Hurley earns first career win at Quicken Loans

By Will GrayJune 26, 2016, 10:18 pm

Beginning the final round in an unfamiliar position, Billy Hurley III held on to win an event that carries with it some special meaning. Here's how things ended up at the Quicken Loans National, where Hurley earned his first career PGA Tour victory:

Leaderboard: Billy Hurley III (-17), Vijay Singh (-14), Jon Rahm (-13), Bill Haas (-13), Ernie Els (-12)

What it means: Hurley went to school at the nearby Naval Academy, and grew up not far from Congressional Country Club. While he was the second lowest-ranked player in this week's 120-man field, Hurley began the day with a two-shot lead and held on for a relatively stress-free victory. It's a win that brings with it a two-year exemption, an important incentive for the 34-year-old who began the season with only conditional status.

Round of the day: At 53 years young, Singh continued to turn back the clock with a final-round 65. The Fijian opened with four birdies in his first nine holes, making seven on the day against just one bogey to nearly erase a seven-shot deficit. It marked Singh's best result of the season and his best finish since a runner-up at the 2013 Open.

Best of the rest: Francesco Molinari made a big move, cracking the top 10 with a 65 that matched Singh for the low round of the day. Molinari got off to a quick start, with birdies on five of his first eight holes including four in a row on Nos. 5-8. He carded eight birdies on the day to move from the middle of the pack into a tie for eighth, his second top-10 finish in his last four starts.

Biggest disappointment: Els knows what it takes to win at Congressional, but he was unable to give Hurley much of a challenge down the stretch amid a final-round 72. Els birdied five of his first nine holes, but he also made a trio of bogeys before a costly double bogey on No. 10 that sparked a rocky inward half. The South African drifted to fifth place, and still seeks his first win since the 2012 Open Championship

Shot of the day: Hurley was nursing a one-shot lead when he faced a chip from in front of the green on No. 15 that could have cost him the top spot on the leaderboard. Instead, Hurley chipped in for an unexpected birdie, building his lead to two shots, and he essentially clinched the tournament with a birdie on the very next hole.

Quote of the day: "It's been a hard year, it's been a really hard year. It's nice to have something go well." - Hurley

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McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”

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McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.

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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.