Sunday, April 17, 2011
He grew up in Sweden and India, won twice on the PGA tour, but now with his family in Orlando, Florida...Daniel Chopra who had a great shot at shooting a 59 on Saturday, is the Fresh Express Golf Classic Champion in California. He led by one at 12 under par when play eventually began today 4 hours late. All 60 players were still on course when the horn sounded ending play with the 54 holes standings becoming official. Scottish qualifier Russell Knox and Luke List tied for 2nd, with 2-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton finishing in 4th with 3 others including 2nd round leader Mathew Goggin. Chopra earns $108,000 for his Fog shortened victory in Hayward.
Dense relentless fog delayed final round play over 4 hours, but players are finally on course at the Fresh Express Golf Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward. There's no guarantee the leaders will finish before dark, but for now, the sun is shining though the fog has not lifted. Daniel Chopra who flirted with a 59 yesterday, settling for a 9 underpar 61, leads the field at 12 underpar. Problem is, Chopra and playing partners Luke List and Russell Knox who are a shot behind, don't tee off until 3:09. In an effort to play quicker, officials have split the remaining field of 60 into 20 threesomes starting at #1 and #10. If a horn sounds at anytime this afternoon, with the fog taking over again..the tournament will end based on yesterday's leaderboard.
Englanders like Gary Christian wanted to play, but the powers that be have suspended the Fresh Express Classic in Hayward, due to unrelenting fog throughout the day. If the fog wins, Daniel Chopra of Sweden, who flirted with a 59 yesterday picks up the victory. Owning two PGA Tour victories, Chopra Nationwide magic should signal his return to the Big Tour next season. If the event is shortened to 54 holes Chopra will earn $108,000 in first Nationwide Tour start of the year. Certainly, Fresh Express Classic Title sponsor and fans who traveled atop the Hayward Hills to see Sunday's final round at TPC Stonebrae have taken a hit. At minus 12, Daniel Chopra will win by one shot over Luke List and Russell Knox. Two time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton ends up tied for fourth at 8 under par. Alameda local favorite James Hahn tied for 19th at 4 under...as did our featured video guest Gary Christian from Carshalton, England.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Erik Compton is playing with his third heart and is in contention to win at TPC Stonebrae. His 66 on Saturday leaves him 4 behind leader Daniel Chopra heading into the final round Sunday
He received his first heart at age 13, in 2008, Erik Compton had a second heart transplanted in his chest, and heading into the final round of the Fresh Express Classic at the TPC Stonebrae course in Hayward, Erik Compton has a chance to win. At 8 under par, the jovial Compton is 4 shots off the lead held by Daniel Chopra who shot a 61 in Saturday's round. In fact, the pro from Sweden flirted with a 59, but his birdie on 17 just went by the hole.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Co-leading through 36 holes at the Fresh Express Nationwide Tour Classic at TPC Stonebrae, Matt Goggin is one of the "older" young lions from Australia. At 36, he isn't quite recognized in the same breath with fellow Aussies Jason Day, and Adam Scott who dueled down to the wire at last week's Masters...but Goggin at least plans to rejoin his younger countrymen on the PGA tour next season. Mathew lost his tour card after a disappointing year, but currently stands 2nd on the Nationwide money list this season and shares the 36 hole lead with qualifier Russel Knox of Scotland this week in Hayward. Now pulling even with the pair at the turn, is Texan J.J. Killeen.
Hailing from Hobart Tasmania in Australia, the 36 year old spent 5 seasons on the PGA Tour, only to lose his card last year. Matt Goggin fired a 4 under 66 in round two of the Fresh Express Classic, and shares the top spot with Monday qualifier Russell Knox. The duo stand at 133, 7 under par at the 7100 yard layout overlooking San Francisco Bay, in Hayward.
Andrew Buckle had an adventure on #18, but owns the opening round lead at Nationwide Tour stop at Fresh Express Classic played at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward.
The Aussie got away with a bogie on #18, after his approach shot flew the green, bounced off a a series of signs and landed in a cluster of rocks. Fortunately for Andrew Buckle, the rules official did not make him take an unplayable lie, and instead, Buckle was able to drop behind the partitian without penalty. Finishing with a 6 under par 64, (Jerry Rice is 17 shots behind) the former Australian Amateur Champion who had a brief PGA tour experience in 2007, owns a 2 shot cushion over 6 others nearing the end of today's opening round.
Erik Compton has had 2 heart transplants, but plans to earn his PGA Tour card. 3 off the pace following his 3 under par 67 opening round at Nationwide tour stop at Stonebrae
At 13, Erik Compton received his first new heart...3 years ago, he had another transplant, but through it all has remained competitive on the Nationwide Tour and earned a sponsors exemption to play in last year's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He currently stands #9 in money earnings through 3 events, and today shot 3 under 67 in the opening round of the Fresh Express Classic in Hayward, Ca. Thankful for everyday he's given, Compton must guard against fatigue but it wasn't an issue on Thursday. Despite bogies on 2 of his last 3 holes, the 31 year is tied for 4th.
Jerry Rice blows up with quad bogie and shoots 81 in opening round of Fresh Express Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward
Playing with the pros, Jerry Rice had it going early...one under through 7, but a quadruple bogie on #1, and two other holes "did me in" stated the Hall of Fame 49er wide receiver. The cut for the Fresh Express Classic in Hayward, Ca. comes tomorrow, but Rice will need a round in the 60's for any hope of playing on the weekend. Last year, the tournament's ambassador went 83-76 and missed the cut by a bunch.