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.







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










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












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.















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."








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."






Jusrin Rose Wins at Congressional, Langer Takes Senior Players PDF Print E-mail


Justin Rose celebrates after winning the Quicken Loans National at Congressional

Bethesda, Maryland - With the Open Championship just 18 days away at Royal

Liverpool, Justin Rose looks to be right on form. On a venue that resembled a U.S

Open rather than your standard PGA Tour event, Rose outlasted the field at

Congressional. The 2013 U.S Open champion (Merion) once again showed his

mettle, after converting a clutch par save on the 17th, he made a big time 15

foot putt for bogey on the 72nd hole to reach a playoff with Shawn Stefani

(Both Rose and Stefani shot 70 Sunday to finish regulation at 4 under par).


On the first extra hole, Rose managed par, while Stefani rinsed his approach -

game over. The win was Rose's sixth PGA Tour win, and now with wins on many

of the toughest courses (Merion, Aronimink, Cog Hill, Congressional, and Muirfield

Village), Rose is primed to contend at Hoylake.

"I like this type of test," Rose said. "... This week you're going to miss greens,

you're going to be challenged, you're going to have to grind and you're going to

have to do everything at some point this week, and that's the type of golf I like,

that tests all your skill sets. That's normally what major championships do."

"It's a huge boost confidence-wise, yeah, for sure, because I've been semi-in

contention this year ... I haven't really been playing with a lead all year. To do

it and get it done and make key putts, that's huge for my psyche going into a major


"And obviously for the rest of the year, gives me a nice boost: A nice boost into

the FedExCup as the Playoffs are upon us, nice boost Ryder Cup points, probably

takes that off my mind. So yeah, it's a really nice time of year to have a victory

and allows me to focus on exciting challenges now ahead."


Final Scores:






Bernhard Langer poses with the Senior Players trophy



Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Bernhard Langer gave away a four shot lead in regulation,

but he righted the ship just enough to make birdie on the second extra hole to edge

out Jeff Sluman in the playoff to capture the Constellation Senior Players

Championship at Fox Chapel. Both Sluman and Langer (70) finished regulation at -15.


Sluman shot a bogey free 65 on Sunday, but it was Langer's birdie on the 18th hole

in the playoff that won it for the 56 year old German. The win was Langer's first

major since the 2010 Senior British Open. Kenny Perry hoping to challenge Sunday

and repeat as Champion, faltered shooting 38 on the incoming nine for a 1 under par

69 (finishing 4th at -13).


Langer was excited to have earned a spot in Ponte Vedra for next years Players at

TPC Sawgrass, where fellow German Martin Kaymer will be the defending champion,

"He will defend and I will try to make his life a bit difficult."


Langer with 2,362 points has a commanding lead over Jay Haas (1,479 points) in the

race for the Charles Schwab Cup


Final Scores:








Michelle Wie Tames Pinehurst, Streelman Wins Travelers PDF Print E-mail



Michelle Wie celebrates her U.S Open victory at Pinehurst with her caddie Duncan French



Pinehurst, North Carolina - In her 38th start in a major, Michelle Wie broke through in big style

capturing the U.S Womens Open at Pinehurst No.2. Her final round 70 was enough to finish as

the only player under par for the championship. It was also enough to hold off hard charging

World No.1 - Stacy Lewis who shot 66 on Sunday and finished two strokes back at even par.


Wie was beaming in her press conference afterward "I can't even think straight, I'm so happy

right now. I'm just unbelievably happy. I'm so honored to have my name on the trophy . . . just

so grateful for everything. I'm just really happy. I'm really thankful, just everything, feeling every

single emotion I can right now."

After Wie bogeyed the first hole Sunday, she settled down - making par on the next eight holes.

Wie's eagle at the 452 yard par-5 tenth may have ultimately been the difference maker. After

making double bogey on the 16th, she bounced back with a big birdie at the par 3 seventeenth.

"I think that was one of the best putts I ever hit in my life, Wie said. "It was really fast. It was a

double breaker . . . it definitely felt like Solheim when I made the putt. That kind of emotion, that

kind of pressure. I think, I'll think of that putt as one of the best putts I've ever hit in my entire life."


After following Rickie Fowler & Martin Kaymer in the final round last week as a keen observer, Wie

hoped she'd get the chance to be in the same position. "I wanted so badly to be in that position,

just to kind of have a leisurely walk up to 18 and make par to win kind of thing - and feel so lucky.

Just seeing everyone root for me, it felt so special. Just knowing that my parents were there,

my friends were there. It felt so special. I kind of wish I could do it over and over again, it's just so

much fun."


Wie is projected to 1st on the LPGA Money list with $1,588,485 in season earnings ($720,000 for

the win). Wie will also move to 7th in the Rolex World Rankings.










Kevin Streelman kisses the trophy after winning the Travelers Championship




Cromwell, Connecticut - Kevin Streelman made seven straight birdies finish to off his final round

and shoot his second consecutive 64, good enough for a one shot victory at the Travelers

Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.


The streak of seven straight birdies to finish a final round is a record, Mike Souchak previously

held the record of six (St.Paul 1956). Sergio Garcia and K.J Choi tied for second a shot back

at -14. Aaron Baddeley was fourth at -13.


Streelman knew he had it goin, "When you're in a zone like that, when athletes talk about being

in a zone, everything is really slow and really clear and it's really clear and concise and very vivid.

The lines are easy to see, the hole seems to be bigger. It's almost to a point it doesn't matter

how you read the putts, because you just know they're going in before you hit them."














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