Congratulations to This Week’s Winners in Professional Golf!
PGA Tour: American Patton Kizzire, OHL Classic at Mayakoba (Playa del Carmen, Mexico), $1,278,000 first place prize money, -19 under par.
PGA Tour – Next Event: The RSM Classic, Sea Island, Georgia (November 16-19)
European Tour: South African Branden Grace, Nedbank Golf Challenge (Sun City, South Africa), €1,069,290 first place prize money, -11 under par.
European Tour – Next Event: DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (November 16-19)
LPGA Tour: China’s Shanshan Feng, Blue Bay LPGA (Hainan Island, China), $315,000 first place prize money, -9 under par.
LPGA – Next Event: CME Group Tour Championship, Naples, Florida (November 16-19)
PGA Tour Champions: American Kevin Sutherland, Charles Schwab Cup Championship (Phoenix, Arizona), $1,440,000 ($440,000 first place prize money + $1,000,000 annuity Charles Schwab Cup Season Points Champion), -15 under par.
PGA Tour Champions – Next Event: PNC Father Son Challenge, Orlando, Florida (December 14-17)
Featured Image: Shanshan Feng, 2017 Blue Bay LPGA Champion, @LPGA/Twitter
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Golf Writer, Keith Cook, provides the Weekend’s Wrap-up of the Winners, Losers, and Other News from the LPGA, PGA, Champions, and European Tours!
WEGMANS LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP
PITTSFORD, N.Y. /// The fourth Major Championship of the 2014 LPGA season, the Wegmans LPGA Championship, had its fair share of drama and suspense. Birdies, bogeys, and double bogeys all around . . . and that was just in the leader’s group. Overnight leader, and leader for the majority of the final round, American Brittany Lincicome, looked to be the favorite, but heartbreakingly three-putted the 18th hole to fall into a playoff with South Korea’s Inbee Park.
The playoff lasted just one hole with Lincicome not able to get up-and-down for par and Inbee Park sinking a 2-foot par putt for the win. With the win, Inbee Park now adds an impressive victory to her resume and a fifth Major Championship to her record.
The LPGA’s fifth, and final Major of the season, The 2014 Evian Championship, will be held at the Evian Resort in Evian-les-Bains in southeastern France, September 11-14, 2014.
GREENSBORO, N.C. /// Firing a final round 63 . . . perfectly bookending his first round 63, Camilo Villegas, took home the 2014 Wyndham Championship. Funny thing was, when Villegas finished his round, he felt he was one stroke shy. “I was hoping for a playoff,” Villegas said. “I thought I needed one more (stroke).” Turns out Villegas didn’t need any help, and watching the rest of the tournament comfortably from the scorer’s tent, found himself once again in the winner’s circle as the rest of the field struggled to get in. With the win, Camilo Villegas is now a four-time PGA Tour Winner and captures his first win since 2010, at the Honda Classic.
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ENDICOTT, N.Y. /// I’m sure even the Champions Tour would admit, the press and worldwide attention that came with Kevin Sutherland’s 59 in Round 2, will continue to be the story of the tournament; maybe even as much as the win by tour superstar, Bernhard Langer.
With the 59 in Round 2, Kevin Sutherland made golf history and cemented his name in the record books as the first golfer to shoot 59 on the Champions Tour. Sutherland was unable to follow up his amazing round with the win, shooting a +2 / 74 final round score, finishing in a tie for seventh with five others.
Tournament Champion, Bernhard Langer, always seemingly solid in the face of pressure, once again took care of business and captured the title by one stroke over Mark O’Meara and Woody Austin. Langer’s final round -6 under/66, for a -16 under total for the tournament, seemed almost effortless as he continued to make birdies down the stretch. With the win, Langer secures his 5th victory of the season and takes his all-time Champions Tour victory total to 23.
MADE IN DENMARK
AALBORG, DENMARK /// Scotland’s Marc Warren held off Welshman Bradley Dredge to capture his third win on the European Tour and his first win since the 2007 Johnnie Walker Championship. Warren, firing a final round -3 under/68 in gusty winds and rain said, ”It feels incredible . . . today I kept telling myself I was swinging the club really well and I was confident in what I was doing.” The final round was really only a two-person race, with Warren and Dredge holding the tournament in their hands from the start of the round. In the end, Warren (-9) finished two strokes ahead of Dredge (-7) for the win, with Dredge finishing a full 3-strokes ahead of third place finisher England’s, Phillip Archer (-4).
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BIO: Keith Cook is a Writer and Contributing Editor for localgolfer.com. He is a retired 29-year US Military Veteran and Ashford University Alumnus living in Michigan. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter @_KeithCook and @LocalGolfer