Monday, September 26, 2005

Notes from the Weekend

• San Antonio sure likes to claim golfers who aren't from here and don't live here. San Antonio claims Wendy Ward, who attended high school here but was born elsewhere and now lives elsewhere. This city has claimed Notah Begay III, whose only connection is that his instructor, Bryan Gathright, works in San Antonio. Now San Antonio has claimed Robert Gamez.

Gamez won the Texas Open over the weekend, his first PGA Tour win in 15 years. Good on ya, mate. Gamez's father was born and grew up in San Antonio, and that's good enough for the local media to give Gamez a tongue bath for his "San Antonio connections."

• A real San Antonian, Jimmy Walker, was back in action after missing almost the entire PGA Tour season due to neck and back woes. Walker is playing several tournaments on the Nationwide Tour, where he was the 2004 money leader, to get back into playing shape.

At the Boise Open, Walker got back in action in style, shooting on a 31 on his first nine holes. He finished tied for 15th after going 67-70-72-68 for a 7-under 277 total.

• I'll be curious to see the final attendance figures for the Texas Open, if they are made public. I'm guessing this year's Texas Open will be the lowest-attended in many years - which is saying something, because this tournament is always among the lowest-attended on tour. The golf course just isn't conducive to following players around; plus, this year, there were even fewer names than usual among the field.

But the real downer this year was the heat: 102 on Saturday, 105 on Sunday.

• When David Duval made his first cut of the year on Friday, he stood in the middle of the pack going into the weekend. Then he shot 70-74. Not terrible, but 74 is pretty weak at La Cantera. Still, Duval cashed around $7,500. It's a start.

• I poo-poo'ed (that's right, I said "poo-poo'ed") Jack Nicklaus' choice of Texan Justin Leonard for the Presidents Cup, but Leonard did a pretty good job. Justin has one of the worst Ryder Cup records ever (no wins in 8 matches) and entered this Presidents Cup with a very weak record, as well (3-9-1 overall, 0-3-0 in singles).

But this year, Leonard went a stellar 3-1-1. He even managed, on Sunday, his first-ever singles victory in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup. Justin, I'm sorry I doubted you. But I'll doubt you again if you're a captain's pick for next year's Ryder Cup.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:42 AM

    Finally the US won a team competition. I hope now that Chris DiMarco get´s the recognition he deserves. He will win a mayor in 2007.


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