Golfing Weekly Newsletter
Volume 25Golfing Weekly Home PageAugust 2, 2004

Table of Contents
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-- Editors Comments --
1. PGA Tour - Buick Open Report and Results
2. PGA Tour Money List
3. European Tour - Scandinavian Masters by Carlsberg Report and Results
4. Volvo Order Of Merit
5. LPGA Tour - Weetabix Women's British Open Report and Results
6. ADT Money List
7. Champions Tour - U.S. Senior Open 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

 

Editor's Weekly Word

There are now only two tournaments left to decide the automatic qualifiers for the USA Ryder Cup Team and they both look to be interesting events. The PGA Championship next week is the last major of the season and with the form Tiger Woods showed last week, despite not winning, he has to be one to watch out for. But more about that next week.

This week we have the International. Taking a break from the normal stroke play format, the International uses a modified Stableford scoring system to decide the outcome. The system encourages and rewards attacking play. Let's face it, if you stand to pick up three points for a birdie but will only drop one point for a bogey, you'll be more likely to aim for the pin than the middle of the green. The full points scale is: Albatross 8 pts, Eagle 5 pts, Birdie 3 points, Par 0 pts, Bogey -1 pt  and double-bogey or worse -3 pts.

At the beginning of the year the European Tour International Schedule ran a tournament, the ANZ Championship in Australia, using the same system. England's Brian Davis picked up 17 points on the final day to overcome a 12 shot deficit at start of play and lift the title. Davis is playing this week and I'm sure his victory of six months ago will be fresh in his mind. Last year at the International, Davis Love III picked up 36 points in the first two rounds to give himself a commanding lead which he protected well at the weekend, picking up ten more points to win with a twelve point margin. The tournament record is 48 points which has been achieved by Phil Mickelson in 1997 and Ernie Els in 2000. Mickelson isn't playing this year but in-form Els will be there, looking for more world ranking points to close the 0.86 point gap between himself and world number one Tiger Woods. The one I'll be watching out for is Kevin Stadler who has won twice on the Nationwide Tour this year and seems determined to earn his PGA Tour card one way or another.

Have a good week.

Regards

Andy Smith
Founder/Editor
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Buick Open Report

Vijay Singh held off challenges from John Daly, Tiger Woods and Carlos Franco to win the Buick Open with a 23 under par total of 265. This was Singh's fourth victory of 2004 and returns him to the top of the money list with earnings approaching $6million for the season. After a brilliant spell earlier in the year when he got to within a point of Tiger Woods at the top of the world rankings, Singh's form dropped off. He showed at the weekend that anyone who thought his season was over, needs to think again.

John Daly, who won the Buick Invitational in March, started the day two shots behind Singh but took the lead early in the round with an eagle and three birdies in the first four holes.  He held the outright lead until Singh birdied 12 to join him and then took the lead back with another birdie on 14. After that they match scores coming in and Daly had to settle for the runner-up spot.

Tiger Woods admitted to being frustrated that he was unable to win despite posting 22 birdies and only one bogey in the four days of the tournament. This is certainly the most consistent play we have seen from Woods for quite a while with rounds of 67, 68 and a pair of 66s at the weekend. If what he says is true, we may not yet have seen the best that he is capable of and he certainly seems happy with the progress he is making with the changes to his game that he is working on.

Carlos Franco followed up on his win in Milwaukee the previous week with another excellent performance. Having also posted four rounds in the mid sixties, he took a share of third place with Tiger Woods on 267, just two shots behind the winner.

Jim Furyk's tied sixth place on 271 confirmed his inclusion in the USA Ryder Cup team while Stewart Cink strengthened his claim by finishing fifth. Jerry Kelly, tied in eighth, moved up into the tenth qualifying place in the current Ryder Cup standings, nudging Jeff Maggert down into eleventh spot with only two weeks to go before the ten automatic selections are decided.

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Buick Open Results

Par 72 - 7,127 yards

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

Vijay Singh

-23

63

70

65

67

265

2

John Daly

-22

70

64

66

66

266

T3

Tiger Woods

-21

67

68

66

66

267

T3

Carlos Franco

-21

67

67

67

66

267

5

Stewart Cink

-18

69

65

70

66

270

T6

Jeff Sluman

-17

70

67

68

66

271

T6

Jim Furyk

-17

66

67

70

68

271

T8

Jerry Kelly

-16

71

66

69

66

272

T8

Daniel Chopra

-16

68

68

66

70

272

T10

Scott Verplank

-15

70

67

70

66

273

T10

Mark O'Meara

-15

67

70

70

66

273

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PGA Tour Money List

Pos.

Last Week

Player

# of Events

Prize Money

1

2

Vijay Singh

21

$5,813,566

2

1

Phil Mickelson

16

$5,423,288

3

3

Ernie Els

11

$4,095,275

4

4

Tiger Woods

14

$3,523,258

5

5

Adam Scott

11

$2,943,384

6

6

Stephen Ames

19

$2,749,679

7

7

Sergio Garcia

14

$2,728,082

8

8

Davis Love III

16

$2,647,592

9

9

Todd Hamilton

21

$2,559,946

10

10

Retief Goosen

13

$2,547,323

11

11

Stuart Appleby

17

$2,452,486

12

14

Stewart Cink

20

$2,204,525

13

12

Steve Flesch

21

$2,192,410

14

20

John Daly

15

$2,108,007

15

13

Chad Campbell

20

$2,039,420

16

15

Mark Hensby

19

$1,992,391

17

16

Mike Weir

16

$1,972,964

18

17

Scott Verplank

17

$1,928,827

19

18

Shigeki Maruyama

19

$1,775,482

20

19

Rory Sabbatini

20

$1,704,477

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Scandinavian Masters by Carlsberg Report

England's Luke Donald kept his cool on Sunday and posted him fourth sub-70 round to take the Scandinavian Masters by five shots from the Swedish pair, Peter Hanson and Henrik Stenson. Having bogeyed the last two holes on Saturday, Donald carried a three stroke lead into the start of the final round and retained control throughout the day. This was his first win on the European Tour and should go some way towards making this young player's case for inclusion in the European Ryder Cup Team.

The local spectators in Malmo, Sweden, saw many of their home players in contention throughout the week and were rewarded by joint runner-up finishes by Hanson and Stenson as well as top ten performances from Jesper Parnevik and Niclas Fasth who shared eighth place with five other players.

Ian Poulter's final round 65 would have equalled the course record set by Luke Donald earlier in the week if it weren't for the impressive 64 carded earlier in the day by Irishman Peter Lawrie (T8). Poulter's score was sufficient to give him a share of fourth place on 279 with Colin Montgomerie who finished with a 67.

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Scandinavian Masters by Carlsberg Results

Par 72 - 7,365 yards

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

Luke DONALD (Eng)

-16

69

65

69

69

272

T2

Peter HANSON (Swe)

-11

72

66

68

71

277

T2

Henrik STENSON (Swe)

-11

68

70

70

69

277

T4

Ian POULTER (Eng)

-9

72

68

74

65

279

T4

Colin MONTGOMERIE (Scot)

-9

72

68

72

67

279

6

David LYNN (Eng)

-8

72

68

69

71

280

7

Simon KHAN (Eng)

-7

70

69

72

70

281

T8

David HOWELL (Eng)

-6

67

71

74

70

282

T8

Jesper PARNEVIK (Swe)

-6

69

70

71

72

282

T8

Steve WEBSTER (Eng)

-6

68

74

68

72

282

T8

Peter LAWRIE (Ire)

-6

72

74

72

64

282

T8

Marcel SIEM (Ger)

-6

71

74

69

68

282

T8

Niclas FASTH (Swe)

-6

71

71

70

70

282

T8

Adam SCOTT (Aus)

-6

72

71

70

69

282

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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

$2,521,357

2

Retief GOOSEN

SA

8

1,929,229.55

$2,318,374

3

Thomas LEVET

FR

20

1,248,874.05

$1,500,784

4

Miguel Angel JIMÉNEZ

SP

18

1,006,514.04

$1,209,538

5

Darren CLARKE

N.IRE

12

977,646.66

$1,174,848

6

Padraig HARRINGTON

IRE

11

951,874.46

$1,143,877

7

Joakim HAEGGMAN

SWE

21

935,567.56

$1,124,281

8

Jean-Francois REMESY

FR

20

924,731.85

$1,111,260

9

Angel CABRERA

ARG

8

879,884.98

$1,057,367

10

Trevor IMMELMAN

SA

14

837,901.39

$1,006,914

11

Nick O'HERN

AUS

15

822,024.00

$987,834

12

Paul CASEY

ENG

14

816,891.30

$981,666

13

Graeme MCDOWELL

N.IRE

21

811,848.07

$975,606

14

David HOWELL

ENG

18

766,496.85

$921,107

15

Lee WESTWOOD

ENG

14

755,510.65

$907,905

16

Richard GREEN

AUS

17

737,364.42

$886,098

17

Barry LANE

ENG

19

700,045.41

$841,252

18

Michael CAMPBELL

NZ

18

673,017.25

$808,772

19

Scott DRUMMOND

SCOT

18

661,301.85

$794,693

20

Ian POULTER

ENG

18

629,685.47

$756,699

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Weetabix Women's British Open Report

England's Karen Stupples, who plays most of her golf in the USA on the LPGA Tour delighted her British fans with a five stroke victory in the Ladies final major of the season, the Weetabix Women's British Open. Coming from behind, she posted a final round of 8 under par 64, which included an eagle-albatross start on the first two holes, to give her a 19 under par total of 269. Overnight leaders, Australia's Rachel Teske and Texan Heather Bowie finished second and third respectively with final round scores of 70 and 71.

Of the other 2004 major winners, Annika Sorenstam and Grace Park finished eleven strokes back in an eight-player tie for 13th place, while Meg Mallon failed to make the cut.

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Weetabix Women's British Open Results

Par 72 - 6,308 yards

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

Karen Stupples

-19

65

70

70

64

269

2

Rachel Teske

-14

70

69

65

70

274

3

Heather Bowie

-13

70

69

65

71

275

4

Lorena Ochoa

-12

69

71

66

70

276

T5

Michele Redman

-11

70

71

70

66

277

T5

Giulia Sergas

-11

72

71

67

67

277

T5

Beth Daniel

-11

69

69

71

68

277

T8

Jung Yeon Lee

-10

67

72

70

69

278

T8

Minea Blomqvist

-10

68

78

62

70

278

T8

Laura Davies

-10

70

69

69

70

278

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ADT Money List

Pos.

Player

Prize Money

1

Annika Sorenstam

$1,665,208.00

2

Meg Mallon

$1,080,288.00

3

Lorena Ochoa

$948,800.00

4

Grace Park

$828,500.00

5

Cristie Kerr

$806,936.00

6

Karen Stupples

$711,930.00

7

Mi-Hyun Kim

$693,089.00

8

Jennifer Rosales

$590,684.00

9

Wendy Doolan

$575,983.00

10

Se Ri Pak

$559,632.00

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U.S. Senior Open Report

Rookie Peter Jacobsen recorded four sub-par rounds to win the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday. In doing so, he became the third consecutive debut winner on the Champions Tour this year following Mark James (Ford Senior Players Championship) and Pete Oakley (Senior British Open) and all three tournaments are majors on the Champions Tour schedule.

In a gruelling 36-hole marathon on Sunday, (Friday's play was washed out), Jacobsen came from three shots back of Tom Kite with 12 holes to play. Kite's round fell apart in the last four holes where he dropped four strokes to finish tied in third place with Jay Haas. Hale Irwin came with a late charge to take the runner-up spot, one shot behind the winner.

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U.S. Senior Open Results

Par 71 - 7,117 yards

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

Peter Jacobsen

-12

65

70

69

68

272

2

Hale Irwin

-11

71

67

67

68

273

T3

Jay Haas

-10

67

70

69

68

274

T3

Tom Kite

-10

69

68

65

72

274

5

Bob Gilder

-9

68

69

67

71

275

6

D.A. Weibring

-7

71

66

73

67

277

T7

Doug Tewell

-6

70

70

71

67

278

T7

Walter Hall

-6

69

71

69

69

278

T7

Fuzzy Zoeller

-6

71

66

70

71

278

T7

Craig Stadler

-6

66

69

73

70

278

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Champions Tour Money List

Pos.

Last week

Player

# of Events

Prize Money

1

2

Hale Irwin

15

$1,385,788

2

1

Gil Morgan

17

$1,223,133

3

3

Bruce Fleisher

19

$1,110,944

4

4

Craig Stadler

13

$1,097,026

5

5

D.A. Weibring

17

$958,621

6

12

Tom Kite

18

$899,076

7

6

Jim Thorpe

16

$875,419

8

7

Larry Nelson

16

$870,029

9

9

Mark James

13

$859,617

10

8

Dana Quigley

20

$846,099

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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

Padraig HARRINGTON

Tiger Woods

Sergio GARCIA

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

Fred Funk

Ian POULTER

Steve Flesch

Joakim HAEGGMAN

Jerry Kelly

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Official World Golf Rankings

Rank

Last Week

Player

Points Avge.

# of Events

Total Points

1

1

Tiger Woods

12.20

41

500.09

2

2

Ernie Els

11.34

50

567.13

3

3

Vijay Singh

10.38

59

612.29

4

4

Phil Mickelson

8.57

48

411.54

5

5

Davis Love III

7.86

45

353.50

6

6

Retief Goosen

7.41

55

407.72

7

7

Mike Weir

6.57

45

295.66

8

8

Padraig Harrington

5.93

49

290.64

9

9

Jim Furyk

5.38

41

220.77

10

10

Sergio Garcia

5.00

48

239.83

11

11

Adam Scott

4.84

56

271.21

12

12

Kenny Perry

4.82

51

245.72

13

13

Chad Campbell

4.79

59

282.60

14

14

Darren Clarke

4.44

57

253.33

15

15

Stuart Appleby

4.44

58

257.24

16

16

Todd Hamilton

4.24

48

203.32

17

17

Scott Verplank

3.92

51

199.94

18

18

David Toms

3.88

49

190.21

19

19

Stephen Ames

3.81

53

201.86

20

20

Fred Couples

3.69

40

147.43

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