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.


Matsuyama Wins Memorial PDF Print E-mail


Hideki Matsuyama celebrates his victory with Jack Nicklaus

Dublin, Ohio - Bubba Watson had control, then it looked like Adam Scott might

win his second in a row . . . then Hideki Matsuyama had it, and by the time the final

group reached the 18th hole Sunday, it looked like Kevin Na (who shot 64 and

finished two hours earlier) might have the title dropped in his lap.

At the end of regulation play, it came down to Matsuyama needing a 5 footer to

force a playoff with Kevin Na (who finished at -13). The 22 year old Japanese

sensation poured the birdie straight in - shooting 69 . . . the sudden death playoff

began on the 18th hole.

Matsuyama blocked his tee shot into the right fairway bunker, while Na pulled his into

the creek that runs along the left side of the finisher at Muirfield Village. After taking

his drop, Na hit his fairway metal into the rough just right of the green. Matsuyama

over hooked his 5 iron from the fairway bunker into the gallery sitting left of the


Na hit his pitch to 8 feet above the hole, Matsuyama pitched his shot over the

greenside bunker to 9 feet. The 22 year old sensation stepped up and drained the

par save to win the Memorial Presented by Nationwide Insurance - and get his first

PGA Tour victory.

"I'm really really happy," Matsuyama said afterward. "It's a dream come true to win

at Mr.Nicklaus' course." Matsuyama moved up to 14th in the Fedex Cup standings.

World #1 Adam Scott bogeyed 14, 15 & 16 to shoot 71 and finish tied for fourth.




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