Golfing Weekly Newsletter
Volume 21Golfing Weekly Home PageJuly 5, 2004

Table of Contents
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1. PGA Tour - Cialis Western Open Report and Results
2. PGA Tour Money List
3. European Tour - Smurfit European Open Report and Results
4. Volvo Order Of Merit
5. LPGA Tour - U.S. Women's Open Report and Results
6. ADT Money List
7. Champions Tour - Commerce Bank Long Island Classic Report and Results
8. Champions Tour Money List
9. "Off the Cart Path" - weekly cartoon strip by Roy Doty
10. Ryder Cup Points
11. Official World Golf Rankings

 

This is Issue #21 of Golfing Weekly and as you will see, the format has changed. THIS IS ONLY TEMPORARY. The reasons for this are manyfold but the main reason is that, after producing 20 issues we found that we are not making the progress we hoped in adding all the features we planned for the magazine. Producing a fully illustrated magazine of nearly 20 pages each week was just taking too much time and keeping us from further developing Golfing Weekly. We're taking a couple of months over the summer to implement lots of great features like an article search facility, discussion forums and much more. We are also giving the website the finished design it deserves.

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Cialis Western Open Report

From the moment Stephen Ames sank his birdie putt on 15th green to take a three shot lead on Sunday, he could not stop smiling. He knew that, with the way he was playing, nobody was going to stop him from taking the title at the Cialis Western Open. For months, Ames has been posting top ten finishes with monotonous regularity. You only have to take a look at his stats to see that his debut win on the PGA Tour was long since due. In fact, apart from Skip Kendall, nobody had won more money on the PGA Tour, almost $6.5 million, without winning a tournament.

Ames started the day sharing the lead with Mark Hensby at 9-under. They both dropped shots early in the round while Steve Lowery made early birdies to take over at the top of the leaderboard. Ames joined him in the lead by making birdie at the 12th. Lowery then dropped back after making double-bogey on 13, but a birdie on 17 and a crucial par on the last earned him solo second place and an exemption to the Open Championship at Royal Troon in Scotland. Hensby shot a 2-over par 73 to finish tied in third place with Luke Donald who shot a bogey-free final round of 67.

Tiger Woods made a terrific comeback at the weekend after getting dangerously close to missing his first cut in almost seven years. His 6-under par 65 on Saturday put him just 4 shots behind the leaders at start of play on Sunday but his putts just wouldn't drop all day. An even par 71 gave him a share of seventh place and his eighth top ten finish this season. He hit 11 out of 14 fairways during the final round and found 14 greens in regulation but most of his first putts were 20 or 30 feet from the flag. He has clearly become accustomed to hitting his approach shots from the rough.

Talking Point: Just one thing puzzles me about the winner, Stephen Ames. Until this week, every article I have written or read about him refers to him being Canadian. When did he re-adopt the citizenship of his Trinidad & Tobago birthplace? Re-run the videos of tournaments from earlier this year and you will clearly see the Canadian flag alongside his name. Take a look at his scorecard from the recent U.S. Open http://www.usopen.com/scoring/card/102.htm, no sign of Trinidad & Tobago. But if you saw the TV coverage last week and this week's World Golf Rankings, you would never know that he lives in Canada or has taken citizenship of his wife's motherland. Maybe it's part of a sponsorship deal with the T&T tourist board. Send your comments to talkingpoint@golfing-weekly.com.

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Cialis Western Open Results

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

Stephen Ames

-10

67

73

64

70

274

2

Steve Lowery

-8

68

68

70

70

276

T3

Luke Donald

-7

72

68

70

67

277

T3

Mark Hensby

-7

67

70

67

73

277

T5

Stuart Appleby

-6

71

68

67

72

278

T5

Geoff Ogilvy

-6

68

69

68

73

278

T7

Davis Love III

-5

70

74

67

68

279

T7

Carl Pettersson

-5

71

70

69

69

279

T7

Jim Furyk

-5

69

71

68

71

279

T7

Tiger Woods

-5

70

73

65

71

279

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PGA Tour Money List

Pos.

Last Week

Player

# of Events

Prize Money

1

1

Phil Mickelson

15

$4,908,323

2

2

Vijay Singh

18

$4,782,595

3

3

Ernie Els

10

$3,290,057

4

4

Tiger Woods

12

$3,094,660

5

5

Adam Scott

10

$2,915,670

6

12

Stephen Ames

17

$2,749,679

7

6

Sergio Garcia

13

$2,728,082

8

8

Stuart Appleby

16

$2,417,375

9

9

Davis Love III

15

$2,348,913

10

7

Retief Goosen

12

$2,327,292

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Smurfit European Open Report

In his first appearance since winning the U.S. Open, Retief Goosen notched up another victory on the European Tour International Schedule to put himself on for the hat-trick at Royal Troon next week. He played with his customary stoic confidence to take the Smurfit European Open title with a five stroke margin over Australians Richard Green and Peter O'Malley and Englishman Lee Westwood.

Westwood, who has won the event twice before, started the day just two strokes behind Goosen but dropped 3 shots in the first five holes. Although he steadied his game after that and posted 4 birdies to finish with a 71, he was unable to put any pressure on Goosen, whose final round 68 was bogey-free.

Green was able to take a share of the runner-up spot for the second consecutive week thanks to a final round of 66 that was second only to the new course record of 65, set by Justin Rose earlier in the day. O'Malley recorded his third consecutive top ten finish and both Australians were rewarded with exemptions for the 133rd Open Championship, as was Jean-Francois Remesy, winner of the Open de France.

Another Aussie who continued his run of good form here was Nick O'Hern who signed for a 74 on Sunday but was still able to hold on to a top ten spot for the seventh time this season and fourth consecutive event. They are all in action again this week in the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond where they face the likes of Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson who will be warming up for the third major on the 2004 calendar.

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Smurfit European Open Results

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

Retief GOOSEN (SA)

-13

69

66

72

68

275

T2

Richard GREEN (Aus)

-8

70

78

66

66

280

T2

Peter O'MALLEY (Aus)

-8

72

70

68

70

280

T2

Lee WESTWOOD (Eng)

-8

69

69

71

71

280

T5

José Manuel LARA (Sp)

-7

73

68

67

73

281

T5

Maarten LAFEBER (NL)

-7

67

70

75

69

281

7

David HOWELL (Eng)

-5

69

72

75

67

283

T8

Søren KJELDSEN (Den)

-4

71

75

69

69

284

T8

Angel CABRERA (Arg)

-4

72

73

72

67

284

T10

Nick O'HERN (Aus)

-3

67

72

72

74

285

T10

Paul BROADHURST (Eng)

-3

67

74

69

75

285

T10

Paul MCGINLEY (Ire)

-3

70

71

71

73

285

T10

Thongchai JAIDEE (Thai)

-3

72

72

69

72

285

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Volvo Order Of Merit

Earnings on the European Tour are paid in Euros. The equivalent value in US$ is for information purposes only and was calculated at the rate which was current at time of publishing. Earnings from the majors are included in both the European & PGA Tour Money Lists.

Pos.

Player

Ctry.

# of Events

Prize Money (Euros)

US$ (approx.)

1

Retief GOOSEN

SA

7

1,753,235.65

$2,153,745

2

Ernie ELS

SA

7

1,269,903.68

$1,560,000

3

Jean-Francois REMESY

FR

17

918,146.30

$1,127,888

4

Miguel Angel JIMÉNEZ

SP

15

915,372.92

$1,124,481

5

Darren CLARKE

N.IRE

9

869,617.76

$1,068,273

6

Angel CABRERA

ARG

7

856,004.40

$1,051,550

7

Joakim HAEGGMAN

SWE

18

845,542.15

$1,038,698

8

Trevor IMMELMAN

SA

11

796,245.65

$978,140

9

Padraig HARRINGTON

IRE

9

783,104.91

$961,997

10

Nick O'HERN

AUS

12

770,217.33

$946,166

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U.S. Women's Open Report

Meg Mallon shot a six under par final round of 65 to take a two stroke victory over Annika Sorenstam and lift her second U.S. Women's Open title on Sunday. Mallon started the day tied in second place, three shots behind the 54-hole leader, Jennifer Rosales of the Philippines, who signed for a 75 and had to settle for fourth place. Mallon's faultless final 18, which included three birdies on each of the front and back nines, was the best round of the tournament.

Annika Sorenstam put in a late challenge, but her birdies on the last two holes were not enough to pressure Mallon into making any mistakes.

Amateurs Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer, who recently helped the U.S. Curtis Cup Team to victory, both finished one shot out of the top 10 with one over par totals of 285 in a tie for 13th place with France's Patricia Meunier-Lebouc.

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U.S. Women's Open Results

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

Meg MALLON

-10

73

69

67

65

274

2

Annika SORENSTAM

-8

71

68

70

67

276

3

Kelly ROBBINS

-6

74

67

68

69

278

4

Jennifer ROSALES

-3

70

67

69

75

281

T5

Michele REDMAN

-2

70

72

73

67

282

T5

Candie KUNG

-2

70

68

74

70

282

T7

Jeong JANG

-1

72

74

71

66

283

T7

Moira DUNN

-1

73

67

72

71

283

T7

Pat HURST

-1

70

71

71

71

283

T10

Carin KOCH

Par

72

67

75

70

284

T10

Michelle ELLIS

Par

70

69

72

73

284

T10

Rachel TESKE

Par

71

69

70

74

284

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ADT Money List

Pos.

Player

Prize Money

1

Annika Sorenstam

$1,389,654

2

Meg Mallon

$807,194

3

Grace Park

$778,355

4

Cristie Kerr

$724,945

5

Mi-Hyun Kim

$622,190

6

Lorena Ochoa

$594,047

7

Jennifer Rosales

$550,525

8

Se Ri Pak

$522,379

9

Karrie Webb

$458,613

10

Juli Inkster

$395,865

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Commerce Bank Long Island Classic Report

Jim Thorpe won the Commerce Bank Long Island Classic by one shot on Sunday and in doing so, claimed his second victory of the season, his ninth on the Champions Tour. After finding trouble with his second shot on the 18th, he chipped on and sank his 18 foot par putt for victory.

A month ago when Jim Thorpe picked up his first title of 2004 at the Farmers Charity Classic, Andy Bean was rushed to hospital with food poisoning and missed the final round which he would have started as co-leader. This week, Bean completed the 54-hole contest in 202 strokes, 8 under par and took a share of the runner-up slot with Wayne Levi and Bobby Wadkins. I'm sure it won't be long before Bean, who joined the the Champions Tour in 2003, picks up his first victory in senior competition.

Thorpe is the first player on the tour to successfully defend a title in 2004, and the fourth to record multiple victories along with Bruce Fleisher, Hale Irwin and Craig Stadler.

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Commerce Bank Long Island Classic Results

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

Total

1

Jim Thorpe

-9

65

69

67

201

T2

Andy Bean

-8

70

65

67

202

T2

Wayne Levi

-8

67

67

68

202

T2

Bobby Wadkins

-8

64

68

70

202

5

Jerry Pate

-7

64

66

73

203

T6

Bobby Walzel

-5

71

68

66

205

T6

Dave Barr

-5

72

66

67

205

T6

Walter Hall

-5

69

67

69

205

T6

Mike Hill

-5

66

67

72

205

T10

Bruce Fleisher

-4

70

69

67

206

T10

Allen Doyle

-4

68

71

67

206

T10

Bobby Lincoln

-4

68

67

71

206

T10

Hale Irwin

-4

69

66

71

206

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Champions Tour Money List

Pos.

Last week

Player

# of Events

Prize Money

1

1

Gil Morgan

15

$1,109,281

2

2

Hale Irwin

13

$1,043,288

3

3

Craig Stadler

11

$992,319

4

5

Bruce Fleisher

16

$858,208

5

4

Larry Nelson

14

$830,654

6

6

D.A. Weibring

14

$817,918

7

8

Tom Jenkins

16

$788,253

8

7

Tom Purtzer

12

$780,162

9

14

Jim Thorpe

14

$757,794

10

9

Dana Quigley

17

$691,173

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"Off the Cart Path" - weekly cartoon strip by Roy Doty

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Ryder Cup Points

Current standings based on latest information available.

Europe

USA

Sergio GARCIA

Tiger Woods

Padraig HARRINGTON

Phil Mickelson

Darren CLARKE

Davis Love III

Miguel Angel JIMÉNEZ

Jim Furyk

Fredrik JACOBSON

Kenny Perry

Lee WESTWOOD

David Toms

Paul CASEY

Chad Campbell

Jean-Francois REMESY

Steve Flesch

Joakim HAEGGMAN

Fred Funk

Brian DAVIS

Jeff Maggert

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Official World Golf Rankings

Rank

Last Week

Player

Points Avge.

# of Events

Total Points

1

1

Tiger Woods

12.14

40

485.52

2

2

Ernie Els

10.86

51

553.70

3

3

Vijay Singh

10.52

58

610.03

4

4

Phil Mickelson

8.52

48

409.02

5

5

Davis Love-III

7.76

46

357.18

6

7

Retief Goosen

7.29

57

415.50

7

6

Mike Weir

6.78

45

305.24

8

8

Padraig Harrington

5.85

49

286.46

9

9

Jim Furyk

5.72

40

228.81

10

10

Sergio Garcia

5.14

49

252.08

11

12

Kenny Perry

4.85

50

242.74

12

14

Stuart Appleby

4.81

59

283.96

13

13

Adam Scott

4.79

57

273.24

14

11

Chad Campbell

4.77

61

290.87

15

15

Darren Clarke

4.48

56

250.75

16

16

David Toms

4.04

49

198.15

17

31

Stephen Ames

4.00

53

212.07

18

17

Fred Couples

3.95

40

158.01

19

18

Scott Verplank

3.83

49

187.52

20

19

Jay Haas

3.65

48

175.19

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