Sunday could be a most memorable day
I rarely need an excuse to park myself in front of the TV to watch golf on Sundays – especially when it’s gonna be 100 degrees outside, and I mowed the lawn on Saturday. But no excuses needed this Sunday, which looms as potentially one of the most memorable in a long time.
--In the morning, the European Tour wraps up its Johnnie Walker Championship, which is the final event for players to earn Ryder Cup points. Nicolas Colsaerts, who is six off the lead and tied for 13th, needs a big rally because he has to win or finish second to grab the final automatic qualifying spot. Otherwise, he’ll be left hoping for one of Captain Jose Maria Olazabal’s two wild-card picks. Olazabal, by the way, will reveal his picks at 7:00 a.m. ET on Monday, and you can see his announcement live on RyderCup.com.
Also worth watching is whether third-round leader Paul Lawrie can pull off another win. Lawrie, 43, seemed all but washed up when he went winless from 2002 to 2010, but he captured the 2011 Andalucia Open and followed it up with another win at the CommercialBank Qatar Masters earlier this year. He’s already locked up a spot on the European team after not playing in the Ryder Cup since 1999, when he made his first and only appearance.
--In the afternoon, we’ll see if Sergio Garcia, the 54-hole leader at The Barclays, can earn his second PGA Tour victory in the span of six days – and that’s after going more than four years since his previous PGA Tour triumph. He starts the final round two shots ahead of Nick Watney.
Garcia is hitting the ball as well as ever – he’s tied for second in fairways hit (78.6 percent) and tied for fourth in greens in regulation (75.9 percent), and his putting – long his Achilles’ heel – has greatly improved since a grip change. If he wins, he’ll also take over the FedExCup points lead.
--Also in the afternoon, we’ll find out whether 15-year-old amateur Lydia Ko can become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history. Ko, who was born in South Korea but lives in New Zealand, leads the CN Canadian Women's Open by a shot over Stacy Lewis, Jiyai Shin, Chella Choi and Inbee Park.
Ko won the U.S. Women's Amateur a couple weeks ago, and in January she won the New South Wales Open in Australia at 14 to become the youngest player to win a professional tour event. In that victory, she broke Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa's mark of 15 years and 8 months.
If she wins in Vancouver, she’ll break the mark for youngest LPGA Tour winner set by Lexi Thompson last September, when she won the Navistar LPGA Classic at age 16. Previously, Paula Creamer held the record, winning in 2005 at age 18. Ko also would become the first amateur to win on the LPGA Tour since JoAnne Carner in the 1969 Burdine's Invitational.
--Then Sunday evening, we’ll see whether Tom Jenkins, at age 64, can become the oldest winner in Champions Tour history. He leads the Boeing Classic by two over Willie Wood, who got his first Champions Tour victory last week
Mike Fetchick was 63 when he won the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational. Jenkins won the last of his seven senior titles in 2006.