ADAM HAD’EM: Adam Scott made a 48-foot birdie putt on the third hole of sudden death to capture the EDS Byron Nelson Championship over Ryan Moore. The win was Scott’s sixth on the PGA TOUR and his first since last year’s Shell Houston Open.
Tough luck for Moore. After closing in 2-under 68, and making a lengthy birdie putt of his own on the 17th in regulation, Moore watched with one eye open as Scott birdied the 18th to force the extra session. Moore then squeaked by the first two playoff holes as Scott missed very makeable winning putts. But just when it seemed advantage Moore, Scott put a dagger in his heart with a near 50-foot bomb. Moore remains winless as a professional.
SERGI-OHH: Sergio Garcia started the final round in Irving, Texas four off the lead of his good friend Scott. He then went bogey-par-double bogey-double bogey-bogey on his way to a 5-over 75 and a tie for 19th.
Is there any player less intimidating on Sunday than Garcia? Fortunately for Scott he bounced back from being 3 over through 5 holes in the final round to win; otherwise, he might be challenging Garcia for this dubious dishonor. Garcia remains winless on the PGA TOUR – or European Tour, for that matter – since 2005. Maybe it’s time to stop wondering when he’s going to win a major and wonder when he’s going to win any kind of tournament.
TAKING ADVANTAGE: Annika Sorenstam defeated Paula Creamer on the first hole of sudden death to capture the inaugural Stanford International Pro-Am in southern Florida. Sorenstam narrowly missed winning putts on the final hole of regulation and the first playoff hole, but won her 71st career LPGA title when Creamer left a 6-foot par putt short.
This was a classic battle for Who’s No. 2 on the LPGA Tour. With Lorena Ochoa sitting out, the game’s best players outside of the world’s No. 1 took advantage. Sorenstam, Creamer, Cristie Kerr and Karrie Webb were all on the final leaderboard. It was Annika who emerged from this impressive pack. But while she might be a clear No. 2 now, she’s still far, far away from No. 1. After a winless 2007, Sorenstam has two wins this season – both coming without Ochoa in the field.
WELCOME BACK: Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke grabbed victory at the Asian Open defeating Robert Jan Derksen by one stroke at the in Shanghai, China. Clarke clinched the win in dramatic fashion with some 72nd-hole heroics, sinking a 30-foot birdie putt to seal the victory.
This was Clarke's first victory since 2003, but perhaps more notably his first since the death of his wife Heather in 2006. A moment that was not lost on 39-year-old saying, “It was always going to be a difficult hurdle for me to get back into the winner’s enclosure after Heather passed away. But to turn around and make a brilliant last and win the cup feels pretty good.” Cheers, Darren.
CUP HALF FULL: The FedExCup season crossed over the half-way point at the EDS Byron Nelson, leaving 16 weeks for players to qualify for the season-ending PGA TOUR Playoffs.
Two things we know at this point in the second year of the FedExCup: 1) Even with knee surgery during the season Tiger Woods will still lead come Playoff time. 2) A year-and-a-half into this thing and no one still knows exactly how it works. We are pretty sure that 125 players qualify for the first event, The Barclays, which currently leaves Davis Love III, David Toms, Tom Lehman, Brett Wetterich, Chris DiMarco, and – believe it or not! – John Daly on the outside looking in.
NEEDING REST FROM HIS VACATION: Trevor Immelman made his first start since winning the Masters Tournament, shooting 78-75 to miss the cut at the EDS Byron Nelson. Immelman, admittedly worn out by an exhaustive PR run since his major victory, had four birdies, 12 bogeys and two doubles.
Only one of the last 21 Masters champions has won in his next start out, that being Tiger Woods when he won the Nelson after his historic 1997 Augusta triumph. Immelman didn’t join Tiger on that list, but he did become the first player since Jose Maria Olazabal in 1994 to miss the cut in his next start after winning the Masters. Somehow we don’t think that’s going to earn him another spot on Letterman.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: EDS announced a four-year extension of its sponsorship of the Byron Nelson through 2014; Five-time Open Championship winner Tom Watson will compete in this year’s edition at Royal Birkdale; Teenager Vicky Hurst set a Duramed FUTURES Tour 54-hole record, winning the Jalapeno Golf Classic; Watson and Andy North won the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf; Adam Scott's caddie, Tony Navaro, received a Cadillac for his employer's win.
The renewal of a sponsor might be boring news to most, but in today’s market it’s incredibly good news for the TOUR and the long-standing Byron Nelson tournament; the last of the 58-year-old Watson’s five Open titles came at Royal Birkdale in 1983; Hurst finished at 18-under 198, breaking the record of Grace Park at 16 under; The legends reverted back to a team event, which was a good change-up for the tour; A Caddy for a caddie. One more incentive to draw top-level players to their event.
Contributions from writers and editors on the Golf Channel Digital team.
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