Mahan Wins Barclays at Ridgewood PDF Print E-mail

Hunter Mahan, wife Kandi and daughter Zoe celebrate at Ridgewood Country Club

Paramus, New Jersey - As if Captain Tom Watson's job isn't tough enough already, picking his

three selections for the Ryder Cup just got tougher - enter Hunter Mahan's name into the mix.

Looking for closers, Capt. Watson had to notice Mahan's five birdies on the back nine and a run

of four in a five hole stretch from holes 13 thru 17. The birdie spree provided a cushion as Mahan

bogeyed the last to finish with a final round 65 (-14 total) to win the Barclays at Ridgewood (two

strokes ahead of Cameron Tringale, Jason Day, and Stuart Appleby).

The victory propels Mahan ahead 61 spots, where he now sits atop the Fedex Cup standings heading

into TPC Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship. The win was Mahan's sixth of his career and

his first since 2012.

"It feels good to get a W, Mahan said. It's been a couple of years, and it feels good the way I did it

with a great round on Sunday."

Stats from Sunday's final round at Ridgewood:

- Els, Langley, Kuchar, Na, and Hoffman all shot bogey free rounds.

- Along with Mahan, Appleby and Reed also shot 65 for the lowest final round score

- Rickie Fowler led the field in driving accuracy hitting 13 of 14 fairways (92.86%)

- Kuchar, Mahan, Tringale, Senden and Van Pelt led the field hitting 15 of 18 greens

- Els, Hoffman, Kuchar, Langley, Matsuyama, Na, Schwartzel, and Spieth were 100% scrambling






Camilo Takes Wyndham, Park Defends Wegmans LPGA PDF Print E-mail



Camilo Villegas is back in the winners circle again

Greensboro, North Carolina - Camilo Villegas last won in 2010, where his

world ranking rose to 12th, starting this years Wyndham Championship,

he had fallen to the 254th ranked player in the world of Professional Golf.


Villegas left his clubs home last week in Jupiter, Florida and visited his

parents in Columbia. While away he did what he often does at home, he

logged 400 miles on his bicycle, and returned with a renewed attitude.

The Columbian blitzed the front nine Sunday at the Donald Ross' Sedgefield

Country Club-shooting 29 with 3 birdies and an eagle. After turning in his

second 63 of the week - reaching 17 under par-Villegas watched in the

scorers trailer for nearly an hour as Bill Haas, Frederick Jacobson and Nick

Watney all failed to match the posted score. After over 3 years of frustration

and hard work, Villegas once again is a Champion . . . he was both relieved

and reflective afterward.

"You got to stay strong and keep working," Villegas said philosophically

as he sat beside the big silver cup named the Sam Snead Trophy in

tribute to the Wyndham Championship's eight-time winner. I've always

done that. I've always been a hard worker and always kind of believed

in myself, sometimes more than others...just happy to be right here next

to this trophy." The win bolts Villegas up 68 spots to 37th in the Fedex Cup

standings. The Fedex Cup Playoffs begin this week in New Jersey for the

Barclay's Championship at Ridgewood CC.








Lincicome Stumbles, Park Defends LPGA Championship


Inbee Park celebrated her 5th major win on Sunday at the LPGA Championship




Rochester, New York - Inbee Park shot a final round 70 on her way to defending

her title at the Wegman's LPGA Championship, but this tournament belonged to

Brittany Lincicome - all the way until her par putt on the 72nd hole slid by. What

seemed like a fairly routine up & down from the fringe, turned into a nightmare for

the 61st ranked player in the world. Lincicome misjudged the first putt leaving it

some 7 feet short, when she failed to convert the par (finishing -11 after a final

round 71), it was off to a sudden death playoff (once again playing the 18th hole).


In the playoff, Park's approach from the fairway rolled just through the green into

the rough some 20 feet away. Lincicome hit her 7 iron approach once again to the

left of the green, this time chipping from 25 feet away. She hit a mediocre chip 7

feet past the hole. Park then chipped out of the rough to tap in range. Lincicome

once again missed her par putt, leaving Park to tap in and celebrate defending

her 2013 title. The victory was Park's 5th major of her career.


If it wasn't for some late heroics with the flatstick, Park would never have had

the chance. She drained a 12 foot birdie on the 17th to make it interesting, and

then saved par with an 18 foot clutch roll on the last, it appeared at the time

to be one stroke too many. As it turned out, that par on the 72nd hole was really

the shot of the tournament. "I've been waiting to win again and I've been so close

the past few weeks, but I just didn't get it done," said Park. "Today I got it done.

It definitely is a big honor to actually put my name on the trophy twice, and

obviously to defend my title, but I feel very exhausted."














Rory Prevails - Out Duels Mickelson, Fowler PDF Print E-mail



Rory McIlroy celebrates his second straight major victory

Louisville, Kentucky - As if you didn't already know, we are now officially in the Rory era.

In the most thrilling major of 2015, Rory out dueled Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson

on the back nine at Valhalla to win back to back majors - and his 3rd PGA Tour victory in a row.

After giving up his 3 shot lead to start the round, the Ulsterman's eagle at the par 5 tenth jump

started his round.

McIlroy's back nine 32 also included a birdie at the par 4 -13th, but it was four holes later where it

may have been won . . .  after driving it into the fairway bunker at the 17th, his approach to 7 feet

set up the putt that proved to be the margin of difference. With daylight down to nearly zero, a

bizarre sequence of events had the final groups scrambling to finish as the sun hit below the horizon.

Rory somehow managed to two putt the last to shoot 68 (-16) and edge out Mickelson by a stroke

(but not before Mickelson nearly holed his eagle chip to force a playoff). Mickelson's final round 66

(-15) produced another runner up, the ninth of his career. Ricky Fowler led early, but struggles on

the back nine ended his hopes finishing with a 68 (tied for 3rd with Henrik Stenson at -14).

The win now puts McIlroy at 4 major victories, trailing only Seve at 5, and Nick Faldo at 6 for

European major victories all-time."I didn't think in my wildest dreams I'd have a summer like

this" said McIlroy. "I played the best golf of my life. I really gutted it out today."

For a golf course that took criticism all week for not being a great design, it sure has provided

amazing drama, and certainly the two best players of their eras.













Rory Wins WGC Bridgestone - Regains World #1 PDF Print E-mail


Rory McIlroy celebrating his win at the WGC Bridgestone at Firestone

Akron, Ohio - Another tournament, another week of dominating the best players in the world.

Just two weeks after routing the field playing links golf at Hoylake, the Ulsterman brought

the same caliber of play across the pond to come from behind and win on a U.S parkland

layout. McIlroy picked apart Firestone South with impressive length & accuracy off the tee

while carding 66 Sunday to win the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at 15 under par.


It took all of three holes to eliminate the lead of 54 hole leader - Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard

struggled-shooting 71 in the final round . . . and must now be wondering - what he can possibly

to do to get a win these days - he has finished runner up to Rory in consecutive events (at

the Open Championship and in Akron).


The victory, combined with Adam Scott's final round 71 (tied 8th) has McIlroy regaining No.1 in

the Official World Golf Ranking. The Australian knows who's atop the game right now. "Obviously,

everyone knows Rory is in incredible form at the moment, Scott said. "He'll be the man to beat

next week by the look of things . . . and I'll be gunning for him for sure."


After spending the last two weeks celebrating with golf's oldest trophy - the Claret Jug, Rory

was determined to not be satisfied. "That's the most pleasing thing about this week is not

dwelling about what happened at Hoylake," he said. "That's what I'll have to do after this, as

well. I've just got to keep moving forward. It's great to have a chance to try to go there to

win three in a row. But if you'd have asked me what I'm proudest of this week, it's the

mindset that I took into here of not being complacent. I wanted to come here and really



Tiger Woods withdrew after suffering from back spasms during his final round. Phil Mickelson

showed some serious form on Sunday - firing a final round 62 heading into Valhalla for next

weeks PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.














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