Horschel Wins at East Lake, Takes Fedex Cup PDF Print E-mail


Horshel poses with his new vintage Coke machine after winning it all at East Lake


Atlanta, Georgia - The hottest player in Golf went mano a mano versus the World No.1 on

Sunday, and chalk one up for form and momentum. Billy Horschel took on Rory McIlroy for

all the cash and prestige . . . and came out on top.


Coming into Sunday's final round of the Playoffs, McIlroy and Horschel shared the lead at

9 under par . . . but it was Horschel's steady final round 68 that beat McIlroy and Jim Furyk

by 3 strokes, finishing at 11 under par to capture both the Tour Championship by Coca cola

and the Fedex Cup.


Horschel collected the hardware - winning both titles at East Lake

Horschel has always been known as a blue collar type player, he was a walk on at the

University of Florida and became a college All-American. After suffering a severe wrist

injury shortly after turning pro, he had to regain his card by going to Q-school.

“I don’t think anybody’s given him anything,” Horschel’s coach Todd Anderson said. “He

had to earn everything since junior golf. “He’s always had a little chip on his shoulder and

he always wants to show people that if you have desire and believe in yourself and talent,

you can get where you want to go. If you tell him he can’t do something, he’s going to try

to figure out how to do it.”

Horschel had previously dreamed of hoisting the hardware and reflected afterward:

“There's certain things throughout my life that have come true, and I've sort of seen it

beforehand,” Horschel said. “I woke up and I wasn't sure if it was real or not because it

was very faint, but I remember holding up the FedExCup trophy, and as the season went

along, I never thought about it, but I just said, 'Well, maybe it was just a dream that

wasn't real.'”

Real it was Billy Ho, all $11.8 million of them.

Ironically, the hottest American players Billy Horschel and Chris Kirk will not part of

Captain Watson's squad at Gleneagles (Webb Simpson and Hunter Mahan struggled

all week at East Lake finishing tied for 23rd at +8).






Rory Prevails - Out Duels Mickelson, Fowler PDF Print E-mail



Rory McIlroy celebrates his second straight major victory

Louisville, Kentucky - As if you didn't already know, we are now officially in the Rory era.

In the most thrilling major of 2015, Rory out dueled Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson

on the back nine at Valhalla to win back to back majors - and his 3rd PGA Tour victory in a row.

After giving up his 3 shot lead to start the round, the Ulsterman's eagle at the par 5 tenth jump

started his round.

McIlroy's back nine 32 also included a birdie at the par 4 -13th, but it was four holes later where it

may have been won . . .  after driving it into the fairway bunker at the 17th, his approach to 7 feet

set up the putt that proved to be the margin of difference. With daylight down to nearly zero, a

bizarre sequence of events had the final groups scrambling to finish as the sun hit below the horizon.

Rory somehow managed to two putt the last to shoot 68 (-16) and edge out Mickelson by a stroke

(but not before Mickelson nearly holed his eagle chip to force a playoff). Mickelson's final round 66

(-15) produced another runner up, the ninth of his career. Ricky Fowler led early, but struggles on

the back nine ended his hopes finishing with a 68 (tied for 3rd with Henrik Stenson at -14).

The win now puts McIlroy at 4 major victories, trailing only Seve at 5, and Nick Faldo at 6 for

European major victories all-time."I didn't think in my wildest dreams I'd have a summer like

this" said McIlroy. "I played the best golf of my life. I really gutted it out today."

For a golf course that took criticism all week for not being a great design, it sure has provided

amazing drama, and certainly the two best players of their eras.













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



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.











Kaymer Goes Wire to Wire at The Players PDF Print E-mail


Martin Kaymer celebrates his victory outside the Clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass

Ponte Vedra, Florida - The 61st ranked player in the world showed what a lot of hard

work and some divine inspiration can do. After 3 years of working hard to rebuild the

move that had Martin Kaymer atop the Golf universe in 2011, the 29 year old German

showed that he is fully back. Kaymer came into the week talking about finally being

back in form and feeling the confidence he had in late 2010 and 2011 - when he won

the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and ascended to the top of the Official World

Golf rankings.

After 54 holes, all of the talk was about 20 year old American Jordan Spieth . . . and

perhaps rightly so. The kid was bogey free through 3 rounds on a layout where that just

doesn't happen. Kaymer and the headline grabbing Texan were knotted after 3 rounds,

and yet it seemed as if most of the scribes had already etched Spieth's name on the

crystal . . . not so fast.

Kaymer was cruising like a fine euro sedan on the autobahn thru 14 holes Sunday,

leading by 3 with just 4 holes remaining. Spieth was struggling, it seemed everything that

went his way the first three days, was the opposite on day four. It was Jim Furyk who

was busy lighting up the course on this day, needing only to tap in on the last to post

-12. That's when the horns sounded for a weather delay. After nearly 90 minutes, play

resumed, and Kaymer made a mess of the par 4 fifteenth - making double bogey. The

lead was down to one. After two good shots on the par 5 - sixteenth, Kaymer elected to

putt from well off the green, failing to get up & down for birdie. Standing on the famed 17th

tee with a one shot lead, his tee shot just carried the pot bunker, took a nasty bounce

left and nearly spun back into the water - both an unlucky and lucky break all at the same

time. His chip came up woefully short, and now he faced the toughest putt all week . . .

a downhill sidewinder that broke close to 12 feet left to right. As the ball dove into the cup

for his par, Kaymer pumped his fist in jubilation.

On the eighteenth, Kaymer needed another up & down after his approach came up short.

Once again he choose to putt, but this seemed like a better choice (from just off the

green). It proved to be the right play, the "Texas Wedge" left him just 3 ft to complete his

3 yr comeback. Just as the sun decided it had shined enough on this Mother's Day, Kaymer

holed the finisher. Rina, Kaymer's mom had passed away from skin cancer 6 years ago, Martin

not yet 23 at the time, carries thoughts of Rina everywhere he goes . . . in fact, Rina's favorite

flower - the Sunflower adorns the front panel on Martin Kaymer's bag in tribute to her.


“To win on Mother's Day ... we show our parents way too little,” Kaymer said. “We

always need some occasions to show them, which is what you realize when they're

not there anymore. So to win on those days, it adds a little bit of a nice thing to the

whole week. I think about her every day. I don't need a Mother's Day.”

In regards to his golf, the German was pleased with the result, “A lot of satisfaction,”

said Kaymer, who ended the week at 13-under 275 after his final round 71. “(My caddie

and I) worked so hard and we went through up-and-downs the last two years. It's very

tough because as an athlete you always want it now, but in golf you just cannot force it.”

Jim Furyk finished 2nd after firing the low round of the day - 66 (12 under par), Sergio

Garcia was 3rd at -11 after a final round 70. Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth for 4th (-10).











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