointing — results. A sixth-place tie at the Buick Invitational was followed by his playoff loss toJ.B. Holmes at last week’s FBR Open.

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This week, Mickelson will be one of just five players from the world top 20 in the field. Of course, the tournament draws just as much attention for its celebrity participants as its top professionals.


 

Actors Don Cheadle, Craig T. Nelson, Kevin Costner, Chris O’Donnell, Ray Romano, Andy Garcia, Luke Wilson, Kevin James and others will be joined by professional athletes past and present like Drew Brees, Dan Marino and Emmitt Smith, as well as a host of musicians and other entertainment personalities.

The Golf Channel will cover the first two rounds, while CBS has the weekend. Next week is the Northern Trust Open, formerly the Nissan Open, where Charles Howell III beat Mickelson in a playoff last year.

EUROPEAN TOUR

INDIAN MASTERS – Delhi Golf Club, Delhi, India – With a decent presence in the professional golf world for some time now, India will get its first European Tour event this weekend.

The Indian Open will feature the country’s strongest talent — Jyoti Randhawa, Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal, Shiv Kapur — as well as a stable of the usual European Tour stars led by world No. 4 Ernie Els.

“It’s fantastic for Indian Golf and will give it a huge boost,” Singh was quoted on the European Tour’s website. “All of the youngsters will have an opportunity to see the top players and how they conduct themselves on the golf course.”

Delhi Golf Club was built on the site where tombs from the 17th-century Lodhi Dynasty were located. It is set up as a 7,014-yard par-71 layout.

The Golf Channel will have coverage off all four rounds beginning at 9:30 a.m. (et) each day. Next week is the Singapore Masters, where Wen-Chong Liang defeated Iain Steel in a playoff last year.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

ALLIANZ CHAMPIONSHIP – The Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Florida – The Champions Tour returns from a one-week break — and a two-week swing in Hawaii — for the Allianz Championship.

Last year, Mark James pulled away early on the back nine and closed with a four-under 68 to beat Jay Haas by two shots for his third win on the Champions Tour and first since 2005.

The tournament remains at The Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, Florida, a 6,749-yard par-72 layout.

Extra Hole Win for J.B Holmes, over Phil Mickelson

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – J.B. Holmes failed to birdie the 18th hole in the first three rounds of the FBR Open. Then he did it twice Sunday, coming back from the brink of defeat to steal a victory from one of the biggest names in golf.

Holmes’ 13-foot birdie putt forced a playoff with Phil Mickelson, then moments later he sank an 8-footer after a monster, 359-yard drive to win the tournament for the second time in three years.

”I can play under pressure, I guess,” he said.

Holmes, whose victory as a rookie at the FBR in 2006 is his only other PGA Tour win, had blown a four-stroke lead and was one shot behind going in to the 18th. The far more seasoned Mickelson seemed destined for his third victory in the tournament and 33rd of his career.

But the 25-year-old Kentuckian smashed a 350-yard drive that landed near a fence far left of the fairway. He was given a drop, then hit his second shot out of the rough 13 feet from the pin to set up the putt that put him at 14-under 270 and forced the playoff with Mickelson.


 
 

Holmes’ playoff tee shot went straight and deep down the fairway. He walked away from the drive like Barry Bonds after a home run.

”I smoked it,” Holmes said. ”I thought it went farther than it did.”

Holmes second shot came to rest just 8 feet from victory.

”Starting the day, I would have gladly taken getting into a playoff,” Mickelson said, ”but I’ve got to give J.B. a lot of credit for birdieing the last hole and birdieing again to get in the playoff. That’s pretty impressive golf.”

Holmes was not intimidated going into a playoff against the second-ranked player in the world.

”I felt like I had the advantage,” he said. ”I could hit it over the bunker. He’d been sitting in the clubhouse. I was loose. I was ready. The hole favours me, no reason I didn’t win.”

Mickelson, who birdied three of the final six holes of regulation, just missed a 28-foot birdie putt before Holmes made the winner. The victory was worth $1.08 million.

Holmes shot a final round of even-par 71.

”I didn’t have my best stuff today,” he said, ”and I came through and won. I didn’t give up. I played hard, and when I needed to make it, I did.”

Jon Mills of Oshawa, Ont., shot a 70 to finish tied for 34th, while Mike Weir of Bright’s Grove, Ont., struggled to a 72 and wound up in a tie for 43rd.

It was the tournament’s 13th playoff in its 73-year history and first since Mickelson beat Justin Leonard in a three-hole playoff in 1996. That, coincidentally, was the other weekend that the Super Bowl was held in Arizona.

On the third tee, Mickelson gave away Super Bowl tickets to John Fockler and his young son, Drew.

”I cherish the time I have with each one of my kids,” Mickelson said, ”and I just thought it would be a cool experience for them.”

It was Mickelson’s 21st runner-up finish to go with his 32 tour victories.

With the Super Bowl being staged some 30 miles down the highway Sunday, attendance dropped to 71,805 on a chilly, overcast day. That’s nearly 100,000 fewer than the record 170,802 who came Saturday for the biggest party day of the boisterous event.

Still, overall attendance for the event was a record 538,356.

Charles Warren finished third, one shot back at 13 under. Five tied at 12 under.

Holmes had gone 23 holes without a bogey when things began to unravel. He bogeyed the seventh, eighth and 10th to fall to 13 under, one shot ahead of four competitors, including Mickelson, who missed a 12-footer for eagle on the par-5 13th but tapped in for birdie to go to 12 under.

On the 15th, Holmes hit his second shot into the water en route to a bogey that put Mickelson into the lead.

”I thought I had a one-shot lead at the time there,” Holmes said. ”Hindsight is 20-20, but maybe laying up would have been a better option there.”

Holmes ran away from the competition in the final round two years ago to win by seven strokes, and he appeared to be doing the same early on Sunday. He fell back, though, and knew somewhere up ahead Mickelson was gaining on him because of roars from the big gallery following the former Scottsdale resident and Arizona State alum.

When Holmes lost the lead, he said, the word ”choke” occurred to him.

”It always pops into your mind, but I fought through it,” Holmes said. ”I hit some bad shots, but it’s golf.”

Tiger does it again !!

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Tiger Woods watched his 25-foot putt race down the slope and bend toward the pin, then he skipped backward and punched the desert air in celebration when it disappeared into the cup for a final birdie.

So ended his spectacular charge Sunday to win the Dubai Desert Classic over Ernie Els, a familiar victim. Woods birdied his last two holes, and five of his last seven, for a 7-under-par 65 to start his season with two victories that looked nothing alike.

One week was an eight-shot victory at the Buick Invitational. The next week was his largest comeback in eight years when Woods rallied from a four-shot deficit with an array of impressive shots that make him look tougher to beat than he already is.

“I’m just happy to get a win out of this,” Woods said.

It was the third time Woods has started his season 2-0, another sign that he could be headed for a big year. He now has won his last four official tournaments, and six of his last seven dating to the Bridgestone Invitational in early August. Woods also won his unofficial Target World Challenge by seven shots in December.


 
 

“It’s the ideal start, isn’t it?” Woods said. “You play to win.

“So far, I’ve done that this year.”

Woods finished with a 14-under-par, 274 total for a one-shot victory over German Martin Kaymer. Woods had already posted his score when Kaymer, who won two weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, closed birdie-birdie-eagle for a 66.

But the real victim was Els.

He started the final round with a one-shot lead over Henrik Stenson and was four shots clear of Woods. The 38-year-old South African missed par putts inside 5 feet on the 11th and 12th holes to lose the lead, but he still had a chance to force a playoff with a birdie on the par-5 18th. Instead, Els hit five-wood that came up well short and ended up in the water.

He finished with a bogey for a 71 and tied for third with Louis Oosthuizen.

It was a devastating blow to Els, who stared at the ground as he walked toward the 18th green. He is in the middle of a three-year plan to overtake Woods at No. 1 in the world, and said at the start of his season that he needed to start winning.

This was the perfect occasion, and he let it slip away in familiar fashion. Two years ago at Dubai, Woods birdied the last two holes to force a playoff against Els, then beat him when the South African hit his second shot into the water on No. 18.

This one never had a chance.

“The second shot on the 18, it was right where I had it, but I could see the gust got it in the air and it didn’t have much of a chance in the end there,” Els said.

Reaching No. 1 now looks like a lost cause.

Woods has more than double the points over second-ranked Phil Mickelson, and when asked about the gap over Mickelson, Woods playfully said, “I thought Ian Poulter was No. 2?”

That was a reference to Poulter being quoted in a British magazine that he was the only one capable of challenging the world’s No. 1 player. Poulter closed with a 76 on Sunday and tied for 39th.

It was the largest comeback for Woods since he made up a five-shot deficit at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 2000, a final round that included holing out from the 15th fairway.

This was almost as impressive. Woods lost momentum with bogeys on the sixth and ninth holes, but he poured it on along the back nine with six birdies to win Dubai for the second time.

“All of sudden I was in the mix, out of the mix,” Woods said.

It started with a chip-in for birdie from a thick lie in the rough. Then came a tough flop shot from a tight lie, a bunker between Woods and the hole, that he caught perfectly to about five feet for birdie on the 13th.

“I thought I had to shoot 30 to get into a playoff,” said Woods, who shot 31 on the back nine. “It just happened to be good enough.”

Woods hit a perfect drive on the 359-yard 17th to just left of the green, leaving him a good angle for a chip that he hit to eight feet for birdie. Then came the 18th, when Woods thought his five-wood for a second shot was perfect.

It went long, just short of the bunker, leaving Woods an awkward chip down the slope, with water on the other side.

“I could easily chip the ball in the water,” Woods said. “You have to make your mistake short and if I leave it too short, just chip up and try to make a par and (I’m) probably not going to win the tournament, but see what happens.”

He came up short, but holed the 25-foot birdie putt that turned out to be good enough.

Woods also won his first two events of the season in 2000 and 2006. In both those years, Els was among his early victims.

He now has won 72 times worldwide in his career, 62 of those on the PGA Tour. A week ago at Torrey Pines, Woods won by at least eight shots for the ninth time in his career. This was much tighter, and Woods made no secret which one he prefers.

“I like (winning) by seven or eight a lot,” he said. “It’s a lot less stressful.”

Robin Williams – Drunk Scotsman Invents “Golf”

here is a video that is funny 🙂

Robin Williams – Drunk Scotsman Invents “Golf”

I’m Scottish and even I find this funny. What a man! Lol.

So you do this one time? f*** no 18 f***in times!!! LMAO XD That is the funniest sh*t I’ve seen in a while, thats pretty damn hilarious xD

Tiger Woods Does it Again

Tiger Woods joined the King Arnold Palmer at 62 wins on the PGA golf tour, and left everyone else at the Buick Invitational feeling like paupers. In his most dominant start to a season, Woods built an 11-shot lead Sunday until his game and the fickle weather turned cold on the back nine. A birdie on the last hole gave him a 1-under 71 and an eight-shot victory, the 62nd of his career on the PGA Tour. “I’m sure that there are many, many more coming in the future,” Palmer said. “There isn’t any question about that.”