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Jhonattan Vegas Wins RBC Canadian Open PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Jhonattan Vegas hoists the hardware at Glen Abbey




Oakville, Ontario - Jhonattan Vegas' final round 64 was enough to boat race all challengers on

Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open on a firm and fast Glen Abbey Golf Club. Vegas started the

day five shots behind the man in front - Brandt Snedeker, and four behind Dustin Johnson and

Canadian amateur sensation Jared du Toit. Teeing off well before the leaders, Vegas birdied the

last three holes to post 12 under par and see if the field could catch him. Many tried, but the 29

year old Venezuelan was just too much to handle Sunday. Vegas' solid play isn't an aberration,

his hard work recently has been showing dividends, he shot a blistering course record 61 last

week in Alabama to finish tied for fourth and will represent Venezuela in the Olympics in Rio in

a few weeks.

 

 

World No.2 Dustin Johnson, who has been a tear lately (winning both the U.S Open at Oakmont

and his next start at the WGC Bridgestone) shot a final round 69 to finish in a tie for second -

further padding his lead in the Fedex Cup standings. Rookie Jon Rahm and Martin Laird each shot

67 to finish tied with Johnson at 11 under par.

 

Snedeker and du Toit both struggled to capitalize on there position entering the final round, each

shooting 71 to finish tied for 5th and 9th respectively. World No.1 Jason Day bounced back from

some struggles earlier in the week firing a final round 67 to finish tied for 14th (at 7 under par).

 

The final major of the year takes place this week at Baltusrol for the PGA Championship.





Scores: http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/rbc-canadian-open/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Stenson Outduels Phil at Royal Troon PDF Print E-mail

 

Henrik Stenson celebrates with the Claret Jug after an epic performance at Royal Troon.





Troon, Scotland - There are very few spectacles in sport like The Open Championship. Unique

in almost every way. The history, the linksland, the pot bunkers, the massive yellow scoreboards,

and of course the weather. It can give you all four seasons in the course of an afternoon and often

does. When you get a classic links the pedigree of Royal Troon and throw in two heavyweights of

the game playing at their all-time best simultaneously - it makes for an instant classic . . . and

that's exactly what we witnessed in the 145th Open Championship.

 

After opening with rounds of 63 - 69 - 70, Phil Mickelson and Swede Henrik Stenson 68 - 65 - 68

had separated themselves from the field at -11 and -12 respectively. When Stenson 3 putted the

first and Mickelson made birdie, it looked like Lefty might prevail, but the 40 year old Swede

birdied his next three holes to take charge again. When Mickelson eagled the par-5 fifth it was

once again knotted up, and that was how the entire afternoon went. Stellar shot after stellar

shot by each player turned this into the best theatre on a golf course since Tiger vs Bob May

in 2000 at Valhalla. When Stenson made a 20 ft birdie putt on the fourteenth and a bomb from

51 ft at the fifteenth, he took command with a two stroke lead. One last chance to close the gap

came on the par 5 sixteenth. Surprisingly Lefty hit iron off the tee, but a majestic 3 wood shot

left him with a makeable 22ft eagle attempt. The putt grazed the edge of the hole just breaking

away from the cup at the last moment. When Stenson managed to get up and down for his own

birdie, it was clear that he wasn't going to let this one getaway. After making par on the par 3

seventeenth, Stenson finished in style with a curling breaker on the last that found the hole on

its final revolution to shoot 63 and tie Johnny Miller's final round lowest score in a major (73'

Oakmont). Stenson's 20 under par total also tied Jason Day's mark for the lowest tournament

score in major history set last year at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

 

Stenson was beaming afterward, still in a bit of disbelief that he had finally conquered the golf

world with his first career major title: "It makes it even more special to beat a competitor like

Phil. He's been one of the best to play the game, certainly in the last 20 years. so to come out

on top after such a fight with him over these four days - it makes it even more special."

 

It was quite simply, a performance of a lifetime. As it was also for Mickelson in defeat. Seeking

his sixth major title, his final round bogey free 65 and 17 under par total was a score that would

have won 141 of the 145 Open Championships played.

 

When Mickelson was asked afterward if he thought about the famous Watson vs Nicklaus match

from The Open at Turnberry in '77 ("Duel in the Sun"), he remarked: "It certainly crossed my mind

a little bit out there today, that match when Jack and Tom went head to head there in '77. I certainly

was thinking about that. I know that I wanted to be more Tom in that case than Jack," Lefty said. "I

understand how it feels. it's bittersweet, I guess."

 

For the rest of us, no matter who you were rooting for, there was nothing bitter about it. Just sweet.

 

 

Scores: http://www.theopen.com/Leaderboard


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Brittany Lang Wins U.S Open in Playoff PDF Print E-mail

Brittany Lang hoists the trophy after winning the U.S Open at Cordevalle




San Martin, California - It was another drama filled USGA Championship. This edition was

the Women's U.S Open at Cordevalle in Cental California. American Brittany Lang was holding

the lead down the stretch as she stood over her long putt at the 17th hole (holding a one shot

lead over Anna Nordquist who was already in the clubhouse), when Brad Faxon blurted out

on the Fox telecast, "Julie, She hasn't had a three putt all week" (referring to colleague Julie

Inkster). Wham! Hex delivered - tie ballgame . . .

 

After a routine par on the 72nd hole, both Lang (71) and Nordquist (67) finished regulation at

6 under par and headed to an aggregate 3 hole playoff. Both players safely hit the green and

two putted for par on the first playoff hole - the short 120 yd par-3 16th.

Then it was back to the brutal par 4 17th. Lang striped her tee shot down the middle, and

Nordquist's ball ran through the shortgrass into the fairway bunker. After subpar iron shots

by both players (Nordquist over the green and Lang way left after hitting her worst shot of

the tournament), each made superb recoveries to save par. Then it got interesting. The

camerman shooting Nordquist in the fairway bunker noticed a small granule of sand that

her club appeared to touch just before taking her backswing (which of course is a two stroke

penalty for grounding your club in a hazard). Play continued without either player being aware

of the infraction - until they were notified in the 18th fairway on the last hole of the 3 hole

aggregate.


Immediately, Lang realizing she had a two shot lead - went into protection mode and hit her

approach safely to the fat part of the green and two putted for victory. As viewers, once we

knew of the infraction, the result was known and the excitement of the finish turned to disbelief

and disappointment for what had been a great week for the sport and ladies golf. Although the rule

was technically broken, and the two stroke penalty correctly dealt, it once again left the USGA

with a championship plagued with some controversy. Should intent be judged for incidents

where it's clear that the player wasn't obviously attempting to gain an advantage? Tough call.

 

If that wasn't bad enough, at the trophy ceremony USGA President Diana Murphy called the new

U.S Open Champion Brittany Lang "Bethany" twice. As the crowd tried to correct Murphy she

shrugged it off and said "That's O.K" (without any apology for botching the name). The USGA

has some serious work to do to rebuild some credibility, and it won't happen overnight.

 

36 hole leader Sung Hyun Park struggled on the weekend finishing tied for 3rd at -4. World No.1

Lydia Ko shot 75 on Sunday to also finish at 4 under par.

 

 

 

Scores: http://www.lpga.com/leaderboard

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
DJ Wins WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone PDF Print E-mail

 

Akron, Ohio - Dustin Johnson is on a roll. After winning at perhaps the toughest course

in America at the U.S Open at Oakmont two weeks ago, he blitzed the field over the

weekend at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone with rounds of 66-66 to

finish at 6 under par.

 

54 hole leader Jason Day shot 2 over par 72 to finish tied for third along with Jordan

Spieth who closed with a final round 67. Also tied at -3 were Matt Kuchar (66) and Kevin

Chappell (67). Scott Piercy was the runner up after an even par 70 to finish at -5.

 

During the week at Firestone Johnson prodigious drivng proved to be pivotal on a golf

course that he hadn't previously had success. Johnson led the field in strokes gained

off the tee (+6.05) averaged 341.1 yards per drive (2nd in the field) and was 4th in

driving accuracy hitting. DJ used a TaylorMade M1 driver (11 degree) and M1 3wd

(17 degree) to dominate from the tee. Johnson credits switching to a fade this year

as his go to shot shape for his improved accuracy: "When I first came on Tour, I

couldn't hit a cut to save my life," Johnson said. "I feel like my misses, I can get it

in the fairway. . . with the draw, if I missed it, it had zero chance of it going in the

fairway. Hitting a cutgives me room for error."

 

 

Scores:

http://www.worldgolfchampionships.com/bridgestone-invitational/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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