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Rory McIlroy Goes Wire to Wire - Wins Open Championship PDF Print E-mail

 

Rory McIlroy celebrates with the Claret Jug as the Champion Golfer of the year



Hoylake, England - Rory McIlroy, after going wire to wire on the links of Royal Liverpool, is now

three quarters of the way to the career Grand Slam at the age of 25. McIlroy's Sunday 71, had

him finish at -17 . . . good enough to outlast Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler by two shots (-15).


Birdies at the par 3 ninth and the par 5 tenth steadied the Ulsterman. He failed to get up and

down at the par 3 thirteenth, but the par save at the seventeenth all but ended the hopes

of the two eventual runner-ups. It was a tough gutsy round that showed that Rory has the

moxie to win the close ones as well as the blow outs (Congressional, Kiawah).


Sergio Garcia who started the day seven shots back, climbed within two shots after making

eagle at the tenth, his 66 was a superb final round . . . but McIlroy did the heavy lifting to stay

out front. Fowler was equally impressive while being paired with McIlroy on Sunday - shooting

67. The second place finish was his third top 5 finish in each of the 3 majors played this season,

and his second straight runner up finish (he played with Martin Kaymer in the final group at

Pinehurst) and offered a possible glimpse to the future "I look forward to battling with Rory for

many majors to come in the future."


McIlroy reflected afterward: "Today wasn't easy, there were a few guys who were making a run

at me, so I had to stay focused and get the job done. I set myself a target of getting to 20 under

today, but fortunately I didn't have to get to it. I'm immensely proud of myself," he added. To sit

here at 25 years of age and win my third Major Championship and be three quarters of the way to

a career Grand Slam is something I never dreamed about at this stage of my career."


With the win, McIlroy moves to #2 in the Official Golf World Rankings.


Scores: http://scores.theopen.com/en/Leaderboard.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Open Championship Preview PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno (posted July 16, 2014)


Royal Liverpool, site of the 143rd Open Championship


On the eve of the 143rd Open Championship, golf fans around the world are excited

to watch links golf, our sport in it's purest form . . . and in the states is there

anything better than waking up to major championship golf from across the pond?

The answer is an emphatic NO. Many say the Stanley Cup is the greatest trophy in

sports, I say it's the claret jug (the Ryder Cup would be my pick for second).


It will be hard to top last years Open Championship, I don't think anyone in the media

(or anyone anywhere) picked Phil before his Scottish Open victory at Castle Stuart

last year, or even after it. I certainly didn't forecast it, but after interviewing Dave

Pelz a couple of times now, and discussing with him how Phil has learned and

embraced how to play Links Golf, it does appear that Lefty will be a serious

contender to win another jug - atleast for a few more years. Youth does not seem

to be a pre-requisite to win an Open . . . just another reason to love this

championship. Length means very little to be successful in links golf, it takes guts,

creativity, a good atitude, experience, and a few good bounces. Tom Watson

showed us that 5 years ago, he was one decent bounce from winning the jug at age

59.

 

This might be the first year that Tiger isn't the favorite on a venue that he has won

on in the past. Because of lack of reps and form, count TW out. Phil's putting isn't

where it was last year, count him out. Justin Rose is the hot hand, but links tends to

reward creative players, Rose is more technician - a ball striking machine.

He did win on the links of Royal Aberdeen last week, but 3 in a row . . . nah.

 

World No.1 Adam Scott is also a ball striking virtuoso, but his recent work on his

shortgame and extra time put in at Royal Liverpool this week make him one of our

picks to get the job done. His near miss two years ago at Royal Lytham (where he

ballooned on the closing holes to a final round 75) still motivates him.

 

World No.2 Henrik Stenson remains a threat, but has cooled off since last years

second half. Rory continues to be inconsistent, and Hoylake rewards consistency

not flashes of brilliance - he's out.

 

Other than Adam Scott, my other two picks to contend on Sunday are slightly under

the radar. World No.9 Sergio Garcia seems to have everything moving in the right

direction, and at just 34 years old, he is in his golfing prime. The setup should favor

a creative shot maker like the Spaniard. Although he's my pick to finish as runner

up with Scott, don't be shocked if he gets his first major this week.

 

I see Hoylake as the type of venue for an epic three man playoff, Adam Scott,

Sergio and bad weather warrior Rickie Fowler. Butch Harmon continues to work

wonders with his players and Rickie Fowler is no exception. Recent play, a love

of links golf and the ability to thrive in bad weather conditions is the reason I'm

picking Fowler to win the Open Championship. Atitude goes a long way when the

conditions turn for the worse, and that's the forecast for this week in Liverpool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Mo Martin Captures Women's British Open, Monty Gets U.S Senior PDF Print E-mail

2014 Ricoh Women's British Open Champion Mo Martin

 

 

Southport, England - This was the stuff dreams are made of. 31 year old Mo Martin, who had never

won on the LPGA Tour, eagled the final hole at Royal Birkdale to post the only under par score for the

championship . . . and it held up. The diminutive American had zero eagles on tour this season, but on

the 72nd hole of the Women's British Open, her perfectly struck 3 wood shot bounced up onto the green

and clanked the flagstick - ending up 6ft away. She poured in the eagle putt, and waited as the final

groups of Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, and Shanshan Feng tried to catch her, but to no avail. On a day

where the conditions were the toughest and nearly everyone was over par, Martin's even par 72

tied the low round of the day.


It's been a journey just to get to the LPGA, Martin spent six years on the developmental Symetra Tour,

where she won three times. Martin's biggest cheerleader, her grandfather, Lincoln - who she was so close

with, passed away in March at 102 years old. In his memory Martin wears a necklace with an "L" around

her neck. She grasped the necklace afterward saying, "I know he is here."


"It's still soaking in, along with the champagne on my jacket", said Martin. "This is just unbelievable. It's

literally a dream come true." A Cinderella story indeed.


Shanshan Feng and Suzann Pettersen finished tied for 2nd at even par.

 

Scores: http://www.lpgascoring.com/public/Leaderboard.aspx

 

 

 

 

Colin Montgomerie celebrates his second Senior major of 2014

 

 

Edmond, Oklahoma - After going O for 22 years on U.S soil, Colin Montgomerie is now 2 for 3 in

majors in 2014 . . . Senior majors that is. Monty rolled in a 16 foot par putt on the 18th hole - the

third and final hole of an aggregate playoff with 54 hole leader Gene Sauers. Trailing by four to start

the day Monty shot 69, to tie Sauers and force the playoff. Sauers had a chance to win outright in

regulation but missed his 8 foot birdie attempt on the 72nd hole. Sunday was his only round in the 70's

for the week (73).


Monty looks to have gained some perspective in his time away from the main tour. "You know, I

waited 22 years to win over in America, my first major was the U.S Open at Pebble Beach in 1992.

I think I've matured on the golf course. I'm more patient than I was. I think I felt that in majors

when I was contending that I had to play perfect golf, that I had to go out and score 64 - and you

don't. Pars are usually good enough, especially in USGA events."


It has been well documented throughout the week that Sauers had nearly lost his life a few years back,

battling a rare skin illness. It has been a remarkable comeback, and that wasn't lost on Monty who

has dealt with his own struggles and near misses: "To start with the lead- I've had it myself, and it's

not easy. It's tough, but all credit to him for persevering through that illness."


David Frost and Woody Austin finished tied for third at -1


 

Scores: http://www.usga.org/uploadedFiles/PrizeMoney.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin Rose now has back to back wins: at Congressional & Royal Aberdeen

 

 

Aberdeen, Scotland - Justin Rose is now the golfer with the Hot hand. Early on it was Jimmy walker,

then German Martin Kaymer. Suddenly, it's Rose who has two big wins on two tough tracks heading

in Hoylake for the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.


There wasn't much drama in the final round of the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen. The Englishman's

flawless 65 (-16) was too much for the field who couldn't match the new world ranked #3.

 

"I've won two in a row now so I've put the pressure on myself. There's no-one to blame but me. It's

uncharted territory for me, I've never won two in a row before, never mind three. It's unbelievable to be

back in the winners' circle so quickly but right now I am feeling great. I don't feel the two wins have taken

a lot out of me. I feel that I've taken it in my stride. The Open is going to come around quickly so tonight

is going to be calm and relaxed. I will enjoy the moment but my mind will definitely be back in the game as

of tomorrow."

 

Last years champion Phil Mickelson, matched Rose's 65, but was too far back to start the day to threaten

the lead, finishing tied 11th at 8 under par. Kristoffer Broberg shot 66 to finish second, two shots back at

-14.

 

Scores: http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2014/tournamentid=2014054/leaderboard/index.html?showLeaderboard=Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Harmon won his first PGA Tour event Sunday at the John Deere Classic



Silvis, Illinois - Brian Harmon didn't waste much time letting the field know that he wanted this one.

On the par 5 second, he stuck his 223 yard approach to 5 feet . . . then rolled in the eagle and never

looked back. Harmon's three birdies on the back sealed the deal at the John Deere Classic to notch

his first PGA Tour victory at TPC Deere Run.


Harmon's final round 66 was enough to finish at 22 under par, and hold off his neighbor and good

friend Zach Johnson who shot a 64 on Sunday (-21).


Johnson praised his Sea Island neighbor, “He’s fierce, there’s not a whole lot of fear there. Might be a

small guy, stature-wise. But there is nothing small about him in his golf game.”


Jerry Kelly and Jhonattan Vegas finished third at -19.


Harmon heads to Hoylake for the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

 

 

Scores: http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/john-deere-classic/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Angel Cabrera Wins Greenbrier Classic, G-Mac defends in France PDF Print E-mail

 

Angel Cabrera celebrates his victory at the Greenbrier

 

 

White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia - Angel Cabrera came into the week with two PGA

Tour victories, the 2007 U.S Open at Oakmont and the 2009 Masters at Augusta

National . . . but your typical tour event had alluded him. After his second straight

64 on Sunday, Cabrera won the Greenbrier Classic on C.B McDonald's "Old White"

course .


The victory was the first in 5 years for the man known as "El Pato" (The Duck), who

was making his first appearance at the Greenbrier. His hole out eagle on the

thirteenth hole from 176 yards was the highlight, but it was his birdie on the

seventeenth that sealed it ... finishing at -16 for a two shot victory over George

McNeil who blistered the course firing 61 on Sunday.


Cabrera was joyful and relieved afterward: "This was a great opportunity, I wanted

it. I needed to win a tournament. I felt under control today out there, and I didn't

want to let it get away from me."

 

Scores: http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/the-greenbrier-classic/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

Graeme McDowell goes back to back at the Alstom Open de France


Paris, France - Graeme McDowell started the final round 8 shots back, not the best

position to defend a title, but 2013 champion fired the round of the day (67) in tough

conditions at at Le Golf National.

 

American Kevin Stadler led the championship since day one - firing scores of 64-68-

72 thru the first 54 holes. Stadler came stumbling out of the gates early and

squandered his lead early on the back nine, but he righted the ship and reached 5

under par after his birdie at the sixteenth. McDowell was in command of the

championship at that point at 6 under par, but he made his only bogey of the day

on the eighteenth, leaving the door open for Stadler to force a playoff with a par

on the 72nd hole. Stadler lagged his birdie putt to 2 feet, and then missed what

most would call a tap in - handing the championship to the Northern Irishman.

 

"I feel very fortunate. Kevin Stadler is a great, great player. I literally gave him that

putt on the last green. I didn't expect him to miss that. It's not really the way you

like to win. I was ready to go for the play-off, but I'll take it and run. I really needed

this victory. It's a special one for me. It's pretty timely. There's a busy summer

ahead and this a really good kick-start to the summer."

 

Scores:

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2014/tournamentid=2014052/leaderboard/index.html?showLeaderboard=Y

 

 

 



 
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