This was a busy weekend for golf in both the LPGA and PGA. Over in Dubai at the Dubai Ladies Masters Iben Tinning ended her career with a bang, winning the title and retiring from the Tour all in one day. After a successful 15-year career she ended on a high note, shooting 3 under 69 in the final round. It was a happy ending she was able to share with her husband who caddies for her. It was a close race between Anna Nordqvist and Melissa Reid for the last title tournament of the year.
Over in the PGA the Shark Shootout was a great competition to watch. After a close competition it was the pairing of Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter who took the win, shooting a 13- under 59 to beat out Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell. I do believe I predicted that Ian Poulter would be doing great things. Team Johnson and Poulter took and early lead with birdies on the first four holes and finished out just the way they started. They won a pretty good chuck of change $750,000 for this fun “hit-and-giggle” (great naming by the way for tournaments this kind of a game). I took the liberty of looking at the official website to understand exactly how this kind of tournament works:
First Round, Modified Alternate Shot – Each player hits a drive on every hole and one drive is selected. The player whose drive is NOT selected hits the second shot, and they alternate shots until the ball is holed.
Second Round, Better Ball – Each player plays through every hole using his own ball. The player whose score is the lowest on each hole will be the team score for that hole.
Final Round, Scramble – Each player hits a drive on every hole and the best drive is selected. Each player then plays a second shot from the spot where the selected drive lays, and the best second shot is selected. This process is repeated until the hole is completed.
I hope you were all able to watch some of it, pretty entertaining.
Back in the Ladies realm of golf, Aree Song won the LPGA Q-School Tournament and earned herself a coveted Tour card. Despite the rain and wind in Florida she was able to secure a 2-stroke victory over the 17-year old golf prodigy Jessica Korda.