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Golf Talk: Reavie Rocks, Alfredsson, 'Not About Money'

Tuesday, 05 Aug 2008 09:55 AM

By Anthony Pioppi

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Reavie the Rookie Rocks Canadian Open

Alfredsson: It's About Memories, Not Money

Lundberg Makes His Second Coming

Seniors Cook and Vaughan Do Battle


Reavie the Rookie Rocks Canadian Open

Chez Reavie was just another rookie on the PGA Tour — at least until the Canadian Open, which he won in impressive form, leading wire to wire.

Anyone looking for Reavie to fold under the pressure of having the chance to win a national open that Jack Nicklaus never did were amazed at Reavie's steely play in the final round. He made a couple of bogies early in but recovered to shoot 70 for a total of 17-under and the three-shot victory at Glen Abbey Golf Club.

"I was actually surprised at how calm I was out there," said the 26-year-old from Wichita, Kan.

"Obviously, that was my goal, but I had never been in that situation, so I didn't know what to expect. I just managed to stay patient. I never pressed. Even when I made two bogeys early, I just kept to my game plan. I kept trying to hit fairways and hit smart shots into the greens and give myself chances for birdies."

Reavie had never been to Canada but saw a number of relatives, including some that he'd never met before.

"They were great. Some of them live an hour away and some of them are two hours away and they made the drive every day to come out there and watch me play. It was super nice of them to do," he said. "I had a great time watching them watch me play. I was watching them walk down the ropes."

Alfredsson: It's About Memories, Not Money

After a dismal 2007 season in which she was plagued with injuries, Helen Alfredsson appears to be on her way back.

First, she came tantalizingly close to winning the U.S. Women's Open, finishing second, then took the next step recently capturing the Evian Masters in Les-Bains, France, her first victory in five years.

It was the third time she's won that tournament. This time it took three extra holes before she could raise the trophy.

The 43-year-old Swede made a three-footer for birdie to defeat Na Yeon Choi. Angela Park was eliminated on the first playoff hole when her birdie putt lipped out.

"Someone is looking after me for [Evian] to be my next win," she said. "All my friends are here. It is a very emotional place for me."

The victory at Evian, Europe's richest women's tournament with a purse $3.25 million, was Alfredsson's sixth on the LPGA Tour. It earned her $487,500 and a place in the season-ending ADT Championship.

"The money is not important," Alfredsson said. "The satisfaction of winning and making putts — there is no money in the world that can pay for that. Having memories and having to go through what I have gone through and coming out on top in the end."

Alfredsson birdied the 17th and 18th holes in the final round, and then racked up three more birdies in the playoff, which was contested on the 18th hole.

Lundberg Makes His Second Coming

In 2005 Mikael Lundberg made a name for himself by winning the European Tour's Russian Open, but by 2007 he had lost his card. Now he has guaranteed himself two more years on the tour, again capturing the Russian Open by shooting a final-round 68 at Le Meridien Moscow Country Club for a two-shot victory over Spain's Jose Manuel Lara.

"This is my favorite place; everything is great here," said Lundberg, who had no top-10s this year.

He added, "The worst part is you come here, and it feels like I always play well and I should do well, so you put a lot of pressure on yourself, and you wonder when you are going to screw up."

Seniors John Cook and Bruce Vaughan Do Battle

John Cook's worst memory as a golfer has to be the 1992 Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Course, where he missed a two-footer for birdie on the 71st hole that cost him the title that Nick Faldo won.

Cook, unfortunately, has created another finish in a major he'd rather forget. Once again, it was back in Scotland, this time at Royal Troon Golf Club and the European Tour's Senior Open Championship, won by American Bruce Vaughan on the first playoff hole.

Cook was three shots clear of the field eight holes into the final round, shooting 32 on the front, but then came the collapse. He doubled 11, bogied 12, and dropped another shot on 18, three putting from 30 feet.

Vaughan, three shots back through 10 holes, birdied 16 to get himself into contention, then dropped a 20-foot birdie on the first playoff hole for the victory while Cook's effort from 12 feet slid past on the right side of the cup.

"Bruce played his heart out," said Cook. "I just didn't get it done."

Vaughan, in his second year on the Champions Tour, had his previous best finish at Dick's Sporting Goods Open, where he was second. He has battled a chronic sore knee all season and, while his victory gets him into the U.S. Senior Open, Vaughan will probably be forced to miss it.

"I've had problems with my knee for a long time and haven't been able to play much," he said. "I was biding my time, because I thought I could play out here. The walking is what hurts most. It hurts, but I can live with it. Some days it's worse than others. Right now, it feels great."

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