This Week’s Winners in Professional Golf!

Congratulations to this Week’s Winners in Professional Golf!

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PGA Tour/European Tour (co-sanctioned): American Jimmy Walker, *MAJOR* PGA Championship (Springfield, New Jersey), $1,800,000 first place prize money, -14 under par.

Photo: Jimmy Walker, PGATour.com
Photo: Jimmy Walker, PGATour.com

PGA Tour-LogoPGA Tour – Next Event: Travelers Championship, Cromwell, Connecticut (August 4-7)

 

LPGA.comLPGA Tour: Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, *MAJOR* RICOH Women’s British Open (Milton Keynes, England), $450,000 first place prize money, -16 under par.

Photo: Ariya Jutanugarn, LPGA.com
Photo: Ariya Jutanugarn, LPGA.com

LPGA – Next Event: *Break in Schedule*, Olympic Women’s Golf Competition, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (August 11-14); Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (August 25-28)

EuropeanTourEuropean Tour (off-field event): Chinese Taipei’s Shih-Chang Chan, King’s Cup (Pattaya, Thailand), €122,047 first prize money, -12 under par.

Photo: Shih-Chang Chan, EuropeanTour.com
Photo: Shih-Chang Chan, EuropeanTour.com

European Tour – Next Event: Aberdeen Asset Management Match Play, North Berwick, Scotland (August 4-7)

PGA Tour Champions-LogoChampions Tour – Next Event: *Break in Schedule* 3M Championship, Blaine, Minnesota (August 5-7)

Featured Image: Jimmy Walker, 2016 PGA Champion, PGATour.com

BIO: Keith Cook has been a writer/contributing editor at localgolfer.com since 2013. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter: @_KeithCook and @LocalGolfer.

A working pro plays the PGA: Part 2

It wasn’t the drive on No. 12 that led to a triple-bogey and might have blown him out of contention. It wasn’t even the twisting 33-foot make on the 18th green, the biggest putt of his life.

Nope. The defining golf shot of Rich Berberian Jr.’s final round at late June’s PGA Professional Championship, he said, was the tee ball on No. 13 after the dead-pull on 12 that he lost in heavy rough, leading to an 8 on his card.

Let’s set the scene: Berberian, 28, an assistant pro at Windham Country Club in Derry, N.H., started the final day at New York’s Turning Stone Resort at 8 under par, three strokes behind the leader, veteran pro Omar Uresti. After birdies on 7, 8 and 11, Berberian was all even with Uresti at 11-under. Then out jumped that triple-bogey on the 12th.

“It was probably the best thing that happened to me,” Berberian said of the big number. “It made me stop playing defensive golf.”

Instead of panic, Berberian felt clarity.

“I’ve never been so focused on what I had to do,” he said. “After that hole I was able to laugh it off and say to myself, well, let’s just keep going. I don’t care what the score is right now – let me just hit this tee shot.”

When Berberian stepped to the tee on 13, he’d already seen Mark Brown, the third member of the final group, hit an iron off the tee into the water.

Berberian considered an iron, too, but stuck with driver.

“If I’m gonna hit an iron in the water, I might as well hit a driver in the water,” he said. “So I got up there and aimed down the left side. I knew it was a hard hole, so I just swung at it and hit it right down the middle, and that was really what kick-started me. That was probably the hardest tee shot of the rest of the day.

“That was special.”

Berberian went on to birdie 13, and added a birdie on 16 to get to the last hole even with Uresti.

Berberian’s tee shot on 18 landed in rough right of the green. His chip slid by left of the hole, but he was able to get a read on the break for the comebacker.

As history records, he made the putt, while Uresti missed his birdie try that could have forced a playoff.

“It’s one of those things that you dream about making in a situation like that,” he said. “I mean, I’ve struggled to make dead straight five-footers with my buddies for a couple bucks.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the way I putted.”

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Berberian talked by phone last Saturday as he drove from his home in Hooksett, N.H., toward Springfield, N.J., where lies Baltusrol Golf Club, host of the 98th PGA Championship.

He said he hoped to get a practice round in that day, and play at least nine holes every day leading to his 12:45 p.m. (ET) tee time Thursday in his first PGA.

He’ll play the first two days with Shaun Micheel, the 2003 PGA champion who has mostly fallen off the golf planet in recent years, and loquacious veteran Rocco Mediate.

“I’m pretty quiet,” Berberian said. “It will be good to have Rocco chirping away. It will calm me down.”

Berberian said he can draw on his success at Turning Stone when he takes on the long and demanding Baltusrol.

“It wasn’t long ago when I was playing really well,” he said. “It’s more about confidence than anything. At this stage of the game I know I can play well. I know I can play with the guys I’m about to play with.

“It’s a matter of just believing it on the first tee Thursday.”

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Global Golf Calendar: Competition edition

On the Web.com Tour, there are no questions of anti-competitive rules and regs to favor anybody over any other body — low score wins, every time.

The Witch Hollow Course at Pumpkin Ridge: Unfairly anti-competitive

The Witch Hollow Course at Pumpkin Ridge: Unfairly anti-competitive

Bart PotterSpent the morning learning about the legal and other ways to get around the competitive requirements in contracting law and all the ways your ever-vigilant gubmint looks out for you and me to make sure no palms are greased and pockets lined without due process.

It was just as interesting as you might imagine.

We learned just this week that the honchos in one major political party appeared to favor one candidate over another through the primary election process. I’m thinking just maybe they leaned, unofficially, toward the one with the best chance of beating the bozo in the other party.

On the Web.com Tour, there are no questions of anti-competitive rules and regs to favor anybody over any other body — low score wins, every time. The only due process on the Web tour is when they add up the prize money at the end of the regular season. The top 25 get to move up and compete on the PGA Tour where, last I checked, low score wins, too.

A bunch of press hacks gathered this week at Oregon’s Pumpkin Ridge complex to play the Witch Hollow course and learn about the Winco Foods Kraft Heinz etc. Portland Open, the last regular-season stop on the Web.com Tour (Aug. 25-28), after which they give out PGA Tour cards to The 25.

My scramble team engaged in anti-competitive practices that were, I assure you, all strictly legal, and still the golf course won.

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The Web.com Tour is the third party this weekend in a two-way race for the hearts and minds of the sporting public and exposure on our television sets. The Web would lose out big if it were up against just one major. This weekend, there are two: the PGA Championship and the Women’s British Open, and that head-to-head, in my mind, is purely anti-competitive – nobody wins if the other one loses.

This week in golf

PGA Championship
July 28-31, Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield Township, N.J.

Women’s British Open
July 28-31, Woburn Golf Club, Little Brickhill, Milton Keynes, England.

Web.com Tour
July 28-31: Ellie Mae Classic, TPC Stonebrae, Hayward, Calif.

Out there

U.S. Senior Open
Aug. 11-14, Scioto Country Club, Columbus, Ohio.

LPGA: The Evian Championship
Sept. 15-18, Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France..

The Ryder Cup
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn.

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