Monday Morning Golf Report
Jan. 26, 2009
Webb Simpson continued his hot start to the 2009 season with a second-straight top-ten finish, this time finishing T5th at the 50th Bob Hope Classic at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.
After cruising in the first four rounds, Simpson had an up-and-down Sunday, posting a 3-under 69 with six birdies and three bogies.
He got to within three shots of the lead through eight holes on Sunday after his fourth birdie of the day but bogies on Nos. 9 and 11 dropped him back to 2-under for the day and 26-under for the tournament.
He would pick up another bogie on No. 15 but a strong birdie-birdie finish would make the 2008 graduate's trip to Phoenix next week a little sweeter.
Coming off of a top-10 last week at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Simpson continued the momentum early in the week, posting rounds of 68, 66 and a solid round of 8-under 64 on Friday, which included eight birdies and an eagle.
On Saturday, he made seven birdies and just one bogie for his second round of 66 to vault him into a T7th heading into Sunday.
Bill Haas opened the Bob Hope with rounds of 68-68-67-67 to start the final round at 18-under. On Sunday, Haas would come out the gate with six birdies in his first nine holes for a sizzling opening-nine of 30. He added another birdie on No. 2, his 11th hole of the day, and had it to 25-under.
However, a couple of tough breaks on holes four and five would ruin his good start but a birdie at six and three straight pars to finish gave him a third-straight round of 67 and a 23-under par finish. Haas finished the event T25.
Billy Andrade was making his first start of the 2009 season and played well, finishing 12-under par (68-71-67-70) through four rounds but this week was all about going low and Andrade wouldn't make the four-day cut which fell at a stunning 15-under par.
At the Champions' Tour Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, Jay Haas picked up a third-place finish with a three round total of 15-under.
Haas opened the tournament with rounds of 65 and 66 but was unable to make a big move on Sunday, sitting third most of the day and coming home with a round of 70. Haas is the reigning Charles Schwab Cup winner and is off to another good start in 2009.
Curtis Strange also opened his 2009 season in Hawaii with a good round of 71 on Friday and then a bogie-free round of 5-under 67 on Saturday. He was 6-under heading into play on Sunday.
His round on Sunday included a pair of bogies off-set by his first eagle of the season for an even-par round of 72 and a T19 finish.
The LPGA Tour also had its first sponsored event off the 2009 season at the HSBC Brasil Cup at Itanhanga Golf Club in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Laura Diaz, who is coming off her second-best season as a pro in 2008, got off to a great start in 2009 finishing fourth after rounds 75-73.
The PGA tour heads to Scottsdale, Ariz., next week for the FBR Open while the Champions Tour takes a couple of weeks off before starting back up at the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Florida on Feb. 13-15.
The Nationwide Tour gets underway Feb. 5-8 at the Panama Championship in Panama City while the LPGA Tour will hold its first full-field event, the SBC Open, on Feb. 12-15 in Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii.
The Ladies European Tour will also get its season into full swing on Feb. 5-8 at the ANZ Ladies Masters in Australia.