Lewis Wins At St.Andrews, Tiger Rules At Firestone Again PDF Print E-mail


Stacy Lewis picked up her second career major at St.Andrews Sunday



Fife, Scotland - Stacy Lewis finished off the Old Course Sunday with two straight birdies to win

the Ricoh Women's British Open at the Old Course at St.Andrews. A magnificent birdie on the

Road Hole 17th (which is perhaps the toughest hole in Major Championship Golf), was the

highlight and the difference maker. Lewis nailed a 5 iron to 3 feet on the hole that is so famous

for wreaking havoc on the games' best . . . the birdie gave Lewis the lead for good, but her 25 ft

putt on the 18th gave her a score of 280 (-8) for a two stroke victory (Lewis shot even par 72

on Sunday).


Lewis was beaming when asked about the shot on the 17th, "It's one of those shots you see in

your head, but you don't ever really pull it off, and just off the clubface it was perfect."

The Championship started with a buzz surrounding Inbee Park's quest for her fourth major

championship in a row. Park, the World #1, struggled on the weekend, finishing fourteen shots

back at +6.

Hee Young Park and Na Yeon Choi finished tied for second at -6. Morgan Pressel and Suzann

Petersen finished tied for 4th at -5.

Final Scores:



Tiger Woods nabbed win #5 in 2013 at Firestone Country Club on Sunday



Akron, Ohio - Tiger Woods coasted to his 18th World Golf Championship victory Sunday, his

8th at Firestone, a course he has dominated over the past 15 years. The world #1 shot an

even par 70 Sunday to win by seven strokes over Keegan Bradley and Henrik Stenson for his

79th career victory, riding momentum into the PGA Championship at Oak Hill next week.

Woods will be searching for his first major since his U.S Open victory at Torrey Pines in 2008,

but his victory at Firestone in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational leaves him only 3 victories shy

of Sam Snead's career record of 82 wins.


Although it was the usual fare for Woods in Akron this week, it marked the first time that his

son Charlie was on site for one of his victories, and you could sense that it was special for

a man who rarely talks about his private life. Afterward, he elaborated: "That was pretty cool,

this week was nice. I was able to get the lead and I held it, and it was awfully special for me to

have him here to witness it because he understands it now. He understands when I make birdie,

when I make par, and he understands the difference."


If form holds true next week at Oak Hill, Woods might be able to show Charlie what it's like to win

a major, something he hasn't accomplished in young Charlie's lifetime.


Final Scores:








Snedeker Takes RBC Canadian, Wiebe Outlasts Langer PDF Print E-mail


Oakville, Ontario, Canada - Brandt Snedeker's win Sunday at Glen Abbey was his second of

the 2013 season. Hunter Mahan who led the event through 36 holes, had rushed home to

Dallas, to be by the side of his wife Kandi, who had gone into labor with their first child (Zoe

Olivia Mahan was born 5 lbs 11 oz shortly after Hunter had returned home early Sunday

morning). Afterward, Sneds gave a nod to his fellow competitor Hunter Mahan via Twitter :

"And a special thanks to @HunterMahan for being a great dad. Huge baby gift coming for Zoe!"

Snedeker's Sunday 70 (-16 total) held off challenges by Matt Kuchar, Willian McGirt, Jason

Bohn  and Dustin Johnson - all of which finished tied for second (3 strokes back  at -13).

After tying for the lead on the 16th Sunday, Dustin Johnson blocked his drive into the TV

compound - out of bounds, he went on to make a triple bogey 7 and fall out of contention.

David Lingmerth who started the day a shot back, shot 75 Sunday to finish at -10. Canadian

favorite Mike Weir tied for 49th after a final round 72.


Mark Wiebe is the Champion of the 2013 Senior Open Championship

Southport, Merseyside, England - Sunday afternoon at the Senior Open Championship at Royal

Birkdale, it looked as if Bernhard Langer would prevail once again on the Senior circuit. Ahead

by two on the final hole, Langer committed a fatal error - finding a deep pot bunker that led to

double bogey, leaving him tied with journeyman Mark Wiebe at 9 under par.

After two playoff holes, the pair ran out of daylight. The playoff resumed on Monday morning,

and on the third playoff hole, Wiebe hit a great links shot from the rough to 30 feet. Langer

was short of the green after his second shot and chipped up leaving 15 feet remaining for his

par. Wiebe's birdie attempt rolled up to tap in range, forcing Langer to make his par to stay alive.

Langer missed, and Wiebe had won the biggest event of his life.

Wiebe was ecstatic: "I'm speechless, shocked too. I just planned on Bernie making that putt

on the fifth extra hole and I actually was wondering already what hole we were going to now.

Do we go back to 18 or do I start on a new hole?"

The Monday finish was the first in the events 27 year history.











Phil Up The Jug, It's Heading Home To San Diego PDF Print E-mail


Written by Jason Bruno

The team of Jim "Bones" MacKay and Phil Mickelson celebrate their fifth major together at Muirfield.



Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland - After being gutted emotionally a month earlier after his sixth runner

up finish at the U.S Open (Merion), Phil Mickelson recharged his emotional and physical batteries and

won back to back on two Scottish links golf courses-first at the Open tune up at Castle Stuart, then

at the headliner - The Open Championship at Muirfield.


Starting the final round five strokes behind Sunday, Mickelson played a masterful round, especially

on the back nine - making birdie on 4 of the last 6 holes. 54 hole leader and local favorite, Lee

Westwood struggled (shooting 75), but Mickelson's 66 was superb (in fact it tied for the best round

of the championship), especially on a day when the wind continued to blow. After a bogey on the par

4 tenth, Mickelson birdied the tough par 3 13th, the 14th, and with a massively pured 3 wood from 303

yards, he reached the mighty par 5-17th. After two putting for birdie, it seemed likely the jug was his . . .

provided he par the 18th. He did one better, curling in his 12 footer on the last for birdie to reach -3,

and just like that, it was Game Over.


"Phil the Thrill" is the best watch in Golf, he either grabs these events by the throat or crashes & burns.

The media was so sure it was over after his final putt, that ESPN had Tom Rinaldi interviewing and

congratulating Phil on his win while there were still over half a dozen players still left on the course, a

few of which weren't mathematically eliminated yet. For sure it was just a formality, nobody was sniffing

3 under par, but a risky call for a live network event.


Masters Champion Adam Scott and Ian Poulter each rallied early on to challenge Westwood, but Poulter's

charge finished at 1 over par (67). Adam Scott faltered after taking the lead at -2 early on the back nine,

finishing T3 at +1 (72). World #1 Tiger Woods started the day only two strokes back, but couldn't muster

up much of a challenge, struggling on the greens (finishing at +2 after a final round 74). Woods continues

to struggle on the weekends of majors, now winless in 17 straight majors since 2008 at Torrey Pines.


Swede Henrik Stenson continued his solid play of late, finishing solo 2nd (even par) for the championship

after his final round 70.


Mickelson was understandably elated after his amazing performance, "It's probably the greatest and most

difficult win of my career. It is great to be part of any Open Championship and to win at Muirfield feels


Today was a win for the game of Golf: a historic performance on one of world's great venues, in the

games oldest championship. No doubt, the Claret Jug is the games best trophy . . . and it now resides

in San Diego.











Phil Thrills In Scotland, Kenny Perry Wins Senior Open, Spieth Gets his 1st PDF Print E-mail


Phil and family celebrate with the Greens Staff at Castle Stuart after his maiden victory on Scottish soil



Inverness, Scotland - Phil Mickelson trailed 54 hole leader Henrik Stenson entering the final round of

the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart by two strokes. On Sunday, he started poorly - double bogey at

the 1st, and a bogey on the third, it appeared that Stenson was in complete control. JB Hansen who

started the day tied for second with Mickelson, had imploded early on - making a quadruple bogey 9

on the par 5 second. What happened after that debacle was nothing short of amazing. Hansen made

5 straight birdies and 7 in 8 holes to take over sole possesion of the lead, it's a crazy game for sure.

Branden Grace was in the clubhouse after a final round 69, posting -17 and waiting to see the leaders

finish. The lead shifted between Hansen and Stenson for most of the day, until Mickelson's birdie on the

14th gave him sole posession of the lead. After pars on the next three holes (including a houdini like

save on the 17th) it seemed as if Mickelson was a lock to get his first win in Scotland. Not so fast, this

is Phil the Thrill we're talking about. After conservatively hitting his third just off the green on the 18th,

two putts were all that was needed, but after running his downhill first putt 6 feet by, he missed the

comebacker for the win, and a chance to close out the championship in regulation . . . the sudden death

playoff between Branden Grace and Phil Mickelson started on the 18th.

On the first playoff hole, both players striped their tee shots down the middle. Grace layed up into the

right rough and Mickelson hit 3 wood just short right of the green into a swale some 8-10 feet below the

level of the the putting surface. Grace hit his third into the middle of the green about 30 feet away.

Mickelson then pulled off the shot of the championship, a blind pitch off dried out hardpan that carried

almost all the way to the hole, took one hop and spun back to a foot. He tapped in and watched as

Grace attempted the tie. Grace's putt missed wide, and Phil had his victory at the homeland of Golf.

"I have been coming here for some time and had some opportunities and I almost let it slip away today.

To come out on top was terrific. I was so mad at myself for mentally losing my focus that I came out on

that 18th pretty focused to make a four."









Omaha, Nebraska - Just two weeks after capturing his first major, Kenny Perry lapped the field

shooting 64-63 on the weekend to finish at -13 and win the the U.S Senior Open at Omaha

Country Club.

Perry came from 10 strokes back after shooting a second round 73 on Friday, and after his third

round 64 he trailed 54 hole leader Michael Allen by only two strokes. Perry's final round 63 was

good enough for a five stroke victory over Fred Funk (-8). Perry combined superb ball striking with

a hot putter early on - that left little doubt of the outcome by the back nine on Sunday.

Corey Pavin and Rocco Mediate finished 3rd at -7. Michael Allen battling a pinched nerve in his

neck, shot his second consecutive 72 to finish 5th.

Final scores:






Silvis, Illinois - 19 year old Jordan Spieth outlasted defending champion Zach Johnson, and David

Hearn in a playoff to get his 1st win on the PGA Tour. Spieth needed last second heroics just to

reach the playoff, holing out from the greenside bunker on the 72nd hole for birdie and a final

round 65 to finish in a 3 way tie at -19.

After chances by Johnson on the second playoff hole (11 feet) and Hearn on the fourth playoff

hole (4 feet 10 inches), it came down to the fifth playoff hole with Hearn and Johnson managing

no better than bogey, Spieth needed only to get up and down from just over the green to secure

the win. He did just that, converting the par save with a tap in, becoming the first teenager to

win on tour since 1931.

Spieth was still dazed after the playoff, "It hasn't sunk in yet, it probably won't until I wake up on the

plane later".

Spieth is now 11th in the Fedex Cup standings, and is officially a tour member, he will play in the

Open Championship this week and next years Masters.

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