Angel Cabrera wins the US Open holding off Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk by a single stroke. Cabrera shot a final round 69, his second of the eight under par rounds all week. Several players made runs at the top, including Steve Stricker, who led at the turn but doubled both 10 and 11 enroute to a tie for 13th with 3rd round leader Aaron Baddeley. Baddeley shot a 80 beginning with a 3 putt triple bogey from 8 feet on the first hole. Woods and Furyk had chances but couldn't get it done while Cabrera did and that in the end was the difference.
Aaron Baddeley has a two shot lead over Tiger Woods after the third round of the US Open. Baddeley birdied the final hole to shoot even par 70 on a day when only two golfers broke par. One of those was Steve Stricker, who holed a 74 yard shot for a birdie and shot 68, the other was Mr. Woods with a one under par 69. Woods also hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation. There are a dozen golfers within 5 shots of the lead, including David Toms and Jim Furyk along with second round leader Angel Cabrera who stumbled to a 75. Tomorrow should be some kind of fun; at least for spectators.
Susann Petterson using a borrowed Ping Doc putter scorched the back nine in 32 shots to win the McDonalds Championship by a single shot over Karrie Webb. Webb finished second for the second year in a row. Webb and third round leader Na On Min also shot 32's on the back nine in one of the most compelling finishes I witnessed in a while. On Min managed to overcome three bogeys in a row on the front nine with four straight birdies on the back to finish alone in third. A very very enjoyable tournament to watch.
Woody Austin shoots a final round 62 to leave the entire field so far behind him most of them never saw him go by. Adam Scott self destructed, Sergio Garcia and Vijay Singh were never in the mix after Thursday. What a marvelous round of golf Mr. Austin shot; an eagle, six birdies and no bogeys.
The circus is in town, with Michelle Wie overshadowing even a Major Championship, John Daly and his wife getting catty with one another, and Colin Montgomery giving his caddy the old heave-ho. What happened to the golf? Nobody seems to remember Lorena Ochoa gave up a 4 shot lead and was defeated by Nicole Castrale last week at Annika's tournament. Golf has apparently gotten to be more reality show than sporting event. Something detrimental to everyone involved.
Big John Daly claims his wife attacked him with a steak knife. And he has the facial scratches as evidence. His life continues to take more twists and turns than a roller coaster as he tries to rediscover the golf game that appears to have deserted him. Much like the women in his life.
Mickelson withdraws surrounded by an entourage. Woods can't read the greens (is it his eyes?) nor has he picked a name for baby. A task he delays at his own peril. Wilson and Kelly have the golfing gods smile and spit on them in the same round, while in the same group. Pampling on the verge of a rare double, winning both The King's and The Golden Bear's tournaments.
Michelle Wie withdraws from the Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika. 14 over after 16 holes, she leaves due to exacerbation of the wrist injury she has suffered from since March. Does this have anything to do with the rule that non tour members who shoot 88 or above are banned from LPGA events for a year? I wonder considering the withdrawal came after a conversation with her manager, not a medical person. Did the decision not to finish result from the proximity of the dreaded 88 or worse? Nobody asked those questions of the manager or the family. Perhaps somebody should.