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  • Sep

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    Tiger Woods shot a 3-under par 68 in Sunday’s final round of the BMW Championship to win by 8 strokes over Jim Furyk and Marc Leishman.  It was Woods’ 6th win of the 2009 PGA tour.  With the win, Woods also assured himself of the #1 seed heading into the Tour Championship in Atlanta in 2 weeks, the final piece of the FEDEX Cup playoff.  The winner of the FEDEX Cup picks up a hefty $10 million payout.

    After blowing a 2-shot lead in the final round at the PGA Championship to Y.E. Yang back in August, Woods was confident that he wouldn’t let the same thing happen at the BMW Championship.  Woods won for the 71st time in his career (now just 2 career victories behind Jack Nicklaus who is 2nd on the all-time win list), and he also tied Sam Snead’s record of winning at least 6 PGA tour events in 6 seasons.  Not bad at all.

    The points are re-set for the FEDEX Cup finale at the Tour Championship, so anyone in the Top 5 of the current points standings can win the FEDEX Cup if they win the Tour Championship.  That means Woods, Furyk, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson and Heath Slocum all have their sights set on one thing – that Tour Championship trophy…  Stay tuned  – – it should be a fun tourney to watch in HOTlanta in 2 weeks…

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  • Aug

    PGA Championship Golf

    The Good – Y. E. Yang – 2009 PGA Champion – Yang turned a 2-shot deficit into a 3-shot win over golf’s greatest player – Tiger Woods.  The 2 played head-to-head in the final pairing in Sunday’s final round, and Yang proved that Woods is mortal.  Yang knocked in a 60-foot chip on the 14th hole to take a 1 shot lead over Woods – his 1st lead of the tournament.  Although Yang bogeyed the 17th hole, Woods did too, and Yang clung to his 1-shot lead heading into 18.  Normally this is when Woods turns the tides and pulls off the improbable victory, but it wasn’t meant to be this time around, as Yang birdied and Woods bogeyed to give Yang the 3-shot win.  Yang became the 1st Asian-born male to win a men’s major championship.  Yang had this to say about his play:  “I usually go for broke.  The odds are against me.  Nobody’s going to be really disappointed that I lose.  So I really had nothing much at stake, and that’s how I played it.”  Yang also hopes that his win will spark interest in golf in Asia and South Korea as Se Ri Pak’s 1st major championship win for an Asian born female did back in 1998 – since then, 7 different South Korean women have combined to win 11 women’s major championships.  Congrats Y.E.!

    The Bad – Chicago Cubs “Ace” Carlos Zambrano – “Big Z” has been out with back soreness and back spasms and the team’s medical staff has implored Zambrano to maintain the strength in his core by strengthening his abdominal muscles and his hamstrings.  Big Z had this to say about his conditioning:  “There’s things in life you don’t like that you have to do.  I don’t like to do abs, but I’ll have to start doing my abs every day…  Like the doctors say, I’m a strong man, a big man, and that’s what big men do.  Wherever they are weak, they get stronger.”  Really?!  Wow – a professional athlete actually has to work out and keep his body in shape during the course of an MLB season?  Unbelievable…

    Big Z was on the DL earlier this year when he injured his hamstring trying to beat out a groundball.  After coming out of his previous start after only 3 innings with back stiffness, Zambrano did not obtain any special treatment during the 5 days leading up to his next start and ended up aggravating his back injury by swinging too hard during batting practice.  Doesn’t this guy realize he’s getting paid $16+ million each season to pitch, not be the next Babe Ruth?  What a moron – especially from your “Ace” pitcher.  Zambrano was able to throw all of his pitches in a productive bullpen session on Sunday and is scheduled to pitch for Class A Peoria on Thursday.  If all goes well, Zambrano will start against the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, August 25th.

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  • Aug

    PGA Championship Golf

    PGA Championship Golf

    It had never happened before – Tiger lost on the last day of a Major Championship when heading into the final round with the lead.  Woods had a 2-shot lead over Y.E. Yang and Padraig Harrington heading into Sunday’s final round, and was all but assured of another Major Championship win, but this time, it was not meant to be.  Woods shot a 3-over par 75, while Yang shot a 2-under par 70, allowing Yang to win by 3 shots and proving that Tiger Woods is mortal.

    Yang played the 1st 13 holes of the final round at even par, but his 60-foot chip-in eagle on 14 catupulted him into the lead for good.  He bogeyed 17, but birdied 18 to finish off the miraculous victory over the game’s best player.  It was likely the greatest upset of all time.  Woods, on the other hand, had 3 bogeys and 1 birdie through the day’s 1st 13 holes.  Woods and Yang were tied going into 14, and Woods put pressure on Yang but hitting his 2nd shot close to the pin for what should be an easy birdie.  But Yang made his eagle chip-in, and even though Woods made his easy birdie putt, Tiger trailed for the 1st time all day.  Yang allowed Woods to stay in the game.  Woods and Yang each bogeyed 17, so it remained a 1-hot Yang lead heading into 18.  A Yang birdie and a Woods bogey, and we had our winner – Y.E. Yang by 3 shots.

    Yang became the 1st Asian-born male to win a men’s major championship.  Yang had this to say about his play:  “I usually go for broke.  The odds are against me.  Nobody’s going to be really disappointed that I lose.  So I really had nothing much at stake, and that’s how I played it.”

    Woods, to his credit, was diplomatic in defeat: “I played well enough to win the champhionship.  I did not putt well enough to win the championship… I didn’t get it done on the greens, and consequently, I didn’t win the golf tournament.”  The 75 Woods shot was his worst score when he was in the final pairing on the last day of a major championship…

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