Singh Wins Canadian Bell Open

Vijay Singh beats Mike Weir in a playoff to win the Bell Canadian Open and practically locks up the race for Player of the Year.

In an exciting finish, Vijay Singh takes the Bell Canadian Open right out of Mike Weir‘s grasp on the third playoff hole. Leading after 54 holes by 3 strokes, Weir shot a final round 72 (+1) and Singh a 69 (-2). After a pair of birdies on the first playoff hole (#18) and an anemic pair of bogeys on the second playoff hole (#17), they went back to #18. Weir’s troubles on this hole started when he drove into the thick right rough. Chopping it out another 100 yards down the fairway, Weir then plays a slight draw with an iron, skips it off the back of the putting surface, and splashes into the water. This opened the door for Vijay who, after another beautiful drive, hit a 6I to just off the green and chipped it to within 6 feet. Vijay missed the birdie putt but left only a comeback tap-in for the par and win. All in all, Weir and Singh played sloppily (Vijay played the 11th hole in 7-over par), but Singh managed to best the Canadian in his own championship.

The win puts Vijay Singh to within about $500,000 of Tiger Woods’ single-season money earnings record. Moreover, if Vijay’s victory last week didn’t cement his bid for Player of the Year, this win – Vijay’s seventh and his fourth in his last five starts – should do it. Singh’s seven victories accompany 14 top-10, 20 top-25 finishes, and well over $8 million in winnings. There’s absolutely no chance that Tiger will steal this one away from him.

Weir Leads Canadian Open

Mike Weir leads his native Canadian championship going into Sunday. Can he bring home the bacon?

mike_weir.jpgCanadian native Mike Weir leads his country’s championship by three strokes over Cliff Kresage and the world’s number-one golfer, Vijay Singh. There are eleven golfers within six strokes of Weir going into Sunday’s final round, including Jesper Parnevik (-7), Stewart Cink (-4), and Bill Haas (-4).

               Today    1   2   3   4  Total  To Par
Mike Weir      1:40ET  68  65  70   -   203     -10
Cliff Kresge   1:40ET  69  70  67   -   206     - 7
Vijay Singh    1:30ET  68  66  72   -   206     - 7

This week also marks the second consecutive week in which David Duval has made the cut, finishing at 6-over par 290 with rounds of 71, 72, 76, and 71.

Only one question remains this week about Weir’s attempt to capture his native championship: can the Canadian bring home the bacon? Sorry, couldn’t resist. 🙂

Weir Leads Bell Canadian Open

Mike Weir leads by one stroke in the Canadian Bell Open.

I was slightly caught off-guard when I just checked the PGA leaderboard. Mike Weir carries a one stroke lead into the weekend at the Bell Canadian Open with World #1 Vijay Singh hot on his tail. It’s interesting to look at Weir’s results from this year. I hadn’t heard his name in quite some time and I quickly see why. After a pretty hot start this year (T5 at the FBR Open, T4 at Pebble Beach, then winning the Nissan Open), he had a string of missed cuts and poor finishes. The only two saving graces since that start was a T4 at the U.S. Open and a T9 at the British Open. Ok, so he turns it on for the majors. Who doesn’t? Here’s to hoping he can hang on. I’m tired of hearing about Vijay.

Double-D David Duval: T13

David Duval makes a cut – and finishes tied for thirteenth.

Let’s not overlook David Duval this week. David not only made the cut – something he’s failed to do for 14 months or so – but he finished T13 with a 4-under 67 on the closing day of the Deutsche Bank Championship. This is his best finish since T6 in a 2002 event in Las Vegas.

David will win a tournament in the next two years. That’s my prediction and I’m sticking to it.

Singh Number One

Vijay has taken over the World #1 ranking. How long until Tiger gets it back?

Vijay Singh is now the number one golfer in the world, according to The Official World Golf Ranking, by a slim margin: 12.72 to 12.27.

Congrats to Vijay. Hard work does pay off.

Now, the question being asked is simply this: how long until Tiger gets it back? He played really well last week…

Vijay Gets Medieval in Boston

Vijay pulls out the pliers and the blowtorch and put Tiger’s hopes of remaining on top of the Tour in the hurt locker.

vijay_singh.jpgAfter starting off today down three strokes to the top player in the world, Vijay Singh turned on the heat today at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Vijay shot a tournament-low 63 today to couple with yesterday’s 68 and leave him at 131, two strokes ahead of Tiger Woods, Bill Haas and Richmond, VA native John Rollins.

While he’s turning up the heat on Tiger, Vijay’s playing it cool as a cucumber. “Yeah, if I win this tournament, I’ll be No. 1. Fine,” said Vijay. “But what would that change for me? I’m going to go out there next week and do it all over again.”

Vijay started off his round with an eagle, and made the turn with three more birdies and only one bogey. He kept the pace up on the back nine, with five birdies and another bogey, bringing him to eight-under for the day. Haas was equally strong today with a second-round 64, while Rollins remained consistent, turning in a five-under 66 to accompany yesterday’s four-under 67. With two rounds to go, it looks like the field will be playing to catch Vijay.

The tournament continues with the third round tomorrow at the TPC of Boston.

Tiger Strong in Boston

Tiger Woods is in at six-under par, tied for the first-round lead.

tiger_woods.jpgTiger Woods looked strong in Boston on Thursday, shooting six-under at the Deutsche Bank Championship. His first-round 65 was good enough to tie him with Tour rookie Ryan Palmer, who missed equaling his best round of the year by one stroke.

Joining Tiger on the leaderboard is his neighbor Mark O’Meara, who hasn’t finished better than 10th this year, and who has gone winless on the PGA Tour since winning the British Open in 1998. Two others join O’Meara at five-under, and five are tied for sixth place at four-under. Vigay Singh is three-back of Woods at three-under, and after the first round it doesn’t appear Tiger needs to worry about losing his Number One world ranking to Singh.

Tiger appeared in command of his driver today, a welcome change for the top-ranked player in the world. Plagued with missed fairways of late, Tiger kept the ball in play and converted his putts to keep himself ahead of the pack. Tiger made the turn at two-under, then turned it on for the back nine, sinking four birdies and keeping his bogey on the par four third hole his only bogey of the day.

2003 winner Adam Scott entered the clubhouse with a two-under 69, four shots off the lead and tied with sixteen others for 21st place. Scott is looking to defend his title and earn his third win of the year.

Deutsche Bank Championship Tees Off on Friday

The Deutsche Bank Championship runs Friday to Monday, different from any other event on the PGA tour this year.

For those not familiar with the schedule, the Deutsche Bank Championship will begin the first round on Friday, September 3rd, 2004. This means a final round on Monday, September 6th, the only tournament this year with a final scheduled round on a Monday.

If you’re like me, you realized that today was Thursday and went to the Web to see what the latest scores were only to find that nobody had teed off yet. On the bright side, I won’t have this problem again this year.

The Tadalafil Open

The Western Open has a new title sponsor… a sexual potency drug.

It’s hip to say that sports has “sold-out” in the name of the almighty dollar, but the Cialis® (tadalafil) Western Open has done just that.

The oldest non-major tournament on the PGA tour, with esteemed past champions that include Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, and Tiger Woods is title-sponsored by a sexual potency drug. I can just hear it now: “Son, I remember Tiger winning The Masters, The US Open and three Cialis Western Opens.” Very Nice.

Apparently, The PGA Tour was hurting pretty badly for sponsors, and the only taboos are “hard alcohol and tobacco” companies. Why? How is the Baccardi Western Open worse than the Cialis Western Open? It’s not, but money talks, and the world keeps spinning.