Robin Wins Womens Senior Golf Tour Event
As mom looked on from the edge of the green, kitty Robyn sank a huge birdie putt on No. 17 and went on to win the Hy-Vee Classic by one stroke on Sunday - her first tournament victory.
Robyn had encouraged her mother, Dorothy Young, to make the trip from Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Women's Senior Golf Tour Event because she wasn't sure how much longer Young would be able to follow her around the course.
'I think she must have some extremely powerful vibes that helps that ball go in the hole,' Robyn said.
Robyn, a teaching pro in San Diego, shot even-par 72 for the final round at the Hyperion Field Club to finish at 4-under 140. Laura Shanahan Rowe (66) and Cindy Miller (70) each closed at 3 under, while Dawn Coe-Jones (73), Alicia Dibos (73) and Barb Moxness (70) came in a 2 under.
Rowe's 66 matched the record for the 6-year-old tournament.
Robyn, Rowe and Miller had appeared to be heading for a playoff until Robyn played 17. She hit a pitching wedge from 92 yards to the front fringe of the green, then rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt to take sole possession of the lead.
Not that she knew it at the time.
'I know better than to look at the (leader) board,' said Robyn, 50, who played on the LPGA tour from 1979-91. 'I had no idea where I stood. Every time in the past I looked at the board, my name just came off. So I did not look.'
Miller and Rowe had finished their rounds, so Robyn just had to make par on 18. She hit a 6-iron to 25 feet on the par-3 hole, got her first putt within 2 feet and calmly knocked it in from there to claim the $75,000 first-place check.
Robyn flexed for the crowd. Her mother, standing near the bleachers, blew her a kiss.
'We thought it would be great if she could come out and see me play one more time,' Robyn said. 'We might have to bring her out again with this luck.'
Rowe, a golf instructor in New Hampshire, pulled into contention with a round that included six birdies and an eagle. She finished more than two hours before the other leaders, ate lunch, then waited to see if she'd be going back onto the course.
It might have been different if Rowe had just putted a little better on Saturday, when she had 37 putts while shooting a 75.
'After yesterday I said to myself, I'm hitting it so well. If I could just make a few putts,' she said. 'I was very determined to make putts today, just to erase the demons from yesterday. And believe me, the demons were screaming at me yesterday and I was screaming right back.'
Rowe, 46, had no such problems Sunday. She had an eagle on 15 after hitting a 4-wood to 8 feet and played the final 12 holes at 7 under.
Robyn charges $75 for a 45-minute lesson at the Coronado course in San Diego. At that rate, she'd have to give 1,000 lessons to earn what she made for playing 36 holes in Iowa.
All in all, a pretty good weekend's work.
'I'm not going to quit my day job until we get more of these,' Robyn said with a smile. 'But this is great. What a thrill.'
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Phil rubs fan's Donald Duck hat seven times, signs it
There is a case to be made that what Phil Mickelson did on Saturday made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.
There is also a case to be made that the USGA's setup of Shinnecock Hills made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.
Whatever you think about what Mickelson did on Saturday - and how he attempted to justify it after the fact without even a hint of remorse - watch this video.
The next time you hear someone say, "If anybody else had putted a moving ball on purpose and not apologized for it, it would get a different reaction," you can point to this video and say, "Yeah, here's why."
Here's what happened once a still-strident Mickelson was done rubbing Donald Duck hats on Sunday, per Ryan Lavner:
If you’re wondering whether Mickelson would be defiant or contrite on Sunday, we don’t know the answer. He declined to stop and speak with the media, deciding instead to sign autographs for more than a half hour and then offering a few short answers before ducking into player hospitality.
“The real question is, ‘What am I going to do next?’” he said. “I don’t know.”
The 2024 Ryder Cup at Bethpage is going to be a three-ring circus, and Mickelson, a likely choice to captain the U.S. team, will be the ringmaster.
Separately, shoutout to 2017 Latin Am champ Toto Gana, who does a terrific Donald Duck (skip to end).
We followed our defending champion Toto Gana during his registration! He even did his Donald Duck impression!— LAAC (@LAAC_Golf) January 17, 2018
Acompañamos a Toto Gana, defensor del título, durante todo el proceso de acreditación. ¡Incluso imitó a Donald Duck!#LAAC2018 pic.twitter.com/NGh7hS4cCz
Ryder Cup race: Mickelson out, Simpson in
There's a new man at the top of the U.S. Ryder Cup race following the U.S. Open, and there's also a familiar name now on the outside looking in.
Brooks Koepka's successful title defense vaulted him to the top of the American points race, up four spots and ensuring he'll be on the team Jim Furyk takes to Paris in September. Dustin Johnson's third-place finish moved him past Patrick Reed at No. 2, while Webb Simpson entered the top eight after a a tie for 10th.
While Bryson DeChambeau remained at No. 9, Phil Mickelson dropped two spots to No. 10. Tony Finau, who finished alone in fifth, went from 16th to 13th, while Tiger Woods fell two spots to No. 37.
Here's a look at the latest U.S. standings, with the top eight after the PGA Championship qualifying automatically:
1. Brooks Koepka
2. Dustin Johnson
3. Patrick Reed
4. Justin Thomas
5. Jordan Spieth
6. Rickie Fowler
7. Bubba Watson
8. Webb Simpson
9. Bryson DeChambeau
10. Phil Mickelson
11. Matt Kuchar
12. Brian Harman
On the European side, England's Tommy Fleetwood took a big stride toward securing his first Ryder Cup appearance with a runner-up finish that included a Sunday 63 while countryman Matthew Fitzpatrick snuck into a qualifying spot after tying for 12th.
Here's a look at the updated Euro standings, with the top four from both points lists joining four picks from captain Thomas Bjorn at Le Golf National:
1. Tyrrell Hatton
2. Justin Rose
3. Tommy Fleetwood
4. Francesco Molinari
5. Thorbjorn Olesen
6. Ross Fisher
1. Jon Rahm
2. Rory McIlroy
3. Alex Noren
4. Matthew Fitzpatrick
5. Ian Poulter
6. Rafael Cabrera-Bello
Koepka autographs local kids' 'Go Brooks' sign after win
Brooks Koepka is a two-time U.S. Open winner, but that doesn't mean he's now too big to go sign a couple pieces of cardboard in somebody's front yard in the middle of the night.
Koepka's girlfriend, Jena Sims, posted two pictures to her Instagram story on Sunday of "Go Brooks" signs she says were put up by some local kids in the area where Koepka was staying for the week.
The first is dated prior to Koepka's final-round tee time.
The second is from Sunday night.
And here, separately, for no reason in particular (other than the fact that she posted it) is a video of Sims running over a parking cone at last year's U.S. Open at Erin Hills.
Speaking of kids, just feels those two are gonna make it.
Koepka moves to No. 4 in world with U.S. Open win
After successfully defending his U.S. Open title, Brooks Koepka reached a new career high in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Koepka held off Tommy Fleetwood to win by a shot Sunday at Shinnecock Hills, becoming the first player to go back-to-back in nearly 30 years. As a result, he jumped five spots in the latest rankings to No. 4, six spots higher than he reached with last year's U.S. Open victory at Erin Hills.
Fleetwood finished alone in second place and moved up two spots to No. 10, tying his career-best placement. Patrick Reed moved up two spots to No. 11 by finishing fourth, while fifth-place Tony Finau went from No. 37 to No. 31.
It was a largely quiet week in the rankings despite the fact that a major championship was contested. Outside of Koepka and Finau, the only other player inside the top 50 to move up or down more than three spots was Jason Dufner, who went from 53rd to 48th with a T-25 finish.
Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1 for the second consecutive week, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Koepka and Jordan Spieth. Jon Rahm dropped one spot to No. 6, with Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Fleetwood rounding out the top 10. Hideki Matsuyama fell two spots to No. 12, dropping out of the top 10 for the first time since October 2016.
Despite a missed cut at Shinnecock, Tiger Woods actually moved up one spot to No. 79 in the latest rankings. He plans to play the Quicken Loans National and The Open in the coming weeks, which will be his final two chances to move into the top 50 in time to qualify for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The event is being held for the final time this summer at Firestone Country Club, where Woods has won eight times.