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16-year old amateur Jordan Spieth finished in a tie for 16th place in last week’s Byron Nelson Championship. Spieth, just s junior in high school, had rounds of 68, 69, 67, and 72 for a total of a 4-under score of 276 at the prestigious PGA Tour event. Spieth was invited on a sponsor’s exemption and was playing in front of his hometown crowd. Many students from Spieth’s Jesuit College Prep came to the course to support him. Spieth finished 6 shots behind winner Jason Day. After the 4th round, Spieth thanked the crowd for supporting him the whole week and said that it was great to get a chance to play in front of so many people. During the week, Spieth played with two players that were more than three times his age. He played with Tom Pernice in the third round and Corey Pavin in the final round. Spieth is already committed to play college golf at the University of Texas.


Tim Clark

Tim Clark of South Africa finally captured his first PGA tour victory in the United States on Sunday at The Players Championship.  Clark posted a 16 under par 272 on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass which finished one shot ahead of Robert Allenby, who hasn’t won on the PGA tour since 2001.  That was the year that Allenby won two of his first four titles.  Allenby posted a two under par 70 the final day to just fall short of Tim Clark.  Clark has finished second place eight times on the PGA tour since he gained his tour card in the year 2000.  He has won three times on the European tour, twice which were in South Africa.  The 2005 Barclays British Open was his last victory.  Clark shot a final round of 67 on the treacherous day at TPC when the greens were brown and firm.  There was only one other score in the 60’s that day and it was David Love III with a 68.  Clark played flawless golf, going 11 under on the last 36 holes when he trailed the leader Lee Westwood by seven shots going into the third round.  With the victory and a shiny trophy, Clark earned $1.71 million dollars.  “Part of me is a bit disappointed because now no one’s going to talk about me,” said Clark, who was 16-under for the week. “Yeah, it’s been a long time. I think the only thing that kept me sane is that I won overseas.”

Official USGA Logo

The USGA has received a record number of entries this year with 1,296.  They came from 47 states (all except Alaska, Maine and Wyoming) and45 countries.  The Open will take place on July 8-11 at the Oakmont Country Club.  The youngest entrant is ten year old Karen Kim of Corona, California, while the oldest is Narelle Kirkland who is 64 years old.  Past champions Laura Davies (1987) and Liselotte Neumann (1988) will be entering in the sectional qualifying, being stages May 17th-June 3rd at 20 different sites.  It is the second consecutive year a record number of entries were accepted for the Women’s Open. The previous record of 1,278 entries was set in 2009. It is the seventh consecutive year the number of entries for the championship has surpassed 1,000.  The first to file an entry was Catriona Matthew of Scotland, who was one of 31 people to enter on March 3, the first day online applications were available. The last to file was Sherry Andonian Smith of Castle Rock, Colo., who submitted her entry online at 4:57:12 p.m. on May 5, less than three minutes before the official deadline. More than 92 percent of the total entries were received online, including 70 on the last day applications were accepted.

TIger Woods on the golf cart, leaving 7th hole.

Tiger Woods withdrew during the final round of The Players Championship Sunday May 9 with an injury that he has suffered for a few weeks already. Woods was 2 over through 7 holes when he withdrew. After hitting his tee shot the right of the fairway on number 7, Woods called over an offical and everyone knew that something was wrong. After his second shot that was just short of the green, it was clear that he was in severe pain. Woods then walked back to the fairway where his pairing partner, Jason Bohn hit his second shot, Woods shook hands with Bohn and wished him luck for the rest of the round. Surrounded by a crowd of fans, Woods left on a golf cart with officlas and his caddy. Woods said that he has long been aware of the pain but he felt the need to finish the tournament but he could no longer stand the pain as he had accidentally pulled his neck again as he bent over. He fears that the pain might be a bulging disk, he plans to have an MRI next week.

Golf fan being tasered

A golf fan attending the second round of the 2010 Player’s Championship on Friday was subdued by a taser after he resisted arrest by police officers. The fan was heckling various players on the 11th hole, including Tiger Woods, and ignored several warnings from officers to stop. However, he became more belligerent and when he tried to escape the officers, he was touched with the stun gun. The fan, who was drunk at the time, has been charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence. This is the second sports incident of the week involving a taser. At the Philadelphia Phillies game on Monday, a fan was tasered after running onto the field during a game. A taser disrupts voluntary control of muscles, causing involuntary muscle contractions. The tasered person will almost always immediately fall to the ground.

Ishikawa in action.

Japanese Teen Sensation Ryo Ishikawa posted a record setting 12 under par 58 to win The Crowns Championship on the Japan PGA Tour. He won $255,000 for his performance. He ran off 12 birdies in his final round on the 6,545 yard Nagoya Golf Course to win by five shots over Japan’s Hiroyuki Fujita at 13 under 267. He put up rounds of 68-70-71 the first three rounds to start the final day six shots back of the leader, Shigeki Maruyama. His final round score of 58 is the lowest ever recorded on any major tour in the world and just serves to show how much of a force the 18 year old phenom will be in the coming years. According to Golfweek, “I got off to a good start for the first time in four rounds, so I told myself not to give up for the title until the end,” Ishikawa said. “To my surprise, I found myself making this many birdies. I was in a calm mental state for all 58 strokes.”

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy captured his first victory at the Quail Hallow Championship last week.  He posted a course record, 62, on Saturday.  He ended up breezing by the field and beat the four-time major winner and reigning Masters Champion, Phil Mickelson, by four shots and Angel Cabrera by five shots.  McIlroy, who turnes 21 on Tuesday, needed an eagle late in his round on Friday to make the cut right on the number.  Then Rory became the youngest player to win on the PGA tour since Tiger Woods who won at the Disney in 1996 at age 20.  Overall, McIlroy was 16 under par for the weekend. He closed with a back-nine 30 Sunday punctuated with a 5-iron from 206 yards to 3 feet for eagle at the 15th, a 7-iron from 167 yards out of a fairway bunker to 5 feet for a birdie on 16 and a 42-foot birdie putt on the 18th.  “I didn’t feel a 62 was coming, but I felt as if my game was definitely getting a lot better. The 66 (Saturday) was probably the worst I could have shot. I gave myself so many chances. I had five eagle putts,” McIlroy said. “And today I just carried on from there. The last two days it seemed as if everything had just gone right. You get yourself into sort of a mind-set like that, and you just keep going.”