Si Woo Kim Dominates at Wyndham PDF Print E-mail



Si Woo Kim hoists the hardware at Sedgefield after his win at the Wyndham Championship

Greensboro, North Carolina - 21 year old Korean Si Woo Kim took control of the Wyndham

Championship emphatically during Friday's round 2 with his blistering round of 60. In round

3 on Saturday he followed that up with another impressive day at Donald Ross' Sedgefield

Country Club - shooting 64. Leading by four entering Sunday, Si Woo Kim cruised home

with a birdie on the 72nd hole to shoot a final round 67 and 21 under par total (to equal

the tournament record) and beat Luke Donald by five strokes for his first victory on the PGA



"It's never easy to lead from the front but he seems to cope with it very well," said Donald

who also shot a final round 67.


Kim led the field in strokes gained off-the-tee, tee to green and total ball striking. It was

so impressive that he only needed a decent week putting to grab the title (34th in strokes

gained putting).


"I feel confidence, so I don't have any fear to attacking the pin," said Kim who is now

exempt for two years on the PGA Tour. The win moves Kim from 43rd to 15th in the Fedex

Cup points standings, virtually assuring him of a spot at the Tour Championship at East Lake

in late September.


Brandt Snedeker (67) and Hideki Matsuyama (67) finished tied for third at 15 under par.















Justin Rose Wins Gold in Rio, Kuchar Medals with 63 PDF Print E-mail


Henrik Stenson (Silver), Justin Rose (Gold) and Matt Kuchar (Bronze) celebrate on the podium Sunday



Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - For an event that suffered from a PR standpoint before it

even started (Zika concerns, rumors of poor security, and a muddled PGA fall

schedule that contributed to many of the game's top ranked players withdrawing

from the Olympic Golf competition), but by the end of Sunday, all agreed that

the first Olympic Golf event since 1904 was a huge success.

The final round on the Gil Hanse Olympic course was under perfect conditions - 80

degrees with a slight ocean breeze and a perfect "Aussie Sand Belt" like playing field

that consisted of Zoysia fairways and Paspalum greens. An epic battle for the first

Olympic Gold medal in 112 years consisted of two of Golf's titans - England's Justin

Rose versus the hottest player on the planet: Henrik Stenson. The best two players

in the field atop the leaderboard produced an instant classic that came all the way

down to final hole with the score knotted up at 15 under par.


After both drives on the last were pushed into the right edge of the fairway, each player

hit lay up shots into wedge distance. The gold medal literally came down to a 50 yard

pitch for Stenson and a 38 yarder for Rose. Drama at it's finest, exactly what the

International Golf Federation was hoping for when they brought golf back into the

summer games. Stenson was first up. He flew his approach about 6 yards short of the

hole and watched as it spun back another 10 to 12 feet - leaving a lengthy attempt at

birdie. Rose, realizing the door was open, hit a flawless shot that took one bounce and

skidded to a halt 20 inches from the cup. The 40 year old Swede made a bold attempt

to send the match (technically it was stroke play, but only on paper - this round was a 2

man battle all day) to a sudden death playoff for the Gold medal, but ran his attempt 6

feet by. After he missed his par attempt, the result was a formality. Justin Rose tapped

in his birdie and exalted in triumph as the first Olympic Golf Champion since Canadian

George Lyon in 1904 at the Summer Games in St.Louis.


Rose showed raw emotion after holing out at the last.




The story early on Sunday was the play of American Matt Kuchar who shot 63 to reach

13 under par and gain his place on the podium as the Bronze medalist. Kuchar was

ecstatic after his performance: "I've never been so excited to finish top 3 in my life,

I feel an enormous sense of pride right now."


















Knox Wins Travelers, Furyk Makes History with 58 PDF Print E-mail



Russell Knox celebrates after notching his 2nd win of the season at the Travelers Championship

Cromwell, Connecticut - It's not often when the champion's performance isn't the headline after

the last putt drops, and for Russell Knox that meant his second win of the season after his final

round 68 - finishing at 14 under par (a stroke better than Jerry Kelly). Only Jason Day, Adam Scott,

Dustin johnson and Jordan Spieth had previously won atleast twice this season.


The big story on Sunday took place early in the day, as Jim Furyk's chase towards history unfolded

before any of leaders teed off. After an incredible front nine 27, Furyk stood in the middle of the

fairway on the home hole needing a birdie on the last for a final round 57. (He was 12 under par for

the day at TPC River Highlands after 10 birdies and an eagle). Furyk's approach onto the green left

him a lengthy attempt at 57. He gave the birdie effort a serious run, and tapped in for 58 . . . the

lowest round in the history of the PGA Tour.


Furyk who struggled to a 72 on Saturday, went to range after the third round and took a rare video

of his swing. He noticed some bad habits that creeped in from the week at long and wet Baltusrol.

His swing had become to long leading to some wayward tee shots, after shortening it up and sending

the video for approval to his only swing coach - his Dad Mike (who approved of the shorter more in

sync move), Furyk then went out Sunday and made history.


After shooting 59 three years ago at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Chicago, Furyk had

accumulated tons of photos commemorating the historical achievment. "I've got like 300 pictures at

home with a 59 on them," Furyk said laughing. "Gotta throw all that crap away."




Jim Furyk shows off the historical scorecard. He finished at -11 in a tie for fifth.



For Knox, the win gives him a serious chance of being picked for Darren Clarke's Ryder Cup squad at

Hazeltine. "I thought about it on the last tee box to be honest," Knox said. "I knew by winning this

tournament, it's put Darren Clarke in a very difficult position not to pick me. I think - but I mean,

it's his decision. If I don't make the team, I can't think I'm worthy of a pick. It's his decision . . .

but like I said, I hope I'm on the team. I would love to be there. It would be a huge honor. Maybe -

holing nice putts like that obviously helps."


49 year old Jerry Kelly shot a final round 64 to finish solo second at 13 under par. Justin Thomas'

62 on Sunday went largely un-noticed for obvious reasons, but it jumped him into a tie for third

with fellow Bear's Club member Patrick Rodgers at -12.


54 hole leader Daniel Berger struggled with a final round 74 to finish in a four way tie for fifth

at 11 under par.
















Walker Outlasts Day - Wins PGA at Baltusrol PDF Print E-mail


Jimmy Walker hoists the Wannamaker after winning the 98th PGA Championship

Springfield, N.J - In a masterful performance, Jimmy Walker went wire to wire to secure

his 1st ever major championship, but not before needing to holding off World No.1 Jason Day.

Walker's 266 total (14 under par) included rounds of 65-66-68-67 for a one stroke victory over




Baltusrol gave the best field in golf all it could handle - A tough A.W Tillinghast design, a brutal

heat wave, and enough wet weather to complicate the schedule and field of play. The PGA of

America made a bold move in an effort to get the championship finished on schedule and to

preserve the quality of the competition - choosing not not re-pair the groups for the final round,

and calling for 36 holes of preferred lies (lift clean and place) on the Lower Course. The decision

proved to be just, as the Wannamaker was presented at just after 7 p.m eastern. A Sunday

conclusion that seemed unlikely after a washout on Saturday.

Very little excitement took place on the Lower Course to start the final 18 holes, but after nine

straight pars going out, Walker seemed steady but was holding a thin lead. Up until that point,

many scribes called it "boring to watch", and it would be tough to argue that point . . . but

majors almost always have a way of getting interesting on the inward side, especially the PGA.

One mistake could have swung all of the momentum. Facing a crucial sand shot from the greenside

bunker on the tenth, Walker executed the explosion perfectly. As the ball rolled into the center of

the cup like a 6 foot putt, Walker and caddie Andy Sanders high fived each other and never looked

back. The momentum was his, and he knew it.



Jason Day did exactly what World Number 1's do - needing eagle at the last to make it interesting,

he did just that. A 268 yd 2 iron off the tee followed by a majestic 258 yd 2 iron approach to 10 feet,

sent the crowd into a frenzy . . . and when his eagle putt caught the right edge of the cup and

dropped - bedlam ensued among the N.J faithful. It was then up to Walker to make his par for the

win. Walker found the shortgrass with a long iron off the tee, and then chose 3 wood for his

approach - certainly a questionable decision, especially after seeing where his approach ended up.

The 3 wood off the deck was missed badly, a high block into the right rough leaving a tough

recovery. Jimmy pitched on to the green from 35 yards out and then calmly two putted for his first

major title. Just enough drama to make the finish a must watch. For Jimmy Walker it was total

relief: "Sometimes, things don't come easy", Walker said. "He really put it on me to make a par.

Sometimes pars are hard . . . but we got it. It was amazing, it was a battle all day."



For the 37 year old from Boerne, Texas it was a long time in the making. No longer is he on the

list of best players to have never won a major, he's the Champion of the 98th PGA Championship.


















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