Kaymer follows PGA win with victory at KLM Open - COPIED

By Associated PressSeptember 15, 2010, 9:53 pm

European Tour HILVERSUM, Netherlands – PGA champion Martin Kaymer shot a final round 4-under 66 to win the KLM Open by four strokes on Sunday.

The German, who had led by one shot overnight, carded five birdies and only one bogey when he missed the green at the short 10th hole, to stay top of the leaderboard all day and finish with a 14-under total of 266.

Sweden’s Christian Nilsson and Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti both shot 69s to finish joint second at 10 under.

The win was the 25-year-old Kaymer’s seventh on the European Tour and his third in 2010 following victories in Abu Dhabi and last month’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Kaymer now plans to take a week off before starting his preparation for his European Ryder Cup debut at Celtic Manor and his confidence could not be higher.

“I set out to be consistent in the final round,” he said. “I just wanted to give myself chances and avoid high numbers which is what I did. And my swing felt very nice.”

There was no mystery about the source of his current self-belief.

“Winning the U.S. PGA, one of the biggest tournaments of the year, gives you the biggest confidence you can get,” he said.

Kaymer, meanwhile, sent a message to European team captain Colin Montgomerie who now has to find him a partner for the Ryder Cup contest against the United States.

“If I could I would choose to play with Rory McIlroy,” Kaymer said. “We get along very well and he could be a great foursomes partner for me.”

By collecting $381,000 for his victory at Hilversum, Kaymer increased his lead at the top of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai money list. Graeme McDowell, in second place, did not play over the weekend.

The only real threat to during the fourth round in Holland emerged at the 15th when his playing partner Nilsson chipped in for a birdie from off the green to cut his lead to two shots.

Kaymer, however, responded by converting a 6-foot birdie putt on the next green and a tap in birdie at the last completed a convincing victory.

Among the four players who shared fourth place at 9-under was the 2010 British Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen who shot a closing 5-under 65.

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

 

 

Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."


Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout


Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.

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Wie takes shot at LPGA dress code in crop top

By Grill Room TeamDecember 10, 2017, 5:33 pm

The new LPGA dress code got mixed reviews when it was announced in July, and Michelle Wie is taking full advantage of her offseason with no restrictions.

The 28-year-old former U.S. Women's Open champion is keeping her game sharp while back in her home state of Hawaii, but couldn't help taking a shot at the rules while doing it, posting a photo to Instagram of her playing golf in a crop top with the caption, "Offseason = No dress code fine."

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Wie isn't the first to voice her displeasure with the rules. Lexi Thompson posted a similar photo and caption to Instagram shortly after the policy was announced.