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Trevor Immelmans victory in the Masters didnt generate much attention in South Africa, mainly because he finished his round at 2:30 a.m. in his native country, after most people'and newspapers'had gone to bed.
Expect that to happen at the U.S. Open for South Africa, Europe and even the United Kingdom.
The U.S. Open has decided to go prime time in the United States, with a 7 p.m PDT finish at Torrey Pines. If everything goes according to schedule'rare in golf with so much slow play'the tournament will end at 3 a.m. in Britain, and roughly an hour later in continental Europe and South Africa.
When do you say to the West Coast, The tournament must end at 4 oclock your time, USGA executive director David Fay said. I know it puts Europe at a disadvantage. We tend to look east, where its just as easy to look to the west. If K.J. Choi (of South Korea) is leading, the time might be better for Asia.
The last time a major was held on the West Coast was Pebble Beach for the 2000 U.S. Open, and the final round was scheduled to end at 5 p.m. PDT.
Its tough to keep track of the U.S. Ryder Cup standings, with so much emphasis placed on this years performance and double points available at the majors. But with the first major in the books, a quick review shows only two of the top eight in the standings have won this year.
Tiger Woods leads the standings'no shock there.
Stewart Cink is second on the strength of two second-place finishes and a pair of thirds, including the Masters. Phil Mickelson, who won at Riviera, was in third place. The rest of the top eight'remember, Paul Azinger gets four captains picks'are Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson, Justin Leonard and Brandt Snedeker.
Snedeker moved into the top eight with his tie for third at the Masters, which earned him almost as many points (870) as Sean OHair got for winning in Tampa (870).
Chris DiMarco finally won on the second week of April. Too bad he wasnt at the Masters.
DiMarco, who played in the final group two straight years and lost in a playoff to Tiger Woods in 2005, failed to qualify for the Masters for the first time since 2000.
According to Golfweek magazine, DiMarco and several PGA TOUR players from central Florida gathered last Wednesday at Sugarloaf Mountain, a terrific new course north of Orlando designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
DiMarco shot a 5-under 67 and won the Sugarloaf Masters by one shot over Garrett Willis and Fulton Allem. No word on whether he was awarded a green cap from the club.
Michelle Wie has accepted an exemption to play July 17-20 at the LPGA State Farm Rail Classic. She previously accepted an invitational to play the preceding week at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. Among the faces in the crowd at the Masters was Japanese star Ai Miyazato, who was at Augusta for the first time. Greg Normans longtime tournament, the Merrill Lynch Shootout, has raised its purse to $2.9 million. The last two Masters champions, Zach Johnson and Trevor Immelman, had only one PGA TOUR victory before earning the green jacket.
A year after Zach Johnson played the par 5s in 11 under to win the Masters, Trevor Immelman was only 3 under on the par 5s.
Im more famous now than when I was famous.'Louise Suggs, who in the last two years has won the Bob Jones Award from the USGA and the William D. Richardson Award from the Golf Writers Association of America.
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