After Further Review: Lowry's gambit backfires

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 29, 2016, 12:27 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On Shane Lowry's bad week ...

Shane Lowry might want a mulligan after his bold scheduling decision backfired on both sides of the Atlantic.

Lowry left the PGA Championship knowing he needed to do something to catch the eye of European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke. So he added the Wyndham Championship and Made in Denmark to his schedule in back-to-back weeks.

But Lowry didn’t contend in either event, and has essentially stalled out since blowing a four-shot lead during the final round of the U.S. Open. To make matters worse, fellow Euros Russell Knox and Thomas Pieters have won this month to essentially knock Lowry out of the Hazeltine discussion.

On top of that, Lowry’s decision to skip The Barclays to play in Denmark also cost him his PGA Tour postseason. He entered the week at No. 87 in points and dropped to No. 102 – just outside the top 100 cutoff for next week. It means that Lowry, who won last year’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, will have to wait until next year to play in his first-ever FedEx Cup playoff event. – Will Gray

On the passing of a dear friend ...

“What do you know about the Internet?”

In 1999, the answer was an honest "not much." Ken Carpenter hired your scribe despite that glaring void of practical knowledge to work for It was the early days of online media in golf, but Ken had a vision.

At meetings, Ken would predict the onset of a “paperless society” and preach the benefits of taking a sabbatical. Ken was ahead of his time, realizing that the appetite for quality journalism wasn’t changing, only the vehicle that delivered the news and opinion.

On Sunday, Ken died after an eight-month battle with cancer. He was 59. Golf lost a visionary, and I lost a friend and mentor. – Rex Hoggard

On Ariya Juntanugarn's latest victory ...

Talk about a quick study.

Just five months ago, Ariya Jutanugarn looked like she had a big problem. She looked like she had a serious battle with nerves trying to close out victories, something that could batter a young player’s confidence and create doubts that haunt future chances. Her collapse at the ANA Inspiration in April, and that collapse at the Honda Thailand a couple years before that, were troubling, but look at her now.

Jutanugarn took a two-shot lead into Sunday’s final round at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open and won in a four-shot rout that was never close. It was her tour-best fifth victory this year. Notably, she won all five events taking a 54-hole lead into the final round. Just a year ago, she missed 10 consecutive cuts. Now that’s a tough-minded turnaround. – Randall Mell

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Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

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Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.

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Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead

By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 5:29 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.

Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.

Full-field scores from the BMW International Open

Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.

Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.

Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.