Chris Kirk Wins at TPC Boston PDF Print E-mail


Chris Kirk came out on top of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston



Norton, Mass. - The final two rounds of the Deutsche Bank at TPC Boston, were

setting up perfectly for Rory McIlroy. After a third round 64, the Ulsterman was just

2 shots off the lead heading into Monday's Labor Day finish. Matched with McIlroy for

the final two rounds, it was American Chris Kirk who stared down the young Irishman

and bested him with a bogey free final 36 holes (64-66) - to finish at 15 under par

for a two stroke victory over Billy Horschel, Geoff Ogilvy and Russell Henley. McIlroy

didn't bring his "A" game on Monday, often stumbling with only glimpses of brilliance

on his way to shooting 70, settling for a tie for 5th at -11.


Clearly having had the experience of competing with the 25 year old World #1

was eye opening for Kirk, he realized what it takes to be at an elite level “Being

in the group with McIlroy and watching him play so great (Sunday), and just the

huge crowds that go along with that, it's really just kind of heightens your focus

a little bit,” Kirk said. “That's something that I do struggle with every now and

then, really getting myself into it and getting focused, playing how many

tournaments we play every year, every single shot, it's hard to get to that

extreme level of focus where you don't even see anything around you or hear



Although Kirk now finds himself atop the Fedex Cup Playoff Standings, and has

earned his spot in the season ending Tour Championship by Coca Cola in Atlanta

(Kirk's hometown), perhaps the bigger question to be answered on Tuesday morning,

is whether USA Captain Tom Watson saw enough from Chris Kirk to put him on the

Ryder Cup Team.

Kirk was jubilant afterward, and barely allowed himself a thought beyond the victory,

but offered up this: “I would absolutely love to do it,” he said. “But I'm not going to

really base how happy I am with how I'm playing, or how my year has gone,

on whether I make the team or not.”

If Kirk was the biggest winner this week, Geoff Ogilvy was a close second. Ogilvy

came into the week 100th in Fedex Cup points (only the top 70 advance), his tie for

2nd earned him 611 points - moving him up 76 spots to 24th heading into the BMW

this week at Cherry Hills.











Mahan Wins Barclays at Ridgewood PDF Print E-mail

Hunter Mahan, wife Kandi and daughter Zoe celebrate at Ridgewood Country Club

Paramus, New Jersey - As if Captain Tom Watson's job isn't tough enough already, picking his

three selections for the Ryder Cup just got tougher - enter Hunter Mahan's name into the mix.

Looking for closers, Capt. Watson had to notice Mahan's five birdies on the back nine and a run

of four in a five hole stretch from holes 13 thru 17. The birdie spree provided a cushion as Mahan

bogeyed the last to finish with a final round 65 (-14 total) to win the Barclays at Ridgewood (two

strokes ahead of Cameron Tringale, Jason Day, and Stuart Appleby).

The victory propels Mahan ahead 61 spots, where he now sits atop the Fedex Cup standings heading

into TPC Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship. The win was Mahan's sixth of his career and

his first since 2012.

"It feels good to get a W, Mahan said. It's been a couple of years, and it feels good the way I did it

with a great round on Sunday."

Stats from Sunday's final round at Ridgewood:

- Els, Langley, Kuchar, Na, and Hoffman all shot bogey free rounds.

- Along with Mahan, Appleby and Reed also shot 65 for the lowest final round score

- Rickie Fowler led the field in driving accuracy hitting 13 of 14 fairways (92.86%)

- Kuchar, Mahan, Tringale, Senden and Van Pelt led the field hitting 15 of 18 greens

- Els, Hoffman, Kuchar, Langley, Matsuyama, Na, Schwartzel, and Spieth were 100% scrambling






Camilo Takes Wyndham, Park Defends Wegmans LPGA PDF Print E-mail



Camilo Villegas is back in the winners circle again

Greensboro, North Carolina - Camilo Villegas last won in 2010, where his

world ranking rose to 12th, starting this years Wyndham Championship,

he had fallen to the 254th ranked player in the world of Professional Golf.


Villegas left his clubs home last week in Jupiter, Florida and visited his

parents in Columbia. While away he did what he often does at home, he

logged 400 miles on his bicycle, and returned with a renewed attitude.

The Columbian blitzed the front nine Sunday at the Donald Ross' Sedgefield

Country Club-shooting 29 with 3 birdies and an eagle. After turning in his

second 63 of the week - reaching 17 under par-Villegas watched in the

scorers trailer for nearly an hour as Bill Haas, Frederick Jacobson and Nick

Watney all failed to match the posted score. After over 3 years of frustration

and hard work, Villegas once again is a Champion . . . he was both relieved

and reflective afterward.

"You got to stay strong and keep working," Villegas said philosophically

as he sat beside the big silver cup named the Sam Snead Trophy in

tribute to the Wyndham Championship's eight-time winner. I've always

done that. I've always been a hard worker and always kind of believed

in myself, sometimes more than others...just happy to be right here next

to this trophy." The win bolts Villegas up 68 spots to 37th in the Fedex Cup

standings. The Fedex Cup Playoffs begin this week in New Jersey for the

Barclay's Championship at Ridgewood CC.








Lincicome Stumbles, Park Defends LPGA Championship


Inbee Park celebrated her 5th major win on Sunday at the LPGA Championship




Rochester, New York - Inbee Park shot a final round 70 on her way to defending

her title at the Wegman's LPGA Championship, but this tournament belonged to

Brittany Lincicome - all the way until her par putt on the 72nd hole slid by. What

seemed like a fairly routine up & down from the fringe, turned into a nightmare for

the 61st ranked player in the world. Lincicome misjudged the first putt leaving it

some 7 feet short, when she failed to convert the par (finishing -11 after a final

round 71), it was off to a sudden death playoff (once again playing the 18th hole).


In the playoff, Park's approach from the fairway rolled just through the green into

the rough some 20 feet away. Lincicome hit her 7 iron approach once again to the

left of the green, this time chipping from 25 feet away. She hit a mediocre chip 7

feet past the hole. Park then chipped out of the rough to tap in range. Lincicome

once again missed her par putt, leaving Park to tap in and celebrate defending

her 2013 title. The victory was Park's 5th major of her career.


If it wasn't for some late heroics with the flatstick, Park would never have had

the chance. She drained a 12 foot birdie on the 17th to make it interesting, and

then saved par with an 18 foot clutch roll on the last, it appeared at the time

to be one stroke too many. As it turned out, that par on the 72nd hole was really

the shot of the tournament. "I've been waiting to win again and I've been so close

the past few weeks, but I just didn't get it done," said Park. "Today I got it done.

It definitely is a big honor to actually put my name on the trophy twice, and

obviously to defend my title, but I feel very exhausted."














Rory Prevails - Out Duels Mickelson, Fowler PDF Print E-mail



Rory McIlroy celebrates his second straight major victory

Louisville, Kentucky - As if you didn't already know, we are now officially in the Rory era.

In the most thrilling major of 2015, Rory out dueled Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson

on the back nine at Valhalla to win back to back majors - and his 3rd PGA Tour victory in a row.

After giving up his 3 shot lead to start the round, the Ulsterman's eagle at the par 5 tenth jump

started his round.

McIlroy's back nine 32 also included a birdie at the par 4 -13th, but it was four holes later where it

may have been won . . .  after driving it into the fairway bunker at the 17th, his approach to 7 feet

set up the putt that proved to be the margin of difference. With daylight down to nearly zero, a

bizarre sequence of events had the final groups scrambling to finish as the sun hit below the horizon.

Rory somehow managed to two putt the last to shoot 68 (-16) and edge out Mickelson by a stroke

(but not before Mickelson nearly holed his eagle chip to force a playoff). Mickelson's final round 66

(-15) produced another runner up, the ninth of his career. Ricky Fowler led early, but struggles on

the back nine ended his hopes finishing with a 68 (tied for 3rd with Henrik Stenson at -14).

The win now puts McIlroy at 4 major victories, trailing only Seve at 5, and Nick Faldo at 6 for

European major victories all-time."I didn't think in my wildest dreams I'd have a summer like

this" said McIlroy. "I played the best golf of my life. I really gutted it out today."

For a golf course that took criticism all week for not being a great design, it sure has provided

amazing drama, and certainly the two best players of their eras.













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