Thursday, April 12, 2007

Goosen rounds out Exelon

This in from the folks at the Exelon Invy

Organizers of the Exelon Invitational hosted by Jim Furyk proudly announced PGA Tour star, Retief Goosen, as the final player confirmed for the June 4th golf event at The ACE Club in Lafayette Hill, PA.

The announcement comes on the heels of another fine Masters tournament appearance by Goosen, a native of South Africa, who finished tied for 2nd place after a Sunday battle with Tiger Woods and eventual champion, Zach Johnson. Goosen finished in 3rd place at the Masters in 2006.

“Retief is a fine player and a great supporter of this event,” commented Exelon Invitational host Jim Furyk. “With the addition of Retief, this is the highest ranked foursome in our nine year history which is a true testament of the event’s success.”

Goosen, currently ranked #8 in the Official PGA Tour World Rankings, last competed in the Exelon Invitational in 2005 when he defeated host Jim Furyk, Mike Weir and Tim Clark in a playoff at Hartefeld National.

The June 4th Exelon Invitational will mark the second year at The ACE Club in Lafayette Hill, PA. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster by calling 215-336-2000. For more information or to learn about how your company can partner with the Exelon Invitational hosted by Jim Furyk visit or contact Bryan Furey at 609.393.5838 or

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Masters mad dash

I just followed the final pairing of Tiger Woods and Stuart Appleby for a while. After they made the turn and I headed back toward the media center to watch the back nine on the jumbo TVs, I couldn't help but notice a curious Masters tradition -- an early stampede of thousands of "patrons" outtahere.

I first noticed it a couple of years ago, just as the leaders were heading into Amen Corner and the Masters was about to get thrilling. I asked around and was told that many locals get their fill of golf and Augusta National during the morning and early afternoon, then make a mad dash home to watch the big finish on TV. Strange but true.

Lunch at Augusta Redux

I just ate in the Augusta National clubhouse again and, in fairness, it was much better. The food and the service.

This time, I even went for the famous peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream.