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Successful game of Natalia Guseva and Anna Schulze at the LETAS stage in Spain

In Spain, the final stages of the season of the second division of the women’s Euro tour were held, where our golfers performed strongly. Participants had to play in the most difficult weather conditions, and the air temperature dropped to almost zero degrees. The start of the final round of the Santander Golf Tour Lauro tournament was postponed twice due to rain, and subsequently the golfers could not finish it.

As a result, the organizers of the competition had to cancel the final round and limit themselves to the results of the first two days. Our country was represented at the Spanish tournament by Anna Schulze, Alisa Khokhlova and Natalia Guseva, who performed by special invitation and made her debut at the LETAS stages. Anna and Natalia managed to overcome the cut, although it was very difficult to perform on the second day.

“My first tournament was held in Lerma,” says Natalia, who finished in the top 20 at another LETAS stage a few days ago. ” This is a very famous field, and professional tournaments have been held there many times. We also had to play in severe weather conditions, as sometimes we went out to play in one degree of heat, which is not warm. In principle, I am happy with my performance. Played in minus three. There is a lot to work on. And now I understand that I can safely fight with professionals who play LETAS. I hope that in the near future I will be able to get to more prestigious tournaments, play LETAS and always be in the top. I think that you just need to work on yourself, and everything will work out.

At the tournament in Lauro, the field was already much heavier, there were a lot of trees, and there was no such open space. Here, too, there was wind, but it was more difficult to cope with it, as the field was very narrow and treacherous. Every time I had to think about where to play correctly, so that then there was the right shot on the green. You can’t even tell from the final score whether it turned out, because in the last round I was in minus two until the last hole, I had only two holes left to play, and it’s a shame that the last round was canceled, since I was in the twentieth position. If I had finished, maybe I would have made it to the top 15, as many girls couldn’t handle the last round in the rain. The rain was very heavy. Sometimes the greenkeepers would come and “clear” the path for us on the putt, as everything was flooded and we played in very difficult weather conditions.

I want to thank my caddy chavi’s Pandamania, he was with me in these two tournaments and was very helpful. Without him, of course, I would not have managed and did not give such a good result on the last day, and in principle in these two tournaments. I want to thank my mother, who always supports me, and who is always with me. And all those who supported me. I am very pleased for the support when it comes from my home country, and I hope that in the future I will please you with better results at the LETAS stages, and a little later, maybe in the LPGA. I think everything will work out, we will prepare. In principle, the Olympics are just around the corner. Not the next one, but a little later. I hope that everything will work out for us. There is potential in Russian Golf, and we know it very well.”

Jason Day could not finish the CJ CUP tournament due to injury

During the CJ CUP tournament, Jason day again had problems with his back, which did not prevent the former World ranking leader from reaching the final round on the sixth line of the standings. Jason had a long-awaited chance to win his thirteenth PGA TOUR title, but fate decreed otherwise.

Before going on the tee on the final day of the tournament, day had a good workout on the range and at first did not pay attention to the slight discomfort in the neck area. When Jason went to the putting green, he felt a sharp click, and the right side of his neck literally jammed. Day didn’t have time for any more procedures, so he decided to just go out on the tee and rely on luck.

On the first hole, Jason broke a couple of strokes and got three pluses, but the Australian still went to the next hole, where he again failed to properly execute the eprouch. As a result, the 32-year-old golfer decided to stop trying so as not to aggravate the injury. This is the eleventh time in day’s career that he had to stop playing in a tournament due to an injury.

“My back was pinched and sore throughout the week, so I guess I tried too hard to fight it and pulled my neck as a result,” Jason explained to reporters. “I hope everything works out and I can come back next week.” I had a great swing, but I didn’t have a few good putts. Such things are unpleasant in any situation, but it is especially offensive when you had a chance to win.”

European Tour: Scottish Championship, the results. Bright triumph of Adrian Otega

Adrian Otaegui got off to a great start at the Scottish Championship, where the Spaniard scored ten cons in the opening round. But Adrian spent the next two days much less effectively, and by the final day, his gap to Matt Wallace, who took the sole lead, grew to four strokes. In the middle of his performance, Adrian produced a phenomenal series of eleven holes, where he entered eight birdies on his scorecard, finishing the Scottish stage of the Euro tour at minus 23.

Wallace, who played just one stroke better than the pair on the final day, settled for a solitary second place and led the English Quartet in the standings behind the champion. Again, Aaron Rai performed well in Scotland, finishing in third place.

“To be honest, I didn’t have much hope this morning,” Otegi admitted. – I just wanted to go out and perform well, to show the best possible score. If I’d been told in the morning that I’d hit 63, I wouldn’t have believed it. But everything went just fine. I performed very well and felt great. I was very focused and made some good putts.”

Note that this is Adrian’s third triumph in the Euro Tour, but he has not previously won in the stroke play format. Otegi has established himself as a match expert and won trophies at the Paul Lawrie Match Play and Belgian Knockout tournaments.

PGA Tour: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, results. Martin Laird wins the playoffs

Before the final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, the lead was shared by Martin Laird and Patrick Cantlay, who won the event three years ago and then finished twice in the only step away from repeating this success. Laird has also previously won at the TPC Summerlin Golf club, but this happened back in 2009, and now the 37-year-old Scot needed an invitation from sponsors to participate in the tournament. Patrick unpleasantly surprised his fans by grabbing four bogeys in just six holes and depriving himself of any chance of continuing to fight for the title.

And Martin confidently played the first nine and finished it with a great shot that allowed him to break away three strokes from the nearest pursuers. With two holes to go, Laird’s lead was reduced to a minimum, and he had to heroically save par on the 17th hole, where the world number 358 thwarted his drive. Still, in the very end, Martin failed to save his score card from boggy and was forced to continue fighting in the playoffs (the third for him in the local arena).

 

Laird’s opponents on the extra holes were Austin Cook) and Matthew Wolff, who amicably collected five cons in the final round. Wolff performed phenomenally a day earlier when he went ten strokes better than par at the local arena, completing an incredible three-needle series on five holes. In the final round, the U.S. Open Vice-major champion also scored an eagle after a superb 375-yard drive on the long 16th hole.

At the first attempt, all three contenders played the par 18 hole, and then Laird made the winning birdie on the 17th. Ten years ago, Martin lost a playoff on the same hole when he was trying to defend his title. But then Jonathan Byrd didn’t give him a chance, making a hole-in-one.

Bryson DeChambeau calmed down his opponents a little, clearly demonstrating that he is still capable of making mistakes. The 2018 winner had his best start to the Tour and collected nine cons on the first day of the tournament, but at the start of the third round, Deschambault picked up five pros, and even a strong finish did not allow him to finish the week above eighth place.

Saudi Arabia will host professional women’s tournaments for the first time

The management of the women’s Euro tour has announced its intention to hold two new tournaments in Saudi Arabia. Competitions with a total prize pool of one and a half million dollars will be held this year and will be the first professional women’s tournaments held in this country. Both starts will take place at the Royal Greens Golf club on the red sea coast. The start of the Aramco Saudi Ladies International tournament is scheduled for November 12, and the three-day Saudi Ladies Team International tournament, where professionals and Amateurs will perform together, starts on the 17th. Initially, the LET stage was scheduled for March this year, but then the competition was canceled due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Recall that at the beginning of last year, the first men’s tournament was held in Saudi Arabia, the winner of which was Dustin Johnson.

At the beginning of the season, LET representatives managed to hold only two starts, and four more stages were held after the covid break. The calendar of the 2020 season includes five more competitions, two of which will be held in the country of the sheikhs. Both starts will take place at the Royal Greens Golf club on the red sea coast. This year, only at two stages of LET, the organizers were able to provide their participants with a prize pool of more than one million dollars, and therefore the performance at the Aramco Saudi Ladies International tournament will be very tempting for representatives of the Euro tour. However, some golfers have already announced that they do not intend to fly to Saudi Arabia, as they condemn the policy of the country’s leadership. Recall that just a couple of years ago, women were allowed to get driver’s licenses here, and only at the end of last year, the rule requiring restaurants to organize a separate entrance for women was canceled.

Former agent tries to sue Tony Finau for 16 million

Tony Finau is forced to take part in a lawsuit in which the plaintiff will try to recover more than $ 16 million from the golfer’s family. Molonai Hola, who heads Icon Sports, claims that for several years he paid the Fino family’s bills, but in the End did not receive compensation and agreed payments from the golfer’s income. The lawsuit also names Fino’s father and younger brother.

According to the lawsuit, Hola spent almost $ 600,000 to pay for the Fino family’s housing expenses, medical insurance, car purchases, and to move and live with Tony and his brother in Florida, where they took lessons from the famous coach David Leadbetter for about a year. And now the agent is demanding his money back along with a “penalty” of $ 16 million. Hola claims that he was promised 20 percent of the Fino family’s future income in professional Golf.

Over six years of playing on the PGA Tour, Tony’s prize money totaled about $ 20.3 million (including $ 300,000 for eighth place at the recent U.S. Open major). The younger brother Fino never managed to prove himself at the professional level, although initially he also showed great hopes.

Tiger Woods ‘ spare putter sold for record amount

It is no exaggeration to say that the legendary tiger Woods patter of the Scotty Cameron Newport II model is one of the most famous clubs in the world of Golf. Woods himself is very sensitive to his putter and admitted to reporters that even his children are forbidden to play with this stick (as with the Terrylium Scotty putter, with which tiger won his first major).

It’s hard to imagine how much collectors are willing to pay for a pattern with which tiger won 14 of his 15 majors (there is talk about amounts in the range of 3-5 million dollars), but his copies regularly “go under the hammer” for a lot of money. Every year, a couple of spare patters are made for Woods: for training and in case of unforeseen situations with the main one. And these are the patterns that sometimes get lucky fans.

At a recent auction, tiger’s spare patter, which he performed with in 2001, was sold for a record amount of $ 154,928, and its 2018 counterpart cost the new owner a hundred thousand less. Last year, another similar pattern was sold for 88 thousand. The uniqueness of the 2001 patter is that it was in that season that woods completed his Grand Slam, winning all four majors.

By the way, this week, on the occasion of the opening of the Payne’s Valley field, another charity auction was held, where 21 lots related to Woods ‘ career were presented. The total revenue of this auction was “only” 130 thousand in favor of the TGR Foundation, and the most expensive was the Full Swing Pro Series Simulator, sold for 41 thousand. A replica of the Golf cart used during the may match involving Woods, “went” for 16.5 thousand dollars.

Phil Mickelson can laugh at his failures

The other day, the network reported that in one of the bookmakers a very gambling player made a large bet on the victory of Phil Mickelson (Phil Mickelson) in the Winged Foot Golf club this week. If the left-Hander wins, his loyal fan will be enriched by $ 3.3 million (even the champion himself will win less), but Phil can’t be counted among the main favorites of the upcoming competition.

Recall that Mickelson recently celebrated his 50th birthday and even managed to make a triumphant debut on the Champions Tour, and Phil has a special relationship with the major U.S. Open. The left-hander has never won the American open, and he holds a not-so-happy record: Phil has completed this prestigious tournament six times in a single step from the title. He had a chance to experience the bitterness of defeat at Winged Foot Golf club, where Mickelson allowed a double on the final hole and eventually lost To Geoff Ogilvy (Geoff Ogilvy). However, the golfer himself treats the incident with humor.

“I heard that someone put 45 thousand with a coefficient of 75 to one that I will win the U.S. Open (the payout will be 3.3 million),” the left-Hander wrote on Twitter – ” I Hope that to the joy of both of us before the 18th hole, I will lead with a three-stroke advantage.”

The Cup of Russia on a Golf course 2020. Starting list for September 15

The Russian Golf Cup 2020 starts at GORKI Golf club on September 15. on September 15 and 16, the qualifying stage is held in the strokplay format. On September 17 and 18, match matches are played according to the Olympic system starting from the 1/8 final.

Ivan Striganov will defend the title. Last year’s winner Anna Schulze could not come to Russia and does not participate in the tournament. Among the participants are current Russian Champions Ekaterina Malakhova and Yegor Eroshenko, winners of the Russian student championship Alexey Karasev and Maria Striganova.
The largest team consists of students from the Moscow Golf School, led by coaches Sergey Nechaev and Manvel Dunn. Senior coach of the Moscow national team Sergey Nechaev noted that “this year at the Russian Cup, the Moscow Golf school is represented by a strong team of 34 athletes. Many athletes showed their level of play at the Russian Championship and are in good shape. Everyone’s mindset is to fight. I believe in the guys and in a successful balance of power, as the competition will be held according to the playoff system.”

Fans were allowed to attend the Champions Tour stage

The Sanford International tournament will be the first professional Golf event to allow spectators after a three-month “covid” break. This stage of the veteran Champions Tour starts this week at the Minnehaha Golf club (South Dakota, USA), and fans have already sold out more than ten thousand tickets.

“I think we are ready for this, and we have everything perfectly planned for security,” says one of the organizers of the tournament. – People are starting to live their normal lives again. They are tired of being locked up.”

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Recall that in the PGA Tour Champions performances resumed at the end of July – a month later than in the PGA Tour, where it is still not known even the approximate time when fans will be able to attend tournaments again. Note that the title sponsor of the upcoming competition is Sanford Health, whose mobile laboratories conduct testing for golfers competing on the veteran Tour. Permission to hold a competition involving fans was agreed with the Governor of South Dakota, which previously also approved the Sturgis Bike Rally-a month ago, about half a million people took part in this traditional biker rally. This stage of the veteran Champions Tour starts this week at the Minnehaha Golf club (South Dakota, USA), and fans have already sold out more than ten thousand tickets.

All spectators are advised to take their own temperature before traveling to the tournament. Special buses will be organized for them, where contactless thermometers will be placed in the Parking lots. Those who arrived at the tournament arena “on their own” will also have their temperature measured at the entrance to the territory. if higher values are detected, the audience will not be allowed to enter the tournament. Free masks and gloves will be distributed to fans, and the field will be restricted with ropes to avoid contact between fans and players (the traditional signing of autographs will also be canceled). Hand sanitizers will be placed throughout the territory.

PGA Tour: FedExCup Playoffs: TOUR Championship, day two. Dustin Johnson held on to the top spot

On the second day of the TOUR Championship tournament, Dustin Johnson defied the Golden rule of the East Lake field, which dictates that it is mandatory to go to the local fairways. Johnson visited only two fairways and was forced to constantly fight a” difficult ” rough, which did not prevent him from making four birdies (Dustin rolled a couple of long putts and executed a magnificent chip-in on the eighth hole). However, there was a place for four bogeys in the world Ranking leader’s score card, and he played a round of Pars, staying at the top of the standings.

Jon Rahm, who shared the lead with Johnson at the start of the day, initially played with the tee much more confidently and managed to get to the minus fourteen mark, but from the middle of the round, the Spaniard also began to have problems. Rahm made a triple putt, broke several drives (sinking one ball) and finished the day with a score of 74 (+4), falling back to fifth place. There are Also Tyrrell Hatton and Collin Morikawa, who made six birdies against the only bogey. Rory McIlroy failed to make it into this group, making an unfortunate mistake on the final hole.

The role of the main pursuer was taken over By Sungjae Im (Sungjae Im) with six cons who made the best score of the day and got close to Johnson. For comparison, Im in the second round went to ten fairways out of fourteen, providing a comfortable performance and a lot of good opportunities.

Xander Schauffele also had a great day, winning back five cons from the local arena. Recall that three years ago in his debut season Shoffley already won on the field of East Lake, and the last draw he finished in second place. Zonder played fourteen rounds in the local arena and performed better than par in each of them. By the middle of the tournament, Shoffley is third, one stroke ahead of Justin Thomas, who played with a minimal plus.

PGA Tour FedExCup Playoffs: the BMW Championship, the results. Jon Rahm pulls out a playoff win

In the third round of the BMW Championship tournament, Jon Rahm made an unfortunate mistake, for which he was fined one stroke. In an interview, the Spaniard shared with journalists his fears that this particular blow may not be enough for him in the end. As in water looked. John had a perfect final round, making six birdies (he played ten strokes better than par on the weekend), but even such a bright performance did not allow him to safely take the trophy after 72 holes.

The frame was hindered by Dustin Johnson, who rolled a great putt on the final hole and managed to overtake his opponent at minus four. Recall that Dustin started the final round at the top of the standings and already at the very start made three birdies, but even he was difficult to keep up with John.

In the playoffs, where the first and second numbers of the World Ranking met, the wonders of patting were demonstrated by RAM, who answered the opponent with an incredible putt from two dozen meters. Johnson could not oppose this masterpiece and was forced to accept defeat. In his interview, John admitted that the ending was too emotional even for him.

Hideki Matsuyama (Hideki Matsuyama) and young Joaquin Niemann (Joaquin Niemann) shared the third line at a distance of two strokes from getting into the playoffs. In the final round, the Chilean passed the top nine by four strokes better than par and even managed to get to the top of the standings, but later failed to build on his success.

Recall that in his last three starts, Dustin has finished no lower than second place, and he still retains the lead in the overall FedExCup standings, which will allow Johnson to start the Tour Championship tournament at minus ten (two strokes ahead of Rahm). Separately, we note the achievement of Billy Horschel, who managed to stay on the 30th line of the overall standings and made it to the final stage of the season.

But we won’t see tiger Woods next week. Tiger predictably ended the season with another round of bad steam. However, this time his performance could only be described as weak by the standards of Woods himself. At the beginning of the round, he made a couple of birdies, but later failed to realize his opportunities. In the end, tiger allowed bogey and a double, sinking the ball on the penultimate hole, but this time he did not refuse to talk to reporters. Woods said that he was generally happy with his performance on the final day of the competition, although his putting left much to be desired. Tiger called the past week a good workout before the U.S. Open major, where his next start is scheduled.

Phil Mickelson makes his Champions Tour debut

Phil Mickelson did not start well at the Northern Trust tournament and as a result failed to make it to the weekend, automatically depriving himself of the opportunity to continue playing at the next stage of the FedExCup Playoffs. In a normal season, under such circumstances, the left-Hander would have arranged a long vacation, but in the current conditions, it is too early for him to put his clubs in the closet, because the U.S. Open major starts very soon, before which Phil would not like to lose his playing form.

Fortunately, Mickelson, who celebrated his 50th birthday in June, has recently had the opportunity to practice on the Champions Tour, where He will make his Debut this week. Phil will take part in the Charles Schwab Series, which this time will be held in an experimental mode (from Monday to Wednesday). This competition will feature many of Mickelson’s famous friends, including Ernie ELS and Jim Furyk, who have already won their first trophies on the Veteran Tour.

“I like to perform and compete, and I plan to play in the week before the U.S. Open major,” says Phil, who admitted that he is only going to play occasionally on the Champions Tour. – I’m working hard on my game right now, and I don’t want to be out of work for two weeks. I really wanted to continue fighting in a series of playoff tournaments, so I was very upset after a bad first round. But I am glad that I have the opportunity to participate in this tournament.”

PGA Tour: FedExCup Playoffs: Northern Trust. Dustin Johnson didn’t give his opponents a chance

Two weeks ago, Dustin Johnson (Dustin Johnson) missed the lead during the final round of the major PGA Championship and later admitted to reporters that he failed to mentally adjust to the attacking style of play. But at the Northern Trust tournament, Dustin did not have to change his manner, and on the final day of this competition, he confidently reached the cons, leaving no chance for his pursuers.

Already on the second hole, Johnson marked the needle and flawlessly overcame the field by eight strokes better than par, setting a final score of 254 (-30), almost repeating the PGA Tour performance record. Johnson performed superbly with the irons and went to all the greens of the local arena in the final round, and before the start of the weekend, he also had the best putting record. This is Dustin’s second win of the season (and 22nd in the Tour), which allowed him to lead the overall FedExCup standings and once again return to the top of the World Rankings.