Submitted by George Hines
In the biggest ASG tournament yet, 125 golfers went to the gulf side of Florida to show off their talents at the Innisbrook Resort on Copperhead outside of Tampa. The Bermuda grass layout rolls out to a 7,340 yd test having a par of 71 with four Par 5’s and five par 3’s with nine water hazards and 75 bunkers.
Some of the favorites are Luke Donald, from England Webb Simpson,Justin Rose, England Brandt Snedeker, South African Charl Schwartzel,Nick Watney,Matt Kuchar, Peter Hansen from Sweden Zack Johnson and South Korean K. J. Choi. They will be vying for the $5.5 million purse with the winner coming away with $990,000 nest egg.
On Thursday the golf activity opened with moderate winds as Tommy Gainey started slowly with a 36 on the front side but hitting 72.2 greens in regulation made five birdies on the back nine for a 30 to lead with a 66 (-5) by one over Jasper Parnevik who also hit GIR at 72.2 (4th tourney) with 6 birdies in the first 16 holes. Bobby Gates whose putter was working pulled up in third with a with a Putts/GIR of 1.675 with 4 birdies and only one bogey at 68.
The second round of competition had more moderate winds found South African Tim Clark join Tommy Gainey at the top of the leader board at -4 with a 67 including 6 birds to catch Tommy Gainey who had a lackluster 72. Luke Donalds 66 ,propelled himself into 2nd at -3. Bobby Gates held onto 3rd at -2 but was joined by Chris DiMarco, Kenny Perry, Mark Wilson, Pat Perez, Webb Simpson, and John Rollins.
Webb Simpson fired a 68 to take the Saturday leader board lead at -5 Tommy Gainey slipped to 2nd at -4 followed closely by Australian Geoff Ogilvy with his 67 at -3. His 6 birdies made up for his double bogey 6 on the second hole of Saturdays action.
Sundays action included a hole in one by Tim “Lumpy” Herron. The 19 year PGA pro worked his magic on the 13th hole, a par three, 175 yds over water to a small green on a calm day. Webb Simpson (-5) birdied the first hole but soon stumbled, bogeying the second and fifth holes while Chris DiMarco raced to the lead starting at -2 to begin the Sundays action ending up at -8 with 7 birdies and a hot putter going 1.60 Putts/GIR 2nd for the tourney and 9th in fairway % @ 71.2. Heath Slocum finished third at -4 for the tourney.
Other Notables: K.J. Chio – 285, Matt Kuchar – 287, Nick Watney – 287, Brandt Snedeker – 287,Charl Scwartzel – 289, Luke Donald – 289, Peter Hansen – 290, Justin Rose – 294, Zack Johnson – 295.