Park wins third straight Women's PGA Championship

By Nick MentaJune 14, 2015, 8:58 pm

Inbee Park shot a final-round 68 to run away from the field and win her third consecutive KPMG Women's PGA Championship. Here's how things wrapped up at Westchester Country Club.

Leaderboard: Inbee Park (-19), Sei Young Kim (-14), Lexi Thompson (-12), Brittany Lincicome (-11), Morgan Pressel (-10), Brooke Henderson (-10)

What it means: This is Park's sixth major victory and her fifth in the last three seasons. She is just the second woman to win the same LPGA major three years in a row, joining Annika Sorenstam who also did it at the Women's PGA (then-LPGA Championship) from 2003-05. Park made five birdies in a bogey-free round, played her last 57 holes on the West Course without a dropped shot and tied the tournament scoring record in relation to par. With the win, Park also takes back the Rolex No. 1 ranking from Lydia Ko, to whom she forfeited the top spot in February. With Ko missing the cut earlier this week, Park needed only a finish of 29th or better to pass the 18-year-old. This is the third time Park has ascended to No. 1 in the world.

Round of the day: Lexi Thompson and Sandra Gal turned in rounds of 7-under 66 to tie for the low round of the week. Thompson was actually 8 under through 15 holes before a bogey at 16 proved her only dropped shot of the day. Gal, somewhat incredibly, finished both the round and the tournament 7 under after opening rounds 70-74-75. She, too, made just a single bogey Sunday.

Best of the rest: Henderson did not charge from six back to become the youngest winner in major championship history, but she did help her chances of securing LPGA membership next season. The 17-year-old shot 71 to finish in a tie for fifth in just her third major start. Henderson is trying to earn LPGA membership through top-40 money equivalency and came into this week 33rd. A top-five finish in a major will help her cause as she may only be eligible for three more LPGA starts this year. Separately, Lincicome followed up her ANA win with a solo fourth. She's finished in the top eight in each of the last four majors, going 2-8-1-4. 

Biggest disappointment: Runner-up Sei Young Kim posted a final-round 71 but proved unable to pressure Park thanks in part to a double bogey on the par-5 ninth. After reaching the green in four, Kim three-putted from roughly 4 feet, running her first try past hole the and lipping out her comeback attempt. Nevertheless, the LPGA rookie earned her highest finish in a major and her second top-five in four tries after a T-4 at the ANA Inspiration earlier this year.

Shot of the day: Hyo Joo Kim made an ace at the par-3 14th en route to a closing 71 and a T-9.

Quote of the day: "I do things that I can't even believe." - Park

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Watch: Gary Player tires people out with sit-ups

By Grill Room TeamJune 24, 2018, 11:33 pm

Well all know Gary Player is a fitness nut, and at 82 years young he is still in phenomenal shape.

That's why it was incredible to see two mere mortals like us try to keep up with him in a sit-up competition at the BMW International Open.

Watch the video below.

The guy in blue makes the smart decision and bows out about halfway through. But give the other guy an "A" for effort, he stuck with Player for about 60 sit-ups, and then the nine-time major champion just starts taunting him.

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Japan teen Hataoka rolls to NW Ark. win

By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 11:07 pm

ROGERS, Ark. - Japanese teenager Nasa Hataoka ran away with the NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday for her first LPGA title

The 19-year-old Hataoka won by six strokes, closing with an 8-under 63 at Pinnacle Country Club for a tournament-record 21-under 192 total. She broke the mark of 18 under set last year by So Yeon Ryu.

Hataoka won twice late last year on the Japan LPGA and has finished in the top 10 in five of her last six U.S. LPGA starts, including a playof loss last month in the Kingsmill Championship.

Hataoka began the round tied with Minjee Lee for the lead.

Austin Ernst shot a 65 to finish second.

Lee and third-ranked Lexi Thompson topped the group at 13 under.

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Tour investigating DeChambeau's use of compass

By Will GrayJune 24, 2018, 10:09 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Bryson DeChambeau’s reliance on science to craft his play on the course is well known, but he took things to a new level this week at the Travelers Championship when television cameras caught him wielding a compass while looking at his yardage book during the third round.

According to DeChambeau, it’s old news. He’s been using a compass regularly to aid in his preparation for nearly two years, dating back to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October 2016.

“I’m figuring out the true pin locations,” DeChambeau said. “The pin locations are just a little bit off every once in a while, and so I’m making sure they’re in the exact right spot. And that’s it.”

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But social media took notice this weekend, as did PGA Tour officials. DeChambeau explained that he was approached on the range Saturday and informed that the Tour plans to launch an investigation into whether or not the device is allowable in competition, with a decision expected in the next week.

It’s not the first time the 24-year-old has gone head-to-head with Tour brass, having also had a brief run with side-saddled putting earlier in his career.

“They said, ‘Hey, we just want to let you know that we’re investigating the device and seeing if it’s allowable,’” DeChambeau said. “I understand. It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened.”

DeChambeau won earlier this month at the Memorial Tournament, and the Tour’s ruling would not have any retroactive impact on his results earlier this year. Playing alongside tournament winner Bubba Watson in the final round at TPC River Highlands, DeChambeau shot a final-round 68 to finish in a tie for ninth.

“It’s a compass. It’s been used for a long, long time. Sailors use it,” DeChambeau said. “It’s just funny that people take notice when I start putting and playing well.”

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Bubba fires 63 to win his third Travelers title

By Nick MentaJune 24, 2018, 9:52 pm

Bubba Watson fired a final-round 63 to storm from six back and steal the Travelers Championship. Here’s how Bubba came from behind once again at TPC River Highlands.

Leaderboard: Bubba Watson (-17), Stewart Cink (-14), Beau Hossler (-14), J.B. Holmes (-14), Paul Casey (-14)

What it means: This is Watson’s 12th PGA Tour win, his third of the season, and his third Travelers title. Watson picked up his first Tour victory at this event in 2010 – when he also came from six back – and won again in 2015 in a playoff victory over – guess who – Casey. Thinking he might need a round of 60 to scare the leader, Watson made eight birdies, the last of which came on the 72nd hole, giving him the outright lead by one. A short while later, Casey would bogey the 16th and 17th to end the drama and allow Bubba to breathe easy. With the win, Watson becomes the only Tour player to win three times this season. He moves to third in the FedExCup points race, behind two-time winners Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson.

Round of the day: Cink’s round was a stroke better, but Bubba earns this title for winning the title. The left-hander made the turn in 2-under 33 and then ripped off five birdies on his back nine to take the clubhouse lead, which he wouldn’t relinquish.

Best of the rest: Cink looked as though he was going to record the second sub-60 round at the Travelers in the last three years. The 2009 champion golfer of the year played his first 10 holes in 7 under par on the par-70 layout. Cink added three more birdies but also added two bogeys to settle for 8-under 62, tying the round of the week. The 45-year-old has finished T-4 and T-2 in his last two starts.

Biggest disappointment: Casey (2-over 72) began the day up four and couldn’t close. Even par on his round through 15 holes, he missed a 4-footer for par on 16 and found the water off the tee at 17, ending his chances. The Englishman, who ended a nine-year Tour winless drought earlier this season at the Valspar, is now 1 for 4 with a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour.

Shot of the day: Watson’s wedge from 77 yards at the 72nd hole, setting up his eighth and final birdie of the day.

Quote of the day: “That’s the best shot you ever hit.” – caddie Ted Scott to Bubba Watson on his approach at 18