Christmas is coming! As the snow comes swirling down in Toronto, there’s lots of stuff happening in the golf world (not to mention Christmas shopping!).
Australia’s Peter Senior won the Australian PGA tour last Monday finishing with a 66, allowing Senior to slide into the record books as the oldest player to win a major professional tournament in Australia. Good for him!
The Bob Hope Classic has got a new sponser! Franklin American Mortgage company has agreed to sponsor the tournament for three-years. The Classic’s 52nd edition will be played January 17-23, and the sponsorship deal is a whopping $1.5 million dollars.
So what’s new with the PGA Tour? Rookies. After Tiger’s disappointing year, the PGA tour is leaning on the new generatio of players for the 2011 season. This was Wood’s first year without a tour title, and Commisioner Tim Finchem says he can’t recall greater interest in the group of rookies in his 17 years of running the PGA Tour. Rookies include Dustin Johnson, Ryder Cup Team Member Rickie Fowler, Lous Oosthuizen and Martin Kaymer.
Speaking of the Ryder Cup; European Team Membesr Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer are the co-winners of the European Tour Golfer of the Year Award. This is the first time in it’s 26-year history that the award will be shared after the wo tied in the voting by a judging panel of writers and commenters.
In the LPGA we have two particular stories of interest. Aree Song of South Korean wond the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament Sunday, shooting a 1-over 74 and beating out 17 year old Jessica Korda. Song earned one of 20 full 2011 tour exemptions. Nice one!
And finall, Danish golf cvetaran Iben Tinning ended her career after winning the Dubai Ladies Masters. Tinning has been playing for the last 15 years, since she was 19. Way to go out with a bang!
And that’s it for today.
Wishing you all a very happy Christmas,
The team at Knetgolf.com
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