Lee wins Greenbrier Classic in four-way playoff

By Nick MentaJuly 5, 2015, 10:19 pm

Danny Lee shot 67 in regulation and made birdie on both extra holes to win a four-man playoff at The Greenbrier Classic over David Hearn, Robert Streb and Kevin Kisner. Here’s what happened in overtime at the Old White TPC.

Leaderboard: Lee (-13), Hearn (-13), Streb (-13), Kisner (-13)

What it means: This is the first PGA Tour victory for Lee, 24, who won the 2008 U.S. Amateur at the age of 18. His best previous result was a second-place finish at the Puerto Rico Open – opposite the WGC at Doral – last year. Lee shot 67 in regulation, making four birdies and dropping just one shot. Putting from roughly the same spot he missed from in regulation, Lee made his birdie putt on the first extra hole and was matched by Hearn. His two-putt par on the par-5 17th was enough to win after Hearn got himself in trouble and made bogey. In addition to the trophy and the $1.2 million, the win qualifies Lee for the Open Championship at St. Andrews

Best of the rest: Four back to start the day, Kisner made seven birdies against a lone bogey to shoot 6-under 64 and be the first to post 13 under. He was eliminated on the first playoff hole when he missed the green long, chunked two chips from heavy rough and finally put his fourth shot on the green. This is his third playoff loss this year following close calls at the RBC Heritage and The Players. Just 1 under at the turn, Streb accidentally broke his putter on the ninth green, tossing it in the direction of his bag. Forced to putt the back nine with his 56-degree wedge, Streb made five birdies against a lone bogey to close in 4-under 32 and join the playoff. He, like Kisner, missed the green long on the first playoff hole and was eliminated. Even par at the turn, Hearn played a spotless back nine, carding three birdies to finish with a 3-under 67. After halving the first playoff, Hearn missed the fairway at 17 and punched out into the heavy rough on the lip of a fairway bunker. After another pitch out, his near-perfect fourth shot flew a yard too long, trickled off the green and then down a hill, ending his chances. This is the second time Hearn has lost in a playoff; he was on the wrong end of Jordan Spieth's first Tour victory at the John Deere in 2013. A consolation prize, the tie for second qualifies Hearn for the Open Championship.

Round of the day: Russell Henley turned in a 7-under 63, making nine birdies against two bogeys. The low round vaulted him 30 spots into solo fifth at 12 under, one shot out of the playoff.

Biggest disappointment: Justin Thomas held the lead by himself at 13 under through eight holes – and then imploded. The 22-year-old bogeyed No. 9 and double bogeyed No. 10 thanks to a four-putt from 16 feet. He went on to bogey No. 13 and quadruple bogey No. 16 after hitting two balls in the water. He played his final 10 holes eight under to shoot 5-over 75 and finish in a tie for 54th at 5 under. Also of note, none of the for 54-hole leaders – Bryce Molder (70), Jason Bohn (71), Sean O’Hair (71) and S.J. Park (75) – broke par Sunday.

Shot of the day: Really, any one of Streb's five back-nine birdies while putting with his wedge.

Quote of the day: “The head went flying and I was like, ‘Uh oh.’” – Streb

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Phil rubs fan's Donald Duck hat seven times, signs it

By Nick MentaJune 18, 2018, 3:09 pm

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).

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Ryder Cup race: Mickelson out, Simpson in

By Will GrayJune 18, 2018, 2:34 pm

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:

European Points

1. Tyrrell Hatton

2. Justin Rose

3. Tommy Fleetwood

4. Francesco Molinari


5. Thorbjorn Olesen

6. Ross Fisher

World Points

1. Jon Rahm

2. Rory McIlroy

3. Alex Noren

4. Matthew Fitzpatrick


5. Ian Poulter

6. Rafael Cabrera-Bello

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Koepka autographs local kids' 'Go Brooks' sign after win

By Grill Room TeamJune 18, 2018, 2:30 pm

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.

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Koepka moves to No. 4 in world with U.S. Open win

By Will GrayJune 18, 2018, 2:05 pm

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.

Updated Official World Golf Ranking

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.