True Thailand Classic. Jiménez Takes Over at the Top

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Miguel Angel Jiménez takes over at the top of the True Thailand Classic at Black Mountain Golf Club.

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Miguel posted a second round -6 under par 66 to lead the True Thailand Classic by one shot with a -11 under par total.

Miguel is already a winner on the Champions Tour this year, and is now hoping to extend his own record as The European Tour’s oldest winner. A title he took possession of  when he triumphed as a 50-year-old in last year’s Open de España. He was very happy with his putting, but hopes to recover from the flu, which is interrupting his sleep;

“I’m very happy, I am disappointed to make bogey on the last but overall I played very solid and made a lot of birdies.” 

“I was hitting shots right at the flags today. You need to be in the right places on the greens to put the ball on the right side of the hole, because the putts are very fast, I like it.”

“I have the flu and I’m very bunged up and slept terribly last night, but apart from that I’m fine.”

Local favourite Kiradech Aphibarnrat had a -5 under par 67, which moved him up into second place on his own at -10 under par.

Kiradech likes Miguel and said it will be hard to beat him, even though the man is twice his age;

“We’ve been playing a lot in Europe last year and he’s a really nice guy.”

“But it’s not easy to beat an old guy like him! He hits the ball very far and is striking it very well. He’s a world-class player in my eyes.”

There is a trio of players at -9 under par occupying third place, Scott HendRichard T Lee and Thongchai Jaidee.

Scott had a -4 under par round while Richard recorded a -5 under par. Thongchai carded  the same -6 under par 66 as the leader, and said it could have been better, he missed a few short putts

“I hit a lot of good shots but missed a few short putts. I missed from three feet three times, but otherwise I played great today and hit the ball very well.” 

“It should’ve been more than six under today; sometimes you lose your confidence with the putter and the greens are very tricky here, a lot of guys are struggling.” 

“But it’s great to be playing at home in Thailand and I’m performing well. I’m two behind so that’s not too bad, I’ll be trying to catch up tomorrow.”

Overnight leader Michael Hoey could only follow his course record of 64 on day one with a level par 72 second round and slipped into a share of sixth place.

Shot of the day came from Thai Panuphol Pittayarat, he carded an ace on the 192 yard par three 14th, which earned him a new house;

“I’m still shaking after finishing 18 holes.”

“It’s the second time I got a hole-in-one in my career.”

“All I got the first time was two shots, but this time I really got something! I’ve seen the pictures of the house every day since I arrived here, and now it’s mine.”

Congratulations Panuphol.

Monty in America.

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Monty in America is a great spectacle these days, especially as he has just won the  U.S. Senior Open, to go along with his victory at the Senior PGA Championship. That is two Majors in 2014 and he is looking forward to a battle royal against Bernhard Langer for the Charles Schwab Cup.

Monty won the U.S. Senior Open in a play-off against Gene Sauers, after he had come from four shots off Gene’s lead at the start of play to force the three hole play-off;

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“You talk about the Ryder Cup and one-on-one, I’m usually quite good. A play-off in a golf tournament is like a penalty shootout in the World Cup. You don’t know what’s going to happen.”

“It’s been a great summer, I’m really on top of the world right now. My play-off record is pretty weak, to be honest. I think I’ve been in 10 worldwide and won one of them up until today. I’ve lost in a play-off – 1994 – and been one shot behind a couple of times – in 1997 and 2006 – and you have to wait until you’re 50 to finally win one.”

“I have been made very welcome here on the Champions Tour and it’s a delight to come and play here on great golf courses. The weather is a lot better than it is at home and I’m enjoying it. I think if you enjoy something, you’re usually quite good at it, no matter what it is. I’m enjoying playing golf here in America in my latter years and thrilled and delighted that I’m able to do so.”

Monty has matured on the golf course these days, gone are the irritable diatribes against the gallery. A TV announcer once said that Monty could hear a fly fart from 4oo paces;

“I think I’ve matured on the golf course, I’m more patient than I was. I think I felt that in majors when I was contending that I had to play perfect golf, I had to go out and score 64 and it’s amazing the quality of the golf courses and the toughness of them, you don’t. You have to play intelligent golf and I think I’ve matured enough to realize that and play more within myself and sometimes to play away from some pins so you don’t make bogeys and you realize that in major golf pars are usually good enough, especially in USGA events.”

“To stay ahead of Bernhard Langer in any senior event you play in, you’re close to the lead. That was what I was trying to do all week was just stay one ahead of Bernhard Langer. And a great friend of mine,  Ryder Cup colleague of mine and great competitor. At 57 years old, all credit to him for keeping it going the way he does.”

Champions Tour. Senior PGA Championship. Monty Makes It In U.S.

dragon logo darkMonty wins the 75th Senior PGA Championshiphis first-ever official triumph on U.S. soil. 


Colin Montgomerie pulled away from the pack for his first-ever official triumph on U.S. soil. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Colin Montgomerie has won his first tournament in the United States of America, a feat bringing so much joy that the normally scowling Monty broke into a huge smile. A final round -6 under par 65 gave Monty his winning total of -13 under par

Colin has suffered from concentration problems for most of  his career, it was once said that he could hear a fly fart from 50 paces. His first words were about that very subject;

“I learned today to concentrate on me, and possibly I haven’t in the past. I feel fantastic, really, superb, there’s a motto: `If you fail and fail, you come back and try again.’ I’ve had a couple of failures here in America and close calls, especially in major championships, and it’s great to finally win, never mind a Champions Tour event, but a Senior PGA Championship event.”

A wonderfully gifted golfer it is good to see Colin lifting a trophy, and enjoying it with a huge grin.

Tom Watson put a charge in the tournament when he started the back nine with consecutive birdies to pull within one shot of the lead at the time. He also shot a -6 under par 65 last round to  finish in second place at -9 under par;

“It was one of the best rounds from tee to green that I played in years, it was really, really good, but the putter felt like a snake in my hands. I missed a lot of short putts today. It could have been a much better scoring round of golf.”

 Tied in third place at -7 under par were Jay Haas and Bernhard Langer.

Champions Tour. Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Brilliant Bernhard Back in the Winners Circle.

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Brilliant Bernhard Langer is back in the winners circle, winning the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii.

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Bernhard shot a beautiful final round of -8 under par 64 on the Hualalai Golf Course to win the Mitsubishi Electric Championship title by three shots with his tournament score of -22  under par.

Bernhard was extremely pleased with his win;

“It’s a new year and my goal was to get over the hurdle and win as soon as possible. I’m very pleased and extremely blessed to play golf like this. To be 22 under doesn’t happen very often.”

Fred Couples and Jeff Sluman finished tied in second place at -19 under par. Jay Haas was in fourth spot alone on -17  under par.

Jeff  was making his 80th consecutive senior start, he has been among the tour’s top-20 money winners the last five years. All but one of his five birdies came from inside 6 feet, due to great iron play. He finished the last round with a -7 under par 65, with a -19 under par total;

“My iron shots were pretty bueno on those.”

Fred was looking for his 10th Champions win and second in a row, he had a -5 under par 67 last round to also finish at -19 under par.

 The seniors play here again Sept. 18-21 in the Champions Tour Pacific Links Hawaii Championship at Kapolei.

Champions Tour. Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Freddie and Bernhard Lead


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 Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer are tied atop the leaderboard of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii.



After two days of pristine conditions on the Hualalai Course Fred and Bernhard are tied at the top of the leaderboard at -14 under par. Fred carded a second round of -8 under par 64 while Bernhard signed for -7 under par 65.

Fred commented about what he called crazy scoring;

” The scores here are crazy every year, to be honest, the only time I pay attention is Sunday when I’m done. There is definitely frustration, especially because I was leading almost every week at some point. I’m ready for more wins, hopefully.”

Mark O’Meara was just one stroke back of the leaders at -13 under par for the tournament. Mark was – 7 under par after seven holes and finished with a second round of 65.

David Frost , has pulled into contention with a -8 under par 64. David marvelously one-putted 10 times,  and shares fourth place with Jeff Sluman and Steve Elkington at -12 under par.

The final round will be a good contest, a tightly packed leaderboard and good weather conditions will make low scoring very possible.

Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Fantastic Fred Wins. Kenny Crowned Champion.

Freddie Couples won his first event this year, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, with a last round -2 under par 69 for tournament total of -17 under par, a six shot victory. Kenny Perry won the year-long points competition for  the Charles Schwab Cup.

Fred Couples during his win in the 2013 Charles Schwab Cup Championship in San Francisco.

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Fred was happy with his win;

” It’s great to win. It seems like four years ago, now I have 60 days to lose all my momentum. I’d like to have the kind of year Kenny had, the goal is to win the Cup. The goal is to play. This year, I wouldn’t call it a waste, but it was a waste as far as not winning. This week was different, I did not miss many shots. I got the lead and I kept it. I’m not a fierce competitor but I love the competition. Just winning, even if it’s a club championship, you’re thrilled.”


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Kenny remarked on his magical season;

” It’s been a magical season. This is my highest accomplishment. I’ve been close to winning a major on the PGA TOUR and to finally win a few this year, it’s the things dreams are made of.”

Kenny spoke about the challenge from Bernhard Langer;

“Starting the week I said it was 29 against one, and like I was saying, I was trying to be the mayor of San Francisco trying to shake all the players’ hands. I just said, I need one of you to get hot this week and keep Langer off of me. And it was so funny he played right in front of me today, Bernhard did, and I came to the ninth hole, which I knocked a driver and 5-wood on the green, and I looked over at the board and he shot – 4 under on the front nine and I’m thinking this guy just won’t go away. We’ll cherish this year because, you know what, not too many people have one of these. To be able to say that I did it once in my career is a dream come true, to finally, here at 53, to achieve something pretty significant in my golfing career. I’ve had the lead since June or whenever and every week we talk about the Charles Schwab Cup and I’m finally glad it’s over, I don’t want to talk about it no more, I got it.”

Bernhard finished in second place, a last round -4 under par 67, for total of -11 under par, in reality a long way from actually winning the tournament, which he needed to do to beat Kenny to the overall points title.

Tied with Bernhard in second place this week were Peter Senior and Mark O’Meara. As things turned out without Fred winning this week, there would have been a play-off for the overall title. Apparently Kenny was very thankful that Freddie turned on his super dominating performance.


Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Couples Creates A Cushion.

Freddie Couples creates a comfortable cushion in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at TPC Harding Park.

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Freddie, who is winless this season fired a -3 under par 68 third round to extend his lead at the top of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to five points, with his -15 under par total.

Freddie acknowledged this is the best he has played this year;

“The best I played this year, I’m right there. If someone says are you going to win the Schwab Cup, I would have to have the greatest year ever because I’m going to play 14 times where some guys are going to play 22 times and some of those guys are Kenny Perry and Bernhard Langer, who dominate. This year I played Augusta, Los Angeles and Memorial, 13 out here, so that’s 16, there are 52 weeks, I’m playing 16 of them. Wow, I’m really killing myself. I’m going to play Riviera and Augusta, so 18 Champions Tour events, I think that’s pretty good, and if I do well and keep going, I could play like the SAS Championship and Hickory, which would push it to 20.”

“I enjoy having a lead, sometimes when you go and play with a lead, you try to expand it. If you’re behind, every shot is important. I don’t do well with that. I’m just going to go out and play. For the most part it’s about stepping up and just hitting it.”

Mark O’Meara is in  second place after his -4 under par 67. Th defending champion Tom Lehman had the best round of the day, a -6 under par 65, which propelled him up the leaderboard to join Bart Bryant and Peter Senior at -9 under par. Bart  carded a -1 under par  70, and Peter slipped with a +1 over par 72.

Mark was happy with the driver, but missed some putts;

” I drove the ball pretty well. I had some good opportunities early in the round when I hit good putts that just missed the hole.”

Charles Schwab Cup points leader Kenny Perry is tied for seventh at -7 under  par after a 67, and arch rival for the overall title, Bernhard Langer, who needs a victory and also some help to catch Kenny, also was at -77 under par after a modest even par round of 71.