Matsuyama Wins Memorial PDF Print E-mail


Hideki Matsuyama celebrates his victory with Jack Nicklaus

Dublin, Ohio - Bubba Watson had control, then it looked like Adam Scott might

win his second in a row . . . then Hideki Matsuyama had it, and by the time the final

group reached the 18th hole Sunday, it looked like Kevin Na (who shot 64 and

finished two hours earlier) might have the title dropped in his lap.

At the end of regulation play, it came down to Matsuyama needing a 5 footer to

force a playoff with Kevin Na (who finished at -13). The 22 year old Japanese

sensation poured the birdie straight in - shooting 69 . . . the sudden death playoff

began on the 18th hole.

Matsuyama blocked his tee shot into the right fairway bunker, while Na pulled his into

the creek that runs along the left side of the finisher at Muirfield Village. After taking

his drop, Na hit his fairway metal into the rough just right of the green. Matsuyama

over hooked his 5 iron from the fairway bunker into the gallery sitting left of the


Na hit his pitch to 8 feet above the hole, Matsuyama pitched his shot over the

greenside bunker to 9 feet. The 22 year old sensation stepped up and drained the

par save to win the Memorial Presented by Nationwide Insurance - and get his first

PGA Tour victory.

"I'm really really happy," Matsuyama said afterward. "It's a dream come true to win

at Mr.Nicklaus' course." Matsuyama moved up to 14th in the Fedex Cup standings.

World #1 Adam Scott bogeyed 14, 15 & 16 to shoot 71 and finish tied for fourth.




McIlroy Wins BMW, Adam Scott at Colonial, & Monty Gets Senior PGA PDF Print E-mail


McIlroy overcame personal distractions to emerge victorious at the BMW PGA Championship



Surrey, England - Rory McIlroy coming off of a very public break up with Carolyn Wozniacki,

shrugged off the whirlwind of drama and came back from a seven shot defecit to win the BMW

Championship - Europe's flagship PGA event.


The 25 year old Irishman fired a final round 66 at Wentworth, to finish at 14 under par and one

shot victory over fellow countryman Shane Lowry. Third round leader Thomas Bjorn and Luke

Donald finished third at -12.


"I guess when I got inside the ropes this week, it was a little bit of a release, and I was on my

own and doing what I do best, which is playing golf, and that sort of gave me four or five hours

of serenity or sanctuary or whatever you want to call it," McIlroy said. "I was just focusing on the

job at hand which was to play golf and get the ball in the hole in the lowest number of shots

possible ... It's obviously been a week of very mixed emotions, but I'm sitting here looking at this

trophy going, `How the hell, how did it happen this week?' But it did."










Adam Scott validated his rise to #1 this week at Colonial



Fort Worth, Texas - It was Adam Scott's first week as the No.1 ranked player in the world. After

making the cut on the number at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, the Aussie rallied with a pair of

66's, and left Fort Worth wearing the plaid jacket as the Champion.


Both Jason Dufner and Adam Scott started the final rd in a seven way tie for 11th at 5 under par.

Dufner holed a 25 ft birdie on the 18th in regulation to shoot 66 and reach 9 under par, and when

Adam Scott failed to birdie the last, they went to a playoff. On the third playoff hole, Scott drained

a 7 ft birdie for his 11th PGA Tour victory and with it - validation.


"Maybe added a little pressure for myself, trying to play like a No. 1. But I think the important thing

was I realized that didn't mean playing perfect, and I certainly didn't play perfect all week," Scott said.

"But the way you come back and get it done, and I felt like I certainly played like one of the best players

in the world out there on the back nine."


"It's so satisfying in so many ways to get it done," Scott said. "It's a good feeling, and maybe

some validation."








Colin Montgomerie celebrates after winning the Senior PGA Championship



Benton Harbor, Michigan - Colin Montgomerie had a career 0-fer in Major Champpionships

and had never won on U.S soil . . . both big missing pieces in a Hall of Fame career. No more,

Monty closed the deal at Benton Shores, shooting a final round 6 under 65 for -13 (261).


I feel fantastic, really superb. There's a motto: If you fail and fail, you come back and try it again.

I've had a couple of failures here in America and close calls, especially in major championships,

and it's great to finally win - never mind a Champions Tour event, but a Senior PGA Championship."


Montgomerie won by four shots over Tom Watson (-9) and by five over Bernhard Langer and Jay

Haas who finished tied for 3rd. The victory earned the Scot a lifetime exemption into the Senior

PGA Championship, and 2014 exemptions into the PGA Championship, Senior British Open and

U.S Senior Open.








Todd Takes HPBNC, Perry Wins Tradition, Jimenez Gets Open De Espana PDF Print E-mail



Brendon Todd celebrates his 1st PGA Tour victory at the HP - Byron Nelson Classic



Irving, Texas - Brendon Todd led the field all week in scrambling, and Sunday he proved it again.

During his final round 66 on Sunday, he holed out a bunker shot and chipped left handed with a

4 iron to save par on another . . . even Todd himself was impressed: "I have a great shortgame,

and even I'll say it was special this week." Todd finished at -14 for a one shot win over Canadian

Mike Weir (who shot 67 on Sunday).

After success on every other level, Brendon Todd finally saw his dream come to fruition: "I drew on

those experiences and none of them were as nerve-wracking as this one," Todd said. "I couldn't

explain how I felt on the back nine today."

The crowded leaderboard didn't produce a clear cut front runner, veteran Mike Weir looking for his

first victory since the 2007 (at Grayhawk in Scottsdale) was able to challenge early on,

making four birdies in his first five holes, but a few bogeys mid round were the difference. "I was

definitely determined to win today," Weir said, "but I feel goood about the way I handled things out

there and the way I played. Gave myself a couple of good looks coming in and just wasn't meant to

be . . . but I'm happy with today."

Charles Howell III and Mark Leishman finished tied for 3rd at -10.






Kenny Perry wins the Regions Tradition - his third major championship on the Champions Tour



Birmingham, Alabama - Kenny Perry's steady play Sunday was enough, his even par 72 held off a field that

wasn't doing much to challenge his lead at Shoal Creek, finishing at 7 under par (281).

"I was leaderboard watching and nobody was really running, so I knew par was a good score," Perry said. I

was just trying to stay away from the bogeys. I bogeyed the first hole right out of the gate and then birdied

the third to get it back, and then just kinda hung in there. I plodded along, hit lots of fairways, lots of greens

and just stayed patient. It told me I could hit the shots under pressure, and great shots," he said. "I killed a

drive on 18 and hit prettiest 9-iron. It came in on the flag and spun to the left when you needed to do it. A lot

of times you think, All I've got to do is make par to win the tournament and you'll make a five quicker than you

can blink an eye.


Mark Calcavecchia who shot 70 Sunday finished a shot back at -6. Tom Lehman, Jay Haas and Olin Browne

were another shot back at -5.








Miguel Angel Jimenez celebrates his long awaited win at the Open De Espana.



Girona, Spain - In his 27th attempt, Miguel Angel Jimenez outlasted Richard Green and Thomas

Pieters in a playoff to win the Open De Espana at PGA Catalunya Resort. The leaders all struggled

coming in. Richard Green seemed to be in control until a triple bogey seven on the 14th, but he

held it together coming in to finish at -4 and had wait to see what Jimenez and Pieters would do

on the home stretch.


Jimenez shot a Sunday 73, and Thomas Pieters who led after 54 holes faltered early, and shot 75

. . . but an eagle late in the round put him back in contention. In the playoff, Pieters missed the green

short and failed to get up and down when his par putt lipped around the hole. Richard Green went long

on his aproach and also failed to convert his par. Jimenez nearly holed his chip from just off the back of

the green, and tapped in to extend his streak as the oldest winner in European Tour History at 50 years


"There's no words to describe what it means to me, you nn The European Tour and 27 times I played

the Spanish Open. I have been close a couple of times. Toeed to be into my skin but I'm not going to

let you!" Jiménez said. "It's amazing. It's my 21st victory oday it was very tough out there but I got it in

the end. "All the victories are special, all are unique, some of them give you more money, some less, but

all of them are important. You play to win and when you make it you have to appreciate it.

"I don't know if I felt nerves, but you do feel tension, you feel the pressure. For instance on hole 17,

when I saw his approach roll down the slope, those things cut my mind and take away the freedom from

my hands. I don't know if that counts as nerves, but as tension, yes." Asked the secret of his secret,

Jiménez said: "There is no secret. Good food, good wine, good cigars and some exercise!"







Kaymer Goes Wire to Wire at The Players PDF Print E-mail


Martin Kaymer celebrates his victory outside the Clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass

Ponte Vedra, Florida - The 61st ranked player in the world showed what a lot of hard

work and some divine inspiration can do. After 3 years of working hard to rebuild the

move that had Martin Kaymer atop the Golf universe in 2011, the 29 year old German

showed that he is fully back. Kaymer came into the week talking about finally being

back in form and feeling the confidence he had in late 2010 and 2011 - when he won

the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and ascended to the top of the Official World

Golf rankings.

After 54 holes, all of the talk was about 20 year old American Jordan Spieth . . . and

perhaps rightly so. The kid was bogey free through 3 rounds on a layout where that just

doesn't happen. Kaymer and the headline grabbing Texan were knotted after 3 rounds,

and yet it seemed as if most of the scribes had already etched Spieth's name on the

crystal . . . not so fast.

Kaymer was cruising like a fine euro sedan on the autobahn thru 14 holes Sunday,

leading by 3 with just 4 holes remaining. Spieth was struggling, it seemed everything that

went his way the first three days, was the opposite on day four. It was Jim Furyk who

was busy lighting up the course on this day, needing only to tap in on the last to post

-12. That's when the horns sounded for a weather delay. After nearly 90 minutes, play

resumed, and Kaymer made a mess of the par 4 fifteenth - making double bogey. The

lead was down to one. After two good shots on the par 5 - sixteenth, Kaymer elected to

putt from well off the green, failing to get up & down for birdie. Standing on the famed 17th

tee with a one shot lead, his tee shot just carried the pot bunker, took a nasty bounce

left and nearly spun back into the water - both an unlucky and lucky break all at the same

time. His chip came up woefully short, and now he faced the toughest putt all week . . .

a downhill sidewinder that broke close to 12 feet left to right. As the ball dove into the cup

for his par, Kaymer pumped his fist in jubilation.

On the eighteenth, Kaymer needed another up & down after his approach came up short.

Once again he choose to putt, but this seemed like a better choice (from just off the

green). It proved to be the right play, the "Texas Wedge" left him just 3 ft to complete his

3 yr comeback. Just as the sun decided it had shined enough on this Mother's Day, Kaymer

holed the finisher. Rina, Kaymer's mom had passed away from skin cancer 6 years ago, Martin

not yet 23 at the time, carries thoughts of Rina everywhere he goes . . . in fact, Rina's favorite

flower - the Sunflower adorns the front panel on Martin Kaymer's bag in tribute to her.


“To win on Mother's Day ... we show our parents way too little,” Kaymer said. “We

always need some occasions to show them, which is what you realize when they're

not there anymore. So to win on those days, it adds a little bit of a nice thing to the

whole week. I think about her every day. I don't need a Mother's Day.”

In regards to his golf, the German was pleased with the result, “A lot of satisfaction,”

said Kaymer, who ended the week at 13-under 275 after his final round 71. “(My caddie

and I) worked so hard and we went through up-and-downs the last two years. It's very

tough because as an athlete you always want it now, but in golf you just cannot force it.”

Jim Furyk finished 2nd after firing the low round of the day - 66 (12 under par), Sergio

Garcia was 3rd at -11 after a final round 70. Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth for 4th (-10).










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