Davies Wins U.S Senior Womens Open, Kim Routs at Deere PDF Print E-mail



Laura Davies celebrates her victory at the Inaugural U.S Women's Senior Open

Wheaton, Illinois - Dame Laura Davies hadn't won in eight long years, and

entering Sunday's final round she held a five-stroke lead over Julie Inkster.

By the end of the day she doubled the margin - firing a final round 5 under

par 68 on C.B MacDonald's famed Chicago Golf Club. She won in dominating

form with a score of 16 under par - 276.


"I think 10 was the turning point," said Davies. "I hit my first really rank shot

of the week, a horrible block out to the right, and left a ridiculous putt, and

somehow managed to two putt. I'll be honest, it wasn't the greatest hole I've

ever played, but I think that was when I really started to think I might have

one hand on the trophy and just had to get the other one in there." ASt the

time that enabled Davies to retain her six stroke advantage, which became

eight just three holes later when Inkster made a mess of the thirteenth (with

double bogey).


Davies win marks just the 6th time in USGA history that a champion has won

by ten or more strokes. Davies was so dominant, that there were only 6 players

who finished within twenty strokes of her.


"My last win was in India in 2010, so there's the pressure you're playing under

when you're trying to prove to yourself you can still win," said the 54 year-old

Brit. "So this ranks highly up there. Obviously, because it's a USGA event, it's

hard to compare tournaments, but this is very high on my list of achievements,

I can assure you."








Kim Routs at John Deere Classic


Michael Kim celebrates after winning the John Deere Classic

Silvis, Illinois - Michael Kim was on fire at TPC Deere Run all week, on

Sunday he finished off the field with another stellar performance - firing

a final round 66 to win by eight shots. Kim's 27 under par total broke the

previous tournament record set by Steve Stricker in 2010.


With the victory Kim also punched his ticket to the Open Championship

at Carnoustie. Kim and his family (who arrived early Sunday morning from

San Diego), were on the charter flight to Scotland immediately after the

post round press conference.


Kim admitted to being anxious Saturday night and getting very little sleep,

he opted to watch Wimbledon while struggling to deal with the 54 hole lead.

"I ran through a million scenarios of how this day was going to pan out".


Looks as though it panned out about as well as he could have imagined . . .


Michael Kim moved up from 161st to 56th in the Fedex Cup standings.















Na Shoots Final Round 64, Cruises at Greenbrier PDF Print E-mail



Kevin Na celebrates after winning on the Old White Course at the Greenbrier.

White Sulfur Springs, WV - His first win on the PGA Tour took eight years,

and his long-awaited encore took another seven. For Kevin Na it has been

a long journey full of many disappointments, but Sunday on the Old White

Course at the Greenbrier - everything clicked.


Entering the final round one stroke behind 54 leaders Kelly Kraft and Harold

Varner III, Na went on a red number blitz that began at the fourth and

didn't conclude until the tenth (Na carded six birdies in seven holes), his

Sunday 64 was good enough for a total score of 19 under par  - and what

seemed to be an easy five-shot victory. "It's an amazing feeling," Na said.

"I've waited a long time for this. Lots of close calls, a lot of disappointments.

I wasn't sure if it was going to come again. I was hoping it would, sooner

rather than later, but my game was starting to feel really good this year. I

was thinking I was going to win one before the year was over and here it is."


Kevin Na went from 58th to 18th in the Fedex Cup standings after Sunday's

victory in White Sulfur Springs (his 2nd career PGA Tour win).


Kelly Kraft drained a 10 footer for birdie at the last for a final round 70 to

finish solo second at 14 under par. Russell Henley fired a final round 63 to

vault up the leaderboard (finishing in a tie for 10th at 11 under par) on a

day when the Old White course did not yield many low scores.
















Molinari Dominates at Quicken Loans PDF Print E-mail



Francesco Molinari celebrates with Tiger Woods after winning the Quicken Loans National

Bethesda, Maryland - Francesco Molinari's best finish in his twelve previous

starts on the PGA Tour this season was a tie for 16th at the Wells Fargo

Championship. After the biggest European win of his career in May at the

BMW Championship (and a runner-up finish the following week in his

homeland at the Italian Open), Molinari was looking to climb back into the

Fedex Cup race (he came into the Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac

at Avenel Farms 123rd in the point standings).


The 35 year-old Italian entered Sunday tied for the lead after rounds of

67-65-65. When he made the turn three shots clear of the field, he

seemed to be in command, then Molinari proceeded to slam the door shut

- going six under par over a 5 hole stretch (Eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie)

to start the inward nine. GAME OVER. The eight-shot winning margin was

the product of his final round 62, and total score of 21 under par.


For Molinari, it was his first win on U.S soil and getting the trophy from

tournament host Tiger Woods made it all the more special. "It's amazing

to win a tournament hosted by Tiger. He is probably the greatest ever to

play the game and I grew up as a teenager watching him on TV dominating

golf tournaments," Molinari said. "It's even more special to win in this style

and to get his congratulations on the last green was a very proud moment

for me."


Tournament host Tiger Woods finished tied for 4th ten shots back after

rounds of 70-68-65-66.













Bubba Watson Shoots Final Round 63, Wins Travelers PDF Print E-mail



Bubba Watson Celebrates after winning at TPC River Highlands on Sunday.

Cromwell, Connecticut - "Horses for courses" is often used when referring to

players like Nicklaus, Hogan, Snead and Woods. It's now clear that Bubba

Watson is another example of a player who just feels at home and plays well

on certain course designs (with 66% of his wins coming at Riviera, Augusta

National, and TPC River Highlands). Bubba Watson once again proved it by

coming from six shots behind - shooting his second 63 of the week to blitz

the faltering 54 hole leader Paul Casey and the rest of the field (to finish at

17 under par) winning the Travelers Championship by three shots for the

third time in his career.


After opening with an even par 70, Watson shot 63 to get into the weekend,

but it was his third round 67 that put him in position, but only as a long shot

with leader Paul Casey on cruise control after a Saturday 62. By the 16th on

Sunday Watson had pulled even with the struggling Englishman. Facing a tricky

77 yard approach at the last, Watson stuffed it to 3 feet. As Bubba poured in the

birdie, Casey continued to botch the closing stretch. By the time Casey blocked

his tee shot into the hazard on the par 4 - 17th, it was over. Watson had pulled

off the unlikely comeback, and with it his 12th career PGA Tour victory.


After apologizing to caddie Ted Scott for his lackluster attitude during the

first three rounds, Watson reflected Sunday evening after the triumph, "I'm

going to three-putt, I'm going to duff chips. I'm going to do a lot of things

on the golf course bad and off the golf course bad and I'm going to have to

apologize. Like I said earlier, I'm the fastest to apologize."


Paul Casey who entered the day with a four shot lead over Russell Henley,

finished in a tie for second with Stewart Cink, Beau Hossler and J.B Holmes

after a final round two-over par 72. "I didn't get it done today," Casey

confessed. credit to his play. I would have loved to have won outright or at

least have another go at him in a playoff would have been nice, but not to be."


Watson is the first player this season to notch three wins on the PGA Tour

and moved up to third in the Fedex Cup Standings.










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