Dufner Takes The PGA Championship PDF Print E-mail


Jason Dufner hoisting the Wannamaker trophy



Rochester, New York - At this years final major, the 95th edition of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill,

36 year old Jason Dufner outplayed the field to win his first Major Championship. Dufner's steady diet

of fairways and greens was exactly what Oak Hill required. The usually stoic Cleveland native saved his

emotion for the end, smiling and raising his arms, "I'm happy to get the job done, it's a big step in my


After shooting a course record 63 on Friday, he was steady in Saturday's third round - shooting 71

and trailed only Jim Furyk heading into Sunday's final round. Dufner's Sunday round of 68 was the

lowest final round score of any champion at the six majors held at Oak Hill. Dufner had birdies at the

fourth, fifth, eighth and sixteenth to finish at -10. The former Auburn Tiger was so solid, his consistent

ball striking drained any real drama from the final major of the year. Bogeys at 17 and 18 Sunday were

of no consequence - winning by two over Furyk (-8).

Dufner reflected on his pre-round thought process, "I was determined to be confident today, to not

beat myself. I was anxious over the 3 footer I had on the first hole today, after that, I was pretty


In a nice show of friendship, Keegan Bradley (who beat Dufner in a playoff at the 2011 PGA at Atlanta

Athletic Club) returned to the course to congratulate and celebrate with Dufner.

Henrik Stenson (-7) & Adam Scott (-5) continued their excellent play, finishing third and fifth respectively.

Final Scores:





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.











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