Rose Wins Volvo Masters Order of Merit

By Associated PressNovember 4, 2007, 5:00 pm
2005 Volvo MastersSOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Justin Rose made sure to clinch the European Order of Merit, then added a win at the Volvo Masters for good measure.
 
Rose secured the Order of Merit by reaching a three-way playoff at Valderrama, where the Englishman rolled in a 12-foot putt at the second extra hole to win the season-ending tournament over Simon Dyson and Soren Kjeldsen.
 
Rose rallied after blowing a four-shot lead with nine holes to play, finishing with a 3-over 74. Dyson shot a 70 and Kjeldsen had a 67. They tied at 1-under 283.
 
'On the 16th hole I actually looked like losing the Order of Merit as well as the tournament,' Rose said. 'I saw Graeme McDowell had made an albatross. Padraig (Harrington) was maybe going to even par up in front of me, Soren was 2 under. It looked like it was very much in the wrong direction.'
 
Rose, however, quickly turned it around, shooting a 192-yard 7-iron to within 15 feet at the par-5 17th that allowed for a two-putt birdie.
 
'I'm not out there shaking like a leaf anymore. I'm out there calm, pretty collected,' the 27-year-old Englishman said. 'I feel like I'm in control.'
 
By the time he was heading back out for the first playoff hole, Rose's name was already being engraved into the Harry Vardon trophy since the top-three finish meant he had overtaken Ernie Els to top the European Tour's money list.
 
'It's emotional. It was a hard day,' Rose said. 'It's been a long road to get here, but I feel great.'
 
Rose overtook Els -- who opted to play on the Asian Tour this weekend -- and Harrington thanks to Valderrama's winning prize of $960,488. He topped the money list with $4,276,062 after 12 tournaments, the fewest played by any champion in the Tour's modern history.
 
'That's been the key for me, consistency,' said Rose, who moved up to No. 7 in the world rankings and top of the Ryder Cup points list for Europe with his second victory of the year.
 
'That's why the win was so valuable today, I've had a lot of top-10 finishes and three seconds and I think that's what was missing from the year, a win.'
 
Harrington, who won last year's Order of Merit title after finishing in a three-way tie for second at Valderrama, couldn't make birdie putts at Nos. 17 and 18 that would have gotten him into the playoff. The British Open champion shot 1-over 72 to finish two shots back in a tie for fourth with McDowell (68).
 
'I'm disappointed, I didn't putt well today,' Harrington said. 'I tried to hole that putt at No. 18 and put a little pressure on him.'
 
Rose had a four-shot lead after sinking a birdie at No. 9, and was soon six ahead of Harrington.
 
But Rose's round began to unravel at the 11th. A double-bogey was followed by bogeys at Nos. 13 and 14.
 
McDowell holed his second shot at No. 17 for the albatross-2, while Kjeldsen birdied. Both players then bogeyed No. 18.
 
Kjeldsen, who had three birdies in his first five holes for the day's lowest score, watched from the clubhouse as Rose and Dyson missed par putts to send it to a playoff.
 
The last time the tournament went to a playoff, England's Ian Poulter beat Sergio Garcia of Spain in 2004.
 
Rose is the first Englishman to take the season-ending money title since Lee Westwood did in 2000. The trophy has been awarded annually since 1971.
 
Els, who took the Order of Merit in 2003 and 2004, finished with $3,624,407 and Harrington was third with $3,577,355.
 
Harrington, who led Rose by $948 coming in, cut the Englishman's advantage to three strokes by making a 10-foott birdie at the par-4 first.
 
Rose answered with a birdie on the par-5 fourth, and went up five shots when Harrington, playing one group ahead, couldn't make a 22-footer for par.
 
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    'The Golf Club 2019' adds Elvy to commentary team

    By Nick MentaJuly 19, 2018, 4:45 pm

    “The Golf Club 2019” is adding a new name to its commentary team.

    Broadcaster Luke Elvy will join returning announcer and HB Studios developer John McCarthy for the title's third installment.

    Golf fans will recognize Elvy from his recent work with CBS in addition to his time with Sky Sports, FOX Sports, TNT, PGA Tour Live and PGA Tour Radio.

    A 25-year media veteran from Australia, he now works in the United States and lives with his family in Canada.

    "Ian Baker-Finch was my right-hand man on Australian televison," Elvy told GolfChannel.com in an interview at the Quicken Loans National. "And Finchy said to me, 'What are you doing here? You should be with me in the States.’ He introduced me to a few people over here and that's how the transition has happened over the last five or six years."

    Elvy didn't have any prior relationship with HB Studios, who reached out to him via his management at CAA. As for why he got the job, he pseudo-jokes: "They heard the accent, and said, 'We like that. That works for us. Let's go.' That's literally how it happened."

    He participated in two separate recording sessions over three days, first at his home back in February and then at the HB Studios shortly after The Players Championship. He teased his involvement when the game was announced in May.

    Although he doesn't describe himself as a "gamer," Elvy lauded the game's immediate playability, even for a novice.

    “It’s exactly how you’d want golf to be,” he said.

    "The Golf Club 2019" will be the first in the HB series to feature PGA Tour branding. The Tour had previously licensed its video game rights to EA Sports.

    In addition to a career mode that will take players from the Web.com Tour all the way through the FedExCup Playoffs, "The Golf Club 2019" will also feature at launch replicas of six TPC courses played annually on Tour – TPC Summerlin (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course (Waste Management Phoenix Open), TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course (The Players Championship), TPC Southwind (FedEx St. Jude Classic/WGC-FedEx St. Jude Championship), TPC Deere Run (John Deere Classic), and TPC Boston (Dell Technologies Championship).

    “I played nine holes at Scottsdale,” Elvy added. “It’s a very close comparison. Visually, it’s very realistic."

    The Golf Club 2019 is due out this August on PlayStation 4, XBOX One, and PC.

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    Expired visa, helicopter, odd clubs all part of Vegas' journey

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 3:48 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jhonattan Vegas thought someone was playing a practical joke on him.

    Or maybe he was stuck in the middle of a horror movie.

    Scheduled to leave for The Open a week ago, he didn’t arrive at Carnoustie until a little more than an hour before his first-round tee time Thursday.

    “Even if somebody tried to do that on purpose,” he said, “you couldn’t really do it.”

    The problem was an expired visa.

    Vegas said that he must have gotten confused by the transposed date on the visa – “Guessing I’ve been living in America too long” – and assumed that he was cleared to travel.

    No problem, he was told. He’d have a new visa in 24 hours.


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    Except the consulate in New York didn’t respond to his application the next day, keeping him in limbo through the weekend. Then, on Monday, he was told that he’d applied for the wrong visa. UPS got shut down in New York and his visa never left, so Vegas waited in vain for seven hours in front of the consulate in Houston. He finally secured his visa on Wednesday morning, boarded a flight from Houston to Toronto, and then flew to Glasgow, the final leg of a 14-hour journey.

    His agent arranged a helicopter ride from Glasgow to Carnoustie to ensure that he could make his 10:31 a.m. (local) tee time.

    One more issue? His clubs never made it. They were left back in Toronto.

    His caddie, Ruben Yorio, scrambled to put together a new bag, with a mismatched set of woods, irons, wedges and putter.

    “Luckily the (equipment) vans are still here,” Vegas said. “Otherwise I probably would have played with members’ clubs today.”

    He hit about 20 balls on the range – “Luckily they were going forward” – but Carnoustie is one of the most challenging links in the world, and Vegas was working off of two hours’ sleep and without his own custom-built clubs. He shot 76 but, hey, at least he tried.

    “It was fun,” he said, “even though the journey was frustrating.”

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    'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:44 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.

    Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.

    “The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”


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    Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.

    The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.

    “That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”

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    Perez: R&A does it right, 'not like the USGA'

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:28 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez didn’t even attempt to hide his frustration with the USGA at last month’s U.S. Open, and after an opening-round 69 at The Open, he took the opportunity to double down on his displeasure.

    “They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA,” Perez said of the setup at Carnoustie. “They've got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you've got the greens receptive. They're not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn't. The course is just set up perfect.”


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    Concerns at Shinnecock Hills reached a crescendo on Saturday when the scoring average ballooned to 75.3 and only three players broke the par of 70. Of particular concern for many players, including Perez, were some of the hole locations, given how fast and firm the greens were.

    “The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”