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  • dr ngo
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    Discrepant?

    Eldrick's two citations, which appear at first to contradict each other, do not, it seems. According to Wikipedia, the Greater Greensboro Open:

    has been played in Greensboro for its entire history. In its first 4 years, it was played at both Sedgefield Country Club and Starmount Forest Country Club, and shifted to solely Starmount Forest CC in 1942 and for the first time it was played after World War II in 1945. Starting with that 1945 event, it alternated between Starmount Forest CC and Sedgefield CC until 1952, when Starmount Forest CC hosted for a 2nd year in a row. It returned to Sedgefield CC in 1953 before Starmount Forest CC hosted 3 consecutive years (through 1956). Sedgefield CC hosted in 1957 before Starmount Forest CC hosted another 3 straight 1958-60. In 1961, the event returned to Sedgefield CC, and stayed there until 1976. Since 1977, it has been played at its current location at Forest Oaks CC.
    So Sam Snead won the GGO 8 times, but not on the same course.

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  • eldrick
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    from yahoo :

    and he tied a PGA Tour record by winning for the sixth time on the same course. Jack Nicklaus won six Masters at Augusta National, and Alex Ross won six times at the North & South Open at Pinehurst No. 2 at the turn of the 20th century

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  • eldrick
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    we are working up to last major, so info can be important :

    i've never heard this stat ever before ( even in a limited field event - 83 played insead of 156 at an Open )

    tiger was only man in field NOT to record a double bogey in the tourney

    i have never ever heard such a stat before

    indicates his game is pretty compact

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  • eldrick
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    congrats to tiger

    made some history - 1st time anyone has won an event 3 times in a row on 2 occasions

    he's now won this event 6 times - same as the other world golf strokeplay event

    there's a not very well known record in his sites within next few years ( although it will become more well known ) : from wiki :

    Sam Snead in 1938, won the Greater Greensboro Open, which he proceeded to win eight times, the Tour record for victories at an event, concluding in 1965 at the age of 52, making him the oldest player to win a PGA Tour event

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  • eldrick
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    congrats to lorena

    there'll be plenty more of these down the years

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  • eldrick
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    odds going into final round :

    Ochoa, Lorena 1/66
    Sorenstam, Annika 20/1
    Lee, Jee-Young 33/1
    Wessberg, Linda 40/1
    Hjorth, Maria 66/1
    Icher, Karine 66/1

    she has played this tourney like tiger does here

    she is clearly number 1 & she plays a "man's game" ( which i never thought annika ever did, even at her peak ) - that's not meant to be an insult, but she powers it off the tee like a howitzer ( man swing ), good irons, good short game & a wonderful putter

    i really do expect her to pick up 6 or 7 majors in next 3 or 4y

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  • eldrick
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    lorena dominates 1st day of women's tourney at st andrews :

    http://info.lgu.org/tic/tmlsmon.cgi?tourn=WBO7

    i watched it on tv & she played absolutely beautifully - it was like tiger playing the venerable old course

    she showed why she is world number 1

    tourneys aren't won on 1st day, but it will take a miracle for someone to beat her from here

    she'll be collecting her 1st major on sunday & it will be at the greatest occasion in the history of the touney - 1st time it's ever been played at st andrews

    if you have the time, tune in & watch some of it - there is nothing more awe-inspiring in the sport than to see elite players playing over the most sacred turf in the sport

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  • bambam
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    Originally posted by eldrick
    he couda won a major aged 19y when he hounded tiger to the end in '99 pga & is firmly, now,

    "best player never to have won a major"
    No.

    Historically, among players still active, it would still be Colin Montgomery, whose career has been very impressive with 6 straight Order of Merit titles, although he is probably of historical interest only, since 2006 Winged Foot was likely his last shot at a major.

    But currently, the BPNTHWAM is almost certainly Adam Scott. He has won The Players, however, which many players consider the equivalent of a major. He's a far more impressive player than Sergio.

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  • eldrick
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    worh noting that next year is played on finest championship course in england

    last played in '98, tiger tied-lead after 1st round wth 65 ( along with john huston ) aged 22y ( in position to be 2nd youngest champ in tourney that century after seve ) - but got blown away in 3rd round by huge wnd/rain with a 77

    he picked himself up on "calm" last day to blast a 66 & finish 1 off the o'meara/watts play-off

    birkdale

    is a "banger's course" with no bad weather

    that coud finally be a tiger/lefty/enie/vijay shootout next year

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  • eldrick
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    sergio

    in retrospect, losing a 6 shot lead overnight is the worst collapse since the shark lost a 6 shot lead to faldo in '96 masters - saddest sight i have ever probably seen in sport

    i must say, seeing seeing the biggest "wanker" in sport lose a 6 shot-lead today, doesn't make me feel sad

    he couda won a major aged 19y when he hounded tiger to the end in '99 pga & is firmly, now,

    "best player never to have won a major"

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  • eldrick
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    'twas a major no one really wanted to win :

    - sergio threw it away initially

    - romero threw it away next

    - padraig threw it away after

    - sergio threw it away again ?!

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  • eldrick
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    congrats to padraig

    the journeyman accountant won !

    he is a trained accountant & i think that training helped keem him cool thruout

    he also described himself as a journeyman in the past & did so again immediate post-finish interview

    i hoped to be a good journeyman when i turned pro & i put in a lot of hard work
    he also has a few other things going for him :

    - he hits it sneaky long

    - he has a scrambling ability probably 2nd to none amongst euros - the number of times i've seen him having to chip from some greenside rough or way from the green & save par/make birdie on a par 5, are countless - i just put it down the 1st coupla dozen times i saw it to being a "lucky sob" but eventually it dawned on me that he actually is quite good at this

    he seems to have some incredible luck :

    - beat sergio in play-off today ( ok he was pretty much dominating the play-off, so not much luck involved there )

    - beat tiger in a play-off late last year in japan

    - beat vijay in a play-off for a win

    - beat furyk on 72nd hole with a 72ft eagle

    if there is " luck of the oirish" - he's got it

    he's actually been runner up in the players's twice ( 5th major ) & shouda won 1 of them, so not always lucky

    he's only 35y & got more big wins in him - another coupla majors in his career aren't beyond him - he can contend in all majors for another 5y

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  • eldrick
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    there seems to be a significant difference between difficulty of front-9 & back ( only a short par 4 at the 11th & the par 5 at 14 are birdie opportunities ) - you have to make your score on the front-9 & hold on for the back-9 : i believe paddy had best back-9 of anyone that was only 2-under

    the 16th & 18th only yielded 5 birdies all day from 156 players !!!

    nice link to hole scoring ( will change tomorrow ) :

    http://scoring.opengolf.com/holeaverage ... &optsel=ha

    anyways, i plan to be in the pub from mid-day 'til 7:30 tomorrow, so i'll give you an update when i get back !

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  • SQUACKEE
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    Originally posted by tafnut
    Originally posted by SQUACKEE
    the wheels to wagon came off and balloned to +3 and 79th place. :shock:
    He lost EIGHT shots to par on the back nine??!!

    [I just looked at the leaderboard and he did it in SEVEN holes!! :shock: ]
    Thats my Johnny! "Grip it and rip it" lost more than 10 shots to par on one hole -the 18th at pebble.

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  • tafnut
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    Originally posted by SQUACKEE
    the wheels to wagon came off and balloned to +3 and 79th place. :shock:
    He lost EIGHT shots to par on the back nine??!!

    [I just looked at the leaderboard and he did it in SEVEN holes!! :shock: ]

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