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Week of May 14, 2006

EUROPEAN TOUR: Quinn Direct British Masters
Sweden's Johan Edfors claimed his second win on the European Tour with a 1 shot victory over England's Gary Emerson, Scotland's Stephen Gallacher and fellow Swede Jarmo Sandelin. On a rollercoaster final day overnight leader Paul Casey was 3 clear as he reached the 9th but a run of bogey, double bogey, bogey brought the rest of the field back into it and it was Edfors that took his chance. A birdie at the par 5 15th gave him the lead and when he rolled in another birdie at the 17th he was 2 clear. Edfors then 3 putted the 18th to fall back to 11 under-par 277 and gave the final group of Casey and Michael Campbell a chance to tie but neither could make birdie and both bogeyed the final hole to leave Edfors with the victory.
PGA TOUR: EDS Byron Nelson Championship
American Brett Wetterich parred the final hole to win by a single shot from South African Trevor Immelman and claim his maiden PGA Tour win. After a poor start to the final round Wetterich was 3 back of the lead going into the final 9 holes but a birdie at the 10th as Immelman bogeyed the same hole reduced that lead to one. As Wetterich made pars Immelman started to drop shots and bogeys at the 12th and 15th gave Wetterich a 1 shot lead. As they came to the 18th Wetterich was still 1 clear and after he found the fairway with his tee shot and Immelman hit his into the water it looked all over. Immelman though after taking his penalty drop hit a great approach to 6 feet to keep the pressure on Wetterich but the American held his nerve and tapped in for par and a winning 12 under-par 268 total.
LPGA TOUR: Michelob ULTRA Open
Karrie Webb coasted to a 7 stroke victory over Lorena Ochoa and Hee-Won Han and her second win of the year. Webb started the final round 5 clear and following a weather delay she quickly set about an easy victory with a birdie at the par 5 third and all that was left to find out was who would finish second. As Webb coasted home Ochoa looked to have taken the runners-up spot before a bogey on the final hole left her tied with Han. Webb finished on 14 under-par 270 and moved to the top of the Order of Merit as well.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: The Boeing Championship
Bobby Wadkins led from start to finish edging out a chasing Raymond Floyd by a single shot. Wadkins started the day with a 4 shot lead, but Floyd who was playing over an hour in front of the leader, made 5 straight birdies on the back nine to move 2 clear. The run was ended when he bogeyed the 16th and as Wadkins birdied the 10th the pair were tied for the lead. They were still tied when Wadkins reached the 17th but Wadkins was able to convert his 7 foot birdie putt to regain the lead and a safe par at the 18th gave Wadkins a 10 under-par 203 total and the winner's cheque.
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: Parco di Monza Challenge
Spain's Alvaro Salto made a superb up and down on the final hole to claim a 2 shot victory over England's Gareth Davies. Salto had started the day 1 clear of Davies and after the both had battled all day back and forth, Salto came to the final hole still 1 clear of his playing partner. Both men found the greenside bunker with their approach shots, but Salto found a downhill lie next to the edge of the bunker. The young Spaniard with one foot outside of the bunker produced an amazing shot to around 6 feet as Davies hit his bunker shot to just inside Salto to keep the pressure on. Salto though was able to convert his par putt to finish on 13 under-par 271 and victory before Davies missed his effort.
Darron Stiles parred the first extra hole to beat Michael Putnam and earn his 4th Nationwide Tour title. Stiles had started the final round 4 clear, but his lead quickly disappeared and he eventually came to the 18th one shot behind Putnam. Putnam hit his approach over the green and was unable to get up and down for par and both men had finished on 13 under-par 267 and a play-off was required. At the first extra hole both men found sand with their approach shots. Putnam hit his bunker shot to around 10 feet before Stiles blasted out to 3 feet. Again Putnam was unable to convert his par putt before Stiles rolled his 3 footer in for victory number four.

Week of October 16, 2005

Because of a careless drop on Saturday, Michelle Wie was disqualified from her first LPGA tournament since she turned pro. In Texas, Mark McNulty notches his second Champions Tour victory of the season in the annual Administaff Small Business Classic. Hale Irwin’s decision to join the Senior Tour at 50 has paid off. Thus far, he has quadrupled his career PGA earnings, and continues to dominate at 60.

Week of October 9, 2005

Michelle Wie makes her highly-anticipated professional debut in the Samsung World Championship this weekend. Seve Ballasteros in the British Open will allow women to qualify for this year’s tournament. After tearing his ACL, Ernie Els eyes a December return.

Week of September 25, 2005

On Sunday afternoon, Chris DeMarco’s birdie putt clinched the Presidents Cup for the American team for the first time in five years. Colin Montgomery led the Britain-Ireland team to an easy victory in this weekend’s Seve Cup. In LPGA news, Michelle Wie looks to turn professional on the eve of her 16th birthday. John Daly and Fred Couples have been added to Tiger’s field in the year-ending Target Challenge And don’t forget to check out this week’s broadcasting schedule at .

February 14, 2005- NGF: Golf Rounds Played Were Up in 2004

Rounds played finished in positive territory in 2004 for the first time in three years, as reported by the National Golf Foundation and the National Golf Course Owners Association. While the gains were slight (0.7% nationally), they represent a welcome relief to the declines of the prior two years. “As usual, results vary remarkably by region,“ says Joe Beditz, president and CEO of NGF, “ with some areas experiencing a five percent decline and others increasing by as much as nine percent. Variations across regions, due in large part to weather patterns, show a continuing tendency to balance themselves out.“
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