Sunday wrap up

Sunday night and it is time to close the books on this weekend’s tournaments. Most of them anyway, as there are still a few hours of golf left to be played in the US. As I write this Phil Mickelson and Rod Pampling are battling it out in one of my favourite tournaments on the PGA Tour, The Colonial. The Colonial Country Club is something as unusual as a fairly short, classical golf course that still provides a challenge for today’s long hitters. It is definitely a big advantage if you can work the ball in all directions at Colonial!

Two English juniors, Matt Haines and Eddie Pepperell are playing the AJGA Thunderbird Invitational in Scottsdale, AZ. That tournament does not finish until Monday but so far they are both very much in the hunt. Follow the action on http://www.ajga.org/2008thunderbird/ajgalive.asp#.

The weekend’s golf in Wales and the Welsh Amateur has come to an end though. Three English players lead the way with Chris Wood winning ahead of Sam Hutsby and Jamie Abbott. All three members of the EGU Elite Squad. See the final results at http://www.golfbox.dk/livescoring/leaderboard.asp?tour={8CA0BE8C-CF4A-4E37-8F70-FD08F930FD0A}&clubOnly=1&color=1&lang=1033.

On the European Tour the PGA Championship concluded with a two way tie and a play off between England’s Oliver Wilson and Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez. Oliver came as close as a horse shoe away from winning his first tournament when his 6 footer refused to go in on the first play off hole. On the second Jimenez 4 gave him the victory and Oliver will have to wait a little bit longer for his maiden top finish.

Elite Squad graduate Gary Boyd also had a good weekend, and especially a great Sunday where his come from behind 63 took him to within two off the pace and second place. With that Gary stormed to first place on the Challenge Tour ranking which of course is excellent news. Top 20 at the end of the year earn their tour card for 2009.

 

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