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Algarve Golf News August 2003

Fri, 1st Aug 2003
The 'Europro Algarve Swing' has been in progress since the 27th of May. This has nothing to do with jazz and is a series of three PGA Europro Tour golf events sponsored by Quinta da Ria near Tavira and Casinos do Algarve. The venue of the first of the 54-hole tournaments was Quinta da Cima, one of their two courses, and was won by John Mellor with 14 under par. David Close was 2nd and local pro Antonio Sobrinho 3rd. From June the 3rd to the 5th the Pro's will play at the Millennium. The third tournament will be held at Palmares on 10th to the 12th of June. After this swing through the Algarve the EuroPro golfers will head north to the fine new course at Oitavos at Cascais, west of Lisbon. These tournaments are preceded by Pro-Ams and practice rounds. Spectators are invited to watch these Pro Tournaments free of charge.
Fri, 1st Aug 2003
The Golf Club of Vilamoura staged its popular anniversary competition at the The Old Course on 7th of June. Another event at Vilamoura was the Lions Club Charity which was played on the Millennium course on the 10th of June.

Golf Course News August 2003

Vale do Lobo Ocean
Fri, 1st Aug 2003
Frederick Jacobson - (Sweden) Algarve Open de Portugal Vale do Lobo - Algarve - Portugal - 17th to 20th April, 2003 The opening day of the Algarve Open brought to the top of the scoreboard the winner of the Hong Kong in December the Swedish golfer Federick Jacobson who created a course record with a round of 64. Two strokes behind him was the Englishman, Greig Owen with a score of 66. Lying in tied third place were Bradley Dredge from Wales (the recent Madeira Open winner), Carlos Rodiles from Spain, both with 69 strokes. The second round accompanied by an influencing wind factor brought the local Swedish favorite of Jarmo Sandelin to a best day score of 67. Lying second for the day was the German Marcal Seim with a 68. The combined leadership board ended with Grieg Owen on top with 136 strokes, followed by Marcel Seim with 139. Frederik Jacobson had slipped down with a round of 76 placing him in third place along with Carlos Rodiles. The cut placed many well know Volvo Order of Merit names out of contention for the third days play, which also including all the local national players. English golfer Richard Sterne achieved the lowest score for the third day at 69. Once again Frederik Jacobson came to the fore sharing the second best round of the day of 71 with Brian Davis from England and Maarten Lafeber from Holland. In the morning of the final day the leader board showed a group of some nine players within competitive striking distance of victory. Once again in top position was Frederik Jacobson with 211 strokes, followed by Welshman Jamie Donaldson and Englishman Brain Davis, both with 212 strokes. These players were followed by Marcel Seim and Richard Sterne both with 215. As the day progressed no new contenders appeared to join the top group. This band of players progressed through the afternoon heading for what seemed to be a possible play-off between Jacobson, Dredge, Davis, Donaldson and Owen. Towards the end Grieg Owen was the first to fall away leaving the other four golfers to battle for the first prize. On the 17th hole Jacobson then made a stunning chip to the green and scored an eagle. Although he lost a stroke on the 18th hole he turned in a card with a round of 72 that gave him the Algarve Open with a final combined score of 283 and 5 strokes under par. In tied second place with 285 strokes were Bradley Dredge, Jamie Donaldson and Brian Davis. The best round of the final day of 68 strokes was shared between Jarmo Sandelin, Bradley Dredge, Jamie Donaldson and James Kingston. Jacobson admitted afterwards that he felt confident during the four days play but tension really came to the fore on the final two holes! Once again the Open has produced some new names heading for the top 25 in the Volvo Order of Merit.
Penina Championship
Fri, 1st Aug 2003
Penina was once again the headquarters of the 5th 'Sir Henry Cooper & Mike Reid Charity Golf Classic' event. After an 18-hole individual Stableford competition over the Penina course the 4-player team Classic moved to the Boavista at Lagos. This was followed by a separate four-ball team tournament at San Lorenzo, and the last two rounds of the Classic at Palmares and Penina. Each team consisted of a well-known show-biz or sports celebrity together with three participating amateurs.

Among them were comedian Stan Boardman, actors Duggie Brown, Phil Glenister, Michael Greco, Gareth Hunt, Derek Martin, Robert Powell, Robert Pugh, Sion Tudor Owen, P. H. Moriarty and Jeremy Gittins, sportsmen Keith Bertschin, Dave Jessup, David Lloyd, Frank McLintock , John Virgo and Phil Parkes, and not forgetting the 10-handicap left-hander Sir Henry and also Mike Reid who plays off 12. After the five days in brilliant sunny conditions, “The Reading Roosters” team headed by Phil Parkes took the top prize with 241 points. The participants raised a total of about 75,000 Euros for three charities,Supported by memberss of 'The Grand Order of the Water Rats', now in its 115th year, the 'Comedians Golfing Society', and the 'Peter Cook Foundation'.

Penina Championship
Fri, 1st Aug 2003
The 'Sir Henry Cotton Tournament' of 18-hole medal play was held on the 25th of May at the Penina with a field of 96 players. The overall winner was 24-handicapper G. Correia with a net score of 69 (4 under par), beating by one stroke Miguel de Sousa. The Ladies Prize went to Lesley Harris who carded a net 71, and Geoff Harrison returned the best gross score of 78.
Millennium
Fri, 1st Aug 2003
The annual 'Presidente da Republica Cup' played on the Millennium at Vilamoura brought together many influential people in the sphere of Portuguese tourism and politics. The President of Portugal, Sr. Jorge Sampaio and a keen golfer, was present at this event and his team composed of Jorge Santos, Francisco Ferreira Gomes, Luis Sobral and Maria de Jesus Beltrao, did not let the President down by achieving a respectable second place. The winning team was 'WTTC 2', comprising of Norbert Bach Mayer, Andreas Flaig, Ann and David Hyde, with 79 Stableford points.
Benamor
Fri, 1st Aug 2003
On the 7th and 8th of June, the 6th 'New Style Open' for amateurs took place at the Benamor course, followed by the 'Trofeu Iberico' on the 9th at the same venue. They latter are also organizing the ANA (Aeroportos de Portugal) Tournament at Palmares on the 14th and 16th of June.

International Golf News August 2003

Fri, 1st Aug 2003
Scott Hoch made a birdie on the third extra playoff hole to win the Ford Championship at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Florida. Scott Hoch moved up 9 places to No.9 while runner-up Jim Furyk improved 2 places to No.11. Bob Tway moved up 30 places due to his third place finish and Tim Petrovic improved 29 places to No.117. Johan Edfors shot a 70,70,66, 13-under-par total to win the weather-shortened Stanbic Zambia Open at the Lusaka Golf Club. Johan moved up to No.144 in Europe and up to No.527 in the world. In the co-sanctioned Clearwater Classic on the Nationwide/Australasian Tours, Ryan Palmer won in just his second career Nationwide Tour start. Ryan and is the new World No.398. Justin Leonard beat Chad Campbell and Davis Love-III by one stroke to win the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Justin Leonard's eighth PGA Tour victory elevated him 5 positions on the World Ranking to No.15 while Chad Campbell improved 35 places as his second runner-up finish in the space of three weeks moved him into the World Top 100 at No.81. Davis Love remained firmly within the World Top 10 at No.7. Davis Love III fired a spectacular final round of 64 to win The Players Championship in Florida. Davis Love returned to the World No.3 position for the first time since the week of the US PGA Championship on August 15th 199, while Phil Mickelson fell from the World Top 3 for the first time since December 31st 2000 – a total of 117 weeks. Runners-up Padraig Harrington and Jay Haas moved up 2 places to World No.8 and up 26 places to World No.31, respectively. Jim Furyk returned to the World Top 10 at the expense of Sergio Garcia who dropped down to No.11. Robert Allenby moved up 5 positions to World No.17. World No.49, Kirk Triplett, finished T-8 and secured a Masters Invitation courtesy of his Top 50 position. American veteran Mike Cunning ended an 8-year wait for his maiden triumph on the Asian PGA Tour with a superb five-shot victory in the Royal Challenge Indian Open at Delhi. The 1997 Asian PGA Order of Merit winner moves up 650 places on the World Ranking to No.558. Ben Crane shot a final-round 63 to win the BellSouth Classic in Georgia. Crane’s final hole eagle ensured a 4-shot victory over Stewart Cink and he becomes the first first-time winner on the PGA Tour so far this year. Crane improved 72 positions in the World Ranking and became No.75. Runner-up Bob Tway improved 23 spots and entered into the Top-50 at No.47. The South-Africa Retief Goosen improved 2 positions and made a return to the Top-5.

In the first event of the 2003 Japan Golf Tour season, Australian Andre Stolz continued his assault on the World Top 50 when he won the Token Homemate Cup. He moved up 20 places on the World Ranking to No.54. Andre Stolz then became the 7th highest ranked Australian in the world after Robert Allenby (16), Peter Lonard (29), Stuart Appleby (33), Adam Scott (34), Craig Parry (37) and Stephen Leaney (52). On the US PGA Tour, David Toms ensured a 2-shot victory over Robert Gamez, Brent Geiberger and Vijay Singh to win the inaugural Wachovia Championship at the Quail Hollow Country Club, North Carolina. David Toms moved up on the World Ranking and returned to World No.6 - the same position he ended the 2002 season. Of the runners-up, Vijay Singh moved back to No.7, Brent Geiberger advanced to No. 127 and Robert Gamez moved into the Top 100 at No.83. On the European Challenge Tour, Scotsman Greig Hutcheon won the Panalpina Banque Commerciale du Maroc Classic in Rabat. Greig Hutcheon moved up to World No.451 – the 125th highest ranked golfer in Europe. Davis Love III continued his season by winning The Heritage at South Carolina. Davis beat Woody Austin at the fourth extra playoff hole and as a result moved past Phil Mickelson and back to the World No.3 position. Runner-up Woody Austin moved up 140 places from World No.294 to No.154 while 2004 US Ryder Cup Captain Hal Sutton made a return to the Top 200 at No.197. On the US PGA Tour Kenny Perry won The Bank of America Colonial at the Colonial Country Club at Fort Worth, Texas. Kenny's new tournament record of 19-under was good enough for a 6-shot victory over Justin Leonard and a resulting improvement in his World Ranking moving to No.15. Justin Leonard moves up 2 places to No.12 in the World. Fed Couples won for the first time in five years when he shot a final-round of 67 to win the Shell Houston Open in Houston. Fred moved up 48 places on that week's World Golf Ranking and back into the Top 50 at No.29. Hank Kuehne, Mark Calcavecchia and Stuart Appleby were the joint runners-up. Hank Kuehne improved 81 places to No.108, Stuart moved up to No.30 and Mark returned to No.50. In the final event of the Florida swing on the US PGA Tour, Davis Love III fired a spectacular final round of 64 to win The Players Championship in Florida. Love returned to the World No.3 for the first time since the week of the US PGA Championship on August 15th 1999. Phil Mickelson fell back from the World Top No.3 for the first time since December 31st 2000 – a total of 117 weeks. Runners-up Padraig Harrington moved up 2 places to World No.8 and Jay Haas moved up 26 places to World No.31. Jim Furyk returned to the World Top 10 at the expense of Sergio Garcia who dropped down to No.11 and Robert Allenby moved up 5 positions to No.17. Kenny Perry became the sixth person so far this year to record multiple Tour victories when he won The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Kenny improved 4 positions on the World Golf Ranking and moved a career best position of No.11. Kenny Perry's 2003 points total of 177.50 is the best of any player outside of the World's Top 5 and is reflected by his 17-position improvement in 2003. Runner-up Lee Janzen enjoyed a 46 position improvement and returned to the World Top 100 at No. 69. and Mike Weir, holder of the best World Ranking record of 2003, finished third and returned to the Top 5 at No.5. Rory Sabbatini won the FBR Capital Open at the TPC Avenal in Potomac, Maryland. Sabbatini moved up 46 places to No.50 and became the fourth highest ranked South-African on the World Ranking behind Ernie Els (2), Retief Goosen (9) and Trevor Immelman (37). Duffy Waldorf finished in outright second place and improved to No.80. Padraig Harrington fell back down two positions to No.9 despite his T-10 finish in Chicago while Phil Mickelson dropped to No.8 – his lowest position since May 21st 2000 when he won the Mastercard Colonial to move to World No.5. David Toms T-5 finish this week elevates him to No.7 while the South African Retief Goosen fell out of the Top 10 in the Ranking for the first time since December 23rd 2001. Jonathan Kaye won his first Tour title when he eagled the first extra play-off hole to win the Buick Classic at the Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York. As a result Joanthan Kaye improved 51 places to No 52. Runner-up John Rollins improved 30 places and moved to inside the Top 50 at No.49. There are now 24 players from the USA inside the World's Top 50.

Golfers in the News August 2003

Fri, 1st Aug 2003
Mike Weir - (Canada) Masters Tournament Augusta National - Augusta - Georgia - USA - 10th to 13th April, 2003 In the first Major Championship of 2003, Mike Weir became the first Canadian and the first left-handed golfer ever to win the US Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. He overcame a three-shot deficit on the back nine on the Sunday and beat Len Mattiace at the first extra play-off hole. As a result the new 67th US Masters Champion moved up 5 positions on the World Golf Ranking to No.5. This is his highest ever career position and the highest position ever held by a Canadian golfer on the World Ranking. Weir started 2003 at No.46 but his victories in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, the Nissan Open and the US Masters meant an accumulation of 260.03 World Ranking points – more than any other golfer in the world.
Fri, 1st Aug 2003
Kennie Ferrie - (England) Canarias Open de Espana Golf Costa Adeje - Tenerife - Spain - 24th to 27th April, 2003 England's Kenneth Ferrie became the seventh first-time winner on the 2003 European Tour International Schedule as he birdied the second play-off hole to win the Canarias Open de Espana. Ferrie edged out Sweden's Peter Hedblom and Ireland's Peter Lawrie. Kenneth Ferrie improved 208 positions on the World Ranking to No. 203.
Fri, 1st Aug 2003
Mathias Gronberg - (Sweden) 60th Italian Open Telecom Italia Gardagolf - Brescia - Italy - 1st to 4th May, 2003 Sweden's Mathias Gronbeurg claimed victory at the 60th Italian Open at Brescia on the European Tour when he beat his nearest rivals by three strokes. They were Ricardo Gonzalez from Argentina, Jose Manuel Lara from Spain, and Colin Montgomerie from Scotland.
Fri, 1st Aug 2003
Paul Casey - (England) Benson and Hedges International Open The Belfry - Sutton Coldfield - England - 8th to 11th May, 2003 In the first English event of the 2003 European Tour International Schedule, Paul Casey won the Benson and Hedges International Open at The De Vere Belfry to move into the World Top 50 for the first time in his career. As a result of this win Paul Casey enjoyed an improvement of 30 places and moving to World No.39: He now qualifies for the World Golf Championship NEC Invitational at the Firestone Country Club in August and placed himself firmly in the frame for the World Top 50 US Open qualification on May 25th. Paul Casey also became the top Englishman on the World Ranking as he moved past World No.42 Justin Rose. Runner-up Padraig Harrington moved up one position to World No.9 while Paul Lawrie returned to the World Top 50 at No.44.
Fri, 1st Aug 2003
Padraig Harrington - (Ireland) Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe Gut Kaden - Hamburg - Germany - 15th to 18th May, 2003 It ended in a playoff at he SAP Open TPC of Europe between the winner Padraig Harrington from Ireland and Thomas Bjorn from Denmark. One stroke further back was Retief Goosen from South Africa.
Fri, 1st Aug 2003
Ignacio Garrido - (Spain) Volvo PGA Championship Wentworth - Virginia Water - Surrey - England - 22nd to 25th May, 2003 In the flagship event of the 2003 European Tour International Schedule, Spanish golfer Ignacio Garrido beat Trevor Immelman at the first extra play-off hole to win the Volvo PGA Championship at The Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey. Ignacio improved 167 positions and is the new World No.62 and now the second highest ranked Spanish golfer in world and the 13th highest ranked European golfer on the World Ranking. Runner-up Trevor Immelman improved 23 spots to his highest career Ranking position of No.38 while third-placed Mathias Gronberg breaks into the Top 100 at No. 74. The World No.2 Ernie Els finished in outright fourth position and consolidates his position as one of the top-two golfers in the world.
Fri, 1st Aug 2003
Ian Poulter - (England) Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open Celtic Manor - City of Newport - Wales - 29th to 1st June, 2003 Ian Poulter recorded his fourth career victory as he birdied the final hole to win the Celtic Manor Wales Open at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales. Ian Poulter improved 30 places that week in the World Golf Ranking and become the 4th highest ranked Englishman in the world at No.90. He has now won in each of the last four European Tour seasons and this victory is the 100th European Tour victory won by former members of the European Challenge Tour.

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