Rory Wins RBC Canadian Open PDF Print E-mail



Rory McIlroy celebrates after winning the RBC Canadian Open

Ontario - Rory McIlroy fired a final round 9-under 61 on Sunday to rout

the field by seven shots at the RBC Canadian Open. McIlroy joins Tiger Woods,

Lee Trevino, Tommy Armour, Walter Hagen and Arnold Palmer as the only

players in history to win the U.S., British and Canadian Opens. Rory was

enamored with the trophy, and the names on it - Snead, Bobby Locke, Palmer,

Woods, "For me to put my name on this is something special," McIlroy said.

In his first appearance in the event, the Northern Irishman made it clear that

he wanted to add a sixth national title in his trophy case. The U.S. Open - 2011,

Open Championship - 2014, Australian Open - 2013, Irish Open - 2016 (and

Hong Kong Open) were McIlroy's previous national titles. With the result no

longer in doubt, McIlroy flirted with a different type of history late on the back

nine on Sunday.

After nine birdies and an eagle on No. 17, he was on pace for a record-setting

round. But a bogey on 16 put a 59 out of reach. His bogey on the 18th meant

that he would not match the tournament record 10-under 60 set by Brandt

Snedeker on Friday and Carl Pettersson in 2010. However, his 9 under par

final round finished off the field at 22 under par (258 total).

"Yeah, 61... it's um. Yeah," said McIlroy ."I had a chance to shoot a 59.

Sorry for being disappointed up here but I had a chance.". "I played 17

wonderful holes, I was 10 under through 17 holes. I shot 4 under through

the back nine with two bogeys, so I guess that was pretty good too."

Webb Simpson into a tie for second with Shane Lowry (67).












Cantlay Fires 64, Wins Memorial PDF Print E-mail


Patrick Cantlay celebrates with Jack Nicklaus after winning the Memorial.

Dublin, Ohio - Earlier in the week the greatest champion in golf history

counseled Patrick Cantlay on how to close. He told the young pro to relax

and enjoy himself down the stretch, enjoy the scenery. Easier said then

done. On Sunday at Muirfield Village he employed the lesson and executed

to perfection - firing a bogey free 64 to hold off Adam Scott by two strokes.

In fact, Cantlay's 64 was the finest final round score in the history of the

Memorial. Starting out 4 shots back of 54 hole leader Martin Kaymer, Cantlay

was flawless - his longest putt for par was from 8 feet on the final green, with

Nicklaus watching from behind the green. As he shook the Golden Bear's hand

afterward he said, "I finished it."

Adam Scott rallied with three straight birdies on holes 14-16, before just barely

missing on 17 and 18. Scott's 17 under par total has only been bettered 6 times

in the history of the Memorial, but unfortunately for him Cantlay was one of those

this week. "It's disappointing not to win this week for sure," Scott said. "I really

played good golf this week, but it just wasn't good enough."

With the win, Patrick Cantlay moves to 6th in the Fedex Cup standings.


Kevin Na Wins at Colonial PDF Print E-mail


Kevin Na celebrates after winning the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial.

Fort Worth, Texas - Kevin Na started Sunday with a two stroke lead at

the Charles Schwab Challenge and doubled that margin when all was said

and done (finishing at 13 under par). Na's final round 66 was good enough

for a four stroke victory at one his favorite tour stops - Colonial Country

Club for his third career tour win.


Immediately after rolling in the final putt at the 72nd hole, Na turned to

his caddie Kenny Harms and said, "That's your car!" The fully restored

1973 Dodge Challenger was awarded to the winner, and earlier in the

week, Harms and Na spotted the classic ride along the 10th hole. Harms:

"Kevin that's my car, right?" Na: "Yeah, if I win, I'll give it to you. I don't

know how my caddie convinced me to give him the car, but he's a good

salesman I guess," Na said. "He sold me into it, but I'm more than happy

to give it to him. He deserves it."


Na's impressive record at Colonial includes a course record 61, but this

is his first win on the course that Hogan called his home course for

several decades. "It's a great second shot course that fits my draws so

well," Na said.


With the win Kevin Na moved to 27th in the Fedex Cup standings. Tony

Finau finished solo 2nd after a final round 68 to finish at -9. Jordan

Spieth who started the day tied for 2nd two strokes back, struggled

on Sunday with a 72 to finish tied for 8th at 5 under par.










Brooks Koepka Holds on, Wins PGA at Bethpage Black PDF Print E-mail



Brooks Koepka hoists the Wannamaker trophy again after winning the 101st PGA Championship.

Farmingdale, New York - What seemed like a foregone conclusion at the start

of the final day at Bethpage Black, turned into anything but that as the leaders

dug into the meat of the back nine at the 101st PGA Championship. Entering

Sunday with a 7 shot lead, Brooks Koepka kept command of the Championship

until a series of bogeys on the back nine and a surging Dustin Johnson finally

made for some serious drama in Long Island. When the lead was whittled down

to one after Johnson made birdie on the brutish fifteenth, the NY crowd began

to chant, "DJ, DJ!".


Koepka heard the noise, and knew things were tightening up. "Today was definitely

the most satisfying out of all of them for how stressful that round was - how stressful

D.J made that," Koepka said. "I know for a fact that was the most excited I've ever

been in my life there on 18."


After back to back bogeys on 16 and 17 for Johnson, the door was open for Koepka

to finish it off holding a two stroke cushion. A pulled drive on the 18th created a

bit of drama, but when Koepka chose to punch out and wedge onto the green from

68 yards, he needed only two putts from 6 feet for the victory. When he rolled in

the par for a two stroke victory, he had a rare showing of emotion - throwing a

punch into the air and letting out a triumphant rebel yell. His final round 74 showed

just how tough the Black Course at Bethpage can be, but more importantly that he

can take a punch and survive. Koepka finished at 8 under par (272 total) after rounds

of 63-65-68-74 (Dustin Johnson finished solo 2nd at -6).


In the end, it was a an impressive wire to wire dominant performance (despite the

trials and tribulations of the last half dozen holes), that clearly sets Koepka a notch

above the rest in major championships as we move towards the U.S Open at Pebble.

With back to back wins at both the U.S Open and PGA Championship, Koepka is in

the rarefied air of becoming the only player to ever hold both titles at the same time

in consecutive years. His four major championships in the last 23 months equals the

career totals of Rory McIlroy and Raymond Floyd.


Brooks Koepka has regained the OWGR No.1 player in the world and earned $1.98

million for winning the PGA Championship.















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