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Kaymer Goes Wire to Wire at The Players PDF Print E-mail

 

Martin Kaymer celebrates his victory outside the Clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass



Ponte Vedra, Florida - The 61st ranked player in the world showed what a lot of hard

work and some divine inspiration can do. After 3 years of working hard to rebuild the

move that had Martin Kaymer atop the Golf universe in 2011, the 29 year old German

showed that he is fully back. Kaymer came into the week talking about finally being

back in form and feeling the confidence he had in late 2010 and 2011 - when he won

the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and ascended to the top of the Official World

Golf rankings.


After 54 holes, all of the talk was about 20 year old American Jordan Spieth . . . and

perhaps rightly so. The kid was bogey free through 3 rounds on a layout where that just

doesn't happen. Kaymer and the headline grabbing Texan were knotted after 3 rounds,

and yet it seemed as if most of the scribes had already etched Spieth's name on the

crystal . . . not so fast.


Kaymer was cruising like a fine euro sedan on the autobahn thru 14 holes Sunday,

leading by 3 with just 4 holes remaining. Spieth was struggling, it seemed everything that

went his way the first three days, was the opposite on day four. It was Jim Furyk who

was busy lighting up the course on this day, needing only to tap in on the last to post

-12. That's when the horns sounded for a weather delay. After nearly 90 minutes, play

resumed, and Kaymer made a mess of the par 4 fifteenth - making double bogey. The

lead was down to one. After two good shots on the par 5 - sixteenth, Kaymer elected to

putt from well off the green, failing to get up & down for birdie. Standing on the famed 17th

tee with a one shot lead, his tee shot just carried the pot bunker, took a nasty bounce

left and nearly spun back into the water - both an unlucky and lucky break all at the same

time. His chip came up woefully short, and now he faced the toughest putt all week . . .

a downhill sidewinder that broke close to 12 feet left to right. As the ball dove into the cup

for his par, Kaymer pumped his fist in jubilation.


On the eighteenth, Kaymer needed another up & down after his approach came up short.

Once again he choose to putt, but this seemed like a better choice (from just off the

green). It proved to be the right play, the "Texas Wedge" left him just 3 ft to complete his

3 yr comeback. Just as the sun decided it had shined enough on this Mother's Day, Kaymer

holed the finisher. Rina, Kaymer's mom had passed away from skin cancer 6 years ago, Martin

not yet 23 at the time, carries thoughts of Rina everywhere he goes . . . in fact, Rina's favorite

flower - the Sunflower adorns the front panel on Martin Kaymer's bag in tribute to her.

 

“To win on Mother's Day ... we show our parents way too little,” Kaymer said. “We

always need some occasions to show them, which is what you realize when they're

not there anymore. So to win on those days, it adds a little bit of a nice thing to the

whole week. I think about her every day. I don't need a Mother's Day.”


In regards to his golf, the German was pleased with the result, “A lot of satisfaction,”

said Kaymer, who ended the week at 13-under 275 after his final round 71. “(My caddie

and I) worked so hard and we went through up-and-downs the last two years. It's very

tough because as an athlete you always want it now, but in golf you just cannot force it.”


Jim Furyk finished 2nd after firing the low round of the day - 66 (12 under par), Sergio

Garcia was 3rd at -11 after a final round 70. Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth for 4th (-10).



 

 

Scores:

http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/the-players-championship/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
J.B Holmes Wins Wells Fargo PDF Print E-mail

 

J.B Holmes and his wife Sara celebrate the big win at Quail Hollow Club



Charlotte, North Carolina - J.B Holmes overcome many obstacles on his way to

victory Sunday-including two brain surgeries, a broken ankle and an elbow injury.

It was nearly 3 yrs ago, Holmes had developed what's called Chiari malformation,

a condition that pushed part of his brain into the spinal canal. The adhesive doctors

used in the initial surgery caused an allergic reaction, so a second surgery was

needed. Then, a rollerblading accident last March caused him to miss just about

all of the 2013 season . . . he now calls that "a blessing in disguise" (the 5 months

away from golf allowed him time to completely recover and heal).

 

Holding a 3 shot lead heading into Quail Hollow's finishing 3 holes called the "Green

Mile", Holmes did just enough to hold off a red hot Jim Furyk who was in the

clubhouse after posting the days best round of 65, (-13 total). Holmes managed

to two putt on the 72nd hole to shoot 71 (-14) and win by a stroke.


"It's been a long road," Holmes said. "It's nice to get in the winner's circle

again and my game is in a good spot, and I worked really hard on it on the

offseason last year . . . the whole year was my offseason I guess, but it's

nice to have that hard work pay off."


Phil Mickelson in contention starting the day, struggled - shooting 76. Lefty

finished tied for 11th and has no top tens this season . . . with the U.S Open

at Pinehurst No.2 in 6 weeks, the six time runner up has little time to find his

form. Rory McIlroy shot a final round 70 to finish at -8.


J.B Holmes moved up to 18th in the Fedex Cup standings, and gained entry

into this weeks Players at TPC Sawgrass.

 

Scores: http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Seung Yul-Noh Wins Zurich Classic PDF Print E-mail

 

Seung Yul-Noh celebrates his win at TPC Louisiana

 

 

Avondale, Louisiana - Seung Yul-Noh showed the nerves of a seasoned vet Sunday at the Zurich

Classic. The 22 year old Korean fired a final round 71 (for a total of -19) for a two stroke victory

at TPC Louisiana over Andrew Svoboda (69) and Robert Strebto (70) who finished at -17.

 

Charlie Wi and Y.E Yang were impressed with Noh and celebrated with him on the 18th green,

dousing Noh in a beer shower : “I know he struggled last year, but for him to bounce back this

year, that’s what golf is all about,” Wi said. “I thought his demeanor today was awesome. I

would have been rattled and nervous, but he sure didn’t look that way.”


“The whole last season was a very good experience for my game, especially mental, my mental

game is stronger (after last season). So I’m never nervous" Noh said. Noh had regained his

card at the Web.com finale - his world ranking had fallen to 176th before the Zurich Classic.


Noh is the fifth Korean born player to win on the PGA Tour, the victory moves him into 16th

on the Fedex Cup standings and entry into The Players, PGA Championship and next years

Masters.

 

 

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Kuchar Wins RBC Heritage, Wie Wins in Hawaii PDF Print E-mail

 

Matt Kuchar grabbed the Tartan Jacket as the Champion of the RBC Heritage Classic.


 

Hilton Head, South Carolina - Matt Kuchar was in perfect shape standing on the 17th

tee Sunday at Harbour Town Golf Links, he had a one shot lead - and had just stiffed

his tee shot on the par 3 to four feet. In golf nothing is certain, and in an instant the

lead was gone . . . an unlikely three putt from 4 feet. All tied with Luke Donald. On

the iconic 18th hole, Kuchar's approach found the front bunker. Needing to get up

and down to stay tied with Donald . . . he did one better, holing out for birdie and

shooting a final round 64. Donald valiantly tried to match Kuch on 18, but just missed

on his attempt to chip in from short of the green.

 

Matt Kuchar moved up to #3 in the Fedex Cup standings, Luke Donald after shooting

69 and finishing solo second, moves up 41 spots to #30 in the standings.

 

"I told my caddie before that last shot, I'm about due to make one of these" Kuchar

said. "I knew it was atleast an easy par - bunker game is good, no problem. I went up

and took a good read, knew it would release and break right to left . . . played it just

right of the hole, watched it roll. I heard the crowd go crazy when the thing disappeared.

I went crazy myself. It was just an incredible feeling."

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Wie shows off the trophy after winning the LPGA Lotte Championship



Oahu, Hawaii - Michelle Wie started the final round four shots behind leader Angela

Stanford, but her closing 5 under par - 67 was enough to get her first win in four

years (79 event winless drought), and her first win on American soil. Wie scattered

six birdies and only one bogey at Ko Olina Golf Club to finish at -14, winning by two

shots.


I think the highlight really was just to come back home and ‑‑ there really wasn't

just one moment,” said Wie. “From the first tee shot that I hit until the last putt

that I made, the support that I felt from everyone was unbelievable. I really think

a lot of times they willed the ball in. I give a lot of credit to them this week.”


She had thought about winning for so long, that she even started thinking about

what her celebration would be like. “I was kind of thinking what I was going to do

after I made the putt,” said Wie. “Was I going to jump up and down. I made the

putt and I just froze. I completely just froze. I couldn't move my body. I was

about to cry - my friends out here are just amazing. I feel so much support

from them. I think we support each other through hard times and good times.

It's amazing they came. It's so awesome.”

 

Angela Stanford shot 73 finishing solo second at -12. In Bee Park shot a final

round 67 to finsh third at -11.

 

Scores: http://www.lpgascoring.com/public/Leaderboard.aspx

 

 


In other Tour related news:

 

Miguel Angel Jimenez won his Champions Tour debut at the Greater Gwinnett

Championship in Duluth Georgia, going wire to wire.


Lee Westwood broke a two year winless drought winning at the Maybank Malaysian

Open at Kuala Lumpur Golf Club by seven shots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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