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The 2011 Solheim  Cup Teams

Dunsany, Ireland - At the Solheim Cup matches at Kileen Castle just outside

of Dublin, the European team staged a comeback of epic proportions.When it

looked like defeat was likely for the Euros, that's when they showed their mettle.

In a dramatic 15-13 victory, the European Women captured the Solheim Cup

for the first time since 2003.Starting the final day of singles tied at 8-8, the

momentum had swung in the Americans favor late in the singles matches,

(despite Cristie kerr's earlier withdrawl with a wrist injury) . . . but the Euro's

would rally.

Suzann Pettersen birdied the last three holes of her match against Michelle

Wie to capture a point, Laura Davies finished all square in her match with Julie

Inkster,  Caroline Hedwall who was two down with two to play, gained a hard

earned half against rookie Ryann O'Toole, and Azahara Munoz won the 18th

hole against Angela Stanford to clinch the Cup.

In the end, the LPGA and Womens Golf really needed this type of an event . . . the

drama was exciting (despite all of the weather delays on Sunday).An event as well

staged as this can only help Womens Golf around the world.

For complete match scores: http://www.solheimcup.com/live_scoring.php

 

Will Bill Haas get picked for the Presidents Cup?

Atlanta - In the Fedex Cup finale at East Lake, also known as the Tour

Championship by Coca Cola, Bill Haas outlasted Hunter Mahan in a playoff,

to win both the Tour Championship and the Fedex Cup Playoffs.

Haas earned 11.44 million for the duel titles, and perhaps a spot on the

Presidents Cup Team.Captain Fred couples picks are officially announced

on Tuesday.

 

Final scores:   http://www.pgatour.com/r/leaderboard/

 

 

It was learned Sunday evening, that Tiger Woods has hired Joe Lacava to

be his third caddie, Lacava had been working for Dustin Johnson the last few

months.Lacava previously had worked for Fred Couples for 21 years, it must

be a sweet deal, especially since Lacava and Johnson just won a few weeks

ago at the Barclays, and Tiger hasn't won in over 2 years.

 

 

 


 
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Lexi Thompson, an LPGA Champion at 16 years old, get used to seeing this

 

 

Prattville, Alabama - At the Navistar LPGA Classic, Alexis Thompson became the

youngest Champion in the 61 year history of the LPGA, her final round 70 and a

-17 total was good enough for a five stroke victory over Tiffany Joh.The site of

this history making event was the Senator Course, which is part of the Robert

Trent Jones Golf Trail, Capital Hill facility.

 

Lexi (as she is known), is 16 years, 7 months and 8 days old . . .  before her the

honor was held by Marlene Hagge who was 18 years, 14 days old in 1952 at the

Sarasota Open.

 

Having watched Alexis play competitively since age 7, I can't say I didn't see this

one coming . . . by age 20 she will be the best American Womens player.

 

http://www.lpgascoring.com/public/Leaderboard.aspx?TournamentID=27842

 

 

 

 

Justin Rose vaults all the way into 3rd in the Fedex Cup standings

 

 

Lemont, Illinois - At the BMW Championship on the Dubsdread course at Cog Hill,

Justin Rose shot 63 in round one, and finally finished off an event that he led after

54 holes.

 

The Englishman chipped in on the 17th Sunday to give him a two shot cushion over

John Senden heading to the 72nd hole.Senden could only muster par on eighteen, so

with all of the pressure off, Rose rolled his putt right up to the front edge of the cup

and tapped it in for his first win of the season.The win moved him to 3rd in Fedex

cup points heading to the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.The top five

players are now in position to win the Fedex Cup with a victory in Atlanta.

 

The top five:

1.Webb Simpson

2.Dustin Johnson

3.Justin Rose

4.Luke Donald

5.Matt Kuchar

 

Full Scores:

http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboards/current/r028/

 

 

 

The victorious GB&I squad

 

Paris, France - At the Vivendi/Seve Trophy Matches at Saint Nom La Breteche, the

Continental Europe team mounted an unbelievable comeback, only to fall just short

at the hands of the GB&I team.

 

In the match of the day, Italian phenom Matteo Mannasero held a slim 1up lead

over Ian Poulter throughout the round, that is until the last few holes when Poulter

just went off . . . making three birdies in five holes to clip the young Italian.

 

GB&I were up 5 points heading into the singles, but a spirited charge by Continental

Europe had the matches all tied at 11.5 at one point, thanks to victories early on

by Thomas Bjorn over Lee Westwood and Miguel Angel Jimenez over Open Champion

Darren Clarke.

 

Speaking about his daring shot into the 18th, “I needed to do something to

finish,”revealed Poulter. “He hit a great shot and I said to Paul walking down the

fairway ‘I'm going to go straight at this’.Indeed he did, knocking it close and pouring

in the 5 footer to show why he is perhaps the best Match play golfer in the world

today.


GB&I defeated the Continentals 15.5-12.5

 

 

 

 


 
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Webb Simpson celebrates victory with wife Dowd and son James

 

 

Norton, Massachusetts - Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, Webb Simpson

birdied the final hole in regulation to get to -15, one back of leader Chez Reavie.Reavie

had an 11 ft par putt on the 72nd hole to claim victory, when the putt slid right, Webb

Simpson had new life.Both players birdied the first hole of the playoff (18th), on the

second playoff hole (17th) Webb Simpson drained his 9 ft birdie putt to win for the second

time in 3 weeks.

"I told somebody early this week that I feel like next time I was in contention, it'll be a lot

easier than Greensboro," Simpson said. "And it wasn't that way at all. It was just as hard. The

shots and the putts were just as hard. I think it helped calm me down a little, but it was like I

had never won a golf tournament before."

 

Simpson now sits atop the Fedex standings with two events remaining: The BMW

Championship at Cog Hill in Chicago, and the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.

 

Jason Day, Luke Donald and Brandt Snedeker were tied for 3rd at -13

 

Ernie Els and Geoff Ogilvy were the big movers this week getting inside the top 70 to

advance to Chicago.They will need huge weeks to advance to Atlanta, there are no

cuts in the final two events.

 

 

Full field scores: http://www.pgatour.com/r/leaderboard/

 

 

To see our reccent review of TPC Boston please click the link below: 

http://linksnation.com/site/index.php/course-reviewstravel :

 

 

 

Crans Montana, Switzerland - At the Omega European Masters, Thomas Bjorn

continued his stellar play, and won for the the second week in a row and the third

time this season.

  

“I’ve moved up a place in The Race to Dubai and I want to end the season strongly,”

said the 40 year old. “I’m in a good position. I’m a bit off the lead obviously but

I’m in a position where I can get a large part of the bonus pool.

“To win three times in one season is a marvellous achievement and I’ve reached a

good level of consistency now. Hopefully I can continue that through to the Dubai

World Championship.”

 

Martin Kaymer finished second at -16, while Rory McIlroy finished tied for third at -15.

 

Final scores: http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2011/tournamentid=2011063/leaderboard/index.html

 

 

 

 
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Dustin Johnson is the Champion of the 2011 Barclays Championship

  

 

Edison, New Jersey - At the Hurricane shortened Fedex Cup Playoff event at

Plainfield CC (54 holes), Dustin Johnson had an Eagle, 5 birdies and a bogey to

shoot 65 (Sat) and run away with The Barclays at -19. 

“It feels great,” Johnson said. “I feel like I’ve played pretty well all year but just

haven’t quite been able to get that win. The putter has been lacking a little bit.

This week I finally rolled some putts, so this feels really good.”

 

Matt Kuchar finished second at -17 after shooting 68, Brandt Snedeker had the

round of the championship, shooting 61 on Saturday and finished tied for third

with a resurrected Vijay Singh (-16).

 

Final Scores:  http://www.pgatour.com/r/leaderboard/

 

  

  

  

 

Erin, Wisconsin -  The 111th U.S Amateur at Erin Hills was an epic battle

between top ranked Patrick Cantlay from UCLA, and Kelly Kraft from SMU.

Kraft dominated early on, with a 4 up lead thru sixteen holes.

 

Cantlay would battle back and take his first lead on the 32nd hole, but one

hole later (on short par 4 fifteenth) Cantlay found the deep little fairway pot

bunker and could do no better then bogey.Kraft's par swung the momentum

back in his favor, then on the 34th hole (par 3 sixteenth)Cantlay was too

aggressive on his 12 foot birdie attempt, running it nearly 7 feet past the

hole.

He missed his par putt and Kraft never looked back, his 2 up victory was an

instant classic, on a golf course that will soon be known as one of the best

inland layouts in the U.S (LinksNation.com did a course review of Erin Hills 

last October).

 

"It's awesome. It's just great,” said Kraft  “It's such an honor to win this

championship. I mean there's none other better than this one.” He would learn

moments after his victory that he was named to the Walker Cup team, leaving

for Aberdeen, Scotland in just a few days.“(USA Walker Cup Team Captain Jim

Holtgrieve) walked up to me on the green and told me, ‘See ya in Scotland.’ And

I was like, ‘Wow.’ I didn't know what to say,”  “I just won the tournament and then

they told me this. I about had a heart attack.” 

 

Quebec, Canada - At the Canadien Womens Open on the LPGA Tour, Brittany Lincicome

shot a 2 under par 70, to outlast a hard charging Stacy Lewis (67) and third round leader

Michelle Wie (72).

Lincicome, who finished at -13, made a brilliant save on the final hole to secure the slim

margin of victory, winning for the second time in 2011.Weather became a factor when 

bands from Hurricane Irene made their way north of the border during the latter stages

of the final round.

 

Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford finished T4 at -11.

 

scores: http://www.lpgascoring.com/public/Leaderboard.aspx?PlayerID=81955#81955

 

 

Perthshire, Scotland - Thomas Bjorn won the Johnnie Walker at Gleneagles on

the fifth hole of a 5 man sudden death playoff.The playoff included Bjorn, Bernd

Wiesberger, Pablo Larrazabal, George Coetze, and Mark Foster.

 

In regulation, Foster held the outright lead on the 72nd tee at -12, needing only

par for the win, his errant tee shot proved costly . . . he could only muster bogey.

In the playoff, it was the 40 year old from Denmark, who thrived. Finally on the

sixth go around on the 18th hole on Sunday, Bjorn's stiffed wedge sealed the deal.

 

It was Bjorn's second victory of 2011.

 

Scores:

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2011/tournamentid=2011061/leaderboard/index.html

 

 

Snoqualmie, Washington - Mark Calcavecchia in his 31st start on the Champions

Tour is a Champion.

 

On the first hole of a playoff with Russ Cochran, Calc nearly holed his putt for

eagle . . . the birdie was enough when Cochran couldn't get up and down from

the greenside bunker.The duo ended regulation five shots clear of the field at -14.

 

Chip Beck's solid 68 was good enough for solo third at -9.

 

Complete scores:  http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboards/current/s619/  

 

 

 
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