Reed Wins Barclays at Bethpage Black PDF Print E-mail


Patrick Reed celebrates after winning the Barclays at Bethpage Black

Farmingdale, N.Y - The day at A.W Tillinghast's Black course at Bethpage State Park started

out with Rickie Fowler holding a one shot lead over Patrick Reed in the 2016 edition of the

Barclays Championship (the first playoff event of the Fedex Cup Playoffs). Both players would

secure a spot on the U.S Ryder Cup squad with a win, but it was Fowler who blinked first.

For Fowler it was an opportunity lost. He was on auto pilot through his first 64 holes of the

championship, having made only one bogey on one of the toughest layouts in America. He

had complete command of his game. On the back nine, his driver betrayed him with bad misses

left. Bogeys at the eleventh & fifteenth and a crucial double bogey on the sixteenth was fatal

to any hopes of winning or securing an automatic spot to Hazeltine. His wild tee shot with an

iron on the eighteenth added insult to injury, and brought a four over par 39 on the inward side

for a final round 74 and a tie for 7th at 6 under par. For Patrick Reed it was a story of patience.


After a three putt at the par 3 third, Reed settled down with a near eagle that led to a tap in

birdie at the fourth, a chip in birdie at the fifth, and a routine birdie at the par 5 seventh. After

turning in 34, Reed made another birdie at the twelfth - building a three shot lead midway

through the back nine. Reed stumbled coming home as well, but that's what a U.S Open course

the pedigree of the Black is designed to do - punish any mistake. Bogey at the last was all he

needed for a final round 70 and 9 under par total, to win by one over Sean O'Hair and Emiliano




For Reed it was his fifth career PGA Tour victory and his first since Kapalua in 2015. "To build

a lead to come down the last couple was huge," Reed said. "Especially around a place like this

because those last holes are just so difficult." Reed is now on top of the Fedex Cup standings.



The Fedex Cup playoffs continue over the Labor Day weekend at TPC Boston.
















Walker Outlasts Day - Wins PGA at Baltusrol PDF Print E-mail


Jimmy Walker hoists the Wannamaker after winning the 98th PGA Championship

Springfield, N.J - In a masterful performance, Jimmy Walker went wire to wire to secure

his 1st ever major championship, but not before needing to holding off World No.1 Jason Day.

Walker's 266 total (14 under par) included rounds of 65-66-68-67 for a one stroke victory over




Baltusrol gave the best field in golf all it could handle - A tough A.W Tillinghast design, a brutal

heat wave, and enough wet weather to complicate the schedule and field of play. The PGA of

America made a bold move in an effort to get the championship finished on schedule and to

preserve the quality of the competition - choosing not not re-pair the groups for the final round,

and calling for 36 holes of preferred lies (lift clean and place) on the Lower Course. The decision

proved to be just, as the Wannamaker was presented at just after 7 p.m eastern. A Sunday

conclusion that seemed unlikely after a washout on Saturday.

Very little excitement took place on the Lower Course to start the final 18 holes, but after nine

straight pars going out, Walker seemed steady but was holding a thin lead. Up until that point,

many scribes called it "boring to watch", and it would be tough to argue that point . . . but

majors almost always have a way of getting interesting on the inward side, especially the PGA.

One mistake could have swung all of the momentum. Facing a crucial sand shot from the greenside

bunker on the tenth, Walker executed the explosion perfectly. As the ball rolled into the center of

the cup like a 6 foot putt, Walker and caddie Andy Sanders high fived each other and never looked

back. The momentum was his, and he knew it.



Jason Day did exactly what World Number 1's do - needing eagle at the last to make it interesting,

he did just that. A 268 yd 2 iron off the tee followed by a majestic 258 yd 2 iron approach to 10 feet,

sent the crowd into a frenzy . . . and when his eagle putt caught the right edge of the cup and

dropped - bedlam ensued among the N.J faithful. It was then up to Walker to make his par for the

win. Walker found the shortgrass with a long iron off the tee, and then chose 3 wood for his

approach - certainly a questionable decision, especially after seeing where his approach ended up.

The 3 wood off the deck was missed badly, a high block into the right rough leaving a tough

recovery. Jimmy pitched on to the green from 35 yards out and then calmly two putted for his first

major title. Just enough drama to make the finish a must watch. For Jimmy Walker it was total

relief: "Sometimes, things don't come easy", Walker said. "He really put it on me to make a par.

Sometimes pars are hard . . . but we got it. It was amazing, it was a battle all day."



For the 37 year old from Boerne, Texas it was a long time in the making. No longer is he on the

list of best players to have never won a major, he's the Champion of the 98th PGA Championship.


















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.


















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


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.




















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