Kjeldsen wins Volvo Karlsson wins money title

By Associated PressNovember 2, 2008, 5:00 pm
2005 Volvo MastersSOTOGRANDE, Spain ' Robert Karlsson became the first Swede to win the Order of Merit title when closest challenger Lee Westwood couldnt catch Soren Kjeldsen at the Volvo Masters on Sunday.
 
Westwood needed a victory at Valderrama to have any chance of claiming his second European money title, but shot a 1-over 72 to finish four shots behind winner Kjeldsen.
 
Karlsson lifted the Harry Vardon trophy despite finishing 32nd at Valderrama ' 17 strokes behind Kjeldsen ' after shooting a 75.
 
Robert Karlsson and Soren Kjledsen
Robert Karlsson and Soren Kjeldsen pose with their respective trophies. (Getty Images)
It has been a fantastic season. This is a great day for Swedish golf, Karlsson said after learning that fellow Swede Annika Sorenstam had won the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open in China.
 
Kjeldsen became the third wire-to-wire champion at the Volvo Masters after a 71 gave him an 8-under 276 total for a two-shot victory over Englands Anthony Wall (69) and Martin Kaymer (68) of Germany. Westwood finished tied for third with Spains Sergio Garcia (72).
 
It was the fifth straight year a different player had claimed the Order of Merit, with Karlssons consistent season providing the difference.
 
The Ryder Cup player said it was the most difficult weekend of his 17-year career as he spent most of the weekend watching a scoreboard missing his own name.
 
It was definitely affecting me. (But) Im not going to feel ashamed by finishing where I did, definitely not. The Order of Merit is played during the entire season, not one tournament, said Karlsson, who put his improved play in 2008 down to patience.
 
But he said that peaking for the majors was his next priority.
 
Im not going to start focusing on the results when I got to where I am by focusing on what I can do, and I will keep doing that, said Karlsson, who finished outside of the top-20 in only six of 23 events he competed in while winning twice.
 
A poor start by both Padraig Harrington and Miguel Angel Jimenez left Westwood as the only serious threat coming into the final round.
 
But the Englishmans charge fell flat at the seventh after he sprayed his shot from beneath one of the twisting cork trees into a side bunker and missed a 3 1/2-footer to save par.
 
Sand came into play again at the short par-4 eighth when the 2000 Order of Merit winner sent a pitch into the front bunker and came out short. Westwood missed right from 15 feet for a second straight bogey to fall four back of Kjeldsen, who was even at the turn.
 
Kaymer made a charge from No. 9 as he ran off three birdies over the next four holes to get to within one of the Dane thanks to some deft chipping at No. 11 and a 15 foot birdie putt at the par-3 12th.
 
It was very nice to see Kaymer doing very well, Karlsson said. Its much better to see a few guys up their challenging than just one.
 
But Kjeldsen, who lost to Justin Rose in a playoff last year, pitched to within 6 feet at No. 11 for a birdie and to within 10 feet at the next hole for another birdie.
 
Kaymer saw a 10-foot birdie chance at No. 14 lip out and then missed a par putt to drop three back with three holes to play. Although Wall made a late charge, there was never really any doubt as to the winner and Kjeldsen kept his nerve for a second career victory and first for five years.
 
Harrington, winner of both the British Open and PGA Championship this year, needed a top-two finish to claim his second Order of Merit title in three years but never really got going.
 
I left myself with all of the shots out there, all the way through today, especially the last three rounds. I probably wasnt quite prepared coming into it and thats it. The game was not quite there this week, said the Irishman, who bowed out with a best round of 68 to finish at 2 over for the week ' 10 behind Kjeldsen.
 
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    Like father like son: Bring Your Child to Work Day

    By Jay CoffinApril 26, 2018, 7:51 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. – Today is Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day at Golf Channel, where everything is fun and games until your child promptly says something that embarrasses you beyond belief. It’s only happened six times today. So far.

    My daughter, 12, is in middle school and feels like she’s too big for this sort of shindig. But my son Brady, 11, was all in. The deal was that he could spend the day with me, I’d take him to McDonald’s for lunch, but he had to write a golf story of some sort for GolfChannel.com.

    Here is his unedited work, in all its glory:

    By BRADY COFFIN

    My name is Brady Coffin and I play golf. I started at the age of 4 years old. My two favorite golfers are Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods. They are really good golfers and every time I watch them they always give me tips.

    My dad Jay Coffin is the best editor of Golf Channel and always gave me tips when I first put the golf club in my hand. I had my very first par in Hilton Head when I was 7 years old. I am on the Drive, Chip and Putt commercial and I was in a movie where I played a young Ben Hogan. My favorite golf course is Royal Blue in the Bahamas.

    I have won many golf tournaments and I am going to play in another tournament next month. I have made a couple of birdies. I am going to play in the PGA Junior League this summer.

    At the Golf Channel I get to meet new people and play many games. One of the amazing people I met was Mr. Damon Hack. He is on the Morning Drive show and was very nice to me. Damon has been playing golf for 25 years and his favorite golfer growing up was Tiger Woods.

    He loves working at Golf Channel.

    “It gives me the opportunity to talk and write about the sport that I love. It’s a sport that I can play with my boys. It’s a sport that I can watch on television. It’s a sport that teaches great life lessons. I couldn’t ask for a better job,” Damon said to me.

    (P.S. I will be better than Jordan Spieth.)

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    Not the 'prettiest' 65, but Duval, Furyk will take it

    By Ryan LavnerApril 26, 2018, 7:44 pm

    AVONDALE, La. – Wearing a polo instead of a dress shirt, working with a caddie and not a producer, David Duval exited the scoring tent, walked toward the group of reporters waiting for him after their 65 and grumbled to teammate Jim Furyk, “The damn media.”

    Duval was joking – we think – since he now is one of us on the dark side, a successful and respected TV analyst, after an injury-shortened career in which he battled Tiger Woods, rose to world No. 1, won a major and then experienced such a miserable slump that it drove him into an entirely new line of work.

    Now 46, Duval doesn’t play much anymore, only 11 events in the past four years. His last made cut was in July 2015. Earlier this year, he teed it up at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but only because he and his wife, Susie, enjoy the vibe there. Competitively, he knew he didn’t stand a chance. He had moved back to Colorado, worked two out of the three weeks, and then couldn’t practice the other week because the weather didn’t cooperate. Not surprisingly, he shot three consecutive rounds of 76 or worse.

    And that could have been the extent of his season (save for his annual appearance at The Open), but he was drawn to the idea of the team format at the Zurich, to the idea of playing with Jim Furyk, with whom he’s been friends for the past 32 years, dating to their days in junior golf. So Duval reached out, asking the U.S. Ryder Cup captain if he wanted to team up, for old times’ sake.

    “This was about being with a friend, reuniting, having our wives together for a few days,” said Duval, who estimated that he’s played more than 100 practice rounds with Furyk over the years. “Expectation-wise, I don’t know what they are for me. I don’t get to participate out here and compete.”


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    But Duval took this start seriously. He almost never travels with his clubs, but he brought them to the Masters, working with his old coach, Puggy Blackmon, between TV appearances and bouncing between Augusta Country Club and Augusta University’s practice facility.

    Without any on-camera work since then, he’s spent the past two weeks grinding, even bringing Blackmon to New Orleans for a range session, just like most of the other pros in the field.

    “It’s like a normal preparation,” he said. “Maybe not as much as it would be for a typical player, but a lot more than I’ve been able to do in the past.”

    Duval has no intentions of diving back into competitive golf full-time, but working as an analyst has given him a new perspective on the game he loves.

    “When you don’t play a lot and you don’t have that opportunity, you feel like you have to play perfectly,” he said. “Being on the other side of the desk, you see how many crappy golf shots really, truly get hit, and it’s like, look, you don’t have to be perfect. You just have to hit more good ones than bad ones and go from there.”

    That also sums up his and Furyk’s opening round here at the Zurich.

    Furyk joked before the event that they’re the rustiest team in the field, but playing best ball, they remained steady in a driving rainstorm, then ran off seven birdies to shoot 65 and sit in the top 10 when they finished their round.

    “It wasn’t necessarily the prettiest,” Duval said, “but it was solid. It wasn’t like we had 36 looks at birdie.”

    “We ham-and-egged it really good today,” Furyk added. “We got pretty much one of the best scores we could have out of the round.”

    The second round could be a different story, of course, with alternate shot. It’s a more nerve-wracking format – especially for two aging warriors without many competitive reps this year – and they figure to find some unusual parts of TPC Louisiana.

    But that’s a worry for Friday, because Duval was in the mood to savor his four birdies, his team score of 65 and his ideal start to a work week with his longtime friend.

    “I think it was good,” he said, breaking into a wry smile, “especially for me.”

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    Finau lifts team to opening 62 on improving ankle

    By Ryan LavnerApril 26, 2018, 6:24 pm

    AVONDALE, La. – Tony Finau continues to thrive on his injured ankle.

    Playing for the first time since the Masters, where he tied for 10th despite a high-ankle sprain, Finau matched partner Daniel Summerhays with six birdies to shoot a combined 10-under 62 in fourballs Thursday at the Zurich Classic.

    Finau still isn’t 100 percent – he said he's closer to 70 percent – even after two weeks of rest and physical therapy. During that time he worked with doctors at the University of Utah Orthopedic Center and also the training staff with the Utah Jazz. Before the Zurich, he had played only nine holes.


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    “Sometimes simplicity is huge in this game,” he said. “There is not a lot of thoughts in my swing in the first place, so there can’t be that many thoughts when you don’t practice. It served me well today.”

    Partnering with Summerhays, his fellow Utah resident and a friend for more than a decade, they combined to make 12 birdies during an opening round that left them only two shots back of the early lead.

    Asked afterward how his ankle felt, Finau said: “Feeling a lot better after that 62. A great remedy for something hurting is some good golf.”  

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    Woods commits to Wells Fargo and The Players

    By Golf Channel DigitalApril 26, 2018, 6:07 pm

    Tiger Woods will tee it up each of the next two weeks, having officially committed to both the Wells Fargo Championship and The Players.

    Woods' commitment to next week's event in Charlotte was confirmed by multiple Golf Channel sources and first reported during Thursday's "Golf Central."

    The 42-year-old later took to Twitter to formally announce that he is ready for another back-to-back stretch:

    Woods has not played since a T-32 finish earlier this month at the Masters. A winner at Quail Hollow in 2007, Woods has not made the cut there since a fourth-place showing in 2009 and has not played Wells Fargo since 2012. He missed last year's PGA Championship at Quail Hollow because of injury.

    Woods' return to The Players will mark his first trip to TPC Sawgrass since 2015. He won on the Stadium Course in both 2001 and 2013. This will be Woods' second back-to-back of the season, having missed the cut at the Genesis Open before finishing 12th the following week at the Honda Classic.

    After starting the year ranked No. 656 in the world, Woods is up to No. 91 in the latest world rankings. He recorded three straight top-12 finishes during the Florida swing, including a runner-up finish alongside Patrick Reed at the Valspar Championship and a T-5 finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.