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Volume 27Golfing Weekly Home PageAugust 16, 2004

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--Editors Comments --
1. PGA Tour - 86th U.S. PGA Championship Report and Results
2. PGA Tour Money List
3. European Tour - BMW Russian Open Report and Results
4. Volvo Order Of Merit
5. "Off the Cart Path" - weekly cartoon strip by Roy Doty
6. Ryder Cup Points
7. Official World Golf Rankings

 




Editor's Weekly Word

The PGA Championship lived up to the expectations we have of all the majors as you can read in our full report. But apart from now knowing the outcome of the final major tournament on the 2004 calendar, we now also know the USA team line-up for the Ryder Cup next month and things are also hotting up at the top of the world rankings.

After Chris DiMarco and Chris Riley edged Jay Haas and Steve Flesch out of the automatic selections for the team, Hal Sutton announced on Monday that 50 year old Haas will still get his Ryder Cup cap. Flesch, however, was passed over in favor of Stewart Cink, who has Ryder Cup experience and has shown good form of late. In my opinion, these are excellent selections who round out the USA side and, come September 17, I know that even those players that came so close but missed out on a place, will be cheering their team along. By next Sunday evening we'll know the first five selections for the European Team and the remainder will be decided the following weekend.

Vijay Singh is having another great season and many would say that he is currently the best player in the world despite his official #2 ranking. But don't expect Tiger Woods to roll over and easily relinquish his hold on the #1 spot. The "bad" season he is having is better than most players would dare dream of and he is never more at home than when playing in World Golf Championships events like the NEC Invitational which starts in a couple of days. Ernie Els has his claims to the #1 label too and, with it being so close at the top, we could see the world number one position changing hands between these three quite frequently over the next few months. And if Phil Mickelson could pick up a couple more decent wins it would be no surprise to see him joining this "mini super league" at the top of the world of golf. Anything which adds a bit more interest is certainly good for the game and despite the public statements from Els and Singh that being #1 is not important to them, I have a feeling that they will be pulling out all the stops to make sure that this opportunity does not pass them by. After all, telling your grandchildren, "I was almost world #1", doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

Have a good week.

Regards

Andy Smith
Founder/Editor
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86thU.S. PGA Championship - Tournament Report

Vijay Singh earns fifth win of season at the PGA

After starting the final day with a narrow one stroke lead and shooting a four over par round of 76, Vijay Singh did just enough to get into a three-way playoff with Justin Leonard who had dominated the leaderboard for most of the day and Chris DiMarco who had earlier set the winning target of 8 under par. Then the winning qualities of an exceptional golfer shone through, as Singh immediately took control with a birdie, his only one all day, on the first of the three extra holes that would decide the winner of the season's final major tournament.

Singh continued to show that he had found another gear by putting his tee shot on the second playoff hole, the par three 17th, within five feet of the flag.  Although his putt slid just past the cup, par was enough to maintain his advantage going to the final hole. Despite his tee shot finishing well short of the others after being held up by a bounce in the light rough, Singh found the centre of the green with his 240 yard approach and when Leonard and DiMarco both failed to make the birdies they needed, he tapped in for par and victory.

Leonard had taken over the lead early in the round when his playing partner, Singh, made double bogey on the 4th and then a further bogey on the 7th gave Leonard a two stroke advantage which he held for most of the day. DiMarco joined Leonard in the lead at minus 10 for a brief spell at the beginning of the back nine but the gap reopened when DiMarco made bogey on 15 and Leonard birdied 13. DiMarco dropped one more shot on his way to setting the clubhouse lead at minus 8 and recording the only sub par round amongst the leading players. Leonard maintained his two shot advantage over Singh and with only three holes to play looked likely to win his second major, having previously won the British Open the last time it was played at this year's venue, Royal Troon, in 1997. But dropped shots on 16 and 18 meant that extra holes were required.

Ernie Els and Chris Riley both missed out on a playoff place by the one shot they each dropped on the final hole and they shared fourth place with 7 under par totals of 281. This was Els' fourth top ten finish in the 2004 majors and the only other player to achieve the top ten clean sweep was Masters winner, Phil Mickelson who finished a shot further back in a share of sixth place with Paul McGinley and K.J. Choi.

Apart from their very respectable paychecks, Chris DiMarco and Chris Riley were rewarded for their efforts by places in the USA Ryder Cup team, finishing 8th and 10th respectively in the points list. Paul McGinley moved up into the 10th qualifying place in the European Ryder Cup points list with just two weeks until the team is finalised. On current form I would expect to see him in the European team even if he gets bumped out of the final automatic place in the last two tournaments.

Whistling Straits played hard but fair and only on the final day was it plain to see that it could have played a lot tougher with more wind and firmer greens. Personally I am glad that the rain earlier in the week gave us a chance to see both faces of this quality course which will no doubt become a regular venue on the rotation for major tournaments.

Footnote: In the last 24 months Singh has won 10 of is 20 PGA Tour victories, earning over $16 million along the way and looks set to top the PGA money list for the second consecutive year. Under the Official World Golf Ranking system he is just one tenth of a point average behind Tiger Woods who secured a record-breaking 332nd week at #1 with the 5.01 (weight-adjusted) points he picked up for his T24 finish at Whistling Straits. Under the "Golfing Weekly UNOFFICIAL world ranking system" which uses the same weighted points but only takes into account the players' last 40 ranking events, Vijay Singh has been world number one for months and is currently 3.17 points average ahead of third placed Tiger Woods, with Ernie Els unofficially ranked #2. (For my full article, published in May, on the inequities of the World Rankings system - click here).

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86th U.S. PGA Championship - Results

Par 72 - 7,514 yards

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

Vijay Singh

-8

67

68

69

76

280

T2

Justin Leonard

-8

66

69

70

75

280

T2

Chris DiMarco

-8

68

70

71

71

280

T4

Chris Riley

-7

69

70

69

73

281

T4

Ernie Els

-7

66

70

72

73

281

T6

Phil Mickelson

-6

69

72

67

74

282

T6

K.J. Choi

-6

68

71

73

70

282

T6

Paul McGinley

-6

69

74

70

69

282

T9

Robert Allenby

-5

71

70

72

70

283

T9

Ben Crane

-5

70

74

69

70

283

T9

Adam Scott

-5

71

71

69

72

283

T9

Stephen Ames

-5

68

71

69

75

283

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PGA Tour Money List

Pos.

Last Week

Player

# of Events

Prize Money

1

1

Vijay Singh

22

$6,938,566

2

2

Phil Mickelson

17

$5,619,288

3

3

Ernie Els

13

$4,398,275

4

4

Tiger Woods

15

$3,569,972

5

5

Adam Scott

12

$3,095,384

6

6

Stephen Ames

21

$2,901,679

7

7

Davis Love III

18

$2,730,092

8

8

Sergio Garcia

15

$2,728,082

9

9

Todd Hamilton

23

$2,689,634

10

11

Stuart Appleby

19

$2,589,943

11

10

Retief Goosen

13

$2,547,323

12

12

Stewart Cink

22

$2,448,883

13

19

Chris DiMarco

21

$2,347,094

14

13

Steve Flesch

23

$2,217,098

15

15

Chad Campbell

22

$2,146,734

16

14

John Daly

16

$2,108,007

17

16

Mark Hensby

21

$2,046,041

18

17

Mike Weir

17

$1,972,964

19

18

Scott Verplank

18

$1,941,477

20

25

K.J. Choi

19

$1,777,275

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BMW Russian Open

With all the best European Tour players away at the PGA Championship, the BMW Russian Open was an opportunity for some of the less well-known players to make a name for themselves. The man that rose to the occasion was England's Gary Emerson who recorded a 16 under par total of 272 to win by two shots from Austria's Markus Brier. After ten years playing on the European Tour, Emerson lost his card at the end of 2003 and jumped on this chance to regain his full playing rights for the remainder of this season and the whole of 2005.

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BMW Russian Open - Results

Par 72  - 7,074 yards

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

Gary EMERSON (Eng)

-16

71

65

68

68

272

2

Markus BRIER (Aut)

-14

69

66

70

69

274

3

Kyron SULLIVAN (Wal)

-13

68

72

67

68

275

4

Mattias ELIASSON (Swe)

-12

69

67

73

67

276

5

Henrik NYSTROM (Swe)

-11

68

66

73

70

277

T6

Philip ARCHER (Eng)

-10

68

70

75

65

278

T6

Gregory BOURDY (Fr)

-10

71

69

68

70

278

T8

Alessandro TADINI (It)

-9

72

70

70

67

279

T8

Chris GANE (Eng)

-9

73

67

70

69

279

T8

Nick DOUGHERTY (Eng)

-9

71

70

70

68

279

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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

10

2,316,117.68

$2,856,676

2

Retief GOOSEN

SA

8

1,929,229.55

$2,379,492

3

Vijay SINGH

FIJI

6

1,287,415.51

$1,587,885

4

Thomas LEVET

FR

21

1,250,503.78

$1,542,359

5

Darren CLARKE

N.IRE

13

1,067,485.57

$1,316,626

6

Miguel Angel JIMÉNEZ

SP

19

1,034,423.18

$1,275,847

7

Jean-Francois REMESY

FR

21

987,360.08

$1,217,800

8

Padraig HARRINGTON

IRE

12

966,949.47

$1,192,626

9

Joakim HAEGGMAN

SWE

22

937,197.29

$1,155,930

10

Angel CABRERA

ARG

9

881,514.71

$1,087,251

11

Trevor IMMELMAN

SA

15

858,018.38

$1,058,271

12

Nick O'HERN

AUS

16

849,933.14

$1,048,299

13

Richard GREEN

AUS

18

841,589.42

$1,038,008

14

Graeme MCDOWELL

N.IRE

23

840,357.80

$1,036,489

15

Paul CASEY

ENG

15

818,521.03

$1,009,556

16

Paul MCGINLEY

IRE

20

807,937.83

$996,502

17

David HOWELL

ENG

20

795,035.86

$980,589

18

Lee WESTWOOD

ENG

15

757,140.38

$933,849

19

Barry LANE

ENG

19

700,045.41

$863,429

20

Michael CAMPBELL

NZ

19

684,963.18

$844,827

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

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Ryder Cup Points

The European Team will be decided over the next two weeks. The USA team shown is now finalized and the list below shows the 10 automatic selection through qualifying with the two Captain's picks at the end.

Europe Standings

USA Team

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

Chris DiMarco

Ian Poulter

Fred Funk

Paul McGinley

Chris Riley

?

Jay Haas

?

Stewart Cink

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Official World Golf Rankings

Rank

Last Week

Player

Points Avge.

# of Events

Total Points

1

1

Tiger Woods

11.93

40

477.31

2

3

Vijay Singh

11.83

58

686.12

3

2

Ernie Els

11.38

51

580.21

4

4

Phil Mickelson

8.92

47

419.31

5

6

Retief Goosen

7.46

53

395.57

6

5

Davis Love III

7.43

46

341.60

7

7

Mike Weir

6.54

44

287.57

8

8

Padraig Harrington

5.76

49

282.35

9

9

Jim Furyk

5.32

40

212.80

10

12

Adam Scott

5.00

56

279.79

11

11

Kenny Perry

4.84

50

241.89

12

10

Sergio Garcia

4.77

48

228.82

13

14

Darren Clarke

4.64

56

260.07

14

13

Chad Campbell

4.64

59

273.93

15

15

Stuart Appleby

4.51

58

261.49

16

16

Todd Hamilton

4.18

50

208.89

17

26

Chris DiMarco

4.17

55

229.55

18

18

Stephen Ames

4.05

53

214.49

19

17

Scott Verplank

3.94

50

197.13

20

19

David Toms

3.82

49

187.24

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