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


"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:






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:








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.










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."














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


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.











Ben Crane Wins in Memphis PDF Print E-mail

Ben Crane Tee off Sunday at the FedEx St.Jude Classic

Memphis, Tennessee - It's been a tough season for Ben Crane, dealing with

back pain for much of the past year, he contemplated a future without golf.

He made swing changes to alleviate the pain, and saw little success during

the process - with just one top 25 finish in his 16 starts this season.

Crane went wire to wire, but it wasn't without some anxiety . . . he didn't

sleep much prior to Sunday's play. His final round 3 over par 73 had him finish

at 10 under par (270), which was just enough to edge out Troy Merritt by one


"This has been a really tough year," he said. "I had to finally be okay with golf

not being in the picture. I just felt like things were going in that direction and

so I just got to the place where I said, Lord if it's not golf, I will love you . . .

but if it is that would be fun. This win is different for me, I want to treat it

differently and I really want to enjoy it, I don't want to act like there is five

more behind it."

Phil Mickelson finished T11th at -6.


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