The Golf boys who are Bubba Watson, Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan. Couple of funny but good videos (Oh, Oh, Oh and 2.Oh) that the boys have used to raise money for charities. Two songs and the making of their first video.
Hilarious and makes fun of all of them individually. Love this group together. Down to earth golf pros who really care.
The Golf Boys Funny Videos, Bubba, Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan
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Fred Couples, the coolest guy in golf, never really looked that way until he stood on the edge of the 18th fairway Sunday and saw everything going his way.
The Americans needed only one more point to win the Presidents Cup.
And there was Tiger Woods, who has a history of delivering the winning point, in the middle of the fairway at Muirfield Village, where he has won a record five times.
The Presidents Cup ended just the way it always does.
Woods found the green and two-putted for par and a 1-up victory over Richard Sterne, the third straight time he has won the clinching point in the Presidents Cup. The Americans won for the fifth straight time — and eighth time in 10 tries — against an International side that showed some fight when it was too late to matter.
The Americans, who finished strong Sunday morning in the rain-delayed foursomes for a 14-8 lead, only needed to win four singles matches.
It took longer than anyone expected.
“I must have asked 500 times, ‘How are we getting this fourth point? Where is the fourth point coming from?’” said Couples, a three-time winner as U.S. captain. “You’re nervous. Not for the players — the players know what they’re doing. But we knew we needed 18 points, and we got them. It was a very, very good match today. And the matches were all close. At no given time was I a nervous wreck. But it was nice when Tiger two-putted that last green to get the 18th point.”
The final score — United States 18½, International 15½ — and whether the matches would beat the rain was really the only suspense on Sunday.
“People say it was close. Jack (Nicklaus) said it was close,” International captain Nick Price said. “You tell me. We were behind the 8-ball all day. If we pulled it off, it would have been miraculous.”
Not that his team of seven rookies didn’t give it a shot.
Zach Johnson closed out Branden Grace, 4 and 2, to give the Americans 17 points and assure them a tie. But it took more than an hour to get that last point.
Graham DeLaet holed out for birdie for the second time Sunday on the 18th hole, this time from a bunker to beat 20-year-old Jordan Spieth. Ernie Els found his putting touch and beat Steve Stricker. Marc Leishman rolled in a 15-foot par putt from the back fringe of the 18th green to beat Matt Kuchar. Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel won their matches.
The International team’s fleeting hopes ended when Woods, despite suffering back spasms again in the final hour of his match, didn’t make a birdie on the back nine and still won. Sterne helped him by hitting his tee shot off the corporate tents behind the 16th green and making bogey.
“It was a team effort this whole week,” said Woods, who went 4-1 for the best record of any player. “We really played well to give ourselves a nice lead.”
Rain interrupted the matches all week and made Muirfield Village so soft that it was mere target practice for the best players from every continent but Europe. It was a long, tiring week of leaving the course at darkness and completing matches the next morning when it was just as dark.
The Americans might have won this Presidents Cup on Sunday morning.
Returning to finish off the foursomes session, the Americans picked up a win and a halve in matches they had trailed by three holes.
Phil Mickelson hit one of many exquisite shots this week — a 7-iron he had to hook with the ball slightly below his feet, around a tree to about 10 feet. Keegan Bradley had to make the birdie putt for a half-point after DeLaet chipped in for birdie. Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel played the last six holes in 5-over par — three bogeys and a ball out-of-bounds for double bogey in losing to Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker.
“It was a tall order, but they gave it their best shot. These guys played their tails off,” Price said. “We’re a real hodge-podge of a team that came together from four corners of the planet. And they gave the might of America a run for their money.”
The closing ceremony was moved indoors because of approaching rain, and it led to an awkward moment as the International team watched the Americans pass around the gold trophy and pose for the pictures before quietly filing out of the room.
Since that famous tie in South Africa in 2003, the Americans have won by at least three points every time. Only one of them, in 2005, was close. International players talked about the importance of making a contest out of this exhibition, and only a 7½-4½win in singles made it feel that way at the end.
“We kept it very interesting today,” Scott said. “We gave it a good shake.”
Mickelson and Angel Cabrera were the last match on the course, and it was comical at times. Mickelson hit one shot that ricocheted off a tree to the left, skipped out of the water and into the rough, and he pitched that to 5 feet — and then missed the putt to lose the hole. On the final hole, Cabrera had 3 feet for par to win the match. Instead of conceding, Mickelson first knocked in his 5-foot bogey putt, and then conceded. All in good fun, which is how the day felt.
“There was no intensity. We played and enjoyed the day and the people here in Columbus,” Mickelson said after four bogeys in the last five holes. “I thought it was going to be closed out early. On 12 or 13, they said, ‘Your match is going to count.’ What? We ended up winning. That’s all that matters.”
Even with the captains able to control the pairings, the singles lineup was dull. Woods has played Els in South Africa, Greg Norman in Australia, Mike Weir in Canada and Y.E. Yang the same year the South Korean beat him in the PGA Championship. This time, he was up against Sterne.
“I did my pairings to try to win the cup,” Price said.
It might not have mattered against a U.S. team so strong that every player was among the top 30 in the world.
“They played golf that was incredible to watch,” Price said. “But for this team, I would be honored if they ever asked me to be captain of this team again. I don’t care where it is.”
At this stage in his career, Henrik Stenson never expects anything to come easily.
He already had poured in hours upon hours of work to even get to this stage — a four-shot lead going into the last day of the Tour Championship, giving him a clear shot at the FedEx Cup and the biggest payoff in golf. He was reminded what was at stake when he saw the two trophies displayed on the first tee at East Lake.
“I knew it was a lot of things on the line,” he said.
He figured his best move was to play his best golf, and he delivered a 2-under 68 on Sunday to claim both trophies.
With a birdie on the 15th hole that thwarted a late charge by 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, followed by three pars from the sand, Stenson wound up with a three-shot victory over Spieth and Steve Stricker in the Tour Championship. Equally important, if not more, he captured the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus.
“The main thing is to block everything out and go play golf, which I was pretty good at in the long run,” Stenson said Sunday.
The short run hasn’t been bad, either.
No one has played better over the last three months. Stenson tied for third in the Scottish Open, and was runner-up a week later at the British Open. He was runner-up in the World Golf Championship at Firestone and finished third at the PGA Championship. And when the FedEx Cup playoffs began, the 37-year-old Swede didn’t lose his stride. He won the Deutsche Bank Championship to get the No. 2 seed, and then capped it off with the first wire-to-wire win (no ties) in the Tour Championship since Tom Watson in the first year of this 30-man showcase.
“Hats off to him,” Stricker said. “He played great. He played great in the playoffs. He won two of these events. He deserves to be champion.”
The PGA Tour is sending out ballots for the player of the year, with the result to be announced Friday. Stenson figures to be on the ballot with his two FedEx Cup playoff wins, and as FedEx Cup champion. It still might not be enough to trump Tiger Woods and his five victories, or the two-win seasons of major champions Phil Mickelson (British Open) or Adam Scott (Masters).
Spieth is a lock for rookie of the year. He started the season with no status on any tour, earned enough money to get his card for the 2013-14 season, won the John Deere Classic, shot 62 the last day of the Deutsche Bank Championship, made the Presidents Cup as a captain’s pick and closed with a 64 to put a brief scare into Stenson on the final day at East Lake. He wound up seventh in the FedEx Cup, the best ever for a rookie. Not bad for a 20-year-old Texan.
The tour hasn’t awarded comeback player of the year since 2010, and maybe that’s where Stenson fits in.
What a turnaround.
The first slump more than a decade ago was by far the most severe as Stenson had no idea where the ball was going. This time, it was a combination of a few health issues and a lot of bad golf, the latter cured by hard work.
Even so, the Swede was not even among the top 200 in the world going into the 2012 season. He now matches a career-best at No. 4 in the world rankings.
“It shows that I never give up,” Stenson said. “This is way beyond what I could have imagined.”
Spieth made him work for it.
The youngest player in Tour Championship history ran off four straight birdies on the back nine to pull within one shot after Stenson went well over the 14th green and made his long bogey. Stenson could hear the cheers and knew what he faced over the last four holes.
“I’m not just a pretty face. I can put 1 and 1 together,” the Swede said with his dry humor.
Stenson drilled a 3-wood into the fairway on the par-5 15th that set up an 8-foot birdie. Ahead of him on the 17th, Spieth was between clubs and chose to hammer a 9-iron that he caught heavy enough that it plugged in the front bunker. He made bogey and ended his threat.
“I was just looking up and seeing that I needed more instead of being satisfied with what happened,” Spieth said of his four straight birdies.
The last challenge came from Stricker, who rolled in an eagle putt on the 15th hole to get within two. Stricker saved par behind the 16th green, and then missed two birdie chances from about 18 feet on the last two holes for a 65. He tied for second with Spieth.
Stricker didn’t realize that making any of those last two putts would have been worth an extra $1 million for finishing second in the FedEx Cup. He only cared about winning, knowing he needed birdies and for Stenson to make a mistake.
“I knew the putt meant a lot. I didn’t know it meant that much,” he said with a smile. He finished third in the FedEx Cup and received a $2 million bonus.
Stenson, who finished at 13-under 267, became the first European to win the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.
Woods, the No. 1 seed going into the Tour Championship, never recovered from his 73-71 start. He closed with a 67 to tie for 22nd, his worst finish ever at East Lake, and wound up second in the FedEx Cup. That still was worth a $3 million bonus.
Stenson, who only last week smashed a driver and his locker at the BMW Championship out of frustration brought on by playing so much golf, finally gets a break. He was headed to his home in Orlando, Fla., for a four-week break before returning in Shanghai.
Next up: A chance to become the first player to win the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour and the Race to Dubai on the European Tour in the same season.
At this stage in his career, Henrik Stenson never expects anything to come easily.
Henrik Up Close and Personal (From his website)
I grew up in the south of Sweden with my mother, Mona, my father, Ingemar and my ten-year younger sister, Ulrika.
I met Emma Löfgren, who is now my wife, through mutual golfing friends. Emma comes from a sporting family in the north of Sweden. She was a very talented alpine skier but golf became her sport of choice. When I met Emma she was playing golf for the University of South Carolina, where she majored in Public Relations and Media. I spent a lot of time with her over there. Puggy Blackmon, who was head of the men’s golf program at South Carolina, let me practice and hang out with the team. After graduation Emma worked as a teaching pro at Barsebäck Golf and Country Club for a few years. Since we both have a golfing background, we have a mutual understanding of the game and what it takes to succeed.
In December 2006 we got married in Dubai, which is also where we resided until the beginning of 2012. We had our first child, “Princess” Lisa, in July 2007. And Karl, or Kalle as we call him, made our family even bigger in March 2010.
We moved from Dubai to the United States in 2012. Emma and the kids join me on tour as much as our schedules allow them.
Whenever we can, we visit Sweden for a number of weeks in summer, and in winter we go to our cabin in Tärnaby, Sweden, for some skiing and snowmobiling.
We have a large extended family, with siblings, parents and cousins that often come and see us wherever we are in the world. The house is always full of family, friends and coaches. It’s a family affair…
I love skiing and we did some this Christmas in Tärnaby. Lisa and Kalle has started and they love it, so I can’t wait until the whole family can go skiing together. Also, we own a red Yamaha snowmobile that we call Stalin. I drove it this New Year and got stuck in the snow for about 20 minutes. We had to lift and dig it out of the snow. Who said that minus 20 Celsius is cold?
Fishing for marlin in Tenerife in 2002 – a very memorable experience. The waters were so rough I got seasick. Wonder why I haven’t tried that for a while? We’ve also done some jet-skiing, in the Cayman Islands in September 2010. It was great and I even pulled off a couple of nice jumps.
I enjoy snorkelling in warm waters, watching fish and turtles swim past. It makes you stay in the present.
Driving fast cars, both on and off the track, is another hobby of mine. I burnt some rubber not long ago in Dubai.
As a kid I looked up to Mats Lanner, a Swedish golfer who now works for the European Tour. My reason was that he had such a cool Spalding bag and as a child you think the bigger the bag the better – even if it was too big for us to carry or even push around.
Growing up, there weren’t many golf events shown on Swedish Television, but I did get to see a few of the major tournaments, which inspired me enormously.
I have very strong memories from The Open at Royal Birkdale in 1991 when Ian Baker-Finch won. I also watched The Ryder Cup in 1989, 1991 and 1993.
As a result The Open and The Ryder Cup have always been the tournaments I have wanted to compete in – and of course win!
Seve and Faldo have been my favorites since I was very young. So having the opportunity to play with both of them was fantastic.
Swede Henrik Stenson is the winner of the rain-soaked 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.
We got to know Stenson and his family a little bit over the swampy weekend, and he presented himself as a worthy winner of this annual big-time golf event. Stenson and his wife and two kids (a 6-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy) interacted with New England fans every day. It was hard not to root for them after watching the whole family riding in a golf cart from the seventh green to the eighth tee at drenched TPC.
“My little boy loves to ride in the golf cart,’’ said Emma Stenson, also a native of Sweden.
Stenson shot a 66 on the final day to win the Deutsche Bank and has replaced Tiger Woods at the top of the FedEx Cup standings (the ultimate winner gets $10 million). His four-day score of 262 (22 under par, thank you very much) tied him for the lowest score in Deutsche Bank history. He donated $25,000 of his winnings to the One Fund.
He’s known to be a jokester with fans and other players. Emma remembers him jolting other players on the European Tour by asking them to sign autographs with a low-voltage pen.
“I’ve always had a great sense of humor,’’ said Stenson. “It just takes a little longer for some people to notice.’’
“He’s a good guy, that’s why I married him,’’ said Emma, a former NCAA golfer at the University of South Carolina.
Stenson was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1976 and took up golf when he was 12. He was a scratch player by 18, turned professional when he was 23, and joined the tour in 2007. He played for Europe’s Ryder Cup teams in 2006 and 2008.
He’s had a career of highs and lows, often in the running, rarely finishing first. He almost dropped out of sight way back in 2001-02. Four years ago, he was ranked fourth in the world, but that was the same year that he lost millions of dollars in the Stanford Group Ponzi scheme. He never made excuses, but his game went south at the same time his bank account was slaughtered. By February of 2012, Stenson was ranked No. 230 in the world.
“2011 was a really poor season, but I started to come back at the end of last year,’’ he said.
Stenson made the cut at all the majors this summer, finished second at the British Open, and tied for third at the PGA Championship. In a four-tourney stretch, he finished second twice and third twice. That’s a lot of near-misses.
What was the difference in Norton?
“I just played a little bit better today in the final round,’’ he said. “This week I hit a lot of fairways and greens.
“It was a big goal of mine to win a golf tournament after all those finishes. I was longing for a win and I got it.’’
This was only the second time he’d played the Deutsche Bank. Stenson finished 55th in Norton in 2007.
Stenson shot a 67 Friday, which put him in a tie for 23d after the first day of play. He vaulted into a tie for second with a bogey-free 63 Saturday, then shot 66 Sunday, which put him just two strokes behind leader Sergio Garcia going into the final day.
Sergio blew up on the front nine Monday while Stenson stayed the course. Stenson held a two-stroke lead going into the back nine, increased it to three strokes with a birdie on 11, then parred five straight holes, including No. 14, the most difficult hole at TPC. He sealed the deal on 17, hitting out of the bunker and finding the bottom of the cup from 31 feet. Birdie. Ballgame.
“I knew I couldn’t afford to make any mistakes,’’ he said. “The shot on 17 made the walk on 18 a little easier.
“Some of my great tournaments and finest results have been on really tough golf courses. This is a golf course with tricky holes and it helps to hit it nicely around here.’’
It was his first win of 2013, only the third PGA Tour win of his career, and his first since 2009. He’s back up to No. 10 in the world. And climbing.
“It’s been a lot of hard work and a long-term process to get into the fine play that I produced this summer,’’ he said. “I almost surprised myself to be able to be up there in four tournaments and big events, as well.
“It takes a lot of energy out of you. I need some time off. I need a break.’’
The tour is dark this week. That will be a break. Then Stenson will pick it up in Chicago Sept. 12 with a chance to win the $10 million jackpot.
Adam Scott was watching on TV at Liberty National when his buddy Justin Rose three-putted the 72nd hole on Sunday and left him in sole possession of the lead at The Barclays.
Scott was heading for the range about 45 minutes later as Tiger Woods left a 27-footer from off the same 18th green just inches short of the birdie he needed to tie Scott, too. He didn’t need to see what happened, he heard it.
The groans weren’t quite as loud when Gary Woodland’s last-chance of a 10-footer to force a playoff veered left of the hole. But Scott was standing next to Steve Williams when he realized he had won.
Scott did what he had to do in the final round — firing a bogey-free 66 on a difficult day when the course played nearly a stroke over its par of 71. At the same time, though, the 33-year-old acknowledged he was “shocked” his score of 11 under — which was a stroke less than the overnight lead — actually held up.
The victory was the second of the season for Scott, who did what his idol Greg Norman could never do when he beat Angel Cabrera in a playoff to win the Masters four months ago. He had said at the time he wanted to use that long awaited major championship as a springboard — and after a tie for third at The Open Championship and a share of fifth at the PGA, as well, Scott is clearly on the verge of breaking out.
Will that come in the FedExCup Playoffs? Well, Scott has certainly given himself a jump start — moving to second in the standings, just 162 points behind Woods. He’s certainly got momentum heading to TPC Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship, which served up Scott’s inaugural PGA TOUR victory way back in 2003.
“It’s huge,” he said. “I’ve been pushing pretty hard and knocking on the door the last couple majors, and it didn’t happen. And then to come into the Playoffs, there’s so much to play for and this is such an important week with all of the big points up for grabs. Now knowing I’m going to have a run at the FedExCup is going to be great.”
The drama that unfolded Sunday in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty on a sensational and scenic course that was once a landfill affirmed what Scott already knew. No matter what happens, you’re never out of it. Not even when you are playing poorly and had fallen nine shots off the lead with 24 holes remaining.
At that point on Saturday afternoon, Scott admitted he was just looking for a good finish and “trying not to slip down those FedExCup points.” But he made up for that double bogey at the 10th hole and the bogey at the 12th with three birdies in his next four holes that brought him the victory.
Both Scott and his caddie knew how important it was to stay positive.
“He’s playing the best percentage golf he can play,” Williams said. “Saturday was a very poor round but he got around in 1 over. It easily could’ve been a 75 or 76 but you have a bad day and you manage your game well and that’s important out here. Your bad days better be competitive in order to win because the guys are so good out here.
“If you can keep your bad days around par you can win. If you shoot 4 or 5 over you can’t come back and win.”
Truth be told, though, Scott didn’t really have any expectations of hoisting any crystal when he teed it up with Webb Simpson on Sunday afternoon. He trailed the leaders by six strokes, after all, and Scott just wanted to get a good round under his belt after that setback of a third-round 72.
“I was disappointed to play poorly on the Saturday when I was in contention starting the day, so I wanted to make up for that,” Scott explained. “That was all I was really thinking about.”
Even when he grabbed a share of the lead with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole, Scott still expected someone to go lower. Rose, Woods and Woodland all tried, but Scott prevailed.
Scott had a darn good record in Boston, too, finishng seventh, eighth and fifth in the last three years. His best finish in the first six years of the FedExCup is 12th in 2007,but he’s ready for more.
“To win the first Playoff event really sets you up for a great run and excited about the next few weeks now,” Scott said. “Looking forward to getting into East Lake, hopefully having a chance to be a FedEx Champion.”
Adam Scott Wins At The Barclays Golf Event For A Great Win.
Tiger Wood’s comes close at The Barclays with a second place finish. His back spasm might have made the difference but Adam Scott played great.
Jason Dufner finally cracked a smile, raised both arms and gave a slight pump of the fist, saving all that emotion for a big occasion.
He won the PGA Championship.
Dufner played the kind of golf that wins majors Sunday with a steady diet of fairways and greens that made it too tough for Jim Furyk or anyone else to catch him. Even with bogeys on the last two holes at Oak Hill, He closed with a 2-under 68 to capture his first major and atone for a meltdown two years ago in Atlanta.
“It’s been a tough day. It was a long day. Tough golf course,” Dufner said. “It probably hasn’t hit me yet. I can’t believe this is happening to me. … I just decided that I was going to be confident and really put my best foot forward and play aggressive and try to win this thing. I wasn’t going to just kind of play scared or soft.
“I’m happy to get the job done. It’s a big step in my career.”
Dufner wasn’t sure he would get another chance after the 2011 PGA Championship, when he blew a four-shot lead with four holes to play and lost in a playoff to Keegan Bradley. He wasn’t about to let this one get away. He won by playing a brand of golf that matches the bland expression on his face.
It wasn’t exciting. It didn’t need to be.
The turning point at Oak Hill was the final two holes — on the front nine. Dufner made a short birdie on the eighth hole to take a one-shot lead, and Furyk made bogey on the ninth hole to fall two shots behind. Furyk, a 54-hole leader for the second time in as many years in a major, couldn’t make up any ground with a procession of pars along the back nine. He finally made a 12-foot birdie putt on the 16th, but only after Dufner spun back a wedge to 18 inches for a sure birdie.
Furyk also made bogey on the last two holes, taking two chips to reach the 17th green and coming up short into mangled rough short of the 18th green, where all he could do was hack it onto the green. Furyk closed with a 71 to finish three shots behind.
“I have a lot of respect for him and the way he played today,” Furyk said. “I don’t know if it makes anything easy, or less easy. But I don’t look at it as I lost the golf tournament. I look at it as I got beat by somebody that played better today.”
Dufner finished at 10-under 270, four shots better than the lowest score in the five previous majors at Oak Hill. Jack Nicklaus won the 1980 PGA Championship at 274.
Henrik Stenson, trying to become the first Swede to win a men’s major title, pulled within two shots on the 13th hole and was poised to make a run until his tee shot settled on a divot hole in the 14th fairway. He chunked that flip wedge into a bunker and made bogey and closed with a 70 to finish alone in third. In his last three tournaments — two majors and a World Golf Championship — Stenson has two runner-ups and a third.
David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., finished the tournament in a tie for 47th place.
Jonas Blixt, another Swede, also had a 70 and finished fourth. Masters champion Adam Scott never made a serious of move and shot 70 to tie for fifth. Defending champion Rory McIlroy made triple bogey on the fifth hole to lose hope, those he still closed with a 70 and tied for eighth, his first top 10 in a major this year.
Dufner two-putted for bogey on the 18th from about 10 feet and shook hands with Furyk as if he had just completed a business deal. He hugged his wife, Amanda, and gave her a love tap on the tush with the cameras rolling.
Asked if he had ever been nervous, she replied, “If he has been, he’s never told me.”
That’s what gives Dufner is own personality on the PGA Tour. His pulse didn’t appear to be any different on the opening tee shot than when he stood on the 18th hole.
“I would say I was pretty flat-lined for most of the day,” he said.
Among the first to greet Dufner was Bradley, who beat him in the PGA playoff at Atlanta and was behind the “Dufnering” craze from earlier this year.
Dufner went to an elementary school in Dallas as part of a charity day as defending champion in the Byron Nelson Classic. A photo showed him slumped against the wall in the classroom next to the children, his eyes glazed over, as the teacher taught them about relaxation and concentration techniques. The pose was mimicked all over the country, giving Dufner some celebrity for his zombie appearance.
Now he’s known for something far more important.
Dufner became the sixth player to win a major with a round of 63, joining Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd, Nicklaus and Johnny Miller.
He is the third first-time major champion of the year, and the 15th champion in the last 19 majors who had never won the big one. Woods is responsible for the latest trend, mainly because he’s not winning them at the rate he once was.
Woods extended his drought to 18 majors without winning, and this time he wasn’t even in the hunt. For the second straight round, Woods finished before the leaders even teed off. He closed with a 70 to tie for 40th, 14 shots out of the lead.
“I didn’t give myself many looks and certainly didn’t hit the ball good enough to be in it,” Woods said.
Furyk wasn’t about to beat himself up for another major opportunity that got away. He had a share of the lead at the U.S. Open last year until taking bogey on the par-5 16th hole with a poor tee shot. His only regret was not making par on the last two holes — the toughest on the back nine at Oak Hill — to put pressure on Dufner.
Not that anyone would have noticed.
An Auburn graduate and all-around sports nuts, Dufner can’t think of any other athlete who plays with so little emotion.
“But those sports are a little more exciting — big plays in basketball, home runs in baseball, big plays in football. That will get you pumped up,” he said. “For me, golf is a little bit more boring. I hit it in the fairway or I didn’t. Usually I’m struggling with the putter, so there’s not too much to get excited about with that.”
His name on the Wanamaker Trophy?
That was good for a smile.
“Nobody can take that away from me,” he said. “It’s a great accomplishment for me, and I’m really excited about it.”
Brandt Snedeker has had his eye on the RBC Canadian Open title for some time.
The early arrival of a baby in Texas helped make it happen.
Snedeker moved to the top of the field of the RBC Canadian Open after second-round leader Hunter Mahan withdrew when his wife unexpectedly went into labour, and held on Sunday for his second victory of the season and the sixth of his career.
Mahan, who had a two-stroke lead at 13 under through 36 holes, rushed home to be with wife Kandi, who gave birth to daughter Zoe early Sunday.
“Zoe will be getting a very nice baby gift from me. I can’t thank Kandi enough for going into labour early. I don’t know if I’d be sitting here if she hadn’t,” Snedeker said with a laugh after shooting a final-round 70 to finish 16 under. “But that is a way more important thing than a golf tournament. I missed a golf tournament when my first was born, and it was the best decision I ever made. I’m sure Hunter would say the same thing.”
‘This is a tournament I said early on in my career I wanted to win just because my caddie is actually from Canada and it’s his national open. It meant a lot to him, meant a lot to me.’
— Brandt Snedeker
Dustin Johnson (70), Matt Kuchar (71), William McGrit (68) and Jason Bohn (71) tied for second at 13 under behind Snedeker, who said winning the PGA Tour’s only stop north of the border is special for a number of reasons.
“This is a tournament I said early on in my career I wanted to win just because my caddie is actually from Canada and it’s his national open. It meant a lot to him, meant a lot to me,” said the 32-year-old from Nashville. “Third oldest tournament on Tour and it’s got some great history to it, and now to put my name on that trophy, it means a lot.”
After a Saturday that saw a number of players score in the mid-60s thanks to a calm morning and a soggy afternoon, Glen Abbey Golf Club bit back with breezy conditions at the suburban course some 40 kilometres west of Toronto.
“The wind was blowing very hard. Every fairway was tough to hit, every green was getting firm. It placed an importance on managing your golf ball,” Snedeker said. “I was able to hit some quality shots coming down the stretch when I needed to and put the ball in the right spot.”
Snedeker, who pocketed $1,008,000 of the tournament’s $5.6-million purse, also won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February and is finally healthy after a bothersome rib injury.
“First part of the year, I couldn’t do anything wrong. I was playing fantastic, and I got injured. I feel like I’ve been fighting to get myself back to the way I was at the beginning of the year,” said Snedeker. “I’m not saying I’m there, but I’m close to the way I was playing in the beginning of the year.”
Snedeker, the 2012 FedEx Cup champion whose best-ever finish at a Canadian Open was a tie for fifth at Glen Abbey in 2009, was 1 under on the day after the front nine and birdied No. 10 to move to 16 under overall. He gave that shot back on No. 12, but birdied No. 16 and parred No. 17 and No. 18 to secure the victory.
“It feels great to get a win to validate all the hard work I’ve put in over the past three months where I haven’t played my best,” Snedeker said. “To win a tournament like this with those pivotal holes coming down the stretch means a lot.”
Johnson started the day in a group three shots back of Snedeker and fought his way into a share of the lead, only to see the wheels fall off in spectacular fashion at No. 17 with a triple bogey that started with an errant drive.
“I was playing really well,” Johnson said. “Really confident, swinging the driver really good. So you know, it’s a driver hole for me, and I just blocked it a little bit, made a poor swing.”
John Merrick, who tied a course record on Friday with a 62, shot 71 to finish in a tie for sixth at 12 under. David Lingmerth started the day in the final group a shot back Snedeker but ended up with a 75 to finish in a tie for 12th at 10 under.
David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., was the top Canadian at the par-72, 7,253-yard course with a final-round 73 to finish at 4 under. The 34-year-old had three birdies on Sunday to go along with two bogeys and double bogey to finish in a tie for 44th.
“It wasn’t the finish that I was really looking for. I had a nice chance today,” said Hearn, who was also the low Canadian at the tournament back in 2006. “I’ll take away some positives from the week. I appreciate the support from everyone here this week and it always feels good to play at home.”
Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., shot an even-par 72 to finish tied for 49th at 3 under. The 43-year-old’s tournament highlight came in Friday’s second round when he fired 67 to briefly get into contention.
“I’m playing fine. Just missing too many short putts. I missed a number the last couple days inside six, seven feet, just missing way too many of those,” said Weir, who made his first cut at a Canadian Open since 2009. “You need those to keep your round going sometimes and I just didn’t capitalize when I had opportunities.
Holly Sonders Co-Host Morning Drive and School of Golf on Golf Channel, @HollySondersGC
Holly Sonders has become a very visible golf personality from one of the network Golf Channel programs she is on including: “Morning Drive,” “Playing Lessons,” and “School of Golf”. If that is not where you can place her from, she is also currently gracing this months cover of ”Golf Digest,” she is the one and only Holly Sonders!
Sonders has fast become one of the most recognized golf personalities out there, and it’s not just because she happens to be strikingly gorgeous, it’s because she can actually play the sport. This former Lady Spartan, has proven that fact by helping her team win the Big Ten Golf Championship in 2007 and have you seen this golfer play in a Pro-Am lately? You want to be paired with Sonders because she can play golf just as well as the boys demonstrating it every time.
She was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer 20 questions with me, so let’s get to what you all have been waiting for!
20 QUESTIONS WITH HOLLY SONDERS
1. How did you get your start playing golf? Did you have any interests in any other sports at a young age?
My mom got me into golf at age six, she has been club champion for 22 years at our course in Ohio. I also played basketball and ran track all the way up through my high school graduation.
Untitled2. What do you consider the most polished aspect of your game? Putting? Driving?
I was a very solid ball striker (during junior golf and college at Michigan State). I played blade irons and also hit it long for a girl off the tee…like 240-250 yards.
Putting was my weakness.
3. Going back to when you played at Michigan State, what was your proudest achievement as a Lady Spartan?
Winning the 2007 Big Ten Championship as a team…The same day our men’s team also won the title too.
4. You joined the Golf Channel in January of 2011, who has been your favorite person to work with and why?
I loved working with my better half Erik Kuselias (who moved up to NBC Sports and NBC Sports Radio in April 2012). Many people cannot work with their partner/spouse but we had fun every day, we are best friends.
Untitled25. Golf has been struggling to bring in new viewers, what is one thing you would say to people to get them to watch and play the game?
I’ve had this idea since i started playing… a round of golf needs to be 12 holes. Most people do not have five hours to spend away from their families on the weekends or after work or the extra income to spend on expensive greens fees.
6. How does it feel to be an avatar in the World Golf Tour game?
Pretty cool. Mine was the first one to come out so all of my co-hosts were able to poke fun at me (her). I think she’s a little pale, (could use a tan haha) but overall it’s cool.
7. Who has been the most memorable person to play golf with when it comes to playing in a Pro-Am and why?
John Daly (because he’s John Daly) or Rickie Fowler because he got his first win on the PGA Tour the week we played together at Wells
8. What is the best piece of advice you would give a new golfer who was starting to play the game?
Spend more time chipping and putting than you do on the driving range.
Untitled9. Let’s talk about your fashion on the golf course, how would you describe it?
I signed a deal with Cobra/Puma at the beginning of this year, couldn’t be more pleased. Bright colors and sharp cuts tailored to my figure and size…I LOVE the shoes. I hope to design my own golf/lifestyle shoes and clothing for Puma someday.
10. How would your Co-Hosts of Morning Drive, describe you in three words?
Intelligent, Supportive and Witty.
11. Have you ever been star struck by a golfer that you have met? If not, who would it be?
Never star struck, just humbled and fortunate to meet some of the legends like Nicklaus, Palmer, and Player. Annie lives down the street from Golf Channel and still stops by often.
12. Let’s talk workouts, what do you do to stay in shape?
No free weights…no machines anymore.
I put on 15 lbs of muscle my first year at MSU and picked up 30 yards off the tee. I like to be leaner nowadays, not so bulky. Lots of body- weight exercise like planks, lunges, squats. 500 abs 3-4 times a week, usually standing and/or twisting to get my oblique’s.
I live in FL where there’s always a chance I might be in a bikini so muffin- top is unacceptable! Lean and lengthened is what I strive for.
213. A lot of people associate you with the face of women’s golf, how do deal with the pressure holding up that image?
I feel fortunate, I welcome the challenge of helping to grow this game and bringing more eyes to the sport…especially to the LPGA.
14. Who is the sports broadcaster that you would like to mold your career after?
Too many to choose one…I work with the faces I grew up watching on Golf Channel. It’s surreal sometimes still for me that I’m there.
15. A lot of your fans are excited to see you gracing the cover of Golf Digest, what was the best part of that experience?
The simple fact they chose a female to be on the cover of their golf/fitness issue is fantastic. Health and fitness are growing in importance in the golf community and that’s a very good thing.
16. If we were to look at your top three songs played on your iPod, what would they be?
Some techno/club tracks. Like David Guetta, etc.
17. If we raided your fridge right now, what would we find?
Honestly…not much.I am a terrible cook. And when I stock up on groceries, I usually eat them even when I’m not hungry. Like half box of cereal when I’m on the phone and don’t even realize it!
Untitled318. For all the readers, we have to ask are you single, dating or locked down?
Locked down with a great guy.
19. What is your idea of the perfect date?’
In Miami, drinks, food, lots of laughs.
20. Who would you feature as the next Sports Babe of the Day?
My colleagues Kelly Tilghman, Lauren Thompson, Win McMurray, or Lara Baldesarra.
I’m A Walking, Golfing Miracle
Golf Saved My Life: Zakki Blatt
This is a wonderful story reprinted from Golf Digest magazine that I loved and hope you will enjoy. Golf can be a very inspiring game and draws so much on your strengths. What a wonderful experience to have golf distract you from the cards you have been dealt.
There are so many stories of the positive effects of golf and this is one of them.
By Zakki Blatt
With Max Adler
Photo by Bill Cramer
Stainless steel, plastic, nylon, titanium, cow parts, pig parts and cadaver sewn into my pericardium: my million-dollar heart after 12 surgeries.
My first memory is in the hospital. The light is bright, and I’m on my back, aware of being in this world. The image is fleeting, but there. I was only a few weeks old, and some people say this is impossible. But in my next memory I’m definitely 3. I’m with my mom going up the ramp to the doctor’s office, and I have a horrible, sticky pain in my chest.
By age 5 I knew there was something wrong with the way I couldn’t keep up with other kids, but I didn’t know it was out of the ordinary to see a doctor four times a week. It didn’t strike me as particularly odd to overhear arguments about how long you would live. It wasn’t until I was 9 that my condition was truly explained to me.
I was born with a complex heart defect. When I was a month old, I suffered a stroke that wiped out half my brain. This is why I have such limited use of the left side of my body. There are severe deformities in my lungs, and my immune system is a joke. I’m not the first “blue baby” in my paternal lineage, but I’m the first to survive. I’ve never attended school. I’ve lived on the pioneer of surgery, and medical articles have been written about me.
When I was 15 I felt like giving up. Despite how hard I’d fought–enduring collective years in hospitals, swallowing umpteen medications a day, being told I couldn’t play baseball and given a yo-yo, the very act of breathing–I’d reached a point where I was just tired of it all. Every little victory was followed by greater setbacks. I was ready to go.
Worse was life at home. My dad and mom were constantly fighting. The police had our address memorized, I’m sure. A visit to family court solved nothing, and I couldn’t help but feel my medical issues were a root cause. Nothing’s more stressful than being unable to run from a fight. My dad will tell you that my mom poisoned me against him, but the bottom line is, I haven’t seen him in three years, and don’t plan to.
What I was also getting really sick of, with so much time in the hospital, was cartoons. My cardiac therapist was a big golfer, and so we began watching a lot of Golf Channel. I got into it. I told my mom I wanted to visit a golf course before I died.
The first time I went to The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia, I was overweight and arrived in a stroller with an oxygen tank pushed by my mom. Coach Jeff showed me how to putt. And then I putted against the other kids, and it was about the happiest day of my life. This place wasn’t the hospital, and it wasn’t home.
At age 16 I had never left the sight or sound of my mom, except with trained personnel. It took some sweat for coach Jeff to convince my mom I would be OK with him on the course. We took a cart, and my mom almost freaked when we came back and she saw I was without my oxygen cannula.
“It’s OK, Mom,” I said. “I feel fine without it.”
When I’m on the golf course life is almost perfect. I have a two-handed backswing and a one-handed through-swing because my left hand won’t stay on the grip. But there are infinite ways to hit a golf ball pure, and I can make lots of bogeys, sometimes pars. In golf you have to let go of the past a little bit at a time and focus on what’s next, which is something I’m pretty good at.
I’m now 19 and recently grew for the first time in years. I’ve reached 5 feet, and to accommodate this I just had 10 screws put in my legs. I’ve got another surgery for my ankles this spring, but, hey, I’m excited for anything that’s going to help me gain distance.
The doctors can’t believe my progress. I tell them not to overthink it. When you’re relaxed, the body can heal faster. It’s the golf, stupid.
Coach Jeff and my mom just got married, but that’s a whole other story. My life is like a reality show. I’m ready to go away to college.
Read More http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/2013-04/golf-saved-my-life-zakki-blatt#ixzz2ZyPcQK81
Since I couldn’t have said it better myself, this description of Phil Mickelson’s great win at The British Open at Muirfield is courtesy of PGATour.com.
Phil was spectacular as even he said. Phil thought this final round of 66 could have been the finest competitive round he has ever played especially where and why he was playing. He was magnificent on the final day.
Phil Mickelson Wins The 2013 British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland
GULLANE, Scotland — Phil Mickelson is mystified no more by links golf. He has his name etched in a silver claret jug to prove it.
Mickelson delivered his best closing round ever in a major Sunday — at the British Open, of all places — when he ran off four birdies over the last six holes for a 5-under 66 at Muirfield to win the third leg of the career Grand Slam. He also earned 600 FedExCup points to move to second in the standings.
“This is such an accomplishment for me because I just never knew if I’d be able to develop the game to play links golf effectively,” Mickelson said. “To play the best round arguably of my career, to putt better than I’ve ever putted, to shoot the round of my life … it feels amazing to win the Claret Jug.”
At the end of a rough-and-tumble week along the Firth of Forth, Mickelson was the only player under par. He wound up with a three-shot win over Henrik Stenson, one of four players atop the leaderboard during a final round that was up for grabs until Mickelson seized control in the final hour.
Lee Westwood, who started Sunday with a two-shot lead, fell behind for the first time all day with a bogey on the 13th and never recovered. He closed with a 75. Masters champion Adam Scott took the lead with a 4-foot birdie on the 11th, and closed as sloppily as he did last year. He made four bogeys starting at the 13th, and a final bogey on the 18th gave him a 72. At least he has a green jacket from the Masters to console him this year.
Tiger Woods, in his best position to win a major since the crisis in his personal life, stumbled badly on his way to a 74 and was never a serious challenger.
Westwood said he didn’t play all that badly. Instead, he paid tribute to what will be remembered as one of the great closing rounds in major championship history.
“When you birdie four of the last six of a round any day, that’s good going,” Westwood said. “With a decent breeze blowing and some tough flags out there, it’s obviously a pretty good experience. When you do it in a major championship, it’s an even better experience.”
But this major championship? Phil Mickelson?
He had only contended twice in two decades at golf’s oldest championship. One week after he won the Scottish Open in a playoff on the links-styled course of Castle Stuart, Mickelson was simply magical on the back nine of a brown, brittle Muirfield course that hasn’t played this tough since 1966.
Tied for the lead, Mickelson smashed a 3-wood onto the green at the par-5 17th to about 25 feet for a two-putt birdie, and finished in style with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th to match the lowest score of this championship.
Mickelson figured a par on the 18th would be tough for anyone to catch him. When the ball dropped in the center of the cup, he raised both arms in the air to celebrate his fifth career major, tying him with the likes of Seve Ballesteros and Byron Nelson.
“Best round I’ve ever seen him play,” said his caddie, Jim “Bones” Mackay. Mickelson shared a long hug with his caddie and whispered in his ear, “I did it.”
His final surge was right about the time Westwood and Scott began to fold.
Scott, trying to join an exclusive list of players who have won a green jacket and a claret jug in the same year, made a remarkable recovery from the dunes right of the par-3 13th hole, only to miss the 7-foot par putt. He took three putts for bogeys on the next two holes — from long range on the 14th, and from 20 feet on the 15th — and found a bunker on the next.
Westwood started to lose his grip on the jug with bogeys on the seventh and eighth, and failing to birdie the downwind, par-5 ninth. Presented with birdie chances early on the back nine, his putting stroke began to look tentative. He hit into the dunes on the right side of the 13th to make bogey and never caught up.
Westwood and Scott tied for third with Ian Poulter, who played a four-hole stretch in 5-under around the turn and closed with a 67. At 1-over 285, he canceled a flight home in case of a playoff. Moments later, with Mickelson pulling away, the outcome was clear.
Making this even sweeter for Mickelson is that just one month ago he lost out on yet another chance to win the U.S. Open, the missing link of a career Grand Slam. Mickelson twice made bogey with wedge in his hand on the back nine at Merion and had his record sixth runner-up finish.
Mickelson joins an elite list of winners at Muirfield, which is considered the fairest of the links on the British Open rotation. All but two of the Open champions at Muirfield are in the World Hall of Fame. Mickelson is the only winner who already has been inducted.
It was the 43rd win of his PGA TOUR career. The guy who once couldn’t win the big one now has five majors in the last nine years. This one returns him to No. 2 in the world ranking for the first time in nearly three years.
Woods, meanwhile, now has gone 17 majors without winning, and that pursuit of Jack Nicklaus and his benchmark of 18 majors — Woods is stuck on 14 — doesn’t look any closer. He three-putted twice in four holes and looked like just another contender on this Sunday.
He attributed his round to not getting the right pace on the greens, which he said were progressively slower.
“I felt like I was really playing well today, actually the whole week, ” said Woods, who has not broken 70 in the final round of his last seven majors. “I really hit so many good shots and really had control of my ball this week. As I said, it was just trying to get the speed, and I just didn’t get it.”
The 2013 British Open starts on Thursday at Muirfield Golf Club in Scotland. The usual cast are favorites but there could be surprises. These videos put it all in perpective. Phil Mickelson is ready having won last weeks Scottish Open as is Jordan Spieth who won The John Deere Classic.
Tiger Woods is trying to end his 5 year major champioship =drought and Ernie Els is back to try and repeat. It will be exciting.
Phil Mickelson won The 2013 Scottish Open to get himself ready for the British Open at Muirfield. I think he’s got a great shot at it.
Ken Duke needed 187 starts on the PGA Tour to get his first win, securing it at a tournament that is building a reputation for such breakthroughs.
The 44-year-old journeyman made a 2 ½ foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole Sunday to beat Chris Stroud at the Travelers Championship.
Stroud, who also was looking for his first title, had chipped in from 51 feet on the 18th hole, to get to 12-under par and force the playoff.
But Duke made the better approach shot on the second extra hole, bouncing his ball in front of the flag and rolling it close.
“Yeah, it’s been a long time,” said Duke, who turned pro in 1994.” I’ve been on the Canadian tour, the mini tours, Asian Tour, South American Tour, all of them; Web.com, and it’s just great to be a part of this big family on the PGA Tour.”
Duke, who came in ranked 144th in the world, is the sixth golfer in eight years to get his first PGA Tour win here, joining J.J. Henry (2006), Hunter Mahan (2007), Bubba Watson (2010), Fredrik Jacobsen (2011) and Marc Leishman last year.
Canadian Graham DeLaet finished a stroke back in third place with a 269.
DeLaet a native of, Weyburn, Saskatchewan, said his thoughts this week have been with the people of Alberta, where widespread flooding is blamed for at least three deaths and forced thousands to evacuate.
He had the words “For Alberta” written on his cap Sunday.
The 2009 Canadian Tour player of the year pledged to donate $1,000 for every birdie he made to help the relief efforts.
PGA Tour Canada, a bank and a Canadian businessman all agreed to match the donation. He finished with three birdies on Sunday and nine for the weekend.
“Hopefully it puts a small dent in what they need,” he said. “But our hearts are still with them.”
Watson finished fourth, two shots behind, after making a six on the par-3 16th hole.
“You gotta believe in yourself in everything you do,” Duke said. “That’s why those guys at the top are winning week in, week out because they believe they can do it. It’s kind of one of those things once you finally do it it might come easier the next time. That’s kind of the way I feel.”
Duke wouldn’t have been in position to win at all had luck not intervened on the 10th hole, when his ball ricocheted off a tree and onto the green to about 5 feet from the pin, allowing him to make birdie.
After a 17-foot birdie putt on the next hole, he made a 45-footer on the 13th hole, a shot that looked as though it might go past the hole to the right, before falling in.
He battled Watson for the lead down the back nine, until the former Masters champion found trouble on the 16th.
Watson put his drive into the water and put his next shot over the green.
He finished two strokes back in fourth place.
“The wind affected the first shot, and the wind didn’t affect the next shot,” Watson said. “I flew it three feet past the hole, which you can’t do right now because the greens are so firm.”
Duke looked as though he had the tournament sewn up after saving par on 18, despite a tee shot that went well right and onto a hill, and a second shot that went just over the green. He used a putter to put the ball within 2 feet, then sank the putt as the crowd roared for what they thought was a winning shot.
Dramatic chip shot
It looked even more secure when Stroud’s second shot hit near the stick, but then rolled well off the green. That just set up the dramatic chip shot.
Stroud hit his tee shot over the cart path and 94 yards from the hole on the first playoff hole, while Duke’s first shot jumped out of a fairway bunker and into the rough.
Duke bounced his second shot onto the green. Stroud’s went into a greenside bunker.
Stroud chipped to 8 feet but had to watch as Green almost sank a long putt that would have ended it.
The two both struck the ball well on the second playoff hole, but Stroud missed a 25-foot birdie putt, and Duke made his short putt.
“I had three shots from 94 yards on 18, the exact same yardage, and I could not figure out a way to stop that ball,” Stroud said. “Regulation, luckily, I chipped it in.”
Watson, Charley Hoffman and DeLaet began the day tied for the lead, but 21 other players were within five strokes.
Webb Simpson shot a 65 to finish at 271, then headed home immediately after his round despite being just a stroke behind the leaders at the time. He said he knew the score wouldn’t be good enough to win.
“I’m itching to get to my family, so I’m going to head to the airport,” he said.
Justin Rose followed his U.S. Open win by shooting 6-under par for this tournament. He was in contention, with two birdies on his first seven holes, but didn’t get another until the final hole and made three bogeys. He said fatigue was a factor.
“I’m still able to put one foot in front of the other,” he said. “I still feel OK, but my guess is there’s just a little bit of sharpness that I might be lacking.”
No player has gone back-to-back after capturing the U.S. Open since 1997, when Ernie Els won the Buick Classic at the Westchester Country Club in New York.
Rose plans to play next week at Congressional before taking two weeks off to prepare for the British Open.
See all the highlights of The Travellers Championship in the following two videos. Major milestone for Ken Duke
Justin Rose Wins the 2013 U.S. Open Golf Championship at Merion Golf Club in Philadelphia, Pa.
Justin Rose clinched his maiden major title to become the first Englishman for 43 years to win the US Open.
The 32-year-old won by two shots from now six-time runner-up Phil Mickelson and Jason Day on a gripping final day.
Rose, also the first Englishman to win a major since Nick Faldo in 1996, fired a level-par 70 to end one over as overnight leader Mickelson carded 74.
Australian Day took 71 as England’s Luke Donald (75) collapsed to six over on the treacherous Merion course.
Rose led by one going up the difficult 18th and hit a stunning four-iron approach to set up a par four.
After tapping in his final putt, he looked up to the sky with tears in his eyes, and admitted later to thinking of his father and long-time mentor Ken, who died from leukaemia in 2002.
Mickelson, celebrating his 43rd birthday, needed to birdie the last to force an 18-hole play-off on Monday, but the four-time major champion could only make a bogey five.
“It wasn’t lost on me that today was Father’s Day,” said Rose of his gesture when he was presented with the trophy on the 18th green.
“A lot of us come from great men and we have a responsibility to our children to show what a great man can be.
“For it to all just work out for me, on such an emotional day, I couldn’t help but look up to the heavens and think that my old dad Ken had something do do with it.”
Rose, who was born in Johannesburg but brought up in Hampshire, burst onto the wider scene as a 17-year-old amateur when he finished in a tie for fourth in the 1998 Open at Royal Birkdale.
He went on to miss 21 consecutive cuts when he joined the paid ranks, before winning his first professional event in 2002. His biggest victory to date was the WGC Cadillac Championship last March.
Rose’s previous best major finish was tied-third in the US PGA behind Rory McIlroy last year, while he has had six other top-10s in majors.
He becomes the third UK winner of the title in four years after Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy (2011) and Graeme McDowell (2010).
The last Englishman to lift the US Open was Tony Jacklin, who won by seven shots at Hazeltine, Minnesota, in 1970. Five other Englishmen won the US Open pre-war, while a host of Scotsmen won early editions of the event.
Rose first hit the front at the eighth hole as the lead changed hands countless times on a tumultuous final day.
Mickelson was seemingly finished after two double bogeys in his first five holes, but the mercurial home favourite holed his second shot for an eagle at the 10th to regain top spot and reignite his challenge.
The pair duelled down the notorious final stretch – with Hunter Mahan also sharing the lead at one point – but Mickelson was unable to avenge his Ryder Cup singles defeat by Rose last year and clinch a first US Open title.
“For me, it’s very heart-breaking,” said Mickelson, who had previously finished second at the event in 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2009. “This was my best chance on a golf course I really liked. I felt like this was as good an opportunity as you could ask for and to not do it hurts.”
Former world number one Donald, who played alongside Rose, fell away early with three straight bogeys from the third and then a double bogey on the sixth.
Open champion Ernie Els (69) and Americans Jason Dufner (67), Hunter Mahan (75) and Billy Horschel (74) ended tied-fourth.
World number one Tiger Woods’s challenge was already over before the final round and he ended 13 over after a 74, while second-ranked McIlroy took 76 for 14 over.
“I did a lot of things right. Unfortunately I did a few things wrong, as well,” said Woods, chasing a 15th major title and first since 2008. “I struggled with the speed (of the greens) all week.”
A field of 156 travels to suburban Philadelphia this week for the 113th playing of the U.S. Open and will find a treasure trove of history, eclectic and iconic golf holes and the possibility of a very special experience at Merion Golf Club in pursuit of the nation’s championship.
It will take at least 72 holes to determine a champion, but we know many of the contenders and favorites well in advance of Thursday’s first shot.
Many eyes will be on the headline-grabbing pairing of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Masters champion Adam Scott for the first two rounds.
The above picture is of the clubhouse and the first tee. Lots of great tradition at Merion.
Rory McIlroy expresses his thoughts about this years U.S. Open Golf Championship at Merion Golf Club
Inside Golf discusses Merion Golf club in great detail as to why it is a wonderful golf course to play this year’s U.S. Open
Past interview with Jack Whitaker who gives his thoughts about the wonderful course, Merion Golf Club, home of this years U.S. Open Golf Championship
Matt Kuchar won the 2013 Memorial Golf Champioship in dramatic style. The home of Jack Nicklaus was a spectacular venue for this great win. Matt proves that a major championship is probably in his future as his career gets stronger and stronger.
Kuchar fired a four-under 68 on Sunday to win the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village at 12-under, and in the process, he proved that he is on the verge of winning a major.
Kuchar started Sunday playing in the day’s final group for the second consecutive week, and for the second consecutive Sunday, he fired a 68.
The difference this time is that his score was good enough to earn him the victory. After finishing second last week, Kuchar notched his second victory of the year.
With the win, Kuchar will move up to No. 4 in the rankings.
This is the first time that the six-time PGA winner has won multiple events in a year. It also means he is the first golfer not named Tiger Woods to capture more than one PGA crown this year.
Kuchar’s other win this year came at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship. His last win before that came at the 2012 Players Championship. What do all of those tournaments have in common? They are all prestigious events with top fields.
This is an impressive list of victories for a little over a year’s time, and it indicates that Kuchar is ready to take the next step in his development.
Kuchar turned pro in 2000, and he made an instant impact. He finished second at the Texas Open in 2001, and he won The Honda Classic in 2002. Kuchar then began to lose his way a bit, and he became a Tour afterthought.
Then, Kuchar began tweaking his swing in 2009 and 2010, and he hasn’t looked back since. Kuchar has become one of the most consistent players on the Tour.
See all the highlights and analysis in these great videos.
Tiger Woods finished 20 strokes behind Matt Kuchar, who won the Memorial Tournament.
Matt Kuchar speaks after winning the 2013 Memorial Tournament. Joining him is tournament founder, Jack Nicklaus.
This ia a video analysis of Matt’s swing at The Memorial
Jack Nicklaus’s 2013 Memorial Golf Championship, One Of Golf’s Special Events, the Tournament is played each year in the conspicuous honor of greats of the game. As an invitational tournament, the Memorial prides itself on not only a top-ranked field, but also an event rich in honor, tradition and excellence. Fans experience golf at its finest in this legendary venue.
The Golf Channel reviews all the players and what to look for.
Watch this preview. The event starts today, May 30, 2013.
Rory and Tiger are ready for a great duel.
Watch these great interviews with Jack Nicklaus about this year’s event and past events.
Jack Nicklaus’s 2013 Memorial Golf Championship, One Of Golf’s Special Events