The LPGA Tour announced that this year will be the last for the Corning Classic, a tourney which has had the same sponsor since 1979. They were unable to find new sponsors.
LPGA Corning Classic Jack Benjamin:
“This is a most difficult decision for all of us. Everyone involved with the event is passionate about it and about the LPGA players who have been a part of it for more than three decades.
But the realities are that the revenue opportunities in the marketplace will not support the components needed to successfully host a major event like this in our community moving forward.”
7:24pm ET – ANGEL CABRERA IS MASTERS CHAMPION
Kenny Perry lost his swing starting on the 17th hole and through the two hole playoff. Chad Campbell succumbed to the pressure as well, putting his approach shot into the right greenside bunker on the 1st hole of the playoff.
Angel Cabrera has some big time kahunas and is Masters champion! I’ll write more later, but there’s still daylight. I’m off to the course to play until sunset.
6:46pm ET PLAYOFF
I think I’m going to have a heart attack.
Kenny Perry bogeys the last two holes. We have a three man playoff between Kenny Perry, Chad Campbell and Angel Cabrera. Guess I’ll keep my clubs in the garage for now and crack open a frosty beverage.
17th fairway… Kenny Perry has a two shot lead after making birdie on 15 and nearly ACING 16. I’m so happy for Perry, who will become the oldest major champion in the history of golf. I just hope he finishes soon, so I can get out and play a few holes. This is the only time of year I’d rather watch golf than play it, and I have the itch.
Kenny Perry just made a 3-putt par on #13 to stay at -12, but still holds one shot lead over Chad Campbell. Cabrera still has a chance at -10.
Tiger and Phil both limped home, making bogey on 18. Perhaps they just beat each other up today. Tiger even knocked his 2nd shot off a tree trunk. Phil‘s 67 and Tiger‘s 68 could have been 65’s or better. I could have sworn I saw Tiger limping after the tree shot on 18. Just like in football, limp after you make a bad play…
Since it is Masters time, this is a great time to do a quick book review. The First Sunday In April is…
“A collection of stories and insights from Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson, Rick Reilly, Ken Venturi, Jack Nickluas, Lee Trevino and many more about the quest for the famed green jacket.”
Essentially this book contains Masters stories as told by primarily golf writers and players. Some of the stories are quotes from player biographies. I like the way Don Wade describes the book in his foreward:
“…a literary stroll down Magnolia Lane.”
Coffee Table Book
Being just a collection of stories, this isn’t a book you need to read from front to back sequentially. You can just pop it open and flip to a random page and read stories about the famed par-3 12th hole or many other happenings at Augusta. Keep it on the coffee table like I do, and flip to a random chapter for a few minutes over coffee in the morning.
“First” Sunday In April?
Today is the final round of the 2009 Masters. It is Sunday the 12th of April. It is the 2nd Sunday in April. Details details…
If you are a Masters fan like me, this is an enjoyable book to have around. I love “stories” about The Masters and Augusta National and I eat ’em up.
2009 Masters Round Three Leaderboard is below. Click read more to view…
Chad Campbell made a huge mistake on the par-3 16th. He was in the back bunker with no green to work with. Rather than playing safe, he went for the pin and left it in the bunker. Then he missed the bogey putt. He lost two shots to Kenny Perry, giving Perry the outright lead. But while that was happening Cabrera was busy making birdie on #17 to tie for the lead at -11! Boy is tomorrow going to be fun.
Furyk is in the house at -7 within striking distance.
The greens are soft and many players are throwing darts.
The leaders Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell have made the turn. They’re both at -11 with Cabrera at -10 after he birdied #10. Wait a sec. Perry just made birdie so he’s alone in the lead now at -12 after 10 holes.
Stricker and Furyk are at -6 after 12 holes. Mickelson birdied #15 to reach -5 while Tiger birdied #17 to get to -4. I still think Tiger is too far back.
Tiger Woods has come back with a couple of birdies and is back to -2 after 9. He doesn’t look like he’s controlling the spin of his approach shots though. He’s spun several shots back too far and even off of greens.
The leaders Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell parred #1 and both birdied #2. They’re now at -10.
Phil Mickelson is playing well and has it to -5 with a ton of other players including Stricker, Mahan, Furyk, Sabbatini, Katayama and Kim.
Cabrera back is at -8 and has shaken off the nerves after a birdie on #3.
Tiger Woods is likely toast for this year’s Masters. He double bogeyed #1.
Camilo Villegas is moving up the leaderboard, now at -4 after five holes.