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Knox Wins Travelers, Furyk Makes History with 58 PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Russell Knox celebrates after notching his 2nd win of the season at the Travelers Championship




Cromwell, Connecticut - It's not often when the champion's performance isn't the headline after

the last putt drops, and for Russell Knox that meant his second win of the season after his final

round 68 - finishing at 14 under par (a stroke better than Jerry Kelly). Only Jason Day, Adam Scott,

Dustin johnson and Jordan Spieth had previously won atleast twice this season.

 

The big story on Sunday took place early in the day, as Jim Furyk's chase towards history unfolded

before any of leaders teed off. After an incredible front nine 27, Furyk stood in the middle of the

fairway on the home hole needing a birdie on the last for a final round 57. (He was 12 under par for

the day at TPC River Highlands after 10 birdies and an eagle). Furyk's approach onto the green left

him a lengthy attempt at 57. He gave the birdie effort a serious run, and tapped in for 58 . . . the

lowest round in the history of the PGA Tour.

 

Furyk who struggled to a 72 on Saturday, went to range after the third round and took a rare video

of his swing. He noticed some bad habits that creeped in from the week at long and wet Baltusrol.

His swing had become to long leading to some wayward tee shots, after shortening it up and sending

the video for approval to his only swing coach - his Dad Mike (who approved of the shorter more in

sync move), Furyk then went out Sunday and made history.

 

After shooting 59 three years ago at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Chicago, Furyk had

accumulated tons of photos commemorating the historical achievment. "I've got like 300 pictures at

home with a 59 on them," Furyk said laughing. "Gotta throw all that crap away."

 

 

 

Jim Furyk shows off the historical scorecard. He finished at -11 in a tie for fifth.

 

 

For Knox, the win gives him a serious chance of being picked for Darren Clarke's Ryder Cup squad at

Hazeltine. "I thought about it on the last tee box to be honest," Knox said. "I knew by winning this

tournament, it's put Darren Clarke in a very difficult position not to pick me. I think - but I mean,

it's his decision. If I don't make the team, I can't think I'm worthy of a pick. It's his decision . . .

but like I said, I hope I'm on the team. I would love to be there. It would be a huge honor. Maybe -

holing nice putts like that obviously helps."

 

49 year old Jerry Kelly shot a final round 64 to finish solo second at 13 under par. Justin Thomas'

62 on Sunday went largely un-noticed for obvious reasons, but it jumped him into a tie for third

with fellow Bear's Club member Patrick Rodgers at -12.

 

54 hole leader Daniel Berger struggled with a final round 74 to finish in a four way tie for fifth

at 11 under par.

 

 

Scores: http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/travelers-championship/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Walker Outlasts Day - Wins PGA at Baltusrol PDF Print E-mail

 

Jimmy Walker hoists the Wannamaker after winning the 98th PGA Championship





Springfield, N.J - In a masterful performance, Jimmy Walker went wire to wire to secure

his 1st ever major championship, but not before needing to holding off World No.1 Jason Day.

Walker's 266 total (14 under par) included rounds of 65-66-68-67 for a one stroke victory over

Day.

 

 

Baltusrol gave the best field in golf all it could handle - A tough A.W Tillinghast design, a brutal

heat wave, and enough wet weather to complicate the schedule and field of play. The PGA of

America made a bold move in an effort to get the championship finished on schedule and to

preserve the quality of the competition - choosing not not re-pair the groups for the final round,

and calling for 36 holes of preferred lies (lift clean and place) on the Lower Course. The decision

proved to be just, as the Wannamaker was presented at just after 7 p.m eastern. A Sunday

conclusion that seemed unlikely after a washout on Saturday.


Very little excitement took place on the Lower Course to start the final 18 holes, but after nine

straight pars going out, Walker seemed steady but was holding a thin lead. Up until that point,

many scribes called it "boring to watch", and it would be tough to argue that point . . . but

majors almost always have a way of getting interesting on the inward side, especially the PGA.

One mistake could have swung all of the momentum. Facing a crucial sand shot from the greenside

bunker on the tenth, Walker executed the explosion perfectly. As the ball rolled into the center of

the cup like a 6 foot putt, Walker and caddie Andy Sanders high fived each other and never looked

back. The momentum was his, and he knew it.

 

 

Jason Day did exactly what World Number 1's do - needing eagle at the last to make it interesting,

he did just that. A 268 yd 2 iron off the tee followed by a majestic 258 yd 2 iron approach to 10 feet,

sent the crowd into a frenzy . . . and when his eagle putt caught the right edge of the cup and

dropped - bedlam ensued among the N.J faithful. It was then up to Walker to make his par for the

win. Walker found the shortgrass with a long iron off the tee, and then chose 3 wood for his

approach - certainly a questionable decision, especially after seeing where his approach ended up.

The 3 wood off the deck was missed badly, a high block into the right rough leaving a tough

recovery. Jimmy pitched on to the green from 35 yards out and then calmly two putted for his first

major title. Just enough drama to make the finish a must watch. For Jimmy Walker it was total

relief: "Sometimes, things don't come easy", Walker said. "He really put it on me to make a par.

Sometimes pars are hard . . . but we got it. It was amazing, it was a battle all day."

 

 

For the 37 year old from Boerne, Texas it was a long time in the making. No longer is he on the

list of best players to have never won a major, he's the Champion of the 98th PGA Championship.

 


Scores: http://www.pga.com/pgachampionship/scoring/leaderboard/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Jhonattan Vegas Wins RBC Canadian Open PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Jhonattan Vegas hoists the hardware at Glen Abbey




Oakville, Ontario - Jhonattan Vegas' final round 64 was enough to boat race all challengers on

Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open on a firm and fast Glen Abbey Golf Club. Vegas started the

day five shots behind the man in front - Brandt Snedeker, and four behind Dustin Johnson and

Canadian amateur sensation Jared du Toit. Teeing off well before the leaders, Vegas birdied the

last three holes to post 12 under par and see if the field could catch him. Many tried, but the 29

year old Venezuelan was just too much to handle Sunday. Vegas' solid play isn't an aberration,

his hard work recently has been showing dividends, he shot a blistering course record 61 last

week in Alabama to finish tied for fourth and will represent Venezuela in the Olympics in Rio in

a few weeks.

 

 

World No.2 Dustin Johnson, who has been a tear lately (winning both the U.S Open at Oakmont

and his next start at the WGC Bridgestone) shot a final round 69 to finish in a tie for second -

further padding his lead in the Fedex Cup standings. Rookie Jon Rahm and Martin Laird each shot

67 to finish tied with Johnson at 11 under par.

 

Snedeker and du Toit both struggled to capitalize on there position entering the final round, each

shooting 71 to finish tied for 5th and 9th respectively. World No.1 Jason Day bounced back from

some struggles earlier in the week firing a final round 67 to finish tied for 14th (at 7 under par).

 

The final major of the year takes place this week at Baltusrol for the PGA Championship.





Scores: http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/rbc-canadian-open/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Stenson Outduels Phil at Royal Troon PDF Print E-mail

 

Henrik Stenson celebrates with the Claret Jug after an epic performance at Royal Troon.





Troon, Scotland - There are very few spectacles in sport like The Open Championship. Unique

in almost every way. The history, the linksland, the pot bunkers, the massive yellow scoreboards,

and of course the weather. It can give you all four seasons in the course of an afternoon and often

does. When you get a classic links the pedigree of Royal Troon and throw in two heavyweights of

the game playing at their all-time best simultaneously - it makes for an instant classic . . . and

that's exactly what we witnessed in the 145th Open Championship.

 

After opening with rounds of 63 - 69 - 70, Phil Mickelson and Swede Henrik Stenson 68 - 65 - 68

had separated themselves from the field at -11 and -12 respectively. When Stenson 3 putted the

first and Mickelson made birdie, it looked like Lefty might prevail, but the 40 year old Swede

birdied his next three holes to take charge again. When Mickelson eagled the par-5 fifth it was

once again knotted up, and that was how the entire afternoon went. Stellar shot after stellar

shot by each player turned this into the best theatre on a golf course since Tiger vs Bob May

in 2000 at Valhalla. When Stenson made a 20 ft birdie putt on the fourteenth and a bomb from

51 ft at the fifteenth, he took command with a two stroke lead. One last chance to close the gap

came on the par 5 sixteenth. Surprisingly Lefty hit iron off the tee, but a majestic 3 wood shot

left him with a makeable 22ft eagle attempt. The putt grazed the edge of the hole just breaking

away from the cup at the last moment. When Stenson managed to get up and down for his own

birdie, it was clear that he wasn't going to let this one getaway. After making par on the par 3

seventeenth, Stenson finished in style with a curling breaker on the last that found the hole on

its final revolution to shoot 63 and tie Johnny Miller's final round lowest score in a major (73'

Oakmont). Stenson's 20 under par total also tied Jason Day's mark for the lowest tournament

score in major history set last year at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

 

Stenson was beaming afterward, still in a bit of disbelief that he had finally conquered the golf

world with his first career major title: "It makes it even more special to beat a competitor like

Phil. He's been one of the best to play the game, certainly in the last 20 years. so to come out

on top after such a fight with him over these four days - it makes it even more special."

 

It was quite simply, a performance of a lifetime. As it was also for Mickelson in defeat. Seeking

his sixth major title, his final round bogey free 65 and 17 under par total was a score that would

have won 141 of the 145 Open Championships played.

 

When Mickelson was asked afterward if he thought about the famous Watson vs Nicklaus match

from The Open at Turnberry in '77 ("Duel in the Sun"), he remarked: "It certainly crossed my mind

a little bit out there today, that match when Jack and Tom went head to head there in '77. I certainly

was thinking about that. I know that I wanted to be more Tom in that case than Jack," Lefty said. "I

understand how it feels. it's bittersweet, I guess."

 

For the rest of us, no matter who you were rooting for, there was nothing bitter about it. Just sweet.

 

 

Scores: http://www.theopen.com/Leaderboard


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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