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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

 

 

 



 
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

championship.



"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: http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

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: http://www.pgatour.com/champions/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 
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.


 

Scores: http://www.usopen.com/women/en_US/scoring/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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."

 

Scores: http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 
U.S Open: Kaymer Dominates at Pinehurst No.2 PDF Print E-mail

 

Martin Kaymer celebrates his victory at Pinehurst No.2

 

 

Pinehurst, North Carolina - On a layout that resembled a British Open more than the

U.S variety, it was no surprise that a European player took home the trophy at the

Coore/Crenshaw throwback version of Pinehurst No.2 (sans rough). In hindsight, it

was over after round 1 on Thursday, when Martin Kaymer shot 65. After Friday's

second consecutive 65, Kaymer was 10 under par - Game Over. The 29 year old

German showed power, precision and a putting touch we haven't seen since Tiger

romped at Pebble Beach at the U.S Open in 2000. Kaymer has now gone wire to

wire in both the Players Championship and U.S Open this season . . . Most

impressive.


The closing 69 had him finish at -9, for an eight shot victory. The win is Kaymer's

3rd on the PGA Tour (he won the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits).

 

After reaching #1 in the world in early 2011, Kaymer decided to make swing changes

in an effort to challenge at the Masters. The changes proved fruitless, and he

plummeted down the world rankings. After 3 years of hard work to regain his old

swing (that favors a left to right ball flight), the stoic German reflected Sunday

evening on the journey back. "It was just a matter of time, it's not a huge surprise

to me that I played good golf. It's just a surprise to me that I won such big

tournaments. That's a surprise, but I'll take it."

 

Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton finished T2 as the only other players who finished

under par for the week (-1). Both Compton and Brooks Koepka (T4) gained their first

entry to the (2015) Masters by virtue of their finish.

 

Four of the last five U.S Open's have been won by Europeans, and with another

rugged links style course up next on the USGA Open schedule (Chambers Bay), the

Euro's look primed to keep this run going.

 

Royal Liverpool, the site of Tiger's 2006 victory looms next on the major slate, Phil

Mickelson looks to defend the Claret Jug.

 

Leaderboard: http://www.usopen.com/en_US/scoring/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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