Playoffs at Colonial and The Champions

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It was Playoff City at the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour yesterday. Both tournaments had to go to extra holes to get their winner. Two time Comeback Player of the Year, Steve Stricker who was sporting his playoff beard, finally got his win and completed his “Trifecta Season.” He has his Colonial win, a second at the Northern Trust Open and a third at the Bob Hope, not a bad “Trifecta” for Stricker. He has 6 top tens, is second in FedEx Cup points and moved to thirteenth in the World Golf Rankings. You have got to feel for both Tim Clark and Steve Marino who tied for second. Marino has been playing well; his last six finishes prior to this second were T16, T79, T38, T5, T13, T19. All Clark had to do was par eighteen, but his bogey left him in the playoff. He then pulls a short putt for the win and hits one off the pin in the playoff. Clark is the perennial bridesmaid on the PGA Tour. He has at least one second place finish in each of the last five years on the Tour. This year he has made eleven of twelve cuts. This is two years in a row that he could have won the Colonial. Phil stole it from him last year with that crazy birdie on eighteen from over the trees.

Mark McNulty won The Principal Charity Classic for his seventh tour win. He beat Fred Funk and Nick Price on the fourth playoff hole.

In another instance of the long ball hitters being out played by the shorter hitters, Frenchman Christian Cevaer won the European Open at The London Golf Club. Cevaer averaged 263 yards of the tee all week. The three players that tied for second all out drove him. Alvaro Quiros had a 324 average, Steve Webster averaged 303 and Gary Orr had a 275 yard average. Big John Daly missed the cut and sits in 100th place in The Race for Dubai.


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