Friday, March 5, 2010

SC Golf: March PGA TOUR Events

#SC Golf: March PGA TOUR Events

SC Golf is proud to cover PGA TOUR events and this month the PGA TOUR has three events occurring simultaneously. Events occurring this weekend include The Honda Classic (PGA TOUR), The Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open presented by Samsung (Nationwide Tour), and the Toshiba Classic (CHAMPIONS TOUR). The Maybank Malaysian Open (EUROPEAN TOUR) also begins this weekend. Due to the number of events occurring concurrently, SC Golf will provide minimal information in order to “trim the fat” and to cover the most significant information.

#SC Golf: The 2010 Honda Classic

Comedic PGA Fact: The Honda Classic was hosted infamously by the legendary comedian and actor Jackie Gleason for nearly the first decade of the tournament’s existence. The Honda Classic has been a regular stop on the PGA TOUR since the early 1970s and has always been based in Florida. This year, the tournament is being held at the PGA National (Champion Course), a Jack Nicklaus design, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

As the sun set yesterday evening, Michael Connell shot par on the 18th hole which brought him to tie for the lead with Nathan Green at just five under par. Connell only took 24 putts, tied for best in the field, and eagled the third hole (par-5, 256 yards) after hitting the golf ball just 9 feet from the green. This is obviously a big reason that he was able to shoot his winning score (65) on day one of the PGA TOUR event.

Camilo Villegas also played well yesterday. He was able to reach the 18th hole (par-5, 291 yards) in just two swings. That brought his day to a close with birdie and one shot from the lead. Some say that he shot well on the 18th hole because it was down wind but I think it was the RedBull, ha ha.

Last year’s winner, Y.E. Yang, performed mediocre at best. After making a nine, on the second hole of the day, Yang fell to the 9th position and continued to play poorly the rest of the day accruing four bogeys, a double bogey, a “quintuple” bogey, and two birdies. This is such a disappointment from last year’s performance. Yang closed the day with a final score of 79 putting him near the bottom of the leaderboard.


Leaderboard:

Connell, Michael_65
Green, Nathan_65
Rocha, Alexandre_66
Villegas, Camilo_66
Wilson, Oliver_66
Singh, Vijay_67
Trahan, D.J._67
Watson, Bubba_67
Bjornstad, Henrik_ 68
Byrd, Jonathan_ 68


#SC Golf: Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open (Nationwide TOUR)

It was more than difficult to find ANY information, regarding the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open (Nationwide), other than the actual leaderboard. Therefore, in order to post accurate information, only the leaderboard information will be posted. If anyone found a good web site that covered the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open, please let me know by leaving me a comment or sending me an email!

Leaderboard:

Ridings, Tag_65
Schultz, Dave_65
Barbetti, Dan_66
DeCorso, Bryan_66
Gainey, Tommy_66
Barlow, Craig_67
Brigman, D.J._67
Christian, Gary_67
D. Anderson, Mark_67
Lovemark, Jamie_67


Maybank Malasian Open (EUROPEAN TOUR)

According their website, “The Maybank Malaysian Open is the most prestigious golf event in the country and a leading national open competition in the region. Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and The European Tour and part of the latter’s 2010 Race to Dubai, the Maybank Malaysian Open will be held at the newly-renovated Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club and will continue to host the best players from Malaysia and the world.”

Sasidaran emerged as the best-placed Malaysian after the opening round of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Thursday, giving himself a chance to improve on his dismal record in the event. Sasidaran fired a three-under-par 69 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club to lie four shots behind co-leaders Rhys Davies of Wales and Spaniard Ignacio Garrido in the US$2 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.

Danny Chia, last year's halfway leader, and Ben Leong shot matching 71s while Anis Hassan, who earned his place in the elite field through local qualifying, returned a commendable 72 on a steamy day in the city.

Davies, Rhys_65
Garrido, Ignacio_65
Jaidee, Thongchai_66
Kim, Dae-Hyun_66
Canizares, Alejandro_67
Choi, K.J._67
Foster, Mark_67
Haastrup, Mark F_67
Phadungsil, Chinnarat_67


Champions Tour Toshiba Classic (CHAPMIONS TOUR)

Champions Tour History: The Champions Tour, then called the Senior PGA Tour, was established in 1980 and operates under the umbrella of the PGA Tour. In order to be eligible for a Champions Tour event, a player must be 50 on or before the day of his first tournament. The field size at a majority of the events is 78 and most of the tournaments are 54 holes.

The Champions Tour Toshiba Classic (CHAPMIONS TOUR) is scheduled to begin today. Therefore, there is no information to post at this time. Check back tomorrow for more information.

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