Congrats to Captain Juli Inkster and her Magnificent US Team

September 20, 2015

Congrats to Captain Juli Inkster and  her Magnificent US Team2015 Solheim Cup in Germany

Inkster and CreamerJuli Inskter with Paula Creamer

Captain Juli Inkster had implored her players to “stomp on” Europe and the U.S. carried out the plans to the letter as they fought back in style to win a controversial Solheim Cup match on Sunday.

The home team went into the last 12 singles holding a 10-6 lead, following unsavoury scenes over the non-concession of a short American putt in the fourballs carried over from Saturday, but the U.S. rallied to triumph by 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 points.

The Americans were enraged when Alison Lee and Brittany Lincicome lost to Charley Hull and Suzann Pettersen by two holes on a sunny day at the St Leon-Rot club in south-west Germany.

With their morning fourballs contest all square, rookie Lee, 20, believed her 16-inch putt had been conceded by the European pair and when she scooped the ball up, the match referee had no choice but to award the hole to Hull and Pettersen.

The incident evoked memories of the infamous men’s Ryder Cup encounter at Brookline when Europe hit out after members of the home side celebrated Justin Leonard sinking a long-range effort by trampling all over the line of his opponent Jose Maria Olazabal’s putt.

Lincicome said Inkster used Sunday’s events to try to rally her team, saying the skipper had urged the players to “walk on them, stomp on them, and give them all we’ve got”.

CreamerPaula Creamer wins the Winning Point at Solheim Cup, 2015

Europe, who won the biennial team event in 2011 and 2013, had chances to retain the trophy with Carlota Ciganda and Caroline Masson both missing makeable putts to get them over the line in the singles. (Editing by Martyn Herman)

Australia’s Jason Day is the 2015 US PGA Champion

August 17, 2015

Jason Day of Australia is the 2015 PGA Championship with record breaking 20 Under Par–Congratulations

Australian golfer Jason Day has won the first major of his career, claiming the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straights.Day wrote his name into the record books with a scintillating four-under final round that saw him finish the tournament at a record 20-under, three shots clear of American Jordan Spieth.

Jason Day embraces his wife Ellie. (9NEWS)

Jason Day hugs his son Dash after the win. (9NEWS)

Jason Day hugs his son Dash after the win. (9NEWS)

Spieth was looking to be just the third man in history to win three majors in the same year – with Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods – having already won the Masters and the US Open. But it was Day who led from pillar to post on the final day of the 97th PGA tournament, with his final round featuring six birdies.

Jason Day hits out of a bunker on the 12th hole. (AAP)

Jason Day hits out of a bunker on the 12th hole. (AAP)

He is only the fifth Australian to win the PGA Championship and the first Aussie in two years to win a major following Adam Scott’s memorable triumph at the 2013 US Masters.In his 20 previous major starts Day had nine top 10s, the first of which came in 2010 at Whistling Straits, including three runner-ups, a third and two fourths.

Jason Day of Australia reacts after making a birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the 97th PGA Championship golf tournament. (AAP)

Jason Day of Australia reacts after making a birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the 97th PGA Championship golf tournament. (AAP)

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Australia’s Jason Day wins Canadian Open Golf 2015

July 27, 2015

Australia’s Jason Day wins Canadian Open Golf 2015

OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Jason Day birdied the final three holes to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, spoiling David Hearn’s bid to become the first Canadian winner in 61 years.

Jason DayDay made a 20-foot putt on the par-5 18th for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory over Bubba Watson. Day finished at 17-under 271 at Glen Abbey.

Day was coming off a fourth-place tie Monday in the British Open at St. Andrews. The 28-year-old Australian also fought through vertigo symptoms last month to tie for ninth in the U.S. Open. He has four PGA Tour victories, also winning at Torrey Pines in February.

Watson birdied the final four holes for a 69. Day birdied three of the first seven holes, but dropped strokes on Nos. 8 and 9. Playing a group ahead of Watson and Hearn, Day parred the first six holes on the back nine, then birdied the par-5 16th and par-4 17th to take a one-stroke lead.

Hearn, two strokes ahead of Day and Watson entering the round, had a 72 to finish third at 15 under.

Pat Fletcher, born in England, was the last Canadian winner in 1954 at Point Grey in Vancouver, British Columbia. Carl Keffer is the only Canadian-born champion, winning in 1909 and 1914. Albert Murray, a Canadian also born in England, won in 1908 and 1913.

Hearn birdied the first two holes, but gave back the strokes with bogeys on Nos. 3 and 7. He also bogeyed the par-3 12th, birdied the par-5 13th and closed with five pars.

Two-time winner Jim Furyk was fourth at 14 under after a 69. Stewart Cink and Tom Hoge followed at 13 under, each shooting 66.

GOLF: American Zach Johnson wins the 2015

July 21, 2015

GOLF: American Zach Johnson wins the 2015

by Mark Sandritter

The British Open 2015It was an exciting final round at the 2015 British Open on Monday with a host of players making runs at the top of the leaderboard. Several led throughout the day and for nearly all of the round, multiple players were within a stroke of the lead. In the end Zach Johnson prevailed at St. Andrews to win the Claret Jug and $1.8 million in first-place prize money from one of the most lucrative purses in golf.

Marc Leishman, Louis Oosthuizen and Johnson battled for the title in a three-man playoff. Johnson ultimately prevailed to hoist the Claret Jug. The victory is the most lucrative in his career. Losing in a playoff is a brutal reminder of how close you came to winning a major championship, but the runners up will walk away with nice consolation prizes. Each player will receive more than $835,000. The win gives Johnson more than $37 million in career winnings.

The Open Championship purse increased to $10 million in 2015, up from $9.19 million last season. The move was in response to other major championships previously moving to a $10 million purse. The PGA Championship and Players Championship both increased to $10 million purses with $1.8 million going to the winner last year. The Masters and U.S. Open followed suit this year and now the British Open joined them. The result is a nice boost for the winner. Rory McIlory took home $1.66 million for his British Open win last season.

Zach JAmerican Zach Johnson–2015 Open Champion Golfer

The purse wasn’t lucrative for just the winner. Ties factor heavily into the final purse, but the payout was designed for nine players to take home $250,000 or more. A solo second-place finish would have been worth more than $1 million while more than 20 players will walk away with a six-figure payday. For some, the payout will be one of the biggest of their careers. For others, it’s another nice deposit in a lucrative career. Jordan Spieth entered the tournament leading the money list on the PGA Tour with $8.7 million in on-course earnings this year. He came up short of winning a third straight major, but still collected a nice payday, finishing tied for fourth and moving his season earnings to more than $9 million. No player has topped the $10 million mark since Tiger Woods in 2009.

A total of 80 players made the cut at St. Andrews, but only 75 are eligible for a piece of the prize money. Five amateurs made the cut and are not eligible to receive a payout. Heading into Monday, it looked like Paul Dunne might have to turn down a significant amount of money. He was tied for the 54-hole lead. He faltered some on Monday, but was still one of four amateurs to finish in the top 30. Their would-be winnings will instead be divided among the rest of the field, giving the other 75 competitors a slightly larger payday.

U.S. Open 2015@ Chambers Bay: Jordan Spieth Wins

June 22, 2015

NY Times Golf

U.S. Open 2015@ Chambers Bay: At 21, Jordan Spieth Achieves the Stuff of Legends

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — Chambers Bay Golf Course had already served as the backdrop for one big event in the life of the 21-year-old Jordan Spieth. A month after Spieth won his first pro event as a PGA Tour rookie, he was a witness at a wedding on the grounds between his caddie, Michael Greller, and the former Ellie Morris.

Spieth, whose birthday is in July, opened with a bogey but closed with two birdies on his last three holes for a one-under 69 and a 72-hole total of five under. Playing in the group behind Spieth, Dustin Johnson three-putted from 12 feet for a par on 18 to finish with a 70. He was tied for second with Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion from South Africa, who played the final nine holes in a record-equaling six-under 29 for a 67.

Jordan's ArmourAdam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, who resumed working last week with Steve Williams, the caddie who helped him to his only major title, posted the low round of the day, a 64, to vault into a share of fourth at three under.

It was surreal for Scott to be chasing Spieth, who as a child ran down Scott for his autograph at the Byron Nelson tournament. He displayed the signature on his bedroom bulletin board in his family’s home in Dallas. Spieth recently moved to his own home, but Scott’s autograph is still hanging in what is now a guest room in his parents’ home.

“He certainly is making me feel my age a little bit if someone’s got my autograph on the wall and he’s playing out here,” Scott said, adding: “I think he’s handled himself incredibly well. I hope he keeps doing the same.”

On a day when his putts were not all falling and his tee shots took some strange bounces, Spieth showed a patience and maturity that belied his youth. His mettle was tested in the stretch when he carded a double-bogey 6 at the par-3 17th to fall into a tie with Oosthuizen. Spieth rebounded with two perfect shots at No. 18, playing as a par 5, to set up the birdie that sealed the win. Cameron McCormick, who has worked with Spieth for nearly a decade, said Spieth’s ability to perform in the clutch could be traced to his “bulletproof self-image.” He added, “No matter what happened previously, he can will the outcome to his desire.”

Rising from the site of an old sand and rock quarry in 2007, the Chambers Bay course is even younger than Spieth, and unlike the champion it spawned, it did not get high marks from the players. Billy Horschel closed with a 67, then opened fire on the United States Golf Association for organizing a national championship on a course with greens that he said did not always reward well-struck putts.

“I’ve hit a lot of really good putts that have bounced all over the world,” said Horsteel, who finished at four over

He added, “I think a lot of players, and I’m one of them, have lost some respect for the U.S.G.A. and this championship this year for the greens.”

Horschel, 28, the reigning FedEx Cup champion, also expressed pity for the thousands of fans who flocked to the course, including a man overheard reverently telling a friend near the practice green that he had waited 53 years for this week. Horschel noted that it was impossible to get close to the action on several holes. The best vantage point this year to watch the tournament unfold was perhaps one’s Barcalounger.

“The viewing is awful,” Horschel said, adding, “When you’re not able to get up close and watch championship-caliber players play a golf course, it’s disappointing.”

Even from afar, it was easy to tell Sunday that the Australian Jason Day’s struggles with his equilibrium were ongoing. His gait was deliberate. And whenever he bent down, Day looked like he had a dictionary balanced on his head, so straight was his posture and so fixed were his eyes on a spot in the distance.

Day came into the week with seven top-10 showings in 18 major appearances. His closest call came at the 2013 Masters when he led by two strokes with three holes to play but bogeyed the 16th and 17th and finished third. Day said he got ahead of himself at the end, and started to imagine winning instead of rooting his thoughts in the present.

From the moment his head started spinning Friday and he collapsed in a heap on the ninth green, Day’s focus shifted from winning the tournament to staying upright. He was not fixated, as he usually is, on controlling his breathing. The swing thoughts he normally wrestled with were pushed to the recesses of his mind as he concentrated solely on making solid contact. In an odd way, the act of trying to maintain his physical balance helped Day strike a mind-body balance that enable him to swing freely on the final, frantic holes.

Could Day one-up the Australia women’s soccer team, which earlier in the day had upset Brazil in the knockout round of the World Cup? He won fans with his effort but a double-bogey 6 at No. 13 derailed his championship hopes as he posted a 74 to finish at even par.

Rory McIlroy, the world No. 1 who won the 2011 tournament, began the day eight strokes back. He started fast, with three birdies on his front nine, and tried to chase down the leaders but hit the wall on No. 15. McIlroy, 26, played the last four holes in four over for the week, including two over Sunday, to post a 66 and finish at par for the championship.

“When I look back at this tournament that’s where I’ll rue some missed opportunities,” McIlroy said.

With the tee boxes on multiple holes changing from day to day, drastically altering the players’ lines, an ability to adapt was a requisite for success this week. Spieth’s choice of attire Sunday was a testament to his flexibility.

When he became a brand ambassador for Under Armour shortly after turning pro in 2012, Spieth was finicky about his wardrobe. He sent back bright-colored pants, making clear he preferred blues and grays. And he delivered another stipulation — no white pants.

So what was Spieth wearing when he sealed his first major victory at the Masters in April and again on Sunday when he tried to keep his calendar year Grand Slam hopes alive? White pants.

Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 champion who closed with a 67, finished a few hours before Spieth. Assessing Chambers Bay, Ogilvy said: “You have to move the ball both ways and you have to use your brain, which is a rare thing in modern golf and something we’re not very good at, I don’t think. It’s going to be a class act of a player who wins, and really that’s all you want.”

A version of this article appears in print on June 22, 2015, on page D1 of the New York edition with the headline: 21-Year-Old Achieves the Stuff of Legends.

Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club Membership Transfer Fee: A Rip Off

April 17, 2015

Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club Membership Transfer Fee: A Rip Off

KlgccA few of my friends have been trying to sell their KLGCC membership since they wish to relocate overseas for reasons that have to do with the politics of our country. To their horror, they have to come to know that the club membership transfer is now RM70,000 and will be able to do so only if they are prepared to absorb this fee or share it with a prospective buyer. It would appear that in KLGCC, you can get in but cannot get out easily.

One member received this response from private agency and I quote:

There are quite a few buyers but their offer price is around RM200k to RM230k inclusive of transfer fee (TF). Unfortunately the buyers are not willing to fork out the high transfer fee RM70k which the club increased last year from RM25k.

Last year (before TF increase) there were transactions at about RM195k to RM200k incl TF, ie. sellers received RM170k to RM175k. With the increase of TF since August last year, there have been no transactions…because while buyers are willing to share part of the TF they are not willing to absorb completely the TF price increase.

Although KLGCC declares the “market price” of the membership at RM350k, we have not seen any buyers willing to pay this amount yet. If they buy at RM350k, they would need to sell at RM420k(RM350k + TF) just to break even. Perhaps they don’t expect the price to continue to increase in the near future. This is the current situation.

I am told that this  increase in transfer fee was initiated and approved by Sime Darby Berhad, the multinational company which has a big say in the management of this so-called prestigious club  ostensibly with the support of the membership body. This is a substantial increase from RM 25,000 previously. No reason is given for this change. Even rm25,000 is already a huge sum. I wonder how much work is involved by the Club, and which hot shot legal firm is being used,  to formalise the ownership transfer. How complicated can this transaction  to warrant such a cost. So isn’t any wonder that the transfer market is dead?

One would have thought that Sime Darby would understand that the objective should be to facilitate membership change and allow those who have invested in the club membership over many years to exit and realise a reasonable return on their investment. Obviously, this is not the case. It is just nothing but a ripoff.

Will  the Sime Darby  management, the Club President and the Club Captain, Dato Mustafa Ali, look into this matter and the benefits of being a member of this Club. For example, members and non-members are charged the same rates of use of banqueting facilities for events like weddings, parties and other social functions. Surely, there are other ways for Sime Darby to make money.–Din Merican