Rory Wins Deutsche Bank - Rises to Fourth in Fedex Cup Standings PDF Print E-mail


Rory McIlroy celebrates after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston

Norton, Mass - Rory McIlroy came into Labor Day six shots behind 54 hole leader Paul

Casey at TPC Boston on a wind blown Monday finish. Casey who hadn't won since 2009

started the final round leading by three. Tee times were moved up 4 hours due to Tropical

Storm Warnings (from recently downgraded Hurricane Hermine).


While Casey stumbled out of the gate with bogeys on holes 2 and 5, McIlroy raced out to

a front nine 31 with birdies on holes 2, 4, 7, 8, and 9 to reach 14 under par and make the

turn knotted with Casey atop the leaderboard. Casey could only manage two birdies all

day (on the 7th & 13th holes) for a two over par 73 - clearly not enough to break his 7

year winless drought against the games' most dynamic ball striker, especially on a

weekend when the ulsterman was in prime form. Rory finished at -15, winning by two

over Casey.


For McIlroy, he started out the championship 4 over par on his first three holes of the

tournament, then went 19 under par on his final 69 holes. 66-65 on the weekend came

at the perfect time (with the Fedex Cup playoffs, Ryder Cup and the Race to Dubai all

coming up). Quite simply, it's a win that turns his year around.


The victory moves McIlroy into the coveted top 5 (currently fourth) in the Fedex Cup

standings. "Six shots behind the lead, I didn't know what I had to do today," McIlroy

said. "I just knew that I had to go out and play a good round and hopefully that was

going to be enough."


Jimmy Walker finished third at -12 (shot a final round 70 and is projected to be 9th in

the Fedex Cup standings. Adam Scott shot a final round 65 to finish fourth at -11 (and

hold down the fifth spot in the Fedex race).












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.
















Si Woo Kim Dominates at Wyndham PDF Print E-mail



Si Woo Kim hoists the hardware at Sedgefield after his win at the Wyndham Championship

Greensboro, North Carolina - 21 year old Korean Si Woo Kim took control of the Wyndham

Championship emphatically during Friday's round 2 with his blistering round of 60. In round

3 on Saturday he followed that up with another impressive day at Donald Ross' Sedgefield

Country Club - shooting 64. Leading by four entering Sunday, Si Woo Kim cruised home

with a birdie on the 72nd hole to shoot a final round 67 and 21 under par total (to equal

the tournament record) and beat Luke Donald by five strokes for his first victory on the PGA



"It's never easy to lead from the front but he seems to cope with it very well," said Donald

who also shot a final round 67.


Kim led the field in strokes gained off-the-tee, tee to green and total ball striking. It was

so impressive that he only needed a decent week putting to grab the title (34th in strokes

gained putting).


"I feel confidence, so I don't have any fear to attacking the pin," said Kim who is now

exempt for two years on the PGA Tour. The win moves Kim from 43rd to 15th in the Fedex

Cup points standings, virtually assuring him of a spot at the Tour Championship at East Lake

in late September.


Brandt Snedeker (67) and Hideki Matsuyama (67) finished tied for third at 15 under par.















Justin Rose Wins Gold in Rio, Kuchar Medals with 63 PDF Print E-mail


Henrik Stenson (Silver), Justin Rose (Gold) and Matt Kuchar (Bronze) celebrate on the podium Sunday



Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - For an event that suffered from a PR standpoint before it

even started (Zika concerns, rumors of poor security, and a muddled PGA fall

schedule that contributed to many of the game's top ranked players withdrawing

from the Olympic Golf competition), but by the end of Sunday, all agreed that

the first Olympic Golf event since 1904 was a huge success.

The final round on the Gil Hanse Olympic course was under perfect conditions - 80

degrees with a slight ocean breeze and a perfect "Aussie Sand Belt" like playing field

that consisted of Zoysia fairways and Paspalum greens. An epic battle for the first

Olympic Gold medal in 112 years consisted of two of Golf's titans - England's Justin

Rose versus the hottest player on the planet: Henrik Stenson. The best two players

in the field atop the leaderboard produced an instant classic that came all the way

down to final hole with the score knotted up at 15 under par.


After both drives on the last were pushed into the right edge of the fairway, each player

hit lay up shots into wedge distance. The gold medal literally came down to a 50 yard

pitch for Stenson and a 38 yarder for Rose. Drama at it's finest, exactly what the

International Golf Federation was hoping for when they brought golf back into the

summer games. Stenson was first up. He flew his approach about 6 yards short of the

hole and watched as it spun back another 10 to 12 feet - leaving a lengthy attempt at

birdie. Rose, realizing the door was open, hit a flawless shot that took one bounce and

skidded to a halt 20 inches from the cup. The 40 year old Swede made a bold attempt

to send the match (technically it was stroke play, but only on paper - this round was a 2

man battle all day) to a sudden death playoff for the Gold medal, but ran his attempt 6

feet by. After he missed his par attempt, the result was a formality. Justin Rose tapped

in his birdie and exalted in triumph as the first Olympic Golf Champion since Canadian

George Lyon in 1904 at the Summer Games in St.Louis.


Rose showed raw emotion after holing out at the last.




The story early on Sunday was the play of American Matt Kuchar who shot 63 to reach

13 under par and gain his place on the podium as the Bronze medalist. Kuchar was

ecstatic after his performance: "I've never been so excited to finish top 3 in my life,

I feel an enormous sense of pride right now."


















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