China’s Shanshan Feng win 2014 Sime Darby LPGA with a 63

October 12, 2014

China’ Shanshan Feng win 2014 Sime Darby LPGA with a 63

Shanshan Feng wins Sime Darby LPGA 2015Winner of Sime Darby LPGA 2014 with a Final Round Score of 63

China’ Shanshan Feng posted a flawless eight-under 63 to bag her maiden title of the season and career’s fourth at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) today.

The 25-year-old world No.9 fired an eagle and six birdies en-route to a four-day total of 18-under 266, earning a three-stroke victory over second-placed Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand, who shot a 71. It was a superb display of gutsy golf by Feng. It was a major disappointment to the Thai golf who came to Round 4 with a comfortable lead.

Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg, who also carded a 63, and second day leader Ryo So-yeon of South Korea (67) are one shot adrift, sharing third spot on 14-under.

Europe retains the Ryder Cup with an impressive win over the Americans

September 29, 2014

Ryder Cup 2014: Jamie Donaldson seals win with ‘wedge shot of my life’

at Gleneagles, The Guardian, Sunday 28 September 2014 18.57 BST

Jamie DonaldsonJamie Donaldson of Wales delivered the Winning Point

 It was a shot worthy of winning any game of golf, let alone a Ryder Cup in front of 45,000 rabid supporters and millions more on television who had been whipped into a state of high anticipation. The debutant Jamie Donaldson called the stroke that brought victory over Keegan Bradley, securing his third victory of the week and delivering the Ryder Cup for Europe, “the wedge shot of my life”. “He’s been sensational, incredible. It’s been a hell of a week,” said his captain, Paul McGinley, as he kissed the man who delivered the winning shot.

Donaldson broke off from his own TV interviews to embrace his parents as the emotions that the Europeans have kept in check beneath talk of plans and templates began to bubble to the surface. “It’s amazing. The lads have got on so well all week. It’s been great craic in there. It’s just an incredible week,” said the Welshman. “It’s hard to describe how good it is. It’s just … there’s nothing else like it in golf. It’s just a total one-off. It’s just a huge, huge thing, and it’s just been amazing to be a part of it.”

Europe-lineup_3048924bThe European Ryder Cup Team-2104 won impressively over Tom Watson’s American Team

Lofted downhill from 146 yards to the 15th green, his approach shot landed within inches of the pin to a huge roar and sparked a wild, backslapping celebration from his hitherto reserved captain. “It was a perfect yardage and I played the wedge shot of my life to close the game out. I can’t really put words to it – it’s unbelievable,” said Donaldson. “I knew it was all getting tight there at the end. I was just trying to not spend too much time looking at the scoreboard and just concentrate on my match.”

As Donaldson, right, was submerged beneath a mob of congratulation from team-mates, his caddie Michael Donaghy, vice-captains and other assorted members of his entourage, two pivotal moments may have sprung to mind. First, when he ignored a doctor’s instructions to quit the game altogether in 2004 when struggling with a chronic back complaint (“The first doctor I went to see said, ‘don’t play’ – so I went to see someone else,” the 38-year-old has said. “That wasn’t what I wanted to hear. As soon as someone says that, you just go and see someone else!”).

Then, having sprung to prominence by winning the 2012 Irish Open and the 2013 Abu Dhabi Championship following years of toil on a European tour he joined in 2002, he almost missed out on the Ryder Cup. Ranked 25th in the world, Donaldson has only ever once finished in the top 10 in a major but since his breakthrough has consistently challenged in other tournaments. Donaldson, who lives in Macclesfield with his partner and two young children, had been in line to qualify for the team all year until a missed putt at the US PGA Championship left him out of the running for an automatic berth.

“I had a chat with him in the caddie room in the cart barn underneath Valhalla,” said McGinley before the first day. “He had just come off the 18th green. If he had got up-and-down, he would have been a Ryder Cup player. He didn’t. He knew he had to make twenty-odd-thousand euros in the next two events. He was pretty distraught. I had a good chat with him. We talked about it. We came up with a strategy of what he had to do to make the team. I didn’t want him to miss the team.”

Paul McGinleyMcGinley (left) told him straight that it would be difficult to pick him as a wildcard and that it was down to him to make the €20,000 he needed to secure his spot. “We came up with a plan that he was going to play Czechoslovakia [at the Czech Masters]. He went out there, and he played very aggressively and ended up winning the tournament,” said McGinley. “I know that was a huge psychological boost for him, to be able to make the team and to be able to burst through the line the way he did.”

As a beaming Donaldson marched up the 18th green behind Victor Dubuisson with a Welsh flag around his shoulders, he in many ways epitomised the teamwork and bond that underpinned their success. “It’s a great sense of pride, as I say, this ugly face,” laughed McGinley in the post victory melee, grabbing Donaldson’s cheeks. “How happy it is, and the pride that we give to everybody, and the happiness of people in the stands, that’s what you did.”

McGinley said that Lee Westwood had acted as almost an extra vice-captain in mentoring Donaldson. “I love it,” said Westwood. “I have as much fun playing for myself as seeing somebody else take to it like a duck to water.”

The pair overcame Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk during one of the crucial foursomes sessions that formed the backbone of Europe’s victory. For Donaldson, it was the man who meticulously planned Europe’s victory under cloudless skies who had set the tone for a week he will never forget. “Paul captained one of the Seve Trophies I played in and I told everybody that he was going to be unbelievable here. He’s certainly done a lot more than that. He’s been incredible.”




Rory McIlroy wins 2014 PGA Championship

August 11, 2014


Rory McIlroy wins 2014 PGA Championship edging Phil Mickelson by one Stroke

McilroyRory McIlroy of Northern Ireland won the P.G.A. Championship on Sunday, shooting a 68 in the rain-delayed final round to defeat Phil Mickelson by one stroke at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., claiming his second straight major title and solidifying his status as golf’s top-ranked player.

The 25-year-old McIlroy, who won the British Open last month, joins Tom Morris Jr., Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only golfers with four major victories at age 25 or younger. McIlroy also won the 2011 United States Open and the 2012 P.G.A. Championship and needs to win the Masters to complete a career Grand Slam, a feat accomplished by only five others.

McIlroy, who led Bernd Wiesberger by one shot after three rounds, finished 72 holes at 16 under par, making him 48 under in winning his last three starts.–The NEW YORK TIMES

GOLF: Germany’s Bernhard Langer wins 2014 Senior British Open

July 28, 2014

GOLF: Bernhard Langer wins 2014 Senior British Open

By on Jul 27 2014, 3:04p

Berhard+Langer+Senior+Open+Championship+Round+Psak-spWjlolThe 2014 British Senior Open Winner by 13 shots

If Rory McIlroy’s multi-shot win last Sunday felt like a cruise to the Open Championship, what should we call Bernhard Langer’s dominance one week later at the Senior Open? This was Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach in 2000 dominant, where a player overwhelms a field and course and is simply playing a different tournament than everyone else. It seemed Langer would have challenged and beaten anyone, Champions Tour or not, this week at Royal Porthcawl in Wales.

A total of five players finished under-par. Colin Montgomerie, who had just won the U.S. Senior Open and Senior PGA, made another impressive run this week to finish 5-under. He was 13 shots worse than Langer, the German machine grinding everything down in much the same way Martin Kaymer did at the U.S. Open. Kaymer’s eight-shot win at Pinehurst, however, had to feel tense compared to this laugher, which was the largest margin at any Champions Tour event ever, major or not


GOLF: Rory McIlroy wins The 143rd Open at Hoylake

July 21, 2014

GOLF: Rory McIlroy wins The 143rd Open at Hoylake

From Chris Murphy, CNN
July 20, 2014 — Updated 2156 GMT (0556 HKT)

Hoylake (CNN) — Rory McIlroy is one step away from golfing immortality, but it didn’t come easily. Perhaps that is the way it should be, given the 25-year-old’s two-shot victory at the British Open has elevated him into exalted company.

Rory-McIlroy win The Claret JugRory McIlroy wins The Claret Jug at The OPEN 2014

Only two players have completed three legs of a grand slam by that age — Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods — a potent pair with 32 majors between them.Victory at Hoylake means it is only the U.S. Masters that eludes him, a tournament which inflicted such a cruel fate back in 2011.

When McIlroy wins majors, he usually wins big. His previous pair — the U.S. Open in 2011, and the U.S PGA Championship in 2013 — had both been secured at a canter, eight shots the margin to second best. But not this time.

Out in front by six shots at the start of the day McIlroy stumbled round the links, scrapping and clawing away at the course to maintain his advantage.His main challenger wasn’t playing partner Rickie Fowler but friend and Ryder Cup comrade Sergio Garcia, of Spain, who charged round the first 10 holes in five-under par.

At one stage, McIlroy’s lead had been whittled to a mere two shots, but while the Spaniard’s nerve wobbled, McIlroy’s held. Just. Garcia took two shots to get out of a green side bunker on the 15th and McIlroy made a birdie on the 16th to stretch his lead to three.He could even afford to find a bunker on the last for a par-five to finish on 17-under for the championship. Garcia and Fowler finished tied for second on 15-under. “There was a better player,” Garcia said after shooting an impressive 66. “It’s as simple as that.”

Perhaps this leg of the hat-trick is the one that will give McIlroy greatest satisfaction, given he had to grind his way to the finish line amid the constant strain of pressure and expectation. His celebration was one that betrayed the relief he felt at getting the job done. Now all that is left is to conquer those demons at Augusta.

After being presented with his prize, McIlroy told reporters: “It feels absolutely incredible.I’m happy I gave myself a cushion because there were a lot of guys coming at me especially Sergio and Rickie Fowler. Just to be sitting here and looking at this thing, (The Claret Jug) and having my name on it, is a great feeling.It hasn’t sunk in yet and I’m going to enjoy it and let it sink in tonight in the company of my friends and family.”

As the 25-year-old himself acknowledged on Saturday, there will be a mountain of hype when he heads to Augusta next April, but for now it is all about McIlroy’s transformation on the links.

Justin Rose returns to form to win the Scottish Open 2014

July 14, 2014

GOLF: Justin Rose returns to form to win the Scottish Open 2014

by Ewan Murray, The Guardian, Sunday 13 July 2014 18.54 BST

Justin Rose at the Scottish 2014 OpenJustin Rose has not laid down an Open Championship marker, he has battered one into the ground with a sledgehammer. Rose’s credentials for this week at Hoylake were already strong, courtesy of his victory at the Quicken Loans National, before he took to the podium again, this time at the Scottish Open. A 65 from Rose at Royal Aberdeen on Sunday was sufficient to win the event by two strokes from Kristoffer Broberg and five from Marc Warren, with whom he was tied at the start of the final round.

At 16 under par, Rose conquered Royal Aberdeen’s stern test, albeit with wet Sunday conditions having a generally positive impact on scoring. He receives €627,000 (£500,000) for his efforts but an even more substantial boost to confidence at a crucial juncture in the season.

Rose heads to the Open having won on each of his previous two starts. To make it three, including a major championship, would represent both a remarkable achievement and as close to a streak as is possible in modern-day professional golf.

“I couldn’t have scripted it better,” said Rose, who dropped just a single stroke in his closing 49 Scottish Open holes. “I’ve never won two in a row and I’ve certainly never won three in a row so I’m in uncharted territory.

“It is unbelievable, really, to be back in the winner’s circle so quickly. I am feeling great. I don’t think these wins have taken a lot out of me. I will enjoy the moment but my mind will be, as of tomorrow, back in the game.”

Those who dispute whether winning the Scottish Open and Open Championship in back-to-back weeks is realistic need only glance back a year, where Phil Mickelson will supply a hefty counterpoint. When you throw into the equation that Rose has shown he has what it takes to win a gruelling major, it is little wonder his Hoylake odds have shortened to as tight as 12-1 in places.

A front nine of 31 on Sunday meant the Scottish Open was Rose’s to lose. Warren, who has tasted heartache in this event before, played the same stretch in 35. Eight pars and a birdie on the closing half were enough to ease Rose towards victory, with Bronberg’s 66 rendering him the 2013 US Open winner’s closest challenger.

“I had a 12ft [putt] for birdie on the 1st and misread there and that was the story of the front nine,” said Warren. “Justin was the opposite. He seemed to be putting from outside me most of the time and holing them. Once he was out in front he was difficult to catch.

“Obviously his confidence is high after winning a couple of weeks ago in America, and you could see that today; there were absolutely no mistakes.I think he made two bad swings all day and even they were a fraction out. He relied on his short game when he needed to. Obviously I don’t like being on the end of it, but it was a pleasure to watch.”

Rory McIlroy had set a course record of 64 on Thursday. That was bettered by Felipe Aguilar and Stephen Gallacher during Day Four; both shot 63. Gallacher’s tie for fourth further endorses his claims for a Ryder Cup spot in September.

McIlroy had the consolation of a third sub-70 round out of four, this time a 67, and a top-15 finish. He finished at seven under par, his position after round one.

“I see enough good signs in my game to give me some confidence heading into next week,” said McIlroy. “I’ve had three good rounds here. If I can just string a fourth in there, it would be great and obviously going into next week, that’s what I’m going to try to do.”

Mickelson had cause to be even more upbeat, after a 65 and tie for 11th. The 44-year-old thereby heads for the defence of his Claret Jug in fine spirits.

“I’m going to savour it and enjoy it,” said Mickelson. “I just feel different now when the Open Championship comes up and I’m able to go there as a past champion, as opposed to a foreign player who has never been able to conquer links golf. I will just go there with a whole different confidence level and feel a lot less pressure to try to win it because I’ve already done it. That win last year is something that I will always cherish.”