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Volume 23Golfing Weekly Home PageJuly 19, 2004

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-- Editors Comments --
1. PGA & European Tour Major - 133rd Open Championship
(a) Tournament Report
(b) Results - Top 25
2. PGA Tour Money List
3. Volvo Order Of Merit
4. "Off the Cart Path" - weekly cartoon strip by Roy Doty
5. Ryder Cup Points
6. Official World Golf Rankings

 

Editor's Weekly Word

Just a quick note this week. I'm glad I'm not a gambler as my predictions for the Open didn't quite perform as I had hoped. But one thing that wasn't disappointing was the quality of the golf throughout the tournament. My full report is below along with the updated money lists and world rankings (less than one point between Woods and Els now!). And don't forget "Off the Cart Path".

Have a good week.

Regards

Andy Smith
Founder/Editor
www.golfing-weekly.com

133rd Open Championship Report

PGA Tour Rookie, Todd Hamilton, came through a gripping final round plus an additional four hole playoff against world number two, Ernie Els, to lift the Claret Jug at Royal Troon on Sunday. In doing so he continued a tradition of Americans winning The Open when it is held at this challenging links course on the west coast of Scotland that dates back to Arnold Palmer's victory in 1962. He also became the eighth American to win the "British" in the last ten years.

But "Rookie" is rather a misleading tag for this 38 year-old who now has won a dozen tournaments in his professional career, including four last year which also earned him third place on the Money List, in Japan that is. In fact, apart from his debut PGA Tour victory in March this year at the Honda Classic, all his wins have come in the Far East. Although qualifying for a PGA Tour card has given him problems in the past, it's not something he'll have to worry about for at least another five years, now that he has a major title to his name.

Hamilton started play on Sunday with a one shot lead on minus 8 but by the time the final pairing of Hamilton and Els reached the turn they were sharing the lead with Phil Mickelson on minus 9. Of the three, Hamilton was considered by most to be least likely to win but I commented at the time that I thought he was playing more consistently than his celebrity co-leaders. A few holes later he held a two shot lead over the pair after chipping in for birdie on the 14th while they had dropped shots earlier on the back nine. The trio all birdied 16 and then Els closed the gap to one shot with another birdie on the 17th. Mickelson parred the final two holes to finish with a nine under par total of 275.

So, after four days of great golf it came down to the 72nd hole. While Els was setting himself up for a 15 foot birdie putt, Hamilton appeared to be throwing it away, finding the rough first on the right then on the left of the fairway. Eventually finding the green, he missed his par putt leaving Els a chance to take the championship. He missed, and under Open Championship rules the pair set off to play four more holes - 1, 2 , 17 & 18 - to try to find a winner. They both parred the first and second holes but Els was unable to find the green on the par three 17th and made bogey to fall one behind with one to play for the second time in less than an hour. Unbelievably, he found himself facing an almost identical birdie putt on the 18th green and again failed to sink it, leaving Hamilton to hole out a three footer for par and the championship.

Els had to settle for runner-up spot in a major for the second time this year having missed out to Mickelson in an epic battle at the Masters. With their U.S. Open second and tied-ninth placings respectively, Mickelson and Els are the only two players to have finished in the top ten at all three majors so far in 2004, with just the U.S. PGA Championship next month remaining to be decided.

England's Lee Westwood completed the best weekend of the tournament with a final round of 67 to follow Saturday's 68 and took fourth place with a six under par total of 278. His 4-under par round on Sunday was all the more remarkable for the fact that he started off badly, making bogeys on the third and fifth holes. He came back with three consecutive birdies from the sixth hole and three more on the back nine including a 40-footer on the 18th to finish as the highest placed Briton at the event.

Long-time leader Thomas Levet of France, who was victorious at the Scottish Open the week before, finished with a round of 72 to take a share of fifth place with Davis Love III on 279. Love finished off his four under par round with a spectacular eagle from the 18th fairway. A shot further back, tied in seventh place on 280 were Scott Verplank and U.S. open winner, Retief Goosen.

Tiger Woods extended his major drought to nine but managed a top ten finish after a brief challenge for the lead with a couple of birdies on the front nine. Three dropped shots after the turn gave him a round of 72 and a share of ninth place with 2003 Masters winner, Canadian Mike Weir.

Enough has been written over the last few weeks about the conditions at Shinnecock Hills for this year's U.S. Open but I have one final comment on course set-up for major golfing events. Last week the Royal & Ancient got it 100 percent right, in my humble opinion. There were no silly low scores, the best round was only five under par and only four players managed that all week. Only 15 players completed 72 holes under par, on what was clearly a challenging course, but the viewing public were treated to four days of top quality golf that was a joy to watch. I admire high ideals but the USGA needs to remember that their major tournament is not contested behind closed doors. Professional golf is a spectator sport and the bulk of revenue comes from contracts with the television networks. I, for one, expect the best players in the world to be allowed to display the talent that sets them apart from us mere mortals, as they did in Scotland last week.

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133rd Open Championship Results - Top 25

Pos.

Player

To Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

Todd HAMILTON (USA)

-10

71

67

67

69

274

2

Ernie ELS (SA)

-10

69

69

68

68

274

3

Phil MICKELSON (USA)

-9

73

66

68

68

275

4

Lee WESTWOOD (Eng)

-6

72

71

68

67

278

T5

Thomas LEVET (Fr)

-5

66

70

71

72

279

T5

Davis LOVE III (USA)

-5

72

69

71

67

279

T7

Scott VERPLANK (USA)

-4

69

70

70

71

280

T7

Retief GOOSEN (SA)

-4

69

70

68

73

280

T9

Tiger WOODS (USA)

-3

70

71

68

72

281

T9

Mike WEIR (Can)

-3

71

68

71

71

281

T11

Skip KENDALL (USA)

-2

69

66

75

72

282

T11

Mark CALCAVECCHIA (USA)

-2

72

73

69

68

282

T11

Darren CLARKE (N.Ire)

-2

69

72

73

68

282

T14

Barry LANE (Eng)

-1

69

68

71

75

283

T14

Stewart CINK (USA)

-1

72

71

71

69

283

T16

Justin LEONARD (USA)

Par

70

72

71

71

284

T16

Kyoung-Ju CHOI (Kor)

Par

68

69

74

73

284

T16

Joakim HAEGGMAN (Swe)

Par

69

73

72

70

284

T16

Kenny PERRY (USA)

Par

69

70

73

72

284

T20

Vijay SINGH (Fiji)

+1

68

70

76

71

285

T20

Bob ESTES (USA)

+1

73

72

69

71

285

T20

Gary EVANS (Eng)

+1

68

73

73

71

285

T20

Michael CAMPBELL (NZ)

+1

67

71

74

73

285

T20

Paul CASEY (Eng)

+1

66

77

70

72

285

T25

Ian POULTER (Eng)

+2

71

72

71

72

286

T25

Colin MONTGOMERIE (Scot)

+2

69

69

72

76

286

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PGA Tour Money List

Pos.

Last Week

Player

# of Events

Prize Money

1

2

Phil Mickelson

16

$5,423,288

2

1

Vijay Singh

20

$5,003,566

3

3

Ernie Els

11

$4,095,275

4

4

Tiger Woods

13

$3,262,258

5

5

Adam Scott

11

$2,943,384

6

6

Stephen Ames

18

$2,749,679

7

7

Sergio Garcia

14

$2,728,082

8

9

Davis Love III

16

$2,647,592

9

33

Todd Hamilton

21

$2,559,946

10

10

Retief Goosen

13

$2,547,323

11

8

Stuart Appleby

17

$2,452,486

12

11

Steve Flesch

20

$2,179,000

13

12

Chad Campbell

20

$2,039,420

14

14

Stewart Cink

19

$2,024,525

15

13

Mark Hensby

18

$1,992,391

16

15

Mike Weir

16

$1,972,964

17

16

Shigeki Maruyama

19

$1,775,482

18

22

Scott Verplank

15

$1,727,827

19

17

Rory Sabbatini

20

$1,704,477

20

18

John Daly

14

$1,622,007

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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

Ernie ELS

SA

9

2,098,141.18

$2,608,472

2

Retief GOOSEN

SA

8

1,929,229.55

$2,398,476

3

Thomas LEVET

FR

19

1,233,194.05

$1,533,144

4

Miguel Angel JIMÉNEZ

SP

17

991,931.54

$1,233,199

5

Darren CLARKE

N.IRE

11

973,466.66

$1,210,243

6

Joakim HAEGGMAN

SWE

20

935,567.56

$1,163,126

7

Jean-Francois REMESY

FR

18

921,890.85

$1,146,122

8

Angel CABRERA

ARG

8

879,884.98

$1,093,899

9

Trevor IMMELMAN

SA

13

823,318.89

$1,023,575

10

Paul CASEY

ENG

14

816,891.30

$1,015,584

11

Padraig HARRINGTON

IRE

10

786,849.46

$978,235

12

Graeme MCDOWELL

N.IRE

19

770,631.40

$958,072

13

Nick O'HERN

AUS

13

770,217.33

$957,557

14

Lee WESTWOOD

ENG

13

755,510.65

$939,274

15

David HOWELL

ENG

16

735,776.85

$914,740

16

Richard GREEN

AUS

16

733,524.42

$911,940

17

Barry LANE

ENG

18

700,045.41

$870,317

18

Scott DRUMMOND

SCOT

17

657,461.85

$817,376

19

Michael CAMPBELL

NZ

16

652,402.25

$811,086

20

Ian POULTER

ENG

16

555,765.47

$690,944

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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

Lee WESTWOOD

Kenny Perry

Thomas LEVET

David Toms

Paul CASEY

Chad Campbell

David HOWELL

Steve Flesch

Joakim HAEGGMAN

Fred Funk

Ian POULTER

Jeff Maggert

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Official World Golf Rankings

Rank

Last Week

Player

Points Avge.

# of Events

Total Points

1

1

Tiger Woods

12.24

40

489.50

2

2

Ernie Els

11.30

51

576.41

3

3

Vijay Singh

10.28

59

606.49

4

4

Phil Mickelson

8.78

49

430.03

5

5

Davis Love III

7.83

46

360.10

6

6

Retief Goosen

7.52

56

420.93

7

7

Mike Weir

6.80

45

305.87

8

8

Padraig Harrington

5.75

49

281.96

9

9

Jim Furyk

5.47

40

218.84

10

10

Sergio Garcia

4.97

49

243.62

11

11

Adam Scott

4.90

56

274.36

12

12

Kenny Perry

4.86

50

242.77

13

13

Chad Campbell

4.71

61

287.42

14

15

Darren Clarke

4.54

56

254.15

15

14

Stuart Appleby

4.42

59

260.90

16

56

Todd Hamilton

4.24

48

203.48

17

16

David Toms

4.06

49

198.99

18

19

Scott Verplank

4.06

49

198.80

19

17

Stephen Ames

3.93

53

208.42

20

18

Fred Couples

3.87

40

154.75

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