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.”


Mo Martin wins The Women’s British Open 2014

July 14, 2014

GOLF: Mo Martin wins The Women’s British Open 2014

by Golf Channel Digital (07-13-14)

Mo+Martin+Swinging+Skirts+LPGA+ClassicMo Martin made eagle on the 72nd hole to win the 2014 Women’s British Open and claim her first career major. Here’s how it all ended in the whipping winds of Royal Birkdale:

Leaderboard: Mo Martin (-1), Shanshan Feng (E), Inbee Park (+1), Suzann Pettersen (+2)

What it means: Martin, the 36-hole leader, started the day three back following a Saturday 77. She ended up one of only two players who did not finish her final round over par, with an even 72. Martin was 2 over for the day and 1 over for the championship before her second shot on the par-5 18th ran onto the green and hit the flag stick. Martin made her eagle putt to get into the clubhouse at 1 under, with then-co-leaders Inbee Park and Shanshan Feng still twisting in the wind. Martin, 99th in the Rolex World Rankings, had only one prior top-10 finish in an LPGA event in her last three years on tour and had yet to win. Her lead through two rounds was her first lead of any kind in an LPGA event and her three at the last was her first eagle of the year. Martin’s victory also extends a string of success for American women in major championships this year, following Lexi Thompson’s win at the Kraft Nabisco and Michelle Wie’s breakthrough as the U.S. Open.

Round of the day: Martin looked as if she would struggle again, with bogeys at Nos. 1 and 5. But she rebounded with a birdie at the sixth and proceeded to play her final 11 holes with nine pars, one bogey and, of course, one eagle. Anna Nordqvist of Sweden was the only other player who managed to play Royal Borkdale at even par Sunday with a 72 of her own. Nordqvist was actually 3 over through two holes before closing with three birdies and 13 pars to finish 5 over for the championship, in a tie for 12th place.

Best of the rest: It’s tough to pick anything out, considering everyone else in the field was over par, but 50-year-old Laura Davies and 20-year-old amateur both managed 1-over-par 73s. Three decades apart – that’s golf for you.

Biggest disappointment: Park opened the day with a three-shot lead at 4-under for the championship and gave it all away. She made the turn only 1 over for the round before going double bogey on Nos. 10 and 11. Feng held a three-way share of the lead with Martin and Park at 1 under when Martin eagled the last, but promptly made bogey on 16, ending a string of eight straight pars. Park and Feng entered the last two holes, both par 5s, needing just a birdie to tie Martin and force a playoff. Instead, Feng parred out and Park’s errant drive on the final hole resulted in a bogey. Park finished with a 5-over 77 and Feng a 3-over 75. Park was seeking her fifth career major and her fourth win in the last eight major championships, dating back to the 2013 Kraft Nabisco.

Shot of the day: What else? Martin’s second at the 72nd.

Quote of the day: “The second shot is one I’m going to remember. I actually heard it hit the flag. I said ‘Oh my God.'” – Martin

GOLF: Michelle Wie wins 69th United States Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2

June 23, 2014

Michelle Wie wins 69th United States Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2