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Gainey Aims for a Back-to-Back Win


Tommy GaineyWith just three weeks after winning his first PGA Tour, Tommy Gainey is working for a back-to-back win in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic to be held at Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Gainey, who is popular with his unconventional swings, scored a 7-under-par 65, closing the first round with a lag of one hit. Two of the final three holes were birdied by the American golfer, finishing the round in tie with Camilo Villegas of Colombia and one-shot away from the leading South Korean golfer, Charlie Wi.

The sensation created by Gainey in the golf world last month is still afresh. Golf enthusiasts can still recall how he closed the McGladrey Classic with a score of 10-under-par 60.

Gainey was happy to start even a windy day in Lake Buena Vista. “It’s playing kind of tough out there. The wind’s blowing 10 to 15 mph steady, gusting up to 20 at different times, and when you catch that gust on the wrong side, you can make some bogeys pretty fast. I’ve got off to a great start, so I gotta focus on maybe trying to win another tournament this week. It’s all about winning again for me, because my goal has not been achieved yet,” he told the reporters after the round.

The 37-year-old golfer has a definite goal. He is working to be in the top 30 of the PGA Tour’s money list and to be able to play at the Augusta National by next year. “When I’m playing at Augusta, that means I’m also playing in the other majors, so that’s my goal,” he said. Gainey is currently at number 56 in the money list. “I’m just trying to play my game and just go from there,” he concluded.

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Ian Poulter is About to Breakthrough


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Ian Poulter’s sharpness in match-playing is popular and proven by his incomparable record of winning stroke plays. He has just set a new record of 12 European Tour wins and 2 PGA victories after winning the World Golf Championship recently.

Poulter has been a decent golfer even before playing professionally in the 90s but not considered great. He turned to be a professional player even at 5 handicap. A handicap of 5 may sound good for casual golfers but not for the pros. Golfers at this level may score at an average of 70-up and is not a money-making score for the professionals.

For this reason, Poulter had to work harder to reach where he is now, the world number 15. If the Ryder Cup would be considered in counting the world golf rankings, he could have made it to the top 7. He is one of the best players in the history of Ryder Cup with a 12-3-0 record.

The English golfer’s excellence in match plays wasn’t only confined in the Ryder Cup. Among his many European Tour victories, two of which were also match plays aside from winning the 2011 Volvo World Match Play title competing against Lee Westwood, Nicolas Colsaerts and Luke Donald.

Soon enough, Poulter is anticipated to breakthrough, turning his record of match play excellence into winning a major tournament. He is indeed getting closer in winning his first major.

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No Assurance yet for Ryan Fox in the PGA Tour


ryan foxRyan Fox still cannot rest assured that he will qualify in the PGA Tour. He must fight for it and make low scores in the final round of the tour’s qualifying games in Nevada.

Ryan is currently the leading golf professional in the NZPGA Order of Merit. He was able to win three titles as a rookie in the professional league.

The 25-year-old son of Grant Fox is currently tied at the 28th place. He scored 71, 72 and 71, and totaled two under par in the different rounds of golf games at the Dayton Valley Golf Club. He can proceed to the second stage of the qualifying event if he can be among the top 19 after the final round. He will be meeting Nathan Tyler, Nick Delio and Gregor Main at the finals, behind with eight shots.

“The first round was tough. It was windy and I was still pretty sick with a stomach bug. Two mistakes cost me a good score. I had a double and a triple but the rest of the round was very good. The second round was a bit of an adventure. I made a few really good pars to keep a good round going but made two mistakes coming in again to shoot even,” he said.

“The third round today was really solid. My ball striking was very good but I just had a cold putter. I have at least kept myself in the tournament and if I can get a good score going tomorrow I have a good chance to get through,” Ryan added.

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Jason Dufner Goes for the Win at Perth International


jason dufner at perth internationalThe American Jason Dufner wants to overcome his frustration in the Ryder Cup by going for the win at the Perth International in Lake Karrinyup, Australia.

Dufner cannot let go of what happened in the event at Medinah where he won three out of four points and worked with the American team to go on a 10-4 lead but eventually lost to the Europeans through José Maria Olazabal by just a single point.

“I often catch myself thinking about it. I think about what could I have done better? Where could I maybe have picked up another half a point? How could I have helped my teammates more? We were pretty close to winning that,” he recalls. “It’s been a tough couple of weeks since the Ryder Cup and the toughest thing about it is you’ve got to wait two years again until you can play again. That’s a long time for us.”

Dufner says that the best ways to recuperate is going back to the course and compete for this event which is co-sanctioned by the European and Australasian PGA Tours. It will also help him build his name more as he tries to become a more prominent global golfer.

“I think [that as] you experience different golf courses [and] different styles of play, [it] makes you better, [it] tests your game. This golf course is a lot different than what we see in the States. Same thing when I go to Asia, [it is] a lot different than what we see in the States. I think it makes you a better golfer,” Dufner added.

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The PGA Tour Wives Association


The PTWA or the PGA Tour Wives Association will be marking its 25th founding anniversary in 2013. It is one of the most dynamic and valuable organizations in the world of golf.

Basically, all wives of tour players are involved in the association contributing their different backgrounds into the charitable activities. The organization has raised charity funds of over $5 million using the PGA Tour as a platform. This increases consciousness and responsiveness for worthy causes in the areas where their respective husbands participate with.

For this year alone, the PTWA hosted different events at the 16 tour destinations, most of which support children by providing their needs like weekend food. Their hearts go for children who may not get enough food to eat while away from school during weekends. Some other activity involvements are on domestic violence, human trafficking, construction of habitats, food pantries and healthy snack options for orphanages.

Sara Moores says, “When you see them interact with these kids, they are just so passionate and just get right into it.” Moores is the Executive Director of the PTWA and have been actively working with the organization since its foundation.

She added, “They are there because they want to be. They could be what their image out there could be, that is: ‘Well, I’m sure they just go out and shop.’ But, they are not. I see the true side of them, which is the side that is so giving and loving.” Moores is referring about the common connotation that Tour wives are just around to spend their husband’s moneys.

As the organization’s slogan says, “Giving Time to Others; Giving Back to Communities; Giving Through Golf”, it is precisely what they do and they are successful in doing so.

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Lively Leta Lindley Bids PGA Goodbye


Leta Lindley finally bids LPGA goodbye. Hand-in-hand with husband Matt Plagmann, Leta walked until the 18th fairway of her farewell game at the Kingsmill Championship. With her goodbye, LPGA is now one less of its most energetic and lively golfer. Trying to be as composed as she can be, Leta signed her scorecard emotionally while bidding the 18 years of her tour life goodbye. She intends to focus more on motherhood, henceforth.

She said, “I’m the girl that was never going to do it. I would never get a college scholarship; I would never win a college tournament; I would never get my card, let alone keep it. And then to win (an LPGA) tournament after having two children, sometimes I feel like the ‘Little Engine That Could.’”

Her husband, who also has served as her caddie for almost two decades, proudly said, “We’re going home for the right reasons. She can still play; she can still make cuts. But our kids need us.” The wife returns credit to husband by saying, “I always felt there were caddies who would say, ‘Well, she can’t play that golf course; it’s too long,’ Matt would never tell me that.”

There are 21 LPGA professionals who are mothers at the same time. Leta is one of the few who have won a tournament after giving birth. Missing her children’s first day of kindergarten, some first words and milestones, she is now coming back home where 8-year-old Cole and 6-year-old Reese are waiting. They are whom she calls her ultimate legacy.

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Ted Potter Jr. Achieves His First Win on the PGA Tour


He certainly had his struggles, but he finally made it. Ted Potter Jr. won his first victory on the PGA Tour. As other first-time winners will agree, getting there was a battle that demanded persistence and patience.

Of course, Ted Potter Jr. was eager to experience the thrill of becoming a Tour winner. He knew that the win would come someday, but he did not actually expect it to be in this particular event. His intention was merely to spend his weekend playing after he missed some cuts. Potter just wanted to get back into shape before the upcoming Greenbrier Classic.

As Potter explained, “When you’re missing cuts every week, you get down on yourself. It’s hard to pick yourself back up. But the plus side for me is I was still young. I just knew I had plenty of time and just be patient and it will come back around again.”

Potter’s eagle-birdie finish put him in the position for a playoff with Troy Kelly. Potter went on to win the event with a birdie on the third hole. For his efforts, he was rewarded with a two-year exemption and a check for over a million dollars. Potter’s determination and grit finally paid off. It was a highly satisfactory ending to a frustrating and difficult stretch as a rookie.

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort Expands in 2012


The Kiawah Island Golf Resort has made a firm proposal to expand their already impressive facilities. The announcement was made several months before they are scheduled to play host to the 2012 PGA Championship.

Initial planning and economic studies for the construction of a 150-room hotel are already on the table. The hotel is being proposed for the rise on the west side of the island, where the former Kiawah Island Inn used to be located. Proposals regarding the construction of golf cottages near The Ocean Course are also being considered.

Roger Warren, the resort’s President, described how the hotel would provide a classy resort experience for the clients, including boutiques, pools, restaurants, and meeting areas. A clubhouse will also house the Cougar Point Golf Course members. The cottages would be designed to enhance the experience of visitors who want to devote most of their time to golf.

Warren admitted that the concepts are still subject for review by the resort’s board owners. The decision whether to move forward with the construction will be made thereafter. The proposed projects are consistent with what the owners have been doing for the past 20 years.

The resort, which is located just south of Charleston, South Carolina, was named by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine as the number 1 golf resort and number 3 overall resort on the US mainland.

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Jason Dufner Breakthrough Comes at the Zurich Classic


Achieving victory at the Zurich Classic was indeed a breakthrough for Jason Dufner. He had been waiting a long time for that well-deserved win.

The win didn’t come easily for the 35-year-old Dufner. He faced a tie-breaking playoff with Ernie Els. He could have ended the game earlier had he not missed a 10-foot putt at the 72nd hole. But, luck was on Dufner’s side. Els happened to miss a birdie from 12 feet, bringing the game back to the 18th tee.

Talking about his victory, Dufner said, “So, you know, to get my first victory out here on the PGA Tour means a lot to me and to do it here in New Orleans at the Zurich Classic is just a great thing and to know that I’ll be coming back here as a defending champion next year and for years to come, coming back as the champion is just a really, really big honor for me.”

Dufner admitted that the Zurich Classic has always been one of his favorite stops on the tour. He was satisfied with the outcome of the event.

Els described Dufner as a wonderful guy. The two men have played together in many events. “He’s got a wonderful golf swing and I think this will help him a lot. I think he’ll win quite a few others. He’s got a really sound golf swing and game. If he keeps that shield up, he’s got — you know, that’s a pretty good defensive mechanism he’s got there,” Els stated.

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Q-School Facing Downgrade


 

Q-School’s 2012 version awarded a PGA tour card as a prize. But this may be the last time that happens. Q-School is a qualifying process golfers must go through before they can earn a PGA Tour membership.

Change is on the way when it comes to how golfers qualify for the PGA tour, with a revamping of the qualification process. By 2013, Q-School will only be awarding Nationwide Tour cards, rather than entry into the PGA tour.

To qualify for a spot on the PGA tour, golfers who wish to join the famous group must participate in a three-week tournament, which will be held after the Nationwide Tour. Only fifty golfers will be given PGA Tour cards, which they can use for the next season. These fifty golfers will be selected from the 150 players who finish at certain rankings in the Nationwide Tour and on the PGA Tour money list.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said, “Anytime you make a change, human nature is to ask: Why are we changing? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. There’s another way to look at things — that when things are going pretty well, that’s the time to get better. That’s the philosophy we have embraced.”

Tour officials believe that golfers who spend a year playing on the Nationwide Tour are better prepared to enter the PGA Tour. This is the main reason why the change was pushed through.

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