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.













Rory Wins WGC Bridgestone - Regains World #1 PDF Print E-mail


Rory McIlroy celebrating his win at the WGC Bridgestone at Firestone

Akron, Ohio - Another tournament, another week of dominating the best players in the world.

Just two weeks after routing the field playing links golf at Hoylake, the Ulsterman brought

the same caliber of play across the pond to come from behind and win on a U.S parkland

layout. McIlroy picked apart Firestone South with impressive length & accuracy off the tee

while carding 66 Sunday to win the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at 15 under par.


It took all of three holes to eliminate the lead of 54 hole leader - Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard

struggled-shooting 71 in the final round . . . and must now be wondering - what he can possibly

to do to get a win these days - he has finished runner up to Rory in consecutive events (at

the Open Championship and in Akron).


The victory, combined with Adam Scott's final round 71 (tied 8th) has McIlroy regaining No.1 in

the Official World Golf Ranking. The Australian knows who's atop the game right now. "Obviously,

everyone knows Rory is in incredible form at the moment, Scott said. "He'll be the man to beat

next week by the look of things . . . and I'll be gunning for him for sure."


After spending the last two weeks celebrating with golf's oldest trophy - the Claret Jug, Rory

was determined to not be satisfied. "That's the most pleasing thing about this week is not

dwelling about what happened at Hoylake," he said. "That's what I'll have to do after this, as

well. I've just got to keep moving forward. It's great to have a chance to try to go there to

win three in a row. But if you'd have asked me what I'm proudest of this week, it's the

mindset that I took into here of not being complacent. I wanted to come here and really



Tiger Woods withdrew after suffering from back spasms during his final round. Phil Mickelson

showed some serious form on Sunday - firing a final round 62 heading into Valhalla for next

weeks PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.














Langer Wins by 13, Clark Gets Canadian, Spain Takes the Crown PDF Print E-mail


Bernhard Langer celebrates his 13 stroke victory at Royal Porthcawl



Bridgend, Wales - Bernhard Langer completed a dominating wire to wire victory Sunday at the

Senior Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl. The German started the final round ahead by 8

shots, his final round 67 stretched the final margin to a record 13 stroke victory. Langer's total

score of 18 under par - 266 was the lowest in the history of The Senior Open.



Langer who lost the '13 Senior Open in a playoff, after a double bogey on the 72nd hole, was

thrilled."This is very unusual , I've won a tournament by 17, but this just doesn't happen, not

with the competition you're facing . . . and certainly not in a major, where usually the best from

around the globe are playing in the Championship. So it's been an amazing week for me."


Colin Montgomerie, who has been on a roll as of late and once again played solid at Royal Porthcawl,

was full of praise for the winner: "I would like to say, Bernhard Langer's performance here is one

of the golfing performances of all time . . . to finish 18 under around here is remarkable. There is

satisfaction in finishing second today. The rest of us were playing for second place, and I feel that

I won. I won the battle. There were 144 in the field and I beat 142 of them, it was just him. But

that him is awfully good, I must admit. I've played wellhere, and lost by 13, which is ridiculous.

All credit to him"










Jim Furyk congratulates Tim Clark on his Canadian Open victory at Royal Montreal



Quebec, Canada - It was supposed to be the day that Jim Furyk broke out of the 54 hole lead

slump and would win his third Canadian Open. After Sunday at Royal Montreal, the malaise has

now extended to seven events where Furyk hasn't been able to close the deal.

Furyk did shoot a final round 1 under par 69 Sunday, but it was South African Tim Clark - who

shot 65 on Sunday (including a back nine 30) to nab his second PGA Tour victory. The win moves

Clark into 27th place on the Fedex Cup standings. Clark had a string of 4 birdies in 5 holes midway

thru the back nine. The birdie two on the par 3 seventeenth was the clincher. For Clark it has been

a long road back from various injuries.

"I knew I had to make birdies, and sometimes that can be easier when you have to be agressive,"

he said. "At that point (I had) nothing to lose. I suddenly just got hot, and I went with it."

Afterward, Clark reflected "Today was just a dream day."






Azahara Munoz, Belen Mozo, Carlota Ciganda, and Beatriz Recari win the Inaugural International Crown



Owings Mill, Maryland - Team Spain won the first ever International Crown Matches at Caves Valley

on Sunday with a total of 15 points. Team Sweden was second with 11 pts, Republic of Korea and

Japan tied for third with 10 pts each.


The Spaniards who were blanked on day two by the Americans (who didn't qualify for the final five teams)

went 12 out of a possible 12 pts the final two days to tear through the competition and win the title.


“I can't even tell you how I feel right now.  It's been such an amazing week for us,” said Azahara Munoz.

“We have had such a good time.  When we knew we won on the 15th green, I almost lost it.  I don't know

how I could keep playing because I was going to get a heart attack. So it's just super exciting that we won

the first ever International Crown and I'm so proud to be from where I am and it's just awesome.”


Match results:











Rory McIlroy Goes Wire to Wire - Wins Open Championship PDF Print E-mail


Rory McIlroy celebrates with the Claret Jug as the Champion Golfer of the year

Hoylake, England - Rory McIlroy, after going wire to wire on the links of Royal Liverpool, is now

three quarters of the way to the career Grand Slam at the age of 25. McIlroy's Sunday 71, had

him finish at -17 . . . good enough to outlast Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler by two shots (-15).

Birdies at the par 3 ninth and the par 5 tenth steadied the Ulsterman. He failed to get up and

down at the par 3 thirteenth, but the par save at the seventeenth all but ended the hopes

of the two eventual runner-ups. It was a tough gutsy round that showed that Rory has the

moxie to win the close ones as well as the blow outs (Congressional, Kiawah).

Sergio Garcia who started the day seven shots back, climbed within two shots after making

eagle at the tenth, his 66 was a superb final round . . . but McIlroy did the heavy lifting to stay

out front. Fowler was equally impressive while being paired with McIlroy on Sunday - shooting

67. The second place finish was his third top 5 finish in each of the 3 majors played this season,

and his second straight runner up finish (he played with Martin Kaymer in the final group at

Pinehurst) and offered a possible glimpse to the future "I look forward to battling with Rory for

many majors to come in the future."

McIlroy reflected afterward: "Today wasn't easy, there were a few guys who were making a run

at me, so I had to stay focused and get the job done. I set myself a target of getting to 20 under

today, but fortunately I didn't have to get to it. I'm immensely proud of myself," he added. To sit

here at 25 years of age and win my third Major Championship and be three quarters of the way to

a career Grand Slam is something I never dreamed about at this stage of my career."

With the win, McIlroy moves to #2 in the Official Golf World Rankings.










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