Robert Streb Wins McGladrey PDF Print E-mail


Robert Streb celebrates his first win on Tour, the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island.


St.Simons Island, Georgia - Robert Streb started the week at Sea Island with a snipe hook

tee shot into a hedge on Thursday, resulting in double bogey. Streb's focus immediately

switched to making the cut . . . by Sunday evening he was holding the trophy as the

Champion of the McGladrey Classic. After rounds of 69-66-68, Streb started the final round

five shots behind, but after four straight birdies on holes 14-17, he left his birdie putt on the

72nd hole short. He finished the day at seven under par 63 (-14 total), then waited around

to see if it would hold up. "I honestly thought somebody would probably get to 15 (under)

and they didn't," Streb said. "But I was just trying to stay loose and not get too worried

about it."


Will MacKenzie & Brendon de Jonge also came in tied at 14 under par, shooting 68 & 65

respectively. MacKenzie was eliminated on the first hole of the three man playoff. On the

second playoff hole, the par 3 seventeenth, Streb fired his 8 iron right at the flag to 4 feet

and made the putt. When de Jonge couldn't match, Streb had his first Tour title. As a result,

his dream of playing Augusta National will become reality in April.


Streb is now atop the Fedex Cup standings.


Tournament host Davis Love III shot 66 Sunday to tie for 41st.








Martin Breaks through in Vegas, Ilonen Wins World Match Play PDF Print E-mail


Ben Martin celebrates his win at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Las Vegas - Ben Martin fired a final round 68 to capture his first PGA Tour title on Sunday at

TPC Summerlin. Martin's 46 foot eagle putt on the par 5 sixteenth put him ahead for good, he

posted 20 under par for the week, finishing two strokes ahead of a hard charging Kevin Streelman.

Streelman caught fire on the back nine making five birdies in a six hole stretch (as he did earlier

in the year, when he birdied 7 in row to win the Travelers) . . . but his birdie attempt on the last

just slid by.


Holding the 54 hole lead entering Sunday, Martin started slow - he was 1 over par through the

first 14 holes Sunday . . . but played the final stretch in 4 under par, which he capped off with a nice

16 foot left to right slider on the home hole.


The win puts Ben Martin tied atop the Fedex Cup standings with Fry's winner Sang-Moon Bae, and

earns him his second trip to the Masters (he last played in 2010 as the U.S Amateur runner-up).


Russell Knox finished third at 16 under par. Jimmy Walker, Webb Simpson and Brooks Koepka

finished tied for fourth (five strokes off the pace at -15).









Miko Ilonen was victorious over Henrik Stenson in the final at the Volvo World Match Play

Kent, England - Miko Ilonen became the first Finnish player to win the Volvo World Match Play,

his bogey free final round at London Golf Club resulted in a 3&1 victory over top seeded and World

Ranked No.5 Henrik Stenson. The Swede fought hard on the back nine with birdies at the tenth,

twelfth and fifteenth holes, but Ilonen was not to be denied his second title of 2014 (he won the

Irish Open in June).


Afterward, he reflected on his triumph over his friend:


“I see Henrik as one of the world's top players obviously, but I see him as my friend. He didn't

intimidate me at all. We've played so much golf together over the years, so I felt quite

comfortable playing with him. It could have gone either way really. I had a better afternoon

than he did. (If) tomorrow morning we play, it might go the other way . . . but we were

obviously playing for the trophy as hard as we could, and I came out on top.”


Joost Luiten beat George Coetze in the consolation match for third place.














Sang-Moon Bae Hangs On to Win Fry's PDF Print E-mail


2015 Fry' Open Champion Sang-Moon Bae tees off Sunday at Silverado's North course

Napa, California - Silverado Resort hadn't hosted a PGA Tour event in over 30 years, but it

proved to be a stern test for the final round of the first event of the 2015 PGA Tour season.

The 7,203 yard North course played to a stroke average of 71.9 on Sunday at the Fry'

Open, with strong winds being part of the challenge for the first time all week.


Sang-Moon Bae entered the final round with a four shot lead, and after a few wobbles early on,

he managed his way home with four straight pars to shoot 73 (-15 total), and capture the title

by two over Steven Bowditch who tied for the low round of the day at 67.


The win is Bae's second of his career, and puts him 1st in the Fedex Cup standings, and moved

him closer to his dream of making the International Team for the Presidents Cup, which will be

played in his native Korea. Bae has set that as one of his main goals for the saeson, "It is most

important to me because it is in Korea next year. It really means alot, if I can't play it, it will be

really sad."


As the first winner of the 2015 PGA Tour season, he is well on his way.


Notables: Hunter Mahan and Retief Goosen finished T3 at -11. Lee Westwood was T12 at -10

and Matt Kuchar T21 (-7) after a final round 76.












Europe Dominates Ryder Cup at Gleneagles PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno

Team Europe celebrates another Ryder Cup triumph at Gleneagles.


Perthshire, Scotland - This edition, the 40th in Ryder Cup history didn't quite live up to the hype.

Team Europe took care of business on Sunday, dusting off team USA 16.5 to 11.5. The two very

lopsided foursomes sessions Friday and Saturday destroyed any hope for Sunday drama - the

alternate shot competition favored Team Europe 7 points to 1 - Game Over.


There was to be no Brookline like Miracle on Sunday, trailing 10-6 heading into singles play was too

tall an order for this group of Yanks that didn't have Tiger, Phil, Duval, Payne, Hal Sutton and Furyk

in their prime (Mickelson & Furyk were winless in 2014, and are both 44 years old now). A few Americans

managed to make a game of it Sunday, including Phil who handled native Scotsman Stephen Gallacher in

his match. Patrick Reed edged out Henrik Stenson 1 up, Kuchar took care of Bjorn 4 & 3 and Jimmy

Walker continued his solid play beating Ryder Cup stalwart Lee Westwood 3 & 2 . . . but little else went

the Americans way. Big comebacks by Graeme McDowell over Jordan Spieth, and Justin Rose (who was

Europe's MVP for the week) came from 4 down to earn a halve against Hunter Mahan. World number 1

Rory McIlroy absolutely blitzed Ricky Fowler 5 & 4. It was Welshman Jamie Donaldson who secured

the clincher on the 15th hole, when he routed Keegan Bradley 4 & 3.


Europe's continued dominance in the alternate shot (foursomes) format will continue to be the story.

It seems as if neither side has an answer for Team USA's incompetence in this format. Many have

speculated about the Americans lack of team chemistry as the reason, but that's an intangible that

Team Stars & Stripes haven't found the solution to (with the exception of Paul Azinger in '08 at Valhalla).


Granted, Captain Watson made a few blunders, first leaving Chris Kirk off the squad, then taking

Spieth & Reed out of the foursomes Friday afternoon . . . but when you get drubbed by 5 points,

these are minor reasons to blame. Perhaps a bigger factor was the loss of Tiger Woods (even in sub-

prime form), and being without ball striking dynamo Dustin Johnson (who took a leave of absence

after testing positive for an illegal substance this summer).


Talent is no longer the only element required to be victorious. Once upon a time it was said that the

Euro's needed to win in order for the Ryder Cup to grow, and it was treated as the main focus of the

European Tour - to beat America. It's now reversed, Team USA needs a system - their own template to

make this great event competitive again.




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