hole-in-one…again!

Brad Kearns just emailed in this tidbit about his farther, Walter, who now has 11 holes-in-one.

On Wednesday, February 28th, 2007, Walter Kearns hit his 11th career hole-in-one at his home course of Lakeside Golf Club. This one came on the 155-yard 15th hole, with a 6-iron. This is his seventh ace since turning 80 in 2002!

Congratulations, Watler. Most of us are still searching for our first hole-in-one!!!

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Tiger’s streak over!!!

Tiger Woods’ PGA Tour win streak is over. It ends at seven matches. Woods just lost to Australian Nick O’Hern in the 20th hole at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. So much for trying to tie Byron Nelson’s streak of 11 consecutive PGA Tour wins at the Masters. Won’t happen.
Tiger’s second shot went left and into the rough and O’Hern’s went left into a green-side bunker. O’Hern’s bunker shot was about 15 feet short of the hole and Tiger’s shot out of the rough was about 18 feet short of the hole. Tiger missed his putt and O’Hern made his putt. It just caught the right side of the hole and didn’t look like it would drop, but it did.
Tiger has played hardly any golf this on the PGA Tour this year. Just four rounds of the Buick Invitational and now three matches in the WGC. Wonder if he’ll have enough competitive rounds before the Masters?

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Silence

Tiger Woods just missed a four-foot putt that would’ve won his match against Nick O’Hern. There was complete silence from the the broadcasters and fans. Tiger NEVER misses those four-five-six foot putts. But he did today. Nick O’Hern missed his birdie putt on the extra hole. And, we’re sure even he figured his day was done.

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Master putter

Tiger Woods was down four through seven holes to Nick O’Hern in the WGC-Accenture Match Play…The match was all square through 16 but O’Hern birdied the 17th…Woods needed to make a 5-footer on the 18th hole to extend the match to extra holes and keep his PGA Tour win streak alive. Did you have any doubt that he’d make that putt? Of course he did!
We’re in sudden death now…next player to win a hole wins the match

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Phil’s out, Woods moves on

Phil Mickelson’s struggles continue. He just lost to Justin Rose, 3 and 1, in the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships in Arizona.
Phil was spotted working with swing coach Butch Harmon on Tuesday, even though his swing coach is Rick Smith. It looked like Phil was back on track with the win at Pebble Beach, his first since his collapse at Winged Foot in the U.S. Open. But, after squandering a one-shot lead with one hole to go at the Nissan Open last week and losing Thursday, Phil will be hard-pressed to defend his title at the Masters in April, which is about six weeks away.

Tiger Woods easily defeated Tim Clark, 5 and 4…His bid to keep his consecutive win streak is still alive. If he wins match play, it will be eight consecutive PGA Tour events.

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Phil thinking about new coach?

Phil Mickelson was spotted working with swing coach Butch Harmon before the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona. That wouldn’t normally be cause for news, but Mickelson already has a swing coach in Rick Smith. The timing is interesting, considering Lefty went left again on the 18th hole at Riviera on Sunday. He had a one-hole lead with one hole to go, needing only a par to win the Nissan Open. He bogeyed the hole, then bogeyed the third playoff hole and lost to Charles Howell.

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Relive that Nissan Open finish

Read below on the In the Rough golf blog to follow the Nissan Open’s final round and sudden-death playoff Sunday as it happened. Daily News columnist Kevin Modesti was at Riviera Country Club to write the real-time chronicle of Charles Howell III’s comeback and Phil Mickelson’s disappointment. Scroll down to the entry headed “Live Nissan Open coverage” at 9:54 a.m. Sunday to begin, and scroll up from there to see how it all happened. And read Daily News golf writer Jill Painter’s coverage by clicking here and here, and columnist Steve Dilbeck’s take here.

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What Howell said about it

Charles Howell III on his second PGA Tour victory and first in five years, achieved at the site of the most maddening of his 10 second-place finishes: “It’s been a long time. I’ve always said Riviera is my favorite golf course other than Augusta. Not only because of all the great players who have played here in history, but because it’s the kind of old-time golf course we don’t play a lot. To win here, I’m beyond words.”

Howell wins $936,000 and goes to the top of the PGA Tour’s FedExCup points table.

Of the past 18 Nissan Open winners, Howell, 27, is only the fifth under 30 years of age.

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What Michelson said about it

Phil Mickelson on his disastrous chip shot from 90 feet away on the ninth green, where he chunked it, leading to a bogey: “I’ve practiced that shot a lot (with a 9-iron), and I’ve never had that happen, where the club just digs (into the grass). Normally it slides right underneath.”

Mickelson on losing a three-shot lead: “I had the tournament in control. I just had to par the last hole (he bogeyed). I certainly will look back and say I let a lot of opportunities slip away.”

For Mickelson, this snapped a streak of seven playoff victories on the PGA Tour, the only other defeat coming against Jesper Parnevik at the 2000 Byron Nelson Classic.

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The Nissan Open final top 10

1. Charles Howell III, -16, won on third extra hole
2. Phil Mickelson, -16
T3. Ernie Els, Robert Allenby, Jim Furyk, -13
6. Sergio Garcia, -11
7. Padraig Harrington, -10
8. Pat Perez, -9
T9. Anthony Kim, Rocco Mediate, Jeff Quinney, Rory Sabbatini, -8

Attendance: 45,677, about 7,500 more than Sunday in 2006

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