The begining of golf

I do not think anyone really can say when the game of golf was first played, but there are many stories about the start, Robin Williams has a great story about the start of golf.

The Scott’s who are given credit for the game, organized a club in St. Andrews, Scotland in 1754 and called it the Society of St. Andrews Golfers.

Some 70 years of developing and expanding the game, King Willam 1V  became a patron of the club, and the name was changed to The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.

I had an opertunity to see this golf club and it is really a historic place.

Without Tiger others have a chance to win

Luke Donald made a quadruple bogey earlier this week. Mark Calcavecchia whiffed on a chip Saturday.

Bad mistakes? Absolutely.

But to win at PGA National, one must overcome blunders, which Donald and Calcavecchia have done with ease.

Donald shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday, Calcavecchia finished with 67, and the two former Honda Classic champions wound up tied withMatt Jones (71) atop the leaderboard at PGA National. All three were at 6 under, one shot better than Brian Davis (73) and Jose Coceres (68), who lost a four-way playoff at PGA National a year ago.

“There’s a lot of danger out there,” Donald said. “There’s some very daunting shots, a lot of scary shots with a lot of water around. So you have to really stand up there and hit good, solid shots.”

 
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He’s hit plenty of those.

A bogey-free 64 on Thursday started him on his way, but the quadruple – an 8 on the 14th hole Friday – knocked him well off the pace. He has been flawless from there, with five birdies and no bogeys in the 22 holes since.

“Obviously, other than that, I’ve played very solid this week,” said Donald, who won the 2006 Honda at Mirasol.

Calcavecchia’s game has been just as good.

He made a bogey on the second hole Saturday when his drive nestled against a palm tree, and he decided to take a left-handed whack to advance the ball a few yards. But he missed everything, and eventually made what had to be described as a good bogey.

It was his only mistake.

The two-time Honda winner (1987, 1998) birdied the next two holes, connected again at the par-4 12th, and made nothing but pars the rest of the day.

“It’d be pretty special to win a tour event three miles from your driveway,” said Calcavecchia, who’ll defend his title next week at the PODS Championship and who splits his time between homes in South Florida and Arizona. “I’ve done it in Phoenix, winning three different decades. So that’d be pretty neat too. I’m sure I’ll be nervous tomorrow.”

Chances are, so will Jones.

The tour rookie is 6-for-6 in cuts this season, with four finishes in the top 30 so far. The Nationwide Tour graduate has never had a chance like this, but showed he might be ready for the big time by making birdie on his final hole Saturday to pull into the three-way tie.

Those three are hardly the only ones with an opportunity Sunday.

Ben Crane (71), Dudley Hart (72) and Cliff Kresge (66) were two shots back, Ernie Els and Robert Allenby were in a group of five players sitting three shots off the lead, and in all, a whopping 25 players were within five strokes of first place.

Among those five shots back: Arron Oberholser, bad shoulder and all.

Oberholser, who will head to Minnesota for further examination of his long-injured shoulder after the final round, shot Saturday’s low round, a 65. He could have matched Donald’s low round of the tournament, but missed a 2 1/2-foot birdie try after his approach hit the pin on the final hole.

“A 65, for the way I feel, feels like a 60,” said Oberholser, who has tried for months to get the shoulder problem correctly diagnosed and doesn’t plan to play again until the CA Championship at Doral. “I feel like about half of what I normally am right now.”

Tiger move on to the next match with Aaron Baddeley

MARANA, Ariz. – Tiger Woods barely broke a sweat. Steve Stricker went into overtime for the second straight day. They had only one thing in common Thursday in the Accenture Match Play Championship, which ultimately was all that mattered.

Both are still playing.

One day after a stunning comeback to survive the opening round, Woods built a quick lead against Arron Oberholser and never gave him much hope in a 3-and-2 victory. Oberholser advanced to the second round with a victory over Bright’s Grove, Ont., nativeMike Weir on Wednesday.

The thrills belonged to Steve Stricker, who made a Steve Stricker on the 19th hole to extend the match, then beat Presidents Cup teammate Hunter Mahan with a birdie putt just inside 50 feet. It was the second straight day Stricker won in 20 holes.

And it was the second consecutive year that Phil Mickelson was given a long weekend off.

 
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Fresh of a victory at Riviera, he couldn’t make enough birdies to keep up with Stuart Appleby, who couldn’t miss. Appleby’s ninth birdie came on the 17th hole, and it was enough to send Lefty packing with a 2-and-1 loss.

“It was a good match, but unfortunately, I just didn’t shoot low enough,” said Mickelson, who has never made it past the quarter-final in this tournament. “I wanted a chance on 18, but unfortunately, I didn’t get it.”

David Toms didn’t have any chance at all.

His back flared up late in his first-round victory over Masters champion Zach Johnson, and the pain was such that he had to withdraw before facing Aaron Baddeley, giving the Australian a day off.

Next up for Baddeley is a third-round date with Woods.

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