Montgomerie wins U.S. Senior Open in playoff

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 13, 2014, 10:52 pm

It took three extra holes, but Colin Montgmerie captured his second Champions major with a playoff win over Gene Sauers Sunday at the U.S. Senior Open. Here's the skinny from the final round:

Leaderboard: Colin Montgomerie (-5), Gene Sauers (-5), Woody Austin (-1), David Frost (-1), Marco Dawson (-E), Vijay Singh (E), Jeff Sluman (E)

What it means: Montgomerie never won a major or a tournament on U.S. soil before he turned 50, but he's wasted no time winning majors and tournaments in America on the Champions Tour. Monty broke through at the Senior PGA in May, and now he has another major title in his trophy case. Sauers nearly birdied the 18th hole to win his first Champions title, but his putt lipped out and they headed to a three-hole aggregate playoff. After both players bogeyed the 16th, Montgomerie made an easy par on the par-3 17th to take a one-stroke lead to 18 after Sauers made another bogey. Montgomerie didn't make it easy on himself. He found the rough on his approach shot from the middle of the fairway, and then left himself about 12-feet for par after hitting a poor chip shot. But Montgomerie holed the par putt to take home the hardware.

Round of the day: John Cook's wild week at Oak Tree National continued with a final-round 66. Cook opened with a 79, but bounced back with a 69 on Friday to make the weekend. He ballooned to a 76 in the third round, but he had another 10-shot improvement on Sunday. Bart Bryant also came home with a 66 after shooting an 81 in the third round.

Best of the rest: Joe Durant, who is bouncing between the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour, shot a bogey-free 67 to finish T-9. Kenny Perry also shot 67 to finish T-14.

Biggest disappointment: After opening the tournament 69-69, Bernhard Langer went 71-77 over the weekend to finish T-9.

Shot of the day: Needing a birdie on 18 to win in regulation, Sauers' approach shot on 18 barely cleared the front bunker and rolled on the green to about 8 feet.

Quote of the day: "It's been a fantastic summer." – Montgomerie after winning his first USGA event

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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.

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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.